Monday, October 31, 2005

Department of Defense announced today the recommended mailing dates

Received this email via DOD in regards to holiday mailing dates for military forces overseas. Send early to ensure delivery.

NEWS RELEASE No. 1105-05, Dated Oct 31, 2005

The Department of Defense announced today the recommended mailing dates to ensure that holiday cards and packages for service members arrive overseas intime for the holiday season.
"To ensure delivery ... to military APO/FPO addresses overseas and to international addresses, we suggest mail be sent by the recommended dates provided by the U.S. Postal Service," said Mark DeDomenic, the assistant deputy director and chief of operations for the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA). "Beat the last minute rush by bringing your mail to your post office by these suggested dates."
Military Mail Addressed To:
  1. Express Mail® Military Service (EMMS)1/_
  2. First-Class Mail Letters/Cards__
  3. Priority Mail__
  4. Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/__
  5. Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/__
  6. Parcel Post_
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092

  • Dec 19
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 3
  • Nov 26
  • Nov 12
APO/FPO AE ZIP 093

  • N/A
  • Dec5
  • Dec 5
  • Dec 3
  • Nov 26
  • Nov 12

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098

  • Dec 19
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 3
  • Nov 26
  • Nov 12
APO/FPO AA ZIPs 340

  • Dec 19
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 3
  • Nov 26
  • Nov 12
APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966

  • Dec 19
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 10
  • Dec 3
  • Nov 26
  • Nov 12
  1. EMMS: Express Mail Military Service is available to selected military post offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service isavailable to your APO/FPO of address.
  2. PAL: PAL is a special service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
  3. SAM: Parcels paid at Parcel Post postage rates are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined.
DoD requests that those who send mail use the service member's full name (with or without rank or rating), unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office orFleet Post Office) address with the nine-digit ZIP code (if one is assigned) and a return address. For packages, mailers are asked to print on one side only with the recipient's address in the lower right portion.

Packages must not be mailed in boxes that have markings related to any type of hazardous material, such as bleach, alcohol, or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by the U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed. Instead, they will be handled as non-mailable matter - regardless of the contents or what is listed on the U.S. Customs form.

While there are specific restrictions for each five-digit military post office ZIP code (APO/FPO), it is prohibited to mail the following items to the CENTCOM region: obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes,etc.); pork or pork by-products; alcoholic beverages; any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or unauthorized political materials. Although religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith are prohibited in bulk quantities, items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible.

There may be size restrictions and customs declaration form requirements to some locations as mail going through the MPSA can be subject to thehost country customs requirements. The time to deliver varies depending on the category of mail and the country of destination. Delivery may also take longer when armed forces are on the move during periods of heightened activity.

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Cross-posted at: The Bosun on MSN, Navy Corner, The Bosun Locker at Blogspot

Bush Chooses Judge Sam Alito

Today, Monday, President Bush has nominated Judge Sam Alito to be on the Supreme Court. The Democrats already have their fangs out, while the Conservatives are happy.

Judge Alito has been on the 3rd District Court of Appeals since 1990. He has a nickname of "Scalito" and "Scalia-lite." He is a polite, reserved and even-tempered man. He is a former prosecutor and government attorney who has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court.
Wasting no time, Alito went to the Capitol shortly after the announcement to meet Senate leaders. Accompanied by two of his children and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Alito paused first to pay his respects at the coffin of the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in the Capitol rotunda. [read more]
The rest of The Monitor's article sounds like a rally cry for Democrats. Of course, it is an AP article. Have a nice day.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

After Quake, Terrorists Hit India

There has been a series of Indo-Pak peace talks over the past 2 1/2 years. They have been moving slowly along, but with the largest earthquake that caused over 80,000 deaths, the talks may not be negatively affectly affected by today's 3 simultaneous bombs in the town of Delhi, India. Fifty-eight were killed, and many more were injured, so far.

These terrorist attacks are thought to have been the work of separatists in the Kasmir area whom do not approve of any peace in the area.

The Pawtucker Times online has a wonderful account of the day's happenings. Not that it was a wonderful day. Indeed, it was anything but! It is just covered well. Video included.

More Photo Doctoring and the left wing agenda


I first heard about this story several days ago in Little Green Footballs by was of Orbusmax. Apparently Shoreline Community College , a brief 15 minute drive from the left coast city of Seattle, is having an Artist and Lecture Series in November. Shoreline Community College invited Ward Churchill to speak at the event.

Either they (Shoreline Community College) or Churchill supplied a very interesting promotion picture for the event. The only thing is, the picture appears to be altered from Churchill's original gun toting picture. The left coast liberals of King County, tripped over their feet again. Imagine a gun toting radial appearing at a left coast agenda affair. After national attention, Shoreline has done the "right thing" by pulling the picture from their website.
It was those darn conservatives who spoiled a left coast agenda art and lecture show. Darn, darn, darn the conservative right.
And, to think that no one would catch the manipulation. Thank goodness for the blogosphere. This whole thing started when a guy named Michael alerted a great blogging site Little Green Footballs. Orbusmax picked it up and published the original story, locally. World Net Daily caught wind of the story and gave it national exposure. And, the MSM was sleeping at it's keyboard. Perhaps it was not newsworthy for such an elite bunch of yahoos.

My questions are: Is this another one of Churchill's sleigh of hands, or, is it a manipulation by the left coast liberal agenda? Did the college doctor the photograph of gun-toting Ward Churchill? And, to backtrack to earlier this week, why did USA Today alter a photograph of Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice? Is all of this a part of the left wing agenda to alter perceptions and public opinion?

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Cross-posted: The Bosun Locker, http://thebosunlocker.blogspot.com/.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Liberals lecture Bush on Mainstream Values?


I received Rick Robert's newsletter this afternoon that included an article: Liberals are advising the President the he must nominate someone with Mainstream Values. That got me to thinking. How does our most liberal agenda know what mainstream values are.

To me, a jurist with "mainstream values" is a person who is fair-minded and represents a constitutionally centered approach to our laws and values. However, I have seen our black robes legislate from the bench a freedom from religion, not freedom of religion as is clearly outlined in our constitution. Is not mainstream values all about protecting life, marriage, family, faith and freedom? Liberals are trying to redefine marriage and overhauling the rest. What was once right is now wrong. Liberal tolerance and political correctness is neither liberal nor tolerant. And, political correctness is only correct if you are on the side of those who define correctness.

Rick posed a question "Do they even know what that is?" You can read more on Rick's take on mainstream and the liberal agenda. Link to Rick Roberts Mainstream Values


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Cross Posted at: Bos'uns Locker

More On The 2000

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin:

On Wednesday, the NYTimes published a 4,625-word opus on the "2,000 dead" milestone - a "grim mark," read the headline - on page A2. Among those profiled were Marines from the First Battalion of the Fifth Marine Regiment, including Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr. Starr, of Snohomish, Washington, died from small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He died on May 30, 2005 at the age of 22.

This was Jeff's third tour in Iraq; he was there for the battle of Baghdad at the beginning of the war and fought in Fallujah during his second tour. Just before he left for his third tour of duty in Iraq he was asked what he thought about going back the third time. He said: "If we (Americans) don't do this (free the Iraqi people from tyranny) who will? No one else can."

Here's an excerpt from the Times' passage about Cpl. Starr:

Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. "I kind of predicted this," Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. "A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances."


Hmmm. Sounds ominous. Sounds like he never should have gone back. Maybe it would have been better if hadn't re-enlisted. Maybe the world would have been better if he had become an anti-war protestor instead.

