Month: July 2009

Just Wondering

If you can’t broker peace between a friend of yours and the cop who arrested him with the power and prestige of the White House behind you, what makes you think you can get peace out of Palestinians and Israelis?   You won’t even apologize for running the cop down as stupid on national tv during a Presidential press conference because of your overweening – wait for it – HUBRIS.

I’m just sayin’.  Their grudges run a little deeper.

Moron Goes Looking For Trouble, Finds It


Does coming up to someone and yelling out “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you” constitute fightings words? It does in my book:

A lawyer who moments earlier had been complaining to friends about police overreaction in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., got a taste of the Gates treatment himself after loudly chanting “I hate the police” near a traffic stop in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Pepin Tuma, 33, was walking with two friends along Washington’s hip U Street corridor around midnight Saturday, complaining about how Gates had been rousted from his home for not showing a proper amount of deference to a cop.

Then the group noticed five or six police cruisers surrounding two cars in an apparent traffic stop on the other side of the street. It seemed to Tuma that was more cops than necessary.

“That’s why I hate the police,” Tuma said. He told the Huffington Post that in a loud sing-song voice, he then chanted, “I hate the police, I hate the police.”

Of course, the alternate title of this post was going to be “It Is A Tuma”.  A malignant one at that.  Police officers are engaged in a traffic stop at midnight and some yahoo starts causing a disturbance that could distract their attention from a potentially dangerous situation.

If there is one major disappoint that I like to underscore in the Scalia /Roberts / Alito / Thomas arena of the US Supreme Court, it is their utter lack of recognition that there is a 4th Amendment to the Constitution that prevents unreasonable searches and seizures, allows people to feel secure in their homes from no-knock raids, anything resembling privacy while in a motor vehicle, or your person being searched in public.

But remind me again who was the President who would not be stopped until we had another 100,000 cops on the streets to infringe on peaceable citizens’ rights?

Within minutes, the officer had cuffed Tuma. The charge: disorderly conduct — just like Gates, who was arrested after police responded to a report of a possible break-in at his home and Gates protested their ensuing behavior.

D.C.’s disorderly conduct statute bars citizens from breaching the peace by doing anything “in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others” or by shouting or making noise “either outside or inside a building during the nighttime to the annoyance or disturbance of any considerable number of persons.”

And that’s the rub.  Like the Flying Imams controversy, Tuma went looking for trouble just as they did with admittedly less forethought.  He went looking to cause a disturbance, to obstruct, to be offensive to others and to ultimately draw attention to himself and get his name in the paper.  Well, mission accomplished cupcake.  Enjoy your stay at the Crowbar Hotel.

Tuma complains that yelling that he hates the police to a policeman’s face while in the course of a traffic stop that does not involve him is his First Amendment right but no moreso than yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater or challenging someone to a fight.  I can yell “fire” at the top of my lungs in my house all I want.  I can yell I hate the police all that I want in my house when they are not around.  Venue matters!

But you start walking up to a police officer who is not talking to you and yelling that you hate them and you are asking for an open-faced, peppery-maced, knuckle sandwich served upside your head with a side order of big, black nightstick indignity.

You’d think an attorney would understand that.  But maybe I’m just confusing Tuma with a good attorney.

Cops have a tough job.  There are good ones and bad ones.  It’s time someone recognized that we don’t have to let anarchy run through the streets while at the same time not giving police officers unlimited powers based on “reasonable suspicion” instead of probable cause.  Or, ones who don’t view the citizens they are charged with protecting in “us vs. them” paramilitary terms.

Having said that, Tuma wasn’t making that argument.  He was just making an ass of himself.

The Communist Family Tree

This is truly a great clip. I’ve always said that the Communist movement in America moved over to join the Green movement as soon as the USSR went under. Much the same way that all the filthy hippies started following Phish and Widespread Panic when Jerry Garcia when toe-up.

It’s the same bunch of anti-American thugs. Many of these same Commies (like Van Jones) have shown up in the Obama administration.

