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It’s Trump Time

By Patty On May 4th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Once again we’re facing the frustration of a known document hidden from public view by the Obama Administration. First, it was the long form birth certificate. Now, it’s the bin Laden kill photo.

What to do? What to do?

According to my shameless hero, Rush Limbaugh, the answer is right in front of us:

“Okay, so now what do we do? What do we do? Have we been here before? We have. Recently. A document that nobody doubts exists but would not be released by the regime. There is guidance here. Intelligence guided by experience: One man — one man — has shown the ability to get this regime to produce things it doesn’t want to produce and that man is Donald Trump. It’s time to call Trump. Panetta said they were gonna release the photo. Other elements of the regime said they were gonna release the photo. I mean, Drudge had it 24 hours ago: They were going to release the photo. Maybe Trump could get ’em to release just the short form of the photo. Maybe just the e-mail size. You know, just a couple hundred kilobytes. Not as gory when you blow it up.”

O’ Canada

By Patty On May 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

In case you missed it, my neighbor to the North just elected a majority Conservative government. As we all know, elections matter and it will be interesting to see how this new conservative trend in Canada plays out.  From the National Post:

“Canada’s forty-first election was supposed to be about nothing. Unnecessary, unwanted, unimportant: a $300 million exercise in futility destined to produce another minority Parliament with a configuration similar to the last.

Instead, this election has profoundly changed both the composition of the House of Commons and the politics of our country. For the next four to five years Canadians will be governed by a Conservative majority government; not a Progressive Conservative government, the last of which we saw in 1993, but that of a party that consciously dropped the “p word” when it reunited its warring factions in 2003. It will also be a government which got its majority without Quebec, while facing an official opposition which draws over half its caucus from that province.”

The ObL Chronicles, Part 557…

By Mike Cunningham On May 4th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

he was hiding behind his wife….

He was hiding behind a young woman…

He was armed with a howitzer

He was kneeling on the floor, crying like an infant….

He was running towards/away from our heavily-armed team

We had to shoot, those were our orders!

What do you mean, he didn’t get ‘due process’?

You Can’t Handle the Truth

By Patty On May 3rd, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I love America, the military and our Navy SEALS. God bless America and our military.

I  think Osama bin Laden has been irrelevant for some time now and so the recent  killing of this irrelevant old man hasn’t really lit my fires. Evil and death make me sad. That’s just the way I’m cut.

The brouhaha around the killing has raised some questions however:

1. Why now?  Osama bin Laden apparently lived for years in that enormous compound surrounded by the Pakistani military. Common sense concludes that his presence was known and that he was protected by the government of Pakistan. Common sense also dictates that America knew where Osama was – or at least knew that Pakistan knew –  and for some reason tolerated the situation. The Pakistani government has nuclear weapons as well as a Taliban problem.  Why now?

2. The White House is now bumbling around.  The White House indicates that they will soon release  a photo. This is a bad, bad idea.  DO NOT RELEASE A PHOTO!

Also, the White House has changed their story about what happened. Was bin Laden armed, or not? did he hide behind a wife, or not?

Also, as noted in the comments below,The  Situation Room looks like a broom closet and Hillary Clinton is gasping into her hands.  This is  not a great optic; Hillary Clinton looks afraid.

I ask: what is wrong with this White House?  This is their PR ??? Fire the PR agency — they make my government look bad with unforced, unneeded errors. Stop bumbling!

3. Recently, conventional wisdom said that burning a Koran was provocative and would possibly incite violence in the ME. Why is the murder of bin Laden not provocative, possibly inciting violence? I don’t get it.

4. Much of the media, and even some commenters here at ATW, are politically spinning the Osama bin Laden killing — basically contending that this is a huge victory of Obama, some going so far as to say that the 2012 reelection is sewn up for Obama .This is a mistake, I think.  The Obama Administration would get more mileage out of the PR effect of this if they would thank the prior administration, thank the SEALS, thank the Pakistanis who helped etc. This claiming credit tactic looks bad, inmo.