But as for the NYTimes, it's always more informative for what it leaves out than for what it puts in. Let's see the rest of the letter:

Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.


Much different. Here we see that Marine Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr really believed in his mission, that he was not just taking orders. He saw himself as part of a selective few that are really making a difference in the world, and for the better. We see a man of courage and conviction. We see a real Man.

He rejected a $24,000 bonus to re-enlist; that's the kind of Marine, the kind of American, the kind of Man Jeffrey B. Starr. Wouldn't it be great if us "back home" could have the same level of committment he had.

Nearly 3,000 Iraqi Police Graduate from Training

There has been a lot of progress in Iraq and it will take time for the mission to be completed. Iraq is fighting for its right to exist, and the Iraqi people are stepping up to the plate. Their military is getting stronger, their police are being trained, and the Iraqis have been able to cast their popular vote two times already. Our mainstream media (MSM) focuses on the negative as does our most liberal left agenda. The liberal left would like to see Iraq fail because that justifies their hating President Bush and wanting to see him fail. What you have is "Sports Bar Politics."

Anyway, just wanted to share with you the following news article from Iraq compliments of: American Forces Press Service:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2005 – A total of 2,939 new police officers graduated from basic police training courses throughout Iraq and in Jordan this week, military officials reported…Nine hundred twenty-four recruits graduated from the Baghdad Police College; 190 from the Sulaymaniyah Regional Academy; 244 from the Mosul Police Academy; and 1,581 from the Jordan International Police Training Center, officials said…..To date, more than 50,800 Iraqi police have completed the basic training course, officials said. An additional 37,000 police officers have completed a three-week Transitional Integration Program developed for serving police with little or no basic training…More (From a Mulitnational Security Transition Command Iraq news release)

Cross post: The Bosun Locker, Navy Corner

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Investigations into UN Uncover Ties to al Qaeda

There is an article today in the Wall Street Journal's opinionjournal.com that is rather chilling, if you have not been following Ms. Rosett's hard, long, and relentless work. She is an example of how to be a great journalist.

Please read her article today, if you care about the future of the USA. It is very insightful and scary. Thank you, and have a great day.

White Sox Sweep

The Chicago White Sox have swept the World Series. Four games and it's all over. I'd like to make a few observations.

1. It could have been anyone's win on all four games.
2. It was a very riveting 4 games.
3. It was nice to see some "normal" teams play for a change.
4. Houston Astros played well, and they will be a contender for next year as well.

Congratulations White Sox fans. Great series, White Sox and Astros. Thank you.

Miers Withdraws Nomination

Today Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court upon continuing pressure from the comservatives whom worked so hard to re-elect President Bush. He has promised to quickly select a replacement.

Senate Democrats are accusing the president of bowing to mounting pressure from the "radical right wing of the Republican Party."

The Eagle has a different opinion about this action. If you would like a good laugh to show your relief and understanding of why this happened, go read it. Have a good day.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Press Release: Take Back the Memorial

Alliance of Major 9/11 Family Groups Calls on LMDC to Fulfill Gov. Pataki’s Mandate
New York, N.Y.—October 26, 2005—The alliance of 15 major 9/11 family groups calls upon the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and its chairman, John Whitehead, to move forward with Governor George E. Pataki’s historic mandate that the World Trade Center Memorial and memorial quadrant be solely devoted to honoring the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001 and telling the story of that day and of those who came to our aid, as well as the story of the first attack on the Trade Center in 1993. [read more].

What's Going On In Iran

Hat tip to The Captain's Quarters:

We find this jewel courtesy of MSNBC via the Associated Press:

Updated: 7:31 a.m. ET Oct. 26, 2005

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran’s hard-line president called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and said a new wave of Palestinian attacks will destroy the Jewish state, state-run media reported Wednesday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also denounced attempts to recognize Israel or normalize relations with it.

“There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world,” Ahmadinejad told students Wednesday during a Tehran conference called “The World without Zionism.”

“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world,” Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad also repeated the words of the founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who called for the destruction of Israel.

“As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map,” said Ahmadinejad, who came to power in August.


And there are those right here in the US that want us to treat Iran with peace and grace. No war at any cost.

Guess what, you little Einsteins, after Israel is destroyed can you image who would be next on their little Hit List?

News from around the world 10/25/2005

These stories are not in any particular order.

A giant amonst Giants has died at age 82, leaving behind a legacy of true patriotism. Instead of keeping all the profits of his team, he shared with the whole league making it one of the best and most loved by me. The NFL.

Why destablizing the Middle East, short-term, may be a good thing.

This would be funny, if it didn't cost lives. Accuse the accusers. Britain v. Iran.

Iran is banning all trade between England and South Korea (so they won't see the trade Iran is doing with North Korea for their missiles!) [Ebrahim Sheibani] said that political developments will affect the economic situation, adding that the country has not severed trade ties with Britain and South Korea

Supposedly, Iranian classified secrets have been leaked to outside world for more than 10 years. Let's hope so. At the same time, let us also hope the CIA, DIA, FBI, and all other alphabet soup organizations get a hold of them and BELIEVE what is right in front of their faces.

Another Soldier faces prison. He is now in the appeals process. Please visit Defend the Defenders.

Two Soldiers receive the Silver Star. One for fighting in Iraq, the other for fighting in Viet Nam.

Ahmadinejad has said: "Political pressure on us might increase but ultimately Westerners are forced to accept our stance...Putting the centrifuges to work will change all the equations and it will allow us to take over the world and will give us supremacy.

Iran Will Launch Satellite next week with help from Russia. It will be launched from Central Russia. Nice, eh?

The situation in Darfur, Sudan is deteriorating. Please help by joining Save Darfur, and contacting your servants, better known as your Congressmen and Senators!

Seventy-nine percent of Iraqis voted for the new Iraqi Constitution.

Hat tip to Daily Briefing on Iran, JB's Sanctuary, and former Marine 2nd Lt. Ilaraio Pantano's Mother.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Mrs. Rosa Lee Parks: Feb. 4, 1913-Oct. 24, 2005

Mrs. Rosa Lee Parks died today of natural causes in her Detroit, Michigan home. She will always be remembered for her refusal to give her seat on the bus to a white man.

In 1955, Jim Crow laws (which had been in place since the end of the Civil War) were still alive in our country. 1955. Many people have the wrong impression that she was just tired, so she didn't want to get up. This is grossly mistaken. She did not get up, because she believed that everyone had the right to sit where they wanted. And she is right.

This started a 381 day bus strike. No black people rode the bus. I'll bet that hurt their pockets. Good for all of you! This is an injustice I am very grateful to Rosa Parks I did not have to grow up to learn.

I was fortunate to grow up in a home and country where we were taught that all people have worth and to respect them. All people are human. All people deserve freedom. All people bleed red. Yes. I was one of the lucky ones. This is not to say that everything is just peachy now. It is not, but it is a lot better.

Rosa Parks's seemingly small act of civil disobedience brought the Civil Rights movement to the fore. It culminated in 1964 with the signing of the federal Civil Rights Act, which bans the discrimination of people because their race. [read more].

God bless you, Mrs. Parks, and may you rest in peace.

Dhimmitude and Appeasment with International Courts

I have said all this before, but, I do not want to leave any loose ends on this International and Foreign Court Jurisdiction thing. It sounds to me that the Canadian courts still are pursing it (the criminal case). Kind of like the Spanish Court issuing an arrest warrant for those three United States Army tank soldiers who fired on the New Palestinian Hotel and inadvertently killed the journalist and camera man in 2003. The foreign court can make wacky rulings.

