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True Story: ‘Green Leprechaun’ Shot Dead In St Patrick’s Day Robbery

Via Telegraph:
Two bank robbery suspects, including one dressed in a green leprechaun costume, were shot dead after a St Patrick’s Day chase and shoot-out with police in Tennessee, authorities said.
Is it wrong to laugh at this? - Greg Pollowitz

VIDEO: Obama On Fox News

Via Fox News:
. . .BAIER: You have said at least four times in the past two weeks: “the United States Congress owes the American people a final up or down vote on health care.” So do you support the use of this Slaughter rule? The deem and pass rule, so that Democrats avoid a straight up or down vote on the Senate bill? OBAMA: Here’s what I think is going to happen and what should happen. You now have a proposal from me that will be in legislation, that has the toughest insurance reforms in history, makes sure that people are able to get insurance even if they’ve got preexisting conditions, makes sure that we are reducing costs for families and small businesses, by allowing them to buy into a pool, the same kind of pool that members of Congress have.
You just knew there was no way their idiotic boycott would last. - Greg Pollowitz

Army Changes Basic Training

Via AOL News:
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -New soldiers are grunting through the kind of stretches and twists found in “ab blaster” classes at suburban gyms as the Army revamps its basic training regimen for the first time in three decades. Heeding the advice of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, commanders are dropping five-mile runs and bayonet drills in favor of zigzag sprints and exercises that hone core muscles. Battlefield sergeants say that’s the kind of fitness needed to dodge across alleys, walk patrol with heavy packs and body armor or haul a buddy out of a burning vehicle. Trainers also want to toughen recruits who are often more familiar with Facebook than fistfights. “Soldiers need to be able to move quickly under load, to be mobile under load, with your body armor, your weapons and your helmet, in a stressful situation,” said Frank Palkoska, head of the Army’s Fitness School at Fort Jackson, which has worked several years on overhauling the regime.
The changes seem to make sense to me. Any military readers care to weigh in? - Greg Pollowitz

It Begins: Netanyahu’s Brother-In-Law - Obama Is An Anti-Semite

Via Ha'aretz:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother-in-law Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi on Wednesday called U.S. President Barack Obama an anti-Semite in an interview with Army Radio. “It’s not that Obama doesn’t like Bibi,” he referring to Netanyahu using his nickname. “He doesn’t like the nation of Israel.” Netanyahu was quick to distance himself from Ben-Artzi’s remarks, saying he completely disagrees with his brother-in-law.
Obama is losing Israel. Will American Jews follow? - Greg Pollowitz

The History Of Eating Corned Beef On St. Patrick’s Day

Via Religion Facts:
Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional meal enjoyed by many on St. Patrick’s Day, but only half of it is truly Irish. Cabbage has long been a staple of the Irish diet, but it was traditionally served with Irish bacon, not corned beef. The corned beef was substituted for bacon by Irish immigrants to the Americas around the turn of the century who could not afford the real thing. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.
You're welcome! - Greg Pollowitz

Panic: Whitman Up Over Brown in Calif.

Via Politics Daily:
Republican Meg Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay, has edged ahead of state Attorney General Jerry Brown in the race for the California governor’s seat, according to a Field Poll conducted March 9-15. Whitman leads Brown, 46 percent to 43 percent, with 11 percent undecided. While that advantage falls within the poll’s 3.7 point margin of error, it is a big change from January when Brown led, 46 percent to 36 percent, with 18 percent undecided.
Well, California will never be "red," but a dark pink is pretty nice. - Greg Pollowitz

‘I’m Calling The President A Liar’

Via Politics Daily:
During his speech in Strongsville, Ohio, on Monday afternoon, President Obama highlighted the struggle of Natoma Canfield, a cleaning woman from the nearby town of Medina who is fighting cancer without benefit of health insurance. But it was another woman, Ingrid Martin, an out-of-work health care sales representative, who caught his attention — and debated him on the merits of his health care plan for two minutes after his speech.
Read the entire piece and wait until the Left calls her just another racist teabagger. - Greg Pollowitz

