Friday, March 31, 2006

Freedom of religion: More than 80 black celebrities have joined forces to read, sing and compose music for "The Bible Experience"

I received an interesting email from NewsMax this evening and wanted to pass it on. There actually may be some good things coming out of Lollywood Land (with a capital "L.") According to the NewsMax email:

More than 80 black celebrities have joined forces to read, sing and compose music for "The Bible Experience," a new 70-hour dramatic audio performance of Scriptures.

Actor Blair Underwood landed one of the key roles in the production - the "L.A. Law" star gets to record the voice of Jesus.

"Whether you believe the doctrine or not, you cannot deny the impact that the life of
this man, Jesus, had on everyday life," said Underwood, who played Jesus Christ coming back to earth as a man of color in the 1992 movie "The Second Coming."

Underwood's favorite part of his role is the crucifixion. It was "the culmination of the three years of his teachings, but it was the beginning of a whole new walk for believers forever," he told USA Today.

Oscar-winner Denzel Washington also makes a contribution to "The Bible Experience," reciting the love poetry of Solomon's Song of Songs along with his wife Pauletta.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is the voice of Judas, and also the prophet Jonah from the Old Testament. Robert Guillaume is the mighty angel of Revelation, as well as Noah.

Angela Bassett reads the Christmas story and is Ester from the Old Testament. Tisha Campbell-Martin of "My Wife and Kids" takes the role of Mary Magdalene.

Hip-hopper Heavy D reads the Apostle Andrew, and gospel great Shirley Caesar reads Naomi.

"Our co-producer Lou 'Buster' Brown says we're taking God's word and we're gel-capping it: surrounding it with elements that make it more palatable for mass consumption in today's marketplace," Kyle Bowser, an award-winning co-producer from Inspired By Media Group, told USA Today.

The group launched the multimillion-dollar project with financing from Zondervan, the nation's largest Bible publisher.

One question arose during casting: Should only faithful Christians get roles in the project? "Some of the people whose voices they will be reading were not exactly saints, either," Paul Caminiti, publisher of Bibles for Zondervan, told USA Today.

(Bosun's comment: This is very good question. Please comment about it in the blog comments section. I would like to hear your response)

"We wanted something unusual, something more visceral, something more experiential," he added. "We're trying to engage a new urban generation, and most are already turned off" by the King James' archaic translation.



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Bosun's Op-ed: Ain't it the truth


AIN'T IT THE TRUTH!!!

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) , a light jacket (MADE IN VIET NAM) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS from (SAUDI ARABIA) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA.......

Emailed from a friend, Chuck. Author unknown. Happy internationalist day.

Respectfully,
Bos'un

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USA Cuts ALL Aid to Terrorist Hamas

While Abbas swears in Hamas Cabinet Ministers, the United States of America finally found their spine. "US cuts off contacts with Hamas-led government":
A directive, distributed to U.S. diplomats and other officials in the region by e-mail, instructed them with immediate effect not to have contacts with Hamas-appointed government ministers or those who work for them, whether they are members of the group or not, officials said.
It's about darn time.

Cross-posted at DoD Daily News, The Bos'un Locker, and My Newz 'n Ideas.

Iran and Darfur News

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday's daily briefing are posted over at my site: Causes of Interest. While you are there, you can also find out information about the Rally for Darfur that will be held on April 30. All the information is there. If you have any questions, there are links you may use or e-mail me. Thank you.

Army Bans 'Non-Issue' Armor

The Army has decided to ban all armor other than that for which they provide to the troops due to the 'fact' that other armor may be substandard issue.
"We're very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn't provide the level of protection that the Army requires people to wear. So they're, frankly, wasting their money on substandard stuff," said Col. Thomas Spoehr, director of materiel for the Army.
Meanwhile, Mr. Murry Neal, CEO of one of the companies that has been providing such armor, has this to say:
"We know of no reason the Army may have to justify this action," Neal said. "On the surface this looks to be another of many attempts by the Army to cover up the billions of dollars spent on ineffective body armor systems which they continue to try quick fixes on to no avail."
If you are interested in this article, continue reading.

Christian Reporter Jill Carroll Free!

Reporter Jill Carroll (sp?) has been freed. I just heard it over the radio (KRLA 870am) at 5:31am PCT. I also heard her say she does not know where she was held. (At least until she gets out of Iraq!) I must look for more details. Just thought you might like to know. Have a good day.

Update: Here is an article you may read to learn more. Basically, she is fine, she doesn't know where she was, she wants to be with her family, and thanks to everyone who prayed for her release.

Update 2: CNSNews also has a good article on this situation.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Abdur Rahman Made it to Italy!

I heard on the news (radio station KFI 640 am, at 9:30 am PCT) this morning that Abdur has been seen in Italy. This is wonderful news, since the Afghan Parliament 'voted' not to leave the country! Thank You, Lord. Amen.

PS. I have e-mailed the newsman at KFI for verification. Just to make sure. Keep praying, though!

Update: I received an e-mail from KFI NEWS Director at 1:11pm EST time stating that Abdur Rahman has been "[g]ranted asylum in Italy." Yippee!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

9-11 panel chief: U.S. at risk of terror nukes



Latest update at World Net Daily

The head of the 9-11 commission told a Senate panel today the Bush administration and Congress are not adequately protecting the United States against a possible nuclear attack by terrorists.

Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations: "The size of the problem still totally dwarfs the policy response."

Read the latest on the nuclear threat to the U.S. now at WorldNetDaily.com!

9-11 panel chief: U.S. at risk of terror nukes

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Andy Card Resigns as Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff Andy Card has resigned, and he will be replaced by Josh Bolten. Andy has been with the president since the first day of his presidency. There have many people moaning that President Bush needed to shake up his staff and bring in some new blood.

Andy brought up the suggestion that he step down a while back, but the president did not quickly accept his resignation. After this last weekend at Camp David, President Bush finally decided to accept Andy's offer.

