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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

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Your war, not mine!

'This war is lost,' Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid recently proclaimed.

"That pessimism about Iraq is now widely shared by his Democratic colleagues. But many of these converted doves aren't being quite honest about why they've radically changed their views of the war. Most of the serious Democratic presidential candidates -- Sens. Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Christopher Dodd, and former Sen. Jonathan Edwards -- once voted, along with Reid, to authorize the war. Sen. Barack Obama didn't. But, then, he wasn't ...." -- By Victor Davis Hanson

“Queen Elizabeth took a tour of Colonial Williamsburg in a horse-drawn carriage Thursday. The restored town is an exact replica of America 300 years ago. It’s the only place in the United States where you don’t have to press two for English.” —Argus Hamilton

“An opinion, right or wrong, can never constitute a moral offense, nor be in itself a moral obligation. It may be mistaken; it may involve an absurdity, or a contradiction. It is a truth, or it is an error; it can never be a crime or a virtue.” —Francis Wright

“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.” —Douglas MacArthur


“Tonight... we take on the question that can make otherwise competent adults quake with fear. We’ve all been there. You come to the end of the checkout line and then comes that question, ‘paper or plastic?’ For that one brief moment, we grocery buyers are made to feel like the fate of the planet hinges on our decision. Is there a correct answer?” —NBC anchorhead Brian Williams

“Criminalizing even the vilest hateful thoughts—as opposed to willful criminal acts—is inconsistent with a free society.” —Rep. Ron Paul

“With the defeat of Socialist candidate Segolene Royal, the Conservatives have a unique opportunity to show France and the world that they can not only solve their economic problems, but also do something about the immigration invasion that has put their nation—and all of Europe—in jeopardy.” —Cal Thomas

“The hard truth is that progress in Iraq (and there has been some since the surge began) is painstakingly slow. It will require patience and grit to prevail. But to suggest that diplomacy can solve this problem now is pure fantasy.” —Mona Charen


“Listening to the messages of al-Qa’ida’s leaders, you understand that they see their old defeats in very personal and contemporary terms. They are in a 'long war' against us, even if we don’t know it. And they’re committed to winning it.” —former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson

California 157 YEARS AGO


Do you know what happened this week back in 1850, 157 years ago?
  • California became a state.
  • The State had no electricity.
  • The State had no money.
  • Almost everyone spoke Spanish.
  • There were gunfights in the streets.

So basically, it was just like California is today, except the men didn't hold hands.

Sarkozy Victory: Timely Reprieve or Dying Gasp?
By Christopher G. Adamo

Credit must be given where credit is due on the far side of the Atlantic. France, noted in recent years for pacifism and capitulation to the various enemies of the West, has now elected a pro-America leader who promises to enact an unmistakably conservative program of reform. His goal is to bolster the French economy while shoring up its deteriorating national identity…

Our Great Democrat Party at Work

How to Lose an Ally
By Robert D. Novak

Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe returned to Bogota this week in a state of shock. His three-day visit to Capitol Hill in Washington to win over Democrats in Congress was described by one American supporter as “catastrophic.” Colombian sources said Uribe was stunned by the ferocity of his Democratic opponents, and Vice President Francisco Santos publicly talked about cutting U.S.-Colombian ties. Uribe got nothing from his meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders who are wedded to out-of-date claims of civil rights abuses and to rigidly protectionist dogma. This is remarkable U.S. treatment for a rare friend on the South American continent...

Chavez presses allies to back Iran

By Martin Arostegui
May 10, 2007

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is encouraging his Latin American allies to expand ties with Iran, which is offering trade concessions and financial incentives and winning influence in the region.

During two recent visits to Venezuela, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed more than $17 billion worth of economic agreements with Mr. Chavez.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega last month received Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki while Bolivian President Evo Morales announced a new trade deal with Iran.

"The struggle for justice and truth in the framework of economic development is the principle objective of the government in Nicaragua and of our friends in Iran," said Mr. Ortega when Mr. Mottaki arrived after stopping in Venezuela for talks with Mr. Chavez.

Mr. Ortega called Iran a "victim" of the U.S., which he accused of "supporting terrorism."

Speaking in the rural Bolivian community of San Julian on the same day, Mr. Morales told peasant supporters to grow soybeans to export to Iran. Read on.

Bahrain official warns U.S. on pullout

The Washinton Times

The U.S.-led war in Iraq has damaged America's image in the Arab Middle East, but a premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would make the situation worse, Bahrain's information minister, Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar, said yesterday.

