Mark Steyn hits another one out of the ballpark. Europe is a lost cause, despite the fact that there are indications that the Dutch, at least, are waking up to the danger they are facing.
I fear that the inertia of the Continent as a whole will preclude an easy reversal of that danger however. The United States has come to Europe's rescue twice in the last hundred years, and we have continued to assure Europes liberty for the last sixty years, leading them into a sense of complacency; this time, it should be up to the Europeans to extricate themselves. They have to come to the realization that freedom ISN'T free, and not depend on outside forces to pay the costs.
Yes, another domino seems to have fallen in the Arab world, and it's ALL BUSH'S FAULT!
To which I say; Bravo, Mr. President!
The Left keeps asking "was it worth the American lives lost to free Iraq?" without acknowledging that Iraq was merely a part of a larger stradegy in the Middle East, one which seems to starting to bear fruit.
The final results are by no means certain, indeed, they will not be known for at least another generation, but if they continue as they are, I believe that, Yes Virginia, those men and women sacrificed to the final measure in a worthy cause.
We must stay the course and continue to fight the good fight so that the gains garnered by those sacrifices will not be thrown away.
I told a commenter in an earlier thread that Joseph Stalin had a term for those that didn't have a loyalty to their society as a whole, and the term was "useful idiots". Well, it seems that even former Presidents and First Ladies can fall into that category.
I don't believe that the Carters were aware of any wrongdoing involved with their charitable orginization, much less had an active hand in promulgating that wrongdoing, but the fact remains that they didn't keep a close enough eye on what was happening through the ageis of their good works.
In dealing with people such as Saddam Hussein, it behooves the people dealing with him to expend extra vigilence in those dealings to ensure that they truly do meet the expectations put upon them, and not used as a cover for the graft and perfidity that Saddam dealt in as a matter of course. It seems that the Carters fell into the "the UN sanctions it, so it MUST be on the up and up" trap. It also serves as yet another example of the corruption filled cesspool that the UN has become.
That the specific donations were legal and (hopefully) put to good use doesn't negate the broader taint of corruption and influence peddleing that they helped to engender. "useful idiots" indeed!
It seems that new technology in the fiber optics field may prove to be the solution to securing large areas of our southern border. Should the testing of the system prove it to be as efficacious as it is believed it will be, I hope that it will be deployed in the shortest time possible. It's far past time that we get serious about the integrity of our borders.
One of my favorite Jarheads, Brandon Strassler, sent me this story of a ceremony dedicating a classroom to LCpl Kyle Renehan. (click on the second story to view details)
A training room at the Air Traffic Control (ATC) School aboard NAS Pensacola was dedicated to the memory of LCpl Renehan, who died in Iraq on December 9, 2004 as the result of a morter attack on his position.
After the ceremony, Renehan’s father said, "It’s special. He will live on down here with everyone who goes through here. The family wanted to find a way to keep his name alive, and this will help."
Davis MedianKritik has been fighting the good fight in Deuthchland against the forces of Idiotarianism. He has pictures of a protest that he helped sponser in Mainze, Deutchland last week.
Keep up the good fight David!
Judge Orders Schiavo's Feeding Tube to Remain for Three Weeks
Breaking from NewsMax.com
Supporters of Terri Schiavo's right to life scored a big victory late
Friday when a Florida judge ordered her feeding tube to remain for an
additional three weeks.
"Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer made his decision after
pleadings from the woman's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, that they
need more time to pursue additional medical tests which might prove their
daughter has more mental capabilities than previously thought." the AP
The judge's stay will remain until March 18. But the legal battle to
keep Terri alive is far from over.
Fla. Governor Jeb Bush has also ordered the state to investigate
allegations Schiavo has been abused or mistreated. The state is reportedly
seeking a 60-day delay in removal of the feeding tube.
Terri's father Robert is leading the legal effort to save his daughter.
He has set up a legal defense fund. He needs your help.
You can help him by Going Here Now
Robert Schindler's Appeal Follows Below
If you can help in any way, please find it in your heart to do so.
Help Save My Daughter From Starvation! (from Terri Schiavo's
Dear Friend of Life,
By now you have probably heard about a young woman who is
threatened with starvation in Florida.
That young woman is my daughter, Terri.In 1990, through
circumstances which are shrouded in mystery (and may involve a
criminal act by Terri's estranged husband), my daughter was
left severely brain-damaged.
But before I go any further, I must put an end to thelies and
misinformationthat are circulating around the country through
the media concerning my daughter's condition.
Contrary to anything you may have heard,Terri is NOT brain
dead; Terri is NOT in a coma; she is NOT in a "persistent
vegetative state;" nor is she on ANY life-support system.
Terri Schiavo responds
to her mother's touch
Terri laughs, Terri cries, she moves, and she makes child-like
attempts at speech with her mother and me. Sometimes she will
say "Mom" or "Dad" or "yeah" when we ask her a question. When I
kiss her hello or goodbye, she looks at me and "puckers up" her
This may not seem like much to you, but it means everything to
Terri's mother and me. It tells us she is still here,she still
knows us, and with therapy and time she can have some level of
I know that there are some hard hearted people who believe that
due to my daughters condition, she is better off dead. Words
cannot describe the pain and anger such sentiments cause us.
This is our daughter, our little girl, and even in her disabled
condition, she still has the right to life and the right to be
loved and cared for by her family.
Why, you may ask, is Terry in danger ofdeath by starvation?
It is a long and outrageous story, but I'll give it to you as
briefly as I can.
After the "incident" that left Terry in this condition, her
husband Michael Schiavo sued various members of the medical
community for money, saying that they did not treat or diagnose
her properly at an early stage, and that he needed this money
to provide for Terri's therapy and rehabilitation and care.
After lengthy court battles, he finally won upwards of $1.7
million under the guise of caring for our daughter, and then to
our horror,he immediately began spending the money on
himselfand his Playboy lifestyle.
Terri's estranged husband Michael Schiavo has beenliving with
another woman for years, and has two children by her.He is
determined to see Terri dead.Why? We believe it's because he
gets to keep whatever money is left... and he may have even
darker motives than that.
To add insult to all of this injury toward my daughter, Michael
Schiavo is still her "legal husband" and therefore is
her "guardian." And since they are not legally divorced, he
controls whatever health care she will and will not get. We are
not even allowed to know if she is getting aspirin.
In 1993 my family initiated litigation against Michael Schiavo
solely for the purpose of acquiring medical, physical and
neurological assistance for our daughter Terri. The litigation
escalated in 1998 when Michael Schiavo petitioned the court to
stop Terri from receiving food and water, therebystarving her
In filing this legal action, he retained the services of a high
profile euthanasia attorney and the financial backing of
powerful euthanasia organizations. He also used Terri's medical
rehabilitation money to underwrite much of the legal expenses
associated with his effort to starve our daughter to death.
We know that he has spent nearly $500,000 of Terri's money in
attorney's fees for just one attorney trying to obtain a court
order to have Terri starved to death. The very money that was
supposed to be used for Terri's rehabilitation is being used to
have her killed.
We very quickly discovered it was impossible for us to compete
with the abundance of financial and legal resources the pro-
death organizations were providing Micheal Schiavo in their
effort to kill Terri. They are pouring time and effort into her
starvation because they want to use this case to further the
agenda of legalized euthanasia.
My wife and I are not wealthy people. Throughout those years,
we did not have any large organizations trying to help rescue
our daughter. Consequently, we had to rely on the generosity of
attorneys who were willing to offer their legal expertise at no
cost or at reduced fees.
The bottom line is thatwe are in the final weeks or months of
our struggleto rescue our daughter from an untimelydeath by
starvation. Death by starvation is very slow, and extremely
painful. As you must know, it is against the law to
deliberately starve an animal to death. There are members of
the Florida court who would not treat a dog the way they plan
to treat my daughter.
At this point we must pull out all the stops in our fight to
rescue our daughter.
As parents,we are desperate to save our daughter's life. As
people who love life, we are determined to deprive the
euthanasia advocates of successfully legalizing this form of
homicide. We believe that their efforts to kill Terri are
designed to set a precedent for the future eradication of
defenseless disabled human beings. I was alive when Americans
fought the Nazis; I do not want my daughter to meet the same
fate of thousands of disabled people in Nazi Germany, and I do
not want our country to go down that same dark path.
Friend, though we have never met, I'm asking you for your
help.We desperately need your financial assistanceto help our
family continue the battle tokeep our daughter from being
starved to death. There are so many expenses in a case like
this it is mind-boggling and overwhelming. Please click below
to make a contribution now:
Our adversaries believe that by our family's financial
attrition and difficulties, they will attain their objective of
killing our daughter. Presently, Terri's starvation may only be
a few weeks away, unless we find the financial resources to
prevent this atrocity from becoming a reality.
I implore you to please help us. We are writing to you, because
we believe you have a heart for justice and mercy. I'm asking
you to put yourself in my shoes, and then do whatever you can
to help our family. Whether it is $10 or $1000, we are
desperate for the resources to fight this battle for our
daughter's life at this critical juncture.
Please do whatever you can, and forward this e-mail to any
friends or family that you have who you think might be
interested in saving Terri's life.
I thank you for your time, your concern, and I solicit your
prayers for Terri and our entire family. These have been very
trying times for us all.
Bob Schindler Sr.
GO HERE TO CONTRIBUTE NOW!
To submit a donation by check, please make check payable to "Terri
Schindler-Schiavo Foundation" and send to:
The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation
P.O. Box 20989
West Palm Beach FL, 33416
Just added a new LC from the "Old Country" to the Blogroll, please welcome LC Sared to the list of the Anti-Idiotarians.
Here's yet another example of the barbaric Iranian "legal" system at work.
Tell me again Moonbats, how we should "negotiate" with people such as these?!
And don't give me a lot of blather about "cultural differences", some things are just WRONG, no matter what the culture.
Michelle Malkin has an interesting post on the "art" of Ward Churchill, the embattled CU professor.
Yet another indication of just how much of a fraud this man is. He's a "native American" who isn't an Indian, a tenured professor that has no real academic credentials of any true value, and now, it appears he's an "artist" that copies others work as his own.
Just how much does it take for CU to say "ENOUGH" and remove this stain on their academic integrity?
After haveing read the Cluebat™ being laid upside the head of a moonbat in the post below, I thought I would again try my own hand with one of my own commenters....I didn't do as good a job, but still, it was cathartic.
"I had to put on my tinfoil hat reading your analysis of the world and
incessant insults about how we progressives don't live in the real world"
Glad to see you admit to having your own TFH, thats the first step to recovery.
Those weren't insults, merely observations borne out time and again by reality.
