Friday links and open thread

Posted by: ST on April 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

It’s another busy day for me in the office, so here are a few links for your perusal until I can return later this evening to catch up:

—- Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one embellishing (actually, it’s more like lying) about her trip to Bosnia as first lady. The Bubbinski has gotten in on the act as well, trying to ‘clarify’ things. Jake Tapper fact checks him here. Jim Geraghty has fun with both Bubba and the mediots here.

—- Headline from the Washington Post: “Big Donors Among Obama’s Grass Roots.” My response? Toldjah So.

—- Speaking of Obama, Gateway Pundit posts what he believes to be shocking audio of excerpts from Obama’s book Dreams From My Father. I listened to this last night and like Sean Hackbarth and Dan Collins, I didn’t find anything particularly shocking about it and some of the audio lacks context. As big a critic as ya’ll know I am of BO, I just don’t see the controversy here. The only thing the audio might indicate is an implication that Obama was in attendance at TUCC when his “former pastor” made some of the controversial remarks Obama claims he never heard. But then again, most of us already know he was anyway.

—- And for once, I agree with the junior Senator from Illinois regarding his remarks on parental responsiblity.

—- Jules Crittenden assures everyone: No, that wasn’t a naked woman seen in Dick Cheney’s sunglasses.

—- Michael Yon writes in the Wall Street Journal that we need to keep on surgin’ in Iraq. Bob Owens notes that Yon has a new book out, which you can purchase here.

—- Caught up in all this American Airlines mess? My sympathies are with you. Hang in there.

—- John Hawkins surveyed the conservative blogosphere on who their least and most desired picks were for McCain’s VP choice. The results can be read here.

Back later …

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10 Responses to “Friday links and open thread”


  1. steveegg says:

    Speaking of Obama, Fred at Real Debate Wisconsin discovered a rather interesting blog post on the official Obama For America servers.

  2. Karmadancer says:

    In re: Dick Cheney — Ah, what fun Photoshop :d

  3. G- Monster says:

    Steve….I think Mitt Romney would make a great choice for McCain’s VP, and it looks like a most others think so too.

  4. sanity says:

    No signs of Qaeda at U.S.-Mexican border?!?!?

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Authorities have seen no signs of al Qaeda trying to insert operatives into the United States from Mexico, but the militant group has considered doing so, a U.S. intelligence official said on Friday.

    Hello?!?!? They can’t even keep track of MILLIONS of illegals coming across the border, murderers, child molestors, rapists and gang members among them.

    But no sign of al Qaeda? Like they would be able to say that with any kind of certainty.

    In contrast, Islamist militants [TERRORISTS] have entered the United States by land from Canada or been caught trying.

    Note: editting above is mine to make the story true.

    But, which is easier not to get caught doing, entering through our unsecured Mexican border or our somewhat secure Canadian border?

    “We know of no trained al Qaeda operatives who have crossed over our southern border,” Allen told reporters.

    I see said the blind man.

    The U.S. government is seeking to complete this year a planned 670-mile border fence to fight illegal crossings from Mexico.

    I will believe it when I see it.
    How long has it been?
    How much has been done so far?

    On the other hand, Mohammed Atta entered the United States from Canada in preparation for leading the September 11 attacks. Vancouver-based militant Ahmeed Ressam, with suspected links to al Qaeda, was stopped with explosives in his car at the U.S. border with Canada in December 1999, foiling a suspected plot to bomb Los Angeles.

    The United States was working closely with Canadian authorities, Allen said, and he credited them with breaking up in 2006 a plot by militants to carry out an “al Qaeda-inspired” bombing campaign in the Toronto area.

    We work closely with our Canadian counterparts in keeping the border more secure, but how close do we work or how close do the Mexican / US cooperation go?


    Reading this article I don’t know whether to laugh at the absurdity of it, or the stupidity of it, or just groan in utter disgust.

  5. Lorica says:

    Is this another case of “Blame Canada”?? =)) – Lorica

  6. Bachbone says:

    ST, I haven’t seen you use the (above) “Bubbinski” (semi-metaphor?) before, but just about fell off my chair laughing when I saw it! How utterly appropriate for Mrs. Clinton’s hubby! The more he speaks, the more it becomes apparent that there is, indeed, some congenital (OOPS! The term “genital” used when discussing Bubba is redundant.) disconnect in his neurological pathways. (For those interested, look up, “Babinski’s reflex.”) You say “Bubbinski,” I say “Babinski.” Let’s call the whole Bubba off!

  7. forest hunter says:

    Hillzilla and Bubbinski

    After escaping from her overly controlling campaign manager for the evening, Hillary snuck off to visit a fortune teller of some local repute. In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news. “There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt, prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year, right after you lose the election.”

    Then the soothsayer looked up and locked eyes with Hillary, who was visibly shaken at this news. Hillary stared back at the woman’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her shaking hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. She simply had to know. She looked back, deep into the fortune teller’s gaze, steadied her voice and asked the big question ….

    “Will I be acquitted?”


  8. forest hunter says:

    Facts for those so inclined……….liberals feel free to resume your regularly scheduled broadcastings.

  9. NC Cop says:

    This story is so sad on so many levels, namely because she is so incredibly beautiful and talented:

    Alicia Keys: ‘Gangsta Rap’ Created to Convince Black People to Kill Each Other

    NEW YORK — There’s another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist.

    The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine: “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

    Keys, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

    Glad to see Alicia is really keeping informed about the issues. What a dolt! Yet another clueless Hollywood princess. If anyone caught her performance in ‘Smokin Aces’ she played a hitman, er hitwoman, who, with her partner, killed several federal agents.

    Well, glad to see you’re not perpetuating a stereotype, Alicia, seeing as how you are so concerned with it.

    I wonder if she goes to Rev. Wrights church?????

  10. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Keys … said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ‘em dead”

    Kill who dead?

    According to Wikipedia (always a problematic source) Keys was born from a mother of Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Her father is Jamaican. One would think that she – of all people – would see the evils of racial discrimination. But in the la-la land of the entertainment industry, where racial and ethnic hatred are merely marketing gimmicks, apparently not.

    Keys claims that she is comfortable with her bi-racial heritage. If she is reading (and taking to heart) the genocidal political ideology of Black Panthers, I would say that the opposite is true.

    This is of more than passing interest to me. My wife is a beautiful black African woman, and our son is bi-racial. We want to shield him from the lunatic ravings of folks like Keys.

    It is true that “gangsta rap” is promoted by whites in the entertainment industry. And why not? It fits the nihilistic worldview of the white liberals who run it, and who love to live vicariously through the gangster-as-rebel-fighting-for-justice myth. Society is so corrupt and racist (they reason) that anything – including wholesale slaughter of blacks as well as whites – is not only justifiable but the fault of those who oppose the ideology of liberalism. The ends justifies the means. We saw this in He Whose Middle Name Must Not Be Mentioned’s condescending, self-serving speech about the racist Rev. Wright.