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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, December 29, 2007

The War on Terror Comes to Pakistan

By Ray Robison
The War on Terror Comes to Pakistan
As the world digests the news of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, claims by an alleged al Qaeda spokesman that it is behind the political mass murder cannot be idly dismissed. For the War on Terror has come to Pakistan, and AQ has been losing. Our media have not paid much attention, but you can be certain AQ knows. Whether or not AQ had a hand in the mass murder, it hopes to benefit from it. More.

The Battle of Pakistan

By Christopher D. Geisel
The Battle of Pakistan
The assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto means that the nuclear-armed Islamic Republic of Pakistan is now a battleground just as important as those in Iraq and Afghanistan in the global war against the radical Islamists.

The Battle of Pakistan is now well underway.

Just a few days prior to Bhutto's murder, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned that Al-Qaeda has "turned its face" from Iraq toward Pakistan. Now we have the bloody event that confirms that the forces of radical Islamism are opening a Pakistan front like never before. And this attack is their greatest victory to date. More.

2007: A Global Assessment of the Confrontation

By Walid Phares
2007: A Global Assessment of the Confrontation

The conflict we call the War on Terror still continues at the end of 2007 and all indications are that its battlefields are expected to spread further, and escalate, in the upcoming year. More

The Bhutto Assassination and Islam's War on Pakistan

By Andrew Walden
The Bhutto Assassination and Islam's War on Pakistan

Clouded by illusions that words like "democracy" and "president" mean similar things everywhere, and by the inevitable martyrdom that accompanies a brutal assassination, Americans are rather ill-prepared to understand the unvarnished truth of the problem Pakistan now poses. More

U.S. worried new turmoil could affect Afghanistan

Seattle Times
WASHINGTON — President Bush held an emergency meeting of his top foreign-policy aides Friday to discuss the deepening crisis in Pakistan, as administration officials and others explored whether Thursday's assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto marks the beginning of a new Islamic extremist offensive that could spread beyond Pakistan and undermine the U.S. war effort in neighboring Afghanistan.

U.S. officials fear that a renewed campaign by Islamic militants aimed at the Pakistani government, and based along the border with Afghanistan, would complicate U.S. policy in the region by effectively merging the six-year-old war in Afghanistan with Pakistan's growing turbulence.

"The fates of Afghanistan and Pakistan are inextricably tied," said J. Alexander Thier, a former U.N. official in Afghanistan who is now at the U.S. Institute for Peace.

Read more.

Bhutto's Death Does Not Benefit Musharraf

Conspiracy-believers abound everywhere. Pakistan is no exception. It's hard to see just how Musharraf would benefit from Bhutto's death. It's doubtful he had a hand in this assassination.

Chaos in his country where his popularity was already waning makes things even more unsettled and dangerous than it was prior to her death.

Musharraf needs more control and stability -- not less.

Poor, Poor, 'Gramma'

Heh, heh.

From TigerHawk:

So, Barack Obama actually thinks this is going to help him with the voters in Iowa:

"It's that experience, that understanding, not just of what world leaders I went and talked to in the ambassadors house I had tea with, but understanding the lives of the people like my grandmother who lives in a tiny hut in Africa," Obama, D-Ill., told a crowd of would-be voters in Coralville, Iowa, on Friday.

Barack -- may I call you Barack? -- this is not going to help. Apart from the absurdity of claiming that the housing conditions of one's grandmother amount to foreign policy experience, no Iowan who has been as successful as Barack Obama would let his grandmother live in a "tiny hut."

Somebody ought to take up a collection for the poor woman.

Iraq Says Most of Al-Qaeda Destroyed in 2007

The Iraqi interior ministry lauded its achievements over the past year on Saturday, saying that 75 percent of Al-Qaeda's networks in the country had been destroyed in 12 months.

Ministry spokesman Abdul Karim Khalaf also outlined sharp falls in the numbers of assassinations, kidnappings and death squad murders.

He told a news conference that increased patrols along the borders with Saudi Arabia and Syria had slowed infiltration by militants and played a key role in Iraq's improved security situation.

"We have destroyed 75 percent of Al-Qaeda hide-outs, and we broke up major criminal networks that supported Al-Qaeda in Baghdad," he said.

"After eliminating safe houses in Anbar province, which used to be Al-Qaeda's base, we moved into areas surrounding Baghdad and into Diyala province. Al-Qaeda headed north and we are pursuing them," he said.

