Archive for July, 2005

I’ll Keep This Short

John Kerry, Shillary, are you listening?


And while I’m at it, that goes for these idiots from the land of nuts and fruits. Specifically San Diego, Ca.

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Quote of the Day

Via Amy Ridenour: “…if wearing a bra and being forced to stay awake 20 hours straight constitutes torture, 99 percent of all mothers of newborns qualify as torture victims.”

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Pssst… don’t let the secret out but there is solid evidence the current US policy of tracking, hunting down and killing jihadist cut throats is working. In fact the cut throats idealogical icon Osama bin-Laden is losing out to democracy in the popularity war.

Osama bin Laden’s standing has dropped significantly in some key Muslim countries, while support for suicide bombings and other acts of violence has “declined dramatically,” according to a new survey released today.
In a striking finding, predominantly Muslim populations in a sampling of six North African, Middle East and Asian countries are also as alarmed as Western nations about Islamic extremism, which is now seen as a threat in their own nations too, the poll found. …

Compared with previous surveys, the new poll also found growing majorities or pluralities of Muslims surveyed now say democracy can work in their countries and is not just a political system for the West. Support for democracy was in the 80 percent range in Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco and the highest score at 43 percent in Pakistan and 48 percent in Turkey, where significant numbers were unsure.

“They are not just paying lip service. They are saying they specifically want a fair judiciary, freedom of expression and more than one party to participate in elections. It wasn’t just a vague concept,” said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center and director of the project. “U.S. and Western ideas about democracy have been globalized and are in the Muslim world.”

I’m taking all bets – big and small – that no [Dim]ocrats currently in the Senate or House will be quoting this story anytime soon.

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on federal regulators to investigate the latest version of “Grand Theft Auto,” a popular video game series that allows players to go on simulated crime sprees.

In a letter she is sending Thursday to the Federal Trade Commission, the New York Democrat expresses concern over reports that anyone who uses a free code downloaded over the Internet can unlock sexually graphic images hidden inside the game, called “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”

Clinton asked the commission to determine “the source of this content,” especially since the game can fall into the hands of young people. The game industry’s self-policing unit, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, is investigating whether the maker of the game violated the industry rule requiring “full disclosure of pertinent content.”

Clinton also asked the commission to look into whether the industry erred in giving the game a rating of M, or mature, for players 17 years and older. National electronics store chains sell M-rated games but tend to avoid adult-only titles.

This bitch is so stupid she actually believes this bit of grandstanding will further her “move to the Right” and better position herself to run for the White House.

Sorry Shillary the fact you complain about an “M” rating vice an Adult rating shows how stupid you really are. The voters she is attempting to woo over to “her side” won’t be fooled by her crass attempt to further federal intrusion into the family home. Stay the hell out! If Shillary wants to regulate anything she can do it in her own “village.” not mine.

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Terror in the Streets

At a time when all eyes are on London it might be instructive to view a slice of the Arab press this week.

Many of the leftest moonbats and appeasement monkeys would have you believe yesterdays strike in London is fueled by America’s foreign policies and Prime Minister Blair’s steadfast refusal to abandon America or President Bush.

But what truly fuels the terror in the streets and kills innocents by the thousands? The major portion of it comes from hate and an idealology of hate for anything in the West. The jihadist cut throats desire is to have every daughter in the West uneducated and circumsized. They want every Western symbol destroyed and reverted to somewhere in the 2nd century as was Afghanistan prior to the defeat of the Talaban. Victor Hanson nails it when he adds this.

Failed states in the Middle East — autocratic, statist, unfree, intolerant of women and other religions — blame the West for their self-inflicted miseries. Sometimes they are theocratic, like the late Taliban or the current Iranian mullahs. But more often they are dictatorial like the Syrians, Pakistanis, Saudis, or Egyptians, who all, in varying degrees and in lieu of reform, have come to accommodations with the terrorists to shift popular anguish onto the West and the Jews.

That is the Petri dish of Islamic fascism, an evil that will only disappear when the dictatorships that allow it or nourish it do as well. Whether the jihadists are in Iraq, the United States, or Europe, they all share a sick notion that someone else (the decadent Western oppressor and unbeliever) is responsible for their own poverty and backwardness rather than the fundamentalism, corruption, bias, and intolerance endemic to the Middle East.

One of the strongest jihadist cut throats allies is the Islamic Press. The Arabic Weekly Al-Ahram is a prime example. This week they have choosen to publish an account of an Al-Azhar approved 19th century biography of Prophet Mohamed. Nothing unusual in that, except, the author is a distant relative of President Bush.