Josh Bolton was the director of the Office of Management and Budget for three years prior to being asked to succeed Mr. Card.

He made a very nice acceptance speech at 5:30 am PCT. Many in the White House and the country will miss Andy Card. Thank you for your service to the president and in turn, to all of us. Farewell Andy, and welcome Joshua Bolton.

Entering the United States with 'dirty-bomb' material


As reported in Breitbart.com

Investigators enter US with 'dirty-bomb' material
Mar 27, 2006

Two undercover government threat vulnerability teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability...Please read the rest of the article for details

Hope that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can plug the hole. The United States has to be ever so vigilant.

Unfortunately we have the democratic legislators keeping the administration busy with legality of NSA warrantless wiretaps, President Bush trying to manage the war on terror, partisan pundits refusing to cross the non-partisan bridge to help secure our country.

The Dems, Lollywood (yes with an L), MSM, and other whacked out organizations from both sides of the aisle want to keep the people occupied with things like "Impeach Bush" and partisan power struggling. Four proven reliable anchors that could protect us in the storms of life: stability, unity, renewal, and reality have been thrown out the window.

God willing, we will make it the next three years without a major conflagration occurring in the United States. One has to wonder how close we are to one here?

For additional information on nuclear smuggling please read the following GAO study released in June 2005:

COMBATING NUCLEAR SMUGGLING

Efforts to Deploy Radiation Detection Equipment in the United States and in Other Countries; What GAO Found

Four U.S. agencies, the Departments of Energy (DOE), Defense (DOD), State, and Homeland Security (DHS), are implementing programs to combat nuclear smuggling by providing radiation detection equipment and training to border security personnel. From fiscal year 1994 through fiscal year 2005, the Congress has appropriated about $800 million for these efforts, including about $500 million to DOE, DOD, and State for international efforts and about $300 million to DHS for installing radiation detection equipment at U.S. points of entry. The first major initiatives to combat nuclear smuggling concentrated on deploying radiation detection equipment at borders in countries of the former Soviet Union. In particular, in 1998, DOE established the Second Line of Defense program, which has installed equipment at 66 sites mostly in Russia through the end of fiscal year 2004. In 2003, DOE began its Megaports Initiative to focus on the threat posed by nuclear smuggling at major foreign seaports and to date has completed installations at two ports. Regarding efforts at U.S. points of entry, the U.S. Customs Service began providing its inspectors with portable radiation detection devices in 1998 and expanded its efforts to include larger-scale radiation detection equipment after September 11, 2001. This program is continuing under DHS, which reported in May 2005 that it has installed more than 470 radiation portal monitors nationwide at mail facilities, land border crossings, and seaports.

A common problem faced by U.S. programs to combat nuclear smuggling is the lack of effective planning and coordination among the responsible agencies. For example, we reported in 2002 that there was no overall governmentwide plan to guide U.S. efforts, some programs were duplicative, and coordination among U.S. agencies was not effective. We found that the most troubling consequence of this lack of effective planning and coordination was that the Department of State had installed less sophisticated equipment in some countries leaving those countries’ borders more vulnerable to nuclear smuggling than countries where DOE and DOD had deployed equipment. Since the issuance of our report, the agencies involved have made some progress in addressing these issues. Regarding the deployment of equipment in the United States, we reported that DHS had not effectively coordinated with other federal agencies and DOE national laboratories on longer-term objectives, such as attempting to improve the radiation detection technology. We found that a number of factors hindered coordination, including competition between DOE national laboratories and the emerging missions of various federal agencies with regard to radiation detection.

The effectiveness of the current generation of radiation detection equipment is limited in its ability to detect illicitly trafficked nuclear material, especially if it is shielded by lead or other metal. Given the inherent limitations of radiation detection equipment and difficulties in detecting certain materials, it is important that the equipment be installed, operated, and maintained in a way that optimizes its usefulness. It is also important to note that the deployment of radiation detection equipment— regardless of how well such equipment works — is not a panacea for the problem of nuclear smuggling. Rather, combating nuclear smuggling requires an integrated approach that includes equipment, proper training of border security personnel in the use of radiation detection equipment, and intelligence gathering on potential nuclear smuggling operations.

Hope we learn from our mistakes before it is too late. Please read this informative GAO report

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Burning Situation of Belarus

There are articles from The Telegraph entitled "Belarus opposition leader faces prison" by Adrian Blomfield; The Indepentent Online entitled "EU demands release of Belarus protesters" by Stephen Castle in Brussels; and ABC News, International entitled "Belarus Divided, Doubtful After Clashes" by Steve Gutterman. There is also a site from Radio Free Europe which pays attention to Belarus. It is called News and Features on Belarus.

There is much chaos after the police brutaly attacked the protesters yesterday. Please pay attention to this country, like we did with the Ukrain's peaceful revolution after their rigged elections. Thank you.

Update: Here is still more information: Belarus leader jailed after protest violence by Chris Stephen who writes for the Scotsman.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Chris Wallace: Rethink Saddam - Osama connection

Newsmax.com -
Fox News Host, Chris Wallace, says the press needs to rethink claims that there was no operational link between Iraq and al Qaeda in light of new Iraqi intelligence documents released of a detailed February 1995 meeting between bin Laden and senior agents of Saddam's Mukhabarrat...al Qaeda chief asked for help with "joint operations" against the U.S. Read the rest of the Story
Following the release of document also reported by, ABC News [1], one of our more left leaning media hosts at MSNBC, Chris Matthews, scoffed at the idea and acted like he had not heard about the document in question. Chris Matthews insinuated that the United States Government has not been truthful and has mislead the public in the past.
[1]Editors note from ABC news: This document is handwritten and has no official seal. Although contacts between bin Laden and the Iraqis have been reported in the 9/11 Commission report and elsewhere (e.g., the 9/11 report states "Bin Laden himself met with a senior Iraqi intelligence officer in Khartoum in late 1994 or early 1995) this document indicates the contacts were approved personally by Saddam Hussein. Iraq coverage
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What Casey Sheehan Died For

I would like to thank Wordsmith for alerting me to a new guy in town, Buck Sargent. Wordsmith saw Buck Sargent's email posted on Hugh Hewitt site. (Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show heard in more than 70 cities nationwide, and a Professor of Law at Chapman University Law School.) So there was substance to the email. Anyway, Wordsmith did some digging and plugged me in with Buck Sargent's site. Man, does Buck Sargent have a message.

