Is the Philadelphia Inquirer ignoring the Able Danger story?

ST reader Dana R. Pico has written a post at his blog that asks that very question, and offers possible reasons. A snippet:

The Able Danger story is the biggest story that the American mainstream press has ignored. If true, it means that the federal government ignored the presence of Mohammed Atta (the ringleader of the nineteen September 11 attackers), and the Clinton Administration set up policy walls which deliberately prevented the presence of reasonably suspected terrorists from being monitored. If false, it means that a ten-term congressman, who is a vice-chairman of both the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees has been led astray (at best) or is a complete idiot (at worst). Yet the mainstream media in general, and The Philadelphia Inquirer specifically, are ignoring the entire story. I have to ask: why?

Well, though the editors of the Inquirer will never admit it, they have a solid reason to have a grudge against Mr. Weldon. Being a native of the region, Mr. Weldon approached the Inquirer first with this story as it was about to break into the national spotlight – and the Inquirer rebuffed him. He wound up giving the story to The New York Times rather than to his hometown newspaper; see More Liberal Bias from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Read the whole thing. Weldon’s hometown newspaper is all but ignoring this major story – and on a related note, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is shamefully trying to destroy the credibility of the LTC Tony Shaffer, apparently in response to his revelations regarding the Able Danger project.

Rep. Weldon (R-PA) blasted the DIA on this Wednesday in a speech on the House floor. Ian at The Political Teen has the video of the key parts of the speech. I admire Rep. Weldon’s passion, and wish we had more like him in both the House and Senate. There is more to this story than meets the eye, methinks, and my hat is off to Rep. Weldon for continuing the good fight in terms of getting (and keeping) the word out about this story, even though his hometown paper doesn’t seem to be too interested.

(Cross-posted at California Conservative)

Ebay totally rules

I recently discovered a new perfume I really like – ok, well it’s not a new perfume, but it IS new to me. It’s Dolce and Gabbana Red. About two weeks ago I was standing in line behind a woman in the checkout at a local grocery store and smelled the most wonderful scent – I asked her what it was and she told me.

Unfortunately, the 3.4 oz bottle of this perfume retails for around $80.00. I will *not* pay that much for perfume, no matter how awesome it smells. Yours truly got it tonight on Ebay for a total (including shipping) of just slightly under $32.00. I’ve ordered perfumes in the past off of Ebay and made sure each time to order from someone with a positive feedback rating as well as a high seller rating and have gotten the real deal everytime – I feel confident that this time around will be no different.

Ebay rocks!

Ok, now my shopping day is officially over :grin:

Wimpy Senate soundly defeats Coburn amendment

The short version: Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) had proposed an amendment in the Senate that would require previously approved pet projects supported by his fellow Senators be cancelled and the money from those pet projects (better known as pork) to be used instead on the Hurricane Katrina restore/rebuild effort. In a stunning display of business-as-usual arrogance – especially when it comes to spending, the amendment proposal was defeated, with only 15 Senators voting in support and a whopping 82 against. Here are those who voted in favor:

Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bayh (D-IN)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Conrad (D-ND)
DeMint (R-SC)
DeWine (R-OH)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (R-SC)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Sununu (R-NH)
Vitter (R-LA)

I’m proud to see North Carolina Senator Richard Burr on that list, as well as the two Senators from South Carolina – DeMint and Graham. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), I’m sad to say, voted with the BAU crowd. Very disappointing, to say the least.

Mark Tapscott has the long version here here, which includes a recap of stinging rebukes made on the Senate floor towards Coburn by Democrats and Republicans alike, including Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) who threatened to leave the Senate if the amendment was passed, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who, in Tapscott’s words “warned that any senator supporting the Coburn amendments would find projects in his or her own state being given the evil eye by annoyed colleagues who don’t want to rock the log-rolling boat.”

Oh yes, our Senate is so very worried about where the money is going to come from to pay for the rebuilding effort on the Gulf Coast – so worried, that they don’t seem to want to do a d-mn thing about it.

If you are like me and are very disappointed in the Senate’s defeat of this amendment, and if one of your Senators was among those who voted against it, email them and let them know your thoughts.

(Cross-posted at California Conservative)

Saturday blogging

Hi all!

Blogging will be light for the first part of the day for me because I’ll be out with my sisters and mom in a “girls morning out” thing – I’m looking fwd to it as we haven’t done anything like that in ages. Going to have some breakfast and then do some shopping :) I should be back later this afternoon and will get caught on blogging and commenting at that time. I’ll release comments held in moderation at that time as well so if you post anything (and you aren’t a troll/spammer) it may take a few hours for it to appear on the blog.

Hope everyone has a beautiful Saturday – for those in the projected path of Wilma, STAY SAFE!