"We all know the situation is not easy, but militarily speaking it is not wise now simply to withdraw from Iraq," Mr. Abdul Ghaffar said during a luncheon with editors and reporters at The Washington Times.

He acknowledged growing questions over the U.S. commitment in Iraq after the Democratic takeover of Congress in November, but said Iraq's various factions and ethnic groups still need time to create a workable national government.

"There is still much work to do on real national reconciliation, and without reconciliation we will not have a stable Iraq," he added.

Bahrain is considered a moderate Arab state and is the longtime base for the U.S. 5th Fleet in the region. Mr. Abdul Ghaffar said bilateral relations are strong.

But he expressed concerns about the growing tension between Iran and the United States on several fronts, including the conflict in Iraq and charges that Tehran is secretly trying to acquire nuclear weapons.

Bahrain, a Shi'ite-majority country with a largely Sunni Muslim ruling class, has long been wary of Shi'ite Iran's regional ambitions. But Mr. Abdul Ghaffar said Bahrain strongly favored diplomacy over a military clash. More....

Va. Tells NYC to Stop Gun Stings - washingtonpost.com

By Tim Craig

RICHMOND, May 9 -- "Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is warning New York to stop, by the summer, sending private agents into Virginia to look for illegal gun sales, saying that the agents could face legal action."

What a great solution to a "supposed problem"

Safety Concerns Emerge in Energy-Efficient Light Debate
At a time when fluorescent bulbs are gaining popularity among global warming activists, politicians and consumers, Brandy Bridges discovered a dark side to energy-efficient lighting when she dropped one of the bulbs in her daughter's room. Mercury contamination...

More New Jersey Jihadists

FBI Knows Identity of Four Other NJ Jihadists
The FBI knows the identity of four men who took part in jihadist training exercises in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains last year along with six others who are now under arrest for an alleged terrorist plot, but they have insufficient evidence to charge the four at this stage...

Oh my God. We're all going to die. Even if you are not fat ....

..... You may be fat. And we are all going to die. More doom and gloom.

Now to add to the worries of bird flu and global warming, we have to worry about being "fat inside" even if we are thin on the outside.

Oh. And, did I mention we are all going to die?
DIET: Thin People May Be Fat Inside
By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer

May 10,2007 | LONDON -- If it really is what's on the inside that counts, then a lot of thin people might be in trouble.

No! You don't say..... Preposterous!!

Professors Hold 'Unfavorable' View of Evangelicals

"A majority of American university faculty members view evangelical Christians unfavorably and would like to see the influence of 'Christian fundamentalists' on American politics lessened, according to a study released Monday by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (IJCR).

The survey, which polled more than 1,200 university faculty members, found that 53 percent of them have 'cool' or 'unfavorable' feelings toward evangelicals, a group that may account for one-third of the American population. The study also found that one-third of faculty members had a negative view of Mormons."

Challenges to Musharraf's Rule Grow

New Delhi - "Amid growing uncertainty about Pakistan's political future, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Tuesday held talks with President Pervez Musharraf to discuss strategies to tackle Taliban insurgency in the region.

Sources say discussions focused on joint measures needed to strengthen NATO operations in Afghanistan against Taliban fighters, to better secure the border with Pakistan." More....

Group Wants Federal Probe into Conyers Staff Use
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) acknowledged “a lack of clarity” in his office procedures when in late 2006 he agreed with the House Ethics Committee to stop using his office staff to run personal errands and work on his campaign. His spokesman said that should be the end of it, but a Washington-based ethics group disagrees...

‘Today We Dodged a Bullet,’ FBI Says of Thwarted Terror Plot

Camden, New Jersey (CNSNews.com)
– A Monday evening FBI raid on a quiet apartment complex in Cherry Hill, N.J., netted six men accused of planning an armed attack on a military base in an effort to kill U.S. service personnel. The raids followed a 15-month undercover FBI investigation involving two informants who secretly recorded meetings...

The old, tired, dinosaur media is pretty much downplaying this story. But, it's G.W.'s fault because he has inflamed Moslems everywhere and turned them against us. They loved us before.

Had it been successful, it would not have been of much importance, because after all, it was only the military, and they deserved it. And, it would have been Bush's fault because he has inflamed Moslems everywhere and turned them against us. They loved us before.

There really is a sickness called BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrom).

Da 'ya think?

Senate Urged to Rethink Immigration Bill After NJ Arrests
The arrest of six foreign-born Muslims accused of plotting to attack Fort Dix, N.J., should stop the Senate from producing an immigration bill that includes a “pathway to citizenship” or any other let-them-stay-here program, said a group that strongly opposes “amnesty” for illegal aliens...