I can’t recall who it was who said that today’s environmentalists are like watermelons (I felt racist just typing that word!) – green on the outside, but red on the inside. Stick with it to the end. Most of it you probably know, but this ties it all together so you can understand where the community-organizer-race-baiting commie types like the Obamessiah get their power.

HUD to America…ready for another slew of foreclosures?

Here we go again. Isn’t this what got our housing industry in trouble in the first place? This was in my work “inbox”:

HUD requests comments and suggestions for the design of a pilot program to establish, and make available to mortgagees, an automated process for providing alternative credit rating information for borrowers who have insufficient credit histories. Comments are due by September 29, 2009.

I’m not making this up. More from yesterday’s Federal Register:

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires that HUD carry out a pilot program to establish, and make available to mortgagees, an automated process for providing alternative credit rating information, which might include rent, utilities, and insurance payment histories, etc., for mortgagors and prospective mortgagors who have insufficient credit histories for determining their credit worthiness.

Who sponsored this legislation that requires that we look for ways to finance homes for people who can’t prove they can pay the loans back? Don’t blame Nancy Pelosi:


Among those who co-sponsored the bill: Charlie Rangel, Henry Waxman and…Rahm Emanuel.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret Burns, Director, Office of Single Family Program Development, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 9278, Washington, DC 20410–8000; telephone number 202–708–2121

Your Monday Morning Not Racist

A little girl will be in need of medical attention for the rest of her life.  Possibly because of an accident at a hospital that had no choice but to see her for an emergency.  Scumbag, ambulance-chasing attorneys, I repeat myself, have indicated that she is due for a big cash settlement.

Her father is not around.  Her mother was deemed by the court to not be fit to care for her when she was present at the apartment where her baby daddy was caught after buying cocaine from an undercover informant named “Zorro”.


The medical bills are all being sported by the kind and generous donations the taxpayers of Tennessee through our socialized healthcare program TennCare and the $630 a month from Social Security.

Oh, did I mention that they are all illegal aliens? The father was deported. The Mexican government hired another local attorney to represent “his interests”.  Presumably, that does not include buying or selling any more drugs from or to undercover informants in his absence.

The cover of The Scene article depicts the little girl as a piñata.  Would she have been stereotyped as anything else if she was a different race?


Somehow, when you’re a liberal this is completely acceptable.

The Hopefully Next To The Last Post On Gatesgate

The final post being when the Bigot-In-Chief retracts his assault on the local police in defense of his fellow racist and self-admitted winner of “The Watermel-lon Fellowship” – Henry Gates. ( I’ll put out a bleg request to embed that video as it really says it all about Gates’ ideas about white people in general.)  How long can the state-run media ignore it?  My guess is forever.  Replace Crowley saying anything remotely close to what Gates was saying and he would have been fired yesterday.

Don’t fence me in though.  The always brilliant Mark Steyn sums it up as only he can:

The president of the United States may be reluctant to condemn Ayatollah Khamenei or Hugo Chávez or that guy in Honduras without examining all the nuances and footnotes, but sometimes there are outrages so heinous that even the famously nuanced must step up to the plate and speak truth to power. And thank God the leader of the free world had the guts to stand up and speak truth to municipal police Sgt. James Crowley.

On the less bright, dare I say – darker side, while the current administration has sent $200 Million dollars to the so-called Palestinian people to support Hamas they have cut aid to Honduras.  Which finally fulfills the Leftist chant that America is the number one state sponsor of terrorism. The check to FARC will have to wait until the third stimulus package but cutting the aid to Honduras should be considered a down payment.

As professor Gates jeered at the officers, “You don’t know who you’re messin’ with.” Did Sgt. Crowley have to arrest him? Probably not. Did he allow himself to be provoked by an obnoxious buffoon? Maybe. I dunno. I wasn’t there.

