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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

Friday, February 15, 2008

Frontiers of Junk Science: Maunder Minimum

Not all scientists are on board with Al Gore’s global warming mythology and accompanying hysteria. In fact, many scientists are currently seeking funding to research the possibility that we may be on the verge of a new ice age. The Danish Meteorological Institute released a study in 1991 showing that global temperatures follow solar cycles. Canadian scientists are planning to analyze the impact of the sun on the earth’s climate and the possibility that another ice age is imminent. Solar activity occurs in cycles of 11 years, and thus far, in the current cycle, the sun has been unusually quiet. The sun’s inactivity could indicate the beginning of what is known as the Maunder Minimum. This event occurs every few hundred years and lasts possibly as long as a century. The last Maunder Minimum occurred in 1650 and was marked by 50 years of terribly freezing winters and cool summers. These findings prove once again what should be blatantly obvious: that Al Gore’s man-made global-warming circus is not scientific, but rather is a scare tactic used for the promotion of class warfare and the redistribution of wealth. Liberals hope that, in addition to piling up political capital with global warming, they can also guilt-trip Americans into surrendering their quality of life.

Source: Patriot Post


“The gains [in Iraq] have not produced the desired effect, which is the reconciliation of Iraq. This is a failure. This is a failure! The troops have succeeded. God bless them. We owe them the greatest debt of gratitude, the sacrifice, their patriotism, and for their courage, and to their families as well. This is a disaster, and we cannot perpetuate it.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who .... uhhh .... supports the troops.

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.”

—Samuel Adams


Received this email from a relative:

"Last night I had the strangest dream. It was so real, so life-like and so vivid I woke up in a cold sweat. Let me describe it to you briefly...

1. Hillary won the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States

2. Naturally, she wants to choose as her running mate someone with a lot of knowledge and experience in government and foreign affairs, someone who is a seasoned campaigner who could bring a lot of strength to the ticket. Who better than Bill, her husband?!!!

3. Hill and Bill go on to win the election in November and the Democrats maintain control of the House and the Senate.

4. Hillary is sworn in as President on January 20, 2009. The next day, after all the inauguration parties are over, she calls a press conference to make an announcement: she is resigning as President!!! Bill, as the Vice President, immediately becomes President!!! This is all perfectly legal under the 22nd Amen dment to the Constitution, for
it states that "no person may be elected as president more than twice". Bill is not being elected for a third term but is merely serving out the remainder of Hillary's term---all 4 years of it.

5. But wait! There's more! The following day Bill calls a press conference to make an announcement. He has chosen someone to fill the now-vacant office of Vice President. Guess who he picks? Why, Hillary, of course!!! So she can run for two more terms.

6. Have a nice day, if you can!!! "

World Tribune — U.S. envoy snubbed by N. Korea's Kim Jong-Il
U.S. envoy snubbed by N. Korea's Kim Jong-Il U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill sought to put the best face on failing nuclear talks with North Korea, which has refused to provide a full and complete accounting of its past nuclear activities.

Change Obama can believe in: Socialism?

Campaign workers for Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama are under fire for displaying a flag featuring communist hero Che Guevara. But Obama has his own controversial connections. He is, in fact, an associate of a Chicago-based socialist group with ties to the...

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Is the party over in China?

Massive unemployment looms China watchers are predicting a drop in the GNP growth rate this year and for the foreseeable future. Most are attributing the expected fall off this year -- from last year's official 11.4 percent, the fifth year in a row of double digit expansion -- to the expected downturn in the U.S. and the world economy in general. Even the 2007 growth rate wasn't that high when...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Make Medicare Budget Options Compatible with Comprehensive Reform

- The Heritage Foundation

State and Local Governments Must Address Unfunded Health Care Liabilities

- The Heritage Foundation

Scary Health Stories

- The Washington Times

The Basic FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions on Health Policy and Responses from Our Pro-Market Perspective

- Galen Institute

Paul Edwards:
Defining Evangelicalism Down

The Religious Left is successfully redefining what it means to be a conservative evangelical by misrepresenting what it means to be a conservative evangelical.