Khalaf said kidnappings were down 70 percent and that an average of three to five people killed by death squads were being found each day in Baghdad compared with 15 to 20 a day in February.

Personnel with militant or criminal links had been weeded out from Iraqi security forces, he said, adding that Sunni-US alliances against Al-Qaeda had also significantly contributed to the drop in violence.

- - Breitbart

Be Prepared, Scouts, For the PC Patrol

By Rebecca Hagelin
Be Prepared, Scouts, For the PC Patrol

Finding an organization more all-American than the Boy Scouts would be hard. Take it from someone who is blessed to have not one, but two sons achieve the distinction of becoming Eagle Scouts -- this organization is up there with baseball and apple pie.

Clinton in Blackface: A Political Tragedy

Ken Blackwell:
Clinton in Blackface: A Political Tragedy

I could not disagree more with Barack Obama?s pork spending, tax raising, and defeat-embracing liberal agenda, but a recent attack by the Clinton campaign on Mr. Obama was the worst sort of the politics of personal destruction.

Islam vs. Free Speech

By Jed Babbin
Islam vs. Free Speech

Under assault by Muslims and multiculturalists, free speech and freedom of the press are dead in Britain. The same sorts of people who killed them in Britain are killing them in Canada. They and their allies are using the British and Canadian courts and tribunals to bury our First Amendment rights in America.

Muslims -- individually and in pressure groups -- are using British libel laws and Canadian “human rights” laws to limit what is said about Islam, terrorists and the people in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who are funding groups such as al-Queda. The cases of Rachel Ehrenfeld and Mark Steyn prove the point.

Huckabee Slipping

By Robert D. Novak
Huckabee Slipping

While public polls show Mike Huckabee leading Mitt Romney in Iowa, a new survey of an oversized sample shows Huckabee slipping and no longer ahead of Romney.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Sharp Left Turns Thwarted

By Hugh Hewitt

President Bush is enjoying a political surge in D.C. His veto threats have forced Congressional Democrats backwards from their vast spending plans, backwards from proposed tax hikes, and backwards from the attempt to increase the difficulties of conducting surveillance on international terrorists communicating with their allies in the U.S.

Assisted ably by Senator Mitch McConnell and by resolve among rank-and-file House Republicans, all of the Democratic plans for sharp left turns in 2007 have been defeated, and an angry left wing is hurling invective against their obviously impotent Congressional leaders.

The GOP loss in 2006 has paid one great dividend: It has allowed the country to glimpse just how radical the Democrats have become on issue after issue, how defeatist on the war, how determined to raise and raise taxes and expand government. President Bush has held the line this year, and he will do so again in 2008.

It will be up to voters to return Democrats to minority status in 2008.

Affirmative action may be on ballots

USA Today:
Campaign in five states seeks end of preferences

Washington Post:
Michigan Attorney General: Only Legal Residents Can Drive

Arizona Republic:
Sheriff Arpaio stumps for Romney in Iowa

McCain on the Rise

GOP's Last Man Standing
By Robert D. Novak

Sen. John McCain, given up for dead a few weeks ago as he ran a cash-starved, disorganized campaign, today is viewed by canny Republican professionals as the best bet to win the party's presidential nomination. What's more, they consider him their most realistic prospect to buck the overall Democratic tide and win the general election. Indeed, if Mike Huckabee holds on to actually win the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, the road forward could be clear for McCain...


Bhutto Death Calls Pakistan's US Ties Into Question
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday morning, calling into question the political stability of the country she was expected to lead again and its progress towards democracy.


Expect Iran to Exploit Bhutto's Death, Expert Says
Iran "strongly" condemned the assassination of Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto, but a leading critic of Tehran warned that the regime would likely try to exploit the situation in its troubled, nuclear-armed neighbor.

My money says "yes."


North Korea Nuclear Agreement Under Strain
The latest international agreement designed to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis is showing signs of strain, just days before a year-end deadline that now looks certain to be missed.

Poll Shows Clinton Surge in Iowa
A week before the Iowa caucus, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has a significant lead over her Democratic opponents, according to a recent poll of likely Iowa caucus goers. An American Research Group poll conducted Dec. 20-23 showed Clinton polling 14 percentage points higher than former Sen. John Edwards and 15 points higher than Sen. Barack Obama...

