Associated Press Aren’t Interested In Being Associated

Michelle Malkin is intrigued. And a touch angry. And definitely amused. What’s got her in this mood is that Associated Press is now attempting to charge bloggers money for citing or linking to their articles. Somebody at AP clearly doesn’t want much server traffic.

The legal notion of citing AP articles is discussed quite nicely here, and seems legally sound to my untrained eye. The issue is more about knowing what the limit is on copying information from AP websites.

Because of the blogger outcry against this move from AP, there will be a meeting between the Media Bloggers Association and AP to discuss resolving this issue.

To put this in perspective, the last post on Tizona (as of now) which references an AP post would cost us $100 if this stupid pricing system is really implemented.

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Obama wants Osama on trial….Not dead, to become a Martyr.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn’t allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the U.S. government finds him.

“First of all, I think there is an executive order out on Osama bin Laden’s head,” Obama said at a news conference. “And if I’m president, and we have the opportunity to capture him, we may not be able to capture him alive.”

He said he wouldn’t discuss what approach he would take to bring bin Laden to justice if he were apprehended. But he said the Nuremberg trials for the prosecution of Nazi leaders are an inspiration because the victors acted to advance universal principles and set a tone for the creation of an international order.

“What would be important would be for us to do it in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he’s engaged in and not to make him into a martyr, and to assure that the United States government is abiding by basic conventions that would strengthen our hand in the broader battle against terrorism,” Obama said.

Obama was questioned about bin Laden after he met with a new team of national security advisers. The meeting came after rival John McCain’s campaign said Obama had a pre-9/11 mind-set for promoting criminal trials for terrorists.

“I refuse to be lectured on national security by people who are responsible for the most disastrous set of foreign policy decisions in the recent history of the United States,” Obama said in opening remarks that in part referred to the Iraq war.

He was standing before 17 American flags and a sign that said “Judgment to Lead.” He was surrounded by national security experts who had formerly served in Congress and the Clinton administration and will be advising his campaign—an effort to bring foreign policy experience to a candidate who has served just three years in Congress.

“Osama bin Laden and his top leadership—the people who murdered 3,000 Americans—have a safe-haven in northwest Pakistan, where they operate with such freedom of action that they can still put out hate- filled audiotapes to the outside world,” Obama said. “That’s the result of the Bush-McCain approach to the war on terrorism.”

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds responded that Obama offers weak leadership and a partisan approach to terrorism. He noted that Obama opposed the decision to send additional troops to Iraq and has not visited the country in more than two years.

“Barack Obama wants to continue down the path of ideologically driven blindness to the conditions on the ground,” Bounds said.

How to handle bin Laden has been a tricky question for presidents and those who would like to be in the White House. In the 2004 campaign, Democratic candidate Howard Dean was criticized for refusing to prejudge bin Laden’s guilt before a trial. President Bush has said his statement that he wanted to capture Osama bin Laden “dead or alive” was one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency because it was misinterpreted around the world.

Obama’s 13-member foreign policy advisory group includes three who advised Hillary Rodham Clinton and served in her husband’s Cabinet—former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher and former Defense Secretary William Perry. Albright was asked if she brought any advice from Clinton, who had questioned whether Obama had the experience to be commander in chief.

“Their positions are so similar on restoring America’s leadership,” she said as she walked out the door without stopping to say anything more.

Other working group members include Sam Nunn of Georgia, Lee Hamilton of Indiana, David Boren of Oklahoma and Tim Roemer of Indiana—all former Democratic lawmakers known for their foreign policy expertise. It also includes several Clinton administration officials—Tony Lake, Susan Rice, Greg Craig, Eric Holder, Richard Danzig and Jim Steinberg. Holder, a former deputy attorney general, is helping lead Obama’s search for a running mate.

Obama later met in the same hotel ballroom with 41 retired admirals and generals to discuss the state of the military and the challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.



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Giuliani joins the fray….

Commentary Magazine

The McCain camp, sensing an opening, has deployed Rudy Giuliani to turn up the the heat on Barack Obama’s praise of the Supreme Court’s case granting Guantanamo detainees habeas corpus rights and praising the 1993 trial of the world trade center bombing as the model for handling these prisoners.

Giuliani and McCain advisor Randy Scheunemann held a conference call this morning to continue the debate. The Mayor stressed repeatedly that it was a “very, very important” debate and this emphasizes his frequently made point during his campaign that Obama is on “defense” and McCain on “offense.” He said that this is not the politics of “fear,” but the “politics of reality.” He explained that Obama’s advisors’ comments that Osama bin Laden would deserve habeas corpus rights is “startling.” He emphasized that McCain had always favored a military procedure for processing prisoners but what the Supreme Court did was “create a new right that didn’t exist the day before” — namely extending to enemy combatants held outside the U.S. full habeas corpus rights. He said he didn’t understand why we would want to do that during the war on terror, remarking that it “reminds me of the Warren Court which created new rights for criminals.” He then sharpened the knife a bit, reminding the press that it was Hillary Clinton who often said that Obama was “naive” and “irresponsible” when it came to the war on terror.

