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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€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, June 24, 2006

Democrat's Implosion Too Obvious For Even The Liberal Media To Ignore

By Steve Bowers, Political Gateway

"Democrats who show the slightest predisposition to lean to the right on ANY issue are completely shut out of the party. Witness Al 'An Inconvenient Truth' Gore's refusal to endorse for senate a guy who he thought was the best man for veep just six years ago. Democratic leaders are so out of synch with the messages they are sending, they couldn't collectively decide which was the best way out of a paper bag; much less decide which way to lead the country. The real inconvenient truth for the Dems is that anyone who would trust them with the continued pursuit of the single most important military action in a generation is a fool." Read on.

"Get the USA out of United Nations now

Baxter Bulletin - Baxter,AR,USA
... all 2008 presidential hopefuls: If you want my vote, you need to come out and declare that it is time for the United States to get out of the United Nations. ..."

WorldNetDaily: A frustrated jarhead speaks: "In a recent column, I talked about how the 'support' the left has offered the troops is anything but. Apparently, it hit a vein as I have been swamped with e-mail from as far away as Iraq and as close as my hometown – most of it from active and retired servicemen.

While I would love to publish the mail I get from Iraq, it is probably inappropriate at this time. Suffice to say they pay little attention to the likes of Murtha. They are too busy fighting a WAR. However, there was one letter I received that should be read by ever politician in America. It reflects the overwhelming emotion the public is experiencing given the silence and the lack of coverage our two brave soldiers have received over their brutal slaughter at the hands of the enemy. An enemy that has no face, no uniform and no regard for any human life." Read more.

Friday, June 23, 2006


Richard Rahn writes:
You probably have seen the ads about the "net neutrality" bills before Congress, concerning who gets to manage and set fees for access to the Internet. The House of Representatives has just done the right thing by defeating the so-called net neutrality proposals, and the issue is now before the Senate.

The "net neutrality" advocates are a strange coalition of leftist political groups hostile to property rights, self-appointed consumer groups totally ignorant of good economics, and a few large business users of the Internet (such as Google) who want the telecom companies to provide them a free ride for their demands for a more robust network.

To understand the fight, you need to be aware of the economic interests of the various players."

About two weeks ago, I sent emails to Representative Jim Ramstad (R-MN) and to Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) requesting they vote no on the net neutrality bill.

Mr. Ramstad responded saying that he agreed with me that "network neutrality" would mark the first major government regulation of the internet. He correctly pointed out that the rapid growth and vibrancy of the internet and all the e-commerce it provides, makes a compelling case that the government should continue its' virtually hands-off approach.

He said that this is why he voted against the Markey amendment during the House floor debate; the amendment would have codified strict network neutrality conditions on Internet service providers. The amendment failed 269 to 152. The underlying bill passed, where it will go before the Senate.

He says he will continue to oppose unwarranted government regulation of the internet. Good for you Mr. Ramstad.

Senator Coleman, on the other hand, sent me an email that was quite vague and was typical spin quite befitting of a politician. From this I gather he supports "net neutrality," which is really government regulation and taxation of the internet.

I'm hoping I misinterpreted Mr. Coleman's position.

For a simplified pro and con synopsis of the Markey amendment and the "net neutrality" provision, read Congressman Ed Markey’s Amendment Could Begin Government Control Over the Internet.

If the ACLU supports it, then I know it cannot be a good piece of legislation.

Mr. Richard Rahn sums it up by saying,
Thinking people and those who remember history have noticed markets tend to solve problems and government tends to create them. Competition, not "net neutrality," is the best consumer protection."

Yes. Where, Indeed.

"It is clear that there is an ample supply of people willing to use concern over the politicization of science as a political bludgeon to score points on the Bush Administration [but] where are the analysts (including reporters) who care about the politicization of science?"

—Colorado Environmental Studies Professor Roger Pielke

"The whole notion of a scientific consensus [on global warming] has been contrived to disguise the genuine disagreement among scientists on a number of different issues... To think that hundreds of scientists could be in full agreement in dozens of separate disciplines is... more a matter of politics than science.'

—MIT Professor of Meteorology Richard S. Lindzen"


Democrats: Retreat Now Or Retreat Later? - Opinion - Chattanoogan.com
"With the likes of Congressman John Murtha, Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, End the War fanatics and all that support these people, we do not need any outside enemies.

And before any of the liberals write back and say that I should not be equating dissent with being unpatriotic let me be clear, you are unpatriotic. You do not have to agree with any politician or policy but you do not have to resort to aiding and abetting the enemy and that is exactly what you are doing."