As reported by the Associated Press last week, a Spanish judge issues International Arrest Warrants for three United States service members whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war that killed a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman, a court official said Wednesday. Spain conceded that it will be difficult to arrest those three individuals because they are not in Spain. Apparently, prior requests to interview those three individuals, Sgt. Shawn Gibson, cap. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, whose tank fired on the Hotel Palestine in April 2003, were not granted and the United States did not respond to Spanish requests.The article also indicated that on of the military personnel, De Camp, said that the United States two military investigations and one investigation by the Committee to Protect Journalists had exonerated all three men.

Apparently Spain can prosecute individuals who commit crimes against Spanish citizens abroad if there is no investigation regarding the alleged crime. In news release by Committee to Protect Journalists released in 2003:

Quote: “A Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) investigation into the incident—based on interviews with about a dozen reporters who were at the scene, including two embedded journalists who monitored the military radio traffic before and after the shelling occurred—suggests that attack on the journalists, while not deliberate, was avoidable. CPJ has learned that Pentagon officials, as well as commanders on the ground in Baghdad, knew that the Palestine Hotel was full of international journalists and were intent on not hitting it. However, these senior officers apparently failed to convey their concern to the tank commander who fired on the hotel.”

The Spanish judge appeared to have discounted United States military investigations and also discounted the investigation conducted by Committee to Protect Journalists which is contrary to Spanish Law.

Guess those liberals over there (Spain) do the same irrational and wacky things our liberal lawyers and judges do over here in the United States. Sounds to me that Spain may be splitting straws on this case.

Back to Vancouver Canada; guess that the courts in Vancouver will start hearing this case in November. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess. Theoretically, if the court rules against our President, it is a mute issue, unless he visits the province of British ColumbiaNow I would not discount the European Union and the United Nations in general, and many of our adversaries as they start to get together.

With the entire yahoo liberals out there are trying to start this "Global Village" concept. When there is liberalism, you better believe there is a good old socialist trying to figure out how to take away rights.

Case in point, that was not really covered by our MSM on October 6th,"Breaking America's grip on the net"By Kieren McCarthy, Thursday October 6, 2005, Posted in The Guardian

"After troubled negotiations in Geneva, the US may be forced to relinquish control of the internet to a coalition of governments....Hendon explained the EU had decided to end the US government's unilateral control of the internet and put in place a new body that would now run this revolutionary communications medium..... A number of countries represented in Geneva, including Brazil, China, Cuba, Iran and several African states, insisted the US give up control, but it refused.....so the EU took a bold step and proposed changes....There are still dozens of unanswered questions but all the answers are pointing the same way: international governments deciding the internet's future. The internet will never be the same again." Read More

So, now we got the EU and our adversaries ganging up together to get control over what they want along with the world court, Spanish Court, and other foreign courts.

Canada is still basically ok. I doubt that the criminal case against President Bush is going to go anywhere, THIS TIME. But, you darn well know that the liberal left will be back to mess with President Bush, raise cane with our war on terror and do damage to us protecting ourselves.And the liberal lefts are also a bunch of appeasers and apologist that would just as soon Dhimmitude an agreement with the Osama's "religion of peace." The EU, our adversaries, and many third world countries are threatened by our free and open society. We have a lot of rat female dogs out there still saying it was our fault that 9/11 happened. So, the wacko left is trying to force what they can and try to knock us off the hill when they can.

These yahoos and or liberal dhimmis will keep trying to bend and mold the laws to global village. This is a good lesson on how these liberal yahoos going to do it, through liberal courts. Just take a look, we got the 9th "circus court" in California and all the other yahoo liberal boloney that comes out of other courts around our country.

The courts are still trying to legislate us out of the war on terror and put a crimp in how we deal with terrorist. Remember our “Dirty Bomb California Gang Banger Padilla” almost walked because of liberal courts. This global village crowd would rather do things with world consensus and Kumby Ya. We better be on guard and stay away from the world court and global village.

I wonder how many of our own congressmen and senators support global village and world court rules? Dhimmitude runs deep. That question requires more research and will have to wait for another blog later on down the road.

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Canadian Lawyer's Attempt to Prosecute President Bush

Vancouver (CANADA) lawyer has won a procedural victory in her attempt to prosecute U.S. President George W. Bush under the Criminal Code

I kid you not, there appeared to be not even peeped in our (United States) liberal MSM on the correct side of the border. Maybe because it was far too wacky to print in our press. It is bad enough living in the Pacific Northwest, "left coast," I also have to live south of the biggest "liberalsville" that I have ever seen. Living here is sometimes sad, sorry, and at times comical with the antics of the liberal left.

I found this wacky article through Orbusmax , kind of a Drudge Report of the Pacific Northwest. With friends like these Canadian lawyers, et al, who needs enemies. Folks, these Canadian leftists north of our border are talking like this about Our President of the United States.

Thought you'd like to read it, stratch your heads, and perhaps comment on the wonderful world of liberalism and the mental disorders that go along with their disease:

Bush Publication Ban Lifted
By Matthew Burrows
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2005

A Vancouver (CANADA) lawyer has won a procedural victory in her attempt toprosecute U.S. President George W. Bush under the Criminal Code. Gail Davidson, cofounder of an international group of jurists called Lawyers Against the War, expressed her delight on October 18 following the lifting of a publication ban on court proceedings against the U.S. president....As a private citizen, she charged him with seven counts of counselling, aiding, and abetting torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay naval base. She had her charges accepted by a justice of the peace in Vancouver Provincial Court....Bush faces prison time if the case goes to trial and he is found guilty....Link to the rest of the story: Bush publication ban lifted

Cross-posted: Love America First, The Bos'un Locker

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Not Since the Nazi Era Has There Been Anything Like al-Qaeda

I received the information in this post by email from The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). MEMRI is an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East. Their special dispatches have very good background analysises of the Middle East. Please visit MEMRI TV to view recently translated segments from Arab and Iranian TV.

Special Dispatch - Iraq/Reform Project, October 21, 2005 No. 1010

Bahraini Journalist: Not Since the Nazi Era Has There Been Anything Like Al-Qaeda's Declaration of War on the Shi'ites in IraqIn an article on the liberal website www.elaph.com, 'Omran Salman, a Bahraini journalist living in the U.S., criticizes the Sunni silence over the extermination of the Shi'ites in Iraq.

The following are excerpts:(1)

"Aren't the Arabs Ashamed When Some of Them Massacre Iraqi Citizens?"

"When the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke, there was not a single Arab who did not express the opinion that it was a despicable, mean [act] contrary to humanist values. They are right about this. But these people swiftly forgot their humanism and sealed their lips when the Jordanian terrorist Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi declared war against the Shi'ites in Iraq, and began to dispatch his booby-trapped soldiers to blow themselves up among children, women, and the elderly. None of those [who denounced the Abu Ghraib scandal] uttered a word and none shed a tear for the hundreds and thousands of Iraqis being murdered and whose bodies are being mutilated.

"The first to denounce [the Abu Ghraib scandal] were the Americans themselves, who thought that the acts of some of their soldiers distorted the image of the U.S. and served as a mark of shame..."

But don't the Arabs feel an even greater sense of shame when some of them kill and massacre Iraqi citizens? Don't the rest [of the people] feel pangs of conscience when they try to come up with excuses and justifications for the murderers and criminals whom they call the 'resistance?' How can someone outraged at the torture of or disrespect for another person be silent and ignore [Al-Zarqawi's] declaration of the [program of] extermination of millions of people because of their sectarian affiliation?