Bush Urges Pakistan to ‘Continue the Democratic Process’

President Bush sent condolences to the family of Benazir Bhutto and to the people of Pakistan Thursday, on what he called “this tragic occasion” – Bhutto’s assassination at a political rally. Bush said Bhutto knew she was putting her life at risk by returning to Pakistan, but she “refused to allow assassins to dictate the course of her country.”

Memo to Reid, Pelosi & Co.

By Michael Reagan
Memo to Reid, Pelosi & Co.

What happened in Pakistan today is just more proof that when it comes to the war on terrorism, the Democrats are so terribly wrong-headed that they constitute a serious threat to the security of the American people -- that's you and me.

When An Assassin Succeeds

By Rich Lowry
When An Assassin Succeeds

One bullet or one suicide blast could wipe out all our work and rip apart a strategically important country.

Progress at the Border?

By Mike Gallagher
Progress at the Border

As I shuffled out to my driveway to get the morning papers in my bathroom and slippers, Tony Soprano-style, the headline jumped out at me: "Illegal Immigration From Mexico Slowing Down."

Paying Islam For Our Western Guilt

By Diana West
Paying Islam For Our Western Guilt

Christmas came early to the Palestinian Authority when the "international community" decided not only to meet PA President Mahmoud Abbas' request for $5.6 billion in aid, but to throw in almost $2 billion more.

Bhutto's Assasination & 2008

By Hugh Hewitt
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is a moment of great sadness for the world, and also of renewed clarity. Twice serving as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mrs. Bhutto gave her life in the cause of democratic freedom, an anathema to Islamist radicals. She was also a symbol of a Muslim country embracing equal rights for women--another source of hatred among the terrorists.

The clarity comes from the recognition that terrorists retain the capacity to undermine governments and unleash instability, especially in Pakistan, which is a nuclear power with as many as 90 nuclear weapons. Suddenly the presidential contest in the U.S. is focused exactly where it ought to have been for the entire past year: On the issue of which candidate would be the best commander-in-chief?--which has the most experienced hand at running a vast and incredibly complicated war that will go on throughout the next eight years?

We grieve the loss of Mrs. Bhutto, and hope for more leaders of her resolve and vision.

Washington Times:
Slaying may boost Giuliani, McCain

Thursday, December 27, 2007


It was only three days ago - after a bombing in Pakistan had killed 50 people - that I posted a news link to this story and asked if Pakistan might be the last hurrah for Al-Qaeda.

Musharraf has been unable and unwilling to control the Afghanistan/Pakistan borders and Al-Q and the Taliban have safe haven here where many of the tribal people support them. I also mentioned that Pakistan's nukes are obviously coveted by the Islamist radicals.

Now that Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated, things are looking even more precarious, and it is creating great concern around the world over the country’s sizeable nuclear arsenal.

We must be concerned that the assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto brings closer the nightmare of al-Qaida (or its affiliates) being armed with nuclear weapons.

Not only is the death of Bhutto a setback for Pakistan, but Bhutto's death Imperils Afghanistan.

Inflation Fuels Anger Toward Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A sharp rise in inflation has provoked fierce criticism of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—not only from his reformist opponents, but also from senior conservatives who helped bring him to power but now say he is mismanaging the economy.
Ahmadinejad was elected in 2005 on a populist agenda promising to bring oil revenues to every family, eradicate poverty, improve living standards and tackle unemployment. Now he is being challenged for his failure to meet those promises.

Reformists and even some fellow conservatives say Ahmadinejad has concentrated too much on fiery, anti-U.S. speeches and not enough on the economy—and they have become more aggressive in calling him to account.

In a rare gesture, Ahmadinejad admitted last week that inflation existed but blamed it on his predecessors, the conservative-dominated parliament, state-run media and bank managers who misused their power and printed too many bank notes.

"Inflation has its roots in the past," Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech.

His comments were denounced from all sides, with economists and some fellow conservatives saying it is his policies that have led to higher prices.

Ahmadinejad's critics point out that more than 80 percent of Iran's government revenues come from crude exports and that inflation has risen under him despite sharp increases in oil prices to near $100 per barrel currently. Read more.

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan's Bhutto Assassinated at Rally

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said.

The death of the 54-year-old charismatic former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and created fears of mass protests and violence across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, 8 miles south of Islamabad. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, said Rehman Malik, Bhutto's security adviser.

