Monthly Archives: May 2009

New Interrogation Technique: Cookieboarding

Time Magazine reports that all this torture has been for nothing — all the CIA needs in order to get all the information they need is a pen, a pad of paper, and a bag of Keebler Soft Batch cookies — or a substitution as determined by the dietary needs of said detainee:

The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or “walling” and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies.

This isn’t torture? Obesity is the number one killer, and yet feeding detainees cookies (possibly containing, gulp, trans fats!) is being tauted as the benign and more effective option to waterboarding? I’m shocked that this would be acceptable to the left. And I won’t even mention the choking hazard involved with cookieboarding.

Have you ever seen this procedure in use? Here’s a woman who agreed to be cookieboarded just to see what it was like (radio host “Francow” Duller), and she concluded that it is indeed torture:

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Update: As a result of this report, “Francow” Duller has been booked on Keith Olbermann’s show next week to discuss her horrific experience.

(h/t GatewayPundit)

Obama D-Day Speech Excerpts Leaked

TOTUS has been pre-loaded with a speech for the president to choose to deliver while he’s in France next week for the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landing.

Due to lax computer security that’s been a trademark of politicians of late, someone managed to get their hands on the speech, excerpts of which are presented here.

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Place: France — June 6, 2009
Occasion: D-Day Anniversary/Muslim outreach
Theme: “These are the boys of Pointe du Hope”

nullSixty-five years ago, right here in France, over 160,000 men, 5,000 ships, 10,000 aircraft, and thousands more mechanized tools of war requiring hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel converged on a 50-mile stretch of shoreline and precipitated battles we still find ourselves engaged in today: climate change and beach erosion.
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D-Day was a community outreach program unprecedented in scope and unmatched in hope.
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Fellow citizens of the global community, we’re here to honor the tens of thousands of men who made the ultimate sacrifice on this hallowed ground so a woman’s right to choose shall not perish from the earth.
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These men came from all different backgrounds and belief systems: Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Islam, Mormon and more Muslims — but all had one common goal: Common goals. Without common goals, change is not possible, and it’s upon this change that common goals are achieved, provided that’s our common goal.
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You veterans who have seen those pictures of me in Hawaii know that I too have also taken a beach by storm (pause for laughter).
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Though some of you may view me — the president of the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against another nation in what might possibly be the greatest over-reaction in history — as being a perpetrator rather than a liberator, I’m here to tell you… that’s a view I’m willing to sit down and discuss at length.
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We thank the people of France for their understanding. It’s been said that U.S. forces, via friendly fire incidents, killed more French civilians than the Nazis did, and yet you welcomed us today with open arms when it would have been easy for you to clench your fists toward America. I ask the world to look upon France as a shining beacon of tolerance. Never before in history has a nation so selflessly accepted liberation from tyranny.
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Under my unilateral disarmament plan, if there ever is another D-Day, nobody will be killed because there won’t be any weapons to discharge. That’s a war everybody can live with.
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But no matter how horrific the deeds of the Nazis, we cannot turn a blind eye to the actions that may have precipitated those deeds. We must always be prepared to take an honest personal inventory in order to weed out that which may anger others, giving them no option other than war.
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It’s important to note here that German troops taken into custody by the United States were not waterboarded, as Bush and Cheney would have ordered.
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Let us not forget that some good arose from the ashes of World War II: The United Nations. Without those people we labeled as “enemies,” the U.N. may not have been organized so rapidly. Let this be an example for generations to come that even those who we may label as “madmen” or “despots” still have something to offer the global community. Just because the clam might have a rough, hard shell doesn’t mean you won’t find a pearl in there.
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But mistakes were made. D-Day was entered into without an exit strategy, and sometimes the best exit strategy is not to enter into something in the first place, as the ongoing war in Iraq tells us each and every day.
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The lesson of D-Day is clear: All diplomatic avenues must be exhausted before military action becomes an option. If someone during this time of strife could have managed to successfully negotiated with the Nazis, countless lives could have been saved, and it may have prevented the Allies from mercilessly firebombing Dresden. My uncle had already liberated the death camps, so that was no longer a concern.
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These are the boys of what I call Pointe du Hope.
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Hey, has anybody seen the Queen? I got her another iPod loaded with more of my speeches.

