Monday, October 31, 2005

$addam's Enabler$

Here's a great article in the Washington Times about the oil-for-food scandal. I'll excerpt the first and last paragraphs because they make the golden point. Do read it all, though... and then scratch your head and wonder what is wrong with this world.

[[ Critics of President Bush make the specious assertion that he went to war two years ago not because Saddam Hussein was a mass murderer and an international menace but because the administration was beholden to firms like Halliburton. These same critics -- who are so eager to libel Mr. Bush -- are understandably reluctant to talk about a genuine multibillion-dollar scandal regarding the war: the oil-for-food scandal, presided over by the United Nations.

 The bottom line in Mr. Volcker's report is that Saddam Hussein succeeded in using the oil-for-food program to make it lucrative for some to do the bidding of the Ba'athists. The report demonstrates that by 2003 the integrity of the Security Council had been so compromised that it would never have given serious consideration to using force against Iraq. That's a painful reality that the most strident critics of Mr. Bush still don't want to confront.

You Want A Scandal? Try This.


How's This For A Survey?

Our beloved old media has no trouble at all in showcasing the slightest dip in the poll numbers of Conservatives... but what about their own falling stature? Well, they find a way to see the silver lining, of course! Here's a great piece from AIM.

[[ The one-paragraph story appeared on page 1 D in USA Today and the headline was "Gallup Survey: Trust in media is growing." But it should have said: "Trust in media is 20 points behind 1976 levels." That's what the survey showed.

Isn't it interesting how the media will publicize President Bush's falling approval ratings but will not emphasize their own?

The "growing" trust in the media consisted of confidence in the media rising from 44 percent last year to 50 percent in the latest survey. But it was 54 percent in 2003, 68 percent in 1972, and 72 percent in 1976. On the other hand, 49 percent have not very much or no confidence at all in the media.

Media Spins Own Image

At least they're trying to keep a positive attitude about it, right?


Commies Still Aren't Cool

As we've already covered, only a clueless idiot would wear che guevara's picture on their clothing. Well, here's a good one in USA Today about just how ignorant the "hipsters" are.

[[ Che hated the United States and the global free market system that sustained it. Just ask him. "Let us sum up our hopes for victory: total destruction of imperialism by eliminating its firmest bulwark, the oppression exercised by the United States of America."

If Che's world vision had prevailed, it's safe to say that Apple founder Steve Jobs would have never brought us the iPod. After all, it's tough to innovate when you're stuck behind a donkey farming turnips for the proletariat.

For those who sell Che merchandise, this history is beside the point. Yakov Grinberg, a 20-year-old clerk at Freaks, a shop in Manhattan's trendy East Village, freely concedes: "Most of these people obviously have no idea what they're wearing."

Che isn't the only erstwhile commie scoring cool points either. Chairman Mao and the Soviet hammer-and-sickle are showing up on hipster gear as well. Who knew that bread lines were the new black?

Against this backdrop of ignorance, it's not surprising that Che, as a populist symbol of uncompromising defiance who stood up for the poor and oppressed, transcends the real Che — the one who said judicial review for executions was an "archaic bourgeoisie detail."

More Commie Cluelessness

Sometimesl I feel like Alice looking around in Wonderland...


This Should Be Fun

Wow. President Bush picks another Catholic for the Supreme Court! That is going to drive the DFL absolutely bonkers. Guess we're going to see what's what now, eh?

Here's some info about the nice man who is about to face the fury of ted kennedy. et al.

Sam Alito


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Explanation, Please

The Mystery Of The Eye



A View From The Front

In the American Thinker, we find a piece by "A Soldier" that takes the media and the DFL to task for undermining the morale of our fighting forces.

[[ We’ve also been aware of the vicious political fever and anti-war tone that is constantly streamed to us via television, newspapers, magazines, radio, and internet. Being in the minority of soldiers with formal education it is disparaging to see how the masses of naïve and even ignorant soldiers can be so easily persuaded into believing that we are fighting for a corrupt government and that America is a war-mongering nation

Being force fed AFN (Armed Forces Network) we get the best stories that the liberal media can conjure up. Unfortunately for us, this usually means smearing whatever we have accomplished or were planning to accomplish. Bringing the war to our nation’s living rooms and bringing the news to our nation’s war front were mistakes from the beginning. Citizens with no military experience cannot begin to empathize with the hardships that we endure, nor can they understand the split second life and death decisions we are forced to make. Instead we’ve created a nation of hind-sight soldier critics with force fed tunnel vision.

Truer words were never spoken. We have lots of "experts" going around spouting off irresponsible rhetoric that would have been, a few generations ago, considered sedition and punished accordingly.

The soldier closes with a dire concern and an eerily appropriate quote from Voltaire:

[[ As a soldier my concern is that while Americans enjoy their freedom of speech and freedom of the press they are inadvertently weakening our defenses, damaging our nation, and negatively influencing the frontline soldiers that continue to ensure their freedoms.

“Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.” – Voltaire

Please read all of it.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

More Media Fun

What do Christian girls being beheaded in Indonesia and coordinated explosions killing dozens in India have in common?

Well, for starters, the AP refuses to say that muslims were responsible for both atrocities.

Here's the opening from the first story:

[[ Three teenage Christian girls were beheaded and a fourth was seriously wounded in a savage attack on Saturday by unidentified assailants in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi. ]]

That's it. The article talks a little about past Christian/muslim fighting, but stops way short of connecting that to the current beheadings. Is it really a stretch? Let's see: Christians were beheaded... hmmm... now, who hates Christians and loves to behead people...?

Now, the second story:

[[ Coordinated explosions in India's capital ripped through at least two markets jammed with evening shoppers ahead of an upcoming Hindu festival and a bus, killing at least 49 people.

Officials blamed terrorists for the blasts... ]]

Hmmm... "terrorists," eh? Who was it that said, "Not all muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are muslims"? Okay... bombs... crowded marketplace... Hindus. Who loves bombs and hates Hindus...?

When will the media start calling out the true name of the enemy of mankind? It will be very hard to win the long war without better coverage.


Bring. It. On. Kofi.

Nothing to hide.

US Invites UN Torture Investigator To Guantanamo


Media Grudgingly Admits Heroism

Here is the AP acknowledging that a U.S. soldier actually did something good... but damn do they like to tone down the good stuff!

[[ A U.S. soldier shot and killed one of three suicide bombers who attacked the Palestine Hotel complex before he could reach his intended target and that probably saved lives in the building, the military said Saturday. ]]

Probably?? Probably??? Let's examine it...

[[ The attack involved three suicide car bombs. The first blew a hole in a cement wall protecting the complex. The second car exploded nearby as a possible diversion. Then a large cement mixer drove into the complex through the hole in the wall and exploded on a small road between the Palestine Hotel and the Sheraton Hotel, two 17-story buildings.

Video from a surveillance camera at the Palestine Hotel showed the cement truck was fired on by a U.S. soldier from inside the compound.

The military said in a statement that one of its soldiers had killed the driver before he could reach the front entrance of the Palestine Hotel, where the journalists are based.

"As he shot and killed the driver, preventing the vehicle from going any further, the truck detonated," the statement said. ]]

Get it? The soldier stopped the MAIN thrust of the attack. The first two were just breaching and diversonary. The CEMENT MIXER FULL OF EXPLOSIVES WAS STOPPED BEFORE IT GOT TO THE HOTEL!

And what does the soldier himself say?

[[ "He was trying to kill people," Green was quoted as saying. "It was good we stopped him because he would have killed more people and destroyed the building." ]]

Absolutely and unquestionably. As for the AP, they're still not sure who could possibly have done this:

[[ Al Qaida in Iraq later claimed responsibility for the attack on a Web site, but that could not be independently confirmed. ]]


GI Kills Suicide Bomber Who Attacked Hotel


And Now, A Word From...

...Theodore Roosevelt:

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

"But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.

"We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...

"We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

AMEN! (And a tip of the old sombrero to SAJ for this one.)


Friday, October 28, 2005

On Priorities

I've reached a wall and I curse the clock for it. There are simply not enough hours in my days to carry on as before. I recently accepted a promotion... and for the forseeable future, my "disposable" leisure time will be in much shorter supply. I intend to keep plugging away at this site... but the frequency and quantity of postings will likely be cut back... for now.

Those few, but loyal, among you who have stuck with me for months now... please don't go away. I've come to rely on your comments and your presence. Strange, but I feel that I've known some of you for a long, long time.

Anyway, I'm still here... just run more ragged. I have a lot more to say and I plan to continue keeping my eye on the interesting stories and angles.

Thanks for listening... carry on.


Battling aclu Fascism

The Becket Fund. I'll be supporting that.

[[ If you’re an atheist or a secularist who finds all things religious offensive, to whom do you turn? Why, the American Civil Liberties Union, of course. By now, everyone should realize that the ACLU is a foe of organized religion. While more than 90% of Americans claim belief in a higher power, the 10% that do not wields the power increasingly in our courts.

On November 3, an award will be presented at the Waldorf Astoria to Kevin Hasson, who established a foundation to combat this assault on the religious freedom that the forefathers of this nation sought to protect.

Mr. Hasson is the founder and chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm that defends the free expression of all religious traditions. He is the author of “The Right To Be Wrong: Ending the Culture War Over Religion in America.”

The Becket Fund is named after Thomas á Becket, who steadfastly refused to allow King Henry II to interfere in the church and was martyred defending this religious liberty.

The Assault On Religion In America


Dear Mr. President

Hooray! We are treated to another masterpiece by Victor Davis Hanson. This time, Professon Hanson is giving President Bush some solid gold advice.