"How is one to [describe] the Arab silence [in general] and the Sunni [silence] in particular in light of the murder of Shi'ite Iraqis and their intimidation in the most despicable and base of ways?... After all, the murderers declare their positions publicly, brag about them, and consider them Jihad for the sake of Allah. [Even] if what has happened does not stir up the regular Arab citizen - who has been brainwashed, and whose will has been totally eroded - how is one to explain [this same position when it is adopted by] politicians and members of the media?

"Al-Qaeda is Waging a War of Collective Extermination Against the Shi'ites in Iraq

"What can we say in light of the attitude of the Arab media [in general] and the Arab satellite channels in particular, which report the killings, the slaughters, and the suicide bombings among Iraqi citizens coolly, treating them as routine events [and] as part of what has been termed 'the series of [acts of] violence in Iraq?'

"The war being waged by the Al-Qaeda organization and the terrorists against the Shi'ites in Iraq is among the acts of collective extermination, which is rare in modern history. There has been no case in the past in which somebody has declared a similar war against a race or a group as a whole, except [for the case of] Nazi Germany against the Jews...

"The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq and similar [bodies] in Arab countries have issued dozens of fatwas about current political issues, but have not issued even a single fatwa declaring bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri, or Al-Zarqawi to be infidels because of their killing of the Shi'ites.

"The entire world is witness to [the fact] that the Arabs and the Sunnis are [remaining] silent and standing idly by - and some are even welcoming - the cold-blooded murder of the Shi'ites in Iraq. They will bear this mark of shame for all eternity..."

"The Sunnis Have Persecuted the Shi'ites [And] Declared Them Infidels, and Treat Them as Second-Class Citizens"

"America, at least, has always had the courage to acknowledge its mistakes. It admitted [its] crime of slavery against the blacks, and it took action, and continues to take action, to make amends for that historical crime. But the Sunnis have persecuted the Shi'ites, declared them infidels, and continue to treat them in their countries as second-class citizens. It seems that they are not making do with that, and have returned today to complete what they started in previous centuries.

"In the past they did not acknowledge their persecution of the Shi'ites - and here they are, in the 21st century, continuing their massacres and crimes against them, in full view of the world. Do these people not feel the shame and disgrace that shroud them?"

Endnote:(1) Elaph.com, October 15, 2005.

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Cross-posted: The Bosun Locker

Omid Sheikhan Sentenced to Lashes, Jail Time

Omid Sheikhan has been sentenced by the Iranian court to one year in prison and 124 lashes.

Omid was first arrested last year, confined for two months, including one in solitary confinement, and tortured, due to his blog which featured satire on the Iranian situation.

When he was brought to court on October 8 he faced different charges , due to the fact that even in the Iran judicial system it would have been difficult to convict him on charges relating to his blog. Instead, he faced, and was convicted on, charges stemming from "morals" violations, including "having unlawful relations, drinking wine, corruption of morals (for having a birthday party) and possessing satirical pictures of Iranian politicians."

Now this blogger in his early twenties will be beaten half to death and join Mojtaba Saminejad as a felon in the general prison population. The Iranian government should be as ashamed as the Iranian people no doubt already are. Please sign the petition for Omid.

Omid now faces a second trial, presumably an appeal, not unlike Arash Sigarchi's.

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Please, if you appreciate your freedom to speak as you plese, protest as you please, talk about politicians as you please, sign the petition. We must put pressure on the Iran government to stop imprisoning people due to speech. If we do not stand up for our fellow bloggers, who will be left to stand up for us? Why would they bother?

Please take into consideration that the Iranian government has listened to outer pressure before. They are very concerned about how the world perceives them. Your voice does matter. It does count, but only if it is expressed. Thank you.

Hat tip to Committee to Protect Bloggers.

Friday, October 21, 2005

TV’S Gloomy Take On Iraq

I was down in Fresno for the past few days, and unfortunately did not know the radio stations to well. I scanned the dial several times looking for some familiar favorites. I stumbled across Air America. Boy, listening to that was like listening to a rant from a crazy person. How depressing the left seems to be with their "hate Bush, blame the military, and other biased and negative reporting.

You know, Mainstream Media (MSM) is not to far off from Air America on how they report the news or their ideology. This morning, after I returned home late last night, I was thinking about how gloomy MSM is when they discuss anything related to the Bush administration. It is like they hope that President Bush fails at everything. Giving President Bush credit for anything is like giving venereal disease as far that the left coast is concerned. Anyway, I was checking into Media Research Center website. Lo and behold, a news column written by Brent Bozell. Bozell's column mirrored my thoughts, but, was written far more eloquently that I could write. Guess that is why he is a journalist and I am just an opinionated blogger.

How many constitutional referedums has occurred in the Middle East had in the past 100 years? 6 - 12 years ago who would have believed that words "Arab Constitutional Democracy?" I would have thought that we were all on drugs if I had heard those words uttered. Brent Bozell's column is a made to order reflection of our most liberal and biased press:

They say that news is a man-bites-dog story. In the Middle East, how common is a constitutional referendum? Have they had one in Egypt? Saudi Arabia? Syria? Jordan? Until the last few years, the phrase "Arab constitutional democracy" sounded like a pipe dream or an oxymoron. But the TV news is addicted to the daily bombing. Terrorists are the real assignment editors of American TV news from Iraq. You really should read Bozells' column and his comments on our most liberal and biased press. I cannot take the credit for his work. It sure sounds like he has hit the nail on the head on this one.


You gotta read Bozell's News Column. Selective reporting is the way of the day.

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Cross-posted: The Bosun Locker

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Michael Yon Meets Pundit Review, Again!

Michael Yon is a journalist who has been going to Iraq to cover the war as an independent reporter. His reports are gripping, insightful, lively, and more informative than any other.

He was in Iraq to cover the referendum, and he will be on the Pundit Review this Sunday to talk about the experience and many other things, time permitting.

Pundit Review is a site well written by Kevin. He also has a radio program to bring news to those of us whom are forgotten by the "old" media.
When: Sunday, October 23, 9pm EST
Where: Streaming Live at Boston’s Talk Station, WRKO
Contact: Call us toll free at 877-469-4322
A little more about the radio program: Kevin and Gregg bring "new" media and citizen journalists to the fore. If you visit Kevin's site, you will find the announcement of who will be on the radio that weekend.

These are very nice gentlemen. Well mannered, well educated, and down to earth. Kind of like you and me! Yes, just like that. Have a nice day, and don't forget to tune in! It is going to be an informative, real treat.

Part 2 We reach for the stars,what about everyone else? - Moon, Mars and the stars Beyond

Well here is part 2 as promised


USA

USA has the largest and one of the oldest space research programmes, it is well funded but after the space shuttle disaster it did hit a problem for a while. Hopefully this will be solved soon, as it did seem to be a problem due to lack of innovation, as for a while after moon landing, space work turned away from planet exploration towards shuttle building, which has yet to fully be used. Recently President Bush has called for mission to moon, then leading to manned exploration of the mars and beyond. I actually was quite impressed with this speech, as it was unusually bold and optimistic, where as space programmes are generally avoided by politicians.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040114-3.html

MoonRobotic Landers 2008Human Landings 2015-2020

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/Anniversary_VisMar/index_noaccess.html

MarsUnmanned Robotic Recon Rover 2005Also below are a link to missions that are current in other areas as well

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/timeline/current/current_missions.html

This includes Work on the Space Station to test whether it is possible for people to live in conditions similar to those on mars, concerns over travel conditions on way there as well

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/index.htmlhttp://www.nasa.gov/missions/timeline/index.html

25 year voyagealso below is a link to the voyager missions, which have now gone outside the solar system and are still sending out large amounts of data.

