Majority Leader Harry Reid: “New Orleans is Lost–Bring the Guardsmen Home”

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RENO, Nevada–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that the battle against Hurricane Gustav “is lost.  New Orleans is lost.  I demand that President Bush withdraw all National Guardsmen immediately.”

Last year, Reid declared the war in Iraq lost, even as the troop surge began to show impressive signs toward ultimate victory.  Today, he made his statement shortly after winds died down in New Orleans, and after the Army Corps of Engineers reported that the levees appeared to hold. 

Reid’s comments were immediately echoed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

“Senator Reid and I share a strong concern for the safety of our troops deployed into this unwinnable situation” in New Orleans, she said.  “The only thing to do is to withdraw immediately and let the people of Louisiana settle their differences with the weather on their own.”

The White House immediately fired back with a statement read by Press Secretary Dana Perino read this statement in response to Senator Reid:

“The White House is disappointed that Senator Reid would want to cut and run from Gustav recovery.  The Senator apparently wants to leave the residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas out to dry.  While disappointed, the President is not surprised by Senator Reid’s desire to surrender in the face of victory.  He also wanted to surrender Iraq to Al Qaeda in 2007, and continues to believe that the world would be better off with Osama bin Ladin in charge of the Middle East.”

Reid was in Reno, NV, for a family Labor Day party where he hopes to talk his grandson, Ricky, out of learning to ride a two-wheeler.  “It’s just

dangerous and too hard to learn,” Reid said of bicycle riding.

Peace-Loving Libs Attempt to Kill Republicans in Minnesota *UPDATE*

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Not an exaggeration.  Gateway Pundit was an intended target as leftist protestors hurled sacks of rocks and cement on speeding busses of GOP delegates, media, and participants.  The leftards stood on overpasses above an interstate highway and dropped the sacks on passing busses.

A few years back in St. Louis, a woman–recent emigrant from Russia–was killed by a rock dropped from an overpass over I-64 as she returned home from work late one evening.  A heavy object dropped onto a fast-moving vehicle is reasonably expected to cause death or great bodily harm.  Therefore, everyone who dropped a sack, helped drop sacks, spotted, encouraged, or failed to stop or to warn authorities is guilty of attempted murder.  Will they be charged?

They better be.  The best way to stop this nonsense is not deterrence but incarceration.  They can’t reach the bridges from a penitentiary.

Expectedly, the MSM ignore the story.

*UPDATE* 80-year-old man injured.  Maybe we need some conservative counter-protesters who know their way around a hockey stick.

**UPDATE** Powerline reports that a busload of Cub Scouts also came under attack.  The police should have shot the sons-of-bitches on the spot.

Palin’s Eldest Daughter Pregnant, To Marry Baby’s Father

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Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter, Bristol, is pregnant and will marry Levi, the child’s father, Todd and Sarah said today in a press release [].

The 17-year-old unwed daughter of John McCain’s new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is five-months pregnant, Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, said Monday in a written statement.

McCain’s campaign told FOX News that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate knew about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose Palin as his running mate last Friday, and that Bristol is planning to marry the father of her child.

The Palins felt compelled to release the information to dispel idiotic left-wing reports that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover the pregnancy of Bristol.

The left will have a field day with this, mostly because liberals consider the voluntary murder of children through abortion every woman’s responsibility.  By marrying the father and raising her baby, Bristol Palin will demonstrate everything liberals hate.

Momentum Impact

This news should not slow the momentum McCain has picked up since announcing Palin as his choice for Vice President.  It highlights the evil hatred of liberals who forced a private family matter onto the front page by creating unfounded rumors and treating them as fact.

While the publicity of the situation will put strains on the Palin family, it has nothing to do with Sarah Palin’s fitness for office.  Moreover, by marrying and raising the child, Bristol exemplifies the pro-life stance her mother has held throughout her public life.

UPDATE:  Allahpundit has more.

CNN: Levee Breech, Rapid Flooding in Lower 9th Ward **Update**

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CNN (TV, not .com) just reported that the Industrial Levee in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans has ruptured under the strain of water and wind, flooding homes and streets throughout the same area that was devastated by Katrina.

The Army Corps of Engineers’ latest release said that levees were overtopped, relieving some pressure, but all levees were holding.  It’s possible that the CNN’s reporters doesn’t know the definition of a breech.  It’s also possible that the Corps of Engineers’ release was simply older than the breech occurrence.


The reporter who said the Lower 9th Ward is flooded has disappeared from CNN’s coverage, and now the network anchors are reporting that all levees are holding.  It appears that the reporter simply didn’t know the difference between overtopping and breeching.  Breeching usually refers to an actual rupture in a levee.  What the video shows is overtopping, wherein high winds push water over the top of the levees. 


