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"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Why Can't the Left Tolerate Christmas?

The Fifth Column/Doug Hagin

December 24, 2005 - Tolerance is a word, which is used repeatedly in today’s America. We hear each and every day about different Americans, groups, religions, and races seeking this ultra-harmonious thing called tolerance.

It is safe to say, most would agree, that it is the political left that talks the most about tolerance. So why is it that the folks doing most of the jawing about tolerance, Liberals, tend to be the most intolerant of differing views?

Yes, yes, most assuredly Liberals reading will insist I am being grossly unfair to them. They will accuse me of generalizing, and in truth, that is exactly what I am doing. Generally speaking it IS, indeed the left, and not the right, that is intolerant of opposing views. FULL COMMENTARY


China condemns US comments about Hong Kong
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has accused the United States of interfering in its internal affairs, criticizing it for comments calling for Hong Kong to speed up ...

Hong Kong-Beijing relations endangered
Science Daily
HONG KONG, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The rejection of an electoral reform package by Hong Kong legislators is likely to worsen relations ...

Bittersweet victory at best
The Standard, Hong Kong
Some people might hail the defeat of the government's political reform proposals Wednesday as a victory for the 24 pro-democracy lawmakers who held firm to ...

Prison breakers sentenced to death in central China province
China Daily
Six prisoners were sentenced to death for rioting and escaping from prison in Zhoukou, a city in central China's Henan Province, court sources said Saturday. ...

China legislates against govt abuse of power
Xinhua, China - 6 hours ago
BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Local governments have been seen quite active in bulldozing private residences to pave the way for ...

China legislates against govt abuse of power, nonfeasance
China Daily, China - 9 hours ago
Local governments have been seen quite active in bulldozing private residences to pave the way for urban construction, which result in widespread disputes and ...

IMF deems Iraq stable, grants $685 million loan

The International Monetary Fund yesterday approved a new $685 million loan for Iraq, saying the country has stabilized its economy despite continued violent conflict.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Iraqi voter Betty Dawisha

Iraqi voter Betty Dawisha has some words of wisdom to express at the voting booth. See video here.

Hat tip to The Political Teen.

Weasel Words Master: Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan to Attend Toronto Conference

Read it at Lost Budgie.

'We Didn't Have English Class'
Last week Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate minority leader, boasted to a Democratic gathering that "we killed the Patriot Act." Perhaps realizing that this was not the most appealing message to send to voters outside the Bush-hating base, Reid took to the Senate floor Monday and offered an apology of sorts (link in PDF):

Mr. President, maybe I didn't have the education of a lot of my friends. I was educated in a little school in Searchlight, NV. We didn't have English class. Maybe my choice of words wasn't perfect. Maybe I should have said we killed the conference report. But the fact is, that is what we had done. People can try to change the words and the meaning of it all they want, but that is what happened. I may not have the ability to express myself like the folks who were educated in all these private schools and fancy schools, but I understand the Senate rules. Everyone knows that cloture was defeated, killed, whatever you want to call it. That means that cloture was defeated and that bill is still before the Senate.

This is the same Harry Reid who, a little over a year ago, called Justice Clarence Thomas "an embarrassment to the Supreme Court" because "I think that his opinions are poorly written." If Reid's literacy is as defective as he himself claims it is, doesn't this make him, by his own standard, an embarrassment to the Senate?

Further, if Reid never even had an English class, what qualifies him to evaluate Justice Thomas's writings? Or was he merely stereotyping Thomas as unintelligent because of his race, in the manner of ignorant men throughout history?

