Monday, January 31, 2005

Freedom is not Free

Chattanooga Times Free Press Following the 278th

A suicide bomber was deterred by an Iraqi soldier which saved many lives of both Iraqi's and Americans.
I like this quote:
"Freedom is not free," Col. Ismael, an Iraqi commander who lost two soldiers including Mr. Arkawazi in the suicide bombing here, said through a translator.

"Freedom needs a lot of blood," the colonel said Sunday. "We have to give something to get some, and those people who died are the blood. They are building freedom for the next generation."


According to Col. Ismael and other witnesses, Mr. Arkawazi saved the lives of about 60 Iraqi soldiers and 30 members of the Tennessee-based 278th by preventing a suicide bomber Saturday from getting past the Joint Command Center's main gate and into a two-story building where soldiers from the two armies prepared for Sunday's election.

Even though Mr. Arkawazi forced the suicide bomber to detonate his explosives early, the blast still blew out windows and knocked to the floor many of the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers inside the building 35 yards away.


Thanks to Lance in Iraq for the link. Go read the rest of the story, it's good to know Iraq's are vesting themselves with this fight.

I Had No Idea? Did you know Conversion out of Islam is illegal!

FrontPage magazine.com :: Muslim Apostasy: When Silence Isn't Golden by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The more I learn about Islam the more bizarre this religion becomes. Last week I learned there are not multiple versions of the Koran as there is with the Christian Bible. People may argue that there are different interpretations of the Koran but I've heard this is not correct. It's interesting how Evangelicals or Born Again Christians are berated for narrow judgemental beliefs by the left in this country yet no one ever talks about how restrictive and punitive the religion of Islam can be. Why is it that the left considers Islam okay?

Excerpt:
For the vast majority of Muslims residing within the Islamic world, this freedom does not exist. Conversion out of Islam is illegal in at least fourteen countries, and is punishable by death in at least eight. Although official proceedings against Muslim apostates are relatively rare, they do occur. Most recently, Asia News reported on December 17 that Emad Alaabadi, a Saudi Arabian convert to Christianity, had been taken into custody by Saudi authorities.

Even in Muslim states that don’t officially prohibit conversion out of Islam, the legal system is often used against those who leave the faith. In Egypt, for example, the government refuses to issue new identification papers to converts that reflect their new religion. Without new identification papers, converts’ children must be raised Muslim and the converts have to live their lives as though they were still Muslim. Those who attempt to raise their children in their new faith when their papers list their religion as Islam may be charged with blasphemy. Because of this, apostates in Egypt are routinely charged with falsifying documents.


Unemployed? Here's a new line of work for you!!

Telegraph News 'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits'

Gosh there's just so many different slants to take off on here. Which one to should I choose? There's the here's what relying on 'big government' will get you. Or, most lefties want the US to emulate the Euro's, hope they enjoy their new jobs. On the other hand there's the tact of this is the level Germany has sunk where a government sees nothing wrong with forcing a person to take a job as a prostitute or lose their unemployment benefits. Course, Germany has no jobs since they have zero or negative economic growth. Socialist/communist governments do not promote entrepreneurism due to high taxes and high government interference.

Here's excerpts from the story:
A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year. Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers.

Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.

Miss Garweg said that women who had worked in call centres had been offered jobs on telephone sex lines. At one job centre in the city of Gotha, a 23-year-old woman was told that she had to attend an interview as a "nude model", and should report back on the meeting. Employers in the sex industry can also advertise in job centres, a move that came into force this month. A job centre that refuses to accept the advertisement can be sued.


The devil of moral equivalency - where there is no wrong and no right or no judgements brings forth a society bereft of common decency. This is how the NARAL folks back in the 70's started with the pro-abortion movement to where it is today with late term abortions. To those of you who don't think there is any issue regarding same-sex marriage - don't be fooled like those of us back in the 70's. There's an agenda with all of these movements. Can you see where the end result could be with same-sex marriage? I see polygomy, family members marrying each other, human to animal marriage....what's the end game? These may sound bizarre and out of the realm but then I don't think anyone ever thought pro-abortionists would look at late term abortions as a "choice" or that abortion would become a birth control choice!!

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Spirit of America on the Iraqi Elections: CSPAN

I just finished watching the 2 hour Spirit of America special on CSPAN. As a note to all CSPAN is replaying it again in the next few minutes.

The program was inspirational, informative, entertaining, not a professional or polished program which endeared the genuineness of the people involved. Christopher Hitchens was a primary panelist and is ever so clever and good with words. I would also like to say that one of the consistent themes heard in this program is the negative 'meme' of the mainstream news media (MSM). Additionally, the over emphasis on different sects of Muslims in Iraq. Personally I always figured if there were Sunni's who didn't want to vote then it's their loss. For the MSM to say the election would not be valid if there was low voter turnout by the Sunni's was just more show of how the MSM doesn't want this election to be successful. I do believe this will help the US in the future if another democracy can be established in the Middle East (don't forget Israel!). All on the panel believe a democratic Iraq will be a change agent for other Middle East Arab countries whether it's wanted or not by their leaders.

If you have any interest in what the Spirit of America promotes go to: Spirit of America

New Mantra of the MSM starting today!

Just heard Brian Williams on Russert's 'Meet the Press'. I heard what the new mantra is going to be: safety for the newly elected officials is going to be impossible to effect. As a result they will have to meet in SECRET! The violence is going to increase.

Ok so now it's the esteemed John Kerry: btw Tim I WAS JUST IN IRAQ and I want to say how wonderful our military has been doing. I predicted the elections would go this well. Huh? The Administration has failed in everything but the election in getting it right. He (GW) doesn't behave like he's doing it right!!! (huh?). Not doing the war footing effort? Wasted by the Administration. Iraq is more of a threat today than it was 2 and 1/2 yrs ago. Now he's making up stuff about all of these countries and the UN making offers of help to the Coalition which the Adminstration turned down...GAAAAAA Now he's defending what Ted "the killer" Kennedy said a couple days ago. (reminder: need to find the link for that). Kerry is appalled at the level of training the military has accomplished to this date. Hear that - you're (US Troops in Iraq) doing a rotten job of training Iraqi forces.

I can't do this any longer. Kerry is just too much of globalist for me to listen or absorb. He'd rather listen to the leader of Egypt or Syria than anyone in this administration. It's all about Kerry's self importance. What Arab leaders he's met with and the 'important' questions he asked of them. Talk about recreating himself - I think Kerry is trying to emulate Hillary Clinton.

Update: Thanks so much to Gee Dubya for doing my work for me and finding the TK link.

How Bad do Iraqi's want to Vote?

Cigars in the Sand


How bad do Iraqis want to vote? This guy had himself wheeled to the polling station, in what looks like a modified shopping cart [CORRECTION: baby carriage].

Saturday, January 29, 2005

From the Ashes Rises a Voice of Sanity out of 'Old Europe'

Telegraph Opinion They died and now we sneer
By Leo McKinsry
(Filed: 30/01/2005)

The wind moaned gently in the nearby forest of the Vosges mountain. A thick blanket of snow lay on the ground and on the thousands of white crosses that marked the graves of US servicemen who had fallen in France during the Second World War.

With my wife and her aunt Nancy from Pittsburgh, we had come to the American military cemetery at Epinal in eastern France, where 5,200 US soldiers are buried. We were paying tribute to one of those brave men, Private Bill Anderson from Pennsylvania, Nancy's brother, who went through D-Day and then died at the age of just 19 in November 1944 while on a dangerous reconnaissance mission.

As we stood by the headstone, Nancy read out a heart-rending letter to Bill that she had written before leaving America. Full of poignant memories of their young life together, the letter captured the spirit of heroic optimism that had led Bill to give his life for the cause of freedom in Europe. Though I was born almost 20 years after Bill died, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the sacrifice he had made, a feeling reinforced as I lifted my eyes from his grave towards the arch that overlooks the cemetery. On it were carved words of remembrance for those "citizens of every calling bred in the principles of American democracy".

To European intellectuals, the term "American democracy" is probably an oxymoron. Though such sophisticated cynicism is contradicted by events in Iraq, where – just like in France 60 years ago – US soldiers have been sacrificing their lives to liberate a people from tyranny, anti-Americanism is now written into the European psyche, the last acceptable prejudice in a culture that makes a fetish of racial equality. Indeed, as I walked through the cemetery, my sense of gratitude at Bill's service was accompanied by deep, almost visceral, anger at my fellow Europeans for their constant sneering at America and their gloating over the body count in Iraq, despite all that the USA has done to free Europe in the past from totalitarian dictatorships, whether they be Nazi or communist.

Last week, the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Although it was achieved by the Russian army, it would never have happened without US intervention in western Europe, which forced Germany to fight on two fronts. America's action was purely altruistic. Whereas Russia was engaged in a life-and-death struggle for survival, the USA was not directly threatened by the Nazi domination of Europe.