Neither was the president of the United States, or the governor of Massachusetts or the mayor of Cambridge. All of whom have declared themselves firmly on the side of the Ivy League bigshot. And all of whom, as it happens, are African American. A black president, a black governor and a black mayor all agree with a black Harvard professor that he was racially profiled by a white-Latino-black police team, headed by a cop who teaches courses in how to avoid racial profiling. The boundless elasticity of such endemic racism suggests that the “post-racial America” will be living with blowhard grievance-mongers like professor Gates unto the end of time.

Given that Gates is yet another communist acolyte with a racial axe to grind, Obama may finally replace newspapers as the punchline to “what’s black, white and red all over?”

This isn’t a question of only Obama issuing an apology now.  Gates needs to apologize as well.  Doubtful that will happen considering Gates’ standing offer to Crowley:

Professor Gates is now saying that, if Sgt. Crowley publicly apologizes for his racism, the prof will graciously agree to “educate him about the history of racism in America.” Which is a helluva deal. I mean, Ivy League parents remortgage their homes to pay Gates for the privilege of lecturing their kids, and here he is offering to hector it away to some no-name lunkhead for free.

Read the whole thing as they say you grafted, white devils.

Looming Defamation Suit Update: From Jim Crow to Jim Crowley. Oooh.  Think that one up all by yourself or did JournoList help?  Here’s to the day when you get hosed.

People Who Understand Hope and Change

OK, so you’re baffled about who the people are that would choose to kill the U.S. economy in order to save it? Or those who would outlaw oil companies then work diligently to prevent a solar array or windmill farm to be built in the habitat of the throatwarbler mangrove?

Stop the ACLU captures them on camera. Believe me, it’s 100% true.

True personal anecdote. Years ago a friend and I were hanging out in Santa Cruz. We went to a well known park behind the county court house to score some weed.

When the police showed up and we were ticketed – for parking at an expired meter.

How About a Good Faith Gesture?

The Obama Healthcare Road Show is touring this great country of ours selling promises of happy children complete with their tonsils. But an increasing number of Americans are calling BS.

Having already proved that he doesn’t read bills line by line looking for waste and his watchful sidekick Sheriff Joe turned out to have the diligence of a $6/hr rent-a-cop, Obama audaciously tells us that the new heathcare will be revenue neutral.

President Obama premised the need for reform on the claim that medical costs are destroying the economy. True. But now we learn – surprise! – that universal coverage increases costs. The congressional Democrats’ health care plans, says the CBO, increase costs in the range of $1 trillion plus.

In response. the President retreated to a demand that any bill he sign be revenue neutral. But that’s classic misdirection: If the fierce urgency of health care reform is to radically reduce costs that are producing budget-destroying deficits, revenue neutrality (by definition) leaves us on precisely the same path to insolvency that Obama himself declares unsustainable.

One of the supposed areas of savings was to fix inefficiencies in Medicaid and use those saving to fund Obamacare. Here is why that won’t happen. Check out the homunculus from Hollywood (sirloin tip Director Blue):

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Waxman is a key leader in Congress on all matters health. When he led the Committee’s subcommittee on health from 1984-1994, Waxman was responsible for aggressive expansions of Medicaid which are now bankrupting states. Today spending on Medicaid exceeds outlays on K-12 education in most states.

And even as Waxman has championed the massive expansion of government-run health care, he has repeatedly ignored efforts to pursue fraudulent activity in Medicaid – a program over which he has full jurisdiction.

So why do you think that is? Oh yeah, because screw you Middle Class.

In the Democrats’ now-failed $787 billion stimulus bill, Waxman demanded provisions that eliminated citizenship, identity, income, and asset verification requirements for Medicaid enrollees in hopes of ensuring that millions of illegal aliens would receive taxpayer-funded healthcare services. We Americans will post our largest-ever budget deficit this year. And Waxman is determined to spend your money on recipients it was never intended for.

