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I Must Have Missed the Feingold Outrage Press Release

Realize it is the holidays and all, but you’d think Feingold (or his PAC) would have said something about this by now.

Unless of course, it’s his president and he’s holding out hope for an appointment or something?

President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government’s authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists.

The warrantless intercept program would have expired at the end of 2012 without the president’s approval. The renewal bill won final passage in the Senate on Friday.

Known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law allows the government to monitor overseas phone calls and emails without obtaining a court order for each intercept.

In 2008, Feingold — then trying to force Obama more and more left when it comes to placating terrorists — called the law “a black mark” on the Congress, tried to filibuster it, and called it “one of the greatest assaults on the Constitution I can think of in the history of our country.”

Funny, I always thought it was “McCain-Feingold,” and I have the Supreme Court backing my opinion up.

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Welcome to “Black Monday”

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go shopping…unless you’re an owner of a National Football League owner.

Expect coaches to be sent packing.  Word is long-time Eagles head coach Andy Reid to be given his walking papers.  Expect Romeo Cornell of the Kansas City Chiefs to be gone.  San Diego will finally be done with Norv Turner.

The real surprises though, might be in front offices.   Already, New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum is gone (Rex Ryan apparently is staying, no word yet on Sanchez and/or Tebow).

Also, if you’re a Browns fan, you’re coach is gone, expect your GM to follow if the new ownership has its way.

Most of the “insider” types are expecting 9-12 coaches fired and up to 7 to 9 general managers will be gone by either the end of today, or the end of the week.

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“Dr. Obama…Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Fiscal Cliff”


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From the Same Mindset Which Blames Murder on the Weapon Being Used…

(H/T Instapundit)

Swaziland is one of the two land-locked countries located within the boundaries of South Africa.  It’s not really known for much else in the North American continent beyond the African HIV epidemic and the lowest life expectancy on the planet.

But this news might change that.

Police in Swaziland are cracking down on rape—by putting women in jail. Authorities in Africa’s last absolute monarchy have issued a ban on “rape-provoking” clothing, including miniskirts, midriff-revealing tops, and low-rise jeans, the AFP reports. Women caught wearing such clothing will be arrested, and face six months in jail. “The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” a police spokeswoman explained.

The spokeswoman also said that provocatively-dressed women are to blame when they are sexually assaulted. “I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of ‘undressing people with their eyes.’ That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing,” she said. The ban will not, however, apply to traditional garb, which can be a tad revealing. During the annual Reed Dance, for instance, women go bare-breasted and wear beaded skirts that only cover their front.

No word yet on anything else in Swaziland that the authorities wish to blame the victim for.  It’s early though.

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ASPCA Pays Ringling Bros. in Elephant Lawsuit

Want to know the truly nutty part about this story, it is that the American Society for the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (a legit animal rights organization not known for being crazy like the gang at PeTA) were initially the plaintiffs in this case over a decade ago.

I’m not a lawyer, but something had to come up in the discovery phase which caused attitudes to change.

An animal rights group will pay Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million to settle a lawsuit the circus filed after courts found that activists paid a former circus worker for his help in claiming the circus abused elephants.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Friday it was not admitting any wrongdoing in settling the lawsuit. The New York-based animal rights group was one of several involved in a lawsuit filed in 2000 against the circus’ owner, Feld Entertainment Inc., claiming elephants were abused. Courts later found that the animal rights activists had paid a former Ringling barn helper involved in the lawsuit at least $190,000, making him “essentially a paid plaintiff” who lacked credibility.

Two courts agreed the former barn helper, Tom Rider, wasn’t credible and didn’t have a right to sue. As a result, they didn’t address claims the circus violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allegedly chaining the elephants for long periods and allowing trainers to use sharp tools called bullhooks.

The Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment Inc. sued the animal rights groups and Rider in 2007, accusing them of conspiring to harm the company’s business and other illegal acts. The lawsuit claims the groups were working together with the goal of permanently banning Asian elephants from circuses.

Friday’s settlement covers only the ASPCA. Twelve other defendants including The Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute and The Fund for Animals are still involved in the lawsuit.

Animal rights groups have been targeting the use of elephants in a number of circuses for years, most of it based on the information Rider has given them.  Since then, it has become a cause celeb with the Hollywood set with attempts to get the circus banned in as many cities as they can.

They’ve made so much headway (six Southern California cities already ban circus elephants) in these efforts that just last week, Los Angeles was said to be considering an all-out ban on circuses with elephants in them.

I’m against any cruelty to animals on principle.  You have to have some sort of evil in your heart to willingly abuse, neglect and attack an animal.  That being said, it seem incredibly counter-productive for circuses — who need their elephants healthy and performing at their best — to willingly abuse their animals.

With this being potentially the first of what could be many settlements Ringling Bros. could be getting from animal rights groups, you have to start wondering if they’ve over-played their hand here and by how much.  If they had over-whelming proof of abuse against the elephants, then why do they need to pay a man to testify that it was going on?

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Roggensack First to File in Supreme Court Race

Signatures are due on January 2, 2013 at 5 PM at the offices of the Government Accountability Board.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack plans to submit the required signatures to get her name on the ballot for re-election next year.

Roggensack planned to deliver 4,000 signatures on Friday to the state elections board office. It takes at least 2,000 to get on the ballot for the April 2 election.

Two others have announced they intend to challenge Roggensack but they have not yet turned in their nomination papers. The signatures are due Wednesday.

Challenging Roggensack are Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and Milwaukee lemon law attorney Vince Megna.

According to other media reports Megna has said he’s about 300 signatures shy of making the ballot with Fallone — who is now the assumed liberal hope with Dane Co. Judge Mary Ann Sumi likely not running — not announcing how many signatures he’s gathered.

Next Wednesday could be an interesting one for C-Level legal candidates.

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General Schwarzkopf Passes at Age 78

Rest in Peace to the last great tank commanding general of the 20th Century.

Retired U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr, who headed coalition forces that drove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s army out of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm, has died, a U.S. official said on Thursday. He was 78.

The highly decorated four-star general died at 2:22 p.m. ET at his home in Tampa, Florida, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Schwarzkopf, a burly Vietnam War veteran known as Stormin’ Norman, commanded more than 540,000 U.S. troops and 200,000 allied forces in a six-week war that routed Hussein’s army from Kuwait in 1991, capping his 34-year military career.

Since 1991, Schawarzkopf’s hour-long victory briefing has become almost mandatory study of the U.S. military and every student at the various academies at West Point, Colorado Springs and Annapolis.

Here it is, in its entirely:




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