Tuesday Open Thread (UPDATE: CANES WIN!!)

Time to watch Game 7 between the ‘Canes and the NJ Devils. We kicked bootie the last game but this one is being played on Jersey ice.

Nailbitin’ time! :-ss

The winner goes on to play the winner of the Rangers/Capitols series play the Boston Bruins.

Update – 10:12 PM: The ‘Canes win 4-3 with two goals in the last two minutes of the game. YES!!

The one that tied the game:

Video of the game-winner:


Quote of the day from Sen. Jim DeMint

On Specter’s switch and speculation that the GOP will continue to go nowhere fast if it doesn’t start taking more ‘moderate’ views:

DeMint wouldn’t speculate whether this conversation spurred Specter to switch parties, but the conversation came within hours of the release of a poll showing Toomey leading Specter among primary voters 51 percent to 30 percent. “We knew Pat was going to win the primary,” DeMint said in a Capitol Hill interview Tuesday, minutes after Specter announced his move. “This [party switch] shouldn’t surprise anyone. It was a clever political move.”

DeMint had not yet gone public with his support for Toomey by the time Specter switched.

DeMint said Specter’s switch “shows that there were not principles attaching Arlen to the Republican Party, but the Republican Party was the means to get elected.”

DeMint continued: “I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”

Can I get a “hell yeah!”?

Oh, and is Senator DeMint reading Sister Toldjah? From a post last week:

If conservatives abandoned their principles on those [core] issues, our party as we know it would cease to exist. In fact, we saw what happened when conservatives in Congress started acting like moderate liberals on spending, for example – it didn’t do us any good. Certainly there are issues that we can find common ground on with the left on, like on card check, supporting our returning veterans, and on regulation/deregulation. At this point, we don’t have a choice, but in the end there are core principles that should never be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Even if it means in the end the party would die out.

Toldjah So … :D

Egg on establishment GOP’s faces as Specter switches parties

WaPo’s The Fix blog is reporting that when Arlen Specter runs for reelection next year he will do so … as a Democrat:

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter’s decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken’s victory in the state Supreme Court.)

“I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”

He added: “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”

Specter as a Democrat would also fundamentally alter the 2010 calculus in Pennsylvania as he was expected to face a difficult primary challenge next year from former Rep. Pat Toomey. The only announced Democrat in the race is former National Constitution Center head Joe Torsella although several other candidates are looking at the race.

Love how he blames Republicans for allegedly moving more “to the right” than himself for his clear shift to the left over the years. He’s learned well from Democrats: Don’t take responsibility for your own decisions and actions; instead, blame everyone else.

Quips Malkin: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

Wonder how the national GOP is feeling now, since a couple of weeks ago it was reported that they were lining up to support Specter over the conservative Toomey, just like they did last time around?

Egg.Faces. Not a pretty picture.

Now more than ever is the time to get behind Toomey, especially considering the fact that Specter will be getting support from all kinds of liberal groups who will want to keep their filibuster proof majority. Go here to learn more about Pat Toomey, and to find out how you can help him in his second bid to unseat Specter.


Read much more via Memeorandum.


Correcting the record on the waterboarding of KSM

Fox News has a report that will garner little to no attention from the mainstream press on the issue of how many times KSM was waterboarded before he started singing. Popular news outlets, citing figures from the memos Obama released on EITs, have reported that it was done to him “183 times” – which is not the case:

The New York Times reported last week that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was waterboarded 183 times in one month by CIA interrogators. The “183 times” was widely circulated by news outlets throughout the world.

It was shocking. And it was highly misleading. The number is a vast inflation, according to information from a U.S. official and the testimony of the terrorists themselves.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the interrogation program told FOX News that the much-cited figure represents the number of times water was poured onto Mohammed’s face — not the number of times the CIA applied the simulated-drowning technique on the terror suspect. According to a 2007 Red Cross report, he was subjected a total of “five sessions of ill-treatment.”

“The water was poured 183 times — there were 183 pours,” the official explained, adding that “each pour was a matter of seconds.”

The Times and dozens of other outlets wrote that the CIA also waterboarded senior Al Qaeda member Abu Zubaydah 83 times, but Zubayda himself, a close associate of Usama bin Laden, told the Red Cross he was waterboarded no more than 10 times.

The confusion stems from language in the Justice Department legal memos that President Obama released on April 16. They contain the numbers, but they fail to explain exactly what they represent.


The Justice Department memos described the maximum allowed use of the waterboard on any detainee, based on tactical training given to U.S. troops to resist interrogations:

— Five days of use in one month, with no more than two “sessions” in a day;
— Up to six applications (something like a dunk) lasting more than 10 seconds but less than 40 seconds per session;
— 12 minutes of total “water application” in a 24-hour period

Bloggers who read the memos last week noted that the CIA’s math “doesn’t add up” — meaning that the 12 long pours allowed in a day couldn’t add up to the 12 minutes mentioned in the memo, and they could barely even guess how the detainees could have been waterboarded an astounding 286 times in one month.

The memos did not note that the sessions would be made up of a number of short pours — the ones the U.S. official said lasted “a matter of seconds” — and that created the huge numbers quoted by the New York Times: 183 on Mohamed, 83 on Zubaydah.

Pours, not waterboards.

Note that Fox News credits intrepid bloggers for figuring out that the “183 times” figure was highly misleading. And they also pointed out later in the piece that the Red Cross report makes the numbers even more clear. Was there no one at any mainstream news media outlet who could have done the same thing? Or was there, and they just didn’t bother checking their Bush-bashing hit pieces?

Will mainstream media outlets like the WaPo and the NYT correct their reporting on the number of times KSM was waterboarded? Don’t – no pun intended – hold your breath.