Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Cindy Sheehan to protest against Blue Angels air show in Maine

Alrighty, can't wait to see how this turns out for Ms. Sheehan. Protesting the Blue Angels, I'm sure it will be very effective in promoting her cause!! And it's on September 10th too, nobody will remember September 11th, 2001 I'm sure.

BRUNSWICK, Maine The woman leading protests against President Bush's conduct of the Iraq war will protest a Blue Angels air show in Brunswick, Maine, next month.

Bruce Gagnon (GAHNG'-yuhn) of Maine Veterans for Peace says Cindy Sheehan will be the featured guest at a protest outside the Brunswick Naval Air Station on September tenth.


KLTV 7 Tyler-Longview-Jacksonville, TX: Cindy Sheehan to protest against Blue Angels air show in Maine

H/T Lucianne
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina - Yup. It's Bush's Fault.

Wow - that took longer than I thought it would. I'm a little disappointed in the German politicians that they weren't quicker on the draw than this:

Germany's environmental minister Jürgen Trittin holds U.S. president George Bush responsible for hurrican Katrina.

**Sigh** Those crazy Germans just can't get over the fact that President George W. Bush won the U.S. Presidency twice. It's just eating away at them. I think the solution is for the U.S. to continue to elect a more Conservative President with each election and watch the German Politicians rot from the inside out or maybe they will just implode from the stench of their own putrid political games.

Davids Medienkritik: German Minister: Bush Responsible for Katrina

At First Glance

I get these email updates from Andy Borowitz (link from GeeDubya), he's supposed to be a comedian. I got this update today and at first glance it looks to be a parody on the MTV Music Awards. But on further thought, this looks to me to be a writeup which continues the stereotypes of those who volunteer to serve their country.

Each time I reread his email the more un-funny he sounds. What do you think?

ARMY TO RECRUIT AT MTV MUSIC AWARDS
Rappers Could Skip Firearms Training,
Pentagon Believes

Borowitz Report

One day after rap mogul Suge Knight was shot in the leg at a party celebrating the MTV Music Awards, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Army would start recruiting soldiers for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at all future installments of the popular awards show.

"We believe that the highest concentration of potential enlistees with extensive firearms experience may in fact be at the MTV Music Awards," Mr. Rumsfeld told reporters at the Pentagon. The Defense Secretary said he was "impressed" when he heard that someone at the awards party had successfully shot Mr. Knight: "If one of those fellows had good enough aim to hit Suge Knight in the leg, imagine what they could do to some of those pesky Iraqi insurgents." He said that by recruiting soldiers at the MTV Music Awards, the Army would be gaining a pool of enlistees who would require no firearms training whatsoever, saving the Pentagon and U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year.

"Teaching these guys how to use a gun would be a serious waste of time," Mr. Rumsfeld said. "It would be like teaching Courtney Love how to snort powder up her nose." While the Defense Secretary would not specify how the Army would induce rappers to enlist, he told reporters, "We are fully prepared to offer them a Cadillac Escalade, and we may throw in a ho or two as well." Elsewhere, in medical news, redheads who spend time in the sun and eat French fries and potato chips should already be dead by now.

http://www.borowitzreport.com/
andy@borowitzreport.com

Monday, August 29, 2005

Here's the Effect of the Socialist Left and Campus Politics

Nothing ever changes. If you didn't catch this link from from Blackfive, then be sure to go read about it. I really didn't believe this could happen again decades later. After hearing continually from the anti-war socialist left that they support the troops but not the war. But it was quite apparent they were lying because their logic doesn't hold water. But if you say anything to the contrary they spew rhetoric at you asserting what you're saying is they're unpatriotic. Well, in truth they are and I don't think there's anything wrong with this label on the socialist left. Here's how the 60's redux is occurring again on campus.
“A woman on campus had apparently learned I might be a Marine. When I told her I was, she said, ‘You’re a disgusting human being, and I hope you rot in hell!’ ”
This was told to a hero! A Navy Cross hero.

Wynton C. Hall & Peter Schweizer on War & Campus on National Review Online

Settling In

I won't really get settled in til my 'stuff' gets here and then I guess the fun will really begin. For starters I don't intend to unpack the majority of my things since I'll either be building a new house by Spring or buying another place. I love the property I purchased in TN but the house has a lot to be desired. I've already done the bit of bit of buying a house, gutting it and renovating it. Playing General Contractor saves alot of money but good grief it's a ton of work and that's why they make the money they do. I also found that I spent enough money to build a new home to my design and spec's. Plus, it took over 2 years of my life and I mean absorbed that 2 years. Between work and the renovation that's all I did. My computer was under plastic for 8 months. So, if building on this property isn't feasible I'll move on. I might keep the property for rental purposes and because the property could be a great investment due to location.

But at least today I got a microwave. It's the small things ok? My butt gets sore sitting on the floor when using my computer since there's no desk or table here. I also got things put away including my vehicle just in case the "storm" hits with 50 or 70 mph winds. I don't have a garage but do have a big out building or what I would call a pole barn. But the doors aren't exactly conducive to using it as a garage. I heard on the radio today that there are some schools in the Franklin area which have already cancelled school for tomorrow. I have no clue if this is overkill or not, so I won't make fun of them yet. I am listening online to my favorite radio program Hugh Hewitt via my dial up connection of 37 bps. I never thought it would work but hey it sounds good.

Herberts Depiction of Recruiters is "Horse Excrement"

Corey Last ( in a OpEd: NYT) writes a face slap to Bob Herbert's Tuesday Column about Military Recruiters.

Here's the line I liked:
Herbert also makes the negative connotation that recruiters "prey" on these kids. That is a bunch of horse excrement as well. A recruiter is a salesman, I will agree, and his job is to find people and put them in boots. Of course he is going to seek out the kids who don't have a ton of money lying around, kids from rural areas who want to get out of their small town, kids who don't have a plan.

Herbert gives recruiters a bum rap

Kudos to Corey!!
H/T Lucianne.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Snark Attack on the MainStreamMedia

I love this article. He talks about who's got force fields protecting them from the MSM and who doesn't have force fields protecting them. I think you can guess who is protected.

Here's one:
Thousands of soldiers and their families do not have force fields. They are pounded relentlessly by media mortars targeted at the war in Iraq. Even during the week Iraq passed a constitution - moving from dictatorship to democracy faster than the American Revolution - good news was shut down like one of Scotty's busted warp drives.
Bronson: I can't get past the media force field

H/T Lucianne.

In the company of heroes

Don't miss this posting from Caelestis. A friend was telling me last night of his disgust with the lack of appreciation many young men and women (and older for that matter) have for their freedom and prosperity in the U.S.A. Considering many of the places he's been many people don't even know or understand how great we Americans have it.

Caelestis:
On September 11th, 2005 it will have been four years since 9/11, most military enlistments are 4 years in length for the initial term. That means that the men and women in uniform today (a majority of them) are here because they want to be. They are here to fight and to win, the bear this out, while the Army is having a small problem with initial recruits, it is having no problems whatsoever in retaining its combat veterans.

Be sure to go read this exceptional essay of Caelestis.

The Makaha Surf Report (Forward Deployed): In the company of heroes

H/T Mudville Gazette.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Bleary Eyed But Arrived

I'm at my new home after a nice long day of driving. Nothing like a little cruise of 940 miles in a day. Got my vehicle partially unloaded, you know the important stuff like the Spreadsheet Expert and of course my computer. A big oops on telephone jacks!! One, yes that's a big ONE jack in the place. Using the dial up came up at 34 something bps. And no DSL til April of 2006. Oy!

And a big thank you to Notr for the encouraging words of the pending rain dump on the way via the current hurricane coming in from the gulf. Course, Notr if Franklin gets dumped on so does Huntsville. Just as long as it's over before the 2nd which is when my 'stuff' is supposed to be delivered. So far, I think I got awesome movers. They arrived early on Thursday. Just super people, it's a husband and wife team. I am so glad I decided to have my stuff loaded and moved by professionals. I don't think I would have survived the week if I would have been responsible for loading and/or moving the stuff. I'm just amazed everything so far has gone so smoothly. Mustang, yup, I'm trailing right behind you.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Moving Day

What a relief! The movers are here, I was finishing up as they drove up the road. I'll still have more fun later but for now I can actually sit down space out. The Spreadsheet Expert is tucked in her kennel so she doesn't stress herself out completely or get stepped on. Think I need to get a coffee, got up at 3am to finish things up.

Maybe more later.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

DHS Disavows Responsibility for Illegal Immigrant

Here's the deal: This Jimmy is an illegal immigrant and has a number of debilitating illnesses due to alcohol abuse. He's been deported 3 times previously and is 59 years old. The nursing home has contacted almost everyone from the Border Patrol to Homeland Security to Congressional Reps to the Mexican Consular. No one will do anything. The nursing home can't get paid.

