A tool of the trade

November 20, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Palestine Today has another article warning that Israel will kick thousands of Jerusalem Arabs out of their homes. Nothing new there.

But the picture illustrating it is sort of nice. The sort of picture that one can put on a poster to bring to an anti-Israel rally, just to tick the protesters off.

A little research shows that it was taken by AP last December.

Now, how can I know that?

One of the items in my toolbox is this website. It can read the EXIF information from photos, which can reveal lots of interesting information. In this case, it seems that AP puts its captions into the photo itself. I Google the caption and find somewhere that the original photo can be found (and, incidentally, prove that Palestine Today rips off AP without giving it attribution.)

Usually, the viewer is good for finding the original date of a photo. Often the Arabic papers I read will illustrate a story with an older photo and make it appear that it refers to the actual even (like an explosion.) In this case AP modified the photo caption so the date says October, not last December, but the caption says the original date.

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2009 Transportation Act Prohibits WBI Use As Primary Screening Tool

November 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A bipartisan amendment to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Authorization Act of 2009 “prohibits the TSA from using Whole Body Imaging (WBI) machines for primary screening.” Today TSA calls this equipment Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT).

The amendment was co-sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) and passed the House on a 310-118 vote. See how your Representative voted. (Seven of Washington State’s nine Congressmen voted yes: only Hastings (R) and Dicks (D) voted no.)

The bill (HR2200, summary) is stalled in the U.S. Senate; it passed the House on a 397-25-11 vote. See how your Representative voted.

According to Speaker of the House Pelosi:

This bill is the first reauthorization of TSA since it was created in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 (PL 107-71).  (In 2002, TSA was moved into DHS when the Department was created.) The bill authorizes $ 7.6 billion in FY 2010 and $ 8.1 billion in FY 2011 for the activities of TSA, including key increases over FY 2009 funding.

Ever since TSA was created in 2001, its focus has been on aviation security.  A key aspect of this legislation is beginning to put surface transportation security on an equal footing with aviation security – with key surface transportation security enhancements.

Consumer Traveler lauded the bill, noting that this was ” the first time [since 2001] that Congress said, ‘Whoa, TSA.”

On 8 June 2009, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where it has languished. The committee is composed of 25 Senators and led by Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Remaining Democrats (alpha)

  1. Senator Mark Begich, AK
  2. Senator Barbara Boxer, CA
  3. Senator Maria Cantwell, WA
  4. Senator Byron L. Dorgan, ND
  5. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, HI
  6. Senator John F. Kerry, MA
  7. Senator Amy Klobuchar, MN
  8. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, NJ
  9. Senator Claire McCaskill, MO
  10. Senator Bill Nelson, FL
  11. Senator Mark Pryor, AK
  12. Senator Tom Udall, NM
  13. Senator Mark Warner ,VA

Remaining Republicans (alpha)

  1. Senator Sam Brownback, KS
  2. Senator Jim DeMint, SC
  3. Senator John Ensign, NV
  4. Senator Johnny Isakson, GA
  5. Senator Mike Johanns, NE
  6. Senator George S. LeMieux, FL
  7. Senator Olympia Snowe, ME
  8. Senator John Thune, SD
  9. Senator David Vitter, LA
  10. Senator Roger Wicker, MS

This is cross-posted from IWillOptOut.org.

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Roundup and Recap: Jon Stewart Now Officially Obama’s Political Tool

October 28, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Above is part one where President Obama ticks off his talking points for five very long minutes. Admittedly, Stewart’s guest is the President of the United States and you have to respect the office and not interrupt (though calling him “dude” is apparently on the table), but wow — has Obama lost his magnetism, or what?

In part two below you’re going to see Stewart assume the role, not of a satirist, but as the symbol of the Disillusioned Left. The left-wing comedian is really, really, really upset that ObamaCare isn’t a complete takeover of the entire capitalist economic system of the Free World.

Also, again in part two, keep an eye out for right around the 7:30 mark when Stewart mocks Obama’s strained “I talked to a woman from Poughkeepsie…” anecdote. This President cannot take a joke.

The “dude” comment comes early in part three but the scariest part of the whole interview comes at 6:38 mark of part three when Obama talks about how the use of the filibuster isn’t constitutional. Preview of a post-2010 wave strategy? Beats moving to the center and compromising with the Will of the People, right?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity


Courtesy of ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper’s Twitter feed, we learn that there’s all kinds of white hot White House love being thrown Jon Stewart’s way. And why not? Stewart’s most certainly put his heart (and comedic soul) into becoming the Left’s last best hope to avoid an electoral tidal wave. Yesterday was the the big splashy If You Could Just Be A Little More Liberal interview, and this Saturday there’s the The Super Duper Beck Doesn’t Get Last Word Hating On Some Teabaggers Rally.


