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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, September 23, 2006

Suicidal hand-wringing

By Thomas Sowell

"Does any sane adult believe that the cutthroats we are dealing with will respect the Geneva convention? Or that our extension of Geneva convention rights to them will be seen as anything other than another sign of weakness and confusion that will encourage them in their terrorism?"

Wisdom and judgment deficiency

By Cal Thomas

"And now for the definition-impaired, the meaning of the word 'naive': 'deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment.'

There was plenty of that on display last week in Pittsburgh and in Washington."

E.U.'s anti-Microsoft vendetta finally provokes consumer backlash

By Timothy Lee
European consumers and small businesses are suffering the effects of the European Union's continuing vendetta against Microsoft, and they're finally speaking up about it.

GOP taking midterm Dems to school

By Donald Lambro

Republicans are opening up a new campaign front in the elections that asks voters to think about who will be running Congress if the Democrats are returned to power in November.

The GOP's Bush-led turnaround
Lawrence Kudlow

President Bush continued his bold pre-November offensive this week, focusing our attention on the war, national security, the totalitarian regimes in the Mideast and even taxes.

The agreement on interrogations is a big favor for future presidents.

The Afghan campaign is testing NATO's staying power.

Clinton faults Bush for inaction on bin Laden...

Liberalism Is Destroying The Geneva Convention

By Christopher G. Adamo

Pick your issue, from the environment to 'sexual harassment,' to the treatment of captured terrorists, and the liberal take on it is guaranteed to be wrong on every front. First, the concerns expressed by the left are invariably only a facade, intended to exploit the situation in an effort to advance the cause of liberalism. Secondly, and more significantly, liberal involvement will almost exclusively worsen the problem about which the left claims to be concerned.

On the topic of 'sexual harassment,' the left incessantly lauded itself as a champion of the plight of women at the hands of brutish men, until the brutish 'man' in question was the sniveling philandering Democrat President whom they believed to be their secular messiah.

Suddenly, 'sex' was no longer sex, and 'harassment,' even to the point of criminal assault and intimidation, was no longer any indictment of the perpetrator. In essence, liberals were proving that these issues were of concern to them only insofar as they could be used to bludgeon their political opposition into compliance and retreat." More...

Mahmoud Hitler & Hugo Mussolini Go To The UN

By Frank Salvato

"Amid all the rhetoric, politicking, positioning and allegedly, the smell of sulfur emanating from the world leaders gathered recently at the United Nations, one thing stood out. The United States, for all it does for the UN financially and militarily and for all it does for those who benefit from UN programs, is disliked; but then when you are the only superpower left on the planet you do become the target for every Mahmoud, Hugo and Harry that comes along."

Bush, Musharraf vow to get bin Laden

President Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday they are united in the effort to capture or kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, even though the Pakistani general has signed a treaty with tribes along the Afghanistan border thought...

  1. A leaked French intelligence document raises the possibility Osama bin Laden died of typhoid.
  2. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said a French newspaper report that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has died was mere speculation but that it would be good news if it turns out to be true.
  3. France and the United States said on Saturday they could not confirm a report that Osama bin Laden had died and France launched a probe into how a secret document containing the claim was leaked.

How the "Anti-Bully/Pro-Victim" Mentality is Contributing to World War III, and the Only Reliable Solution

By Izzy Kalman, MS

The Current Crisis

With war raging between Hezbollah and Israel, years of American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Islamic terrorist acts taking place throughout the world, it is certainly legitimate to question whether we are in the early stages of World War III. Unless there is a major change in the status quo in the Middle East, even when the current situation with Israel and Lebanon comes to an end, it will only be temporary. Fighting is bound to erupt again, possibly more catastrophically than ever before. Many people believe that the Bible prophesizes that Armageddon, the war to end all wars will begin in the Middle East, and that it is already beginning. I believe anyone who is pessimistic about the hope for world peace has a good reason to be.

Does this mean Civilization is bound to destroy itself through warfare? Not necessarily. I believe there is one hope. And only one hope. But first we need to understand how the psychology of warfare has changed in the new millennium. With the new rules of warfare, we will never win by using the warfare of old. The United States could not defeat the North Vietnamese with its superior military power. It's not winning in Iraq or Afghanistan with its superior power. Israel is losing in Lebanon and Gaza despite its superior military power. The rules of war have changed, and so must the tactics.

The New Nature of this War

Something has changed since the end of World War II. In the past, countries would win wars by virtue of their superior might. It would be foolish for a weak country to declare war on a stronger one because it would be quickly demolished. This is no longer true. Today, minor military powers are able to brazenly challenge world superpowers and win! What's going on?

This new situation is possible thanks to the strategy of “divide and conquer.” And "divide and conquer" in turn is made possible by the "anti-bully/pro-victim" mentality that has become the guiding philosophy not only of the average person but of our social and political scientists as well: the belief that imbalances of power are wrong and need to be eliminated; that the stronger one in a power struggle is the "bully" or "the bad guy" and the weaker is the "victim" or "the good guy"; and that morality equals "protecting victims from bullies." This philosophy is going to be our downfall. There is no such thing as a social organization without imbalances of power. It is both irrational and immoral to determine that the weaker side is automatically right and the stronger is automatically wrong. Yes, bullies may be bad, but victims are worse. Bullies want power; they are not looking to kill. It's when people feel like victims that they become truly dangerous. The worst acts of violence in the world are committed by people who feel like victims. They believe that blowing up people will gain them entrance to Heaven. The masses go to war not because they believe they are bullies but because they believe they are victims. But before I continue, there is another matter that needs clarification.

Read the entire article here.

Submit or die

By Cliff May

"Many commentators have noted the apparent irony: The Pope suggests Islam encourages violence – and Muslims riot in protest.

Many commentators have pointed out the apparent hypocrisy: Muslims are outraged by cartoons satirizing Islamic extremism while in Muslim countries Christianity and Judaism are attacked viciously and routinely.