Just why isn't this the responsiblity of the Department of Homeland Security? I read about this kind of story all the time. Someone calls the Border Patrol who refers them to the Department of Homeland Security who says: "Not our problem!". Well, then just what is the responsibility of DHS? I'd sure like to know because it doesn't sound to me like they do anything about illegal immigrants caught by citizens within our borders. No wonder no local police are willing to do anything about illegals. If they call DHS they will get blown off by them.

"In January, we found out his Medicaid numbers were no good. It took us until February for Social Security to tell us he was an illegal immigrant and had been deported three times. They told us unless he was a naturalized citizen, we wouldn't get paid," she said.

They recommended Scotch call the Homeland Security Department to figure out his immigration status, she said.

"I called them. I couldn't get an answer. The question was put to me: Is he a threat to national security? I said no. She said, 'I can't help you and I can't tell you where to go,'" Scotch recalled.

She has also called, among others, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Mexican consulates in Laredo and Eagle Pass, the staff of various elected officials, Real County Indigent Services and two state agencies, the Department of Aging and Disability Services and Adult Protective Services.

Calls by a reporter to the different welfare agencies confirm that Gallegos apparently falls through all the bureaucratic cracks: No agency provides long-term funding for an undocumented immigrant living at a nursing home.

My next question is why would anyone think this was a taxpayer problem to support an illegal immigrant at a nursing home?

**sigh**

MySA.com: Metro State

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

UN AmBush - Thankyou to Obstructionists Against John Bolton

To all those Democrat and Rhino Republicans obstructing the appointment of John Bolton to the UN for their own political gain which was to do anything to irritate President George W. Bush and to hell with what's good for the United States.

Frank Gaffney tells us just what the UN had planned for the September Summit Meeting and what Frank calls the UN AmBush:

  • <....>the Outcome Document would have us believe that the United Nations has a critical role to play in all world affairs. <.....>Support is also given to what amounts to an evolving permanent UN army.
  • <...>meeting all commitments and obligations under the Kyoto Protocol Signatories would agree to “maintain a moratorium on nuclear test explosions pending the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and call upon all States to sign and ratify” that treaty the commencement, without delay
  • of negotiations on…effective measures for the prevention of an arms race in outer space
  • Most egregious of all, perhaps, is the bold grab the Draft Outcome Document makes for “globotaxes” – the authority to raise revenues for UN functions by levying taxes on various international transactions.


Here's what we have with Bolton on the job:

Now that John Bolton is on the job, he is demanding that changes be made to the Outcome Document. The howls can be heard from Turtle Bay to Foggy Bottom.

And:

No less to his credit is the UN crockery Amb. Bolton broke last week by decrying the direct role played by the organization’s Development Program (UNDP) in inciting further Palestinian aggression against Israel. If the UN’s planned September AmBush is to be wholly avoided, however, John Bolton will require reinforcements. The House Majority Whip Roy Blunt helped when he secured unanimous agreement in that chamber last month to oppose any UN taxes. This legislative prohibition should be enacted as a first order of business when the Senate returns after Labor Day.


The global tax initiative by the UN encompasses airline taxes and internet taxes. Gosh, golleeeee Geeeee. Just think of all the money that could be siphoned and bribed by UN Officials. I should start to check for any job openings at the UN!

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: UN AmBush

Victor Davis Hanson and Huffington to Debate U.S. Foreign Policy

I'd sure love to see this debate. Whenever I hear or see Huffington, Zsa Zsa Gabor comes to mind and no, that's not a compliment to Arianna. Although there wasn't anything wrong with Zsa Zsa, her type just brings top mind someone who is superficial and self absorbed.

NEW YORK Tribune Media Services columnists Victor Davis Hanson and Arianna Huffington will square off in a debate about whether the U.S. is "internationalist or imperial."

The debate is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Mich. It's the first in a series of events (also taking place Oct. 6-7 and Nov. 17) on "War and Empire" hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

Huffington and Hanson are also authors, and Huffington is the namesake behind the high-profile Huffington Post group blog/news site.

First you have to question who wrote this short notification. They give almost a reverent note about Arianna's blog while at the same time never mentioning VDH's credentials. Wonder if this might be on CSPAN, could be quite entertaining. VDH backing up everything he says with "facts" and saying it in a calm, lowkey and soothing voice. Then you have Arianna, making things up as she goes along speaking in a difficult to understand accent along with what I personally find to be a 'fingernail on a chalkboard' grating voice. Like I said, this could be considered entertainment.
Huffington and Hanson to Debate U.S. Foreign Policy

H/T Lucianne.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Hollywood's Jihad Against Republicans

What an outstanding article, I almost felt a dejavu moment from Saturday night in reading his story.

I’m a Republican. A heretofore secret Hollywood Republican. I know men and women who are heavy drug addicts and they have no problem finding employment in Hollywood. I know men and women who are gambling addicts and they work pretty regularly. There’s even a director who was arrested for child molestation and yet was hired by Disney — yes, Disney — to helm a picture, and people defended this decision by saying even child molesters have a right to work. I would bet my bottom dollar that all these people are on the correct side of the political
spectrum. They are liberal democrats.

<....>It is, I kid you not, a badge of honor in Hollywood to hate America. These airheads who have amassed millions through the free market economy constantly spout nonsense about the need for a Scandinavian style socialist government. They don’t even know that the Scandinavian countries are economic basket cases. I’m not making this up. They actually cruise Sunset Strip in their Bentleys and accuse Republicans of being greedy.

<....>In fact, these Hollywood executives do not deal in or care about truth. Did I mention that they are all active Democrats who consider Republicans war mongers, racists, homophobes and just plain evil idiots?

JewishPress.com > News > View Article

H/T Lucianne.

In Iraq, Grace takes amazing hold

Katherine Kerstin is The Star Tribune's attempt at diversity (political) but her column's scope is a conservative view on the local area only. I do love the fact that Katherine was able to get a "good news" story on the editorial page about Iraq though.

Pastor Ghassan Thomas was overjoyed on April 9, 2003, when coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein. For four years, in the face of relentless persecution, he had operated an underground Christian church of about 50 members in the heart of Baghdad.

Saddam's police had tortured him repeatedly, Thomas says -- beating him, suspending him from a ceiling fan and attaching electrodes to his tongue.

Though Saddam's fall brought an end to official persecution, it also brought challenges. The living quarters where Thomas' fledgling flock had worshipped couldn't accommodate his swelling congregation, and he lacked resources to address their daunting needs.

<.....>In December 2003 in Jordan, an acquaintance introduced Thomas to Dave Gibson, pastor of missions and outreach at Eden Prairie's evangelical Grace Church.

"I was profoundly moved when Ghassan told me about his congregation's plight and their courage," says Gibson. "I knew we had to come alongside and help."

Back in Eden Prairie, Gibson marshaled Grace Church's formidable resources to "make it happen" in Baghdad. Grace Church folks -- 4,000 strong -- have practice
aiding churches in countries with little freedom to worship: They've got sister churches in Vietnam and Cuba.


Grace underwrote a new 700-seat worship space in Baghdad, and stayed in weekly contact with Thomas as his congregation brought it to life.

Good for Katherine! She even got some news about the wonderful things our Military people have done for this church and school.

In Iraq, Grace takes amazing hold

H/T Powerline.

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Politics, War, Military, Economics and Mainstream America

Last night I had a little fire (and yes this time it was a 'little' fire) mostly to burn some scrap wood and alot of paper from cleaning things out for my move. I invited a couple of my neighbors over to have a nice little gathering before I moved on. I have to admit I was the one who opened Pandora's box this time although it was inadvertant. We had been talking about fireworks and I mentioned the amazing pyrogenics from the video "Attack on Ammo Dump in Iraq" (see sidebar for link to my video site). My friend and realtor Ginny is the only Conservative in the group although her hubby is somewhat Conservative but he hates any talk of politics so he left soon after the talk began.

These are not left wing nutcases ala Michael Moore just to be clear. One of the people was the son of my next door neighbors who was visiting from San Francisco along with his GF whose from the Philippines (I think). Most of these people get their information from: Network news, Star Tribune or CNN.

Here's a sampling of the opinions held and I will admit to having a wine or two so I'm sure there's a few missed.

