Archive for September, 2009

Budget Outrage of the Week

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 25th, 2009

The guy’s stinking, bloated corpse is not even done decomposing and John “D-Student” Kerry is already asking the taxpayers to pony up their now scarce dollars to help fund an “institute” for the late boozer.

To quote Bibi: “Have you no shame?”

From Boston.com: (Hat to Free Conservatives)

Kerry asks $20m for Kennedy institute
Fiscal groups criticize military bill earmark

WASHINGTON – A large military spending bill moving through Congress contains a little-noticed outlay for Boston that has nothing to do with national defense: $20 million for an educational institute honoring late Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

The earmark, tucked into the defense bill at the request of Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, requires US taxpayers to help the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate realize its goal of building a repository for Kennedy’s papers and an accompanying civic learning center on the University of Massachusetts at Boston campus in Dorchester, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

The item is drawing fire from fiscal watchdog groups, who assert that military funds should not be raided to pay for an institution that has nothing to do with improving military readiness.

“Whatever beneficial value civic education may have, it’s hard to see why the Defense Department should pay for it,” said Laura Peterson, a senior policy analyst at the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington. “It would seem the location of this hefty earmark has more to do with the powerful position of its sponsor than [the Defense Department's] responsibility to educate elementary school children.”

Kerry strongly defended the insertion of the $20 million earmark yesterday. He requested that it be included in the $360 billion defense budget, he said, to recognize Kennedy’s long tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Comment in response at FC:

Will the institute include a museum? A bridge? An Oldsmobile? A brewery?

How about establishing a Mary Jo Kopechne Institute?


Filed Under: Congress, Economy

Something is VERY VERY Amiss

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 24th, 2009

As noted by Mark Levin on his radio show today, something big is obviously going on.

When is the last time Drudge had (suspected) terrorist arrests/activity as the top four items on his site? According to Levin, Drudge told him he has never seen anything like this in 14 years of monitoring the news

From the Dallas News:

Man arrested in alleged attempt to bomb Dallas skyscraper

Federal authorities arrested a 19-year-old Jordanian citizen whom they said placed an inactive car bomb today at Fountain Place, a 60-story skyscraper in downtown Dallas.

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi has repeatedly voiced his intent to serve Osama bin Laden and al-Qa’ida and commit “violent Jihad,” authorities said in a prepared statement.

“Today’s arrest of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi underscores the FBI’s unwavering commitment to bring to justice persons who attempt to bring harm to citizens of this country and significant danger to this community,” special FBI agent in charge Robert E. Casey, Jr. said in the statement. “Smadi made a decision to act to commit a significant conspicuous act of violence under his banner of ‘self Jihad.’”

Authorities said that Smadi was under continuous FBI surveillance. Federal agents posed as members of an al-Qa’ida sleeper cell. Smadi, who was in the U.S. illegally, allegedly told them that he came to the country specifically to commit “Jihad for the sake of God.”

According to authorities, Smadi identified potential Dallas targets in June and allegedly scoped out Fountain Place in July. Authorities said that Smadi lived and worked in Italy, about 45 miles south of Dallas.

Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said city officials were notified of the impending arrest beforehand.
Also Online

“We were clearly communicated to that there was not going to be a danger to anybody,” Leppert said. “There’s a good working relationship between the police and the FBI. This is an example of that.”

Leppert mentioned that there was another terrorism arrest in Springfield today.

Regarding the arrests in Dallas, Denver, New York City and Springfield, he said, “It’s a comment on the world we live in. All of us need to be vigilant.”

From Reuters:

UPDATE 1-Illinois man charged in plot to bomb federal offices

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – An Illinois man was ordered held on Thursday on charges he tried to blow up a federal building in the state capital, a case unrelated to the New York terrorism plot.

Michael Finton, also known as Talib Islam, was arrested in Springfield, Illinois, and charged with attempted murder of federal officers or employees and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, charges that carry a life sentence.

“Fortunately, a coordinated undercover law enforcement effort was able to thwart his efforts and ensure no one was harmed,” David Kris, assistant Attorney General for National Security, said in a statement.

Finton was arrested on Wednesday in Springfield as he used a cell phone to try to detonate the bomb he believed was inside a van he had just parked outside the federal building.