What sickens me is that we in Europe are fed a constant diet of anti-American propaganda because of the USA's supposed aggression, greed, imperialism or insularity. Yet, at the very same time, we are urged, through the remorseless process of European integration, to embrace Germany, the country responsible for most of the ills of Europe for the past 140 years. Perhaps even worse is the way the experience of Nazism has been used to promote the ideology of multi-culturalism.

Any objection to mass immigration or the destruction of traditional Judaeo-Christian moral values is deemed as racist, akin to support for fascism. As a result, in the name of multi-cultural tolerance, we have allowed the creation of the brutal, anti-democratic monster of Islamism in our midst.

It is a bizarre paradox that the hysteria over Nazism has encouraged Europe to be swamped by Islam, in which anti-Semitism appears to be an integral part of the creed – tellingly, the Muslim Council of Britain refused to take part in the Holocaust commemorations. Instead of falling under the sway of Islam and European federalism, it would be better if Europe followed the values of America, a country that has always understood the meaning of the word "freedom".


Here's a Newsflash!! Europeans turning against Israel

Europeans turning against Israel -DAWN - International; 30 January, 2005

How disengenuous can the Washington Post get? Like this is something new? Just when exactly did the Washington Post ever think the strife between the Palestinians (note I didn't say the Palestinian State - BECAUSE IT DOESN'T EXIST!! and never did) and Israel was due to Palestinian terrorist tactics? And as a by product of course it's also America's fault, let's be more specific here: President Bush's fault and the VRWC.

AS THE Middle East conflict burns on, more Europeans are turning against Israel. A growing number subscribe to the belief that the impasse between the Israelis and the Palestinians is the wellspring of much of the world's ills today , and that the blame for all this lies squarely with Israel - and by extension, with its staunchest ally, the United States.
As that sentiment grows, American support for the Jewish state will continue to scratch raw nerves in the Old World.-Dawn/The LAT-WP News Service (c) The Washington Post

Here's What CBS News Calls Balance??

CBS News Blogger Takes On U.S. Military January 29, 2005�19:25:25

I'm just going to post the whole story cause this made me see 'blood red'!

(CBS) In a testament to the power of the Web, and to the power of political freedom, Internet viewers now have access to two very different images of war, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston.

One is run by a single man with a shoestring budget, and the other is backed by all the resources of the U.S. military. But on the Internet, the ideas behind both are on an even playing field. Maj. Scott Bleichwehl says he believes there is too much focus on news that isn't so good in Iraq. To combat this focus on negativity, he runs a Web site featuring images showing progress in Iraq. "We're trying to reach the media and the general public with the information that we feel was pertinent to that operation," he says. Trevor Davis, a 26 year-old blogger, runs a Web site that features disturbing images that most Americans don't see on the evening news or in a newspaper. Davis says he created crisispictures.org because he doesn't feel Americans are getting the whole picture from Iraq. "I really believe that if we're going to take responsibility for this war we have to know what its costs are," he says. Davis's Web site focuses on images of suffering in Fallujah. His site features pictures of an Iraqi man weeping on a coffin, a little girl who lost her parents, and Iraqi men who lost their lives. There is a real difference in tone between the two sites. In a sequence on Fallujah, the military's images focus on maps, weapons, and a torture chamber where an Iraqi captive was beheaded. There are few pictures of people. [my bolding here] Bleichwehl says there are no pictures of military or civilian causalities because "the point we were trying to make is that Fallujah is no longer a safe haven for these terrorists." Viewers can look at both and decide for themselves if one is more persuasive than the other.


So in comparing the two bloggers CBS talks about the costs of war without ever referring to the Islamic terrorists who are the ones murdering Iraqi civlians and police by blowing them up and beheading them. Great moral equivalency on CBS's part since of course viewers can decide for themselves which is more persuasive.

The Gang That Won't Shoot Straight

Bunker Mulligan: Another Russ Vaughn Poem

This poem is oh so wonderful. Just the right tone!
It began when ol’ Dubya gave Al Gore the boot,
Those gun-hating Dems really started to shoot.
Their weapons of choice though leave much to desire
For they’re usually off-target and so often misfire.


Check out Bunker's place for the rest.

Glowball Vorming

The Diplomad

Well The Diplomad is at the top of his game today. He goes back in time to 1992 and the UN Summit which declared it's war against the US with the "Glowball Vorming" campaign.

Our Diplomad, a young pup then, was at the June 1992 Rio Earth Summit Conference, one of the Great International Victories of the New Marxists. It was set up to ensure that the USA would be the villain. It would attack the US on global warming AND on the biotech industries then emerging in the USA -- this was a two-pronged attack: 1) stop experimenting with biotech; 2) give away your patents and research so others can have them. It was your basic UN international conference, complete with a parallel "summit" by thousands of NGO reps, enormous waste of money, time and effort, and fawning media coverage aimed at convincing the world that it was a more important event than Moses getting the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, or the 1969 Miracle Mets winning the World Series. It was replete with probably hundreds of emissions-spewing limos ferrying about deeply concerned enviro-worriers and warriors to and from their five-star lodgings.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Mexico to try to block Arizona's Prop 200 in international court

El Universal Online

So do you get this? Mexico is considering legal action against the state of Arizona to stop the implementation of Prop 200. I'm having a difficult time wrapping my mind around the hubris of such action by the Mexicans.

Mexico may turn to international courts in efforts to block a new Arizona law limiting services to undocumented workers, Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said Wednesday.

He said in an interview on W Radio that Mexico might take such a step after it has exhausted all possibilities under U.S. law to halt Proposition 200.

"We are seeking all the legal opportunities that exist, first using the legal capacities of the United States itself and ... if that does not work, bringing it to international tribunals," Derbez said. He did not specify to which international bodies Mexico could appeal.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretariat and lawmakers have repeatedly complained about Proposition, 200, which took effect this week. The measure requires proof of citizenship to vote or to receive state benefits.

Derbez said the government already has made a verbal protest to the United States and now will file a written protest at the request of Mexican lawmakers. He did not say when it would be issued.

He expressed regret that, according to polls, about 40 percent of Mexican-Americans in Arizona had supported the measure.

"It's sad and it gives an idea of how we have to work to educate even our own Mexican-Americans about why it is important that these proposals are not accepted," Derbez said.

In December, the Foreign Relations Secretariat issued a statement expressing "complete rejection" of the proposition, calling it "a measure that could generate actions of discrimination based on ethnic profile."


So by this logic, anyone of any country should be able to come to the US and the US would be required to support and provide unending benefits for these people. US politicians are responsible for allowing the Mexicans to get to this point of delusional thinking.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Would Somebody Please Just Tell UN Officials to SHUT-UP!!

U.S. Troops' Role in Iraqi Elections Criticized (washingtonpost.com)

I'm not getting why this is such a bad thing although obviously the UN thinks so. Is it so bad that US Troops on patrols would hand out election 'get out to vote' literature? After all, these troops have a stake in this election too. Isn't that what they are all there for? I don't hear that there are too many UN Election Officials in country at this time (maybe 50 I heard about).

Here's what this "brave" UN official had to say:
Perelli said she and the top U.N. election official in Iraq, Carlos Valenzuela, have been "asking, begging military commanders" to stop the distribution of material promoting the elections. Officials from the U.N.-backed Iraqi Electoral Commission have also asked the United States to stop, she said.

Informed by a reporter that U.S. soldiers have distributed voting material in recent weeks, Perelli said: "I'm glad that you reported it, because I'm going to be screaming on the phone in two minutes."

A significant voter turnout in Iraq's elections would help bolster the Bush administration's case that the political transition there enjoys widespread public support.


Oh now I understand, the real reason for her being outraged by this is because a successful election in Iraq might just benefit the US and President Bush. Forgettabout the Iraqi's!

Max Boot De-Bunks & Exposes the Maliciousness of Seymour Hersh

Digging Into Seymour Hersh
Hersh is the man who would have you believe that all in the US Military are evil war machines. The man has no shame.

Max Boot takes him to task:
Few facts in Hersh's stories are checkable by an outsider, but, of those that are, a number turn out to be false. In November 2001, he claimed that 16 AC-130 gunships participated in a raid (a "near disaster") on Mullah Mohammed Omar's compound in Afghanistan. There were only nine AC-130s in the entire region, and they are never used more than one or two at a time. In a story in October 2001, he claimed that Predator drones cost $40 million; the actual price tag is $2.5 million. In the latest article, he says two Pentagon policy officials would be in the "chain of command" for covert operations; the actual chain of command runs from the secretary of Defense to military commanders in the field.

OK, anyone can make a mistake, but all of Hersh's errors run in one direction: toward making the U.S. government look bad. His November 2001 article included a quote, hilarious in retrospect, from "one officer" who claimed, "This is no war for Special Operations." That ran a month before special operators toppled the Taliban. The April 7, 2001, issue of the New Yorker contained his article quoting a "former intelligence official" who said of the invasion of Iraq, "It's a stalemate now." Two days later, Baghdad fell.

Even his celebrated Abu Ghraib stories were marred by unsubstantiated claims that Rumsfeld had "encouraged" the "sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners." How does this square with the fact that the Abu Ghraib scandal — like the My Lai massacre — was uncovered first not by Hersh but by Army investigators?