  • President George W. Bush will be known in history as the worst President EVER. William Jefferson Clinton will be known as the best President EVER.
  • George W. Bush is stoopid and unintelligent.
  • The Iraq War has no connection whatsoever to Islamofascistic Terror. (ok, I labeled that one cause that term would never come out of any of their mouths).
  • CNN is the best news outlet. FOX News Lies and is nothing but a bunch of neo-cons.
  • Muslims in the Middle East aren't capable of having a democracy. I debated the point of freedom and liberty but that was rejected.
  • China is not capable of having any kind of free and open government. It's not in their nature! (note: regarding this view of Middle Eastern Muslims and China this view came from the son who is from S.F. and is also Black. That is what I found to be incredulous and he never saw the irony in his statements).
  • Cindy Sheehan should be able to talk with the President at any time she would like since it's President George W. Bush's fault her son is dead. Her son was coerced to re-enlist and never knew he'd end up back in Iraq.
  • Bill Gates is evil and greedy.
  • Did I mention Bill Gates is evil and greedy?
  • The wealthy never create jobs and income isn't earned. Capitalists are evil. Unions are good.
  • The Iraq War is all about Oil and that's why oil/gas prices are so high.
  • It's a lie that MN's unemployment rate is under 4%.
  • The Kelo decision (they didn't call it that, it was referred to as the emminent domain ruling) was the fault of President George W. Bush and the conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Even after this was refuted the belief was this was still Bush's fault.
  • All military members come from poor families. There is only a very small minority from middle to upper income level families.
  • The US shouldn't be sending any of our miltiary to the Middle East and this war is a failure. When asked about Bosnia and how long the US has had troops there, that was a different situation.
  • Former President Clinton didn't really do anything wrong except for screwing around in the White House.

So, are you getting the gist of the effect of disinformation has on regular folks in middle America? I am sometimes so in my own little world of getting my news information from the internet that I forget the majority of people will always only get one side of the story and that's good enough for them. I'm ok in counteracting economic misinformation but get me on the subject of the war and military and I lose my temper with people who have no clue what is happening there. My friend Ginny has the patience of Jobe when it comes to this. All in all, none of it matters though. There were no minds changed nor the possiblity of thinking the MSM are not getting both sides of a story presented.

It was a perfect evening with a full moon, no breeze and the temp was cool. Like an ealy fall evening. Too bad it was marred by the political discussion. Here's a couple pics I tried to take on a time delay. I've now discovered how still everyone has to be for the picture not to be blurred at all.


Minutemen Founder Running for Congress!

There's a special election for Chris Cox's seat in Californian on October 6th. Cox accepted the job of SEC Chairman. Jim Gilchrist of the Minutemen is running for the seat as a member of the American Independence Party. This could get interesting since John Campbell is also running for the seat as the Republican candidate. As those who listen to Hugh Hewitt, John is a regular visiter and friend of Hugh's. I'm pulling for Jim Gilchrist. I think Tom Tancredo needs a few more allies in his battle to protect our borders in Congress.
Polipundit has more info and links.

PoliPundit.com Minutemen Founder Running for Congress!
H/T Powerlineblog News.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Company of Heroes - Greg Palkot of Fox News

I have to hand it to Fox News. Apparently somebody is doing a search to find any blogs which had posted about the "Company of Heroes" special from last Saturday night. I got this in my email last night:

Gaffney, Brian
mailto:Brian.Gaffney_at_foxnews_dot_com
10:18 pm

I am the executive producer of the "Company of Heroes" program that ran last week on Fox News Channel.I am writing to thank you on behalf of Greg Palkot, Jon Scott and the rest of our team for the kind words you wrote about our documentary.We received an overwhelmingly favorable response from viewers who watched. Many asked us to repeat it. So we're re-running the program on Sunday, September 4 at 8p eastern.Thought you would like to know.
Brian Gaffney
Executive Producer - DocumentariesFox News Channel


So, here's your chance to catch this documentary if you missed it.

Originally posted August 14, 2005.
Anybody see the 2 hour followup special by Palkot to the Nov. battle of Fallujah? After packing all day I kinda collapsed on the couch and watched the special. He really did do a great job of focusing on the heroics and character of the Marines including Captain Brian Chontosh and India Company. If it's replayed take the time to watch. I have not really been a fan of Palkot due to some of the statements he's made about the war and politics in general. But after watching this special I developed a new respect for Palkot and his camera person. They were in the thick of it with India Company.

FOXNews.com - FOX Fan - Reporter's Notebook: Company of Heroes
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The Great Raid

I'm really sorry I haven't been able to see this yet. There aren't many movies I make an effort to actually go see, but I think this will be one. Haven't been a big movie goer for 15 years. I took my Dad to see Miracle on Ice a couple of years ago and it had probably been a couple years then since I'd been in a movie theater. I rarely even rented movies, but I do enjoy DVD's and the ease of getting them now. I like to see historical movies which correctly dramatize history and not revisionist history. I long ago was tired of the revisionism which occurred with the war with Japan. I hate that schools teach the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were acts of aggression by the US against Japan. How can one learn from history if the truth of history is never taught? As much as Japan is an ally today, the Japanese were cruel and brutal almost along the scope of the Islamofascists of today. There was no care for life whatsoever.

Apparently this movie, "The Great Raid" does a fairly accurate portrayal of the cruelty and depravity of the Japanese military and culture during WWII from what I've read and heard.

Despite its flaws, The Great Raid teaches some important lessons. First, it accurately documents the sheer brutality of the Japanese army, and in doing so offers the American people a real image of prisoner abuse. No supposed Quran desecration or underwear-on-the-head here; no, this was indiscriminate torture and killing, done with the calculated indifference of serial killers.

Second, it further vindicates President Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. August 15 marked the 60th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in WWII, something that wouldn’t have been possible without atomic weapons.

The Japanese were prepared to fight to the death. Had the U.S. invaded the island, the death toll – both American and Japanese – would have dwarfed the more than 200,000 killed in the nuclear attacks. Truman’s choice was difficult but clear: he had to save lives by ending lives. And lest we forget, it took two bombs to force a Japanese surrender.


Don't miss this one. From Michael Medved's interview with the director the other day the movie uses real black and white movie reels from that time.

Steve Muscatello: The Great Raid

Ollie North on "Able Danger" or was it "Enabling Danger"

There's quite a few blogs like Powerline, Captains Quarters and Michelle Malkin which have been covering this information. Ollie also spoke with Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer. Of course, most of this you won't read about in NYTs, LATs, Mpls. Strib or Wash Post because this just doesn't fit their agenda. They all LOVE Richard Clark and Jamie Gorelick and oh of course anyone from the Clinton Administration. Good grief, these newspapers can't even find space to report on the Air America scandal where AA took $875k from a non-profit for children and Alzeheimers patients.
LTC Shaffer was part of an undercover counter-terrorism unit code-named "Able Danger." When I spoke with him earlier this week he told me that the group, created in 1999, used open source "data mining" technology to identify and track terrorists. In 2000, the Able Danger unit identified the Al Qaeda cell led by Mohamed Atta, holed up in New Jersey . A year later, Atta and his fellow jihadists -- Khalid al-Mihdhar, Marwan al-Shehhi, and Nawar al-Hamzi -- would carry out the 9-11 attacks.

According to LTC Shaffer, on three separate occasions, officers in the Able Danger unit tried to pass information on the Atta-al Qaeda cell to the FBI but were blocked by military lawyers because of concerns about the legality of collecting information on foreign terror suspects in the United States.

This is Gorelick's wall from her days in Justice under AG Janet Reno. Hopefully just like the Church committee became synonymous with the restrictions and watering down of the CIA, "Gorelick's Wall" will become known as one of the prime reasons for the surprise attack on the United States on September 11th, 2001.

Finally, Ollie asks:
All of these questions need to be answered for the 9-11 Commission to be considered as something other than a whitewash for the Clinton administration. Most importantly -- has the Bush administration solved the "communications problems" evident in the Able Danger case? If not, then we have learned nothing from the murders of 9-11.

Oliver North: Enabling Danger
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Self Portrait Friday - What Stresses You Out?

I don't know how Katy continues to come up with her ideas for SPF, she's the IDEA person! Since last week was what relaxes you, this week it's what stresses you. The current stress for me is packing up my house which also means I'll be away from SPF for a couple weeks I'm sure. I'm having movers load, move and unload my stuff, so I'll be in TN to meet the movers hopefully mid-week before Labor Day. Then I have to come back to MN, work a day, go to my Parents for their actual wedding anniversary day, go back to Mpls, work a couple days and finally drive back to TN to stay. So, my life will be what? In transition. This across state move is a new one for me so I'm guessing I'll be missing all sorts of details which will eventually work themselves out and hopefully will do so without too much of a PITA situation. This is all so much fun, I actually have tried each day to just keep a smile on my face since this helps to keep me upbeat. Turn on the music and just bebop around packing boxes. Yesterday I lost the smile when I was taking this yard thingy apart and I got a really nice wood sliver stuck halfway under one of my fingernails. Youch...that hurt! Couldn't even swear a few since the nephew was there. Anyway, here's my stress mess.
Go to Katy's place with her NEW look and check out the other posters for SPF.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

She Does Not Speak for Me

Ronald Griffin wants us to know that his son who died in Iraq did not die in vain and that Ms. Sheehan does not speak for him.


