February 29, 2008
Michelle Obama: Name Hussein Is 'the fear bomb'
Michelle Obama campaigning in Chillicothe, Ohio for her husband, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Thursday Feb. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Chillicothe Gazette, Sarah Wright)
Michelle Obama, who often has decried "the fear bomb'' that opponents have used against her husband for his middle name -- Barack Hussein Obama -- said in Canton, Ohio, today that it is happening again and shows why it's so important that he wins election as president.
"They threw in the obvious, ultimate fear bomb," Obama said today of her husband's 2004 Senate race. "We're even hearing [that] now. … 'When all else fails, be afraid of his name, and what that could stand for, because it's different.'"
The senator's wife said that rivals use innuendo to play on fears. "Just as they're saying it now," she said.
But, she told about 200 supporters this morning at a restored theater in Canton, Obama won despite that "climate of negativity and doubt" in 2004.
"We learned, number one, that when power is threatened by real change they will say anything to stop it," she said. "But we also learned that the American people can handle the truth."
What America needs, she added, is a "fundamentally different kind of leadership," one that challenges people to be different, and better to one another. And that, she said to critics who say it is not his time, cannot wait.
"Barack Obama will be the kind of leader we need right now, not in four years or eight years or 12 years," she said. "We can't wait to get this right. We need it to happen today."
Wild Thing's comment.........
How about.........Barack FearBomba Obama
Yeah, when people are acting too nervous about “Hussein”, throw the word “bomb” into the mix. LOL She put “Hussein”, “fear” and “bomb” all in the same sentence. hahaha oh my gawd! People’s subconscious minds just went into warp drive!
The fear bomb I have is when he guts the military and gives our nuclear arsenal away. The bomb hussein will then bring to us will be in the form of a mushroom cloud over one of our cities from one of “his muslim” friends.
I can't help it but Michelle Obama reminds me so much of Cynthia McKinney.
Actually, rascist Mrs. Obama, the worst thing for your husband's presidential bid is YOU. The press is throwing him softballs, so why all the self-pity and whining?
Just say, “Hello - my name is Barak Hussein Obama. My middle name is spelled the same as Saddam Hussein. I have chosen to keep it because I am 45% Arab and that is the name I was born with.”
Israel and IDF Prepare For Gaza Incursion
Israel prepares international opinion for assault on Gaza
As Hamas drew Ashkelon into the circle of communities coming under heavy rocket attacks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the Foreign Ministry on Thursday began preparing both Israeli and world opinion for the possibility of a large-scale incursion into Gaza.
Barak, during a series of meetings at the Defense Ministry, said, "We should be prepared for an upswing in hostilities in Gaza. The big ground operation is a reality and it is tangible. We are not eager to embark upon such an operation, but we are not put off by it either."
According to defense sources, the goals of such an operation - reportedly in the planning stages for weeks if not months - would not "merely" be to reduce the threat of rocket fire and rocket manufacturing in the Gaza Strip, but would also likely entail paralyzing the Hamas government's ability to operate, and even include "regime change."
Barak spoke with Quartet envoy Tony Blair and Egyptian intelligence head Omar Suleiman and said Israel could not tolerate the current level of rocket fire in the South without offering a wider response.
And the Foreign Ministry, in talking points sent to its representatives abroad, instructed them to say that when Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005 it did so without the intention of ever returning, but that the continuation of terrorist attacks was likely to place the country in a position where it may have no other choice.
Entire article HERE
....And there is this.......
IDF forces prepare for Gaza incursion
Dozens of tanks, artillery battery positioned just north of Gaza to reinforce infantry, engineering corps forces already inside Strip ahead of possible large-scale ground operation. PM returns from Japan, updated on Grad, Qassam rocket attacks on Ashkelon
Over the past few days the IDF has positioned an artillery battery near Kibbutz Beeri, located about three kilometers (1.8 miles) from the Gaza border, and dozens of tanks have made their way to an assembling area just north of the Strip.
Forces from the Givati Brigade, the Armored Corps' 9th Battalion and the Engineering Corps have already entered the Strip ahead of a possible large-scale ground incursion.
The reinforcements, while limited, appear to indicate increased readiness on the part of the IDF.
Meanwhile, during his flight back from Japan Friday morning, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was updated on Thursday's Grad and Qassam rocket attacks on Ashkelon and the western Negev. The political-security cabinet is scheduled to convene Wednesday to discuss the escalation in the south.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Egyptian intelligence chief Omer Suleiman are due in Israel Tuesday.
...... And this........
Hey FuzzyMuzzys - the U.S.S. Cole is back, an this time your the target!
The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) leads a formation of ships during an Atlantic Ocean crossing of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew King (Released)
U.S. Navy ships move closer to Lebanon ( 9 ships )
The U.S. Navy has moved the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and other ships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon, Pentagon officials said Thursday.
The deployment comes amid a political standoff over Lebanon's presidency, but the Navy would not say whether the events are linked.
"It's a group of ships that will operate in the vicinity for a while and as the ships in our Navy do, the presence is important," Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.
"It isn't meant to send any stronger signal than that," he said. "But it does signal that we're engaged and we are going to be in the vicinity, and that's a very important part of the world."
The destroyer and two support ships are close to Lebanon but out of visual range of the coast, Pentagon officials said. Another six vessels, led by the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, are close to Italy and steaming toward the other three, the officials said.
Mullen would not say whether the deployment has anything to do with the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary vote on a new president, which was postponed for a 15th time earlier this week. But he said the vote was "important," and Washington was waiting for it to take place.
And a Bush administration official told CNN the decision to move ships to the region was a message to neighboringSyria that "the U.S. is concerned about the situation in Lebanon, and we want to see the situation resolved."
"We are sending a clear message for the need for stability," said the official, who was not authorized to speak for publication. The ships "should be there a while," the official added.
...... And this........
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Hezbollah on Friday rejected the deployment of U.S. warships off Lebanon, calling it a threat to the country that will not affect the militant group.
"We are facing an American threat against Lebanon," Hezbollah legislator Hassan Fadlallah said. "It is clear this threat and intimidation will not affect us."
Wild Thing's comment........
I was wondering why CNN would let out about our ships, then I realized that if we didn't want anyone to know they wouldn't know. It seems they want this to be public for a reason, its a show of force. It would be a safe bet that there is stuff going on in the background that we don't know about. This is way too major a move just to act as a show of force for Lebanese domestic politics. We'll just have to wait and see.
Enough with the world opinion I am tired of having to consult with the world about anything. Israel’s only giving the world a chance to restrain them. Just do what you gotta go & let the world scream afterwards, when there’s nothing they can do about it anymore.
This is actually quite serious. First of all, the Russians have 3 ships to the north at the Syrian port. Its something to consider.
Second, Israel is going to put the hurt on in Gaza.
Clearly, these ships are there as a deterrent to prevent Hezbullah from opening up a second front while Israel mops up Hamas in Gaza. But, Iran may have no choice. We (US, Israel, NATO to a degree) are going to systematically remove Iran’s chips from the ches board.
Israel is going to wipe out Hamas maybe not sure. If so in return, Iran almost has to activate Hezbullah to open fire. That is when the US will be ready to pound them, or Israel will pound them. If not, then Iran loses Hamas and is left only with Hezbullah, who will get pounded later.
The wildcard is Russia.
Just some thoughts on this of course I have no idea.
The main thing ......prayers for our troops and the IDF, and for America and Israel.
McCain's Verbal Slip
Wild Thing's comment.......
It is funny, except for one thing. I resent McCain calling himself a conservative. He is NOT a conservative, a registered Republican yes, but in no way is he a Conservative. He has NOT earned that right!
William Buckley Vs Gore Vidal
This is the well know incident between William Buckley and Gore Vidal that occurred during ABC's coverage of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.
Wild Thing's comment........
I love this! I love what William Buckley says about the Marines in this.
....Thank you Tom for sending this to me.
Obama and Hillary Caught Kissing!
Wild Thing's comment........
Hahahaha And they rode off into the sunset and we never had to see either of them again.
.....Thank you RAC for sending this. LOL
Oh Please Help Me MARINE Says Code Pink?
Eamon Kelley, the young Marine who is featured in Move America Forward's TV commercial ( I posted it here) that ran on Fox News earlier this week, spent his day today in Berkeley, Calif. in front of the Marine recruiting offices.
CodePink has set up a virtual blockade at the recruiting center, expanding it's efforts to harass our troops and turn back young Americans looking to enlist.
Eamon, who is recovering from back surgery, gutted it out under blazing skies in the boycotted town. After spending four hours there the Marine Eamon Kelley sent an email to Melanie Morgan (Move America Forward):
"While we were at the protest in Berkeley from 12 to 4 PM a white volvo drove by and a man spat upon code pink. They chased him down the street and got into a verbal altercation. The police were NO WHERE in sight. That's not the best part, ready for this? Medea Benjamin yelled and I quote "Marines!" she actually yelled for our help because this man had stepped out of his car. Lol. I even asked her if she was yelling Police and she told me "I said Marines" then put her arm around my friend Allen (the Marine vet) Ironic? Ok back to the emails!! "
Wild Thing's comment........
LOL this is hilarious, what a thing to happen. Of course she will go right back to her bashing of the Marines, but to anyone that saw this happen I bet their jaws dropped. Medea Benjamin is one of the four founders of Code Pink. She is also a communist and here she was calling out for one of American's finest. That takes a hell of a lot of nerve! I can't stand her!
.....Thank you Mark for the heads up about this story.
Code Pink A Group For Mental Midgets To Feel Accepted
Code pink calls all United States Marines war criminals. They also claim al qaeda is not a threat to the United States and that World War two was "wrong."
Wild Thing's comment........
I heard one of the City Council members on a radio show saying the same exact things. I just want to know something. Why oh why can't we bring back punishment for treason!!!!
Just thinking about Hawaii and what they said about we should not have had our military there has me thinking about Hawaii. My parents took me there my first time, it was awesome. Then I went again 8 more times when Nick worked on Magnum PI. It meant even more to go there as an adult. The time Nick had off from his work we went to the Memorials and those memories will stay with me forever.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked my Aunt and Uncle were on the Island. He was a Col. in the Army and when they came home they told the family how it was when the attack on Pearl Harbor happened. Years later when I was born they shared with me about it as well.
I am just so proud of our troops, our Veterans and to have anyone attacking any of them like they are doing to the Marine Corps is something that in my opinion needs to be dealt with as harshly as possible. This kind of thing is not only unacceptable but is treasonous. OK so I kept my comment clean but I am thinking a lot of the F word with these peoople!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some of the things City Council member said:
She agrees with Code Pink
She wants the Marines to "get the hell out of Berkeley"
She said our military is nothing but rapists and murderers
She wants to bring home the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
She wants to down size our military in half after this next election and then downsize it again every 4 months till we no longer have a military.
She was asked you mean you don't want a military at all? She said that is what I am saying.
February 28, 2008
Rino Rove: Don't "Hussein" Obama
Rove: Don't "Hussein" Obama
No less an authority figure than Karl Rove has warned Republican operatives from demagoguing Barack Obama's middle name.
At a closed door meeting of GOP state executive directors in late January, Rove said the safest way to refer to Obama would be to use his honorific, "Sen. Obama."
"The context was, you're not going to stimatize this guy. You shouldn't underestimate him," one of the executive directors said. Rove said that the use of "Barack Hussein Obama" would perpetuate the notion that Republicans were bigoted and would hurt the party.
Rove also said that Republicans should refer to Hillary Clinton as "Sen. Clinton," rather than "Hillary."
Right wing figures are set to ignore Rove's advice. Rush Limbaugh used Obama's middle name more than a year ago, and Ann Coulter regularly uses the middle name, once calling him "President Hussein."
Wild Thing's comment.........
Hasn’t Rove done enough to wreck the Republican party?
Rove you rino you there is no way I will stop calling him B. Hussein Obama and Hillary, Hillary. Nope no way. If Obama is so offended by his own middle name he should get it changed.
I hope I can explain how I feel so strongly about this. I understand what Rove is saying, I do. But for too long we have given in to the left. All the way back to the Vietnam War we have seen how the left has mocked, slandered and lied about our military and their missions and battles. The PC thing was brought to us by the left and demanded of us by the left to the point where it effects even advertising, work places, and even simple conversations.
It has been the Republican politicians that use the term 'friend' when talking with a Democrat on political talk shows, NOT the other way around. Why! Why Kiss up to them, it only makes a person look weak, because they have been weak. I am not asking our politicans to be mean, but for God sake stop kissing up to the left. Stand strong and show we conservatives mean business.
The rino's are not the ones that fight for securing our borders, the rino's are not the ones that were our Founding Fathers. The rino's are nothing more then Dem lite! It is the conservative that ends up cleaning up after the rino's and dems, the conservartive that see's how important it is to fight back, to take a stand when others have apathy.
Without the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Kerry would probably be President today. The Swiftboat Vets won 2004 for Bush, not ROVE.
Rove is a legend in his own mind. Bush entered office with a Rep controlled Congress. He is leaving with a Dem controlled Congress and a GOP in disarray thanks to appointing folks like Martinez as RNC chairman and trying to push amnesty down our throats. Karl Rove has been a disaster for the GOP and conservatives in particular.
Maybe Rove, McCain and his buddy Lindsey Graham should stop calling those of us who are against amnesty as nativists, racists, and bigots. Rove was the one that had President Bush talk about his immigration “guest worker” program during 06....He kept saying it until the base was thoroughly fed up and stayed home.
So I say NO way Rove, take your opinions elsewhere. I am a Conservative and I am fed up with our being told to give in to the left and to the rino belief's and thinking.
The only way Conservatism dies is if all Americans cease to remember the philosophy and the ideas on which this country was founded.
So leave us alone Rove and Shut up!
And this from Rush:
"RUSH:… Okay, so his name is off limits, can't use Hussein. You can't call him a liberal. What other fact about Obama are we not going to be allowed to talk about? That's right, can't talk about his ears, either, because when Maureen Dowd made some comment about his ears, he went straight into the crowd and said, "I'm very sensitive about my ears." She said, "We're trying to toughen you up." Well, it hasn't worked. Can't use the name Hussein, can't call him a liberal, and this is the kind of thing -- look, it's brilliant on Obama's part. He's setting the rules, and everybody's going to abide by them. Republican National Committee, "Okay, we can't call him a liberal because he's going to tear into us, we don't want him tearing into us." Well, I don't know how you're going to characterize his policies if you don't call him a liberal. And, by the way, what's so bad about being a liberal? How come none of these liberals want to be called liberals?
See, Obama's no different than any of the rest of them, folks. No different at all. Nothing new here. The only thing new is the Democrats have now made it official that their guiding principle is "America sucks." But they have to mask who they are, they have to disguise themselves, camouflage themselves, whatever, you call them a liberal, and it's a personal attack. So Obama's now said liberal is off limits, can't do it. What will Republicans do? I can't believe that somebody's name is off limits. I just don't believe it. "
'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally
9/11 Redux: 'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally
Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/ll attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC News.
"Some of the very same conditions that allowed the 9-11 tragedy to happen in the first place are still very much in existence today," wrote one regional security official to his boss at the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration.
"Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to this country, are taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications and are flying planes," wrote the TSA official, Richard A. Horn, in 2005, complaining that the students did not have the proper visas.
Under the new laws, American flight schools are only supposed to provide pilot training to foreign students who have been given a background check by the TSA and have a specific type of visa.
But in thousands of cases that has not happened, according to the documents and current and former government officials involved in the program.
"TSA's enforcement is basically nonexistent," said former FAA inspector Bill McNease, in an interview for ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson."
McNease, who retired last year, says in one year alone, 2005, he found some 8,000 foreign students in the FAA database who got their pilot licenses without ever being approved by the TSA.
"And a flight school wants the money to teach 'em. And they are gonna teach 'em how to fly and get their ratings, and then they just slip through the cracks," McNease said.
In another internal e-mail obtained by ABC News, Monty Thompson, an official in the TSA Flight School Inspections section, complained in 2005 to his bosses in Washington, "I fear we are 'danger close' to losing sight of the mission and the intent of the 'Flight School Security' provisions."
The new laws were passed after it was learned that all of the 9/ll hijackers, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, who were involved in flight operations had trained at U.S. flight schools with improper visas.
The FAA and Homeland Security are now starting to crack down on a number of flight schools suspected of training students illegally.
Just last month, agents raided a flight school outside San Diego, Anglo-American Aviation International, as part of an investigation of alleged fraud and misuse of visas.
A lawyer for the school said the raid only involved a technical, paper-work issue and that the school was "cooperating" in the investigation.
But federal officials say the so-called paper-work is extremely important.
"What happened in 9/ll we don't want to happen again or anything like that so something has to be done," said McNease.
No one from the TSA or Homeland Security would agree to be interviewed for this story, but officials said they were preparing an official statement in response.
The Department of Homeland Security would not provide an official from the flight school program to be interviewed for this story.
In a statement, the DHS said, "We have a high degree of confidence that our layered security measures, both seen and unseen, have raised the level of security in our aviation sector."
The statement did not address the issue of the thousands of students who have received pilot training and licenses with improper visas, other than to say they "are only one of the multiple layers of security" that the government relies on to "ensure that foreign nationals approved for flight training do not pose a threat to U.S. aviation security." The DHS said it conducts security threat assessments "on all non-U.S. citizens seeking flight training."
Wild Thing's comment........
Have we forgotten?? Apparently so!
There is no excuse for this. I am so sick of this incompetence. Staggering incompetence combined with a denial of the threat we face. ....a suicidal combo.
Islamic Links on Obama Web Site Stir Criticism
Islamic Links on Obama Web Site Stir Criticism
By Fred Lucas
A page for Muslim supporters of Sen. Barack Obama -- hosted on Obama's presidential campaign Web site -- promotes events sponsored by controversial Islamic groups.
Muslim Americans for Obama '08, found on Obama's main campaign site, allows users to create their own page through a "My Obama" option. The Muslim Americans for Obama page also links to a Web site that features lectures by people who have expressed radical Islamic views in the past.
A portion of the "Muslim Americans for Obama" page lists proposals to establish a Muslim American advisory group on U.S. foreign policy; provide prayer areas in public places such as malls, airports, universities and government buildings; institute a law to allow Muslim employees to take time from their work day for prayer; and institute a law against harassment of Muslim women in public areas.
The Obama campaign's press office did not respond to numerous phone calls and e-mail messages from Cybercast News Service on this matter.
Throughout the campaign, Obama has professed his Christian faith, although his father is a Muslim.
Late last year, former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, a supporter of Obama's Democratic rival New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, caused a stir in Iowa when he said, "It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim."
"Muslim Americans for Obama '08 is a grassroots initiative to support the presidential campaign for Barack Obama 2008," the Web page says. "Our sincere intention is to serve as a resource for Muslim and non-Muslim Americans to get involved and learn more about the political process and Barack Obama as a person and presidential candidate."
Other "My Obama" pages on the campaign's Web site include "Jews for Obama," "Christians for Obama" and "Gay Christians for Obama."
But it is a link and a list of events on the Muslim Americans for Obama page that has prompted critics that consider themselves watchdogs of Islamist groups to take notice.
The list of events on the Muslim Americans for Obama page includes voter registration drives at conventions sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), held last April and August in Rosemont, Ill., and the convention co-sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS).
These groups routinely inject themselves into political causes, said M. Zhudi Jasser, chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He thinks all political candidates should stay clear of mixing religion and politics, saying the root of terror is political Islam.
"Any candidate that engaged American Islamist organizations without any ideological litmus test about their stances regarding the transnational goals of Islamism, I think that is going to be a major liability," Jasser, a Muslim, told Cybercast News Service.
I wouldn't specifically say Obama. I would say any candidate that doesn't identify that Muslim organizations should be leading the effort against political Islam and its impact on the ends of that terrorists seek. I think it will be a liability," he said.
The MAS has faced intense scrutiny in recent years.
In the appeal of Sabri Benkhala, a man convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice last year after being acquitted of trying to help the Taliban, the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia filed a brief that referenced to MAS as an "overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood for the United States."
The Muslim Brotherhood is a militant Islamic group in Egypt. The government has not brought any charges against MAS.
"We are an American Muslim organization, and we don't take orders from anybody oversees," MAS Executive Director Mahdi Bray told Cybercast News Service. "We were established in America, and we are not an overt or covert arm of the Muslim Brotherhood."
In 2004, after the Israeli military killed Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, the MAS Freedom Foundation announced it would push Congress to enforce provisions of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act against Israel, which forbids the use of U.S. weapons from being used against civilian targets.
Jasser was also concerned that the Muslim Americans for Obama site contained a "Qaran (Audio) English Translation." Clicking on that brings a user to the Web site "The Sounds of Islam." At this site users can listen to numerous lectures regarding Islam, including those from people who have expressed radical views in the past.
One of the more controversial lecturers on the site is the Islamic preacher Yusuf Al Qaradawi, who has advocated suicide bombings.
"Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do," the BBC quoted him as saying.
The "Sounds of Islam" site also includes lectures by Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, the chief cleric of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, who has used inflammatory rhetoric against people of different faiths.
The BBC quoted him as saying, "The worst ... of the enemies of Islam are those ... whom he ... made monkeys and pigs, the aggressive Jews and oppressive Zionists and those that follow them: the callers of the trinity and the cross worshippers ... those influenced by the rottenness of their ideas, and the poison of their cultures the followers of secularism .... How can we talk sweetly when the Hindus and the idol worshippers indulge in their overwhelming hatred against our brothers."
Jasser said it's not a stretch to show concern about such a link on the pro-Obama site.
Wild Thing's comment........
These illegitimates want to just walk right into this country, have it handed to them on a silver platter, and change it to a sharia-ruled dictatorship. Nice. No blood shed.
That’s what will happen if Obama OR Hillary wins.
Obama’s a closet Muslim. If he’d really converted to Christianity, he’d have been denounced as an apostate and a fatwa would be out against him. The lack of a denunciation and a fatwa, combined with his ardent support by Muslims, show he’s actually still a Muslim.
Some more about the Muslim American Society: one of the groups listed in the events section on the Obama site:
“The list of events on the Muslim Americans for Obama page includes voter registration drives at conventions sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), held last April and August in Rosemont, Ill., and the convention co-sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY (MAS). “
Cindy Sheahan resurfaced in Cairo last week as a member of a delegation from the MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY which is in Egypt to protest against the military trial of 40 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood”
And this from Barack Hussein Obama's website
2007-2008 EVENTS CALENDER
March 31st, 2007 Barack Obama National Organizing Day Nation-wide Webcast Open Masjids in Your Community for this event. http://www.barackobama.com
APRIL 6 - 8, 2007 9TH ANNUAL NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE Muslim Americans for Obama '08 Kick-Off, Voter Registration, Rally and Information Booth Downtown Sheraton Hotel @ 3pm Atlanta, Georgia http://www.calltohumanity.org
APRIL 6 - 8, 2007 11th Annual Islam in America Conference Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Westin O HARE, 6100 River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018 http://www.isna.net
July 6 - 8th, 2007 32nd ICNA-MAS Convention VOTER REGISTRATION/INFORMATION BOOTH: Muslim Americans for Obama '08 Hartford, Connecticut http://www.icna.org
August 31 - September 3, 2007 44th Annual ISNA National Convention VOTER REGISTRATION/INFORMATION BOOTH: Muslim Americans for Obama '08 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, Illinois http://www.isna.net
August 31 - September 3, 2007 The Mosque Cares Islamic National Convention VOTER REGISTRATION/INFORMATION BOOTH: Muslim Americans for Obama '08 http://www.themosquecares.com
October 2007 MANA National Convention Philadelphia, PA VOTER REGISTRATION/INFORMATION BOOTH: Muslim Americans for Obama '08
2007 Muslim Day / Eid Celebration Atlanta, GA OBAMA CAMPAIGN INFORMATION BOOTH: Muslim Americans for Obama '08
November 2007 - January 2008 Masjid Voter Registration Drives, Nationwide
January 2007 - March 2008 2007 Primary Elections "GET OUT AND VOTE" - Nationwide
Harvard University Caves In To Muslim Students Wanting Women-only Gym Time
To accommodate Muslim students, Harvard tries women-only gym hours
Harvard University has moved to make Muslim women more comfortable in the gym by instituting women-only access times six hours a week to accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men.
Men have not been allowed to enter the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center during certain times since Jan. 28, after members of the Harvard Islamic Society and the Harvard Women's Center petitioned the university for a more comfortable environment for women.
Harvard Islamic Society's Islamic Knowledge Committee officer Ola Aljawhary, a junior, said the women-only hours are being tested on a trial basis. The special gym hours will be analyzed over Spring Break to determine if they will continue, she said.
Aljawhary said that she does not believe that the women-only gym hours discriminate against men.
"These hours are necessary because there is a segment of the Harvard female population that is not found in gyms not because they don't want to work out, but because for them working out in a co-ed gym is uncomfortable, awkward or problematic in some way," she said.
Though the policy was in part initiated by the school's Islamic group, Aljawhary said women-only hours are not a case of "minority rights trumping majority preference" and said women of different faiths have showed interest in the hours.
"We live together in one community, it only makes sense for everyone to compromise slightly in order for everyone to live happily," she said. "This matter is simple: Can't we just display basic decency and show tolerance and inclusion for people not a part of the mainstream majority?"
Harvard junior Nick Wells said he believes the women-only hours are inconvenient for the residents that live near the facility and discriminate against men.
"It is unfair to impose a stringent policy that inhibits students from using their own facility in order to further a useless policy that doesn't have any real effect," he said.
"I don't mind that Harvard is trying to give space to women and religious minorities, it's just that it seems that it's not making a real effort," Wells said. "Just one that is impractical and purely symbolic at the cost of people like myself."
Wells lives near the Quad, and said the response to and use of the women-only gym hours so far has been underwhelming.
Harvard freshman Kyle Harasimowicz said women-only gyms have been successful and women-only gym hours fill the same need.
"I guess as long as the time is divvied up fairly, there should be no issue," he said.
Boston University Islamic Society President Mohamed Serageldin said he thinks women-only gym hours would benefit Muslim women at BU.
"Because the FitRec is co-ed, a Muslim woman would most likely be compromising her modesty. He said modesty can be compromised on both the part of the man and the woman when physical action is involved."
BU's Fitness and Recreation Center facilities manager Alex Southall said FitRec's design easily accommodates sectioning off areas for groups.
"It depends on the arrangement with the particular group, so we aren't playing favorites with space, but the FitRec does have the capability to section off for special use," he said.
Wild Thing's comment........
Good Grief! If they can't blend in with our culture, they can go home. When is America going to wake up and stop all this PC BS. Isn’t this what happened in the UK....and the slowly Sharia Law is beginning to take over.
These pandering fools should be reminded THIS IS AMERICA. It is NOT a Muslim country. They came here to live, in our country. That means they abide by our rules, laws and customs. In other words, assimilate.
For a moment, let’s assume the a Christian organization asked Harvard University to prohibit women from using a University gym during certain hours so that men could have it for themselves. Their argument is that their religious feelings made co-ed work-outs uncomfortable for men. Do you think women’s groups at Harvard would accede without protest and (2) that Harvard would grant the request? Not likely!
The thing is our freedoms and hard won rights are eroded in very small increments, and that the strategy of Islamists and their sympathizers is to do just that!!
February 27, 2008
William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)
William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82
"Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security. "
~ William F. Buckley, Jr.
William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.
Mr Buckley, 82, suffered from diabetes and emphysema, his son Christopher said, although the exact cause of death was not immediately known. He was found at his desk in the study of his home, his son said. “He might have been working on a column,” Mr. Buckley said.
Mr. Buckley’s winningly capricious personality, replete with ten-dollar words and a darting tongue writers loved to compare with an anteater’s, hosted one of television’s longest-running programs, “Firing Line,” and founded and shepherded the influential conservative magazine, National Review.
He also found time to write more than 45 books, ranging from sailing odysseys to spy novels to celebrations of his own dashing daily life, and edit five more.
The more than 4.5 million words of his 5,600 biweekly newspaper columns, “On the Right,” would fill 45 more medium-sized books.
Mr. Buckley’s greatest achievement was making conservatism — not just electoral Republicanism, but conservatism as a system of ideas — respectable in liberal post-World War II America. He mobilized the young enthusiasts who helped nominate Barry Goldwater in 1964, and saw his dreams fulfilled when Reagan and the Bushes captured the Oval Office.
To Mr. Buckley’s enormous delight, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the historian, termed him “the scourge of liberalism.”
In remarks at National Review’s 30th anniversary in 1985, President Reagan joked that he picked up his first issue of the magazine in a plain brown wrapper and still anxiously awaited his biweekly edition — “without the wrapper.”
“You didn’t just part the Red Sea — you rolled it back, dried it up and left exposed, for all the world to see, the naked desert that is statism,” Mr. Reagan said.
“And then, as if that weren’t enough,” the president continued, “you gave the world something different, something in its weariness it desperately needed, the sound of laughter and the sight of the rich, green uplands of freedom.”
The liberal advance had begun with the New Deal, and so accelerated in the next generation that Lionel Trilling, one of America’s leading intellectuals, wrote in 1950:
“In the United States at this time liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition. For it is the plain fact that there are no conservative or reactionary ideas in general circulation.”
Mr. Buckley declared war on this liberal order, beginning with his blistering assault on Yale as a traitorous den of atheistic collectivism immediately after his graduation (with honors) from the university.
“All great biblical stories begin with Genesis,” George Will wrote in the National Review in 1980. “And before there was Ronald Reagan, there was Barry Goldwater, and before there was Barry Goldwater there was National Review, and before there was National Review there was Bill Buckley with a spark in his mind, and the spark in 1980 has become a conflagration.”
Mr. Buckley weaved the tapestry of what became the new American conservatism from libertarian writers like Max Eastman, free market economists like Milton Friedman, traditionalist scholars like Russell Kirk and anti-Communist writers like Whittaker Chambers. But the persuasiveness of his argument hinged not on these perhaps arcane sources, but on his own tightly argued case for a conservatism based on the national interest and a higher morality.
His most receptive audience became young conservatives first energized by Barry Goldwater’s emergence at the Republican convention in 1960 as the right-wing alternative to Nixon. Some met in Sept., 1960, at Mr. Buckley’s Connecticut estate to form Young Americans for Freedom. Their numbers — and influence — grew.
Nicholas Lemann observed in Washington Monthly in 1988 that during the Reagan administration “the 5,000 middle-level officials, journalists and policy intellectuals that it takes to run a government” were “deeply influenced by Buckley’s example.” He suggested that neither moderate Washington insiders nor “Ed Meese-style provincial conservatives” could have pulled off the Reagan tax cut and other reforms.
MORE of article HERE
Wild Thing's comment........
This is truly a loss for our society and our Country. Mr. Buckley was one of the most intelligent and erudite defenders of conservative philosophy. Rest in peace Mr Buckley, you will be sorely missed.
He's the guy that got me thru the 60's and 70's when every other political pundit seemed, well, obviously insane. For about 30 years, he carried the conservative movement on his broad shoulders.
Things don't look really good for conservatism now. But compared to when he wrote "God and Man at Yale," we are light years further along--largely because of his efforts. He had the courage to stand up and be the ONLY non-big-government, non-Keynesian in the room and to do it with wit and charm. And, the courage to keep doing it for years on end.
The Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain.
Feds Find 22 Criminal Illegal Aliens In Syracuse (including from Iran and Iraq)
Feds find 22 criminal, fugitive aliens in Syracuse
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 52 criminal and fugitive aliens as part of a four-day, six-state operation - including arrests in Syracuse and Binghamton.
The operation ended Monday. Across the six states, officials made 225 total arrests. Buffalo-based enforcement officials focused their operation in Syracuse and Binghamton, making 22 and 30 arrests, respectively, officials said.
"Fugitive aliens" are illegal aliens who fail to leave the country after having been ordered to do so by a federal immigration judge.
The multi-day operation took place in New York, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri. The Syracuse arrests included a man with a conviction for aggravated assault for stabbing a man during a fight and an individual who is a registered sex offender and has a conviction for third-degree rape, officials said.
The aliens arrested came from the following countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Trinidad, officials said.
Wild Thing's comment........
Maybe they can deliever them to the front door of Bush, Kennedy and all the others wanting to cater to the illegals. sheesh Let them be in their backyard instead of the good people in Buffalo and other places.
Black Hillary Supporters May Be Receiving Death Threats
Black Hillary Supporters May Be Receiving Death Threats
By Marc Sheppard
There's mounting evidence that at least some of Obama's faithful intend to see a black American president sworn in next year -- no matter what it takes.
Earlier this month, popular black author and talk-show host Tavis Smiley disclosed death threats he'd received from those accusing him of blasphemy against their black prophet. Then, at Saturday's Smiley-hosted State of the Black Union forum, Congressional Black Caucus member Stephanie Tubbs Jones lent credence to Smiley's claim by suggesting that many black elected officials not swearing allegiance to Obama have also been the target of violent threats.
While widely ignored by the mainstream media, the implications here are nothing short of momentous. The very prospect of physical intimidation as a means of garnering political compliance from Americans awakens frightening images of the thuggish antics of one William M "Boss" Tweed in mid-nineteenth century New York. Having survived the 2000 election debacle without even the threat of bloodshed, would some now have us back on the road to the iniquitous days of Tammany Hall?
Not surprisingly, no one in the black community has come forward with specific complaints. But here's what we do know.
For nine years running, Smiley has hosted the annual symposium of black college professors, politicians, activists, and entertainers during Black History Month discussing matters of concern to those whose heritage the month honors. This year, Barack Obama declined an invitation -- accepted by Clinton -- to address the panel of black dignitaries in New Orleans. The Illinois senator and presidential hopeful's unexpected rejection prompted a disappointed Smiley to blast the decision as a "major mistake," and that's when the trouble allegedly began.
The perceived racial apostasy apparently sparked not only thousands of angry emails labeling Smiley as a "hater, sellout and traitor," but also the relentless harassment of his entire family. And, while he has yet to elaborate, Smiley has also mentioned the matter of death threats - levied for the mere suggestion that the mighty Obama had somehow erred.
Needless to say, this newfound esteem wouldn't help sell standing room tickets to Saturday's historically well-attended seminar.
DC congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Ohio Democrat spoke with equal earnest of a darker truth hanging over black Clinton supporters:
"There are some black elected officials who have earned their stripes, who've had to change their phone numbers two or three times because of the calls being made to them about the positions they are taking in this election. Shame on us. Shame on us. That we would beat down black elected officials who've paid their duty and their time.
"I'm saying to you that I don't care what happens, I'm for Hillary, someone else is for Barack Obama, but we're going to stand up - the black caucus is the conscience of the nation and we're going to stand up and do our thing no matter what happens."
Louisiana State Senator Cleo Fields was so distressed by the very thought as to warn that he would:
"be disappointed and would be ready to fight if somebody raised a finger at this sister [Tubbs] who had worked so hard for so long and had been representing black people better than most people could ever dream of."
It was then that Tavis Smiley, himself, grasped the opportunity to address his own first hand experience of this darker side of Obamamania, the one we've previously explored with much concern:
"Some folk [are] getting death threats because of the emotionality and the excitement and the lack of wise enthusiasm that we see rampant in our community.... How can we have a conversation about this campaign or any other issue where we are divided in the community without the kind of name calling, the hater talk, the traitor talk; the sell out talk? .... How do we have a civil, loving dialogue when there is a divide in our community?"
But in the shadow of possible death threats waged against blacks for even speaking against Obama -- I have a much better one.
Marc Sheppard is a frequent contributor to American Thinker.
Wild Thing's comment........
Going even further then this story, I would imagine if Obama does not win there will be a certain amount of backlash as well. Some of these people for Obama are obviously not well the way they are worshiping him, fainting, turning his rallies and speaking engagements into some kind of cult experience.
There is something I have realized, I never knew it before. I listen to a lot of talk radio and on several of the shows they were talking about the speech that Michelle Obama had made. The one about it being the first time as an adult she is proud of America / to be an American.
The hosts of the various shows asked callers if they felt the same way. Each one that was calling and voting for Obama said basically the exact same thing. They feel the same way that Michelle Obama said she felt. When asked by the talk show host " but what about Condi Rice and Clarence Thomas they are also black." The callers would say ( and these were blacks calling in,) they all said NO that Condi and Clarence Thomas were only like them as far as skin color but they" were negro's not blacks" and they ( Condi and Clarence etc.) only cared about themselves that they were selfish people.
The callers were then asked if these people were liberals, Democrats would it make them black then and the callers every one of them said yes.
Amazing! I am uncomfortable with so much hate I just don't understand it at all. How can a person live in the greatest country in the world and not be proud of America and being an American.
"Dividing Israel doesn't make me anti-Israel" ` B.Hussein Obama
Obama: Dividing Israel doesn't make me anti-Israel
US presidential hopeful Barrack Obama on Sunday insisted that just because he tends to side with those who advocate dividing the Land of Israel as the most viable path to peace does not mean that he is an enemy of the Jewish state.
Speaking to Jewish leaders in Cleveland, the Illinois senator complained that "there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you're anti-Israel."
Israel's opposition Likud Party and its supporters promote minimal or no territorial compromises in the quest for peace with an Arab world that has tried to militarily destroy the Jewish state at least three different times.
But, according to Obama, backing the Jews' biblical, historical and legal claim to all of the land in question "can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel."
Nor can supporting the view that only by defeating its Islamic foes can Israel enjoy any semblence of peace and security, continued the Democratic frontrunner.
As his popularity grows, Mr. Obama has come under scathing attack from supporters of the Jewish state for turning to advisors who have in the past expressed anti-Israel opinions.
Wild Thing's comment........
B.Hussein Obama may not be the anti-Christ but he is close enough! God have mercy on Israel and on America if he becomes President.
But, according to Obama, backing the Jews' biblical, historical and legal claim to all of the land in question "can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel."
Translation: I would divide Jerusalem and force Jews to leave their homes in Judea and Samaria.
Nor can supporting the view that only by defeating its Islamic foes can Israel enjoy any semblence of peace and security, continued the Democratic frontrunner.
Translation: I would force Israel to give up its nukes, and take away most or all of the weapons the US gives to Israel.
Here is how Mohammed wants to divide the Jew:
Sura (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement"
Sura (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"
Bukhari (52:177) - Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."
Tabari 7:97 The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, "Kill any Jew who falls under your power."
We ask and they respond
They give up everything.
Attacked by demonstrators.
Attacked by media.
Vilified by spurious claims.
Crucified at every turn.
Why do they do it?
It's because they truly are
The best of us.
Let us all remember that the next time we read the headlines that say otherwise.
February 26, 2008
Woman in Pantsuit and Man in Turbin aka Democrat Debate Tonight
Democratic debate tonight face off between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama
Time: 2100 EST - 2230 EST
Location: Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH
More information: NBC’s Brian Williams will moderate and be joined by "Meet the Press" moderator and NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert. It will be streamed live on msnbc.com.
Wild Thing's comment........
LOL this should be good. The last time Tim Russert who does not like Hillary did the debate it moved a lot faster and had more life to it then most debates.
Vietnam Veteran Back In War Zone
CAMP WRIGHT, Afghanistan
Shot down over Vietnam on his first tour of duty in 1972, 1st Sgt. James Spears is back in the U.S. Army — one of hundreds of retired soldiers whom the Pentagon has ordered to suit up and serve the nation once more.
"If you cut me, I"d probably bleed Army green, but this is definitely my last deployment" said the 54-year-old veteran, who is better known to his fellow soldiers as "Grumpy."
Sgt. Spears said he did not expect to end up in a war zone dodging bullets and rockets, and that such business should be the work of younger warriors.
Retired in 1995 after 24 years in the Army, Sgt. Spears felt the call of duty after watching the World Trade Center's Twin Towers crumble in 2001 and picked up the phone just to let the Army know he was there if he was ever needed.
"I guess they put my name on a list somewhere, but, for the life of me, I didn't really expect them to call me back to service," he said. But in 2005, the Defense Department rang his home number in Daleville, Ala.
"A Pentagon colonel told me that I could come back now or, if I did not act then, she wouldn't give me a choice as to where I was deployed." With mixed feelings, Sgt. Spears called her back an hour later.
Now, while he often longs for the golf course, Sgt. Spears finds himself in a mentoring role to some 80 soldiers, struggling to keep them working together smoothly.
As the "human resources manager" for NATO and the Army"s 173rd Airborne Brigade"s Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kunar Province, Sgt. Spears keeps the soldiers in line with stentorian growls across the mess hall and quiet, reassuring chats in his quarters.
Just knowing there is a veteran of the Vietnam War, a far bloodier conflict than those being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, is reassuring to some of the young soldiers who seek his advice.
But Sgt. Spears said he worries as would a father about the strains caused by the lengthy military deployments in both theaters.
"In general, we have excellent morale, but the Army is definitely overstretched and undermanned here in Afghanistan," he said. "I'm really afraid that some guys and girls will snap. I've seen it already — people with severe combat-related stress."
Sgt. Spears has two sons who joined the Army and one who served two tours as a helicopter crew chief in Iraq.
He said his wife of 32 years, Sherry, had only one piece of advice for him when he deployed last year: "Keep your head down, Grumpy."
A soldier's life hasn't changed much since Vietnam, but there aren't any easy comparisons between the two wars, Sgt. Spears said.
"I'm not sure this is an ideologically driven war in the respect that Vietnam was pretty much communism against capitalism," he said. "But even there, you had an enemy that would show their face and occasionally fight in real uniforms."
Sgt. Spears pointed toward a ridgeline and noted that Kunar province sits across only a couple of mountain ridges from Pakistan, where the September 11, 2001, mastermind, Osama bin Laden, is thought to be hiding.
"I can't tell you why they haven't caught him with all their gee-whiz toys," he said. "But I don't believe in conspiracies either, like we have him in a box somewhere."
Wild Thing's comment........
I love the stogy!
Thank you Sgt. Spears and all the other Military, even just one of them is worth more than the 534 dummies in Congress.
The Left Offers Obama a Strategy...But LOOK Who It is?
Tom Hayden,'60's icon, Leader of the student movement, the anti-war movement and activist in the civil rights movement seen here after arriving in Castlegar July 6, 2006 where he'll speak at the "Our Way Home Reuion" conference being held in Castlgar, B.C.
The Left Offers Obama a Strategy
What is Barack Obama’s foreign policy? As it becomes clear that Obama is likely to win the Democratic nomination, both Hillary Clinton and John McCain are attacking him for a lack of foreign policy experience and for proposals he has made that appear to make him appear rather naïve. Is he going to retreat from confronting our nation’s enemies, or is he going to be tough when he has to be? What advice will he heed? Now, he has been offered advice for his campaign by none other than Tom Hayden, once the young lion of the New Left and the anti-Vietnam War movement.
Tom Hayden is, of course, no longer a major public figure with great influence. His words, however, resonate with scores of activists as well as liberal intellectuals, who will take them to heart and seek to up the ante on the Obama campaign. Hayden, who clearly views Iraq as another Vietnam, is seeking to move Obama to adopt the prescriptions of the most left-wing sectors of the Democratic Party constituency.
Pointing to Obama’s victory speech in Houston last week, Hayden has noted that Obama has shifted his position, to one of calling for withdrawal of all American troops in the first year of his administration, not over a lengthier time span. Does Obama mean it? Hayden has one suggestion: the Left and antiwar forces must hold Obama to his word. More importantly, he argues that sentiment among Obama’s base “is running strongly enough to push the candidate forward to a stronger commitment,” strong enough to move him away from the words in his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope, in which Obama wrote that a complete withdrawal was a matter of “imperfect judgment” and “best guesses.”
It is clear from Mr. Hayden that his supposition - and that of the Left he represents - (his comments appear in The Nation magazine website) believe that the United States should not be involved on a “so-called war on terrorism,” a phony concept developed by evil and strong neoconservatives who falsely believe there is something called “Islamofascism.” Obviously believing that there is not such force in the world, he argues that its advocates, including Senator John McCain, favor a “permanent war against Muslim radicals” that is really about one thing: “American access to oil.”
What worries Mr. Hayden is that in a contest between McCain and Obama, John McCain’s war record, combined with his Senate experience, makes him a “formidable” advocate of tough steps to protect American national security, something Mr. Hayden sees as a danger to the antiwar movement. His own prescription for withdrawal of troops are thus threatened by General Petraeus’ forthcoming April testimony before Congress, in which it is expected he will report on the favorable outcome of the surge, and urge the nation to stay the course.
Mr. Hayden thus sees Petraeus not as a honest soldier reporting the truth of what he has accomplished, but as a “de facto surrogate for McCain” that will force Barack Obama to have to respond without retreating from his promise of early withdrawal. He says, rightfully, that those he dubs the neoconservative opposition will oppose Obama by challenging him for wanting “to pull the plug on Iraq just when the tide is turning.” And why shouldn’t McCain do just that? Does Mr. Hayden think that the United States, should in fact, pull the plug precisely when the situation in Iraq is improving?