Buck Sargent has been there, like so many Veterans before him. I contacted Buck Sargent and asked for his permission to re-post articles from his site here at the Bosun Locker. So, with no further adieu, I would like to officially introduce you to Buck Sargent and his weblog American Citizen Soldier.

"It is a worthy thing to fight for one’s freedom; it is another sight finer to fight for another man’s" - Mark Twain
On April 4th, 2004 Army Specialist Casey Sheehan and seven fellow soldiers were killed during protracted combat with Shi'ite insurgents in Sadr City, Iraq. Sheehan, a Humvee mechanic, had volunteered for the rescue mission to relieve his besieged comrades only to be ambushed himself while en route. He had been in country for five days.

President Bush has made it clear that "America will not abandon Iraq" on his watch, yet he has acknowledged that the mission will likely continue on well past his presidency. And as in any long war, what is required most is a long lens and a long-run perspective in order to fully comprehend what is at stake and what he have to lose by declaring unconditional surrender. Such were the days when the American people demanded it of our enemies, not our own armies.

Ours has become an instant gratification nation, the countdown to ADD-Day stalking the horizon. Heading into its fourth year, the Iraq War has now lasted longer than most celebrity marriages. (Correction: Desert Storm lasted longer than the average celebrity marriage). It has been said that the Vietnam War was lost on television, and that was when there were only three channels on and they all screamed: RETREAT! But soldiers don’t watch the news, we make it. That is why the MSM refuse to tellour story, that is why they continue to poison the well back home, and that is why soldiers have taken it upon ourselves to “tell it like it is” on the internet.

Casey Sheehan's mother asks, “What did my son die for?” as she hops the globe with her traveling Cirque du Solemnity. His actions that fateful day provide the answer. Her son -- regrettably, now the second most famous Sheehan -- and the thousands of others like him, died for their brothers in arms. For their families at home. For their country. For a people they had little in common with other than a desire to live free from fear. For children that were not their own, but that reminded them of home. For the same thing forgotten Americans have long died for in forgotten places like Takur Gahr, Mogadishu, Hue City, Inchon, the Ardennes, Cold Harbor, and Bunker Hill.

They died not for "nothing," but for no thing. They died for a set of ideals, principles, a creed. Imaginary concepts impossible to “deconstruct,” yet born out of war and nourished by the blood of patriots in a long line of succession that remains unmoved, unbroken, and unmatched. Displaying the best known side of human nature: steadfast opposition to its worst. Becoming intimate with war, thus allowing others to know peace. Sacrificing their future progeny for another's, in defense of the weak and the vulnerable. Avenging the ghostly remains left behind from a tyrant unburdened by conscience. To protect the right of lesser men (and women) to freely and openly ridicule their sacrifice.

“What did my son die for?” A question better left to Iraqis themselves to answer. Take the mayor of Tall’Afar, Najim Abdullah Abid al-Jibouri (Link to the Tony Snow Show, Fox News):

“To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.”

Casey Sheehan was killed defending freedom on Palm Sunday.

Cindy, says Mayor Najim, let not your heart be hardened. Be not bitter, but proud. None that walk among us are immortal, and to bury a child is forever a tragedy. Yey your son lost his life in the most honorable manner possible. He died so that others may live.

I’d say that puts him in pretty good company.
Watch the Video Tribute HERE

Filmed, Edited, and Produced by Buck Sargent

COPYRIGHT 2006 BUCK SARGENT

Buck Sargent, Thank you for your service. May God bless you and watch over you.

R/
Bos'un

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Jack Lewis Makes Searches Easier

This is a post from Jack Lewis about how to make your searches easier. You can actually check for the news you choose to find, instead of having to go through all the nonsense you get from Google, etc. Check it out.

I'd been wanting this for a long time, and now I have it—an online aggregator/search engine of my own, that includes the sites I choose.

I'd been slacking off linking to other blogs that were covering the same story because it was so time consuming, and MovableType Three Point Too-Idiotic-to-be-Endured was screwing most of them up anyway. I set out yesterday morning to try to see if there was anyway to compile data from XML feeds into a search engine so I could search a collection of blogs for keywords. Technorati, Google and the other blog search engine deliver way too much useless junk to be of any real use.

By the time I grew frustrated at writing my own and was searching for PHP classes and scripts that might provide shortcuts, I'd found a script that did almost exactly what I wanted.

You can check it out at http://JackLewis.net/aggregator/. I have 89 blogs included, but I may drop or add some as needed. I will need to keep the total number within a reasonable size so I don't overwhelm my server. It's refreshing the feeds once and hour, and displaying the most recent posts. The search part is what I really like, because now I can locate those posts to link to in almost no time.

Help yourself, and use it all you want. I've disabled as much of the customizing parts that I could, so I don't think anyone can screw it up. If you want your blog included, email me, but I'm limiting it to blogs that have at least 200-300 visitors a day, post on a daily basis and focus on Conservative politics and news.

That is the end of his work and the beginning of mine. lol. Jack is a very nice man who is also a great writer. You may want to visit his site once in a while. I find it very interesting. Thank you, and have a great day.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Jack Lewis on Rosa Parks' Pardon

This is post for Jack Lewis.

SUMMARY: Lawmakers are in a quandary in Alabama, wanting to pardon Rosa Parks for her arrest in the 60's, as well as other people arrested under various Jim Crow era laws, but a pardon carries with it a presumption of guilt. My solution: They're lawmakers, make a new way to handle those found guilty of crime they should be applauded for violating.