So if Obama really wants to sell the plan, I suggest that he make one, just one, gesture that would appeal to the center. Why not make real cuts to Medicare and Medicaid fraud as part of the proposal rather than a vaporous “yeah, we’ll get to it later” promise like we saw in “comprehensive immigration reform”? Or, I don’t know, how about leaving in provisions that the healthcare we pay for is limited to the people who actually pay for it?

Why Does The Press Go Along?

Question of the night:

I don’t fault the President for trying to control the press. But I ask you, why does the press go along? There is not one moment of spontaneity. The questioners are tipped off, in advance, by the White House and they behave accordingly.

No. Not one questions about Iraq. Not one questions about Afghanistan, where American troops have had the worst month of fatalities in eight years. These guys, and women, are not journalists. They’re enablers.

They’re lazy cowards who obediently lick the hand that feeds them because at heart they are all leftwing, nanny-state fascists who admire every anti-American thing Obama is doing to this country. When he fails they will blame others. For years, they had to pretend to care about troops being sent into harm’s way – now they can ignore their deaths because to acknowledge their duty as noble would be an indictment of every neo-communist chickenhawk who said that Iraq was a distraction from Afghanistan.

100% Recommended Daily Allowance of Post-Racially Goodness

First, let me say that Henry Louis Gates should set an example and resign his position at Harvard for him being such a plain-spoken and well-connected racist who has damaged a police officer’s reputation for life and that of his entire school.  We’ll file it under a corollary to the “Do You Know Who I Am?” axiom.

This situation just couldn’t have worked out better.

Cop gets call that someone is breaking into a house.  Finds someone in the house and asks them for I.D.  They start screaming hysterically at the officer and within a day or two the Barak O’Bigot is on tv slandering the officer as stupid and motivated by racism.  Were that it so:

The police report said Gates, who was returning from a trip to China and found his front door jammed, at first refused to provide an ID and became unruly. He was charged with disorderly conduct but the charges were dropped this week.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the conversation between Gates and Crowley was transmitted over Crowley’s open police radio and Gates can be heard yelling.

“Mr. Gates was given plenty of opportunities to stop what he was doing. He didn’t. He acted very irrational. He controlled the outcome of that event,” Crowley told WBZ.

Well, what do you mean by irrational and unruly?

Crowley said Gates, the director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research and former host of the PBS show “African American Lives,” called him a “racist cop.”

“There was a lot of yelling, there was references to my mother,” he added, “something you wouldn’t expect from anybody that should be grateful that you were there investigating a report of a crime in progress, let alone a Harvard University professor.”

As a general rule, when interacting with police officers it is a good idea not to bring their mothers into why you got your speeding ticket or whatever reason brought them to your doorstep.  The simple fact of the matter is that Gates was given the same treatment a white person would have gotten in the same situation and it’s that equality that his bigoted eyes refuse to see.

Not content to slander this one cop, Obambi then demeaned the entire D.C. police force by claiming that they would shoot him on sight if he was breaking into his own home.  That little bon mot got the chuckles rolling through the presstitute gallery.

Chiming in, leftcoast communist Rep. Barbara Lee had this to say:

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said today at a news conference of the Congressional Black Caucus that: “The president was right on target. Some of us come from communities that have been racially profiled. This is an example of … unfinished business in America and unequality and racism that continues to exist.”

It’s “unfinished business” for Babs because that business has given her everything she has.  She’s an entrepreneur in the unfinished business of America’s Racism ™.  Something tells me that if the police didn’t show up to the breaking and entering call in 30 minutes or less that Lee would have still contended that police don’t respond in time to help black folks.  9-1-1 is a joke in yo’ town and all that. Especially considering that Gates’ home had been broken into one month before.

I would say that you’re “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” but that’s not true.

In Obama’s new People’s Republic of America, you’re only damned if you’re white.  Condemned in advance for the sins of other people’s great, great grandfathers.  Guilty until proven not-as-guilty as some.  And unremorsefully slandered every inch of the way.