From Opinion Journal


Court Issues Troubling Decision In Dover Intelligent Design Case
From The Thomas More Law Center

ANN ARBOR, MI — Today the district court judge issued a lengthy opinion in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, holding that the School District violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution by reading to students of a ninth-grade biology class a short, one-minute statement that mentions “intelligent design” twice. Pursuant to this statement, the book Of Pandas and People, which addresses intelligent design arguments, was placed in the school district library for students to voluntarily review, along with other books that are critical of intelligent design. This statement was read in a class in which Darwin’s theory of evolution was taught pursuant to the Pennsylvania academic standards and pursuant to its standing in the scientific community. Moreover, the primary and only required text for this class, Biology by Prentice Hall, fully and comprehensively covers the theory of evolution, and it was co-authored by one of the experts who testified for the Plaintiffs. According to the judge’s opinion, this “policy” violates the Establishment Clause, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel for the Law Center, commented, “What is clear from this decision is that our present Establishment Clause jurisprudence, as several Supreme Court justices have noted, is in hopeless disarray and in need of substantial revision. In his opinion the judge bemoaned that the school district ‘deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.’ In this respect, he was correct. This case should have never made it into a federal courthouse. The Founders of this country would be astonished at the thought that this simple curriculum change ‘established religion’ in violation of the Constitution that they drafted.”

Several Supreme Court justices have openly criticized the way in which this body of constitutional law has developed. For example, Justice Thomas stated in his concurring opinion in the pledge of allegiance case, “Our jurisprudential confusion has led to results that can only be described as silly.” In Edwards v. Aguillard, a case relied upon by the district court in which the Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional to teach creationism alongside evolution, Justice Scalia criticized the Court’s “embarrassing Establishment Clause jurisprudence.” In a school prayer case, then Justice Rehnquist noted, “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken understanding of constitutional history, but unfortunately the Establishment Clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly 40 years.” Justice Rehnquist is referring to the metaphor of the wall of separation between church and state.

Thompson continued, “The district court’s decision today continues along this path of applying a fundamentally flawed jurisprudence. Unfortunately, until the Supreme Court adopts a more coherent and historically sound jurisprudence, school districts like Dover will be at risk of costly lawsuits by the ACLU for adopting such modest curriculum changes such as the one at issue.”


"The Bush administration - which so often answers challenges with confrontational language - took this occasion to whisper. With the exception of America's ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, who denounced the remarks as "pernicious and unacceptable," the Bush administration explained those comments as if they had been uttered by a crazy relative - and then returned to its talking points on Iran's nuclear weapons program."

--- Theresa (my name is Heinz again not Heinz-Kerry 'cause my husband - who served in Viet Nam - is not running for President anymore - but will maybe again - in which case I will change again to Heinz-Kerry) Heinz, criticizing President
Bush for not scolding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's about his recent recommendation that Israel be "wiped off the map,"

So let me see if I have this straight. John Bolton, who was attacked by the left of center crowd and who was going to blow up the UN, is now being gently praised by Theresa for standing up for Israel and strongly denouncing
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Not to mention the fact that Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is intricately intertwined with wiping Israel "off the map". What does Theresa think
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad means by wiping off the map? That he is going to use a big broom? What the hell?

FISA Court Discouraged Moussaoui Warrant

The Importance of Ideology

There is an exceptional post that I want to make you aware of. It is not a quick read. If you only read 6-8 paragraph articles that are pure opinion and routinely shallow and don't make you think, then this article is not for you.

If however, you don't mind spending 10 minutes or more, depending on how much you "chew on" that which you are reading, then this article is for you.

Tigerhawk has written an excellent piece, "Considering victory conditions in the wider war and the importance of ideology."

I highly recommend it. It is informational and very well thought out.

Hat tip to Dr. DeMarche (of the now defunct Daily DeMarche blog) who is now guest blogging at American Future and emailed me, alerting me to this fine article.

Oh, and I must add, the good Dr. has written a good piece himself, "The Next Phase in Iraq" and is worthy of your time. Dr. "D" works overseas in the State Department.


(AP / CBS)

As the CBP has apprehended greater numbers of people at the nation's southern border, it has also seized larger and

larger quantities of drugs.

As Congress and President Bush wrangle over the USA Patriot Act, the Border Security bill, and other tools of the war on terror, they may want to keep another law-enforcement group in mind – the nation's drug-fighters.

