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A man who immigrated from Kenya to the United States found prosperity beyond his expectations on the day he became a U.S. citizen.

Shortly after Moses Bittok, of West Des Moines, took the oath of citizenship on Friday, he discovered he had a $1.89 million winning ticket from the Iowa Lottery’s Hot Lotto game.

“It’s almost like you adopted a country and then they netted you $1.8 million,” Bittok said Monday as he cashed in his ticket. “It doesn’t happen anywhere — I guess only in America.”

Damn right. Congratulations, Mr. Bittok. I happen to think you got the better prize- U.S. citizenship- first.

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    RINOs!

    If it’s Monday, it must be time for some wild RINO action. Rachel’s got the low down. Don’t miss the Commisar’s immortal “Box Cutter of Friendship” post.

    Good times!

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    Iran to be sent to bed without supper!

    Iran's VP gives hangdog glance
    Poor guy? Can’t we buy him a puppy?

    Barring intervention by the personification of evil, John Bolton, the UN Security Council will slap Iran on the wrist for:

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog has passed a resolution requiring Iran to be reported to the Security Council over a failure to convince the agency its nuclear program was entirely peaceful.

    Relax, Iran. As I noted previously, you still have plenty of time to make your nukes:

    The UN scale of punitive action:

    Sanctions
    Resolution
    Hands on Hips
    Referring to UNSC
    Glare Piercingly
    Express Serious Concern
    Raise Issues
    CoverUp
    Actively Ignoring
    Totally Clueless

    So the IAEA’s action has escalated the situation from a level 6 (Serious Concern) to a level 4 (UNSC referral). So relax, mullahs. Get your beards done. Take some students out for heavy beatings and execution. Let your hair down!

    The UN is 6-9 months from taking action- and here’s the best part: the UN won’t ever take any action against Iran. With a populace driven to despair and addiction, the mullahs are in the driver’s seat. The world will not unite against them- certainly not under the leadership of Chimpy McBushlerburton and his Oil Empire cronies- they just need to kick back and let their nuke scientists complete their work.

    In the meantime, where’s VP Aghazadeh’s puppy? The man looks despondent…

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    Around the Watering Hole

    Louisiana Libertarian has an interesting post on how he thinks Louisiana should be rebuilt. Kevin’s just returned from the great New Orleans evacuation, so he knows whereof he speaks.

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    Wherever Able Danger May Lead

    We must follow. As always, AJ at the Strata-Sphere is the Able Danger story. AJ notes a New York Times story saying the Pentagon is stone-walling- AJ’s take:

    There are ways to handle this without exposing classified information. This looks like some kind of cover up or something. I doubt it is - but it will be played that way. How come they couldn’t work out rules for discussing the matter without compromising intel? The big questions are policy and responsibility - not intel.
    That would explain why the posted witness list is a bit sparse as well. From the NY Times article referrenced above Specter is planning to go ahead - but with what? Weldon? We know his story.

    Indeed we do know about Curt Weldon. A comment to AJ’s post notes the hearing will be broadcast live at 9:30 a.m. ET on CSPAN 3, with a video feed linked as well.

    What’s going on here? Via Captain Ed, Donald Rumsfeld himself put the kibosh on witnesses appearing before the committee.

    Either this is one of Karl Rove’s super-complicated plots to make Democrats look like idiots (as if they need help!), or the Administration is covering something up. The truth about 9/11 is something the American people deserve to know. Covering any aspect of it up, four years on, is a grave insult to those who were killed in the attacks as well as the 2,000+ soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who’ve given their lives in the War on Terror- a war that may not have been necessary if 9/11 had been prevented.

  • Before 9/11- who knew what Able Danger said about the hijackers?
  • Who, at the highest levels, prevented the military from sharing the info with the FBI?
  • Who gave the order to destroy Able Danger’s records?
  • Why is the Pentagon stonewalling?

    Questions 1 & 2 look like Clinton administration blame, but 3 & 4 are squarely Bush administration. This shouldn’t turn into a witch hunt, but by God we need answers.

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    Ted Turner Wants Sea Lions Killed

    Duane, the Radio Blogger has an excellent transcript and MP3 to an interview between Ted (Jane’s too sane for me) Turner and Wolf Blitzer. Choice cuts:

    WB: I’ve got to tell you, Ted, given the record of North Korea, especially the fact that in the Clinton administration, in ‘93-’94, they made a similar pledge which they violated and they backed out of. I’m not exactly sure that I accept all your optimism.

    TT: Well, you know, I was optimistic about the Cold War when I got to Russia, too. But I looked ‘em right in the eyes, and they look like they meant the truth. I mean, you know, just because somebody has done something wrong in the past, it doesn’t mean they can’t do right in the future, or in the present. That happens all the time.

    WB: But this is one of the most despotic regimes, and Kim Jung Il is one of the worst men on Earth. Isn’t that a fair assessment?

    TT: Well, I didn’t get to meet him, but he didn’t look…in the pictures I’ve seen of him on CNN, he didn’t look too much different than most of the other people I’ve met.

    WB: But look at the way he’s treating his own people.

    TT: Well, hey. Listen, I saw a lot of people over there. They were thin, and they were riding bicycles instead of driving in cars. But I didn’t see any brutality in the capitol, or out in the DMZ.

    TT: [… excerpted discussion of whether North Korea is a threat to the U.S. …] Besides, even if they do threaten us again, the threat is non-existent to the United States. They can’t threaten us. I mean, it’s like a flea attacking an elephant.

    WB: What about those ground-to-ground missiles, and the…

    TT: They can’t reach us.

    WB: They can reach Japan. They can reach South Korea. They can reach a lot of our allies.

    TT: They can’t reach the U.S.A., and we can pound them into oblivion in 24 hours.

