President Obama signed a treaty with Russia that would limit America’s options on using nuclear weapons in self-defense, and Sarah Palin took a political shot by saying that his decision was akin to a kid telling a bully to punch him in the face and promise he wouldn’t fight back. Obama, ever the self-absorbed one, came back with, “last I checked, Palin’s not an expert on nukes.” Quickly realizing he’d left himself open as he is also no expert, he deferred to his Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No word on whether he realized at any point that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a Russian historian and former intelligence director, is also no expert on nukes. There was also no comment on what the Joint Chiefs actually said.
Meanwhile, the Chinese, North Koreans, Iranians and Syrians giggled with glee at the idea of a weakened America. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly drank to American political correctness.
A United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. to Denver landed while reporting a possible terrorist on board. An Air Marshal smelled smoke coming from the plane’s lavatory and confronted the man inside when he came out; when asked what he’d been doing, the man replied, “I was trying to light my shoes on fire.” The plane was escorted into Denver airspace by a pair of F-16 fighter jets and met on the tarmac by a small army of law enforcement officers and FBI agents, who took the supposed shoe bomber into custody and proceeded to question every person on the flight. The man turned out to be 27-year-old Mohammed Al-Madadi, third secretary to the ambassador of the Qatar embassy. He had diplomatic immunity and was en route to visit a jailed Al Qaeda operative in Denver when he tried to sneak a smoke on the flight despite federal laws banning such behavior. No word yet on whether CAIR plans to file a lawsuit on the cheeky young “diplomat.”
Doctors in Arizona are facing a difficult decision as Congressional inaction in the wake of the new federal health care law put new Medicare claims on hold and reduced Medicare payments by 22%. Many doctors are being forced to drop Medicare patients. Even long-time patients are being told that they cannot be seen while Medicare policies are reviewed because doctors, as predicted, cannot afford to keep accepting Medicare. Democrat rep Harry Mitchell decried the situation even after taking part in the shenanigans led by fellow Democrats and failed to say why he didn’t speak up sooner. Tea Party activists everywhere said, “we tried to tell you…”
Finally, in 2003, Troy Hogues was sent to prison for sexually assaulting a child. He was released in 2007, and today he was arrested in my old neighborhood in Friendswood, Texas (a suburb of Houston) for running afoul of a city ordinance that bars sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school. In this case, he lived down the road from Wedgewood Elementary School. He was ticketed (yes, ticketed) for violating the ordinance in February and March. When police came to his home to arrest him today for continuing to flaunt the law they found a handgun and a bulletproof vest in his possession. There is no word yet on how the 27-year-old was able to obtain the weapon and body armor, both of which he was banned by federal mandate from owning as he was a convicted felon. Gun control activists had no words to offer in the wake of the discovery as they still have not discovered a way to stop the criminals from obtaining guns they already cannot have.