Appearing in a courtroom on Thursday in the same building he is accused of targeting, Finton waived his right to a detention hearing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore appointed a public defender to represent Finton and ordered him held pending an indictment by a grand jury.

Finton said he worked part-time as a restaurant cook, according to the State Journal-Register newspaper.

The criminal complaint said Finton, 29, converted to Islam while in prison on other charges. It said he idolized an American who allied with the Taliban, John Walker Lindh, drawing the attention of law enforcement authorities.

Also from Reuters:

U.S. terror suspects accused of targeting Marine base

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Two men charged in North Carolina last month with plotting terrorist attacks overseas also planned to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, authorities said on Thursday.

The two were among seven suspects arrested in August for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and for conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas.

A new indictment unveiled on Thursday charged Daniel Patrick Boyd, the group’s alleged ringleader, and Hysen Sherifi “with conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel” in connection with the planned assault on the Marine Corps base, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said in a statement.

It offered no details, except to say that Boyd had undertaken reconnaissance of Quantico and obtained maps of the base in order to plan the attack.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Boyd also possessed armor piercing ammunition, and had stated that it was “to attack the Americans.”

“These additional charges hammer home the grim reality that today’s home-grown terrorists are not limiting their violent plans to locations overseas, but instead are willing to set their sights on American citizens and American targets, right here at home,” U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding said.

From CBS3 in Philly:

Inoperative Cameras Hinder SEPTA ‘Photo’ Probe

Twice in the past two days, SEPTA officials have alerted police to men taking pictures on the Broad Street subway line in South Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, a SEPTA cashier told officers about a man taking pictures at the Lombard-South station, but the man, after being questioned by the cashier about his activities, left before officers arrived.

“We are attempting to identify that male to determine what the nature or the reason for taking the photographs was,” Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said.

On Tuesday, officers received a report of a male taking pictures in the track area at the Snyder Avenue station.

So far, neither male has been identified, although Philadelphia Police officials say the two separate incidents have no link to any terrorist activities.

No need to worry, though. After Obama prostrated himself in front of a roomful of U.N tyrants yesterday, everything should be rainbows, bunnies and unicorns.


Filed Under: War on Terror

IndoctrinationGate: The Plot Thickens…

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 24th, 2009

Well, this is what is really meant about a video going viral. In addition to the outrage and shock that has been expressed nationwide about the forced indoctrination of 5 and 6 year old students in one elementary school, a lot more has come out about the principals behind it.

It appears that one Charisse Carney-Nunes, the person who originally uploaded the video to YouTube, has more than a passing interest in Obama and schoolchildren.

As Modern Convservative reports: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

According to the person who posted this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aqMTD5UFmU He downloaded the video from another youtube posting in case it got scrubbed.

The video was originally posted to youtube by user “BrandNuWords.” BrandNewWords is a publishing company employing Charisse Carney-Nunes who wrote the children’s book “I Am Barack Obama.” Here is the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayXz-r0lWmQ

The video is commented by the original poster with this: “Fathers day tribute to President Obama!! Children sing!”

Here is the info for the profile of this youtube channel:

Name: Charisse
Channel Views: 83
Age: 42
Joined: June 01, 2009
Last Sign In: 5 days ago
Videos Watched: 330
Subscribers: 1
Country: United States

The website for the company associated with this youtube channel: http://www.brandnuwords.com/

Charisse Carney-Nunes appears to be the person who orchestrated the video

Carney-Nunes is the author of several children’s books and CEO of Brand Nu Words publishing. She and Obama are also former classmates from Harvard Law School.

…I am still digging:

She appears to be 100% gaga over Obama and she is the Senior VP of Programs for this far-left organization The Jamestown Project

The ExUrbanLeague reports:

n important update about the creepy video we posted yesterday. The Burlington Township School District, to which B. Bernice Youngs Elementary School belongs, posted the following Letter to Parents this morning.

Dear Burlington Township Families:

Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the internet which has been reported in the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama. The activity took place during Black History Month in 2009, which is recognized each February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country. Our curriculum studies, honors and recognizes those who serve our country. The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized.

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dr. King, Principal of B. Bernice Young School, directly.

