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Monday, 28 December 2009
Napolitano Changes Her Mind

Apotropaically, partheopaically, Janet Napolitano, who yesterday said that the security system "worked really very, very smoothly"  suddenly -- everyone was calling for her head -- changes her mind: 

Napolitano concedes airline security system failed

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday that the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watchlist with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The Obama administration has ordered investigations into the two areas of aviation security — how travelers are placed on watch lists and how passengers are screened — as critics questioned how the 23-year-old Nigerian man charged in the airliner attack was allowed to board the Dec. 25 flight.

A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano backtracked, saying her words had been taken out of context.

"Our system did not work in this instance," she said on NBC's "Today" show. "No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way."

Posted on 12/28/2009 8:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
28 Dec 2009
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Or: Ciao, Ceaucescu!  Hola, Obama!
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Massive deficits will never cause Zimbabwe-like inflation.  "Preventive care" saves money.  So-called "Illegal aliens" won't be covered under my health plan. I favor a "Public Option," not as a stepping stone to a single payer plan, but as competition for private insurance.  Primary care physicians are becoming obscenely wealthy by hacking out tonsils willy-nilly. Under a single payer plan all citizens will be treated equally and there will be no que jumping. Immigration reform is not "amnesty" and won't lead to que jumping by illegal - I mean - undocumented aliens - I mean -people. Islam is a religion of peace.  So-called "terrorism" can be defeated by treating it as ordinary crime and its source is not the Qu'ran but the fact that so many of its adherents have been consigned to a lower class, middle class, or upper class, existence. Africa is poor because of prior colonialization.  Britain is bad because it colonised Kenya.  Colonisation was bad but it is good that America is now the colony of the world.  Unequal educational or economic outcomes are the result of racism.  The West should pay the Third World for the costs of every flood, drought, and storm because they are all the result of global warming.  And pay for the terrible costs of its predatory lending to said World -which has paid back every penny of said loans. My belle, Michelle, the former diversity queen of the Chicago Medical Center is not Elena Marie of Romania.  Reduction of CO2 emissions by the West will save money, create vast numbers of high-paying "green jobs," invigorate its economies and prevent further global warming. 
The wealthy Nigerian banker and father of Umar Abdulmutallab, who bravely gave warning of his son's radicalism has graciously offered 100 million Pounds Sterling to help strengthen our Homeland Security.  The funds will be wired immediately after Congress appropriates funds for postage, handling and good will.
China is our friend and partner and will give us enough rope to hang together as long as we continue to give, or let them steal, enough of our military secrets.  Crime will be drastically reduced if ownership of guns by private citizens is made unlawful and let's not "drill, baby, drill," because gas smells awful.
You might as well lie.
- Barack Mugabe Obama
P.S.  We won't need additional coal-fired power plants because of efficiencies derived from the "smart grid" of the Voltaire Volare of Upper Volta in what will surely be the best of all possible worlds:
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When the big crescent moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
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"big crescent moon," eh?
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