"Government is a greater threat to America in 2010 than China was in 1972. Government is smothering the pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit that propelled our economy past those of older, larger nations. Ever higher taxes on small and big business, layers of red tape, onerous labor regulations, and punitive bureaucrats and lawsuits are suffocating U.S. economic vitality." - Mit Romney
"God help the Republic. And, Mr. Speaker, in the immortal words of Sharron Angle, man up!" - Maureen Dowd
On the local level, the number of Democrats and Republicans elected, seemed pretty even. People voted more for the person than strictly for the Party, where you have to be more pragmatic over whom you can work with on a daily basis. My favorite district was Ramah, with a total of 18 registered voters... Michael Bennet seems to have won the Senate race by at least 15,000 votes, so there won't be an automatic recount. Buck refuses to concede the race until later on today. Of course, he doesn't have to concede at all, just slink away and drink his bitter tea...
"the huge enclave of Sadr City, a Sunni mosque, public squares, a crowded restaurant in the north corner of Baghdad, and middle-class shopping districts." If supporters of al-Alawi wanted to create the sense that al-Maliki's security forces cannot keep the capital safe, they are succeeding. If al-Qaeda just wants to prove that nobody is safe, including using Iranian made bombs to blow up an area identified with the Iranian backed Moktada al-Sadr, it, too, is working. If Syrian and Hizbollah-backed forces want to create an unsafe situation, enough where Iraq will turn to them instead of the US, well, that dove-tails in nicely with all other conspiracy theories, and I have barely scratched the surface... It probably has more to do with how lazy the police have become checking cars at check-points in the 110 degree sunlight...
"As Yemen faced increased pressure to move against Al Qaeda, prosecutors in Sana, the Yemeni capital, on Tuesday charged and immediately began a criminal trial in absentia for Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric now in hiding and operating as a recruiter and propagandist for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Mr. Awlaki, 39, has not yet been tied directly to the bomb plot, but American intelligence officials believe he is playing an increasingly important role in the terrorist group’s operations.
The chief prosecutor, Ali Al-Sanea’a, called Mr. Awlaki “yesterday a regular visitor of bars and discothèques in America” but now “the catalyst for shedding the blood of foreigners and security forces,” according to a statement. He said Mr. Awlaki was a leader of Al Qaeda and “a figure prone to evil, devoid of any conscience, religion or law.”
Mr. Awlaki was charged along with his cousin Othman al-Awlaki, who is also at large, and Hesham Mohammed Asem, who was present in court, with “forming an armed group to carry out criminal acts targeting foreigners” as part of Al Qaeda. Mr. Asem, 19, a security guard, is accused of shooting to death a French engineer on Oct. 6 in the Sana headquarters of the Austrian oil company OMV." OK, I know that this guy has been making cd's and tapes against the US, but last time I checked we guaranteed the right to free speech, even if we disagreed with the message. The only reason he became pissed off at the US was after we arrested him and put him a Yemeni jail back in 2003, I think the year was. I have only spent a few days in a Colorado jail, and that experience was enough to sour me on the competence of law officers in my home town. If I was put in a foreign jail for no damned reason, it would make me not trust my own government afterwards... So, in a way, I feel sorry for the guy, who is being blatantly set up by our government as being a bogeyman, poisoning the minds of innocent people and turning them against their country to serve his evil plans.