"then again, it was you people who said 9/11 and iraq were related and
it turns out that every senior counterterrorist expert said that was a
stretch and it was never fully vetted"
Salmon Pak shows the fallacy of that statement. I never made a claim that Saddam had any part in the planning of 9/11, in fact, I'm sure he didn't, but that there were ongoing connections of training facilities and money paid to terrorist organizations there was never any doubt. Saddam was the main backer for the payments to the families of suicide bombers of Hamas.
"you said he had WMDs"
He did, and he used them. He failed to account for their destruction as required by the terms of the cease fire of GW 1. It's possible that the large amount of truck traffic between Iraq and Syria may account for not finding some of those weapons. Saddam had 12 years to hide them, or transport them into any of the countries around Iraq. We may never know.
"not one iota of evidence has ever survived scrutiny beyond your talking
points memos and bullshit repeats of Bush administration exagerations"
Yet you will believe OBVIOUSLY falsified documents as proof over vetted documented records as "proof" of Bush being an "AWOL" Pot, meet kettle.
"you guys said it would cost us $12 to $30 billion at the most and we
would be drawing down troops by september 2003"
Funny, thats the first I've heard those claims...The only thing I ever heard President Bush say was that it would cost what it would cost, and that we would stay until the job was done.
The FIRST formal budget request to Congress was for $87B....as memory serves...kinda blows that $12 to $30 B figure out of the water doesn't it?
"instead we are caught in a sandpit that has cost us upwards of $300
billion and the cost of twelve wounded and three dead americans a day"
The cost is indeed staggering, both in treasure and, even more importantly, in lives. But I believe that history will judge it as being something that had to be done.
"you said the tax cuts would creat jobs"
A gratuitious statement may be gratuitiously denied. The tax cuts have done more to help stabilize the economy than any other actions could have. I DO believe that President Bush has been severly remiss in not cutting spending to a far greater extant also. Hopefully, that will be a feature of his second term, although I'm not at all sanguine that it will be.
"we are STILL minus 500,000 jobs in the hole"
Check the latest figures from the BLS. We have reached the point where we now have 1,500 MORE jobs than when President Clinton left office...considering a recession that started in the last two quarters of President Clintons last term, and the major hit to the economy attendant on 9/11, thats not that bad.
"our allies have abandoned us,"
Yeah, France, Russia, and Germany...who have been revealed to have been reaping millions in under the table oil deals with Saddam.
With "allies" like that, we don't really need any enemies, do we?
England,Japan,the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, etc, etc (even TOGO) have a contigent in the coallition. I guess we know who are TRUE allies are now, don't we?
"oil is $45 a barrel"
Wait a minute, I thought the war was all about "stealing the oil" (disregarding the fact that had we wished cheap oil, Saddam would have been more than happy to sell it to us in return for our looking the other way) If the war was about stealing the oil, WHERE IS IT? The facts show another example of Leftist "truth" being a false meme. WE have no control over the price of oil, OPEC is the major player in that game, so if you don't like the price, go bitch at them.
"over 3 million more Americans have joined the poverty list since Bush
has been in power"
Source please? Much of that figure is due to a change in the way the poverty level is indexed, not as a result of that many people actually experiencing a change in their way of life or gross income. The MIDDLE class in France lives under conditions that WE consider poverty level.
"The US last year ranked 42nd in the world in infant mortality, right
Wait a minute, I thought it was a Progressive tenant that Cuba was a workers paradise with the best health care in the world? Which is it? If they were worse, they aren't the best are they? As far as the US figures go, they are a little misleading. We have a far greater number of high risk pregnancies which go to term and the highest number of high risk premies born here than anywhere else in the world, and would not be counted in the infant mortality rates in other countries...those babies would never have made it anywhere near to term anywhere else in the world. But the attendant risks that go along with such "miracle" babies are higher than the norm and artificially inflate the US numbers; it's comparing apples and pears.
"(BTW thanks for telling us the project for New American century plan
for attacking everyone who has oil.)"
Your own conspiracy theories are coming out in that statement...
"at the end of the day, none of this combat has achieved a godamned
thing but kills tens of thousands"
No, it has freed two countries from under the rule of homicidal tyrants and given them a chance at a freedom never known in the region before. As Robert Heinlein once said, "Freedom is the one human "right" that is seldom cheap and never free".
"my guess is- you have never lived outside the US. You have a high
school education- you listen to Rush and Faux News"
Didn't bother to look at my banner did you? And you accuse ME of making fallacious arguments about prograssives not living in the real world? I have been in 38 states and 7 different countries, lived in the Netherlands for 3 years and in Germany for almost two. I have 2 years of College but never stayed for a degree, but I would put my general knowledge up against any recent college graduate. They would cream me in the technical areas of their expertise, I HOPE... How about YOUR creds? By the number of typos I corrected in your missive, I do have to wonder. I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh, I find him to be too much of a blowhard. And I don't have cable, so I CAN'T watch Fox news.
"You bet, you're a dumb-ass"
Hmmm...Must be that vaunted Progressive tolerance I've heard so much about!
"and you're wrong"
Said the one wearing the Tin Foil Hat...
"by the way, the Netherlands has a higher standard of living than the
US, higher productivity, longer life spans, less poverty and almost one
tenth our crime rate- also, the typical Dutch 7th grader knows more
american history than a US Senior."
BWHAAAAHAAAAAA! I WANT some of what you're smoking! I have a great many family members living in the Netherlands that would certainly get a great laugh out of those statements! The U.S. has the highest productivity rate in the world, the mortality rates are roughly equivilent. You can't compare poverty rates between a socialist and a capitalist system, but believe ME, having lived there, the standard of living is much greater on the average here. Many of the crimes in the Netherland are never even reported, as the populace knows that the likelihood of prosecution is remote, in fact, many times the reported crimes are merely noted and not ever investigated. Education is the one area in which I feel you may be correct. Thanks to the last 20/30 years of the NEA meddling in our public school system.
"What else do you want to be wrong about?"
How about the fact that I thought you might have something credible to contribute?
Dave over at Curmudgeonisms has a great fisking of a soft-brained commenter who sounds as if he were a prime example of our Public
School System Indoctrination Center, even though he's a product of Merry Olde England..... A good fisk is truly a joy to behold.....
As is the wont of politicians, Bill Clinton has had his official portrait done, so as to have his place in posterity assured in the hall of Presidents.
So without furthur ado, here is the official portrait as it will be hung in Washington:
Stolen"Borrowed from El Zippo the Pirate
From The Dutch Report comes a post that shows welcome signs that the Dutch government has begun to fight the problem of Islamic fundementalism in the country. It's about time that common sense started coming to the fore.
The leaf body is Laurel, to signify a Champion, The flowers are Yellow Roses, to signify one of the Colors of the Regiment, and to remind us that Adam waits for us, now, and so to remind us to our duty as he did his. The Ribbons are White, to signify the purity of the Honor and Devotion to Duty of this man of men. The words inscribed theron are Gold, to signify that no higher Honor may be expressed.
UPDATE: Riverdog attended the Memorial Service for Adam and two other members of the Stryker Brigade,SGT. Frank Hernandez, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment and SPC Clinton Gertson, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment. He has some photos of the catafalques of the fallen being honored; and a description of the ceremony that was so simple and yet so complete that it made you feel you were there as you were reading it.
Thank You for being our eyes and ears, from all of us who couldn't go to the Final Farewell, Major Schneider.
A farmer goes out one day and buys a brand new stud rooster for his
The new rooster struts over to the old rooster and says, "OK old fart,time for you to retire."
The old rooster replies, "Come on, surely you cannot handle ALL of
these chickens. Look what it has done to me. Can't you just let me have
the two old hens over in the corner?"
The young rooster says, "Beat it: You are washed up and I am taking over."
The old rooster says, "I tell you what, young stud. I will race you around
the farmhouse. Whoever wins gets the exclusive domain over the entire
The young rooster laughs. "You know you don't stand a chance old man.
So, just to be fair I will give you a head start."
The old rooster takes off running. About 15 seconds later the young
rooster takes off running after him. They round the front porch of
the farmhouse and the young rooster has closed the gap. He is already
about 5 inches behind the old rooster and gaining fast. The old rooster looks
over his shoulder, sees the youngster gaining on him, and really puts on
The farmer, meanwhile, is sitting in his usual spot on the front porch
when he sees the roosters running by. He grabs his shotgun and - BOOM - he
blows the young rooster to bits. The farmer sadly shakes his head and says, "Dammit ... third gay rooster I bought this month."
Moral of this story ... Don't mess with the OLD FARTS - age and treachery
will always overcome youth and skill!
Mamamontezz sent me this to post on her site. I have done so and would request that you go on over to Slaglerock's and wish him your best. While seemingly a "posh" posting, I believe that there may be some surprises in the road ahead.
That's OK, he can more than handle anything that may be thrown his way. He's a tough little M-F, even if he is "only" a Zoomy.
In the support and kudos we (rightfully) give our servicemen and women, there is an all but forgotton component of service life, and that is the families of these extraordinary people. Here is the story of one Marine wife and mother.
I would echo tim Chaves's statement when he writes:
And we should be proud of those on the home front who make the heroics in Iraq possible. Schools, civic groups and places of worship should take the time to boost the morale of these families — by letting the children know how much we appreciate them letting their daddies and mommies protect us, and letting the wives and husbands know their struggle is equally heroic.
We will win the war on terror because there is a Colleen on the home front standing behind every Mark in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that support lets daddies fight and sacrifice so other kids can be free.
OH NO!!! The HORROR! A student run amok attacked his teacher and threatened her with serious bodily harm! Whats a poor school system to do? Give him a ten day suspension while preparing expulsion procedings of course!
The crime? a seventh grader tossed a rubber band on the teachers desk when she requested that he take it off his wrist and give it to her.....I am shocked! SHOCKED I tell you! HOW could this young man have gone SO WRONG at such a young age?
The charge? Assault with a weapon intended to do bodily harm (he could have put the teachers eye out!)
The punishment? The student was charged with a level four offense -- the highest Level at the school. Other violations that also receive level 4 punishment include arson, assault and battery, bomb threats and explosives, according to the Code of Student Conduct.
John Gomez (AHA! must be a member of a violent Latino gang!/sarcasm off) (had to throw that in, after all, Moonbats KNOW how racist we evil right wing types are!) has been suspended for ten days, pending an investigation and an expulsion hearing.
This is yet another demonstration of the state to which our Public
School system Indoctrination Centers have sunk.
I hope that young master Gomez's mother takes to the courts and stikes a good blow for the return of common sense. This is one time that the courts should be used, if the school officials persist in this idiocy.
PC, zero tolerance and a general lack of common sense seem to be the rule rather than the exception of the day.