Many commentators are missing the point: These protestors – and those who incite them -- are not asking for mutual respect and equality. They are not saying: “It's wrong to speak ill of a religion.” They are saying: “It's wrong to speak ill of our religion.” They are not standing up for a principle. They are laying down the law. They are making it as clear as they can that they will not tolerate “infidels” criticizing Muslims. They also are making it clear that infidels should expect criticism – and much worse – from Muslims." Read on.

Friday, September 22, 2006


"Because the UN is no more and no less than a group of the world’s states, it should be no surprise that it is largely dominated by undemocratic and otherwise failed versions of same. It thus readily serves as a bully pulpit for pontificating tyrants and as a forum for the legitimacy of failed governments. Here we note not only the aforementioned Chavez diatribe, but also Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad’s address on the same day as President Bush, and the Cuba-led, 118-member-state Nonaligned Movement’s petition demanding a change to the current “unjust, hegemonic” character of the world. Each case exemplifies the enabling of deviant state behavior at the expense of U.S. interests. Ultimately, a body seeking to serve such parochial interests can serve no legitimate interests at all.

So, if bodies like the United Nations and its august predecessor, the League of Nations, can’t work, what’s left? Is the U.S. left to go it alone?

If a given foreign-policy objective is only in our nation’s best interest, the answer is yes. Fortunately, however, this is rarely the case—there are usually allies to be found. The stirring success of such organizations as NATO, in stark contrast to the UN’s abysmal failure, points the way. Because of its members’ shared values, NATO served as a bulwark first against a resurgent Germany, and soon thereafter against the menace of Soviet Communism. Today, NATO continues to serve the interests of democratic states in their stand against Islamist fascism. Even when some of its members “demur,” the infrastructure of NATO works for its willing members.

So, rather than putting our faith and funding in global organizations where no consensus on any substantive issue is possible, the U.S. should invest in alliances with those who share our values and concerns. UN Ambassador John Bolton’s very best efforts to the contrary, we shouldn’t be wasting our time with a woefully corrupt and fatuous body that allows the likes of Cuba, Sudan and Libya to sit on its human-rights commission. Rather, when circumstances merit, let us ally ourselves with those who share our values of self-determination, religious liberty and democracy—when necessary, let us ally ourselves with the West."

-- The Patriot

“Adding to this dangerous clash of civilizations is the need by despots to have an enemy in order to escape accountability for failing to improve their own societies. This is true not only of despots in other lands (today and in the past), but demagogues in our own.”

—Cal Thomas

More good economic news you haven’t heard about

Total tax receipts for the 15 September quarterly deadline reached $85.8 billion, a new record high, and $14 billion more than last September’s take. Included in that total, corporate tax receipts totaled $71.8 billion, up from $63 billion this time last year. This higher revenue is the result of more productivity and wealth, and it’s more proof positive that, contrary to what liberals would have us believe, the Bush tax cuts have worked.

Source: The Patriot

What’s so bad about Wal-Mart?

Liberals have for years attacked the nation’s mass retailers, largely because these discount stores have consistently rejected attempts to unionize. In particular, leftists have focused their rage on Wal-Mart, the juggernaut of consumerism that continues to succeed despite liberal attempts to block virtually every new store that’s built. Unions, for their part, would love to do for Wal-Mart what they did for the American automobile industry. Consumers know a heck of a lot more than liberals do about Wal-Mart’s true impact on the economy, though, and the truth is in the numbers.

According to a study released by McKinsey, Wal-Mart accounted for 13 percent of American productivity gains from 1995-2000. It employs 1.3-million people and creates two jobs for every job that is lost by its lesser competitors. Wal-Mart saves shoppers approximately $200 billion per year and slices roughly 17 percent off their grocery bills. With these kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder consumers have ignored these phony liberal attacks about “unfair” competition and poor pay. Nor is it any wonder that Wal-Mart jobs attract 77 times more applicants than available positions.

Source: The Patriot Post

Told of immigrant arrests, feds often failing to act

"Federal officials have failed to detain thousands of suspected illegal immigrants arrested in criminal cases despite referrals from Colorado's local law-enforcement agencies." Read more at the DenverPost.

Iraqis Using Kidnap Victims As Bombers

"Insurgents are now using unwitting kidnap victims as suicide bombers — seizing them, booby-trapping their cars without their knowledge, then releasing them only to blow up the vehicles by remote control, the Defense Ministry warned Thursday."

NY Governor Sick of Chavez, Will Boycott Citgo

"Following another Bush-bashing by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, New York's governor is so angry that he said he will personally boycott one of the Chavez government's biggest revenue makers - the Citgo oil and gasoline company.

Republican George Pataki, a potential 2008 presidential candidate, said he has had more than enough with the Venezuelan leader bad mouthing the American commander-in-chief.

'This person has no right coming to our country to criticize our president. He can take his cheap oil and do something for the poor people of Venezuela,' said Pataki during an interview with Fox News."

Tancredo Doesn’t Trust Bush on Border Security

"An immigration compromise plan will not work, because President Bush cannot be trusted to “certify” that America’s borders are secure, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) said Thursday..."

Chavez’s UN ‘Antics’ Could Boost Bolton Nomination

"Anti-American “antics” at the United Nations by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may give an unanticipated boost to the stalled nomination of John Bolton to become permanent U.S. ambassador to the U.N., a conservative analyst said..."

Ted Turner Takes Credit for Ending Cold War, Asserts Friendliness Would Oust Castro

All the United Nations a stage

KRT Wire
By Michael Goodwin
New York Daily News

Riots in Hungary, a coup in Thailand, genocide in Darfur, threats against the pope and terror bombs shattering life and limb throughout the Mideast - it all happened Tuesday.

Imagine the world without the United Nations.

Actually, it would be pretty much the world we have now because the United Nations is next to useless. Its only function is to give a stage to the world's troublemakers and throw up obstacles to those seeking solutions. As for really doing something, fuhgeddaboudit!" Continue.


At the risk of sounding like I am asking what the definition of "is" is, what is the 'official' definition of "poverty"?
United Nations General Assembly focuses on poverty alleviation
Tempo - Manila,Philippines
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly opened its 61st Session on September 12, 2006. The General Assembly is the main deliberative body of the UN. ...