Paul Weyrich:
A Family Issues Scorecard - A Useful Innovation

Every year Family Research Council (FRC) Action issues a report card detailing how our elected officials in Congress vote on pro-family issues.

Terence Jeffrey:
When Obama, Clinton and McCain Decisively Agreed

One thing Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain all have in common is that they voted to give retroactive Social Security benefits to illegal aliens who committed document fraud.

Michelle Malkin:
In Defense of Conservative Talk Radio

The most anti-conservative rhetoric against conservative talk radio these days is coming from supposedly free-market conservatives. It's disgusting.

Walter E. Williams:
They're Coming After You

Anti-tobacco zealots don't have a monopoly on tyrannical designs. There are those who wish to control what we eat, and the successful attack on smokers has provided a template for their agenda.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


By Dick Morris

I believe that Barack Obama will defeat Hillary and win the Democratic nomination. I think that this weekend’s victories in states as diverse as Washington State, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Maine illustrates his national appeal and demonstrates Hillary’s inability to win in states without large immigrant and Latino populations.

Hillary’s results on Super Tuesday, which amounted to a draw with Obama, will be her high water mark and will represent the closest she will ever come to the party nomination.

Full Story


By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

Hillary Clinton’s decision to lend her presidential campaign $5 million raises a key question: Where did the money come from?

Hillary says it’s all her money. But, is it?

Full Story

Fox News/AP:
Two CBS Journalists Reported Missing in Iraq

Fox News:
U.S. Navy Intercepts Russian Bombers Flying Near Ships

Fox News:
Report: Sharia Courts Already Operating in England

Herd Mentality

We need to be like everyone else..... we want a plan like everyone else has ... it matters not that "the plan" does not work .... it is more important to join the ranks.....

NORWALK — U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, yesterday unveiled a proposal for universal health care ........ We need a solid solution," he said. "We're the only industrialized country that doesn't have a universal plan."

Langevin insurance plan aims to cover all Americans

As the Democratic presidential candidates tout their plans for reforming the health-care system, U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, also a Democrat, yesterday entered the fray with a proposal of his own.

Langevin wants to provide coverage for all Americans through a system modeled after the program that provides health benefits to federal employees.

His co-sponsor on the bill is a Connecticut Republican, Rep. Christopher Shays, and he called their plan the first bipartisan health-care proposal to emerge from the U.S. House.

America is Running Out of Electricity
By Alan Caruba

Environmental groups, using the utterly bogus “global warming” hoax and asserting the false notion that carbon dioxide emissions will transform the climate of the earth, are successfully denying Americans electrical power.....

Chinese Experts Ponder Attack on Taiwan, Study Says
China is preparing for an eventual cross-strait showdown with Taiwan and may be prepared to use tactics that could stop the United States from getting involved, according to an analysis of publicly available information on China's military by the RAND Corporation...

McCain Would Defer to Kennedy on Judges, Coulter Says
If he is elected president, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would defer to Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in picking Supreme Court justices, conservative pundit Ann Coulter said...

The Clintons' Terror Pardons - WSJ.com

Creepy Supporters: A Bad Reflection on Obama

From James Taranto, Best of the Web, Wall Street Journal
Obama's Commie Confederates?
Republicans campaigning for president in South Carolina are routinely called upon to take a position against the Palmetto State's flying of the Confederate battle flag near the Capitol in Columbia. Imagine what would happen if reporters found the stars and bars flying in a GOP candidate's campaign office. Some campaign worker would be out of a job, and the candidate himself would have great difficulty living it down.

Not surprisingly, this is a story about media double standards. The Little Green Footballs blog notes that cameras from Houston's KRIV-TV caught a glimpse of a different invidious flag hanging on the wall of what the narrator describes as a new Barack Obama campaign office in Texas' largest city. During a report on the run-up to the March 4 Texas primary, the KRIV camera pans past a Cuban flag with an image of Che Guevara, an ally of communist dictator Fidel Castro. Guevara presided over show trials and executions of Castro enemies after the communist takeover of Cuba in 1959 before leaving Cuba in 1965 to foment terror and revolution elsewhere in the Third World.