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/

CHINA

This site below produces some very good info on history and immediate plans for China Space exploration. The main focus of China is on improving its ability to independantly reach space, then the moon and finally to establish a permanent base there in long term. Interestingly if this goes according to plan, China will have landed a man on the moon 2010, 5 years from now and 10 years before next US landing is planned.

http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/china.html

also below is a link to other sites related to chinese space exploration, including the main site (luckily it is translated)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3161426.stmhttp://www.cnsa.gov.cn/main_e.asp

also a link to site, covering chinese mission in space. This does appear to be very ambitious and a new space race is very likely very soon. This can only be good for space exploration, which has if not exactly declined, has been less ambitious recently

http://www.cnsa.gov.cn/english/spacye_policy/more.asp

EUROPE

Well first a link to the homepage of the European Space agency

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/index.html

Mostly work on Unmanned space probes and rockets to both mars and the moon, as well as satellites. Mainly dominated by france, but UK does make a contribution as do other members. Also work carried out on International space station.

RUSSIA

Russia space programe was during the 1980s a powerful competitor with NASA and until the break up of the Soviet union was a major industry. Since then it has declined somewhat, but still has highly trained people in it, including from the old MIR space station. It is mainly involved in work on international space station. Perhaps in future it could be more important again.

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/

JAPAN

Below is a link to Japan Space agency

http://www.nasda.go.jp/index_e.html

Basically Japan although a highly advanced nation, it is probably like the UK, too small to pursue a major independant Space Programme, for now.However japan is planning a mission this year to send a small probe to scan the moon, SELENE project.

http://www.nasda.go.jp/projects/mission-in-progress_e.htmlhttp://www.nasda.go.jp/projects/exploration/index_e.html

INDIA

Below is a link to the main Indian Space agency

http://www.isro.org/

India seems to be focusing, for the moment on Satellites and Space Science programmes for immediate future. But further on, India is likely to be the next China in this area.

http://www.isro.org/decade_plan.htm

This is not to forget other countries that are contributing including Brazil and Canada. Also lot of countries contributing at International Space station. The future for space research does look good, perhaps the stars will be reached soon enough

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Foreign Court Jurisdiction over United States Citizens

As reported by the Associated Press today, a Spanish judge issues international arrest warrants for three United States service members whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war that killed a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman, a court official said Wednesday. Spain conceded that it will be difficult to arrest those three individuals because they are not in Spain. Apparently, prior requests to interview those three individuals, Sgt. Shawn Gibson, cap. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, whose tank fired on the Hotel Palestine in April 2003, were not granted and the United States did not respond to Spanish requests.

The article also indicated that on of the military personnel, De Camp, said that the United States two military investigations and one investigation by the Committee to Protect Journalists had exonerated all three men. Apparently Spain can prosecute individuals who commit crimes against Spanish citizens abroad if there is no investigation regarding the alleged crime. In a new release by Committee to Protect Journalists released in 2003,
"A Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) investigation into the incident—based on interviews with about a dozen reporters who were at the scene, including two embedded journalists who monitored the military radio traffic before and after the shelling occurred—suggests that attack on the journalists, while not deliberate, was avoidable. CPJ has learned that Pentagon officials, as well as commanders on the ground in Baghdad, knew that the Palestine Hotel was full of international journalists and were intent on not hitting it.However, these senior officers apparently failed to convey their concern to the tank commander who fired on the hotel."

The Spanish judge appears to discount United States military investigations and also discounted the investigation conducted by Committee to Protect Journalists. Sounds to me that Spain may be splitting straws on this case.

Recall, not long ago, the World Court assumed jurisdiction over a case (not related to the above case) when it issued its first World Court Arrest Warrant. At the time, I pointed out that we may be headed down a slippery slope on the issuing international arrest warrants by foreign courts or the World Court. It appears to me that there is potential for abuse of power with other countries imposing jurisdiction and the world court imposing jurisdiction. The UN cannot even get to the bottom of the corrupt UN oil for food program, let alone administer objective court hearings.

In 2003 Howard N. Meyer, in an article in History News Network posed a question that isn't it time we rejoin the world court? Apparently we (United States) left in 1986 because we were concerned with jurisdictional matters and did not want to relinquish sovereignty over of our citizens. Apparently we (United States) left in 1986 because we were concerned with jurisdictional matters and did not want to relinquish sovereignty over of our citizens. Mr. Meyer is a liberalist who would rather go along with world opinion rather than state sovereignty.

If it is possible for barratry to occur? Should we blindly go along with the UN, World Court, or other foreign court proceedings? Is Howard N. Meyers on track or off track? How do you feel about compulsory jurisdiction? Could world court or other foreign court jurisdiction result in frivolous or politically motivated requests for prosecution?

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Cross-posted: The Bosun Locker, Navy Corner.

Part 1 We reach for the stars, will Britain go there? - Moon, Mars and the stars Beyond

Well I am planning to post this in two parts as it is quite long, so here goes. This part focuses on the UK, while the next part will cover other nations programmes

Well an interesting report was released by Royal Astronomical Society recently calling for the UK to support manned space missions

The main conclusions of the RAS report are below

* The essential scientific case for Human Space Exploration is based on investigations on the Moon and Mars. There are three key scientific challenges where direct human involvement will be necessary for a timely and successful outcome:
- Mapping the history of the solar system (including the young Earth) and the evolution of our Sun by studying the unique signatures left on and beneath the lunar surface;
- The search for life on Mars;- Detailed, planet-wide exploration of Mars.

* Scientific missions to the Moon and Mars will address questions of profound interest to the human race. These include: the origins and history of the solar system; whether life is unique to Earth; and how life on Earth began. If our close neighbour, Mars, is found to be devoid of life, important lessons may be learned regarding the future of our own planet.

* While the exploration of the Moon and Mars can and is being addressed by unmanned missions, the capabilities of robotic spacecraft will fall well short of those of human explorers for the foreseeable future.

* Assuming a human presence, the Moon offers an excellent site for astronomy, with the far-side and polar regions of the Moon being shielded from the "pollution" from Earth.

* Medical science will benefit from studying the human physiological response to low and zero gravity, to the effects of radiation and in the psychological challenge posed by a long-duration mission to Mars.

* There appear to be no fundamental technological barriers to sending humans to the Moon or Mars.

* A major international human space exploration programme involving a return to the Moon and the longer term aim of sending humans to Mars is likely to involve the US, Europe, Russia and Japan. There are also growing ambitions in China and India. Under present government policy the UK would not be involved and would look increasingly isolated.

* The cost of the UK playing a full role in an international human space exploration programme to explore the Moon and Mars could be of the order £150M per year, sustained over 20-25 years. It is not realistic for the bulk of this to be taken from the existing Government-funded science budget. Rather, a decision to be involved should be taken on the basis of broader strategic reasoning that would include commercial, educational, social, and political arguments as well as the scientific returns that would follow.

* There is compelling evidence that the outreach potential for human space exploration can be a strong positive influence on the interests and educational choices of children.

* Involvement in technologically advanced exploration of the solar system will provide a high profile challenge for UK industry, with consequent benefits in recruitment of new engineers and scientists. Evidence from NASA and ESA surveys have shown a significant economic multiplier from investment in space projects, with an additional overall gain in competitiveness.