I grieve with Mrs. Sheehan, for all too well I know the full measure of the agony she is forever going to endure. I honor her son for his service and sacrifice. However, I abhor all that she represents and those who would cast her as the symbol for parents of our fallen soldiers.

He also says:

Mrs. Sheehan has become the poster child for all the negativity surrounding the war in Iraq. In a way it heartens me to have all this attention paid to her, because that means others in her position now have the chance to be heard. Give equal time to other loved ones of fallen heroes. Feel the intensity of their love, their pride and the sorrow.

Unfortunately, I don't think the MSM will provide equal time to all of those Mr. Griffin has mentioned in his opinion piece. Mr. Griffin's opinion doesn't fit the MSM's agenda of promoting an anti-war, anti-military and anti-George Bush slant.

OpinionJournal - Featured Article
Mr. Griffin is the father of Spc. Kyle Andrew Griffin, a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star, who was killed in a truck accident on a road between Mosul and Tikrit on May 30, 2003.

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Oh The Horror. The Humiliation. Many French Can't Take Summer Holiday!

This is just outrageous. How can the French possibly put up with this, after all isn't "Holiday" a European absolute? I think the Americans should take up a collection for all of the poor, poor French so they get in their traditional "Holiday". Yeah, right! I don't think I've ever taken more than 10 consecutive days off (including the weekends) ever. But with the Euro's this is standard fair to take at least a month holiday. Back in the early ninety's the company I was with bought a Canadian division of IBM. They had one year to convert to new systems and that's where I came in. My boss said "oh, it'll only take 5 months tops and you won't have to travel to Toronto but 3 or 4 times". Sure. Uhuh. Right. One year later and traveling every freakin week to Toronto (sometimes I'd just be there for 3 weeks straight). We had a project plan and timeline but in a meeting someone would pop up with "oh, btw, I'll be on holiday tomorrow." Stoopid me thinking ok, so you can get it done in a week? Nooooo. They'd be gone for a month to 6 weeks. Going to oh Scotland, or Argentina or Ireland or wherever. I'm stuck doing this slackers work.

From the article:
With unemployment hovering at 10 percent, a growing number of French can no longer afford a traditional August getaway -- a summer ritual that symbolizes the good life a la francaise.

"Holidays have gotten very expensive, and more and more employed people who used to go find that they can't anymore," said Jean Froidure, a tourism expert at the University of Toulouse. He called the trend "very worrisome."

"The vacation is a potent symbol in French society, a visible sign of a certain social standing," Froidure said. "Not going on vacation can cause people to lose confidence not only in their own future, but also in French society in general.


Get this, it's a self esteem issue for the French. Here, I have some advice. Why don't the French get off their bony little butts and get rid of their socialist government and try the free market system for a change. Sorry, pensions won't be as enticing, nor will there be 7 weeks of holiday a year. But, you'd probably have a job.

Here's some numbers:
All European nations guarantee employees between four and five weeks' paid vacation a year. The United States and Australia are the only industrialized countries without national minimums on the length of vacations, according to the International Labor Organization.

The French average seven weeks of paid vacation a year -- two more than the country's labor laws stipulate. They work an average of 1,441 hours per year, compared with 1,661 hours for the British, and 1,824 for Americans, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports.


Now lets see, what country has the strongest economy of those listed? Hmmm. Looks like the American economy. But then the lefty Neo-Socialists of the United States would say oh but look at how wonderful Europe is? Morons.

But as the French do they'll have a little Whine with their cheese.

CNN.com - Vacations out of reach for some French - Aug 17, 2005

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

FBI "Whistleblower" To Join Ms. Sheehan in Crawford

Well - isn't this interesting. The whistleblower with no agenda against the Bush Administration is joining the left wing anti-war activists in Crawford, TX. Gee, couldn't be cause she's running for Congress now could it? Colleen Rowley is running against Rep. John Kline (Lt. Col. USMC retired) in 2006. This should be interesting since Rep. Kline has a pretty solid standing in his district which includes the the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Rowleys antics might go over real well if she were running in one of the core cities but she's not!

Excerpt:
Rowley, now a Democratic candidate for Congress, and Sen. Becky Lourey will join a protest initiated by Cindy Sheehan, whose own son died in Iraq last year. Sheehan started the vigil Aug. 6, coinciding with Bush's summer vacation. She has said she won't leave until the president meets with her.

Rowley said Tuesday that she and Lourey would leave Thursday and stay at least through Sunday, sleeping in a tent at the site. They are paying their own way, she said.

<...>Rowley, a former special agent in the FBI's Minneapolis office, gained fame in 2002 for her criticism of FBI leadership. She said officials failed to act on information that cast suspicion on some Sept. 11 hijackers in the months before they carried out their attacks, and was later named one of Time magazine's people of the year for her efforts.

Now challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican, Rowley has emerged as a harsh critic of the war in Iraq.

This woman is nothing but a media whore. I have absolutely no respect for her whatsoever.

Rowley, Lourey to join demonstration at Bush ranch

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Feeling Frustrated? Sign Out An Activist From The Library

This is out of Sweden....go figure. Can these countries get any loonier? I should add that if this were say someplace like San Francisco it wouldn't surprise me either.
IF you're one of those people who thinks all lesbians are sexually frustrated or all animal rights activists aggressive, then a Swedish library project that allows you to "borrow" a human being rather than a book may provide some useful insight.

The Living Library project will enable people to come face-to-face with their prejudices in the hopes of altering their preconceived notions, Ulla Brohed of the Malmoe Library in southern Sweden said. "You sometimes hear people's prejudices and you realise that they are just uninformed," she said.

This weekend, nine people, including a homosexual, an imam, a journalist, a Muslim woman and a gypsy, will be available at the Malmoe Library for members of the public to "borrow" for a 45 minute conversation in the library's outdoor cafe.

"Maybe not all journalists are know-it-all and sensationalist, just unafraid and curious. Maybe not all animal rights activists are angry and intolerant, but intelligent and committed," she said.

The nine "items" on loan were not hard to find, Ms Brohed said, but admitted they would be paid "a small sum" for their efforts.

If the project is a success, the Malmoe Library may run it again later this year.

Library launches 'borrow a person' World Breaking News Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au (17-08-2005)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Lordy Help Us If An American Newspaper Supported A Patriotic Event

How pathetic is it that the Washington Post says it cannot promote the Freedom Walk planned for Sept. 11th to remember the victims of Sept. 11th and Support The Troops.

The Washington Post announced yesterday that it will back out of a controversial co-sponsorship of a Pentagon-organized event next month to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and support the troops in Iraq.

"As it appears that this event could become politicized, The Post has decided to honor the Washington area victims of 9/11 by making a contribution directly to the Pentagon Memorial Fund," said Eric Grant, a Post spokesman. "It is The Post's practice to avoid activities that might lead readers to question the objectivity of The Post's news coverage."


Well, I've got news for the Wa Post, I already do question their objectivity and patriotism.

The Post's participation was criticized by members of the antiwar movement and by journalists in the paper's own newsroom who posted messages on an internal electronic discussion board. These critics said the co-sponsorship could hurt the paper's credibility in covering the war and antiwar demonstrations.

So participating in promoting a tribute to the victims of Sept. 11th is political?? Isn't it interesting that the anti-war 'peaceniks' are against a tribute to victims of a violent attack. There's gotta be a bit of irony in this!

"Post news employees are subject to disciplinary action for participating in political activities that may be perceived as revelatory of personal opinions or bias," said a resolution passed earlier yesterday by the leadership of The Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. "The Washington Post itself should be held to the same high standard. . . . The Guild supports The Post's stated intention of honoring the nation's veterans, including those who have served in Iraq. But the Post undermines this goal by lending its support to a political event that links the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to the war in Iraq -- a link that The Post, in its reporting, has shown to be false."

This statement by "The Guild" is hilarious at best. What a load of crapola, this coming from a Guild which makes unsubstantiated accusations against our Soldiers as deliberately targeting to kill reporters in Iraq.

Post Drops Plan to Promote Pentagon Event

Republican Women Are Hotter!

Indian Chris at Rightwingminded put this together for Hooah Wife who was gracious enough to share with all. So, I took her up on it.

Mark Yost Vindicated. Knight-Ridder Indicted!