U.S. now classifies Iran as major threat in Iraq

"Officials said the U.S. military and Defense Department have determined that Iran has accelerated the shipment of bombs and technology to Shi'ite insurgents in Iraq. They said Iran has sought to increase attacks on the U.S.-led military coalition amid the nuclear crisis between Teheran and Washington." More.

U.N. Rights Boss Slams U.S. for War on Terror

GENEVA -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, taking aim at the war on terrorism, reminded all states on Friday of their duty to ban torture and give all security detainees a fair trial.

In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Arbour also voiced concern at the alleged existence of secret detention centres, saying they facilitate abusive treatment.

Although she mentioned no names, her remarks were clearly aimed at the United States and its allies in their "war on terror" launched after the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001.

"It is vital that at all times governments anchor in law their response to terrorism," Arbour told the 47-member state body ahead of the U.N.'s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, being observed next Monday.

International human rights and humanitarian law imposed a series of constraints on all states "with no exception", said Arbour, a lawyer who formerly served as U.N. war crimes prosecutor and a Canadian Supreme Court judge.

"These include the absolute ban on torture and the right to a fair trial," she said.

Arbour said that, in the context of counter-terrorism activities, there had been a growing challenge to the absolute ban on torture embodied in the U.N. Convention against Torture.

The treaty, ratified by 141 countries including the United States, prohibits mistreating detainees as well as returning individuals to a country where they face a real risk of torture.

This was not a "mere legal nicety", Arbour said.
Apparently, no word yet on whether "legal niceties" apply to the terrorists themselves who practice in evil, sub-human, and barbaric acts of "real" torture, like cutting out hearts, cutting off limbs, and heads, while the victims are alive.
"International law requires that the prohibition of torture be ensured by active measures: in addition to not engaging in acts of torture themselves, states have a positive obligation to protect individuals from exposure to torture," she said.
I see. States have obligations to engage in behavior consistent with these aforementioned "legal niceties." Afterall, it's ones' actions that matter, not what one says. But, since terrorists are just that, terrorists, and not a state, anything goes.

This is, of course, utter, pure garbage.
The United States has acknowledged transferring terrorism suspects from one country to another but has denied it does so expecting they will be tortured.

Reports of secret detention centres, where suspects are held incommunicado, were of "grave concern", Arbour said.

The U.N. forum, which replaces the widely-discredited U.N. Commission on Human Rights, is mid-way through an inaugural two-week session. The United States, which did not stand for election, has an observer delegation at the Geneva talks.

This must be a joke... right?

Almost as if his new book was a volume of ... of ..... a compilation ... of satirical essays, in it, Howell Raines, the former New York Times Executive Editor "has leveled a shocking charge against Fox News: The leading cable news network makes up its stories."

Fox Makes Up News, NY Times Editor Says.

But do tell, his new book is an autobiography.

"In his new autobiography 'The One That Got Away,' Raines – who, ironically, resigned over made-up stories at the Times – writes: 'Fox, by its mere existence, undercuts the argument that the public is starved for ‘fair’ news, and not just because Fox shills for the Republican Party and panders to the latest of America’s periodic religious manias. The key to understanding Fox News is to grasp the anomalous fact that its consumers know its ‘news’ is made up." More.

Walter Mondale: Blow Up North Korean Missile

"Former Vice President Walter Mondale said Friday he supports a pre-emptive U.S. strike against a North Korean missile, saying the U.S. should tell North Korea to dismantle the missile or 'we are going to take it out.'

'I think it would end the nuclear long-range dreams of this dangerous country,' said Mondale, who was the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee and a former U.S. ambassador to Japan." Read on.

The Alternate Universe Party Where Losing is Winning; Disarray and Confusion is Strength

Hillary: Democrats 'Struggling' On Iraq: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Friday the Democrats are 'openly struggling with a lot of the difficult issues,' but said that was better than the GOP's 'hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.'

The senator and potential presidential candidate said the Democrats' debate a day earlier on the Senate floor about war policy in Iraq was actually a sign of party strength, not weakness.

'Although unity is important it is not the most important value. It is, I think, a tribute to the Democratic Party at this moment in time that we are honestly and openly struggling with a lot of the difficult issues facing our country,' Clinton, D-N.Y., told the New Democrat Network."

"Hans Britz" says Kim Jong Mentally Ill is greater threat than Dirka Dirka Iranistan

... North Korea represents the most urgent threat to global nuclear security, and he called on the United States to show more patience in negotiations with Iran. ...

