Okay, it wasn’t a giant stockpile, bit chemical weapons did exist in Iraq. You know what doesn’t exist in Iraq today? Chemical weapons. Here is the report.
WikiLeaks’ newly-released Iraq war documents reveal, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins, and uncover weapons of mass destruction.
An initial glance at the WikiLeaks war logs doesn’t reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime — the Bush administration’s most (in)famous rationale for invading Iraq. But chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.
In August 2004, for instance, American forces surreptitiously purchased what they believed to be containers of liquid sulfur mustard, a toxic “blister agent” used as a chemical weapon since World War I. The troops tested the liquid, and “reported two positive results for blister.” The chemical was then “triple-sealed and transported to a secure site” outside their base.
Do you know how much blister agent it takes to ruin your day, month, year and life? An amount so small it is barely visible to the human eye. Do a Google image search on “blister agent” if you want to be horrified. I don’t even want to post the photos here.
Today Iraq has neither Saddam Hussein nor blister agents.
Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf said Friday that ObamaCare includes work disincentives likely to shrink the amount of labor used in the economy
In a speech on ObamaCare’s economic impact outside the health care sector, Elmendorf said that those effects will primarily be related to the labor market and “will probably be small.”
Factoring in additional demand for workers in health care and insurance, CBO estimates that “the legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor used in the economy by roughly half a percent,” he said.
The reason: The expansion of Medicaid and new health insurance subsidies will reduce “the amount of labor that workers choose to supply.”
(For perspective, half a percent of current payrolls is 651,000 jobs, though the impact would show up in both fewer jobs and fewer hours worked.)
The conclusion isn’t a surprising one; any extra support from the government takes some pressure off of workers to provide for themselves.
Republican chances of taking over the House are now up to 80 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model; they had been 75 percent two days ago.
In an average simulation, the model projected that the Republicans will control 230 seats when the new Congress convenes in January; that would reflect a 51-seat gain from their current standing and would be close to the 54-seat gain that they achieved in 1994. This is the first time we have published a forecast putting the Republican over-under line at a number higher than 50 seats.”
The most charitable interpretation of those initial remarks, I think, is that he meant to say that the reflexive fear folks may have of those in Muslim garb, while defensible, should not be allowed to justify anti-Muslim bigotry writ large. In other words, he may have meant to say something like: It’s understandable that people, me included, have an instinctual fear of Muslims in airports, given what happened on 9/11, but that should not allow us to give way to concerted, institutionalized bigotry.
The problem, though, is that in his initial comments he didn’t clarify that the instinctual feeling itself is irrational and ungrounded, and something folks need to battle against internally whenever it rears its head. And in his subsequent comments on Fox today, Williams again conspicuously failed to make that point.
Williams needed to say more than just that our anti-Muslim instincts can’t translate into mistreatment of Muslims. He needed to clarify that anti-Muslim feelings need to be battled against, by saying something like: “It’s wrong for us to feel this way, even if it’s understandable.”
So see? It isn’t enough to state that Muslims should not be mis-treated and that they should be free to exercise the rights to worship and dress as they please. That is a good start, Sargent explains, but if you are still wondering – even briefly – if a Muslim on an airplane might possibly be a threat, you are wrong. You are committing a thought crime. Fortunately we have MSM people like Sargent to tell us what are and are not appropriate thoughts.
Kim Strassel has a column in today’s WSJ called ‘The Chris Christie Clones’. She observes that many Republicans are following Christie’s lead:
I want to be the Chris Christie of Connecticut,” declares GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. “Chris Christie is the primo example of how you turn around government,” says Scott Walker, vying to run Wisconsin. Mr. Christie’s reforms are a “road map” for California, pronounces Meg Whitman. “He tells it like it is, and it’s time for that,” says Iowa’s gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad. In one long year, Mr. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has gone from little-known prosecutor to GOP rock star.
In Illinois, Bill Brady is promising to shut a $13 billion budget deficit, in part by a 10% across-the-board cut in spending. He’s ruling out any new taxes, in contrast to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who wants further income tax hikes.