And just how does one 'alleviate' it? We, here in the United States, have been 'fighting the war on poverty' for decades at great financial cost (taxpayers money) and still have not 'won the war.' Or have we? I guess that gets back to my original question. What is poverty? Compared to what?

The poor in the U.S. are far better off than the poor in other countries. Does that mean we have won the war here in the U.S.? If the answer is "no", then clearly worldwide poverty cannot be alleviated if the richest country has spent trillions on combating poverty at home for decades, and has been unsuccessful. Who is going to do the 'alleviating'? France? China?

The struggle for a global socialistic utopia continues.


There they go again, implementing policies to hurt the poor little guy.
Wal-Mart to offer discount on drugs
Retail giant Wal-Mart said yesterday it will start selling nearly 300 generic drugs at a steep discount in Florida with the hope of expanding the discounted drug prices nationwide next year.

Something needs to be done about this renegade outfit.

Bush ready to OK border barrier
President Bush will sign the bill to construct 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border if it is approved by the Senate, the White House said, as Congress continued yesterday drafting more legislation to combat illegal immigration.


Thanks for the heads-up Forbes, this is important breaking news:
Nasrallah May Show at Hezbollah Rally
Forbes - USA
Thousands of Hezbollah supporters packed Beirut's bombed-out suburbs for a rally Friday intended to showcase the group's insistence that it won't disarm. ...

Gosh, if I wasn't so blasted busy, I might consider attending. Are they going to have one a little closer to my neck of the woods? Beirut is kinda' far away.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Good Humor

“Say what you like about the left-wing kooks but they can still get a good hate on... Every morning I wake up to a gazillion e-mails from fellows wishing me ill, usually beginning by calling me a ‘chicken hawk’ followed by a generous smattering of words I can only print here peppered with asterisks, and usually ending with pledges to come round and shove various items in a particular part of my anatomy. There’s so much shipping scheduled to go up there I ought to get Dubai Ports World in to run it.” —Mark Steyn

The missing Muslim outcry

By Jeff Jacoby

As she lay dying in a Mogadishu hospital, Sister Leonella forgave her killers. She had lived in Africa for almost four decades and could speak fluent Somali, but her last words were murmured in Italian, her mother tongue. "Perdono, perdono," she whispered. I forgive, I forgive.

She was 65 and had devoted her life to the care of sick mothers and children. She was on her way to meet three other nuns for lunch on Sunday when two gunmen shot her several times in the back. "Her slaying was not a random attack," the Associated Press reported. It "raised concerns" that she was the latest victim of "growing Islamic radicalism in the country."

"Raised concerns? Sister Leonella was gunned down less than two days after a prominent Somali cleric had called on Muslims to kill Pope Benedict XVI for his remarks about Islam in a scholarly lecture last week.

'We urge you, Muslims, wherever you are to hunt down the pope for his barbaric statements,' Sheik Abubukar Hassan Malin had exhorted worshippers during evening prayers at a Mogadishu mosque. 'Whoever offends our prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim.” Sister Leonella was not the pope, but she was presumably close enough for purposes of the local jihadis." Read more.

It's time for America to leave the UN

By Matt Towery

Global Warming

View the Colbert Report on Global Warming.

Gasoline Now at $2.50 a Gallon, Nets Couldn’t Care Less | NewsBusters.org

By Noel Sheppard

Don't Worry, Democrats Won't Impeach Bush, Democrat Says

By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor

(CNSNews.com) - "Democrats and liberal advocacy groups have been talking about impeaching President George W. Bush for months. But when Republicans say the president indeed may be impeached if Democrats regain control of Congress, they're just trying to scare people, a Democratic operative says." Full news story.

However, we then have this story:
Bill Would Remove Grounds for Impeachment, Bush Critics Suggest.

Bear in mind:
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in an interview that a Democratic House would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House's first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, ‘You never know where it leads to.’"

Also, the prominent headline on the front page of Conyers’ website use to read (it was removed):
“Stand with Congressman Conyers. Demand an investigation of administration abuses of power and make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.” The message continues, “I am taking steps against the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq War and its warrantless wiretapping. I am going to need you to stand with me in fighting for accountability. Join me to demand the creation of a Special Committee to investigate administration abuses of power and make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.”

There is little doubt in my mind that this will be foremost on their agenda should they regain control. But they are not going to tout this position prior to the mid term elections. It is not a winning strategy. The kooky impeachment-seeking left is going to vote Democrat regardless.

The Dems don't want to alienate any potential voters with impeachment talk, so they will keep it under wraps for now.

Who and What Does the UN Represent?

By Asaf Romirowsky

"In a barefaced statement UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his dismay at Israel's actions against Hezbollah that resulted in the accidental death of UN peacekeepers saying, 'I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces of a UN Observer post in southern Lebanon.' This is merely one of the latest and most egregious examples of Anna's and the UN's massive and continuing bias against Israel. On paper the UN should be the one impartial force defending all democratic nations however, in practice it doesn't even come close.

Woodrow Wilson's vision for the League of Nations as a forum of cooperation between nations was based upon the promotion of democratic and free market values. After this vision was incinerated by World War II, the creators of the United Nations took some of the former's weaknesses to heart, providing the organization with mechanisms such as the Security Council for enforcement of the international will. Instead, the UN has turned into a major repository of the systemic disease called anti-Semitism. And, instead of looking for a cure, UN members are actively looking for ways of spreading this epidemic through Islamism. The systematic bias against one, and sometimes two, member states is clear through the hundreds upon hundreds of resolutions passed against Israel, the endless committees and investigations and resources lavished upon one conflict, and the ludicrous efforts at even-handedness that have characterized the UN since its inception." Continue reading.

Hezbollah cracked Israeli radio code during war

Ya Libnan | Live News from Lebanon

AITA SHAAB, Lebanon - "Hezbollah fighters were able to hack into Israeli radio communications during last month's battles in south Lebanon, an intelligence breakthrough that helped them thwart Israeli tank assaults, according to Hezbollah and Lebanese officials.