The PEZ man of Company D

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

Think I'm on overload or maybe it's the winter blues but I just can't seem to get interested in anything in the news this week. But I found this story and thought it was a good non-political human interest story. Soldiers are everyday people just like you and me (except that they might be carrying very big weapons). I am continuously amused by comments from some of what I call "My Soldiers". When I send care packages I'm always thinking of little things that may be either be useful or good entertainment. I have a cadre of acquaintances, friends and family who all give me things to send to my soldiers. Get all sorts of magazines from them, one recent box I sent had a couple of Victoria Secret catalogs I'd gotten from a co-worker. This was to an all male platoon in Afghanistan at an FOB. So in this box I had all sorts of food things which would travel well but what was the hit of the box? The Victoria Secret catalogs! That just puts a smile on my face when I hear things like this. What a hoot that something which has no value and if you've ever ordered anything from VS catalog you know that from then on you'll be getting a new catalog almost every week. But the response makes everything worthwhile plus I get a great warm feeling I've brought some light into a soldiers day.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

More Insanity at the UN!!

Herald.com 01/26/2005 'Rights abuser' Cuba put on U.N. action panel

....If anyone has any doubts whatsoever about the UN's moral bankruptcy then this should kill off the doubts.
Cuba's appointment to an elite ''action panel'' that will influence the work of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights,......

Cuba's inclusion to the newly created action panel was approved by the 11 Latin American nations that form part of the 53-member Commission on Human Rights. The designation means Cuban diplomats will not only have a say in alleged violations the commission will investigate, but also will be first to represent the region when the group has its initial gathering on Feb. 7.


This is almost as bad as Iraq taking the chair of the Human Rights Commission in March of 2003. Course we know that didn't actually end up occurring because haha Saddam went down.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

New Species of Dinosaurs Face Extinction

Augusta Free Press : Big-media dinosaurs face extinction - Matt Barber

This is just too funny and clever.

Dan Rather-raptor (noun): Of, or relating to, leftist class of clever, ancient, cold-blooded reptilian with sharp teeth and little regard for objectivity; carnivore - primary food source: conservative Republican presidents (syn: Document-Daddy-Dan).

Tom-Brokawntosaurus (noun): Large, North American herbivorous dinosaur hailing from the Dakotas, noted for slanted, partisan, slurred speech pattern; lives in denial (not the river) of own liberal bias (syn: Tom-Broke-jaw).


Even today obstinate, lumbering, big-media dinosaurs inhabit and roam the vast terrain of Paleolithic journalism. Theirs is a rapidly dying breed, having succumbed to stubbornly self-inflicted wounds of poorly camouflaged liberal bias – all this lending credence within conservative circles to the popular pea-brain hypothesis.

Among the future-fossils are nearly all major print publications and broadcast news networks, to include The New York Times (all the news that's fit to slant), The Los Angeles Times (Arnold Schwarzenegger will grope your aunt), The Washington Post, CNN - and forget me not to throw in the pitifully dwindling regal big three, NBC, CBS, and ABC (sorry, just read Green Eggs and Ham to my 3-year-old).

Clarity & Resolve: "They don't even know what's comin'. Hell's comin'."

Clarity & Resolve is recommended reading for all. He certainly does give Clarity and substance on the issue of Islam. You want to hear about how Abbas is trying to establish peace with Israel...forgettaboutit! All I ask is to check out his blog and you will be enlightened to the nature of Islam in the Mideast today. See what is happening to 643 young Iranian girls (under the age of 14) in Iran.

C&R

A First-Hand Account of What Goes on Inside a Chula Vista Abortion Clinic

Rich at Beef Always Wins has a link to story as told by a woman who worked (maybe still works) in an abortion clinic. She tells the dirty little secrets of this "termination" process as they call it in the pro-abortion lingo. Every woman who is thinking about having an abortion should read this story first. I'd like to hear some of the feminists like Nancy Pelosi or Barbara Boxer or Hillary Clinton or any of the other female Democrat talking heads reply to this story. It would be interesting to see how they could spin this for themselves.

I know for myself I'll be keeping a copy of this story in my archives for future reference.

Please note this is very graphic.

What's A Republican in 30 Words?

From Tennessee Governor Bredesen:
And the governor said he can describe a typical Republican voter in 30 words.
"If you asked me what the Republican Party stands for, I would say a traditional view of family. No gay marriage. No abortion. A gun over the mantelpiece. Church as a centerpiece of life. Low taxes. It’s a very assertive view of American interests abroad," he said. "You can agree or disagree, but it’s a coherent world view."

This is coming from a Democrat governor who defeated a Republican governor in a Republican state. BUT, the Republican governor was working very hard to change the state Constitution to add the Income Tax against it's citizens wishes. So, they booted him out of office. The other interesting thing Bredesen had to say in this interview:
"He said Democrats would be hard-pressed to describe their own rank-and-file using 60 or 90 or 120 words."Until we as Democrats get focused on what we are for, as opposed to ‘we need to vote Democrat because we are not Republicans,’ we will always be marginalized," he said. "That kind of position is a loser in business and a loser in politics."

With luck and good soldiering, regiment uncovers weapons cache

KRT Wire
This is just a great story about our Troops finding some 'bad guys' and uncovering a huge weapons cache. The Knight Rider reporter though just couldn't resist inserting into this good news some subjective comments at the beginning of the article:
But the night's captures were also a typically messy and incomplete affair that shows just how tough it is for soldiers to stamp out the insurgency. While they seized a startling array of weapons and explosives that could have killed hundreds of people, the men they arrested appeared to be bit players who didn't know or wouldn't reveal the source of the cache. Three other suspected insurgents may have escaped.

In their haste to exploit new information found on the raid quickly, the soldiers barged in on one family in the middle of the night by mistake, leaving a house full of sobbing women and children with only a cursory apology.


The reporter then goes on to tell about the events of that night:
From two nondescript houses they passed every day, the troops pulled out three 100-pound bags of plastic explosive, fertilizer and diesel fuel (which can be made into a bomb), 51 rocket propelled-grenade launchers, 16,000 rounds of ammunition, dozens of rifles and machine guns, and eight mobile phone-connected switches, which can be used to set off roadside bombs.

Perhaps the most chilling finds were a group of artillery shells fashioned into the kind of bomb that's routinely killed American soldiers; a pressure switch, used by suicide attackers; eight Iraqi police uniforms and several police radios; and several of the kinds of black ski masks worn by the people who've beheaded hostages on videotape.

And:
As it happens, soldiers had been on the lookout for a white truck that had been seen tracking American patrols. After a few minutes, they began to suspect the truck was following them, and they swerved in front of it, jumped out and pointed their rifles at the driver. He resisted, they said.

"He's a big dude - about twice my size - and he just wouldn't go quietly," said Sgt. Jason Ellis, 28, of Springfield, Mo., who split his lip in the struggle.

In the truck were three artillery rounds connected to make a bomb, six AK-47 assault rifles, eight hand grenades and a camcorder with a DVD of a man in a ski mask building a bomb.

Other soldiers arrived and took the slightly injured prisoner back to the base, while Ellis and his squad drove to the house where they'd seen the truck pulling out. On the floor in the house were machine guns, rockets, grenade launchers, silencers and bomb-making equipment.

It was only after other soldiers from the company arrived with metal detectors that they realized exactly what they had. Buried in the front yard were five barrels, with a fearsome array of rockets and explosive material inside them.


And:
While the soldiers raided that house, three men appear to have escaped from the house next door, the soldiers said later. Another cache of weapons was found in that next-door house.

In the house the driver had led them to, the soldiers found a large collection of medical supplies, and detained the three men who'd been living there. They also arrested an Iraqi police officer who lived next door.

While this was happening, Charlie Company's commander, Capt. Rodney Schmucker, 30, of Latrobe, Pa., was leading a group of men to raid an address he found on a document in the first house, the one with the buried weapons. His men jumped the gate and ran into the structure screaming, rifles pointed. Within a few minutes, the Americans realized they had the wrong address.

"Hey, Willy, do the whole apology thing and whatever," Ellis said, as the men tromped out of the house. The interpreter told the family the Americans were only trying to help them be safe.


The subjective commentary wasn't needed in the beginning of the article since it's also stated in a truer context at the end of the article.

Supreme Court may ponder Texas cave bugs

HoustonChronicle

It is amazing that the Endangered Species act has been reduced to protecting:

...After the developers installed roads and utilities, the federal government in 1988 documented five endangered invertebrates in caves and sinkholes and caves on the property. A sixth species was added later. The Kretschmarr Cave mold beetle, Tooth Cave spider and other bugs are a fraction of an inch long.

This development of private property has been hijacked since1983.
The court challenge began with plans by Austin dentist Fred Purcell and business partners to develop 216 acres they purchased in Travis County in 1983. Byfield said the acreage involved has since shrunk to about 120 because of foreclosure.

This is what the religion of environmentalism has wrought today.