Ironically, Mr. Hayden condemns William Kristol for arguing in the pages of the New York Times and The Weekly Standard that the Democratic Party has become “the puppet of the antiwar groups.” Clearly, Mr. Kristol may have been premature. Mr. Hayden seems to want now to prove Kristol both prescient and right. Mr. Hayden fears that all of this will lead to McCain successfully forging a new center-Right coalition, leaving the Democrats only with the moderate and antiwar left-wing. The Republicans will have, he notes, the aid of Senator Joe Lieberman working as an ally who would also make inroads among the Jewish community.
Nevertheless, Tom Hayden is optimistic. He believes Americans will also see Afghanistan as a quagmire not susceptible to a military solution; Pakistanis showing they do not want to be pawns in an American war, and that a fight with the Taliban or al-Qaeda is nothing but a “bottomless battle.” His fear: that Obama will ignore all this, and seek to “prove his credentials as a militarist or face being painted as another Democrat too weak to be Commander-in-Chief.” His solution: the forces of the Left and the peace movement wage “open political and intellectual battle” against “the neoconservative agenda.”
Should Barack Obama listen to the Left’s advice, he will only push the Democratic Party back to the age of McGovernite isolationism, and contrary to the assertion of Tom Hayden, make the campaign much easier for John McCain. If the Democrats hope to actually win the presidency, the worst thing they could do is to take advice from Tom Hayden.
Wild Thing's comment.......
OMG Tom Hayden can we never get rid of that vile hippie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not kidding, God Help us!! Tom Hayden the hihppie from the 60's, and he has never changed from back then. He is the ex husband of Jane Fonda and they used to do tons of anti-war rallies together during the Vietnam War.
The left wants to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! Obama;'s foreign policy will be Carter-style appeasement...on steroids!!
...Thank you Mark for sending this.
Update On Nubs, the Iraq war dog
Nubs, the Iraq war dog, arrives at his new home
Friends will care for mutt until Marine buddy returns
By Michael Stetz
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
February 23, 2008
EARNIE GRAFTON / Union-Tribune
**** If you go to THIS LINK there is a wonderful video of Nubs on his arrival it is GREAT! ....it is just a tiny bit down the page from the top.
Marine Capt. Eric Sjoberg and his wife, Chrissy, greeted Nubs at Lindberg Field. They will be looking after the German shepherd/border collie mix for Maj. Brian Dennis.
Nubs wasted no time melting hearts. Big, tough Marines said things like, “Oooohhh,” and gently stroked his fur as they cradled him.
Reporters and camera crews swarmed around him. The German shepherd/border collie mix was sweet, gentle and a little on the scrawny side when he arrived at Lindbergh Field in San Diego yesterday evening. But he should gain a few pounds now that he'll be fed regularly.
Life in Iraq can be tough on a dog. Count Nubs among the luckiest. He got out thanks to a San Diego-based Marine, Maj. Brian Dennis, who befriended him and then had him flown home.
“It's amazing, he's finally home,” said Capt. Eric Sjoberg, who's going to care for Nubs with his wife Chrissy until Dennis, a Marine buddy, returns from Iraq in the spring.
Nubs licked Sjoberg's face. He panted patiently as cameras filmed and snapped pictures.
“You're seeing first-hand why the guys over there fell in love with him,” Sjoberg said.
Nubs is about 2. When young, his ears were slashed off because an Iraqi thought that would make him tough and alert. That's why Dennis named him Nubs. That's all he had left of his ears. And that was hardly Nubs' worst moment. Once, he was stabbed with a screwdriver. Dennis patched him up as best he could, but didn't think Nubs would make it. The wound was deep. He slept with him that night to keep him warm as temperatures dipped to 18 degrees.
Dennis fell for the dog hard. The e-mails he sent to friends spoke of his life in Iraq and they always seemed to mention this tough little dog, said Maj. Chris Collins, his roommate in San Diego.
“It seemed that something bad would always happen,” Collins said. “He'd get into a fight or something. Nubs was always in bad shape. ” Dennis, who is based at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, is serving along the border between Iraq and Syria, where he is helping to train Iraqis. It's rough terrain. Nubs and other dogs lived in an old Iraqi fort and survived on food scraps. Nubs ran wild. He had no owner, no home, no collar, nobody to play fetch with, no one to bring a slipper to, no Alpo, nobody to scratch behind his ear. No name, even, until Dennis came along.
But even Dennis didn't think the relationship would last. He's in a war zone, after all. When Dennis and his team were ordered to move 70 miles away, he figured life with Nubs was over. It wasn't. Nubs somehow tracked the Marines to their new location, showing up two days after they did. Dennis was amazed. How'd he do it? He was convinced then that he couldn't leave this dog behind. He couldn't keep him in Iraq, of course. It's against the rules.
So he wrote home, saying he wanted to take Nubs back to the U.S. “We thought he was crazy. We didn't think it was possible,” Sjoberg said. Friends rallied, raising more than $3,500, and the wheels were put in motion. Yesterday, after a couple stops along the way, Nubs came home. And soon he'll be frolicking in the sands of a local dog beach, far away from the stark desert sands of Iraq.
Wild Thing's comment........
I am soooooo happy about this, Nubs arrived safely and will be taken good care off. Now I can hardly wait for Maj. Brian Dennis to get home to his pal Nubs.
Previous post about Nubs and Maj.Brian Dennis.
Preview Of The Coming Democrat Convention? ~ Yikes
Clintonite Stabs Obama Supporter
Cops: Man assaulted brother-in-law during political argument
Meet Jose Antonio Ortiz. The Pennsylvania man allegedly stabbed his brother-in-law in the stomach after the pair quarreled about their respective support of Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. According to cops, Ortiz, 28, stabbed Sean Shurelds last Thursday night in the kitchen of an Upper Providence Township home.
According to a criminal complaint, a copy of which you'll find here, the 41-year-old Shurelds, an Obama supporter, told Ortiz that the Illinois senator was "trashing" Clinton (apparently in regard to recent primary and caucus results). Ortiz, a Clinton supporter, replied that "Obama was not a realist." While not exactly fighting words, the verbal political tiff led to some mutual choking and punching. And, allegedly, a stabbing in the abdomen. Ortiz, pictured in the mug shot below, was charged with a felony aggravated assault count and two misdemeanors and jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail. Shurelds was flown to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition.
Wild Thing's comment.......
It's the knives I tell you, they must be outlawed. LOL I thought all Democrats are about kumbaya and understanding, hope and change.
I wonder if we will be seeing more of this stupid kind of thing.
Hillary's people have not been too happy lately either:
Somber Clinton Soldiers On as the Horizon Darkens ....article is two pages and has other information about what is going on inside her campagin.
There is a widespread feeling among donors and some advisers, though, that a comeback this time may be improbable. Her advisers said internal polls showed a very tough race to win the Texas primary — a contest that no less than Mr. Clinton has said is a “must win.” And while advisers are drawing some hope from Mrs. Clinton’s indefatigable nature, some are burning out.
Morale is low. After 13 months of dawn-to-dark seven-day weeks, the staff is exhausted. Some have taken to going home early — 9 p.m. — turning off their BlackBerrys, and polishing off bottles of wine, several senior staff members said.
Some advisers have been heard yelling at close friends and colleagues. In a much-reported incident, Mr. Penn and the campaign advertising chief, Mandy Grunwald, had a screaming match over strategy recently that prompted another senior aide, Guy Cecil, to leave the room. “I have work to do — you’re acting like kids,” Mr. Cecil said, according to three people in the room.
Others have taken several days off, despite it being crunch time. Some have grown depressed, be it over Mr. Obama’s momentum, the attacks on the campaign’s management from outside critics or their view that the news media has been much rougher on Mrs. Clinton than on Mr. Obama.
And some of her major fund-raisers have begun playing down their roles, asking reporters to refer to them simply as “donors,” to try to rein in their image as unfailingly loyal to the Clintons.
Some Facts About Barack Hussein Obama
Wild Thing's comment........
As time goes by I think more and more informartion will be coming out about this couple. His followers (and that is what it feels like when we see the crowds swaying and raising their arms in the air and chanting ) obviously don't care to know the truth.
February 25, 2008
Democrat President Wanna Be Dressed As A Somali Elder
"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is dressed in Muslim attire while on a trip to Kenya"
Source for Photo was taken during Obama’s 2006 taxpayer-funded trip to Africa. U.S. Senator Barack Obama, is dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.
Obama Camp Furious at Photo Release
A two-year-old picture of Barack Obama dressed in traditional Somali garb has sparked a new war of words between the Democratic presidential front-runner and rival Hillary Clinton, whose aides say they can’t confirm or deny whether her camp is the source of the photo.
The photograph shows the Illinois senator outfitted as a Somali elder during his 2006 visit to northeastern Kenya, part of a five-country tour of Africa. It appeared at the top of Monday’s Drudge Report, and was said to have been provided by Clinton staffers over the weekend.
Now both campaigns are suggesting that the other should feel some sort of shame over the flap. According to Obama aides, the Clinton campaign is sinking to “shameful fear-mongering.” Clinton’s campaign chief retorted that she can’t figure out why Obama would be “ashamed” of having the photo out in the public.
While the source of the photo is unverified, Drudge claims it was sent to the site by a Clinton aide, who argued that had it been a costumed Clinton, it would have made the front pages.
“Wouldn’t we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC,” shorthand for the candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, wrote the unnamed Clinton campaign staffer, according to the Drudge Report.
Expressing outrage, Obama’s campaign suggested the purpose of the photo release was to invoke reminders of persistent rumors that Obama is secretly Muslim, and by extension, anti-American.
“On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said.
“This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,” Plouffe continued.
A longtime member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama, who as a child lived for four years in Indonesia, has repeatedly denied that he is Muslim. Previous attacks have been decried by both candidates, and one Clinton campaign volunteer was asked to step down after forwarding an e-mail spreading the Muslim rumor.
But seeing an opportunity to refute the Obama camp’s outrage, Clinton campaign Manager Maggie Williams turned the perceived prejudice on its head.
”If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely,” Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams said in a statement.
“This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry. We will not be distracted,” she said.
Indeed, the New York senator, her husband, Bill Clinton, and other past presidents have all been photographed in traditional costume while visiting nations abroad.
Wild Thing's comment.......
LOL Hey Obama if you are offended they I ask WHY? Lots of President's and even their wives have dressed like the customs of other countries when visiting. Your being angry just may have more behind it then YOU Obama want to admit.....like maybe how you want to protect the image of Islam???? Just a thought!
A little note from me to those lurking that are going to vote for Obama:
You need to consider who Obama is loyal to. He was born a muslim, his father a Kenyan. He lived in Indonesia with his step father, a muslim. He became a Christian at age 28, joining a church to help him as a ‘community activist’. I question whether this is the best person to lead our military during a time of war against Islam. Considering that his views are 100% in alignment with the enemy ....US weakness, retreat, appeasement...it is undoubtedly an issue, and one that many Americans should consider heavily this fall.
.....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
Frightning 52 Seconds Why Obama Will Be Dangerous If He Wins The Election
Wild Thing's comment........
He should never be elected at all but we have a mighty big apathetic population. This guy freaks me out in so many ways. He really is dangerous to our country.
Facilitator of Intelligence and Suicide Operations For Al-Qaida Sent To 72 Virgins
Al-Qaida in Iraq Intelligence and Suicide Operations Facilitator Killed
A terrorist killed during an operation Feb. 17 has been positively identified as Abu Karrar.
Karrar, also known as Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir, was a senior intelligence leader involved in the al-Qaida in Iraq network in Baqouba. He was also a terrorist facilitator for the suicide bombing network in the Diyala River Valley region, which conducts attacks in Baghdad, to include attacks by female suicide bombers. Reports indicate the network has been disrupted by recent successful Coalition operations in the area.
Karrar was killed when Coalition forces conducted an operation near Khan Bani Sad Sunday afternoon. As Coalition forces arrived in the target area, they observed Karrar and another suspect fleeing their vehicle. Karrar brandished a weapon with the perceived intent to fire on Coalition forces. The assault force engaged, killing both men. Coalition forces discovered an AK-47 and ammunition in the vehicle, and they destroyed the vehicle to prevent further use for terrorist activity.
“Iraqi and Coalition forces will relentlessly pursue terrorist leaders, like Abu Karrar, who plan al-Qaida’s indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Another good news day for our troops! I guess we better whisper about this so Pelosi, Reid, Murtha, Kerry etc. don't get upset.......NOT! haahahahahha
B. Hussein Obama Has Calypso Louie's Endorsement
Farrakhan praises Obama at Saviours' Day event in Chicago
In his first major public address since recovering from complications due to cancer, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better.
Farrakhan and his family have a farm in New Buffalo Township in southwestern Michigan's Berrien County.
Farrakhan, addressing an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the annual Saviours' Day celebration, never outrightly endorsed Obama but spent the majority of the nearly two-hour speech praising the Illinois senator.
"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
Farrakhan compared Obama to the religion's founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had a white mother and black father.
"A black man with a white mother became a savior to us," he told the crowd of mostly followers dressed in Nation of Islam attire including long white suits and matching head scarfs for women and navy-colored uniforms with caps for men. "A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall."
Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, "Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan's past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister's support."
More form the article......
Farrakhan also leveled small jabs at Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination, suggesting that she represents the politics of the past and has been engaging in dirty politics.
Farrakhan's keynote address at McCormick Place, the city's convention center, wrapped up three days of events geared at unifying followers and targeting youth.
Wild Thing's comment........
Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, "Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan's past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister's support."
Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah White, of Obama’s racist Trinity Church of Christ, is a good friend of Farrakhan.
I don't care what his campaign spokesman says, if a person does not want to be associated with the likes of Farrakhan he would not only distance himself from that person but certainly make a statement that he does not have the same beliefs. But then Obama can't and won't do that either with his ( Obama's) stupid church that preaches hate of whites, Jews and Israel.
To Code Pink and Other American Hating Monsters
Move America Forward Fights Berkeley Council
Move America Forward is proud to unveil our brand-new TV ad that fights back against the Berkeley City Council's campaign against our military.
We, the undersigned condemn the Berkeley City Council’s treasonous attack on US Marine Recruiters stationed in their city. We ask that Congress cut off funds from any and all municipal entity within the confines of the city of Berkeley, California, until such time as the city council withdraws it’s action.
The City Council has voted to tell the Marines their downtown recruiting station is not welcome and “if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome guests.”
The measure passed last week by a vote of 8-1.
The council also voted to explore enforcing a city anti-discrimination law, focusing on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
In a separate item, the council voted, also 8-1, to give the Marxist protest group Code Pink a parking space in front of the recruiting office once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week.
Wild Thing's comment.......
I am so glad Move America Forward has done this ad. Anyway we can fight back is a good thing.
....Thank you SSgt. Steve for sending this to me.
Fidel's Brother Raul Castro Becomes Cuba's Leader
Cuba's acting President Raul Castro holds his vote before casting it, to elect the president of Cuba's National Assembly in Havana, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008
Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president on Sunday, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel but leaving the island's communist system unshaken.
In a surprise move, officials bypassed younger candidates to name a 77-year-old revolutionary leader, Jose Ramon Machado, to Cuba's No. 2 spot — apparently assuring the old guard that no significant political changes will be made soon.
The retirement of the ailing 81-year-old president caps a career in which he frustrated efforts by 10 U.S. presidents to oust him.
Raul Castro stressed that his brother remains "commander in chief" even if he is not president and proposed to consult with Fidel on all major decisions of state — a motion approved by acclamation.
Though the succession was not likely to bring a major shift in the communist government policies that have put Cuba at odds with the United States, many Cubans were hoping it would open the door to modest economic reforms that might improve their daily lives.
In his first speech as president, Raul Castro suggested that the Communist Party as a whole would take over the role long held by Fidel, who formally remains its leader. The new president said the nation's sole legal party "is the directing and superior force of society and the state."
"This conviction has particular importance when because the founding and forging generation of the revolution is disappearing," Raul Castro added.
The U.S. has said the change from one Castro to another would not be significant, calling it a "transfer of authority and power from dictator to dictator light."
Wild Thing's comment........
I doubt Cuba will change at all now or anytime in the future. All they do is pass the baton from one commie to the other.
February 24, 2008
Ralph Nader Enters The Presidential Race ~ Welcome heh heh
In this photograph provided by 'Meet the Press,' Ralph Nader appears on 'Meet the Press'' Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at the NBC studios in Washington. Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will 'shift the power from the few to the many.'
(AP Photo/Meet The Press, Alex Wong)
Nader announces new bid for White House
Ralph Nader said Sunday he will run for president as a third-party candidate, criticizing the top White House contenders as too close to big business and pledging to repeat a bid that will "shift the power from the few to the many."
Nader, 73, said most people are disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties due to a prolonged Iraq war and a shaky economy. The consumer advocate also blamed tax and other corporate-friendly policies under the Bush administration that he said have left many lower- and middle-class people in debt.
"You take that framework of people feeling locked out, shut out, marginalized and disrespected," he said. "You go from Iraq, to Palestine to Israel, from Enron to Wall Street, from Katrina to the bumbling of the Bush administration, to the complicity of the Democrats in not stopping him on the war, stopping him on the tax cuts."
"In that context, I have decided to run for president," Nader told NBC's "Meet the Press."
Nader also criticized Republican candidate John McCain and Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for failing to support full Medicare for all or cracking down on Pentagon waste and a "bloated military budget. He blamed that on corporate lobbyists and special interests, which he said dominate Washington, D.C., and pledged in his third-party campaign to accept donations only from individuals.
"The issue is do they have the moral courage, do they have the fortitude to stand up to corporate powers and get things done for the American people," Nader said. "We have to shift the power from the few to the many."
Nader also ran as a third-party candidate in 2000 and 2004, and many Democrats still accuse him of costing Al Gore the 2000 election.
Obama, responding Saturday to Nader's earlier criticisms that he lacked "substance," praised Nader as a "heroic figure."
"In many ways he is a heroic figure and I don't mean to diminish him. But I do think there is a sense now that if somebody is not hewing to the Ralph Nader agenda, then you must be lacking in some way," Obama said.
Clinton called Nader's announcement a "passing fancy" and said she hoped his candidacy wouldn't hurt the Democratic nominee.
"Obviously, it's not helpful to whomever our Democratic nominee is. But it's a free country," she told reporters as she flew to Rhode Island for campaign events.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, speaking shortly before Nader's announcement, said Nader's past runs have shown that he usually pulls votes from the Democrat. "So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race," the former Arkansas governor said on CNN.
Nader vociferously disputes the spoiler claim, saying only Democrats are to blame for losing the race to George W. Bush. He said Sunday there could be no chance of him tipping the election to Republicans because the electorate will not vote for a "pro-war John McCain."
"If the Democrats can't landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form," Nader said.
Wild Thing's comment........
I’m SHOCKED, SHOCKED I tell ya........ hahahaha
I say let them all enter! Maybe even Bloomberg will enter too. hahaha The Democrats don't like Nader, so this will just add to the mix.
Huckabee Overstays Welcome On Saturday Night Live
Huckabee Lingers on the Set of 'SNL'
Even though Mike Huckabee is still battling for the Republican presidential nomination despite long odds, he said Saturday he won't "overstay his welcome." Then he did precisely that, lingering on the "Weekend Update" set of "Saturday Night Live" despite repeated cues to leave the stage.
The former Arkansas governor appeared in a "Weekend Update" segment in which he described his confusion over whether it is mathematically impossible for him to win the nomination over front-runner John McCain. After anchorman Seth Meyers explained the numbers, Huckabee responded: "I'm not a math guy, I'm more of a miracle guy. So at this point I'm gonna focus on the miracle part."
However, he said: "Mike Huckabee does not overstay his welcome. When it's time for me to go, I'll know. And I'll exit out with class and grace."
Then he remained seated at the "Update" desk even though Meyers made it clear it was time for him to leave.
SNL," known for its political humor, has been on the sidelines for nearly four months because of the Writers Guild of America strike. The political landscape has changed a great deal since then, with easy targets for the show's satire, like Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, dropping out of the Republican race, and Barack Obama overtaking Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Democratic side.
The last time NBC broadcast a new episode of "SNL," on Nov. 3, Obama played himself as a guest at a party thrown by Hillary and Bill Clinton. McCain hosted an episode of the show in 2002; Giuliani hosted in 1997, when he was mayor of New York City
Wild Thing's comment........
LOL oh dear me, Huckabee just can't understand his 15 minutes of fame are over and done. If he were Cinderella the slipper would still be lost, the coach outside would already have left and the Prince would have gone home long long ago. giggle
Cheney Gets Tough On Gun-grabbing Case
Vice President Dick Cheney took the unusual step Friday of joining with lawmakers in signing a Supreme Court brief that goes further in support of gun rights than the one submitted by the Bush administration.
Cheney Joins Supreme Court brief in challenge to D.C. handgun ban
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney took the unusual step Friday of joining with lawmakers in signing a Supreme Court brief that goes further in support of gun rights than the one submitted by the Bush administration.
The filings were made in a case that challenges the District of Columbia's ban on handguns. It was scheduled to be argued on March 18.
Both briefs argue that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own guns. However, the administration contends that too categorical a ruling could threaten other federal gun restrictions and wants the justices to send the case back to lower courts without deciding whether the handgun ban should fall.
Cheney joined more than 300 senators and representatives, led by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who want the court to rule that Washington's ban is unconstitutional.
"The vice president believes strongly in Second Amendment rights," Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said.
Seventeen Democratic lawmakers and District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton urged the court to uphold the ban.
Lawyers with long experience at the court could not recall another case in which a vice president took a position different from that of his own administration.
Wild Thing's comment........
Cheney has the conservative's back on this one. Bravo!
We have been waiting a lifetime to have the Surpreme Court affirm our Second Amendment rights. Now Bush's Solicitor General has argued against that affirmation.
Make no mistake about it, if even one gun is deemed to be able to be banned by municipalities across this nation, then those municipalities will be able to set their own scales as to what is deemed worthy of banning or not. It will be open season on weapons of all types, because of 'their inherent danger'.
I can't believe Bush sold us out on this one, but the man has.
This could be a very very damaging ruling by the Supreme Court, if it allows carve outs. It could essentially be the end of the right to own guns in our nation, all but a select few that will be essentially worthless to defend ourselves against what the criminals will have. And criminals will always have access to any gun they want.
RINOs will be the death of our rights and our nation. We must demand better, or we will wind up with much worse.
Cheney is 100 times the man that GWB could ever hope to be. And on waterboarding and Cneney.... Cheney:”Waterboarding? We use it. It works. Next”
Marine Sgt Daniel Gilyeat Get's Renovated Home
Daniel Gilyeat and his family are getting a renovated home from ABC's popular show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Gilyeat is a father and Marine who served two tours in Iraq. On his second tour, which he volunteered for, he was injured on a mission when a bomb struck his vehicle.
Gilyeat suffered serious injuries and lost his left leg above the knee. In addition, his marriage ended and he suddenly became a single father. But 25 days after losing his leg, Gilyeat was up and walking with a prosthetic leg and inspiring other wounded soldiers by visiting them in hospitals and speaking with their families.
Household chores were difficult for Gilyeat because the home was not handicap-accessible. The floors were uneven and the doors were too small to get through.
The work on the home was done in 7 days.
Some behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming episode that will aired Sunday, February 10, 2008.
"I have always been amazed by the spirit and motivation of Sgt Gilyeat. He is always a very firm and strong leader, but keeps himself approachable. This makes Daniel easy to like and easy follow, but you always know that you don't want to cross his path. Even when I was still a junior Marine finding my place in the unit, Sgt Gilyeat would find the time to talk with me and other new Marines and make up feel welcome, like we were part of the brotherhood. You can always see the gentleness in his eyes, but it's also easy to see that this is one guy who you want working with you, and not against you. I admire his rugged appreciation for all things Marine."
Sgt Daniel Gilyeat, Extreme Makeover Home Edition
'Makeover' Crews Add Flag Pole For Iraq Veteran
Veterans Help Build 'Makeover' House
Gilyeat Family Sees 'Extreme Makeover' House
Surprises Continue For Gilyeat Family
Wild Thing's comment.......
I have never seen this show but I am impressed how they support our troops like this. I tried to put the videos in some kind of order so you could get the feel of how this all came about.
If only our politicans could all be as supportive of our troops like we are learning how business's are, it would be so awesome.
February 23, 2008
Hillary Fires Back At B. Hussein Obama
Image is from the movie " Scarface", it is what came to my mind when I saw Hillary as she fired back at Obama today.
Hillary Clinton: "Shame on You, Barack Obama"
Today, Hillary Clinton aggressively went after Barack Obama, criticizing him for playing similar political games to Karl Rove and at one point saying, "Shame on you, Barack Obama."
Speaking to reporters following a rally at a community college here, Clinton slammed Obama and his campaign for distributing mailings to Ohio voters attacking Clinton’s universal health care plan and her position on NAFTA.
“Today in the crowd I was given two mailings that Senator Obama’s campaign is sending and I have to express my deep disappointment that he is continuing to send false and discredited mailings with information that is not true to the voters of Ohio. He says one thing in speeches and then he turns around does this,” Clinton said waiving the two mailings at the cameras.
“Just because Senator Obama chose not to present a universal health care plan does not give him the right to attack me because I did. So let’s have a real campaign. Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook, this is wrong and every Democrat should be outraged.”
“Everything in those mailers is completely accurate," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. "We look forward to having a debate this Tuesday on the facts, and the facts are that Senator Clinton was a supporter of NAFTA and the China permanent trade treaties until this campaign began. And she herself has said that under the Clinton health care plan, she would consider 'going after the wages' of Americans who don't purchase health insurance, whether they can afford it or not,” Burton continued.
Clinton’s tough tone and sharp words are a stark difference from her tone and appearance on a debate in Austin, Texas two days ago.
When asked about her new tone Clinton skirted the question going back to the mailings and attacking the Obama campaign for funding them.
“This election is about misleading, false and discredited attacks that interfere with voters being able to make an informed judgment,” she said.
“I am not going to stand here and see this campaign polluted by the kind of misleading, discredited and false attacks. We deserve better than that. He’s been called out on it, he has been contradicted on it, he knows better and here it is ‘Paid for by the Obama for America Campaign.’”
“So, shame on you Barack Obama. It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public, that’s what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio and let’s have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign.”
Earlier at the rally, she slammed President Bush, saying that under his presidency “the American people got shafted.”
She also suggested a parallel between Bush and her opponent Barack Obama, saying that talking "about change" doesn't necessarily translate into a successful presidency.
“You know people talk a lot about change in this election,” Clinton said.
”We have lived through some of the worst change anybody could imagine over the last 7 years. Do you think people voting in 2000 knew what they were getting? I don’t. People thought they were getting a compassionate conservative; and it turns out we got neither and we have lived with the consequences of those mistakes year after year after year.”
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!” she added.
“Now more than ever we need a president we can count on, a president who’s in it for you,” said Clinton.
Clinton will hold another event in Ohio today before heading to Louisiana and Texas later this evening.
HERE are the first mailesr of the presidential race and it's a doozy.
"Only Barack Obama consistently opposed NAFTA," it declares. "A little more than a year ago, Hillary Clinton thought NAFTA was a 'boon' to the economy," it continues (citing a 9/11/06 item in Newsday). And, "Hillary Clinton was not with Ohio when our jobs were on the line. Why should we be with her now?"
The piece targets not just Clinton's record on trade but her credibility. It says that she is "changing her tune" now that she's campaigning in places like Ohio, but when Obama says he will fix broken trade deals "we can believe him."
Wild Thing's comment........
"So let’s have a real campaign. Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook, this is wrong and every Democrat should be outraged."
WOW! She is not only b!tching like only America's Ex-Wife could, but her jealously of Obama's turnouts compared to hers is on display like a billboard.
Her challenge to B.Huessin Obama.....Meet me at dawn in Fort Marcy Park.
Being MAD to the Clinton's = That is Clinton code for Mutual Assured Destruction
Democrats Move to Shut Down GOP Earmark Reform Site
Democrats Move to Shut Down GOP Earmark Reform Site as Murtha Is Named "Porker of the Year"
House Democrats took steps to shut down a Republican-launched earmark reform website (http://earmarkreform.house.gov) yesterday, just as Senior Democratic House Member John Murtha (D-PA) won the title of 2007’s “Porker of the Year.”
Last August, the office of the U.S. House of Representatives' Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Daniel Beard, approved House Republican Leader John Boehner’s (R-OH) request to create the site, and since its launch earlier this month, it has been visited by thousands of online visitors and garnered subsequent media attention. Beard’s office has now ordered the site be removed, however, prompting Leader Boehner to protest the decision in a letter sent to the CAO yesterday afternoon:
“I am writing today to register my protest over this belated change, and to request a detailed explanation of the events that led your office to make this dramatic reversal,” wrote Boehner. “Changing its address now will inevitably hamper the effectiveness of the new website, much to the convenience of the majority that runs the House.”
Coincidentally, the move comes just as Rep. Murtha, a close ally of Speaker Pelosi, won the title of 2007’s “Porker of the Year.” Murtha, a well-known champion of wasteful earmarks, won the award from the non-partisan government spending watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). According to a press release from CAGW:
“Rep. Jack Murtha has long been known inside the Beltway for using threats, power plays, and backroom deals to control spending decisions. There is an area of the House floor known as ‘Murtha’s Corner,’ where the legendary appropriator dispenses earmarks. The overwhelming vote for Porker of the Year vote shows that his shameful behavior is attracting attention throughout the country. The congressman inserts pork whenever he can to serve himself and his district. In fiscal year 2008, he brought home 72 pork projects worth $149.2 million.”
And “Porker of the Year” isn’t the only “honor” that Murtha has received. Last year a CNBC report referred to him as Washington’s “most powerful porker” and just last month he was labeled by the New York Times as the “The Pork King” in an editorial that detailed Murtha’s questionable earmarking practices.
And continuing his practice of thumbing his nose at American taxpayers, next week Murtha will host an “annual payback dinner by defense contractors who benefit from earmarks,” according to columnist Robert Novak. In other words, his addiction to pork isn’t slowing down.
Leader Boehner launched http://earmarkreform.house.gov to aid the efforts by House GOP members to reform the earmark system so Rep. Murtha and others like him are held more accountable for their behavior. The website is part of a larger Republican effort that includes a proposed earmark moratorium and the appointment of a bipartisan committee to identify ways in which to end wasteful Washington spending.
Democrats have flat-out rejected calls to join the effort and even voted against a GOP proposed earmark freeze. Perhaps that’s because, according to a February 14, 2008 article in The Hill, “Democratic leaders have sent tens of millions of dollars to freshman lawmakers’ districts in hope of protecting the party’s newfound majority come November.” In other words, they have no interest in changing the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Way to go John Boehner! You are scum Murtha. We need to retake the House!
~ Happy Birthday Jack ~
Happy Birthday to you Jack from everyone here at Theodore's World.
And all the best wishes and many healthy, happy years into forever.
Thank you for being a part of Team Theodore and thank you for havig you blog Conservative Insurgent.
Dog Saved by Marine Maj.Brian Dennis Gets Home in US
While on patrol in Iraq last October, Marine Maj. Brian Dennis and his squad got to know a dog who came around and took scraps of food. One night in late December, Dennis found the dog in bad shape. It was bitten, stabbed, nearly freezing and close to death. Dennis treated the dog, whom he called Nubs, and slept with him that night to keep him warm.
Dog Saved by Marine Gets Home in US
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 22)
AP Iraq news
It began with a simple act of kindness to save an abused, injured dog from becoming one more victim in the Iraq war.
But what followed for Marine Maj. Brian Dennis and the mutt was a tale of friendship and loyalty that spanned miles and overcame long odds - one set to take a turn Friday with the anticipated arrival here of the Marine's best friend.
"This dog who had been through a lifetime of fighting, war, abuse ... is going to live the good life," Dennis told his family in an e-mail from Iraq.
The tale unfolded in October, a few months after Dennis deployed to Iraq from San Diego to work as part of the military team building infrastructure along the Syria-Iraq border and training Iraqi forces to take over.
Dennis, 36, of St. Pete Beach, Fla., had volunteered for the assignment. It was a departure from his role as a fighter pilot. He had seen the country from the air, but it was different on the ground.
Dennis wrote stories home about the reciprocal relationship that desert dogs, strays wandering outside border towns, had with Iraqis.
"The dogs get to eat the Iraqi scraps and have a home in the middle of the desert," he wrote in an e-mail. "The Iraqis get an incredible early warning system; these dogs hear anything approaching from miles away and go nuts and scramble to defend their territory."
While on patrol in the Anbar province, Dennis spotted what appeared to be a gray and white, male German shepherd-border collie mix. He named the dog Nubs after learning someone cut the ears off believing it would make the dog more aggressive and alert.
Within weeks, Nubs was greeting Dennis during routine patrol stops along border communities. The Marines fed him bits of their food and by November, the Marine and his unit were keeping an eye out for the dog, which routinely chased their Humvees when they departed.
Life on the run, however, was taking a toll on the dog. He had lost a tooth and been bitten in the neck. In late December, Dennis found Nubs near death in freezing temperatures. The dog had been stabbed with a screwdriver.
Dennis rubbed antibiotic cream on the wound and slept with Nubs to keep him warm.
"I really expected when I woke up for watch he would be dead," Dennis wrote. "Somehow he made it through the night."
Dennis thought he had seen the last of the dog days later when his squad headed back to its command post some 65 miles away. He couldn't take the dog with him and watched as it tried to follow the Humvees away from the border.
Two days later, while Dennis and a comrade were working on a Humvee, he looked up and saw the dog staring at him.
"Somehow that crazy damned dog tracked us," he wrote Jan. 9.
But the reunion was short lived. Military policy prohibits having pets in war zones, and Dennis was given four days to get the dog off the base or kill him.
The decision was easy: Nubs was going to San Diego. The logistics, though, were anything but easy.
With help from his Iraqi interpreter, Dennis managed to find a Jordanian veterinarian to get the care and paperwork needed to get the dog to the states. He also negotiated the red tape to get Nubs across the border into Jordan.
His family and close friends helped raise the $3,500 needed to get the dog from Amman, Jordan, to San Diego, said his mother, Marsha Cargo.
"I just can't believe it. Out there in the middle of nowhere these two find each other," Cargo said.
A colleague in San Diego agreed to care for the dog and have it trained until Dennis returns in March from Iraq.
"We anticipate a real steep learning curve for Nubs," Capt. Eric Sjoberg said. "We want him to learn to just be a dog."
For now, though, Dennis will settle for the knowledge that Nubs is finally safe - and waiting for his master to follow him.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Whew what a story, yes I am crying!!!! I love stories like this, they stay with a person for a long time. My prayers for Maj.Brian Dennis to stay safe and soon to be with his trusted friend Nubs.
....Thank you Mark for sending ithis story to me. I love it.
What Is Your Gangsta Name? ~ LOL
Mafia Name Generator
For your 'Gansta' name just CLICK HERE
I put Nick's first and middle name in, that is the name he used in showbiz.
This is what he got:
Mafia Name: Stefano Rubbernubs
Name I entered: Nick Dimitri
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This is the squadron patch Alex Raymond designed for the Marines in May 1945. He blended images of a masked (pilot's goggles) Flash Gordon style warrior; the Marine Corps emblem; red and white uniform with a field of blue stars; the warrior with wings (probably representing the air crew); the sword as a lightning bolt (representing perhaps aircraft which strike from above) and standing on an aircraft rocket. The squadron adopted the new name 'The Rocket Raiders'. It was listed as one of the best-designed squadron patches of World War 2.
"U.S. Marines are the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a gang of savages.
They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest s-o-b's I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart. Generally speaking, the United States Marines I've come in contact with, are the most professional soldiers and the finest men and women I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a secondhand opinion. All militaries harden their recruits, instill the basics, and bend young men to their will. But the Marine Corps provides its members with a secret weapon. It gives them the unique culture of pride that makes the Marines the world's premier warrior force.
The Navy has its ships, the Air Force has its planes, the Army its detailed doctrine, but 'culture', the values and assumptions that shape its members is all the Marines have. They call this culture, Esprit de Corps.
Alone among the U.S. military services, the Marines have bestowed their name on their enlisted ranks. The Army has Army Officers and soldiers, the Navy has Naval officers and sailors, the Air Force has Air Force Officers and airmen---- but the Marines have only Marines."
General William Thornson, US Army
Wild Thing's comment...........
Thank you Marines from this Navy Vet wife. I see where the left is continuing there attacks and protests at the Marine Corps Recruiting Centers in various places. It breaks my heart to see this happening. I wanted to find something that we seldom see patches from past wars that were used by the Marine Corps. I thought the one above was very special.
...Thank you Bob for sending this to me.
February 22, 2008
Checking In With EOD and Soldier Arm Wrestling
Explosive Ordinance Team (EOD) in action compilation
US Soldier Arm Wrestles Iraqi
US soldier and Iraqi have some fun arm wrestling. Honestly I was surprised at the outcome, thats one big Iraqi.
3 Senator's Have Emergency Landing in Afghanistan ~ Kerry Wants Purple Heart
Helicopter carrying John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Joe Biden makes emergency landing in Afghanistan
Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Afghanistan
Spokesman Says No One Injured
WASHINGTON -- A helicopter carrying three senior U.S. senators made an emergency landing in Afghanistan on Thursday morning.
Sens. John Kerry, Joseph Biden and Chuck Hagel were aboard the aircraft., according to Jon Summers, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The lawmakers are on a trip this week that includes stops in India, Turkey and Pakistan.
"The helicopters transporting the Senate delegation in Afghanistan made an unscheduled landing this morning due to a snowstorm," Hagel spokesman Jordan Stark told KETV NewsWatch 7. "There were no injuries and all members of the traveling party were safely transported to their destination at Bagram Air Base."
"The helicopters carrying (the senators) and their aides this morning made an unscheduled landing in the mountains in Afghanistan due to ominous weather," Kerry spokesman David Wadesaid. "After several hours, the senators were evacuated by American troops and returned overland to Bagram Air base, and left for their next scheduled stop in Ankara, Turkey."
Earlier this week, Hagel and the others were in Pakistan to observe parliamentary elections. There had been concern about the group entering the volatile region, and that militants could launch attacks during Monday's vote.
Senators in Emergency Landing
No one was injured, according a statement from Kerry's office. The senators and their delegation returned to Bagram Air Base in a motor convoy, and have left for Turkey.
"After several hours, the senators were evacuated by American troops and returned overland to Bagram Air Base, and left for their next scheduled stop in Ankara, Turkey," the Kerry statement said. "Sen. Kerry thanks the American troops, who were terrific as always and who continue to do an incredible job in Afghanistan."
The lawmakers were on a trip this week that included stops in India, Turkey and Pakistan, where they observed the elections earlier this week.
Wild Thing's comment.......
Please use best Thurston Howell III voice: heh heh
“ Then bullets raked the fusilage. I used my body to protect everyone in the aircraft. I manned the twin 50s and returned fire. I then climbed out of the door and up to fix the rotors while they were still moving. Just like I used to do in Vietnam. Hey Biden, have I mentiomed I was in Vietnam for 3 months?”
Kennedy tried to come in to rescue them......but alas could not make it that far.
....Thank you Lynn for the link to the story about this.
Pat Dollard's Young Americans To Air This Spring
This spring, Pat Dollard's Young Americans will air on cable television, the result of years of work. But there's a good reason for the time it has taken: Pat Dollard is a man obsessed with reality, his reality of the war he experienced while embedded with the 3rd battalion 7th Marines in Ramadi.
In an article written for Vanity Fair, Pat Dollard is excoriated as a pro-war cheerleader. Surprisingly, The New York Times also gave an unflattering portrayal of Dollard.
Despite the criticism from places both expected and not, Dollard's Young Americans will be a make or break endeavor.
At a studio in Santa Monica, Pat and his editorial assistant Donnie "dB" Bracamontes put the final touches on the third episode in the Young American series. Critics who complain Hollywood has not accurately portrayed Iraq will need to be careful for what they wish.
Dollard trumps the pretenders by giving such an engaging view of Iraq, I found myself watching the 30-minute episode half-way out of my seat. The episode showed the Marine response to a major bombing at the Ramadi glass factory. What follows is not just a CNNesque report on raw violence, but a pulsating pictorial of the effects of terror.
The first five minutes were exhilarating and frightening. I found myself nodding my head and anticipating what was going to happen, because I had been there before.
Dollard himself makes no pretense of objectivity, his website sells "Jihad Killer" shirts and during Young Americans the audience will hear Dollard's voice give on-the-spot editorials.
"You see, you liberals, this is what you're supporting!"
There really is no substitute for being there, but it takes an entirely different personality to choose a place because it's dangerous.
In 2005 and 2006, Ramadi was reputed to be the most dangerous place on the planet
"I went to Ramadi because I knew it was going to be the next Fallujah," Pat said, referring to the 2004 Battle of Fallujah, when Marines cordoned off the city and swept through to weed out entrenched terrorists dreaming of jihad.
By the time I saw Fallujah in 2007, I met some of those Marines who helped to clear out the town nicknamed "The City of Mosques." But even those riflemen had an eerie reverence for the violence in Ramadi.
The battles of Fallujah were extremely violent, but Ramadi was supposed to be the capital city of the al Qaida-proclaimed Islamic Republic of Iraq. Unlike Fallujah, Ramadi was the city that had kept the Marines under siege, and not the other way around.
Young American editor dB Bracamontes won a Clio Award for editing, and has worked on the trailers for major releases: Transformers, Batman Begins, I Am Legend and the list goes on. In a city where people make a lot of money pretending to be someone else Bracamontes is the real deal working behind the scenes to make so many others stand out. Although dB is accustomed to demanding directors, Dollard is obsessed.
"I knew I had to go over [to Iraq], because Hollywood would never make this film."
It's one thing to believe in a cause ? Dollard says he was not at all surprised by 9/11 ? it is entirely another to risk bodily harm in order to prove a point. So far, Dollard is right, Hollywood has not attempted to make an accurate film on Iraq, and Dollard has paid a high price to prove this point.
On a night patrol, Patrick Dollard and his Marine escorts were hit by an IED. Lt. Almar Fitzgerald and Cpl. Matthew Conley were killed in the violent assault. Dollard still has physical problems from that night, but speaks less of his own injuries and more of the Marines who lost their lives.
This is the mood permeating Young Americans, a blend of dread, suspense and violence mixed in with sorrow, reflection and humor. In other words, this is precisely what being in Iraq is like.
"This isn't Dog the Bounty Hunter, this is the real thing," Dollard said when we talked about the rush of going on night house raids in places where the participants had no intention of making speeches for the cameras.
Over half a year and 600 hours of footage in the formerly most dangerous place on earth has had a spill-over effect into how Dollard perceives the world today.
"The best of spiritual America, the spirit of America is in Iraq," is how he describes it. Being spared when so many around him died has had a profound effect on this documentarian. "I'm a God man myself."
A part of this literal cultural warrior still is in Ramadi. "I feel contempt for the average civilian," Dollard says. "I can't stand that I live in a culture, especially in Hollywood, where measure of man is self-indulgence."
Young Americans debuts this spring on Showtime.
Wild Thing's comment........
I am looking forward to seeing Young American's. Thank you Pat for the support you have given our troops, for your blog, and for this movie, and also for your kindness. Wishing you all the best you deserve it! What Pat has done is awesome and I am sure the finished product will be the best ever.
More About The "Secret" Amnesty Bill
Lou Dobbs on CNN about the Amnesty Bill
The 'secrets' behind this bill and how tax payors will have to foot the costs of these provisions, and the benefits that the illegal aliens will get that established US citizens dont get.
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is a train wreck that will happen when they finish with this Amnesty Bill.
Just a thought here from me, one day in the privacy of ones home, it will be told in soft voices to the younger and future generations of our country how men and women came to this country with their heads held high obeying the immigration laws that once existed. Standing in line and giving their names to an American sitting at a table.
Beginning a new life, a better life and a chance to live in the land of the free. How seeing the Flag flying brought tears to their eyes and their heart full of pride to live in such a land like no other. And when seeing a soldier dressed in his uniform on the street was an opportunity to thank him for his sacrifice and service.
The day arriving when speaking English meant something and not a number to punch on a phone. The accomplishment of saying please and thank you in the language of the new land.
The peace in ones heart that accompanied knowing the work done and pay for an honest job to provide for yourself and your loved ones was something to be honored and respected. That those wanting a hand out were rare, and how even those having a hard time during wartime would do whatever they could to earn an honest wage.
And hyphenated only had to do with grammar and not the label of what an American was because everyone wanted to be called an American. They knew it came at a great cost to make this country what it was and to be a part of it was a dream come true.
In Country With Our Heroes
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler Carroll fires an AT-4 during live-fire training, at the Udairi Range Complex in Kuwait. Marines of Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from Camp Pendleton, Calif., are training as part of their current deployment to the Pacific and Arabian Gulf. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Bryson K. Jones.
Paratroopers capture Special Groups criminal leader
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers detained a Special Groups commander during an operation in Baghdad’s Sha’ab neighborhood Feb. 20.
The detainee is suspected of involvement in multiple murders and other criminal activities.
