Tis the season to scam, exaggerate and lie

The Republican web site Redstate appears for all intense and purposes to be running some kind of scam on its readers. They write,

    You see, when we started RedState in May of 2004, we used a website program called Scoop — the same program a lot of similar sites on the left used. But, as the number of visitors to our site grew, Scoop kept crashing on us.

If we’d been a liberal website, we would have been able to fix the problem quickly and relatively cheaply. The online left loves Scoop. Unfortunately, there weren’t really any conservative Scoop developers out there to help us. We kept crashing and were out of money. We had to close down or take drastic action.

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A Republican web site using a free open source application to run its site and now they need help money. As this Conservative leaning blogger states they is plenty of free help out there because goodness knows we wouldn’t want a Republican blog owned by the right-wing Eagle Publishing who made millions in profit last year to shell out anything to fix its problems. So with free resources for help and a corporate parent company with deep pockets Redstate plays poor little victim to get $25,000 from their readers.There’s nothing wrong with asking for donations, but something is something more then fishy about the pitiful lying surrounding this trumped up non-crisis.

From Hype to Fear

Thus, until just the other day Bush administration officials were in denial about the economy’s problems. They were still insisting that the economy was strong, and touting the “Bush boom” — the improvement in the job situation that took place between the summer of 2003 and the end of 2006 — as proof of the efficacy of tax cuts.

But now, without ever acknowledging that maybe things weren’t that great after all, President Bush is warning that given the economy’s problems, “the worst thing the Congress could do is raise taxes on the American people and on American businesses.”

Notice a trend. The truth because awfully pliable in the hands of modern Conservatives. Republicans are the party of big boot straps who don’t need no stink’n help from nobody except for when another fake crisis arises. Why didn’t Redstate use Bush’s tax cut to hire a part-time coder and help out with his dismal employment record. Then  there is the typical Bush frat boy attitude about the administration’s economic legacy – the country has been trashed and like a today’s typical Republican he’ll leave it to others to clean up.

U.S. Describes Confrontation With Iranian Boats

The confrontation, which ended after just under 30 minutes without damage, shots fired or any injuries, took place during daylight on Sunday as the three American ships were entering the Persian Gulf.

[  ]…Admiral Cosgriff said that, in the past, relations with the regular Iranian Navy had been courteous and professional, and that many interactions at sea with the Revolutionary Guards vessels have been normal.

Not to minimize these little situations can be life and death ones for the people involved, but it seems to have been handled by the Navy by the book. The bizarre aspect is the right-wing bloggers who have this attitude that in every situation where Johnny is out in the school yard and get shoved the only possible response to to whip out a 38  magnum and blow the shovers head off. Fortunately most of those Conservative bloggers continue their chickenhawk traditions and do not command war ships in the Strait of Hormuz.

The mission that keeps on being accomplished, Security developments in Iraq 

* BAGHDAD – Gunmen in five cars kidnapped between eight and 10 neighborhood patrol volunteers in Baghdad’s northern Shaab district. Police said the volunteers had been manning a vehicle checkpoint.

* BAGHDAD – Seven bodies were found around Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL – Two bodies were found in eastern Mosul, one of them handcuffed and blindfolded, police said.

* LATIFIYA – Gunmen killed a neighborhood patrol volunteer at a checkpoint in Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two suicide bombers struck an anti-Qaeda force in a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people including the leader of the area’s neighborhood patrols, police said.

BAGHDAD – A bomb hidden in a street vendor’s cart killed four people and wounded 16 others in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A bomb stuck on the side of a parked car killed one civilian and wounded four, including two policemen, when it detonated near a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Baghdad’s Shi’ite slum of Sadr City, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two separate roadside bombs wounded four people in Baghdad’s Karrada district, police said.

NEAR HAWIJA – Gunmen killed a married couple and their son whilst they were in their car near Hawija, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

SAMARRA – Gunmen killed a member of a neighborhood patrol working as a carpenter inside his shop in Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR BAQUBA – Five bodies with gunshot wounds to the head were found in a town southeast of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The bodies of the men were blindfolded and had their hands tied.