Voting provisions get clearance

Voting provisions get clearance

This is because of Arizona's passage of Proposition 200. Can someone tell why this would be a bad thing? Why is it a bad thing for a citizen to have proof of citizenship? To have a certified copy of their Birth Certificate?

New voters would have to present proof of citizenship with a birth certificate, passport or other identification to register. All voters would have to show identification at the polls. advertisement

And why exactly is there a problem with this? Why would we spend our tax dollars on illegal aliens? There's already enough stress on tax dollars
That portion of the measure requires state and local employees to confirm and report the immigration status of people applying for public benefits.

I also have never understood this line of logic:
Democratic state legislators believe the voting provision will keep minorities from voting.

Isn't there an inherent racism in this remark? How exactly does this keep minorities from voting? I would like this explained.

Just how or why would this have a "chilling effect" on registration? Is it a language issue? What? How? Why? If language is the issue I thought anyone seeking citizenship had to have a rudimentary grasp of English, hence they should be able to understand registration procedures. If this isn't the concern then what?
House Minority Leader Phil Lopes, who joined several Democratic colleagues in asking the Justice Department to strike down the provision, said Monday the law will have "a chilling effect" on all voter registration efforts.

I'd say all of this can be simplified down to one fear and that is politicians want illegal aliens to vote. Especially Democrats want illegal aliens and non-citizens to vote. All of the other claims and charges are just a ruse to cover the true agenda.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Has Iraq Weakened Us?

Victor Davis Hanson

Here is the most telling of VDH's commentary:
Political prognoses in wartime are notoriously mercurial, hinging on the weekly eddies of the battlefield. But these are sometimes poor indicators of larger strategic currents. If one thing can be said with confidence about Iraq, it is that the story is not over, since so far the daily bombings have neither prompted American withdrawal nor derailed scheduled elections and reforms. In World War II, the bloodiest moment of the Pacific theater was at Okinawa, finally declared secure a mere nine weeks before the Japanese surrender, while in Europe the Battle of the Bulge, a slog that cost more American lives than the drive to the Rhine, was not finished until only about 100 days before Germany collapsed. What can be seen in hindsight, and only in hindsight, is that while Americans were being butchered in Belgium and on Sugar Loaf Hill, larger forces were insidiously working to doom Germany and Japan in short order. The last gasps of resistance are sometimes the bloodiest and most unexpected.

There's a blogger who went to the archives of the NYT's and scanned reports out of Germany in 1945. If you want to read about doom and gloom out of Germany go and check out his postings, they are quite telling. Guess the advantage then was the lack of a 24 hour news cycle.

Ghosts of Occupations Past

The Politics of Supporting RINO'S

The American Spectator: Spector Fallout

Here's what happens when Republicans think they can control and put in power a Republican who isn't a Conservative. Hugh Hewitt in 2004 was calling people numbskulls for supporting Toomey instead of Spector. He also said that Spector would toe the party line if made Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. I don't think this sounds like good old liberal Arlen is falling in place.

SANTORUM IN TROUBLE
On Friday Republican staffers in a number of Senate offices were holding meetings to discuss how to proceed with Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter and his recent hire, Hannibal G. Williams II Kemerer, who until recently was the NAACP's assistant general counsel. Kemerer was hired by Specter against the advice of senior Republican Judiciary staff and was to serve as a key vetter of Bush Administration judicial nominations. As word of Specter's hiring decision leaked off Capitol Hill, Specter is said to have shifted Kemerer into a job that would not deal with judicial nominations.

"That is not true," says a Judiciary Committee staffer. "Kemerer may have a different stated responsibility, but we've been told he will be working with Specter on judicial nomination issues regardless of what his stated role is supposed to be."

More disturbing than the hiring itself was Specter's willful behavior in hiring the left-wing litigator. "I wish I could say this was a one time, freak event," says another Judiciary Committee aide. "But I don't think I can. We got the distinct impression that Specter is going to continue to hire people like this. If conservatives care, they need to mobilize now. Because it's largely out of our hands."

Midday Friday there were unconfirmed rumors that Specter had spoken with ranking Judiciary Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy about shifting Kemerer into a Democratic staffer slot, but that Leahy was not receptive to the notion.

Beyond an expected backlash against Specter, there was growing concern among aides to Sen. Rick Santorum, who chose not to support then-Rep. Pat Toomey, a conservative, pro-life challenger to Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary last year. Instead, Santorum backed Specter, campaigning and fundraising for him, and then openly backing him for Judiciary chairman when that position was in doubt. Santorum is preparing for a tough re-election campaign, and was counting on strong support among Catholics in-state for votes and across the country for fundraising. But Santorum's decision to put politics before core beliefs may now backfire.

On Friday Santorum staffers were meeting with allies to discuss how best to deal with what could become a crisis for the conservative junior Senator from Pennsylvania. Compounding Santorum's Specter problem was word that Robert Casey, Jr., a pro-life Democrat and the son of one of Pennsylvania's most popular politicians, was poised to announce his decision to seek the Democratic Senate nomination.

"To say that Santorum's people are upset does not quite portray what is happening up here," says a Senate leadership staffer. "Without Specter's thumbing his nose at conservatives, Santorum could focus on issues and his candidacy. Now he has to worry about fallout from every step Specter takes."

All of this adds to what appears is going to be a congressional session full of Judiciary issues. Some Judiciary Committee staffers are already looking at the calendar for spring and summer and telling friends and family that they can not make too many plans as they expect there will be a Supreme Court confirmation fight to be dealt with this summer, perhaps into August.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

What we always hear is "they are all hard working illegals who want to work"!

Yahoo! News - Borders, Priorities Blur Along the 'Wild Frontier'

So, you tell me, does this sound like poor illegals who just want to work?

James Johnson helps run his family's 160,000-acre ranch with 15 miles bordering Mexico. Over the last few years, they've had their fences cut and their trucks stolen and seen smugglers ferry drugs over their land.

Vigilante groups have called offering their services.

"If we did that, it wouldn't be three weeks until one of our throats were slit," said Johnson, 29. "A lot of these vigilantes don't live on the border; they live in cities or towns where the people crossing don't know them. But these people know us."

Two years ago, he confronted some men in a truck on his property. "I asked what they were doing there," he said. "They pulled a gun, aimed it at me and said they could do whatever they wanted."

His father was robbed of his truck at gunpoint by men who fled to Palomas.


And:
The Southwest New Mexico Border Security Task Force, a group of New Mexico and federal law enforcement agencies, issued a report in 2003 saying it didn't have the resources to adequately protect against drug dealers, illegal immigrants and "potentially weapons of mass destruction" crossing the border.

Border agents say they have run into heavily armed Mexican soldiers inside the U.S.

"I have found up to 10 Mexican soldiers in a Humvee on our side of the border," Moody said. "We don't know what they are doing here. They usually say they got lost. When that happens, we confront them and escort them back."

Some officials here think elements of the Mexican military are involved in drug smuggling.

The border is a quiet patchwork of farms, mountains and small desert towns. Federal agents depend on helicopters, underground sensors and camera towers to help cover the region.

Illegal immigrants often know the cameras' visual range, and cross where they can't be seen. Spotters sit atop hills in Mexico with cellphones to report which way cameras are pointing.

Life for the Border Patrol is increasingly hectic and dangerous. On a recent night, calls poured in from all over — groups of 30, 25, 10 migrants, coming from all directions. Only a third of those who cross are caught, agents say.

"A few years ago it wasn't so bad," said Border Patrol agent Jack Jeffreys. "Now you come to work and think, 'Maybe I won't be going home tonight.' "

New US Intel Snipers Fielded in Iraq

DEBKAfile - New US Intel Snipers Fielded in Iraq, IDF Undercover Unit in Gaza

When I saw this I thought about American Soldier.

From Debka:
In Iraq, the US army has deployed for the first time a 42nd Infantry Division unit known as “Intel Snipers”, i.e. sniper-trained soldiers of the division’s 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment. They are armed with newly-issued M-14 rifles which have never been surpassed as a marksman’s weapon.

Some 1,000 km to the west, Israel has belatedly deployed for full-scale operations behind enemy lines in the Gaza Strip the same kind of elite unit, the IDF’s Shimshon Battalion 92, reinforced by scores of intelligence snipers trained to target small terrorist units.

Capt. Michael Manning, commander of the US unit, describes the M-14 as a tremendous force multiplier. It is an integral part of the unit’s equipment for LRS-Long Range Surveillance and targeting. In Iraq, the unit will operate 80-100 km inside enemy terrain, observe and report on improvised explosive devices and indirect fire and, if ordered, eliminate insurgents with their sniper rifles which are capable of neutralizing targets at a distance of 800 meters.

The American Intel Snipers will also be charged with sterilizing the vicinity of US bases, command posts and convoys of hostile threats.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

New report to Annan proposes solutions to problems of world poverty

Great Things Afoot: UN to Save World

For your viewing pleasure, The Diplomad has notified us of a new 3000 page report submitted to Kofi Anan as the remedy for the rest of the world to save all of those poor people in poverty stricken countries. There's a very short summary one can use to understand this tome of stupidity. The UN wants ALL US Citizens to pay for welfare for the world. In other words, they want to tax the hell out of us. It is time for all to join the movement of Move America Forward. This is a petition to Get the UN out of the US.