At least 20 others were killed in the attack.

Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery.

"At 6:16 p.m., she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.

"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.

Read full article here.

More Headlines:

Bullets Cut Short Bhutto's Epic Life
Bullets Cut Short a Life of Epic Sweep
Bhutto's Death Poses Dilemma for US

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

RUSSIA WATCH : Putin's Cold War

Confrontation with America satisfies a domestic agenda.
Last Saturday Gen. Yury Baluyevsky, chief of Russia's General Staff, issued an ominous warning. Were the U.S. to launch a rocket from the missile defense system it plans to deploy in Poland to intercept Iranian rockets, it might accidentally trigger a retaliatory attack by Russian nuclear ballistic missiles.

This was only the most recent of a series of provocative and disturbing messages from Moscow. In fact, at no time since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 has the direction of Russian policy been as troubling as it is today.

What accounts for this change? And where will it lead? Read on.

McCain Still Dogged by Immigration Issue

ABC News
Arizona Senator Faces Questions on Campaign Trail About His Immigration Position.

The Church of Huck: Growing Government in the Name of Religion
By Selwyn Duke
American Thinker

There is a candidate in the presidential race who has a serious religion problem. No, it's not Mormon Mitt or recently-religious Rudy. It is Mike Huckabee.

Just for the record, I share Huck's faith in Jesus Christ. Not only have I no problem with religion in public life, I also understand that one can't really separate a person's world view from his politics. The political is merely a reflection of the spiritual; our politics doesn't emerge in a vacuum.

So what is my problem with Huck? Do I accuse him of false religiosity? No, what scares me is that his beliefs are all too real. Read more.

Syria Bullies Spain
Syria Bullies Spain Rick Moran The socialist government of Spain does not have the most stellar record fighting terror. You might recall that following the horrible Madrid train bombing and subsequent election of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain withdrew its troops from Iraq. In addition, the Spanish court that tried the perpetrators of the bombing handed down a mixed result with 4 terrorists being acquitted of murder in favor of lesser charges and the alleged masterminds of the bombing getting off as well. More....

Supreme Court to take on voter ID law - UPI.com

Washington Times:
Huckabee's illegal-alien enforcement record hit

Two felons are removed from Clinton committee

Former legislator, activist were listed

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has revised its list of Tennessee supporters on its statewide steering committee to remove the names of two convicted felons.

The original list of more than 100 committee members had included former state House Majority Leader Tommy Burnett and West Tennessee Democratic Party activist Gladys Crain.

Both are familiar names, with familiar rap sheets, in Tennessee political circles. Both have been politically active for decades, both before and after their convictions.

"These individuals were mistakenly included on the list we released and are not members of our steering committee," Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker said Monday, in response to a phone call from a reporter asking why two felons were on the list. "We are proud of our support from every corner of Tennessee and will continue working hard for every vote."

Heh, heh. I bet you will. (Bold emphasis mine.-HH)

A Rogue CIA

A Rogue CIA
By Robert D. Novak

Outrage over the CIA’s destruction of interrogation tapes is just one element of the distress about the agency by Republican intelligence watchdogs in Congress. “It is acting as though it is autonomous, not accountable to anyone,” Rep. Peter Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told me. That is his mildest language about the CIA. In carefully selected adjectives, Hoekstra calls it “incompetent, arrogant and political.”

Hiding Black Interracial Crimes

By Walter E. Williams
Hiding Black Interracial Crimes

If you're like I am, you've heard scores of media reports about the 2006 Duke University rape case. These guys, convicted by the news media and Duke faculty, were later found innocent.

The Terrorists' Tet

By Austin Bay
The Terrorists' Tet

Sometime within the next six months or so, al Qaeda or Saddamist terrorists will attempt a Tet offensive.

"More permanent and genuine happiness is to be found in the sequestered walks of connubial life than in the giddy rounds of promiscuous pleasure."

-- George Washington --

Putin's Crude Power Play

By David Aikman

You may have been following this strange news from Russia. President Putin, who has served two terms as president, is barred from the constitution from running again in March, 2008. But that hasn't stopped him from remaining in power, how's that?

Well, he's picked a protege Dmitri Medvedev, to run for President instead. Once Medvedev's won the election and there is certainty in today's Russia, he'll appoint Putin as Prime Minister, and then the Prime Minister will give orders instead of the President. Is this a crude power play? You bet, but it could go badly wrong.