Paratroopers with 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, detained the suspect at approximately 7 p.m. after a tip on his whereabouts.
The suspect is a known Special Groups leader and financier believed to receive funding from Iran that was earmarked to support the Diyala criminal network, said Maj. Cameron Weathers, the 2nd BCT intelligence officer.
The money is typically used to pay and equip Special Groups criminals, procure vehicles and support criminal activities against innocent Iraqis.
“These criminal elements who insist on ignoring al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr’s ceasefire pledge are certainly not working in the best interest of Iraqis,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B spokesman. “We will continue our efforts to bring these criminals to justice.”
Stryker Soldiers capture IED cell member
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD – Soldiers with Multi-National Division – Baghdad captured a suspected key member of an improvised explosive device ring Feb. 19.
Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 14th infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, detained the suspect near the Nassir Factory, northwest of Baghdad.
The suspect is allegedly an al-Qaeda member and IED facilitator that is part of a terrorist IED ring.
He is suspected of multiple IED attacks against Coalition and Iraqi Security forces.
The suspect is being held for further questioning.
Time for a Drink
Staff Sgt. Chuck Shuck and his K9 partner, Sgt. 1st Class Gabe, both with 178th Military Police Detachment, 20th Military Police Battalion, take a break to hydrate during a cordon and search operation in the village of Shukran, near Forward Operating Base Q-West. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amanda Morrissey
February 21, 2008
Democrat Debate Tonight
Obama, Clinton debate tonight in Texas
Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton square off tonight in another debate. It's being held in a gym at the University of Texas at Austin.
Both candidates have been crisscrossing the state in advance of the March 4th, delegate-rich Texas primary.
Obama leads in the overall hunt for delegates to next summer's nominating convention. He's won the last 11 state contests in a row.
The Associated Press delegate count shows Obama in front with 1,351 delegates to Clinton's 1,262. It takes 2,025 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
Tickets to the debate are a hot commodity in Austin. More than 43,000 Texans entered a lottery for the 100 tickets available to the public. Even the 254 Democratic county chairs took their chances on a drawing for the 100 seats reserved for them.
That is in case anyone wants to go and faint for Obama. hahahahha
Time: 8 EST on CNN
Here's a preview of the "debate":
clintoon: I'll be the best president!
obama: I'll be the best president!
clintoon: Will Not!
obama: Will Too!
clintoon: Will NOT!
obama: Will TOO!
Barack Hussein Obama's Wife One DANGEROUS Broad!
"Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual."
Michelle Obama speech at UCLA. Transcript:
"In 2008, we are still a nation that is too divided. We live in isolation, and because of that isolation, we fear one another. We don't know our neighbors, we don't talk, we believe our pain is our own. We don't realize that the struggles and challenges of all of us are the same. We are too isolated. And we are still a nation that is still too cynical. We look at it as "them" and "they" as opposed to "us". We don't engage because we are still too cynical. ... Americans are not in debt because they live frivolously but because someone got sick. Even with insurance, the deductibles and the premiums are so high that people are still putting medications and treatments on credit cards. And they can't get out from under. I could go on and on, but this is how we're living, people, in 2008.
And things have gotten progressively worse throughout my lifetime, through Democratic and Republican administrations, it hasn't gotten better for regular folks. ....
We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another -- that we cannot measure the greatness of our society by the strongest and richest of us, but we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation."
"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."
I'm sorry, nowhere in the Constitution does it authorize the President of the United States to demand anyone shed their cynicism. And I'm all for people pushing themselves to be better, but I don't think the President demanding it is the way to go about it.
Hugh Hewitt opens the show by playing a stunning stump speech a couple of weeks ago by First Lady hopeful, Michelle Obama. ............Michelle Obama, unplugged....CLICK HERE
Wild Thing's comment........
This POS Michelle Obama and yes I mean that in the full sense of the words intended. Is one angry, wanna be dictator broad! As my husband says she looks lilke a man, well IMO she comes on like one too. God help us all when this piece of work gets in our White House with her so called messiah husband.
Politics Is A Four Letter Word
For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk
Complete article is HERE it is several pages so I am just putting the link here for you to click on.
Basically this is it...............
Late Wednesday, the Times published to its website a story set to hit print editions Thursday, linking McCain to a female lobbyist. The paper suggested the Arizona Senator has been engaged in an illicit relationship.
"A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet," the Times reported. "Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity."
The Times said that McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, denied the Times innuendo that they had engaged in a romantic relationship or that McCain had done favors for Iseman. The Times alleged that McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of Iseman.
Though McCain has had a reputation as an independent and maverick U.S. Senator who has championed ethic and campaign finance reform, the Times story painted a different picture.
Though last year McCain had voted to end the practice of lawmakers using private jets paid for by those lobbying Congress, the Times said McCain had used the private planes of billionaires Rupert Murdoch and Michael R. Bloomberg, as well as one of Iseman’s clients.
The paper also brings up McCain's role in the infamous S&L scandal and his collaboration with banker Charles Keating. McCain was named a member of the so-called "Keating Five."
Wild Thing's comment........
The smearing begins, unfortunately it is part of an election process. Not only here in America but in other countries as well.
McCain has been the favored Republican of the media in his campaign, as the media ignored or attacked Hunter, Thompson and Romney. Did we really think the media liked McCain, no not unless we want to buy a bridge in some desert.
So what do we have here, some old story that may or may not be true about a man that for the most part has very little respect from conservatives as it is.
Add into this factor politics it is cut throat and messy and that is the least of it's negatives. Selling one's soul to the devil to get delegates and make empty promises that never were intended to be fulfilled is another.
McCain has sold his soul, so have all of them that are left in the race on both sides of the fence. I include Huckabee in this as well. He may very well be the sleaziest of all. There is a price to pay for selling one's soul and it is not pretty.
IMO McCain's soul was cast into Dante's inferno when he and John Kerry deliberately hid information during the Select Senate hearings on our missing POW's and MIA's —THEIR FELLOW VIETNAM VETERANS—in order to normalize relations with Vietnam.
McCain took the lead in demanding a U.S. Justice Department investigation of POW/MIA families and activists accusing them of fraud because in some of their fund-raising literature they claimed the U.S. government knowingly left U.S. POWs behind after the Vietnam War and that some remain alive today.
McCain told reporters, "The people who have done these things are not zealots in a good cause. They are the most craven, most cynical and most despicable human beings to ever run a scam."
And John McCain, a former POW in Vietnam, called an ad the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were running criticizing John Kerry's military service "dishonest and dishonorable" . . . "I deplore this kind of politics," McCain said. "I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable."
Things like this come back to bite a person .....Karma!
McCain calls it a smear.
I guess this is the next phase of our election process, so we will see what happens and buckle up because like Bette Davis said in one of her movies All About Eve ....."Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."
Meanwhile, pray for America and please join me in checking out any Congressional Races in your areas. There is still something we can all do to try and keep our great country from disappearing completely as we have known and loved her.
This picture is off an AAFES (The Army & Air Force Exchange Service) calendar for this year.
It is so precious I just wanted to share it with you.
God bless our troops and keep them safe.
Obama’s Communist Mentor
Obama mentor identified as communist The mysterious "Frank" cited as a friend and adviser by Democratic president contender Barack Obama while he was growing up in Hawaii has been identified as Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the old Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA. The identification comes from Cliff Kincaid in his column, "Obama's Communist Mentor," which was made available on the Accuracy in Media website. ....( from Wild Thing.......the is excellent and important to read) Kincaid, who earlier reported on Obama's pending plan to ship $845 billion overseas to battle "global poverty" as evidence of his socialist leanings, said the newly revealed connection is even more worrisome. Kincaid noted Obama has admitted attending "social conferences" and seeing Marxist literature. "But he ridicules the charge of being a 'hard-core academic Marxist,' which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes." He described the link as "ominous." He also reported Kathryn Takara, a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, confirmed that Davis is the "Frank" in Obama's book. She did her dissertation on Davis, and wrote that he brought, "an acute sense of race relations and class struggle throughout America and the world" and that he openly discussed subjects such as American imperialism, colonialism and exploitation, according to AIM.
"Let's challenge the liberal media to report on this," he wrote in his column. "Will they have the honesty and integrity to do so?"
"Obama's communist connection adds to mounting public concern about a candidate who has come out of virtually nowhere, with a brief U.S. Senate legislative record, to become the Democratic Party frontrunner for the U.S. presidency," he wrote.
In Obama's book, "Dreams From My Father," he repeatedly refers to his friend and adviser as "Frank."
"The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What's more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several Communist front organizations," Kincaid said.
"Decades ago, the CPUSA had tens of thousands of members, some of them covert agents who had penetrated the U.S. government. It received secret subsidies from the old Soviet Union," Kincaid wrote.
He noted even Obama describes "Frank" has having "some modest notoriety once."
Kincaid notes that a history professor in Houston reported that Davis "befriended" a family whose son was named Barack Obama, "who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago."
"It was in Chicago that Obama became a 'community organizer' and came into contact with more far-left political forces, including the Democratic Socialists of America…," Kincaid wrote. "The SDS laid siege to college campuses across America in the 1960s, mostly in order to protest the Vietnam War, and spawned the terrorist Weather Underground organization."
And from Rantburg
...."through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just "Frank."
Obama mentor identified as communist
The mysterious "Frank" cited as a friend and adviser by Democratic president contender Barack Obama while he was growing up in Hawaii has been identified as Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the old Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA.
The identification comes from Cliff Kincaid in his column, "Obama's Communist Mentor," which was made available on the Accuracy in Media website. ....( from Wild Thing.......the is excellent and important to read)
Kincaid, who earlier reported on Obama's pending plan to ship $845 billion overseas to battle "global poverty" as evidence of his socialist leanings, said the newly revealed connection is even more worrisome.
Kincaid noted Obama has admitted attending "social conferences" and seeing Marxist literature. "But he ridicules the charge of being a 'hard-core academic Marxist,' which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes."
He described the link as "ominous."
He also reported Kathryn Takara, a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, confirmed that Davis is the "Frank" in Obama's book.
She did her dissertation on Davis, and wrote that he brought, "an acute sense of race relations and class struggle throughout America and the world" and that he openly discussed subjects such as American imperialism, colonialism and exploitation, according to AIM.
The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What's more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations. "
Wild Thing's comment........
Interesting how every single far-left publication has endorsed Obama. They know a socialist when they see one.
I put CPUSA into google and to see if their site had endorsed Obama yet. They haven’t, but did anyone know they have a web store? Where you can buy “stuff” to display your hatred of capitalism?
....Thank you Mark for sending me the link to this.
CAIR’s Guide to Muslims Running For Office
CAIR 2008 election site
Each name has tjheir own website, the link it as the CAIR link. I didn't want to link each one and give them any credit. hahaha
AL - Yusuf Salaam - State Rep (Incumbent)
CA - Bill Dalati - Anaheim City Council (Challenger)
CA - Ferial Masry - State Rep (Incumbent)
IL - Rifat ‘James’ Sivisoglu- DuPage County Board, District 1 (Challenger)
IN - Andre Carson - US Representative (Challenger)
IA - Ako Abdul-Samad - State Rep (Incumbent)
MD - Saqib Ali - House of Delegates (Incumbent)
MN - Keith Ellison - US Representative (Incumbent)
MO - Talibdin El-Amin - State Rep (Incumbent)
MO - Rodney Hubbard - State Rep (Incumbent)
MO - Jamilah Nasheed - State Rep (Incumbent)
NH - Saghir “Saggy” Tahir - State Rep (Incumbent)
VA - Sam Rasoul - US Representative (Challenger)
WI - Farheen Khan - State Rep (Challenger)
And on another topic but still the same subject as Muslims.
Organization on Senate list of Muslim groups which "finance terrorism and perpetuate violence" invited to White House Leadership Conference.
Found at Militant Islam Monitor
Wild Thing's comment........
Good grief, they are like rabbits and are multiplying. whew wow!
OK so here is what I am going to do. Anyone that is running in the Congressional races where I live, I am calling their office and one of the questions I am going to ask is ............. Is this person a Muslim? If they won't tell me then I will tell them that I cannot vote for them if they don't let me know, because we are at war with Islam and the last thing we need is a memebr of the "religion" of the terrorists to be put into a government office in our country.
We will see what happens. LOL But I am sick of this happening and if nothing else they need to know even one lone voice is saying no.
Barack Hussein Obama It's A Movement So Where Is The Kool-Aid?
CREEPY photo....from Drudge... the masses reaching out to touch Obama's hands
Taking this from the music from an old TV show called "That Girl":
Who can turn the world on with his smile?
Who can take a nothing day
And suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
‘Cause it’s Barack and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement he shows it!
He’s gonna make it after all!
Obama's Fainting Ladies
Are these fainting ladies at Barack Obama rallies really a coincidence?
It has happened in Park City Utah, Kansas City Missouri, Los Angeles California, Santa Barbara California, Hartford Connecticut, Madison Wisconsin, Des Moines Iowa, Seattle Washington, Hanover New Hampshire, and who knows how many other cities.
OK I am not a nurse, but I am going to call these faintings FAKE! Here are my reasons:
Everyone of them Obama reacts the same way
Everyone of them Obama uses the same dialogue
The fainting seems to be near the same general proximity each time.
"Are you OK??"
"Somebody get her some water"
it looks like somebody may have fainted
"Do we have somebody that's fainted?"
"Make some space for her and let her lie down"
"She's gonig to be alright"
"do we have an EMT here? "
Fainting for real can be from various things and what if the person was having a heart attack or some other medical condition that had nothing to do with being ( rolling my eyes ) the thrillllll of seeing Obama.
The way the Democrats are reacting to Barack Husseini Obama I wonder if he will arrive at the DNC convention riding a ass!
US Envoy Warns Over Iraq Pullout
The US ambassador in Baghdad has cautioned of the dangers of over-hasty withdrawals of military forces in Iraq.
Ryan Crocker's warning comes as Democratic candidates in the US presidential race talk of setting timetables for pulling out troops.
The ambassador told the BBC a recent improvement in the current security situation was not irreversible.
He warned a new cycle of violence could start up if withdrawals were not handled very carefully.
Democratic contender Barack Obama has said he favours a full withdrawal by the end of next year, while Hillary Clinton says she will set a timetable within two months if she is elected.
Ambassador Crocker did not comment directly on the candidates and their views, but he stressed his own long-standing conviction that future withdrawals should depend on conditions on the ground - not on timetables set in Washington.
To remove that consideration, he said, would be to take an unacceptable risk.
"For all the progress that has been achieved over the past year there are still a strong sectarian tensions," Mr Crocker said.
"There is still an al-Qaeda presence, there is still foreign interference particularly in Iran.
"Now all of these things can spark a new cycle of instability and violence if we're not very very careful and closely linked with the Iraqis on what the next step should be."
The current American troop surge is to be finished by July. After that, US military commanders and Mr Crocker advocate a pause for assessment before reducing troop numbers below the pre-surge levels of around 130,000.
The ambassador said Iran was continuing to support extremist militias in Iraq despite official support for the Iraqi government.
He hoped the visit by the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in early March would prompt Iran to bring its practices into line with its policies.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Isn't it wonderful how Ahmadinejad will be going to Iraq for a visit in March. After all we know about this vile man, Iranian support for insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and looking back just taking the things about Iraq and Ahmadinejad and these are only a few things as examples:
February 20, 2008
Angry White Man
In election 2008, don’t forget Angry White Man
by Gary Hubbell
"There is a great amount of interest in this year’s presidential elections, as everybody seems to recognize that our next president has to be a lot better than George Bush. The Democrats are riding high with two groundbreaking candidates — a woman and an African-American — while the conservative Republicans are in a quandary about their party’s nod to a quasi-liberal maverick, John McCain.
Each candidate is carefully pandering to a smorgasbord of special-interest groups, ranging from gay, lesbian and transgender people to children of illegal immigrants to working mothers to evangelical Christians.
There is one group no one has recognized, and it is the group that will decide the election: the Angry White Man. The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.
His common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard.
The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.
He believes the Constitution is to be interpreted literally, not as a “living document” open to the whims and vagaries of a panel of judges who have never worked an honest day in their lives.
The Angry White Man owns firearms, and he’s willing to pick up a gun to defend his home and his country. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone who needs killing really doesn’t bother him.
The Angry White Man is not a metrosexual, a homosexual or a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — he got his people together and got the hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and stupid to help themselves, often as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.
His last name and religion don’t matter. His background might be Italian, English, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, or Russian, and he might have Cherokee, Mexican, or Puerto Rican mixed in, but he considers himself a white American.
He’s a man’s man, the kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, hunt white-tailed deer, call turkeys, play golf, spend a few bucks at a strip club once in a blue moon, change his own oil and build things. He coaches baseball, soccer and football teams and doesn’t ask for a penny. He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, weld a new bumper for his truck, design a factory and publish books. He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant on time so that you keep the lights on and never know what it took to flip that light switch.
Women either love him or hate him, but they know he’s a man, not a dishrag. If they’re looking for someone to walk all over, they’ve got the wrong guy. He stands up straight, opens doors for women and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”
He might be a Republican and he might be a Democrat; he might be a Libertarian or a Green. He knows that his wife is more emotional than rational, and he guides the family in a rational manner.
He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their race. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work hard, play by the rules and learn English.
Most important, the Angry White Man is pissed off. When his job site becomes flooded with illegal workers who don’t pay taxes and his wages drop like a stone, he gets righteously angry. When his job gets shipped overseas, and he has to speak to some incomprehensible idiot in India for tech support, he simmers. When Al Sharpton comes on TV, leading some rally for reparations for slavery or some such nonsense, he bites his tongue and he remembers. When a child gets charged with carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school, he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement.
He also votes, and the Angry White Man loathes Hillary Clinton. Her voice reminds him of a shovel scraping a rock. He recoils at the mere sight of her on television. Her very image disgusts him, and he cannot fathom why anyone would want her as their leader. It’s not that she is a woman. It’s that she is who she is. It’s the liberal victim groups she panders to, the “poor me” attitude that she represents, her inability to give a straight answer to an honest question, his tax dollars that she wants to give to people who refuse to do anything for themselves.
There are many millions of Angry White Men. Four million Angry White Men are members of the National Rifle Association, and all of them will vote against Hillary Clinton, just as the great majority of them voted for George Bush.
He hopes that she will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and he will make sure that she gets beaten like a drum."
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is so good, and yesterday Rush Limbaugh read this on his show. It is priceless!
Barack Hussein Obama the anti-Semite
"No one has done a better job than Ed Lasky ( Barack Obama and Israel ) of exposing the extent to which some of Barack Obama's foreign policy advisers are anti-Israel, not to mention dangerously misguided about the Middle East. Here, Lasky and Richard Baehr (Samantha Power and Obama's Foreign Policy Team ) discuss various attempts to explain away aspects of this problem. Readers will agree, I think, that these efforts are exceedingly lame.
One Obama adviser who's especially difficult to explain away is Samantha Power, about whom I've written here, here, and here. Power, whose views are virulently anti-Israel and none too warm towards American Jews, is no fringe or passive member of the Obama team. Power left a position at Harvard to work for Obama for a year after his election to the U.S. Senate and is now identified as a "senior foreign policy advisor." She is actively involved in the Obama campaign. And, tellingly, Lasky and Baehr say it was Obama who sought out Power, not the other way around.
Perhaps Obama can explain which of Powers' views (as documented by Lasky and Baehr) make her so attractive to him. Is it her view that the Jewish lobby pushed us into war with Iraq (a view that even Walt and Mearsheimer are no longer willing to defend)? Is it her view of Israelis as war criminals whose tactics the U.S. mimics to its detriment in Iraq? Is it her outrage at the way Israel treated the U.N.'s faux peacekeepers in South Lebanon, the ones who stood by while Hezbollah gained a dominant position and used it to commit aggression against Israel? Perhaps it's simply her willingness to embrace virtually every slander of Israel that can be dredged from the fever swamp, and the hatred of that State this willingness reflects.
Ali Abunimah, a well-known Chicago-based activist for Palestinian causes, says that Obama has apologized to him for not being more up-front in his support for these causes, and has expressed the hope that this will change once the constraints of running for office are out of the way. With key advisers like Power in the wings, Obama looks like a good bet to deliver on his audacious hope should Americans be foolish enough to elect him president. "
Wild Thing's comment.......
Betwen this information and the things we already know about Obama's church, and what his minister spews about his hate for Jews and Israel, it looks bad for Israel as our friend if Obama gets elected. Obama is bad news on all levels and this just adds to all the other things about him that make him a dangerous man.
Moslems Are Lazy See What Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi Has To Say
Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: "The Islamic Nation's Problem is That Muslims Do Not Work."
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is interesting and funny at the same time. Here is this guy telling the followers of Islam they are lazy and they are getting bawled out but good. hahahahaha The cave dwellers are not going to like this video. heh heh
Hillary Wants A Gun Summit
Clinton wants a gun summit
Another new wrinkle from Hillary Clinton today: she wants a presidential summit on gun control.
That came up in the Q-and-A session of her stop in De Pere, after a woman asked about dealing with shootings such as the Northern Illinois University carnage.
Clinton started with the line she rolled out a couple days ago about recognizing that there is “no conflict” between letting lawful gunowners have weapons and keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys and the mentally ill.
She went on to propose a solution to coming up with a solution for the problem — kind of like her plan to come up with a plan for fixing another politically difficult problem, Social Security.
“I believe we really should have a summit where everybody comes together on all sides of this issue,” Clinton said. “Let’s figure out how we can be consistent with the Second Amendment, which I wholeheartedly support, and do more to keep people safe.
“I think we can do that, but it’s going to require us all to maybe give a little and understand the point of view of the other people,” she said. “That’s something I would do as President to really bring people together.”
“We know we need better background checks and we know we’ve got to have mental health information in there,” she said.
Wild Thing's comment........
"Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with the view of confiscating them and leaving the population defenseless." --Vladimir Ilich Lenin
“I stand in support of this common sense legislation to license everyone who wishes to purchase a gun, I also believe that every new handgun sale or transfer should be registered in a national registry." --Hillary Clinton, Jun 2, 2000
Obama has the same anti-gun rights views.
Maybe we can get Dick Cheney to take these two hunting. heh heh
February 19, 2008
Ben and Jerry Endorse B.Hussein Obama for Pres.~ Let's name a new ice cream)
Ben and Jerry Endorse Barack Obama for President and New radio ad featuring Senator Leahy goes on the air in VT
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben and Jerry’s, publically announced their endorsement of Barack Obama for President today. Joined by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, the former John Edwards supporters said they believe Barack Obama is the best candidate to unite America and finally tackle the challenges facing our nation.
“Barack Obama believes that the special interests in Washington shouldn’t drown out the voices and basic needs of Americans,” Greenfield said. “When Barack Obama is President, we will finally have a president who is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to affordable health care and our children get the education they deserve.”
Senator Leahy unveiled a 60-second radio ad, entitled “Important” which he and his wife Marcelle recorded in support of Senator Obama. The ad, which will begin airing on Wednesday, February 18, stresses Obama’s judgment to lead and ability to bring real change we can believe in.
Ben and Jerry, along with Senator Leahy, drove to American Flatbread in Burlington in “ObamaMobiles” which they designed to help get out the vote for Vermont’s March 4th primary.
Said Cohen, “The ObamaMobiles are true vehicles for change. There’s a lot at stake in this election. All Vermonters need to make their voices heard and vote.”
Wild Thing's comment.......
OK how about some names for some new ice cream flavors.
just a few ideas............
Barack Raspberry Surprise
Chronic Warrior Syndrome By Russ Vaughn
One of the things I've come to love about writing for the Internet is the new friends I make whose perception sometimes make me smack my forehead in wonder that in all my years some insight they easily offer up had so completely eluded me until now. One such is a jarhead, and believe me, as an old paratrooper, I use that term with respect and brotherly affection. Old Leatherneck, Troy Watson, introduced me to the concept of Chronic Marine Syndrome, which as best I can determine is the inspiration of retired Marine Corps Brigadier General, Mike Mulqueen.
Reading the list of symptoms associated with Chronic Marine Syndrome, I realized quickly that the New York Times and other mainstream media organizations have been right all along that those who serve their country, and especially those who have actually fought in their country's service have most likely developed a syndrome which, considering the moral fiber of the mainstream media and the nation of sheep they seek to form and lead, could accurately be categorized by them as pathological.
Pardon me Marines in general, and General Mulqueen, specifically, but I think CMS extends beyond the Corps and infects past, present, and surely the future ranks of all American military services. Consider, if you will, but a few of the symptoms General Mulqueen has defined as markers of this unique infliction, as well as some others I have added:
First and foremost, having confidence in who they are
Possessing pride in oneself, one's organization and the country they serve
Being knowledgeable of and comfortable with the terms honor, courage and commitment
Determined to see the mission, regardless of temporary setbacks, accomplished
Often either respected or despised by others, due to their unique abilities and talents
Internally and essentially immune to organizational political correctness
Able to meet you with a firm handshake and look you in the eye
When not a warrior, a first responder, cop, fireman, nurse, doctor, EMT, etc.
If he/she says "Hang on, I'm coming for you," you can bet your life, they're coming for you
Shares the tremendous pride and the undying respect of his or her family
Shares the tremendous pride and the undying respect of his or her buddies, military and civilian
Shares rations, water and candy bars with the unfortunate children of war
Shares, unfortunately, the gratitude of only some of us in this nation he or she protects
Yes, I'm beginning to see where the media can make a sensational case that these people, these soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen that we send out in harm's way to defend us, somehow possess a demonstrable set of symptoms that clearly differentiate them from far too many in America today, especially these selfsame parasites in the mainstream media who greedily suck at the nation's wounds and feast on the world's offal. Since these symptoms seem to apply solely to a unique minority of volunteers who place selflessness above all other virtues, a condition of some rarity in this age of "me first," I can now understand how those staunch, courageous patriots at the New York Times and their fellow travelers at the broadcast networks see our returning warriors as unwell in some way.
Yep, I simply can question their judgment no longer; our troops returning from the Mideast wars are indeed afflicted and it's time to give that affliction a catchy name like the one the media loves for my generation of warriors: PTSD. However, considering the group of symptoms described above, I think we should call this current problem, CWS: Chronic Warrior Syndrome.
Long may our young warriors be afflicted. HOOOAHH!
Here’s the link to Troy Watson's .... the 7th Marines
Wild Thing's comment.......
This is so good and says soooo much that I wish the lefties would read and get it in their thick heads. Thank God for the Marines and all that have served in all the branches, and serve today and for the Chronic Warrior Syndrome.
....Thank you Russ for writing this and sending this to me!
...............And thank you Mark for this awesome graphic.
Five-year Amnesty Bill Under Discussion
Five-year Amnesty Bill Under Discussion
Some House Democrats are having behind-the-scenes discussions about creating a special visa for illegal aliens they believe will enjoy considerable Republican support. Under the plan, illegal aliens who can prove they have jobs, pay a fine, and pass a criminal background check will receive the gift of legal status for 5 years. The plan is designed to attract pro-business Republicans and those who backed the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill by also increasing the number of visas issued for technical, temporary and agricultural workers.
Their plan appears to be to create a bi-partisan alternative to the bi-partisan SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification Enforcement), which focuses on reducing illegal immigration instead of rewarding it.
Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D-N.C.) SAVE Act now has 144 bipartisan signers in the House and Senate. The SAVE Act will require all employers to use the electronic verification system to keep illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs. NumbersUSA believes that this legislation is just the vehicle to give us a chance to actually pass immigration legislation through a Democratic-controlled Congress that could significantly improve the lives of most Americans. "It's the one [immigration] bill that will pass this Congress," said Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus Chairman Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) in an interview with The Hill. "We have to make this about illegal employment and crack down on employers."
Click here to view list of signers and to read more information about the SAVE Act. Be prepared to see many Republicans on the list. Just scroll down once you click on the link.
Wild Thing's comment........
Another behind the scenes, keep it hush-hush bill.
With the GOP nominating Crazy McCain the pro amnesty fanatic, it is not surprising that this will come up again. It is tragic that the biggest threat to this country come from our elected officials.
This is another AMNESTY bill which the American people DO NOT want. WHERE’s the GD fence that was to built? How many miles have been completed? Signficantly less then the 700 miles which was funded !! And people keep electing these fools!
No AMNESTY !! don’t even know what to say anymore. It’s like a recurring nightmare.
Bill Clinton Loses Temper, Lashes Out at Pro-Lifers
Bill Clinton goes nuts after being greeted by over a hundred pro-life students from Franciscan University of Steubenville protesting him on his abortion policies as president.
Wild Thing's comment........
Most people approved of the ban by Congress of partial-birth abortion. Clinton twice vetoed the bill.
There is so much hateful anger pent up in those two people. I get the sense that something awful is going to happen when they finally lose in a big way. It’s going to be ugly.
Army Vet to Challenge House Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha
If any of these men are on your ballot I hope you take a look at voting for them.
I have posted about this before on January 18th 20088 but this is an update.
Here are the Iraq Veteran for Congress Candidates
One of the Candidates is William T. Russell, a Republican and a Conservative, a good man.
Here is the UPDATE: I pray William Russell does well and wins. That would be so awesome!!
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A career Army member left the service two years short of retirement to move here and try his hand at politics by challenging longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha.
First-time candidate William T. Russell, 45, a Republican, acknowledged that taking on a popular, 18-term congressman in the 2008 election will be "an uphill battle."
"But it's one that must be fought," Russell told the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown.
Russell plans to formally announce his candidacy within weeks. Murtha has declined comment on the challenge
Russell, who moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Murtha's district specifically to take on the congressman, has a long Army and Army Reserve career that includes tours of duty in the Balkans and both Iraq wars. He and his wife, Kasia, were in the Pentagon when a hijacked airliner slammed into the building on Sept. 11, 2001. Both escaped unhurt.
Murtha's call for troop withdrawal from Iraq "is just flat-out wrong," Russell said. Like Irey, Russell also criticized Murtha's public allegations that unnamed U.S. soldiers committed "cold-blooded murder and war crimes" against innocent Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005.
A small-business owner, Russell said he wants a local economy dependent on the free market. But he acknowledges some jobs may be lost if government contracts disappear.
It is not known whether Russell will have GOP challengers in the primary. Irey said she is focused on seeking re-election as commissioner.
This is his statement:
"I am a Conservative.
I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe the primary role of government is to provide for the common defense and a legal framework to protect families and individual liberty. I believe in rugged individualism because individuals can make far better choices than any government entity in providing for families, protecting households, choosing doctors and health care plans, and deciding which teachers and schools are best for children. I believe prosperity is best ensured by what Adam Smith called the “invisible hand” of a natural, price driven economy.
I believe that we have the responsibility and obligation to control our borders and determine who is allowed to live and work in our country.
I believe that families are the foundation stone upon which all truly great societies are built. I believe that imposed systems of wealth redistribution destroy families, produce a culture of dependence, and hurt everyone. I believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman and that children should always be loved and sometimes spanked. I believe that all children in our school systems should be educated in English and taught the civic duties and responsibilities of citizenship and patriotism.
I believe in private property rights and that the death tax should be killed. I believe the Consumption or Fair Tax is the best and most equitable means to ensure all persons who participate in our economy, legally or illegally, pay their fair share and to reward those who build businesses or save and invest their money.
I believe in the right to bear arms and the right of self defense. Gun control and gun free zones only ensure that victims are unarmed.
I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe. I believe we should all practice charity in some form or fashion, especially to those who are suffering and least fortunate, but it must be voluntary and spring from a spirit of altruism and love for our neighbors.
Finally, I believe there is room to acknowledge the role of our Creator in public life as stated in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The mention of God in the Pledge, and asking his blessings for our nation and our safety before ball games, classes, and public meetings does not constitute the establishment of a state religion and does not discriminate against anyone."
Wild Thing's comment.......
I wish one of these men was in my District so I could vote for him. There is one listed in Florida but he is not in my District.
....Thank you Mark for the headsup on the update on Russell.
Now We Know The Magic Song That Has Entranced The Obamamaniacs
The magic song that has all the Obamamaniacs entranced. Now we know what the song is, and if you listen to the end of the video you will see ......
"The question is what is a Mahna Mahna????"
"The question is.....who cares!""
LOL and that is what has been going on with the Obamamaniacs, they don't know WHAT it or he is and THEY DON'T CARE!
Muppets - Mahna Mahna
Wild Thing's comment.......
That video brings a lot of memories, but it never had as much meaning as it does now due to the Obama frenzy that is happening.
Look at this video below from Japan. Obamamania has hit a small town in Japan that shares its name with the White House hopeful.
Gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick's "Just Words" speech from October 2006
February 18, 2008
"Bidenitis"........ It’s a Democrat Disease
Obama on 2/16/08 talking about why words matter to the Wisconsin Democratic Party
Wild Thing's comment........
So B. Hussein Obama is taking his cues from Joe Biden.
Obama has communist phrases LITERALLY thoughout his stump speech and the media ignores it. At least as far as I know they have. Laura Ingraham and Rush have discussed it so far today.
Bill Clinton: Obama's ignoring my White House legacy
Bill Clinton: Obama's ignoring my White House legacy
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP)
Former President Clinton on Friday accused Sen. Barack Obama, his wife's rival for the Democratic nomination, of trying to ignore any accomplishments they achieved during their years in the White House.
"You have one candidate who's made the explicit argument that the only way we can change America is to move into a post-partisan future and therefore we have to eliminate from consideration for the presidency anybody who made good things happen in the '90s or stopped bad things from happening in this decade," said Clinton, who was winding up a day of East Texas campaign appearances for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"It doesn't matter how much good you did," the former president said at Stephen F. Austin University. "We've got to get rid of you because you had to fight to make something good happen. You had to fight to stop something bad from happening. And if you fought, you made somebody mad, we ought to give you an old watch and retire you. You can't possibly make a contribution to America's future."
Without mentioning Obama by name, Clinton said the Illinois senator was promoting a position that it's "actually an advantage to not have any experience because you've not made anybody mad."
"It's been very effective," Clinton said. "It's already taken four good candidates out. It would have taken Hillary out if she didn't have so much grass-roots support and so much guts."
Clinton said his wife's position is to "bridge the party divides when we can, but we also need to be prepared to fight."
Wild Thing's comment.......
I would of thought Bill would be glad Obama was ignoring his legacy. Or perhaps he wants Obama to bring up the fact he sold US Missile tech to the Chinese Communists in exchange for illegal campaign contributions in 1995-1996?
Hmmmmmmmmmm Legacy oh yes we can't and won't forget the Bill Clinrton Legacy:
RECORDS SET- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates**
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
STARR-RAY INVESTIGATION- Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas (including one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners): 14
- Number of Clinton cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5
- Number of Reagan cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 4
- Number of top officials jailed in the Teapot Dome Scandal: 3
CRIME STATS- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47
- Number of these convictions during Clinton’s presidency: 33
- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
- Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122
SMALTZ INVESTIGATION- Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture
Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15
- Acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6
- Fines and penalties assessed: $11.5 million
- Amount Tyson Food paid in fines and court costs: $6 million
CLINTON MACHINE CRIMES FOR WHICH CONVICTIONS WERE OBTAINED
Drug trafficking (3), racketeering, extortion, bribery (4), tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement (2), fraud (12), conspiracy (5), fraudulent loans, illegal gifts (1), illegal campaign contributions (5), money laundering (6), perjury, obstruction of justice.
OTHER MATTERS INVESTIGATED BY SPECIAL PROSECUTORS AND CONGRESS, OR REPORTED IN THE MEDIA
Bank and mail fraud, violations of campaign finance laws, illegal foreign campaign funding, improper exports of sensitive technology, physical violence and threats of violence, solicitation of perjury, intimidation of witnesses, bribery of witnesses, attempted intimidation of prosecutors, perjury before congressional committees, lying in statements to federal investigators and regulatory officials, flight of witnesses, obstruction of justice, bribery of cabinet members, real estate fraud, tax fraud, drug trafficking, failure to investigate drug trafficking, bribery of state officials, use of state police for personal purposes, exchange of promotions or benefits for sexual favors, using state police to provide false court testimony, laundering of drug money through a state agency, false reports by medical examiners and others investigating suspicious deaths, the firing of the RTC and FBI director when these agencies were investigating Clinton and his associates, failure to conduct autopsies in suspicious deaths, providing jobs in return for silence by witnesses, drug abuse, improper acquisition and use of 900 FBI files, improper futures trading, murder, sexual abuse of employees, false testimony before a federal judge, shredding of documents, withholding and concealment of subpoenaed documents, fabricated charges against (and improper firing of) White House employees, inviting drug traffickers, foreign agents and participants in organized crime to the White House.
Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn’t remember, didn’t know, or something similar.
Bill Kennedy 116
Harold Ickes 148
Ricki Seidman 160
Bruce Lindsey 161
Bill Burton 191
Mark Gearan 221
Mack McLarty 233
Neil Egglseston 250
Hillary Clinton 250
John Podesta 264
Jennifer O’Connor 343
Dwight Holton 348
Patsy Thomasson 420
Jeff Eller 697
going far beyond Monica Lewinski, were a major liability for Al Gore in 2000, far more so than Ralph Nader. According to the 2000 exits polls:
- 60% of voters disapproved of Clinton as a person
- 59% - including some who approved of him - disliked him
- 68% said he would go down in the history books for his scandals rather than for his leadership
- 44% thought the Clinton scandals were important or somewhat important. In contrast, only 28% thought Bush’s drunk driving arrest was important or somewhat important.
- 15% of those who had voted for Clinton in 1996 voted for Bush in 2000.
CLINTON LAID THE FOUNDATION for the excesses of the war on terror in a number of ways:
- He conducted a deadly and lawless raid on the Waco compound including the use of the military in civilian law enforcement.
- In the wake of Oklahoma City, the Clinton administration proposed restricting habeas corpus and increasing wiretaps.
- As Doug Bandow reported in the National Review, Clinton “essentially sought to eliminate the requirement of a warrant for searches from the Fourth Amendment. The president claimed to possess ‘inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence purposes.’ The administration required public-housing residents to sign away their constitutional right that authorities procure a warrant to search their dwellings and personal property. The Justice Department backed warrantless (indeed, suspicionless) drug tests for high-school athletes. The administration requested greater FBI authority to conduct “roving wiretaps,” without a court order.
- “The administration was tougher than its predecessor on drugs. Marijuana arrests were up 50 percent over Bush-41 . . . When asked about the criticism that sellers of crack were being punished far more severely than those who peddled cocaine, the president responded that penalties for the latter - which already ensured that minor drug dealers spend more time in jail than do many armed robbers, rapists, and murderers - should be raised. . .
- “The Clinton-Gore administration advanced additional thuggish policies and proposals - curfews for kids, random drug tests for welfare recipients and kids seeking drivers licenses, attacks on the requirement of a jury trial,. . . attempts to gain court sanction for uncompensated property takings, prosecutions implicating the double-jeopardy clause, pretentious claims of federal criminal jurisdiction, infringements of the Second Amendment right to possess a firearm, et al.”
Vincent Foster (Whitehouse Deputy Counsel, Gunshot to mouth, neck wounds)
Kathy Ferguson (ex-wife of Clinton co-defendant, Gunshot to head)
Bill Shelton (Arkansas state trooper, Kathy Ferguson’s fiancee, Gunshot to head)
Susan Coleman (Alleged Clinton Girlfriend, 7.5 months pregnant, Gunshot to head)
Jon Parnell Walker (RTC Investigator on Whitewater, fell from top of Lincoln Towers)
Niko Junic (In charge of the radio beacon/Brown Crash, Gunshot)
John A. Wilson (Former Wash D.C. councilman, hung)
Terrance Yeakey (First policeman at the Murrah Building, gun shot wound/slashes)
Ian Spiro (Inslaw Witness, Gunshot to Head)
Sharlott A. Donovan (Ret TechSgt/WH Comm Office, Plastic Bag over Head)
Admiral Boorda (CNO, gunshot chest)
Frank Aller (Clinton roommate at Oxford, repentant of draft dodging, Gunshot to mouth)
Robert Bates (Mena mechanic, witness) - drank himself to death on mouthwash
James Bunch (”Black Book” keeper, gunshot)
Wallace Blaylock (husband of Lenora Steinkamp - lady in Drudge video taped 93 aired 9/98, gunshot)
Raymond Albright (shot 5 times in chest, ruled suicide by M.E. Malak)
Charles Wilbourne Miller, Exec of Alltel - successor to Jackson Stephen’s Systematics (gunshot)
Gordon Matteson (Clinton friend/associate, Shot to head)
Danny Casolaro (Investigator Inslaw, “Octopus” - Wrists Slashed)
Calvin Walraven (Witness Jocelyn Elders son’s drug case, Gunshot)
Marine Cpl Eric S. Fox, assigned to helicopter squadron for president (gun shot to head)
Peter John Berwick, shot to death witness in federal investigation Arkansas company
John Arthur Paisley (CIA, gunshot to head, found in river…)
Laurence Martin (OKC surviver, suicide by plane crash)
Kenneth Trentadue (OK prisoner)
Li Fuxiang (foreign exchange, jump)
John I Millis (House Intelligence, CIA)
Evan Hunziker (held in North Korea)
Charlene Edwards (INS Miami)
Franz Lanz (ARL scientist, informant)
Mary Mahoney (Former White House intern shot multiple times in a Starbucks, pockets picked, no cash register money taken)
Luther “Jerry” Parks (Provided security for Clinton’s campaign, multiple gunshots)
Kevin Ives (Witness to Mena, skull crushed, left to be run over by train)
Don Henry (Witness to Mena, stabbed, left to be run over by train)
Eric Butera (Starbucks informant, beaten to death in sting)
Jeff Rhodes (Ives/Henry Witness, gunshot to head)
Ed Gould (Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council, Toxic)
Florence Martin (Accountant with info on Barry Seal, Gunshot to head)
Alder Berriman (Barry) Seal (Mena, Murdered)
Keith McKaskle (Ives/Henry Informant, Stabbed)
Gregory Collins (Ives/Henry Informant, Gunshot to Head)
James Milon (Ives/Henry Informant, Decapitated)
Richard Winters (Ives/Henry Suspect, Shotgunned)
Jordan Ketelson (Ives/Henry Informant, Shotgunned)
Larry Guerin (Inslaw Investigator, unknown)
Alan Standorf (NSA, Inslaw Investigator, unknown)
Dennis Eisman (Inslaw attorney, Shot)
Mitchell D. Abel, (Cocaine dealer and student re Tyson, Gunshot)
Mike Samples (Ives/Henry witness)
Eric L. Henderson (financial advisor to Ron Brown, shot while riding bicycle)
Steve Leung (investor in China, beaten)
Mary Beth (Pixie) Grismore (politically connected, murdered)
Judy Danielak (journalist, sniper)
Cecil Boren (by escaped inmate, tainted blood whistleblower)
Lee Scott Hall (stabbed, Lawrence Livermore Lab employee)
JohnD Muskopf (CIA Analyst, murder in robbery attempt)
DIXIE MAFIA RELATED
Note: all are before Clinton’s administration, but are included here because of other information dealing with criminal activity in the South
Rep Larkin Smith - died in airplane accident, was previously a Dixie Mafia target
Pauline Pusser - killed in an ambush (Buford Pusser’s wife)
Harry Bennett – shot
L.B. Kelly – shot
Ellwood T. Steube – shot
George Fuqua – shot
Doris Ann Willingham Grooms – shot
Deputy Sheriff E.R. “Buddy” Walthers - shot when he went to question a Dixie Mafia member
Gary Elbert McDaniel – shot
Margie George – victim, hatchet and shot
Carl Douglas “Towhead” White – shot
Bobby Gale Gwinn – shot
Donald Lester “Jimmy” James – shot
Jack Howard Joy - shot in the chest, soaked and set on fire
Winston Fairley – dismembered
George Albert McGann – shot
Jerry Michael Meshell – shot
Clifford Hugh Fuller - shot
Johnson, Tracy – shot
William Mulvey – shot
Stephen Jeffrey Lee – shot
Dewey D’Angelo - shot
James Whitake (Mena airplane mechanic)
James Avant (helicopter crash, Deputy Sherrif Pulaski County)
Kevin Brosch (helicopter crash, Criminal Investigator)
Jim McDougal, Heart Attack in Solitary (Witness in Whitewater)
John Crawford (Informant Inslaw, Heart Attack)
Susie Deer (Clinton’s mother’s patient)
Laura Lee Slayton (Clinton’s mother’s patient)
Victims of HIV contaminated blood taken from Arkansas prisoners and sold to Canada and perhaps elsewhere
Stanley Huggins (Partner, lawfirm investigating Madison Guarantee) pneumonia
John Hillyer (NBC cameraman, Mena information) heart attack
Ricky Ray Rector (Arkansas prisoner mentally ill) execution
M Franklin Squires (Sematech, heart attack)
Carlos Ghigliotti (FLIR, heart attack)
Eddie Pack (McNulty investigator, burst of microwave energy causing cancer)
Sheriff Jack Harwell (Waco, heart attack)
Barbara Wise (ITA John Huang Associate found dead, nude, in a locked office at Commerce)
Paul Tulley (Democratic National Committee, in Hotel Room)
Boonie Bearden? Disappeared (Ives/Henry Witness)
Paul Wilcher (Mena Investigator)
Henry Hamilton (Bag man for payments from McDougal to Gov. Clinton)
Gary Baugh (Lassater Attorney, alleged jump disputed)
Ray Walsh (briefed on wildfires, died in sleep)
Kearn A Cottingham (Loral employee)
Ron Brown, Plane Crash (Commerce, Pathologists question wound to head on xrays) – see section on Ron Brown Plane Crash
Victor Raisner, Plane Crash (National Finance Co-Chair Clinton for President)
R. Montgomery Raiser, Plane Crash (Clinton campaign)
Herschell Friday, Plane Crash (Presidential Campaign Finance Committee)
Paula Gober, Car Accident (Clinton Speech Interpreter)
Stanley Heard, Plane Crash (Clinton Health Care Advisory Committee)
Steven Dickson, Plane Crash (Clinton Health Care Advisory Committee)
Johnny Lawhon, Car Accident (Found Whitewater Canceled Check in Car after Tornado)
Theodore Williams, Betty Currie’s brother, Beaten before Betty’s Senate testimony then Car/Pedestrian Accident during Monica story(Key Witness’ brother)
Shelley Kelly, Survived Brown Plane Crash - died hours later (Stewardess)
Judy Gibbs, Fire (Alleged Clinton Girlfriend, Witness)
Keith Coney, Motorcycle Accident (Ives/Henry Witness)
Dr Donald Chumley, Plane Crash (Physician at the OKC Murrah building)
Jim Wilhite, Ski Accident (Friend of McLarty)
Dr. Ronald Rogers, Plane Crash (Informant)
Paul Olson, Plane Crash (Witness)
Neal Cooper Moody, Car Accident (Step Son of Vince Foster Widow, Lisa)
William Colby, canoe drowning (former Director of the CIA, editor of “Strategic Investment” which hired experts to investigate Vince Foster’s suicide note)
Randall Tyson, choked on a cookie (half brother to Don Tyson)
Woody Lemons, wife and mother, private airplane crash (OKC informant)
Mohammed Samir Ferrat, TWA 800 Plane Crash (Brown connections, initial suspect) – see Ron Brown Plane Crash section
Jan Kopold, accidental fall in Turkey in 1970
Dan Dutko (Head Injuries, Bike accident) DNC Fund Raiser
David Drye, Plane Crash (friend of Matrisciana – Clinton’s Chronicles, etc.)