[[ It is also time to step up lecturing both the American people and the Iraqis on exactly what we are doing in the Sunni Triangle. We have been sleepwalking through the greatest revolutionary movement in the history of the Middle East, as the U.S. military is quietly empowering the once-despised Kurds and Shiites — and along with them women and the other formerly dispossessed of Iraq. In short, the U.S. Marine Corps has done more for global freedom and social justice in two years than has every U.N. peacekeeping mission since the inception of that now-corrupt organization. ]]

And this perfect line:

[[ We should remind the world that our 2,000th fatality did not end our commitment to freedom and justice, but reminded us just how much we owe our dead so that their ultimate sacrifice was not in vain. ]]

Crossing The Rubicon

I remain in awe of Professor Hanson's huge brain. Please read the whole column.


Still Such A Friendly Nation

Just in case you thought this was a mistake... or a Zionist plot... here's the latest:

Iran's President Stands By Remarks Calling For Israel's Complete Destruction

Yep... Iran is clearly, obviously ready to join the "nuclear club"... I don't know what everyone is so worried about.


Thursday, October 27, 2005


The great Victor Davis Hanson gives us the last word in the "grim milestone" of 2000 military deaths. As always, he keeps the line of reasoning very straight and very true.

[[ Television and the global news media have changed the perception of combat fatalities as well. CNN would have shown a very different Iwo Jima - bodies rotting on the beach, and probably no coverage of the flag-raising from Mount Suribachi. It is conventional wisdom now to praise the amazing accomplishment of June 6, 1944. But a few ex tempore editorial comments from Geraldo Rivera or Ted Koppel, reporting live from the bloody hedgerows where the Allied advance stalled not far from the D-Day beaches - a situation rife with intelligence failures, poor equipment and complete surprise at German tactics - might have forced a public outcry to withdraw the forces from the Normandy "debacle" before it became a "quagmire."

Someone - perhaps Gens. Omar Bradley, Dwight Eisenhower or George Marshall himself - would have been fired as responsible for sending hundred of poorly protected armored vehicles down the narrow wooded lanes of the Bocage to be torched by well-concealed Germans. Subsequent press conferences over underarmored Sherman tanks would have made the present furor over Humvees in Iraq seem minor. ]]

Explaining The Disdain

The column covers much more of the issue... you absolutely must go and read it all.


Buy This Book!

Time to support truth. Here is a book that we all need to buy and tell other people to buy.

[[ PORCINE provocateur Michael Moore likes to portray himself as a working-class man of the people, but a new book exposes him as a "corporate criminal, environmental menace and racist union-buster."

In "Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy," Peter Schweizer reveals that Moore, who has been vociferous in his criticism of defense contractor Halliburton, has bought and sold hundreds of shares of Halliburton stock — and that of other defense contractors — through his private foundation.

Moore, who has claimed he doesn't own a "single share" of stock, has also invested heavily in HMOs and pharmaceutical giants, the targets of his next movie, "Sickos."

Moore also likes to rail against what he calls rampant racism in the United States and the fact that supposedly no one hires blacks for good jobs. Schweizer points out that "out of the 134 producers, editors, cinematographers, composers, and production coordinators Moore hired, only three were black." And not one African-American lives in the ritzy Michigan enclave where Moore has a $1 million mansion.

And while publicly championing unions, Moore has been quite anti-union in his own business dealings and had several clashes with the Writers Guild.

Elsewhere in the book:

* Schweizer calls Al Franken a "habitual liar, mean-spirited partisan and racial discriminator" for his frequent fabrications to make conservatives look bad, and the fact that he hired only one black person out of 112 who worked on his various projects.

* Ted Kennedy is labeled an "environmental rapist, tax cheat and oil profiteer" for his moves to defeat environmentally friendly projects, the various Kennedy family trusts designed to dodge taxes from which he benefits, and his family's lucrative oil holdings.

* Hillary Clinton is depicted as a "corporate shill and petty tax avoider" while ultra-liberal Barbra Streisand is exposed as a "civil liberties violator, outsourcer and war profiteer."

* Liberal icon Ralph Nader is labeled a "bourgeois materialist, stock manipulator and tyrannical sweatshop boss," while left-wing deep-thinker Noam Chomsky is seen to be a "social parasite, economic protectionist [and] amoral defense contractor." Who knew?

Truth Shock For Lyin' Liberals


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Liberal Wrongness

This is one of those pieces that may as well have come from my own brain. It is exactly what I feel and exactly what I have expressed countless times to anyone who will listen to me.

So many of us with democrat friends and family will appreciate this one, as it takes to task all the lies and distortions of the left. What is also pointed out here is how absolutely bereft of actual plans and ideas the liberals are. Their greatest schemes and plans involve nothing more than how to increase their attacks on Conservatives... and how to distort the truth about the war and the economy, etc.

[[ The facts are as they exist. The Taliban is no longer running Afghanistan, Al Qaeda is no longer in a position to operate freely in their reign of terror around the globe, the most brutal regime in modern times is no longer running Iraq and no longer threatening its people or its neighbors. Freedom and democracy are developing rapidly not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but in other parts of the Middle East that once resisted the idea of people governing themselves, in control of their own destinies.

Numerous former dictatorships in the Middle East have accepted the idea of free elections since and Libya, once one of the most threatening countries in the region voluntarily handed over all of its WMD in an effort to join the march to a more peaceful Middle East. Women now have a voice in the Middle East and children are no longer taken from their families and put into prisons just because their parents dare to disagree with their government.

Al Qaeda has not yet succeeded in another attack on US soil, a fact few thought possible a few short years ago. Yet democrats call all of this a "failure" of Bush administration policies… ]]

I would urge all of us to share this with someone... anyone... but especially our confused democrat friends and family. Let them try to argue with it.

The DNC's Last Gasp


Such A Friendly Nation

Well, you have to give it to them for honesty. While calling for the annihilation of Israel, Iran shows the world who it really is. Kind of refreshing... in a scary sort of way.

[[ Iran's hard-line president called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and said a new wave of Palestinian attacks will destroy the Jewish state, state-run media reported Wednesday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also denounced attempts to recognize Israel or normalize relations with it.

"There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world," Ahmadinejad told students Wednesdays during a Tehran conference called "The World without Zionism."

Now, why would anyone want to interfere with this peaceful nation's attempts to gain nuclear technology? Just because they are calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map" doesn't mean they would try to... wipe Israel off the map, does it?

I'm sure they are just speaking figuratively.

Iran Calls For Complete Destruction Of Israel


Poor, Wretched Creature

That is what she has become to me. At the risk of providing any further attention to her, I had to share this article. Mother Moonbat is, simply, pathetic. Here's a money excerpt:

[[ "Who cares what Cindy Sheehan thinks? The only thing she has done in her life is given birth to a heroic young man who she has, in word and deed, disowned," Horowitz added, referring to Sheehan's son Casey, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004. ]]

Impossible to escape that simple fact. It says it all.

cindy sheehan Desperate For Attention



Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Yes. Yes. Yes.

This is the only story in the world right now. Our intrepid media idiots have lulled us all away from noticing the significance of this... but if you stop and think about it, this is the story of the century.

Iraqis Say "YES"

Watch the DFL idiots avoid this like Superman avoids Kryptonite.


Theories, Anyone?

I don't really know why, but this seems important to me...

Town Baffled By Deaths Of 22 Horses


Monday, October 24, 2005


In this well intentioned- but clueless- piece in USA Today, Joshua Woods tries to figure out what has happened to the heroes in American culture. Queried by his son as to who Daddy's hero is, Woods can't seem to think of one. Then, in true modern media-man fashion, he dances all around the answers to his own question.

[[ It seems possible that my lack of admiration is emblematic of a broader social trend. In other words, maybe it's a supply problem. Who among us is worthy of admiration these days?

Should we consider our president a great hero? For a growing number of Americans, according to recent Gallup polls, the answer is "no." In the past two months, almost every characteristic of the president's public image has reached its all-time low.

The lack of heroism in politics is not a one-sided trend. By offering us two nap-inducing presidential candidates and the bumbling governor of Louisiana, the Democrats have evoked many feelings, but strong admiration is not one of them.

Moving beyond the political sphere, it is difficult to identify anyone who enjoys broad recognition as an American hero.

In the past, we often looked to the military for heroes. While many Americans remember Dwight Eisenhower, how many know the name of today's top commander? Does John Abizaid ring a bell?

Aha! There it is- right there, Joshua! Why did we look so often to the military for heroes? The answer is absurdly simple... the America hating media has all but destroyed any reporting system that paints our military in a positive light. There are endless examples of heroism- DRAMATIC heroism- in today's military... the same kind of actions that had the media of WW-II writing stirring accounts that made all Americans proud and showed what real heroes are. There are several men whose names should be (and, in a fair world, would be) household names.

So, really, where is the disconnect, Mr. Woods? As a sociologist, you should be right on top of this answer. Our culture now thinks of hollywood and music stars as heroes... and celebrates celebrities like never before. This is because nature abhors a vacuum... and since the media has patently refused to talk about the real heroes, the people have to take what they can get, I guess.

In closing his piece, Woods asks who is going to lead the way in America. Well, I think that the leaders will, as always, find their way to the front of the line. You won't recognize them, though, because sociologists like Woods and media types will continue to stare right through them while seeking their heroes.

Where Have All The Heroes Gone?



In an la times commentary, Robert D. Kaplan treats us to a great tributary reminder of who it is that makes the military operate.

[[ They are a poorly paid, blue-collar corps, many of them just high school graduates. Two-thirds of all Marines are noncommissioned and in their first four-year enlistment. Nearly 90% of Army Special Forces soldiers, or Green Berets, are sergeants of one grade or another.

...the truth is that the sergeant of today (or chief petty officer in the Navy) is generally a technical expert and corporate-style manager who may speak several exotic languages. One Special Forces master sergeant with whom I recently traveled in Algeria, who grew up on a family farm in New Hampshire, had handled military and humanitarian emergencies in 73 countries in the course of a 17-year Army career.