Does Che Guevara symbolize the kind of "change" Barack Obama wants to bring to America?

Obama's Web site announces that the office is funded by volunteers of the Barack Obama Campaign and is not an official headquarters for his campaign." But it is yet another indication of how creepy his supporters tend to be. And, as we said, if this were a Republican and a Confederate flag, the calls for him to denounce it would be deafening by now.

Star Parker:
Hillarycare Is Not the Answer

Suppose I tell you that the government will design a product and make you buy it. If you say no thanks, that's too bad. The government will decide what you need and what you will buy.

Talk Radio... Or Else

By Douglas MacKinnon

Nobody cares. If this primary season has taught us anything, it’s that almost no one really cares. Time and again, we have borne witness to the truth being sacrificed for the greater good of liberalism and a “bi-partisan” agenda as defined by MoveOn.org, Hillary Clinton, and The New York Times.

We have been shown – in the starkest, most frightening detail – what this leftist agenda holds in store for us and our nation, and no one cares. A cabal of left-leaning journalists, Democrat politicians, and a growing number of alleged “Republicans,” are trying to sweep conservatism into the dust-bin of history, and no one cares.

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China Pharmaceutical Trade a Prescription for Disaster

By Phyllis Schlafly

The Government Accountability Office reported that 80 percent of the drug substances used by U.S. manufacturers to produce prescription drugs is imported. The majority come from China.

That means most of our medicines and medical products are manufactured in thousands of unregulated, unsupervised plants run by managers who have no moral code that imposes an obligation to use ingredients that are safe in preference to those that are cheaper but poisonous or at least dangerous. As Walter Cronkite would say, "That's the way it is."

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Amanda Carpenter:
Obama's War Flip Flop Begins

As Barack Obama shows signs of pulling away with the Democratic nomination, it appears he?s trying to find some wiggle room in his support of a firm withdrawal date from Iraq.

Johnnie B. Byrd:
Who Cares About Free Speech?

All of us who know that talk radio has saved the democracy are looking for a compelling reason to get serious about seeing a Republican, even John McCain, in the White House.

Jack Kemp:
An Open Letter to Rush, Sean, Laura, Ann, Mark, et al.

I'm writing to you soon after Mitt Romney suspended his campaign and Sen. John McCain addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, not to calm you down, but to put McCain's campaign and career in historical perspective.

U. S. and Iran

Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
Geopolitical Intelligence Report
The U.S.-Iranian Negotiations: Beyond the Rhetoric
By George Friedman

Tehran has announced that Iran and the United States will hold a new round of talks on the future of Iraq at some point next week. The Iranians said that the “structure of the discussions have been finalized but the level of participation has not yet been agreed.” Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to visit Iraq before March 20, the Iranian New Year. The United States has not denied either of these reports. There thus appears to be some public movement occurring in the U.S.-Iranian talks over Iraq.
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Ed Feulner:
Maritime Defense: A Sinking Feeling

Even the strongest military powers are often paralyzed by an age-old weakness: They tend to focus on past threats rather than on future ones.

Thomas Sowell:
The Media and Politics

Even before Mitt Romney bowed out -- with class, by the way -- supporters of John McCain, and Republican party pooh-bahs in general, were chastising those conservatives in the media who had criticized Senator McCain.

David Limbaugh:
GOP Rearrangement Syndrome

Here we are -- the non-McCainiacs -- just minding our own business and contemplating such lofty ideals as party unity while the McCainiac cabal lobs yet more rhetorical cruise missiles our way.

Monday, February 11, 2008

“We must remove government’s smothering hand from where it does harm; we must seek to revitalize the proper functions of government. We do these things to set loose again the energy and the ingenuity of the American people. We do these things to reinvigorate those social and economic institutions which serve as a buffer and a bridge between the individual and the state—and which remain the real source of our progress as a people.”