The Democrat Party Working Hard for American Defeat
The Conservative Voice - Kernersville,NC,USA
... Even their "human shield" Rep. John Murtha played the fool with NBC News' Tim Russert during an interview. Murtha proposed that ...

Cut and Run or Trim and Trot?

By Jed Babbin

Don't bother to look for the words "win" or "victory" in any of the Democrats' new proposals for Iraq. They aren't there because those concepts aren't part of the Dems' thinking. That we lose the war is their foundation and it's only a question of how and when. The Dems have decided that the Iraqis can be left on their own - now - regardless of the consequences.

Democratic Party leaders apparently can't grasp the fact that while most Americans don't like the way the president is handling the war, the public is also disgusted with Democrats' failure to come up with a better plan to win, and not just another plan to retreat. People such as Howard Dean and Harry Reid are impervious to the thought that Americans see the cut-and-run crew as nothing more than a stomach-turning reprise of the Dem antiwar protesters of the Vietnam era. The cut-and-run crowd got a new name last Tuesday: They're "ACE Democrats" in the words of retired Air Force Lt. General Thomas McInerny - "ACE" having nothing to do with shooting down enemy aircraft. Instead, in McInerny's formulation it's an acronym for giving "Aid and Comfort to the Enemy." Read on.

Bolton: Iran, N. Korea Face Stark Choices

"Iran is confronted with choosing between negotiations with the United States and its European allies and being increasingly isolated, U. S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton told Lou Dobbs on last night’s Lou Dobbs Reports.

Commenting on Dobbs’ remark that Iran faces a very stark choice Bolton said 'If they choose one path, they have the possibility of the United States sitting down at the table with them to talk about their nuclear program.

'If they choose the other path, then they are going to be increasingly isolated internationally, with increased economic and political pressure. So, that's why the president really has put the ball back in their court and said, we're waiting for an answer.”" Read on...

Sarandon: Build Mexico Schools, Not Wall

"Susan Sarandon, outspoken actress and liberal political activist, thinks the United States should help build schools in Mexico -- not walls along the border." Read on....

The Dixie Chicks tell us where to go with our patriotism.

They can’t answer the polls, or reason. Read more at National Review Online

Flimsy Pro-Estate-Tax Arguments

Bruce Bartlett on Estate-Tax Repeal on National Review Online
They can’t answer the polls, or reason.

FOXNews.com - House Votes to Cut Estate Taxes - House of Representatives

"WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to cut taxes on inherited estates and relieve thousands of heirs from paying tax collectors during the next decade." Read on...

FOXNews.com - House Approves Weaker Version of Line-Item Veto Power - House of Representatives

"President Bush would receive greater power to try to kill 'pork barrel' spending projects under a bill passed Thursday by the House."

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Court deals blow to US migrants

"The Supreme Court has said a deported Mexican who lived in the US for 20 years cannot seek legal residency, in a blow to long-term illegal immigrants.

The judges upheld the decision of the migration authorities in the case of Humberto Fernandez Vargas." Read on...

FBI detains 7 in domestic terror probe

Sources: Targets may have included Sears Tower, FBI building

Federal and local law enforcement authorities
conduct a search Thursday in Miami, Florida.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Seven people are in custody after a sweep by law enforcement authorities in connection with an alleged plot against targets that may have included the Sears Tower, officials told CNN on Thursday. More.


Leadership: Follow me men - I'll be right behind you.
Democratic pols who have their fingers to the wind (as distinct from consistent Iraq opponents like Byrd and Feingold) seem to think that talking about withdrawal from Iraq is a political winner. But as shown by last week's votes, fewer of them are convinced that actually moving toward withdrawal is a political winner.

Most Americans, we'd venture, would like to see an end to the fighting in Iraq; but most, we'd also venture, understand that leaving without winning is a very bad idea. Democrats want Republicans to pay a political price for committing the country to a war that some people now regret supporting--but many of them want to avoid responsibility for both their own past backing of the war and their future plans.

As Kerry said last week, "we cannot have it both ways in the war in Iraq." If only he would follow his own advice. -- Opinion Journal

It made me recall this audio.

Terrorist Eden

From Opinion Journal
By James Taranto

"Horrific news out of Iraq, where two U.S. soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker, were either killed or captured and later killed in an enemy attack Friday. Their bodies were found Monday, CNN reports, "mutilated and booby-trapped":

The bodies also had been desecrated and a visual identification was impossible--part of the reason DNA testing was being conducted to verify their identities, the sources said. . . .

Not only were the bodies booby-trapped, but homemade bombs also lined the road leading to the victims, an apparent effort to complicate recovery efforts and target recovery teams, the sources said.