What if Medvedev, rejects instructions from Putin, technically his junior? What if Putin's colleagues won't take orders from Putin's puppet? Things could get interesting; Russia's a very peculiar place.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Japan successfully shoots down missile in space...

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force successfully flight tested its first Raytheon Company-built Standard Missile-3. Read more.

What Experience?

Hillary Clinton puts her experience first

As first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton jawboned the president of Uzbekistan to leave his car and shake hands with people. She argued with the Czech prime minister about democracy. She cajoled Catholic and Protestant women to talk to one another in Northern Ireland. She traveled to 79 countries in total, little of it leisure; one meeting with mutilated Rwandan refugees so unsettled her that she threw up afterward.

But during those two terms in the White House, Clinton did not hold a security clearance. She did not attend National Security Council meetings. She was not given a copy of the president's daily intelligence briefing. She did not assert herself on the crises in Somalia, Haiti or Rwanda. And during one of President Bill Clinton's major tests on terrorism, whether to bomb Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998, Clinton was barely speaking to her husband, let alone advising him, as the Lewinsky scandal dragged on.

In seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton lays claim to two traits nearly every day: strength and experience. But as the junior senator from New York, she has few significant legislative accomplishments to her name. She has cast herself, instead, as a first lady like no other: a full partner to her husband in his administration, and, she says, all the stronger and more experienced for her "eight years with a front-row seat on history."

Her rivals scoff at the idea that her background gives her any special qualifications for the presidency, and on the campaign trail have increasingly been .... Read more.

Secular Fundamentalists

By Cal Thomas:
Secular Fundamentalists

You don't have to be religious to qualify as a fundamentalist. You can be Al Gore, the messiah figure for the global warming cult, whose followers truly believe their gospel of imminent extermination in a Noah-like flood.

"How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

-- Benjamin Franklin --

Merry Christmas !!

Dear Readers,

Political correctness is not recognized here.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! MERRY Christmas!!! MERRY Christmas!!!

NO SANE person could possibly find offense in the phrase "Merry Christmas." Only the political correctness Nazis are offended by the thought of Christmas.

Political correctness is the "newspeak" referenced in Orwell's classic, 1984:
Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, it is described as being "the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year." Orwell included an essay about it in the form of an appendix[1] in which the basic principles of the language are explained. Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. This suits the totalitarian regime of the Party, whose aim is to make any alternative thinking ("thoughtcrime") or speech impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on. One character says admiringly of the shrinking volume of the new dictionary: "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words." The Newspeak term for the English language is Oldspeak. Oldspeak was intended to have been completely eclipsed by Newspeak before 2050. -WIKIPEDIA

In "newspeak"language is deliberately constructed to distort its real meaning. Like old-line Communists, the supporters of political correctness want to make everything the same for everyone, or equal misery. They seek a culture of the bland and generic where no one is offended or inflamed … that way, no one has to think.

But think we must.

And I think I had a great Christmas ... hope you did as well.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Foreign Buyers Snap Up 2nd Homes in US

NEW YORK (AP) - Panden Rota, a Nepalese producer of fine rugs, is about to become a Manhattanite, the owner of a sumptuous apartment in the luxurious downtown neighborhood of Battery Park City.

His primary residence will remain Katmandu, but his new home will allow him to spend more time at U.S. showrooms that display his rugs and with a brother and sister in New York. "I looked at many places and I decided that a Manhattan apartment will always hold its value," he said.

Rota is part of a growing wave of foreigners who buy second homes in the U.S. for work and play and as an investment.


Ousted leader to return in triumph after voters humiliate the generals

Thaksin Shinawatra, the deposed Thai Prime Minister and owner of Manchester City football club, is poised to make a triumphant return from exile in London after his supporters won a convincing victory in the general election. More.

Nicolas Sarkozy visits Afghanistan

French president Nicolas Sarkozy made a flying visit to Afghanistan to stress his country's commitment to the war on terror.

Four French tourists shot dead in Mauritania


Four French tourists have been shot dead in the West African country of Mauritania.

Five other people are reported to have been injured in the attack 160 miles east of the capital Nouakchott.

Local sources say the tour party was robbed at gunpoint after stopping for a roadside picnic.

An official from the French foreign ministry confirmed that four French nationals had died but provided no further details about the incident.

The country, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a former French colony.