Lt Colonel Mark Cwick (auto accident, Clinton pilot)
Major Marc Hohle (helicopter crash Okinawa, Clinton pilot)
Eddie Pack (Waco research, microwave exposure)
Reverend Roger Howard (Waco research, automobile)
Manual Howard (Waco research, automobile)
James Ray Dobbins (Waco research, automobile)
Admiral Donald Engen (Accident investigations, glider crash)
Rep Larkin (see Dixie Mafia section)
Reverend Roger Howard (McNulty investigator, auto hit and struck by car w/2 men)
Manual Howard (McNulty investigator, Reverend Roger Howard’s son, same accident)
James Ray Dobbins (McNulty investigator, same accident)
Ralph Baker (Arkansas, automobile)
Lt Gen McCloud (air accident)
Robert Deas(auto accident, scientist/informant)
LINE OF DUTY
Steve Willis, Waco (Clinton bodyguard)
Robert Williams, Waco (Clinton bodyguard)
Conway LeBleu, Waco (Clinton bodyguard)
Todd McKeehan, Waco (Clinton bodyguard)
Lieutenant Colonel Carmine Calo, Italian UN official killed in Afghanistan bombing
David Gibbs, Kosovo – Apache Helicopter
Kevin Reichert, Kosovo – Apache Helicopter
12 Crewmen from two HH-60 Pave Hawks, Nev
Spec. Anthony W. Brown, 29 - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
Pfc. Earl C. Eoff, 29 - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
Sgt. Robert G. Millward, 32 - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
Spec. James R. Murphy Jr., 25 - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron K. Power, 30 - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
Spec. Fury J. Rice, 21 - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
Sgt. Julius R. Wilkes Jr., 23. - Ft Campbell Black Hawk 4/99
4 crew members 1996 Sikorsky military helicopter crash
Pilot and 8 Department of Interior Employees
10 crewmen plus passengers - 11/22/96 King-56 Crash
Staff Sgt. Brian Haney, Helicopter Crash (Clinton Bodyguard)
Marine Sgt. Timothy Sabel, Helicopter Crash (Clinton Bodyguard)
Maj. William Barkley, Helicopter Crash (Clinton Bodyguard)
Capt. Scott Reynolds, Helicopter Crash (Clinton Bodyguard)
Aldo Franscoia Secret Service Agent , C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
Capt. Kevin N. Earnest, aircraft commander, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
Capt. Kimberly Jo Wielhouwer, pilot, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
2d Lt. Benjamin T. Hall, navigator, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
SSgt. Michael J. Smith, Jr., loadmaster, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
SrA. Rick L. Merritt, flight engineer, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
SSgt. Michael R. York, loadmaster, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
SrA. Billy R. Ogston, crew chief, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
Amn. Thomas A. Stevens, loadmaster, C-130 airplane crash, Jackson Hole WY
Maj. Gen. William Robertson Deputy Commanding General, V Corps, Europe, helicopter crash, Weisbaden
Col William Densberger V Corps Chief of Operations and Plans, helicopter crash, Weisbaden
Col. Robert Kelly V Corps Chief of Intelligence, helicopter crash, Weisbaden
Spec. Gary Rhodes Crew Chief, helicopter crash, Weisbaden
Capt Jennifer J Odom, US Army - Colombia
Capt Jose A Santiago – Colombia
Chief Warrant Office Thomas G Moore – Colombia
Specialist T Bruce Cluff – Colombia
Specialist Ray Krueger – Colombia
Lt Cmdr Jon A Rystrom – Hawkeye Crash
Lt William R Dyer– Hawkeye Crash
Lt Robert A Forwalder– Hawkeye Crash
Lt Patrick Ardaiz– Hawkeye Crash
Lt John A Messier– Hawkeye Crash
FBI Special Agent Martha Dixon Martinez
FBI Special Agent Michael John Miller
The Lesson of The Battle of the Greasy Grass ~ Penned by Rhod
No visitor to the museum at the Military Academy at West Point can come away with the impression that America is a militaristic country. The museum's displays are very restrained, with none of the war triumphalism one might expect in a such a place. There's very little representational art in the heroic style, with wild-eye horses carrying plumed, saber-swinging officers, or men with bayonets contending for a position. But there's a vast and exceptional collection of historical hardware and gear, some gathered at places of defeat. Visitor opinion isn't leveraged here; you take your own thoughts and conclusions home with you.
There's a row of cases for artifacts from the Indian Wars, and a collection from the Black Hills Wars of the late 19th-century. Sitting Bull's lever action, brass and steel rifle is here, along with ceremonial and regular dress, tools and weapons and other curiosities assembled from the tribes. You'll see something striking here, and shocking in its own way; not scalps, but arrows. Fletched and painted arrows gathered after The Battle of the Greasy Grass, known to white schools kids of my age as The Battle of The Little Big Horn.
These arrows were bowed on horseback, and launched in one or more of the three engagements that composed the fighting at The Little Big Horn River in June of 1876, the main reason we remember George Armstrong Custer at all. These perishable, fragile missiles are links to the ingenuity, heroism, determination and desperation of that summer day, when they were used against skirmish lines of terrified horse soldiers, led to their deaths on a vain mission to subdue Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho who had abandoned reservation life, and were willing to fight rather than be returned to it.
The details of the full mission to return the recalcitrant tribes is complicated; of less interest than the morbid appeal of Custer's Last Stand, which was a small but lurid part of it. The short story is that Custer attacked an encampment of more than 1200 Lakota Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors and their families, with his 198 men, 6 officers and 3 civilians (a newspaper reporter and two scouts).
Among this group were Custer's brother and brother-in-law.
Custer had already ordered two other units to different locations around the Lakota encampment, with a total force of 277 men, officers and Sioux, Ree/Arikara and Crow scouts. Recent research has shown that throughout the ensuing battles, the 7th Cavalry was at a five-to-one disadvantage. Custer's unit was annihilated, along with his relatives, to the last valiant man. Only two horses are recorded to have survived without wounds on the high ground of Custer's defensive position. It's believed that Crazy Horse personally led the last charge on Custer's unit. The other horse-soldier units were severely bloodied.
Custer's mistake was fatal; the amateur's mistake of underestimating his enemy. He'd refused a Gatling Gun and two additional companies of cavalry two days before the battle, claiming he could handle anything he found. He lacked reliable reconnaissance, and the intelligence that the Cheyenne had Winchester and Spenser repeating rifles. He was also enlarged by his romantic arrogance and scorn for his enemy. The last living day he threw his leg over a saddle, he was confident of victory in spite of the things that he knew, and was rendered fatally vulnerable by the things that he didn't. In this way, he resembled a Congressional Democrat.
Our American model at this moment can never be George Armstrong Custer. We must honor his soldiers, who stood toe-to-toe with their enemies, but our tactical models must be Crazy Horse, He Dog, One Who Walks With Stars, Rain-in-the-Face and Two Moons - all known to have been at Little Big Horn - the good men and true of the Lakota Cheyenne and Arapaho, willing to defend their civilization, culture and families to the death.
They reacted with the total force necessary to abolish the danger to them. Today we know the destiny of these benighted tribes of the 1870's. However inevitable it came to be, and even considering the retrograde and brutal role they played in their own destruction, they made arrows and used them to defend their freedom. I know, because I saw these very arrows. We post-war boys of the 1950's must have sensed this, because none of us ever wanted to play Custer in our games of Cowboys and Indians.
Congratulations Everyone 1,000,000
I am happy to announce that Theodore's World blog has reached 1,000,000 hits.
You all have a lot to do with that as well. This blog began September 2005.
The count of hits are made as each different computer ( IP address) visits this blog. The count is only done once for each ip address so that means there have been 1,000,000 individual ip addresses that have peeked in here, commented here or spent time reading the posts and comments. LindaSOG my blog mom showed me how to read the Stats and I usually check them once a month to see how they are doing.
The countries I have been most concerned with are of course the USA but also where our troops are located so that is fun to see hits coming from those places like a way of saying we are out here and are checking in with you. It always makes me feel so happy to think they are lurking here and reading your comments along with the posts and things you all have shared.
Here is a list of some of the countries that read this blog:
Antigua and Barbuda
Ivory Coast (Cote)
Saint Kitts & Nevis Anguilla
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Vatican City State
New Marine Corps Challenge Coin
History of the challenge coinMarine Corps News
Story by Cpl. Wil Acosta
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (March 4, 2005) -- Military Unit Coins. Throughout the Corps, one can find these medal artifacts displayed proudly by Marines at their desks and in their offices. Some are simple and colorless. Others are ornate, filled with intricate designs and etchings. All of them have a story behind them.
The following story, which dates the history of military coins back to the 1st World War, was passed on throughout the network of senior enlisted Marines via email.
During World War I, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy young men who left colleges such as Yale and Harvard in order to enlist in the military.
In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered solid bronze medallions embossed with the squadron emblem for every member of his squadron. He carried his medallion in a small leather sack about his neck.
Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the lietetenant's aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire during a mission. He was forced to land behind enemy lines where he was captured by a German patrol.
In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck.
He was eventually taken to a small French town near the front lines where he managed to escape during a night bombardment. During the attack, he donned civilian clothes and fled without personal identification.
After escaping, the brave pilot succeeded in avoiding German patrols until he reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land and stumbled into a French outpost.
Unfortunately, the French in this sector had been plagued by German saboteurs, who sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him.
Just in time, the American remembered his leather pouch containing the bronze medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners. When the French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion, they gave the pilot enough time to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him, they gave him a bottle of wine.
Eventually the pilot made it back to his squadron, where it became a tradition to ensure all members carried their medallion or coin at all times.
This was accomplished through a challenge. A service member would ask to see the coin. If the challenger could not produce his coin, he was required to purchase a drink of choice for the member who had challenged him.
If the challenged member produced his coin, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink.
This tradition continued through the war and for many years after while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.
Today, military service members often trade these coins while deployed. In some cases a coin can be earned meritoriously for a job well done.
Regardless of how they are required, the history of the challenge coin remains a part of military tradition, and Marines will continue to display them proudly for years to come.
Wild Thing's comment........
I love this story and also that the Marine Corps has the Challenge Coin. LOL This one is especially on topic shall we say, heh heh
....Thank you Steve for sending these images of the Challenge Coins to me. They are awesome!
U.S.Congressman Asks Georgetown University About $20M Donated By Saudi Prince
Wolf to Georgetown: Detail Use of Saudi Millions
A U.S. congressman is asking Georgetown University about its academic scrutiny of Saudi Arabia and its use of $20 million donated by a Saudi prince in 2005.
U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) wrote to Georgetown President John DeGioia Thursday, saying he was concerned about how the money was being spent at the university's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Of particular concern, Wolf said, was the university's role in training current and prospective U.S. foreign service personnel.
"The Saudi government continues to permit textbooks to contain inflammatory language about other religions," Wolf wrote. "Restrictions on civil society and political activists continue to be pervasive. No changes have been made to the underlying legal authority relating to non-Muslim worship that the Saudis have relied on to enforce these rules. The Saudis have cleansed their own country of religious liberties by severely restricting public religious expression to their interpretation and enforcement of wahhabism."
Wolf's letter seeks assurances the Georgetown center "maintains the impartiality and integrity of scholarship that befits so distinguished a university as Georgetown." He then asks whether:
"the center has produced any analysis critical of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for example, in the fields of human rights, religious freedom, freedom of expression, women's rights, minority rights, protection for foreign workers, due process and the rule of law."
· "the center has examined Saudi links to extremism and terrorism, including the relationship between Saudi public education and the Kingdom-supported clerical establishment, on the one hand, and the rise of anti-American attitudes, extremism and violence in the Muslim world, on the other."
· "the center has examined or produced any critical study of the controversial religious textbooks produced by the government of Saudi Arabia that have been cited by the State Department, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and non-governmental groups for propagating extreme intolerance."
· "any of the Saudi-sourced finds have been used in the training, briefing or education of those going into or currently employed by the U.S. government.
Harvard University also received $20 million from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal but that is not addressed in the letter. Wolf is the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations and is co-Chair of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.
The answer to his questions likely will be no, said Martin Kramer, former director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and a fellow at Harvard and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Prince Alwaleed's money wasn't designed to stop academic scrutiny of Saudi Arabian society and policies, Kramer said. The Georgetown center wasn't doing that anyway. Rather, "It's a move to change the subject [and say the roots of terrorism lie elsewhere]. For the Saudis after 9/11, changing the subject is important."
Among the many examples cited was this, from a sixth grade textbook:
"Just as Muslims were successful in the past when they came together in a sincere endeavor to evict the Christian crusaders from Palestine, so will the Arabs and Muslims emerge victorious, God willing, against the Jews and their allies if they stand together and fight a true jihad for God, for this is within God's power."
The heart of Wolf's concern in both his letter to Georgetown, his alma mater, and in his opposition to the arms sales, appears to be a question of how reliable an ally Saudi Arabia is in the fight against terrorism and extremism. In addition, Wolf seems concerned over a cumulative effect Saudi interest in the U.S. has on policy. The letter notes a request to the Government Accounting Office about investigating "the revolving door" of senior officials who leave government only to lobby on behalf of governments where they previously served. And he specifically asks Georgetown about training current and future foreign service officers.
He notes that there has been a fair amount of promising talk, but "the Saudi government's promises remain unfulfilled
For the rest of the article it is located HERE
Wild Thing's comment........
U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) is considered a moderate Republican. And I am so glad he is doing this, I just have to wonder where the conservative Republican's are to back him up on this. I sure hope they do and that the pressure will be put on the Saudi's to give some answers.
I also think our Homeland Security should be concerned about this too. This war should not just be fought far away from here, it needs to be fought here at home too. We should be doing our part as a country to do what we can to be strong against those seeking to destroy us from within.
February 17, 2008
Funny and Outrageous TV News Bloopers
Wild Thing's comment........
LOL I thought we all could use some laughs. These are so funny.
~ Happy Birthday Darth ~
Have a wonderful birthday Darth and many more. All the best wishes for you!
~ Chrissie and Team Theodore
FBI Warns of Possible Hezbollah Revenge in U.S.
FBI Warns of Possible Hezbollah Revenge in U.S.
State and local law enforcement receive an intelligence bulletin to watch for retaliation by the Lebanese militia group, which has vowed to avenge the death of its leader.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a bulletin Friday to state and local law enforcement authorities advising them to watch for potential retaliatory strikes by Hezbollah, one day after the Lebanese militia group vowed to avenge the death of a top commander by attacking Israeli and Jewish targets around the world.
"While retaliation in the U.S. homeland is unlikely, Hezbollah has demonstrated a capability to respond outside the Middle East to similar events in the past," said the intelligence bulletin sent to about 18,000 state and local law enforcement officials late Friday afternoon.
The FBI also said it was intensifying its domestic intelligence-gathering efforts to identify any potential Hezbollah threats in the United States in the aftermath of Tuesday's car-bomb assassination of Imad Mughniyah in Syria.
On Wednesday, the FBI sent a confidential internal bulletin to its 101 Joint Terrorism Task Forces across the country warning of the possible domestic consequences of Mughniyah's killing. As part of that effort, FBI officials at headquarters told the bureau's field offices and multiagency task forces to increase monitoring and surveillance of suspected Hezbollah operatives and to conduct fresh interviews with sources and informants about the U.S.-designated terrorist group, according to two FBI officials.
U.S. authorities have long described Hezbollah as the "A-Team" of terrorism, with far more discipline than Al Qaeda, vast financing from the government of Iran, and a global network of sleeper operatives who could be called on to launch an attack at any time. Various federal investigations and prosecutions have uncovered dozens of Hezbollah fundraisers and supporters in the United States, but few people are believed to be actual "bomb throwers," according to a senior FBI counter-terrorism official who focuses on Hezbollah.
"My understanding has always been that Hezbollah would never strike in the United States unless they believed that we participated in an operation against them," said Bob Pertuso, a former FBI special agent assigned to the Detroit Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2000 to 2004 who specialized in Hezbollah investigations. "So if they believed we assisted in the operation against Mughniyah, I would say they would strike in the United States."
Wild Thing's comment........
Well, this would be the best time to slip something through ( I pray they don't) what with the Liberals in Congress opting to walk out on the Republicans in order to allow the FISA laws to lapse while they’re on vacation. The Libs have dropped our guard. Hey, what’s a few thousand Americans dead when there’s political power to be won?
If an attack happens the libs will say it never would have taken place if it weren’t for Bush’s policies.
Islam Convert Seeks A Seat In Congress
A convert to Islam stands an election victory away from becoming the second Muslim elected to Congress and a role model for a faith community seeking to make its mark in national politics.
Political newcomer Andre Carson is the Democratic nominee in a March 11 special election to succeed his late grandmother, Julia Carson, representing Indiana's 7th District.
She died in December of lung cancer, and her grandson is seeking to fill out the rest of her sixth term, which expires at year's end.
If Andre Carson wins the Democratic-leaning Indianapolis district over a freshman Republican lawmaker and a longshot Libertarian candidate, he would join Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, as the only Muslims elected to Congress.
Mr. Carson, 33, said he doesn't believe his religious identity hurts him politically even while American Muslims struggle to gain acceptance. Polling last summer by the Pew Research Center and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found 29 percent of Americans held unfavorable views of Muslim Americans, a higher percentage than shortly after September 11, 2001.
"I think it's more of an advantage," Mr. Carson said. "It's a platform to address ignorance. It's a platform to really show that this campaign is about inclusion of all races and religions."
However, Mr. Carson said his faith doesn't drive his stands on issues, other than instilling the values that have shaped his life and led him to public service. He said his decision-making is based on his constituents' needs.
"For me, the religion piece, it informs me. You need to respect people" regardless of their race, religion or gender, said Mr. Carson, who is black. "That is the foundation I go by."
Mr. Carson's grandmother raised him in a Baptist church and enrolled him at an inner-city Catholic school, where he entertained the idea of becoming a priest. As he grew older, he became interested in Islam, reading the poetry of the Sufi mystic Rumi and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X."
He converted to Islam more than a decade ago and began attending prayers at Nur-Allah Islamic Center, a predominantly African-American Sunni mosque.
"For me, what appealed to me about Islam was the universal aspect of Islam," he said. "All faiths teach universality. But with Islam, I saw it regularly in the [mosques], the praying, the different races."
After Julia Carson died Dec. 15, Louis Farrakhan delivered a eulogy at her funeral, leading some local political bloggers to question Andre Carson's ties to the controversial Nation of Islam leader.
He said the ties barely exist: His mosque is not affiliated with the Nation of Islam. He said he approves of some of the group's work, including fighting drug use in Indianapolis.
Unlike many U.S. Muslims, Mr. Carson said his faith rarely has become an issue for others in his civic life or law enforcement career that included a stint with an anti-terrorism unit of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Carson and Mr. Ellison spoke by telephone recently, and the Minnesota congressman who took office 13 months ago said he advised Mr. Carson to emphasize broad concerns such as the economy, the war in Iraq and global warming.
"These things don't have any particular religion or color or race," Mr. Ellison said.
Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, said both men built their political base by gaining the confidence of Democratic leaders, not by running on their religion.
However, he said they need to demonstrate their faith to Muslim youth and show that civic engagement among Muslims is healthy.
"It counters any sense of isolation or alienation," Mr. Al-Marayati said.
Corey Saylor, legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Mr. Ellison's 2006 election marked a breakthrough for U.S. Muslims seeking national office.
"Post-9/11, there was a sense in the community that it would be hard for a Muslim to get elected," Mr. Saylor said.
He predicted immigrant Muslims will join black Americans like Mr. Ellison and Mr. Carson on the national political scene. Sons and daughters of Muslims who arrived in the United States from Asia and Africa are energized politically and working on campaigns, he said.
"We see people starting to build up the civic resume that will get them elected to public office," Mr. Saylor said. "Give them five or 10 years."
Even if Mr. Carson wins the special election next month and serves the remainder of his grandmother's term, he almost immediately will face a challenge to hold the seat. The May 6 Democratic primary for the seat's next full term has attracted several candidates.
Wild Thing's comment........
Please God help us and don't let Islam take over our country.
I have noticed with most things that are bad like the things the left does, they do it inch by inch. They worm their way into things, vote on things that change our country drastically little by little.
One Muslim, Keith Ellison ( just one of his many names) get's elected and now here is a second one wanrting to get elected as well. One at a time then one day those with their head in the sand will say when did all this happen. How did we get so many Muslim's in political offices of power over 'we the people' .
If I remember right Political Correctness began back in the 60's. I have spoken before how I heard my Dad talking about it at home one evening and I asked him what does it mean. He explained it to me and said it will be something that in the future will be destroying American. It will take away much of our freedom of speech.
This is the same thing, getting Muslims in power........one at a time, easing them in on Capitol Hill.
Explosives Found in Capitol Hill Gunman’s Truck
Explosives Found in Capitol Hill Gunman’s Truck
Explosives have been found in the impounded pickup truck driven by the man discovered carrying a loaded shotgun on Capitol Hill last month, U.S. Capitol police told FOX News.
Michael Gorbey, 38, of Rapidian, Va was arrested in late January, and at the time police said there was a suspicious substance in his green pickup truck parked near the corner of North Capitol and D streets in Washington, D.C.
The truck was impounded at the Government Printing Office garage on Capitol Hill, not far from where the incident unfolded.
Police executed a search warrant Friday.
Kimberly Schneider, a police spokeswoman, said Gorbey could face additional charges.
Wild Thing's comment.......
That truck look like something a hippie would drive? Iti just needs some big flowers painted on it and a peace sign.
February 16, 2008
Democrats Defy Bush On Spy Program By Taking 12-day Recess
Democrats defy Bush on spy program and immunity By Taking 12-day Recess)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) for complete article
The Democratic-led House of Representatives defied President George W. Bush on Friday and recessed without replacing an expiring spy law with one that would shield telephone companies from lawsuits.
With the temporary law set to expire on Saturday, Bush accused Democrats of undermining U.S. security. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer denied it and accused Bush of election-year fear-mongering.
Hoyer said he and fellow Democrats were reaching out to Republicans, and hoped to soon agree on a bill to replace the expiring law passed by Congress in August that expanded the power of U.S. authorities track suspected terrorists without a court order.
"We will not, however, be stampeded," Hoyer said.
Bush met with congressional Republican leaders at the White House on Friday morning and took aim at House Democrats.
"When they come back from that 12-day recess, the House leaders must understand that the decision they made to block good legislation has made it harder for us to protect you, the American people," Bush said.
"We expect now to get a good bill to my desk -- which is the Senate bill -- to my desk as soon as possible," Bush said before he departed on a six-day trip to Africa that he had considered delaying to try to resolve the stalemate over the eavesdropping bill.
The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to replace the "Protect America Act." But House Democratic leaders refused to bring it up for a vote, and Bush and his fellow Republicans along with some Democrats rejected a brief extension of the law.
When the Clock Strikes Midnight, We Will Be Significantly Less Safe
The Democrats’ FISA talking points are nonsense.
Andrew McCarthy good article, click to read entire article
"According to top Democrats, the expiration of the Protect America Act (PAA) when the clock strikes midnight is no big deal. Our ability to monitor foreign threats to national security, they assure us, will be completely unaffected.
This is about as dumb a talking point as one can imagine. And it is just as demonstrably false.
Think for a moment about Tuesday’s crucial Senate bill overhauling our intelligence law that Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to allow the House to consider before recessing Friday ."
"Right now, we are permitted to collect foreign-to-foreign communications absent probable cause that the target is an agent of a foreign power. As of 12:00 A.M., we will no longer be permitted to do that. It is absurd to suggest that this huge drop-off in collection will have no impact on our security."
"There are ever larger numbers of potentially hostile operatives who are galvanized by jihadist ideology without necessarily being connected to a known terrorist organization. Casting a broad surveillance net to collect intelligence overseas is how we detect and thwart any threat they may pose. It’s how we protect Americans in the homeland and on the battlefield.
As of midnight, that net is gone."
Wild Thing's comment.......
Well midnight last night has come and gone and the House Democrats are enjoying their 12 day vacation.
The House Democrats severely crippled the United State' ability to gather intelligence from our foreign enemies as they let the 1978 Foreign intelligence Surveillance Act run out at midnight. The possible ramifications of this remarkable abdication of responsibility could well be literally, explosive. Without a reauthorization, wiretapping, listening in on the enemy overseas will now require obtaining a warrant each time such surveillance is undertaken, bogging investigations down in a thick and ugly mire of legal complication.
Pelosi wants an American city nuked in order to damage the Republicans. She is that evil. I am not saying that will happen, but it does leave the door open and ties the hands of those wanting to do their jobs.
Changes - Presidential Candidates
Wild Thing's comment........
The word 'Change' has been the mantra for this election. It is one thing to use the word but they are using it to cover all topics, all issues and not saying anything else. Just yell out 'CHANGE' and the audience screams back "Yes we can". Just yell out 'CHANGE ' and we are supposed to know how much that covers in what a person plans on doing TO our country and TO US as citizens.
It is lazy campaigning if you ask me. We are not electing a cheerleader, an advertising executive nor a used car salesman that needs to use some kind of slogan to get my attention. But that is what it has come down to in this election. The dems being the principle ones using it more then anyone else. I guess the mentality of the left can only handle slogans and not complete thought. How many times have we heard lately they don't even know why they are voting for B. Hussein Obama other then his energy, he is young and he promises change.
It's been my observation that Obama supporters seem to be content for him to spout empty phrases while they cheer enthusiastically at each new offering. But what are they cheering? There's very little substance. And what little there is, is quite troubling, certainly nothing to cheer about.
Obama is merely this year's tired old retread on a gimmick that has brought the democrats some measure of success in the past. In 1972, voters went to the polls to vote for a guy they knew very little about. That brought us the malaise years, the incredibly destructive Carter administration.
Once again in 1992, we were offered up another governor this time from Arkansas that voters knew very little about. That year they voted in the slickmeister, perhaps the closest thing to a (dixie) mafia stooge we'll ever get. Where do you begin to describe those years, watching the democrats defend a guy for all the 'gates', ( Chinagate, filegate, travel gate etc.) the death list into the 70's or something when they finally left office. And that isn't even all of it that they did.
Here we are again with an unknown. The guy offers up some great speeches if he was a motivational speaker, it's just that they're calorie free. It's as if his supporters see him as some modernistic version of Yoda. When he speaks they close their eyes and rely on the Force. The question is, which side is that Force on? Is it the Alican Skywalker Force, or the Darth Vador Force?
Folks need to read about Obama. If ever there was a guy that folks should get to know before voting, this is the one. The vacant see him as a benevolent sage, but I'm thinking it will turn out to be a more like Derth Maul. The vacant hammer of this year's left.
101st Airborne in Iraq ~ Awesome Video
Wild Thing's comment........
Thank you to all 101st Airbourne! This is such a wonderful video and we are all so proud of you.
Al Qaeda, Code Pink and Leftist's On The Same Side
Purported Al Qaeda Video Shows Prisoners Burned Alive
Al Qaeda's latest display of terror has made its way onto the Internet, showing horrifying images of what appear to be prisoners in Iraq being doused with an inflammatory liquid and then burned alive.
The video, which appears to have been posted first on Google last December in an alleged anti-Al Qaeda Web film, shows five insurgents standing behind three blindfolded prisoners kneeling at the edge of a burning pit.
"And now that we have captured these scums who committed this dreadful crime, we will burn them with this fire," the Al Qaeda leader says in Arabic. "The same fire which they committed their crime with.
"And I swear by God almighty that, I swear by God almighty that we will have no mercy on them," he continues. "Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar."
As he speaks, two of the insurgents pour liquid on the blindfolded prisoners. Then they push the bound men into the pit, where they are engulfed in flames.
According to the summary — in Arabic and German — included in the nearly 15-minute video posted on Google, many of the clips were found in Diyala, Iraq. The makers of the film say that the originals were "passed to us by others."
Wild Thikng's comment.......
These Al-Qaeda idiots join up for the killing - the more sadistic the better. They use thee videos for their training. We are not dealing with human beings they are something that belongs in the depths of hell. And it is an outrage that our electied leaders do not leave PC out of this war and leave our military alone to fight this enemy in any way they can. Instead they worry about being nice to the enemy and like Obama, Pelosi etc. want to do to sit down and talk to them.
MPs Search For Explosives In Mosul
Sgt. Angela Mathern and Vinny, a bomb-detection dog, both of the 51st Military Police Detachment, from Ft. Lewis, Wash., walk through traffic in downtown Mosul during a search of random vehicles for weapons and bomb-making materials Feb. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Patrick Lair)
Soldier and Vinny, a bomb-detection dog, both of the 51st Military Police Detachment, from Ft. Lewis, Wash., inspect a cargo truck in downtown Mosul during a search of random vehicles for weapons and bomb-making materials Feb. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Patrick Lair)
An Iraqi policemen walks by a storefront in downtown Mosul as Iraqi police and U.S. Military Police conducted random searches of vehicles in Mosul for weapons and bomb-making materials Feb. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Patrick Lair)
Coalition Forces Soldier and Vinny, a bomb-detection dog, both of the 51st Military Police Detachment, from Ft. Lewis, Wash.,inspect a cart carrying propane tanks in downtown Mosul during a search of random vehicles for weapons and bomb-making materials Feb. 14. Soldiers from the 552nd Military Police Company, based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, provide security. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Patrick Lair)
Posted by Wild Thing at 12:40 AM
February 15, 2008
High Noon at Midnight Friday
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
FISA: High Noon at Midnight Friday
by Andy McCarthy
"In today's article, I catalogue some of the problems with the Senate bill which would overhaul FISA — while explaining that the bill absolutely must be passed by the House or our foreign intelligence collection is going to collapse. It would be unconscionable for Democrats to allow that to happen while our nation confronts an enemy hell-bent on reprising 9/11 and while we have 200,000 men and women in uniform relying on the continuing flow of information from our intelligence services.
Well it looks like the unconscionable is about to occur. I am hearing from several sources that the House is planning to recess on Friday without taking up the Senate bill. That would mean the lapse of our surveillance authority at midnight.
This is a game of roulette with our national security, spearheaded by the Democratic leadership in the House, which is following the lead of the party's two presidential contenders, Sens. Obama and Clinton. Both of them voted against the emergency authorization last summer, and Obama voted against the Senate bill on Tuesday (Clinton did not bother to vote). Make no mistake. The MoveOn.org crowd is calling the shots on that side of the aisle.
President Bush has to keep pounding this, as does Sen. McCain. This is not politics, folks. For grown-ups, this is life and death."
Wild Thing's comment........
So let's see within the next 48 hours or the current stopgap measure, the Protect America Act, will expire. (The Senate bill is bipartisan)
If that happens, the current statutory authority for the intelligence community to monitor foreign terrorists overseas will end. The CIA and NSA, under a secret FISA court ruling Americans have not been permitted to review, would be required to seek probable-cause judicial warrants to surveil terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the globe. That impossible burden — bringing tens of thousands of enemy communications under FISA’s arduous legal procedures, all for the benefit of alien enemies who have no right to privacy protection under American law — would shut down intelligence collection.
Obama voted against it and Mrs. Clinton didn’t even show up!
Senate Votes to Ban Waterboarding
I guess waterboarding is worse then this................Hello Senate!!!!
The Senate narrowly passed a ban on waterboarding as part of their intelligence bill, setting up a showdown between Congress and the White House on limitations for interrogation techniques. The bill clearly states approved and disapproved procedures, ending the ambiguity that has created much of the controversy over whether anyone has ever broken the law in interrogating terrorist suspects.
The Senate voted yesterday to ban waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics used by the CIA, matching a previous House vote and putting Congress on a collision course with the White House over a pivotal national security issue.
In a 51 to 45 vote, the Senate approved an intelligence bill that limits the CIA to using 19 less-aggressive interrogation tactics outlined in a U.S. Army Field Manual. The measure would effectively ban the use of simulated drowning, temperature extremes and other harsh tactics that the CIA used on al-Qaeda prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Congress banned any military use of waterboarding and other harsh tactics through the Detainee Treatment Act of 2006, which was co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), now the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.
But McCain sided with the Bush administration yesterday on the waterboarding ban passed by the Senate, saying in a statement that the measure goes too far by applying military standards to intelligence agencies. He also said current laws already forbid waterboarding, and he urged the administration to declare it illegal.
The problem with McCain's position is that the executive branch can't simply declare something illegal. Congress has to pass the law before the executive can enforce it. The DTA 2006 bill left enough room for the argument to be made either way.
When Congress did what was necessary if they wanted to make waterboarding an illegal interrogation process. However, they did more than that in this bill, which is why McCain rightly opposed it, and why Bush will wind up vetoing it. They basically gave terrorists a manual for American interrogation preparation. They went too far; they could have passed a very specific ban on waterboarding without having to publish the CIA's approved list of techniques.
Senate Votes to Ban Waterboarding
Congress on Wednesday moved to prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects, despite President Bush's threat to veto any measure that limits the agency's interrogation techniques.
The prohibition was contained in a bill authorizing intelligence activities for the current year, which the Senate approved on a 51-45 vote. It would restrict the CIA to the 19 interrogation techniques outlined in the Army field manual. That manual prohibits waterboarding, a method that makes an interrogation subject feel he is drowning.
The House had approved the measure in December. Wednesday's Senate vote set up a confrontation with the White House, where Bush has promised to veto any bill that restricts CIA questioning.
Arguing for such restrictions, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said the use of harsh tactics would boomerang on the United States."Retaliation is the way of the world. What we do to others, they will do to us — but worse," Rockefeller said. "This debate is about more than legality. It is also about morality, the way we see ourselves ... and what we represent to the world."
The legislation bars the CIA from using waterboarding, sensory deprivation or other harsh coercive methods to break a prisoner who refuses to answer questions. Those practices were banned by the military in 2006.
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said last week that current law and court decisions, including the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, cast doubt on whether waterboarding would be legal now. Hayden prohibited its use in CIA interrogations in 2006; it has not been used since 2003, he said.
The Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 prohibited cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment for all detainees in U.S. custody, including CIA prisoners.
In comments last week to the House Intelligence Committee, Hayden acknowledged for the first time publicly that the CIA has used waterboarding against three prisoners.
The technique is still officially in the CIA tool kit but it requires the consent of the attorney general and president on a case-by-case basis.
Hayden warned Congress that if the CIA were limited to military techniques, it would adhere to them without wavering, even if it meant failing to get urgent and crucial information. He contends the CIA has different interrogation needs than the military and requires more latitude."I guarantee you we will live within those confines of any statute of that nature. But you have to understand there would be no exceptions," he said.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, backed by Senate Republicans Olympia Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, inserted the provision in December into a bill providing guidelines for the running of U.S. intelligence agencies this year.
The 19 approved interrogation techniques in the military field manual include "good cop/bad cop,""false flag" — making prisoners think they are in the custody of another country — and the separation of a prisoner from other prisoners for up to 30 days at a time.
It prohibits military interrogators from hooding prisoners or putting duct tape across their eyes. They may not be stripped naked or forced to perform or mimic sexual acts. They may not be beaten, electrocuted, burned or otherwise physically hurt. They may not be subjected to hypothermia or mock executions. It does not allow food, water and medical treatment to be withheld, and dogs may not be used in any aspect of interrogation.Republican presidential contender Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, voted against the measure Wednesday.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York dared Bush to veto the bill, saying that the president's Iraq war commander, Gen. David Petraeus, rejects harsh interrogation."If it's good enough for General Petraeus and FBI Director Robert Mueller, it's good enough for all of America," Schumer said. "If the president vetoes this, he will be voting in favor of waterboarding."Feinstein noted Bush's repeated declarations that the United States does not torture. "If he means what he says this is the bill to sign," she said.
This is an UPDATE:
A senior Justice Department official says laws and other limits enacted since three terrorism suspects were waterboarded has eliminated the technique from what is now legally allowed, going a step beyond what CIA Director Michael Hayden has said.
"The set of interrogation methods authorized for current use is narrower than before, and it does not today include waterboarding," Steven G. Bradbury, acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, says in remarks prepared for his appearance Thursday before the House Judiciary Constitution subcommittee.
"There has been no determination by the Justice Department that the use of waterboarding, under any circumstances, would be lawful under current law," he said. It is the first time the department has expressed such an opinion publicly.
This will carry some weight; Bradbury was the man who signed off on waterboarding in 2005, before the DTA. It could be enough for the veto to get accepted by Congress without a big fight over an override.
Wild Thing's comment........
This is what I don't get about all of this. We have the military it should be the one to decide what it will do and won't do about anything to do in warfare period. That should include all aspects of war, how they treat prisoners etc. Why are politicians that for sure have an agenda get to put their two cents in to someting that so many of them have not even served in the military and don't have a clue what our troops are up against.
The liberals sure like to ban stuff that helps us win against our enemy's...eavesdropping, water-boarding. What a great bunch of fools!
Interrogation technique under Dems new plan: “Would you like tea with that?”
It’s very apparent that our Senate doesn’t take this war serious enough yet.
You can check out the names of the 51 (terrorists) senators who think special rights for terrorists are more important than American lives.
Barack Hussein Obama's Global Tax Proposal Up for Senate Vote $90B a Year for Foreign Aid!
Obama’s Global Tax Proposal Up for Senate Vote (Obama wants $90b a year for foreign aid)
A nice-sounding bill called the "Global Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States.
The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations. Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has not endorsed either Senator Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.
But on Thursday, February 14, he is trying to rush Obama's "Global Poverty Act" (S.2433) through his committee. The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.
The bill, which is item number four on the committee's business meeting agenda, passed the House by a voice vote last year because most members didn't realize what was in it. Congressional sponsors have been careful not to calculate the amount of foreign aid spending that it would require.
According to the website of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, no hearings have been held on the Obama bill in that body. A release from the Obama Senate office about the bill declares, "In 2000, the U.S. joined more than 180 countries at the United Nations Millennium Summit and vowed to reduce global poverty by 2015.
Wild Thing's comment........
If they are wanting to put us under control of the UN so bad that they refuse to put their names on the voting record, we are royally screwed.
Global welfare checks to countries that poke us in the eye with a stick. What the heck is wrong with these people?
The part that bites my butt is this “rushed through by voice vote” and the “passed by voice vote”. That took Republican cooperation! Anyone of those sorry bastards could have said they wanted a recorded vote and it would have to be done. The Democrats wouldn’t have any options once one person, Democrat or Republican asks for the recorded vote.
This isn’t a measly build a bridge to nowhere Bill. This sob puts a permanent tax on your wages, and mine for eternity. This Bill gives the politicians UN permission to try to take away our 2nd Amendment.
McCain Refuses To Pander To Conservatives
McCain Refuses To Pander
John McCain's campaign manager yesterday said the candidate will not pander for conservative support, even as his surrogates have made a second overture to see why chief competitor Mike Huckabee has not dropped out of the Republican presidential race.
Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a McCain supporter, called former Arkansas Sen. Tim Hutchinson on Friday to inquire why Mr. Huckabee was still running. That was in addition to last week's call to Mr. Huckabee from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another McCain supporter, asking him to drop out of the race.
"Frank and I are old friends, good friends. He called and said: What's Governor Huckabee thinking, what's he want to do, why's he still in the race?" Mr. Hutchinson said. He said Mr. Keating did not ask for Mr. Huckabee to drop out of the race — something the Huckabee campaign says the Texas governor did.
"Frank did not do that. Frank was asking more along the lines of: John wants to know, what's the governor thinking, what's his goal in this, does he have a different agenda," Mr. Hutchinson said. "They would like to have Governor Huckabee out but they are being very careful not to unnecessarily antagonize."
In both cases, Mr. Huckabee's answer why he's still in was simple, according to Mr. Hutchinson and other campaign sources familiar with the calls: "To win."
A spokeswoman for Mr. Perry said he wouldn't discuss the call.
Mr. Keating's office at the American Council of Life Insurers, where he now works, said he was traveling and couldn't return a phone call.
Mr. Huckabee told reporters he is in the race until someone reaches the 1,191 delegates needed to secure the nomination, and says voters deserve to have a choice on the ballot.
Mr. McCain has a nearly insurmountable lead in the race for the Republican nomination, but Mr. Huckabee's repeated strong performances among conservative voters — on Tuesday he won a majority of self-identified conservatives in Virginia's primary, though Mr. McCain won a plurality in Maryland —is a theme the press has focused on. And it is a theme Mr. McCain would like to end.
But Rick Davis, Mr. McCain's campaign manager, told reporters at a luncheon hosted by the Christian Science Monitor yesterday that Mr. McCain is happy to have Mr. Huckabee in the race.
"Governor Huckabee's campaign, although we believe rather unnecessary in the process of winning delegates, is perfectly fine with us," he said, adding that having a contested nomination earns them needed press attention.
He also disputed the sentiment from some conservatives that Mr. McCain needs to make a specific gesture to conservatives, such as selecting a vice-presidential nominee they can be excited about, to win their support. Instead, Mr. Davis said the important move is conservatives joining the McCain campaign, including defense, economic and social conservatives.
"Every single thread of the Republican blanket has covered John McCain," he said. "The grand gesture I think is really being made on the part of conservatives to John McCain, saying, we believe that you would make a good president and are willing to put our political capital to your disposal."
He said Mr. McCain's reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and endorsements from high-profile names such as former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, prove that.
Mr. McCain didn't use the word "conservative" in his victory address in Alexandria on Tuesday night, but he did send out an e-mail ad through Human Events, the conservative weekly newspaper, titled "We must unite as a party," pleading for financial support.
"I cannot succeed in this endeavor without the support of dedicated conservatives like you. And today, I write to ask for your support," he wrote.
Mr. McCain yesterday held a closed-door meeting with House Republicans to consolidate his support and begin unifying the party's elected leaders behind him.
Even though many of those Republicans have fought Mr. McCain bitterly on immigration, campaign finance reform and other issues, Mr. Davis said the meeting was so congenial it was "almost like a rally."
Mr. Davis was asked about the difference in enthusiasm between Republicans and Sen. Barack Obama, who draws giant crowds to his rallies and had thousands attend his victory speech in Wisconsin on Tuesday night after he swept the Maryland, Virginia and District primaries.
Mr. Davis said there's plenty of room to undercut Mr. Obama's support by pointing out information such as his ranking by National Journal as the most liberal senator in 2007.
"I don't know if all 17,000 of those people who were in his audience last night know that — but they will," he said. "I promise you, by the end of this campaign, you know, that will be right there on your refrigerator, under one of those magnets."
Wild Thing's comment........
McCain Refuses to pander
So do I McCain ole boy!
McCain continues to charm Consevatives.... NOT!