Until that common sense returns, it behooves all parents that can, to
home school or avail themselves of a private school.
It's too bad that more parents aren't in that level of ability/affluance to do so. After all, the State needs those taxes to provide for the drones that can't seem to do anything for themselves anymore but protest what a raw deal they have in life, and can't Nanny be more generous?
While she was "flying" down the road yesterday (10 miles over the limit), a
woman passed over a bridge only to find a cop with a radar gun on the other
side lying in wait.
The cop pulled her over, walked up to the car, and with that classic
patronizing smirk we all know and love, asked, "What's your hurry?"
To which she replied, "I'm late for work."
"Oh yeah," said the cop, "what do you do?"
"I'm a rectum stretcher," she responded.
The cop stammered, "A what? A rectum stretcher? And just what does a rectum
"Well," she said, "I start by inserting one finger, then I work my way up
to two fingers, then three, then four, then with my whole hand in. I work
from side to side until I can get both hands in, and then I slowly but
surely stretch, until it's about 6 feet wide."
"And just what the hell do you do with a 6 foot asshole?" he asked.
"You give him a radar gun and park him behind a bridge..."
Traffic Ticket $95.00
Court Costs. $45.00
The Look on Cop's face .... PRICELESS.
Hat tip to Slaglerock
Well, the Nanny state war against obesity has begun.
It's true that this story comes out of the UK, so why should we here in the US be concerned about it? Well how about the GFW's citing the UK as a model of "proper" gun control? Can the Fat Police be far behind here?
Kudos to Gutrumbles for the heads up.
The Imperial Dungeonmaster has a post up at the Rott outlining one example of the Public
SchoolIndoctrination Center method of instilling Moonbattery to our young. It's all the more personal because the soldier who recieved the morale busting letters is the brother of one of the Loyal Citizens, Imamommy.
Her father is scheduled to be on the Hannity and Colmes show tonight (Feb,22,2005) I think it would behoove you to watch and see just kind of effect this type of incident can evoke, not just among the soldiers themselves, but their familys and friends as well.
It's amazing what you can find sometimes when you spend a litle time going through link trees of places that have visited you.
Here's a little thing that would bring joy to a PETA moonbats heart; brings a whole new meaning to their battle cry of "meat kills!".
For a little levity, listen to this classic from the old Tonight show. A classic piece of comedy featering Jack Webb and Johny Carson in 1968. It stands the test of time well.
(requires windows media player)
FINALLY! some economists put the "myth" stamp on the so called "transition costs" of following President Bush's proposal to partialyy privatize Social Security. The Democrats main argument is that the scheme would require up to two trillion dollars in additional "transition costs". And the general public, being uninformed on just how Social Security operates and ignorant of macroeconomics in any case, are being scared to death by these claims.
As Edward Prescott, 2004 winner of the Bank of Sweden Nobel Prize in Economics, and Lawrence Hunter, senior research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation, show, there ARE no transition costs, merely a shifting of debt from one form to another. Those costs are ALLREADY BEING INCURRED under the present system.
The politicians in our government have long been conducting a hoax on the American people, and apparently, the present state of education in the country today has failed to give the people the ability to see through that hoax.
IF I was a conspiracy theorist, which I am NOT, I would only conclude that NEA policies were a plot to ensure the docility of the masses though indoctrination rather than forwarding education....still if you look at the decline in real education of the last 20 or 30 years, it does lead one to wonder if the conspiracy nuts don't have something, after all?
I may have serious feelings of animosity towards Senator Clinton, but when she has it correct, I must ackowledge it. Even if it's a ploy to try to move herself into a "centerists" position for a presumed Presidential bid in 2008.
She has gone public in stating that we should NOT set a firm deadline on withdrawing from Iraq. I believe that to be good policy, both in our, and the Iraqi people's best interests.
Kudos to her stance in this one instance, too bad she has shown herself to be a closet Socialist, or I might have to start considering her as a candidate worthy of voting for.....NAH, that will NEVER happen!
I'd put THIS IDEA in the file marked "it SEEMED a good idea at the time".
The unintended consequences of this proposal far outweigh any benefits, in IMHO. It would raise the costs of ownership and be too easily thwarted by criminals to have the intended result. It's an obvious ploy by the GFW's to erect yet another barrier to citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights.
I saw this story at The Dutch Report and I was sickened by the thought that the situation there had deteriorated to the point that representatives of a legitimate government had to be housed in a maximum security prison to try to guarentee their safety.
I know that it would seem to affect me more than the majority of my readers, after all, we live in unprecedented safety here in the United States, and Holland is the country of MY birth, not their's; but if they think about it, they would realize that if it could happen in a country known for it's tolerance and freedom, it could happen here. Don't think that it can't. (it would be poetic justice to see Sen."Splash" Kennedy under that type of protection protocall....wonder if they could "lose" the key to his cell?)
If we don't wake up to the threat that Islamofacism presents everywhere in the world, how long will it be before WE provide housing at the Greybar Hotel for our Senators and Congressmen to provide for their safety? I don't believe that we will ever go that route, thats what we have the Secret Service for, but still, it does give one food for thought. When a small group of fanatics can disrupt the nomal conduct of governmental members, that government is in serious trouble.
It will be a tricky thing here in the U.S. to maintain the level of freedom we enjoy and still have an effective means of combating this scourge, in the end, we'll have to accept a certain level of danger to keep those freedoms intact, but I believe that more can be done than is being done at present.
We must never trade freedom for security, but we must be more vigilant and responsible for our own safety, and realize that that safety IS under attack. We have one advantage over the Dutch, and that is our Second Amendment, which not only affords us the freedom to bear arms, but tacitly recognizes our individual freedom to protect ourselves, with deadly force if need be, without the EU attitude that only the official defenders of the law can provide protection.
UPDATE: Here are some comments by security specialists and government officials on the situation.
The reaction by some of the governmental apparatchiks is, to say the least, inexecusable, and the voters should remeber this the next time they go to the polls.
Ever wanted to become a blogger, but just don't know how to go about it?
Have a blog, but don't have a banner that just "fits" the tenor of your blog?
Well Mamamontezz Loves to add to her blog family and banners are her hobby.
Your new blog will be constructed over at Blog-City.com, so it won't cost you anything to try out the blogging scene.
She won't charge you for a banner, although Love Offerings to her Paypal would be most appreciated, let your conscience be your guide to that. She does it out of the desire to contribute to the medium that has provided her so much joy, but it does take time, and thats enough said about that.
Just send me an e-mail with your request and/or banner ideas, and I'll get them to Mama ASAP. She'll tweak it until you're satisfied with the results.
"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue--and thoroughly immoral-- doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The Ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms."
As an example of an extreme of "unintended consequences" of liberal type policies, go here to see an outlandish example!
With all the sadness that was in the couple following posts, I think it's time for just a little levity to boost us from the doldrums.
Go here and listen to something that is sure to bring up a good laugh!
THANK YOU, Jack, I really needed that!
I just learned from Kim du Toit's site of the loss of another American hero, U.S. Army Sergeant Adam J. Plumondore.
The loss is made all the harder to bear due to the fact that Sgt. Plumondore was the Adam of the "Walter and Adam Fund" that Kim has been sponsering in his bid to help the troops. I was unable to contribute to this effort ere now, but I will make it a point to do so at the earliest possible time...mortgage be damned.
I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to Sgt. Plumondore's family, I hope they can take some small measure of comfort in knowing that Adam died doing an important job. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Update: Kim has posted eulogy to Sgt Plumondore made by his C.O., LTC Kurilla. It is a most inspiring piece.
Recently I received a heads up on the existance of the site http://www.forsakethetroops.info, from several of my friends.
I went there and read the inane, deceitful, and singularly hate filled diatribes there, and experienced the most powerful RCOB moment I have had in my memory. I was so angered by what I read there that I was unable to post a coherent post about it.
Luckily, my nephew over at the Slaughterhouse could and did write a reasoned post. Go there, read what he wrote and follow your own consciounce(sic). I agree wholeheartedly with Slaglerock.
There are times when free speech just becomes an expression of unreasoned hate, and should be exposed to the world to see, and to provoke a response against it. The ONLY difference between he and I is that I WILL call the site owners scumbags, for that term describes them perfectly.
Take the quiz: "WHAT RELIGION BESTS SUITS YOU?"
You don't fit into any of the above categories, so perhaps before you get angry or confused, check what other religion(s) you scored the highest on. For example, you might be a Christian-Pagan, or a Discordian-Wiccan. Just use a bit of logic. However, according to this test, you're simply 100% YOU. You don't fit into any of the world's boxes.
I don't normally link to anything Rush Limbaugh...I find him to be a little too baombastic for my tastes, but this was just too good to pass up. Seems Senator Kerry believes that he still matters in foreign affairs, and was eager to discuss same with the President.
President Bush chose not to dignify Mr. Kerry with a response.
The fate of all political losers....
Maccabee posed the folowing question but typically,then didn't put up a valid E-mail address so that I could respond to him.
I notice you posted on Words on a Page that we are in Iraq because they attacked us.
Uh....when did Iraq ever attack us?
Just curious about what you are talking about
Posted by Maccabee at February 17, 2005 04:40 PM
I put my response e-mail into the extended entry here.
I'm sorry, I mis-spoke and didn't really make myself very clear. My meaning was that we were in the M.E. in general because of continual attacks on US property and citizens since the Beruit barracks bombings in the Reagan administration, culminating in the 9/11 event.
We have been at war for at least that time, without the majority of people even being aware of it.
The lack of decisive response to terrorist acts has led to an ever bolder group of terrorist organizations, and bolder support from the states that sponser them.
Saddam was one of the most vehement supporters. No, I don't believe that he helped plan 9/11, but I do believe that his monetary support enabled Al Quiada to progress in it's plans, and the people involved in the attack DID train in the methods of hijacking an airliner at Salmon Pak, which certainly could not have been done without Saddams full backing and knowledge. So in that sense, Iraq did attack us. The term is "plausible deniability". You use proxies to fight for you, while keeping your own hands seemingly clean. Just as Egypt,Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, et al are using the Palestinians as proxies in their war to eradicate Israel.
My contention has always been that Iraq was just the first step in a long process in the fight against Islamofacism. President Bush's goal is, and has always been, an attempt to begin the democratization the whole region. The effort will take far longer than his term in office, but I believe it to be a worthy one, and the best thing for not only OUR security, but for the ultimate betterment of the people in the region. And NO, I DON'T believe that we will have to attack every other nation in the area to achieve this goal.
Iran and Afghanistan are only to be examples of what the people of the region could achieve on their own, if they have the will and desire for freedom, and are willing to take it from their rulers.
