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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Here's To Those Who Man The Walls

One of America's best:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007.

While conducting a patrol as team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, Specialist Giunta and his team were navigating through harsh terrain when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force. While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Giunta immediately sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing that his squad leader had fallen and believing that he had been injured, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to withering enemy fire and raced towards his squad leader, helped him to cover, and administered medical aid.

While administering first aid, enemy fire struck Specialist Giunta's body armor and his secondary weapon. Without regard to the ongoing fire, Specialist Giunta engaged the enemy before prepping and throwing grenades, using the explosions for cover in order to conceal his position. Attempting to reach additional wounded fellow soldiers who were separated from the squad, Specialist Giunta and his team encountered a barrage of enemy fire that forced them to the ground. The team continued forward and upon reaching the wounded soldiers, Specialist Giunta realized that another soldier was still separated from the element. Specialist Giunta then advanced forward on his own initiative.

As he crested the top of a hill, he observed two insurgents carrying away an American soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other. Upon reaching the wounded soldier, he began to provide medical aid, as his squad caught up and provided security. Specialist Giunta's unwavering courage, selflessness, and decisive leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from the enemy.

Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army. (source)
Sleep well.  You are protected by the best this country has to offer.

This Could Have Been Virginia ...

... if the Democrats, the academics, and every liberal news publication in the Commonwealth had had their way:
Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them
By Barbara Hollingsworth, Washington Examiner

Migration from high-tax states to states with lower taxes and less government spending will dramatically alter the composition of future Congresses, according to a study by Americans for Tax Reform

Eight states are projected to gain at least one congressional seat under reapportionment following the 2010 Census: Texas (four seats), Florida (two seats), Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington (one seat each). Their average top state personal income tax rate: 2.8 percent.

By contrast, New York and Ohio are likely to lose two seats each, while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be down one apiece. The average top state personal income tax rate in these loser states: 6.05 percent.

The state and local tax burden is nearly a third lower in states with growing populations, ATR found. As a result, per capita government spending is also lower: $4,008 for states gaining congressional seats, $5,117 for states losing them. [link] [emphasis mine]
I've never quite figured out why liberals push for higher state taxes and, when they finally get their way, move to Boca Raton where there is no state income tax.  It just makes no sense.

But then, they are liberals ...

Bush Was Right

Obama - and every Democrat - and every liberal news publication - were wrong.

And wrong on this issue gets Americans killed:
Alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani acquitted of all but one charge in embassy bombing trial
New York Daily News

The first civilian trial of a Guantanamo prisoner ended Wednesday with the stunning acquittal of an accused Al Qaeda operative on all but a single count.

A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani, 36, of conspiring to destroy U.S. buildings and property in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

But - after 41/2 days of deliberation - the panel cleared Ghailani of more than 280 other counts, including the top charges of murder and murder conspiracy.

The case was considered a test run for the Obama administration's politically charged effort to try Guantanamo Bay detainees - including Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - in civilian court.

The Justice Department was muted in its reaction. "We respect the jury's verdict and are pleased that Ahmed Ghailani now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence," the department said in a terse statement.

Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.), who has been a staunch opponent of such trials, called the mixed verdict "a disgraceful miscarriage of justice."

"It shows how totally wrong the Obama administration is to bring a case like this to civilian court," he said. "He was acquitted of 224 counts of murder."

he case underscores the challenges faced by prosecutors. Judge Lewis Kaplan barred a key witness from testifying because the man's name came to light while Ghailani was held at a CIA camp where suspects reportedly were tortured.

"If this had been before a military tribunal, evidence that was blocked in this case would have been admissable," King was quick to point out.

Edith Bartley, who lost her father and brother in the Kenya bombing, was stunned Ghailani was cleared on any charges.

"This man committed horrible acts, and the fact that the jury found him guilty of conspiracy but not of the other counts is mind-boggling," she said. "He should be sentenced to life." [link]
So this terrorist will be back on the streets in a few years to kill more innocent men, women, and children.

Thanks, Democrats.  Your opposition to Guantanamo is making our lives so much safer.

* As for the headline, shouldn't the word "alleged" be removed now that this terrorist has been convicted of having conspired to commit a terrorist act?  He's a terrorist, you fools.

Quote of the Day

Constitution?  What Constitution?