I think this is one of the better take downs on Mark Yost's behalf that I've read. Just in case you aren't aware of the circumstances....Mark (he's an editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press) wrote a column saying the MSM reporting on Iraq was lacking.

Mary Katherine Ham on Mark Yost's column:

Odd, that’s almost exactly what Yost said. His column was called, “Why They Hate Us,” in reference to those servicemen and women who feel they’re unfairly represented by the press corps. The media’s response to “Why They Hate Us” offers many new lessons in that same vein, if the media is willing to listen. Here are the Six Golden Rules I gleaned from it.

BTW - Yost is a Navy veteran. Gee, ya think maybe that's why there's such a firestorm around his column?

Mary Katharine Ham: Yost, a Navy veteran himself, was getting a jarringly different picture of the war from friends returning from combat than he was seeing in the pages of his own paper.

Here Mrs. Greyhawk was gracious enough to link this posting in her Dawn Patrol and I forgot to note the link to Mudville's Open Post. Which reminds me to thank Mrs. G for her Dawn Patrol. This is a tremendous commitment she has made to all of us in accumulating a list of current postings and articles on a daily basis.

Monday, August 15, 2005

New Comic Book - Combat Zone

Considering it's Karl Zinsmeister (he was embedded with the 82nd Airborne during the Iraq war and wrote two excellent books about the experience, Boots On the Ground and Moon Over Baghdad) who wrote this comic book it sounds pretty interesting. The art looks great too. Check out Powerline for the details.

Power Line: Combat Zone

Linked to The Mudville Gazette Open Posting for 8/14.

Mom and Daughter in Iraq Meet Up

This is just a cool human interest story:

ALI BASE, Iraq, Aug. 12, 2005 — Airman 1st Class Catherine Dilena did not know what to think when her first sergeant dropped by her office and told her to stand by to meet with him in a few minutes.

Nervously, the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron client support administrator here waited for him to return, mentally running through a checklist of reasons why he would want to speak with her.

A few minutes later, instead of chatting with her first sergeant, she received a counseling session of sorts from an unexpected visitor — her mom.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Catherine Dilena Sheri Dilena - DefendAmerica News

Sunday, August 14, 2005

WA State Workers - Join Union or Be Fired!

Here's an interesting tidbit from this story about the Wa. Governor and this Union:

After taking office this year, Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire (search) gave state workers a raise and then gave the union the power to have any worker fired who didn't either join or fork over a representation fee of up to $45 per month.

and:
Union leaders say they're even-handed when it comes to political donations, but the numbers from the 2004 election tell a different story. Seventy-five percent of the union's candidate contributions went to Democrats. The union also gave $200,000 to the Democratic Governors Association and paid $250,000 to the state Democratic Party to underwrite the third vote count that finally put Gregoire into office.
FOXNews.com - Politics - Washington Workers Union Flexes Muscle

H/T Lance in Iraq.

Course then we have the imminent strike at Northwest Airlines by the Mechanics Union where Northwest Airlines in readying for the strike with replacement workers has been accused with Union Busting. Considering that the unions have for years been holding a gun to the heads of Airlines with demands of increasing pay, benefits and pensions, this was a "Union Bubble" which was bound to burst when the pensions came to fore in large numbers. Unions are an outgrowth of the communist party and continue to drive their agenda based on communist beliefs. States will rue the day that all state workers went "union". What is and has happened with the Airline Industry will also happen with states - union busting. In todays marketplace unions are dinousars doomed to extinction.

Dr. Laura: Enlisted Kid's Mom

For as strident as Dr. Laura can be, her reaction and response to this announcement from her son was not a surprise.

Her only child, Deryk Schlessinger, dropped by her studio a few months ago to tell her that he was joining the Army and that he planned to try for Special Forces.

<...> When her son announced his plans, Dr. Laura instantly replied, "That is a brilliant choice."

She meant it. "I brought my son up to be a warrior," Dr. Laura said in an interview with the LA Daily News. "I think what he's doing is so important, and so noble, that I'm willing to face what I need to face. I'm so proud to have produced someone with such character -- willing to put his life on the line.”


Jacey Eckhart: Enlisted Kid's Mom

Linked to The Mudville Gazette Open Posting for 8/12.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

VALOUR-IT

Thanks Barbette for the H/T to Sgt. B's posting.

Sgt. B (The Gun Line):
So there you are, just another ground pounder walking the dusty streets of Basra on a civil patrol, not really looking for the bad guys, just making sure everything is calm.

It's oppressively hot, and you feel the sweat dripping down your spine beneath your Interceptor body armor. The sun beats down on your kevlar helmet, and a thought flits through your memory that this is kinda like last summer's football camp, between your junior and senior year in high school, when it was so damned hot, but the coach made you practice anyway. As your eyes flit over your surroundings, you wonder whatever happened to that pretty girl that used to work at the internet cafe just down the-

WHAM!

Half-remembered sounds, and a miasma of blurred images is all you remember.

Be sure to go read the rest.

The Gun Line: VALOUR-IT

Friday, August 12, 2005

Fumento on Bochco's "Over There"

Here's a couple of salient points Fumento makes:
Particularly appalling to me was a slam against Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). It simply fails to show up to disarm a vehicle packed with enough explosives to blow up Rhode Island. I was embedded with the EOD unit of the 8th Engineer Support Battalion at Camp Fallujah. They react to calls with the speed of firefighters (or Domino's pizza) and coolly and professionally carry out some of the most dangerous jobs of the war.
And:
There have got to be a thousand true inspiring stories of courage and kindness by coalition troops during the war, but don't expect to see them on "Over There." The wealthy Mr. Bochco certainly had the resources to tour Iraq before slandering our military and turning FX into the Al Jazeera Channel. But he didn't. Perhaps he was afraid of seeing what the real truth is over there.
Michael Fumento: Bochco's Botched and Biased "Over There"

Self Portrait Friday - Relaxing!

For this SPF I'm doing it a bit different due to the theme. I'm in a transition so my usual methods for relaxation are changing. For summertime, I love boating and the water and just like to sit outside listening to the sounds or having a nice 'little' fire. So, I looked in my archive of pictures for today.

There's nothing like a nice day out on the lake, or getting home from work and taking the boat out for a little puttering around the lake. The white boat at the far dock was my first boat but after I almost took out my boat slip while a friend was standing on the dock with his one year old (ahem) I decided maybe a smaller boat would be a better fit for me and that's the little yellow Searay Cuddy.
Or I love to have a "little" recreational fire with friends or family. If I'm lucky my brother or nephew will bring their guitars and strum a few songs. Isn't my fire awesome!! My Dad was fretting big time once I lit the fire. I did have a water hose at hand. Luckily the water patrol and local police didn't notice. **grin**
Btw - click to enlarge the pictures.

Go to Katy's place to see what the others are posting for their favorite thing to do to relax.

There's: Erik, Medic's Wife in Paradise, Chevy Rose, A Military Mom, Jane, Sheri, Jennifer, Mama Duck and Stacy Lee.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Click For Chris Muir and His Sister

For some reason I rarely join the ranks of cancer cures for this or that. Sounds callus, yes it probably does. Guess I chose my cause with supporting our Troops and figured there were enough of all political stripes supporting every disease or disorder out there. BUT, since I'm a fan of Chris Muir and admire his strip to the nth, I'm going to promote his Clik4Cathy. Why? For one thing it's for his sister. Another reason? All he's looking for is traffic to a website to promote a particular clinic. My prayers and thoughts go to Chris's sister in her struggle.

So - get on the stick and Clik4Cathy!!

Day By Day by Chris Muir, cartoon for: 8/10/2005

An apology, heartfelt by a real hero

This "Letter of Apology" was written by Lieutenant General Chuck Pitman, US Marine Corps, Retired:

"For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day massacre.

I humbly offer my opinion here:

I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.).

I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after 9/11.

I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs.

I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships.

I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth.

I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques, and government-controlled media.

I am sorry that Yassar Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and high-jacked the Palestinian "cause."

I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians.

I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems.

I am sorry that our own left wing, our media, and our own brainwashed masses do not understand any of this (from the misleading vocal elements of our society like radical professors, CNN and the NY TIMES).

This retired Lt. General has alot of good "I am sorry's".

A Redleg's Perspective: An apology, heartfelt by a real hero

Check out a few other postings at Redleg07 he's got a few other good lists and stories like:

The 1 weapon necessary for victory
Who is reading what
Aviator funnies
One last fling
Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Posting. Also, thanks Mrs. Greyhawk for the link in Friday's Dawn Patrol.

Just Buy Your Own Tank - That's What This Knoxville Man Did - Cool!

I just found this so interesting. People are so amazing sometimes. Lance in Iraq posted a link to this story.