That's because the war on terror is proving to be a boon to the war on drugs. Drug seizures are up all along the US-Mexico border. Nowhere is the trend clearer than along a desolate 118-mile patch of Arizona desert across the border from the Mexican state of Sonora. FULL STORY


"When I hear that any Iraqi has been hurt, it hurts me too."
--- Saddam Hussein

The BBC is reporting no evidence that Saddam was tortured. Story.

U.S. To Cut Iraq Combat Troops

Secretary of Defense H. Donald Rumsfeld, left, and Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, speak after their meeting in Baghdad, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005. (AP)

(CBS/AP) Just days after Iraq's elections, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday announced the first of what is likely to be a series of U.S. combat troop drawdowns in Iraq in 2006.

Rumsfeld delivered the news to U.S. troops in the former Iraqi insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

"At the recommendation of our military commanders and in consultation with our coalition partners and with the Iraqi government, President Bush has authorized an adjustment in U.S. combat brigades in Iraq from 17 to 15," Rumsfeld said. READ MORE

Japan's Population Begins to Decline Sooner Than Expected

- For the first time on record, Japan's population has started to decline -- a troubling demographic low point long expected but reached two years earlier than predicted...

Former Clinton Official Contradicts Leahy on Spying

- Claims by a top Senate Democrat that the Clinton administration's warrantless surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists was different from what the Bush administration has employed are being contradicted by a former Justice Department official who served under President Bill Clinton...

Blair hints troops could be home in months

TONY BLAIR yesterday signalled that British troops could begin to leave Iraq within six months as he made a surprise visit to Basra to tell servicemen they should be "very, very proud" of their role in its transition to democracy.


'China threat' comment causes stir in Japanese government
Mainichi Daily News - Japan
Foreign Minister Taro Aso's remarks that China's military buildup poses a threat to Japan has created a stir in the government. ...

Yearender: China, EU deepen strategic partnership in 2005
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
China and the European Union (EU) have deepened their strategic partnership in an all-around way in 2005, a year that marks the 30th anniversary of the ...

China's Nov. Auto Production Sets Record
MSN Money - USA
BEIJING (AP) - China's car production in November grew 52.1 percent from the same month last year to a record 291,900 units, breaking the previous record set ...

Japanese to sell US-made cars to China
Monsters and Critics.com - Glasgow,UK
DETROIT, MI, United States (UPI) -- Honda Motor Co. plans to start exporting Acura TL cars made in Marysville, Ohio, to China within months. ...


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Karzai praises Afghan rebirth
President Hamid Karzai proclaimed a "new beginning" for his country in an emotional address to women, warlords and democrats assembled for the inaugural session of the new Afghan parliament. Read more...


My Gloom
By Daniel Pipes

Unlike most Americans, 9/11 made me feel more secure. Finally, the country was focused on issues that had long worried me. But I agonized whether it would last. And right I was to worry, for the alarm, solidarity, and resolve of late 2001 have lately plummeted, returning us to a roughly pre-9/11 mentality. A number of recent developments leave me pessimistic…

Group Promotes Women’s Rights Amid Muslim Fundamentalism
Paris (CNSNews.com)
– In France’s suburban housing projects, inhabited primarily by Muslims, the fundamentalist notion that women should be relegated to the private sphere of the home increasingly has gained ground. That’s why a French organization is campaigning for equality for women of all backgrounds...

California State University 2, Christianity 0
– Students at Cal State at San Bernardino have been told that forming a Christian group is "not permissible" because the group would restrict membership based on religious beliefs and sexual orientation. It was the second blow for Christianity at CSU in two weeks...


On the Editorial Page
In the wiretapping kerfuffle, congressmen play politics with national security.

The Western Front
By Brendan Miniter
The global war on terror needs a second wind.

Wonder Land
By Daniel Henninger
Washington's year of living unseriously.

On the Editorial Page
Let Democrats take responsibility for filibusting the Patriot Act.

Thursday, December 22, 2005


I posted a link here to a feature article from the Dec. 19th Opinion Journal commenting on some positive news being reported that in parts of the Middle East there has been a surge of support for the U.S.

