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Monday morning quick hits: Gadhafi, Haditha, Dingy Harry & more

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 31, 2009 09:02 AM

Good morning, all.

Woke up early to talk about Communist-whitewashing Rep. Diane Watson on Fox and Friends.

A few quick hits while I get my kids ready for school:

*In case you missed it, make sure to watch the vid of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter ejecting a town hall protester who stood up to challenge a Purple Shirt SEIU mobster.

*I also mentioned on Fox this morning how the Las Vegas Review-Journal is talking back to Bully Harry Reid, who expressed his hope that the pesky newspaper go out of business.

*Where is Haditha Marine-smearing Jack Murtha? The LA Times reports:

The Marine Corps has decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander at Camp Pendleton for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.

Instead, the Marine Corps will convene a Board of Inquiry to hear testimony and recommend whether Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani should be demoted to major for purposes of retirement.

Even if such a recommendation is made and then accepted by the Secretary of the Navy, Chessani’s retirement pay would still be based on being a lieutenant colonel.

The Marine Corps had sought to try Chessani for dereliction of duty for not ordering a war-crimes investigation when his Marines killed the 24, including three women and seven children. Chessani, who was not present when the killings occurred, reported to his superiors that the deaths, while tragic, were the result of fighting between Marines and insurgents.

A court-martial judge threw out the charges after ruling that it was improper for a Marine lawyer who investigated the Haditha shootings to sit in on meetings with the general who decided to bring the charges.

The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Appeals agreed with the judge’s ruling and rejected prosecutors’ requests to reinstate the charges. The court, however, said the Marine Corps could begin a new criminal investigation into Chessani’s conduct and then bring new charges.

But Lt. Gen. George Flynn, assigned by the commandant, Gen. James Conway, to decide what course the Marine Corps should take, decided against a new investigation and a resumption of a criminal case.

*And the latest on Gadhafi’s blood-stained camping trip plans:

Community leaders in Englewood claimed victory Sunday in a battle to keep Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from staying at a residence owned by the Libyan mission to the United Nations.

Some 200 people gathered at the home of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a prominent radio and television personality who lives next door to the Libyan residence on East Palisade Avenue. Speakers, including Gov. Jon Corzine, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist.), a former Englewood mayor, repeatedly sent a clear message that Gadhafi was not welcome in Englewood — nor any other New Jersey town…

… Today, Wildes said, he will appear in Superior Court seeking an injunction on work at the Libyan residence, which has continued despite a stop-work order issued by the city for code violations.

“I don’t trust a politician from the government of Libya, their emissaries or their agents,” Wildes said. The only assurances Wildes said he will accept are from the State Department in the form of a visa restriction that keeps Gadhafi in Manhattan.

“He should be arrested if brought onto U.S. soil,” Wildes said. “He should be put in the Englewood lockup.”

Nicole DiCocco, spokeswoman for the Libyan embassy in Washington, D.C., declined to comment.

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