I don't think it's pandering to tell concerned conservatives what he plans to do with respect to certain key issues and not how he feels about them or what principles inform him. For example, now he agrees that the borders need to be closed. Fine. How?
This isn't asking too much. It's what a politician must do to win over the skeptics - propose specific steps and at least make a fair attempt to take them. But to McCain this would be pandering. To me it just shows how little he truly respects the conservatives.
For Mad John to pander now would be silly, he has taken what positions that he has so why bother. Plus if he tired now it would just be politics to try and get my vote. The say anything to get elected then not do what he said once in the White House.
McCain is a George Soros man.. why should he pander to other than George Soros. Add into that McCain refuses to admit mistakes. Why would mcCain pander to conservatives when he is pandering to the illegals.
B. Hussein Obama Proposes $210 Billion for New Jobs
Obama Proposes $210 Billion for New Jobs
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP)
Democrat Barack Obama said Wednesday that as president he would spend $210 billion to create jobs in construction and environmental industries, as he tried to win over economically struggling voters.
Obama's investment would be over 10 years as part of two programs. The larger is $150 billion to create 5 million so-called "green collar" jobs to develop more environmentally friendly energy sources.
Sixty billion would go to a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to rebuild highways, bridges, airports and other public projects. Obama estimated that could generate nearly 2 million jobs, many of them in the construction industry that's been hit by the housing crisis.
"This agenda is paid for," Obama said as the Republican National Committee promoted an "Obama Spend-O-Meter" online to track his proposals and portray him as a tax-and-spend liberal. Obama explained that the money for his spending proposals will come from ending the Iraq war, cutting tax breaks for corporations, taxing carbon pollution and raising taxes on high income earners.
Obama, who has faced criticism that he doesn't have enough policy specifics, asked autoworkers at the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wis., to "bear with me" as his began a policy speech that he said would be unlike his typical rousing addresses to rallies. He read from a TelePrompTer in a cavernous training room, flanked by sparkling new vehicles and a large American flag.
"Today I want to take it down a notch," Obama said. "This is going to be a speech that's a little more detailed. It's going to be a little bit longer, not as many applause lines."
Obama pointedly did not include one of his biggest applause lines, that he would require vehicle manufacturers to raise fuel economy standards. Obama often points out that he delivered that message straight to the automakers during a speech last year in Detroit.
But he didn't mention it on the plant visit that came a day after GM reported the largest annual loss ever for an American automaker — $38.7 billion in 2007.
"I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday," Obama said. "I also know how much progress you've made, how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you're churning out. And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to retool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years."
Obama explained that the money for his spending proposals will come from ending the Iraq war, cutting tax breaks for corporations, taxing carbon pollution and raising taxes on high income earners.
Wild Thing's comment ........
This man is the Anti-Christ, I swear. He is, at the very least, a milk chocolate Jimmy Carter, and worse if that is possible.
What a bunch of BS. This will totally trash the economy.
Iraq Vet Comes Home and Gets Evicted
Iraq Vet Comes Home, Gets Evicted
Couple Asks Property Manager To Add Husband Onto Wife's Lease
A Nebraska National Guard soldier recently back from Iraq is fighting an eviction notice from his landlord.
Trista Jelinek rented an apartment at Villa Vinee, near 78th and Harney streets, in August.
The couple has spent most of their marriage apart as Tommy Jelinek served in the military.
I was looking for an apartment, and I say straight up, 'My husband is in Iraq. He'll be living with me when he comes back in October,'" Trista Jelinek said. "They at no time said, 'Hey, if your husband doesn't qualify for an application, he can't live here."
When Tommy Jelinek returned from Iraq in October, he said he introduced himself to apartment management and moved in with his wife.
"They gave me the key," said Tommy Jelinek. "They gave me the parking pass, said, 'Welcome back,' and at that point we figured we'd done everything to let them know the situation."
Last month, Villa Vinee informed Tommy Jelinek that he must apply to be on the lease. He did. But when a credit check came back showing delinquent debt, Jelinek was denied a lease.
Management sent Trista Jelinek a notice warning her of an unauthorized resident living in her apartment, and said she must rectify and remedy the breach. In other words, the wife was welcome to stay, but the husband must go. If not, Trista Jelinek would be evicted.
"Give me a break," said the couple's attorney Richard Dinsmore. "They pay their rent. They're model citizens. He serves in Iraq, and this is the welcome home you get back?"
Dinsmore said that Tommy Jelinek was unable to pay some medical bills while overseas, but said that most of that debt has been paid off. Dinsdale filed for a temporary restraining order to stop the eviction and a judge granted it.
"As we said in the petition, to require a wife to evict her husband after they've been separated for 18 months is humiliating. It's debasing. It's unconscionable, and some other words I can't come up with," Dinsmore said.
The couple said they hopes they can settle the matter out of court.
"We definitely feel obligated to fight this, because we believe we are truly in the right, and were up-front with these guys," said Tommy Jelinek. "We just want to be treated fairly."
The attorney for Villa Vinee property manager Robert Hancock and Co. said the company's leasing policies are based on fair housing laws. She said the property is reviewing the policies to make sure they meet intentions. She said the property manager is hopeful it can reach a resolution in the best interest of both the Jelineks and Robert Hancock and Co.
If not, a hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20.
Wild Thing's comment........
If a person truly support our troops I think they should work with this couple after all they have paid their rent on time like it says. It is bad enough that Vets and our active duty troops even have to pay any of their medical bills. They should have complete care and coverage after all they have done for all of us and for our country.
....Thank you Lynn for sending this to me.
A Valentine For Code Pink
Contributed by Bill Faith of Old War Dogs Blog
There once was a mayor; Master Bates,
Who chided Marines; whom he hates,
He prefers cunning runts,
Who play Cupid stunts,
And wear nothing but pink on their dates.
Security needs went unplugged,
Film rolled while Medea still mugged,
The council would meet,
While thugs roamed their beat,
Flags burned in the streets as Bates shrugged,
Like Nero who played with his fiddle,
Bates’ actions remain a big riddle,
His city would host,
A leftist’s pig roast,
But the meat still is pink in the middle.
We all hope and pray for a quake
That will give Bates’ poor city a shake,
And then we’ll ignore,
As he stands to implore,
“Send help! For humanity’s sake!”
We’ll watch as you shake and you cry,
When help is slow, you’ll ask “Why?”
Without reason or rhyme,
And despite your foul crime,
We’ll be there, save your ass, “Semper Fi!”
The Gray Dog
Wild Thing's comment........
I LOVE this! Thank you The Gray Dog.
February 14, 2008
Republicans Walk Out On Contempt Vote
Republicans walk out on contempt vote
House Republicans Thursday left the chamber ahead of a vote seeking to hold White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before a panel investigating the firing of several United States attorneys.
The move was intended to show that Republicans want to work on a permanent update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act rather than be part of a “partisan fishing expedition,” as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) put it.
At a press conference following the walkout, Boehner said “Before Congress leaves town, we must give our intelligence officials the tools they need to keep America safe.
“The president will delay his trip to Africa to deal with this critical issue. And Republicans are prepared to stay here as long as it takes to complete our work,” Boehner added. “The terrorist threat to our country is not going away. We must do everything we can to protect the American people, and we should start by passing the bipartisan Senate bill.”
Wild Thing's comment........
Bush was on TV today to talk about this and how important it is and he did some shame on you to the lefties not getting this done. They have had TWO different dates to get this voted on. Cheney said the other day on Rush Limbaugh that they did not meet the first due date and were given another 15 days to get it done. He said he felt they would for sure get it done in the additional 15 days.
BUT they haven't and the 15 days are up.
Mughnieh murder 'Zionist gangsterism'
Iran: 'Zionism octopus threatens Muslims'---Hamas: Mughnieh murder 'Zionist gangsterism'
Mughnieh murder 'Zionist gangsterism': Hamas
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas joined Hezbollah on Wednesday in accusing Israel of murdering one of the top commanders of the Lebanese Shiite movement, saying it was a "new example of Zionist gangsterism."
In the Syrian capital, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of being behind the killing.
"Imad Mughnieh was assassinated by the Zionist Mossad ... which was aware of the important status of the martyr and the privileged role he played in the jihad (holy war)," said a statement faxed to AFP.
"The Zionist murderers and their agents should know that the resistance will respond by aiming its bullets and its explosives at the leaders of Zionist terrorism and their agents," the statement added.
From Meir Javedanfar
To say that Mughniyeh was a sought-after man would be an understatement. He had been on U.S. and Israeli wanted lists since the early 80s for having participated in operations such as the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847, during which U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem was killed, as well as the 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina, which killed 85 people.
Furthermore, he had managed to plan the successful expansion of Hezbollah’s military capability and operations in Lebanon, as well as its supply routes and relationship with Syria. He was seen as someone loyal and capable with whom the Iranians could work. To top it all, unlike some Shiites in Lebanon, Mughniyeh was a firm believer in the velayat-e faqih (absolute rule of the supreme jurisprudence) model of Iranian Islamic leadership. According to this model, the supreme leader (the faqih) is viewed as the representative of God to all Shiites on earth.
To protect him, the Iranian government spared little expense. He was provided numerous safe houses and identities. To make it doubly difficult to find him, he was given numerous plastic surgeries. According to foreign sources, on at least two occasions in the 1980s, Western intelligence services came close to assassinating him. One was when a bomb was placed near the garage of his brother in Beirut. The bombers killed his brother instead of him. The second time was at his brother’s funeral. Suspecting a trap was laid for him, Mughniyeh refused to turn up.
Although Iran has managed to win numerous battles in the intelligence war against the West in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the recent setbacks are likely to make Iran’s intelligence chiefs more careful, and quite possibly, more violent in their next operations against the West.
Where the response will take place will be of Iran’s choosing. However the Iran of 2007 is different to the Iran of 1994, when it struck at Western and Israeli targets around the globe in response to attacks against its operatives. Unlike then, Iran has a bigger priority: its nuclear program. Tehran knows that an attack in the West could cost it dearly in the UN Security Council, a forum which Iran takes very seriously. Therefore, if and when Tehran does decide to retaliate, it is quite likely that the location will be the Middle East, where the US and Israel are most unpopular, and its governments are least likely to want to confront Iran.
Wild Thing's comment........
Iran is just so upset about this and is putting out tons of propaganda and we will fight back threats. This kill is not making Iran's Intelligence Agency happy, nope not one little bit.
Imad Mugniyah The Mastermind Of Many Terrorists Attacks DEAD
Israel's No. 1 Most Wanted Terrorist Assassinated
“Hizbullah’s Imad Mughniyeh Killed, Israel Blamed”
Beirut, 13 Feb 08, 11:32
The coffin holding Mughniyeh's body was placed on a podium in Hizbullah's stronghold in Beirut's southern suburbs, where the Shiite militant group planned a memorial service for the "martyr" on Thursday.
It was not clear, however, where Mughniyeh, who was killed on Tuesday in Damascus, would be buried.
"He was a legend. We always heard of his victories against Israel although we never knew him personally," said Ahmad, a 22-year-old man as he climbed an electricity pole to erect a black flag.
“American intelligence officials have described Mughniyeh as Hizbullah’s operations chief and was believed to have moved between Lebanon, Syria and Iran in disguise.
His last public appearance was believed to be at the funeral of his brother Fouad, who was killed on Dec. 12, 1994, when a booby-trapped car blew up in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
Syrian security forces on Tuesday quickly sealed off the area of the blast and removed the destroyed Mitsubishi Pajero, which had its driver’s seat and the rear seat blown away by the force of the explosion.
Witnesses in Damascus said that a passerby was killed as security forces removed the body, but Syrian authorities would not give details.
Iran’s English-language satellite station Press TV said an Iranian school and a Syrian intelligence office were in the same area of Kafar Soussa where the explosion occurred.
Mughniyeh’s assassination was the first major attack against a leader of Hizbullah since the 1992 helicopter strike that killed the party’s secretary-general Sheikh Abbas Moussawi in southern Lebanon.(AP-AFP-Naharnet)”
(Responsble for the 1983 Marine Barracks bombing)
'Mughniyeh co-founded Hizbullah'
For 25 years, Hizbullah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh was one of the world's most wanted terrorists, involved in endless attacks against Israel and the United States, including the abduction of two IDF reservists in 2006 and the bombing of US embassies in Africa.
Less known than Osama bin Laden but considered a greater outlaw, Mughniyeh was implicated in the 1983 bombing of the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut that killed more than 300, as well as the 1994 bombing of the Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people, and the 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy in the same city, in which 29 died.
He apparently had strong ties with al-Qaida, and according to the testimony of Ali Muhammad - a senior al-Qaida operative who was arrested for involvement in the attacks on American embassies in Africa - Mughniyeh met with bin Laden in Sudan in 1993. Hizbullah, Muhammad said, provided explosives training for al-Qaida fighters. This relationship - and the fact that Mughniyeh was Hizbullah's liaison to al-Qaida - has led Western intelligence agencies to raise the possibility that he was also involved in the September 11 attacks.
Born in Tyre, Lebanon, in 1962, Mughniyeh did not attract attention until 1976, when he joined the PLO's Force 17 as a sniper targeting Christians on the Green Line dividing West and East Beirut.
Fatah officials told The Jerusalem Post that he had been very close to Yasser Arafat when the PLO was based in Beirut.
Mughniyeh was Hizbullah's chief liaison with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and was believed to have spent most of his time in Teheran under tight Iranian security. Outside of Iran, he reportedly never slept in the same place twice and constantly looked over his shoulder.
In January 2006, Mughniyeh is believed to have traveled with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Damascus for a meeting with Nasrallah, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Salah.
"He knew that he was on the FBI's list for many years, and he has lived many years according to this understanding - and this was strengthened following the Second Lebanon War," said Col. (res.) Dr. Eitan Azani, deputy executive director of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the IDC Herzliya and a former head of the Lebanese Desk at IDF Military Intelligence.
Wild Thing's comment.........
This is a huge kill! Great news! The Mossad strikes again! Words cannot convey the SATISFACTION to know that he is dead! This piece of goat shit was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of unarmed innocents and fine US military personnel.
Mugniyeh taught Al Qaeda how to make truck bombs that actually go “BOOM”, (see Aden Hotel attacks for more info) and also taught Al Qaeda their supposed signature technique of mulitple, simultaneaus attacks, during AQ initited consultations in Sudan, circa 1994.
Some of his worh he was so proud of:
Marine Barracks in ‘83
US Embassy in ‘83
Hostages at the Sheik Abdallah Barracks in Baalbek
Col. Higgins in ‘87
Buenos Aires bombings in ‘92
Khobar Towers in ‘94
and Robert Dean Stethem's murder has been avenged
Mughniyeh was one of the most dangerous and cruel terrorists,” Former Mossad head and Labor MK Danny Yatom said. “This is a huge achievement for the war against terror.”
“Mughniyeh was living on borrowed time,” Likud MK Silvan shalom said. “He is responsible for many deaths and his passing is a contribution to the international community’s war against terror.”
“When bastards like Mughniyeh, whose hands are covered in the blood of Israelis, Argentian Jews and Americans, go on to a ‘better place’, our world also becomes a better place,” Former chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud), said.”
Mark McKinnon McCain's Adviser Won't Fight Obama
McCain Adviser Won't Fight Obama
ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: A top adviser to John McCain said Wednesday that he will step down from the Arizona senator's presidential campaign if the presumed GOP nominee faces Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in the general election.
"I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama," said McCain adviser Mark McKinnon in an interview with NPR's "All Things Considered." "I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign."
McKinnon, who was a Democrat before serving as President Bush's ad maker in 2000 and 2004, said that he plans to be behind McCain "100 percent" no matter who the Democratic nominee is.
He explained, however, that if the Democrats nominate Obama, he will be supporting McCain "from the sidelines."
While saying that he does not agree with Obama on every issue, McKinnon gushed about the Illinois Democrat.
"I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal," said McKinnon. "I disagree with him on very fundamental issues. But I think, as I said, I think it would a great race for the country."
Wild Thing's comment........
This Obama-idolatry is getting ridiculous. He supports the candidate, but not the campaign?? Weird! OH but wait I keep forgetting, Obama is the Messiah, after all. More like the anti-Christ imo.
Does this mean that McNut's top advisor is NOT a conservative??? You oknow John like you are NOT a Conservative?? Johnnie, tell me it isn't so!! Tell me it isn't so!!!
No pity here from me for McCain, with his Juan Hernandez and this guy he surrounds himself by what he is more comfortable with ...............democrats and those not putting America first.
Political strategist Mark McKinnon is best known for his switch from working with Democratic candidates to Republican George W. Bush.
He is a lifelong Democrat who is now working for McCain and is usually seen in the background wearing a creepy hat.
In 1997, McKinnon met then Gov. Bush at dinner and claims he changed his mind about him. He says that he liked him and that's why he decided to cross-parties and work for his gubernatorial reelection campaign.
He was one of only a few top Bush staff that had access to the Bush debate prep tapes that somehow ended up being sent to the Gore campaign.
Interview With Obama Supporter In Houston Office About Che Guevara Flag
Maria Isabel was one of the Houston area Obama volunteers who had that Che Guevara flag on her wall (another group of Houston area Obama supporters also had the same flag on their wall).
Here's an interview with Maria Isabel who is a precinct captain for Barack Obama in Houston Texas. She was previously recently featured in a piece by the same TV station in which she was shown opening a new volunteer office for the Obama campaign. In the office, next to a small poster for Barack Obama, she had hung a HUGE Cuban flag emblazoned with the image of Che Guevara. Guevara was the Argentine murderer that helped establish the Castro dictatorship in Cuba before he was killed by Bolivian Rangers after trying to launch a similar guerrilla war in that country. Guevara was Castro's chief executioner at the Military Fortress called La Cabaña.
During the interview Maria Isabel Reveals that she is in fact Cuban herself. Most Cuban-Americans despise Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and the communist regime. Then again most Cuban-Americans are Republican. Obama's supporter and Democrats in general deny their socialist tendencies. Ms. Isabel apparently didn't get the memo. She's gotten it now.
Wild Thing's comment........
Busy busy busy. I guess she is just so damn busy being a trendy and liberal commie she does not have time to be an American, much less answer a single question.
Happy Valentine's Day Team Theodore And Our Troops
Valentines Day is here
and hundreds of thousands of United States soldiers
will be far away from their loved ones,
unable to share an affectionate embrace,
a romantic candlelight dinner,
a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers.
Valentines Day is about showing the ones you love
just how much they mean to you,
and no one knows this better
than friends and families of troops overseas.
So to all our Military, and their families,
to all the Veterans,
and to all of you that are friends of
Theodore's World blog.......
Angry Old Salt and I wish you all
a special Valentines Day!
Thank you for being in our lives and
to the troops, thank you for all you do
and for serving our country.Mbr>
Thank you for our freedom!
And Happy Valentines Day
to each one of you
that are such an important part of
Theodore's World blog
You are the song in my heart.
~ Wild Thing
February 13, 2008
For $1,000 You Can Enjoy “Cocktails With President Bill Clinton At Whitehaven
Drinks with ex-prez Clinton aren’t cheap
Generally speaking, even the bars on K Street lower their prices for happy hour as a lure for the work-weary to kick back a few and ease the stress of a long day.
So charging $1,000 for drinks might seem a bit steep, even for power drinkers enjoying bottles off the top shelf.
A fundraising e-mail from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign, however, is offering just that. For $1,000, attendees can enjoy “Cocktails with President Bill Clinton at Whitehaven.”
The e-mail, obtained by The Hill, said the Clintons’ Georgetown home on Whitehaven Street has “a handful of slots available” for those willing to pony up $1,000 to drink with the former president from 5 to 6:30 Wednesday evening.
The catch, other than the cost and possible liver damage, is that only those who still have money available to be used for the primaries are invited. In other words, the legions of Clinton contributors who have already maxed out will have to rely on their flasks and are not welcome Wednesday for drinks with Bill Clinton.
The invitation to primary contributors speaks loudly to the mad dash for cash the Clintons are engaged in with rival Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) as the primary battle now looks to go even deeper into the states.
Wild Thing's comment........
So I wonder what he is charging for groping? yikes
The Clinton's are such “grifters” ! They will lose money if Teddy shows up. heh heh
Barack Hussein Obama Video Surprise
The video was made by a man named Phil Valentine.
"Phil Valentine is host of The Phil Valentine. Phil Valentine is host of The Phil Valentine, a Westwood One syndicated radio show. In addition to his political views, he's known for his witty song parodies. PhilValentine.com "
Wild Thing's comment........
Giggle... this is so funny. I am laughing because the person that made this video used one of the graphics I made of Barack Hussein Obama. It was sent to me by Sgt.Barlow, and it has me smiling. I am stilll pretty new compared to some others at making graphics so this is a compliment that someone used something I made in a video.
I thought you all would get a kick out of it too. The graphic I made is the last one in the video. Obama with the bigger ears and the turbin on. heh heh It makes me happy because I worked on it for almost an hour to get the ears to look natural and the turbin just right.
I am always glad to see others realizie how awful Obama would be as President. The mainstream media refuses to ask Obama tough questions about his policy positions. His extreme Socialist vision for the country is only remarked upon by classifying him as a liberal.
I looked up Phil Valentine and also thought I would share this with you I thought was cool. He is a conservative so that makes me so happy that this happened.
From his BIO:
Former officer with the Tennessee STATE Guard as a media specialist with the Public Affairs Office attached to Headquarters - Certification in Special Operations: Search & Rescue
National television appearances on MSNBC, Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends,The O'Reilly Factor and others
Phil's Father was, Tim Valentine, was a U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of North Carolina (1983-1995)
Great-uncle, General Frank Armstrong, was the inspiration for the book and movie Twelve O'Clock High
Thank you Phil if you read this, I appreciate it and it is so kind of you. ~ Wild Thing
Teresa Heinz-Kerry hanging on Barack Hussein Obama
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (2nd L) is hugged by Teresa Heinz-Kerry, (L) wife of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (2nd R) who is pictured hugging Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, during an Obama campaign rally in Boston, Massachusetts, February 4, 2008 on the eve of the "Super Tuesday" primaries. ." ( Yahoo news photos)
Wild Thing's comment........
LMAO Could Obama look any more uncomfortable? She looks like she’s ‘marking’ her next husband!
Checking In With Our Troops
Anglers vie for bragging rights
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - More than 300 servicemembers and civilians from across the Multi-National Division - Baghdad area of operations gathered Feb. 9 o enjoy one of the world's favorite pastimes - fishing.
The idea of Operation: Catch Fish was brought to fruition by the joint efforts of two pro-fishermen from Florida and senior leaders from the military's Central Command, Joint Inter-Agency Coordination Group; Multi-National Corps - Iraq; and the Armed Forces Entertainment group.
The competitors cast their first lines mid-morning and continued late into the afternoon at the local fishermen's paradise: Z Lake.
The idea for the tournament was born in September when Air Force Maj. Steven Mathews, a native of Los Fresnos, Texas, who serves as an action officer with CENTCOM, JIACG, introduced himself to a new boss.
Mathews mentioned fishing as one of his hobbies, and his boss introduced him to Joe Mercurio, who hosts the Florida-based "Professional Tarpon Tournament Series" television show.
"Joe is a good American who supports his troops," said Mathews. "You know, I want to go fishing with those guys, and I thought it would be a good thing to do."
Mathews, with help from Mercurio and other troops in his unit, began ramping up for the project just after Christmas. He coordinated with MNC-I and AFE to set up the schedule, which brought forth Operation: Catch Fish to more than 20 locations in Iraq and Kuwait throughout a 10-day period.
Mercurio and his co-host, Kristen Berset, along with another Floridian pro-fisherman, Eric Mannino, coordinated with various sponsors to acquire nearly 12,000 pounds and $20,000 worth of donated equipment, prizes and giveaways.
Everyone competing in the tournament had the option of either using their own equipment or fishing with brand-new, sponsor-donated rods and lures. After the competition, the donations were given to the Camp Liberty Morale, Welfare and Recreation center.
Spc. Adam Hartley, a native of Big Point, Miss., who serves as a gunner on a personal security team with Company D, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, used a new rod in honor of his first time fishing since Hurricane Katrina.
"I used to fish out my bedroom window," said Hartley, adding he once lived in a houseboat.
Before being displaced by the hurricane, Hartley and his family participated in many small fishing competitions. In fact, the family even claimed 5th place honors in a semi-professional bass fishing tournament in Louisiana.
Grabbing top honors for the day was Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bobby Carter, a native of Smith, Ala., who serves as a maintenance officer with the Iraq Assistance Group, Multi-National Corps - Iraq, who hooked a 14-pound carp.
"It's a great feeling," said Carter, who has competed in small tournaments in the United States. "I can't win one back home, but now I can say I came to Iraq and won a fishing tournament."
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create fond fishing memories for deployed troops is what Berset said drew him to the idea of being part of Operation: Catch Fish.
"The most interesting thing is being able to talk to the troops," Berset said. "Of course, I get to hear all their stories about going out and securing these neighborhoods, but mostly what I hear is fishing stories. It seems like everyone has a fishing story."
Mercurio, Berset and Mannino not only plan to use footage from the tour to produce episodes for their television shows in Florida and on ESPN2, but they also want to put together a documentary to tell the troops' stories.
"This has been an unbelievable experience for the three of us. We want to thank you all for your sacrifices for us, our country and our freedom," said Mannino.
The organizers said they hope to make Operation: Catch Fish an annual event, and the MWR center plans to add smaller-scale fishing tournaments to its monthly program schedule in the future.
McCain Regarding Israel
Israeli reporter challenges McCain to polygraph after spat over interview
Senator John McCain and his Mideast policy inclinations are being challenged over an interview that he granted two years ago to Amir Oren, a journalist from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, on May 1, 2006, in which McCain declared that his administration "would send "the smartest guy I know" to the Middle East: "Brent Scowcroft, or Jim Baker though I know that you in Israel don't like Baker."
McCain reportedly added: "I would expect concessions and sacrifices by both sides."
When Oren asked McCain if that meant a "movement toward the June 4, 1967 armistice lines, with minor modifications," the reporter wrote, "McCain nodded in the affirmative."
To deflect criticism that he has encountered on the 2008 campaign trail, the McCain campaign has been quoting an article by John B. Judis, senior editor at The New Republic, who wrote in an article in that publication on October 25, 2006 that McCain was "miffed at his portrayal in Haaretz," saying that "after reading the Haaretz article and subsequent report in The Jewish Press [in New York]," he felt the need to "clear up several serious misimpressions." McCain said that "in contrast to the impression left by the Haaretz article, I've never held the position that Israel should return to 1967 lines, and that is not my position today."
The senator repeated this week what he said to the New Republic which was that "in the course of that brief, off-the-cuff conversation, I never discussed settlement blocs, a total withdrawal, or anything of the sort."
Reached at his desk in Tel Aviv, Oren said that McCain is "not telling the truth", and that he would gladly invite him to a polygraph to see who is telling the truth. He said the Republican frontrunner indeed recommended Baker and Scowcroft as potential candidates to deal with the Middle East, and that he clearly answered in the affirmative when it came to McCain's expectations of Israel, and how it should relate to further withdrawals.
Oren said that McCain stated clearly that Israel's policy should be one of "defending itself and withdrawing, defending itself and withdrawing." Far from an off the cuff conversation, Mr. Oren told the Bulletin that this was a formal interview that McCain provided him at the the Brussels Forum for American-European Relations, following an interview that McCain provided to the Washington Post. Oren mentioned to the Bulletin that the interview was conducted in the presence of McCain's aide, Richard Fontaine.
Oren was clearly upset to hear McCain was challenging the veracity of the interview from two years ago. In Oren's words, McCain should "show the same courage on the campaign trail that he showed in Vietnam."
David Bedein is a reporter for the the Philadelphia Bulletin (http://www.thebulletin.us), in which this article first appeared. Bedein is also Bureau Chief Israel Resource News Agency.
Wild Thing's comment........
The one who denies that kind of a challenge is the one who’s lying. Gee Baker again. Yeah that wholly owned stoodge of the House of Saud is really the guy to send to Israel. After all, his Iraq plan was such a great idea. ...NOT!
It would be really neat if each party, the DNC and the RNC would provide a list of names of those running for President and in that list have each important issue listed and how each candidate would handle it, what they would do or their plan. It would be a ton of work to do it but once done could be used by every voting American as a way of knowing the candidate better. Plus it would be actual quotes with dates as a reference and a way of blasting them when they come back with their lies or their flip flops. Just an idea anyway.
Instead it is left up to each person to search out information and we already know how lazy most voters are. Someone asked me today at the gym what did each of the candidates left plan on doing with Israel. I would have loved to have just had a sheet to hand them on this and all the issues. And take the discussion from there. I am no one and it would have been great as a backup.
February 12, 2008
More From Berkley Protest ~ OOHRAH!
If you run into Weston, give him a Hi 5 for me!
Hey Barack Hussein Obama , this guy from the Caribbean gets it, why don’t you!:
Berkley Commies Vs. The Good Guys
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, participating in the siege
The pinko communist citizens of Berklky and what they had to say about our Marines and our troops. In this shocking video, code pink calls all United States Marines war criminals. They also claim al qaeda is not a threat to the United States and that World War two was "wrong."
Military supporters descended on Berkeley early Tuesday, demanding the famously liberal California college town rescind its vote that says Marine recruiters are "not welcome in this city."
The pro-military demonstrators were met by anti-war protesters who had camped out overnight, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown late in the day when the City Council is to discuss whether to revoke its previous vote.
"Their treasonous action, especially at this time of war right now, is not acceptable," said Mary Pearson, a spokeswoman for the group Move America Forward
Wild Thing's comment........
If you would like to you can POST MESSAGE TO BERKELEY COUNCIL MEMEBERS - HERE
Vietnam veteran interviewed: "Code Pink and ANSWER are together out here doing this and it reminds me of the horrible reception I got when returning from Vietnam!" (voice breaking with emotion)
Loud chanting "NO FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BERKELY!" Signs are GREAT!
This is from one of our lurkers here at TW that reads this blog every day.
"I'm in Berkeley. I just came back from my lunch break -- while walking outside, I saw a plane flying overhead towing a big sign that stated clearly, in red letters, "Semper Fidelis."
HERE is a video that shows how the pinko communists at the entrance demonstration outside the Marine Corps recruiting office in Berkeley.
More this and this is about the Democrats and of course vile Harry Reid! dfrom The Hill Harry Reid’s move delayed rap on Berkeley:
Senate Democrats left two days of legislative business officially open last week, hobbling GOP efforts to bring up a bill punishing a liberal California city for scolding Marine Corps recruiters.
Republicans said Democrats clearly wanted to avoid being forced to choose between the Marine Corps or Berkeley, Calif., known for its liberalism and fervent anti-war positions.
Instead of adjourning at the end of a day as usual, the Senate “recessed” twice, a move that, under Senate rules, slows the process of adding new bills to the calendar. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not adjourn until last Friday, effectively pushing back floor consideration on the GOP bill until Tuesday — the same day that the city council is likely to tone down its call for Marine Corps recruiters to leave town.“The only reason to recess is to block something, and the thing that got blocked by Reid’s stall tactic was the Semper Fi Act,” said spokesman Wesley Denton, referring to the bill introduced by his boss, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).“Democrats have chosen not to defend the Marine Corps, but to pander to anti-war protesters and Berkeley officials that are actively trying to impede military recruitment.”
That tactic effectively delayed an effort by DeMint and five other conservatives to bring forward a bill, introduced on Feb. 6, that would strip Berkeley of $2 million worth of earmarks inserted into the $516 billion omnibus spending bill Bush signed into law at the end of 2007. According to three GOP aides, DeMint signaled on Feb. 6 that he would request that the bill be placed on the legislative calendar before the decision was made to recess, rather than adjourn, for the night.“Berkeley needs to learn that their actions have consequences,” DeMint said.
The California Democrats who sponsored the earmarks, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Barbara Lee, say they will fight for the funding, which includes a lunch program at a Berkeley school district, ferry service and a new endowment at the University of California-Berkeley.“Senator DeMint may not like what the Berkeley City Council has to say, but to punish the children, police, first responders and university for something they had nothing to do with is just plain wrong,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for Boxer.
Republicans introduced the bill to reprimand the city for its decision to tell the Marine Corps in a letter that a recruiting office was “not welcome” in the city and that the recruiters were “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”
The council also voted to make it easier for the anti-war group Code Pink to protest against the recruiters, assigning a parking space once a week for six months in front of the office and relaxing noise restrictions so that the activists can more easily interrupt the Marines’ activities.
This from Berkley:
KTVU.com in Berkley
Hundreds of demonstrators representing both sides of the Iraq War debate squared off in Berkeley early Tuesday, exchanging verbal taunts and angry insults as police stood nearby while the hours counted down to a controversial City Council vote over the future of Marine recruiting in the Bay Area college town.
"We're delighted. We're excited about the whole thing. It just shines a much needed light on the issue of the war," said peace activist and Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin.
"It would be very very challenging for us to try to separate the groups. Certainly, if there's any volatility, if there's anything physical that happens, we are going to manage that," said Berkeley police officer Mary Kusmiss.
The Marine Corps says it has no plans on abandoning its recruiting station. Berkeley is still facing the threat of having federal and state funds cut off if it tries to get the Marines out. Medea Benjamin says that threat shouldn't be taken seriously.
"Then give Berkeley back the $56 million that it will spend this year alone on the war so we can invest it in what we want here, which would be schools and health care and green jobs and solar panels for our homes. That would make us a lot more secure than a war in Iraq," argued Benjamin.
LOVE it thank you ! God bless our Marines!!!!!
....Thank you Mark for the headsup for link at Michelle's. I really appreictae it. And thank you John 5 (VN 69/70) for the top graphic.
White House Wants $1.4 Billion Stimulus National Security Package For MEXICO
The White House wants a $1.4 billion stimulus/national security package…for Mexico
The plan is called “The Merida Initiative.” The White House has had this plan in the works for nearly a year with little congressional input on either side of the border.
The State Dept is leading the way.
Shannon O’Neil, CFR’s Mexico expert, says that although many members of Congress are upset at not being consulted on the details of a new $1.4 billion multiyear initiative to bolster Mexico’s crackdown on drug and criminal rings, she believes that it will get congressional approval. “There is political will on both sides to help Mexico out,” she says.
The State Dept. disclosed the first phase of the Merida Initiative last October, involving some $550 million in aid for inspection scanners, helicopters, surveillance tools, and case management software:
This partnership would support coordinated strategies to:
*Produce a safer and more secure hemisphere where criminal organizations no longer threaten governments and regional security; and
*Prevent the entry and spread of illicit drugs and transnational threats throughout the region and to the United States.
To achieve these goals, President Bush has requested $550 million as part of a multi-year program to provide:
*Non-intrusive inspection equipment, ion scanners, canine units for Mexican customs, for the new federal police and for the military to interdict trafficked drugs, arms, cash and persons.
*Technologies to improve and secure communications systems to support collecting information as well as ensuring that vital information is accessible for criminal law enforcement.
*Technical advice and training to strengthen the institutions of justice – vetting for the new police force, case management software to track investigations through the system to trial, new offices of citizen complaints and professional responsibility, and establishing witness protection programs.
*Helicopters and surveillance aircraft to support interdiction activities and rapid operational response of law enforcement agencies in Mexico.
*Initial funding for security cooperation with Central America that responds directly to Central American leaders’ concerns over gangs, drugs, and arms articulated during July SICA meetings and the SICA Security Strategy.
*Includes equipment and assets to support counterpart security agencies inspecting and interdicting drugs, trafficked goods, people and other contraband as well as equipment, training and community action programs in Central American countries to implement anti-gang measures and expand the reach of these measures in the region.
Now where did this initiative come from?
It actually came from the Mexican side. Calderon proposed to Bush to do some sort of joint project back in March when they met together in Merida, so hence it becomes the Merida Initiative. In the first year, Bush is proposing $500 million of aid to Mexico and over the next three years $1.4 billion worth of aid to help Calderon build up his technological equipment and police and military forces to combat the drug cartels.
Is there a bill now before Congress?
Sure. It is a supplementary funding bill mainly for Iraq, in which the Merida Initiative is included. It is $500 million as a part of a larger $50 billion package. So it’s tied in some ways to the state of the Iraq funding as well, which is of course an issue in its own right.
Has the initiative gone to any committee for consideration?
This is just added on. So the people in the House and Senate foreign relations committees are discussing this but the administration hasn’t sent someone yet to really discuss the nitty-gritty of this bill to either of the subcommittees yet. So they haven’t really yet started hatching up the issues yet. Congress has complained that its members were left out of the negotiation process.
Usually when there is a major initiative, people from the State Department or the Defense Department go to Capitol Hill and brief the staff people on what’s up. Why was this done so secretively?
It’s hard to know. In fact the House subcommittee on the western hemisphere had asked the State Department to come right after it was really released. The department said, “Not yet. We’re going to come in a couple of weeks with more information.” So it’s a little unclear why they have been so secretive. But perhaps it’s because they were really hammering out these negotiations with the Mexican government and trying to deal with the sensitivities of Mexico.
were left out of the negotiation process.
Also, according to one expert, “Mexico is very protective of its sovereignty and very worried about any incursion of U.S. security forces or private contractors—like Blackwater—coming in to train Mexicans.”
And what does Mexico do for the United States?
Mexico refuses to extradite criminal suspects who’ve fled from the U.S. down to Mexico unless our prosecutors drop death penalty charges against them.
BUT this is not all of it, yes there is more, while seeing all of this at Michelle Malkins blog I did a search online and also found this - Wild Thing
Mexican president to visit US amid immigration debate
Mexican president Felipe Calderon was to arrive in the United States Sunday for a working visit amid a fiery US election-year debate over illegal immigrants from Latin America......
Calderon will not be meeting with his US counterpart George W. Bush, despite it being his first visit since he became president in December 2006.
Nor will he meet with any of the leading candidates for the US presidency, whose campaign has highlighted the debate over the US handling of millions of illegal immigrants, including an estimated five million Mexicans, and efforts to build a wall along much of the two neighbors' 3,000 kilometer (1,600 mile) border.
Instead, Calderon will travel to New York, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento and Los Angeles to meet with expatriate Mexican community leaders and academic and financial sector figures.
Calderon told the New York Times in an interview Thursday that the heightened furor over illegal immigrants was threatening the close relationship between Mexico and the United States.
"I'm very worried because this has generated an atmosphere full of prejudice, an anti-immigrant atmosphere with certain themes that are also anti-Mexican, that benefits no one," he told the Times.
"It seems to me the worst thing the two countries could do is make our people think our enemy is our neighbor."
He was also critical of the US approach to Latin America in general.
"What is clear to me is that in Latin America, and in the world, for some reason the United States has been losing friends, and it seems to me it should do everything possible to reach out to the few friends it has left."
In New York their meetings will include financier David Rockefeller, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, New York Federal Reserve president Timothy Geithner, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Wild Thing's comment........
And party hacks are still wondering why 'stupid' conservative voters aren't jumping on the party bandwagon. Unbelievable that the Democrats are the one questioning this. I realize the Democrats will always be critical of anything GWB is doing. The line drawn between the good guys and the bad guys has molded into one. With just a few straglers remaining that LOVE our country and want a soverign nation and want to secure our boders especially since we are at WAR. Not that would be someting wouldn't it. To actually HELP our troops fight this war and secure our borders and stop kissing up to the illegal lovers in our government.
Mexico is NOT our friend, nor is it anywhere near being an ally, and worse yet our leaders are the enemy of our country most of them.
OH and you will love this too, look at this that I found, from the Laraza .com site.......
“the Calderón government hoped that Bush would offer at least three times the $1.4 billion finally agreed upon.”
We can’t—or won’t—control our southwestern border. The Mexicans are actively thwarting our attempts to do so.
And our president gives them over a billion dollars. And we have a man in our own party that has had 3 Amnesty plans and he is running for President. And we are told he is a (choke cough) conservative!
Absolutely incredible! I am so sick of GW not listening!!! And McCain is not going to listen either. He makes me ill when he gets that smug look on his face and says " I will build YOUR fence". Why NOT his fence too this is HIS country for pet'e sake.
Clinton sold us out to the Chinese - a nation arming themselves to destroy us from the outside. El presidente Shrub has sold us out for illegal immigrants to destroy us from the inside. And we are told by Bush that he is a conservative and so is John McCain as he back him for President.
....Thank you Mark for telling me about this.
Che Guevara On Flag in Houston Campaign Office For Obama
The flag of the Castro-led Cuba regime, with Che Guevara's face superimposed on the side. A Fox report from Houston captured this image as it showed Obama supporters celebrating his momentum after Super Tuesday.
This clip from myfoxhouston.com shows a Barack Obama office in Houston with a flag over the desk...not the American flag, but the Cuban flag. And the flag is adorned by a picture of infamous terrorist, tyrant, and opponent of democracy, Che Guevara.
Che Guevara was a violent communist anti-American, something nobody would dispute.
Troops Having Fun And Visits With Our Awesome Military
Airmen having fun
Lillian Garcia sings Anthem in Iraq with troops
Hillary's New Campaign Manager Maggie Williams
Meet Maggie Williams, Hillary Clinton's new campaign manager
Among Billaryland's inner circle, Maggie Williams is renowned as the ultimate Hillary loyalist, fierce and unwavering in her devotion for nearly 25 years.
As the First Lady's chief of staff, her office was in the West Wing, right next to Hillary's.
Her title gave away the extent of her clout: assistant to the President as well as Hillary's gatekeeper and chief enforcer.
Even detractors agree with her admirers that Williams would go to the mat for Hillary.
A Kansas City native, Williams, 53, was a central player in the Clinton damage-control machine during the White House years.
In 1995, a uniformed Secret Service officer swore under oath he saw her leave White House lawyer and Hillary confidant Vince Foster's office carrying documents after Foster committed suicide. Williams denied it.
She ran up more than $100,000 in legal bills defending Hillary in various investigations.
A former aide to Reps. Morris Udall of Arizona and Robert Torricelli (later senator) of New Jersey, Williams' ties to Hillary date to when they both were at the Children's Defense Fund in the 1980s.
After the Clintons left the White House, Williams was named president of Fenton Communications, a leading public relations and consulting firm.
When Bill and Hillary Clinton made remarks before the South Carolina primary that offended African-Americans, the campaign put her on the airwaves to try to quell the uproar.
"She's never run a political campaign, but she has run a staff and isn't afraid to crack heads," a Democratic booster said.
And also this............
She was knee-deep in the Johnny Chung scandal.
She was knee-deep in the Johnny Chung scandal.
Flashback: March 17, 1997, Time mag:
Sometimes,” President Bill Clinton mused on Friday afternoon, “there is a difference between what is legal and what ought to be done.” And with that he offered a guided tour of Washington’s favorite hideaway–the fertile, foggy valley that lies somewhere between what is wrong and what is illegal. You don’t have to be a lawyer to get in, but it helps to think like one.
Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Maggie Williams, was spending the day there in March 1995, when California businessman Johnny Chung walked into her White House office one morning and handed her a check for $50,000. It was just “a rather unusual circumstance,” Clinton explained last week. She didn’t actually ask Chung for the money as the price of admission to sit in on the President’s radio address two days later. She wasn’t “receiving” contributions on federal property; she was just passing them along. And she certainly didn’t “solicit” them, which federal law forbids.
Or does it? Or did she? Chung’s lawyer, Brian Sun, told TIME that Chung had approached Williams’ aide Evan Ryan the day before, hoping to arrange a cozy lunch in the White House mess for some Chinese businessmen and a later meeting with the First Lady. Somehow the subject turned to Democratic Party needs. Ryan remarked that the President’s party had to cover the costs of political events held by the First Lady at the White House, although Ryan “does not recall” that conversation. So Chung came back the next day and handed Williams that “unsolicited” $50,000 check for the Democratic National Committee. According to Sun, Chung did so with the understanding that it would help him gain access for his guests, who indeed dined in the mess and had their pictures taken with Hillary the next day.
Wild Thing's comment........
Hillary must think she's in real trouble to bring in a fixer like Maggie.
Maggie was also allegedly the "bag lady" for unlawful campaign contributions delivered to the White House, including Chinese funny-money in clear violation of the FEC.
Her involvement in Vince Foster's unfortunate mishap in a remote DC park is also malodorous. She was apparently involved in sanitizing Vince's office of all White Water evidence, and had at least a minor role in the mysterious "suicide" note caper.
When asked at the White Water hearings why she took them home, her reply was she had to do laundry in the middle of the day. This is also the women who lived in France after the White Water hearings until the dust settled.
McCain’s Radical Hispanic Outreach Director
McCain’s radical Hispanic outreach director
Wild Thing's comment........
This is the man McCain chose for his "Hispanic Outreach Director." In the past week McCain was asked about this choice, and he said he chose Hernandez because he agrees with his positions. If so, McCain is supporting invasion and reconquista.
Iin our Constitution, Article 4 Section 4, where it says the federal government MUST protect the states from invasion, and I can only conclude one thing, John McCain has no respect for our country or our Constitution.
Something I noticed in this video. I had to listen to it twice to make sure. I heard Juan Hernandez several times say " my friend". Now who does that remind me of? McCain and his constant saying that into nausium.