An AP reporter then asked a question. Actually she made a statement, parroting the Obama talking point that there was “no evidence” that Obama supported merely a criminal justice proceeding (reminding those on the call that Obama favored bombing Pakistan) and why wasn’t that clear to the McCain camp. (Really, it is startling that the comment was phrased as a given fact and not “the Obama camp contends…”) She also asked when the criminal justice system would be appropriate. Giuliani disagreed with her premise about Obama’s view of the criminal justice system and noted that Obama lauded the 1993 trial as the model for dealing with these terror suspects. He recounted a number of other instances in which he contends Obama revealed that he is on the defense on the war on terror (e.g. a response to Brian Williams in a debate in which Obama said his first response to destruction of two cities would be to make sure we had an adequate emergency response, wanting to meet without preconditions with dictators who support terror and now granting Osama bin Laden habeas corpus rights.)

Bottom Line: The McCain camp is convinced this is a winning issue and doesn’t intend to let Obama wriggle out of the accusation that he likes a Supreme Court decision giving Osama bin Laden full access to the U.S. courts.

Learning About Chicken

I learned a lot about chicken from this YouTube presentation.


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Legal Options Examined

With all but one of the eight Marines charged in the Haditha, Iraq, incident now exonerated, the highest-ranking officer among the accused is considering a lawsuit against Democratic Rep. John Murtha, who fueled the case by declaring the men cold-blooded killers.

In an interview with nationally syndicated radio talk host Michael Savage, the lead attorney for Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani said he and his client will look into suing Murtha and the Time magazine reporter Tim McGuirk, who first published the accusations by Iraqi insurgents.

This is a great move. Murtha was stupid, irresponsible, malicious and just plain wrong in what he said, and he should certainly be punished for it. He intentionally slandered very good men, who are working to ensure that he has the freedoms to talk such rubbish. I think they should sue him into complete bankruptcy.

If there was ever any credibility left in anything Murtha’s said, it’s certainly gone now. As is his right not to have his character completely assassinated by a complete asshole.

No one will ever forget the shit he said:

The congressman announced he had been told by the highest levels of the Marine Corps there was no firefight and Marines “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”

“All the information I get, it comes from the commanders, it comes from people who know what they’re talking about,” Murtha told reporters at the time.

Go fuck yourself Murtha.

B.C. and a Slippery Dick

Love this B.C. cartoon…been looking for that bastard for a long time. What can one say, with a 8 inch, Slippery Dick?….Laughing My Fucking Ass Off.

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Righteous Mocking

Over at Larval Rodeo, is this post talking about the Della Bosca/Neal comedy. One guy suggests this is a media beat up by the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Murdoch empire, and assisted by the Dark Lord. These people aren’t too bright. In response, he got this wonderful reply:

101 GregM

You are so right nasking.

It is all just a vast conspiracy.

Della and Belinda went out for a quiet meal with their friends at a friend’s restaurant. They had a good evening and then, having enjoyed the evening and having thanked and tipped the staff for good service, they quietly went home. We all do this.

And (so they thought) for the staff at the restaurant another pleasant couple and their friends were on their way having enjoyed a good time, as happens every weekend.

Then Della and Belinda wake up on the following morning and all hell has broken loose.

A vast right-wing conspiracy, long in the making, entraps them.

The staff at the restaurant, supposedly chosen by their friend, turn out to be plants of the evil VRWC. They give untruthful accounts of what happened on that most pleasant evening.

As soon as this happens Rupert (the Evil One’s) minions rise up and start publicising this totally false story, not because it has a scintilla of truth to it but because it was always planned so as part of a VRWC.

Then, perfectly orchestrated, because they are also part of the VRWC and have been worded up on what they have to do, every member of the NSW Left who has ever encountered Belinda Neal comments to the Evil Murdoch media, falsely accuses her of being anything other than what she truly is- Bambi! A certain sign of a VRWC.

So I agree with you (although without all the CAPITALS) she is a totally innocent victim.

The staff at the restaurant, most likely kids, are part of a clever VRWC and therefore must be disbelieved and so, despite what Ambigulous has said elsewhere, for that reason have no rights at work. They are cunning schemers and not honest workers.

I think that when the Parliament next assembles its first order of business must be to apologise to her, and GROVELINGLY so.