Now, Bret Stephens, a member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board, has followed up with a piece "Chinook Diplomacy: The U.S. military wins hearts and minds in Pakistan." appearing in the Thursday, December 22, 2005 Opinion Journal.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan--From the air, the town of Balakot, at the lip of the Kaghan Valley in Pakistan's mountainous North-West Frontier Province, resembles pictures of Hiroshima circa late summer 1945: All but a few buildings have been reduced absolutely to rubble. There were some 50,000 people in this town on the morning of Oct. 8; a six-second earthquake that day killed an estimated 16,000 outright. Now survivors live mainly in scattered tent villages, not all of them properly winterized. And winter has begun.

The people of Balakot and dozens of other devastated towns are much on the mind of Rear Adm. Michael A. LeFever, 51, the man in charge of the U.S. military's 1,000-man, $110 million-and-counting relief effort here. "I'll never forget landing and smelling gangrene and smelling death," he says of his first trip to the disaster zone where 73,000 died. "The first couple of days were overwhelming."

Since then, U.S. helicopters have flown 2,500 sorties, carried 16,000 passengers and delivered nearly 6,000 tons of aid. Just as importantly, the Chinook has become America's new emblem in Pakistan, a byword for salvation in an area where until recently the U.S. was widely and fanatically detested. Toy Chinooks (made in China, of course) are suddenly popular with Pakistani children. A Kashmiri imam who denounced the U.S. in a recent sermon was booed and heckled by worshippers. "Pakistan is not a nation of ingrates," a local businessman told me over dinner the other night. "We know where the help is coming from."
The extent of the U.S. military's assistance, well-known to Pakistanis, barely registers on the radar screens of most Western news outlets.......

In less than two months, MASH doctors and nurses have treated some 7,000 patients, performed 330 major surgeries, written 14,000 prescriptions and given nearly 10,000 preventive vaccinations.
Go and read it in it's entirety.

"Some Democrats, less hinged than Kerry, are even using the I-word, presumably in part because they're still sore over Bill Clinton's impeachment. Almost every Democrat opposed Clinton's impeachment, which we guess tells us something about their view of proper presidential conduct: Self-serving lies under oath are no big deal, but protecting Americans from terrorist attacks is unforgivable."

From the Opinion Journal


Boo-Hoo Economics
The media found plenty to cry about in 2005. But if they could stop spinning economic positives as negatives, maybe they would realize they could put away their hankies for awhile. Read on...

If Inflation Falls in the Forest…
When no one reports good news, does that mean it didn’t happen? Of course not. And the biggest decline consumer prices have seen in 56 years is pretty big news. Unfortunately, the media paid a lot more attention when inflation rose back in September. Read on....


To view a politically correct incorrect Holiday Christmas video, go here.

Evidence of Zarqawi network in Europe

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- There is growing evidence that Iraq insurgency leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's network throughout Europe has grown to more than financial backing.
Read on....


Kuwait set to expand in China
International Herald Tribune - France
BEIJING Kuwait is planning another major investment in China's petroleum industry on top of a deal under negotiation to build a $5 billion refinery and ...


Rodina Party Ready to Rule Russia
By Paul M. Weyrich

It recently has become fashionable in some American and European circles to suggest that Russia is reverting to the lost era of the former Soviet Union. This has caused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said to be a Russian expert, to discuss this subject with Russian President Vladimir Putin...


German Trade-off Suspected in Release of Terrorist Killer

(CNSNews.com) - Germany freed the murderer of a U.S. Navy diver despite personal intervention by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the State Department has confirmed, amid speculation that Berlin let the Hizballah terrorist go as part of a deal to free a German hostage in Iraq...


Bush-Bashing Black Charity Sits on Katrina Cash

(CNSNews.com) - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which slammed the Bush administration for its allegedly slow and racially insensitive response to Hurricane Katrina, has yet to spend any of the estimated $400,000 that it raised for the victims of the Aug. 29 storm...

Now Executive warns: no smoking at home

From The Scotsman:
Smokers will be sent letters asking them not to light up for one hour before a council worker or health worker calls round as part of plans to protect public sector workers from the effects of passive smoking.

Picture: Tina Norris

Public asked not to light up before visits from public sector workers. Read on...