Senator Introduces ‘Official English’ Bill
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is trying once again to make English the official language of the United States. He said his bill could save taxpayers up to $2 billion a year...

RI Students Must Watch 'Inconvenient Truth' to Graduate
To receive a degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, students must watch “An Inconvenient Truth,” the documentary on global warming produced by former Vice President Al Gore. The controversy began the week before Earth Day...

Losing Influence in South America

"Over the years the United States has fallen out of favor with one country or another.

To lose favor with an entire continent would seem a difficult task, until we take a closer look at South America.

I used to joke about the stability of South American governments by referring to their longevity in RPMs, or 'revolutions per minute.' Usually these disturbances occurred on a ........"

Border Chief Vows 'Operational Control' By 2013

"The United States will have 'operational control' of its border with Mexico by 2013 as it builds walls, installs surveillance equipment and beefs up manpower to keep out illegal immigrants, U.S. Border Patrol Director David Aguilar said on Wednesday.

He said currently there are plans to put up 370 miles of walls, but a high-tech network of radar, satellite technology, unmanned aerial vehicles and communications equipment will keep watch on most of the 2,000-mile border." Read on...

Michael Moore Focus of Treasury Dept. Probe

"Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary 'Sicko,' The Associated Press has learned.

The investigation provides another contentious lead-in for a provocative film by Moore, a fierce critic of President Bush. In the past, Moore's adversaries have fanned publicity that helped the filmmaker create a new brand of opinionated blockbuster documentary.

'Sicko' promises to take the health-care industry to task the way Moore confronted America's passion for guns in 'Bowling for Columbine' and skewered Bush over his handling of Sept. 11 in 'Fahrenheit 9/11.'

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. A copy of the letter was obtained Tuesday by the AP." Continue with story.....


1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3. Colt: The original point and click interface.
4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.!
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
7. "Free" men do not ask permission to bear arms.
8. If you don't know your rights you don't have any.
9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights reserved.
11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians
ignore the others.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no
16. Legally armed citizens don't shoot to kill; they shoot to stay alive.
17. 911 - government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
19. Criminals love gun control -- it makes their jobs safer.
20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to
control them.
22. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
23. Enforce the "gun control laws" we ALREADY have, don't make
24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create
25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun
26. "A government of the people, by the people, for the people..."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Beware of Anti-Consumer Energy Bills On Tap in Congress

"A few months ago, the new Congress became vocal about fighting global warming and set out an ambitious schedule to enact legislation restricting fossil fuel use. But after taking a closer look and realizing the enormous cost and complexity of central planning of America's energy future, congressional leaders moved back their deadlines for action. Notwithstanding the almost daily alarmist hearings on the subject, Congress will not be passing any major global warming bills in the near term. In the meantime, however, Congress is considering a host of smaller-scale energy measures and may enact something by July or even Memorial Day. Though far less dangerous than a comprehensive global warming bill, these energy provisions are ...."

Gassing Up
If you think $3 for a gallon of gas is high, you haven’t been watching the network news. They’ve warned of $4, $5 or even $6 gas and haven’t been right yet. But years of media hype have proven convincing – three-fourths of Americans believe $4 gas will hit this year.

Oklahoma governor signs sweeping immigration reform bill

OKLAHOMA CITY — "Gov. Brad Henry signed an immigration bill Tuesday that tightens employment standards to prevent illegal immigrants from finding work.

Henry called the legislation, passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate, a stopgap measure to deal with an illegal immigration problem that is the responsibility of the federal government."
Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Richardson Sends State Police to Mexico Border: "New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ordered more state police to the Mexico border on Wednesday in response to spiraling drug violence on the Mexican side, his office said.

The state troopers are being deployed in and around the town of Columbus, north of Palomas in Mexico, his office said in a news release. It was not immediately clear how many police were being dispatched.

Six people have been murdered in Palomas in the past two weeks, and some of the"

Romney Says Sharpton's Dig Could Be Considered Bigoted: "Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday denounced the Rev. Al Sharpton's remarks about God and his Mormon faith, saying it could be construed as 'a bigoted comment.'

'It shows that bigotry still exists in some corners,' said Romney, who spoke to reporters after a campaign event. 'I thought it was a most unfortunate comment to make.'

On Monday, Sharpton said in a debate that 'those of us who believe in God' will defeat Romney for the White House. He denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God."

Fort Dix 'terrorists' smuggled into U.S.?