To most of us, this is a reminder of the depravity of our enemies. But blogress Jeralyn Merritt sees it as a reminder of America's sins:

Violence begets violence. Inhumanity and cruelty bring more of the same. The whole world is watching and we don't have the right to claim the moral high ground so long as those responsible for the abuses at Guantanamo and detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan go unpunished, the policies stand uncorrected and the Pentagon continues to prevent the media from learning the facts first-hand.

The always excitable Andrew Sullivan similarly laments "the cycle of depravity and defeat."

This rhetoric about "cycles" appears to reflect a theory of moral equivalence, but in fact it is something else. After all, if the two sides were morally equivalent, one could apply this reasoning in reverse--excusing, for example, the alleged massacre at Haditha on the ground that it was "provoked" by a bombing that killed a U.S. serviceman--and hey, violence begets violence.

But America's critics never make this argument, and its defenders seldom do. That is because it is understood that America knows better. If it is true that U.S. Marines murdered civilians in cold blood at Haditha, the other side's brutality does not excuse it. Only the enemy's evil acts are thought to be explained away by ours.

Implicit in the "cycle" theory, then, is the premise that the enemy is innocent--not in the sense of having done nothing wrong, but in the sense of not knowing any better. The enemy lacks the knowledge of good and evil--or, to put it in theological terms, he is free of original sin.

America ought to hold itself to a high moral standard, of course, but blaming the other side's depraved acts on our own (real and imagined) moral imperfections is a dangerous form of vanity."


Annan calls for nations to act over nuclear growth
Scotsman - United Kingdom
KOFI Annan, the United Nations secretary general, yesterday warned the world was "sleepwalking" towards nuclear proliferation and must urgently revive efforts ...

Washington Democrats think their base voters are barking mad.

By Peggy Noonan

The Savages: A barbaric enemy disqualified from the Geneva Conventions.

The Pentagon yesterday announced the names of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman charged with the April 26 kidnapping and murder of a 52-year-old Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania. The accusations are grave and, if proved, will almost certainly lead to severe sentences. We suspect no parallel process is taking place among Iraqi insurgents for the weekend murders near Yusufiya of U.S. soldiers Thomas L. Tucker and Kristian Menchaca. Read on.

Iran: Remove Rights Abuser from U.N. Delegation

Source: Human Rights Watch

Iran should immediately remove Tehran's notoriously abusive prosecutor general from its delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecutor general, Saeed Mortazavi has been implicated in torture, illegal detention, and coercing false confessions by numerous former prisoners. "Iran's decision to send Mortazavi to Geneva demonstrates utter contempt for human rights and for the new council," said Joe Stork deputy director of Middle East and North Africa division for Human Rights Watch. "Iran has just confirmed why U.N. members refused to elect it to the Human Rights Council." More.

Murtha An Embarrassment – to Democrats
By Robert D. Novak
Rep. Jack Murtha's candidacy for majority leader – should Democrats win back the House in November -- is cause for concern among serious Democrats. In a long political career, Murtha has made bitter enemies inside his party who are alarmed by his new stature. The Pennsylvania Democrat burst into the headlines earlier this year, when he demanded an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Novak says on Sunday, speaking to NBC’s Tim Russert, Murtha embarrassed House Democrats by suggesting that U.S. troops should be redeployed to Okinawa…

The Murtha Factor

Is John Murtha becoming more of a liability than an asset for Democrats?

Robert Novak wonders if their national security star isn't wearing a bit thin and points to his recent appearance on Meet the Press as an example. Murtha told host Tim Russert that the US could redeploy to Okinawa and support Iraq from there in a timely manner.

Ninth Circuit Decides: The Mt. Soledad Cross Will Come Down, "Memorial Would Be Desecrated"

ANN ARBOR, MI – A three–judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay Federal District Judge Gordon Thompson’s order to remove the Mt. Soledad Cross pending an appeal. Thus, the City of San Diego must remove the Cross by August 1, 2006, or face fines of $5,000 per day thereafter. In its decision, however, the Ninth Circuit scheduled oral arguments on the matter for the week of October 16, 2006, weeks after the Cross is to be removed. The 43- foot Cross was erected in 1954 and currently is the centerpiece of a national memorial honoring American veterans of all wars. Read more.

The Murtha Money Machine

From RedState

The information concerning Murtha's questionable ear-marking just gets better and better.

This from Sweetness & Light;


"The Fiscal Year 2005 defense appropriations bill also created problems for Murtha. He helped write the bill, and it reportedly contained millions of dollars in federal funding for at least 10 companies represented by KSA Consulting -- a lobbying firm that includes the congressman's brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha, as a senior partner."