Russia passes NGO limits

Russian lawmakers yesterday approved a widely criticized bill on nongovernmental organizations, paving the way for the Kremlin to impose strict controls on human rights groups and other civic organizations. Read on...

Diver's killer set free in Lebanon

U.S. officials yesterday said the killer of a U.S. Navy diver had been released from "temporary custody" in Lebanon but refused to rule out bringing him to the United States by force.
Read on...

'Warrantless' searches not unprecedented
The Washinton Times

Previous administrations, as well as the court that oversees national security cases, agreed with President Bush's position that a president legally may authorize searches without warrants in pursuit of foreign intelligence. Read on...

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Navy diver's killer held in Beirut

The Lebanese killer of a U.S. Navy diver was in custody in Beirut yesterday, according to U.S. officials who decried his release from a German prison last week and pledged to bring him to the United States for trial. Read on...

Lost Budgie blogs on this miscarriage of justice.

Appeals Court Approves Ten Commandments Display in Kentucky

December 20, 2005

(CNSNews.com) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of keeping the Ten Commandments in a display of historical documents at the courthouse in Mercer County, Ky.

In its 3-0 decision, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and rejected an argument from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that the display in Harrodsburg violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Read on....

School Textbooks in France Display Anti-American Bias
Paris (CNSNews.com)
- After reading textbooks used to teach contemporary history to high school students in France, it can be hard to imagine that the French view themselves as long-standing allies of the United States...

Blasphemy Laws' Effect on Christians Under Spotlight in Pakistan
- Christians in Islamic Pakistan held a day of prayer and fasting Tuesday for the repeal of laws intended to punish "blasphemy" but which critics say are widely abused and have created an atmosphere of insecurity among Christians in particular...

Wal-Mart Supporters Form New Group to Counter Critics
- A group of community and religious leaders Tuesday announced the formation of Working Families for Wal-Mart, "an organization dedicated to talking about Wal-Mart's positive contributions" and responding to union-sponsored critics of the nation's largest retail chain...

State Budgets Boosted by Bush Tax Cuts, Analysts Say
- After battling red ink for the past few years, state officials are watching their revenues increase to create budget surpluses, a development some analysts attribute to the financial growth caused by the tax cuts signed into law by President Bush in 2003...

To Watch What? Pirated Movies?

China builds 55 cinemas in 2005
Xinhua - China
21 (Xinhuanet) -- China built 55 new cinemas with 272 new silver screens in 2005, most of which have modern furnishings, according to the Chinese film's ...


China, Thailand to wipe out trade obstacles
Asia Times Online - Kowloon,Hong Kong
CHIANG RAI - Thailand and China have begun a joint meeting in the former's northern city of Chiang Rai to strengthen ties and wipe out trade obstacles, hoping ...

UK, China sign deal to develop clean coal technology
Forbes - USA
LONDON (AFX) - UK Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett today welcomed a UK/China landmark agreement on the development of clean coal technology with carbon ...


Lost Budgie, a fine Canadian blog, whose author happens to be in the law enforcement/security industry, posts this story about an "Australian Pastor Under Muslim Death Sentence Sued for Mentioning It"

Tuesday, December 20, 2005



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Syria agrees to hide Iran nukes

I have often wondered if Iraq's WMD's made it over the border to Syria. We all know Senator Rockefeller went over to Syria one year before we went into Iraq, and he told President Bashar al-Asad that he was sure Bush had decided to go into Iraq; thus giving Saddam plenty of time to move things into Syria. Now comes this story from the World Tribune:
LONDON — Syria has signed a pledge to store Iranian nuclear weapons and missiles.

The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.

It provides us with some interesting conjectures, no?

Then we have this story:
Former IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon said in an interview with the New York Sun on Thursday that Iraq moved its chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started.


Ya’alon, who was IDF Chief of Staff from July 2002 to June 2005, speculated, however, in April 2004 that Iraq transferred its weapons “to another country, such as Syria.”


Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has also contended that Iraq’s WMD were transferred from Iraq to Syria before the war. In December 2002, Sharon told Israel's Channel 2 Television that “chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria."