Even as a child, Benton Bryan had always wanted a tank. A big one, say a main battle tank, one that could blow something up, or just pulverize a building.

I can't do this story justice so just go read it. If you need a login and password I got smokey@direcway.com and harbin from Bug Me Not (see side bar for link) which worked fine.

KnoxNews: Brown: 'Real men drive tanks'

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Man Who Started The Beef Jerky Wars Quits!!

Yup - the maker of the Sizzle List, the man who put together the Golden Rules of Care Packages, the man who started the Beef Jerky War is quitting. I thought it was only fitting that he be exposed as the poser he has turned out to be! It's shameful I tell you. Shameful.

He set up all of his blog readers to stick with him and be loyal and then what does he do?
Well, everyone, I've got BIG NEWS. Sit down. Take a breath. Breeeaaathe. Yep, this is BIG. BIGGER even than the season finale of 'I wanna be a Hilton'. What the hell happened to Network TV while I was gone anyway?? Who the hell would wanna be a stupid nose-picking jillionaire who thinks Buffalo Wings are made from Buffaloes. Ahhh, shut up, I know that's Jessica. The show should be called "I Wanna Be An No Talent Moron who does nothing and gets Paid to look stupid". But I digress...I will be shutting down The National Guard Experience indefinitely. Yeah, you're reading this right. Kaput. Finito. B-bye. Writing a daily blog is too much of an ordeal. It's a beeotch. Logging in, writing, pressing the Publish button, then reading comments from some crackheads who have nothing better to do than listen to my self-absorbed chit-chat about meaningless things. I was the shizzle of Milbloggers.

What can I say but I warned him I had this photo and would use it in dire circumstances, well those circumstances are here! Here he even went and set up another blog called Hoohah along with email notifications for updates. So, now he tells us he will be writing a weekly column for Operation Truth - HA! He wouldn't know the truth if it slapped him in the kisser.

BTW , best wishes and good luck to you JP. You get what you give, right JP. You provided alot of fun to many while it lasted with your sarcastic and biting sense of the droll. Take care of Goofy now.

Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post.

25 ways you know you're a military spouse

A few on this list make you outright laugh.

Hooker's Girl has reprinted the list from Army Times. Here's a couple to wet your whistle and to stop and say hey to them.
1. You yell at your kids by saying, "Don't make me email your father/mother!"

2. Your neighbors know you but have never seen your active duty spouse.

3. Your conversations are sprinkled with the acronyms PCS, TAD, LES, etc., and you know what they mean.

The Hooker and his Girl: 25 ways you know you're a military spouse

Binnie to Iraq: Credible or Incredible

To qualify, this story is from Debka. But there appears to be some substance behind the story.

Coded electronic signals bandied in recent days among al Qaeda Middle Eastern elements across secret Internet sites all carry the same message: the supreme leader, Osama bin Laden, has come out of hiding in Afghanistan and set out, or is about to set out, for Iraq.
<.....>
Some of the signals schedule his date of arrival as the second half of September when Ramadan is estimated to begin. His arrival in Iraq is planned to signal the launching of the biggest offensive his organization has ever launched against the US army.
<.....>
The signals cap a secret exchange of messages in recent weeks in which al Qaeda’s Iraq commander Abu Musab al –Zarqawi attempted to persuade bin Laden to leave Afghanistan and take command of the Ramadan offensive in Iraq. Zarqawi argued the importance of his transferring from Afghanistan to Iraq on two grounds: to boost al Qaeda’s standing as it embarks on an “offensive whose scale and importance rival the September 2001 operation.” and in the interests of his own personal safety.

Zarqawi stressed, according to our sources, that bin Laden will be safer in Iraq than in Afghanistan – an indication of Jordanian terrorist’s inflated self-confidence.

It should be interesting to see if Debka is correct on this one!

DEBKAfile - Osama bin Laden Looks Like Heading for Iraq

Monday, August 08, 2005

It Never Ends....Winter Soldier To Be Rereleased

Will John Kerry ever go away?? Apparently the loonies of the 60's and 70's refuse to let go. This 95 minute movie will be released. Here's how the NYT's refers to it:
Like a live hand grenade brought home from a distant battlefield, the 34-year-old antiwar documentary "Winter Soldier" has been handled for decades as if it could explode at any moment.

Now, the 95-minute film - which has circulated like 16-millimeter samizdat on college campuses for decades but has never been accessible to a wide audience - is about to get its first significant theatrical release in the United States, beginning on Friday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. (Other bookings, including Chicago, Detroit, Hartford and Minneapolis, can be found at www.wintersoldierfilm.com.)

Its distributors say that the war in Iraq has made the Vietnam-era film as powerful as when it was new, and its filmmakers are calling it eerily prescient of national embarrassments like the torture at Abu Ghraib.

So, do you get it now? It's to emphasize the "torture" at Abu Ghraib. The NYT's can't seem to find any space to write about the Air American scandal of ripping off tax dollars from a non-profit helping "The Children" and Alzheimer patients but tell them about something that might bring Abu Ghraib back into the headlines and whoopee here we go again.

Film Echoes the Present in Atrocities of the Past - New York Times
Link from Lucianne.com.
Linked to Mudville Gazette Open Post.

VDH - Torn Apart Over Iraq

Nobody consolidates and narrows the landscape on the war on Islamic Terrorists better than Victor Davis Hanson. He takes all of the different views, arguments, odd fellow alliances, contradictions into one simmering observation with a personal conclusion:
My own view remains absolutely unchanged — that we were right, in both a practical and a moral sense, in removing Saddam, that despite depressing lows and giddy highs, the democratic reconstruction of Iraq will work out, that an emerging constitutional government will make both Americans safer and the Middle East in general more stable, that preexisting jihadists are flocking to Iraq and being defeated rather than being created ex nihilo, that anti-Americanism will gradually subside in the Muslim world as millions see that we are consistent in our support of democratic reform, that the United States military has proved itself the preeminent fighting force in the world today and is on the offensive in Iraq and winning a difficult asymmetrical campaign, and that old allies in Europe and Japan and new ones from India to Russia will slowly come to appreciate American constancy and leadership as never before.
Go read the rest!

Victor Davis Hanson on War on National Review Online

Key Militant Websites Temporarily Disabled by Hacker

Now I just wonder who the hackers were who did this naughty little deed!

Here's the message they left:
Visitors to the two militant forums were greeted with the image of a vampire, the signature and e-mail address of "Ghost XXXV", and the following message: "yOuR sItE hAs bEeN hAcKeD... You Can Run But You Can't Hide. Astalavista Baby!"

The Counterterrorism Blog: Key Militant Websites Temporarily Disabled by Hacker

Sunday, August 07, 2005

CJ Answers Questions for Mother of Soldier Who Died in Iraq

CJ writes a compassionate yet blunt answer to a Mother whose Soldier Son died in Iraq. Mrs. Sheehan blames President Bush instead of the terrorist for his death.

The Questions:
From reading the article, I gathered that there are at least two questions that you demand answers to: Why did [President Bush] kill your son? What did he die for?

A Soldier's Perspective

Update - August 9th: Notr at Rofasix has his own version of a letter to Mrs. Sheehan. It's interesting since CJ wrote his letter there's been a stream of additional information which has come out on Mrs. Sheehan. Looks like she has a talent for fiction and exaggeration and is not beyond using the death of her son to promote herself and her anti-war/hate Bush agenda. I think this woman has gone to side of the Michael Moore-ons in making a buck off of the blood of Soldiers. Sounds harsh but I believe it's true.
What your son died for Ms. Sheehan

'Military Idol' Competition Begins on Army Installations

Get your voice pipes in working order. From the postings on Mudville Gazette and other milblogs there seems to be quite a few singer/musicians out there among the troops.
During the first round of "Military Idol" installation-level competition, contestants must sing without musical accompaniment. Three judges, who may include garrison commanders, command sergeants major and local celebrities, will narrow the field of talent.

In the second round of local competition, judges and audiences will determine who advances. Spectators will submit written ballots after the performers are finished and judges have completed their critiques. The audience vote and judges' vote each will count 50 percent in determining who advances.

And:
Installation-level prizes for the winner at each participating location include $500 and temporary duty costs covered by USACFSC to compete in the Armywide finals. The winning vocalist's unit also will receive $500. Second-place contestants will receive $250, and third-place performers will receive $100.

Army wide finals prizes include $1,000 to the winner, who Hurtado hopes will become an ambassador for Army entertainment. "If they can represent the Army in a positive way with something that's exceptional, it just reflects on the Army as a whole," he said.

During the finals, which are scheduled for a live, 90-minute telecast on the Pentagon Channel, the runner-up will receive $500 and the third-place performer will receive $250.

Complete rules of the contest are available at the competition's Web site.