This report does seem to be compelling, there is a strong possibility that the UK would fall behind in this area if it does not invest now. Many nations after a long lull are beginning to start on the road towards space again. China has just completed mission puting Taikonauts into space for the second time, with eventual plans to land on the moon, possible base as well. The United states has also announced plan to return to the moon and eventually put a man on mars, while russia is beginning to rebuild as well, after decline during 1990s.

I will publish the second part soon, covering the space programmes of most major nations

Judge Gives Saddam the Purple Finger

An astute listener of the Tony Snow Radio Program noticed most people were appeared to be more interested in this than the elections, which begs the question: Has everyone conceded we've won?

That, however, is not the point of this article. Most people may not have taken notice in the same manner this gentleman has. As the Judge was pointing his finger at Saddam telling him to sit down because he would not give his name, the tip of his finger was purple! What a smack down!

Thank you for being so observant, caller. If anyone else heard this, please share with me his first name so I may give him due credit. Just trying to fill in the holes...spider holes and all...that may have slipped past us if not for those well trained eyes. Thanks! Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Many Protests, Much Unrest, Iran

I have 10 separate articles to report about protests and unrest alone. In such a repressive area of the world, one can only imagine what is really happening!

There was a protest at Najafabad University. This story is being reported by Iran Press News. The guards at the entrance forbade the females to enter saying they must now use a different, seperate, entrance. Around 11:30 am, some people gathered in the hall and started chanting, "Shame on you Despots, release the Universities from your claws - Shame on you Despots, release the students from your claws."
The head of the guard unit came forward and told the students: "Keep it up and later you'll pay the price." This enflamed peoples' emotions even more...
Sunday the guards went looking for the activists. If they are found, they will need our help. Please read the rest.

Students of the Abbasspour University of Water and Power Industry protested the treatment of the Guards toward their dress. Shah-Mohammadi was quoted as saying, "The illicit behavior of the guards in the Abbasspour University with regard to the type of clothing worn by the students, is oppressive and despotic."

Many governmental bureaus in the Province of Qeshm and the central police command offices were attacked. The Governor was also attacked and severely beaten.

SMCCDI reported drivers of buses protested their poor working conditions by not collecting the money from the passengers. They also reported many women protested in "Enghelab" square about their poor economic and social conditions. Also, students of Beheshti University of Tehran protested against the repressive measures and poor conditions.
And finally, Iran Press News added that the Beheshti University students then set their dorm on fire. ISNA published photos.
I fear for these students. Please pray for them to receive liberty and freedom. Here are a few more articles of interest:

SMCCDI reported that another young man was killed by the Islamic regime's security forces in the Greater Tehran area, Friday.
SMCCDI reported that a riot took place, on Saturday, in the Island of Gheshm located in the Persian Gulf.
Agence France Presse reported that witnesses claim, Iranian police shot and killed a motorist after he failed to stop when spotted eating during holy month of Ramadan. Winston, The Spirit of Man reported on the IRGC units nightly live fire exercises in the mountains of eastern Tehran.
There is much unrest. One must wonder, how long can a country stand when it is divided so terribly against it because of the crimes against it's leaders? Not too much longer, I pray. Go Iran!

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Cross-posted: My Newz 'n Ideas and Love America First.

A Little Of This, A Bit Of That

  • The Crazy Politico has a story about the media discovering that Karl Rove, the architect who steered George W. Bush to victory four times, has a garage that is not that much different from other US citizens. Some cardboard file boxes, paint cans, a wood crate, some coolers, an aluminum ladder, and the rear wheel of a bicycle - not much different from anyone else.

    What makes this article ASININE is that the media would even find this to be newsworthy enough to write about it or to publish such an article on the internet.


  • The Crazy Politico also speaks about some interesting design specifications for some new public housing projects in Britain: "Muslim-Friendly Public Housing: Toilets Do Not Face Mecca".

    OK, to each his own, I guess. But the story doesn't stop here just yet. Not only has tax money been used to build these houses, but that Muslims will be given preference over others to live in them.

    "But where there are two households of equal priority who qualify for an Aashyana home, we would offer to the household who would most benefit from the culturally- sensitive services that Aashyana provides."

    - Bristol City Council spokeswoman Kate Hartas
    - www.newkerala.com


    Imagine the outcry if tax dollars were used to build a public housing project designed to the religious specifications of Christians or Jews - who were then given priority because they would most benefit from the 'culturally-sensitive' design?

    But don't rush to judgement, screaming "Dhimmitude!" at dear Britain, just yet, as such infestation of exalting Islam as a Preferred Group is just as evident in the US as well.


  • Ahhh, Islam: The Religion Of Peace® is at it once again. From Lost Budgie: Iranian police have been accused of shooting and killing a motorist after he failed to stop when spotted eating during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. 22-year-old Seyed Mostafa was shot dead in Tehran on Saturday by police, who have been actively enforcing a dawn to dusk Ramadan ban on public eating, drinking and smoking.

    Makes me ashamed that I was brought up as a Protestant Christian and having to learn about all that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control junk.
  • People Less Interested in Parliamentary Elections

    This article was written soley by Waheed of Afghan Warrior. He is a contributing member at this site. Great article, Waheed!
    Afghan people did not show as much interest in the paliamentary election as what was expected. During last year's presidential election, 75% of registered people cast their votes. But during last month's parliamentary election only 50% of registered people voted, which shows the people are less interested in the parliament. The foreign media and analysts might cite security concerns for the peoples's lack of interest, but the main reason is the disappointment of the people from their government. They showed great interest in last year's presidential election, but after the passage of one year their government was not able to do anything significant to change the life of the people.

    Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is still suffering from power and water shortages, and the power supply to other provinces will take years. Wages are low, the food prices and housing rent is very expensive. Most people who did not cast their vote or those who did not register, complain about the government and they say we voted during the presidential election and selected our president but our lives have not improved and parliament will not do any thing either. So all these were the complaints of the people who did not cast their vote and who did not register. I do not blame the government, however the government has not done anything significant to improve the lives of the people because we have a weak economy and half of our budget comes from foreign assisstance. so everything takes time and our people should be patient and they should keep faith.

    Different people like former Mujahideen commanders, a few former communists and many new faces nominated themselves for the parliament and people were expecting that the new faces will win seats. But far from what they were expecting, again most old faces won the seats and some of these candidates were involved in civil war. There are many reasons behind their winning, but the main reason is that many of them won for being their tribal leader. Even though they didnt have many supporters, all their supporters turned out to cast their votes. Also, these candidates spent thousands of dollars during their campaigns. The disappointment of some people that caused them to not cast their votes, lead to the victory of these old faces. Another reason is that almost six thousand people nominated themselves for the parliament so the votes were spread out and diluted.

    People are concerned about the presence of the former commanders and jihadi leaders in parliament because people do not have a good impression from them. I think it it is our own people's mistake for not participating like they were supposed to do. It will be a lesson to our people and I hope in the next election they should show great interest and all people should register and participate well and elect their favorite person. It is our own people who make the difference. In my opinion the parliament members should have solid education in order to make good decisions to serve their people honestly. However some of these candidates do not have high level of education but we hope they should honestly work for their country and people.
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    Cross-posted: Afghan Warrior, My Newz 'n Ideas, and My Newz 'n Ideas.

