Has the administration caved on the NSA surveillance program?

The blogosphere is buzzing with tonight with the belief that the admin has given up on the NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program by saying they ‘won’t reauthorize it’ and that all future requests for warrantless wiretaps will be decided on by FISA.

Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy, however, is not so sure and thinks this might be a ‘win’ for the administration. Read what he has to say about it here. Dafydd at Big Lizards is thinking along the same lines. See also AJ Strata’s post, where he echos similar themes to Kerr and Dafydd.

Has the admin pulled a fast one on its critics and furthermore, have the mediots gotten the angle of this story all wrong? Sounds like it …

Hillary’s “plan” for Iraq, and her dodge about Obama

Greg Tinti has a recap and analysis of a proposal Senator Hillary Clinton is introducing in the Senate for Iraq. In a nutshell, she’s calling for “phased redeployment” and we know what that means. You can view the video of Hillary’s presser here:

In other Hillary news, the Senator dodged and weaved out of a question on the “Today Show” with Matt Lauer when he asked her whether or not Senator Barack Obama (who is a bonafide liberal, contrary to how the MSM portrays him) is qualified to be president. Watch her non-answer here.

Jimmy Carter: A disgraceful American

I have documented on numerous occasions at this blog the shameful way former president Jimmy Carter goes about underming the war on terror, primarily because he hates the President, but also because he supports the Palestinians in their ‘fight’ against Israel.

Carter and ArafatCarter, who won a Nobel Peace prize in part due to the failed Carter/Clinton ‘US-North Korea ‘Agreed Framework’, is so well known for taking anti-Israel stances that the UN once considered the possiblity of asking him to head up a UN investigation of Israel’s “aggression” towards the Palestinians. He’s also accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair of being ‘subservient’ to the President in the WOT, sided with – shall we say opposition forces – against the US and Israel, tried to turn the tables against the US at the UN while at the same time questioning whether or not the President was a true Christian, actually believes that Hamas ‘wants peace’ with Israel, slammed the President – while he was in attendance – at Coretta Scott King’s funeral, has a hard time calling Hamas a “terrorist organization”, thinks our Gitmo policy is “disgraceful”, and has lied at least twice on issues related to that US-North Korea ‘Agreed Framework’ I mentioned earlier, a ‘deal’ that Carter and Clinton both stupidly believed would make North Korea a more peaceful country.

The latest news on Carter is that 14 Carter Center members resigned after becoming disgusted with gross factual and historial distortions found in his book Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid. I’m trying to figure out why it took so long for them to figure out that Carter is notorious for factual inaccuracies, not only as it relates to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians – and US involvement, but also North Korea. Oh well, better late than never. One former Carter Center member recently stated that Carter ‘condoned’ Palestinian terrorism, and it’s easy to understand how he came to that conclusion, considering his history of defending Pali terror.

Carter also recently appeared on Al Jazeera, and declared that he doesn’t equate Palestinian missiles with terrorism.

Jimmy Carter was a lousy president, and he’s been an even worse ‘diplomat.’ He should stick to promoting Habitat for Humanity, instead of constantly coddling terrorist organizations and trying to undermine US foreign policy at every turn. Everytime I hear someone call Jimmy Carter a “statesman” I want to gag. Gerald Ford was a statesman. Jimmy Carter most certainly is not. He’s a disgraceful American, and no amount of houses he helps build will ever change that.

Update I: Sigh.

I think this fits here perfectly:

Update II: Apparently the video was pulled :-\ It was the famous line Reagan used on Carter in one of their debates: “There you go again.”

“24” is a manly man show …

… which must be the real reason Keith Olbermann doesn’t like it.

Johnny Dollar’s commentary on KO’s reaction to “24” is priceless:

The next enemy in Monkeymann’s sights was the eeevil tv show, “24”. It must be eeevil, it’s eating into the meager Hour of Spin ratings. He contrasted the reception the show gets to the reaction to Al Gore’s movie. Attention Krazy Keith: Gore’s film is supposed to be a documentary. “24” is fiction. It’s not real. You know, like Sponge Bob. You should say to yourself it’s just a show, you should really just relax.

Olby’s intro talked about using fear to scare people to vote the way they want (yeah, that Kiefer Sutherland is on Karl Rove’s payroll), and KO took special note of the mushroom cloud, citing it as the administration’s “imagery” for the Iraq War.

All right, stop the tivo! Is Keith really this much of a nitwit, or is he dishonestly pretending this is something new? America was attacked by nukes on tv decades ago in The Day After. How about the recent movie The Sum of All Fears? More to the point, just last season a series ran called Jericho. On this program, multiple US cities were hit with terrorist nuclear attacks. You can see an image from this show to the right. Where was Citizen Keith with his moral outrage? How many times did he condemn this on The Hour of Spin? Here’s a hint: Never! Of course, Jericho was on CBS. Could that be why the discredited sports guy ignored it, but is now blasting a show on Fox that affected his ratings? Ya think?


I really don’t know how J$ manages to sit through watching KO’s show every night.

Forget the wimpy attitude. Let’s hear it for manly men (scroll)!

Fidel Castro’s surgery botched?

I’m sure most of us have had the unpleasant experience of talking with far leftist Castro supporters, who talk up the many supposed ‘qualities’ of the ‘leader’ of Cuba. Among what’s supposed to be so great about Cuba is their ‘public healthcare system.’ I’ve argued with the people who tout Cuba as a ‘shining’ example of their ideals that it didn’t matter if the healthcare in Cuba was second to none (it’s not, of course), that ‘great healthcare’ didn’t take away from the fact that Cuba is a Communist state known for its rampant human rights abuses as well as their routine suppression of free speech, often at the expense of jailing dissidents. Afterall, that’s why so many risk their lives in manmade rafts just to get to the US.

Well, the Commie lovers who talked up Cuba’s healthcare system in glowing terms won’t be pleased to read this about Castro nor the medical treatment he received for intestinal illness, treatment which appears to have made his condition worse:

MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuban leader Fidel Castro has long prided himself on Cuba’s doctors and free public health care system, but that system seems to have let him down after he fell ill in July , U.S.-based doctors said on Tuesday.

Based on a report in Tuesday’s edition of Spain’s El Pais newspaper, the doctors — who have no first-hand knowledge of Castro’s condition — said Castro had received questionable or even botched care at the hands of health experts on his communist-ruled island.

“It’s not a good story. Too bad they didn’t send him to Miami for surgery,” said Dr. Charles Gerson, a clinical professor of medicine in the gastroenterology division of New York’s Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Not that he’d be welcomed in the US anyway by anyone other than extremists on the left, but even if the US did welcome him, I don’t think Miami would be so accommodating.

In any event, it should be humorous to see what the ‘pro Castro’ crowd has to say about his ‘world class’ healthcare which has apparently only made him sicker.