TEXT:

From NewsMax...

During the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott last year, civil rights leaders called for a pardon of Rosa Parks over her arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man.

But now, some — including the pastor of the church Parks attended in Montgomery — are coming out against the idea....

Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright said he would be uncomfortable pardoning Parks and others.

"They came up and resisted unethical, illegal and inhumane laws. I feel horribly inadequate to pardon someone who did nothing wrong," said Bright, who is white. "We should be asking them to pardon us for the way we treated her and others in that period."
Whether an innocent person can and should honestly accept a pardon has been a question for a long, long time. I seem to remember something about a guy named Dreyfuss accepting a pardon for crimes he didn't get, and losing the support of some who had defended his innocence.

If there doesn't exist a means of removing the legal stigma of a record violating an unjust law, then wouldn't lawmakers be the very people to create such a means? Call it a "Justification" and note in their record that not only are they no longer under any legal consequences of violating that particular law, but have society's gratitude for their courage in doing so. That way not only does it remove the negative stigma, is preserves the positive aspect of their act. The original record can be stamped with a large red "JUSTIFIED".

I can't see why anyone would have a problem with that. In fact, I think it makes the best out of the situation and could serve to heal some wounds, as well as send a message to those who did sacrifice to fight the unjust laws.

Vietnam war deserter regrets flight to Canada in 1968

Vietnam war deserter regrets flight to Canada in 1968
Tri-City Herald, Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
Associated Press Mar. 21, 2006

AMYAHK, British Columbia - A Vietnam war-era deserter who was caught crossing into the United States and held for a week says he made a mistake when he fled the Marine Corps in 1968."When I was 18, I wasn't aware that duty and honor would mean as much to me as they do now," Allen Abney, 56, said Monday in this southeast British Columbia town." Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have done what I did 38 years ago," he said. "It wasn't worth it, all the pain I caused my family." Abney was arrested March 9 while crossing the border to Idaho, something he had done countless times before, but he said that was the first time he was asked for birth certificate as identification. When the Customs agent asked him to pull over, Abney said, he knew he was in trouble. For the rest of the story: War Deserter
Bosun's comments and observations:

First: Hard saying what really was going on by reading just one lone article in the news about Abney. If he grew up in Canada, was his mother or his father Canadian? Would he have been eligible for "Dual Citizenship?" I have several questions on his actual status.

We all know that newspapers sometimes print what a person says without knowing all the facts, or they print liberal, or, conservative media bias. If Mr Abney grew up in Canada, perhaps he should have stayed there. As far as his brother being drafted, not sure if he would have felt obligated to join. Lot of guys in the Viet Nam era requested and prayed for deferments. I had a deferment until I finished a trade school and then I was reclassified to 1-A overnight. I was one step ahead of my draft notice when I joined the service.

The Viet Nam experience altered a lot of lives, both sides of the fence. I do not minimize the experience by looking at our human accounts of the experience as someone recently told me, "one of thousands of stories." The Viet Nam experience impacted lives and profoundly impacted world events. We cannot minimize the Viet Nam experience and dismiss those experiences as "stories."

Unfortunately, Mr. Abney made a decision when he was 18 to run from his military duty. He was one of about 70,000 dodger and evaders who decided to bail out of the United States and live in Canada. I am not sure how many were deserters of those 70,000.

We lost about 47,413 of our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel in combat during Viet Nam.

I do respect Mr. Abney for apologizing. Now, he should return to his home in Canada.

Second: We have to confront the ghosts of the past, Viet Nam. For me it is as real today as it was in 1968. I am OK with it and I hold no ill feeling toward the Vietnamese people or their government. It was unfortunate for all of us. We, Americans and Vietnamese, are victims together in that war.

Third: Back to the present, al-Qaeda is betting on the fact that Americans will "loose the will to fight" another asymmetric war. Their number 2 guy, Dr. al-Zawahiri, has questioned America's will to fight a protracted war. Al- Zawahiri has predicted that we will turn tail and run, just like we ran from Viet Nam. In an interview posted on CNN, al-Zawahiri lashed out at the United States saying that those efforts, "will end with your defeat, the killing of your sons and the destruction of your economy." CNN.Com - Zawahiri

al-Zawahiri also has boasted about al-Qaeda's success in ousting America from Somalia. That is something that President Clintons adminstration still has not come to terms with. Every time I see the movie, Black Hawk Down, it really get me right in the heart.

The following links are provide and warrant further study:
I regret opening some wounds of long ago. However, I feel compelled to write down my feelings. If we do not deal with the ghosts of Viet Nam, we will probably end up failing in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the Middle East.

As I listen to our Mainstream Media, Liberal Left, and unfortunately, even members of our legislative branch continually bad mouth President Bush and disrespect our President's oath of office, my biggest fear that al-Zawahiri's predictions will come true.

A message to John, Jack, Teddy, Harry, Chuck, Hillary, and the rest of the pundits from the left, please get a grip on reality.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Agent: FBI warned 70 times of 9-11 plot

Hat tip: WND

Now I am really mad. This is why we are destroying ourselves from within. And, history will probably repeat itself again.

An FBI agent testifying today at the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui says he warned senior officials about 70 times of fears that the confessed al-Qaida plotter planned to hijack an airliner. Harry Samit, the agent who arrested Moussaoui, said he accused his superiors of "criminal negligence" and "careerism" when questioned during a U.S. government inquiry, according to Agence France-Presse. Want to get upset, read the rest of the story

R/Bosun

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bosun's Op-ed: The batty world of the liberal democrat: Durbin does not rule out censure or impeachment

What a wacky week it was. Senator Russ Feingold started the week with a call to censure our President.