The future of our nation depends on it.

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Senators Call on Bush to Take Action Against OPEC. This is rich. It also means these Democrat asshats are vulnerable, on this subject.

WASHINGTON — Eleven senators called on the Bush administration Tuesday to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against eight members of the OPEC cartel, saying they are violating trade rules by colluding to hold down global oil supplies.

The senators, 10 Democrats and one independent, maintained “the very existence of OPEC” violates the GATT trade agreement that prohibits nations from setting quotas or imposing other restrictions on exports.

“The refusal of OPEC nations who are members of the WTO to play by these rules is inexcusable, and they must be held accountable,” said the senators in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

The group, led by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat, said the White House should direct Schwab to file a complaint with the WTO against the oil producers.

Gretchen Hamel, spokeswoman for the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, said “We have considered this before and remain of the view that under WTO rules filing a (complaint) case cannot be an effective course of action.”

The OPEC members for years have gathered periodically to establish production quotas. Despite the current surge in oil prices, well over $100 a barrel and growing global demand, OPEC members as a group have refused to boost production.

The Fox News article did not identify the “Independent”. There are two

Independent Democrat 1 Joe Lieberman caucuses with the Democrats .

Independent 1 Bernie Sanders caucuses with the Democrats (or Socialists) as he seems to be thrilled in calling himself .

Were it Lieberman, I think he would have been identified, as the Left loves to do. Notice also, Lieberman is an “Independent Democrat

This, is the “rich” part:

Eleven senators called on the Bush administration Tuesday to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against eight members of the OPEC cartel, saying they are violating trade rules by colluding to hold down global oil supplies.

Versus “colludingby VOTE, “to hold down” “oil supplies” by and for, THE U.S.

Melbourne Has Super Cool Beaches

On one of my driving adventures, well, ok, several of them, I ended up down at Mentone Beach. It’s about a 90 minute drive away, but nice and relaxing. It is part of Beaumaris Bay, and sheltered from large waves. And the water is pretty cold, but you expect that at a beach.


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Several funnies for the day…Courtesy, a friend.

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Stop Harassing Joe Lieberman! America needs more politicians who follow their own minds and principles, rather than marching in lockstep.

Word to the Democratic Party, eagerly frothing at the mouth with the prospect of the ascension of their anointed one, Barack Obama: Leave Joe Lieberman alone!

Simply put, the Connecticut senator — after years of service to his constituency and his party, including backing up Al Gore (not an enviable job) on the 2000 ticket — got completely hosed by the Democratic Party in 2006 over his support for the U.S. mission in Iraq, when he was bumped out in the senatorial primary. Showing the chutzpah of a true leader, he won the seat as an independent. And lefties haven’t known what to do with him since.

See, I can do it. Close anyway. Pajamas Media

Ignoring the Demographics of Murder Is Dangerous..

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Remember Those Iraqi Benchmarks? Well, Guess What…

Obama’s Shifting Positions on Iraq: A Rezko Connection?

The time line of Obama’s flip-flops on Iraq just happens to correlate to his friend’s business dealings in that country.

Barack Obama’s position on Iraq has shifted significantly over the last six years. What is interesting is how his position on Iraq matches up with developments in Chicago. Specifically, there appears to be a direct correlation between the rising and falling prospects of his longtime friend and fundraiser Tony Rezko’s attempts to secure multi-million-dollar contracts to build and operate a power plant in Kurdish Iraq and the senator’s Iraq flip-flops.

On October 2, 2002, Obama gave a speech categorically opposing an invasion of Iraq. He said:

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.

But on April 5, 2004, Barack Obama appeared to significantly alter his position on Iraq. A YouTube video of Obama shows the incredulity on the interviewer’s face as Obama unexpectedly sounded almost like President Bush on the subject of retaining troops in Iraq.

Interviewer: But you said that troops should be withdrawn.

Obama: No, no. I’ve never said that troops should be withdrawn. What I’ve said is that we’ve got to make sure that we secure and execute the rebuilding and reconstruction process effectively and properly and I don’t think we should have an artificial deadline when to do that. What’s important is that we have a long-term plan in process and short-term security strategy.

It’s been suggested that that change in the senator’s position from opposition to a stern refusal to leave until the job had been finished can be explained by the unexpected ease with which the campaign had gone up till that time. But that doesn’t quite square with the facts. April 2004 was in fact the bloodiest month in the Iraq campaign till then and the start of the Sunni insurgency and Moqtada al-Sadr’s uprising. On March 31, 2004, Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah ambushed a Blackwater convoy and hung the mutilated bodies of the Americans on the bridge. Wikipedia recounts the rush of bloody events which followed:

On April 3, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force received a written command from the Joint Task Force, ordering offensive operations against Fallujah. This order went against the wishes of the Marine commanders on the ground who wanted to conduct surgical strikes and raids against those suspected of involvement in the Blackwater deaths.