    Omid Sheikhan's Trial Began Sat., Oct. 8, 2005

    Via Daily Briefing on Iran: Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
    "Blogger, Omid Sheikhan's trial began on Saturday, Oct. 8th in Tehran's public court, located in the Ershaad Judiciary complex. Defense attorney, Mohammad Sayfzadeh told ILNA: "Though my client was originally charged with blogging and internet related activities, the sentence is being passed on charges completely unrelated to those issues. During the hearing we handed in the defense bill that was pertinent to the filed documents and we announced that since my client has not exactly committed a crime, that he must be unconditionally released."
    Please sign this petition to encourage the Iranian authorities to drop the charges against Omid, and this one to free Mojtaba Saminejad, who remains incarcerated.
    Omid is an Iranian student who make the mistake of (gasp) writing in his blog. He is being unfairly imprisoned, because the Iranian regime fears free speech. If they do not total control over each person, they get very nervous. This will explain their attitude toward outsiders. If you cannot trust your own people, you are not going to trust anyone else. This is not a way to run foreign affairs.

    For a while, Omid had disappeared without a trace. While it is good to know he is alive, we need to do more. Please sign the above petitions. He has committed no crime.

    Also posted by Curt over at Committee to Protect Bloggers. This is a fabulous group of people who work (non-profit) to protect the rights we take so easily and too often for granted. If you know of anyone who is having trouble with censorship, blogging, etc., please let me know. I, or you, will contact the Committee. Your added help will be appreciated.

    We cannot read EVERY news article! Do not worry that it may not help. If you think we must already know, this is a false assumption! The worst that could happen would be two e-mails instead of one! So what?! LOL. Thank you for all your help.

    Cross posted: My Newz 'n Ideas and Love America First.
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    Monday, October 17, 2005

    Iran Behind Deadly Attack of British Military

    Con Coughlin (filed 9/10/2005) writes a very disturbing article about the involvement of Iran into the British Military area of Basra.

    They have tried the Chamberlain route. Maybe now, they will understand the Iranian Regime desires nothing to do with the British. For that matter, any Europeans!
    Indeed, when The Sunday Telegraph two weeks ago revealed that agents working for the Revolutionary Guards had linked up with the Iraqi groups responsible for the attacks on British troops, the Foreign Office continued to insist that there was no firm evidence.

    But now the cat is out of the bag. Not realising the sensitivity that Mr Straw attaches to Britain's dealings with Teheran, the unfortunate diplomat unwittingly strayed from his referendum brief and started laying into the Iranians with a gusto not seen in the British diplomatic service for decades.
    The Iranian government's spin on this is to say that the British government was using Sunnis covertly to destroy the talks. They also claim that they used bombs that were "perfected" by Hizbollah! Yes, the Iranian backed terrorist organization.

    The message Iran is sending to Great Britain is, "You want to confront us about our nuclear weapons? We have the right to blow you up!" Nice guys, eh? Please read the article by clicking on the author's name.

    Update: The Scotland on Sunday is also making claims that Iran is trying to disrupt the progress in Iraq, and they want to turn it into another theocracy. A team has been sent to gather evidence.

    The Observer reports that Tony Blair is now admitting, though tacitly, Iran is responsible for the deaths of 8 Soldiers.
    Blair's accusations confirm that the British-secured zone, once praised as a triumph for the 'softly-softly' approach, is a model no more. In recent weeks death squads have kidnapped and murdered journalists, most famously Steven Vincent, an American freelance writer who had warned of Iranian infiltration of the police. Dozens of Iraqis have fallen victim to Iranian-backed militias.
    I wonder if now they will realize you cannot appease terrorists? Also, I wonder if now they will open their eyes to the Iranian political prisoners and all the human rights offenses, and finally hear their voices? Even if they are from grave, they should all be heard. If not now, when?

    Hat tip to Daily Briefings on Iran.
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    Saturday, October 15, 2005

    Iraqi Elections 10/15/2005

    Iraqi polls have just closed. Slight firefight, but only 3 Iraqi Soldiers dead, 4 (?) injured. Voting continued. The news is outrageous here.

    If it goes well in Iraq, that doesn't mean anything to these people. They seem to be consumed with how it will make President Bush look good.

    Excuse me, but isn't it the Iraqi people who deserve a big round of appause? Can you stop your bashing for a moment, and comprehend what you have the PRIVILIGE to witness?!

    Omar has much good news. I recommend you go to their site, instead of listening to the news here. It is very uplifting! I am so happy for all the Iraqis who desire their freedom, and all our men and women who helped them to achive it! Thank you.

    This is a picture of the ballots being counted!

    Update: Omar has the turnout levels recorded in all 18 provinces. This is the latest according to the electoral commission press conference. (Alphabetizing done by me.)
    High= more than 66%
    Moderate= 33% - 66%
    Low= less than 33%
    Duhok: moderate.
    Erbil: moderate.
    Sulaymania: high.
    Mosul: high.
    Kirkuk: high.
    Diyala: high.
    Anbar: unknown.
    Baghdad: high.
    Babil: high.
    Kerbala: high.
    Wasit: moderate.
    Salahiddin: high.
    Al-Muthana: moderate.
    Al-Qadisiya: low.
    Najaf: high.
    Thi Qar: moderate.
    Maysan: moderate.
    Basra: moderate.
    Great job! I pray it is the right turnout for everyone. You have made all of us proud. Thank you.

    There is much celebration going on here! This is the first time they feel as if it is the first time they have the opportunity to vote for the type of government they want. What an awesome experience! What an historic time in history. The gunshots are of joy, the loud talking is shouts of cheers, and there is an air of freedom running freely as the votes are being counted. Great job, everyone.

    The final results of the vote should be ready withing 3-4 days. Stay tuned!

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    Cross-posted at America's Liberty Security Force and My Newz 'n Ideas.

    Fireball at Tex-Arkansas

    It occured only moments ago. Details are rough. 100,000 homes have been evacuted. A train apparently ran into a gas/chemical (?) tanker. My question is, "What was the tanker doing on the tracks?"! I suppose this was not a terrorist attack. That is what we will be told. They are saying the fumes are poisonous. Stay tuned.

    Now to Pakistan. The death toll is now 38,000. The number of injured is 62,000. It is now snowing and raining. It is making it harder for the aid to get to the people. However, our helicopters are doing the job. Good job, guys!

    Update: Two trains were pulling into the station (where trains go to rest), when one train hit the other. In return, it caused the other train to crash into 2 other empty trains. One of those trains ran into the propane tanker. Mystery solved. (If you beleive this!) Other buildings in the nearby area are also on fire now. More to come.

    Friday, October 14, 2005

    Media Bias: Is there any such thing as fair and balanced reporting?

    Study: TV Minimizes Iraqi Progress, Pushes Bad News Agenda

    While reviewing this mornings news, I came across a well written article by Rich Noyes @ News Busters, October 14, 2005. Mr. Noyes is currently Research Director at the Media Research Center, where he is co-editor of the weekly Media Reality Check and Notable Quotables.

    Mr. Noyes pointed out, as did Brent Baker, that MSM appears "were far more excited about the supposed scandal of the administration..." On the other hand, MSM has built a reputation of spining its own tales to promote its own agenda. We can all name a few mismanaged stories. MSM could not even get the snafu in New Orleans right. So much for fair and balanced reporting, heh.