Can't wait for the fireworks on this one. How about Murtha's tract record for earmarking for his district. Don't the residents of Southwest PA have any shame. Does money mean so such to them that they let this slimey guy stay in office? Guess so.

More on Murtha Pork:


How Democrats 'support the troops'

WorldNetDaily - Grants Pass,OR,USA
If that is what Murtha, Pelosi, Kucinich, Kerry, Gore and the bunch consider support of the troops, I can only hope they never support me. ...More.

How about, "Empowered Withdrawal"?

'Empower' Iraq, pull out troops, Kerry says
Sen. John Kerry said yesterday that redeploying combat troops from Iraq by July 2007 is the best way to "empower" the fledgling nation, despite accusations from Republicans and Democrats that his plan for withdrawal is irresponsible.

U.S. visitor crackdown spurs passport scrutiny
U.S. citizens are finding it increasingly difficult to travel abroad because their passports are being rejected.

Why Is The ‘Cut And Run’ Strategy In Iraq So Important To Liberal Democrats?

By Lee P. Butler

In two words the answer is, political expediency.

Besides calling our troops torturers, Nazis, cold-blooded killers who terrorize women and children at night, many liberal Democrats are already saying that they have failed their mission in Iraq.
Read on.

Let's just declare 'a change in direction' and go home

By David Reinhard

A week after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida's Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and a week after Iraqi and U.S. forces exploited intelligence gained in the Zarqawi raid to capture or kill hundreds of terrorists, and a week after the Iraqi government was completed with the selection of the key defense, interior and national security posts, Rep. John Murtha hit the talk-show circuit to proclaim we need "a change in direction" in Iraq. Read on.

General Benedict Arnold Was Also a "War Hero"

By Christopher Adamo

It is long past time to speak the undiluted truth in response to Congressman John Murtha (D.-Pa.), Senator John Kerry (D.-Ma) and any of their cohorts on Capitol Hill who continually strive to demoralize Americans in the War on Terror by demanding unconditional retreat. They are not "patriotic" nor are they voices of the "loyal opposition," for they can be neither patriotic nor loyal when "carrying the water" for the mortal enemies of America. Read more.

Okinawa mon amour, take 2

From Powerline.

Don't miss Jack Kelly's column on the Congressman he dubs "Pennsylvania's embarrassment." The column tracks the points we've been making here about Mad Jack Murtha's proposed "redeployment" of the American forces in Iraq to Okinawa, but Kelly makes these points with a special gusto. Here's the beauty part:

Read on.

Celebs to Join Cindy Sheehan in Hunger Strike

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan says she plans to begin an "open-ended hunger strike" on July 4 to urge the Bush administration to bring troops home from Iraq. "We hope the fast will galvanize public attention, invigorate the peace movement, build pressure on elected officials, and get our troops back home," Sheehan said in a statement posted on the anti-war blogosphere. The fast, organized by Code Pink and Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace, will begin on Independence Day in Washington, D.C. In her statement Sheehan said she would move the fast to Crawford, Texas, where the president owns a ranch and often vacations. Full Story

Poisoned Curriculum

By Janet Parshall
Beyond the News

Freedom House, part of the Center for Religious Freedom, has released a report entitled "Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance." In it are excerpts from Saudi textbooks paid for by the Ministry of Education. Here's some of what Saudi school children are reading:

"Judaism and Christianity are deviant religions."

"The unbelievers, idolaters and others like them must be hated and despised."

"The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus."

The Saudi government had promised to overhaul its educational system but the content of their textbooks indicates the overhaul is either not effective or not being done. All of this poses a troubling dilemma for America. What should be our relationship with a country that considers us, according to their textbooks, the enemy? How do the textbooks play into the greater global war on terror?

These textbooks will only serve to poison the hearts and minds of young Saudis. Whatever victories we enjoy today may quickly be supplanted by the young minds being taught to hate today.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Cut and Run Cut and Jog

"We can't have lasting peace unless we work actively and vigorously to bring about conditions of freedom and justice in the world." —Harry Truman

The Democrats icon and is of historical significance since "many historians" now rank Truman among the nation’s best Presidents. Where are the Harry Trumans of today?

Oh, yea. They are plotting their cut & run, pullout, retreat, pullback, evacuation, desertion, abandonment, redeployment, a change in direction, phased withdrawal strategies.