DefenseLINK News: 'Military Idol' Competition Begins on Army Installations
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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Bwaaa....Male Thong Swimming Suit

When I first saw these pictures I couldn't stop laughing. I've saved the pictures but didn't save where I got them from (not sure if from a site or email). They still crack me up.
FrontAnd then of course the ahem...the rear. This looks like the perfect moonbat wear at the beach.
Trackbacked to Mudville Gazette Open Post

MOONBAT BLOG TAXONOMY with RQ(Reality Quotient)

If by chance you missed this link at Michelle Malkin you HAVE to go check out the new Moonbat Blog Reality Quotient Rating System. You might even pickup a few blogging hints for days when you have "Bloggers Block"!

Here's the RQ rating system:

A “Reality Quotient” (RQ) will be assigned each site in order to rank their moonbattiness. A rank of “5” indicates a firm foothold on reality. A rank of “1” indicates a trip back to planet earth is in order.

Right Wing Nut House MOONBAT BLOG TAXONOMY: Politics served up with a smile And a stilletto.

Sometimes it’s spelled “Koran” and other times “Quran.” Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and — you guessed it — I don’t care!”

Found this blog from a referral visit. I especially liked this email posted cause it expresses most of what I think about the pitiful uproar which has been happening around Abu Ghraib or Gitmo. It would be humorous if it wasn't so dangerous to our military folks having to deal with the terroristic fanatics who love to hear the American Media whining and gnashing their teeth over these events.

This woman has a knack for witty repartee.
WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS?

“Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we?
Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on
September 11, 2001?
<.....>
And I’m supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was “desecrated” when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don’t. I don’t care at all.

There's also a few interesting comments to read.

More Sense Than Money Blog Archive You tell em, Pam!

AL BORE TV or Current TV Redux

Here's a somewhat humorous review of Al Gores new cable tv channel.

From Dana Stevens:
Like the memory of Al Gore's presence on the political scene, his just-launched new cable venture, Current TV, feels strangely stranded in the '90s. It's as '90s as a Tracy Chapman ballad, as '90s as the debate over political correctness, as '90s as an asymmetrical bob. Watching the network for hours at a stretch, as I've been doing the past few days to research this piece, you start to get an odd, airless feeling. To quote a song that's being advertised in endless rotation on the network (by the very '90s-esque Canadian band Hot Hot Heat) you're "Stuck in the Middle of Nowhere." and.....After a while, Current's eager-beaver claims to cutting-edge innovation start to seem (like Al Gore's 2000 campaign) almost deliberately self-sabotaging. Even the pronouncement, on the Current Web site's "About" page, that "Right now, at this moment in history, TV is the most powerful medium in the world," has a whiff of yesterday's news about it. That may have been the case when a young Al Gore wrote his senior thesis on television and the presidency in 1969, but lately, talk in media and technology circles has been all about precisely the reverse. The question in the industry is how television can compete with the greater speed, reach, and flexibility of Internet technology, or the portability of devices like the iPod. And look at this bit of misbegotten copy from the Current Web site's description of the channel's identifying logo: "See those four squares in our logo? We call it the cursor, and like an old-school command prompt, it means we're awaiting input." That would be really cool, except that unfortunately, computers haven't displayed that kind of "old-school command prompt" since ... well, the '90s.

OMG - I can't think of anything more dull than a tv network created by Al Gore, the man with absolutely no imagination or vision unless it's tunnel vision!!

Invasion of the Pod People - Current TV is youth culture as imagined by Al Gore. By Dana Stevens

Friday, August 05, 2005

Ollie's Advice to UN Amb. John Bolton

This must be an expansion on Ollie's last bit of advice to Amb. Bolton. Ollie offers tips on all of the most often heard about areas of the UN like the Human Rights Commission, IAEA and the UNSC. The start of his post is on target:
First, look under every rock. The corruption at the U.N. didn't begin with the Oil for Food scandal and it certainly doesn't end there. The United Nations is nothing more than bureaucracy piled atop waste, wrapped in fraud, covered with abuse -- all of it funded by American taxpayers who foot 22 percent of U.N. dues -- more than any other nation. We also pour billions of dollars more into the coffers of its related agencies.

And he ends with a bit of humor:
Finally, John, try to bring a little humor to the place. U.N. bureaucrats are the most uptight, self-righteous group of pompous, incompetent airheads to gather in one place since Jimmy Carter's last Cabinet meeting. Before your first meeting in the Security Council, go over and say hello to the French ambassador and, just before he sits down, slip a whoopee cushion on his chair.

The Chinese communists secretly love that kind of humor. The Brits will be appalled at the flatulent nature of the joke, but will endorse the target. If anyone complains, tell 'em it's U.S. retaliation for Jacques Chirac slobbering all over the first lady during her last visit to France.

Oh, and one more thing. When speaking with Kofi and his cronies, try to avoid using words like "sovereignty," "national security" or "integrity." You can tell by the corneal glaze-over -- those words only confuse him.

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Advice for Ambassador Bolton by Oliver North

Self Portrait Friday - Dinner Hour!

It's Katy's SPF and the theme for todays pictures is dinnertime.

Since I'm single, "The Dinner Hour" is generally pathetic for me. I usually don't eat much or go to any great trouble. But lately it's gotten even worse. The reason? My home has been on the market for 88 DAYS and I already bought another home in Tennessee (around the Franklin/Leipers Fork/Thompsons Station area), closed on that place the beginning of June. FINALLY - I got an offer I could accept and it came of course just as I drove up to the car ferry checkin 2 weekends ago. Nothing is easy. But all worked out and I've gotten through the inspection and inspection contingency phase so the buyer is happy. In getting ready to put the house on the market I actually started to go through my 'stuff' last fall. There's been innumerable trips to the city clean up days (dump) and to Goodwill. Plus I've had family, friends and neighbors over to take things. Then starting in February I packed and packed and decluttered the house. Now, at least I have a headstart on the moving comedy soon to begin.

I have 3 weeks before I move! I finally gave a heads up to my work this afternoon (notice kinda?). I'm what you would call a force of one at the small company where I work. It isn't like anyone knows how to do the magic I practice. heh heh. There's good and bad in that but it can't be helped. So, I'll be in and out of there for the next 5 weeks probably. I'll have to do a turn around trip anyway to pick up house plants etc so I figured I may as well stay employed for a few more days and it helps my employer out at the same time.

The big question is why am I moving? All of my family lives in Minnesota. Same with my friends. I got vewwy vewwy tired of the longggg cold winter. In driving around to check out different states I landed on Tennessee which has all 4 seasons plus there's a pretty decent tax climate there (even if they don't think so). No state income tax and property taxes are a third of what they are in Minnesota. I got a lot of property for a pretty decent price ( I wouldn't call it cheap but it wasn't expensive). Just finished meeting with the moving coordinator and hopefully that will work out, the owner is an acquaintance of my brother in law and has a good rep. I'm sure I'll have more to say as time goes on, hopefully I'll stay sane through this adventure.

Here's my SPF Dinner pictures. Yes, I'm a popsicle addict. I love popsicles and frozen fruit bars from Schwans. But I stopped to pick up some Granny Smith apples on my way home so I could have my other favorite snack.....sliced apples with havarti dill cheese. Isn't that everyone's favorite snack food? **grin**


Of course if I'm having a popsicle, then the Spreadsheet Expert wants one too:

Note:Click on pics for larger photo.

FBI Searches Louisiana Congressman's Homes

Hmmm. This is sorta interesting. Course that would be Democrat Rep. William J. Jefferson.

Here's something else:
A source familiar with the case said the investigation had no connection to the inquiry into Jefferson's brother-in-law, Alan Green, a former state judge.

Green was convicted recently of mail fraud in a bail bond corruption case in suburban New Orleans. He was the 14th person convicted in that case, and he was accused of taking $20,000 in cash, rounds of golf and meals from a bail bondsman.

It's interesting to see what committees or associations Jefferson has:
Besides serving on the Ways and Means Committee, Jefferson serves as co-chairman of the Africa Trade and Investment Caucus as well as the Congressional Caucuses on Brazil and Nigeria.

He is also chairman of the Board of Directors for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research and educational institute, according to his Web site.

FBI Searches Louisiana Congressman's Homes

Thursday, August 04, 2005

This Sounds Like a Sad Tragedy - Iraq veteran arrested in killing

I wish alot of things. But when I read about a story like this I wish this young man had family or a friend to talk to with a common experience. What he is talking about doesn't sound unusual with a young person returned from war or for that matter a soldier of any age. I know there are good and bad VA Hospitals out there but for this to be August and Sepi returned in May to be still waiting for assistance with PTSD is a darn shame.