--Ronald Reagan--

What can the government do for you?

“[Barack] Obama [has said] the top priority of the next president should be the creation of a more lasting and equitable prosperity than achieved under Presidents Bush and Clinton. Obama apparently missed the class that teaches government doesn’t create prosperity; people do. During [a recent] debate with Hillary Clinton, Obama said he would pay for his proposed new programs, including mandatory health insurance, by imposing higher taxes on ‘the wealthy’ and raising the tax on Social Security wages. He added, ‘What we have had right now is a situation where we’ve cut taxes for people who don’t need them.’ Should government determine how much money people ‘need’? This is Marxism: ‘from each according to his ability; to each according to his need.’ Sen. Clinton expressed similar sentiments on ABC’s ‘This Week’ when she said if people refuse to buy health insurance under her plan she might garnish people’s wages. One reason this socialistic mind-set resonates favorably with many is due to the shift in the last half-century from promoting hard work, self-sufficiency, marriage, personal responsibility and accountability and living within one’s means, to a mentality that I am entitled to the fruits of other people’s labor. That used to be called robbery before government started doing it more than a century ago through the income tax... How many politicians today talk about looking out for one’s self, not relying on government?”

—Cal Thomas

Oh that was so yesterday....

And yesterday is gone......
“[A] wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

—Thomas Jefferson

Explain Surveillance to Public, Expert Says
Washington (CNSNews.com)
- Americans would rally to President Bush when it comes to government surveillance authority if the issue were explained properly in terms of national security, said Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy...

Reid Files Another FISA Extension
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed another extension to the Protect America Act on Friday to avoid having the law expire this week...

Military trial of Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani to begin April 28

I received this email notice fron the Thomas More Law Center. Please read. Please help if you can. Thank you patriots.
The military trial of Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani will begin on April 28, 2008. And every patriotic American should be concerned with the outcome of this case because it could drastically curtail the future ability of American soldiers to defend our Nation and its Christian heritage and values.

For twenty years Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Chessani has been defending our nation... often away from his wife and children... so that we could be safely with ours.

It’s mind-boggling that our government is sparing no expense to convict one of the most effective combat officers in Iraq on trumped-up charges. But now, you can do something about it.

I am aware that these are hard economic times for many, but please consider the sacrifices that Lt. Col. Chessani has made for each of us and our families, so that we may have peace at home. This is one of those times that you can show your gratitude. So please be as generous as you can.

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The bogus criminal charges against Lt. Col. Chessani were triggered by a fierce house-to-house, room-by-room combat action taken by four of his Marines after being ambushed by insurgents in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005.

Lt. Col. Paul Ware, USMC, a judicial officer who heard testimony in several cases involving the November 19th Haditha incident, had this to say about the criminal charges:

"o believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq. Even more dangerous is the potential that a Marine may hesitate at the critical moment when facing the enemy... "

This Marine Officer and his family urgently need your help - Click here NOW to support his cause.

Your generous financial support can help end this personal tragedy and injustice to Jeffrey Chessani and his family... and insure the future of America’s fighting spirit.

The four Marines involved in the November 19th incident were members of the battalion commanded by Lt. Col. Chessani - the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines - one of the most decorated units in the Marine Corps.

Lt. Col. Chessani is charged with failing to accurately report and investigate that incident. He faces dismissal from the Marines Corps, loss of all retirement benefits, and up to 2 1/2 years in prison.

The U. S. Army conducted two independent investigations of the Marines and both investigations concluded: there was no massacre and no cover-up.

But judge for yourself.

On November 19, 2005 at 7:15 a.m., a Marine convoy was rolling through Haditha, Iraq — a terrorist stronghold. Suddenly, a roadside bomb was set off destroying a Marine Humvee. The powerful blast killed one Marine and injured two others. The bomb blast was the signal for the ambush to begin. The Marines immediately received fire from the ambushing terrorists, who were shooting from nearby civilian-occupied homes. A four-man fire team stormed the two houses occupied by the armed insurgents and in the ensuing gun battles killed at least 9 insurgents and 15 civilians.