Recent events have shown that President Bush was correct in his assessment that the people COULD take freedom in their own hands...The recent elections being a case in point, and the ordinary Iraqi citizens beginning to fight back against the "insurgents" being another. A third is the recent statement that there WOULD be a woman named to be a Provincial Governor in Afghanistan for another. And the recent loosening of strictures to allow the people in Saudi Arabia to elect their own choice of local officials is another. Gadaffi in Libyia (sic) publically renouncing terrorism as a valid means of business for another (yes I don't for one moment believe that he will actually STOP, but he will have to much more circumspect from now on...)
There is an undercurrent rising among all the populaces of the region of "if Iraq and Afghanistan can have free elections, why can't we?" We need to nurture and support that sentiment, and the ONLY way to do that is from a position of strength and showing that we have the will to "stay the course". We need to build Iraq up to self-sufficiency as soon as possible and then get the hell out and let the Iraqis do the rest in their own way to fit their own needs. It will never be a carbon copy of the US, nor should we desire that it be so.
In the Arab culture as it is, strength is the only medium of exchange, show one moment of weakness, and any negotiation will totally fall apart. We've shown the strength and the will, now we can start the negotiations.
The Ancient Romans had a proverb: "If you desire Peace, prepare for War", when they forgot that meaning of that adage, their empire fell. No, we are not an empire, but the same applies to nations.
I think the main difference between conservatives and so-called progresives is that we deal in the world as it is in all it's sometime uglyness and try to change it and progressives deal with a world as they wish it to be, and assume that everyone will see things the same way, if they only talk enough and show enough "understanding".
The thing that progressives forget is that there ARE truly evil people in the world, and all the talking and understanding in the world will never change them. The only way to deal with them is total eradication. These are the type of people that attain leadership in Muslim/Tribal societies, by the force of their own ruthlessness and strength.
It seems that the type of people that call themselves progressive can not understand the difference between that type of society and seem to assume that all societies are like ours, albeit with minor cultural differences, when they are decidedly NOT. They would term that view as "cultural Imperialism", but it's really just an acknowledgement of what really exists. The two cultures are incompatible, and it was inevitable that there would come a time when they would vie for supremacy. If we wish to survive, we had better wake up and realize just what is really going on. If we don't, I hope you have access to a good rug maker, because you will need one to say your five daily prayers to Allah.
Call me an extremist if you will, but put this in a time capsule and reread it in 30 years and see if my assertions don't prove out.
Our opponents in this conflict have not hidden their intent, but you have to read and believe that they are serious, then the truth of what I'm asserting will bear itself out. And it's not even the obviously radical element that is the biggest worry...it's groups like C.A.I.R. that are seen as "moderate" that are the greatest danger. Google their mission statement and you will see that they are intent with replacing our Constitution with Shar'ia law, and make the US a Muslim country. I don't know about you, but I for one don't consider that a moderate stance.
Look to my birthplace, the Netherlands and see just how "tolerance,patience,and understanding have been used to further Muslim extremism, and similar actions are taking place all over Europe.
Sorry to be so long winded, but I hope that now you can see where I'm coming from.
*getting off the soapbox*
Thanks for coming over and reading my site, don't be a stranger! We may not agree, but at least the discussions will be lively!
Read this and tell me that you don't experience a "RCOB" moment.
Here we have a judge presuming to make a medical determination against the sworn affidavits of qualified medical personnel, not even allowing a brain scan that would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Terri was "in there". This to provide relief to a sick puss-bag of a husband that took money awarded into his trust for rehabilitative care for his wife, and never provided that care.
In my own humble opinion, he should suffer the fate he would visit upon his wife, he should be strapped down to a bed and allowed to starve/dehydrate to death.
Bloodthirsty? Maybe....I prefer to call it poetic justice.
Seems some NASA scientists are convinced that there is a high probablity of microbial life existing on present day Mars.
If confirmed, this will be one of the greatest discoveries ever made.
I just wish they would take civilian volunteers to make the trip there in person to do the research. I don't have any scientific qualifications, but on the other hand, if a "regular joe" can be convinced, maybe he could blog the news to the world in a manner that everyone can understand? And I would gladly do windows to be included in the first group.....
Another case of a citizen defending himself and his property from those that would threaten both. Note that the article claims that the assailents were using "assault" rifles, but don't bother attempting to identify just what kind of weapons were used. Note also that the store owner was able to repel TWO men armed with the GFW's most feared weapon with a .357 handgun and wound two of the would be thieves, one critically, and disable their get-away vehicle. All I have to say is BRAVO !, but you need more range time, they weren't DATS.
Recently, I had a question asked of me: "was the loss of soldiers lives/severe injuries worth the cost in Iraq?" Then the asker went on to excoriate the increase in military spending...well, this is one reason for the increase. IF we can develop robotic combatants, it will go a long way toward decreasing the number and severity of our causelties. Robots will never replace combat soldiers in the forseeable future, and I'm not sure we would ever want them to; but with their help, maybe we can fight with a much lower cost in the lives of our servicemen and women.
We are indundated with moans and cries from the Moonbat Left about how Eeeeevil we are to the residents of Guantanamo Bay. Charlie Daniels reports on what he observed on a recent USO tour there. And DON'T even bother trying to tell me that the "authorities hid the true conditions there from him", I'll just laugh in your face. If the Red Cross can't find anything to bitch about, it isn't there, unless your willing to admit that they're just as incompetant as the average UN fact finding mission in the Sudan.
Take it away, Mr. Daniels!:
I've just returned from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Naval Air Station base
where we did three shows for the troops and toured several locations
around the post visiting with some of the finest military personnel
on planet earth. The kids seemed to really enjoy the shows and
especially liked "This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag" and "In America".
We had a great time with them.
We saw Camp X-Ray, where the Taliban detainees are being held only
from a distance, but I picked up a lot of what's going on there from
talking with a lot of different people.
The truth of the matter is that this operation is under a microscope.
The Red Cross has an on site presence there and watches everything
that goes on very closely. The media is not telling you the whole
truth about what's going on over there. The truth is that these scum
bags are not only being treated humanely, but they are probably better
off healthwise and medically than they've ever been in their lives.
They are fed well, able to take showers and receive state of the art
medical care. And have their own Moslem chaplain. I saw several of
them in a field hospital ward where they were being treated in a state
of the art medical facility.
Now let's talk about the way they treat our people. First of all, they
have to be watched constantly. These people are committed and wanton
murderers who are willing to die just to kill someone else. One of the
doctors told me that when they had Taliban in the hospital the staff
had to really be careful with needles, pens and anything else which
could possibly be used as a weapon. They also throw their excrement
and urine on the troops who are guarding them. And our guys and gals
have shown great restraint in not retaliating. We are spending over a
million dollars a day maintaining and guarding these nasty killers and
anyone who wants to see them brought to the U.S.A. for trial is either
out of their heads or a lawyer looking for money and notoriety. Or
I wish that the media and the Red Cross and all the rest of the
people who are so worried about these criminals would realize that
this is not a troop of errant Boy Scouts. These are killers of the
worst kind. They don't need protection from us, we need protection
from them. If you don't get anything else out of this soapbox, please
try to realize that when you see news coverage much of the time
you're not getting the whole story, but an account filtered through a
liberal mindset with an agenda.
We have two fights on our hands, the war against terror and the one
against the loudmouthed lawyers and left wing media who would sap the
strength from the American public by making us believe that we're
losing the war or doing something wrong in fighting it. Remember these
are the same people who told us that Saddam Hussein's Republican guard
was going to be an all but invincible enemy and that our smart bombs
and other weapons were not really as good as the military said that
They also took up for Bill Clinton while he was cavorting around the
Oval office with Monica Lewinsky while the terrorists were gaining
strength and bombing our Embassies and dragging the bodies of dead
American heroes around the dusty streets of Somalia. It's a shame that
we can't have an unbiased media who would just report the truth and
let us make up our own minds.
Here I must commend Fox News for presenting both sides much better
than the other networks. They are leaving the other cable networks in
the dust. People like being told the truth.
Our military not only needs but deserves our support. Let's give it to them.
The next time you read a media account about the bad treatment of the
Taliban in Cuba, remember what I told you. Been there done that.
Footnote: I got an e-mail from a rather irate first cousin of mine the
other day who has a daughter who's a lawyer and she seemed to think
that I was painting all lawyers with the same brush. Please understand
that I'm not doing that at all. That would be like saying that all
musicians were drug addicts. There are a lot of good and honest
attorneys out there. I happen to have one of them. But it seems that
they never get any airtime. It's always the radicals who get their
opinions heard, who fight the idea of the military tribunals and cite
The Constitution and the integrity of America as their source of
justifying their opinions. Well, first of all The Constitution says
"We the people of the United States", it doesn't mention any other
And secondly as far as integrity is concerned, I don't think some of
these folks would know integrity if it bit them in the posterior.
What do you think? God Bless America.
P.S. send this to everyone you can...the truth needs to be told. THE
REASON A DOG HAS SO MANY FRIENDS IS THAT HE WAGS HIS TAIL - NOT HIS
A man who cannot defend himself is an invalid, worthy of pity and forbearance.
A man who will not defend himself is a parasite who exists at the expense of others who will.
A man who may not defend himself is a slave, doomed to bare existence at the pleasure of his masters.
Acidman demonstrates the admirable trait of true independence, and an unwillingness to bow before the monster known as the IRS. He is right, it isn't the money, but the principle that needs to be upheld.
When you bow down before the monster, you are acknowledging a subservient position to the government, something a truly free citizen should never do.
From the Rotweiller, I learned of an Idiotarian promoting theft as as an anti-war statement. I don't live in Dallas, so I hope that this movement doesn't affect me, but I would echo the Emperor's sentiment should it occur here in Indy:
"Just remember that you'll be approaching our private property with malice aforethought."
"To answer the unasked question: Yes, we will. And we'll enjoy it too."
"Pine or Oak?"
ANOTHER report of UN incompetence. This time a report from a former UN inspector in the Food for Oil scam that details that, for the most part, the inspectors were more concerned with throwing beer parties than overseeing what they were assigned to do.
I wonder if the inspectors conducting the searches for WMD's prior to the invasion were just as lax? Saddam KNEW that he was on a short leash, perhaps he managed to ship the bulk of the weapons out prior to the invasion, and adroitly hid the rest? There WERE those mysterious truck convoys to Syria that were never inspected.
Moonbats will point to the fact that the whistle blower was being termed a "disgruntled employee" by the company overseers, yet they will hale any other "disgruntled employee" as a "brave hero exposing the corrupt system" if it's a matter that they wish to hold up as proof of the eeevil administration or heinious Corporate tyrany.