Pelosi Calls All Female Democratic Members Into Meeting

Via Roll Call:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is asking all female Democratic Members to attend a hastily called meeting Wednesday morning but isn’t saying what the meeting is about. Pelosi’s office sent an e-mail out Tuesday evening requesting that all female Democrats come to the Members-only meeting at 10 a.m.
Tickle fight! - Greg Pollowitz

Is General Petraeus Behind Obama’s Dressing Down of Israel? Max Boot: ‘No’

Via Commentary:
What’s behind the administration’s new get-tough policy with Israel? If you believe Mark Perry, a former Arafat adviser and author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with Its Enemies, it’s the doing of General David Petraeus. In a rather imaginative post at Foreign Policy’s web site, he claims that on Jan. 16
Well, someone other than the terrorist regimes must be to blame for the lack of a peace process, right? - Greg Pollowitz

Quote Of The Day: Gov. Perry Unloads On The Federal Government

Via Washington Examiner:
“How many Americans will have to die before our federal government takes serious action along the Texas-Mexico border?” Perry said in a statement. “For years, they have failed in their vital duty to secure the border, resulting in escalating violence.”
As Obama tries to pivot toward immigration reform, he should remember that "build the fence first" was pretty much the consensus last time around. - Greg Pollowitz

Mexico Wants Our Help To Fight Its Drug War

Via BBC:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has called for the United States to share responsibility in the battle against drug traffickers in the two countries. His comments came on a one-day visit to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, where three people connected to the US consulate were killed on Saturday. Hundreds of demonstrators greeted Mr Calderon demanding the withdrawal of Mexican troops from the town. Meanwhile, Texas has increased border patrols in the wake of the violence. “The violence is a problem for both nations, one that has its origin in the consumption of drugs in the US and the criminality associated with trafficking,” Mr Calderon said during his visit.
Well, I believe conservatives had a crazy idea of putting a giant fence along the border which would make it harder for drugs to get into America. Whatever happened to that plan? - Greg Pollowitz

Cleveland Clinic: No, We’re Not Going To Take That Woman’s Home

Via AP:
A woman championed as the Obama administration’s emblem for health care reform does not have to choose between her home and her health, according to officials at the Ohio hospital where she is being treated. With a self-reported annual income of about $6,000, Natoma Canfield is a prime candidate for financial aid in the form of Medicaid — the federal health care program for low-income and disabled people — or charitable assistance. And the Cleveland Clinic said it has no intention of putting out a lien on Canfield’s house — or letting the billing process interfere with her treatment.
So, when will President Obama issue a retraction? - Greg Pollowitz

Awkward: Rep. Conyers Won’t Pay For His Wife’s Lawyer

Via Washington Examiner:
The National Law Journal reports that former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., has been declared indigent by a federal judge. That means she gets a public defender in her attempt to appeal her three-year prison sentence on a bribery charge to which she pleaded guilty. “[Conyers] says she can’t afford a lawyer…despite the fact that her husband — who is the second-longest serving current member of the U.S. House of Representatives — makes $174,000 a year
Why pay for a lawyer when it's, I'd say, a good shot she gets a commuted sentence. - Greg Pollowitz

Most U.S. Forces In Afghanistan To Be Under NATO

Via Fox News:
The U.S. force in Afghanistan is undergoing a major restructuring that will bring virtually all American troops under NATO command, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday. Vice Adm. Greg Smith, the top military spokesman in Afghanistan, said the intent was to integrate almost all of the 20,000 U.S. troops currently serving in eastern part of the country under a separate command known as Operation Enduring Freedom, into the 100,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The reorganization will not add any new forces to those already deployed, Smith said. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the senior NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will still command all allied forces in the theater. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed off on the reorganization before he visited Kabul last week, Smith said.
Military readers: what say you? - Greg Pollowitz