The nation of around three million people is mostly peaceful but its eastern and northern Saharan extremities are poorly policed and frequented by drug and arms traffickers.

Pakistan bombing toll rises above 50

LA Times:

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN -- As U.S. officials warned of a renewed focus by Islamic miliants on attacks in Pakistan, the death toll climbed above 50 on Friday in a suicide bombing that could herald a perilous election campaign and a harsh new confrontation between extremists and government forces.

Even at the close of a year that has seen dozens of suicide attacks across the country, Pakistanis were horrified by the circumstances of this one in Charsadda, in North-West Frontier Province. The attacker blew himself up in a mosque, killing and maiming worshipers as they gathered to mark one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar.
"There are no claims of responsibility, but U.S. Defense chief Gates says Al Qaeda fighters are shifting their focus from Afghanistan."

Could this be Al Qaeda's last hurrah? After being removed from power in Afghanistan, and now failing in Iraq, could this be their last big attempt to take over a country? Pakistan certainly is the most attractive of the three countries since they have, undeniably, nuclear weapons. They would love to get their hands on them.

Why Europe’s National Politicians Sign Away National Sovereignty

I have often compared the European Union to a cartel – a cartel of governments, engaged in a permanent conspiracy against their own electorates and parliaments. This analysis seems to have been dramatically confirmed by the Lisbon Treaty, signed last week, which replaces the defunct “constitution” rejected in referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005.

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Europe’s Anti-Americanism: It’s About Power, Not Policy

How can America improve its image abroad? Answers to this question are being bandied by all of the presidential hopefuls. Hillary Clinton says she would “send a message heard across the world: The era of cowboy diplomacy is over.” John McCain promises to “immediately close Guantanamo Bay.” Ron Paul and Barack Obama both say they would withdraw American troops from Iraq.

Schaarbeek Looting: “It’s All the Fault of EU Enlargement,” Says Turk

So you better think twice before you roll the dice

French Europe Minister: If any country rejects EU Constitution they will have to "clarify" their relationship with EU

In an interview with Toute l'Europe, French Europe Minister Jean-Pierre Jouyet has said that if one country were to fail to ratify the revised EU Constitution, "The European Council would meet", and that "As in past cases, we would ask the country to please think twice; and if there seemed to be a deeper problem, we would ask that there be a clarification of the relations between this country and the European Union."

Posted at The Brussels Journal.

Don't Forget Them .........

This post will remain at the top of the page for awhile. Scroll down for most recent posts.

Yes, Halloween is almost here. And you know that means...? Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And not long after that... Christmas. (Okay, Halloween has come and gone. Let's get with the program.) You can help.

And since we have so much to be thankful for, it's not too early to start thinking about our armed force personnel stationed around the world and what they do for us and the sacrifices they make for us.

Please consider making a donation to the U.S.O. or Operation Gratitude, or both. I have.

It means an awful lot to them to get care packages from back home! Show them we care and that they are not forgotten.

God bless you for your contributions.

And, God bless our troops for their service and unselfishness.

NEWS FLASH: Muslims can't tell time

Anger over plan to broadcast Muslim call to prayer on loudspeaker in Oxford

Muslim plans to broadcast a loudspeaker call to prayer from a city centre mosque have been attacked by local residents who say it would turn the area into a "Muslim ghetto".

Dozens of people packed out a council meeting to express their concerns over the plans for a two-minute long call to prayer to be issued three times a day, saying that it could drown out the traditional sound of church bells.

But a spokesman for the Central Mosque said that Muslim's also have the right to summon worshippers. More.


Hate cleric Omar Bakri calls for 'ban' on Christmas; 'Christmas Day would be ideal for terror attack', he says.

Hate preacher Omar Bakri, who is barred from Britain, is calling on Brits to boycott Christmas.

Using the internet to post a rant against the festive season, Bakri claims Christmas should be "completely forbidden".

In another chilling post the radical cleric said Christmas Day would be the perfect day to launch a terror attack on the UK.

He said: "To have Christmas tree, visit so-called Christmas Father - that is completely forbidden.

"Make sure you do not watch TV. Do not let them hear jingle bells. Do not send your children on Christmas trip."

Full story at the Daily Mail.

Iran to seek bids for 19 atomic power plants: MP

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it rejected any preconditions for talks with the United States, which suspects it wants an atomic bomb, and a member of parliament was quoted as saying Tehran planned 19 nuclear power plants.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made clear Iran's position on talks three days after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington was open to better ties and talks with Iran if it suspended sensitive nuclear work.