Diplomad has summarized the report for your viewing angst. This is a taste of what our US dues to the UN go towards:
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched a 3,000-page document which research team leader, Special Adviser Jeffrey Sachs, called "a unique report" recommending that rich countries double their investments in poor countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving extreme poverty by 2015 and going beyond to eliminate it by 2025. The report <...> calls for specific investments across a wide spectrum of problems, not for handouts or charity. Low-income countries need investments of $70 to $80 per head per year from 2006, rising to $120 to $160 per year in 2015, it says, adding that many middle-income countries could fund those investments themselves, given adequate debt relief and appropriate, specialized technical assistance.

Starting from ideas put forward by Mr. Annan, Mr. Sachs said, the team of 265 experts and graduate students took three years to collect and analyze the data. <...>



Light Snow???

Update: Sat. morning: Yikes, it looks like a blizzard out there. Cold, very windy and the snow is drifting. I now have a very nice wall of snow diagonally across the middle of my driveway. Nanook will have to emerge to take care of this situation. I'm hoping the weather clears up as the day go forward. Kelly (The Patriette) and I are planning on attending the Northern Alliance blog get together late this afternoon at Keegan's in NE Mpls.



I just saw the little weather link I have on the right and it said light snow. Personally I don't consider what we are getting right now light. I'd say we've got about 5" and it's still coming down at a good clip. I think the local weather guys are saying another 5" to 7" with it tapering off after midnight. Now, not that this is a lot of snow for this area but we haven't really gotten any snow this winter season. I finally had to drag the snow blower out of my shed when I got home from work. Course, the door on the shed was frozen shut from the sleet we've had this month. Finally get the door open and try to start the thing and of course, didn't start. Next, I struggle in pushing it up to the driveway (there's a little hill) but with 5" of snow a person can't get much traction ya know! Get it into the garage and try to start it again, OF COURSE, it started right up. Guess it just wanted me to have to struggle for a bit before cooperating. I did a sloppy once over of the driveway since I'll end up going out in the morning again anyway. Besides, it's blowing like crazy and the snow is just drifting here and there. I shouldn't complain since it could be 20 degrees below zero like it was last Friday. And, at least the snow had the decency to wait til the weekend so my morning commute wouldn't be a white knuckle drive.

I do know some people are real happy cause I can see the lights going in a steady stream across the bay as they travel the favorite snowmobile route in the area.

Friday, January 21, 2005

No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln-that's the USS Lincoln

Came to this letter via The Diplomad. Diplomad was posting on the disparaging comments coming from the lefties. Obviously they know better what is happening in the tsunmai relief effort. But this letter from someone on the USS Lincoln Carrier is oh so telling about the perfidity of the UN and many of their "relief workers". You just knew it would be like this didn't you?

Excerpt:
As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of “Nice china, really makes me feel special,” in reference to the fact that we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason we were eating off paper plates was to save dishwashing water so that we would have more water to send ashore and save lives. That plus the fact that he had no business being there in the first place.

There's more too, cause guess whose paying for these a$$holes? Yup - you and I the American taxpayer. It isn't enough that most of our military is underpaid and most of the UN is overpaid but then our dollars go to these insufferable pukes.

Then of course we have that icon of truth and accountability:
In addition to the relief workers, we routinely get tasked with hauling around reporters and various low-level “VIPs,” which further wastes valuable helo lift that could be used to carry supplies. We had to dedicate two helos and a C-2 cargo plane for America-hater Dan Rather and his entourage of door holders and briefcase carriers from CBS News. Another camera crew was from MTV. I doubt if we’ll get any good PR from them, since the cable channel is banned in Muslim countries. We also had to dedicate a helo and crew to fly around the vice mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., one day. Everyone wants in on the action.

Oh yes, this letter is a gem. Don't miss it!

ICE...The HS department of Insecurity!

Froggy Ruminations - The Boston Six

Here's a bit from Matthew (former ICE and SEAL):

I was in Reno, NV last weekend looking at property and I called upon a former co-worker who had managed to transfer out of our little $hitbox. While he was obviously grateful to be Reno, his opinion of the agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was much the same as everyone else I have spoken to over the past year. Agents from coast to coast have uniformly declared ICE to be nothing short of a total abortion. I mentioned before in an earlier post about the lack of gas money for Agent vehicles, and the basic fact that the US government is paying ICE Agents $90k a year to surf the web because they are hamstrung by management. The bottom line is that either the Agents I talk to from around the country are whiners with low morale or our primary border security agency is a trainwreck. At the end of the day is really doesn’t matter, the system is broken and the people in it are not motivated because they are not allowed to do their jobs.

War Vets Push For Affordable Insurance

War Vets Push For Affordable Insurance

This sounds like a really promising development. Let your representatives know that you want this to be made available NOW. Kudos to Ryan Kelly for moving this forward. I would have thought with the throngs of minions at the DOD and Pentagon someone could have prepared for this type of insurance! Guess it takes someone who's been there and done that.

Excerpt:
Kelly, an advocate with the Wounded Warrior Project who travels throughout the nation, came up with the idea of catastrophic disability insurance for soldiers who return from combat blind, immobile, severely burned or missing a limb.

Service members would be automatically enrolled in the insurance program unless they opt out, and would pay $12 a month. Some cost would be picked up by the government, "but it wouldn't be a burden," said Kelly.

A lump sum of $10,000 to $50,000 would be paid under his plan.

Kelly worked with Jeremy Chwat, director of public policy at United Spinal Association, a Queens-based nonprofit group affiliated with Wounded Warrior, to draft legislation.

"We're very close to ironing out the finished product, and we'll roll it out to the VA officials, and present it to a member of Congress, in the next two weeks," Chwat said. "We will be looking for a [legislative] sponsor with a strong connection to veterans."

Homeless, he hid at Apple Valley school

Mpls,MN Star Tribune

This is so typical of not only the Strib reporting (cause we must 'feel' sorry for this poor, poor, 21 yr old 'homeless' man) and then the complicity of some of the school's staff is unreal. They knew he was there and let him stay!! Then, we are to believe this is just a very sad story. WRONG! This is a story of a school with staff who should be fired.

Excerpt:
He slept in the auditorium, showered in the gym, hid food in a locker and may have attended some classes. For at least two weeks, Francisco Serrano took refuge in Apple Valley High School because he had no place to go.

"Anywhere I could hide," Serrano, 21, said by phone from jail Wednesday. "No place to stay, no family at all. I became homeless."

His secret life inside the southeast-metro-area school fell apart this month when a suspicious librarian saw him using a school computer. Now Serrano waits at the Dakota County jail in Hastings for a court appearance Friday on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing on school property.


And More:
The principal sent out an e-mail about the former student early Wednesday afternoon.

"It's very sad and unfortunate that we have a young man with nowhere to go," he said.

Degenaar's letter to parents described "a very sad story" in which Serrano ghosted through the school, sleeping in places where he knew he wouldn't be found and even returning after being arrested once.

He was never a danger to anyone, Degenaar said, though he easily circumvented the school's security measures.


So, I guess that his never being a danger excuses all huh? First of all, I find it difficult to believe a 21 year old man can't find any work whatsoever even if unskilled. Second of all, for the principle to excuse the fact that he was living at the school all this time because "he wasn't a danger" tells me that this principle doesn't have a clue as to the security needed to protect students, but that's ok because well, it's just soooooo saaaaadddddd.

Update: Jan. 21. Well the Strib is at it again and the poor boy was only lurking in the 'shadows' of Apple Valley School all of a sudden. Now the national media has taken hold of this story so the sympathy emoters are going to wail out of the woodwork for this 'poor' young boy! Oh and by the way, he's illegal. Is that a big shock, ummm nope. He was rescued by a man from Mpls who is an advocate for the illegal actions the US has taken in the ME. Oh, by the way, this man, Sabri, is up on charges for bribing a Mpls Council official. Here's the story from today.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Modern day slave masters

The American Thinker

For anyone who believes that the Democrat Party is the party of 'InCLUsion' you should know that this only applies to people of color who follow the 'Neo-soc' doctrine which is where J. Matt Barber comes up with the title of his piece.

Excerpt:
You see, the Democratic Party, the liberal “mainstream” media and the rest of the cultural elites are having a very hard time handling Dr. Rice’s rise to power. They’ve waged a disgraceful, racist and cowardly back-door assault against her. Why? Little Ms. Condoleezza has wandered away from the plantation. She refuses to slave in the cotton fields of “progressive” ideology. If she is allowed credibility and is perceived as an acceptable role model, then perhaps black Democrats, heretofore taken for granted, will begin to recognize her achievements as legitimate and honorable, and worse…begin to share her socially and fiscally conservative, Republican values. If this happens…all is lost.