BONUS POINTS: See how Gates teaches his daughter to hate in her Daily Bigot, er, I mean Daily Beast column –

I think what he really wanted to do was throw me down and put handcuffs on me because he was terrified that I could be dangerous to him and that I was causing violence in my own home—though obviously he didn’t know it was my home. If I had been white this incident never would have happened. He would have asked at the door, “Excuse me, are you okay? Because there are two black men around here try’na rob you [laughter] and I think he also violated the rules by not giving his name and badge number, and I think he would have given that to one of my white colleagues or one of my white neighbors.

Don’t worry, pumpkin.  No matter what you do or what you accomplish you’ll never been anything greater than a victim.  Thanks, Dad.  It’s when you go pro as a victim – that’s when you really get the big bucks.

Come for the “what do you call a black man with a PhD.?” joke and stay for whitey turning off your cell phone by design (“Your cell phone doesn’t work and they set it up that way. It’s cold, man.”).  Cuckoo.

Elevated from Cranky in the comments: How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police. (NSFW – not safe for whitey, or work).

Piledriving Peggy Noonan

Stuart Schwartz at the American Thinker has penned a scathing takedown of Peggy Noonan’s obsession with Sarah Palin. It is absolutely brilliant.

It’s brilliant because it’s beautifully written and spot on, but it is also brilliant because it nails the liberal country-club leadership of the GOP in the process. Noonan is one of the standard-bearers of the elitist, liberal, big-spending Republican party – the anti-Jim Demint, if you will. It cannot be denied, Peggy is skullcrushingly jealous of Sarah Palin, and simply can’t tolerate us rubes in flyover country, period.

You’re Peggy Noonan and you’re jealous. But it’s not the normal kind of jealous, the kind reserved for girlfriends who can squeeze into size 2 jeans. No, it’s the kind of jealous that hurts, that grabs your gut and twists, that has you howling with rage into your pillow in the middle of the night, screaming “It’s not fair” like a two-year-old denied another piece of cake. It is Sarah Palin jealous…and it is consuming you.

And, what’s worse, everyone continues to talk about her. You’ve tried everything, using your mainstream media platforms, your Wall Street Journal columns, and powerful friends — so many of them — to savage her, to give her a rhetorical beating so fierce that it would bring a smile to the face of Vince McMahon — if you knew who he is, and if you had ever watched a WWE wrestling match, which he heads. “She is a complete elite confection. She might as well have been a bonbon,” you wrote, your $300 manicured fingers shaking on the keyboard.

Can’t you just visualize Peggy sitting down at her Mac laptop, sipping an $8 Starbucks latte, eyes filled with rage and disbelief that someone left the servants’ door open, allowing this weapon-wielding guttersnipe into the comfy, elitist confines of the GOP?

You’re Peggy Noonan and you’re jealous. You don’t understand it. Sure, maybe she has accomplished a few things (like the $26 billion dollar natural gas pipeline deal, restructuring Alaskan government, and taking an ice pick to corrupt politicians). But she has no style, no pizzazz — she just does stuff. But so do you — and you can’t understand why you don’t get the same adoration. After all, didn’t you go before the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission and not just protest, but elegantly protest — so said The New York Times — a 16-story tower a developer wanted to build in your ritzy Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood? Sarah Palin wouldn’t have done that; she’s not brilliant enough to understand preservation. She probably would have looked at the jobs the construction would create and given it a déclassé “Hell yeah!”

You’re Peggy Noonan and you’re jealous. Your “beyond the mundane” co-founders — “buds” as the Sarah Palin types so crassly put it-for your new venture are the essence of your kind of middle America: they include “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl; actresses Candice Bergen (actress, Democratic and Planned Parenthood spokesperson), Whoopi Goldberg (dropped by advertisers after a nasty Bush joke at a Democratic fundraiser and then hired by The View, a Barbara Walters talk show on ABC ), and Marlo Thomas (a major Democratic donor who is married to Bush-hater Phil Donahue), your type of conservatives, which puts them a bit to the right of Hugo Chavez. But after a year the audience is less than 20 percent of what you defined as success, your investors are worried, and the same women who pack Sarah Palin rallies are ignoring your venture, which features such pieces as “Michelle Obama’s Scintillating Style” and “French Fashion Designers Churn Out Stylish Burqhas.”