Never before in military history have noncommissioned officers — who deal at the lowest tactical level, where operational success or failure is determined — been so critical. This is because of the changing nature of conflict.

As the age of mass-infantry warfare closes — and the battlefield disperses and empties out over vast deserts, jungles and poor, sprawling cities — armies increasingly operate unconventionally in small, autonomous units, at the level of the platoon and below, where sergeants reign supreme.

As a retired Non-Commissioned Officer, I will add that there is a big difference between Officers and NCO's. I was frequently invited to join the Officer ranks, and always replied the same way: "Why would I want to sacrifice my opportunity to lead in order to command?" As Mr. Kaplan puts it: "Commissioned officers give orders; NCOs get things done."

Damn straight.

In Praise Of Non-Comms


Medical Diplomacy

How much good has the United States done in the world- just since the end of World War II? In all honesty, I think it is an absolutely staggering amount. No one could possibly estimate such a vast concept. The Marshall Plan... all our aid and charity and support in innumerable third world countries... liberating millions and millions... yes, "staggering" is the only word for it.

Tommy Thompson writes in the Boston Globe that we must do more of the same to truly beat the bad guys... and it is hard to argue his points. His main focus here is on medical aid- but all the points are relevant to other types of assistance, as well... e.g., building schools and water treatment plants, etc.

[[ That is the principle at the heart of what I call ''medical diplomacy" -- the winning of hearts and minds of people in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere by exporting medical care, expertise, and personnel to help those who need it most.

With my own eyes, I have seen people respond favorably to America when we provided life-saving care, trained doctors, and restocked hospitals in war-torn Afghanistan, AIDS-ravaged Botswana, and storm-soaked Haiti. Our acts of compassion destroy the rhetoric of terrorists, while giving future generations hope for a healthy and free future.

Four remarkable years of overseas travel as secretary of health and human services taught me that you don't have to share a man's faith to help save his life. You don't have to speak a woman's language to cure her illnesses. You don't have to understand a town's culture to bring it fresh water.

True. This is what Americans have been doing for a long, long time. It transcends political parties and agendas... it is who we are: the greatest country ever to exist, with the most caring, compassionate, and competent people in the world.

Mr. Thompson's best line in this piece is "By delivering hope we will deliver freedom."

That is America.

Curing Tyranny


Sunday, October 23, 2005

And Now, A Word From...


"Nothing is so full of victory as patience."


Saturday, October 22, 2005

France's Gitmo...?

Wow. Just when we thought only American correctional institutions were subject to derision; we get word that France is not being hospitable enough to criminals.

[[ FRANCE'S prisons are the worst in Europe and their cells are akin to dungeons in the Middle Ages, according to a watchdog's report yesterday.

Hygiene is "deplorable", with inmates crowded into filthy, rat-infested cells, leading to an explosion in the number of prisoners with infectious diseases, the International Observatory of Prisons (IOP) said.

It described conditions as "catastrophic" and condemned the French government for failing to improve matters. "The situation is totally unworthy of our level of civilisation. Conditions of detention are close to those of the Middle Ages," the Paris-based IOP said.

France Running Dungeons?

By the way, none of those "deplorable" circumstances have been reported at Gitmo OR at Abu-Ghraib. No matter how well we treat those terrorist scum, the world will find ways to indict us for it... all the while running their own hellish prison systems.

Anyway, the crusading group who is reporting the poor conditions knows where the blame lies: with France's new tough-on-crime policies:

[[ It blamed the government's tougher sentencing polices for aggravating chronically bad prison conditions without solving the problem of delinquency. ]]

I get it... if you don't sentence them to prison in the first place, they won't have to live in such conditions. Kind of like: if you don't go to war, then people won't die.

Sounds reasonable... perfect liberal logic.


More Deafening Silence From Media

Why have they all stopped covering their favorite new star, cindy sheehan?? Could it be because they no longer support her or her cause?

Come on.

How about because she is now attacking their other, more important star, Shrillary...?

Yeah... that sounds better. Robert Novak brings us a snippet of the feud:

[[ Largely ignored by the mainstream news media, anti-Iraq War protester Cindy Sheehan has declared she cannot support Hillary Rodham Clinton for president until the senator publicly advocates withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Harsh criticism of President Bush by Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, was faithfully reported for months. But she was hardly covered last Saturday when she called Clinton "a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys." Sheehan's criticism was posted on left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore's website.

While desiring to support Clinton for president, Sheehan said to her: "I will resist your candidacy with every bit of my power and strength unless you show us the wisdom it takes to be a truly great leader. . . . Sen. Clinton: come out against this occupation of Iraq."

Got that? Truly great leaders can only be truly great if they oppose this war and surrender to the terrorists immediately.

cindy vs. hillary


Trying To Understand Palestinian Violence...

- like trying to understand algebra or trig... it may look complicated, but it is actually very logical and very simple to understand, once you grasp certain principles.

Principle #1: Read world history.

Principle #2: Follow the money.

Principle #3: Study islam's aggression against Israel.

[[ The Israeli-Palestinian conflict no longer rivets world attention the way it did a few years ago. Still it rolls along, as it has for decades and as it probably will for decades to come. And the reason for this is well-captured by Mr. Abbas's use of the term "prisoners of freedom."

Who are some of these prisoners? One is Ibrahim Ighnamat, a Hamas leader arrested last week by Israel in connection to his role in organizing a March 1997 suicide bombing at the Apropos cafe in Tel Aviv, which killed three and wounded 48. Another is Jamal Tirawi of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades: Mr. Tirawi had bullied a 14-year-old boy into becoming a suicide bomber by threatening to denounce him as a "collaborator," which in Palestinian society frequently amounts to a death sentence.

And then there is 21-year-old Wafa Samir al-Bis, who was detained in June after the explosives she was carrying failed to detonate at an Israeli checkpoint on the border with Gaza. As Ms. Bis later testified, her target was an Israeli hospital where she had previously been treated--as a humanitarian gesture--for burns suffered in a kitchen accident. "I wanted to kill 20, 50 Jews," she explained at a press conference after her arraignment. ]]

How Did The Palestinians Descend Into Barbarism?


Cartoon Mayhem

What happens when "free speech" is taken too far (again) and bad taste is presented just because it can be? Well, maybe something good.

Here's a column by a liberal writer who has had enough of the degradation of our society- particularly when it comes to horrible internet cartoons that little kids are watching and being influenced by.

[[ The other day I found my 6-year-old son watching an Internet cartoon called "Happy Tree Friends."

Purple daisies danced, high-pitched voices sang and animals with heart-shaped noses waved cheerily. But then the music changed, and a previously merry green bear, wearing dog tags and camouflage, suffered an apparent psychotic breakdown.

Crrrrrack !! went the neck of a purple badger, as the bear snapped off its head. Blood splashed and continued flowing as the bear gleefully garroted a hedgehog, then finished off a whimpering squirrel already impaled on metal spikes by placing a hand grenade in its paw.

Joshua turned to me with a sheepish grin. He clearly had a sense that I wasn't happy about his new friends, but he couldn't have known what I was really thinking. Which was this: I'm a longtime journalist who reveres the First Amendment, and I live in California's liberal bastion of Marin County. Yet I would readily skip my next yoga class to march with right-wing fundamentalists in a cultural war against "Happy Tree Friends."

When she spoke to the producer of the trashy cartoon in question, he was ready to defend his indefensible position with the most used tool in the liberal's toolbox: moral equivelancy.

[[ Evershed, the father of three children, the youngest aged 2, told me during a phone conversation that he wouldn't let them watch "Happy Tree Friends." But then he argued that the cartoon wasn't really harmful. "It's like 'Tom & Jerry,' " he said. "I grew up on 'Tom & Jerry,' and I don't think I'm particularly aggressive."

Aggressive? AGGRESSIVE? Much as I'd like to, I can't fairly speak for Evershed on this point, but I certainly do worry about the impact on my children. As for "Tom & Jerry," I know "Tom & Jerry," and this is no "Tom & Jerry." "Tom & Jerry" never pulled knives or tore heads off or used someone's intestines to strangle a third party, just for starters.

"Tom & Jerry" also had creativity, with surprising plot twists and a richly emotive score. Most importantly, "Tom & Jerry" had a conscience. Routinely, Tom attacks Jerry and is punished for his aggression. In terms of human evolution, the 1940s classic is light-years ahead of "Happy Tree Friends," whose authors, Navarro and Rhode Montijo, have been quoted as saying, "If we are in a room brainstorming episodes and end up laughing at the death scene, then it's all good!"

Outrageous Describes It Well

Yep... it's all good. For them, that is. They are making money hand over fist with this crap. Ugh! It feels like we are living out the "Itchy and Scratchy" syndrome in The Simpsons.

Anyway, I guess I can't prove that this is connected... but something has to account for things like this, which are becoming more and more prevelant:

Nine Year-Old Charged With Death Threat To Teacher

Nope. Nothing abnormal there.


Friday, October 21, 2005

Another Patriotic Moonbat To The Rescue

Okay, this piece by Joel Connelly in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is, on the surface, about a feud between a slimey moonbat congressman named McDermott and a Republican congressman named Boehner. Something about a lawsuit and the moonbat trying to get money for it and blah, blah, blah.

The real meat of it, though, is that this McDermott character is trying to run United States foreign policy. He is meeting with foreign leaders away from the U.S. (ala- john kerry) and working to undermine our military war effort and "bring home the military as soon as possible"... by Christmas, maybe.

[[ Even as political fund-raising pitches go, the latest letter from Congressman-for-life Jim McDermott is audacious: "Cover my back" so I can help bring peace to Iraq.