In a manner that is objectively and demonstrably racist, liberal Democrats and the media have collectively assumed the persona of David Duke. Here’s but a snippet: In his comic strip, Doonesbury creator and liberal Democrat Garry Trudeau depicted Dr. Rice as an un-educated idiot, and refered to her as “Brown Sugar.” In his cartoon, liberal Democrat and syndicated cartoonist Pat Oliphant characterized Dr. Rice as a squawking parrot perched upon President Bush’s finger, blindly, mindlessly and dutifully observing his every whim. Her lips are exaggerated in a grossly bulbous and ethnically stereotypical fashion. And, with his masterpiece, liberal Democrat and Los Angeles Times editorial cartoonist Jeff Danziger reminds us all of the days when the KKK actually had some pull. His cartoon portrayed Dr. Rice as, what can only be described as a tattered barefoot slave “mammy” (probably Prissy from Gone with the Wind). She sits in a rocking chair with her legs spread. On her lap she holds an aluminum tube like an infant (ostensibly a tube of the uranium enrichment variety). She attempts to feed the tube with a bottle and then, in the stereotypical vernacular of a “colored,” says, “I knows all about aluminum tubes. Correction. I don't know nuthin' about aluminum tubes.”


Go read the rest..here . I've seen these disgusting cartoons but have never heard the outrage about them from the likes of the Rev Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or Julian Bond or, or, or....they are all a bunch of hypocrites. Plain and simple.

You're too stupid to manage your own money

Larry Elder: You're too stupid to manage your own money

Larry exposes the REAL reason behind the Democrat objection to partial privatization to Social Security accounts:

Former Democratic vice-presidential contender Geraldine Ferraro inadvertently revealed the real reason behind Democrats' resistance to the president's proposal of Social Security partial privatization. " . . . [I]f you don't have the knowledge [emphasis added] and the wherewithal [emphasis added] to manage your own private funds," said Ferraro, "well, you know, you're gonna be out of luck."

Now, Americans possess the ability to make the money. Ferraro's comments parallel the Americans-are-too-stupid theme embraced by former President Bill Clinton. Speaking in 1999 about the $70 billion budget surplus, Clinton said, "We could give it all back to you and hope you spend it right. . . . Do you really want to run the risk of squandering this surplus?"


Are you really surprised that the "Caring" party of the Neosoc's doesn't believe you know how to manage your own bank account. Yes, according to them, it would be much better to have the Guv'mnt steal all your hard earned dollars.

Here's a SHOCKER!

National Post:Western aid will never end world poverty


Are you recovered yet from that shocking headline. Whowudda thunk it? And from a Canadian journalist much less.

Excerpt (this is on a report published by the UN):
The report's authors say the West shouldn't worry that past aid "investments" have been wasted, and provide a 3,000-page blueprint showing how the new money could be put to better use.

Development aid should have specific objectives, starting with spending on "quick win" projects, such as supplying mosquito nets in malaria-affected parts of Africa. Heavy spending would be on infrastructure, such as roads, and improving health and education services.

While well-intentioned, the report prompts a number of obvious questions. If massive cash injections alone could end poverty and make the world secure, peace and prosperity would reign throughout the Middle East.


The UN report rightly calls for giving developing countries access to Western markets through freer international trade. This would require rich countries to stop protecting certain coddled industries, such as textiles.


Me to reporter - you're showing your Canadian colors with the word rightly. And you were sounding so good up until that word. Hmmpft. See, if the US lifts tariffs for these industries then the US will be harangued for utilizing cheap labor and EVIL corporations will be villanized by the MSM and all of the koolaid drinking organizations for "outsourcing" all the US jobs. At least he ends this commentary with the right idea:

There is also no substitute for quick injections of money for emergency relief, for example, for victims of the tsunami. But overseas aid should focus on helping people to help themselves through the only proven creator of wealth -- free enterprise.

Handouts are a thing of the past.

Michael Moore's Bodyguard Arrested on Airport Gun Charge

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Michael Moore's Bodyguard Arrested on Airport Gun Charge

What I find interesting about this is not the fact that the body guard didn't have a license to carry in NY but the fact that Michael Moore the big anti gun guy has a body guard who carries a gun!! According to the Hypocrite/Liar/400lb gorilla guns are bad and guns kill people. If you thought that way about something would you then turn around and hire someone who you required to have that item in their possession at all times? Michael Moore the face of the Democrat Party - Mr. Hypocrite!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The True Cost of Social Security

The American Spectator

I really wish people (Democrats, anti-SS reformers, NYT's....) would quit jerking everyone around and try to understand without hyperbole what the true situation is with Social Security. Every time there's a new wave of Democrats spewing forth their disinformation campaign I get a call from my Dad who is going on 83 years of age. We go through this whole routine of "well it won't affect me so I don't have to worry!" Then I say "Yeah but what about your children and grandchildren? They are the ones who are going to have to pay for you not worrying about it. President Bush and many Republicans at least are taking the political risk of looking to the future and not just next year". So, this article does some splainin of the true cost. It's not an easy read to understand because we've made SS into this monolithic maze of gobbleygook through the shenanigans of Congress and previous adminstrations.

Here to me is the key section:
Thus, $3.7 trillion is not what is needed over the next 75 years. It is what the federal government would have to invest right now to meet the Social Security's 75-year shortfall.

Since the federal government isn't going to come up with an extra $3.7 trillion to invest tomorrow, a more useful figure in understanding the shortfall is the "cumulative cost." That is the cost to the taxpayers, over a 75-year period, of paying off all the treasury bonds in the Social Security trust fund plus meeting all the obligations of Social Security once the trust fund runs dry. Using data from the 2004 Trustees' report, that number is (sit down) $24.9 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars! That is an annual average of $332 billion extra that the taxpayers will have to pony up for Social Security. Even that doesn't tell the full story because included are the years 2004-2018 when Social Security is still running a surplus. After 2018, the annual Social Security deficit grows quickly: By 2022 taxpayers will have to pay almost $100 billion above what they will shell out in payroll taxes to meet all of Social Security's obligations. That will reach over $200 billion in 2027, over $300 billion in 2033, and $400 billion in 2046. If you are under 40 years of age, chances are quite good you will live to see all of those dates.

Common Ground

OpinionJournal - Extra

My friend Sarah is always talking about 'Common Ground'. I thought this was an interesting commentary from a Jewish writer in New York and a Muslim Deli owner in New York and how they had to come to grips and seek common ground with a surprising twist for the common ground.

LETTING INNOCENTS DIE

New York Post Online Edition: postopinion

Ralph Peters has an excellent oped on the Anti-War/Leftists of this country.

What do those protesters think would happen if our president agreed to their demand to "bring the troops home"? Do they think Atlantis would rise from the Tigris River, bringing with it a golden reign of peace? Do they want the Baathist thugs to return to power? Would they really like the terrorists to win?

Where were those self-righteous protesters when Saddam was butchering the Kurds, or Iraq's Shi'a Muslims? Where were the environmentalists when Saddam drained the vast marshes in southern Iraq to punish the population?

What will the leftists say when millions of Iraqis turn out to vote in the region's first free elections? That it doesn't matter? That the murderous peace under Saddam was more humane? That those who risk their lives to vote are fools?

It's a wonderful thing to be an idealist, but to be one successfully requires embracing practical means, not slogans. The leftist catechism that military intervention is always bad (less bad, though, when initiated by a Democrat) means turning away from the pleas of those marked for death.

The left had a grand time with the abuses in Abu Ghraib prison. But I didn't meet a single anti-war activist in Iraq last year, when I toured a network of torture chambers Saddam's regime had used to butcher the Kurds.

Leftists are always happy to weep over corpses, but they find it an inconvenience to save the living.


I think that sentence says it all!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Don't Miss the 26th Annual International Eelpout Festival

This is a big festival in northern Minnesota. This is how Minnesotans get wild and crazzzzzzyyyy! I usually pass this huge hat tip to Terry at Possumblog but now that I have my own blog, well, poor Terry will just have to miss out on this little gem this year.

Update: For Eelpout and Camp Cameltoe photos see this Bear Creek Ledger Link.

The Graner jury just rejected the media's Abu Ghraib narrative.

OpinionJournal - Featured Article

This is telling in that what some Democrat (and Republican) Senators are suggesting would and already has seriously undermined our GWOT.

Excerpt:
Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, went so far as to try to write language into last year's intelligence bill demanding that the CIA report to Congress on what interrogation methods it's using. The White House quietly sought to have this removed--which it reluctantly was--only to be tarred once again last week in some news reports with promoting "torture" for having done so.

and
As a practical matter, it is a form of micromanagement that would make it harder to get information from detainees. It's akin to requiring an Army brigade commander to report to Senator Soundbite on how he engaged the enemy in Mosul.

and
What's really going on here is that Mr. Durbin wants to set a political trap for the Bush Administration. His proposal would in practice limit U.S. interrogation techniques without him having to take responsibility for having done so. Mr. Durbin can get good press coverage for deploring "torture" and condemning the Bush Administration, but he won't be blamed if our interrogators fail to elicit the information needed to deter another terrorist attack.

and
Perhaps sensing the damage they've done, some in the media have started arguing that "torture doesn't work anyway" because detainees just lie. Well, yes, but nobody outside of academia is proposing torture. We're talking about coercive interrogations involving good-cop bad-cop routines, stress positions such as kneeling for a long time and the like, which are used by every serious military and police force in the world because they do work.