As for public unions, Mr. Brady has declared that they are “bankrupting the state,” with $75 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. He’s demanding union concessions, and, like Mrs. Whitman in California, wants to put new state hires into the 401(k) plans used by the rest of America. “
The people of the United States know what is causing these budget woes – and why. They have for a long time been afraid that there is no way to reverse it. Christie has shown that it can be reversed, and how to do it. He is pursuing the same route Margaret Thatcher traveled in Britain. It is no way to make yourself popular in the short run but it is the only way to arrest the slide into economic oblivion.
It took guts and it takes guts to do what is necessary. It’s great to see that there are still some Americans with guts.
State representatives Cindy Noe and Woody Burton emphasized that any effort to cut off the Kinsey Institute hinges on electing Republican majorities in the state legislature.
“I don’t think the Kinsey Institute is a proper use of taxpayer money. Given the pressure that higher education is under now I can’t think of a better time to defund them,” said Noe.
I went down to that place and toured it. It’s just a pit. It’s just a porno pit. They’ve got rooms where they take the college students in and show them pornography and do things to them. It’s just disgusting; and they sit there and try to tell you it’s just science. “
Hard to believe that investigators with names like Noe and Woody could launch an effective opposition.
We are listening to Juan Williams who is sitting in for Bill O’Reilly. Bill chose to take today off from his show. That shows class because it shows, with no equivocation, his support for the newest Fox employee.
The word which describes what O’Reilly did tonight is ‘Gracious’. Gracious is derived from the same root word as ‘Grace’.
Williams is doing a good job. He is not O’Reilly but he will find his own way. What is interesting to hear is how Williams’ opinion has moved to the right in the last day or so. Finally released from the restrictions that NPR placed on him he is saying exactly what he has been suppressing.
Grace is a giving term. It has been absent from American news reporting for a long time. I, for one, am delighted to see it is back. Good for you, Bill.
Williams says he will have Terri Gross on later. I will be fascinated to hear what she has to say.
Republicans aren’t interested in compromising with President Obama on major issues if they retake the House or Senate, a senior GOP lawmaker said.
“Look, the time to go along and get along is over,” said Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), the chairman of the House Republican Conference. “House Republicans know that. We’ve taken firm and principled stands against their big government plans throughout this Congress, and we’ve got, if the American people will send them, we’ve got a cavalry of men and women headed to Washington, D.C. that are going to stand with us.”
Pence said his party wouldn’t compromise on issues like spending or healthcare reform, two of the weightiest items on Congress’s agenda next year, when the Republicans could control one or both chambers.
“Look, there will be no compromise on stopping runaway spending, deficits and debt. There will be no compromise on repealing Obamacare. There will be no compromise on stopping Democrats from growing government and raising taxes,” Pence told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday evening. “And if I haven’t been clear enough yet, let me say again: No compromise.”
Over at the Washington Post, there is a Clarence Thomas hate fest underway. Apparently another woman from the era of Anita Hill has decided to “break her silence” and is claiming that Clarence Thomas, I don’t know, objectified women or something. She isn’t making any new accusations, she is simply stating that Hill’s claims “ring true.” Basically, it is more of the same. It does, however, have the moonbat commentators out in droves and out for blood. Here is a sample comment.
Everyone already knows that Clarence Thomas was/is a sexual predator and is obsessed with pornographic sexual material, as many men are. What Ms. Lillian McEwen is describing and what Anita Hill said some 19 years ago is how many men in Washington in high level positions and those at the bottom of the totem pole behave in around D.C.
It seems that Right-Wingers believe they can use their positions, power, and money to control the lives of others, either from the bench, as well as calling people up on the phone 19 years later and harassing them, by leaving voice mails and then demanding that they apologies to her and her husband, by retracting her (Anita Hill) honest and open testimony that was conducted live on national T.V. for several days. I can imagine how Anita Hill felt to sit there in front of a hostile Right-Wing Congress and then to be told, she was lying about the sexual harassment that she suffered from emotionally by her abuser. I commend her for a being a Brave woman in standing up and speaking out for what she knew to be wrong.
Doubtless these same moonbats sincerely believe that the sexual assault charges made by Paula Jones, Juanita Broddrick against Bill Clinton were just “bimbo eruptions.”