    WB: But you don’t want to get to that. There’s some estimates, by the way, they could reach Alaska.

    TT: Well, what? The Aleutian Islands? There’s nothing up there but a few sea lions.

    WB: Well, you know, this is a serious issue. I hope you’re right, as I said. But…

    TT: I know it’s a serious issue. I mean, I didn’t go over there to waste my time.

    Ah, but Teddy baby, that’s just what ya did. Kim Jong-Il is not an evil man because ‘he doesn’t look that different’ from us, and North Korean missiles hitting Alaska are no big deal (nuke-tipped or not, apparently), because it would “just kill a few sea lions.” Thus, the great environmentalist endorses slaughter of our animal friends in their pristine, natural habitats. How about KJI nukes your 2 million acres? Your own site says:

    Turner’s commitment to the environment is borne out by the management philosophy of his ranches and properties. The mission statement of Turner Enterprises is “to manage Turner lands in an economically sustainable and ecologically sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species.”

    I used to think the guy was shrewd in a James Carville kind of way- the scheming, clever Southerner with an aw, shucks, routine and a switch-blade in his back pocket.

    Now the choice seems to be: Is Ted Turner dumber than a pallet of depleted uranium, or is there some kind of ideological reason he’s giving rhetorical support to the most ruthless and anti-human Communist regime on the planet?

    I can’t decide.

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    President Of Yemen Calls Out Blogger

    and calls her a Zionist, too:

    The newspaper of the ruling party (headed by Presidient Ali Abdullah Saleh), al-Mithaq weekly, ran an article about me on the backpage entitled “Why the Zionist Novak Works Against Yemen.”

    I was waiting for Zionist. So far in Yemeni newspapers I have been called a Mason, a Yemeni man in disguise, a Hashimite, working for the CIA, working for the Socialists, residing in al-Arabait, and a Docile Student of a Monkey Monk.

    Good background at Armies of Liberation.

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    Quick Hits

    Kaus on the NYT Select program:

    Similarly, imagine TimesDelete: for $19.95 a month, say, TimesDelete’s premium subscribers could vote on one op-ed columnist to take an extended vacation. If more people picked Krugman rather than Brooks, Krugman would get his salary plus a bonus on the condition that he maintain a meaningful silence for several weeks. The race would be tight every month, I should imagine, with Republicans and Democrats trying to outvote each other. But you can’t play if you don’t pay! I’d say this is surefire, supplemental revenue stream would bring in way more than the puny $20 or $30 million dollars a year the Times might hope to make from TimesSelect…

    If TimesDelete doesn’t get Ann Coulter hired at the New York Times, nothing will.

    Ace notes an elder care proposal he can fully support:

    People have suggested the elderly be given pets, as the contact with a warm animal tends to enliven the spirit.

    One country has taken that to the next level– to keep you young at heart, their old-folks homes feature porn on demand and even prostitutes upon request.

    It’s all happening in Denmark. Or, as I call it, “The Future Home of Ace of Spades HQ.”

    Oh, and if you’re not reading IMAO’s Superego short-story / novelette, you’re missing out. Frank J is handing out some seriously good free ice cream here.

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    Avast Ye RINOs, Matey!

    RINO Sightings, hosted this week by ol’ mate Evolution. Arrgh!

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    Where’s Kim Jong-Il?

    The Poofy Haired one caves?

      North Korea to give up nuclear weapons and nuclear programs, return at an early date to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and submit to International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.

      •U.S. declares it has no nuclear arms on the Korean peninsula, no intention to attack or invade North Korea.

      •South Korea reaffirms it won’t deploy nuclear weapons, affirms it has none on its territory.

      •China, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and Japan agree to discuss “at an appropriate time” giving North a light-water nuclear reactor.

      •North Korea, U.S. pledge to respect each other’s sovereignty, coexist peacefully, work to normalize relations.

      •North Korea, Japan agree to work to normalize ties.

      •China, Russia, South Korea, Japan and the U.S. to give North Korea energy assistance.

    Let’s break out the champagne and call this a win for diplomacy, but what’s really going on? North Korea just agreed to eat its vegetables in exchange for not a whole lot. We already know the U.S. can’t invade N.K. any time soon, and the world usually gives N.K. all the food aid it wants, but why now? This has been the U.S. position for three years or more.

    Did the CIA slip KJI some Paxil? I don’t expect North Korea will live up to its end; KJI and company can revert to their old ways after a few shows of compliance.

    Curious.

    I don’t agree that this somehow sells out the North Korean people, locking them into a Communist future:

    While I’m okay with North Korea giving up its nuke program I’m not exactly sure that giving the Communist North what it needs to survive another ten to fifteen years is the best course of action. Let their economy fail and let their people overthrow the communists. A free North Korea is better than a communist one struggling to get what it needs from the rest of the world to survive.

    To me, this has more to do with China than North Korea. The Chinese have been using this as a kind of theater. It’s basically common knowledge that the U.S. cannot militarily invade N.K. presently. South Korea has been trying to re-unify with North Korea, but the Chinese like the buffer between them an a thriviing democratic state.

    Update:

    California Yankee disagrees, saying this agreement is no breakthrough. Read it all.

    Update 2:

    Rachel at TinkertyTonk says keep the champagne on ice, noting a Washington Times story:

    North Korea said today that it would not dismantle its nuclear-weapons program until the United States first provides an atomic energy reactor, casting doubt on its commitment to a breakthrough agreement reached at international arms talks.

    The North’s Foreign Ministry made the surprise demand a day after it had agreed at six-nation talks in Beijing to give up its arms efforts.

    Surprise! A faster flip-flop than John F. Kerry! George, get Hu on the phone and tell him to give KJI an offer he can’t refuse.

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