McDermott is using the Iraq war to raise money to support an 8-year-old legal battle with Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

"I just returned from Jordan, where I talked to numerous prominent Iraqis who have fled Baghdad," McD wrote in an Oct. 14 pitch. "I want to spend my time working on what I learned on this trip in pursuing a peace plan together with my congressional colleagues. ...

"However, my court hearing will start on the 15th of November. Therefore, I have to take the time to raise money!"

In his fund-raising letter, meanwhile, McDermott discounts the referendum on Iraq's new constitution. "We need to start withdrawing our troops by Christmas and concurrently call for an Arab-controlled peace conference that can reach an Atwa (arrangement)."

So that McDermott can help make foreign policy, he tells potential donors, "I am counting on you to cover my back."

More Sedition From The DFL

So, they can threaten the President with physical violence and now they can work to undermine our war effort. At what point do we start arresting people for treason again?


Did He Really Say That?

Wow. Apparently, a racist white college professor- speaking on C-Span- said that black people were the problem in the world and that the whites needed to "exterminate" all the blacks.

Wow. I guess this will be nigh-unto a war cry for all the liberals and rainbow coalition types...

Oh... wait... turns out it was a racist black professor saying that all white people need to be exterminated.

Never mind... just yawn and move on... nothing new there.

[[ A Raleigh activist and bookstore owner told a panel at Howard University Law School on Oct. 14 that the solution to many of the problems faced by black people is the extermination of “white people off the face of the planet.” Dr. Kamau Kambon, who taught Africana Studies 241 in the Spring 2005 semester at North Carolina State University, also said this needs to be done “because white people want to kill us.”

Addressing a panel on “Hurricane Katrina Media Coverage,” broadcast in its entirety on C-SPAN, Kambon told the audience that white people “have retina scans, they have what they call racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the one person from coming up with the one idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem.”

Activist: Exterminate White People

There are really people out there talking like this. PROFESSORS... in charge of shaping the minds of young people.



P.C. Extreme In Belgium And Netherlands

When it's all said and done... when you have given up every last drop of your soul to the multi-cultural demons and they still want more... what then?

No More Capital "C" For Savior In Netherlands

Remember, you can't spell "multi-cultural" without "cult"...


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Deconstructing The DFL's Number Game

We have many times discussed the situation with our war dead and the DFL's (Deranged Far Left) shameless exploitation of same. Every article about anything remotely connected to the war on islamo-fascist terrorism is going to contain the current U.S. body count. You can count on it like you can count on the sun coming up.

This column by Ralph Peters in the NY Post is stunningly brilliant in its explanation of the truth of this matter. I have excerpted much of it, but it is HIGHLY advised that you read it all. Mr. Peters rhetorically punches the despicable leftist idiots right in the face with cold, hard facts.

[[ WE'LL soon reach a total of 2,000 dead American troops in Iraq. You won't miss the day it happens. The media will pound it into you.

But no one will tell you what that number really means — and what it doesn't.

As a former soldier whose friends still serve under our flag, I'm especially disgusted by the pretense on the part of those who never served and who wouldn't dream of letting their own children serve that they speak for the men and women in uniform.

Our troops speak for themselves. By re-enlisting. And returning to Iraq, to complete the mission for which their comrades gave their lives or suffered life-altering wounds.

Two generations of politicians and pundits suffer from their avoidance of military service. They speak of war in ignorance and view our troops — whom they quietly despise — as nothing more than tools of their own ambitions. After deploring body counts during their Vietnam-era protest years, today our leftists revel in the American body count in Iraq.

The left has been infuriated by its inability to incite an anti-war movement in our military — forgetting that this is an all-volunteer force whose members believe in service to our country. The best the Democrats can do is to trot out poor Wes Clark, an ethically challenged retired general who will say anything, anywhere, anytime in return for five more seconds in the spotlight.

As for that "unacceptable" number of casualties, let's put it in perspective:

Our current loss rate in Iraq from combat and non-combat deaths is 765 per year. That's painful for individual families, but we would have to remain in Iraq, taking casualties at the same rate, for 76 years to rival our loss of more than 58,000 Americans in Indochina.

And Vietnam wasn't remotely as important to our national security. The terrorists we face today are more implacable than any of the enemies from our past. Even the Germans didn't dream of eradicating our entire population. The Japanese hoped to master Asia, not to massacre every man, woman and child in America.

We would need to continue our efforts in Iraq and the greater War on Terror for 532 years to suffer the 407,000 dead we lost in less than four years in World War II.

And what about our greatest struggle, the American Civil War? We would have to maintain the status quo in Iraq for 470 years just to rival the number of Union dead and for 729 years to equal our total losses, North and South.

Even our Revolutionary War, in which fewer than 5,000 Americans died in combat (many more, unrecorded, fell to disease) has to be judged in terms of the population at the time — just over 2 million. Equivalent losses today would be over 500,000 dead Americans.

Exploiting The Dead

Go. Read. Now.


(Dis) Honor Killings In Merry Old England

Wow. This article is one of the best examples of biased "reporting" that I have ever seen... either that, or it is just presenting the insane views of the muslim lunatics who support the murder of women because it is "traditional." In any case, this is a completely one-sided APOLOGIST essay for religion-inspired murder.

"Honor killings" are, you know, not something that Western people can understand, let alone legislate against. Here are some words from one of the lunatics:

[[ "People feel that this is defining an important part of who they are," says Humera Khan, who advises An-Nisa, a respected Muslim women's group she helped to found in 1985.

"Making them give it up is a difficult process - especially when campaigns against forced marriage are often led by feminist groups who are also often hostile to religion."

Get that? It's hard to just give up a cultural staple just because evil feminist groups who hate religion say so.

Okay, wanna see them play the moral equivalency card? Wanna see them say that "honor killings" are just like the stuff Catholics do? Okay... here you go:

[[ "People from smaller communities and rural areas have maintained a much stronger sense of traditional dignity and notions of honor - not dissimilar to those of Latin American Catholics," says Haleh Ashfar, a lecturer in politics at the University of York. ]]

Yep. Enraged muslims who hack their own daughter to death for being seen with a man are the very same as Latino Catholics saying the Rosary. I've been so blind, but I can see that now... can you?

Britain Battles "Honor Killings"


Seething... Again

It seems that the only thing that makes these extremists happy is bad fortune for the West. Other than that, they are seemingly always pissed off. Always.

This is an especially interesting one. Being upset that your religion is (supposedly) being assaulted is nothing new. Most any religion has, at one time or another, felt the sting of outsider attack (just ask the Jews). In truth, muslims have it far, FAR better than do Christians (and virtually any other religion that does not endorse murder sprees when it feels slighted) in this department.

[[ A number of Muslim states with embassies in Denmark have complained to the government after a newspaper published cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed
Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten's decision to print twelve cartoons featuring Muslim prophet Mohammed has caused a stir among Muslim countries, daily newspaper Politiken reported on Thursday.

A number of Muslim countries with embassies in Denmark have sent a protest to Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the caricatures.

'We are hoping for understanding about Muslims' feelings about Mohammed. And we're hoping for an apology from Jyllands-Posten,' said Mascud Effendy Hutasuhut, minister counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy.

In addition to Indonesia, a number of Arab states, Pakistan, Iran, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have complained about the cartoons, which they see as a hate campaign against Muslims in Denmark.

Hate campaign?

You think it's bad having someone draw a cartoon depicting the embodiment of your religion?? Yeah??? Well, try having an "artist" put a symbol of your Lord and Savior in a jar of urine. Right in your home country. Right in your home country where an overwhelming majority of people belong to the religion that the "artist" was offending. How about the Mother of your Lord and Savior depicted with elephant excrement smeared all over her?? How does that one grab you?

Can any of us imagine what would happen if ANY symbol of islam were portrayed thusly?

Dear Lord... it pains the mind to imagine it.

Dissing mohammed?


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Squeaky Wheel Gets Greased

Well, it looks like all the complaining and lobbying and standing our ground is finally paying off.

[[ President Bush said yesterday that his goal is eventually to expel "every single" illegal alien from the United States as his administration pressed Congress to pass a guest-worker program. ]]

Change Of Policy?

More on it:

More On It

See... the democrats lost the big game because they gave in to every fringe element that came along. At least the GOP has stood firm and challenged things like the immigration policies and the Miers nomination.

That is why Conservatism will continue to thrive... we don't sell out.


Merlot Democrats

This is a good one from Jonah Goldberg. How, you might ask, is Howard Dean going to help us? Well, he is the "Merlot Man" and... well, just read it yourself.

[[ Why "Merlot Man"? Well, funny story. According to the Washington Post, as Dean has traveled around the country recently giving pep talks to members of his party, he has taken to describing its most loyal base as "Merlot Democrats."

This is a little odd, given that for decades now, Democrats have complained that Republicans unfairly call them names, making them sound more liberal, sissified and elitist than they really are. Years of GOP attacks on "limousine liberals," "ACLU liberals," "San Francisco Democrats" and so forth have finally paid off. That's why you always hear prominent Democrats, when asked if they're liberals, respond, "I don't believe in labels." If pressed, they might boldly say, "If it's liberal to like ice cream, than I am a liberal!"

Merlot Democrats To The Rescue



Oh, Delicious Irony

Wow... this is one of those "truth stranger than fiction" thingies...

[[ The author of a new state law that allows felony charges against owners of dangerous dogs was hospitalized over the weekend after his own dog attacked him. ]]

Dog Attacks Anti-Dangerous Dog Bill Author

It reminds us that fate can throw a mean curveball.


Vengeance Achieved

It took him three years to work up the necessary intestinal fortitude... but the guy finally did it.

[[ An ice cream vendor attacked a Bangkok dentist with a small sword, breaking his arm and badly cutting his face, police said Wednesday.

Somboon Saisida, 43, stormed Pornpoj Suriwong's dental clinic in Bangkok on Tuesday, assaulting the man because three years ago he mistreated Somboon _ by leaving an infected tooth in his mouth and pulling a healthy one, police Lt. Prapas Yongsatar said.