Oops. Ashley Dupre’s Hair Catches Fired During ‘Playboy’ Shoot

Via Fox News:
When you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. Ashley Dupre, of all people, should know that by now. The call girl who brought down New York governor Elliot Spitzer, almost pulled a Michael Jackson during her photo shoot for an eight-page spread in Playboy magazine. While lying nude on the ground surrounded by candles, her hair caught fire, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
No comment. - Greg Pollowitz

Israel Objects To U.S. Construction Demands

Via New York Times:
JERUSALEM — The discord between the United States and Israel over Jewish building in East Jerusalem deepened Tuesday with Israeli officials saying they would reject demands by Washington and expressing anger over the public upbraiding of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the Obama administration. On a day of scattered — although, in spots, fierce — disturbances by Palestinians in East Jerusalem, news emerged that Israel was moving ahead with a second building project there. A notice on the Web site of the Israel Lands Authority invited developers to bid on construction of 309 new homes in the Jewish suburb of Neve Yaakov, in northeast Jerusalem.
I wonder how you say, "go jump in a lake" in Hebrew? - Greg Pollowitz

Eric Holder Solves The OBL/Miranda Issue

Via AP:
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that Osama bin Laden will never face trial in the United States because he will not be captured alive. In testy exchanges with House Republicans, the attorney general compared terrorists to mass murderer Charles Manson and predicted that events would ensure “we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden” not to the al-Qaida leader as a captive. Holder sternly rejected criticism from GOP members of a House Appropriations subcommittee, who contend it is too dangerous to put terror suspects on trial in federal civilian courts as Holder has proposed.
This is worse than Michael Chertoff's gut predictions on terrorist activity. - Greg Pollowitz

Israel/US Relations: Obama Has Crossed The Line

Via Jerusalem Post:
. . .There are certain red lines which no government of Israel may cross. Netanyahu, on this occasion, must stand firm. The current crisis transcends political or ideological differences between Likud, Labor and Kadima. All mainstream parties should unite and convey to President Obama that Israel is a sovereign state and will not automatically bow to diktats of the US administration. They need to make the US administration and public understand that no government of Israel will agree to freeze construction in Jerusalem, the heart and soul of the Jewish people.
Heckuva job, Mr. President. - Greg Pollowitz

Shocking! Rielle Hunter Caught Lying About Her ‘GQ’ Photo Spread

Via ABC News:
Hunter, a one-time videographer for Edwards’ presidential campaign, posed for the pictures wearing only a man’s button down white shirt, a string of pearls and panties. In some of the photos she is posed on a bed with stuffed animals piled around her. Her panties are peeking out in one frame. A teary Hunter told ABC News’ Barbara Walters she was repulsed by the sight of the sexy photos and thought all but one would be headshots, Walters said. But GQ released a video of the shoot to “GMA” today and at one point the videographer asks Hunter, “You want to take a look at this?”
Who'd have thought that a woman who had sex and a child with a married man whose wife is dying of cancer turns out to be less than trustworthy. What's the world coming to? - Greg Pollowitz

VIDEO: Petraeus, ‘The Time Has Come To Look At A Change To’ DADT

Via Guardian:
Previously, Gen Petraeus had largely kept his opinions on DADT to himself. But testifying before the Senate armed services committee today, he told members: “I believe the time has come to consider a change to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.” He hedged on what that change should be, explaining that he was waiting to see the results of the review commissioned by Robert Gates, the US defence secretary. “I think it should be done in a thoughtful and deliberative matter that should include the conduct of the review that Secretary Gates has directed that would consider the views in the force of a change in the policy. It would include an assessment of the likely effects on recruiting, retention, moral and cohesion and would include an identification of what policies might be needed in the event of a change and recommend those polices as well.”
Discuss - Greg Pollowitz


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