A quick trip around Hannity's America...

In Other News...

Amid all the hype surrounding Tuesday's billion dollar bill signing, you may have missed the news that President Obama has decided to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, the White House that refuses to use the term War on Terror decided to bury this decision in a press release rather than making a public statement. This addition of nearly 20,000 troops to the destabilized region will increase the U.S. troop presence there by almost 50 percent.

Oh, and if you were looking for this story in The New York Times Wednesday, make sure you look below the fold. Apparently the trials and tribulations of A-Rod take precedence over a story about our brave men and women being deployed overseas.

Totally Transparent

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may be fading from view, but he left the media a gift in his final days: embattled rookie Senator Roland Burris. For telling the press how transparent and eager to answer questions he is, Senator Burris is getting our Liberal Translation treatment:


ROLAND BURRIS (D), ILLINOIS SENATOR: My little friends, I will have a prepared text and I will not be responding to questions.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Things tend to go poorly when I respond to questions.

BURRIS: I have made an effort to be as transparent as I can.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Some people are more transparent than others!

BURRIS: I am willing to take a further step, as I have nothing to hide.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: I talked to the governor's bother. I tried to raise money for him, there was a quid pro quo... NOTHING.

BURRIS: I welcome the opportunity to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the ethics — the Senate ethics committee to answer any questions they have.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: I love answering question — just not yours!


Wednesday morning Burris' fellow Illinois Senator Dick Durbin called Burris' testimony unsatisfactory and incomplete. Newsflash, Senator Burris: When Dick Durbin complains about your transparency, you may want to start packing your bags for Chicago.

Cowardly Country?

Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech Wednesday afternoon to employees at the Justice Department to commemorate Black History Month. In the speech, Mr. Holder had some strong comments on the status of race relations here in the United States:


ERIC HOLDER, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Though this nation has probably thought of itself as a ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we — I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards.


Mr. Holder went on to say that although workplaces may now be integrated, many Americans live in "race protected cocoons" on the weekends and in other social settings.

Mr. Attorney General, as our first African-American attorney general serving under the first African-American president in our nation's history, don't you think the American people deserve a bit more credit than you gave them today?

Where in the World?

Usama bin Laden is the most wanted terrorist in the world and a team of researchers from UCLA say they know where to find him.

In a study published Tuesday by MIT, a group of geographers claim to have located bin Laden by using geographic theory, intricate regional maps and U.S. intelligence reports. The team believes bin Laden could be hiding in one of three compounds in a remote city in northwest Pakistan. According to their research, these are the only buildings that could accommodate bin Laden's height, his medical needs and his bodyguards.

Lead researcher Thomas Gillespie and his team also believe they have found the path bin Laden traveled from Tora Bora — his last known location — to his present hideout.

The U.S. government is offering $25 million in reward money for information leading to the capture of bin Laden. That wouldn't be a bad grant for the Geography Department at UCLA.

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