Sincerely,
Dr. Christopher M. Manno,
Superintendent of Schools

So, a public school had an official lesson using impressionable children to praise Barack Obama. The song they used even co-opted lyrics from “Jesus Loves the Little Children” with Obama’s name inserted in place of God.

As for Carney-Nunes, (a hypenated last name, always a dead giveaway that the woman is a lefty) and the Jamestown Project, Michelle has this and more:

Charisse Carney-Nunes, who originally posted the Burlington Township (NJ) elementary school Obama chant video, has not responded to requests for comment — though someone did remove the video from her account this morning, as I mentioned earlier today. I linked to her bio at the Jamestown Project, where she is Senior Vice President of Programs. (FYI: In this interview, she says she has accepted a job with the Obama administration’s Transportation Department.)

And a sneak peek into it’s curriculum:

From its curriculum guide for 3rd-5th graders:

Children Do Democracy Too is an outgrowth of our Doing Democracy work. The purpose of the initiative is to equip children with the knowledge and tools necessary to meaningfully participate in civil society and democracy. The central question we seek to answer is, “How do we instill the values of citizenship and active participation into the youngest, and in many ways the most important, members of our democracy?”

The Jamestown Project released A Children’s Curriculum for Civic Engagement in the Fall of 2008 as part of this initiative. The curriculum is based on our book I DREAM FOR YOU A WORLD: A COVENANT FOR OUR CHILDREN.

The Curriculum adapts the concepts from the book into lessons and activities to promote civic engagement to elementary aged children. Grades 3 – 5 are the optimal age for children to not only understand their place in the world, but also a time to begin to comprehend their power and potential to make a difference in their own lives, their family, their communities, and their country.

We are currently piloting the curriculum and seeking new partners to help us evaluate the program, share learning, and to strategize about achieving future goals.

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along…


Is This the America You Want Your Kids to Grow Up In?

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 23rd, 2009

Sick and profane…

Check out Michelle Malkin’s site for more outrageous examples of StalinBama propaganda, including an ObamaCare pop quiz that your child may soon be bringing home from school.


Sen. Baucus Trying to Backdoor Grassley and Enzi into His Senate Healthcare Bill

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 14th, 2009

It appears that the days of smoke-filled rooms are not quite dead. At least not if Sen Max Baucus has anything to say about it.

From The Washington Post: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus announced Monday that he may unveil his long-awaited health-care bill as soon as Tuesday — and he predicted that Republicans will find plenty to like about it.

The Montana Democrat and his fellow “Gang of Six” Finance Committee negotiators haggled Monday over top Republican concerns, including provisions that would limit medical malpractice cases, bar benefits from reaching illegal immigrants, and block federal funds from subsidizing abortions. The goal from the talks is to win over Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.), two conservatives who have remained at the table all summer despite strong opposition from most of their GOP colleagues.

“Senators on and off the committee, their comfort level is starting to come up a bit,” Baucus told reporters during an afternoon break in talks. “I do believe that strongly, and I believe in the end we’ll have some significant bipartisan support.”

And just how far have they or any of their comrades read of this bill? Limbaugh was reading just the Table of Contents of Baucus’s bill on his show late last week and that took better than four pages. And the second of half of that was nothing more a vast array of taxes on oil and other energy companies. Sounded more like the Crap and Steal bill to me than ObamaCare. Which I am sure is not by accident.

Seems like they did not get the memo over the weekend…


Filed Under: Congress, Health Care

Doddering: Sen. Dodd in Early Trouble for 2010 Re-election

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 11th, 2009

Part of the overall pattern that shows the Dems are in potentially huge trouble for 2010.

From Rassmussen Reports:

Longtime Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, tarnished by last year’s financial blow-up, continues to struggle as he prepares for a reelection bid in 2010.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone poll finds that Republican challenger Rob Simmons leads Dodd 49% to 39% in an early look at next year’s potential match-up. Five percent (5%) say they’d prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are not sure.

While Simmons, a former congressman, is the strongest early challenger to the Democratic incumbent, there are several other Republicans in the running. Dodd finds himself essentially even with state Senator Sam Caligiuri, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley and Peter Schiff, the high-profile president of Euro Pacific Capital. In each of those match-ups, Dodd earns between 40% and 43% of the vote while the Republicans all fall in the same range.