Somboon claimed this alleged error led to weakness in his left arm and leg, and eventually he lacked the strength to paddle his ice cream tricycle cart, forcing him to stop working. Somboon was charged with attempted murder. Police were holding him in custody pending trial.

Thai Ice Cream Vendor Attacks Dentist

Do you suppose he woke up every day thinking "I really need to go and attack that damn dentist..."??


Darn It- Chickens Are Funny!

Okay... maybe it is in questionable taste... but still...

[[ A chicken toy that squawks and flaps its wings when strangled is "grossly irresponsible" and sends the wrong message to young children, a spokesman for a leading animal welfare group said Tuesday.

The toy is manufactured by a Taiwanese company and is widely available in toy and electronics stores across Australia. It is marketed for children over 3.

A product description on the Web site of Jaycar Electronics, a major Australian importer of toy, says: "Grab him by the neck and he will squawk and cluck like mad, flapping his wings and feet wildly as if he is really being choked."

Jaycar's Managing Director Gary Johnstone said he was "amused and mystified" by the RSPCA's response.

"I would have thought they would have better things to do like saving real animals from cruelty," Johnstone said. "This is a toy that is used to relieve stress, it's meant to be a bit of a giggle."

Group Condemns Chicken Choking Toy


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

So, It's Come To This...

As a long-time hand-to-hand combat instructor, I can sympathize with the poor blokes who will be on the receiving end of this training. Women can be exponentially more brutal than men when they let themselves go with decent martial training... especially if they are fighting for a deeply felt cause.

[[ NURSES are to be trained in close combat skills as part of Britain's first zero tolerance campaign against violent patients.

"We are the first authority to implement a strategy that will 'yellow card' offenders and, in if need be, 'red card' them. It will include training for staff in high-risk conflict management. Physical self-defence will be part of it." - Jim Cameron, Glasgow Acute Hospitals.

See? Everything is like a soccer game to them! Gotta love the spirit, though...

Nurses To Be Trained In Hand-To-Hand Combat


Gotta Love Slick Willie...

...he certainly had his priorities straight, didn't he?

Here's Dick Morris explaining why our cuddley and loveable ex-President didn't want to help get the Saudis to cooperate with a terror investigation.

[[ FORMER FBI Director Louis Freeh writes movingly of his disappointment that Presi dent Bill Clinton did little or nothing to in tervene with the Saudi monarchy to let his agents question the accused perpetrators of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing. But he is at a loss to understand the president's conduct.

In an earlier terror attack, the Saudis had cut off the heads of the suspected terrorists before the FBI could question them. To avoid a repeat, Freeh went to the president and emphasized the importance of intervening with the Saudis to allow questioning.

The Saudis, of course, didn't want the FBI interrogating their suspects for fear that the depth of the al Qaeda network that had grown in Saudi Arabia might be exposed to American — and world — view. But why did Clinton do nothing in the face of the appeals of his FBI chief?

Until Freeh spoke out, I didn't know that Clinton had failed to press the Saudis to let in the FBI. But his reasons for not doing so are quite clear. For him to have picked up the phone and demanded that the Saudis let the FBI question their suspects would have risked annoying them by implying skepticism about their toughness on terrorism. And Clinton could not risk alienating Riyadh.

So even as Clinton was mouthing his determination to find those responsible for the Khobar Towers bombing, he was sending the Saudis a message, by his refusal to make the phone call, that Freeh's demands were not his top priority, gas prices were.

He's just a hunka-hunka burning love, isn't he?

The REAL Reason Clinton Wouldn't Call The Saudis


You Know You're An Evil ROP...

When even the Buddhists are revving up to kick your ass.

[[ The attack on a Buddhist temple and murder of a monk and two temple boys has pushed the government's patience to the limit and there are scores to be settled with the insurgents, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday. The security forces had been too laid-back and would have to shape up. ]]

But then, there's this curious sentence... which I must confess to not understanding at all.

[[ Sunday's raid was obviously a calculated act to turn Buddhists against Muslims. ]]


Government Vows To Avenge Monks' Murders


I Predict...

That if we let a liberal win the White House, we'll probably wind up paying this guy.

[[ A Brazilian psychic is demanding that the United States pay him $25 million as a reward for directing US troops to Saddam Hussein's exact hiding place in 2003.
Jucelino Nobrega Da Luz claims to have sent letters to the U.S. Government beginning in September 2001 with exact location of Saddam's hiding place, though he never received a reply from US authorities.
Da Luz claimed that without his letters of instruction, the US would not have successfully captured Iraq's former leader. He believes, therefore, that he is entitled to the $25 million reward posted for help leading to his capture, according to Reuters.

Psychic Wants U.S. To Pay Up

What a world...


Monday, October 17, 2005

DFL: Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

Ben Johnson has a great article in Front Page on the Iraq vote and what it means to the ultimate victory against terrorism. It is also illustrative of how far Iraq has come in a very short time.

[[ Otherwise, by all media accounts, American troops were nearly “invisible,” leaving the job of securing the election in the capable hands of Iraq’s 200,0000 indigenous police and footsoldiers – a force the New York Times admits is daily growing in numbers and aptitude. In some areas, Sunnis protected polls from jihadist violence.

The strategic importance of this ratification has not been lost on world leaders. Condoleeza Rice pointedly told “Meet the Press” yesterday, “You defeat an insurgency politically as well as militarily. It will take time, [but] an insurgency cannot ultimately survive without a political base.” President Bush stated on Saturday: “Today's vote deals a severe blow to the ambitions of the terrorists. A clear message to the world that the people of Iraq will decide the future of their country through peaceful elections, not violent insurgency.” Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called this constitution “a sign of civilization” and “a new birth.”

Did you get that? Sunnis were protecting polls! It is very difficult to overstate the importance of that one.

Still, the jihadis can always go to their bench and get relief help from their staunch allies here in America.

[[ Yet this vote has not deprived al-Qaeda of its ultimatehope: that peaceniks will eventually cause Uncle Sam to withdraw from Iraq, just as GIs “ran and left their agents” in Vietnam on orders from a Democratic Congress. However, an engaged, democratic, and self-sufficient Iraq would deprive Zawahiri of the base-of-operations of which he fantasizes.

The left-wing blog the Daily Kos also hinted there may be substance behind Sunni charges of U.S. corruption in a post that concludes, “It matters what the Sunni think.” [sic.]
Other leftists share the Sunnis’ and terrorists’ disappointment. “This thing is an enormous fiasco,” said Juan Cole, who believe Sunni opposition “really undermines [the constitution’s] legitimacy, and this result guarantees the guerrilla war will go on.” Cole, a Middle East Studies “scholar” at the University of Michigan, believes President Bush launched Operation Iraqi Freedom to give Ariel Sharon cover to steal more Arab land.
On the eve of the vote, Ted Kennedy lambasted President Bush for not spelling out an exit plan, claiming Bush “pushed victory further from our reach.” John Kerry likewise blamed him for creating “a terrorist mess in Iraq that didn't exist before the invasion.” Writing for Z magazine, far-leftist Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies described the new constitution as a “text largely crafted and imposed by U.S. occupation authorities and their Iraqi dependents, and thus lacking in legal or political legitimacy.” This recalls Kerry’s words that the January vote possessed only “a kind of legitimacy.”

Thanks to the Bush administration, Iraq is establishing itself as a bulwark of democratic freedom, step-by-faltering-step. This move would insulate that nation against terrorism – which is precisely why the terrorists are fighting so hard: they recognize they are losing. A decisive loss in Iraq could, at a minimum, force al-Qaeda to change tactics; it may prove the decisive battle that dries up its appeal as a tool of terrorism (until its successor emerges). Apart from these considerations, Iraq’s chrysalis, from authoritarian fascist state to autonomous republic, should be applauded by every friend of freedom on its own merits. In the face of the most stunning political metamorphosis since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the politically motivated Left can only rage against a president it hates by lashing out at a people he has freed.

Yes... our left wing brothers are very special, aren't they?

Sticking It To The Terrorists


Harry Potter Will Be Relieved

Multi-culturalism is still hard at work in the U.K. Finally, the poor, persecuted witches and pagans will be able to practice their "religion" while incarcerated. How they have suffered before this ruling! I know it was keeping me awake at night.

[[ Pagan priests will be allowed to use wine and wands during ceremonies in jails under instructions issued to every prison governor.

Inmates practising paganism will be allowed a hoodless robe, incense and a piece of religious jewellery among their personal possessions. They will also be allowed to have Tarot cards but are forbidden from using them to tell the fortunes of other prisoners.

Got that? Wine and wands are okay...but no telling the other prisoners what their future holds. As if that would be a trick... "umm, the cards seem to say that you are a criminal and a loser... and that there are lots of bars in your future... no, not the kind with stools and drinks..."

Pagans Rejoice!

I think we should have a sacrifice and drink some blood or something to celebrate.


Stealing Honor

I like to use that phrase whenever I see the deranged far left using our fallen warriors to further their idiotic ideas. They are, in essence, stealing the honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Just look at poor Casey Sheehan. Does anyone really think that brave soldier- who reenlisted and volunteered for the dangerous mission that killed him- would have wanted his service to be remembered as it now is- with his unhinged mother saying that his country is "not worth fighting and dying for"??

Anyway, here's a good piece by Ruth Ann Dailey that reminds us of some important historical concepts and facts.

[[ This is a very different war. The numbers are much different too. Since March 2003, only 1,974 Americans have died in a war to liberate a country of 26 million people and rearrange the ideological map of the Middle East. On D-Day alone -- June 6, 1944 -- authorities estimate that somewhere between 1,465 and 4,900 American soldiers died in the Allied effort to liberate France, a country of 40 million people ]]

A mistake, some would argue, that we are still paying for today.