"This conduct is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors." Feingold went on to say that President Bush, "openly and almost thumbing his nose at the American people," by supporting and continuing the NSA domestic warrantless wiretap program. Feingold asserts that President Bush has, "repeatedly misled the public prior to the public disclosure of the National Security Agency surveillance program by indicating his administration was relying on court orders to wiretap suspected terrorists inside the United States." Source: ABC News Raw story on Feingold

Being the top-notch interviewing reporter that Chris Wallace is, Chris interviewed Dick Durbin on Fox News Sunday. Chris wanted to follow-up with Dubin on Feingold's call to admonish and censure President Bush for approving domestic wiretaps. What Chris got was a left of center revelation by Durbin.Chris so eloquently worded the question:

"Given the fact that the president briefed congressional leaders of both parties, given the fact that he got specific legal authorization for this program from the attorney general, do you flatly disavow the idea of censuring the president?." After much discussion, Durbin indicated that it is too early to tell if either censure or impeachment of Bush would be appropriate. "I can't rule anything out until the investigation is complete. I don't want to prejudge it...... if this president or any president violates the law, he has to be held accountable." Source Fox News Sunday March 19, 2006

Folks, Durbin has a history of hating our President and acting out in a rash manner. Let us go back to January 2006, when Durbin was ranting about the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping. Durbin wanted to overhaul the Patriot Act and called the NSA wiretap program unconstitutional. Guess Durbin has not changed his position and now openly shows his dismay toward our wartime President.

Durbin apparently believes that the NSA warrantless wiretap program centers on the FISA court. Durbin contends that FISA is the end all saves all to protect the American Public. Source Fox News Sunday archives

My thought on this matter is, if a lunatic terrorist in a cave along the Pakistan - Afghanistan border, or for that matter in a hotel in Singapore, Malaysia, London, Berlin, Paris, or any other city is talking with someone inside the United States, it would be a crime not to listen in.

Mark my words, as Durbin becomes a stronger Presidential contender, he will take on the chameleonic approach that he is pro-national security and hard on terrorism. In reality, Durbin is about as far away as a left leaning liberal could be. Right now, Durbin is like an old bloodhound on a trail of an adversary, President Bush. Durbin will not stop until he has gotten our President or until the world of public opinion and polls show him that it is inappropriate. These wacky Dems have no common sense.

I am thinking, "Was Feingold's opening salvo of censure last week not just the tip of a spear of hate from left leaning Democrats?" Did Feingold fire for effect? Or, was it a positioning shot as the Dems try to zero in on President Bush.

Believe me folks, hatred runs so deep against our President by the left wing. I fear that Durbin would be willing to cut off his nose in spite of his face. And, his left leaning cronies seem to follow suite. We can expect more left wing positioning and plotting in the months to come.

When are these Dems going to figure out who is the real enemy of America, instead of hating our President?

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Citizen Reporter Michael Yon Speaks on Iraq

Michael Yon is going to appear tonight on Pundit Review Radio at 9pm EST to take a look back over the past 3 years on this anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Be sure to tune in, because Michael Yon is an excellent writer who has actually spent time with the boots on the ground. He will give the truth. Must hear!

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In an article written by Sergei Blagov March 17, 2006, there are hints and outright lies about interference with the elections that haven't even taken place yet. They are learning quickly, as most dictators do, that if you want to steal an election--get out in front of it. Accuse everyone. When you lose, if all goes wrong, you can claim 'foul!'

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus is running against three other candidates. One whom he has had arrested. He is not allowing any NGO's into the country, and claims to have video tapes of Georgian arrestees who claim that America sent them to blow up Churches and commit mayhem on Sunday, the day of the election. Read the whole article here.

Sidenote: Excuse me, but we do not blow up Churches. If we did, we would have smashed the terrorists in Iraq each time there was an attack. Just so you get that right. End sidenote.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Iran Freedom Concert; Possible Ganji Release

I have the good fortune of being a part of this wonderful project to bring awareness of the lack of any civil rights for the people of Iran. This is a concert for which we hope to bring awareness to the American people of the atrocities that occur daily in Iran. Please read this press release. Even if you cannot attend, you can write on your site about this. We need all the help you can offer. Think of those without a voice, and think of the fact that you have one. It shouldn't be too hard to decide the right thing to do. Thank you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Harvard Students Hold "Iran Freedom Concert" in Solidarity with Iranian Student Movement for Democracy and Civil Rights

CAMBRIDGE – On Saturday, March 18, Harvard University will host the Iran Freedom Concert, a rally organized by Harvard students to support their counterparts in Iran. Prominent Iranian student leader Akbar Atri and Harvard's Undergraduate Council president John Haddock will address the crowd.

"As tensions rise over nuclear issues, our diverse student coalition wants to spotlight the human side of the Iran crisis," said co-organizer Adam Scheuer, a senior and editor at the Harvard Middle East Review.

"Iranian students are denied basic rights Americans take advantage of every day. But there is a brave student movement in Iran working for change, and we need to support them." Widespread student protests in Iran have broken out in recent years, despite a brutal crackdown by the regime's security forces.

The concert, which begins at 9 p.m. at Leverett House, features leading campus musicians and speakers from campus groups exposing repression in Iran. Nine organizations are co-sponsoring, including an unusual alliance of campus Democrats and Republicans.

"The coalition doesn't take a stand on policy debates like foreign intervention," explained freshman co-organizer Alex McLeese. "But we agree that the fundamental rights of Iranians cannot be held hostage to diplomatic maneuverings over Iran's nuclear program."

The Iran Freedom Concert takes place just before the traditional Persian new year of Norouz – reflecting the students' hope for a new day for freedom in Iran.

"Iranian students are arrested for what they write on their blogs and have to take their exams in handcuffs," noted freshman co-organizer Nick Manske. "In fact, the essential elements of this concert are illegal in Iran: live singing, mixed dancing, and discussing social messages. Not to mention the restrictions on women, minorities, and journalists."

That message is being echoed on campuses across the country, with simultaneous rallies planned at Georgetown, UPenn, Duke, and other schools. Prominent Iranian dissidents, as well as the American Islamic Congress, are sending statements of support.