I believe and have said before that the Democrats are more concerned about getting back at President Bush than doing their job of protecting the American public. For the them, it's all about winning. I don't know if they'll ever catch onto the fact that bashing the Military (even in the guise of bashing GW) doesn't work anymore with the information available today.

Iraq Gothic

Chrenkoff

Great Humor in a dark sense from Chrenkoff.

Item 1: "The defense team of the toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein said it has witnesses willing to testify that the former Iraqi president was not responsible for gassing the Kurdish population in the Iraqi city of Halabja on March 16, 1988."

Says Saddam's chief lawyer Ziad al-Khasawneh: "Those witnesses cannot be challenged in terms of the weight of their testimonies, their persons, positions and connection to the event."

The Kurds must have gassed themselves. Or the Zionists did it.


He's got more, don't miss them.

The left’s body count dilemma

The American Thinker

This is such an interesting commentary on the 'lefts' (read: Neo-Socialists, my new term for Progressives,Greens,Democrats) dilemma regarding body counts. I was listening to Michael Medved driving home last night. Michael was talking about the Lefts problem with dummying up any numbers they use. Jason called in and talked about how the Pentagon is hiding the true number of casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan war. He said that there are really 6,000 KIA in Iraq, he also said there were still 40,000 MIA never listed for the Vietnam War. Yeah, I know the guys a koolaid drinker but he honestly believes that the NYT's is controlled by the Pentagon. Huh? There were other numbers he cited that were just as outrageous as the ones above. He isn't the first person I've heard call into Medveds show citing statistics like these. There is an irrational tone to these type of people but they are the face of the Democrat Party. This is promoted by people like John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.

Hanson says:
Yet, in opposition to the current global struggle against Islamo-fascism, the left’s primary public relations gimmick is to roll out the casualty tote board, and present a phony concern about the numbers of Americans killed and wounded, in an effort to convince us that the war is a failure. When US dead reached the 1,000 mark last year, we might as well have been watching a Jerry Lewis Telethon, as the lights flashed and the drums rolled, seemingly almost celebrating breaking the donation record from the previous year. The peace-at-any-price crowd therefore, seems to think that if we must go to war, success of a military operation consists in having few or no casualties, regardless if the operational or strategic goals are achieved; and, that it’s really never worth it anyway, since they wouldn’t have died if they hadn’t of gone over there in the first place.

Of course, the left touts our almost non-existent casualties in our “pure” and necessary actions in Bosnia and Kosovo as the epitome of complete victories. They proclaim these operations as successful since the bill, in terms of our dead, was cheap. In fact, the pre-condition set by the Commander-in-Chief was no or low casualties, not that any operational objectives be achieved. Interestingly, his military chiefs were enthusiastic with this criterion, since the burden of real and tough decision-making would now be removed from their shoulders. But nine years later, as US forces finally leave the Balkans, there still exists a restive population with the added side effect of a well-established terror base. This proves the old adage: you get what you pay for.

There is nothing that sets my teeth on edge more than the phony concern spouting from the anti war koolaid drinkers screaming to bring our troops home. They say that is how they support the troops. The moral equivalency crowd can't distinguish right from wrong or a bloody thirsty killing terrorist from a professional soldier protecting people harangued by the terrorists.

The New Face of Airline Frequent Flyer Miles

Pets to earn frequent flyer miles from Midwest Airlines

Arf Arf.......this is so not cute. Here's the quote:

"We decided that it was high time to throw a bone to our frequent customers — and their best friends."
I guess this might accomplish what Midwest wanted, for people to talk about them.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Northern Lights~~~Oooooo, Aaaaaaa

freedomdogs.com

If you've never seen the Northern Lights then check out Freedom Dogs. They've got photos from a North Dakota farmer and they are sensational. I'd heard that there was a meteor show or some sort of activity last night and tonight where the Northern Lights would be good watching. I live in exurbia but am still too close to the city to see the lights. Saw them before Christmas but it was pretty lame compared to looking at them out in Western MN where when it's dark, it's REALLY dark and the lights are incredible.

Ballots or Bullets?

Army of One

I had no idea how the ballots and voting machines were going to get to all of the villages and towns in Iraq. JD tells us about it.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

This is some Toothache!!

Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Man Finds Nail in Skull Six Days after Accident

A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a 4in nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

Gianna Jessen came into the world as a surprise

I'll just bet the NARAL people hate this girl! Someone like Gianna is a true threat to their agenda. I think she and HRC, Boxer and Pelosi ought to get together for a little chat. These are the women in Congress who don't believe there should be any limits what so ever on abortion. Gianna was a 3rd Trimester abortion gone wrong - to them at least.

Exerpt:
Gianna Jessen came into the world as a surprise. Her 17-year-old mother knew she was pregnant. She also knew she didn't want to be. She underwent an abortion procedure, having toxic saline solution injected into the womb during the third trimester.
Jessen, then in the womb for 7½ months, spent 18 hours in the solution. "It burns the baby inside and out," she said. "(The mother) is to deliver a dead baby within 24 hours." But when a 2-pound Jessen emerged, she was alive.

Postcard from Afghanistan

Chrenkoff

This is a an incredible letter from a Soldier in Afghanistan and what a guy he must be!

Excerpt:
Last November I gave base ID cards to seven boys. The group is up to 18 boys ranging from six to about 14, and two girls, both about 12 maybe, one city slick and the other not too shy herself. It's a program to teach kids all the boy and girl scout virtues, allow them on the base to hang out and learn from Americans, pick up trash at the Friday bazaar in return for a share of the money we collect from the vendors to clean up afterwards, and recover something of a fun childhood the last few generations never knew...

This Soldier extended himself from 12 most and has been there for 15 months already.

Loophole lets foreigners illegally vote

HoustonChronicle.com - Loophole lets foreigners illegally vote

It gets so tiring to read these stories. But this story from Houston pinpoints the aggregious behavior of some non-citizens. Minnesota has motor voting which encourages cheating and the core cities want to keep it that way. I have no problem what so ever showing my passport or birth certificate to register to vote and any law abiding citizen should feel the same way. All a person needs in MN to register to vote is someone vouching that the person lives in that precinct and there is no limitation to the number of people one person can vouch for. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Excerpt:
The process recently uncovered the case of a 73-year-old Brazilian woman whose registration was canceled in 1996 after she acknowledged on her jury summons that she was not a citizen. The woman reapplied in 1997, again claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and was again given a voter card, which was recently discovered after she filled out a change-of-address form with Bettencourt's office. Records show that the woman has voted at least four times in general and Democratic primary elections since 1997, most recently in November.

Take Back The News | A News Sharing Community

Take Back The News A News Sharing Community

Here's a new site set up by John Little at Blogs of War. It's a participatory site. Looks promising and interesting.

IS CAIR DESIGNING U.S. FOREIGN POLICY NOW?

Michelle Malkin

And just when is the State Dept. going to stop pandering to Muslim supporters of terrorism (that would be CAIR). Too bad too that Fox caved into CAIRS 'hurt feelings' over the show 24. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck.....according to CAIR it's not a duck but a chicken.

From the "Malkin's Believe It Or Not" file...
CAIR, the Muslim activist group that has at least three former officials who have been indicted on charges of terrorism, money laundering or fraud, was recently welcomed by the State Department to discuss foreign policy initiatives. From Islam Online:


I hope (maybe too much) that Condoleezza Rice smacks this pandering down post haste!

Who is Condoleezza Rice?

Observer How Condoleezza Rice became the most powerful woman in the world

This is actually a pretty decent bio of Condi. I'm looking forward to seeing if she has any effect on the culture of loving other countries more than their own at State.

Rice is also a black American, yet race is rarely if ever mentioned when discussing her rise to power. In a race-obsessed society, that is an enigma. Perhaps the secret lies in her childhood in the segregated Deep South of Alabama when her home town of Birmingham was marred by racial violence and dubbed 'Bombingham'. For Rice's family did not embrace the civil rights movement in the way many other Southern blacks did. They came from a different tradition which held that simple hard work, discipline and education would bring the American Dream to black America. Her family was solidly middle class, with a father who worked as a school guidance counsellor and part-time minister and a mother who was a teacher.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Justices debate international law on TV

I sure wish I could have heard this debate. I read a ruling by SCOTUS where Justice O'Connor cited international law for the basis of her vote. I don't remember what the vote was on but at the time all I could think was and people say that judges of the left aren't activist? What does international law have to do with the US?

Excerpt:
Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday chastised the "arrogance" of U.S. judges who seek to decide politically charged questions involving gay rights and the death penalty by citing international law.

Update: This is replaying on C-Span today (Sat. 1/15) at 5:30 CST.

Psst, the Deficit Is Shrinking - Larry Kudlow

I'm really surprised by the fact that we haven't heard this in blaring above the fold headlines or in news feeds across cable news or network news or from a nonstop whining of Democrats. NOT. Why on earth would anyone want to report the truth and good news all at the same time. Why, that would wrong, just plain wrong.