Jihadists Exploit Our Hospitality and Open Borders . . . Again

"Well, here is the thanks we get. Eight years ago, America opened its arms to tens of thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo. The first planeload landed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Military leaders worked day and night to turn the base into a child-friendly village. They coordinated medical and security checkups, mental health and trauma counseling and ethnic food preparations.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg traveled up from North Carolina to assist in refugee...."

Looking for Hate in All the Wrong Places

By Jacob Sullum

Even if states were justified in punishing bigoted criminals more severely than merely vicious ones (as all but a handful currently do), the case for federal action would be weak. Read on.

US-Iran academic detained in Iran


"A prominent US think-tank has said that one of its researchers has been detained in the Iranian capital Tehran.

The Woodrow Wilson Centre has said that Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari had been repeatedly questioned by intelligence officials."

Eight dead from Philippine blast

More doings from the ROP:


Police investigate bomb scene in Tacurong, Mindanao, southern Phillipines.

The bomb went off in a billiards hall in Tacurong.

At least eight people are now known to have been killed in Tuesday's bomb explosion in the southern Philippines.

Military officials have blamed the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah for the attack on Mindanao island.


Iran's Economic Crisis
Ahmadinejad isn't bringing the oil money 'to every dinner table.'

"For the past five weeks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Islamic Moral Brigades have been clashing with groups of young Iranians on the streets of Tehran and other major cities over the government's crackdown on 'immodest dress.' The crackdown is seen by many Iranians as another step toward an even more suffocating social atmosphere in the crisis-stricken country. Both Mr. Ahmadinejad and his mentor, the 'Supreme Leader' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claim that the way young Iranians dress is the most immediate threat to their Islamist dystopia."

Can Sarkozy Save France?

A reform-minded politician is the next president. Now what?

French elections can be as entertaining as Russian roulette. Twelve years ago, in early 1995, it was....."

Axis of Soros

The men and motives behind the World Bank coup attempt.

Mark Malloch Brown spoke Monday to a crowded auditorium at the World Bank's headquarters, warning that the bank's mission was "hugely at risk" as long as Paul Wolfowitz remained its president. Only hours earlier, news leaked that a special committee investigating Mr. Wolfowitz had accused him of violating conflict-of-interest rules. A coincidence? We doubt it.

Mr. Malloch Brown, remember, was until last year Kofi Annan's deputy at the United Nations. In that position, he distinguished himself by spinning away the $100 billion Oil for Food scandal as little more than a blip in the U.N.'s good work, and one that had little to do with Mr. Annan himself. Last week, Mr. Malloch Brown was named vice president of the Quantum Fund, the hedge fund run by his billionaire friend George Soros. A former World Bank official himself and ally of soon-to-be British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mr. Malloch Brown would almost surely be a leading candidate to replace Mr. Wolfowitz should he step down. Not surprisingly, Gordon Brown cold-shouldered Mr. Wolfowitz at a recent meeting in Brussels.

Read the rest at OpinionJournal

Israel at a Crossroads

By David Aikman

Ever since Israel embarked on a costly war in Lebanon last summer after its soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah fighters, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been under fire. He lacked the military prowess and expertise of his predecessor as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Now a government commission has officially accused him of widespread incompetence in conducting the war. Even his own foreign minister, Tsipi Livni, has called on him to resign.

Israel's politics have always been volatile, with governing coalitions often cobbled together from political parties. But the issue of who leads the country is not just academic; any major political error by a governing prime minister could imperil Israel's very existence.

Israel must cope with continuing terrorist threats and questions of how to relate to the Palestinian authority and the United States. Its choice of a leader is crucial to world peace. We must pray for the Israelis to choose wisely.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

“Democrats are singing the same socialist tune they have since FDR declared himself Nanny-in-Chief. It goes something like this (especially since the sixties): ”You cannot take care of yourself. You deserve more than others. Rich people owe you. Armed conflict is never the answer, especially when it takes longer than a month. You deserve free medical coverage. If you are gay, non-white, female, ‘transgendered’ or whatever, you need even more protection.“ Here’s the reality: we are Americans. Let’s start acting more like adults and less like Democrats.”
—Doug Patton

“The American public is not tired of the war; they are tired of believing that they are losing. They are tired of the daily drumbeat of pessimism and defeat promoted daily by our media and by some in our Congress. They don’t understand that building a democracy is a slow process that takes years, that victory in Iraq will be more like the fall of communism than like VE day in 1945. Like it or not, it is incumbent upon us in the military to correct this misrepresentation of our efforts. We have a duty to convince the American public why we must stay and finish the mission. Should we have to? Did we sign up to do that? The answers are no and yes, respectively. No we shouldn’t have to ask to be allowed to win a war, but yes we signed up to complete a mission. No whining allowed... It is not enough that we are making progress here in Iraq. We must make progress at home as well to ensure we are given the funds, support and time needed to finish the job. There is no doubt that we can create a stable democracy in Iraq—if we have courage enough to do so.”
—Lt. Jason Nichols, founder of AppealForCourage.org