Apparently the relationship to the current Bush isn’t in dispute but frankly I could care less. The only relevance a century old tome has today is Al-Azhar and Al-Ahram attempting to smear President Bush with a very wide and tenuous brush. No better example is this passage from the Al-Ahram article:

Islamic thinker Abdel-Rahman Abdallah El-Sheikh, who translated the text and provided the additional commentary, said, “the book is particularly interesting because it is part of the Library of Congress’s collection, and was written by a fifth generation great grandfather of [President] Bush; as such, it provides a clue of how the world’s ’emperor’ thinks.”

Someone tell me how that provides any “clue?” Is President Bush channeling his five times removed great grandfather?

Or is it another example of the Arabic press dredging up anything and everything to divert attention from the real problems in the Arab world?

I know where I lay my bets.

Cross posted On the Third Hand

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Whether true or not the public’s vision of a sinking ship usually includes scenes of rats jumping overboard in an effort to save themselves.

In the case of Philippine President Arroyo and her sinking ship of State it appears as though she has pre-empted the “rats.” All day yesterday the country was awash in rumors some of Arroyo’s Cabinet members would be resigning in protest over allegations of election rigging.

Last night in an address over state run radio she called for the resignations of her entire cabinet and remained steadfast in her determination to stay in office. “First of all, I am not resigning my office,” Arroyo said. “At the same time, I will restructure and strengthen the Cabinet. I am asking the entire Cabinet to tender their resignations.”

She said her new Cabinet would have a free hand in governance while she focuses on fundamental changes to the constitution and the political system. How a mass resignation and re-naming of new cabinet members would alleviate the current political pressure is certainly debatable. It all smacks of a desparation move on her part. It’s also doubtful it would improve her current standing with the public. A poll released Wednesday showed only two of every 10 Filipinos still trust Arroyo and nearly half believe she should no longer be president.

Until last nights radio address most members of Arroyo’s cabinet have repeatedly expressed support for the president. No longer. Friday morning, in a hastly called press conference, several Philippine cabinet officials led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said they have asked President Gloria Arroyo to step down and allow Vice President Noli De Castro to take over the country’s leadership. Also present were Trade and Industry Secretary Juan Santos, Budget and Management Secretary Emilia Boncodin, Education Secretary Florencio Abad, Social Welfare Development Secretary Corazon Soliman and Agrarian Reform Secretary Rene Villa.

The heads of the government’s main revenue collection agencies, Guillermo Parayno of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Alberto Lina of the Bureau of Customs, also quit. Shortly after, Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla announced he has resigned.

Within the last hour (13:30 PST) former president Cory Aquino, a long time ally of Arroyo, has also called for Arroyo’s resignation and to shift power to the Vice President. In short she said it would be in the best interests of the country if Arroyo stepped aside and avoided either an impeachment trail or another reoccurence of the all too familiar “people’s power” revolt in the streets of Manila.

As yet the major newspapers, other than reporting the news, have remained clear of the controversy. I suspect within a few days and with pressure building one of them will break ranks and call for Arroyo’s resignation also.

As an aside, I say Woo-Who! This is like getting a pay raise, the peso has lost value in the last two weeks and now sits at P56.45 to one US dollar. When it hits 65 to the dollar I’ve got a nice little stash to cash in.

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Consider this headline: “Arroyo may end up executed on the streets.” Of course it should be taken with a grain of salt, the statement was issued by a Philippine communist party spokesman.

Accusations that Mrs. Arroyo’s family received illegal-gambling payoffs and that she cheated in the election have plunged her government into crisis, prompting opposition calls for her resignation.

“The main issue now is how to speed up the ouster of [Mrs. Arroyo],”

Gregorio Rosal, a spokesman for the Communist Party of the Philippines—the rebels’ political wing—told DZMM radio.

“What we see is that if [Mrs. Arroyo] does not resign . . . she most probably will be forcefully booted out by the people, and the worst thing is she may meet the same fate as the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, who were toppled and executed in the streets,” said Rosal.

Meanwhile, back inside the “official government”, such as it is, Major Jason Aquino of the Army Scout Rangers was relieved as operations chief of the paratrooper unit on Sunday. Major Aquino was sacked for “politicking” after it was found out that he was the source of a pamphlet being distributed to the ranks that openly questioned Ms Arroyo’s administration.

Maj Gen Romeo Dominguez, meanwhile, quit his post as commanding general of the military’s northern Luzon command, just two days after one of his men was linked to destabilisation plots against Ms Arroyo.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s husband, accused of taking illegal gambling payoffs, left for the United States on Wednesday after his stay in Hong Kong. Amid a political storm over election rigging and other scandals that has threatened his wife’s stay in office he was summarily “tossed” out of the Philippines last week by his beloved Commander-in-Chief Hubby.

And there is this quote: “She will forever be hounded by people’s questions about her moral ascendancy and legitimacy to lead this country,” the statement said. “The most honorable thing for her to do now is to resign.”

