As was reported earlier, inmates at Guantanamo Bay have been blessed with the construction of a brand new, nearly $1 million soccer field. A communications director for Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has posted a video of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta being questioned about the expenditure. Panetta apparently had no idea about the soccer field.
Huelskamp – I had a constituent contact me today about a news item. Did you know that apparently federal taxpayers are paying for a $750,000 soccer field at Gitmo. Is that something that the Department of Defense knew about? Or is that…
Panetta – I’m sorry what was that?
Huelskamp – A $750,000 soccer field at Gitmo that was just announced by the Department of Defense. Is that something you were aware of?
Panetta – No I wasn’t.
Oh what a knee-slapper we witnessed at the upstate New York voter fraud case today!
The Democrat party in this area is but a comedy of errors, day after day in court – problem being, they are the only ones who have had a laugh at the expense of poor, minority voters whose rights were being trampled during recent elections.
Anthony Renna, a long-time Democrat operative who has already been found guilty of second-degree forgery, actually had the fortitude to say the following with a straight face:
When asked why he handed ballots to former City Councilman John Brown, Renna said that he didn’t know what Brown’s intentions were and that “I wasn’t involved in any criminal procedures.”
Of course, in addition to having already been charged, Renna and a cohort in the scandal, Anthony DeFiglio, told police that, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.”
Fraud and forgery must not register as illegal in the mind of Democrats.
Earlier this month we reported on another statement made by Renna:
Renna explained that the process of handing in forged ballots and fake votes ensures that “ballots are voted correctly.” He adds, “‘Voted correctly’ is a term used for a forged application or ballot.”
It would appear that Renna still isn’t aware that forgery is indeed a criminal procedure. Of course, that might be because he and the Democrats in New York had been getting away with it for some time.
Testimony today revealed that one of the defendants in the case, Edward McDonough, one of two Democrats facing a litany of charges involving forgery and falsifying documents, had provided State Police with evidence that Renna himself had forged ballots in the 2007 general election, as well as the 2009 primary.
At one point during his testimony, Renna was challenged by defense attorney Brian Premo, “You committed many felonies of voter fraud over the past 20 to 30 years, isn’t that right?”
Renna denied that was the case, but as we reported earlier in the trial, a State Police Investigator stated that DeFiglio had referred to the voter fraud scheme as a ‘normal political tactic’ that had been taking place for ’25 years’.
Th crux of the defense’s argument was that long-time operatives in the Democrat party such as Renna were actually the ones who had developed the forgery scheme throughout the years, and had simply showed newcomers the ropes.
All told, Renna admitted to forging ten ballots on the stand Wednesday.
He also made statements suggesting that he may have tried to get DeFiglio out of the area to, as in the words of the defense “tamper with the witness”. The exchange as reported by the Times Union:
Premo also asked Renna if he tampered with evidence during the investigation by suggesting that Democratic operative Anthony DeFiglio leave the state when the fraud case broke.
Renna said McInerney sent him to DeFiglio with a job offer in Vermont.
“You wanted to tamper with the witness, right?” Premo asked.
“It all pertained to him not having a job at that time,” Renna said.
“In fact, they did not want him to talk to investigators, right?” Premo asked.
“There was a feeling he might be better off leaving the area,” Renna said.
Renna frequently came off as inept during his testimony, making statements that were not made during previous interviews or testimony, and forgetting names and individuals involved in scenarios when cross-examined.
Premo believes the inept act to be just that – an act.
“In fact you are just play acting for this jury, acting like you are slowed by illness when in fact you’re very streetwise, right?” he asked.
At least the city of Troy can rest easy knowing that Renna and the other Democrats still don’t believe what they did could be considered ‘criminal procedures”.
Most schools don’t have nearly $1 million dollar soccer fields, but terrorists captured on the battlefield now have that luxury.
Via Fox News:
At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches — at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.
The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.
The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to “highly compliant” detainees who live in a communal setting.
The same report indicates that Obama is granting sweetheart deals to detainees, in an anxious effort to close the camp.
Could this be another election play? It wouldn’t be too far fetched for the President to brag about Gitmo’s closure, even though he ordered it closed one year after his first day in office.
The report reads:
Even some of President Obama’s most ardent supporters suggest the administration seems eager to close the camps and reduce the detainee population, and plea agreements with minimal jail time are a sweetheart deal for all involved.
Detainees like Usama bin Laden’s personal cook and his driver are spending less time in prison than American citizens prosecuted in federal courts on lesser charges.
Cutting deals with detainees, and providing them a plush soccer resort to play on in between their video games and cable TV.
This is appalling to say the least.
That wasn’t a misspelling in the headline. Well, it was, it just wasn’t ours…
Via the Tampa Bay Times:
Patricia Schley, the school’s literacy coach, was trying to promote a training session for parents. She wanted to show them how to help their teens become better readers. She had scheduled the evening event for more than a month before the FCATs.
Wednesday night — the extra day of the leap year — would be literacy night…
So on Friday afternoon, Austin Simmons stood in the parking lot, holding a stack of letters, squinting into the sun. It had been a long week. Simmons’ motorcycle had broken down. He had just gotten a call from the shop telling him that the part he needed would cost $1,200.
He lifted the letters to the sign, slid them into words: “Laeping to literacy night 6:30 p.m.”
Sunday morning, Schley was leaving church when she saw the sign. She blanched, embarrassed and upset. “I’m the literacy coach,” she said later. “Of course that reflects on me.”
She pulled over and texted the principal: “We don’t LAEP into literacy.”
Happy Laep Day everyone!
Don’t worry, he’s not illegal in his own mind. He’s simply undocumented.