War Dead Are Not Supposed To Be Political Tools


Hypocritical Racists In Charge

Here's a good column by the venerable Stanley Crouch. In it, he takes the racist anti-American Louis Farrakhan and his "movement" to task.

[[ Louis Farrakhan proved again Saturday in Washington that there is nothing particularly original or insightful about him.

Since Muhammad's death, Farrakhan has taken on the mantle of the leader destined to awaken the sleeping giant of black consciousness. Along the way, he has come off as an anti-Semite, maintained the basic racism taught to him by Muhammad and has threatened reporters with death.

The question of whether Farrakhan has sold out is easily raised by his alliance with rappers, the vast majority of whom create material that is diametrically opposed to the Nation of Islam's morality. But many suspect that entrepreneur Russell Simmons, the "godfather of hip hop," is a strong financial supporter of the Nation of Islam. Perhaps that explains why Simmons can support and promote cultural monstrosities such as 50 Cent and be sure he will hear nothing derisive from Farrakhan.

Hypocrisy, you say? Bah! The left have no use for words like that. It is merely politically expedient to go to bed with anyone who will further your ultimate goals.

A "Leader" Only By Default


Sunday, October 16, 2005

Earthquake Orphans Out Of Luck

I just want to know why... even though I suspect I already do.

Pakistan Says No To Adoption Of Quake Orphans


The Russians Aren't Like Us, Are They?

Russian Police Round Up Muslim Men

Umm... isn't that, like, profiling, or something? They better be careful... the aclu is always looking for a fight like this!


And Now, A Word From...

...General George S. Patton:

"Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack."


Saturday, October 15, 2005

You Hear That?

It's Freedom ringing.

And echoing in bi-partisan and editorial support.






Friday, October 14, 2005

No Compromise - Oo-Rah!!

"Maybe you can be one of us."

That's what the posters and ads have always said... and meant. It is very good to see that it has not- and will not be- changed. In a nation of under-achieving and standard lowering... it is nice to have some solid bedrock institutions that won't bow down.

Unlike the Army, the Marine Corps met its national recruiting goals for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 and has no plans to lower its standards for recruits, officials said.

In their pop-up ads on the Internet, for example, the Army says, "Join the U.S. Army. Discover all the opportunities the U.S. Army has to offer," while the Marine Corps asks "Do you have what it takes? Contact a Marine recruiter."

In one of the Army's television ads, an African American youth tells his mother he is enlisting so that he can earn money for college.

In a TV ad that debuted Oct. 1, the Marines emphasize the demands of boot camp.

"The main thing we show, or sell, if you will, to young men and women are the intangibles: self-discipline, service to country, service to team," said Maj. Joe Kloppel, spokesman for the Western Recruiting Region based in San Diego.

"Those things don't change with the economy," he said.

No. They don't.

Marines Hit Recruiting Goal, Won't Lower Bar


Bible School

Here's a good one from Rich Lowry in National Review. Teaching the bible in public schools is illegal and impossible, right? Not so fast...

[[ It's time to get the Bible back in public schools. And not through the back door of creationism disguised as Intelligent Design.

America is a Bible-soaked nation, from the Puritans to Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr. Without a basic grasp of the Bible, it is impossible to understand the well springs of our country and the basis of Western civilization. Which is why it is a scandal that Bible education has been chased out of the schools and why the work of the Bible Literacy Project to put it back there is so admirable.

The nonpartisan, Virginia-based Bible Literacy Project has set out methodically to return Bible education to the schools by answering the questions: Is it legal? Is it needed? How can it be done? "The Bible and Its Influence," a just-published textbook for use in grades 9-12, is the culmination of this effort. Rarely is a textbook an occasion for celebration or anything but moaning on the part of students, but this substantial, gorgeously produced, thoroughly vetted volume is an emphatic exception.

A few years ago, the Bible Literacy Project published together with the First Amendment Center a guide on how to teach the Bible in schools. The list of groups that have endorsed this consensus statement reads like a who's who from the clashing sides in the culture war, with People For the American Way Foundation on the one hand and National Association of Evangelicals on the other. In 1963, the guide notes, the Supreme Court struck down devotional Bible reading in schools as unconstitutional. But the court said schools may teach the Bible as long as it is "presented objectively as part of a secular program of education" — a message lost on most lawsuit-averse school boards.

So, Bible education is legal, but is it necessary? Well, only if you want to be educated. By one count, there are 1,300 biblical references in Shakespeare's plays, working out to an average of 40 per play. Bible literacy will lead to a deeper understanding of authors from Herman Melville to Charles Dickens, from William Faulkner to Toni Morrison. The Bible has inspired the world's greatest poets, painters and composers, some of its most influential reformers, and the founding of a great nation (ours).

Know Thy Bible

What a difference something like this could make in the future of our nation. Even if only a small percentage of kids were positively effected... wow.


Commies Aren't Cool

Almost nothing makes me more angry than seeing slack-brained children wearing shirts emblazoned with the picture of Che Guevara. It's hard to blame the ignorant kids- but very easy to blame the left wing propaganda machines for installing a murdering communist thug as a pop-hero.

Front Page has an exhaustive piece on this "hero" that points out, in vivid and painful detail, just how much of a criminal this man was.

[[ "Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!"
Che Guevara wrote these lines while in his early twenties, before he had gotten his hands on any such enemy. The passage appears in Che's Motorcycle Diaries, recently made into a heartwarming film by Robert Redford -- the only film to get a whooping standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. It seems that Redford omitted this inconvenient portion of Che's diaries form his touching tribute.
 Two weeks after Che entered Havana and took his post at La Cabana fortress, Castro saw his instincts as a personnel manager fully vindicated. The "acrid odor of gunpowder and blood" never reached Guevara's nostrils from actual combat. It always came from the close range murder of bound, gagged and blindfolded men. "We must create the pedagogy of the paredon (firing squad.)" Che instructed his Revolutionary Tribunals: "We don't need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate."

In that very month, January 1957 Fidel Castro ordered the execution of a peasant guerrilla named Eutimio Guerra who he accused of being an informer for Batista's forces. Castro assigned the killing to his own bodyguard, Universo Sanchez. To everyone's surprise, Che Guevara -- a lowly rebel soldier/medic at the time (not yet a comandante -- volunteered to accompany Sanchez and another soldier to the execution site. The Cuban rebels were glum as they walked slowly down the trail in a torrential thunderstorm. Finally the little group stopped in a clearing.
Sanchez was hesitant, looking around, perhaps looking for an excuse to postpone or call off the execution. Dozens would follow, but this was the first execution of a Castro rebel by Castro's rebels. Suddenly without warning Che stepped up and fired his pistol into Guerra's temple. "He went into convulsions for a while and was finally still. Now his belongings were mine." Che wrote in his Diaries.
Shortly afterwards, Che's father in Buenos Aires received a letter from his prodigal son. "I'd like to confess, papa', at that moment I discovered that I really like killing."
This attitude caught Castro's eye. More executions of assorted "deserters" informers" and "war criminals" quickly followed, all with Che's enthusiastic participation. One was of a captured Batista soldier, a 17-years old boy totally green to the guerrilla "war," hence his easy capture. First Che interrogated him.
"I haven't killed anyone, comandante," the terrified boy answered Che. "I just got out here! I'm an only son, my mother's a widow and I joined the army for the salary, to send it to her every month...don't kill me!" He blurted out when he heard Che's unmoved reply, "Don't kill me!--why?"
The boy was trussed up, shoved in front of a recently dug pit and murdered.

"Arbenz didn't execute enough people," was how Guevara explained the Guatemalan coup's success.
Fidel and Che didn't want a repeat of the Guatemalan coup in Cuba. Equally important, the massacres cowed and terrorized. Most of them came after public trials. And the executions, right down to the final shattering of the skull with the coup de grace from a massive .45 slug fired at five paces, were public too. Guevara made it a policy for his men to parade the families and friends of the executed before the blood, bone and brain spattered firing squad.

Fidel's Executioner

Next time you see one of those shirts, try to restrain yourself from ripping it off of the idiot... it will only get you sent to jail. Instead, ask the "cool" person if they are aware of who, and what, the man on the shirt was. I guarantee that the answers will range from "I have no idea" to "He was a revolutionary hero." Then try to reasonably and briefly educate them. Won't always work... but at least we try.

The left has succeeded wildly in their history revision with this one. We have to try to combat it- even if it's one idiot at a time.


Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Compassionate Left

Here is one that I will be putting in my "special place in hell" file. These people will just never get it...

This communist news network article leads with "Staff at New Orleans hospital debated euthanizing patients"... but it becomes clear that more than "discussing" might have happened.

[[ Three days after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, staff members at the city's Memorial Medical Center had repeated discussions about euthanizing patients they thought might not survive the ordeal, according to a doctor and nurse manager who were in the hospital at the time.

The Louisiana attorney general's office is investigating allegations that mercy killings occurred and has requested that autopsies be performed on all 45 bodies taken from the hospital after the storm.

Orleans Parish coroner Frank Minyard said investigators have told him they think euthanasia may have been committed.

"They thought someone was going around injecting people with some sort of lethal medication," Minyard said.

No doubt that "someone" thought he/she was being noble... just like a good liberal, they were leading with their "feelings"...

Euthanasia In New Orleans?


Burka Intolerance In Scandanavia?

Is it possible that even the over-the-top multi-culturalists up there are starting to get it??

[[ The Netherlands is likely to become the first country in Europe to ban the burka, under government proposals that would bring in some of the toughest curbs on Muslim clothing in the world.

The country’s hardline Integration Minister, Rita Verdonk, known as the Iron Lady for her series of tough anti-immigration measures, told Parliament that she was going to investigate where and when the burka should be banned. The burka, traditional clothing in some Islamic societies, covers a woman’s face and body, leaving only a strip of gauze for the eyes.