Care to guess who it is attributed to? Nevermind, I love being the spoiler, it was issued by The Protestant National Council of Churches in the Philippines. NCCP chairman Most Rev. Ignacio Soliba uttered it in their demand for Pres. Arroyo’s resignation.

Me thinks if she has lost the church my prediction of a Christmas, at the latest, end to “Ate Glo’s” presidency is a wee bit overly optimistic.

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No one ever said you had to have the mind of a nuclear physicist to be a jihadist cut throat. Although some are highly educated, 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta being an example, most are of modest intelligence and are led around in cult like fashion by those above.

My question is, just how much brain power does it take paint your safe house with anti-coalition slogans and still expect to keep your cache of weapons safe from the prying eyes of the U.S. Military? I suspect not very much.

A random knock-and-search operation in an area west of the Risalah neighborhood led the patrol to a house with anti-Coalition writing on the outside.

A full search of the house yielded the following items: one U.S. body armor vest, two load-bearing vests for AK-47 rifles, eight rocket-propelled grenade triggers, one RPG pouch, one detonator, four AK-47s, two improvised RPG/rocket launchers, two 82mm mortars, two 82mm mortar tripods, 20 rocket primers, 11 RPG propellants, three RPGs, 17 grenade fuses, 12 AK-47 magazines, four AK-47 stocks, an expended 1,000-round RPK belt, more than 1,000 RPK rounds (both expended and live), 300 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a large amount of propaganda materials, various improvised explosive device-making materials, welding supplies, two 60mm mortars, one 60mm mortar tripod, 10 grenades, one modified ammo box, three new Iraqi Police uniforms, three bullet-proof windows and one rifle scope.

It’s good to know the Darwin theory of survival of the fittest works for jihadist cut throats also.

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That includes the likes of Fat Boy Teddy Kennedy and any others that utter the word “quagmire.”

Here is the world’s real quagmire, a UN administrated one.

Three nearly simultaneous blasts rocked downtown Pristina in Kosovo late Saturday, one of them targeting the United Nations mission headquarters, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The two other blasts went off near a Kosovo government building and a building housing the offices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE.

Six years after the Clinton/Albight war to “free” Kosovo it remains UN protectorate with no operating government and with Kosovars still seeking an independent state. The seemingly endless delays over UN sponsored final-status talks are only causing deep frustration and resentment.

The West (read EU) and the UN have mostly sat around and waited for events to play themselves out in any political direction. As a result of turning this matter over to Turtle Bay a true “quagmire” has been created.

But you’ll never hear Kennedy or other UN apologists admit that.

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Sometimes everyone does or says something stupid for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes the reason is you reside somewhere near the end of the food chain along with aoemebas and other one celled creatures. A case in point.

Nancy Pelosi was asked to comment on the recent Supreme Court Kelo decision. That ruling allows State legislatures to exercise eminent domain to seize private land and transfer it to other private ownership for the purpose of increasing local tax revenues.

Senator Jon Cornyn has announced he will introduce legislation to restrict the use of federal funds for projects like as those involved in the Kelo case. A reporter asked the House Democratic leader her thoughts on the Kelo decision and the potential Cornyn bill to limit Federal funds. Here is the exchange, you tell my how many brain cells Pelosi has.

Question: Later this morning, many Members of the House Republican leadership, along with John Cornyn from the Senate, are holding a news conference on eminent domain, the decision of the Supreme Court the other day, and they are going to offer legislation that would restrict it, prohibiting federal funds from being used in such a manner.

Two questions: What was your reaction to the Supreme Court decision on this topic, and what do you think about legislation to, in the minds of opponents at least, remedy or changing it?

Ms. Pelosi. As a Member of Congress, and actually all of us and anyone who holds a public office in our country, we take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Very central to that in that Constitution is the separation of powers. I believe that whatever you think about a particular decision of the Supreme Court, and I certainly have been in disagreement with them on many occasions, it is not appropriate for the Congress to say we’re going to withhold funds for the Court because we don’t like a decision.

Question: Not on the Court, withhold funds from the eminent domain purchases that wouldn’t involve public use. I apologize if I framed the question poorly. It wouldn’t be withholding federal funds from the Court, but withhold Federal funds from eminent domain type purchases that are not just involved in public good.

Ms. Pelosi. Again, without focusing on the actual decision, just to say that when you withhold funds from enforcing a decision of the Supreme Court you are, in fact, nullifying a decision of the Supreme Court. This is in violation of the respect for separation of church – powers in our Constitution, church and state as well. Sometimes the Republicans have a problem with that as well. But forgive my digression.

So the answer to your question is, I would oppose any legislation that says we would withhold funds for the enforcement of any decision of the Supreme Court no matter how opposed I am to that decision. And I’m not saying that I’m opposed to this decision, I’m just saying in general.

I won’t bother laying out just how stupid this woman is, any clear thinking person can see for themselves. Something this mental midget isn’t!

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