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Friday, June 11, 2010
I call shenanigans.

This simply doesn't pass the smell test.

Let's review:

- a black man in South Carolina

- only 32 years old

- unemployed; lives with his parents

- fresh out of the military for nine months

- hasn't met with one party leader. No local political bosses, no state bosses, no endorsements from any political organizations, nothing.

- Ran virtually no campaign. No website, no staff, no headquarters, no signs, nothing.

Yet this guy was able to raise over 10 grand to file for the primary, gain over 100,000 votes and win the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate with over 58% of the vote.

Does this look like the guy that could pull something like this off on his own?

I mean, cmon.

People are asking questions about how he got the money to even file for the election, but this goes deeper than that. I'm trying to figure out how he got that many votes. And the excuses I've seen just don't add up (his name was first on the ballot, "Greene" is a popular name among black people, etc).

Something funny is going on in South Carolina. And someone needs to get to the bottom of it.

Posted at 05:20 am by Expertise
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Just when you think things are starting to get boring in the Middle East, something pops off:

Up to 16 people have been killed when Israeli naval commandos boarded aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, meeting resistance from pro-Palestinian activists, Israel's Channel 10 television said.

The six-ship convoy carrying aid for Palestinians and led by a Turkish vessel with 600 people on board set sail for Gaza from international waters off Cyprus on Sunday in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade of the territory.


Israel's navy has had a blockade on the Palestinian territory since the terrorist group Hamas took power. Anything that comes into those waters has to go through them. This incident was purely intentional and was meant to provoke the Israeli military. They were given fair warning this weekend: all boats would be seized and the people on board arrested.

Approx. 700 people were on those boats. A lot of them started the journey shouting war chants; in fact a woman was interviewed saying she expected to either reach Gaza or receive martyrdom.

This was a clear attempt to provoke the Israelis into an international incident, and it worked. The incident sparked several demonstrations around the world, including Turkey and France. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session, because you know they couldn't condemn Israel fast enough (meanwhile, we're still waiting for that resolution condemning North Korea). And as I write this post, there's word of another ship sailing to breach the blockade, and Israel has already warned they will seize that one too.

Over at The Corner, here's Daniel Pipes's take:

Eventually, however, Israel's enemies realized that they could not win a conventional war. Instead of launching planes, tanks, and ships at the Jewish state, they turned to other means weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and (most recently) political delegitimization. Delegitimization turns the rules of war upside down: in particular, strength is weakness and public opinion has supreme importance.

Israel's command structure, having mastered the old ways of war (the ones that lasted to 1973), has shown utter
strategic incompetence at the new ways of war (in place since 1982). The new rules require an agile sense of public relations, which means that a powerful state never physically harms, even inadvertently, its rag-tag political adversaries

I understand Pipes's point. But can you seriously expect for Israel to win a pr war when the main judge has a bias against Israel, such as the case is with Europe? The European Union aren't rational thinkers when it comes to Israel, and has never shown to be. Thus, I believe Israel's main concern is the safety and security of their nation, and Hamas gives them no choice but to regulate the flow of goods and materials to that region.

The wild card is the Obama Administration. During the 2008 campaign, President Obama promised to mend fences with our closest allies. He's done everything but that, with major gaffes and rifts at times during his term with Israel and Great Britain. Some, like Powerline's Paul Mirengoff, give him some credit for not giving a reactionary response to the incident, but I'm not willing to give him credit yet until I hear an official reaction from him or Robert Gibbs. But something tells me they'll side with the terrorists and useful idiots in condemning Israel by Tuesday evening.

We'll see. I'll have more later.

Posted at 03:18 am by Expertise
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Thursday, May 06, 2010
The true mark of cowards...

is when you're willing to pick on someone or something just because you can.

Comedy Central gives us a perfect example:

Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on "South Park," yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.

As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), the network is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City.

The same spineless network that tucked tail and ran after receiving an internet threat for a South Park episode depicting Mohammed in a bear suit now wants to make an animated series making fun of God and Jesus Christ.

There's more:

In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, "the ultimate fish out of water," tries to adjust to life in the big city.

To clarify, it isn't the fact that Comedy Central is making a cartoon that mocks Christianity (although that is bad enough), it's the fact that they're willing to broadcast it in the wake of cowering to threats by Muslims. They're spineless.

Posted at 03:26 am by Expertise
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Why the left (and the media) is scared of Sarah Palin.

It's one thing to see pond scum like Jerome Armstrong, Markos Moulitsas, and Andrew Sullivan resort to 1800's-style muckraking by posting every bit of negative trash of Sarah Palin they can on their blogs.  Nowadays, it's the sort of mess that the left side of the blogosphere can be relied on: false rumors and innuendos.  But it's entirely another to see the "mainstream media", in which millions of viewers tune in to watch, trash the woman as well.  From the very moment John McCain introduced the woman into the national spotlight, television pundits, anchors and reporters have filled the small screen with criticism, condescension, and mockery in analyzing her. 

With as much trash about Palin on national television, the agenda of the media and of the left wing muckrakers is quite glaring.  However, what's even more glaring is the fact that none of this is working, and it makes the "mainstream" media look ridiculously out of touch with the American voters as well as having no clue about what's happening with the electorate.   Rasmussen Reports's tracking poll has Obama up by only three points, the same as this time last week.  CNN has Obama up by only one point.  Zogby has McCain up by a point.  All of these polls have been done after the Palin announcement.