West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller:
There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: "Out. Off. End. Goodbye." It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.
Yeah, it would be so much easier for Congress to do its work if dissent were banned from public discourse. Which would make for a really odd discourse. But a trouble-free Congress, unleashed to do whatever it pleased.

Didn't the Soviets try this not too long ago? How'd that work out?

West Virginians, who are proving themselves to be increasingly conservative over time, would do themselves - and the rest of us - well by getting rid of this anachronism. The fabulously wealthy Rockefeller poorly represents their interests and should be retired. 2014 can't come quickly enough.

Be Armed. Be Vigilant.

Here's news you should know:
The National Rifle Association Strongly Opposes the Nomination of Andrew Traver to Head BATFE, Calls on President Obama to withdraw the nomination
Statement from Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action

The National Rifle Association of America strongly opposes President Obama's nomination of Andrew Traver as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Traver has been deeply aligned with gun control advocates and anti-gun activities. This makes him the wrong choice to lead an enforcement agency that has almost exclusive oversight and control over the firearms industry, its retailers and consumers. Further, an important nomination such as BATFE director should not be made as a "recess appointment," in order to circumvent consent by the American people through their duly-elected U.S. Senators.

Traver served as an advisor to the International Association for Chiefs of Police's (IACP) "Gun Violence Reduction Project," a "partnership" with the Joyce Foundation. Both IACP and the Joyce Foundation are names synonymous with promoting a variety of gun control schemes at the federal and state levels. Most of the individuals involved in this project were prominent gun control activists and lobbyists.

The IACP report, generated with Traver's help, called on Congress to ban thousands of commonly owned firearms by misrepresenting them as “assault weapons,” as well as calling for bans on .50 caliber rifles and widely used types of ammunition. The report also suggests that Congress should regulate gun shows out of existence and should repeal the privacy protections of the Tiahrt Amendment -- all efforts strongly opposed by the NRA and its members.

Traver also participated in an extremely deceptive NNBC Chicago report in which he referred to "the growing frequency of gang members and drug dealers using heavy caliber military-type weapons" and described them as if they were machine guns: "Pull the trigger and you can mow people down." Traver and his agents provided the reporter with a fully automatic AK-47, with which she was unable to hit the target. He then said that stray bullets are "one of the main problems with having stuff like this available to the gangs."

As the Agent-in-Charge of Chicago’s BATFE office, Traver knows that fully automatic firearms are not available through normal retail channels -- the opposite of what was implied in the report.

An agency involved in the regulation of a fundamental, individual right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution should not be led by an individual with a demonstrated hostility to that freedom. For that reason, the NRA strongly opposes Andrew Traver to head the BATFE and urges President Obama to withdraw this ill-advised nomination. [link]
What's a "heavy caliber"?  And what's a "military-type weapon"? Are we going to start using meaningless pejoratives again to drive the gun control debate?  Is Andrew Traver another Michael Bloomberg in a bureaucrat suit?

It appears we're heading back to the days of Bill Clinton and his radical gun ban efforts.

Lock and load.

A Question

How important is it to you to know what non-drinkers think of Wild Turkey's "Old Breed" bourbon whiskey?  If a poll were to be conducted, would their opinions sway your buying habits one way or another?

Of course not.

So who's bright idea was this?

I hope no trees had to die to bring us that vital bit of news.

Non-drivers split over handling characteristics of new Lexus.

For the love of God.

We Have a Long Memory

And a list of Republicans who did us wrong.  On top of that list?
Lisa Murkowski salutes 'miracle' win
By Shira Toeplitz, Politico

At a news conference in Anchorage on Wednesday evening, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski declared victory for her historic write-in campaign to keep her seat.

Murkowski leads Republican Joe Miller by more than 10,000 votes. The Associated Press has declared Murkowski the victor — however, Miller has yet to concede, citing voting problems in several precincts and saying he might request a recount if the margin is close. [link]
Her first order of the day?  To follow in Ted Stevens's footsteps and rack up as many earmarks for her state as possible.  So much cash, so many bridges - to nowhere - to build.

It might be argued that Stevens single-handedly brought about the Republican trouncing in 2006.  Murkowski is driven to bring about that result once again.

The GOP would do well to distance itself and denounce her.

It won't.  But it should.