And we shouldn't forget this story:
UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

Friday, June 11, 2004

The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.



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It's OK to Say Merry Christmas

By Janet Parshall
Beyond The News

"A group of conservative Jews recently held a press conference in Washington to say, "It's OK to say Merry Christmas." This new group--Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation--led by Don Feder, was organized to combat anti-Christian bias in government, the news media, Hollywood and education.

They recognize Christmas as part of the fabric of America and are concerned about how the holiday is under attack by secular zealots who want to purge any acknowledgment of the Judeo-Christian heritage from our culture.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, an Orthodox rabbi, coined an apt description of the opponents of Christmas: secular fundamentalists. He warns that anti-Christianism is unhealthy for all Americans.

Looking at the history of the Jewish people, Feder says the real heroes of Nazi Germany were the Christians who spoke against the persecution of the Jews. Now, he says, it's time for Jews to speak up for Christians. He has argued that if Christians fail, America will fail--and I believe he's right."


Merry Christmas Happy Holidays
For My Democratic Friends And Relatives

"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress,
non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday,
practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion
of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the
religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice
not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a
fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated
recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but
not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose
contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that
America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America
in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color,
age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is
subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no
alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to
actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and
is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of
the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual
application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance
of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is
limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole
discretion of the wisher."

And now for My Republican Friends And Relatives:
"Here's wishing all of You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

Monday, December 19, 2005

Reporting for Duty

HeavyHanded understands the use of propaganda. (The mainstreet media uses it all the time to prop up the Democratic party, but I digress).

In the early stages of Iraqi Freedom, after the fall of Baghdad, we were losing the propaganda war badly, in large part because of Al Jazeera, but not exclusively them. Broadcasts from Iran for example, also spreading propaganda, was hurtful to our cause. I thought then we were making a big mistake by not implementing our own "defensive" propaganda campaign. Much of the talk then from all the "experts" was about "winning the hearts and minds " of the Iraqi people. Yet, we were losing this propaganda war, simply because we were not making any effort to get our message out through a media channel.

Recently, a big deal was made of a story.....a non-story actually (we seem to be getting a lot of these kinds of non-stories from our mainstream media these days, fluffed up to something it is not) about "positive" articles being written by U.S. service personnel and published in Iraqi papers. And, supposedly, "we" paid for them. My response to this was "So?"

Well, there is an excellent piece in today's, Dec. 19th Opinion Journal by John R. Guardiano. Mr. Guardiano served in Iraq in 2003 as a field radio operator with the Marine Corps Reserve's Fourth Civil Affairs Group and is now a journalist.

Mr. Guardiano's piece, The U.S. military tells Iraqis the truth, and some call it a "scandal." takes on the 'non-story' of the stories being written and published in Iraqi papers by our service personnel. Go read it; for it is good.


HeavyHanded is not concerned about the newest Democrat and mainstream media "the sky is falling" story....namely the NSA eavesdropping "scandal". I have such little regard or respect for either the mainstream media or todays' Democratic party that when they try to present a "scandal", and they have tried to present, seemingly, one every other day or so, that my immediate reaction is that the story is mostly bulls..t.

In this particular case, the NSA was only authorized to listen in on communications coming into the U.S or going out of the U.S. to foreign locations. Not unless they have a court order, has NSA been allowed to eavesdrop on domestic communications.

There are a number of elected officials who are being mighty disingenuous by expressing outrage and claiming no knowledge, when in fact, top leaders from both parties serving on the House and the Senate Intelligence Committees were apprised of this activity.

This affects a very small number of people, roughly 500 at any one time. It is reviewed every 45 days to prevent abuse, and only those who are suspected of ties to terrorism.

As for calls between people within the United States is concerned, they may be monitored, but a warrant would be obtained.

Clinton's super secret Echelon during the 1990's was much more intrusive with the NSA monitoring millions of phone calls of U.S. citizens. It did not get much media attention and the liberals did not seem to give a damn. More hypocrisy. More double standards.