It's official, the peace process is dead in the Israeli/
PalistinianMisplaced Arabs. Abbas has authorized the execution of three citizens of the PA for treason, the treason being that these three men gave Israel information on wanted terrorists. Abbas himself should have taken care of these terrorists if he were really serious about establishing a true peace. This action, along with his inablity to rein in Hammas and Hezbolla will sink the peace process as surely as if the PA were the Titanic and True Peace the iceburg.
Many Moonbats decry that President Bush didn't take enough time to get France and Germany on board the bandwagon prior to taking on Saddam, but HERE is yet another example of why they would have NEVER gotten onboard. France is "concerned with ruining their good relations" with a terrorist organization? Wonder what arms contracts they have in the pipeline.....
So now we have high school teachers showing students how to make explosives...The teacher claimed it was an experiment to show reaction rates. Sorry Teach, there are much safer ways to do that than instructing teenagers how to concoct explosives.
And we wonder why we have to worry about the state of our Public
schools indoctrination centers?
The Moonbats keep asking "was the cost in US servicemen's lives worth it?"
My response is that only history will show whether it was or not. But the price in lives in a battle for freedom is always too high, according to the Left.
But HERE we have a demonstration that, JUST MAYBE, the results will justify the cost, and those brave men and women will not have died in vain.
If a country such as Afghanistan can break free of the Muslim templet enough to allow for a woman Governor, it might show that President Bush was correct in his assesment of the situation in the M.E., and it is possible that a new wind of freedom will begin to blow across the whole region.
If it does, it will all be due to the bravery and sacrifices made by the soldiers of the coalition, and not by the Moonbats calls for "tolerance and understanding" of Islamofacists. They are the successors of Chamberlein in calling for "peace in our time", and President Bush will have been shown to be the Churchill of our time.
A bus stops and two Italian men get on. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation. The lady sitting behind them ignores them at first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of the men say the following:
"Emma come first. Den I come. Den two asses come together. I come once-a-more. Two asses, they come together again. I come again and pee twice. Then I come one lasta time."
"You foul-mouthed sex obsessed swine," retorted the lady indignantly. "In this Country, we don't speak aloud in public places about our sex lives...... "
"Hey, coola down lady," said the man. "Who talkin' abouta sexa? I'm a justa tellin' my frienda how to spella 'Mississippi'."
I BET YOU READ THIS AGAIN!!!!
Another tip of the hat to Slaglerock!
Can YOU play the piano with your balls?
hat tip to Slaglerock
You just might be a Redneck...If you have a pet named Patches...
A group of blondes in a class at Texas A&M University were
given the assignment to measure the height of a flagpole. So they
went out to the flagpole with ladders and tape measures, and they
fell off the ladders, dropped the tape measures and pencils -- the
whole thing was just a mess.
An engineering student comes along and
sees what they're trying to do. He walks over, pulls the flagpole
out of the ground, lays it flat, measures it from end to end, and
then gives the measurement to one of the blondes and walks away.
After the engineer had gone, one blonde turned to another and
"Isn't that just like a dumb engineer? We're looking for the
height and he gives us the length!"
Ted Nugent, a "great American" as Hannity would say. Read this interview and see if you don't agree.
Here's his philosophy in a nutshell:
"No matter where I am, I do news, talk, sports, rock, silly, serious - I do every type of media on the planet - and I've always stood up for the same things," he says, "because the Ten Commandments worked then, and they work now. The Golden Rule worked then, and it works perfectly now. The Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution. These really are pillars of truth and goodwill and sense and decency and reason that I was raised on and disciplined to - there's the key word, I was disciplined to respect and adhere to back when I was growing up, since birth back in 1948.
"And what worked then will work anywhere, anytime forever."
ROCK ON NUGE!
To all the Moonbats out there that continually tout the UN as THE body that should handle cases of international conflict; Here is another example of the not only ineffectiveness of UN "peacekeepers", but indeed, their criminal behaviour.
Were this an isolated case, I would be of a mind to just say, "there were some bad apples, prosecute them and move on".
But to date, I can't seem to find a single example where the UN forces were successful in doing what they were sent to do in any situation, namely keep the peace and/or provide succor to people suffering from disaster whether man-made or natural. And it seems that in almost every case, there have been furthur crimes committed against the people that those forces were sent to help, by the forces themselves.
And the most that Kofi Annon can say is (he is)"afraid there is clear evidence that acts of gross misconduct have taken place."?!?
No word on what steps would be taken to prevent furtur abuses, or prosecution of the offenders....
What else can you expect from an organization that names the worst offenders of human rights to sit on the watchdog committee on human rights? An organization that dealt with under the table oil deals with a dictator in a program that was supposedly to ease the suffering of the people under his rule?
It's time for the US to seriously consider leaving the UN. Let them move the headquarters to Brussels, where perfiditity and double-dealing graft are appreciated as an art form in international politics.
No, I'm not so naive as to believe that our own state department doesn't enage in expiedient measures in dealing with foreign powers, but at least they try to keep a semblence of forthrightness, and when caught in an obvious crime, are disgraced and prosecuted.
UPDATE: UN official "hopes to God that the UN is never called on again to administer such a massive program as the Oil for Food again. EVEN the UN leadership is starting to acknowledge it's incompetentcy!
One of my Marine friends, Brandon Strassler, sent me this account of an air traveler. It does provide some food for thought about how we all get caught up in our own little day to day concerns, but that sometimes we should stop to consider the larger picture, and the sacrifices made by others so that all we DO have to worry about is our own little petty stuff.
I sat in my seat of the Boeing 767 waiting foreveryone to hurry and stow their carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what I was sure to be a
long , uneventful flight home. With the huge capacity and slow moving people taking their time to stuff luggage far too big for the overhead and never paying much attention to holding up the growing line behind them, I simply shook my head knowing that this flight was not starting out very well.
I was anxious to get home to see my loved ones so I was focused on
"my" issues and just felt like standing up and yelling for some of these clowns to
get their act together. I knew I couldn't say a word so I just thumbed thru the "Sky Mall" magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. You know it's really
getting rough when you resort to the over priced,useless sky mall crap to break the monotony.
With everyone finally seated, we just sat there with the cabin door open and no one in any hurry to get us going although we were well past the scheduled take off time. No wonder the airline industry is in trouble I told myself. Just then, the
attendant came on the intercom to inform us all that we were being delayed.
The entire plane let out a collective groan. She resumed speaking to say
"We are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on
their way to the plane and the delay shouldn't be more than 5 minutes."
The word came after waiting six times as long as we were promised that "I" was finally going to be on my way home. Why the hoopla over "these" folks?
I was expecting some celebrity or sport figure to be the reason for the
hold up.........Just get their butts in a seat and lets hit the gas I thought.
The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud and
excited voice that we were being joined by several U. S. Marines returning
home from Iraq!!! Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted
into applause. The men were a bit taken by surprise by the 340 people
cheering for them as they searched for their seats. They were
having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who was within an arm's distance of them as they passed down the aisle.
One elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the Marines as he passed
by her. The applause, whistles and cheering didn't stop for a long time.
When we were finally airborne, "I" was not the only civilian checking his conscience as to the delays in "me" getting home, finding my easy chair, a cold
beverage and the remote in my hand. These men had done for all of us
and I had been complaining silently about "me" and "my" issues. I took for
granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy and the conveniences of the American way of life.
I took for granted others paid the price for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me" those Heroes going home to their loved ones.
I attempted to get my selfish outlook back in order and minutes before we landed I suggested to the attendant that she announce over the speaker a
request for everyone to remain in their seats until our hero's were allowed to gather their things and be first off the plane.
The cheers and applause continued until the last Marine stepped off and we
all rose to go about our too often taken for granted everyday freedoms......... I felt proud of them. I felt it an honor and a privilege to be among the first to welcome them home and say Thank You for a job well done. I vowed that I will never forget that flight nor the lesson learned. I can't say it enough, THANK YOU to those Veterans and active servicemen and women who may read this and a prayer for those who cannot because they are no longer with us.
GOD BLESS AMERICA! WELCOME HOME!
AND THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE !!!!!
This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Pass it on to everyone and pray.
In pharmacology, all drugs have two names - a trade name and a
generic name. For example, the trade name Tylenol is acetaminophen.
For instance, Aleve is known as naproxen, Amoxil is amoxicillin, and Advil is
The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After
consideration by a team of experts, it recently announced it has settled on the generic name of mycoxafloppin. Also considered were mycoxafailin, mydixadrupin, mydixarizin, mydixadud, dixafix, and of course ibepokin.
Pfizer Corp. is making an announcement today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. Pepsi's proposed ad campaign claims it will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one.
Obviously, we can no longer call this a soft drink. This additive
gives new meaning to the names of cocktails and highballs. Pepsi will market the new formula by the name, Mount & Do.
The long term implications of drugs and medical procedures must be fully considered. Over the past five years, Americans have spent more money on breast implants and Viagra than was spent on Alzheimer's research. It is believed that by the year 2030, there will be a large number of people wandering around with perky breasts and erections who can't remember what to do with them.
hat tip to Bob for the humor
Publicola has a great post on theft,GFW's and the indoctrination process into Idiotarianism all rolled up into one.
Here's an idea the might have seen it's time come. Make the fruits of a crime unique identifiers of the culprit.
Sorry for the light posting, but things here have been a little strange....ever since the Big Rat Escape, in fact! I guess having a rat wake you up by crawling across your face just does something to your mind... I guess I could just attribute my writers block to P.T.R.S.* Syndromes of all sorts seem to work for Democrats, might as well join the bandwagon!
The one on the left was just getting off my face when I woke up...and those are just "the girls". Dumpling and Cecelie.
Here are "the boys", Misha and Slagle:
I'm ALMOST used to Misha:
If you EVER go to a pet store and your wife looks at rats and starts cooing "aren't they soooo Cuuuute"? RUN like hell!
*Post Traumatic Rat Syndrome....
Why Men Are Just Happier People -
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be president.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO T-shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental -- $100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them
The occasional well-rendered belch is practical! ly expec ted.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood-all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
Your belly usually hides your big hips.
One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can "do" your nails with a pocketknife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier!
I have only two things to say about THIS.....JUST DAMN!
Hat Tip to Acidman
I was unable to sleep last night and while listening to the Michael Medved show to pass some time; I found someone else who agrees with me about the situation vis a vis the Arab/Israeli conflict.
Here's some quotes:
“The occupation is in the minds of Children who are taught hatred.”
“The Israeli Arab conflict is not about geography but about Jew hatred; the 1400 year history of Islam proves it.”