That roadside bomb BLAST was also the signal for insurgency attacks throughout the city that resulted in additional Marine casualties. Unmanned aerial vehicles video taped the Haditha action that morning. The video showed insurgents gathering their weapons and attacking Marines throughout the day.

As the battalion commander in charge of an area of operations about the size of South Carolina, Lt. Col. Chessani was responsible that morning for directing the combat response of approximately 2,000 American and friendly Iraqi troops. He immediately reported the deaths of the 15 civilian Iraqis to his superiors. In urban combat where terrorists purposefully use civilians as human shields, civilian casualties are a tragic and unfortunate, but not uncommon, occurrence.

Thus, not one of Jeffrey Chessani’s superiors – including top generals – hearing of the 15 civilian deaths considered it unusual. None of them suggested an investigation. In fact, his superiors commended him for a job well done. That was before Time magazine bought into the story promoted by insurgent propaganda.

Several months after the November 19th incident, an inflammatory Time Magazine news lead, instigated by an insurgent operative, accused the four Marines of massacring innocent civilians. You can probably guess what came next...

The leading anti-war politician, Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, saw the Haditha incident as a way to put pressure on President Bush to leave Iraq – even if he had to scapegoat innocent Marines in the process. Murtha appeared on major television networks and publicly accused the young enlisted Marines of “cold blooded” murder and Marine officers of a “cover-up. ” Mind you, this was long before the investigation was completed. He blamed it all on the stress of being in Iraq too long.

Murtha is head of the House of Representatives Military Appropriations subcommittee — a position with significant power over the military. He is the same person caught on tape negotiating bribes with Arab Sheiks during the FBI’s 1980 Abscam investigation — he was an un-indicted coconspirator in that case.

Political and media pressure caused the military to buckle. We now know at least 80 investigators were assigned to conduct a year-long, multi-million dollar investigation focused on Jeffrey Chessani and his four enlisted men.

Note the absurdity of it all... Lt. Col. Chessani is charged with failing to accurately report and investigate a crime that the military knows never occurred.

Here is Lt. Col. Chessani's background.

Jeffrey Chessani has honorably served his country as a Marine officer for 20 years. He and his wife Alisa have 6 young children – ranging in age from 2 months to 9 years. He served three tours of duty in Iraq, including the Second Battle of Fallujah. He has also served in Panama and in the First Persian Gulf War. He is a devout Christian who reads his Bible daily.

According to his official 2006 Combat Fitness Report (covering the period of the Haditha incident), his superiors considered him a superb leader, who demonstrated moral courage, with unlimited potential and value to the Marine Corps. Lt. Col. Chessani was described as one of the finer thinkers in the counterinsurgency movement.

I’m sure the insurgents are laughing in their caves because their planted story has eliminated one of America’s most effective combat officers. They know...

“A nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten. ”

One distorted magazine article and an anti-war politician have devastated the life and family of this patriotic Marine officer... and could adversely affect our military for years to come. That’s why...

I need you to send the largest gift you can... and rush it to me today.

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Ambitious military prosecutors are doing everything they can to convict Lt. Col. Chessani in order to appease Murtha and the anti-war press. The vast resources of the military are at their disposal. The number of military investigators is virtually limitless. They can go anywhere, talk to anyone, and get anything, all at government expense. The Marine command structure is mandated to cooperate.

Without our help, Lt. Col. Chessani’s legal bills would already be astronomical — out of reach for a husband and father of six young children surviving on military pay.

In preparing for the preliminary hearing this past summer, TMLC lawyers examined thousands of pages of investigative reports and personally interviewed countless witnesses. They spent several weeks at Camp Pendleton, California, examining documents and witnesses and participating in the Article 32 Hearing.

TMLC lawyers are now engaged in a tremendous amount of legal work in preparation for the trial. This includes:

  • Filing motions to dismiss the charges on constitutional and other procedural grounds;
  • Filing motions to compel discovery that has been withheld from us, particularly the various emails, correspondence, and other communications, including classified communications, between high ranking officers in the chain of command;
  • Filing a motion to dismiss the charges based on unlawful command influence. In this regard, we are in the process of requesting depositions of several high ranking military officers and civilian officials, including congressmen, service department heads, and others;
  • And much more.

