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White House – We don’t care what happens we are going to keep sending Gitmo detainees back to Yemen

January 4, 2010

I don’t understand this.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brennan explained that, “Of the recent batch that we sent back, about six, many of them are in custody within the Yemeni system right now.” He did not elaborate on the meaning of “many.” “We will decide and determine when, when we should send additional people back,” Brennan continued. “But we’re going to do it in the right way, because Guantanamo should be closed. It was used as a propaganda tool by al-Qaeda, and the president is still committed to it.” The message was clear: Guantanamo inmates are going back to Yemen.

On the bipartisan opposition to transfers to Yemen, Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman said on ABC today that “One thing we better learn from [the Detroit terrorism incident] is it would be irresponsible to take any of the Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo and send them back to Yemen.” Also on ABC, Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, chairman of the intelligence subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, said, “I think it is a bad time to send the 90 or so Yemenis back to Yemen.”

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling for a suspension on the the return of detainees to Yemen and the White House is blowing them off. The administration may think it makes them look decisive and in control but I think most people will perceive this as a stupid move made by an administration that can’t grasp the seriousness of the possibility of another terrorist attack.


Democrats go after Rasmussen for bad poll numbers

Oh and speaking of the numbers, one of the complaints Democrats have is that Rasmussen screens for likely voters rather than all adults. They feel that when you do this, young voters and minorities are under represented.

Rasmussen, for his part, explained that his numbers are trending Republican simply because he is screening for only those voters most likely to head to the polls — a pool of respondents, he argues, that just so happens to bend more conservative this election cycle.

Polling all adults — a method used by Gallup, another polling firm that conducts a daily tracking poll of Obama — Rasmussen acknowledged, is “always going to yield a better result for Democrats.”

But critics note that the practice of screening for only those voters regarded as most likely to head to the polls potentially weeds out younger and minority voters — who would be more likely to favor Democrats than Republicans.

Ignoring likely voters maybe a comforting thought for Democrats, but the reality is the people who show up at the polls are the ones who will make or break you. Since likely voters are trending conservative, then Democrats need to stop shooting the messenger and wake up to the fact that they are going to get their clocks cleaned in November.

By only polling likely voters Rasmussen also ignores the vast Democrat / SEIU constituency of illegal aliens. No big deal though when the time comes the Democrats can just roll out the New Black Panthers to intimidate voters and SEIU to beat them up and all will be right with the world.

Curses! Foiled Again! highly recommends the new Sherlock Holmes movie.

Hot Air as more on the Rasmussen flap

None of the critics have any substantive complaints about Rasmussen’s methodology. The entire article, fueled mainly by complaints from left-wing apologist Media Matters, consists of gripes about the results of Rasmussen polling. Isenstadt notes that liberal pollster Nate Silver gave Rasmussen the nod as the third-most accurate pollster in predicting outcomes of elections. They beat most of the pollsters in 2009’s New Jersey gubernatorial election, for instance, and have a long track record of highly accurate predictions.

The complaint comes from the difference in results between Rasmussen and other national pollsters, such as Gallup. However, they use two different sampling techniques: Rasmussen polls likely voters, while Gallup and others poll adults until the final few weeks before an election. The former is much more predictive for elections, while polling a general population of adults is the least predictive sampling technique. And that difference gives Rasmussen an advantage that has already been seen this year. Rasmussen first detected the erosion of support for Obama and ObamaCare in late June, an erosion that other pollsters corroborated in the fall as discontent spread from the politically aware to the general population.

and at Instapundit a quote which explains both the main article above and the flap over Rasmussen –

“Politics is not only about what leaders say and do in Washington and on TV. Political organizing is the basis for political movements, which in turn alter the climate for politics inside Washington.”

In other words making the right decision isn’t important appearing powerful and appeasing the base is.

Brian Williams proves himself to be an elitist putz

“You’re going to be up against people who have an opinion, a modem, and a bathrobe. All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment in two years” — Brian Williams, anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” speaking before New York University journalism students on the challenges traditional journalism faces from online media.

Bitter much? Maybe if you guys would do a better job on presenting a balanced view of the news new media wouldn’t be developing such a following.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Portlandic permalink
    January 4, 2010 10:02 pm could be entertaining, especially the idea to reboot America’s shipyards *and* nuclear power industry by mass-producing thorium-fueled reactors (thorium is 4x more plentiful, it has no proliferation risk, it doesn’t need expensive enrichment, its reactors can run for far longer on the same amount of fuel and its waste is far less radioactive than uranium and plutonium reactors) installed as package plants on barges.

    Thorium reactor designs focus on avoiding water cooling, using either gas or metals, so if there *is* a leak, the fuel doesn’t get into the biosphere and is far easier to clean up.

    We all breathe uranium and other radioactives releases when coal burns; replacing coal with nuclear will lengthen our lives *and* rebuild the economy.

  2. Portlandic permalink
    January 5, 2010 9:08 pm

    War blogger Michael Yon handcuffed by SeaTac TSA goons for declining to tell them his *income*

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      January 5, 2010 10:28 pm

      I saw that. Don’t really know what to make of it yet.

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