As we always say – and this time I really mean itREAD THE WHOLE THING.

Speaking of the elitists in the GOP, who want to keep liberal Republicans like Charlie Crist and John McCain in power, they will be none-too-pleased to know that actual conservative Pat Toomey has pulled into a tie with former-RINO Snarlin’ Arlen Sphincter in PA. Now if Marco Rubio can gain some traction in Florida, we can really get a GOP purge underway.

Enjoying The Rape Yet?

Should we Audit the Fed yet or just burn it down?

In the shadows of his Healthscare disaster, Dear Leader and his henchmen are trying to hide their budget numbers so that you will have no clue as to what’s really going on – not that you’re paying attention anyway, are you?

WASHINGTON (AAAP) – The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today’s bleak landscape.

The administration’s annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama’s budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.

The release of the update—usually scheduled for mid-July—has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town Aug. 7 on its summer recess.

The administration is pressing for votes before then on its $1 trillion health care initiative, which lawmakers are arguing over how to finance.

They would like to keep the truth of their catastrophic spending under wraps so that you won’t object too much when they throw a few trillion at Obamacare. These are the same crooks who are throwing $16 million at canned ham projects, $5 million at processed cheese, and $2.5 million for watered-down ham, among other shovel-ready crap.

Speaking of throwing your money down a rathole, head TARP watchdog Neil Barofsky says that the Fed is trying to cover up how TARP funds are being used and decried the Fed’s (predictable) lack of transparency.

Reporting from Washington — As the watchdog of the government’s massive bailout of the financial sector, Neil M. Barofsky had a simple question: What had the nation’s banks done with all their bailout money?

Can’t be answered, said the Treasury Department, because of the way banks move money internally. The department declined to put the question to the banks.

And so Barofsky started asking financial institutions himself, getting answers from more than 300 that had received federal bailout money and learning to what extent they had used the money to increase their lending, buy competitors or build their cash reserves.

The banking survey, and the refusal of Treasury officials to conduct it themselves, were revealed as Barofsky issued a stinging report Monday that complained of a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s management of the giant financial services bailout program.

The report came as critics of the administration said that the White House has fallen short of its promises to run a more open government. Among other areas, the critics cite the president’s conduct of the healthcare debate, which has included closed-door White House meetings with powerful interest groups.

“You can’t ask the basic questions or have a debate about the fundamental policy questions without information,” Barofsky said in an interview.

Here, CNBC attacks Barofsky for daring to question the all-powerful wisdom of the Fed and its White House Crime Family overlords.

As Karl aptly notes…

Why would Mr. Barofsky tell the truth? Because that’s his job, damnit! His position exists to bring transparency to this process, rather than keep stuffing it all under the carpet and hoping that nobody notices that there is an elephant-sized lump in the middle of the floor!

The STOOGES on CNBC have made clear their intent this morning and left NOTHING to the imagination. Facts ARE CNBC, whether you like them or not, and this sort of blatantly-transparent attempt to cover up the facts and truth by smearing Barofsky is an outrage.

This table is on page 134 of the report – the entire report should be required reading for every American, so you can see exactly what sort of outright lying and financial fraud you’re being forced to support, despite your expressed opposition in September and October by a ratio of 100 to 300:1 as expressed by calls to Congress prior to the passage of the EESA/TARP.

If you can come to any conclusion other than the fact that this entire fiasco has been anything more than a blatant attempt to force the taxpayer to eat trillions of dollars of losses incurred due to imprudent and even fraudulent practices on Wall Street, you’ve got a VERY active imagination.