Using technology most likely supplied by Iran, special Hezbollah teams monitored the constantly changing radio frequencies of Israeli troops on the ground. That gave fighters a picture of Israeli movements, casualty reports and supply routes. It also allowed Hezbollah anti-tank units to more effectively target advancing Israeli armor, according to the officials."

John Murtha: Meet the New Boss. . .

"Murtha won his reputation by setting up a neat, closed circle of largesse......... [snip]

Paul Magliochetti, a ten-year appropriations staffer with Murtha, now runs the defense lobby powerhouse PMA Consulting. At least one other former Murtha aide, Julie Giardina, also works at PMA. Even at a time of heightened scrutiny, the firm wins millions in defense earmarks for their clients, and those firms are regularly among Murtha's top campaign donors.

In 2006, for instance, five of Murtha's top 10 contributing companies were PMA and its clients. That year, PMA won over $95 million in earmarks for its clients, at least in part with Murtha's help.

Carmen Scialabba, a 27-year veteran of Murtha's staff, is now a lobbyist winning defense appropriations for clients with KSA Consulting. And alongside him at KSA is Robert 'Kit' Murtha, the congressman's brother. (The firm's web site does not list him as an employee -- but a Google search returns his profile still active on the site, and a call to KSA's office confirmed he is still connected to the organization.)

Together, they have roped in clients looking for defense earmarks, bringing in contributions to Murtha and hauling out taxpayer dollars with Murtha's assistance -- over $20 million in 2005." Read more.

Abbas appeals to Bush, cites 'dire need' for help

"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pleaded with President Bush yesterday that his government is 'in dire need' of U.S. aid and support as the two leaders sought to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."

House bill to require voter ID

"The House yesterday passed legislation that would require voters to show a valid photo identification in federal elections over the overwhelming objections of Democrats who compared the bill to segregation-era measures aimed at disenfranchising Southern ......."

There was a time when .....

Chavez calls Bush 'devil' at U.N.
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday used his annual address to the United Nations to call President Bush 'the devil himself' and 'world dictator,' topping the rhetorical blast of his Iranian counterpart the previous day."

There was a time that the Democrats would speak out against some dictator coming unto American soil and giving the kind of speech delivered by Chavez. Not anymore. What took place at the UN is despicable and any good American should be outraged at what took place. At some level you have to take a stand and support our country. If you can't, then yes, I can question your patriotism.

UPDATE: After I made this post, Charlie Rangel has come out and denounced Chavez and what he had to say. Is he sincere, or is it politics, covering the rear ends of his party? Who knows. He doesn't seem all that passionate in his delivery. Here is a video of it at YouTube.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


By Anotmo
Guest Contributor

Yesterday I heard a caller on a local radio talk show, with the full concurrence of the host, resurrect one of the shallowest ‘arguments’ the Left has contrived regarding the war in Iraq. It was the one that says something like, ‘while we have now invaded Iraq, deposed Saddam Hussein and continue to lose American life’s in that conflict, in the past we supported him to the point of supplying him with weapons and munitions, some of which may ultimately have been used against us’. The point is left unclear but apparently the Left sees it as somehow reflecting poorly on our foreign policy and, by extension, on the current proprietor of that policy, one G. W. Bush. This, despite one half of the argument having occurred long before G. W. Bush was President.

I don’t get it. We fought the British in our American Revolution and again in the War of 1812 but had them as allies in WWI and WWII. We were allied with China in WWII but soon after China became a U.S. antagonist. So what? All of those position were taken in the context of world affairs at the time and none is exasperated nor ameliorated by the other.

We supported Saddam Hussein in the past because he presented opposition to Iran, which was then considered to be a greater more immediate threat than was he. We came later to oppose Saddam because his actions since then showed him to be a more immediate threat; his atrocious mistreatment of his own people, his aggression against Kuwait and the ambitions it portended, his use of and continued posturing as having WMD’s and his refusal to comply with a myriad of U.N. resolutions to dispose of them, provide evidence to that effect and to give U.N. inspectors the freedom to confirm that it had been done.

It can be and often is argued that it was wrong to support Saddam in the past and it can be and often is concurrently argued that it was wrong to invade his country now, but it can not be argued that because we supported him in the past it somehow reflects unfavorably on our opposition to him now or vice versa. That is simply specious. The propriety of a decision in the one case is unrelated to and independent of the propriety of a decision in the other. It may well be ironic but it is in no way revealing of improper policy.

Perhaps it is the appearance of inconsistency and the resulting suggestion of hypocrisy in our saying that, while it was right to support Saddam in the past it is also right to oppose him now, that troubles the Left. If that is the case, then what of the inconsistency and the resulting suggestion of hypocrisy in saying that while it is wrong to oppose Saddam now it was also wrong to support him in the past? That, I expect, is the position most on the Left would adopt. If the validity of the one is to be disqualified on the bases of inconsistency and hypocrisy then the validity of the other must also be disqualified on the same basis.

That leaves the two remaining possible combinations; that it was right to support him in the past and so wrong to oppose him now and that it was wrong to support him in the past and so right to oppose him now as the only qualified positions to take. Both of which suffer from the discomforting implication that whatever initial posture we take toward another nation we must then stick with that posture for ever after.

I apologize for requiring the reader to muddle through this confusing double negative thought process but it need not be so. It only comes from the initial invalid assumption inherent in the Lefts implication that there is some connection and relationship between the propriety of disparate historical policies involving a single nation to which we must somehow remain true. Remove that and judge each independently on the intrinsic state of affairs at the time and such confusion dissolves.

This is just another of the Lefts superficial sound bite pronouncements that comprise so much of their arsenal but which can not survive the most elementary analysis. Their leaders condense the arguments down to some quick and easy talking point phrase’s that, in and of themselves offer no substance, but which reflect negatively on their opposition. The talking points then become the sum total of their arguments. Repeat them often enough in a venue which disallows or ignores redirect and they have the desired effect. And they call us overly simplistic mind-numbed robots. That is why it is so easy to argue with Liberals; they have never gotten beneath the superficiality of their sound bite analysis. Take them under and they drown.