On the night of April 4, the U.S. forces launched a major assault in an attempt to “re-establish security in Fallujah” by encircling it with around 2,000 troops. At least four homes were hit in aerial strikes, and there was sporadic gunfire throughout the night.

By the morning of April 5, headed by the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, American units had surrounded the city with an aim towards retaking it. American troops blockaded roads leading into the city, with Humvees and concertina wire, and took over a local radio station, and handed out leaflets urging residents to remain inside their homes, and help American forces identify insurgents and any Fallujans who were involved in the Blackwater deaths.

Obama’s change of tone in 2004 was so noticeable that Howard Kurtz couldn’t help but notice how striking the Illinois senator’s position was in mid-2004. Obama was quoted as saying:

There’s not that much difference between my position and George Bush’s position at this stage. The difference, in my mind, is who’s in a position to execute.

Pajamas Media/Richard Fernandez, aka Belmont Club

This dude has flipped so many times, he should change his name to “Burger” Obama.

Eat (Chocolate), Drink (Coffee) and be Merry…Scientists find a double health punch in two of our favorite legalized substances..

Stumped at the café? Go for a mocha.

According to new research, the tasty beverage provides a double-whammy of health benefits: chocolate may slow cancer growth, and java could help you live longer. The good news about chocolate comes from scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center, who found that a synthetic chemical that is similar to a compound present in cocoa beans slows the growth of colon cancer by 50 percent. Not only did it retard growth, it damaged most of the colon cancer cells. The compound, known as GECGC, is most effective at impeding those cancer cells that usually grow at frighteningly-quick rates; promising, given that they are also often the most deadly.

The research on coffee, which appeared in Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that coffee drinkers live longer than their abstaining peers. After accounting for the fact that joe-fiends are also relatively hedonistic (they drink more booze, smoke more cigarettes and exercise less) scientists found they actually lived slightly longer than people who didn’t slam down a few cups of coffee each day. But that doesn’t mean sipping on a triple-shot mocha latte will give you a triple-digit birthday: high-calorie, high-sugar drinks are still bad for you. Then again, future research may very well prove otherwise.

Popular Science (POPSCI)

I do believe those are chocolate truffles, next to the Java Jive High and I’ve made those on several occasions. You can load those puppies up ANY DAMN WAY, you want to, and I have.

Now, between the two (if I stopped smoking and who knows, this stuff in combo may even kill well, you know) I should live to be God knows how old. That and my “where did you get those great calves” as I was asked, yesterday during a hair cut session, (hers weren’t damn bad either)….Christ I could….well never mind.

Don’t like to brag, well NOT MUCH… I’m NOT “retro” in anything, “sexual” yes. OH yeah I am…one thing…Great Rock ‘n Roll.

From the talented fingers of Instapundit


On the “great calves” thingy…My answer was “they’re transplants, I was a scrawny shit, before the transplants”.

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Military Precision Achieved

There’s an old joke amongst military veterans, which goes “If it’s military precision, it wasn’t done by the military”. While the joke is inherently wrong, there are moments when there’s complete precision in the military.

Sadly, and via Margo’s Maid’s Shadowlands, the precision I speak of in this instance is that of China’s military. China has appalling human rights records, and a huge number of other appalling acts on it’s record, but in watching this clip, I got the vibe of the tremendous amount of discipline and torment that the soldiers themselves must go through to achieve this kind of precision.

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Americans agree on answer to gas prices: Drill now

With gas prices reaching historic highs, a Rasmussen Reports telephone poll shows Americans looking for relief are consistently backing the same answer: Drill for our own oil.

The survey found 67 percent of voters support drilling for oil off American coasts, and 64 percent believe it at least somewhat likely drilling will lead to lower prices at the pump.

World Net Daily

Obama, is a prime example FOR the procedure of abortion.

Obama: Bin Laden Still at Large Thanks to GOP Tactics

WASHINGTON — A defiant Barack Obama said Tuesday he would take no lectures from Republicans on which candidate would keep the U.S. safer, a sharp rebuke to John McCain’s aides who said the Democrat had a naive, Sept. 10 mind-set toward terrorism.

“These are the same guys who helped to engineer the distraction of the war in Iraq at a time when we could have pinned down the people who actually committed 9/11,” the presumed nominee told reporters aboard his campaign plane. “This is the same kind of fear-mongering that got us into Iraq … and it’s exactly that failed foreign policy I want to reverse.”

Fox News

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What Yojimbo mentioned could occur soon, people.

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