Mrs Verdonk gave warning that the “time of cosy tea-drinking” with Muslim groups had passed and that natives and immigrants should have the courage to be critical of each other. She recently cancelled a meeting with Muslim leaders who refused to shake her hand because she was a woman.

See, the Dutch are in no mood to put up with anymore islamofascist garbage. There remember only too well what all their "tolerance" got Theo Van-Gogh. Here is more proof of how reality is bursting the liberal bubble:

[[ How the Netherlands has become less liberal:

* Immigrants must pass an exam on Dutch language and culture before being allowed to move to the Netherlands. That does not apply to immigrants from US, Canada, Australia, Japan and other EU states.

* Legal immigrants already there must take a Dutch language course at their own expense.

* Immigrants guilty of any minor crime, such as shoplifting, during their first three years in the country can be deported.

* People can bring in a husband or wife only once they are 24 years old, and do not depend on welfare benefits. The measures are aimed at curbing international arranged marriages.

* 26,000 illegal immigrants are being deported, some of whom have been in the country for ten years and have established families.

* Clampdown on foreign imams working in mosques. They must show their appreciation of Dutch values.

* Increase in sentences for a range of crimes, and introduction of “zero tolerance” policing to cities such as Rotterdam.

* Tightening of rules on cannabis-selling coffee-shops and zero-tolerance approach to infringements. About half the coffee shops in Amsterdam have closed.

Fear not, though... some of the insane liberal agenda remains alive and well in the lowlands:

[[ * The Netherlands is still liberal in some ways, however. In 2001, the country became the first in the world to legalise gay marriages. The Netherlands still has liberal rules on euthanasia, recently extending it to severely handicapped babies and children. ]]

Dutch Banning The Burka?


Mitt Stands His Ground

I really like that all the liberals are mad at a liberal Republican. I also like that, even to a RINO like Romney, the spectre of terrorism is enough to make him see straight.

Mostly, though, I like it when the deranged ones show their true colors.

[[ Finally, the tolerant progressives at the Daily Kos, appeared on the scene. Appalled by Romney's insensitivity to those of another faith, Kos diarist "Skralyx" observed, "Actually, Mormonism strikes many as a sort of deviant faith, so maybe Mitt himself should be hooked up to a surveillance device." "Skralyx" was done one better by commenter "Brother Dave" who broke it down into a mathematical proof:

Romney = Mormon
Mormon = Rascist [sic]
Mormon = Fascist
Mormon = Republican
The math was never simpler.

Now, how can you argue with math like that?

Mosque Madness


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Al-Qaida Is Paying Attention

Okay, let's review. We all remember the Tet Offensive, right? And we all remember how the media turned that victory into a defeat for the United States, right? Well, here... right from the horse's mouth... is more proof that the deranged far left is directly complicit in helping our enemy to defeat us.

[[ In a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, al-Qaida's No. 2 leader said the United States "ran and left their agents" in Vietnam and the jihadists must have a plan ready to fill the void if the Americans suddenly leave Iraq.

"Things may develop faster than we imagine," Ayman al-Zawahri wrote in a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam _ and how they ran and left their agents _ is noteworthy. ... We must be ready starting now."

"More than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media," he wrote. "We are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our umma," or community of Muslims, he wrote.

The line is an apparent reference to a phrase _ "hearts and minds" _ often used by President Bush.

Al-Qaida Ready To Fill "Void" After U.S. Surrender

I've had more than enough of all this crap about the "peace" protesters being "patriots"... and caring about the troops. They are nothing more than soldiers in Al-Qaida's global army of useful idiots.



Monsters, Inc.

Here is a hard look at the disgustingly evil face of the islamofascist bastards.

[[ The Shin Bet security services said Wednesday morning said that it has arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian boy from the West Bank town of Nablus on suspicion of planning to carry out a suicide bombing. The boy was arrested Tuesday.

During questioning, the boy said he had an argument with his father and that militants from the Fatah movement in the Balata refugee camp who knew of this attempted to convince him to become a suicide bomber.

They lay in wait for young children to become vulnerable... and then try to get them to commit homicidal suicide.


Jihad Recruiters


Never Forget

Five years ago, we lost seventeen American Sailors on the USS Cole. It is easy to forget the long list of islamofascist atrocities... it is easy to just go on with our lives and let history slide away into the fog.

Michelle Malkin, thank God, is here to remind us about keeping our guard up and remembering who and what our enemy is.

[[ Oct. 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. Seventeen American sailors were murdered in the attack. They were casualties of a war with radical Islamic terror that America hadn't yet declared and which the mainstream media still refuses to acknowledge today.

 Too many of us were blind in 2000 -- unable or unwilling or simply too uninterested to connect such blood-stained dots as al Qaeda's 1993 World Trade Center bombing attack, the 1996 Khobar Tower bombings, the 1998 African embassy bombings, and the attack on the Cole. After Sept. 11, 2001, all of our eyes should have been pried wide open to the evils of Muslim extremism that exist among us in both organized and freelance form.

Paying Attention


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Iraq Glass

We're getting there.

Sunnis Reach Deal On Iraq Constitution


That Is Very Un-Smurfy

If you ever doubted that the deranged far left would do ANYTHING to further their insane agenda... doubt no more.

Anti-War Activists Bomb The Smurfs To Prove Point

[[ Smurfette is left for dead. Baby Smurf is left crying and orphaned as the Smurf's village is carpet bombed by warplanes _ a horrific scene and imagery not normally associated with the lovable blue-skinned cartoon characters. ]]



What A Race That Would Be

I'm not the biggest Dick Morris fan, but I admit he is a very smart guy. Still, I am perplexed at his assertions that Condi Rice can win the Presidency. I'm far from sold on that one.

Anyway, his new book has that as its main thesis...

[[ There is only one force on Earth capable of preventing Sen. Hillary Clinton from winning the White House in 2008 - and her name is Condoleezza Rice. ]]

Condi vs Hillary

Guess we'll see how smart he is...


Monday, October 10, 2005

Tsar's Roundup

Time for another installment of Tsar Lazar's Koranimal Karnevil!!

Pomoze Bog.

Welcome back, my friends,
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Our Knesset insider Yoni shows us once again why the Paleswinians are incapable of self-government.

Palestinian chaos: Fatah's Popular Army on the loose

GAZA CITY - Despite opposition by the Palestinian Authority, Fatah has
deployed its so-called Popular Army.

Over the last month, Fatah's Popular Army has clashed with Palestinians
throughout the Gaza Strip. In most cases, the army was used to attack rivals
and disrupt protests by unions and opposition groups.

Palestinian sources said the Popular Army has been employed by Fatah
officials who also serve in the PA. They said the PA has used the Popular
Army to help impose control over Palestinian society.

"We are on the verge of civil war if the situation remains out of control,"
Palestinian legislator Khaddoura Fares said.

[On late Wednesday, suspected Fatah gunmen shot and seriously injured a
senior officer of PA military intelligence. Palestinian sources said the
gunmen were trying to abduct the officer from downtown Gaza City.]

On Oct. 2, a Popular Army member fired at taxi drivers near the southern
Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis. The taxi drivers had closed the Bani Suheila
junction in protest of an increase in fuel prices. The shooting resulted in
the death of a 30-year-old taxi driver, identified as Yasser Atiya Baraka.
Another driver was shot and injured. PA police did not respond.

Later that day, another Fatah group attacked a PA police station in the
Jabalya refugee camp north of Gaza City. Palestinian sources said the attack
was meant to protest the appointment of Maj. Eyad Kilab as a director of the
Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

Palestinian sources said Fatah has trained a force of about 3,000 members of
the Popular Army. They said members - some of whom were used to protect
evacuated Israeli communities in September - have received a salary from
Fatah drawn from PA funds.

The Popular Army was also said to have been involved in the latest armed
clashes in the Gaza Strip in which at least three people were killed and 43
injured. During an Oct. 2 battle, Popular Army members were seen protecting
a PA police station from Hamas attack in the Shati refugee camp.

The following day, PA police stormed the Palestinian Legislative Council in
Gaza City and demanded retaliation against Hamas. The police fired into the
air during a legislative session which later called for the dismissal of all
PA security chiefs.

"People are saying this is a test for a Palestinian state," PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas said. "If we continue on this path these people will say we
don't deserve one."

And also asks a very good question:

How long can the game go on, the PA is not Israels friend. The PA is our enemy that wants to destroy Israel as much as Hamas does, so why are we giving them ammunition?

23:40 Oct 08, '05 / 5 Tishrei 5766

( Israel is planning additional confidence-building concessions to the Palestinian Authority (PA) ahead of this week’s scheduled meeting between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

While Finance Minister Ehud Olmert announced last week that terrorists “with blood on their hands” would not be released, the IDF is expected to approve giving ammunition to PA security forces. In addition, at the meeting between the two leaders, there will be discussion regarding safe-passage routes between Gaza and PA autonomous areas throughout Judea and Samaria.

The PA is especially anxious to show progress on the political front with Israel as Abu Mazen is scheduled to meet in Washington on 20 October with US President George W. Bush.

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For those of you bloggers out there who are looking for a good, full-time job with excellent benefits---including 72 virgins, as many wives as you can handle, instant divorce, and no age-of-consent problems---here is your chance. A ex-Marine sniper friend of mine told me that the health benefits are lousy, though…

Looking for work? Consider Al Qaeda...

Fri Oct 7,10:49 AM ET

Al Qaeda has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together its Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaperreported.

The London-based Asharq al-Awsat said on its Web site this week that al Qaeda had "vacant positions" for video production and editing statements, footage and international media coverage about militants in Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Chechnya and other conflict zones where militants are active.