February 11, 2008
Taking Sides ~ Penned by Rhod
Whatever America will have accomplished by its mission in Iraq, one thing is already clear here at home. Between the Vietnam and Iraq wars, a large and simplistic body of “ pacifist” opinion had gathered in America, and the Iraq war turned it loose. You might ask where it was during the Bosnian campaign, which brought us closer to large-scale warfare than at any other time since Vietnam. Simple. That mission was prosecuted by a liberal Democrat, which means that any misadventure will be judged by liberals in The Court of No Opinion.
But more to the point, with Clinton, the Democrats had no backbone, for a battle among themselves with the radical anti-war forces flourishing within the party. They also had the purifying idealism of fighting oppression and genocide to alibi the killing in Bosnia. This same fluctuating idealism was lavished briefly on the Afghans, but almost entirely withheld from Iraqis. If it doesn’t make sense to you, you’re insane.
When Bush decided to react to the continuous, low-grade war waged upon us for thirty years by Islamists, he spend a befuddled year seeking permission to fight back. This allowed time for the Western anti-war armies to assemble and plan their opposition to it.. When our troops finally left the gate, we found that we were at war with at least two enemies – Islamists here and abroad – and the non-violent legions of The West, to whom war is unthinkable, especially if waged by Republicans on behalf of Western civilization.
Men of my age and background faced these folks in the 1960’s. I knew people then who called themselves “ pacifists”, people who were smugly non-violent because they never had to fight for anything. They didn’t know how to fight. They attributed their comfort and good luck to good character and superior ideas, and this fallacy turned upon their conceit that violence is east and non-violence is difficult. The opposite is actually true. Fighting might be sometimes exciting, but it’s never easy. Only the idealist young, the foolish or the deranged go looking for it, while the prudent and old are simply prepared.
But the people I’m talking about weren’t actually pacifists, they were passive. I’d trust a principled pacifist more then someone who is vaguely anti-war and blithely non-violent. Pacifism as a way of life is deeply complicated, and it’s a respectable approach to personal revelation and conduct. It’s not easy to be a principled pacifist. It’s dangerous too (you can be a medic or Corpsmant in the military, or you can practice warfare of the non-violent kind- Satyagraha, or firmness in the truth, generally thought of as passive resistance. This was Ghandi’s kind of warfare against British rule. It expressed another absolutely essential element of doctrinaire pacifism – a coherent philosophy of good and evil. Ghandi knew that, in all human disputes, it matters which side wins. He fought with non –violent weapons at his philosophical disposal, but he fought, nevertheless. He didn’t refuse, he didn’t equivocate, he didn’t temporize. He fought and he knew right from wrong.
In contrast, the pacifism of 1960’s liberalism, which survives today, usually includes the perfidious rule that America is a preternatural aggressor, and always includes the irrational belief that the problem of war can be resolved by high-minded declarations of righteousness. UN Resolutions. Violence never solved anything. What if they gave a war and nobody came? Stop the war. And that peal in this bed of stones, both sides are at fault.
The claim that both sides are at fault upholds the fantasy that Reason would prevent the organized violence of war; that only the mad or disordered can consider war as a solution to anything. But in the world of solid objects, there is a lot of madness, evil and brutality. It’s simply true that with most wars of the past 300 years, someone with mad, warlike intentions showed up, and the injured parties had to do something about it.
No non-violent philosophy can sustain a society for long when it refuses to acknowledge that war, if not always necessary, will always have an outcome that matters; that the victory of one or the other will make a moral difference. It is always necessary to take sides, because no opposing claims are equally just, not in any human place except in the strange land of relationship counselors.
Those who wallow in the selfish contentment of an unearned peace; who condemn the willing warrior at his task, or who have never been down in the muck or war, or risen with outrage at the wickedness of an enemy, have much to learn about war and themselves. Passivity of this kind is a virtue untested. And even worse, as LBJ learned, capriciousness and restraint in Vietnam encouraged the Russians, not because we refused to fight, but that we fought with reluctance and moral confusion. The outcome mattered, but we acted as if it didn’t. Our enemies will always notice both failings and act accordingly. They know that it matters which side wins.
Barack Hussein Obama Gathering In Seattle
Looks to me like an Obama Rage Girl
YOu can also scroll down where it has comments. I feel sick!!!!
. From the Seattle Post Wild Thing's comment........ We are seeing the cult of Obama take shape. God help our country. Take a look at THIS.... OBAMA THE MESSIAH And then there is THIS VIDEO called Yes We Can. I cannot believe this is happening, and that so many people are this stupid. I am seeing it with my own eyes and I still find it hard to believe. Before You Go ,,,Please Click to see video About the CD: As we lose those who gave us so much to age and time, it is our hope that the wondrous technology of the age of Internet will help us to deliver this tribute and message of thanks to every surviving veteran of the Second World War, their families and descendants. With our profound thanks to those who we can never adequately thank, and in the hope that you will help us spread our message, we offer "Before You Go". Though dedicated to the veterans of the Second World War, we view "Before You Go" to be equally applicable to all of the veterans of subsequent wars and current conflicts who have responded to the call of their country and placed their lives on the line on our behalf when asked to do so. We wish to thank all of those who have contributed their photographic services to this project without charge in order to add their thanks to the veterans who have given us so much."
Before You Go
"Before You Go" is offered as an expression of heartfelt gratitude to those who fought and won the Second World War - for their bravery, gallantry and sacrifices that assure the continued enjoyment of freedoms unprecedented in the history of mankind.
From the Seattle Post
Wild Thing's comment........
We are seeing the cult of Obama take shape. God help our country.
Take a look at THIS.... OBAMA THE MESSIAH
And then there is THIS VIDEO called Yes We Can.
I cannot believe this is happening, and that so many people are this stupid. I am seeing it with my own eyes and I still find it hard to believe.
Before You Go ,,,Please Click to see video
About the CD:
As we lose those who gave us so much to age and time, it is our hope that the wondrous technology of the age of Internet will help us to deliver this tribute and message of thanks to every surviving veteran of the Second World War, their families and descendants.
With our profound thanks to those who we can never adequately thank, and in the hope that you will help us spread our message, we offer "Before You Go".
Though dedicated to the veterans of the Second World War, we view "Before You Go" to be equally applicable to all of the veterans of subsequent wars and current conflicts who have responded to the call of their country and placed their lives on the line on our behalf when asked to do so. We wish to thank all of those who have contributed their photographic services to this project without charge in order to add their thanks to the veterans who have given us so much."
Wild Thing's comment........
This is a wonderful and very touching video tribute and thank you. It is an honor to post this here at this blog among Veterans other wars and those of us that have loved ones serving now.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
McCain Defends Amnesty and Open Borders Juan Hernandez
John McCain Defends Amnesty & Open Borders Juan Hernandez
Wild Thing's comment........
Good grief, he says he doesn't know previous positions of Juan Hernandez. Come on John at least don't lie about it. Well at least he didn't have this woman removed from the room like he did the other one in the TownHall meeting.
Leave It To The Marines ~ LOL
Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Cokie Roberts, and a tough U.S. Marine
Sergeant were all captured by terrorists in Iraq. The leader of the
terrorists told them that he would grant them each one last request
before they were beheaded .
Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan; so I'd like one last bowlful of
hot spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling who left and
returned with the chili. Rather ate it all and said, "Now I can die
Peter Jennings said, "I am Canadian, so I'd like to hear the song "O
Canada" one last time." The leader nodded to a terrorist who had
studied the Western world and knew the music. He returned with some
rag-tag musicians and played the anthem. Jennings sighed and declared
he could now die peacefully.
Cokie Roberts said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my
tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen.
Maybe someday someone will hear it and know that I was on the job
till the end."
The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and
Roberts dictated some comments. She then said, "Now I can die happy."
The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your
"Kick me in the ass," said the Marine.
"What?" asked the leader? "Will you mock us in your last hour?"
"No, I'm not kidding. I want you to kick me in the ass," insisted the
Marine. So the leader shoved him into the open, and kicked him in the
The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm
pistol from inside his cammies, and shot the leader dead. In the
resulting confusion, he leapt to his knapsack, pulled out his M4
carbine and sprayed the Iraqis with gunfire. In a flash, all the
Iraqis were either dead or fleeing for their lives.
As the Marine was untying Rather, Jennings, and Roberts, they asked
him, "Why didn't you just shoot them in the beginning? Why did you
ask them to kick you in the ass first?"
"What," replied the Marine, "and have you three Assholes report that
I was the aggressor?
....Thank you SSgt Steve (USMC)
Moslems For Obama Should Concern Everyone
Radical Muslims for Obama
By Joe Kaufman
With its similarity to popular online sites such as Facebook and MySpace and its links to a network of grassroots blogs, Barack Obama’s campaign website has been hailed as a testament to the candidate’s transformative politics.
But at least part of the senator’s online outreach, “Muslim Americans for Obama ’08,” proposes installing Muslim prayer areas in public places and giving Muslims time off for prayer and has denounced Obama’s colleagues in the U.S. Senate who happen to be Jewish. This segment of Obama's online outreach also has ties to unindicted co-conspirators in terror trials and has recruited Obama supporters from among the ranks of fundamentalist Muslim extremists.
On the blog, which is attached to BarackObama.com, viewers can read about “the Senate pro-Israeli zionist hawk Joe Lieberman,” as well as criticism aimed at Obama himself for getting too cozy with the Israeli lobby. As stated on the blog, that last part was derived from information found on Electronic Intifada (EI), a terror apologist website based in Chicago, Illinois, Obama’s hometown. According to the site’s co-founder, Ali Abunimah, Senator Obama once told him, regarding Abunimah’s anti-American and anti-Israel writings, to “Keep up the good work!”
While the Muslim Americans for Obama ’08 blog is hosted by Obama’s website, it is actually part of another site that goes by the same name, located at muslimsforobama08.com. The registered agent for the site is Zakiyah Omar, a women’s costume designer from Jacksonville, Florida. Omar has been involved in the Obama campaign since December 2006 (She has had the site since February ’07). She too has her own blog hosted by the official Obama website.
On the Muslim Americans for Obama ’08 site, one will find a list of upcoming events, issues and solutions, details on how to join, a links section to sites of interest, and of course, a link to the blog. There’s even a toll-free number to call for more information.
Within the events section, a number of the listings pertain to conferences and conventions being sponsored by organizations that have a number of troubling ties. One is the 44th Annual ISNA National Convention, held in Rosemont, Illinois.
ISNA or the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was recently named an “Unindicted Co-conspirator” for a Dallas trial that dealt with the funding of millions of dollars to Hamas. Beginning in December 2003, ISNA was the subject of a Senate investigation into the financing of terror groups overseas. The group currently uses its website to propagate violent hatred against Jews and Christians. (more info at Frontpage)
Another of the events listed is the 32nd ICNA-MAS Convention, held in Hartford, Connecticut. ICNA or the Islamic Circle of North America, in August 2006, was the top donor to a Pakistani charity that, at the time, had given $99,000 to the head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal. Four people associated with the ICNA-related ‘Houston Taliban’ were arrested and charged with jihad training with firearms, for the purpose of joining the Taliban to attack Americans overseas.
MAS or the Muslim American Society, like ISNA, uses the web to spread violent hatred against non-Muslims. In April 2004, MAS’s Communications Director, Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his activities within the ‘Virginia Jihad Network,’ a group that was conspiring with Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) to attack Americans and Indians abroad.
Yet another event listing is the 2007 MANA National Convention, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. MANA or the Muslim Alliance in North America was founded in May of 2000, in response to the arrest of cop killer H. Rap Brown, a.k.a. Jamil Al-Amin. The President (Amir) of the organization is Siraj Wahhaj, an individual that was named by the U.S. government an “Unindicted Co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
According to Muslim Americans for Obama ’08, it took part in “VOTER REGISTRATION/INFORMATION BOOTHS,” at each of the above venues. Taking that into consideration, since Muslim Americans for Obama ’08 is officially part of the Barack Obama for President team – or as the campaign puts it, “Community” – one can conclude that Senator Obama and/or his campaign had sanctioned its attendance at these events.
Further troubling are the following “Issues & Solutions” on the site:
* Institute a Law to allow Muslim Employees to take an hour off from work for Friday Jummah Prayer.
* Make the 2 Eid’s recognized National Holidays on Calendars with days off from work.
* Provide prayer areas suitable for Salah and Jummah, in public and private facilities. (i.e. Malls, Airports, Universities and government buildings.)
Found on the right side of the website’s homepage are a series of links, most of which deal with information about Senator Obama and the campaign. One of them, though, is a link to Aswat Al-Islam, a radical Islamic multimedia outlet. Muslim Americans for Obama ’08 lists it as “Quran (Audio) English Translation.”
Aswat Al-Islam features the works of such Islamist luminaries as: “Uninidicted Co-conspirators” of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Siraj Wahhaj and Bilal Philips; anti-Christian bigot, Ahmed Deedat; pro-wife beating author, Jamal Badawi; suicide bombing supporter, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi; and the chief cleric of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, who has called for the murders of Jews, Christians and Americans and has described Jews as “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the killers of prophets, and the grandsons of monkeys and pigs,” Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais.
According to Muslim Americans for Obama ’08, Senator Barack Obama “is the BEST candidate for the job in 2008.” But being the best candidate should have as a requisite keeping company that is worthy of respect. Recently, Obama has been cited for having a racist and anti-Israel pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and a campaign advisor that has expressed sympathy for Hamas and Hezbollah, Robert Malley.
If Sen. Obama truly is worthy of the presidency of the United States, he should publicly distance himself from these extremist groups and individuals. And if he does not want his campaign to be seen as hospitable to radical voices, he should sever his ties with the blog that provides credible evidence for this charge.
Wild Thing's comment........
Interesting article and he provides a lot of links and oh how I wish we had a different media. One that would get the true word out on all the candidates.
They could take one candidate an evening, no holds bared kind of thing for everyone in both political parties. Then just let the people decide but this way they would have all the facts in their faces. It might wake up some on the left that are not too far left and it would shame the RNC for giving us freaking rino's that descent people have had to talk themselves into voting for. Or am I dreaming here. sigh
February 10, 2008
Ouch, that's going to leave a mark! Hillary Crys From Her Left Eye!
Obama sweeps 3 states, Huckabee takes 2
Sen. Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state Saturday night, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Illinois senator also won caucuses in the Virgin Islands, completing his best night of the campaign.
"Today, voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say 'yes we can'" Obama told a cheering audience of Democrats at a party dinner in Richmond, Va.
He jabbed simultaneously at Clinton and Arizona Sen. John McCain, saying the election was a choice between debating the Republican nominee-in-waiting "about who has the most experience in Washington, or debating him about who's most likely to change Washington. Because that's a debate we can win."
Clinton preceded Obama to the podium. She did not refer to the night's voting, instead turning against McCain. "We have tried it President Bush's way," she said, "and now the Republicans have chosen more of the same."
She left quickly after her speech, departing before Obama's arrival. But his supporters made their presence known, sending up chants of "Obama" from the audience as she made her way offstage.
Obama's winning margins ranged from substantial to crushing.
He won roughly two-thirds of the vote in Washington state and Nebraska, and almost 90 percent in the Virgin Islands.
Nearly complete Louisiana returns showed Obama with 57 percent of the vote, to 36 percent for the former first lady. As in his earlier Southern triumphs in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, Obama, a black man, rode a wave of African-American support to victory in Louisiana. Clinton won the white vote overwhelmingly.
Wild Thing's comment........
The other night when they were counting the votes on Super Tuesday, they asked a group of people to name one thing that Obama has done in the past two years as Sen. that they liked. NO hands went up, no one could think of even one thing. The room went completely silent.
The man asking the question said to Hannity..... this is amazing they can't come up with even one thing.
Of course not Obama is imo hand sealed and delivered by Soros to the USA. His hand picked candidate from back when he ran for the Senate. Again this is my opinion but how on earth could a man that has done nothing as a Senator, even his voting was mostly "present" instead of yea or nay on things. Just too weird! And none of the media even mention this. They prefer to just say how great he is, and the huge crowds that gather to hear him speak.
Border-control Activists Bemoan McCain's Rise
Border-control Activists Bemoan McCain's Rise
Houston Chronicle ...for complete article
They've set up surveillance on the Rio Grande and filmed illegal immigrants crossing the river by night.
They've mapped border crossing spots from Texas to California in airplanes mounted with cameras. They've confronted day laborers on street corners and parking lots in Houston.
But now activist groups working to limit illegal immigration are stunned and dismayed by the rise of Arizona Sen. John McCain as the likely Republican presidential nominee — and a threat to their work and cause.
In their world, McCain is a traitor because he fought for a landmark bill last year that offered a path to citizenship for undocumented residents, a move some critics derided as "amnesty."
Members of these groups were discouraged Thursday after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — who took a hard line against illegal immigration — dropped out of the presidential race.
Some now joke about voting for Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton. Others say it's time to switch to Republican Rep. Ron Paul, while others hope that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee can somehow surge to the fore.
''There is no scenario anymore, everything is gone," lamented Shannon McGauley, founder and president of the Texas Minutemen, whose members have conducted operations on the Southwest border.
Curtis Collier, the head of U.S. Border Watch in Houston, said McCain's ascendancy, simply put, ''is bad for us, I'll be honest."
''None of the candidates are strong on immigration, and Romney probably was the strongest," said Collier, whose group regularly confronts day laborers at informal hiring centers around Houston. ''Now that he's gone, many of our issues are in trouble."
The depth of the negative feelings for McCain can be seen in comments by conservatives such as commentators Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, who liken the GOP candidate to his Democratic counterparts.
''I don't see much difference between Hillary and McCain on immigration," said Louise Whiteford, president of Texans for Immigration Reform in Houston, which has 400-plus members. ''That doesn't give us much of a choice."
Consequently, Whiteford said her organization will begin focusing on local elections to advocate their agendas.
Wild Thing's comment........
Memo to McCain, if you become President please take seriously American sovereignty when you push through your Amnesty bill for the illegal foreign invasion.
The Straight Talk Express is more aptly named the “BS Limited.”
Paging Al Gore ~ Biofuels Harm More Then Help
Biofuels harm more than help, studies find
Growing crops to make alternative fuel releases large amount of carbon into air
The rush to grow biofuel crops – widely embraced as part of the solution to global warming – is actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions rather than reducing them, according to two studies published Thursday in the journal Science.
One analysis found that clearing forests and grasslands to grow the crops releases vast amounts of carbon into the air – far more than the carbon spared from the atmosphere by burning biofuels instead of gasoline.
"We're rushing into biofuels, and we need to be very careful," said Jason Hill, an economist and ecologist at the University of Minnesota who co-authored the study. "It's a little frightening to think that something this well intentioned might be very damaging."
Even converting existing farmland from food to biofuel crops increases greenhouse gas emissions as food production is shifted to other parts of the world, resulting in the destruction of more forests and grasslands to make way for farmland, the second study found.
The analysis calculated that a U.S. cornfield devoted to producing ethanol would have to be farmed for 167 years before it would begin to achieve a net reduction in emissions.
"Any biofuel that uses productive land is going to create more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves," said Timothy Searchinger, a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the study's lead author.
Since 2000, annual U.S. production of corn-based ethanol has jumped from 1.6 billion gallons to 6.5 billion gallons – supplying about 5 percent of the nation's fuel for transportation, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
Federal legislation passed last year calls for production of ethanol to more than double over the next decade.
Food crops such as corn, palm oil, sugar cane and soy beans have so far been the main source of biofuels because they are already grown in abundance and relatively easy to convert.
The fuels are environmentally attractive because, unlike fossil fuels, they are theoretically carbon-neutral. Carbon is released when the fuel is burned, but a similar amount is absorbed from the atmosphere as the crops grow.
Calculating the actual increase or decrease in carbon emissions has been difficult because of myriad factors involved, such as the energy used to produce the fuels and the varying amounts of carbon released through cultivation.
The biggest source of emission, by far, comes from land-use changes associated with biofuels, the new studies showed.
Several scientists said it is becoming clear that the biofuel industry needs to focus on potential biofuel sources that do not increase pressure on land, such as municipal trash, crop waste and prairie grasses.
The government is also promoting those sources, but there are still technological hurdles, and the powerful agricultural lobby has put its weight behind food-based biofuels to boost crop prices for farmers.
"We need better biofuels before more biofuels," said Alex Farrell, a professor of energy and resources at the University of California at Berkeley who was not involved in the study.
Wild Thing's comment........
Humans have a history of making things worse everytime they try to help Mother Nature. Someday, we’re going to have to learn the old rule “All things in moderation” and let nature take care of itself. It is amazing to me that as scientifically advanced as we are today, our knowledge of science in some areas is more primitive than that of the earliest civilizations on earth. Science doesn’t really matter. This is a religion and the initiatives are all about the spin and government control.
The left has a defense for any alternative fuel. If we are burning it it will get shot down. When carbon monoxide was the major problem with emissions it was the demon. Now we have developed technology to clean up emissions leaving mainly co2. Oh now co2 is evil. When we develop technology to trap co2 look for the next demon ah.....oxygen content too high?
I've come to the conclusion that it's even more sinister. What do humans expel in their breath? CO2; What are humans made of? Carbon. Carbon=bad. This is about ultimate genocide of undesirables by the elites. It's pure evil.
Gore has always been big on population control as are the Clinton's. Just typing ...Al Gore quotes on population control .....into Google brings up tons of sites with his quotes and talks about this.
These people are anti-business, anti-American, and we thought the terrorist want to return us to the stone age!
If the left were for real they be sitting in Long Beach Harbor and every other US port blocking Chinese imports. Talk about bad carbon a footprint, no pollution regulation and human rights violations. See the goal here is for the government to take over all natural resource and the means of production. Like China, Russian, Venezuela. That is why they get a pass from the Sierra Club and other such organizationa they prefer the political systems.
...Thank you Jack for sending this article to me. Jack's blog is Conservative Insurgent.
Ah Politics Truth Via Humor
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her
altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him,
"Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago,
but I don't know where I am."
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air
balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet
above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude
and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.
She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."
I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is
technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your
information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to
The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Democrat."
I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
Well," said the man, "You don't know where you are or where you're
going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot
air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you
expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position
you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault."
....Thanks Mark for these.
February 09, 2008
Gathering of Eagles Mobilizing Against The Marine Hating Pinkos
Radical leftist group, Code Pink, convinces the Berkeley, CA City Council to kick the Marine Recruiters out of town.
Sen. Jim DeMint’s office put out an excellent video
Well a unique opportunity has arisen on short notice to confront the founders of Code Pink the communist insurgent group that is responsible for the Berkeley Insult to the United States Marine Corps. All three of the founders, Medea Benjamin, Gael Murphy and Jodie Evans will be at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD, next Saturday, February 16th, to recieve ‘Vagina Warriors Awards’ from the Women in Black.
This is the perfect opportunity for us all to show how appreciative we are of their efforts to slander our military and our Marines!
Who: Code Pink founders
What: Vagina Warrior Awards
Where: Carroll Community College Ampitheatre
1601 Washington Rd
Westminster, MD 21157
Map Link: http://tinyurl.com/2ywjlx
When: Saturday, February 16, 2008
Gather at 6:00pm to greet attendees as they enter.
And this is another rally being put together in Berkley if anyone lives in the area and would like to go.
DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008
* LOCATION: 2134 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAY – BERKELEY, CA - CLICK HERE for MAP
* TIME: Council Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM
(We are asking people to be there early, however – if possible, start arriving by 5:00 PM)
*** Also… If you can, please join us for our “picketing” of the City Council Chambers. We will be out there at 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way beginning at 5:00 AM for the morning news. We will have a presence all throughout the day – the next newscasts are at 12:00 Noon, so we’ll want a good size presence at that time as well.
.....Thank you Mark for the headsup link for the information Michelle has.
Toldeo Mayor to Marines: Leave downtown
Mayor to Marines: Leave downtown He says urban exercises scare people
A company of Marine Corps Reservists received a cold send-off from downtown Toledo yesterday by order of Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.
The 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., planned to spend their weekend engaged in urban patrol exercises on the streets of downtown as well as inside the mostly vacant Madison Building, 607 Madison Ave.
Toledo police knew days in advance about their plans for a three-day exercise. Yet somehow the memo never made it to Mayor Finkbeiner, who ordered the Marines out yesterday afternoon just minutes before their buses were to arrive.
"The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people," said Brian Schwartz, the mayor's spokesman.
"He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area."
So after a brief stop at a friendly base in Perrysburg Township, the Marines by early evening were back on their way home to Grand Rapids.
"I wish they would have told us this four hours ago," Staff Sgt. Andre Davis said.
Sergeant Davis, who traveled ahead of the five-bus convoy, stepped from his vehicle into downtown about 3:20 p.m. and was told by a city employee that the mayor wanted him and his soldiers packed up and out by 6 p.m.
Members of the 1st Battalion, 24th Marines have trained periodically in downtown Toledo since at least 2004 and most recently in May, 2006.
Past exercises have involved mock gun fights, ambushes, and the firing of blank ammunition.
The Marines' buses set a course for their battalion's Weapons Company headquarters in Perrysburg Township as soon as they heard of the mayor's decision.
The Reservists' visit was no surprise to Toledo police, who Tuesday issued a news release to media outlets on behalf of the Marines that asked Toledoans not to be startled by the sight of camouflaged soldiers toting M16 rifles.
Police officers were awaiting the Marines' arrival yesterday afternoon and had set up a roadblock at Madison Avenue and Huron Street.
"There was apparently a break in communication somewhere between the mayor and the police department," Mr. Schwartz said.
"Where that break was, we don't know yet."
Maj. Jeffrey O'Neill, the company's commanding officer, said he was disappointed by how events played out yesterday, especially because Toledo had been a gracious host for Marine exercises in the past.
"You can go to military ranges for live fire [exercises], but there's no way to duplicate the urban jungle unless you actually train inside a city," Major O'Neill said.
Mr. Schwartz said the Marines declined Mayor Finkbeiner's alternative offer for them to practice their urban patrol tactics inside the former Jones Junior High School, 550 Walbridge Ave.
Major O'Neill said he was not aware of such an offer.
A pair of Marines spent the better part of yesterday setting up the Madison Building with generators, heaters, radios, and food to become the unit's overnight headquarters.
After receiving the mayor's request to leave, they began the task of moving the equipment back into an armored Humvee.
Lance Cpl. Brandon Bukrey-McCarty, 22, recalled taking part in the company's 2006 urban patrol exercise in downtown Toledo.
He said he learned skills during that exercise that proved useful during the unit's deployment to Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006-2007.
"It was extremely helpful," Corporal Bukrey-McCarty said.
The training "got me used to looking up on rooftops, looking around every alley, every open door."
Sergeant Davis and other company leaders estimated the total cost of the aborted training exercise, including travel, at roughly $10,000.
Before he left downtown for Perrysburg Township, Major O'Neill said he was not sure what type of training, if any, his unit could undertake without access to downtown Toledo.
"But we're Marines," Major O'Neill said. "We'll adapt and overcome."
Wild Thing's comment........
Next time the Mayor needs the military in Toledo, the military should just say “call code pink”.
This jerk Mayor also got into some hot water last summer for leaving his dog in his parked car for hours at a time, with heat indexes of 100+ degrees, with no water bowl or food inside the car.
This asshole Mayor's website
His email address
Fred Thompson Backs McCain
Fred Thompson Backs McCain
By Michael D. Shear
Fred Thompson, the one-time Republican presidential candidate, endorsed Sen. John McCain Friday, calling on the party to "close ranks" behind the presumed nominee.
"This is no longer about past preferences or differences. It is about what is best for our country and for me that means that Republican should close ranks behind John McCain," Thompson said in a statement reported by the Associated Press.
Thompson's endorsement was expected. The two men were colleagues for years in the Senate and shared what associates called a friendship. But while he was in the race, Thompson had bristled at the idea that he was going to drop out and endorse McCain.
The endorsement now may help McCain to coalesce the factions of the party around him. Thompson, who represented Tennessee in the Senate for eight years, is thought of well in the South, an area that McCain has not done well in.
Wild Thing's comment........
I was so hoping Thompson would sit this one out. sigh
Not that I’m thrilled...but if he had done this with Romney still in it would have been more disheartening. They are friends, but still Fred does disagree with McCain on the amnesty McCain desperately wanrts to pull off and other things as well.
What a mess all of this is! This is reminding me of the show "The Producers". Each old lady was promised a 100% share of the profits.
Checking In With Our Troops
A U.S. Soldier guards several AK-47 assault rifles while visiting an Iraqi concerned local citizen house in Khatun, Iraq, Jan. 24, 2008. The Soldier is assigned to 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson.
As students (Rats) enter Virginia Military Institute (VMI) — the nation's first state-supported military college — they must adjust to the physical and psychological challenges designed to test their stamina, courage, and resolve. The school's discipline and traditions have produced many outstanding graduates since VMI was founded in 1839. Today's students react to the rigorous regiment.
Murtha: War funds in exchange for withdrawal
Murtha: War funds in exchange for withdrawal
Army Times ....for complete article
A top Democrat said Thursday he is preparing legislation that would give President Bush the war funding he wants this year, but on the condition that troops leave Iraq by the end of the year.
Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, said he’ll propose that the House vote this March on the spending measure. In addition to the troop withdrawal, he said he’ll ask for other conditions such as that all deploying troops must be fully trained and equipped.
Similar bills scraped by on party line votes in the House last year only to fail in the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrower margin of control and 60 votes are needed to overcome procedural hurdles.
Murtha, speaking to reporters following a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he’s confident this bill would pass the House, but he’s not sure about the Senate.
Democratic leaders have said they believe the military has enough money to last through April. They also suggested they want to hear first from Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, before approving more money. He is expected to testify by mid April, likely the week of April 7.
Murtha’s comments suggest he is willing to give the military the money it needs, but he doesn’t want to wait for Petraeus before he starts the next round of anti-war votes.
“What I told General Petraeus is you can’t continue to spend money like he’s spending it over there,” Murtha said. “The public is fed up with it.”
Wild Thing's comment........
What a pathetic little man Murtha is, he presumes to speak for all Americans.
Um Murtha liar liar pants on fire or did you this time speak the truth who you spoke to?!
Murtha has lied before so saying he spoke to General Petraeus may or may not be true. If he did what a POS Murtha is to speak that way to General Petraeus, a man that lead the surge, that turned so many things around in Iraq. GRRRR
And the second thought is this, and again about Murtha?!
Regarding the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Murtha said he made his speech TO this place not AT this place. Dems do word things to get around possible lies sometimes. Just a thought..... hmmmmmmm
This is from Politico
"What's a paltry one million dollars to a member of Congress?
Well, apparently not enough to know if an organization about to receive that big block of cash actually exists.
Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, the fiscal crusader who's never met an earmark he likes, questioned Democratic Rep. Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana on the House floor Tuesday about whether the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure actually exists - since, hey, it's getting like a million bucks or something.
Visclosky, who chairs the spending subcommittee responsible for the project, had to admit that, well, he didn't have a clue.
After a lengthy back-and-forth, Flake, complaining that his staff couldn't find a website for the center, asked Visclosky, "Does the center currently exist?"
"At this time, I do not know," the Indiana Democrat replied. "But if it does not exist, the monies could not go to it."
And who could possibly be the sponsor of such an earmark? Yes, you guessed it, the man Republicans love to hate, Pennsylvania Democrat John P. Murtha.
Despite the money's uncertain destination, the House rejected Flake's measure to strike the funds, 326-98. And the Visclosky bill also sailed through, 312-112.
As I said, what's one million dollars to a member of Congress?
UPDATE: I failed to report last night that a certificate filed with the requested funds says the money is actually earmarked to Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a nonprofit technological consulting firm. A brief search of campaign finance records shows CTC President and CEO Daniel R. DeVos, of alternately Central City and Johnstown, Pa. has contributed $7,000 to Murtha's reelection campaign since April 2002."
Soooooo here is something for us to think about.
If a treasonist Congressman made remarks at a center that doesn’t exist, would anyone hear him?
Announcing Vets on the Hill - April 8, 2008!
Vets for Freedom is gathering our nations veterans for a second "Vets on the Hill" event on April 8th. So, if you are a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, or another theatre of the Global War on Terror sign up today to travel to Washington DC and tell Congress that support of General Petraeus and our fellow troops is a must for continued success in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"If you’re a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, or another theatre of the War on Terror, sign up below to show up on April 8 and tell Congress to support General Petraeus and our fellow troops as they continue to succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sign up through our web-portal below, and within two weeks your travel will be arranged. Veterans will be flown in to Washington, DC late on Monday, April 7th, will participate in events and meetings on Capitol Hill on April 8th, and will be flown home on the evening of the 8th. Attendance will only require one day off of work, and Vets for Freedom will cover all travel expenses for the trip—travel, lodging, and food.
Ask any of the 250 veterans who joined us on Capitol Hill in September, and they’ll tell you what a great trip it was—especially since we helped stop Congress from voting to undercut the troops. Join us!
Please sign up early. By signing up in the next two weeks, Vets for Freedom can schedule meetings for you with the Senators and Representatives from your home state.
There is no reason not to attend. You have 8 weeks notice, travel will be reimbursed, and our cause is just. Tell your buddies. Meet them in Washington, DC. And together, tell your representative where you stand."
Luxury For Guantanamo Detainees
Guantanamo Detainees Offered Classes, Movies in Push to Stem Frustration
Friday, February 08, 2008
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba
Seeking to ease conditions for angry and frustrated detainees, the commander of Guantanamo's prison camps has instituted language classes and a literacy program, plans humanities courses and wants to open communal areas for men now held in isolation 22 hours a day.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Army Col. Bruce Vargo said he hopes the changes will lead to fewer attacks on guards by the 275 prisoners suspected of links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
"Make no bones about it, these are very dangerous men," Vargo said, citing incidents in which detainees splashed guards with bodily fluids, and head-butted, kicked and bit them. "But at the same time, you have to provide them with some type of out."
The makeover represents a policy reversal on the isolated base, where facilities were hardened to maximum-security and communal living areas were eliminated in 2006 after a guard-detainee clash and the suicides of three detainees.
Attorneys for detainees say the assaults are triggered partly by frustration among men who, more often than not, were captured far from any battlefield and have been locked up for as much as six years with no real chance to confront accusations that they are enemy combatants.
David Remes of Washington, who represents 16 Guantanamo detainees, said the military must improve its treatment of detainees and not simply justify minor changes by saying they are aimed at reducing assaults. He said most detainees are in virtual solitary confinement, reportedly leading to mental problems.
Vargo, who commands the military's Joint Detention Group at Guantanamo, says it is important to give the detainees more to look forward to each day.
Some of the best-behaved detainees now get TV night, with DVDs of movies and TV shows shown on a high-definition Sony TV. A classroom in Camp 4, designated for the most compliant detainees, has metal desks and plastic chairs, although detainees remain shackled by the leg to the floor in class.
Language courses have begun in English, Arabic and Pashto, Vargo said in the interview last week. He intends to soon offer classes on subjects as diverse as oceanography.
"If we can get them to focus on humanities programs, if we can get them to focus on recreation, then their sole focus is not going to be on the guard force," Vargo said. "It is my thought that if they are focused on those things, then the level of assaults and things of that nature will go down."
Soldiers escorted AP journalists inside the coils of barbed wire at Camp 4, where five detainees in loose-fitting white shirts and pants sat at tables, sharing a rice dish outside their communal living area. On the other side of a chain-link fence, a bored guard watched the men from the shade of a plastic tarp. White and tan prison uniforms, freshly washed by the detainees, hung along the fence, drying in the winter sun. Guantanamo rules prohibit journalists from talking to detainees.
"I have instituted a very strict vetting program to get into Camp 4," Vargo said. "If you abide by the rules and you get through the vetting program then we move you in there."
Living conditions in Camps 5 and 6 are far stricter. Detainees are isolated up to 22 hours a day in individual cells.
Vargo said he wants to make Camp 6 more like Camp 4, and has mock-ups of modifications that will allow detainees to use indoor communal areas. He wants to keep guards separate from the detainees but still enable them to check on each prisoner every three minutes to prevent suicides.
"We're doing something that is probably different in that this is a high-security detention facility with the amenities of a lower security facility," Vargo said. "That's what I'm trying to achieve."
Zachary Katznelson, an attorney representing detainees, said he welcomes planned changes.
"Right now the men in Camp 6 sit in steel boxes without windows for at least 22 hours a day," he said. "They have no mental stimulation, nothing to do.
"But the real issue remains the fact that the men are being held without charge or trial. English lessons do not equal a return to American values like due process. It's just putting lipstick on a pig."
Lawyer Sabin Willett said the military should completely shut down camps 5 and 6.
"Putting people in the central bomb silo of those tombs so that they can talk to each other is marginally better, but still insane," he said.
Wild Thing's comment........
Keep them entertained so they won’t get angry???? How about cracking the skulls of those who assault guards?
So now the leftie lawyers are running our military. This is insane!
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Nicolas Sarkozy offers French troops To Fight In Kandahar
Nicolas Sarkozy offers French troops to join Canadians in fighting the Taleban in Kandahar
President Sarkozy rode to the rescue of beleaguered Nato forces in southern Afghanistan yesterday when he offered to deploy French troops alongside Canadians in Kandahar.
The French leader has been the most forthcoming of Nato leaders in answering the urgent call to help the troops fighting Taleban insurgents.
After Canada’s repeated warnings that it would pull its 2,500 troops out of Kandahar if no other alliance member came to support them, France has been the only country to hint at sending reinforcements.
French and Canadian officials are discussing the logistics of operating a combined force. A delegation was sent to Paris from Ottawa yesterday.
The move by the French was being seen as further evidence of President Sarkozy’s willingness to draw closer to the alliance, with the possibility of France rejoining Nato’s integrated military stucture, from which President de Gaulle withdrew in 1967.
Canada wants 1,000 extra soldiers to fight in Kandahar, but the indications so far are that Paris has a smaller-sized force in mind. A French diplomatic source said that decisions would not be made public until the Nato summit in Bucharest in April.
If France meets only a proportion of the required 1,000 extra troops, another Nato country will have to make an offer to ensure that Canada keeps its 2,500 soldiers in Kandahar. Canada has asked Poland to deploy troops but at the Nato defence ministers’ informal meeting in Vilnius yesterday, Bogdan Klich, the Polish minister, said there were no plans to send its 1,200 soldiers, based in eastern Afghanistan, to the south because of the increased risks. “This province doesn’t meet our baseline criteria, which hinge on reducing the risks to our contingent,” he told a Polish newspaper. However, Poland confirmed it would raise its troop numbers in Afghanistan to 1,600 later this year. Norway said it planned to send another 200 troops to add to its present 500.
British diplomatic sources said there were no obvious candidates yet for the appointment of UN special envoy to Afghanistan, after President Karzai’s rejection of Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon.
Wild Thing's comment........
I prefer to see them fighting the jihadist rather than surrendering to them. What a difference in this President then the last one France had.
February 08, 2008
Huckabee Vows To Press On ~ No Surprise There
Huckabee Vows To Press On
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign said Thursday the former governor will continue his campaign for the Republican nomination even now that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has left the race.
A spokeswoman for Huckabee said the campaign plans to “press forward.”
“We know it's an uphill climb, but we knew that a year ago when we announced,” said Kirsten Fedewa, a Huckabee spokeswoman.
With Romney out of the race, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is considered by most to be the presumptive frontrunner.
That said, Huckabee strung together an impressive slew of Southern victories on Super Tuesday, winning contests in his home state as well as West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Wild Thing's comment........
So, he’s going to force McCain to choose him for VP.
Great.LOL McCain isn't going to be forced to pick Huckabee, and he isn't going to be forced to sincerely reach out to conservatives. Huckabee won West Virginia, but only because McCain gave it to him. Yes, Huck vows to press on.
Anybody with half a brain knows this charlatan has no chance of winning the nomination. He’s gathering bargaining chips for his self-aggrandizement and a position in the McCain presidential campaign.
McCain and Connections To Soros ~ Ugly Stuff
This is something I want to share with you. I have been taking notes about this, getting links and putting it together for awhile. There is a lot of information below and some of you might have known about it already. There may be some things here that are new or more detailed so please feel free to get the word out and if you like add it to your information about the candidate known as John McCain. - Wild Thing
The Reform Institute, founded in 2001 after Sen. McCain's failed presidential bid. The chairman of the board of the Reform Institute is ... John McCain. If you go to look at the press releases at reforminstitute.org, you will see that virtually every release mentions Sen. McCain in the first sentence. Not paragraph, sentence. Who runs the Reform Institute? Who is Richard Davis? He was John McCain's 2000 campaign manager. The counsel to the Reform Institute is Trevor Potter, whose law firm is paid more than $50,000 a year for the work. Who is Trevor Potter? Why, he was legal counsel to McCain 2000! The finance director of the Reform Institute is a woman named Carla Eudy. She was finance director for McCain 2000. The communications director is Crystal Benton; she was McCain's press secretary.
Recently the Reform Institute, which bills itself as "a thoughtful, moderate voice for reform in the campaign finance and election administration debates," launched what it calls the Natural Resources Stewardship Project. And what does natural resources stewardship have to do with "campaign finance and election administration"? As near as I can tell, its only connection to campaign finance and election administration is, as the institute's site tells us, that "Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman have introduced the Climate Stewardship Act" in Congress. And, of course, John McCain is planning to run for president again, and his signature issue, other than campaign finance regulation, is global warming. To run the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, the institute hired John Raidt, who, you guessed it, served 15 years working on "environmental initiatives" for Sen. McCain.
And how is the Reform Institute funded? With contributions, in six figures or more, from individuals and corporations, including the cable company Cablevision. Cable companies are constantly before the Senate Commerce Committee, which Sen. McCain chaired at the time of Cablevision's contribution. In fact, Cablevision gave $200,000 to the Reform Institute around the same time its officials were testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee. Appearance of corruption, anyone?
McCain's Reform Institute for Campaign and Election Issues has long served as a nerve center for the so-called "campaign finance reform". It is a Virginia-based nonprofit group that McCain helped start to promote many of his trademark reform efforts, including increasing the transparency of lobbying and campaign financing.
Now let's look at Rick Davis.
One of the jobs that Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager does is to get funds. Now that we are getting down to the nitty gritty in this election let's look at something interesting.
Why does Rick Davis just about exclusively seek out for the major funding from these I will llist below some of them that support McCain, a supposedly conservative Republican? The list of donors published on the Reform Institute's Web site reads like a veritable Who's Who of radical, leftwing foundations.
Mr. William Bloomfield
Carnegie Corporation of New York
CSC Holdings, Inc.
The Educational Foundation of America
The JEHT Foundation
Mr. Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. Revocable Trust
McMullen Family Foundation
OSI Constitution & Legal Policy Program
Mr. Charles H. Spaulding
Stuart Family Foundation
American International Group Inc
~ The Tides Foundation, which heavily promotes "reproductive justice", giving over $500,000 to pro-abortion efforts. They also actively oppose the death penalty.
~ Educational Foundation Of America, which also supports abortion. EFA also opposes drilling in ANWR. EFA appears to contribute to just about every left-wing cause imaginable, as well as a number of noncontriversial charities and outreach efforts.
~ The Proteus Fund, this group spent $935K on supporting gay marriage initiatives. They have also spent over $800,000 funding nuclear-disarmament and antiwar causes in each of the last two years. Their Security Policy Working Group contains nothing but left-of-center groups like Project on Defense Alternatives, which calls the Iraqi elections "faulty".
~ OSI (Open Society Institute), founded and funded by George Soros. His name is all over it, including the link. is http://www.soros.org/. Among a litany of left-wing causes supported by OSI are People For The American Way, to support their Supreme Court Project.
And at the same site iyou can click on Leadership as well in the right side column to see the names you might be familar with, these are only a few names:
U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE)
Lindsey Graham...U.S. Senator
former U.S. Senators David Boren (D-OK)
Charles Bass, former congressman (R-NH)
Arianna Huffington serves on the Reform Institute's Advisory Board. Huffington has long acted as a front for George Soros' "campaign finance reform" efforts. In 2000, she organized the so-called Shadow Conventions which provided John McCain with a bully pulpit to stump for his now-infamous McCain-Feingold Act.
McCain is another political chameleon. AND he certainly is no conservative. He will be anywhere, say anything, or do anything to gain power. Add to this McCain was on the committee with JOHN KERRY - where they accepted the NV accounting of our missing in action. And .. of course Kerry was not going to force his friends to account for our men.
Maybe McCain didn't pull the trigger - but he sentenced those men to die in some stinking prison somewhere.
All the way back to 2005, radio talk show host Mark Levin also reported on McCain's connection to Soros, Carnegie Foundation and other far left groups. I took some notes while he spoke about all of this. Then looked it up again this last week.
Soros has hedged his bets on both sides.
And we kept hearing over and over from Huck and McCain and the media, as they kept putting Mitt Romney down constantly for putting his own funds into his campaign! I find it nice that Romney cared enough about his cause to put his money where his mouth is kind of thing. I remember when Mitt was asked about it he said. He didn;'t want anyone to donate more then he did, that way he was not obligated to anyone for favors when he hopefully became President!