"After the publication of a report by America's intelligence organizations, U.S. officials have talked of negotiations with preconditions with Iran," Mottaki was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

"But we do not accept any preconditions for talks," he said in comments to an Iranian satellite television station, reported on the state television Web site and by Iranian news agencies.

He was referring to a U.S. intelligence estimate published this month which said Iran had ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003, leading to calls by some Iran experts for Washington to drop its precondition that Tehran give up uranium enrichment before broader talks could begin.

Read full news story here.

No let-up for Christmas for U.S. troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Christmas Eve, late afternoon, and U.S. soldiers from 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment piled into their Stryker armored vehicles for a patrol out on the streets of Baghdad.

This is the fifth Christmas that U.S. troops have been out in Iraq, and commanders say the best way to keep morale up is to keep moving.

There are special dinners, packages from home, religious services and decorations around camp, but no let-up in patrols. Read full story.

Romney facing challenges in presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a topsy-turvy Republican race for the 2008 presidential nomination, conservative favorite Mitt Romney suddenly found himself under threat in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire on Monday, less than two weeks before voting begins.

Shifting opinion poll numbers showed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee within 1 percentage point of Romney in Iowa and Arizona Sen. John McCain within 3 percentage points of Romney in New Hampshire. Full story.

Hillary Had No Role in Irish Peace

Recently, as only Hillary Clinton can do, she claimed that she was “deeply involved in the Irish peace process.” Bill has also picked up the theme, citing her “independent” role in resolving the century-old conflict as “experience” with which to justify a White House run.


Sunday, December 23, 2007


Police investigate FedEx truck hijacking - CNN.com
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gunmen hijacked a FedEx delivery truck loaded with Christmas presents early Friday on a Manhattan street, officials said.

The driver, who was found later in Brooklyn, wasn't hurt, police and FedEx Corp. spokesman Steve Barber said.

The truck -- an 18-wheeler and one of the biggest FedEx vehicles -- was later found abandoned in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn around 5:30 a.m.

There was cargo inside, officials said.

Jim McCluskey, a spokesman for the Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx, said no packages were missing and that those in the truck would soon be sent out.

No arrests were made, and no suspects have been identified, police said.

The FedEx Express truck was headed to a company facility in Newark, New Jersey, after midnight when two men brandishing a gun confronted the driver at a traffic light, police said.

The driver was forced out of the truck and into a car.


S.F. must pay $1 million in attorneys' fees in discrimination suit
The city of San Francisco must pay about $1 million in attorneys' fees to a white man who filed a successful race-discrimination suit after he was passed up for a promotion at San Francisco International Airport, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

Allen Harmon won $30,300 in damages in a 2004 verdict by a San Mateo County jury that concluded he was rejected for a supervisor's job in 1998 at least in part because of his race. A minority candidate got the promotion, and Harmon's lawyer said he had to wait 16 months to get the same job through a race-neutral civil service promotion.

Wow. The plaintiff is awarded $30,000 and his legal representatives get a cool mill. Should'da been a lawya'.


America Supports You has put together a web form that you can fill out and send to our troops to give them Christmas wishes and thanks. Go ahead. Do it. It won't cost you one red cent.


Elect me and oil prices instantly drop, says Hillary Clinton in Iowa
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Hillary Clinton predicted Saturday that just electing her President will cut the price of oil.

When the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, Clinton says, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America's incentive to develop alternative energy.

"I predict to you, the oil-producing countries will drop the price of oil," Clinton said, speaking at the Manchester YWCA. "They will once again assume, once the cost pressure is off, Americans and our political process will recede."

Clinton argued that former President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s actually started moving in the right direction toward energy independence, but his successor, Ronald Reagan, "dismantled" that work. Read more.

U.S. illegal immigrants 'self deport' as woes mount

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Mexican illegal immigrant Lindi sat down with her husband Marco Antonio in the weeks before Christmas to decide when to go back to Mexico.

She has spent three years working as a hairdresser in and around Phoenix, but now she figures it is time to go back to her hometown of Aguascalientes in central Mexico.

"The situation has got so tough that there don't seem to be many options left for us," Lindi, who asked for her last name not to be used, told Reuters.