"This is a critical moment for Iran," Scheuer said. "Iranian activists need to know that American students are ready to help them hold the Iranian regime accountable. We want to help our counterparts in Iran seize the moment and advance their civil rights movement."
Now for the second part of this article. I mentioned that there is a possible release of Akbar Ganji. On March 17, one day before the concert, Ganji's 6 year prison sentence for writing a book and articles that did not please the regime will be over. At this time, by Iranian law, he is supposed to be released from Evin Prison.

I want everyone to pray for his health, his life, his release, and his safety upon release. He could possibly be the one man in all of Iran to lead the country into a democratic Iran. This would be a very good thing. Very good, indeed.

Editor's Note: I wrote this on the 15th, but I would like to keep it on top. It is very important for you to see this. Please sign the petition for the people of Iran. Thank you.

Update: Ganji's release has been denied, even though he has served every day of his six year sentence.

Update 2: There is a very good Op-Ed in the Crimson (the Harvard Newspaper) written by Nicholas B. Manske you should read. It will help explain what we are doing. Thank you.

The Life and Times of Saddam

Omar from Iraq the Model has written an article about the documents recently released by the DNI about the Taliban, Iraq and Saddam. He has one document that he interpreted but he asks us to remember that it is a rough interpretion, and please double check it. Either way, it is very interesting. Thank you.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

FCC fines CBS $3.6 million for 'Without A Trace'

Just in from American Family Association Online - Today...... We received and email from AFA with news that most decent American families can be proud of. We just wanted to share the email with you. The peoples voice was heard loud and clear by the FCC and CBS. You can also read about it in the Baltimore Sun:

You did it! FCC fines CBS $3.6 million for 'Without A Trace'

Dear Concerned Citizen,

In January, 2005, we asked you to join us in filing formal complaints against CBS and their affiliate stations for broadcasting Without A Trace, complete with an extended teen-age orgy scene. Within days, 165,997 AFA on-line supporters had filed formal complaints with the FCC.

This week, the FCC announced it agrees with you and is fining 111 CBS stations $32,500 each for broadcasting this indecency. This major accomplishment happened because you took action!

This is the largest fine ever against the networks and their stations. In addition, the FCC reaffirmed a $550,000 fine against CBS for Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl. I want to thank you for taking time to get involved. This proves we can make a difference when we join together! The FCC will be bombarded with complaints by Hollywood, the media, and liberals such as the ACLU. They must get letters of thanks from those who appreciate their enforcement of the indecency laws! We must let them hear from us! Please take time to thank the FCC for their actions by sending them a letter of support.

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This Week in Iran 3/15/2006

Wednesday, March 8, 2006
  • SGate.com reports that Sec. Rumsfeld has finally stated what we have known; Iran is trying to infiltrate Iraq. He also states who and that it is a mistake in judgement on Iran's part.
  • FOCUS News Agency: German intelligence confirmed that Iran had purchased 18 disassembled BM-25 mobile missiles with a range of around 2,500 km from North Korea.


  • Thursday, March 9, 2006
  • The New York Sun published the full text of Michael Ledeen's testimony on Iran before House Committee on International Relations. A must read.
  • Defence Talk reported that Iran's armed forces have deployed a new locally-built submarine in Persian Gulf waters.
  • Cox & Forkum published a cartoon: Made in Iran.


  • Friday, March 10, 2006
  • The Weekly Standard reported that Iran secretly agreed to assist the Taliban in its war against U.S. forces in October 2001.
  • Reuters reported that Iranian police and plainclothes agents yesterday beat hundreds of women and men who had gathered to commemorate International Women's Day. Plus 4 videos.
  • Amir Taheri, The New York Post warned of the danger of a Jihad war in Thailand.
  • Iran Watch Canada is counting down the release of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji from prison, with just 8 days to go (March 17th).


  • Saturday, March 11, 2006
  • Kenneth R. Timmerman, FrontPageMagazine.com reported that the U.S. envoy to the IAEA said at a closed-door meeting: Iran now has the materials to make up to ten nuclear weapons.
  • Women’s Rights Association of Iran published a detailed report on International Women’s Day Protest in Laleh Park in Tehran. Videos.


  • Sunday, March 12, 2006
  • The Telegraph reported that Iran's leaders have built a secret underground emergency command centre in Teheran as they prepare for a confrontation with the West.
  • The Washington Post reported that the United States, backed by France and Britain, pressed Moscow and Beijing at a meeting of the council's five veto-wielding members to support the swift adoption of a Security Council statement.
  • Stephen F. Hayes, The Weekly Standard reported how Bush wants to release the Saddam files but his intelligence chief stalls.


  • Monday, March 13, 2006
  • The Washington Post reported that President Bush and his team have been huddling in closed-door meetings on Iran, the debate is over, and although administration is does not use the term "regime change" in public, and that in effect is the goal. But in private meetings, Bush and his advisers have been more explicit.
  • The Washington Institute for Near East Policy published the full text of Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon's address the Hudson Institute.
  • SMCCDI called for emergency financial support of NITV a leading Iranian broadcaster into Iran. The site is off the air, due to lack of funds.


  • Tuesday, March 14, 2006
  • The Washington Times reported that a recent deal between Iran and Venezuela provides for the exploitation of Venezuela's strategic minerals signals that Chavez's government could be planning to provide Tehran with uranium for its nuclear program.
  • The International Institute for Strategic Studies published the full text of UK Foreign Minister Jack Straws remarks on Iran. He asked: "How then can we help the Iranian people realise their ambition for Iran to retake its place as a respected and law-abiding country within the region and within the community of nations?" Videos of the speech and QA.
  • Monsters & Critics reported that the Iranian regime admits that it has resorted to broadcasting popular American films to compete with Iranian opposition broadcasters out of LA.
  • Rooz Online reported that Iraq's Moqtada Sadr and Seyed Hassan Nassrollah, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group made unreported visits to Tehran last week.