Excerpt:
At this pace, the 2005 deficit is on track to drop to $355 billion from $413 billion in fiscal year 2004. As a fraction of projected gross domestic product, the new-year deficit will descend to 2.9 percent compared with last year’s deficit share of 3.6 percent.

But there’s not a single report I can find that mentions the sizable narrowing in U.S. fiscal accounts. Behind this really big budget story is the even-bigger story: The explosion in tax revenues has been prompted by the tax-cut-led economic growth of the past eighteen months.

Friday, January 14, 2005

BLACKFIVE: Aiding and Abetting the Enemy

This is just a really great essay that you shouldn't miss. He presents his case on the damage the media has caused and their abject laziness when it comes to reporting on the war in Iraq.

Excerpt from Lieutenant Colonel Tim Ryan - a Task Force (Battalion +) Commander in Iraq :
Also bothersome are references by "experts" on how "long" this war is taking. ....... Study of examples of similar socio-economic changes that took place in countries like Chile, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia and other countries with oppressive Socialist dictatorships shows that it took seven to ten years to move those countries to where they are now. There are many lessons to be learned from these transformations, the most important of which is that change doesn't come easily, even without an insurgency going on. Maybe the experts should take a look at all of the work that has gone into stabilizing Bosnia-Herzegovina over the last 10 years. We are just at the eighteen-month mark in Iraq, a place far more oppressive than Bosnia ever was.

The media serves as the glass through which a relatively small event can be magnified to international proportions, and the enemy is exploiting this with incredible ease. There is no good news to counteract the bad, so the enemy scores a victory almost every day. In its zeal to get to the hot spots and report the latest bombing, the media is missing the reality of a greater good going on in Iraq. We seldom are seen doing anything right or positive in the news. People believe what they see, and what people of the world see almost on a daily basis is negative. How could they see it any other way? These images and stories, out of scale and context to the greater good going on over here, are just the sort of thing the terrorists are looking for. This focus on the enemy's successes strengthens his resolve and aids and abets his cause. It's the American image abroad that suffers in the end.

Goin up Nort to the lake

In Minnesota (especially during the summer) when you ask someone what they are doing for the weekend they'll either say 'going to the lake' or 'going up north' which implies the lake. But, today, I have to drive to the lakes country 'up nort' (this is the Brainerd lakes area) for a funeral. Clara is the 94 yr old Mother of a good friend of mine. She was a unique lady when in her prime(which lasted well into her late 70's and early 80's) was up for almost anything. She and her daughter had travels all around the world including that place called Afghanistan. For her funeral she's staying in character since her funeral will be on a day where the temperature in the lakes region will probably be in the negative 20's for a HIGH. You'll be able to recognize me since I'll be the one that is dressed like 'Nanook' of Alaska.

Update: I've got some photo's from my little trip 'up nort'. Lets see if I can post the pic from my truck of the exterior temperature mid-morning. Success, that's a first for me. I was over at Powerline and Fraterlibertas and they were all whining about the temp so I figured why not post it. We all know this isn't the coldest it's ever been but cold is cold.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bush to Expand Tsunami Warning System- White House

Back on Dec. 29th I had a vision and in this vision was the omen of the future. Unfortunately - I was correct. Why oh why can't I do this with the stock market? Just once?

What I said:
Now I heard on Fox News some globalist is talking about how there should be a worldwide system developed for warnings of this kind. Now, just who do you think is going to pay for this? I'll give you 1 guess.

From Reuters:
The existing U.S. tsunami warning system in the Pacific includes a network of seismic monitors to measure underwater earthquakes, sea-level monitoring stations, and deep-water tsunami detection buoys.

The information gets processed at two tsunami warning centers. The one in Alaska is responsible for the West Coast of the United States and Canada.

The other, based in Hawaii, is responsible for Hawaii and 26 nations bordering the Pacific, including Indonesia and Thailand. The system, however, does not cover the Indian Ocean.

The United Nations (news - web sites) wants to be ready to launch a tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean by June 2006, with the rest of the world to follow a year later.


So if there's a tsunami event in the future, the world will then be able to "blame America" without retribution!

Mountain: Math curriculum doesn't add up

From WSJ James Taranto BOW:

This is just great:

Why Can't Johnny Add?
Schoolkids in Newton, a Boston suburb, aren't measuring up in math tests, writes Tom Mountain in the Newton Tab. Thirty-two percent of sixth-graders are in the "warning" or "needs improvement" category in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, and school officials are flummoxed:

The school department offered no tangible explanation for these declining scores other than to admit that they have no explanation, as articulated by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Carolyn Wyatt (salary $106,804), "[The results] have decreased, incrementally, each year and continue to puzzle us." She went on to admit that this downward trend is peculiar to Newton and "is not being seen statewide." Again, she offered no explanation, but she did assure the School Committee that her assistant, Math Coordinator Mary Eich (salary $101,399), is currently investigating the problem.

But according to Mountain, it turns out that between 1999 and 2001, Newton adopted an "anti-racist multicultural math" curriculum:

In 2001 [Superintendent Jeffrey] Young, Mrs. Wyatt and an assortment of other well-paid school administrators, defined the new number-one priority for teaching mathematics, as documented in the curriculum benchmarks, "Respect for Human Differences--students will live out the system wide core of 'Respect for Human Differences' by demonstrating anti-racist/anti-bias behaviors."

It continues, "Students will: Consistently analyze their experiences and the curriculum for bias and discrimination; Take effective anti-bias action when bias or discrimination is identified; Work with people of different backgrounds and tell how the experience affected them; Demonstrate how their membership in different groups has advantages and disadvantages that affect how they see the world and the way they are perceived by others . . ." It goes on and on.

"Nowhere among the first priorities for the math curriculum guidelines is the actual teaching of math," Mountain observes. "That's a distant second." It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out why Newton's kids are falling behind
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Beef always wins.: Beating ourselves up.

Rich has a great posting on a recent statement by a Congressman who is "tired" of this war and wants the US to pull out!! Go read it, now.

The Oil-for-Food Audits: A Damning Indictment of U.N. Operations in Iraq

So, the jist of the Volcker investigation/audit is that the REAL purpose of the audit was to investigate the UN Oil for Food Program and the Volcker Audit did not cover this??

Conclusion
The newly released U.N. audits further undermine the credibility of the United Nations. They provide a glimpse of the culture of mismanagement and unaccountability within the U.N. regarding the administration of the Oil-for-Food program.

The audits also further undermine the standing and reputation of Kofi Annan. They reinforce the impression that Mr. Annan either deliberately turned a blind eye to widespread failings in the Oil-for-Food program or was staggeringly incompetent. Their release will no doubt add to the mounting pressure for the Secretary General to stand down.

The U.N. audits should be considered, however, as just one part of the bigger Oil for Food puzzle, now under investigation by five Congressional committees. While the audits contribute to a broader understanding of the failings behind the administration of the world’s biggest humanitarian program, they do not shed light on the role of U.N. officials in the web of bribery and corruption spun by Saddam Hussein’s regime. Nor do the audits illustrate how Saddam attempted to influence decision-making in the U.N. Security Council in an effort to lift sanctions against Iraq. The bigger picture of Saddam’s manipulation of the Oil-for-Food program and the part played by U.N. officials will likely only be fully revealed by the Congressional investigations now underway.


So, Volcker is the person highly recommended by Colin Powell to be selected by Kofi Anan to perform an Audit of this program and after what a year of investigation what have we found out? Seems to me we already knew most of this from Claudia Rosett. This whole audit was a sham to start since Volcker had no subpoena power and interviews with UN staff was by their permission only. The Tsunami Disaster only accentuates the total abject failure of the UN.

The Diplomad

The Diplomad has a superb posting today:

Excerpt:
The UN's performance in this disaster has been a disgrace of epic proportions; it's vastly overfunded and overstaffed agencies, allegedly established to deal with precisely this type of event, are MIA. We are now in day 16 (DAY 16!) of the crisis, and the UN is still not ready to act. It is no wonder affected countries want to deal with the US and not the UN. At a minimum, the UN owes the world an apology; the entire upper echelon of the UN and its bloated agencies should resign.

I now personally avoid the comments since it's awash with at one particularly proliferous troll who is a real bore.

A Day In Iraq

Michael at A Day in Iraq has postings of his war journal from March of 2003. It's pretty good.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

CBS News Switches to Reality Gameshow Format

Came by this post from Lance in Iraq. Scrappleface writes a pretty funny story on the changing face of CBS News.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

State-wide ban on holiday light displays does go into affect on Friday, January 14th.

You would probably think this is a joke but ohhhhhh nooooo. Not in the nanny state of Minnesota. Freedom Dogs had the link to this gem!

Random community checks have been authorized and scheduled. Business and residential holiday light displays will be fined on a per bulb basis, calculated by current electrical usage and average power bill factorization tables.

So, I wonder, what if they aren't "Holiday" lights? Then just who is going to be doing the checking and fining? Un..f'g believable!


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