“The Arab refugees are being used as pawns' to create a terror breeding ground, as a form of aggression against Israel”
"No one (Arab or Jew) has a "right of return". Jews who fled Arab persecution from 1948 to 1956 should have no right of return to Arab lands, and Arabs who ran away in 1948 and 1967 should have no right of return either. This should end all argument. Yet the Jews accept this judgment, while the Arabs reject EVERYTHING."
And my personal favorite:
“Why is it that on June 4th 1967 I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian?”
Sounds like a Zionist, hate filled, racist Jew doesn't it?
Those statements were made by a "Palistinian" named Walid Shoebat that threw his first rocks at Israeli soldiers at the age of eight...Joined the PLO by twenty and bombed an Israeli bank during which an Israeli policeman was killed.
His great grandfather, Abdullah Ali Awad-Allah, was also a fighter and close associate of both Abdul Qader and Haj Amin Al-Husseini, who led the Palestinians against Israel.
He came to the United States and worked with the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago to further the Palistinian cause.
Then he studied the Tanash (Jewish bible) in an effort to convert his wife to Islam, and he discovered that everything he had been taught about Jews his entire life was a lie. He then studied the history of all the groups involved in the conflicts and had the revelation that EVERYTHING he had been taught about why there should be conflict between Arabs and Jews and Muslims and everyone else was a lie, in fact, he feels that Islam is the main problem in most of the conflicts in the world today. He converted to Christianity and has worked ever since to try to educate people about Israels right to exist and protect itself.
One who was on the inside of the PLO, and within the higher echalons of same by his heritage puts the lie to every meme that the Palistinian movement has promulgated, most of which I have heard our Pro-Palistinian/Anti-Israeli Moonbats repeat as "facts" in their opposition to Israel
Here's one of those memes, regarding the Arab "right of return to Israel:
"They (arabs) were born there but somehow don't belong there."
And my response, in line with what I learned from Mr. Shoebat:
The people that stayed in Israel in 1948 and 1967 became Israeli citizens,with full rights and privileges thereof. Those that fled, or were living on the land that the Arabs lost in the 1967 war became the "palistinians".
They fled to Jordan, Egypt, and Syria..the problem was that those countries didn't want anything to do with their Islamic brethren. Furthurmore they saw in the refugees a way to continue their fight against the Jews with "plausible deniability", using them as the pawns who would bear the task of doing the dirty work and the dying.
Mr. Shoebat isn't a lone "self-hating" Arab voice in the wilderness.
Zachariah Anani was a troop leader in a Islamofacist group on Lebanon, with over 223 confirmed kills of "enemies" of the sect he belonged to. The perfect example of a Fanatical Muslim. Untill the day a Christian missionary said to him: "Jesus Christ will give you hope and a new life." He was somehow struck by these words. He had further discussions with the missionary, and and after opening the Bible for the first time, he read, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." That afternoon he submitted his life to Christ. His conversion made him fair game for any of his old comrads to kill, in fact, his own father hired assassins to kill him. He fled to Canada as a refugee to escape the danger both to himself and the Christian church he belonged to. When he debated a Muslim scholar in the U.S., his family left in Lebanon were attacked.
Here's a quote:
"A lot of people think that Islam is okay," says Anani, and "that those who are making these terrorist attacks are not from Islam. It's actually the other way around. The people who are nice are not really true Muslims—all you have to do is read the doctrine. Chapter (9) of the Qur'an is nothing but a declaration of war."
He also tells Christians that most Muslims are secular and don't know the Qur'an. "They believe anything the sheikh tells them," says Anani, referring to Middle Eastern Muslims. "If you show genuine friendship to them, they will listen to you and God will open the door."
Two ex-Muslims with similar backgrounds..opening an insight into the minds of the world of fanatic Islam.
Now, HERE'S an example of someone that just isn't very good in his chosen profession.
Too bad the homeowner didn't use a .357 and cap his ass instead of just a rolling pin. Hopefully the jackass will learn a new way of making a living while he's a guest of the graybar hotel.
Oh WHEN will the Dutch regain their native common sense and take back their society? I grieve for the country of my birth. And hold my adopted country in ever greater esteem.
Want to know why Johnny can't read? The so called "experts in education" are why.
The NEA has been the single greatest folly foisted on the American people.
Here is yet another example of the "smart" thinking of the Educratic mind...take the most successful reading program in the state, and phase it out, because after all, the Educrats know that reading is a complex activity, and only their methods can be trusted to convey that talent.
Irregardless of the fact that everywhere the educrats hold sway has experienced furthur and furthur declines in the literacy of their children.
The educrats claim it was a lack of funding for schools, but the higher the funding goes, the lower the test scores seem to go. The number of educrats in the $100,000 a year salary range seems to go up at a concurrent pace....Note I don't say teachers are the problem, I say educrats.
These educrats are really nothing more than leeches on the educational system, imposing whatever flavor of new educational theory happens to be availible to get the most money out of the system they can, the children be damned.
The teachers in the trenches are as much victoms as the children, funds that could go to raising their pay to an equitable level are drained off in administration costs and study funding. And items that would really help the kids...you know, like textbooks, pencils, paper; yeah, the mundane stuff, gets the shortest shrift of all. Why be concerned that the students don't have proper supplies?, the educrats need a multi-billion office complex, after all.
How else will they be able to efficiently hand down their edicts from on high?
And they wonder why home schooled children tend to outscore their public schooled bretheran by over a two to one margin.
Looks like ALF is up to it again, I hope that if and when the vandals are arrested that they are prosecuted as domestic terrorists, for that is what they really are.
We need to send a message that these type of actions will not be tolerated in our society. This incident was mild, but if left unchecked, the participants of this action will only escalate the severity of their future actions. As was seen in the arson attack that destroyed half of a new subdivision being built, by other teams belonging under the umbrella of this fanatical group, the incidents may start small, but end up in a society destroying maelstrom.
The reasons given for these acts of terrorism might be a noble (misguided and misinformed, IMO) impulse, but the results of misguded idealistic zealotry are not only counterproductive to their goal; they are destructive of the society that engendered those impulses.
I had said in an earlier post that the cease fire declared between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was a sign of hope that maybe the time had come when men of good will from both sides may be able to hammer out a fair compromise leading to an independent Palestinian state living in peace next to Israel. I had but one caveat: that all it would take would be one fanatic to derail the whole process....
Well it seems that the leading group of fanatics, Hamas , are hell bent on not allowing any sort of peace to be brokered, unless it is the peace engendered by the total destruction of the state of Israel, which is, after all, the basic premise of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's charter document.
The Left in this country are always saying that one of the major problems is that the US will not deal fairly with the Palestinian side of Mid-East hostilities, always favoring Israel in any negotiation. I think the story above points out the problem, namely that there is no ONE group that speaks for the Palestinian Misplaced Arab people. The Palestinian Authority was SUPPOSED to be, in effect, an interim government for the Palestinian side, empowered to deal with the Israelis AS a government to try to broker peace.
The FACT is that the
P's M-A's HAVE no governing authority that can speak in the interests of their people. They have a loose coalition of gangs of thugs using the PA as a front to mislead the rest of the world into thinking that the people have a legitimate governing body to conduct negotiations. These negotiations are used as "rest periods" in the ongoing war; used to rearm and conduct planning for future (terrorist) operations in relative calm.
If the Misplaced Arabs truly want to become the "Palestinian People", with a self ruled state of their own , they have to make the decision: to have ONE ruling authority that has the power of a government. To allow any group of wannabe armies of the people that can scrape enough money,weapons and fanatics together to have an equal say in the process is only self defeating. Until that happens Israel has every right to take the actions it must do to protect itself. That is after, after all, one of the primary functions of a real government, to protect it's people from military attack. Israel has demonstrated on a number of occasions to be willing to negotiate a just peace. There just hasn't been a corresponding entity on the other side to negotiate with.
Until there is, I'm afraid that there can never be a true peace, at best, there will be an uneasy truce with sporadic acts of violence.
And until the Left in this country realize the true situation in the area, the violence will extend into the political arena in this country too.
stolenborrowed from Romeocat of Cathouse Chat.
to be added to the Empire LC blogroll...
Now if only Mamamontezz displayed such pulchratudnity...she more than makes up for it with her patriotic ardor however!
It's just a tiny step, but with a truce put into place, the Arab-Israeli peace process just might have a hope of becoming successful...
How long will Hamas honor the truce? The real pity is that, no matter how many honest men of good will on both sides try to hammer out an equitable peace settlement; all it takes is one rabid jackass to derail the entire process.
When Columbia University sponsers blatent Anti-Israeli forum, is it any wonder that many of us despair about the state of higher education?
I can see presenting both sides of every issue, free debate is what learning is all about, but WHY is that ONLY the terrorist type side is freely espoused, with any dissenters being shouted down as "racists","imperialists", or just plain "ig'nrent rednecks" ?
Update:Yet ANOTHER example if institutional anti-semitism at Columbia U.
If your in the mood for a great laugh, clickHere
Or, If your more into Eurotrash rather than Queen, go HERE.
Just another service of the Citadel. First we hit you with the Cluebat™, but then then we ease the pain with a laugh.
Hat tip to Darth for the second link)
once again, Davids Mediankritik has a spot-on post. WE may have individual political cartoonists villifying foreign leaders....But the good people of Deutchland have a parade to do it.
The old adage holds true, when your going down the toilet (unemployment rate of 12.6%, oppresive Police actions, mandatory National ID etc, etc), blame some other leaders than the ones responsible for it.
It's time to withdraw all U.S. troops from the Fatherland. Think the jobless rate is high now? Just wait!
A woman asks her husband, "Would you like some bacon and eggs? A
slice of toast and maybe some grapefruit and coffee?" she asks.
He declines. "Thanks for asking, but I'm not
hungry right now.
It's this Viagra," he says. "It's really taken the edge off my
At lunchtime she asked if he would like
something. "A bowl of
soup, homemade muffins, or a cheese sandwich?" she asks? He declines.
Viagra," he says, "really trashes my desire for food."
Come dinnertime, she asks if he wants
anything to eat. "Would you
like a juicy porterhouse steak and scrumptious apple pie? Or maybe a
rotisserie chicken or tasty stir fry?"
He declines again. "Naw, I'm still not
"Well," she says, "would you mind letting me
up? I'm starving."
Hat tip to Catfish
Abnormal at the Injustice Department has a link to a chilling prospect....UN control of the Internet.
He, like me, is NOT into big conspiracy theories, but if you read what is being put out by members the UN committee, it's obvious that if we don't keep careful watch on our freedom on the 'Net, we may lose it, and soon.
I just added another new blog on the roll. DRINK THIS. I had read her a number of times before, but I thought I had already added her. I have remedied that oversight.