    We have to analyze how MSM covers the war in Iraq. Mr. Noyes indicated in his article that "If the Iraq war is “increasingly unpopular” — and polls suggest it is — one reason may be because the broadcast networks have heavily skewed their news agenda toward the bad news coming out of Iraq: car bombings, U.S. casualties, terrorist attacks, squabbling among Iraqi politicians, etc., etc." To get a better perspective on MSM bias and their slanted coverage of the war in Iraq, Mr. Noyes' article will enlighten you.

    Link to Rich Noyes' article at Newsbusters

    Advice For Thems That Needs It, vol. 284



    Today's question comes from Joe Bob of Adel, Georgia:

    Dear Shamalama,

    My sister and them am coming up to Atlanta to see me and the wife and kids next weekend. Theys never been up to the big city before, and I was a'wonderin' what'n advice I's might give them.


    Well Joe Bob, I've been trottin' in and out of Atlanta for lots of years now, and over them years I've come to some conclusions about my neighbor town:

    Atlanta is composed mostly of one-way streets. The only way to get out of downtown Atlanta is to turn around and start over when you reach Greenville, South Carolina. All directions start with, "Go down Peachtree" and include the phrase, "When you see the Waffle House." Except that in Cobb County, all directions begin with, "Go to the Big Chicken."

    Peachtree Street has no beginning and no end and is not to be confused with:
    - Peachtree Circle - Peachtree Terrace - Peachtree Battle -
    - Peachtree Place - Peachtree Avenue - Peachtree Corners -
    - Peachtree Lane - Peachtree Commons - New Peachtree -
    - Peachtree Road - Old Peachtree - West Peachtree -
    - Peachtree Parkway - Peachtree-Dunwoody - Peachtree Industrial Boulevard -
    - Peachtree Run - Peachtree-Chamblee -


    Atlantans only know their way to work and their way home. If you ask anyone for directions they will always send you down Peachtree.

    Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. That's all they drink there, so don't ask for any other soft drink unless it's made by Coca-Cola. Asking for a Pepsi is a misdemeanor and you can be arrested for doing so.

    Gate One at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport is 32 miles away from the Main Concourse, so wear sneakers and pack a lunch.

    - The 8:00 am rush hour is from 6:30 to 10:30 AM.
    - The 5:00 pm rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:30 PM.
    - Friday's rush hour starts Thursday afternoon and lasts through 2:00 am Saturday.

    Only a native can only pronounce "Ponce De Leon Avenue", so do not attempt the proper Spanish pronunciation. People will simply tilt their heads to the right and stare at you. The Atlanta pronunciation is "pawns duh LEE-on".

    The falling of one rain drop causes all drivers to immediately forget all traffic rules. If a single snowflake falls, the city is paralyzed for three days and it's on all the TV channels as a news flash every 15 minutes for a week. All grocery stores will be sold out of milk, bread, bottled water, toilet paper, and beer.

    I-285, the interstate loop that encircles Atlanta, has a posted speed limit of 55 mph but you have to maintain 80 mph just to keep from getting run over. It is known to truckers as "The Watermelon 500."

    Don't believe the directional markers on highways. I-285 is marked "East" and "West" but you may be going "North" or "South". The locals identify the direction by referring to the "Inner Loop" and the "Outer Loop".

    If you travel on Hwy 92 North, you will actually be going southeast.

    Never buy a ladder or mattress in Atlanta. Just drive on one of the interstates or highways and you will soon find one in the middle of the road.

    The last thing you want to do is give another driver the finger, unless your car is armored, your trigger finger is itchy and your AK-47 has a full clip.

    There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live around Atlanta.

    There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 can be found in Atlanta, plus a couple no one has seen before.

    And always remember: "If it crawls, it bites."


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    Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit - I'm out of time. I gots to get back my chores before'n my bride catches me on this fancy computer thingie. I hope your visit to the city is fun and pleasant. And always remember: any day above ground is a good one.

    Tred Lightly

    First of all, let me explain the title. I am going to provide UNVERIFIED raw data. I have been trying to verify this data, but I have not been able to as of yet. However, if true, you should know. I just want you to understand that you should not base any arguements on this unless YOU can verify it. If you can get the actual case, PLEASE let me know URL! Thank you.

    There are 2 stories I have found that are very damning toward Ms. Miers. They are Knight Ridder and Drudge Report.

    Please remember, move forward with caution! They may be false reports. Not because of the people who reported this, but due to their sources. If they were that good, where is the court transcript? Hmm?

    Violence Continuing in Afghanistan

    Violence and suicide attacks have been continuing in southern Afghanistan. The rebels intensified their attacks after the landmark parliamentary election in different parts of the country, particularly in the southern and southeastern provinces and have killed dozens of government forces. They also killed a few coalition forces.

    Taliban already vowed that they will start a new wave of their insurgency after the parliamentary election and right after the parliamentary election they raised their attacks, especially suicide attacks.

    Over the past 2 weeks, 5 suicide attacks were conducted by the enemies, and the rebels have accelerated their military operations in different provinces of Afghanistan. As a result, there was a suicide attack in front of Kabul's Military training center that killed 9 ANA soldiers.

    Four more suicide attacks took place in Kandahar province which killed and injured a number of people, including 4 British nationals. The rebels also killed five health workers by an ambush in Kandahar province.

    The Afghan National Police faced the highest casualties during this week - at least 20 police forces were killed and a number injured when the rebels targeted their convoy. Then they ambushed the convoy in the southern Helmand province. It was the highest level of casualties to Afghan National Police since the ousting of the Taliban regime. In a similar attack, 6 other police were killed in Uruzgan province.

    Recent violence shows that the enemies are still active. Recent violence is increasing people's concern over the rebels militancy, because the enemies attacks reached Kabul. A couple of days before the arrival of Condoleeza Rice, Kabul was hit by two rockets. One of those rockets hit the Canadian ambassador's residence. It injured two Afghan guards. The second one hit the intelligence headquarters, which resulted in no casualties.

    The NATO Secretary General, during his visit to Afghanistan, said NATO was ready to increase their forces and deploy them to the southern provinces. We hope that more NATO forces will be deployed in the southern parts of Afghanistan as soon as possible. There is a big requirement for these forces. It will help to prevent the insurgents from attacking, because there will be more patrols and military operations. This will make it harder for the rebels to continue their activities in the southern provinces.

    This article was contributed by Waheed from Afghan Warrior. Thank you, Waheed!

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    Cross-posted at Afghan Warrior and Love America First.

    Thursday, October 13, 2005

    There's A Gun Totin' Mama In The House!

    The Associated Press is reporting (gasp!) that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers owned ... a GUN! She owned a gun! A .45-caliber revolver! Oh, the humanity! Can you just imagine something like this?

    State releases records on Miers as gun owner, Texas lottery chairwoman

    By Jim Vertuno
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    4:02 p.m. October 10, 2005

    AUSTIN, Texas – Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, who once owned a .45-caliber revolver, is not licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Texas. State officials refused Monday to reveal whether she has ever been licensed.

    Miers' brother gave her the Smith & Wesson handgun when he was worried about her living alone in Dallas. Judge Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court, a longtime friend of Miers', has said she kept the gun for a long time.

    A person in Texas can own a gun without a concealed handgun license. Texas is one of 43 states that allow concealed weapons, and more than 230,000 residents are registered under the law.


    A person who may end up as one of the justices of the United States Supreme Court actually owned a gun! You know, one of those Items Of War that go out, on their own, and kill people.

    Geez, what's next? Do we read a story about how Harriet Miers once expressed a personal opinion in a public forum? Could there be a newspaper article describing how she worshiped at a church of her choosing? Are these henious behaviors guaranteed in the Constitition (the Bill Clinton edition)?