It all reminds me of an old joke. A stranger walks into a local watering hole and orders a beer. About half way through the beer, a local stands up and shouts “23”, which is followed by uproarious laughter from the other patrons. A short time later another local stands up and hollers “17” and again the place erupts into laughter. After still another such instance, the stranger turns to the bartender and inquires as to what is going on. Oh”, the bartender replies, “you need to understand that this is a local bar with pretty much the same people coming in day after day repeating the same old jokes. We finally decided it would be a lot easier and save time to just number the jokes. When a patron wants to retell an old joke all that person needs to do is shout out the number.”

That is how the Left seems to operate. It is not necessary nor productive to slog ones way through the actual argument; just evoke the presumed point by shouting out the catch phrase with which it is associated. Over time there remain few who have ever worked their way back from the catch phrase through to a substantive point or who could actually articulate it if, in fact, it even exists. So enamored are they with their own superior intelligence and righteousness that whatever it is their side is saying must be true and substantive.

Having made that point, I shouldn’t leave any who are not familiar with the above joke hanging short of the punch line. The stranger decides to join in the fun and gets up and offers “12”. The subsequent silence is deafening. Embarrassed, he turns back to the bartender and suggests that ‘12’ must not be a very funny joke. “Not so”, says the bartender, “12 is a great joke, but you have to know how to tell it.”

The Left needs to learn how to tell their arguments least their arguments be perceived as sophomoric jokes. That alone would do much to raise political discourse in this country to a level at which it has at least some chance of being productive.

“The Constitution represents a great compromise. It erected a stronger central government than that which had prevailed under the Articles of Confederation, but it promised a skeptical nation—one that had just spent a long and difficult decade throwing off the reins of King George—that the powers of that government would be sharply limited. Delineating and thereby limiting the powers of the central government is, in fact, the main function of the founding document. Is it accomplishing that task today? A government under the U.S. Constitution, to paraphrase columnist Joseph Sobran, would be a radical improvement over the one we have today.”

—Las Vegas Review Journal

“A Western civilization that will not recognize the essential role that Judaism and Christianity played in its development and will not defend its faith in these religions and the right of other faiths to exist unthreatened, will fall victim to the irrationality and violence of Islam, and the light of reason will be turned off.”

—Alan Caruba

“Islamic protests against the slightest Western criticism of or doubt about the religion of Mohammed ring hollow... [S]o long as their religion is noted for its willingness to persecute and employ violence around the globe, they have little credibility to complain of offenses by others.”

—Doug Bandow

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” —Eric Hoffer

“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

—John Adams

Calif. sues 6 carmakers in global warming suit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - "California filed a global warming lawsuit on Wednesday against Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and three other automakers, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have cost the state millions of dollars.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California was the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles' emissions.

The lawsuit also names Chrysler Motors Corp., the U.S. arm of Germany's DaimlerChrysler, and the North American units of Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd..

It also charges that vehicle emissions have contributed significantly to global warming and harmed the resources, infrastructure and environmental health of the most populous state in the United States." More info at Reuters.com.

Mubarak son offers 'Arab vision'

"President Hosni Mubarak's son has said Egypt must offer a new political vision for the Middle East - one not imposed from outside, but based on Arab values.

Gamal Mubarak, a senior figure in the governing National Democratic Party, urged the rejection of 'foreign ambitions' trying to shape the region.

The remarks were seen as a reference to efforts by Egypt's US ally to introduce Western-style democracy in the region." Read more at BBC NEWS.

Military Tightens Grip, PM Flees Thailand After Coup

London - "Following a bloodless coup overnight, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has fled to London from New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Thaksin, a close ally of the U.S., cancelled a speech he was due to give at the U.N. on Tuesday evening, as news of the coup emerged.

His official spokesman, Surapong Suebwonglee, initially declared confidence that the coup would fail, but as events in the Thai capital unfolded, he told the Associated Press: 'We have to accept what happened. We are not coming back soon.'

Thaksin chartered a Russian plane to fly him and his entourage to the U.K. early Wednesday, according to a Thai reporter accompanying him."

China Carps as US Allies Impose Sanctions on North Korea

"Japan and Australia have become the first countries to follow the United States’ lead in imposing financial sanctions on North Korea, a move opposed by China and causing unease in South Korea...

Let's Talk About the 'Pocketbook Issues,' Republican Says

"Republican Dick Armey, the former U.S. House majority leader and now the chairman of a free-market advocacy group, is sharing his “small-government vision” with voters in Iowa. He said political leaders and presidential candidates are not talking about the big issues facing America, issues like retirement security, fundamental tax reform, and spending restraint..."

‘Elitism’ Threatens Immigration Reform, Says Congressman

"Immigration reform may still be alive on Capitol Hill, but “elitism” inside the U.S. Senate chamber and in various media outlets remains an obstacle to the passage of meaningful legislation, according to some lawmakers and public policy experts..."

“Much of the Constitution is remarkably simple and straightforward—certainly as compared to the convoluted reasoning of judges and law professors discussing what is called ‘Constitutional law,’ much of which has no basis in that document... The real question [for judicial nominees] is whether that nominee will follow the law or succumb to the lure of ‘a living constitution,’ ‘evolving standards’ and other lofty words meaning judicial power to reshape the law to suit their own personal preferences.”

—Thomas Sowell

Poland's president calls for solidarity of nations under globalization

"UNITED NATIONS Poland's President Lech Kaczynski on Tuesday urged rich and poor countries to stand together to overcome serious rifts as globalization exposes deepening inequalities." More at the International Herald Tribune.

Coleman presses for reform at United Nations

Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA

WASHINGTON - Sen. Norm Coleman pressed United Nations officials on reform and Darfur as he participated as a congressional delegate to the world body Tuesday. ..."


By: Dorothy Anne Seese

"Twenty years ago most Americans didn't pay very much attention to Islam, or to Muslims in general, and they went about their business doing whatever their various sects do. They had mosques in the USA, and they weren't bothered, and somehow they managed not to bother us. At least, they did not warrant making headlines.

During the past five years, when Arabs and Islamic 'radicals' came into the spotlight after they were credited for the Nine Eleven disaster (following a 1993 failed attack on WTC and the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen), the US and European nations have suffered an influx of Muslims who insist that despite their riots, burning flags and figures in effigy, they are a peaceful people who simply want to lead a peaceful life for Allah.