Who wouldn't love a woman that puts This in her gutter?:
I see THIS in a link over at the Rott, and needless to say, I am ashamed that the Dutch have fallen to that low a level. seems there must have been an exchange of policies between our NEA and their equivilent...
One good thing about this though...at least I found a great new blog to add to the roll!
UPDATE: As much as the story above enraged me, at least I was able to find proof that the Idiotarians aren't in total control of the Dutch helm of state yet. Here's a speech by Geert Wilders that demonstrates that Sanity still has at least a chance of regaining the upper hand.
I think that THIS STORY demonstrates some of what is wrong with Union protected work today. I do think that workers shouldn't be capriciously used, but there comes a point where protection starts hurting business and ultimately the workers themselves. To pay a worker at full pay and benifits for work not done may make sense as a short term proposition; it's wise to keep skilled workers on tap during a small downturn situation, but to keep them on for years on end just doesn't make for a good company policy.
Worse, it engenders within the Union mindset that they are inviolate, and that mindset only leads to greater conflict. Don't think that it does so? From the article:
"That 10,000 number is not trivial, it's a pretty good percentage of their union work force," said Dan Luria, research director for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and long-time auto-labor researcher.
"It's one of those differences between the Big Three and the foreign automakers. The UAW put it into place so the companies would think of labor as a fixed cost and keep workers busy."
Now I find two things wrong in the thinking embodied by the Union in that statement.
1) Labor costs are never "fixed" in the long term. There is always new innovation that can and should lower production costs, and labor costs are tied in with that; to artificially set those costs in stone eventually leads to a state of the company as a whole being uncompetative and going out of business alltogether.
2) Companies WANT to keep workers busy, to suggest otherwise is just idiocy, a busy worker is (hopefully) a productive worker, adding to the bottom line. To have to pay for a large idle workforce is the last thing a company wants to do.
The idea of companies as a social provider for the worker is what is the basic flaw of the Union mindset. The company is in the business of profit, plain and simple. The workers should have the same mindset in selling their product (their labor) to the company. The Union should be the negotiater between the two in what the company is willing to provide for the service and what the worker is willing to do for the profit. That is what unions were set up to do, as prior to their inception, the Company had all the power in the negotiation and set out unfair conditions to the worker in the interest of higher profit. Unions evened out the power to provide a better equity of power to BOTH sides of the equation.
But the Union mindset has changed to not "what is best for EVERYONE" overall to "just how much can we squeeze out of the company" without regard for the economic facts of life. In the end such a mindset kills the cash cow(company).
The Union officials aren't hurt by this (at least short term), they have influence in a broad range of companies, they just try to get more out of the remaining sources. But the workers who overextended the demands in the first instance are left out in the cold.
Unions have made (Company) profit a dirty word, as if that was money that deservedly only goes to the union worker, without considering that the worker isn't the only part of the equation. In some respects, the Union has taken the place of the Company in the "bad old days".
What are your thoughts?
'She is clever, charming, articulate, fluent in French and, when occasion demands, flirtatious. More to the point, she is right.'
-Editorial on Condoleeza Rice in the London Daily Telegraph
They never gave Colin flowers!
Noemie Emery has a great op-ed piece in The Weekly Standard that shows just what is going wrong with the Democratic party.
Here's a taste:
EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN WRONG with the Democrats in the past several years was on vivid display during Hell Week: the teeth-grinding shrillness; the race card, misplayed with such gusto; the self-interest so blatant it defeats its own purpose; the crippling dearth of ideas. With a few brave exceptions (a faction of one named Joe Lieberman), the Democrats split into two major camps: the wingnuts--Dean, Boxer, and Kennedy--who know what they think, which alas sets them at odds with the rest of the country; and the caucus of cowards--Bayh, Edwards, and Kerry--who believe in nothing so much as their own career prospects, and change their minds on the gravest of war and peace issues on the basis of what serves their ends.
She sums it all up nicely in this paragraph (emphasis mine):
And there you have the real vision gap between the two parties: Republicans want to win wars and spread freedom; Democrats want to save their rear ends. Bush thinks freedom is better than terror and tyranny; Democrats think they themselves are better than Bush. In 2004, Bush made it clear he was willing to lose on the basis of his convictions--and won in spite or more likely because of this. Democrats had no convictions beyond the end goal of winning, and therefore quite properly lost. No party deserved to lose more than the Democrats did in these past two elections, and unless they make changes, they stand to lose many more.
I hope that the Democrats don't read her, because she has definately given them the WHY of why they lost, and it could give them the knowledge to correct it.....then again they probably wouldn't believe it anyway.
Hmmm. Trust the Dutch to come up with an innovative way (for the EU) to screen new would-be immigrants.
After all, if the goal of the immigrant is to join Dutch society, shouldn't they proove that they have at least a good start on that intent?
The U.S. has had a similar test for years...I know, as I had to take it to qualify for Naturalization. If your intent is to become a citizen of a different country for the chance of making a better life for yourself than from whence you came, I don't see that this is any great hurdle to overcome, in fact it better prepares you for your new life to come.
Of course, the usual suspects will cry foul, after all, what right does a sovereign nation have to protect itself from those who just wish to enter to foment trouble?
Watch for the groups that protest the loudest and you will have a handy index of the enemy.
An American tourist in London decides to skip his
tour group and explore the city on his own. He wanders around,
seeing the sights, and occasionally stopping at a quaint
pub to soak up the local culture, chat with the lads, and have a
pint of Guinness.
After a while, he finds himself in a very high-class
area...big, stately residences... no pubs, no shops, no
restaurants, and worst of all.... no public toilets. He really,
really has to go, after all those pints of Guinness. He finds a narrow side
street, with high walls surrounding the adjacent buildings and
decides to use the wall to solve his problem.
As he is unzipping, he is tapped on the shoulder by
a London Bobbie, who says, "I say, sir, you simply
cannot do that here, you know."
"I'm very sorry, officer," replies the American,
"but I really, really have to go, and I just can't find
a public toilet."
"Ah, yes," said the Bobbie, "Just follow me".
He leads him to a back "delivery alley", then along
a wall to a gate, which he opens.
"In there," points the Bobbie. "Whiz away, sir,
anywhere you want."
The fellow enters and finds himself in the most
beautiful garden he has ever seen. Manicured grass lawns, statuary,
fountains,sculptured hedges, and huge beds of gorgeous
flowers, all in perfect bloom. Since he has the cop's blessing, he
unburdens himself and is greatly relieved.
As he goes back through the gate, he says to the
Bobbie"That was really decent of you. Is that what you
call "British Hospitality?"
"No, sir," replied the Bobbie, "that is what we call
the French Embassy."
Here's another new member added to the blogroll: The Injustice Department. A wry sense of humor with a Libertarian bent. My kind of guy!
This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
If she is getting dressed, this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
This is the calm before the storm. This means "something," and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with 'Nothing' usually end in "Fine"
This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it.
This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing"
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
A woman is thanking you. Do not question it or faint. Just say you're welcome.
Send this to the men you know to warn them about future arguments they can avoid if they remember the terminology!
And send it to your women friends to give them a good laugh
It was bad enough that the Islamoterrorist slime would use a child to commit one of their heinious bombing operations, it was worse when I learned that the bomb dupe was a victom of Downs Syndrome, but now to learn that the child was KIDNAPPED for the purpose....words fail to express the outrage I feel towards these pieces of slime in human form.
I truly believe that the next time I am in the presence of a left wing apologist for these vermin that I will end up in jail for assault if they DARE to spout any apologist rhetoric within my earshot.
Found this via Right Wing Rocker. And added him to the bloggroll too.
Yes, the Iraqi's know what the sacrifice that over 1,500 US servicemen have made means to them. Including the Iraqis that are living here.
And unlike our
whining nabobs of negativity
members of the Left Aisle, they know how to express their gratitude.
I wish to express my condolences to the family of LCpl. Lance Klein on their great loss, and I want to thank the Ishmail family for their great kindness to a family in the midst of their grief, you all make America the great country that it is.
Hmmm Is THIS really a surprise?
Other than the fact that they were caught fighting instead of surrendering?
Although, as the details are still sketchy..... it just may be that the Islamofacists were surprised when their brave French recruits exhibited the French prediliction in battle situations:
Ahmed:" Allah Akbar! Though we die, we die in Jihad. Allah be praised!
Rene bin dum: "DIE?!? Sacre Bleu!, they never said DIE in the Mosque de Paree!"
Ahmed: "be brave, you are a soldier of Allah, they kill your body, but your spirit lives on in Paradise, remembered forever in glory by the rest of us."
Rene:"Ahmed, could I borrow your handkerchief?"
Ahmed: "Shoot! Shoot at the Infidel Marines for the greater glory of Allah!"
Rene: "um...those guys look awful angry...maybe a truce for a Cognac and Brie peace session?"
Ahmed: *charging up Marine position*"Alllaaahhhhhh.......silence following a the sharp crack of a sniper rifle...
Rene: "Ahmed? ...er Ahmed?".... *throws down weapon, takes up white cloth*
"Parle vou Francee American?" I do not know thees men, I was... taking a tour." "and they forced me into theese clothes and threw a rifle in my hands...and grenades....and a rocket launc...Your not buying eet are you?
Marine: "Hell No Frenchy"
Rene: "Geneva Convention!"" French Consulate!" "Police Brutality!"(Rene had spent a summer in California) "I surrender!."
Marine:*disappointed look on his face* *Muttering that General Mattis was right, some people are just fun to shoot!* "ok Frenchy, up against the wall and spread them".....
It's starting, just as President Bush had said it would; that democracy in Iraq would start the breeze of freedom across the region.
Now the breeze is starting to strengthen in Saudi Arabia. It is just a gentle waft at present to be sure, but considering the rigidity of the Saudi Regime, any progress forward could be considered a miracle.
And this is coming internally, so there are no doubts about "imperialism" or whatever term the Moonbats are using in their anti-American meme's this week
This is an example that leads me to believe,despite the moaning from the left about "puppet governments", etc; that the elections in Iraq really did have the meaning of autonomy to the people of Iraq. Even though they don't have a 2nd Amendment, or even a Constitution; this is an example of what the 2nd Amenmdment was put into our Constitution for.
Here's the story in a nutshell:
Citizens of Al Mudhiryiah (a small town in the "death triangle") were subjected to an attack by several militants today who were trying to punish the residents of this small town for voting in the election last Sunday. The citizens responded and managed to stop the attack, kill 5 of the attackers, wounded 8 and burned their cars. 3 citizens were injured during the fire exchange. The Shiekh of the tribe to whom the 3 wounded citizens belong demanded more efforts from the government to stop who he described as "Salafis".