Typically, when an incumbent polls below 50%, they are considered potentially vulnerable. Dodd certainly falls into that category.

The resentment and downright hatred for incumbents in general and Democrats in particular that has been shown during the summer recess points to a potential massive turnover in Congress come November 2010. Whether the RNC can open their eyes and help push this along is always open to question. However, if there is a massive anti-incumbent voting wave, it will be led by the local, grassroots and district levels. The best the hapless RNC can do is stay out of the way and stop promoting and supporting Specter RINO types and let electoral nature takes it’s course.


Filed Under: Congress, Election 2010

This one’s for Sarah (Project 2,996)

Posted by Talismen | September 11th, 2009

This is Sarah Prothero-Redheffer.
She was taken from this world, 8 years ago, on September 11th 2001.

This year, my forum board, All Sides Political Forums is participating in “Project 2,996″, which is an annual online event, honoring those lost in the 9/11 attacks.

Link: http://project2996.wordpress.com/

Posted below is the tribute written for her.

Many Thanks,
Lisa (a.k.a. “Talismen” – site owner and admin)

********************

Just days after the 9/11 attacks, Rev. David Prothero said “I think for the moment we are living in hope that she will be one of those found and that she has been able to escape”.

His 35 year old daughter Sarah Prothero-Redheffer, an executive with the London-based Risk Waters Group, was organizing a conference on the 106th floor of the North Tower, when American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the building…Changing David Prothero’s world, and ours, forever.

A tribute to Sarah, featured on the Risk Waters Group website (dedicated to employees lost on that day) said that Sarah was “a tornado of energy and enthusiasm when the rest of us would need to stop for air”. We all seem to know folks like Sarah…Those who have endless amounts of energy and can rally for a cause, or be there when we need them most.

The tribute went on to say (in part):

Sarah led her life passionately because a quiet life simply wasn’t an option. The faith and trust she placed in her team made us a unique force and we count ourselves so very fortunate to have met such a youthful and vibrant spirit. To say Sarah was a feisty character is an understatement.

Dedicated, professional and caring are just a few of the qualities that she brought to the workplace. Always on hand to give advice, Sarah could be relied upon to bring humour to any situation and had an enviable habit of turning difficult situations around.

On that fateful day and for weeks after, Sarah’s friends and family waited for word, hoping and praying that Sarah would not only survive, but would soon return to calm their anxious hearts and fill their outstretched arms.

They were hurting…Just as we all were hurting…And continue to hurt…From the horrible losses suffered that day.

It’s easy to envision that Sarah (with her “feisty character”) may have been one of the angels who helped to calm the injured, look for a way out, or merely pray to God for their safety. A few of her friends and loved ones have left comments on a memorial site for her, some of which give clues to the kind of love and compassion Sarah gave to the world, and how the world suffers a great loss without her energy and spirit:

(snips)

“Sarah, still regret not being able to meet up with u in Sydney the month before the NY event……….
Our brief time as colleagues and partners back in London remains well up on my ‘good times’ list buddy, wherever u r I am sure u r making people smile and keeping them on track.
x “

“Sarah and I were at University together and she was a good friend, though I hadn’t seen her for a few years. I heard the news only today March 2004 from another University friend. She was one of life’s naturally positive people, full of buzz and energy, playful and mischevious and above all a wonderful person with a heart of gold. On hearing this awful news, a little bit of me died too. My deepest sympathies are with her husband and family.”

It is said that everyone is loved by someone….And, well…It’s clear to see that Sarah was loved by many.

And she is missed by many, to this very day.

Her life was spent taking care of what needed to be taken care of.
People could count on her, and she did not let them down.
That was Sarah.

And on this 8th anniversary of her untimely death, those of us left to mourn her and the event itself, should consider it our mission to follow Sarah’s good example, and ‘take care of what needs to be taken care of’, forever honoring the memory of all those lost, all those who mourn, and all those brave souls who helped to bring comfort and closure to folks like Sarah’s parents, her husband, and the rest of her family and friends.

We must never forget Sarah….Nor any one of them.

Thank you Sarah.
Your loving spirit still moves people to this very day.