The Army Corps of Engineers reports that water levels have begun receding at the Army Levee.  A Louisiana emergency manager says, if true, this news would indicate a major turning point and great news.

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Palin The Star At Missouri McCain Rally

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Every mention of Sarah Palin produced a banner-waving roar from the crowd of over 20,000 in T. R. Hughes Stadium in O’Fallon, Missouri, on blistering hot Sunday afternoon.  While McCain is on top of the ticket, Palin is the draw.

StraightTalkExpressA woman from Dent County–about 3 hours from O’Fallon–made the drive to see McCain and Palin in person.  She was thrilled to get hold of a “McCain-Palin” banner after several stacks of the banners didn’t make it to her.  “I work at the Republican Headquarters in Dent county,” she told me.  “I guess I can get one there if I don’t get one here.”

The crowd was raucous at first, but the 90+ degree temperatures combined with high humidity and a 4 hour wait left many of the partisans fatigued by the time McCain, Palin, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee arrived.  Nonetheless, the delegation received a wild, celebratory reception when the Straight Talk Express pulled into the ball park.

Before McCain arrived, Bill Reich, a fellow POW at the Hanoi Hilton and now a resident of the St. Louis area, told the crowd why he’s voting for John McCain.

“I was a newbie, arriving after 1970,” the giant of a man told the crowd.  “John had been there for five years already.  I was taken into an interrogation room, which wasn’t really an interrogation.  This just after a large number of POWs had been released.  ‘Wouldn’t you like to follow them?’ they asked me.  ‘All you need is the right attitude about this and you can go home with them.'”

Reich paused and cleared his throat.  Speaking in trembling voice, wiping a tear from his heroic cheek, he continued, “I feel ashamed to stand here and admit to you how inviting that offer sounded.  But I said, ‘No.'”

Continuing the story, “They made John McCain the same offer.  I had been there only six months, and I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to turn them McCain1down.  John had been for five years and conditions got a lot better before I arrived than they were most of the time John and the others had been there.  John did the right thing.  When the time came, he made it.  And he taught us newbies about courage and honor.”

A large delegation of Chicago Area Democrats for McCain received proud ovations from the crowd.  Seated directly behind the main stage the Chicago Dems were louder, prouder, and more animated their Republican brethren.  They were joined by a former Hillary supporter and life-long Democrat activist from the St. Charles, Missouri, area, who is voting for McCain because of his heroic principles and service to the country.  His selection of Palin for Veep didn’t hurt, either, she told us.

Mike Huckabee’s short speech was powerful.  I have never seen a man connect so perfectly and immediately with a crowd.  He was magic.  Despite my massive opposition to many of his views, I see why he experienced that surge in the early primaries.   Combine Huckabee’s charisma with Thompson’s positions and you’d have something more powerful than Reagan.

McCain emphasized Gustav preparedness. He announced that the RNC convention would conduct required party business, but all of the pomp and celebration was canceled.  Instead, he will marshal the delegates’ energies to help the victims of the storm.  John McCain really means it when he says “Country First.”  Refreshing.

The highlight, of course, and longest speech of the day was Governor Sarah Palin.  The hot, tired crowd returned to full-throated life when McCain introduced his running mate.

Palin also concentrated on the need for relief efforts over politics, but she reminded the crowd that Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas all have powerful, brilliant Republican governors this time around.  Preparations in Louisiana, thanks to Bobby Jindal and President Bush are miles ahead of Katrina preps.  And just as Haley Barbour’s Mississippi handled Katrina more deftly than Louisiana, the Republican governors will overcome whatever Gustav throws their way.  We the people won’t have it any other way.

I hope anyone who was at the rally will leave their impressions in the comments.    Here’s a short, crappy clip of Palin.

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*UPDATE*  More bloggers blogging this event:  Gateway Pundit with media links; Bob McCarty with photos and more.  Politico’s Jonathan Martin (h/t Gateway Pundit) says this was McCain’s largest crowd of the campaign:

As one veteran of Missouri politics said, that’s the sort of crowd usually seen in October for a president — not in August for a candidate.

It’s also a record-best for McCain.

Yes, yes, it’s just about a routine crowd for Obama. But there is perhaps no better indicator of how Palin is helping McCain close the enthusiasm gap than the number of people showing up the past two days in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

McCain – Palin Rally in O’Fallon, Missouri, Is Still On

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We’re getting ready to head out to the McCain Rally in O’Fallon, Missouri.  I just checked with the campaign and the rally is still on.  John McCain is stopping in New Orleans to check on hurricane preparations before the rally, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts late.

I’ll have photos and a report on the events this evening.