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Thursday, October 14, 2010


It may have been a good thing that Nidal Malik Hasan wasn't killed on November 5, 2009 because there was some very gruesome and graphic testimony given on the first day of his Article 32 hearing. Perhaps people will begin to wakeup to what we're really facing. The story of Alonzo Lunsford, a Sgt. who was shot five times by Hasan.

Via the Statesman:
The morning’s first witness was Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, a 20-year Army veteran who worked in the soldier readiness processing center, which he said was unusually busy on Nov. 5 with soldiers getting ready to deploy to Iraq. He testified that he saw Maj. Nidal Hasan shout “Allah Akbar” and pull out a gun, shooting toward soldiers using an infrared laser sight.

Lunsford testified that he immediately crouched down and tried to run out a back door.

“When I stood up Major Hasan makes eye contact. I looked at him and he looked at me,” Lunsford said. “I saw the laser come across my line of sight. I close my eyes. I get hit in the head.”

Lunsford said he hit the floor as blood pooled under his left eye. After a few moments, Lunsford said he leaped up and ran out of the building, tumbling to the ground. He later learned he had been shot an additional four times.

During his testimony, Lunsford stood up and identified Hasan as the shooter.
I spoke to someone present at this hearing who said the anger exhibited by Lunsford toward Hasan was so intense, there was concern things might get physical. That didn't happen and Lunsford's discipline is obviously unassailable.

h/t to Jawa


It's not a direct quote but surely the implication here is that the rescued miners applied the principles of Big Government socialism to their survival strategy and had they not done so, they wouldn't have made it. Why? Because they would have killed each other if they thought like those blasted Tea Partiers.

Of course, Matthews finds a willing participant in AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, who insists people would be helpless without an "efficient government." Hey Rich, show me an efficient government that's big and I'll show you a new discovery.

I must say, I'm mildly surprised that even these two went here. Exploiting the rescue of miners and using it to make the case that Big Government works.


Via Weasel Zippers:


This lame attempt at an October surprise is actually becoming our first October self-inflicted wound. This all started with a liberal blogger at John Podesta's 'Think Progress' website. In light of Obama's long list of shady techniques, Alinsky-style politics, and thuggery, the attempt on the part of this White House to call out the Chamber of Commerce was fool hearty at best. The Chamber is winning this battle in a big way and continues to mount an extremely effective counter-offensive.

At issue is the White House demanding that the Chamber of Commerce reveal its list of political donors. When the Chamber refuses to do so, the White House says they must have something to hide. The Chamber responds by saying they're not legally required to reveal the names and the main reason for not doing so is because those donors will then become the subjects of Union thuggery.

Jake Tapper of ABC interviewed Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce on October 13th and asked good questions. Josten didn't just defend his organization; he went on the attack:
TAPPER: They're suggesting, based on a ThinkProgress report, that since you do get some money from foreign companies and from AmChams, which are based in other countries, essentially foreign money is finding its way onto the American air waves to fund political attacks on politicians you are trying to defeat.

JOSTEN: Well it's a sad day and a last gasp I guess by this administration and their outside allies, and I wouldn't call the ThinkProgress blog a report Jake, I would recognize it's a liberal blog, subset of the Center for American Progress, which is run by the president's transition campaign director John Podesta, that made a lot of inferences and clearly Al Fang who is the author of that blog doesn't even understand what an American Chamber of Commerce abroad is.
He's right about Think Progress. This an extremely partisan, left wing group that directly influences White House policy. As for the reasons why Josten is rightfully refusing to disclose the Chamber's donor lists...
TAPPER: I said this wasn't necessarily related to the Chamber issue, I was talking about this to --

JOSTEN: I know, but look, Target corporation in Minnesota, which is a very progressive company and exceptionally progressive with respect to the gay and lesbian community in that state, out some money behind a ballot initiative in that state on economic growth. And it just so happened that one of the people running for governor connected to that, is anti gay and lesbian rights. That company has had a boycott, they have been attacked, they have been harassed, and there have been attempts to demand, if you will, that they make equal contributions to other outside groups. Even though their history in that space speaks eloquently for itself.

So, what happens here is intimidate, harass, and try and push people away from participating in the process. We have no intention of not participating in the process.
As I'm watching this attack on the Chamber of Commerce unfold, it reminded me of that interview with an alleged White House 'insider' that came out last month. In light of the inexplicable decision to go after the Chamber, check out this excerpt from one of that insider's answers:
The President of the United States threw a temper tantrum. The jobs reports are always setting him off, and he is getting increasingly conspiratorial over the unemployment numbers. I never heard it myself, but was told that Obama thinks the banking system is out to get him now. That they and the big industries are making him pay for trying to regulate them more. That is the frame of mind the President is in these days. And you know what? Maybe he is right, who knows?
Paranoia would certainly explain targeting the Chamber.

As for the unsubstantiated charge Obama is levying about foreign donors, how about this video report from 2008 in which Palestinians had set up a phone bank in Gaza to raise money for the Obama campaign. The man running it barely spoke english.

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