Las Vegas Sun/AP:
Police: Calif. College Student Shoots 3

Boston Globe:
Israel, Egypt and Jordan to discuss Arab peace plan
A Palestinian state is key to initiative

Washington Post:
September Could Be Key Deadline in Iraq War
Lawmakers Call for Proof of Progress by Fall

Washington Times:
Exodus from Iraq historic, U.N. says

Fox News/AP:
Kansas Governor: Iraq War Slowed Response to Tornado

Boston Globe:
Romney leads GOP contenders in a N.H. poll
Results could engergize donors

USA Today:
U.S. automakers need overhaul, Obama says

USA Today:
Clinton lead stretches ahead of Obama in poll

Washington Post:
Top LAPD Officers Disciplined for Use of Force at Rally

Boston Globe:
Hepatitis C Rises Among Young People; Drug Use Suspected

Olmert beats no-confidence votes

Jerusalem Post:
Abbas fails to sway Hamas on US plan

Philadelphia Inquirer:
McGreevey's wife claims extreme cruelty, libel

China, Russia accused of supplying arms to Sudan

Las Vegas Sun/AP:
Archaeologist Finds Tomb of King Herod

Washington Post:
Scandal May Jeopardize World Bank Funds

Washington Post:
Locks, Buzzers Await Visitors to Suburban School System

Washington Times:
VA claims take about 6 months

Las Vegas Sun/AP:
Governor to Blame for Lack of National Guard Help, WHITEHOUSE Says

Arizona Republic:
Professor could be fired over e-mail with conservative links

New Jersey Star-Ledger:
6 arrested in plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix

Chicago Sun-Times:
Racy billboard peddles divorce


"Moderate Unicorns," huffed a reader, responding to my recent plea that Western states bolster moderate Muslims. Dismissing their existence as a myth, he notes that non-Muslims "are still waiting for moderates to stand and deliver, identifying and removing extremist thugs from their mosques and their communities."It's a valid skepticism and a reasonable demand.

Recent events in Pakistan and Turkey, however, prove that moderate Muslims are no myth.

A Million Moderate Muslims on the March --By Daniel Pipes

Scant Coverage of Brutal Crime Called ‘Journalistic Malpractice’
The national news media demonstrates a double standard in covering “hate crimes,” as evidenced by the lack of attention given to the murder of a white couple in Tennessee last January, a conservative columnist charged on Monday. However, a media analyst responded that a crime is not necessarily a hate crime simply because the victims are white and those accused of perpetrating it are black...

Feinstein Conflict Allegations ‘Aren’t Going Away,’ Watchdogs Say
Sen. Dianne Feinstein may have had as much of a financial interest in two defense contractors as her husband who controlled them. The state’s “community property law” could be relevant at a time when the senior Democratic senator from California is facing allegations of a conflict of interest and growing calls for an inquiry...

Republican Senator Feeling Heat on Immigration Legislation
President Bush reportedly has asked Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to gather Republican support for an immigration reform bill that includes a guest worker program and a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens. But opponents of such a bill say Kyl is in a difficult position, given his own opposition to amnesty...

“The threat of radical Islam is not merely a few thousand terrorists using small explosives to kill a few dozen people at a time—usually in the faraway Middle East. Rather, it is an historic recrudescence of a violent, conquering old tradition of Islam that almost overwhelmed the world from the Seventh Century until as recently as the 17th century. It is radicalizing the minds of increasing numbers of the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims to be very aggressive culturally, as well as violent—from Africa to Indonesia, to Cairo to Ankara, to Paris, to Rotterdam to London to Falls Church, Va.” —Tony Blankley

And Al-Zawahiri laughs at us ........................