Translation: There’s a treat for the good boy…

Meanwhile over at Obama’s campaign organization, the Orwellian named Organizing for America, they’re using Stewart’s Mock the Baggers Who Dared Assemble Here to Express Love of Country and Faith in God Rally to set up phone banks on Saturday.

The Examiner’s Mark Hemingway asks:

[S]hould Stewart and Colbert just have admitted they were rooting for Democrats all along, and the purpose of this rally was to gin up support?

It’s hard out here for a self-professed “moderate” comedy news host, I guess.

That would be the first self-professed moderate in history to whine on national television about how small the ObamaCare bill is.


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
NPR Staffing Decision 2010
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

In the above video, Stewart takes some shots at NPR for firing Williams, but it all feels like an excuse to revisit his Fox News obsession and desire to smear the station as some kind of Big Scary Monster of Right-Wing Intolerance, as though one cable news channel has anywhere near the combined power of CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, oh and, Comedy Central.

The closing skit with the “scary” Muslim man and Black man pretty much calls Williams and Bill O’Reilly a couple of racists for their individual comments that started all of this — what O’Reilly said that caused Joy and Whoopi to cluck-cluck-cluck off the “View” stage and what got Williams fired from NPR.

Here’s the moral of Stewart’s comedy:

Here’s the moral of Stewart’s comedy:

“If they’re not going to make a distinction between Muslims and extremists, then why should I take the time to distinguish between decent white people and racists?”

It’s all so preciously sensitive and PC it just makes you want to run out and hug a baby seal.

Could there be a bigger disturbance in the satiric-force than when you have supposed comedians assuming the roles of our nation’s PC-Enforcers? Unless, of course, the target is Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome baby, then the sensitivity badge is quickly removed and the rubber hose comes out. Read more

New, Useful Tool to Keep Up with the Health Care Lawsuits

October 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
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Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states and individuals have been on the offensive against the new law and many are following in the footsteps of href=”../2010/07/07/states-fighting-back-against-obamacare-virginia/”>Virginia and Florida.

Obamacare is now being challenged by href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/about/”>20 different lawsuits with 21 different states as plaintiffs, but it is difficult to find all the different court documents and key arguments for the ongoing cases. The Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit group supporting limited government and economic freedom, has just launched a new Web site that will track the numerous ongoing court cases against Obamacare. href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/”>Healthcarelawsuits.org provides easy access to the facts behind the different legal challenges to Obamacare. Obamacare is being fought on all sides, with states leading the legal battle. id=”more-44844″>

  • Under “ href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/cases.php”>the cases,” users may choose a state from a dropdown menu or click on “all cases” to see a full list of the state-by-state legal challenges.
  • Under “ href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/issues/”>at issue,” the most commonly cited constitutional provisions in the lawsuits are provided.
  • href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/timeline/”>The timeline” traces back the challenges since the passage of Obamacare and provides information about when cases were filed and all following actions taken by the courts.
  • The site also has a href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/blog/”>blog to stay up to date and for reaction to recent court rulings.

The site features an href=”http://healthcarelawsuits.org/”>interactive map that shows states with active lawsuits or other health care news dealing with Obamacare. By clicking on a state with an active lawsuit, visitors to the site can find a summary of what the lawsuit is about and recent developments with the case. For states that are not involved in the lawsuits, the site provides a summary of the news in that state regarding implementation and other changes stemming from the new law.

As the battle between government authority and state sovereignty wages, Americans must be able to follow this fight on all fronts. Healthcarelawsuits.org empowers Americans to obtain vital information on the new law’s legal journey through the court system.

Co-authored by Derek Pyburn.

Derek Pyburn is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: href=”http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm”>http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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A Great New Campaign Poll Tool

October 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


‘Islamaphobia’ another political tool

September 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

The Arab world is in agreement with those who think the Cordoba Mosque ought not to be built at ground zero and by a vast majority see Americans as tolerant
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Fiasco: Rape charge reinstated against Wikileaks tool

September 1, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 


Crazy question: If you’re a prosecutor thinking of bringing a charge as explosive as rape against a suspect as politically infamous as Assange, wouldn’t you want to make sure the case is airtight before talking about it? When you know, to a metaphysical certainty, that you’re going to be accused of a smear campaign against […]

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Wikileaks tool wanted in Sweden on rape charge

August 21, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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