If you have a few hours, you can read the Tarp Report yourself.

We are being raped, folks, pure and simple. The elitists at the Fed, in the White House, in Congress and on Wall Street are watching their empire go up in flames, and they’re giving it to the middle class one last time. Long and hard.

The Leave No Terrorist Behind Act

Time magazine posits a most unusual “viewpoint” that terrorists and enemy combatants should be given the expectation of a fairer chance in American courts or else Dick Cheney wins in a surprisingly frank and honest defense of their hero, one Zacarias Moussaui:

It isn’t easy to have sympathy for Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui (ed. – But Christ knows Time magazine will sure try), the only person convicted in connection with the September 11 terror attacks. During his trial, Moussaoui pledged his allegiance to Osama bin Laden and prayed that al-Qaeda succeeds in its violent jihad against the U.S; he also mocked the families of 9/11 victims and dared the court to inflict the harshest punishment for the crimes which, after veering erratically between denial and advocacy, he finally took responsibility for.

But other than that, what’s not to love?  As Time’s Bruce Cumley pounds his high chair as to why Moussaoui deserves a new trial,

Why? Because justice and sympathy are different issues.

Perhaps I missed key segments of the Sotomayor kabuki but did everyone finally settle on “Sympathy” being more important than “Justice” because something tells me that if Moussaui had been found innocent at trial that Cumley wouldn’t be arguing in favor of forsaking double jeopardy to try him again out of “sympathy” to 9/11 victims.

So we don’t have enough sympathy for the accused and that’s grounds for a new trial.  What of the evidence?

However, Moussaoui continued to make himself the ever-ready scapegoat in the pursuit of 9/11 justice that seemed to provide no other perpetrators to prosecute. He was, indeed, a dream come true for the prosecution. First, he fired his defense team, zigged and zagged between pleading innocent and guilty, and ranted in ways that had some observers questioning his sanity. And the circumstantial evidence against him didn’t make Moussaoui look any better: he was arrested in August, 2001 while attending a Minnesota flight school. When investigators took a closer look at him after 9/11, they discovered jihadist literature and plane flying information on his computer. Further inquiry led to the discovery that Binalshibh had wired him $14,000 from Germany; a check with French officials showed that he’d long been under watch as a suspected jihadist who’d made the de rigeur trip to al-Qaeda’s Afghan haven.

But Moussaoui had been in jail nearly a month when the attack occurred, meaning he couldn’t have been directly responsible for it. Moussaoui was also a lousy student who flunked out of several flight schools.

All that was missing was an Al Franken for Senate sticker on a rented van filled with ammonium nitrate.

If TIME Magazine ever decides to get out of the fake journalism racket, it would probably be a seamless transition to get into the goalpost moving business.  The court should have disregarded Moussaoui’s part in pursuit of killing US civilians because he was a special needs student at every flight school he attended to get the requisite training.  He’s associating with international terrorists, they’re wiring him money presumably not to reimburse him for the falafel they went in halfsies on last Friday night after mosque and traveled to Afghanistan to jump the walls and play on the monkey bars with his fellow jihadis.  Now since Moussaoui is not a rocket surgeon we need to let him go and reward his failure.

Welcome to the Clinton School of Anti-Terrorism.  If only it ended there.  Cumley then asserts that it is imperative that President Pyrite let Moussaoui go lest the U.S. appear to fall short of our ideals for fairness against those who would slit our throats and have their way with our livestock:

His mother Aicha el-Wafi, told TIME that Moussaoui informed her that he pleaded guilty in the fatalistic belief the process had to be rigged, that no American court would ever give a sworn enemy a fair chance. American values include respecting the rights of even those who attack them. That’s been a key consideration in Obama’s moves to roll back many Bush administration policies in the war on terror.

Oh noes!  Terrorists aren’t getting a fair chance to kill us and that’s against the True American Values ™ that Obama will hopefully restore. Can we declare TIME magazine al-Qaeda’s mouthpiece yet?