The Lies Of The Tet Offensive
The Lies of Tet
By ARTHUR HERMAN
February 6, 2008; Page A19
On January 30, 1968, more than a quarter million North Vietnamese soldiers and 100,000 Viet Cong irregulars launched a massive attack on South Vietnam. But the public didn't hear about who had won this most decisive battle of the Vietnam War, the so-called Tet offensive, until much too late.
Media misreporting of Tet passed into our collective memory. That picture gave antiwar activism an unwarranted credibility that persists today in Congress, and in the media reaction to the war in Iraq. The Tet experience provides a narrative model for those who wish to see all U.S. military successes -- such as the Petraeus surge -- minimized and glossed over.
In truth, the war in Vietnam was lost on the propaganda front, in great measure due to the press's pervasive misreporting of the clear U.S. victory at Tet as a defeat. Forty years is long past time to set the historical record straight.
The Tet offensive came at the end of a long string of communist setbacks. By 1967 their insurgent army in the South, the Viet Cong, had proved increasingly ineffective, both as a military and political force. Once American combat troops began arriving in the summer of 1965, the communists were mauled in one battle after another, despite massive Hanoi support for the southern insurgency with soldiers and arms. By 1967 the VC had lost control over areas like the Mekong Delta -- ironically, the very place where reporters David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan had first diagnosed a Vietnam "quagmire" that never existed.
The Tet offensive was Hanoi's desperate throw of the dice to seize South Vietnam's northern provinces using conventional armies, while simultaneously triggering a popular uprising in support of the Viet Cong. Both failed. Americans and South Vietnamese soon put down the attacks, which began under cover of a cease-fire to celebrate the Tet lunar new year. By March 2, when U.S. Marines crushed the last North Vietnamese pockets of resistance in the northern city of Hue, the VC had lost 80,000-100,000 killed or wounded without capturing a single province.
Tet was a particularly crushing defeat for the VC. It had not only failed to trigger any uprising but also cost them "our best people," as former Viet Cong doctor Duong Quyunh Hoa later admitted to reporter Stanley Karnow. Yet the very fact of the U.S. military victory -- "The North Vietnamese," noted National Security official William Bundy at the time, "fought to the last Viet Cong" -- was spun otherwise by most of the U.S. press.
As the Washington Post's Saigon bureau chief Peter Braestrup documented in his 1977 book, "The Big Story," the desperate fury of the communist attacks including on Saigon, where most reporters lived and worked, caught the press by surprise. (Not the military: It had been expecting an attack and had been on full alert since Jan. 24.) It also put many reporters in physical danger for the first time. Braestrup, a former Marine, calculated that only 40 of 354 print and TV journalists covering the war at the time had seen any real fighting. Their own panic deeply colored their reportage, suggesting that the communist assault had flung Vietnam into chaos.
Their editors at home, like CBS's Walter Cronkite, seized on the distorted reporting to discredit the military's version of events. The Viet Cong insurgency was in its death throes, just as U.S. military officials assured the American people at the time. Yet the press version painted a different picture.
To quote Braestrup, "the media tended to leave the shock and confusion of early February, as then perceived, fixed as the final impression of Tet" and of Vietnam generally. "Drama was perpetuated at the expense of information," and "the negative trend" of media reporting "added to the distortion of the real situation on the ground in Vietnam."
The North Vietnamese were delighted. On the heels of their devastating defeat, Hanoi increasingly shifted its propaganda efforts toward the media and the antiwar movement. Causing American (not South Vietnamese) casualties, even at heavy cost, became a battlefield objective in order to reinforce the American media's narrative of a failing policy in Vietnam.
Yet thanks to the success of Tet, the numbers of Americans dying in Vietnam steadily declined -- from almost 15,000 in 1968 to 9,414 in 1969 and 4,221 in 1970 -- by which time the Viet Cong had ceased to exist as a viable fighting force. One Vietnamese province after another witnessed new peace and stability. By the end of 1969 over 70% of South Vietnam's population was under government control, compared to 42% at the beginning of 1968. In 1970 and 1971, American ambassador Ellsworth Bunker estimated that 90% of Vietnamese lived in zones under government control.
However, all this went unnoticed because misreporting about Tet had left the image of Vietnam as a botched counterinsurgency -- an image nearly half a decade out of date. The failure of the North's next massive invasion over Easter 1972, which cost the North Vietnamese army another 100,000 men and half their tanks and artillery, finally forced it to sign the peace accords in Paris and formally to recognize the Republic of South Vietnam. By August 1972 there were no U.S. combat forces left in Vietnam, precisely because, contrary to the overwhelming mass of press reports, American policy there had been a success.
To Congress and the public, however, the war had been nothing but a debacle. And by withdrawing American troops, President Nixon gave up any U.S. political or military leverage on Vietnam's future. With U.S. military might out of the equation, the North quickly cheated on the Paris accords. When its re-equipped army launched a massive attack in 1975, Congress refused to redeem Nixon's pledges of military support for the South. Instead, President Gerald Ford bowed to what the media had convinced the American public was inevitable: the fall of Vietnam.
The collapse of South Vietnam's neighbor, Cambodia, soon followed. Southeast Asia entered the era of the "killing fields," exterminating in a brief few years an estimated two million people -- 30% of the Cambodian population. American military policy has borne the scars of Vietnam ever since.
It had all been preventable -- but for the lies of Tet.
Mr. Herman is the author of "Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age," to be published by Bantam Dell in April.
Wild Thing's comment........
I will never forgive Chronkite and others for their LIES about Tet. He most certainly sold out our troops and our country with his lies. Chief Cheer Leader in the media for the anti-American crowd was Walter Cronkite.
..... Thank you Cuchieddie for sending this to me.
Corzine and Menendez Tout Each Other As Hillary VP
First it is important to note something that Corzine has been up to lately..........................
Corzine to Propose Huge Financial Move for N.J.
Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Tuesday proposed the biggest financial gambit in New Jersey’s history, arguing that almost quadrupling highway tolls over the next 15 years could help generate about $38 billion to help the state pay off half of its debt and pay for transportation improvements.
He said that his plan to turn over operation of the toll roads to a Public Benefit Corporation, tied with a freeze in state spending and toll increases of 50 percent every four years from 2010 to 2022, is the best of all possible options to reduce the state's $32 billion debt.
Drivers would face a maximum 50 percent increase in tolls on the state’s three toll roads — the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway — every four years, beginning in 2010, and subject to inflation, under Mr. Corzine’s proposal. A portion of a fourth highway — Route 440, which runs from Woodbridge to the Outerbridge Crossing — would become a toll road, as well.
The proposal to use the state’s toll roads to raise money is part of a four-point plan Mr. Corzine outlined to dig New Jersey out of its financial morass. He also said he wanted to freeze spending in the budget that is now being drafted, to limit future increases in spending to increases in recurring revenue and to amend the state constitution to require that voter approval be obtained before the state borrows money.
"It’s not something I want to do," Mr. Corzine said of the financial plan. "This proposal is a solution, a solution to restore the state’s financial integrity, health and capacity."
In responding to the myriad of calls to cut, not freeze, state spending, Corzine referenced the costumed member of the Flying Pigs Club - dressed, as one would guess, like a pig with wings - who was there to protest Corzine's assertion in his State of the State address that "pigs will fly" over Trenton before any new taxes or spending cuts would realistically be approved.
And then there is this...................
Menendez and Corzine tout each other as VP candidates
It was a Jon Corzine/Bob Menendez love fest today as each exclaimed the others’ qualifications to be second in command under a President Hillary Clinton.
Although Corzine has all but ruled out any possibility of working in Washington next year if Clinton wins the presidential election, Menendez thinks he’d be a splendid choice for Vice President.
How about clearing a few things up first Mr. Menendez? You are always implying that you and your family came to America to escape Castro's regime.
If you did, than you were not born a U.S. citizen. Your birthday is January 1, 1954. Castro assumed power in Cuba 1959.
Then there is this................
Mayor aided murderer
Menendez glad to help an 'innocent man'
Wednesday, October 7, 1987
By Douglas Lavin
Mayor Robert Menendez has contributed funds for a convicted Cuban-American terrorist and murderer wo was the kingpin of Omega 7.
Menendez, the city's first Cuban-American mayor, said he supports the use of violence and breaking the rule of law in the fight for a free Cuba, but also said his contribution made at a Friday fund-raiser was intended only to supply Eduardo Arocena with legal counsel.
"I endorse the fact that there are times when what one looks at as a law at a given time has to be broken," Menendez said, adding that the fight should be carried out "wherever the enemy may be."
Bernard F. Kenny, Menendez's Democratic running mate in the Assembly race to represent North Hudson's 33rd District, also was at the dinner, but said yesterday he did not know the event was a fundraiser or was linked to terrorists.
Kenny said public officials have an obligation to uphold the law.
"I think any public official has to take a strong stance on that," he said.
Jose O. Arango, the Cuban-born Republican assemblyman who is opposing Menendez and Kenny, said he would contribute to Arocena's legal defense if asked. Arango said he did not endorse illegal activity in the United State, but said he would contribute money to help ensure "an innocent man is not convicted."
Menendez took a similar stance and said Arocena needed a new trial because he did not have proper legal counsel during his trial.
Micahel L. Tabak, the asssitant U.S. attorney who was in charge of the prosecution, siad Arocena rejected a free, court appointed attorney from own of Manhattan's best law firms and instead chose two of his own attorneys, who represented him during the trial.
"The record is clear that Arocena was represented by counsel," Tabak said.
Arocena, a former New Jersey longshoreman, was convicted in 1984 of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy bombings and perjury.
In December 1985, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan denied an appeal, calling the government's case, which included 85 witnesses and "copius" physical evidence, "overwhelming and impressive."
The court also called Arocena the "kingpin" of Omega 7 and said the group financed its crimes of bombings and murder through drug trade and extortion.
Since 1973, Omega 7 has claimed responsibility for more that 30 terror bombings in New York, New Jersey and Miami.
Wild Thing's comment..........
I have a cousin and his wife that live in N.J. and he works in New York City. So this toll thing will effect him too.
As always, the Democratic solution to anything...raise taxes. like those NYC commuters driving from Toms River on the NJ Parkway can be paying upwards of $6.65 +$8 + $8 per day just to get into the city. The NJ Transit trains are already over capacity during rush hour now, this will only make it worse. No doubt a NJ Transit fare increase will follow soon enough.
Like Rush Limbaugh has always said: "To liberals, socialism never failed....it just was not tried by the right people."
And interesting how these two Corzine and Menendez would like to be Hillary's VP.
....Thank you Les for this article about the tolls.
February 07, 2008
Mitt No Longer In Presidential Race
Well I am watching CPAC and Laura Ingraham introduced Mitt Romney. Mitt gave an AWESOME speech and then he pulled out of the race. I am crying, yep I am. Sorry but this is so horrible. Mitt was coming further and further more and more conservative. And now what do we have left is a traitor to our POW's, to our security with his Amnesty obsession and a whiner jerk Huckabee. God help us. I will NOT be voting for a President for the first time in my life. I WILL like I said vote to get conservatives in the congressional races. DAMN just Damn!
To all the so called conservatives that want McCain enjoy the monster you are working so hard to elect. I doubt the POW's left behind will thank you though.
Just one last thing, a HUGE thank you to Team Theodore, gosh I love you all so much.
"Once John Wins, He'll Make A Left" ~ Suicide Voters"?? LOL
ONCE JOHN WINS, HE'LL MAKE A LEFT
By CHARLES HURT
New York Post
February 6, 2008
RUNNING as a conserva tive, John McCain rolled up huge victories last night in New York, New Jersey and beyond.
But if history is any guide, the McCain we've seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we'll ever see.
He has taken a commanding lead in the GOP primary by packaging himself as the "true conservative" committed to limited government, to slashed federal spending and to an avowedly conservative Supreme Court.
He claims the mantle of Ronald Reagan. He even claims the mantle of Barry Goldwater, conservatism's crack version of Reagan. But as McCain clinches the GOP nomination, he will begin his usual leftward lurch.
He will return to his lifelong positions as soft on illegal immigration, skeptical of tax cuts and favoring strong federal control over things like campaign financing.
McCain's appeal to independents and even the left is what makes him such a powerhouse in the general election.
It is also precisely what has so many in the Republican base so wildly fearful of handing him the keys to the kingdom.
If the Republican Party expands "because we have a candidate who's going out trying to attract liberals by being like them, then the party's going to be around but you won't recognize it," thundered radio king Rush Limbaugh.
The Republican Party will "be over as it exists now," he warns.
To understand just how McCain has managed to limp to the front of the GOP field, look no further than the outcome of yesterday's West Virginia Republican Convention.
At the outset, victory was in the air for Mitt Romney, the flip-flopping former Massachusetts governor.
He is universally loathed by all the other GOP candidates, who banded together to give all their votes to Mike Huckabee - simply to deny Romney a win.
The depressing GOP field that has paved a path to victory for McCain also gave surprising wins last night to Huckabee in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as in his home state of Arkansas.
Still, McCain has so radicalized key conservatives that some have vowed to turn themselves into suicide voters next November by pulling the lever for Hillary Rodham Clinton over him.
This last-minute blitz against McCain by Limbaugh and others, however, comes far too late.
But if those conservatives sit out the general election, they will help Democrats make history by electing either the first black president or the first female president next November.
Wild Thing's comment.......
"Still, McCain has so radicalized key conservatives that some have vowed to turn themselves into suicide voters next November by pulling the lever for Hillary Rodham Clinton over him."
SUICIDE VOTERS ! LOL!
John Mc Cain is the modern day Benedict Arnold. McQueeg is not Reaganesque, he's Nixonian and worse in his dirty tricks on Super Tuesday. And we all know how McCain has attacked conservatism. Voters have been dumbed down to the point that they follow whatever they are told to do. Most of them. Conservatives, however, do still think for themselves. That will be McCain's downfall.
According to the votes, Romney is winning the conservative vote big time. That is GOOD news. Then there is the but.......But unfortunately McCain is winning the votes from the rino's and dems in the Republican party. And who know there is also a chance that Dems that are not as left as Hillary and Obama will be voting for McCain as well. Just my guess because where does a 'dem lite' go but to McCain.
McCain is not a conservative and barely a Republican. Before this year is out, the letters GOP will come to mean, “Get Out of Politics.”
Conservatives/Republicans never voted for open borders, trashing the First Amendment, “constitutional rights” for terrorists, or sacrificing the integrity of the Constitution in order to “protect the supposed integrity of Senate chicanery. No doubt, to the media and in John McCain’s mind, this is how the results are to be interpreted.
The man IS a democrat. - In the mold of a Lieberman on defense.
Okay, lets give that thought a roll here and see what turns up:
1) Endorses participation in the ICC. - so does Hillary.
2) Voted against the Bush tax cuts. - so did Hillary. ( McCain (only 2GOP / with Lincoln Chafee)....stated due to “tax cuts for the rich” typical liberal class warfare.
3) Wants Gitmo closed. - so does Hillary.
4) Demands an end to waterboarding. - so does Hillary.
5) Wants terrorists to have access to trial in America. - so does Hillary.
6) Wants America to be bound to a “Global Warming” agenda. - so does Hillary.
McCain supports Gore’s radical Global Warming approach
7) Wants amnesty, and authored and voted for McCain/Kennedy - so did Hillary.
Juan Hernandez in his campaign
8) Does not exclude known criminals and felons from amnesty. - neither does Hillary.
9) Does not believe that immigrants of any type should learn English. - Neither does Hillary.
10) has zero record on appointing judges. Neither does Hillary but they both did great damage to the process recently, John with the gang of .. how many? and Hillary with her voting record. Voted for Ruth Bader Ginsberg…
then also formed Gang 14 to prevent Bush’s appointments
11) John has a history of ill controlled temper - so does Hillary.
12) John opposes drilling in ANWAR - so does Hillary.
13) McCain - Feingold : against free political speech hurt GOP
14) Against Reagan’s Freedom Fighters in Nicaragua / El Salvador
Take out one or two fiscal issues and the man is closer to most dems than most dems are to each other!
There is still hope and there always will be. As long as conservatives never give up. I am talking about the Congress. This time around a number of senatorial seats, and House seats are coming up for election. If we can steer congress, we can get the judges we need.
The socialists think long term and will take half a loaf if they can get it, come back later and try to get a few more slices.
The SCOTUS will affect life for the next generation at least. Look for Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, Kennedy, maybe even Souter to retire after the elections, leaving the balance of the court subject to liberals.
Our job should be to get Representatives and Senators elected to stop that from happening. It's taken them the better part of a century to fully envelop the democratic party. They now are making inroads into the Republican party. They are patient, determined and they want us on the run.
Bottom line, I am still hoping Romney can make it to November and I can vote for him. He has been moving to more conservative ideals and beliefs, and McCain well all he does is move further and further to the left. If not then I will concentrate on the other things I mentioned. There IS always hope this is America and we are a country of people that know the cost of our freedom and the lives lost and injured to make this the land of the FREE. IMO our POW's from the Vietnam war and all the way back to WW11 are counting on us. Our burned, injured and handicapped Veterans from every war are counting on us. I will never turn my back on them.
God bless our country and thank God we live here where we can still speak out with our votes, and emails like we did with the TWO times Amnesty was attempted to be shoved upon us. I won't and never will give up.
Team Theodore's Response to the Berkley anti - Marine Stance
40 years ago yesterday the 6th of February, was the very day the Marines were in Hue retaking the city which the communists treacherously occupied during the Tet truce which they had signed. The Marines were vastly outnumbered, the weather was bad and no helicopter logistical support was available. All the bridges were blown and no land convoys could provide support.
The Marines were endowed us with a secret weapon, not often mentioned when Hue is talked about is the interesting fact that their regimental commander, Colonel Stanley Hughes, had earned a Navy Cross as an enlisted Marine on Guadalcanal. He earned another there in Hue. Our Marine officers and enlisted Marines of today just like Hughes and others know what a few Marines can do when things look grim.
Those in Berkley against our awesome Marines don't have a clue the price paid by not only our Marines but every branch of our military. The pity is for their children that they will teach their sick and ungrateful thinking to. My hope is that as they grow up they learn the real truth and pass that respect for our troops on to future generations. ~ Wild Thing
" In September 1967, the squadron returned once again to MCAS El Toro and painted the Red Devil insignia on their new McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. Re-designated as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, the squadron returned to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, as a MIG-alert squadron and subsequently deployed to Da Nang, Vietnam, and Nam Phong, Thailand. Here they continued to fly air-to-ground sorties in addition to playing a key fighter role in Operation LINEBACKER missions over North Vietnam. The only "last" in VMFA-232's history occurred on 1 September 1973, as the Red Devils became the last Marine squadron to leave Southeast Asia." ~ VMFA 232 (Red Devils), Phantom Phixer (F4-J)
The Silent Drill Platoon takes New York by storm.
Production of America's Marines gets a warm reception at Independence Hall, and later at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation dinner.
The Silent Drill Platoon visits the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Virginia, and performs before a crowd in front of the museum.
Filming of America’s Marines kicked off September 11th at the Golden Gate bridge
John McCain: Razing Arizona
McCain rips club for growth during a trip to New Hampshire
This is an illegal alien lay-up site, of which there are thousands along our southern frontier, because of policies by open-border Senator John McCain.
Wild Thing's comment........
What amazes me is McCain WON his own State of AZ. What the hell is wrong with residents of AZ.? By voting for McCain how can they make one complaint now about the illegals and their crimes, murder, rape, molesting children, drugs etc. Give me a break! They had a chance on Super Tuesday to vote big time for Romney a man that calls it like it is Amnesty and he said to right to McCain during the debates. They had a choice and I think they made the wrong one.
Hillary President? ~ LOL
Wild Thing's comment........
LOL I thought this was so funny and scary too.
February 06, 2008
Super Tuesday ~ McAmnesty Won
Hillary to McCain....." Was it good for you? "
Super Tuesday counts
CLINTON: AR, AZ, CA, MA, NY, NJ, OK, TN
OBAMA: AK, AL, CT, CO, DE, GA, ID, IL, KS, MN, MO, ND, UT
HUCKABEE: AL, AR, GA, TN, WV
MCCAIN: AZ, CA, CT, DE, IL, MO, NJ, NY, OK
ROMNEY: CO, MA, MN, MT, ND, UT
McCain will do anything underhanded to win. Huckabee sorry I can't even describe him he makes me so sick.
Here in Florida when we voted the independents were permitted to cross over and vote. Due to the presence of the Property tax amendment which allowed a limited number of Independents to cast votes in one party or the other. Stupid and wrong in so many ways. Independents should NOT be allowed to vote in the primary, that is just wrong and this is why. They can also cast a vote for President and since most independents are not conservatives they will pick the rino's or a dem.
What happened in WV is a total disgrace and is on the head of the head rino in chief McCain and his bolyfriend Huck the Hick.
That happened in other States as well.
Delegate Count (Source: CNN)
Entertaining Considerations By Russ Vaughn
I am troubled by tonight’s primary results, especially troubled by the prospect that I may be forced to vote for an unprincipled political chameleon like McCain in order to save our country from two politicians, Bill and Hillary Clinton, who are even more unprincipled, even to the point of felonious criminality. I wrote this piece this morning and tonight stand by it even more. Hillary just slapped my face and that of many other honorable veterans with her sneering, gratuitous reference to swift boating in her gloating victory speech. It just demonstrates how twisted their leftist thinking is when they use this term of honor as a pejorative.
I will follow the dictates of my old regimental motto: Honor and Country,
I was afraid this was going to happen when McCain started coming on stronger in the primaries. To an even greater extent than John Kerry, John McCain possesses the ability to politically divide American veterans more than any other presidential candidate. With Kerry, a key determinant of which way veterans’ loyalties fell was party affiliation. I’m sure there were many liberal Democrat veterans, particularly Vietnam veterans, who held their noses and supported a man they viscerally disliked because he was their party’s candidate and represented their overall liberal positions. It was easy for those of us who were politically conservative Vietnam vets to take a hard, unrelenting stand against the man we knew had smeared us because he was the candidate of the party whose positions we opposed.
Today, this division among veterans in general and Vietnam veterans in particular has been turned by McCain’s candidacy into a family fight among Republican veterans that threatens our already diminished prospects for victory in November. While virtually all of us admire and respect McCain’s military service and POW sacrifice, there are millions of us who feel that is simply not enough for him to be able to command our political loyalties four decades later. Setting aside the fact that McCain sided with John Kerry in 2004 and denounced those of us who dared to question Kerry’s very questionable war record, there are many reasons why we do not see John McCain as being someone we can trust to represent the mainstream views of the Republican party. I will spare you a Sean Hannity, rapid-fire recitation of the litany of McCain’s transgressions against his own party because I think there is a single issue far more compelling.
Go ahead and Google “McCain switching parties?” and look at the pages of hits which take you to articles from every sector of the media examining whether or not John McCain was preparing to switch parties as far back as 2001 and continuing into the 2004 campaign. The most chilling of all these reports is one from the Boston Herald in which McCain is quoted as responding to ABC’s Charles Gibson’s question as to whether he would even entertain the idea of running as John Kerry’s VP if Kerry extended such an offer,
“John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We’ve been friends for years. Obviously I would entertain it.”
That is a very telling quote. In his own words, to further his political ambitions, John McCain would have considered abandoning his party and his supposedly conservative principles to serve on the ticket with one of the most liberal candidates ever to run as a Democrat presidential candidate. Even worse, reading down, one reads that Kerry now claims it was McCain’s people who initiated such a proposal, not that we’d be inclined to lend too much credibility to that particular source. Some very close friends, huh? No wonder then that McCain was able to denounce his fellow Navy Vietnam veterans as “dishonest and dishonorable” when they dared to attack Kerry’s self-promoting war record. McCain was selfishly attempting to curry favor with the man and the party which could do the most for his personal political future.
Now I ask you, just who was being dishonest and dishonorable here? Was it the sailors who served in combat with Kerry and raised issues with his war record that Kerry never successfully refuted and refused to release the Navy records which he claimed would do so? Or was it the self-serving maverick politician who was entertaining the possibility of forsaking his Republican party to fill the number two position on the Democrat ticket?
A good friend and fellow Old War Dog, Bill Faith, cites Mitt Romney’s contradictory and self-serving statements about not serving in Vietnam as proving Romney unworthy of his vote. To that I would respond that talking out of both sides of one’s mouth is congenital in politicians and that perhaps Romney might have gone AWOL on the issue. But Romney’s transgression completely pales against John McCain’s admitted willingness to “entertain” the possibility of full-fledged desertion to the enemy in the midst of political combat.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want a commander-in-chief who even entertains such considerations.
Wild Thing's comment........
Thank you Russ for sending this to me. I heard Hillary say that too about swiftboating and I almost chocked when she said it.
God Bless America ~ Thank you Duke
Wild Thing's comment........
A quote to go along with this:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~ Ronald Reagan
....Thank you Mark, this felt so good to watch this. I miss the Duke.
Israel An Awesome Country Of Accomplishments
Israel a small country with limited natural resources and look.............
Wild Thing's comment........
Wonderful video showing how Israel has done so many great things that have effected so much of the world. Hmmmm trying to count here how many followers of Islam have made a difference in the world. Maybe Burka's for Dummies. How to care and feet your goat.....well no matter what it will never compare to what is seen in this video.
....Thank you SSgt Steve for sending me this video.
BS Is Important To Elections ~ LOL
February 05, 2008
Dirty McCain Delegates Whore For Huckabee To Win
Romney took a solid lead in the first round of voting in West Virginia Republican Caucus. He was up 41% to Huckabee’s 33%. At that time, the McCain camp conceded that caucus and asked their caucus voters to vote for Mike Huckabee in the second round of voting. This was enough for Huckabee to eclipse Romney 52% to 47%.
Huckabee wins West Virginia on the second ballot and takes all 18 delegates.
Republican Mike Huckabee scored the first Super Tuesday victory, winning all 18 delegates at stake in West Virginia -- partially with the help of Sen. John McCain's backers.
The former Arkansas governor won with the support of 52 percent of the state's GOP convention delegates on the second round of balloting. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in second with 47 percent of the vote, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona was backed by 1 percent of the delegates.
Romney was ahead in the first round of voting in Charleston but failed to get the majority needed to win.
It appeared supporters of McCain, who placed a distant third on the first ballot, moved over to Huckabee, helping him carry the day.
Romney's campaign was furious over the "Washington backroom deal."
"Unfortunately, this is what Sen. McCain's inside Washington ways look like: He cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Gov. Romney's campaign of conservative change," read a statement from Romney campaign manager Beth Myers.
"This is raw politics as it's really practiced," CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider said. "The McCain supporters who were third in the first round decided to throw their weight behind Mike Huckabee in order to stop Mitt Romney from winning this convention. And look at that -- they did."
More from Romney's campaign:
“Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today’s first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”
Wild Thing's comment........
MCCain threw his bitch a bone. ( sorry but this is a vile thing to do even from a democrat in his soul and heart like traitor McCain and Hick Huckabee).
Huck can’t win unless McLame throws him a bone. Huckabee is McCain's mini-me.
Romney is a good man, most certainly NOT even close to being the scum that McCain and Huck the hick are.
Attorneys For Guantánamo Captives Back Barack Hussein Obama
Attorneys for Guantánamo captives back Obama's bid
More than 80 attorneys for war-on-terrorism prisoners being held by the U.S. in Cuba said `we are at a critical point in the presidential campaign.'
More than 80 attorneys who have been offering free-of-charge legal services to Guantánamo detainees issued a statement Monday supporting Democrat Barack Obama's presidential bid.
''We are at a critical point in the presidential campaign, and as lawyers who have been deeply involved in the Guantánamo litigation to preserve the important right to habeas corpus, we are writing to urge you to support Senator Obama,'' the lawyers said in an open letter dated Monday.
Lawyers signing it included partners from major U.S. law firms and small-town practitioners as well as Michael Ratner, whose New York Center for Constitutional Rights has for years coordinated legal efforts to provide representation to each of the men held without charge at the offshore prison compound in southeast Cuba.
In 2006, Congress stripped the Guantánamo captives of the traditional right to file writs of habeas corpus in U.S. district court to challenge their detention -- and instead offered detainees more limited appeals in federal courts.
The U.S. Supreme Court is now reviewing the constitutionality of that law.
Guantánamo has not been a major theme of the presidential campaign, but mainstream candidates on both sides -- notably former Vietnam POW John McCain, the Republican senator -- have said they would move to close the prison camps because they have stirred anti-American anger across the globe.
Obama has gone further than many. In a November, he pledged to both close the prison camps and ''restore habeas corpus,'' a position that Democratic rival John Edwards has also staked out.
Hillary Clinton, likewise, has said from the U.S. Senate that she favors closure. But she has not prominently included pledges to do it in her campaign speeches.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney, in contrast, has advocated doubling the detention center -- which today holds about 275 foreign men as enemy combatants and cell space for more than 1,500.
The Pentagon calls the war-on-terrorism compound a post-9/11 necessity and says captives there are held humanely, many of whom can go before military boards to argue they are no threat to the United States and should be set free.
Wild Thing's comment........
I posted this video before, but I have to wonder why they are not backing McCain since he also wants to close GITMO and bring the terrosts back to our country. Hmmmmmm Maybe it is the Moslem thing in Obama's past, who knows.
Why Does Obama's Pastor Matter?
Why Does Obama's Pastor Matter?
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Barack Obama, in a way that recalls John F. Kennedy, a politician to whom he's frequently compared, has carefully controlled and burnished his image to create the impression of an independent figure, free from dogma and ideological entanglements. But there is one man who threatens to undermine Obama's appealing narrative as a man above the ugly quarrels and divisive partisanship of the past: his longtime pastor and spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
So great is Obama's respect for Wright, that the former sought the Reverend's counsel before formally declaring his candidacy for U.S. President.
In Wright's calculus, white America's bigotry is to blame not only for whatever ills continue to plague the black community, but also for our country's conflicts with other nations.
"In the 21st century," says Wright, "white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just 'disappeared' as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns."
Remarkably, no mention of jihad—the ageless Muslim tradition of aggressive, permanent warfare whose ultimate aim is to achieve Islam's dominion over the human race at large—managed to find its way into Wright's analysis. Rather, he assured us that the 9/11 atrocities were ultimately traceable to the doorstep of U.S. provocations. In fact, Wright apparently sees no reason to suspect that Islam may be incompatible in any way with Western traditions.
"Islam and Christianity are a whole lot closer than you may realize," he has written. "Islam comes out of Christianity."
Apart from America's purported racism, Wright also despises the nation's capitalist economic structure, viewing it as a breeding ground for all manner of injustice.
"Capitalism as made manifest in the 'New World,'" says Wright, "depended upon slave labor (by African slaves), and it is only maintained by keeping the 'Two-Thirds World' under oppression."
This view is entirely consistent with Rev. Wright's devotion to the tenets of liberation theology, which is essentially Marxism dressed up as Christianity. Devised by Cold War-era theologians, it teaches that the gospels of Jesus can be understood only as calls for social activism, class struggle, and revolution aimed at overturning the existing capitalist order and installing, in its stead, a socialist utopia where today's poor will unseat their "oppressors" and become liberated from their material (and, consequently, their spiritual) deprivations.
An extension of this paradigm is black liberation theology, which seeks to foment a similar Marxist revolutionary fervor founded on racial rather than class solidarity. Wright's mentor in this discipline is James Cone, author of the landmark text Black Power and Black Theology. Arguing that Christianity has been used by white society as an opiate of the (black) masses, Cone asserts that the destitute "are made and kept poor by the rich and powerful few," and that " no one can be a follower of Jesus Christ without a political commitment that expresses one's solidarity with victims."
Many of Wright's condemnations of America are echoed in his denunciations of Israel and Zionism, which he has blamed for imposing "injustice and … racism" on the Palestinians. According to Wright, Zionism contains an element of "white racism." Likening Israel's treatment of Palestinians to South Africa's treatment of blacks during the apartheid era, Wright advocates divestment campaigns targeting companies that conduct business in, or with, Israel.
Given Wright's obvious low regard for the U.S. and Israel, it is by no means surprising that he reserves some of his deepest respect for the virulently anti-American, anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
"When Minister Farrakhan speaks, Black America listens," says Wright. "Everybody may not agree with him, but they listen
His depth on analysis when it comes to the racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye opening. He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest. Minister Farrakhan will be remembered as one of the 20th and 21st century giants of the African American religious experience. His integrity and honesty have secured him a place in history as one of the nation's most powerful critics. His love for Africa and African American people has made him an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose."
In addition, voters should examine carefully the question of whether Obama shares Wright's socialist economic preferences. They ought to be aware, for instance, that the Democratic candidate is on record as having said that his religious faith has led him to question "the idolatry of the free market." Moreover, Obama's voting record and his issue positions show him generally to favor high spending and increased government intervention in all realms of life.
When Rev. Wright's controversial statements and positions recently became more widely publicized, Obama said, "There are some things I agree with my pastor about, some things I disagree with him about." It is the duty of every American voter to determine exactly where those agreements and disagreements lie.
Wild Thing's comment........
When I was a kid, my Father told me you are who you associate with. I thought of that as I read this article. The article is long and I only put snippets in this post. We all have seen the vidoe posted on here of his Pastor speaking, other posts about his church and what it stands for and against. How rascists it is and the Pastor leading the way.
This article goes even more in depth about Obama's pastor and I agree, we need to know what about these things and what to expect if Obama wins. We know what Hillary is, we survived 8 long miserable years of she and Bill and their lies, corruptions, "gates", FBI files on others, deaths surrounding them most mysterious and convenient to say the least.
But Obama is new, very new on the scene and the rise to his success has been paid for by the most vile man Soros that lives to destory America. I want to know all I can about my enemy.
....Thank you Mark for this article.
Politically Incorrect LED Sign - Nashville
Politically Incorrect LED Sign - Nashville
"This is a huge LED sign belonging to Interstate AC Service in Nashville, TN.
This sign overlooks I-40 westbound as it approaches downtown Nashville."
I don't think I ever saw a sign like this before. heh heh
Surprise Awaits Soldier Returning From Afghanistan
It was a homecoming to cherish for Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Allen. The Apache helicopter pilot spent a year in Afghanistan before returning home on Saturday night to the Pinal Air Park.
While Allen was away, friends and family refurbished his 1964 Plymouth Belvedere. Dozens of friends and family were on hand at his arrival Saturday night to surprise him with the car.
Allen stared in disbelief before cracking a smile and embracing his family.
He said, "I was very excited to be home. This here is just over the top, unbelievable!"
Allen's friends came up with the idea during Thanksgiving. It took more than a dozen hands and a few donations to make fixing up the car a reality.
Rich Gomez is one of the friends who donated his garage to the project. "They're doing a job that we can't do. They're putting their life on the line for us. This is just something, [a] small thing we could do. I knew it was close to his heart."
Allen said while he was deployed, he often thought of projects he could do when he returned. "I was really motivated when I got home. I was going to work on this thing, but now I don't have to! I'm done!"
Wild Thing's comment........
Welcome Home Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Allen and thank you!
Great story. God bless them all!
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Endorses Romney
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Announces Personal Endorsement of
Governor Romney for President of the United States
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, author, radio host and Founder and President of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, announced this morning his personal endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States:
“I have never before endorsed a candidate for President of the United States, but the circumstances that have been placed upon us and the gravity of this election have caused me to come forward at this time.
Love of God, family and country are the most important values in my life. All are under attack in America as never before. I believe that Governor Romney, though not without flaws in his record, is a decent, highly capable man who believes in these same values.
I also understand that America as we know it will cease to exist if we continue our course of leaving our borders largely unprotected; and all other issues of contention will become moot. Governor Romney, through his statements and the recent addition of border enforcement warrior Professor Kris Kobach to his advisory staff, is indicating that he understands the severity of this issue.
In contrast, Senator McCain has co-sponsored legislation to give amnesty to illegal aliens, and named open borders advocate and former member of Mexican President Vicente Fox’s administration, Dr. Juan Hernandez, as his Hispanic Outreach Director.
As for Senators Clinton and Obama, because of their lack of will to secure our borders, as well as their commitment to unrestricted abortion, increased taxes and regulation, and an appeasement strategy toward our enemies, are unworthy of endorsement consideration.
My endorsement of Governor Romney is personal. I am in no way speaking on behalf of my organization, BOND. America is the greatest country in the world. I am committed to preserving and protecting it for future generations, and I believe today’s endorsement is in keeping with that commitment.”
Wild Thing's comment........
If any of you watch Fox News channel you have probably seen Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson many times. He is an honorable man and a true conservative. He is polite and seems like a good man.
BOND stands for Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny. Their motto is "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man".
Mr. Romney has flaws in his record, but he is a decent, capable man. McCain shares neither of those traits.
Rev. Jesse Peterson is the good Reverend Jesse—I really respect him.
February 04, 2008
McCain Can't and Won't Handle Questions He Does Not Like
This is the link for the video in case it does not work.
When pressed for an answer about illegal immigration in his home state, Sen. McCain throws a woman out of his town hall meeting .
McCain’s voting record:
Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
Supports federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. (May 2007)
Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech not a shield for hate groups. (Aug 1999)
NAFTA has had unambiguously positive impact on US. (Mar 1999)
Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track. (Jul 1998)
Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Supports ban on certain assault weapons. (Aug 1999)
Guns are a problem, but so are violent web sites & videos. (Aug 1999)
Punish criminals who abuse 2nd Amendment rights. (May 1999)
Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
Wild Thing's comment.........
This is so pathetic! He wants to be President of the most powerful country in the entire world. What is he going to do throw out leaders of other countries if they tick him off? She had a very fair question and he should have simply answered her.
Best Person for the Job by Walid Phares
The Best Person for the Job by Walid Phares, Ph.D.
Walid Phares is the FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor, Walid Phares is the director of Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a visiting scholar at the European Foundation for Democracy, and the author of The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy.
When it comes to US Presidential elections, the post 9/11 era has changed the rules of engagement for national security experts and for those who can read the Jihadists’ minds. While the counterterrorism community should let the voters chose their chief executive first, then later offer expert advice to the President, unfortunately, the world has changed.
Indeed, since the 9/11 and the engagement of the nation in the war with Jihadism, the selection of the US President can fundamentally affect the very survival of the American people. Whoever occupies the White House in 2009, for the next 4 to 8 years will have to make decisions that will have cataclysmic consequences on the physical security and the freedoms of 300 million citizens in this country, and eventually on the free world as a whole.
The leader of the most powerful democracy in the world has to be able to know who the enemy is so that all resources are put into action against it. Without this, the next US President could cause a major disaster to happen to this nation. American voters cannot afford to install a man or a woman who can’t identify and define the enemy. If you can’t see an enemy, you simply cannot defeat it.
The 2004 Presidential elections took place in quasi-popular ignorance. The sitting -- and fighting -- President was reelected by the basic instincts of Americans, but not by enlightened citizens. An overwhelming majority of voters was not fully informed as to the real stakes. The country was told that the war in Iraq was wrong, and about half of the country believed it. They were also told there was no war on terror, but worse, they were never told who the enemy was or what it really wanted.
The 2008 elections are crucial
In 2008, America is quite different and the outlook of the forthcoming confrontation is, by far, much more dramatic. US forces are still deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Jihadists -- of all types, regimes and organizations -- are still committed to reverse the move towards democracy in these two countries. The war there is not over. Rather the greater challenges are yet to begin.
Al Qaeda got beaten badly in the Sunni Triangle and in Somalia but a younger generation of Jihadists is being put into battle across the region. Not one single Sunni country will escape the rise of Salafi Terror in the next US Presidential term.
· Iran’s regime is speeding up its strategic armament, testing American resolve when possible;
· Syria is surviving its isolation and bleeding our allies in Iraq and Lebanon;
· Hezbollah is about to seize Lebanon;
· Hamas has seized Gaza;
· Turkey’s Islamists are reversing secularism; and
· Pakistan’s Jihadists are eying the nuclear missiles.
Even worse than this, three generations of Jihadists have penetrated the social and defense layers of Western Europe and the United States.
In his or her first term, the next President may have to witness European cities burned by urban warfare, and in the second presidential term, could be forced to arm doomsday devices for the first time in this century. Thus the choice of the best candidate is not a matter of routine this time around.
As never before, Americans must scrutinize the agendas of their candidates and find out which platform is the best suited for what is to come, and decide who among them can face off a lethal enemy while building the vital coalitions the world needs. At this point in US and world history, Party, gender, race, and social class affiliations are insufficient reasons by themselves to choose the forthcoming President.
Americans should not pay attention to who said what and who flip flopped when. Frankly, it doesn’t matter at this stage if it is a he or a she, of this or that race, of this or another church, or if the President is single, has a large family or has been divorced twice. The stakes are much higher than the usual sweet, but irrelevant, American personality debate.
I want to know if the candidates are strong willed, smart, educated about the world, informed about the threat, can define it, can identify it, can fight it, are not duped by their bureaucracy, cannot be influenced by foreign regimes or special interest groups, have the right advisors, can run an economy while commanding a war and still see the threats as they handle daily crises and take drastic measures as hard times confront them. I want to know if the candidates will be very specific when they educate their public about the menace. In short, I don’t want to see the fall of Constantinople repeated on these shores in the next decade or two. Humanity will not recover from such a disaster.
If we knew where we are in the world, we’d look at survival first before we debate anything else. I am among those who believe -- and see -- that this country (and other democracies) are marked for violence, aggression and terror. All our hopes about the economy, social justice, cultural harmony, wealth, and technological advancement are thoroughly dependant on the ability of the rising menace to crumble this country’s national security and all that would collapse with it.
Probably I am among the few who see the clouds gathering around the globe and thus have been urging leaders to act fast, decisively and early on to avoid the future Jihad that already has begun. Were these dangers not there, I would be fully eager -- like any citizen -- to argue forcefully about the crucial matters of our existence: health, environment, nutrition, scientific discoveries, animal protection and space exploration. But that is not the world I see ahead of us in the immediate future.
Hence, we must postpone the social and philosophical dreams to better times. As a nation, we must all be concerned with who among the candidates can simply understand the tragic equation we’re in and be able to use the resources of this nation to meet the dire challenges ahead of us. This year, Americans need to see and certify that the next occupant of the White House lives on this planet, in this age, knows that we are at war, and above all knows which war we are fighting. The margin of error is too slim to allow anything else.
Future Jihad is coming
By 2012 the Jihadists may recruit one million suicide bombers and could align two nuclear powers. By 2016 they would deploy 10 million suicide bombers and seize five regimes equipped with the final weapon. In the next eight years, NATO’s European membership and US interests worldwide could be battling urban intifadas. To avoid these prospects of apocalypse, the offices on Pennsylvania Avenue must catch up with lost opportunities before next winter.
And that potential hyperdrama hinges on the mind and the nerves of the next President of this country.
I am looking at the most terrifying item on any Presidential agenda: national security. Here is what I’ve found so far.
The Obama and Clinton agendas
Senators Obama and Clinton acknowledge that a “war on terror” is on. Both have pledged to pursue al Qaeda relentlessly. Also, Obama and Clinton, to the surprise of their critics, have enlisted good counterterrorism experts as advisors. But from there on, the findings get darker.
The Senator from Illinois wants to end the campaign in Iraq abruptly, which would lead to the crumbling of the democratic experiment and a chain of disasters from Afghanistan to Lebanon, opening the path for a Khomeinist Jihadi empire accessing the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean. Obama’s campaign needs to radically transform its agenda on worldview so that the voices of the oppressed peoples in that part of the world can be heard. Maybe a trip to Darfur and Beirut can help rethink his agenda. Unfortunately the latest news from the campaign isn’t encouraging. The Senator wants to shake the hands of Dictator Assad, authoritarian Chavez, apocalyptic Ahmadinejad and perhaps even the Khartoum bullies of Sudan’s Africans. No need for further evidence: such an agenda in the next White House is anathema to the progress of human history.
Senator Clinton has a powerful political machine and happens to have enlisted top national security experts in her team. She will commit to stand by Israel and would not visit the oppressors of women in Tehran. But beyond this, her foreign policy agenda (despite the knowledgeable expertise available to her) is “a bridge back to the twentieth century.”
Indeed, the plan is to withdraw from Iraq without defeating the Jihadists, without containing the Iranians and without solidifying democracy. A retreat from the Middle East will be paved with a commitment not to let Israel down; a commitment which would lose its teeth, once the Pasdarans march through Iraq and Syria and install Armageddon’s Shahhab missiles in the hands of Hezbollah. On the Senator’s agenda, there is no definition of the enemy or commitment to contain it, reverse it or defeat it. There are no policies of solidarity with oppressed peoples and there is no alliance with the democratic forces of the region. Mrs. Clinton won’t befriend Ahmadinejad but would let him -- and other Islamists -- crush her own gender across many continents.
But more important, from an American perspective, would be the crisis to expect in Homeland Security if one or the other agendas advanced by these two Senators come to pass. An army of experts, activists and lobbyists would invade all levels of national security and reinstall pre 9/11 attitudes. In short Jihadophilia would prevail, even without the knowledge or the consent of that future White House. It already happened in the 1990s and led to what we know.