  • Wednesday, March 15, 2006
  • SMCCDI reported that Islamic regime's security forces attacked Iranian celebrators/demonstrators in several cities by beating brutally women and especially young kids using clubs, chains and even knives have been used by foreign speaking militiamen.
  • Iran Press News reported that despite Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji's having served his six year prison sentence this week, his release has been denied. (More to be said on this! I am furious.)
  • Eli lake, The New York Sun reported that the Tehran regime has already started cracking down on democracy activists in the country who have received aid from the West.
  • Azarmehr reported that the Islamic Republic is now using the Washington Post instead of State TV for propaganda against Iranian dissidents.
  • New York Post reported that if the Security Council won't act Europe's leadership on the Iranian nuclear problem suggests a third option: NATO.
  • Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen, FrontPageMagazine.com examined the Mullah-Hamas Axis.


  • Remember, if you click on the day of the week, you can read a number of articles that happened on that day. There are other articles I did not include because they are either speculation or have already taken place. The UN is not worth reporting, because they will never make up their collective mind to go to the bathroom, let alone face anything serious. Have a nice day.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    Time to Act for Darfur 3/15/2006

    I have been writing about Darfur, Sudan for over a year now; and now I have been given an opportunity to do something for these people. I hope you will join me in this endeavor. It would really be a blessing to all of us. Thank you.
    As you know, I've been writing to keep you informed about Darfur, Sudan. I know you are very concerned about the people and would like to do whatever you could, within the law, to help. I have good news!

    Human Rights First has an important new petition. They are looking for 200,000 caring people to “stand in” for those who have been murdered, raped, thrown into slavery, and displaced. Please see and sign the petition here: International Justice.

    There is also a short and powerful Flash movie that they made, and we are invited to watch and link to it: Hope for Darfur.

    The petition calls for a high-level envoy, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to reenergize the peace process. That means, in particular, bringing all of the stakeholders in Darfur to the negotiating table – something that is not happening right now.

    Thank you for standing up for the people of Darfur. Thank you for caring and taking the time to educate yourself. Please, if you can, educate others by posting this in your site.

    You have my permission to copy the whole article, just remember to give me credit. :)
    Hat tip to Rosemary at Causes of Interest.

    Update: There is a very good Op-Ed in the Crimson (the Harvard Newspaper) written by Nicholas B. Manske you should read. It will help explain what we are doing. Thank you.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Big Dog Op-ed; There is No MSM Bias?


    Reposted from Big Dog's Weblog
    Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

    There Is No MSM Bias?

    Let a gold star mother go before the public and trash the President of the United States and she is a hero to the left. The MSM can’t give her enough air time. When she camps out in Crawford Texas she is touted as a hero of the left. Every reference to her is followed by the clarification that she lost a son in Iraq. Every word Cindy Sheehan utters is printed or aired and no one in the MSM questions whether her words are truthful because to them she is the truth. Her words are printed at lefty blogs like The Huffington post and she gets invited to the State of the Union address so she can embarrass herself. She is mouthpiece for Michael Moore and the rest of the hate America crowd. The anti-war left loves her and the MSM hangs on her every word.

    Let a gold star mother who supports the war and indicates that her son taught her courage try to get her message out and she is shunned by the “unbiased” MSM. Merrilee Carlson chairs a group of families who have lost a loved one in the war. They produced two commercials and they were test marketing them in Minnesota. The station they wanted to run the commercials on refused to do so because they objected to these two lines, from families of the fallen:

    The media only reports the bad news, but American troops are making real progress

    You would never know it from the news reports, but our enemy in Iraq is Al Qaeda.

    The station said that it left the impression that it was targeted at them and would have aired it if the lines had been changed to indicate the media in general. Perhaps that is so but the fact that it is an election year and this message was intended to clear up some of the mindless prattle coming out of Sheehan’s mouth certainly played into it.

    Think not?

    Then why: On Thursday, February 16th, the Chair of the Democrat Party in Minnesota called on all TV stations to pull the ad. The top Democrats in Minnesota want to suppress the message of Carlson’s group.

    The commercials will not go national and there is no debate about them because the MSM has failed to cover them. If this had been a Sheehan group saying that soldiers were having sex with chickens and spreading bird flu it would have been aired for free and made the front pages of every liberal newspaper in the country.

    The next time they tell you the MSM is not biased, ask them what they know about Cindy Sheehan. After they tell you all they know ask them what they know about Merrilee Carlson. When they tell you nothing inform them they would if the MSM were not biased.

    Source: TownHall.com

    Read the entire article. It will shed new light on the oppressive media and the hate America Democratic Party. It will also show you that those who cry the loudest about free speech only mean that speech with which they agree is free.

    As always, Big Dog welcomes your comments. This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 at Tuesday Mar 14th, 2006 @ 18:47 and is filed under these links to Big Dog's Weblog: Political, Military. He has made it easy for you to follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Leave your responses to this article here: leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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    Iran Freedom Concert; Possible Ganji Release

    I have the good fortune of being a part of this wonderful project to bring awareness of the lack of any civil rights for the people of Iran. This is a concert for which we hope to bring awareness to the American people of the atrocities that occur daily in Iran. Please read this press release. Even if you cannot attend, you can write on your site about this. We need all the help you can offer. Think of those without a voice, and think of the fact that you have one. It shouldn't be too hard to decide the right thing to do. Thank you.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Harvard Students Hold "Iran Freedom Concert" in Solidarity with Iranian Student Movement for Democracy and Civil Rights

    CAMBRIDGE – On Saturday, March 18, Harvard University will host the Iran Freedom Concert, a rally organized by Harvard students to support their counterparts in Iran. Prominent Iranian student leader Akbar Atri and Harvard's Undergraduate Council president John Haddock will address the crowd.

    "As tensions rise over nuclear issues, our diverse student coalition wants to spotlight the human side of the Iran crisis," said co-organizer Adam Scheuer, a senior and editor at the Harvard Middle East Review.

