October 22, 2011

Is the ‘Occupy’ Movement ‘Just Like’ the Tea Party? Uh, No

From MInnesota Majority via Powerline (direct YouTube):

(Warning: Some foul language and disturbing pictures)



UPDATE, Oct. 23: Don Surber — “Our president supports this.”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102211)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:15 am

(Moved to the top for most of Saturday)

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder is below. Other topics are also fair game.


AP (“Iraq PM: Immunity issue scuttled US troop deal”) — “Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday that U.S. troops are leaving Iraq after nearly nine years of war because Baghdad rejected American demands that any U.S. military forces to stay would have to be shielded from prosecution or lawsuits.” Not noted: As I understand it, that would have included the possibility of war crimes charges in The Hague.

Smart Money — “A Look Inside Gadhafi’s Portfolio; Dictator had stakes in sports teams, media outlets, and real estate.”

Bill Gertz at the Washington Times (“Cybercommand chief opposes U.N. net control”) — Geez, this never goes away. The latest: “The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday that he does not favor giving the United Nations the power to regulate the Internet. … Last month, Russia, China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan submitted a resolution to the U.N. General Assembly calling for giving individual states the right to control the Internet.” As if China’s not doing that already. (BizzyBlog Blasts from the Past: here, here, here, here)

AP: “Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggest since NAFTA” — with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

At PJ Tatler: “Big Government: EPA to Implement New Coal-Killing Rules 13 Days Before FERC Hearing on Their Potential Effects.”

“Cain tops field again in Nevada GOP straw poll” — but by only 2% over Mitt Romney.

$10 million guy (hey, that makes him a 1%-er) Keith Olbermann’s Current TV nightly audience is about 30,000.

Reuters: “Years after NAFTA, first long-haul Mexican truck enters U.S.” — “The move was praised by business leaders on both sides of the Rio Grande, while sign-waving Teamsters Union members in Laredo jeered.” That included Jimmy “Son of a B*tches” Hoffa Jr.

Looking Back: ‘A Toast to Old Media’s — and Old Medea’s — Defeat in Iraq’

News Item: “All U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011″


In November 2008, Zombie reminded us whose victory Iraq was (PJ Tatler xref).


In December 2008 (PJM, BizzyBlog), I reminded readers whose defeat it was: “A Toast to Old Media’s — and Old Medea’s — Defeat in Iraq,” and that in 2002 I informed Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, who worked tirelessly for our defeat, that things weren’t going to work out like they did in Vietnam.

They didn’t. I was right, babe. The U.S. won. You lost. So did Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry “The War Is Lost” Reid, the vast majority of the Democratic Party, and the antiwar left — all of whom rooted for our defeat, and all of whom predicted/hoped that General David Petraeus’s troop surge in 2007-2008 would fail.

If Friday’s decision to completely withdraw backfires — and, sadly, there is reason to believe it will — the consequences will be completely on Barack Hussein Obama — mmm, mmm, mmm.

The full December 2008 column follows after the jump.

Positivity: Hero chopper cop in parade rescue

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From New York City:

Last Updated: 3:16 AM, October 11, 2011
Posted: 1:49 AM, October 11, 2011

A veteran NYPD detective who helped rescue two women from the East River after last week’s helicopter crash was a hero once again yesterday after he helped resuscitate an elderly man who was in cardiac arrest at the Columbus Day Parade.

Calisto Lenarduzzi, 85, who came from Canada for the event, collapsed shortly before 3 p.m., cops said.

A patrol cop had been doing chest compressions when Detectives Ben Kalinsky and Robert Chocallo arrived.

“We got there and he is in full cardiac arrest, he had no pulse,” recalled Kalinsky, with the Emergency Service Unit.

He and his partner then used a defibrillator.

“We shocked him three times in the street and shut down the parade for 20 minutes.”

“I was so happy that the equipment worked,” added Kalinsky, who has been on the police force 20 years.

Go here for the rest of the story.