The paper said the Global Islamic Media Front, an al Qaeda-linked Web-based organization, would "follow up with members interested in joining and contact them via email."

The paper did not say how applicants should contact the Global Islamic Media Front.

Al Qaeda supporters widely use the Internet to spread the group's statements through dozens of Islamist sites where anyone can post messages. Al Qaeda-linked groups also set up their own sites, which frequently have to move after being shut by Internet service providers.

The advertisements, however, could not be found on mainstream Islamist Web sites where al Qaeda and other affiliate groups post their statements.

Asharq al-Awsat said the advert did not specify salary amounts, but added: "Every Muslim knows his life is not his, since it belongs to this violated Islamic nation whose blood is being spilled. Nothing should take precedence over this."

The Front this week issued the second broadcast of a weekly Web news program called Voice of the Caliphate, which it says aims to combat anti-Qaeda "lies and propaganda" on major global and Arab television channels such as CNN and Al Jazeera.

Last month it issued an English-language video on the Internet called Jihad Hidden Camera which showed sniping and bombing attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq, and carried comical sound effects as well as laugh tracks.

Al Qaeda and other groups have increasingly turned to the Internet to win young Muslims over to their war against Western-backed governments in Arab and Muslim countries.

Islamist insurgents fighting U.S. forces and the U.S.-backed government in Iraq have often posted slick montages of their military activities, including beheadings of hostages, on the Internet.

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In the aftermath of the Warrior from God (no, not Katrina---we’re talking about earthquake in Pakistan) comes an article that seems to suggest a sigh of relief from our friends at the Saudi Arab News:

No Evidence Bin Laden Hurt or Killed

WASHINGTON, 10 October 2005 — No evidence suggests that the deadly earthquake that rocked Pakistan on Saturday injured or killed the world’s top terror leader, Osama Bin Laden. …
Meanwhile, scores of activists from an Islamist charity linked to a banned Pakistani militant organization died in the devastating earthquake.
The militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, was outlawed by Pakistan in January 2002, a month after its fighters were accused of taking part in an attack on India’s Parliament in New Delhi.
A spokesman for Jamat-ud-Dawa, a group drawn from the ranks of Lashkar, said the charity’s mosques, hospitals, schools and seminaries were obliterated in Saturday’s earthquake. “Many of our members have been killed. They are in scores while several others are still trapped under the rubble,” the spokesman said yesterday.

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Some apologetic hand-wringing from a barbarian from Arab View:

Those Who Like to Offend

A colleague visited Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park; he returned with a smile and a surprised look on his face. He told me what he had seen and said that he was happy to see people speaking and interacting with such freedom — even if much of what they were saying was total nonsense. In fact, he was so amused that he decided to make a trip to Speakers’ Corner a weekly diversion. A little later, he came back and said, “I have seen that most Arabs don’t know how to engage in a reasonable discussion.” I wondered how he had arrived at this conclusion and when I asked him, he explained. He said that on one of his expeditions he had seen an Arab man standing on a chair and so naturally, he was interested in what the man had to say. He was speaking about Iraq, its integrity and its many problems. From among those listening to him there came loud voices, some approving and others disapproving. What began as one man expressing an opinion soon became an exchange of insults and in the end, an actual fight.
[Surely not; Arabs unreasonable? Koranimals intolerant? This must be a Bushitler propaganda agent at work…]
I was not surprised and asked my friend why he had been; I recommended he watch some Arabic TV talk shows. When any topic is brought up, you soon realize that no rules are being followed and that each speaker is simply announcing that his ideas are right and all others are wrong — in other words, things end up as a verbal boxing match. Why, I wonder, is this so often the case? What makes many of us so intolerant and defensive? Why does each one of us think that he or she is always right? With these thoughts swirling in my head, I soon found another example of how Arabs handle debates.
An Arabic website featured an interview with a young Saudi woman writer who wrote a novel titled “Girls of Riyadh.” According to the writer, Rajaa Al-Sanae who is a dentist, the novel deals with real issues in every Saudi girl’s life — love, marriage and family matters. She maintains that her novel is a reflection of the social life of Saudi girls and that every Saudi girl will find something to relate to in it. Initial reactions were that she had betrayed the Saudi social code and “exposed our girls.” Now in a society where privacy comes first, such comments and complaints are hardly surprising.
Then, however, there were a number of comments that reflect the less attractive elements in our culture. One reader wrote that the author should have the decency to stop writing; another said that the book reflected a desire to break free of all traditions and moral values and he even said that girls who complain of “social pressures” were simply drifting away from Islamic values.
Yet another said that if the book were not controversial, it would have been published in the Kingdom and naturally, there was one who said that as a woman, the writer should have stayed at home. Many of the comments were well off the subject and strayed into the familiar areas of our traditions, how to protect the social fabric from dangerous influences and even a direct attack on the origins of some Saudis whose ancestors came from outside the Kingdom! And in the middle, to be fair, there were those who supported the writer and thought she had done a good thing. Most of the comments, I am sorry to say, dealt with irrelevant issues — which goes back to what my friend said about Arabs not being able to participate sensibly and unemotionally in a real discussion. Keeping all of this in mind, I must say that the whole idea of discussion and debate is new to us; in the past, neither was a part of our education and so in time, with experience, I hope we will learn how to do these things in a way that will help us and also inform us. It is of vital importance that we learn to listen to others — this doesn’t mean agreeing with them — and take in what they have to say without declaring them totally mistaken or misguided.

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From the Jakarta Post comes this evidence that even Muslims know that chocolate is one of the secrets to human happiness:

CHOCOLATE KORAN: Two children look at three giant chocolate cakes in the form of the Koran now on display during Ramadhan at Gran Melia Hotel. Hotel chefs took three weeks to make the cakes that show passages from the Koran. (JP/Mulkan Salmona)

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A Koranimal reaches a midlife crisis and decides on a change of profession and lifestyle, as reported in the Jakarta Post. Said specimen is obviously a Daily Kos/DU reader, since his conspiracy theory is about as credible as theirs are.

Ex-militant says Bali blasts aimed to discredit Islam

A former accomplice of Imam Samudra, who received the death sentence for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, has confessed to taking part in acts of violence nationwide, but denied a role in the Oct. 1 blasts on the island.

Hadidi aka Abu Zahro, 40, told the Cilegon Police he was a victim of a grand scenario to label Muslim hard-liners as perpetrators of bomb attacks in the country.

Cilegon Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Agus Riansyah led the questioning of Hadidi on Saturday. The native of Banten was also shown pictures of three suspected suicide bombers of last weekend's attacks on two cafes and a restaurant on the tourist island, which left 23 people dead, including one victim who died in hospital on Saturday.

Police have now questioned 170 people who may lead the investigators to the masterminds of the terror attack and the motives behind it.

"I don't know the men in the pictures (the suspected bombers) because I have never met them. But they could be new recruits," Hadidi told Antara at his residence on Sunday.

"Frankly, I was shocked upon answering the questions. I have quit now and tried to start a new life as a good citizen here."

Hadidi said he underwent one month paramilitary training along with Moro Islamic militant fighters on Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines in 2000.

Before the Philippines stint, Hadidi had joined the military-backed militia group Pam Swakarsa formed to help security officers guard the special session of the People's Consultative Assembly in 1999. Hadidi was appointed group coordinator for Banten area.

"My involvement in Pam Swakarsa followed my acquaintance with Jaja, a local businessman. Jaja was also known as the right hand of Imam Samudra," he said.

"I thought Pam Swakarsa was legal because I was entrusted to help the government restore order following the fall of the New Order regime in 1998."

Economic hardship was the motive behind his decision to accept the offer to join the militia group.

After the special session was over, Hadidi said Jaja ordered him to undertake "a mission" in Ambon, which at that time was rocked by bloody sectarian conflicts.

"But as I was ready to leave from Tanjung Priok seaport, I and eight other Pam Swakarsa members were smuggled to the Philippines to join the training with the Muslim rebels," he said.

Upon arrival from Mindanao, Hadidi was assigned to several places nationwide.

"All of the assignments were given upon Imam Samudra's directives. I followed the order because Jaja promised me a job in one of his companies," Hadidi said.

Imam, along with Amrozi and Mukhlas, were sentenced to death after the Denpasar District Court declared them guilty of plotting and executing the Bali bombing on Oct. 12, 2002. The terror attack killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

During the interrogation, police also asked Hadidi about his recent activities and his current relationship with Jaja and other recruits. He said he had received threats from Jaja and his men.

"Economic hardship drove me to accept the offer. My leaders always taught me jihad against any kind of repression. Indeed, I was too afraid to resist my leaders and I believe I may be not the only person trapped in this political scenario," he said.

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And finally, from the Islamic Republic News Agency (aka, the Tehran branch office of the Washington Post) comes this clarification of US foreign policy:

US follows interventionist goals in int'l campaign against terrorism

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday that US is following up interventionist goals under guise of international campaign against terrorism.

"It has become clear now that US war against Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has been nothing more than a lie and the US has been discredited by the world public opinion," Mottaki said.

He said that US has embarked on an old and repetitive game to sow discord among the Islamic nations to press ahead with ominous goals.

Washington is following unilateral goals in the international community, has occupied Iraq and supports Zionist regime which poses threat to the world peace, he said.

"The US had better stop interference in national affairs of other states instead of sympathizing with Islamic nations," Mottaki said in reference to US President George W. Bush's statement at Foundation for Democracy in Washington.

"US is accusing Iran and other Islamic States of ill-intention, whereas, it has black record in terms of using nuclear weapons (against Japan), possessing nuclear arsenals, discriminatory approach to different nations and violation of their rights, forging scientific apartheid and attempts to dominate energy resources of developing states. So, the US has no jurisdiction for judgement in the international community."
He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran honors its commitments to the international community and has made constructive cooperation to reinforce regional and international peace and stability.

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