"The Democrats' 2006 election strategy regarding the war in Iraq has begun to emerge. According to The Washington Post, key Democrat operatives and legislators 'are slowly coalescing around a political plan [that] would involve setting a broad time frame for drawing down U.S. troops and blaming Bush for misleading the country into a war without a victory plan.' Their aim is to 'provide the party enough maneuvering room to allow Democrats to adjust their position as conditions in Iraq change.' This strategy, the Post explains, is the product of fear that advocating a prompt withdrawal from Iraq would jeopardize the party's chances of succeeding in 2006. Thus, for the third straight election, mainstream Democrats intend to craft their position on matters of war and peace based on political calculation, not their view of the national interest."

--- Paul Mirengoff


"No passage in the Bible—Old or New Testament—disapproves of the death penalty... The penalty for those who violate 'You shall not murder' (Exodus 20:13) is made explicit just a few lines later: 'Whoever strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death' (Exodus 21:12). The text goes on to specify that this applies only to deliberate murder, not unintentional killing. Accidents are not capital crimes. But for a willful killer, there can be no sanctuary: 'Take him even from My altar and put him death' (Exodus 21:14). Similar declarations appear in all five books of Moses, nowhere more dramatically or universally than in Genesis. Speaking to Noah after the Flood, God enjoins him—and through him, all of human society—to affirm the sanctity of human life by making murderers pay the ultimate price for their crime. 'Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has man been made' (Genesis 9:6)...

Scripture could hardly be more explicit... When murderers keep their lives, human blood is cheapened. That is why reverence for life and capital punishment belong to the same ethical tradition. Civilized communities have not only the right but the responsibility to execute murderers. It may be a difficult responsibility to carry out. It may involve an assertion of moral authority that modern thinkers condemn. But easy or not, popular or not, the duty is ours to perform. The protection of human life is a grave obligation—never more so than when it involves taking a life away."

--- Jeff Jacoby


"The effects of European secularism, you see, are not limited to the children of Muslim immigrants. A culture where barely half the people believe in God, and far fewer practice any religion at all, cannot compete with Islam's vitality. While Europeans have ceased believing in God, they and their children have not stopped needing Him: Their need for meaning and purpose has not gone away. They have just been convinced that these will not be found inside a Christian church. And they certainly will not find them in the secular welfare state. So for many that leaves only one alternative: radical Islam... It's a choice that makes sense only when you realize that we are by design meaning-seeking creatures."

--- Chuck Colson


Positive news from the Middle East as "Support for the U.S. is surging in some parts of the Muslim world."

This story appears in Opinion Journal, written by HUSAIN HAQQANI AND KENNETH BALLEN, and is good news, indeed.

China to scrap agricultural tax: minister

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Finance Minister Jin Renqing said Monday that China will scrap all agricultural taxes, putting an end to a levy that has burdened China's farmers for 2,600 years in China. Read more.

Leroy the Redneck Reindeer

Enjoy the "LeRoy the Redneck Reindeer" song.

House, Senate agree on cuts

House and Senate negotiators yesterday reached year-end deals on a $42 billion budget-cuts package and a $453 billion defense-spending bill that includes a provision allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunday, December 18, 2005


China to replace US to become India’s leading trade partner
Financial Express, India
NEW DELHI, DEC 18: China is all set to emerge as India’s leading trade partner in the near future, leaving its current number one partner the US much behind. ...

Indo-China trade up 521% in 5 yrs
Sify, India
New Delhi: Indo-China trade has increased by a massive 521 per cent in the last five years to $11.35 billion in 2005, from $1.8 billion in 1999-2000, according ...

China to revise GDP up by $300bn
Aljazeera.net - Qatar
China will leapfrog Italy, France, and Britain to become the world's fourth-largest economy if, as expected, it revises up its 2004 gross domestic product by ...


Bush Raps Senators for Patriot Act Rejection

Rudy Giuliani: U.S. in Peril without Patriot Act

Sen. John Cornyn: N.Y. Times Hurt U.S. Security

Keefer: Supporting Patriot Act Renewal