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An update on Nifong's willfull misconduct in the Duke Lacrosse case.

Simply astonishing. Not only should he be stripped of his bar license, he should be jailed and subsequently, tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail. I believe he is immune from civil prosecution as part of soverign immunity but there has to be some sort of civil rights violation case the accused can bring against him. Unless or until he is severely punished for his actions he will continue and only get worse. North Carolinians ought to be ashamed of him.
So two firsts for me yesterday:

I met a NASCAR driver and a billionaire. The NASCAR driver is sponsored for the company that the billionaire owns (I work there also.) Apparently, he's new and the other guy left to go to another team. I don't watch NASCAR so I have no idea who this guy is. My brother-in-law is a fan so I got a photo and an autograph for him. The billionaire in question is a member of the family that owns this privately held $16B business. Odd thing being in the presence of someone who is on the Forbes list of richest Americans.

The driver guy was very nice and reserved as well. He seemed tired after a long day and wasn't sure how familiar to be with people. By the time I got down to the place where he was signing autographs, there weren't many people there as he'd be leaving shortly. Some people wanted to talk his ear off. I thought I'd spare him the chit-chat and get to the get as they say. He seemed relieved when I said something al…
So Cool! If only I could afford one....
A brilliant blog post title:

"Hugo Chavez - One Man Axis of Crazy"

Which contains the hilarious quote:


Hugo Chavez appeared at the UN this week as the highlight of their annual ranting dictators week.


Read the whole thing.

I have to ask, does it worry any Democrats that Chavez sounds like Howard Dean and is pushing a book by Noam Chomsky? Probably not, but just wondering.
The question is:

22. In view of the developments since we first sent our troops to Iraq, do you think the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, or not?


The split is an even 49/49 split. This is the highest it's been since July 2005. As gas prices go down, look for this support to increase. Voters think the two are inextricably linked (a view I share but I believe other factors are far more influential).

The lower the price of gas goes, the worse prospects look for Democrats in November. If gas goes below $2.00 per gallon by election day, the Democrats will have no hope of winning either House or Senate.
Another march that didn't happen.

Neither did I.

Any 4 "anti-war" protestors can get a 5 minute story on a major network but 35,000+ people cannot get a single mention anywhere. That may not be evidence of collusion but it speaks volumes about the ideological consistency between them.

This isn't the first time this has happened. There is another march that doesn't happen every spring when tens of thousands of *ahem* "anti-choice" activists march on DC. I have yet to see that one covered anywhere.
Non-leftists frequently argue that the MSM is anti-American and some (like Instapundit) have declared them to be "not anti-war, just on the other side".

Well, now we have proof


We were informed from one of our sources (the degree of trust in him is good) who works in the American Associated Press Agency...


Simply no other way to interpret this. We, in the West, are very stringent about keeping the press free from government agents. We don't even allow the CIA to pose as journalists for fear of putting them at risk. Frankly, we don't take information warfare seriously. It's frowned upon by certain people as fighting dirty. Unless or until we shift from PsiOps mentality to Infowar mentality, we're going to be behind the curve. The Muslim world has mastered media manipulation and our lazy MSM swallows their tripe whole. From "Green Helmet" to fauxtography to countless other examples the MSM is lazy and is ready to reprint anything that fits the…
Nancy Pelosi isn't completely stupid.

Call me cynical but I think she's playing both sides of this one. She was probably nodding in agreement when Chavez was speaking and then saw the millions of American eyes directed her way to see if she was going to have anything to say in response. She wisely decided to side with her President rather than a foreign dictator.

One of my coworkers made the comment while watching Chavez's speech to the UN:

"If he keeps going on like that, they're going to make him DNC chair."
Head in the Sand Liberals:

But my correspondence with liberals has convinced me that liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith.

On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right.

This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are.

The author is not some wild-eyed neocon fearmonger. Rather he's a liberal who realizes the threat we face. Read the whole thing (excerpts and commentary follow).

More:

Unfortunately, such religious extremism is not as fringe a phenomenon as we might hope. Numerous studies have found that the most radicalized Muslims tend to have better-than-average educations and economic opportunities... And yet, despite abundant evidence to the contrar…
Ace of Spades rightly pummels the "sinistrophere".

Read the whole thing and tell me if you think he's off base. Personally, I think he's hit the bullseye. The Persuasionatrix thing only lends creedence to his assertion.
This post got me thinking. The USSC has decided that non-state actors are entitled to Geneva convention protections despite the wording that spies and terrorists do not enjoy such protections.

In the comments, I noted that we act according to the treaty not only because we signed it, but also treating captives well makes them more likely to give up. There's a reason Saddam's uniformed troops were surrendering en masse as soon as they could. They knew they were better off with the Americans than fighting them.

If we (the US and larger, the Western world) are going to give Geneva convention protection to non-state actors like al-Qaeda, are we going to extend them to professional military companies like Blackwater, Triple Canopy and Sandline?

Similarly, if we are going to define things so loosely, we will now be able to deploy our forces without any flags or even rank insignia. We can even use non-US camo patterns to further confuse our opponents. That sets the stage for …
Global warming is happening, but humans are not the cause, one of the nation’s top experts on hurricanes said Monday morning.

This doesn't mean he's right, just that there is disagreement among scientists. I get annoyed when I'm told that global warming is a fact or that "all reputable scientists agree" that humans are the cause.
Elsmere accused of profiling with ticket policy

There's so much in this article it's hard to know where to start.

First, the woman recieved a ticket for not registering her vechicle w/in the 60 day limit. She declares this discrimination because she cannot get plates without a Social Security card.


Tenants also claimed it's easier for immigrants without documents to license cars in Pennsylvania, even though the state's laws are similar to Delaware's and require proof of insurance and a valid Pennsylvania ID.


So if PA is so lax about illegal immigration, by all means, go back there. Let them deal with it.

I have news for Salusita (and the amnesty crowd); Delaware, like every other state, targets out of state plates for enforcement. Speeding, parking, traffic and what have you. It's an easy way to generate revenue without the headaches of ticketing locals. Ever go to the beach? Locals don't get parking tickets but out of towners do and you can bet your b…