5/24: Arizona folds on birther issues, Huntsville’s crime numbers actually look good and surprising Treyvon poll…


  • 7:00 AM – Huntsville Police Chief Louis Morris
  • 8:00 AM – Dr. Jess Brown

Birthers take one to the dome

Arizona’s secretary of state said Wednesday that Hawaii’s official verification of President Obama’s birth records meets necessary requirements, meaning the president’s name will appear on Arizona’s ballot in the fall.

The inquiry opened recently by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gave official weight to a long-simmering political controversy generated by those who say that Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to hold the nation’s highest office.

The Obama administration attempted a year ago to dismiss the conflict by releasing his long-form birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii.

But skeptics maintained their stance and eventually Bennett announced he would seek further verification at the request of numerous voters who contacted his office, even saying he was prepared to leave Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in November.

Bennett said in a statement that Hawaii officials “have complied with the request, and I consider the matter closed.”

Bennett’s office says Obama’s name will appear on Arizona’s November ballot as long as he wins his party’s nomination and all paperwork is properly completed.

Clearly this will shut the clowns up.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the decision by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to place Barack Obama’s name on the state’s presidential ballot won’t put an end to the investigation by his Cold Case posse team, which now has its lead detective on the ground in Honolulu.

“No, I’m not going to call it quits,” Arpaio told WND.

I would be pretty pissed if I was a Maricopa County

Helping CIA?

That is treason in Pakistan

A Pakistani court imposed a 33-year sentence Wednesday on a doctor who assisted the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden, prompting dismay among U.S. officials and warnings that the punishment could lead to cuts in aid.

Shakil Afridi, 48, a government surgeon in the semiautonomous Khyber Agency along the border with Afghanistan, was convicted of treason for using a vaccination drive to try to gather DNA samples at the compound where bin Laden was in hiding.

Afridi failed to obtain the samples and didn’t know the target of the program, but U.S. officials said he contributed to an intelligence operation that culminated in the May 2, 2011, killing of bin Laden by a Navy SEALs team.

U.S. officials depicted Afridi as a patriot and said his actions saved Pakistani and American lives. But in Pakistan, where the U.S. raid led to national hand-wringing and anger, Afridi was widely excoriated as a traitor.

The CIA declined to comment Wednesday on Afridi’s sentence. But a senior U.S. official said the surgeon “was never asked to spy on Pakistan.”

“He was asked only to help locate al-Qaida terrorists, who threaten Pakistan and the U.S.,” the official said. “His activities were not treasonous; they were heroic and patriotic.”

Only 47% of blacks think Treyvon Martin was murdered?

Rasmussen Poll: 40% Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; Only 24% Say It Was Murder … Only 47% of Blacks Think Zimmerman Murdered Martin

As evidence and facts are released in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the more people believe that George Zimmerman shot in self-defense.

My how the opinion is changing in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Initially when the story was inaccurately reported by the MSM and the race baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were out in force fanning the flames of racism, many thought that George Zimmerman was guilty of murder.  The MSM even went as far as purposely manipulating the Zimmerman 911 call and misrepresent the facts.  My what a difference actual facts and evidence makes.

That is surprising, not because the drip drip drip of facts don’t indicate the media botched the story but because the media  has tried it’s hardest to make this a black vs. white issue… They failed.

The Polish Hammer Casey Wardynski goes all out to change Huntsville City Schools…

Efforts to strengthen Huntsville’s high schools, particularly those in northwest Huntsville, were a driving factor behind the shifting of principals at about half of the city’s public schools, according to Superintendent Casey Wardynski.

Wardynski on Wednesday explained in detail his decision to transfer 16 current principals, as well as promote three assistant principals, hire three outside principals and promote his former transition director to principal.

In a three-page explanation to The Times , Wardynski said his sweeping overhaul of system leadership was designed “to promote strong leaders into larger schools and into schools for which their talents are particularly suited.”

Two of those principal swaps, the transfer of Lynette Alexander to Westlawn Middle and Dawn Ashley to Dawson Elementary, are designed to help the district “restart” lowperforming schools. A “restart” allows the district to replace about 50 percent of the teachers and bring in new school leaders.

He should be applauded for this massive effort.

Brian LeCompte explains it like this…

Wardynski is making massive staff changes in an effort to stop north Huntsville schools from sucking. Three possible outcomes…

1) Relative (zero sum) changes, bad schools get better while good schools who were raided for talent get worse…

2) Absolute change, preferably with formerly sucky schools improving and the good schools, at a minimum, not getting worse

3) Little to no change

It is a grand experiment whose outcome will speak volumes.

This line surprised me…

The move also allows a district to cancel student transfers to other schools and erase a school’s test score history in an effort to give it a fresh start.

Is this a bookkeeping game?

Interesting Huntsville crime numbers

Tuesday’s news conference also tackled citywide concerns about the spike in robberies to both businesses and individuals. Morris confirmed Huntsville police are responding to a reported robbery every day and emphasized the robbery task force’s involvement in the crimes.

Huntsville saw 178 robberies this year and made 86 arrests. The city has seen an average of about 440 robberies per year for the last four years.

Since the robbery task force’s inception in October 2010, 698 total robberies were reported and 438 cleared. That’s a 63 percent clearance rate compared to an average 50 percent clearance rate from 2008 to 2010 robberies before the task force. Huntsville police’s robbery clearance rate also exceeds the national average of 28 percent in 2010, according to a FBI Uniform Crime Report.

“They (numbers) go up and down,” Morris said. “The numbers are not that far out of line.”

There are theories why the dollar stores are being targeted, West said, but the department is not disclosing that information now. He also said if people have information about any robberies to individuals or businesses, contact Huntsville police or the robbery task force.


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