Until the Pope quotes some source that disturbs them, then they get on their riot gear and go into a somewhat less than peaceful mode. They have some right that other faiths do not to go around demanding apologies from the leader of a religion that claims a billion members, as does the Roman Catholic faith? And just who gave them this right?

What if the Pope led his followers on a rampage against Islam? Now would that be offensive to them? You better believe it would, it most likely could trigger a full-scale religious war that Islam seems to wish to provoke anyway, in spite of the almost nauseating peace overtures made daily by the US and European nations (which aren't Christian anyway except in heritage). Yet millions of Muslims have migrated into the US and European nations, provoking a mountain range of politically-correct bowing and scraping by formerly self-respecting countries in order to appease all these fanatics in riot mode at any provocation, real or imagined." Read on.


............. "As a result of all this, polls taken far in advance of an election are worse than useless; they are in fact deceptive. Now if you are a partisan liberal Democrat - which is what most members of the media are - it is comforting to allow the wish for a Democratic victory to become father to the thought. As election day nears, however, reality forces you to take a closer look and begin to rely on facts rather than hopes.

This is what we are seeing now. That much touted Democratic victory that would sweep Nancy Pelosi into the Speaker's chair, and perhaps even make Harry Reid Majority leader of the Senate - once considered by the media savants as all but certain developments - now appears a lot less than certain - a lot less."............... Read on.

"It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others."

-- James Madison


By Bill Gertz


"Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, describes a growing threat posed by foreign agents and terrorists who exploit U.S. weaknesses in this second of three excerpt from his new book, "Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets -- And How We Let It Happen" (Crown Forum), out this week. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here

The FBI, the CIA and other intelligence agencies continue to struggle to plant agents in, or recruit them from, deadly Islamist terror organizations here and abroad.
The FBI, for example, did not have under way a single active investigation this past spring of al Qaeda or any Islamist group anywhere in the United States.
Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network is not alone in posing a threat of new attacks. The FBI believes that Lebanon-based Hezbollah has set up terrorist cells in at least 10 U.S. cities."

Available at Amazon.com.

Thai leader deposed in military coup

"Troops from Thailand's U.S.-trained military seized power in a bloodless coup yesterday, ousting Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while he was in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly and proclaiming their loyalty to the king."

Bush warns Iranians of 'liberty' denied

President Bush yesterday told Iranians they deserve a better government than they are getting, and he told Muslims worldwide to ignore radical 'propaganda and conspiracy theories' that incite them to killing and terrorism."

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The pope said things Muslims need to hear about faith and reason.

Will terrorists get lawyers the moment they're captured on the battlefield?


Syria hoping for warmer U.S. relations

DAMASCUS, Syria -- "Syria's policy during more than a year of isolation by Western countries has been constant: Stick it out and hope the other side bends.

Now, a week after an attack on the American Embassy, the regime apparently is betting that violence will be one more factor that could make the United States blink first.

Syria has portrayed the surprise attack on the embassy last Tuesday by suspected Islamic militants as proof that American policies in the region are not working and are only fueling extremism.

The answer, it argues, is for Washington to stop trying to force Syria to change and instead to open a dialogue - giving Damascus the chance to press its demands."

Senate set to consider fence bill
The Senate, which has been the major obstacle to strict border-security legislation this year, will take up a bill this week that calls for constructing 700 more miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Senate Republicans Fail to Move Forward on Judges

"Last Thursday morning, an important Senate Judiciary Committee meeting was adjourned after 15 minutes due to a lack of quorum.

The committee meeting was one of the last opportunities to move on several conservative judicial nominations in this Congress. Unless the Committee acts, key Bush judicial nominees, some who have waited years, may never get an 'up-or-down' vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate."

What the Pope Actually Said

By Alan Caruba
"Nothing more perfectly frames the real issue at stake than the Islamic reaction to one line from a lengthy, intellectually complex speech given by Pope Benedict XVI on September 12 at the University of Regensburg, Germany. Islam cannot and will not accept anything other than the surrender and domination of all other faiths. History demonstrates that Islam was spread rather swiftly after the death of Muhammad in 632 AD, and that was accomplished as much by the sword as by any other means..."

Thailand - Military Movement in Bangkok

"The Thai military moved tanks around government headquarters in Bangkok the evening of Sept. 19 as part of an apparent army coup. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in New York, and he will not be able to return until some sort of compromise has been made. Thaksin tried to make a statement on television regarding a state of emergency, but the programming was interrrupted to show pictures of Thai royalty while songs associated with former military coups played in the background.

The tanks moved in shortly after Thaksin issued a state of emergency and ordered army Commander in Chief Sondhi Boonyaratkalin to report to Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Gen. Chidchai Wannasathit. It is unclear whether this is an attempted coup, preventative military action or a countercoup.

Meanwhile, things are relatively calm in Bankgkok. No soldiers have been patrolling the streets, no curfew has been declared and the airport is open."

Source: Stratfor

I hope Bush returns the favor

Ahmadinejad skips Bush's speech at United Nations
Jerusalem Post - Israel
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad skipped US President George W. Bush's speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Ahmadinejad ...

Bush Addresses United Nations
Fox 28 - South Bend,IN,USA
... Chirac has fractured the united front between the allies against Iran's nuclear program saying Europe could begin negotiating with Iranian officials before ...

Rosie's View Is Out of Focus

By Janet Parshall

"As America mourned again the loss of close to 3,000 of our fellow citizens on 9/11, Rosie O'Donnell, the newest member of ABC's 'The View' marked the occasion by stating anti-Christian bigotry, stating 'radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.' And just as stunning was her statement that because of 9/11 we 'invaded two countries and killed innocent people in their countries.'

Rosie O'Donnell may know how to belt out a tune on Broadway but she is sorely off-key when it comes to current events. When was the last time anyone heard a preacher tell his congregation that they needed to strap on a munitions belt and blow up as many people who didn't believe as they do as possible? Has anyone ever heard a pastor teach his flock that killing 'infidels' was the path to salvation?