Mass. Governor Wants State Troopers to Arrest Illegals

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wants the federal government to give his state troopers the authority to arrest illegal aliens solely on the basis of their immigration status. "It's one more thing you can do to make this a less attractive place for illegal aliens to come to work," the Boston Globe quoted Romney as saying. Right now, Massachusetts troopers can't arrest people just for being in the country illegally, unless federal immigration officials give them permission to do so. Romney says state troopers who stop illegals for routine traffic violations, for example, should be allowed to detain them without first getting federal permission. The Boston Globe said the arrangement would be controversial in cities like Cambridge, which has declared itself a sanctuary for immigrants. Read on.

Angry Author of the 1986 Amnesty

During a May 28 interview with the San Diego Union Tribune, former Sen. Alan Simpson was asked whether the U.S. was prepared for another illegal alien “amnesty,” the term that critics slap on President Bush’s “guest worker” provision.

Simpson’s reply: “We never will be. You can't just keep doing them or everybody will come regardless. I don't know. All of us said if you're going to give this, just tell the world this is it. Well, hell, over the years we knew it wasn't it because the damn verifier didn't work and the employers couldn't possibly handle it. And wouldn't and couldn't and shouldn't, actually. But amnesty is a bad word. That's why we called it legalization. “

(SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune)

Via CNSNews

Don't Bore Us With Minor Details

Document Details WMD Recovered In Iraq

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," in Iraq. Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist." According to Santorum, "That means in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions still believed to exist within the country." Full Story

Enforce US Border First, Conservatives Tell Bush
– President Bush received another blunt reminder this week about the dissension within his own party over the issue of illegal immigration. Conservative leaders want Bush and Republican congressional leaders to concentrate on border enforcement before reforming the immigration system...

"Republican panic might be misplaced. All may not be lost. The good news? There are still a few months until the election. The bad news? Most of those months are in the summer, and most people would rather have their teeth extracted through their nostrils than pay attention to politics now." —James Lileks

"The proletariat and its vanguard aren't exactly in sync. Your average Joe has as much in common with Howard Dean as an elderly women with facial warts has with Paris Hilton." —Don Feder

"The Democratic Party is that amazing thing, out of power for six years and yet exhausted. They're pale, tired and unready. Too bad, since it's their job to be an alternative, not an embarrassment." —Peggy Noonan

"If politics were like baseball, the Republicans would be smart to trade Senator John McCain to the Democrats for Senator Joseph Lieberman, even if they had to throw in a future draft choice." —Thomas Sowell

"Liberalism is a godless religion. Hello! Anyone there? I've leapt beyond calling you traitors and am now calling you GODLESS. Apparently, everybody's cool with that. The fact that liberals are godless is not even a controversial point anymore." —Ann Coulter

"Amnesty is granting citizenship to an illegal immigrant that is currently in the country. It is very important if there is to be a compromise reached that the Senate back off amnesty. The way they have set it up is that it is an invitation to the same type of wholesale document fraud that occurred in Simpson-Mazzoli ... It also has U.S. citizenship for sale for $3,250—which is the fine that the illegal immigrants would have to pay. And U.S. citizenship should never be for sale." —Rep. James Sensenbrenner

"The detainees at Guantanamo are not innocent unfortunates swept up in an indiscriminate dragnet. These people were captured on the field of battle where they intended to kill Americans and Britons." —Cal Thomas

"Despite the Republicans' best efforts to self-destruct, I can't see the Democrats taking either the House or Senate this November. As I said a few months back, even a loser has to have someone to lose to, and the Dems refuse to fulfill even that minimum requirement." —Mark Steyn

"[T]he fundamental problem infecting much of Congress, the media and the political class—especially those left of center—is that they are consumed with loathing for President Bush and all his works and are prepared to do anything to undermine him, even if it makes the country less safe." —Morton Kondracke

"Like the Sunni insurgency, the national Democrat Party and its congressional contingent has demonstrated time and again that they will willingly sacrifice the welfare and security of the American people to get their way... In the end, all that matters to them is regaining the power the American people took from them in 1994..." —Michael Reagan

"Most of the work of government does not need to be done. And, if you can remember that, if we could all remember that, this country would be better off." —Lyn Nofziger

El Salvador accuses Venezuela of interference

El Universal - Venezuela

Mustafa Akyol: Islam and capitalism are compatible


Democrats need more common sense on defense


Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Dump Murtha - support Diana Irey.

Murtha, Irey Get National Attention

WJACtv.com - Johnstown,PA,USA

The war in Iraq has been an ongoing war of words between veteran Congressman John Murtha and the Bush administration.