Dodd and Obama’s Oversight: What if a Minor Wants to Charge an Abortion?

Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, the mortgage opportunist who allowed AIG bonuses to stay in the stimulus bill and then later bashed the people who got the bonuses (but who was also happy to accept AIG’s campaign donations), demonstrates his priorities in a new campaign ad.

In the ad, President Obama touts Dodd’s leadership in passing credit card reform, and expresses pride that kids under 18 can no longer get a credit card without parental approval.

But, Dodd and Obama do believe that that same kid should be able to cross state lines for an abortion without parental approval.

So, rest easy — if you have a minor daughter, she could kill your grandchild without your permission, but she won’t be able to buy clothes at the mall with a Mastercard afterwards. Whew!

But here’s a question that may lead to the ultimate dilemma for the liberal politician: What if the pregnant minor wants to charge the abortion?

Back to the drawing board for an amendment: No minor shall be issued a credit card without parental approval unless said card is only used at Planned Parenthood, or for DNC campaign donations.

Craig T. Nelson Shrugged

Below is a clip from actor Craig T. Nelson’s appearance on the Glenn Beck show.

I post this only because it’s refreshing on occasion to see a left-coast actor who hasn’t been donkey-kicked into mental retardation, but I disagree with Nelson on going to jail for not paying taxes. It’s been done, and prison is no place from which to effectively fight insane government policy.

As a matter of fact, jail is where many government officials would like to see people who talk like this and rile up the public sent, so it carries no weight as a “threat” anyway. Other than that, he’s spot-on.

Take it away, Coach:

The Reason Sotomayor is the First Person of Latino Descent Nominated for the Supreme Court

Democrats are hailing Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first person of Latino descent to be nominated for a seat on the nation’s highest court.

It’s implied, loudly, that Latino judges have been, up to now, victims of racism and are only now gaining legal prominence they deserve.

What you won’t hear Democrats in DC say is that there’s a good reason Sotomayor is the first person of Latino descent to be nominated to the Supreme Court — because Democrats derailed the other person who might have ended up as the first one.

In 2001, George W. Bush nominated former Justice Department lawyer Miguel Estrada to a seat on the federal courts of appeals. The congressional left feared the right-leaning Hispanic was on a fast-track to the Supreme Court, so the open-minded, inclusive and diversity-loving Democrats derailed him.

Byron York explains:

Estrada’s nomination for a federal judgeship set off alarm bells among Democrats. There is a group of left-leaning organizations — People for the American Way, NARAL, the Alliance for Justice, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the NAACP, and others — that work closely with Senate Democrats to promote Democratic judicial nominations and kill Republican ones. They were particularly concerned about Estrada.

In November, 2001, representatives of those groups met with Democratic Senate staff. One of those staffers then wrote a memo to Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin, informing Durbin that the groups wanted to stall Bush nominees, particularly three they had identified as good targets. “They also identified Miguel Estrada as especially dangerous,” the staffer added, “because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment. They want to hold Estrada off as long as possible.”

It was precisely the fact that Estrada was Hispanic that made Democrats and their activist allies want to kill his nomination. They were determined to deny a Republican White House credit, political and otherwise, for putting a first-rate Hispanic nominee on the bench.

So remember this and chuckle every time you see Democrats in coming days patting themselves on the back for being so incredibly non-racist while most of the mainstream media claps like trained seals.

Apollo 11: The Untold Story

Here’s a heads-up for my fellow space geeks: As the 40th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, Popular Mechanics has a very comprehensive feature called “Apollo 11: The Untold Story.”

There’s some great audio and video in addition to the stories as well.