The consensus is clear:  the Palin announcement, for the first time this year, took Obama completely off the news programs for a full weekend.  And not just any weekend; the post-national convention weekend, which took away any momentum the Obama campaign had (but it could be argued that Obama's lead was disappearing anyway).  Regardless, there was no convention bounce for the left-wing rockstar.

Sarah Palin is a fresh face compared to a stale Washington.  Her record as Alaska's Governor, as thin as it may be, shows she not only is willing to talk the talk, but walk the walk.  The mother of five, with a hard working husband, immediately galvanized the conservative base (to the tune of $10 million for the McCain campaign in 3 days) has the leftists in the Democratic party in convulsions, and has the American public looking at McCain, instead of Obama, for the first time during the Election of 2008.

That's why they're scared, and that's why they are trying to destroy her in any way possible.  It won't work.

Posted at 03:48 am by Expertise
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Baby? What about him?

Last month, former UFC World Light-Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson got into his monster truck and went on a driving rampage, running red lights, hitting other cars and injuring a number of people before finally being arrested.

Unfortunately, one of those people he injured was a pregnant woman.  And last week, the woman, Holli Griggs, suffered a miscarriage.

You'd think along with the charges he's facing, vehicular manslaughter would be added, right?


You see, this happened in California, one of the leftist enclaves in the nation.  Babies don't exist in California, until they are physically seen.  And now, prosecutors will have to scramble around to find another way to hold Jackson liable for the child's death.

Posted at 01:19 am by Expertise
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Friday, June 27, 2008
Why we need more Scalias on the Supreme Court:

From The Corner:

"We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding "interest-balancing" approach [responding to Justice Breyer's proposal for a new standard for the right to possess a gun].  The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government even the Third Branch of Government the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth [his emphasis] insisting upon.  A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges' assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all.  Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope is too broad."

-  The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in the majority opinion of DC v. Heller.

It's it refreshing to have a Justice write a sound opinion that actually heeds what is written in the Constitution?

Posted at 08:13 am by Expertise
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Sunday, March 09, 2008
Need I say more?

And look at Peyton Manning's face.  He's to the left of Singler, under his elbow.

Life is good.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

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Saturday, September 01, 2007
College football season begins.

Actually, it started on Thursday with LSU routing Mississippi State, but it's all football all weekend thereafter.

As a diehard football fan and a college sports fanatic, this time of the year is great.  Millions of football fans fill the stadiums of college teams all over the country in order to cheer on their favorite teams.  There's no question that college football fans are the most intense of any sport, and if you've been to one of the games of the big conferences (I went to a Georgia Tech game on an ESPN Thursday Night broadcast almost 8 years ago), you know it's absolutely true.

Two years ago, the national championship picture revolved around Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns and the combination of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush with their USC Trojans.  Last year, it was all about Ohio State, with Florida sneaking in the backdoor with UCLA's upset over USC late in the season.  This year, USC returns to the top of the food chain, boasting the best defense of coach Pete Carroll's tenure and possibly the nation.  Challenging for that top spot are teams like West Virginia, who probably has the most explosive running game in the nation; Virginia Tech, who will use the campus unity stemming from massacre last April to help rally them to an ACC Championship; Florida, last year's champions who are looking to do the same thing their basketball team has done in the last two years; and Michigan, who's finally looking to get over the Ohio State hump and establish themselves as the best in the Big Ten Conference.

There are also other questions within college football this year:  are Rutgers and Wake Forest, two teams that shocked nation by winning the Big East and ACC Championships, respectively, one-trick ponies, or are they going to move to the top of perennial teams?  Will Colt Brennan, arguably the nation's best quarterback, make Hawaii the most dangerous mid-major team in the nation, and possibly a BCS contender?  Will the SEC kill each other off, leaving all of them out of the national championship game?  Will this be the year that Bill Callahan gets Nebraska to the top of the Big 12?  And a question for me and other NC fans:  will the Triangle's three teams (Duke, UNC, NC State), after only winning a combined 6 games last year and firing two coaches, get a team into a bowl game this year?

Tomorrow will consist of mostly blowout games, but there are some key ones.  This biggest game has to be #15. Tennessee at #12. California-Berkeley.  A loss could put either team out of the national championship picture before they've had a chance to start the season.  There's also a rivalry game between #14. UCLA at Stanford, and a battle of unranks as Notre Dame faces Georgia Tech.  On Monday Night, it's the Bowden Bowl, as #19. Florida State takes on Clemson.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Juanita Bynum beaten by her husband

This is a sad, sad story:

Police said Juanita Bynum, a televangelist who has won a national following with sermons about women's empowerment, was assaulted by her preacher husband in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel early Wednesday.

Bynum and her estranged husband, Thomas W. Weeks III, the founder of Global Destiny churches, met at Renaissance Concourse Hotel near Atlanta's airport to try to reconcile, police said.

About 4 a.m., they fought in the parking lot until a hotel bellman pulled Weeks off, Officer Ronald Campbell said.

"She was bruised up and battered," Campbell said. "She had purple bruising around her neck and upper torso."

Juanita Bynum has been a strong advocate of women's empowerment within Christianity and the black church.  Her marriage to Weeks in 2002 was even televised.

I hope she gets this situation straightened out, and Weeks is put in jail, where he belongs.

Posted at 10:34 am by Expertise
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