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UBL’s spider hole

I saw this over at FR…not sure what to make of it.
From the MEMRI Website:

According to Pakistani diplomatic sources, U.S. intelligence has revealed that Osama bin Laden is hiding in the “White Cave” in the Tora Bora mountains, and is currently carrying out military operations there aimed at leading to his capture.

Click here to see MEMRI TV clips on Osama bin Laden.

Castro hearts Hillary/Obama

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is tipping Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to team up and win the U.S. presidential election.

Clinton leads Obama in the race to be the Democratic nominee for the November 2008 election, and Castro said they would make a winning combination.

I swan, you just can’t parody these weasels.

“Red lights all over this one”

Drivers Ed 101: Red means stop, Green means go. Yellow means caution. Basic stuff. Everybody knows.

The problems arise when some joker decides that those basic rules apply to everyone but him/herself.

Such is the case with the 2008 presumptive Democrat nominee, and it’s certainly not a new story: just the supporting characters change. You can look back to the late 60’s, when under the tutelage of Saul Alinsky, a young Wellesley student learned the many meanings of “the end justifies the means.”

“In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt.”

Whether it’s Buddhist monks who have taken vows of poverty, somehow mysteriously making sizable political donations, or Asian governments and special interests buying influence, or overnight stays in the White House being sold for campaign cash, the rules of campaign financing, much less the rules of decency, are consistently flaunted, skirted, circumvented, prostituted, and ignored. The Clinton modus operandi is unmistakable.

The most recent example is reported in today’s WSJ (h/t n2l).

One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.

Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.

That total ranks the house with residences in Greenwich, Conn., and Manhattan’s Upper East Side among the top addresses to donate to the Democratic presidential front-runner over the past two years, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of donations listed with the Federal Election Commission.

It isn’t obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess. Records show they own a gift shop and live in a 1,280-square-foot house that they recently refinanced for $270,000. William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative. Alice Paw, also 64, is a homemaker. The couple’s grown children have jobs ranging from account manager at a software company to “attendance liaison” at a local public high school. One is listed on campaign records as an executive at a mutual fund.

The Paws’ political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her most prominent money-raising events.

People who answered the phone and the door at the Paws’ residence declined requests for comment last week. In an email last night, one of the Paws’ sons, Winkle, said he had sometimes been asked by Mr. Hsu to make contributions, and sometimes he himself had asked family members to donate. But he added: “I have been fortunate in my investments and all of my contributions have been my money.” [snip]

Kent Cooper, a former disclosure official with the Federal Election Commission, said the two-year pattern of donations justifies a probe of possible violations of campaign-finance law, which forbid one person from reimbursing another to make contributions.

“There are red lights all over this one,” Mr. Cooper said.

Count this blog as one voice calling for a probe of possible violations of campaign-finance law, and sooner rather than later.

google map of the Paw Estate…

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