“The Democrats deliberately distort their intentions in the current debate on the Iraq War. They say their withdrawal timetable will ‘end the war’ —but it’s ludicrous to suggest that removal of U.S. troops will suddenly stop the fighting. Concerning so-called insurgents, everyone agrees they are ruthless, barbaric killers. So what will they do when Americans leave? Will bloodthirsty bad-guys suddenly turn into pacifists—or decide to retire from their murderous ways? Will they abandon sectarian hatreds and suddenly embrace their Iraqi enemies? General Petraeus, U.S. Commander in Iraq, says American withdrawal would lead to an ‘increase in sectarian violence... It can get much, much worse.’ Islamo-Nazis in Iraq would feel powerfully encouraged not mollified, by removal of the one force strong enough to contain them: the U.S. military. Democratic surrender timetables won’t ‘end the war’ —they’ll only make it longer and more bloody, necessitating the ultimate return of American forces at an even higher cost.” —Michael Medved

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” —Thomas Paine

The Whistleblowers' Tale

The real disgrace at the World Bank.


In the summer of 1997, two senior World Bank officials published an academic article under the cheerful title, "Africa on the Move: Attracting Private Capital to a Changing Continent." The authors, Jean-Louis Sarbib of France and Callisto Madavo of Zimbabwe, were responsible for the bank's work in Africa, and they took an optimistic view. "A new spirit of social and economic progress has energized much of the region," they wrote, "and gradually the rest of the world is beginning to take notice."

Among the bank's own contributions to this African Renaissance, as it was then being billed, was something called the Niger Health Sector Development Program. It had been approved by.....


The Realignment of AmericaThe native-born are leaving "hip" cities for the heartland.


In 1950, when I was in kindergarten in Detroit, the city had a population of (rounded off) 1,850,000. Today the latest census estimate for Detroit is 886,000, less than half as many. In 1950, the population of the U.S. was 150 million. Today the latest census estimate for the nation is 301 million, more than twice as many. People in America move around. But not just randomly.It has become a commonplace to say that population has been flowing..........

OpinionJournal - Featured Article

Hillary's War

By David Limbaugh

Poor Hillary. Those of us with a speck of discernment always knew she was just pretending to be hawkish to make herself appear more presidential back before the war's popularity went in the gutter along with our proverbial rat. More.....


Now that ABC News has the list of phone numbers given to them by the "Washington Madam," the question is: Whose names will they publicize if they find out that there are public figures whose phone numbers are among those they have?Let us suppose, just for the sake of argument, that these names

Townhall.com::The Scandal of "Scandals"::By Thomas Sowell


C'etait genial! When applied to the French presidential election in which Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy beat the Socialist candidate Segolene Royal by a comfortable margin, it means: that is fantastic!

Townhall.com::The French election connection::By Cal Thomas


Few serious observers think things will ever get to actual impeachment. And yet the American public seems more open to the concept than many imagine, according to a new national poll.

Townhall.com::Bush-Cheney Impeachment Might Be Idle Talk, But Numbers Show True Trouble::By Matt Towery

A Letter to Our Soldiers in Iraq

By Dennis Prager:

Dear American Soldier in Iraq: There are a few things you should know about how tens of millions of us back home feel about you and the fight you are waging..........

Will Sarkozy Make A Difference?

—Albert Mohler

The election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of France sets the stage for possible big changes on the world scene. Sarkozy's comfortable victory over his Socialist opponent gives him a rare opportunity to lead France in new directions.

Sarkozy's victory was a clear call for change. France faces incredible domestic challenges ranging from immigration and falling birth rates to the economy. Sarkozy, himself the son of immigrants from Hungary, ran on a platform calling for immigrants to learn the French language and learn to love France.

The French economy is stalled by rules and regulations that require employment for life ? which means that French employers simply cannot afford to hire new workers.

The plainspoken Sarkozy is also a friend of the Unites States, and he pledged that his victory means a new and more cooperative relationship between the two countries.

"For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to make a difference," Sarkozy has said. Now he has his chance. -- By Albert Mohler, Townhall.com

Monday, May 07, 2007

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” — Thomas Paine

Sarkozy wins easily.

On Sunday France elected a pro-American, conservative named Nicolas Sarkozy as its new president.The 52-year-old who beat back by 10 percentage points his Socialist rival, promises an unabashed Thatcherite agenda for France.

France Elects a Thatcherite President

McCain's Campaign in Trouble?

Sen. John McCain's presidential candidacy has "fatal problems," says David A. Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, the country's oldest and largest conservative grassroots lobbying group.While he keeps a low profile, Keene is a bulwark of the conservative movement. Since 1984, he has headed the

McCain is Finished, Head of Conservative Union Says

Gloabal Sterilization Needed: Part One

Sea Shepherd founder says mankind is a 'virus' and we need to 're-wild the planet.'

By Dan Gainor
The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow
Business & Media Institute

Apparently, saving the whales is more important than saving 5.5 billion people. Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is “acting like a virus” and is harming Mother Earth.