The couple are among a growing number of illegal immigrants across the United States who are starting to pack their bags and move on as a crackdown on undocumented immigrants widens and the U.S. economy slows, turning a traditional Christmas trek home into a one-way trip. Details.

Cop Who Lied About Citizenship Deported
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A man who took a dead cousin's identity to pose as a U.S. citizen in order to become a police officer was deported from the United States and arrived in central Mexico on Sunday. Oscar Ayala-Cornejo, 25, was arrested May 31 after an anonymous tip and was charged with falsely representing himself as an American citizen. More.

China taps into U.S. spy operations - - The Washington Times
China's intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The spy penetration was discovered several years ago as part of a major counterintelligence probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) that revealed an extensive program by China's spy service to steal codes and other electronic intelligence secrets, and to recruit military and civilian personnel with access to them. More details.

U.S. discovers tunnel system near Euphrates River in Iraq
BAGHDAD — Al Qaida used an extensive network of tunnels to conceal insurgents and weapons in Iraq.

Following Israeli strikes, terror cells told to remove cell phone batteries

World Tribune -
Following Israeli strikes, terror cells told to remove cell phone batteries GAZA CITY — The military leadership of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad has gone underground. At least three senior Jihad commanders were killed Tuesday by Israeli military strikes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported. The commanders were responsible for the production and firing of short-range missiles into Israel. "The blood of our comrades will be the fuel for the rockets that will bring death and destruction to the Zionists," Islamic Jihad spokesman Abu Hamza said.

Read more.

New South Korean Leader Signals Tougher Line on North
A change of leadership in South Korea may make life more difficult for Kim Jong-il, just as the North Korean leader was expecting a lessening of outside pressure over his nuclear weapons programs and repressive policies...


Reid: Banning Incandescent Bulb Appropriate Federal Act
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Cybercast News Service yesterday that a provision in the new energy law that will effectively ban the use of the incandescent light bulb in the United States by 2020 was an appropriate exercise of federal power...

First Amendment Gives Anti-War Alien Right to Enter US, ACLU Says
The First Amendment right to freedom of speech should be interpreted in a way that prevents the U.S. government from denying a visa to a foreign critic of U.S. war-time policy who has been invited to speak here, even when national security concerns are cited, the American Civil Liberties Union is claiming in a federal lawsuit...

Democrats: IRS Should Have Acted Before We Did
If Americans face delays in the getting their tax refunds this year, Democratic leaders want them to blame the Bush administration -- even though the Democrat-led Congress caused the problem...

Romney Would Allow Illegals to Stay for Unspecified Time

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, would allow illegal aliens to apply for permanent residency but would also require them to go back home after a "set period" of time, he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday.

After four days of questioning from Cybercast News Service, however, the Romney campaign was unable to specify how long that "set period" would be.


Stand By Steyn
By Robert Spencer

The Canadian Human Rights Commission and the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal have begun proceedings against Mark Steyn, author of America Alone. They are responding to complaints from the Canadian Islamic Congress about an excerpt from the book that was published in the Canadian journal Maclean's. "The article," the CIC claims, "subjects Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt," and was "flagrantly Islamophobic."

Read more.

Michael Barone:
Looking for Mr. Right

On the issues, not very much separates the front-runners for the Democratic nomination. What's interesting is that all of them are running well to the left of the only Democratic presidents in the last 40 years.

Robert D. Novak:
Clinton Discord

Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy are privately blaming aggressive campaigning by Bill Clinton for her recent decline in Iowa's pre-caucus polls.


D.C. education chief says school choice shouldn't be reserved for the rich.

The Incredible Disappearing Border Fence

By Michelle Malkin:
Do you know the story of the Incredible Disappearing Border Fence? It's an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland insecurity. It's a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal. Read more.


I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. It's been a busy last couple of days. Last minute shopping and errands, etc. has kept me on the go.

Yesterday, my wife and I, and my children, gathered with my brothers and their families for a Christmas get together. Most, but not all, were able to attend. There were 18 of us with the food bag strapped on. There was plenty of food to go around.

And of course, there was wine. The wine went down well, I must admit.

It was a good thing I did not have far to travel as the roads and the traffic were horrible. A 22 minute freeway commute took me about an hour.

Mike Huckabee: "Vote For Me, I'm An Evangelical"

Pardon me, but have you seen my Republican Party lately? I don't recognize it anywhere.

By Austin Hill