The reading of political genomes has no margin for error. The electoral platforms of the two Senators are enemy-definition-free. Not identifying the enemy is equal to not defining the threat. Thus, and unless the right advisors rush to fill that gap before the national election, Democrat voters will not have a chance to bring in a solid and knowledgeable defender of the nation.
The Republicans' two options
On the other side of the spectrum, Republicans are struggling with a different choice, nonetheless as challenging and with long term consequences. McCain and Romney are ready to engage battle with the enemy, pursue the so-called War on Terror and continue fighting al Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their agendas attempted to define the threat, leaping ahead of their competitors on the other side of the aisle. Their statements and posted documents are irrefutable evidence that, if they gain the White House, they would neither surrender the country to domestic infiltration nor disengage from the confrontation overseas. On this ground alone, and unless the Democrat contenders and their final nominee change their counterterrorism approach, the final choice American voters will have to make -- on national security -- will be dramatically different and irreversibly full of consequences.
The single most important ingredient in the War with Jihadism, the identification of the threat, is at the heart of our success or failure. The leading Republican candidates are equal in fingering what they perceive as the enemy: they have called it “radical Islam” and have given it different attributes - “Islamo-fascism,” “extremist Islamism,” “Islamic terrorism,” and other similar descriptions. In that regard they are at the opposite end of their Democrat contenders.
But in my analysis, after more than 25 years of study and observation of the phenomenon, and seven years after 9/11, the term “radical Islam” is not enough when a US President (or another world leader) wants to define the danger and build strategies against it. The term, “Radical Islam”, falls short of catching the actual threat doctrine, which is Jihadism. In my judgment, those candidates who take the ideological battle lightly are not as well equipped as those who have done their homework fully and offered the voters and the public a comprehensive doctrine on counter Jihadism.
We’re not dealing with semantics here, but with keys to unlock the stagnation in the current conflict. Short of having a future President who knows exactly who the enemy is, how it thinks, and how to defeat it, the conflict cannot be won. There can be no guesses, no broad drawings, no general directions, no colorful slogans, and no good intentions alone.
This next President has to understand the Jihadist ideology by him or herself, and not rely on advisors to place descriptions in the speeches, and change them at the wish of lobbyists or other interest groups.
This nuance in understanding the threat and in articulating the rhetoric has gigantic consequences. All strategies related to fighting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, in Iraq and within the West, and related to containing Khomeinist power in the region and beyond, emanates from a US understanding of their ideologies and key elements of their global strategies.
Hence, when I examine the agendas of the Republican candidates and analyze their speeches, I look at indicators showing the comprehension of the bigger picture.
McCain and Romney have developed common instincts as to where it is coming from; but that is not enough.
Americans need to see and know that their future President can present sophisticated rhetoric, is ready to go on the offensive and move against the enemy before the latter attacks American and allies’ targets. Being just tough and willing to strike back heavily is not anymore an acceptable threshold.
We need the next President to be aware of what the other side is preparing, preempt it and do it faster than any predecessor. The next stage in this war is will be about moving swiftly and sometimes stealthily to reach the production structure of the enemy. And to do this, our leaders need to identify and define the threat doctrine and design a counter doctrine, a matter the US Government has failed to achieve in the first seven years of the war.
The two leading contenders on the Republican side, McCain and Romney, both recognize that there is an enemy, they are committed to defeat it, but they identify it with different specificity.
Senator McCain says it is “Radical Islam,” and pledges to increase the current level of involvement. On Iraq, the former Navy Pilot says he will continue to fight till there are no more enemies to fight. To me that is a trenches battlefield: we’ll pound them till they have no more trenches.
Governor Romney says the enemy is Global Jihadism, and it has more than the one battlefield of Iraq. And because the Jihadists are in control of regimes, interests and omnipresent in the region and worldwide, the US counter strategies cannot and should not be limited to “entrenchment” but to counter attacks, preemptive moves and putting allied forces on the existing and new battlefields. Besides not all confrontations have to be military.
The difference in wording between the general term “radical Islam” and the focused threat doctrine “Jihadism” says it all. One leads to concentrate one type of power in one place, regardless of what the enemy is and wants to do; and the other concept leads to punch the foe from many places on multiple levels and be decisive in ending the conflict. I am sure Senator McCain can follow the same reasoning and catch up with the geopolitics of the enemy but so far Governor Romney has readied himself better in strategizing to defeat this enemy.
The next stage of the war will be a mind battle with the Jihadists. They aren’t just a bunch of Barbarians who seek to shed blood. They have had, for decades, a very advanced and sophisticated strategy, and they are ready to confront our next President and defeat the United States.
This is why I have come to the conclusion that Governor Romney has the capacity of managing the counter strategies against the Jihadists, only because he stated to the public that he sees the enemy as to who they are. And if a President can see them, he can defeat them. His Republican contender, now leading in the polls, can sense them but hasn’t specifically identified them. The leading candidates on the other side are making progress in the opposite direction: one wants to end the War unilaterally and the other wants to make Peace with the oppressors.
In short, if elected, Romney will try to destroy the mother ship, McCain will supply the trenches, Clinton will pull the troops back to the barracks and Obama will visit the foes’ bunkers.
I recommend Governor Romney for the Republican primaries as first among equals, while believing Senator McCain to be a genuine leader. If Romney is selected, I believe America may have a chance to defeat this enemy with new strategies. If his contender is selected, we will have four or eight more years of the past seven years.
On the other side, I have suggested to counterterrorism experts that they help Democrat candidates restructure their agendas on national security in line with the reality of the enemy. I would like to see both Parties understanding and presenting a united vision of the threat, while differing on how to confront it. That would be the ideal situation for America and, at the very least, a response to the deepest will of the American public.
Wild Thing's comment.........
Dr Walid Phares has written the truth. I realize it is long, but it needed the entire artcle to be shared.
Bill and Hllary NEVER Again!
BILL CLINTON's MILITARY CAREER
Bill Clinton registers for the draft on September 08, 1964, accepting all contractual conditions of registering for the draft. Selective Service Number is 326 46 228.
Bill Clinton classified 2-S on November 17, 1964.
Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on March 20, 1968.
Bill Clinton ordered to report for induction on July 28, 1969 .
Bill Clinton refuses to report and is not inducted into the military.
Bill Clinton reclassified 1-D after enlisting in the United States Army Reserves on August 07, 1969, under authority of COL. E. Holmes.
Clinton signs enlistment papers and takes oath of enlistment.
Bill Clinton fails to report to his duty station at the University of Arkansas ROTC , September 1969.
Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on October 30, 1969, as enlistment with Army Reserves is revoked by Colonel E. Holmes and Clinton now AWOL and subject to arrest under Public Law 90-40 (2) (a) regis t rant who has failed to report...remain liable for induction.
Bill Clinton's birth date lottery number is 311, drawn December 1, 1969 , but anyone who has already been ordered to report for induction is INELIGIBLE!
Bill Clinton runs for Congress (1974), while a fugitive from justice under Public Law 90-40.
Bill Clinton runs for Arkansas Attorney General (1976), while a fugitive from justice.
Bill Clinton receives pardon on January 21, 1977, from President Carter.
Bill Clinton becomes the FIRST PARDONED FEDERAL FELON ever to serve as President of the United States.
All these facts come from Freedom of Information requests, public laws, and various books that have been published, and have not been refuted by Clinton.
After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia , which killed five U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S . military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa , which killed 224 and injured 5,000, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors, Clinton promised that those responsible be hunted down and punished.
Maybe if Clinton had kept those promises, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, DC. who are now dead would be alive today.
THINK ABOUT IT! It is a strange turn of events. Hillary gets $8 Million for her forthcoming memoir. Bill gets about $12 Million for his memoir's yet to be written. This from two people who spent 8 years being unable to recall anything about past events while under oath.
Sincerely, Cdr. Hamilton McWhorter USN (ret)
....Thank you Rhod for sending this to me.
Maria Shriver Endorses Obama
JF Kennedy niece Maria Shriver backs Obama
Maria Shriver -- wife of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a member of the powerful Kennedy political clan -- on Sunday endorsed Barack Obama for US president, just days after her former-actor husband backed Republican John McCain.
"The more I thought about it, I thought, you know, if Barack Obama was a state, he'd be California," Shriver said to cheers at a rally held at the University of California for the Democratic presidential contender.
"I mean, think about it: diverse, open, smart, independent, bucks tradition, innovative, inspiring, dreamer, leader!" said Shriver, a member of America's foremost political dynasty.
The celebrity-packed rally was also attended by US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, Shriver's cousin Caroline Kennedy who is the daughter of slain president John F. Kennedy, Obama's wife Michelle, and pop music legend Stevie Wonder.
The California first lady added that Obama "is about the power of us, and what we can do when we come together. Because as everybody up here has said, there is much more that unites us than divides us.
"He is about empowering women, African-Americans, Latinos, older people, young people. He's about empowering all of us."
Wild Thing's comment.........
The Kennedy's trying to hitch their wagon to a so called rising star in hopes of staying relevant!
Massachusetts Kennedys are for Obama, New York Kennedys are “forced” to be for “new” New York grifters and carpetbaggers Clintons.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is for yet another liberal - McCain.
Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'
Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'
Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.
Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam. Universities and NHS trusts fear many more will refuse to co-operate with new Department of Health guidance, introduced this month, which stipulates that all doctors must be "bare below the elbow".
The measure is deemed necessary to stop the spread of infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile, which have killed hundreds.
Minutes of a clinical academics' meeting at Liverpool University revealed that female Muslim students at Alder Hey children's hospital had objected to rolling up their sleeves to wear gowns.
Similar concerns have been raised at Leicester University. Minutes from a medical school committee said that "a number of Muslim females had difficulty in complying with the procedures to roll up sleeves to the elbow for appropriate handwashing".
Sheffield University also reported a case of a Muslim medic who refused to "scrub" as this left her forearms exposed.
Hygiene experts said last night that no exceptions should be made on religious grounds.
Dr Mark Enright, professor of microbiology at Imperial College London, said: "To wash your hands properly, and reduce the risks of MRSA and C.difficile, you have to be able to wash the whole area around the wrist.
"I don't think it would be right to make an exemption for people on any grounds. The policy of bare below the elbows has to be applied universally."
Dr Charles Tannock, a Conservative MEP and former hospital consultant, said: "These students are being trained using taxpayers' money and they have a duty of care to their patients not to put their health at risk.
"Perhaps these women should not be choosing medicine as a career if they feel unable to abide by the guidelines that everyone else has to follow."
But the Islamic Medical Association insisted that covering all the body in public, except the face and hands, was a basic tenet of Islam. "No practising Muslim woman - doctor, medical student, nurse or patient - should be forced to bare her arms below the elbow," it said.
Dr Majid Katme, the association spokesman, said: "Exposed arms can pick up germs and there is a lot of evidence to suggest skin is safer to the patient if covered. One idea might be to produce long, sterile, disposable gloves which go up to the elbows."
Wild Thing's comment........
How soon will this be happening in America, maybe sooner then we think. Good grief, they won’t wash their hands properly in a hospital, but they insist on washing their feet in airport sinks.
"Islamic Medical Association"
That must be a truly scientific group..NOT.
Muslims give reasons they emigrated to the West to learn Western medicine, but don’t choose to practice it. More signs that the pretext for emigrating is just a front.
So it's definitely true, Monty Python's Flying Circus is directing British society today. I was wondering what happened to them.
February 03, 2008
Superbowl Super Sunday Tour To Iraq To Visit Troops
Jason Elam, a former Hawaii kicker and all-pro with the Denver Broncos, will visit United States troops in Iraq from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8, on a goodwill military Super Sunday Tour in celebration of the Super Bowl.
"I jumped at the opportunity to participate in this visit to Iraq," says Elam, who played for UH from 1989-92. "I have a brother in the Army and have nothing but respect for the men and women serving overseas. This seemed like a great way to express my support firsthand."
Organized by Pro Sports MVP, Elam will be joined on the 10-day tour by Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Dwight, former Oakland Raiders offensive guard Steve Wisniewski, and Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders Sarah Johnson and Krisandra Shimpa.
The tour group will watch the New England Patriots play the New York Giants with troops in the wee hours of the morning in Iraq.
Elam, who recently released his first novel "Monday Night Jihad" co-authored with Steve Yohn, will be signing copies of his book during the tour.
Elam's novel has a strong military theme as the central character Riley Covington is an Air Force Academy graduate who fulfills his military commitment serving in Air Forces Special Ops in Afghanistan and then goes on to play professional football. A terrorist attack on his home turf pulls Covington back into his Special Ops life. Elam based the character on former Air Force graduates Steve Russ, Chad Henning and Chis Gizzi. Elam will write a blog and post pictures from the tour on the website.
Website for Jason Elam is doing in Iraq at http://mondaynightjihad.blogspot.com/
Website for his book
Troops To See Super Bowl Thanks To Texas Businessman
Troops To See Super Bowl Thanks To Businessman
An Army sergeant and his buddies will get to watch the Super Bowl in Iraq, thanks to a Houston businessman, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday.
"I am in the United States Army. I am from Houston, Texas, currently serving a 15-month deployment in Baghdad, Iraq," Sgt. Aaron Simmons wrote in a letter to Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture. "We have been trying to come up with ideas of how to get a TV, and I thought it would be a good idea to ask you."
Mattress Mac had just the TV -- a 42-inch high-definition flat screen.
But there was a problem. The letter had a military address, but no quick-shipping address and no fast way of contacting Simmons.
McIngvale called the head of the United Service Organizations for help finding Simmons.
Retired Lt. Col. Susie Barlow, Houston's USO president, called the Army.
"I need a specific location on how I can track this down," Barlow said. "(The Army) said, 'I can't help you with that, but we can make it so that we can get him,' on such and such a date to a point to get the TV."
The TV costs about $2,000, but the shipping for the TV, DVD player and other gifts costs even more.
McIngvale said the money did not matter.
"These kids are over there putting their life on the line so we can enjoy these freedoms," he said. "Yet he (Simmons) says, 'I know how expensive a TV can be, so I will not be disappointed if you cannot send one.'"
The TV was to arrive on Tuesday, five days before the Super Bowl.
Wild Thing's comment........
Here is the VIDEO of the news about this story. CLICK HERE to be taken to website where video is locatied. It is a wonderful video and also tells added information that will make your heart smile. He also supports the USO and the video tells about that too.
*~ Superbowl Sunday ~*
Super Bowl XLII will reach one billion people worldwide.
"When the AFL and NFL decided that they would combine into a single league in 1971, they also agreed to start playing a championship game after the 1966 season. Officially called the AFL-NFL Championship, it was soon nicknamed the Super Bowl. The first Super Bowl, though, between the NFL's Green Bay Packers and the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, wasn't so excitedly anticipated. The main question seemed to be how large Green Bay's margin of victory would be. NFL Super Bowl Tickets cost only $12, and the game still wasn't a sellout at that time. The Packers won the game 35 to 10. They also won Super Bowl II 33-14 over the Oakland Raiders. It wasn't until Joe Namath guaranteed victory for the AFL's underdog New York Jets in Super Bowl III and then delivered a 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts that interest rose, particularly with the impending joining of the two leagues."
The stadium seats 63,400 for Cardinals games, but will provide approximately 10,000 more seats for Super Bowl XLII.
Site: University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Arizona
Date: February 3, 2008
Kick-off: 6:17 p.m. EST odd time 6:17 not sure why the 17!!??
Radio: Westwood One
Home Team: New England Patriots
Away Team: New York Giants
Halftime Performance: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Section: 423 Row:20 ....... $1409
FRONT ROW 50 YARD LINE LOWER LEVEL OVER PATRIOTS BENCH
Section: 109 Row:1 ........... $9400
Section: 109* Row: 13....... $10340
Internet Only version of the 2007 GoDaddy.com Super Bowl commercial starring GoDaddy Girl Candice Michelle, IndyCar's Danica Patrick, the Teutuls from American Chopper, AHDRAs Valerie Thompson and Bob Parsons, CEO and Founder of GoDaddy.com
Cost of a commercial shown during the Superbowl
Last year, the big game was the highest rated TV show in the U.S. with more than 93 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen. And this year, with two teams from huge markets competing, the Super Bowl could draw even more viewers.
The average cost for a 30 second spot during this year's game is $2.7 million, according to Fox, the News Corp (NWS, Fortune 500).-owned network that will broadcast the Super Bowl. That's up slightly from last year when the going rate was $2.6 million and more than double the 1997 price of $1.2 million.
These were the teams that everyone picked for this last season. I hope you all had fun and thank you for being a part of football at Theodore's World. For those of you whose team did not make it to the Superbowl I am so sorry, and let's hope for next year. For those rooting for the Patriots and the Giants, CONGRATULATIONS!!
(Some names are those deployed in Iraq)
Lynn - Broncos, Bears, Browns
Tom - Cowboys, Broncos
Darth - New York Giants, Tampa Bay Bucs, (ABP - 'anybody' but Philly )
Mark - Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Bears
Bob - Buffalo Bills
Billy - Jets, NY Giants, Bears
Nick - Cowboys, Rams and Raiders
Karsten - Tampa Bay Bucs, NY Giants
navycopjoe - Chicago Bears
LindaSOG - Miami Dolphins
Jonathan - Raiders
Dawn - Seahawks, Bronco's ....(husband USARMY delpoyed, Iraq)
Amber - Green Bay Packers .....(husband USMC delpoyed Iraq)
Cuchieddie - Raiders
Sierrahome - Colts
patrickdaniel - Chargers, Cowboys
Eve - Colts ....(husband USARMY deployed Iraq)
Beth - Bears , Saints
Chief - Seahwaks
Chrissie - Bears, Broncos and Cowboys
Andy ( USMC) - Colts
Mike ( USARMY) - Seattle Seahawks
Sand Man ( (USMC) - Bronco's
Dave (USARMY) - Patriots
Tim ( USMC) - Bears
Jean ( USARMY) - Atlanta Falcons
Greg (USARMY) - Eagles
Max ( USARMY- Cowboys
Pete ( USMC) - Bronco's
Steve - (USAF) - Bronco's
Tony - (USARMY) - Redskins
Time for Some Real Straight Talk
January 31, 2008
Republicans had better rush to come to grips with the reality that all of our smart options for the 2008 election cycle are already off the table. Unlike past elections, Republicans actually had two very strong conservatives to unite behind in the 2008 primaries, Thompson and Hunter, and they failed to unite behind either of them.
The time to stand up for a true traditional conservative Republican has passed. The chance to do something smart no longer exists. Now we have one last shot and less than one week to do something that is at least half-smart.
John McCain Is An Outright Liar
It is no less than Clintonesque to listen to John “amnesty” McCain call himself “the official new leader of the conservative movement in America.”
McCain is not being nominated by conservatives. He is being nominated by liberal Independents in open primaries and liberal RINOs in closed primaries. He has very little support among conservatives and he can’t win in November as a result.
But more importantly, on the issues facing our nation today, John McCain is no more conservative or Republican than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. In fact, after more than three decades in Washington DC, his friends are not Washington conservatives, but Washington liberals like Clinton, Obama, Kennedy, Lieberman, Graham and Martinez.
Bold Faced Lying On The Issues
John McCain says he “changed the strategy in Iraq” and now we are winning in Iraq. But John McCain changed nothing in Iraq. He only supported beefing up the existing strategy in Iraq by putting more boots on the ground. A good move that should have happened sooner, but by no means a “change in strategy.”
Worse yet on this subject, McCain is on record fighting for open borders, legalizing illegal immigration, closing down Gitmo and giving known terrorists access to the US criminal courts, while refusing to aggressively interrogate those who can tell us when and where the next 9/11 might happen. Yet, to hear him from the campaign stump, he’s strong on national security, just not any of the measures needed to actually secure a nation under attack.
McCain now says he is for the Bush tax cuts that he railed against and indeed voted against in the Senate.
McCain sided with Kennedy, Lieberman and Russ Feingold in passing the first legislation to limit free political speech in US history, some of which has since been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Yet he sees himself as a conservative champion of liberty and freedom.
In short, McCain’s senate record is that of an inside-the-beltway Washington liberal, not any form of a conservative or even a Republican. McCain is so far left that he is fully on-board Al Gore’s Global Warming Swindle and promises to usher in the economically disastrous policies drafted and advanced by international socialists for the sole purpose of bringing America to its economic knees.
But none of this is the John McCain touted from the campaign stump. Almost every word coming out of McCain’s so-called “Straight-Talk Express” is an outright lie.
South Carolina & Florida Change Everything
Like it or not, the worst possible Republican candidate has emerged from key conservative states the liberal victor of the early Republican primaries. In an instant, I went from being for a conservative or no one else, to being a reluctant Romney supporter as a result.
There is NO meaningful difference between a vote cast for Clinton, Obama or McCain. Ideologically, they are the same person and the same vote. All three are cut from the same cloth. It matter’s not a bit which of them wins the November election as all three believe in the same things.
Remember, all desirable smart options are already off the table. Only one half-smart option remains and the clock is ticking fast on this one.
One Shot And One Week To Do Something About It
No matter how I feel about Mitt Romney, or disagree with some of his past positions, some of which he now disagrees with as well, he is not Hillary Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama or John “amnesty - weak on terror” McCain.
I am a staunch conservative who supported Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter until they were no longer in the race. Even then, I was quite temped to vote for them in the primaries just to make a statement against all others. In part, this is what happened in Florida, making it possible for the most liberal Republican to claim he now holds the conservative mantle. What a joke! Except not so funny…
The fact is, Republican ideologues like me, clinging to my principles and my principled but failing candidate, helped John McCain become the unlikely front-runner for the Republican nomination. Thompson, Hunter, Paul, Giuliani and Huck fans all put McCain in the lead. That means we have the power to take him out of the lead.
Straight Talk About Principled Voters
Standing firmly and unapologetically upon American values and principles is never wrong. It’s in fact the basis of conservatism and our founders called upon each of us to do exactly that.
But it is not always the best political strategy for doing all we can to protect and preserve those principles and values. The founders also warned us to be forever vigilant and somehow, we failed to head this mess off at the pass and avoid the need to make less than attractive choices.
Sometimes, when vigilance has been forgotten for too long and smart options are no longer available, a half-smart alternative is the best we can do. It seems to me that this is the crossroads we conservatives find ourselves at once again.
Four Candidates Standing – Two Choices Available
Thompson and Hunter dropped out of the race a week ago. Giuliani dropped out last night and endorsed the other liberal in the race, John McCain. The Huckaboom has already enjoyed its last bang in Iowa. Paul was never in the race, other than as a Perot type spoiler with much less support.
The Republican race is down to McCain and Romney, neither of them ideal, but one of them an outright career backstabbing liberal liar and the other, at least a reasonable hope for something much better.
Republican voters have six days to decide whether to hold their noses and help Romney defeat McCain on Super Tuesday, or stink up the entire country by voting against Clinton, Obama or McCain in November. No matter which of these three we vote against in November, we will get the same result.
Tomorrow, John Edwards will drop out of the DNC race. Clinton or Obama will be on the Democrat ticket in November, maybe both of them.
Four candidates remain and three of them are equally dangerous to America. Only one offers even a glimmer of hope to Republicans and conservatives, Mitt Romney.
Straight Talk About November
McCain has been propped up by the leftist press ever since he lost to Bush in 2000. He is the darling of the lame leadership of the Republican National Committee who has clearly determined that joining the left is the only way to compete with the left.
Romney is at least a Washington outsider with significant experience, strong family values, a moral compass and a general sense that America should be what the founders established it to be. McCain is none of these things.
Romney can attract most Republican voters under these conditions. If we propel him ahead of McCain, then help him continue to move right in the coming weeks and help him choose the right running mate at the convention, we can at least limit our losses. We have hope…
But McCain will never attract the support of the conservative base he has spent years stabbing in the back. Doubt me on that one and you can inaugurate Hillary for certain.
We passed on the smart option of pro-actively and aggressively supporting a true conservative. It’s time to cut that loss loose and do something smart now. You can decide to sit back, lick your wounds and complain about losing America to the left, be it under Clinton, McCain or Obama.
Or, you can take immediate pro-active measures to stop the train wreck called McCain and limit our losses by making certain that the choice in November is at least a choice between wide open socialism under a Democrat White House with a Democrat congress, and a Republican who owes his presidency to the people who carried him to victory against the odds, the MSM and the Martinez RNC.
You decide, but decide fast! Super Tuesday is your last chance to do something at least half-smart. The consequences of failing to do so are immeasurable.
JB Williams is a business man, a husband, a father, and a writer. A no nonsense commentator on American politics, American history, and American philosophy. A hard hitting columnist, attacking the socialist cancer plaguing America today. He has a pragmatic “common Joe” approach to even the toughest issues facing our nation.
This is another article he wrote:
How the Republican Party Committed National Suicide....This one is excellent as well!!!!!
Wild Thing's comment........
I never heard of this man till Tom sent me one of the articles in this post. I think JB Williams makes valid comments in both of these articles. I stand by what I said after Fred Thompson pulled out and I had already voted for him. If Romney makes it to November, I will be voting for Romney.
McCain is radioactive. McCain has has made a career of stabbing us in the back and worse yet has stabbed in the back the POW's in the Vietnam War.
In McCain's heart he does not want to secure our borders and securing our borders is very much a part of the war. How dare our country ask our troops to risk their lives, make sacrifices, and then in return not make our country secure back here at home as much as possible. This isn't the Great Wall of China we are asking to be built! We have existing laws for immigration and plenty of people follow them, they wait a long time to do it right and follow our immigration laws. And we are to cater to the illegals coming in here and re-write laws for THEM??? To make it easy for THEM??? I THINK NOT!
It is one thing to vote for a candidate who wants to fight a war in the Middle East, but quite another to listen to that politician tout his “war” credentials and then vote to allow any illegal over the border regardless of nationality or creed. And McCain will do this, and will not stop till he does.
McCain is also against the use of interrogation techniques that our intelligence agencies have stated has procured information that was used to stop terrorist attacks against this Country. Would these attacks have been successful with a President McCain? Just something to think about. During the debates Romney said he disagreed with McCain on this and that to even put out there for terrorists to know what we would do and not do is dangerous for our troops.
As far as the Supreme Court judge issue - he has said that he doesn't like Alito because "he wears his conservatism on his sleeve for everyone to see". He clearly hates conservatives.
And the 'if we don't support the GOP nominee' well...... We are in the position we are now because the GOP pushed for someone who's allegedly electable, but only because he's more liberal than what a GOP candidate should be. Supporting McCain now will only reinforce what the fools running the party now believe- that in order to beat the Democrats, the Republicans must become more liberal.
You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. It never works. imo Rest assured, the GOP will never recover from this annoitment of McCain. Never. They will not change as long as we keep supporting liberals like McCain.
Conservatives didn't choose McCain. He was chosen by the MSM, the RNC, the GOP good old boys, and the RINOs who support them.
.....Thank you so much Tom for sending this to me.
“Ike” Turns Over In Grave As Granddaughter Endorses Obama
Why I'm Backing Obama
By Susan Eisenhower
Forty-seven years ago, my grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower bid farewell to a nation he had served for more than five decades. In his televised address, Ike famously coined the term "military-industrial complex," and he offered advice that is still relevant today.
"As we peer into society's future," he said, we "must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."
Today we are engaged in a debate about these very issues. Deep in America's heart, I believe, is the nagging fear that our best years as a nation may be over. We are disliked overseas and feel insecure at home. We watch as our federal budget hemorrhages red ink and our civil liberties are eroded. Crises in energy, health care and education threaten our way of life and our ability to compete internationally. There are also the issues of a costly, unpopular war; a long-neglected infrastructure; and an aging and increasingly needy population.
I am not alone in worrying that my generation will fail to do what my grandfather's did so well: Leave America a better, stronger place than the one it found.
Given the magnitude of these issues and the cost of addressing them, our next president must be able to bring about a sense of national unity and change. As we no longer have the financial resources to address all these problems comprehensively and simultaneously, setting priorities will be essential. With hard work, much can be done.
The biggest barrier to rolling up our sleeves and preparing for a better future is our own apathy, fear or immobility. We have been living in a zero-sum political environment where all heads have been lowered to avert being lopped off by angry, noisy extremists. I am convinced that Barack Obama is the one presidential candidate today who can encourage ordinary Americans to stand straight again; he is a man who can salve our national wounds and both inspire and pursue genuine bipartisan cooperation. Just as important, Obama can assure the world and Americans that this great nation's impulses are still free, open, fair and broad-minded.
No measures to avert the serious, looming consequences can be taken without this sense of renewal. Uncommon political courage will be required. Yet this courage can be summoned only if something profoundly different transpires. Putting America first -- ahead of our own selfish interests -- must be our national priority if we are to retain our capacity to lead.
The last time the United States had an open election was 1952. My grandfather was pursued by both political parties and eventually became the Republican nominee. Despite being a charismatic war hero, he did not have an easy ride to the nomination. He went on to win the presidency -- with the indispensable help of a "Democrats for Eisenhower" movement. These crossover voters were attracted by his pledge to bring change to Washington and by the prospect that he would unify the nation.
It is in this great tradition of crossover voters that I support Barack Obama's candidacy for president. If the Democratic Party chooses Obama as its candidate, this lifelong Republican will work to get him elected and encourage him to seek strategic solutions to meet America's greatest challenges. To be successful, our president will need bipartisan help.
Given Obama's support among young people, I believe that he will be most invested in defending the interests of these rising generations and, therefore, the long-term interests of this nation as a whole. Without his leadership, our children and grandchildren are at risk of growing older in a marginalized country that is left to its anger and divisions. Such an outcome would be an unacceptable legacy for any great nation.
Wild Thing's comment........
Well how abouto this..."My Grandfather wasn't President, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express and Obama is becoming the scariest thing ever to run for President. " - WT heh heh
Susan Eisenhower has done and said very liberal, dumb things before but this has to top the list. Would someone please track down Patton’s grandchild to kick her pinko loving ass!
My Dad told me about Ike and I always remember him telling me, Ike once stated in a speech that while growing up in Abilene, Kansas, “to talk about a democrat in Abilene was like speaking about the town drunk.”
She was married to a Russian, Roald Sagdeev. He was "head of the Soviet space program, adviser on arms control to Gorbachev, and Hero of Socialist Labor." I don't know if they're still together.
She has her own consulting business in Washington. But she's also a director of a consulting firm run by Clinton appointee Sandy Berger.
Her father John Eisenhower endorsed Kerry. http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/093004U.shtml
February 02, 2008
In Counrtry - Thank You Troops!
A Marine and a Cab Driver in Iraq.
A US Marine and a Iraqi Civilian get into a conversation about insurgents. hehheh Itis safe for the cab driver, the Marine is just having some fun. Then telling the guy he will only be there for an hour.
MoveOn.org Endorses Barak Hussein Obama
Obama Wins Endorsement of MoveOn.org
As the Democratic presidential rivals dashed into a final weekend of campaigning before the nominating contests here and in 21 other states next Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama collected the endorsement on Friday of a leading antiwar group, MoveOn.org. He said his opposition to the war would make him a stronger general election candidate.
The endorsement by MoveOn .org is the first time the group has weighed in during a Democratic primary. In a poll of its members, 1.7 million of whom live in the 22 states holding contests next week, Mr. Obama outpaced Mrs. Clinton 70 percent to 30 percent.
“The enormity of the challenges require someone who knows how to inspire millions to get involved to change the direction of our country,” said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org
From MoveOn.org website
MoveOn Endorsement Throws Progressive Weight Behind Barack Obama
In a resounding vote today, MoveOn.org Political Action's members nationwide voted to endorse Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President. The group, with 3.2 million members nationwide and over 1.7 million members in Super Tuesday states, will immediately begin to mobilize on behalf of Senator Obama. The vote favored Senator Obama to Senator Clinton by 70.4% to 29.6%.
Senator Obama accepted the endorsement stating:
"In just a few years, the members of MoveOn have once again demonstrated that real change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up. From their principled opposition to the Iraq war - a war I also opposed from the start - to their strong support for a number of progressive causes, MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a grassroots movement for change. I thank them for their support and look forward to working with their members in the weeks and months ahead."
Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org's Executive Director, issued the following statement on the group's endorsement:
"Our members' endorsement of Senator Obama is a clear call for a new America at this critical moment in history. Seven years of the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration have left the country desperate for change. We need a President who will bring to bear the strong leadership and vision required to end the war in Iraq, provide health care to every American, deal with our climate crisis, and restore America's standing in the world. The enormity of the challenges require someone who knows how to inspire millions to get involved to change the direction of our country, and someone who will be willing to change business as usual in Washington. Senator Barack Obama has proved he can and will be that President.
"With 3.2 million members nationwide and over 1.7 million members in states that vote next Tuesday, we'll be able to immediately jump into action in support of Senator Obama's candidacy. We've learned that the key to achieving change in Washington without compromising core values is having a galvanized electorate to back you up. And Barack Obama has our members 'fired up and ready to go' on that front.
"We congratulate Sens. Clinton, Dodd and Biden, former Senator Edwards, Governor Richardson, Congressman Kucinich and former Senator Gravel on running tremendous campaigns. We thank them for their contributions to the important debate that has gripped our nation and for their ongoing engagement with our members. We're looking forward to working together to bring progressive values to the nation's capitol and to end this disastrous war in Iraq. MoveOn members are committed to putting a Democrat in the White House in 2008 and ushering in a new era of progressive values no matter who wins the nomination."
MoveOn members' comments in the vote reflect the reasons they support Senator Obama:
"Obama's grassroots organizing experience and unifying message combine to show he will work for working people and speak to a broad cross section of the American public. We need this," said Linda Blong of Penngrove, CA.
"There are defining moments in our nation's political history and this is one of them. Barack Obama appeals to the very BEST of the American Spirit," said Estina Baker, Hackensack, NJ
"Barack Obama represents CHANGE in so many levels. He brings HOPE that America can, again, be respected by the rest of the world and that Americans can be proud, again, of our leaders!" Isabelle Mollien, Denver, CO
"Obama has the ability to draw people to him, to energize people who generally don't vote, to create an atmosphere of long-overdue possibility around himself and what he could bring to the office. It is my belief that he can re-establish the lost connection between the American people and their leader, and put our country back on course to be a positive force in the world." Matthew Smith in Columbus, OH
MoveOn's endorsement means a fresh infusion of people-power for Obama in the critical days before Super Tuesday. MoveOn will immediately connect thousands of progressive activists into the Obama GOTV volunteer operation. It will also use the same cutting-edge computer-based phone program that made 7 million GOTV calls for Democrats in 2006 to allow MoveOn members to call other MoveOn members in Feb. 5 states and encourage them to vote for Obama.
Today's endorsement is the first time MoveOn.org has endorsed a candidate for President in the Democratic primary.
Over the past year, MoveOn surveyed a rotating sample of 30,000 members each week to determine their membership's preference in the Democratic presidential primary.
For months, MoveOn members were divided among many candidates -- as many waited to see who would take bold progressive positions on the issues.
As the primary race has gained momentum, the polling showed a consensus forming and, with Senator John Edward's withdrawal from the race, members made their decision in favor of Senator Obama. The vote took place from Thursday, January 31st to Friday, February 1st.
Wild Thing's comment........
Can you imagine any of this happening when we were kids? The kind of candidates running for office and the kind of people backing them, that endorse them. God help us all!
I remember when I first learned about the Progressive Socialist party, and how so many of those in our House and Congress are members, how shocked I was. They were all Democrats but even so, just to know that anyone in our government at any level was that kind of person. It sent chills through me the same way this kind of thing with MoveOn.org does.
I posted a few awhile back how Obama was anxious to be backed by Soros so this is just part of it. It seems to be all in the plan of Soros and his ownership of Obama. Yes Obama you are OWNED by Soros how does it feel Obama? You should be ashamed of yourself for many reasons. Slavary is alive and well in the Soros camp and Barak Hussein Obama is the prize pupil.
This is funny but also very serious. Funny in how mad about this Hillary will be after she stayed in lock step with them over the Gen.Petraeus ad! They are going nuts at DU About it.
But on the scary side this really is concerning, prayers for our country.
Jackie Mason '08 Vlog 9 John McCain is a Phony!
"It's disgusting to me what John McCain will do to win an election. He blatantly lied about what Romney said about timetables in Iraq, and he got away with it. The voters in Florida believed his lies. Let us hope, that the rest of the Republicans of this country don't make the same mistake. I know he is a hero, and served our great nation proudly. He made many sacrifices for our country, but when it comes to becoming President, the only thing he will sacrifice is his morality. John McCain is a fraud!"
Wild Thing's comment........
Jackie has a razor sharp wit and thinking process.
He said Demorats have a choice between voting for two losers:
1. Hiltery, who thinks being married to a serial sexual degenerate gives her presidential internship to be president.
2. Obama, who thinks being in federal goverment for for 2 years gives him the ‘on-the-job training for president.
What Costs More Per Year Then The Iraq War?
What costs more per year then the Iraq war?
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. LINK
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. LINK
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. LINK
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English! LINK
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. LINK
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. LINK
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. LINK
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers. LINK
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. LINK
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US. LINK
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report. LINK
12. The National Policy Institute, 'estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period. LINK
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. LINK
14. 'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States'. LINK
Total cost is a whooping... $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!!
Social Security Change For 2008
The United States Senate voted to extend Social Security Benefits to Illegal Aliens beginning in 2008. The following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. They are grouped by home state. If a state is not listed, there was no voting representative.
Alaska: Stevens (R)
Arizona : McCain (R)
Arkansas : Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)
California : Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)
Colorado : Salazar (D)
Connecticut : Dodd (D) Lieberman (D)
Delaware : Biden (D) Carper (D)
Florida : Martinez (R)
Hawaii : Akaka (D) Inouye (D)
Illinois : Durbin (D) Obama (D)
Indiana : Bayh (D) Lugar (R)
Iowa : Harkin (D)
Kansas : Brownback (R)
Louisiana : Landrieu (D)
Maryland : Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts : Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)
Montana : Baucus (D)
Nebraska : Hagel (R)
Nevada : Reid (D)
New Jersey : Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)
New Mexico : Bingaman (D)
New York : Clinton (D) Schumer (D)
North Dakota : Dorgan (D)
Ohio : DeWine (R) Voinovich(R)
Oregon : Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania : Specter (R)
Rhode Island : Chafee (R) Reed (D)
South Carolina : Graham (R)
South Dakota : Johnson (D)
Vermont : Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)
Washington : Cantwell (D) Murray (D)
West Virginia : Rockefeller (D), by Not Voting
Wisconsin : Feingold (D) Kohl (D)
.....Thank you so much John for this information.
Rick Santorum Endorses Romney
"If you're a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue further than that. If you are a Conservative, I will go even further then that, if you are a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that's Mitt Romney."-- Senator Rick Santorum, endorsing Mitt Romney's presidential bid
On Laura Ingraham's talk show Rick Santorum said that the more endoresments and that the less if at all he will decide to start to listen to the conservative base. I think he is right. When the RNC types give McCain the A-OK it only is going to make him stronger on being a leftie and ignore the very party he belongs to more then he ever has.
Rick Santorum, a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, established and directs EPPC's Program to Protect America's Freedom. He is writing a book on the "gathering storm" of the 21st century -- the challenges posed by radical Islamic fascism and its growing alliances around the world.
Mr. Santorum served as United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995.
As a United States Senator, he was a champion of efforts to counter the threat of radical Islam, to protect victims of religious persecution, and to promote democracy and religious liberty around the world.
He founded the Congressional Working Group on Religious Freedom and spearheaded the passage of several key pieces of legislation, including :
the landmark welfare reform bill
the American Community Renewal Act
a ban on partial-birth abortion
the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act
the Combating Autism Act
the Farmland Preservation Act
the Abandoned Mine Lands Reform Act
the Multi-Employer Pension Reform Act
the Global Aids Authorization Act ealth Savings Accounts
the Syria Accountability Act
the Iran Freedom Support Act
From 2001 to 2007, he served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, where he directed the communications operations of Senate Republicans and was the third-ranking member of the Republican leadership.
Mr. Santorum is the author of It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (ISI 2005).
Mr. Santorum received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University, his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He and his wife Karen are the parents of six children.
The Radicalization of Young Muslims
Articles & Short Publications The Elephant in the Room: Reducing U.S. Oil Appetite
Radical Islamists in Latin America and Chavez's Narcoterrorism
Wild Thing's comment........
I think this is a good endorsement, is it a big time name dropping one like McCain has been racking up, nope. BUT here is the difference, I would rather have the good guys supporting me then a thousand lefties, jerks and people that are set to destroy my country.
February 01, 2008
Ann Coulter " Will Campaign For Hillary Clinton" ~ LOL
Wild Thing's comment........
LMAO ok I just think this is so funny. Can you imagine how the democrats will react to this??? And McCain's people too.
Ann is claiming that Hillary is less a liberal than McCain is. Don’t you think that could have an impact on the McCain number next week? She’s playing it to the hilt, and I think that is great.
Even Alan is funny laughing and saying : "My work is done."
Ann is the best at stirring the pot! hahahahaha
Ann has already written that she is voting for Romney.
Hope you all get a good laugh out of this like I did. Tongue in cheek humor. And who knows it may hit home how awfujl McCain would be.
Barack Hussein Obama To Hold Muslim Summit If Elected
Obama To Hold Muslim Summit if Elected
US presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that he would hold a summit with Muslim countries if he is elected president, in order to repair the United States' image in the world.
"Once I'm elected, I want to organize a summit in the Muslim world," he told the French magazine Paris Match, "with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows every day between Muslims and the West."
Obama said he would ask Muslim leaders to join the international fight against terrorism, and said his administration would "listen to their concerns."
Wild Thing's comment........
You bridge the gap with radicals who follow the tennants of their ideology to kill you by killing them and absolutely destroying that ideology and its tennants like we did with the Nazis.
And you prosecute said war with absolute extreme prejudice so that that ideology becomes a hiss and a by-word at the end of it so that those peoples NEVER want to return to it.
That is going to be the answer for radical Islam before it is said and done.
But I do not believe that this is what Barak Hussein Obama, son of a fundamental Islamic, has in mind.
Bibi Nails It!
Opposition leader Netanyahu: Olmert is incompetent, unfit to lead
Israel is being led by an unfit and incompetent prime minister, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, one day after the release of the Winograd report on the failures of the government and the military during the Second Lebanon War.
Netanyahu's Likud party convened a meeting in Tel Aviv Thursday to discuss the implications of the damning report. Netanyahu spoke at a press conference held after the meeting, saying that Defense Minister Ehud Barak knows that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is unfit to lead, and that the public expects him to fulfill his promise and prevent the current leadership from remaining in power.
"The government is in charge of the military, and it failed miserably, that is the main conclusion of the report, as Winograd said yesterday," Netanyahu added. "The [Winograd] committee concluded 'we assign personal blame to the three captains.' While two of the captains [former defense minister Amir Peretz and former chief of staff Dan Halutz] have stepped down, the political echelon and its leader [Olmert] refuse to take responsibility and exhibit personal integrity and leadership - which is what the decisive majority of the public expects them to do."
According to Netanyahu, Israel's citizens are demanding a new and worthy leader, and that will only come about via early elections. He refused to answer reporters' questions at the conclusion of the press conference.
Olmert allies: PM won't quit
Olmert told allies on Thursday that he would not step down as prime minister as the inquiry findings had granted him a reprieve and a boost for U.S.-backed peace talks with the Palestinians.
Wild Thing's comment........
I know it's tough to wage war on an enemy that considers the death of its own children a victory. But the ceasefire that Israel did and we were shocked by it was totally the wrong thing to do. It is past now, but still that kind of thing is wrong in so many ways.
I think not fighting terrorists gets terror to come back and bite you, bite you even with greater bites. The support and arming of the terrorists is backed by Iran and Syria, which have as their goal the destruction of Israel.
Zombies Among Us In Politics
zombies for Obama
Zombie attacks might increase due to global warming, study shows
A new study by scientists has suggested that zombie attacks might increase if the current projections of global warming are realized.
“If the earth gets warmer, it means longer springs, summers, and falls, and shorter winters,” said John Carpenter-Romero, Ph.D., a zombie-ologist who co-authored the study. “And shorter winters means more time for the undead to prey on the populace.”
Dr. Harrister, the other co-author, and head of Zombie Robotics at Wayward Robot, Inc., explained that cold winters typically stalled the walking dead. “It is well known that zombies can’t operate in cold weather. It freezes their brains.”
The pair calculated a 32.782412% increase in zombie attacks if CO2 increased to twice its pre-industrial rate. “Clearly, this is a very troubling result,” said Dr. Harrister, “If we don’t do something soon, the streets will be filled with blood.”
Wild Thing's comment........
Global warming the unifying theory of climate that predicts everything and nothing.
Zombies among us, like those the ones running for office. LOL It is a well known and obvious fact that we’re all under attack by blood-sucking zombies and they are currently vying for President.
If this global warming keeps up we may get another attack by the killer tomatoes too!