Eco-Extremist Wants World Population to Drop below 1 Billion

Global sterilization needed. Part Two

HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.

Children 'bad for planet' | NEWS.com.au

Sunday, May 06, 2007

House GOP hits shift of spy funds to study climate

From the Washington Times:
"Senior House Republicans are complaining about Democrats' plans to divert 'scarce' intelligence funds to study global warming.

The House next week will consider the Democrat-crafted Intelligence Authorization bill, which includes a provision directing an assessment of the effects that climate change has on national security.

'Our job is to steal secrets,' said Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

'There are all kinds of people analyzing global warming, the Democrats even have a special committee on this,' he told The Washington Times. 'There's no value added by the intelligence community here; they have no special expertise, and this takes money and resources away from other threats.'

Democrats, who outnumber Republicans on the committee, blocked the minority from stripping the warming language from the bill." Read on.

Surprising? NOT!

Remember, this is the party of Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton, the president with great disdain for the military and the intelligence community. Under his 'leadership,' small, subtle, incremental changes were implemented to cripple our intelligence agencies.

For the majority of the 1990s intelligence was seen as largely coarse and possibly irrelevant. The CIA saw its budget cut every year and suffered under unreasonable restrictions on its ability to protect the American people. According to the 9/11 Commission, the CIA suffered several years of budget cuts under the first Pres. Bush and Clinton before its funding finally stabilized in the late 90's.1

During this same period new rules were put into effect which did not allow the CIA to use foreign operatives with questionable human rights backgrounds. Spies were almost impossible to recruit because standards were raised to the point where only "Boy Scouts" would qualify.

How was the CIA supposed to infiltrate a group like Al Queda when they were forbidden to deal with unsavory characters? Taking this into account it is hardly surprising that recruitment of CIA agents is reported to have hit record lows in 1995 and 1996, when only 25 people joined the agency.1

We have more FBI agents in New York than we have covert CIA operatives spread out around the globe.

Some CIA case officers overseas recall the period between Clinton's November 1992 election and the January 1993 inauguration as the "winter of despair". It was known in the agency that Clinton was not interested in intelligence and would demand budget cuts and set new priorities. After all, the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union were gone, Russia was in political turmoil and economically finished; even China, North Korea, Iran and a few other isolated places were no match, it was believed, for the one remaining superpower. It was the economy, stupid! And what had been expected soon came to pass. Budgets for intelligence collection were pared down to the quick. Programs were slashed even in advance of an in-depth Clinton team assessment under the theory that executive pencil-pushers in the agency could identify and cut fat, more effectively and with less long-term pain, well before the definition of and fights about new objectives.2

Clinton named James Woolsey to head the CIA. Not a bad choice, perhaps; but within a short period of time Woolsey was facing a nightmarish crisis. Career operations officer Aldrich Ames was arrested and discovered to have been spying for the Soviet Union and, after the USSR's demise, Russia. The Ames affair was compounded by the investigation and later arrest of Jim Nicholson on similar charges. The counterintelligence repercussions over the next several years were pervasive and for several years would limit both the effectiveness of the agency and its credibility among policymakers. Morale was plummeting and ever-tighter budgets made the traditional recruitment of highly placed informants with access to significant information ever more challenging and difficult. Intelligence-collection priorities would be sent to the field only to be amended or questioned later. Agents would be signed up and terminated when the wind changed. Old-fashioned country-specific collection and analysis were out the window. Major blind spots began to appear despite the remaining large program initiatives in non-proliferation and counter-terrorism.2

Peter Goss, who replaced George Tenet as CIA Director chiefly blames President Bill Clinton for the recent CIA failures. He confided in a reporter: "The one thing I lose sleep about is thinking what could I have done better, how could I have gotten more attention on this problem sooner." When asked whether he ever brought up his concerns with the administration, Goss claimed he had met three times with President Clinton to discuss "certain problems." The upshot? "He was patient and we had an interesting conversation but it was quite clear he didn’t value the intelligence community to the degree President Bush does."3

As Newsweek and CNN reported, in June 2004, while Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in the face of withering attacks by the Democrats against the Bush Administration in a very tightly contested presidential and congressional election year, Goss defended the intelligence community and the Administration in decidedly partisan terms. During floor debate, fending off efforts by the Democrats in the House to cut the intelligence budget, Goss exposed the fact that Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, that Senator Kerry did not appreciate the critical need for robust and sustained support for the CIA and the Intelligence Community. Goss noted a 1977 quote of Kerry's arguing for intelligence budget cuts and calling Kerry's proposals on nuclear security "dangerously naive."3

And as if this wasn't bad enough ..... we had to be neutered a little more. During his eight years of 'leadership' and 'guidance' ..... he decimated America's military....... nearly cutting our forces in half.