It is also doubtless that these same people believe the most powerful man in the world allowing himself to be felated under his desk in the Oval Office during businesses hours by a unpaid intern young enough to be his daughter is his business. They told us over and over “it is just about sex.” Frankly, if Clarence Thomas actually mentioned porn or asked who put a pubic hair on his Coke he is as pure and innocent as a cherub compared to serial womanizer Bill Clinton. Anyone on the left who defended or even remained silent during the sexcapades of Bill Clinton has lost all right to criticize Clarence Thomas.
Yesterday, Powerline blog, like every other news source, did a story on the Firing of Juan Williams by NPR. The articlebegan, however, with a couple of very revealing paragraphs about Mara Liasson and NPR:
Mara Liasson is National Public Radio’s top political correspondent. She also helps hold down the left flank on panels where she appears as a Fox News contributor such as Special Report with Bret Baier. Last year Josh Gerstein reported that NPR management has asked Liasson to reconsider her appearances on Fox News because of what they perceive — in accord with the teaching of the Obama administration — as the network’s political bias. NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisan, and they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network.
At the end of the 30 days, Liasson was undoubtedly expected to engage in rigorous self-criticism, but it didn’t work out that way: “At a follow-up meeting last month, Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network, the source said.” Now NPR has gone a step beyond the summoning of Mara Liasson.”
And then they go on to complete the article about Williams.
But with all the attention being paid to Sr. Juan it pays to watch the other hand: Liasson. From the above report it seems that she has been warned by her superiors. They are unhappy with her connection with Fox News but what will come of it?
Democrats see the government as a threat to liberty when Republicans are in power. Republicans see government as a threat to liberty when Democrats are in power. The reality is that government unrestrained from Constitutional restrictions is a threat to liberty no matter what party is in power. Power is a threat to liberty. Period. We shouldn’t forget that when Republicans take control.
The lesson to be learned is that there is an unfortunate tendency for politicians to misbehave when they get control of the machinery of government. Lord Acton warned that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s almost as if Republicans and Democrats do their best every day to confirm this statement.
Remember that when Republicans are back in control.
The woman from the LWV was upset. She said that the audience had disrespected her. She said she was “forced” to say the Pledge and that it had “obviously been planned”. As if we all decided in line to say the Pledge of Allegiance anyway if refused. I hadn’t even thought that the Pledge might not be said. This was a political candidate’s forum and the three candidates on stage were hoping to be elected to represent us in the Federal Government. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance at a political event in America should be a no-brainer.
Actually, we should all sit and watch the candidates say the Pledge of Allegiance.
You know, I love the whole national anthem thing and I have nothing against the pledge. Still, there is something a little weird about us all pledging allegiance to the flag. The flag could end up standing for any kind of republic; most of which I wouldn’t pledge a nickel, let alone allegiance. I know we have these little civic rituals to give us a sense of community and to remind us of our roles as citizens, but it all seems a little unconditional for my tastes. I’d prefer something like, “I pledge allegiance, to the Constitution of the United State of America and to the republic which it defines, one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”
He also prevented asteroid strikes, post nasal drip, solar flares, red tide, national erectile dysfunction, bad hair days, resurgent boy bands, the capsizing of Guam and the recurrence of Brittney Spears crotch shots.
A 27 year old Algerian man was sentenced to 2 years in prison for breaking his fast during Ramadan. Two Iranian soccer players were recently sentenced to jail time for kissing a fan. Women are forced to stay in burning buildings and die because they can’t come outside without hijab or burqa. Wives are allowed to be beaten and raped and you can marry a 6 year old girl. What the hell is wrong with anyone whpo supports this?
An Algerian court sentenced a young man to two years in prison for breaking the fast of the holy month of Ramadan late in August, the daily El-Watan reported Thursday.
Bouchouta Fares, 27, who was brought to trial at Oum El Bouaghi, 500 kilometres southeast of Algiers, was also fined to a fine of 100,000 dinars ($1,359 dollars) Monday for “breaching a precept of Islam,” the report said.
Islam is the state religion in the north African country.
Acting on a tip-off, police in the town close to Ain el Beida carried out a raid on an abandoned building in the town centre, looking for a group of people breaking the fast. All of them fled with the exception of Fares, who was taken into custody, the paper said.
El-Watan noted that sentences varied radically from one court to another for the same offence.