I know it's hard to judge who would be at fault (Sepi, VA, Military...) based on one article. I've heard enough situations from some of my soldiers and soldier friends that this situation(not the shooting and subsequent death) is not out of the realm of believability. Especially with someone who is twenty years old. Very sad.

reviewjournal.com -- News: Iraq veteran arrested in killing

H/T: Lucianne.

Ammo Dump Attack In Iraq Video

This is an awesome but scary video. I don't understand how these soldiers filming this pyrogenics display could be so close where the ground shakes with an explosion. Then I think about some of the potential chemicals released in the air from the explosions. But, what do I know about this? Video was downloaded from: http://www.militaryvideos.net. The date of the video at military videos is July of 2004 but I'm not sure of the exact date the video was recorded. It's about 8 minutes long.


Go Here to View Ammo Dump Video

Thanks to Mudville Gazette Open Posting

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Broadband over Powerline (BPL)

I caught an update on this technology in a July article. But here's what I found out initially:
Internet access over power lines gains momentum - Jan. 25, 2005

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Web surfers unable to hook up to limited high-speed connections have quietly suffered the pains of clunky, slow Internet service because they had no choice; and they had to stay connected.

But thanks to broadband over powerline (BPL) technology, high-speed connections may soon be available to anyone with electricity.

For example, the prestigious Trump Place in New York City has hired Telkonet (up $0.22 to $6.02, Research), a company that provides broadband access via electrical wiring, and Microwave Satellite Technologies to provide its residents with Internet access that's as easy to use as plugging in a toaster.

<....>"We are excited about Telkonet's breakthrough technology because we can broadband-enable an entire building within a few days and without new wiring. (And residents) can enjoy broadband access from every electrical outlet in their apartment," Matarazzo added.
<....>BPL feeds low-power radio signals over power lines. A BPL modem plugs into a regular electrical outlet, receives the radio signals from power lines and converts them into a digital Internet connection.
<....>While there are still bugs to be worked out, BPL quietly marches on with city pilot programs opening in Detroit, Cincinnati and Sault St. Marie, Ontario; and businesses like the Sandman Hotel chain in Canada installing Internet access customers can plug-in to.
<....>The costs of rolling out the service should be relatively small, since the electrical grid is widespread and the potential returns are high, the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement late last year after changing its rules to encourage the development of BPL.
<.....>And the service may prove less expensive than some other Internet service options. For example, Manassas resident pay $28.99 a month for BPL, while residential hi-speed cable modem from Comcast costs $42.99 a month. Moreover, most homes and businesses are on the grid, but do not have a pre-existing cable modem infrastructure.

While no major players have surfaced as leaders in the new technology, 50 companies have joined together to form the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, established to create the standard products for BPL home networking.

This is the article I found in July -
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility operator CenterPoint Energy Inc. and IBM will team up to test new technologies for delivering high-speed Internet access over electrical powerlines, the companies said Monday.

CenterPoint (up $0.19 to $13.49, Research) has opened a technology center at one of its facilities in Houston, with design help from IBM (up $1.92 to $79.30, Research), and has also launched a trial of broadband over powerline (BPL) to a 220-home area in Houston, they said.

CenterPoint said its BPL pilot will run through this August, after which it will evaluate consumer response and the merits of a larger deployment.


I did a quick search and today and really didn't find out anything new about this. Does anyone have some good news on this technology?

Had You Heard About This Mexican Fraud Ring?

The breath and depth of this organization is staggering.

Excerpt:
The ICE probe targeted operations in Los Angeles; New York; Chicago; Atlanta; Miami; Dallas; San Antonio; Las Vegas; Albuquerque; Denver; Lincoln, Neb.; and Des Moines, Iowa.
Mr. Boyd said Castorena family leaders charged a "rent" or "franchise" fee of as much as $15,000 per month for cell leaders to operate in the United States -- making millions in return. He said the organization moved its illicit profits through three primary methods: wire transfers, bulk shipments of cash and checks, and couriers who transported U.S. currency across the border and between U.S. cities.
Phony documents supplied by the family, authorities said, have been linked to more than 400 federal investigations and to document seizures in more than 50 cities in 33 states.

Read the rest of the article.

Mexican accused of leading document-fraud ring-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Right

Blackfive had a posting for the Most Annoying Conservatives. RWN came up with a list from 200 bloggers.
See Here for that list. Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Right - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)

Here's RWN's personal list:
12) John Warner
11) George Voinovich
10) Michael Savage
9) Arlen Specter
8) Pat Robertson
7) Jerry Falwell
6) Chuck Hagel
5) Duke Cunningham
4) Andrew Sullivan
3) Christopher Shays
2) Pat Buchanan
1) John McCain

Here's my list of Most Annoying Republicans (I say Republican since I don't believe that Republican equates to Conservative)

10. Andrew Sullivan
09. George Voinovich
08. Chris Shays
07. Lincoln Chaffee
06. Olympia Snow
05. Susan Collins
04. Bill O'Reilly
03. Arlen Spector
02. Chuck Hagel
01. John McCain

Then there are those that are simply irritating:
Orrin Hatch, Lindsay Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, John Warner, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Pat Buchanan, Rudy Guliani and Rick Santorum.

Who would you put on your list?

A soldier's parting gift

Thought this was almost a Paul Harvey "The Rest of The Story" type of situation.
The video shows a 5-year-old girl at Disney World, smiling with her mom and dad, marveling at the Magic Kingdom through the eyes of a child.

It was the girl's first trip to Disney.

It was her father's last.

Less than two years after that family vacation, patriarch Larry Keene, 48, would die from a rare genetic disorder.

While his 7-year-old daughter, Laura, would almost wear out that video, making sure she remembered her father, Sylvia Keene thought about a pact that she and her husband had made when Laura was born. Their daughter would get a good Christian education and then go to college.

Now she faced life as a single mother, a lone breadwinner.

But Laura, as little girls inevitably do, continued to grow. She went to West Aurora High School, made the honor roll and National Honor Society. Sylvia told her that if she kept her grades up, they'd find a way for her to go to Augustana College.

Laura and Sylvia hit the Internet, searching for loans and scholarships. That's when Sylvia found a scholarship for the sons and daughters of Marines.


Go read the rest of the story.
A soldier's parting gift

H/T Lucianne.

Thanks to Mudville Gazette Open Posting.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Mpls Star Tribune Strategy to "Fix" What They Broke

Minnesota has a number of new laws which take affect today. Last spring the county in which I live passed a law which bans smoking in bars and restaurants. So, you ask, what's the blowback on this? Well, the bars figure their revenues are down by approximately 40% and for small businesses with narrow margins this means many bars going out of business. Remember, this business loss is before the cold weather hits. Today, the state enacted a 75cent "Health Impact Fee" on a pack of cigarettes. Yes, that's with a Republican Governor and Republican House. In fact, the faux tax increase was proposed by Governor Tim Pawlenty and many Republicans supported the increase. It will be interesting to see the downturn in sales revenue from smoking products since all a smoker has to do is go to Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota or Iowa to purchase their products. Wonder how these wonderful legislators will spin the loss of revenue cause you know they won't blame the faux tax increase.

I forgot, there's also the $1 increase in the minimum wage which starts today. That will help the bars and restaurants alot too! Course, this will help the unions in MN which if my understanding is correct the unions use the minimum wage to calculate different hourly rate bases (i.e. 2$ above the minimum wage) so this will automatically give an unexpected increase to union workers. All State of MN workers are members of a union so this should give them their automatic increase. Not sure about the Teachers in the State. I'm sure the domino affect of this minimum wage increase will reverberate without retribution to the State legislators since all business is evil to most of the socialist democrat types in this State.

Course, the Mpls Strib goes one step further. According to them now is the time to enact a statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. You know, to just level the playing field. That's the way these Socialists do things, incrementalism. Creeping nanny-ism. Then of course, with a loss in revenue and this state has no idea how to EVER slow spending (we're not even talking about cutting spending) they will just have to increase income taxes and sales taxes or hey why not - BOTH.

Here's my suggestion: Minnesota should change the sales tax exemption for newspapers. See the Mpls. Strib loves ALL taxes unless of course it applies to them. Just think, with those circulation numbers the Mpls. Strib "Claims" to have the state could rake in millions, maybe billions in tax revenue.

From the Strib:

Hennepin County Board members who supported the ban in the first place presumably understood that instituting it would protect public health. So, if they want a level playing field, why aren't they publicly pressing the Legislature to pass a statewide ban instead of considering a retreat to match St. Paul's lesser protection?
At the state level, it is often argued that you can't do a statewide ban until several localities go first. Well, they've already gone first. That means it's time for the Legislature to act.
Editorial: Don't retreat/Push for statewide smoking ban


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