State your occupation

By Mike Cunningham On May 3rd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

A girl handed in the drawing below for her homework assignment.

The teacher graded it and the child brought it home.

She returned to school the next day with the following note:

“Dear Ms. Davis,

I want to be perfectly clear on my child’s homework illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint surrounded by male customers with money. I work at Homebase and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snow.

This drawing is of me selling a shovel.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Harrington”

QUESTIONS TO WHICH THE ANSWER IS …

By Pete Moore On May 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 am

… only in the Guardian:

The Unspoken Horror

By 33230715130361 On May 2nd, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Despite all the good feelings generated by the shoot and splash activity known as  Weekend at Osama’s, we still must acknowledge the unspeakable horror – Musak Mastermind Daniel O’Donnell remains at large at his compound in Kincasslagh, Donegal. 

Courage!

US Navy SEALS

By Phantom On May 2nd, 2011 at 7:18 pm



90% of their time is spent collecting intelligence. The rest of the time they are surgeons with bullets.

I hope that the details of the Osama mission remain secret for a long time, but I won’t be surprised if some of the men did recon in Abbottabad well before the mission itself. They are very patient, and as unemotional as a master surgeon. Even within military circles, they’re spoken of in hushed tones. If you’re a bad guy, they’re the last people on earth you want to see calling on you.

We do not forget, We do not forgive, and We will have a Reckoning

By Patrick Van Roy On May 2nd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

10 years. 10 years of borrowed time Bin Laden lived. Whether he spent it laughing, plotting or cowering in fear, he was the walking dead. It is only a pound of flesh exacted for the thousands ordered dead by a twisted mind.

However We will take that pound of flesh. Something our European cousins don’t always seem to understand, for some crimes death is the only punishment. Not understanding, not mercy, not life in a cage, if you commit certain acts the only punishment that your fellowman can exact from you is your unnatural death. and it is just.

Just a reminder to all out there that wish to do America harm, and an assurance to our friends.

Watch the video till the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv4s3fn8jDc

Flush The Ocean – Osama’s End

By 33230715130361 On May 2nd, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I like to think that Osama Bin Laden is now aware that the  number of virgins available for his pleasure in the afterlife was, to put it mildly, grossly inflated.  Since he apparently has joined Luca Brasi in sleeping with the fishes, I can only say that his burial at sea was the greatest act of water pollution since the BP spill off of the Gulf Coast. 

Someone, somewhere just won their Dead Pool.  And of course some real estate agent in Abbattobad just got a listing for a large home (some fix up required).  His death in some ways was like the death of some celebrity who had retired from the scene a while back.  By that I mean you hear of the death and say to yourself, I thought he was already dead.  

I have a book called Portraits of Grief in my living room.  It is a compilation of brief snapshot profiles of many of those killed on September 11, 2001.  After a few pages of reading, I would imagine that few people would shed tears to hear of Osama’s end.  He would have liked to have killed more of us, and he would have given the chance.  A murderer like Osama deserved to never rest.   And it is good to know he feared.  But his money and contacts would not save him.  His walls and guards would not save him.  His Islamic-tinged Nihilism and terrorist allies would not save him.  He was hunted and he was afraid.  Hunted through the years, a trail grown hot and cold, until he was hunted down and justice delivered to him. 

The days ahead will show us how the raid was accomplished.  How there was clearly a high level of assistance for him among Pakistan’s military and/or intelligence, and how the same forces stood aside when the US confirmed the target and went in.  Whether to dump him in the sea or keep his body for public view the Elephant Man’s remains will of course delight the conspiracy nutcases and frustrate the sane, but he’s gone.  Islamic terrorism is not gone, but its posterboy is as dead as a doorknob.   And the credit it seems to me can be shared by all those who pursued him through the years.  His death, welcome as it is, does not erase the pain and anguish of the relatives of those he killed, but the pursuit and killing of him certainly keeps faith with our obligation to seek justice for the departed.   Osama, enemy to freedom, do not rest in peace.