The congressman has been re-elected to his position 17 times and has served in Washington for 32 years. Most of those races were easily won, but his current opponent, Diana Irey is getting much attention. Read on.

Prosecution seeks death for Saddam

The prosecution demanded the death penalty for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in its closing arguments yesterday, saying he had shown "no mercy" in the killings of women and children during a crackdown on Shi'ite Muslims in the 1980s. Read on.

Many illegals entered U.S. with visas

Nearly half of the 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States entered the country legally, but never left. Read on.

HH says: That is one of the problem areas that rarely gets discussed. If we have not been tracking people with visas that have overstayed, why should we believe that "guest workers" who overstay are going to be monitored, tracked, and sent home?

N. Korean threat activates shield

The Pentagon activated its new U.S. ground-based interceptor missile defense system, and officials announced yesterday that any long-range missile launch by North Korea would be considered a "provocative act." Read on.

North Korea promises to deter U.S.

North Korea vowed yesterday to increase its "military deterrent" to cope with what it called U.S. attempts to provoke war, amid signs that the country was preparing to test a long-range missile that could reach the continental United States. Read on.

Letter urges Bush to join House bill

Top conservative leaders have written President Bush telling him to drop his insistence on a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and instead support the 85 percent of congressional Republicans who want to tighten law enforcem.... Read on.

United Nations: Security team to meet Somali militants

Ottawa Citizen - Ontario, Canada
... Somalia this week to meet with leaders of a militant group that has captured much of the country, the first formal contact between the United Nations and the ... Read on.

Pope questions United Nations president about globalisation

At an audience on Saturday (17 June 2006), the Pope is reported to have raised concerns about the impact of neoliberal-driven globalisation – which has been criticised by church leaders (notably through a ‘confessional process’ organised by the World Council of Churches and global Lutheran and Reformed bodies) of being negligent of the poor and over-determined by corporate economic interests.

According to Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See press office, the conversations between the pontiff and Mr Eliasson touched on “the shortcomings” of globalisation, but focussed “particularly [on] the scant recognition of the religious dimension”.

Without the contribution of religious values, even human rights could lose consistency, the Pope declared.

Said the Vatican media office: “Particular emphasis was laid upon the need to overcome contrasts and build bridges, so that all aspects of globalisation can come together for the common good and the peaceful coexistence of all peoples.”

Pope Benedict believes that “the meeting between religions can make towards peace and solidarity among all inhabitants of the planet.”

The Democrat’s Cut and Run Day

Thursday, June 15th, was Democratic Party Cut and Run day in the House. Led by the increasingly senile Rep. Jack Murtha (D, PA) 149 Democrats voted to tuck our tails between our legs and run, run, run. Following their Party's Vietnam "victory" (That of defeating the USA) these 149 Democrats sent the clear signal to any and all terrorists that anything they do against us will work. That we are truly the “paper tiger” that Ossama bin Ladden claimed we were so many years ago after he witnessed the weakness of Clinton’s responses to terrorist outrages against us.

On the floor of the House these weaklings spouted one lie and misconstruction after another in their efforts to "prove" how Bush and our military are failures. One of the worst of all is the aforementioned former Marine, Jack Murtha. Read more.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Murtha Continues to Advocate Al Qaeda's Preferred Policy

That is, of course, a hasty withdrawal. It is not questioning his patriotism to say that his policy recommendations would lead to the outcome al Qaeda has been fighting for. It is simply true.

During yesterday's appearance [on Meet The Press], Murtha used some form of the phrase "change direction" six times. He wants to package his policy with these words. But no matter what words he uses to describe it, al Qaeda will use just one: defeat.

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Murtha: We can support Iraq from Okinawa. Okinawa!?

I first read about this among various milblogs yesterday and I thought, "surely he really didn't say we could successfully support our effort in Iraq from Okinawa?" There has to be some overreaction or mischaracterization or contextual problem with what I'm seeing and hearing. No one, espeically a guy with a military background, would make that sort of claim.

Well, I was wrong:

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Congressman John Murtha continues to make a fool of himself by suggesting we can effectively fight the terrorist insurgency in Iraq by "redeploying" our troops to a military base in Japan.

Read the rest here.

Supreme Court Will Consider Second Abortion Case

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it will hear a second case involving the constitutionality of partial-birth abortion when its next term begins. Not only will the court hear a Nebraska case in the fall, it also will hear a case out of California. "The Supreme Court took a significant step today that clearly puts the issue of partial-birth abortion front-and-center," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is representing members of Congress in the Nebraska case already before the high court. "By taking a second case involving the constitutionality of the national ban on partial-birth abortion, the Supreme Court puts the spotlight on one of the most horrific medical procedures in existence today." Full Story

Military Expert Blames Politics for Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks

Jerusalem – The only way to stop Palestinian rocket fire at Israeli communities is to re-enter the Gaza Strip, but to do so would force politicians to admit that they made a mistake when Israel withdrew last year, a military expert here said on Monday... Read on.