Rosie has forgotten the attacks on our embassies in Africa, the assault on the USS Cole, the first World Trade Center bombing and the slaughter of our Marines in Lebanon. Clearly her view is out of focus."

She appears also to be a pathetic creature of hatred. By the way, is it not the white conservative-minded Christian male that is supposed to be the angry hate mongerer? Well Rosie baby does not have to take a back seat to anyone in this regard. No back seat jokes, OK? Eeeee-yoooo.

Monday, September 18, 2006

“Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a national constitution.”

—James Madison


Contributor Anotmo furnishes us with some Random Ruminations:
  1. ‘Moral Relativity’ is the ideology whereby Liberals presume to occupy the moral high ground by having declared that there is no such thing.
  2. Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively to blame for everything.

  3. Contrary to what MSM journalists seem to believe, ‘Freedom of the Press’ is not their very own right as journalists; not anymore than ‘Freedom of Religion’ is an exclusive right of churches. Both belong to me. What the media has is the privilege and responsibility to be the free press to which I have a right. While they are quite taken with the former, they are grossly negligent regarding the latter.
  4. Liberals believe that evolution alone accounts for the enormous diversity of all life forms, from seaweed to seagulls, but can not imagine how anything except societal stereotyping can account for men consistently scoring better in mathematics and science, while women consistently score better in reading and verbal skills.
  5. Re: the above. Liberals need to learn how to discern the difference between ‘equal’ and ‘identical’.

  6. The MSM consistently makes the case for moral equivalence between Islamic terrorists and the U.S, yet they readily show pictures of our ‘moral outrages’ at Abu Grab and Gitmo on the basis of ‘the peoples right to know’ while refusing to subject us to pictures of the Islamic terrorists ‘equivalent moral outrages’ such as people jumping from the Twin Towers, the collapsing of those towers and Islamist terrorists sawing off the heads of kidnapped civilians with short knifes, proclaiming them too awful for public consumption.
  7. Liberals are adamant that The Constitution of the United States of America is a ‘living document’ so far beyond its' built-in amendment process, that it must be constantly reinterpreted in order to keep pace with the rapidly changing times; but they do not seem to believe the same of the Geneva Convention or, in particular, Common Article 3, the wording of which is so vague that it begs interpretation.
  8. Unless, apparently, it is interpreted by our SCOTUS to mean what the Liberals would like it to mean which, as I understand that ruling, means there was never any reason for Common Article 3 in the first place, since everybody gets the same protections and considerations as the Geneva Convention granted specifically to only uniformed combatants of national armed forces.

Does John McCain favor the CIA interrogations or not?

"The media are concentrating on the politics of the intra-Republican fight over military tribunals and detainee treatment, which last week saw the Senate Armed Services Committee move a bill substantially different from what the White House wants. But the stakes here are far more serious: To wit, if Senators John McCain, John Warner, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins get their way, aggressive interrogation as an antiterror intelligence tool will effectively end."

The Path to Hysteria

My sin was to write a screenplay accurately depicting Bill Clinton's record on terrorism.


"I am neither an activist, politician or partisan, nor an ideologue of any stripe. What I am is a writer who takes his job very seriously, as do most of my colleagues: Also, one who recently took on the most distressing and important story it will ever fall to me to tell. I considered it a privilege when asked to write the script for 'The Path to 9/11.' I felt duty-bound from the outset to focus on a single goal--to represent our recent pre-9/11 history as the evidence revealed it to be. The American people deserve to know that history: They have paid for it in blood. Like all Americans, I wish it were not so. I wish there were no terrorists. I wish there had been no 9/11. I wish we could squabble among ourselves in assured security. But wishes avail nothing."

Poll: Immigration top issue

Majority of voters back 'tough but fair' path to citizenship

"Nearly two of every three Colorado voters think illegal immigrants should be allowed to become U.S. citizens if they pay taxes, learn English and meet other requirements, according to a new Rocky Mountain News/CBS 4 poll.

Only 15 percent of those polled favor mass deportations.

'People want to be tough but fair,' said pollster Lori Weigel. 'It's like many issues. You tend to hear from extremes on both ends. Clearly, this data indicate that there's a silent majority that is supportive of a more middle-ground approach.'"

Armed Man Crashes Through Barricade

WASHINGTON (AP) -- "An armed man ran through the U.S. Capitol after crashing his vehicle on the Capitol grounds Monday in the worst breach of security since a gunman killed two police officers in 1998.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Christopher McGaffin identified the intruder as Carlos Greene, 20, of Silver Spring, Md. He said Greene, tackled after a foot chase through the Capitol, was armed with a loaded handgun and had crack cocaine in his possession."

The Pope must die, says Muslim

News: This is London

"A notorious Muslim extremist told a demonstration in London yesterday that the Pope should face execution.

Anjem Choudary said those who insulted Islam would be 'subject to capital punishment'."

Update: UVA Paper Apologizes, Pulls Offensive Comics
After more than a week of pressure from Christian advocacy groups, the student newspaper at the University of Virginia apologized Friday for cartoons it published mocking Christian beliefs. It also removed the cartoons from its website...

Conservatives Want to Protect Military Chaplains’ Prayers
Religious conservatives who favor greater freedom for military chaplains are upset by a Senate move that they view as an effort to curb religious freedom...

Unions Have Embraced Anti-War Extremism, Report Says
Labor leaders have established a close relationship with anti-American, anti-war activists as part of a move to the political left that began more than three decades ago, according to a recent report produced by a conservative think tank...

Americans Complacent, Need to Be On ‘War Footing’
The success of U.S. counterterrorism efforts has made Americans complacent, according to an expert on Middle East politics, who says the public must adopt a “war footing” or risk greater vulnerability to terrorist attacks...

DIA analyst who passed reports to Chinese gets 3 months

"The case of a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who last week pleaded guilty to espionage-related charges highlights China's intelligence penetration of the U.S. government."


My internet connection was messed up today. Thanks Comcast.

