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There He Goes Again

John Brennan is at it again. The president's embattled counterterrorism adviser took a bizarre position on terrorists who returned to the battlefield after being released from U.S. custody.

The government estimates 20 percent of the terrorists we released return to extremist activity. In a speech at New York University over the weekend here's what Brennan had to say about that:

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JOHN BRENNAN, OBAMA COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISER: People sometimes use that figure, 20 percent, and say, "Oh my goodness, one out of five detainees returned to some type of extremist activity." You know, the American penal system the recidivism rate is up in about 50 percent or so as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn't that bad.

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Yes, 20 percent is nothing.

It is extremely terrifying to know that the president looks to that guy when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Reading Palms

Democrats and their friends in the mainstream Obamamania media all jumped on Governor Palin after this photo from the National Tea Party convention in Nashville went viral last week. Even Robert Gibbs felt that it was appropriate to mock Governor Palin from behind the White House podium just moments after a presidential press conference.

So clearly all this means that Democrats are so intellectually superior to all Republicans they would never, ever, write on their hands, right?

Well, not so fast. Take a look at this video of Dianne Feinstein from back in 1990 during the California gubernatorial debate. You can clearly see that just as Governor Palin did, Feinstein wrote some last-minute notes in the palm of her hand.

I guess Robert Gibbs will be taking a shot at her next.

Climate-Gate Continued

The Meltdown is brought to you by Phil Jones, the scientist at the center of the Climate-gate scandal. And believe it or not, the scandal is bigger than you think.

Keep in mind that Jones' findings have been used for years to bolster the U.N.'s findings on climate change. In an interview with the BBC over the weekend, Jones admitted the following: There has been no statistically significant warming since 1995; the world may have been warmer in medieval times (which would undermine the theory of man-made global warming); and that warming in recent times mirrors warming patterns from pre-industrial periods.

I wonder if Al Gore got the word yet. I hope so, because given the good news he doesn't need to feel guilty about using that houseboat or hopping on his private jet any more.

Plagiarism Central

First it was Jason Blair. Then it was Maureen Dowd. Now, another New York Times reporter has been caught red-handed for plagiarizing

Times reporter Zachary Kouwe allegedly lifted language from a number of other news organizations without attribution on multiple occasions. The Wall Street Journal was the first to alert editors at The New York Times about the matter after several passages from an article that Kouwe wrote were almost identical to the text that appeared in the Journal.

An editor's note in The New York Times Monday reads, "The matter remains under investigation by the Times which will take appropriate action consistent with our standards to protect the integrity of our journalism."

Like going to bat for Barack Obama?

I bet The New York Times somehow finds a way to blame George W. Bush for all this.

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