Somalia Believed Headed for ‘Draconian Sharia Law’

As Islamic groups continue to gain control of more areas of Somalia, there is a growing fear that the country will begin to resemble the former terrorist haven of Afghanistan... Read on.

Group Alleges Govt. Spied on Homosexual Protesters

"A homosexual activist group, seeking the elimination of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, insists that the Bush administration spied on homosexual and anti-war student protesters in New York and California, even though a spokesman for the group admits he has no evidence to back up the charge... The rest of the story here.

Hey! They are mimicking the main stream media. All you go to do is make shit up, and then it is up to YOU to disprove their fabrications.

Lawmaker Accused of Dropping the ‘F-bomb’ on Veterans Administration

The California Democrat currently acting as ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee reportedly launched a profane verbal assault on two employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) is described as “uttering obscenities” at the VA employees after they described a press conference held outside the VA headquarters as a "publicity stunt." Read on.

Murder of Journalist in Venezuela Draws Global Concern

And the left, here in the United States, thinks America bad, Venezuela good. Maybe the media in the U.S doesn't have it so bad after all.
Press freedom groups also deplore threats against Venezuelan TV stations.
Reporters Without Borders called on Venezuelan authorities 'to shed light on all aspects of this murder. We do not yet know if it was linked to Tovar's work, but that possibility should be pursued, given his editorial positions.'

The press group quoted a relative of Tovar's as saying that the murder could be related to Tovar's journalism, as he wrote a column for Ahora in which he criticized both the government and Venezuela's political opposition."

Islamist wins, Iran crisis stymie Bahrain polls

LONDON, June 19 (IranMania) - Bahrainis will go to the polls this year to elect a new parliament and municipal councils, a relatively rare occurrence in the Persian Gulf monarchies, yet analysts believe the drive for reform is losing steam, AFP reported.

The Islamists' advances during recent elections in the region and the tensions over Iran's nuclear program are hindering the democratization process launched in 2001, Bahrain-watchers say.

Bahrain, a tiny Persian Gulf archipelago ruled by a Sunni dynasty but with a majority of Shiites among its native population of under half a million, has been studiously applying US recipes for democratization in the Arab and Islamic world. Read on.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE - Democrats set to call for phased pullout

President Bush spoke at a meeting of the Iraq Study Group
at the White House.
Under a proposal by Democrats, a small
contingent of US troops would be kept in
Iraq to train local
forces so they can take control of their own country.

(Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Read more here, Congressional debate on war enters 2nd week, at the Boston Globe.

The globalist travesty of the United Nations

HeavyHanded would like to point out that if you go to the UNESCO website, you will see this:
"World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located."

And a reader of the Daily Dispatch (of North Carolina) writes to the editor:

As July 4, 2006, Independence Day, approaches, do you remember the travesty perpetrated on the US by the United Nations?

Over 40 Biosphere Reserves and 20 World Heritage Sites have been declared in the U.S., covering more than 50 million acres. They include some of America's most famous historical treasures and natural wonders.

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HH wonders how this can be. I don't like this one bit. Not at all.

Sunday, June 18, 2006


Isn't it amazing how much air time "John we can't win this thing Murtha" gets on TV? Maybe he ought to give up his seat and become a full time member of MSM. Maybe he could replace "Dan I'd Rather Deal in Fiction," now that 60 Minutes is giving him the heave-ho.

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., charged Sunday that President George W. Bush has no plan for winning the war in Iraq.

Speaking on NBC`s 'Meet the Press,' Murtha said the administration`s 'stay-the-course' strategy is not a plan.

'You can`t sit there in the air-conditioned office and tell these troops that are carrying 70 pounds on their back inside these armored vessels and hit with (improvised explosive devices) every day, seeing their friends blown up, their buddies blown up, and he says 'Stay the course?' said Murtha. 'Yeah, it`s easy to say that from Washington D.C.'

Murtha said instability in Iraq, along with the strain on U.S. troops, are key reasons why the United States should redeploy troops.

'Staying the course' is not a strategy, Johnny boy says, belittling the Bush administration's Iraq policy. But, "cut-and-run" is a strategy, John? It's a recipe for defeat, John, but hardly a strategy.