Explaining Five Years Without Attacks

In the five years since 9/11, Islamic terrorists have launched deadly assaults on more than 20 nations around the world but they haven't staged a major strike on the U.S. One reason for our good fortune involves greatly enhanced security and counter-terror initiatives that have disrupted terror networks, foiling plots against us.

The only other possible explanation reflects a conscious decision to hold back in striking America--not because they hate us less than other nations where they've killed hundreds, but because they fear us more. After the decisive, resolute reaction of 9/11, it's obvious that America will respond with more ferocious, overwhelming force than other terrorist targets.

Whether terrorists haven't struck because they're stopped from mounting major attacks, or else they've held back out of fear of America's reaction, it's obvious that the policies of the Bush administration deserve some credit for the five unexpected years of safety with which we've been blessed." -- By Michael Medved

In either case, it is a tribute to the aggressive actions we have taken to protect the American people. You cannot but wonder what our situation will be in 2 more years under a new President and administration. Will we return to a passive, stick-your-head-in-the-sand, can't we just get along, pre 9/11 attitude? Or, will we continue to be proactive against the Islamist extremists who want to kill us or convert us?

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Rush Limbaugh:
"Did the North Koreans honor the Geneva Conventions as interpreted by our courts when they took the USS Pueblo and tortured the sailors? Did the North Vietnamese abide by the Geneva Conventions when they tortured McCain?"

Of course not. That's the cruxt of the matter. The whole basis, on which the Geneva Conventions are founded, is reciprocity. People are afraid to criticize McCain on this subject because of what he experienced and had to endure. But in reality, his horrible experiences actually argue against his position.

What he had to suffer as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam was brutal torture, Bush is seeking legal aggressive questioning. McCain should know better. Shouldn't he? America's adherence to the Geneva Conventions did not protect him even though he was a legitimate POW, which the al Qaeda detainees are not. And, Hanoi had ratified the Geneva Conventions and thus was legally bound by them. Al Qaeda has not and are not.

To the extent that it is possible, the Geneva rules attempt to bring some 'civility' while wars are being fought. Giving these protections to those who do not follow the rules of reciprocity, produces a one-way street of protection, thus transforming these conventions into a suicide pact to the party that tries to follow them.

John McCain is one of the Senate's true war heroes, unlike others that I won't mention, but it seems that his personal experience is clouding, rather than clarifying, his perspectives.

"We've gone from the Geneva Conventions not even applying to terrorists to having them apply to terrorists, to preventing us from interrogating terrorists effectively. This is going to go down as the event that will result in us getting hit again."

"This interrogation stalemate is going to go down as the event that will result in us getting hit again -- and if we do, I can tell you where fingers are going to be pointed on this program: at every senator, Republican or Democrat, who stood in the way."

So if the restrictions on interrogations that McCain, Warner, Graham and now Colin Powell, are advocating should result in another 9/11, or worse, then they will have sacrificed the lives of women and children for what? To protect the terrorists and to protect the soldiers from possible harm? The question then begs to be asked and was asked by Dr. Jack Wheeler, "Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?"


New York Post Online Edition: Postopinion

"ON the military plane back from America's most famous terrorist holding pen, the in-flight film was 'V for Vendetta,' a screed that tries to justify terrorism. It was a fitting end to a surreal, military-sponsored trip.

The Pentagon seemed to be hoping to disarm its critics by showing them how well it cares for captured terrorists. The trip was more alarming than disarming. I spent several hours with Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who heads the joint task force that houses and interrogates the detainees. (The military isn't allowed to call them 'prisoners.')

Harris, a distinguished Navy veteran who was born in Japan and educated at Annapolis and Harvard, is a serious man trying to do a politically impossible job. I spoke with him at length, and with a dozen other officers and guards, and visited three different detention blocks.

The high-minded critics who complain about torture are wrong. We are far too soft on these guys - and, as a result, aren't getting the valuable intelligence we need to save American lives."


A nice piece of 'objective' reporting:
The Peninsula On-line: Qatar's leading English Daily: "Hezbollah’s capture of the two soldiers in a July 12 cross-border raid triggered a 34-day war that killed nearly 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, mainly soldiers, before it ended with a UN-brokered truce."

In defense of radical Christianity

"In a bizarre turn towards the strange Rosie O'Donnell and violent Islamic Clerics across the world bound themselves together this week in a bit of ideology that not only defied common sense but also insanely wrong.

On Wednesday the big-mouthed-wonder uttered, 'And as a result of the (9-11) attack and the killing of 3000 innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed innocent people.'

She went on to add, 'Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state.'

The profound ignorance of the statements not only reveals Rosie's absolute incapacity to comprehend the serious matter of the war on terror but more importantly the eternal issue of her soul."

Raed more of Kevin McCullough.

Building Red America

WASHINGTON -- "In this autumn of their discontent, Republicans tremble as November nears. But now comes yet another book by a gloomy liberal anticipating permanent Republican dominance. Thomas B. Edsall of The New Republic, in 'Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power,' argues that inexorable social forces, augmented by the conservatives' superior reservoirs of anger, ruthlessness and cynicism -- he neglects only the word 'wickedness' -- favor Republicans, 'the party of the socially and economically dominant.'

The parties are almost at numerical parity, but Edsall, who until recently was a Washington Post political reporter, says Republicans represent people 'more broadly skilled in economic combat' and 'more accustomed to the rigors of the market.' Hence Republicans can maintain 'a thin but durable margin of victory.' Their technique is 'the symbolic manipulation of controversial sociocultural issues touching upon national security, patriotism, race, sex, and religion.' "

Read more of George Will.


Families of Hezbollah martyrs envy their dead

“Please do not think we do not have emotions, but my son had chosen his path, which is the resistance against Israel, and we have to respect his wish,” Um Hussein said with tears in her eyes.

“See we have emotions, but we are rational when it comes to martyrs who die in battlefields while defending their country from occupation,” the 60-year-old lady said.

Beside Hussein’s picture inside the house, there is a large picture of Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.

Pointing at the picture of Nasrallah, Um Hussein said, “I will sacrifice all my children to this leader.”

- Khaleej Times Online

How sacrificial considerate of you. All bold emphasis mine - HH.