These motions will consume hundreds of attorney hours and thousands of dollars in travel expenses, transcript production, etc. — and this is all before the trial commences. Meanwhile, we are also conducting pretrial interviews and pretrial preparation. Moreover, additional thousands of dollars will be spent on developing courtroom exhibits to detail the incident for the military jury.

The general court-martial will take place at Camp Pendleton, California. It will last several weeks. The Thomas More Law Center will bear the enormous costs associated with establishing a second office, paying hotels and all the other expenses associated with two lawyers handling a case 2,000 miles away.

Lt. Col. Chessani was in Iraq because his country sent him there. He willingly answered the call to serve his country in our defense. That's why he deserves the support of every patriotic American. Now is the time to show him our gratitude.

For TMLC attorneys to defend this loyal Marine from the politically driven agenda that fomented the accusations against him, we need your financial support.

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As tragic as these civilian deaths in Haditha were, it’s essential that we not shackle our combat commanders’ ability to make decisions by placing them in fear of criminal prosecution every time there are civilian casualties as a result of combat action.

Lt. Col. Chessani has devoted his life to the defense of OUR country... NOW he needs OUR help.

George Washington’s words are a somber warning for America:

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation. ”

YOU must assist the Thomas More Law Center in ensuring that the brave actions of our fighting men and women will not be turned into political fodder and talking points for politicians.

I am counting on you to send the largest gift you can . and to rush it to me TODAY. Please click here to visit TMLC’s website to donate to this honorable Marine’s cause NOW.

May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.

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Thomas More Law Center

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"The Nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten. "
- President Calvin Coolidge, 1920

Hold placed on funds to high-flying former Saudi envoy to U.S.

WASHINGTON — A former Saudi ambassador, with close ties to several U.S. presidents, has been linked to a major arms bribery scandal and prevented from withdrawing revenues from the United States. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador in Washington from 1983 to 2005, has been hampered by a class-action lawsuit linked to......

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Bin Laden may be dead, but living on through old sound bites

U.S. intelligence agencies are beginning to suspect that Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden is dead after all, despite a recent audio tape exhorting Al Qaida terrorists in Iraq.

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Pakistan army failures 'put the West in peril' -

The West remains at constant risk of large-scale al-Qa'eda terrorist attacks because the Pakistani military requires years of training before it will be able to combat militancy, a Western military official has warned.....

Hillary Clinton's campaign plunged into crisis

Clinton's top aide Patti Solis Doyle quits and "Giuliani" strategy of banking on big wins in March is high-risk, reports Toby Harnden in Richmond, Virginia .

Barack Obama won the Maine caucuses Sunday night, completing a weekend clean sweep of four states and plunging his rival Hillary Clinton's White House bid into deep trouble after her campaign manager stepped down..............

Four arrested in US for 'spying for China'

The news of four men being arrested for spying for China makes this story that I posted a couple of days ago, all the more relative.


Sgt. Seth Conner:
My Choice

Like my Marine brothers who fought alongside me in the Battle of Fallujah, I know a little something about choices......

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ever the Optimist

Just as it is being reported - in two different letters - seized in raids - that Al-Qaeda leaders have admitted 'Al-Qaeda in Iraq' had faced an “extraordinary crisis” and last year's mass defection of ordinary Sunnis from al-Qaeda to the US military “created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight” thereby causing the terrorist group's security structure to suffer “total collapse,” Nancy Pelosi is claiming Iraq to be a 'failure' and the 'surge was a bust...'

Chavez Threatens US Oil Cutoff

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez on Sunday threatened to cut off oil sales to the United States in an "economic war" if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets. Read full news story.

Austin Hill:
Back To The Future" For Social Conservatives?
Attention Republicans: An entire division of the party is faltering. Has anybody noticed?