The Iraqi citizens have a new feeling of nationalism, and they aren't going to let a group of Islamofacist thugs take it away from them. Note that this incident occurred right in the center of the region where the
insurgents Islamothugs hold the greatest sway. The people are taking their country back.
If they can do it and establish a representative form of government, those 1500+ American soldiers will not have died in vain.
Stay with this -- the answer is at the end -- it will blow you away.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.
Your Grandfather and I got married first-and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir'- and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir.' We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege. We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk. The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.In my day, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby."Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office," chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.....and how old do you think I am ???.....
I bet you have this old lady in mind...you are in for a shock! Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
This Woman would be only 58 years old!
An office manager was given the task of hiring an individual to fill a job opening.
After sorting through a stack of resumes he found four people who were equally qualified.
He decided to call the four in and ask them only one question.
Their answer would determine which of them would get the job.
The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table the interviewer asked, "What is the fastest thing you know of?"
Acknowledging the first man on his right, the man replied, "A THOUGHT. It just pops into your head. There's no warning that it's on the way; it's just there. A thought is the fastest thing I know of."
"That's very good!" replied the interviewer. "And now you sir?" he asked the second man.
"Hmm....let me see. A blink! It comes and goes and you don't know that it ever happened. A BLINK is the fastest thing I know of."
"Excellent!" said the interviewer. "The blink of an eye... that's a very popular clich for speed."
He then turned to the third man who was contemplating his reply.
"Well, out at my dad's ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there's a light switch. When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light in the barn comes on in less than an instant. Yep, TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of."
The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. "It's hard to beat the speed of light" he said.
Turning to the fourth and final man, the interviewer posed the same question The last man replied, "After hearing the three previous answers, It's obvious to me that the fastest thing known is DIARRHEA."
"WHAT!?" said the interviewer, stunned by the response.
"Oh I can explain." said the fourth man. "You see the other day I wasn't feeling so good and I ran for the bathroom. But, before I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHT, I had already shit my pants!"
HE GOT THE JOB
The sturdy was done by a think tank called Freedom House, and what they found was truly disturbing.
Here is a taste of what this literature advises American Muslims:
Reject Christianity as a valid faith: Any Muslim who believes "that churches are houses of God and that God is worshiped therein is an infidel."
Insist that Islamic law be applied: On a range of issues, from women (who must be veiled) to apostates from Islam ("should be killed"), the Saudi publications insist on full enforcement of Shariah in America.
See non-Muslims as the enemy: "Be dissociated from the infidels, hate them for their religion, leave them, never rely on them for support, do not admire them, and always oppose them in every way according to Islamic law."
See America as hostile territory: "It is forbidden for a Muslim to become a citizen of a country governed by infidels because this is a means of acquiescing to their infidelity and accepting all their erroneous ways."
Prepare for war against America: "To be true Muslims, we must prepare and be ready for jihad in Allah's way. It is the duty of the citizen and the government."
Can ANYONE read the above and still believe that Saudi Arabia, with it's hateful creed of Wahabism, is a friend to the US? Or that Islam in it's most prosperous forms is in any way a "Religion of Peace"?
Remember, this is being taught to Muslims in THIS country, we are supporting a nest of vipers on our own shores and it would behoove us to destroy the nest before we are fatally bitten.
I am NOT talking about treating Muslims as if they were blacks under the old Jim Crow era, I am talking about investigating what is truly being fomented in the Mosques and alerting the American public to it.
In those cases where concrete actions have been taken by members of the RoP in undermining the stability of the US; prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
hat tip to Kim du Toit
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense.
Mr. Sense had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing
when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that
life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial
policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies
(adults, not kids, are in charge).
His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place - reports of a six-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Mr. Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the
parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became
contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better
treatment than their victims.
Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that
a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was
awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his
wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is
survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended
his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him,
pass this on; if not, join the majority and do nothing.
Thank you for the funeral notice Bob
Many of the left have been continually repeating the meme that President Bush should have spent more time in trying to get the UN to uphold their own sanctions against Saddam Hussein...then they point to some member countries of the EU negotiating with Iran on the their nuclear program as the "way it SHOULD have been done".
Yeah Right. Europe has offered Iran trade and technological, and financial aid "carrots" to try to forstall using a military "stick" in the event that Iran goes ahead with it's troubleing programs. The result? lets just see what the Iranian attitude is:
Iran will never scrap its nuclear program, and talks with Europeans are intended to protect the country's nuclear achievements, not negotiate an end to them."(emphasis mine)Remarks by Ali Agha Mohammadi, spokesman of Iran's powerful Supreme National Security Council.
The Iranians seem to be "troubled by the slowness of the pace of the talks", yet they seem to be unwilling to concede anything to move those talks forward. In essence, they are using nuclear blackmail without even having any nuclear weapons. Just imagine the problem that would arise should they ever attain the status of a nuclear power!
The important thing to realize here is that the Iranians themselves are SAYING that they will never give up their nuclear programs, and yet still expect other countries to negotiate the ending of those programs in good faith. Even the Moonbat left should have the sense to realize that such a position is just plain ludricrous.
The Iranis claim that their nuclear programs are only for energy, not for weapons......in one of the most oil rich nations in the world? Only a recent product of our public schools would fall for such an obvious disconnect between rhetoric and reality.
THIS story HAD to be painful for Reuters to diseminate.
Seems all the doom and gloomers (ie Democrats) can be shown to be wrong yet again. If the current estimates hold true, we will have reached the same level of employment that we had when President Bush first took office.
I'm sure some of my Leftist readers will come back with "whats so great about being where we were 4 years ago? The fact is that if the figures hold true, January will be the 17th straight month of growth.
The fact is that this happened despite a recession; a terrorist act that cost us at least $150B in losses to the economy; and a costly war. AND that the Left side were saying that, because of the tax cuts of the first administration, government would founder in an ever increasing sea of red due to a loss of revenue to the federal government. Yet, as always with tax cuts, the real revenue coming in to the federal coffers rose last year. Now it's up to the President to start to cut federal expenditures to match the tax cuts.
As I said in an earlier post, the deficit has already started to drop. Slowly to be sure, but dropping. IF President Bush can make a good start on cutting back Federal expenditures,and his succesor continues that mindset, we could see surplusses again by the middle of the successors first term. To reverse a multi trillion dollar deficit to a surplus in the space of 6 years would be the cherry on President Bush's legacy.
Whether or not this can or will be done is still dependant on many factors outside any one person's controll, but I still have hope.
Tech Central Station has an exclusive interview with the "soldier" purported to have been captured and held hostage by the
insurgents Islamofacists in Iraq.
As much play as the MSM gave this story as an example of the "quagmire" we are finding ourselves in Iraq, I'm sure they will all want to try to give this interview the widest possible coverage! NOT.
Armstrong williams was (rightly!) excoriated for promoting administration programs without revealing that he had been paid for writing some material for a couple of those programs. The MSM JUMPED at the story, pointing to it as an example of Neo-con perfidy.
Now it's been revealed that Linda Fasulo, an NBC and MSNBC corrospondant was on the payroll of the UN lobby.
Keep in mind that Williams is a pundit. He is paid for giving his opinion. You KNOW from what side of the aisle he approached issues from.
While He WAS remiss in not revealing a fiduciary connection with a program, it's doubtfull that he would have had any different opinion about that program had he not been paid for producing information literature for it.
Ms. Fasulo, on the other hand, is supposed to be a straight news reporter, and therin lies a world of difference. A reporter is supposed to just present the facts of a story, as honestly and thoroughly as possible, with as little bias to any idiology or organization as possible.
It is apparent from her book An Insider's Guide to the U.N., that Ms Fasulo's opinions have been bought. Incidentally, the funding from the book was supplied by Ted Turner's U.N. Foundation and Better World Campaign and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, both of which are Pro-U.N. bodies.
I'm waiting to hear this revelation to be as loudly touted as the Williams revelation by the MSM......I just won't be holding my breath for it to happen.
US Marine Corp Rules for Gunfights
1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
3. Have a plan.
4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4."
7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend.
(Lateral & diagonal preferred.)
9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
11. Always cheat; alw! ays win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years, nobody will remember the caliber, stance, or tactics. They will remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating.
Navy SEALS Rules For Gunfights
1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
2. Kill every living thing within view.
3. Return quickly to looking cool in latest beach wear.
4. Check hair in mirror.
US Army Rangers Rules For Gunfights
1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound ruck while starving.
2. Locate individuals requiring killing.3. Request permission via radio from "Higher" to perform killing.
4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.
5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound ruck while starving.
Army Rules For Gunfights
1. Select a new beret to wear
2. Sew combat patch on right shoulder
3. Change the color of beret you decide to wear
US Air Force Rules For Gunfights
1. Have a cocktail
2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner
3. See what's on HBO
4. Determine "what is a gunfight"
5. Request more funding from Congress with a "killer" Power Point presentation
6. Wine & dine 'key' Congressmen, invite DoD & de! fense industry executives
7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets
8. Declare the assets "strategic" and never deploy them operationally
9. Tell the Navy to send the Marines
US Navy Rules For Gunfights
1. Go to Sea
2. Drink Coffee
3. Watch porn
4. Send the Marines
Hat tip to Slaglerock
Too bad Robert Fisk can't wrap this fact around his mind...
The Emperor Misha fisks Fisk, and it is truly a thing of beauty to behold!
Would that I could wield the Cluebat™ in such an eloquent manner!
"So far, we've lost about 1500 in Iraq. Today, over 8,000,000 voted. When each of the fallen closed their eyes for the last time, they bought 5333 fellow humans a chance to taste freedom for the first time in their lives."Instapilot
While each one of those 1500 lives were more precious than we could ever hope to repay the sacrifice of, it is a stark reality that "freedom is never free".
1 to 5333 is still a painful cost, but one that freedom demanded,and lower than it could have been.
It makes it all the more difficult for me when I hear such "scions" of American government like Senator ""Splash" Kennedy and John "I was in Viet Nam.."Kerry spout their doom and gloom anti-americanisms, to not just desire to place a well aimed round between their eyes.
The answer to the question "was it worth it" won't be known for quite some time yet. IF democracy takes tenious root in the M.E., my answer would be YES, but if we follow the lead of the above mentioned appeasers of terrorism, it just may yet be that they died for a noble ideal negated by our own fifth column. That would be a shame that all of us must bear for allowing the appeasers license to conduct their campaign of partisian hatred.
Kim du Toit has a post up about something that every citizen should be concerned about.
When over a third of high school students feel that newspapers have too much latitude in publishing stories, and a student is expelled from classes for disagreeing with the college on corporal punishment in schools (in a paper that THEY gave him an A- for!), this society is in trouble.