Update: Just for kicks, here’s the actual CBS coverage of the moon landing, complete with a cheesy network animated simulation worthy of a 1950’s sci-fi movie. The Eagle touched down on the surface of the moon with only 18 seconds of fuel left:

Broke Government, Deepening Debt, Rising Unemployment and a Spiraling Economy? ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’

Here’s a video of President Obama at a California fundraiser yesterday rattling off a litany of things he’s spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on, culminating in “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Unfortunately, I believe him:

Watch carefully at the 1:30 mark when we find out that we’re paying for the health care of “children of undocumented workers” (“illegal aliens” is sooo yesterday).

In any case, I mention this because “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet” reminded me of one of Obama’s close economic advisers, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, who said a couple of years ago, amid very similar economic conditions, that “in five years, you’re gonna be blown away!”

Lots of people were blown away… to other states. Before too long, the only places left to work in Michigan will be unemployment offices and moving companies.

Incidentally, I do agree with Granholm on one issue. In an article that appeared yesterday at the Huffington Post, Granholm wrote that Michigan will “lead the green revolution.” I don’t doubt it. Is there any cleaner state than one where all the people and businesses have moved out?

So, using one of Obama’s economic advisers and her prior guarantee vs. the results we saw in Michigan as a precedent to Obama’s promise to the nation yesterday, I have no doubt at all that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. All we need is hope — and with 16,000 jobs a day lost since the “stimulus” passed, “hope” is all we have left.

But don’t worry, the economy will take off shortly — Obama’s lighting the fuse on a new plan right now!

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The Rise of ‘White is Right’ Environmentalism: Where’s Jesse and Al?

If I hadn’t have heard it with my own ears I wouldn’t have believed it. A member of the Obama administration said that one way to save the planet from the ravages of global warming may be to harness the “albedo effect” by making the world a whiter place.

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, taking part in a climate change symposium in London, said that, in order to stave off climate change, the world’s roofs should be painted white, and roads, sidewalks, etc., should be a paler color.

Admittedly, as a white male, I was starting to get a little down on myself in the past few years, what with being blamed for all the world’s ills — so I was more than thrilled to read that the unfortunate color I seem to have been born is finally being recognized as potentially eco-friendly. Sure, Indian reservations, the atomic bomb, corporate greed and Vanilla Ice are still my bad, but at least white is getting kudos for being good for something now.

But I can’t help but wonder where Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are during all this “White is Right” talk as it concerns the environment. Surely the financially-motivated paranoia that keeps these race-baiters clicking can find a way to accuse Chu of being in the pocket of some secret organization dedicated to racial genocide in the name of the environment, can’t they? And if that doesn’t work, just accuse him of raping a stripper at a frat party.

Jackson and Sharpton must know this madness won’t stop at roofs and roads. The next thing you know, dark clothes will be responsible for climate change — and then, dark people. At that point, how long can it be until the only way we can dress in order to save the planet will be like Sen. Robert Byrd circa 1941, whose clothing color of choice was eco-friendly before eco-friendly was cool:

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Wake up, Reverends! There’s finally a legitimate reason for you to be enraged and you’re AWOL.

But maybe a plan is being developed to placate Sharpton and Jackson, because it’s also being reported that scientists are developing “cool colors,” which might look like a darker color to the human eye but reflect like whiter shades — kind of the Wayne Brady of color science.

It’s an ironclad scientific fact that a white roof will quell global warming. For example, when your roof is covered in white snow, is it hot outside? I didn’t think so.

All joking aside, why am I guessing that this discussion is only starting because Al Gore is now in full control of the world’s white paint supply?

Obama’s World Peace Vision Dramatized in Nature Film

Okay, here’s a little game. Pretend the guy in this video is President Obama and the lions are Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez and others.

It looks cute, but really, how long can either this guy literally or the U.S. figuratively expect to get away with doing this kind of thing before both are mauled to death by their friends?

Update: It turns out that the man in the video reportedly asked the lions to “unclench their paws” before the video was shot (lions who refused received a strongly worded letter from the head of the local game preserve), so hey, maybe that technique will work for Obama.

(h/t for the vid to Maggie’s Farm)