Friday Nite Blues

Hot sweet potatoes, and cracklin’ bread,   Mulligan stew to turn a rich man’s head.

Salt pork and turnip greens, Lawd, there’s nothin’ finer,

Than sittin’ down eatin’ at the Dixie Diner

(located somewhere on Hwy 61)

nite y’all

and a tip of the hat to Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers.

Joe Biden plagiarizes the Reid Doctrine™

In a seemingly desperate attempt to jumpstart his dead-in-the-water presidential bid, Senator and plagiarist Joe Biden has adopted the Reid Doctrine™ of pre-emptive surrender.

Speaking at a luncheon meeting of reporters, Biden said, “It’s time Democrats tell the truth about Iraq war: The ‘surge’ is a loser,” said the Senate foreign relations chairman. A loosely federated Iraq is only US hope.”

Perhaps it is those 19% approval ratings Harry Reid has received that tempted Biden to “borrow” the Majority Leader’s mantra. Heh.

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New Zogby poll on immigration

trent.jpgA new Zogby poll, conducted over the Internet June 15-18 reveals some interesting, but not very surprising opinions…

A majority of Americans oppose the immigration bill currently being considered by the Senate, and they have an overwhelmingly poor opinion of the way President Bush and the U.S. Congress have handled the issue. A Zogby Interactive poll of 8,300 representative adults nationwide found only 38 percent supported the bill currently being considered by the Senate, while 56 percent opposed it.

A plurality of participants said enforcement of existing laws is the biggest immigration issue in the United States.

Among Democrats, immigration was rated fifth on a list of 16 issues, behind Iraq, healthcare, jobs and the environment; and 1 percent ahead of foreign policy.

For Republicans, immigration was the second issue, just four points behind terrorism and security, with the war in Iraq a distant third.

Among key independent voters, immigration tied with Iraq as the most important issue, with healthcare the only other issue registering significantly.

Very interesting findings, confirms that there are more of you nativists out there than I imagined.

/chanelling Trent Lott. Heh™

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see also: God bless Texas

Friday Open

photos.jpg It’s Friday! That means, among other things, that it’s time for the World Famous Friday Open Thread.

Please post your comments, questions, deep thoughts, shallow thoughts, shout outs, trackbacks, and anything else you can think of, excluding spam or pr0n. This Open thread is “Carbon-Credit Free”.

So, I’m out on the patio and I notice this little guy crawling on the gas bottle under my grill. Now, I know these lizards can change colors and stuff, but I’ve never seen one turn black before. Have you?

I think camo manufacturers could learn a thing or two from this little guy. At least until the kitty cats find him, then there is no mercy. Heh.

Battle for Baqubah: surrender or die

More great reporting from Michael Yon

The combat in Baqubah should soon reach a peak. Al Qaeda seems to have been effectively isolated. The initial attack on 19 June achieved enough surprise that al Qaeda was caught off guard and trapped. They have been beaten back mostly into pockets and are surrounded and will be dealt with. Part of this is actually due to the capability of Strykers. We were able to “attack from the march.” In other words, a huge force drove in from places like Baghdad and quickly locked down Baqubah.

LTG Ray Odierno visited Baqubah on the 21st. Odierno clarified that this battle is to be final: we are not going to do this again. Odierno stressed to our commanders that they need to be thinking of an end-state that results in Iraqis taking charge, but that Iraqi commanders should not be given the reigns until they are ready, so that the result is we set them up for success. Odierno’s timing was remarkable: even before he arrived, the commanders here were talking about end-state daily and, on a more sour note, our commanders have their hands full with the local Iraqi commanders who seem less competent (to be kind) than those I have seen elsewhere, such as in Mosul.

Our guys are winning. Al Qaeda is about to be strangled and pummeled to death in this town, but the local Iraqi leadership is severely wanting. This was most obviously noted in one area in particular, where there were some slight indicators of a possible humanitarian need. “Crisis” certainly is not the correct word, but there are displaced persons numbering at least in the hundreds. LTC Fred Johnson actually took me out there. (The access even to “bad” news is amazing with this Brigade.)

I have been with LTC Fred Johnson for several days. LTC Johnson seems to recharge on sunlight or moonlight and can run a man into the ground. After seeing the humanitarian need building with no action to abate it underway, Johnson was very unhappy. He immediately started jerking choke chains on the people who are supposed to be handling humanitarian need, trying to avert having it build into a crisis. […snip]

Otherwise, the battle is going very well. A big fight seems to be brewing. As of about noon in Baqubah on the 22nd, there seems to be a lull in the fighting. A calm. This is about to get wet. At the going rate, al Qaeda in Baqubah will soon have two choices: Surrender, or die.

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