Okay, when the question you dread most is ‘hey, why are you currently breaking the law?’ then you shouldn’t be running for anything. Ever.
Actually, it’s not like that at all. And there’s one simple reason for that. Being gay or being an atheist is not illegal.
What does it take to be seen as a regular Aggie? How about becoming a legal Aggie?
Photo: Houston Chronicle
Obama Lite… I mean, Mitt Romney is projected to sweep tonight’s primary battles. Just kidding, Mittens fans.
Via NBC Politics:
Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican primary on Tuesday, staving off Rick Santorum in the state where Romney was born and raised and avoiding an embarrassing setback for his campaign.
NBC News projected that Romney would win the Michigan primary, along with another primary that took place on Tuesday in Arizona.
Romney and Rick Santorum awaited final results Tuesday evening following a tumultuous three weeks that had both candidates fighting for momentum in the Republican nomination contest.
Most of the attention was focused on Michigan, where the results could prove to be a turning point in the race.
Michigan will result in a splitting of the state’s 30 delegates. CNN reports:
The state’s 30 delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis, and Romney and Santorum each won three so far, according to the early returns.
Fox describes it as such:
Romney’s victory may not settle those questions, but it prevents a major embarrassment going into Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states hold primaries worth hundreds of delegates.
That’s Romney in a nutshell. No convincing victories, just doing enough to stave off embarrassment.
No surprise here, as Romney captures all of Arizona’s 29 delegates with a big victory. Still too early to call in Michigan though, where the real story is whether or not Romney can capture his home state over Rick Santorum.
Via Fox News:
Mitt Romney has won the Arizona Republican presidential primary, Fox News projects.
The Michigan contest, meanwhile, is too close to call as early returns show Romney and Rick Santorum separated by a narrow margin.
With 20 percent of precincts reporting in Michigan, Romney is leading with 41 percent, followed by Santorum with 38 percent. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are trailing far behind, though Fox News can project that Paul will take place third and Gingrich will place last in the state.
With his win in Arizona, the former Massachusetts governor will take all 29 delegates in the winner-take-all state, padding his lead in the national delegate hunt.
Again, if you’re looking for coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries tonight, coverage that will serve as an alternative to the mainstream media, please give Tony Katz and Stephen Kruiser a look. But don’t stare!
Watch them. Call them. Loooove them.
They’ll also be taking phone calls at (888) 955-8669. So feel free to give them a ring and do lots of heavy breathing. I’m told they like that. No, not you Mr. Frank!
The primary coverage is brought to you by the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.
And with this post, my personal integrity has pretty much gone out the window. Enjoy anyway…
Retired Staff Sgt., Colleen Bushnell of the USAF delivered an impassioned response to Fox News commentator Liz Trotta. As you may recall, Trotta suggested “that women who defend this country should expect to get raped” when serving in the military.
Bushnell writes at the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN):
Ms. Trotta’s detractors have continued to call on her to apologize, and on Fox News to fire her. What is clear to many female military sexual trauma survivors is that Ms. Trotta’s attacks, at core, stem from her belief that women should not serve in the military at all…
Did you really have to go there, Ms. Trotta? It is time for you, and others of your mindset, to join the rest of us in the year 2012 to recognize what women have been doing in the military for decades.
Bushnell goes on to describe personal trauma that she has endured while serving in the military. She speaks to Trotta from experience, then states:
With these circumstances as my truths, Ms. Trotta, I hear you. However, it is ludicrous to revisit an argument decided on more than thirty-years ago, beginning with the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, which granted women permanent status in the regular, and reserve forces of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.
Women are here to stay. It is time for you to get with the program. Women constitute about fifteen percent of the military’s end strength. Some say our work is responsible for avoiding the need for the draft.
It is an important counterpoint.
U.N. Sends Pro-Jihad Imam to Israel Bashing Conference, Once Called Killing of Americans a Religious Duty
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent his Mideast envoy to deliver a message on his behalf to a conference in Qatar this week whose aims include “pointing out the weaknesses of the Jew’s historical arguments backing their claims” to Jerusalem.
Co-hosted by the Qatar government and the Arab League, the two-day “International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem” brought together politicians from across the Arab and Muslim world, representatives of pro-Palestinian organizations, clerics and academics.
Participants included Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Sunni cleric regarded as the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who has drawn criticism for comments about Palestinian suicide bombings.
Also of note is a report I did on Qaradawi back in 2010, when he was being cited as a source of inspiration for the Ground Zero imam.
And speaking of the fatwa advising Muslims in the U.S. military that it was okay to fight the Taliban …
The renowned Islamic scholar that Rauf is referring to is Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi. In a New York Times article one month after 9/11, Rauf was quoted as saying:
“This fatwa is very significant. Yusuf Qaradawi is probably the most well-known legal authority in the whole Muslim world today.”
Question is, was that hollow fatwa (a hotwa as it were) more significant than Qaradawi’s proclamation on Al Jazeera two weeks earlier?
Qaradawi stated: “A Muslim is forbidden from entering into an alliance with a non-Muslim against another Muslim.” He called on Muslims to “fight the American military if we can, and if we cannot, we should fight the U.S. economically and politically.”
Qaradawi elaborated on that non-fatwa fatwa in 2004 when he said of American troops:
“…all of the Americans in Iraq are combatants, there is no difference between civilians and soldiers, and one should fight them, since the American civilians came to Iraq in order to serve the occupation. The abduction and killing of Americans in Iraq is a [religious] obligation so as to cause them to leave Iraq immediately. The mutilation of corpses [however] is forbidden in Islam.”
Abduction and killing is an obligation, but he draws the line at corpse mutilation. Very classy.
Another moderate, in the eyes of the U.N.
Why do we continue to house U.N. headquarters on American soil?