In addition, "research and development on all new weapons systems were brought almost to a halt as other nations continued to build. Clinton destroyed nearly our entire arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons. Monsters like Saddam flourished as Clinton bombed aspirin factories, tent cities in Afghanistan and worthless radar stations in the Iraqi desert."4

So what we have here is a party that says "the war in Iraq cannot be won." In fact, they say, "the war has already been lost". Many Democrats, most notably president wannabe John Edwards, do not believe we are in a war. So not only do they not want to be engaged militarily in this "war" (or "endeavor" if this word is more palatable to them) but they also want to cut back on funds for intelligence purposes. What a great plan. Simple, but yet idiotic. Devious, and yet destructive.

With their desires for open or should we say no borders, and a military that amounts to no more than a giant international meals-on-wheels organization, and a defunded intelligence community, why don't we just give our enemies the mayoral keys to all of our cities? (HH)

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The Islam-O-Fascists Must be Happier than a Pig in Fresh Mud

By Doug Giles

The Islam-O-Fascists must be happier than a pig in fresh mud as they watch our nation become more cleaved than Pam Anderson’s hooters. I’m certain the terrorists, both here and abroad, are having a good jihadic giggle over a smoldering hookah as they view our wilting will to war.

Yeah, I bet Bin Laden is blowing blond Lebanese smoke rings right now, as his group regroups with fresh enthusiasm regarding how they can kill us while we’re embroiled in a divisive, political whizzing match over what to do with people who want to kill us.

They are probably sharpening their scimitars on their whet stone even as I write this, while some of their thicker ones try on their new suicide bomber jackets and still others wait for FedEx to deliver a fresh supply of plutonium to their Afghani bat cave.

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Banal Outrage

By Kathleen Parker

Veteran political columnist David Broder set off a firestorm recently when he called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an ``embarrassment'' for declaring the Iraq War ``lost.''

From the assault subsequently directed at Broder -- from other journalists, political operatives, left-wing bloggers and even the entire 50-member Senate Democratic Caucus -- you'd have thought Broder had had an intimate encounter with an intern.

Or, in the spirit of bipartisanship, had broken into Democratic National Committee headquarters.

Broder committed no such dastardly deed, but merely did what he has done for the past 35 years. He called it as he saw it -- just as Reid claims to have done, and that his defenders seem to find so refreshing.

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Scrapping the private ballot IS NOT the answer.

Don't Scrap the Private Ballot
By Ed Feulner

Democracy can be messy.

You find that in any number of stories about voting irregularities. For example, in Florida's 13th congressional district, Republican Vern Buchanan won last fall by just 369 votes. Democrat Christine Jennings cried foul, noting that some 18,000 ballots were cast without a vote for either candidate. (The House of Representatives is investigating.)

Not to worry, though, because organized labor has a way to end electoral controversy: Eliminate the private ballot.

Big Labor doesn't put it that bluntly, but that's the upshot of the inaccurately named "Employee Free Choice Act," which union leaders are pushing hard before Congress. If the measure becomes law, it would completely change the way workers form a union. Instead of using a private ballot, union leaders could unionize a company by "persuading" a simple majority of employees to sign union cards.

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Democrats Choose Scandalmongering over Agenda

By Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan

Last week, Rahm Emanuel, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, spoke to the Brookings Institution about corruption in government, using most of his 3,600-plus-word speech to harp on the so-called Republican “culture of corruption,” while implying Democrats hold the moral high ground on ethics.

After the Democrats won the majority last November, they promised to usher in two things: 1) an ambitious reform agenda of their own and 2) a new era of bipartisanship. Emanuel’s speech signals his party’s abandonment of both promises.

In the 2006 elections, the Democrats won their majority largely due to their campaign against the so-called Republican “culture of corruption” in ......

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Do as I say - and I'll say as I please!

By Austin Hill


Don’t look now, but somebody who wants to be President forgot to take their medicine.

It remains uncertain as to whether the failure to follow the prescription will be politically costly. But the Senator formerly known as Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to be caught in another little conflict, and this one could be a problem with, shall we say, “the faithful.”

By “the faithful,” I mean the left-wing contingency within the Democratic Party that long ago abandoned any historic, western understanding of the relationship between the human person and the earth (an understanding that is so commonplace for most of us that we just think of it as "normal"), and dogmatically clings to an essentially “eco-centric” worldview.

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