    "Iranian students are denied basic rights Americans take advantage of every day. But there is a brave student movement in Iran working for change, and we need to support them." Widespread student protests in Iran have broken out in recent years, despite a brutal crackdown by the regime's security forces.

    The concert, which begins at 9 p.m. at Leverett House, features leading campus musicians and speakers from campus groups exposing repression in Iran. Nine organizations are co-sponsoring, including an unusual alliance of campus Democrats and Republicans.

    "The coalition doesn't take a stand on policy debates like foreign intervention," explained freshman co-organizer Alex McLeese. "But we agree that the fundamental rights of Iranians cannot be held hostage to diplomatic maneuverings over Iran's nuclear program."

    The Iran Freedom Concert takes place just before the traditional Persian new year of Norouz – reflecting the students' hope for a new day for freedom in Iran.

    "Iranian students are arrested for what they write on their blogs and have to take their exams in handcuffs," noted freshman co-organizer Nick Manske. "In fact, the essential elements of this concert are illegal in Iran: live singing, mixed dancing, and discussing social messages. Not to mention the restrictions on women, minorities, and journalists."

    That message is being echoed on campuses across the country, with simultaneous rallies planned at Georgetown, UPenn, Duke, and other schools. Prominent Iranian dissidents, as well as the American Islamic Congress, are sending statements of support.

    "This is a critical moment for Iran," Scheuer said. "Iranian activists need to know that American students are ready to help them hold the Iranian regime accountable. We want to help our counterparts in Iran seize the moment and advance their civil rights movement."
    Now for the second part of this article. I mentioned that there is a possible release of Akbar Ganji. On March 17, one day before the concert, Ganji's 6 year prison sentence for writing a book and articles that did not please the regime will be over. At this time, by Iranian law, he is supposed to be released from Evin Prison.

    I want everyone to pray for his health, his life, his release, and his safety upon release. He could possibly be the one man in all of Iran to lead the country into a democratic Iran. This would be a very good thing. Very good, indeed.

    Nassrollah and Sadr in Tehran

    RoozOnline has an article: Nassrollah and Sadr in Tehran written by Morteza Sadeghi.

    In this report, Sadr of Iraq and Hizbollah from Lebanon met last week in Iran with some leaders. It is a short article, if you would like to read it. I wish it would tell what they discussed!

    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Rick Roberts Op-ed: REPUBLICANS LOSING FAITH IN BUSH?

    REPUBLICANS LOSING FAITH IN BUSH?
    By Rick Roberts, March 13th, 2006

    Reposted with permission from Rick Roberts, 760 KFMB AM radio, San Diego, California. For further information about Rick or his points of view, please visit Rick's Blog at 760 KFMB.

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    More and more Americans, INCLUDING REPUBLICANS, disapprove of President Bush’s performance, question his character, and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.

    And I know a lot of you, including myself, don’t agree with polls, but several different polls from several different polling companies are all coming up with the same result; REPUBLICANS ARE LOSING FAITH IN BUSH.

    From Newsmax:

    Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq - the bloody hot spot upon which Bush has staked his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of people say the U.S. is on the wrong track, a 6-point jump since February.

    And how is the President reacting?

    Is he talking about what a stupid idea Portgate was? Is he talking about closing the borders to stop illegals and terrorists?

    Nope.

    He is scheduled to deliver a series of three speeches this month aimed at persuading Americans that the War in Iraq was worth it, and he also plans to talk about “globalization.”

    THE NEW YORK TIMES writes;

    “The White House plans to have Mr. Bush expand his discussion of the need for the United States to embrace a new role in the world, even if that means explaining the benefits of globalization to a nation that does not appear to be in a mood to hear that message.”

    After Portgate, is GLOBALIZATION really what you want to hear?

    I am not in the mood to hear about globalization!

    And about the outsourcing of jobs in this “global village” President Bush said while in India that while American jobs were often lost to outsourcing, “you don’t retrench and pull back.”

    He said he had to convince Americans that “a 300-million-person market of middle-class citizens here in India” would soon be buying American goods.

    “If we can make a product they want, then it becomes — at a reasonable price — and then all of a sudden, people will be able to have a market here,” he said.

    You believe that? Or, would you just like to have the jobs back?

    When Mr. Bush gave a set of speeches on Iraq in December, the calls to pull out were mostly from the left. Now, a rising chorus of neo-conservatives, who urged Mr. Bush to topple Mr. Hussein, say that, having liberated Iraq, the rest is up to the Iraqis.

    ALRIGHT… TO ALL MY NEO-CONSERVATIVES OUT THERE…HAVE YOU LOST FAITH IN PRESIDENT BUSH?

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    Interview with Umm Nidal: Palestinian Authority/Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project

    The following is a special dispatch email that I receive from WWW.MEMRITV.ORG in a regular weekly basis.  I have found this one to be extremely interesting because it explores the rational behind suicide bombing.  Umm Nidal is a mother of a suicide bomber and now a Palestinian politician when Hamas won the election.  If you have not read about her or heard her before now, you are in for some real insight.

    Special Dispatch - Palestinian Authority / Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project March 10, 2006 No. 1111

    Palestinian Legislative Council Member "Umm Nidal" on Saudi Iqra TV: A Muslim Mother Should Raise Her Children for Jihad; Interviewer Iqra TV Director-General Critical of Arab TV Channels That Don't Support Martyrdom Operations

    To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit:
    http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SD111106 .

    The following are excerpts from an interview with Palestinian Legislative Council member "Umm Nidal" Farhat, aired on Saudi Iqra TV, on February 19, 2006.

    TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1066 .


    Iqra TV Director-General Nabil Hammad: "Yesterday I saw on some TV channels - Arab TV channels, I'm sad to say - translated programs that portray the Palestinian mujahideen as seeking the black-eyed virgins in operations for killing Israelis - as if they enjoy killing those poor Israeli Jews. They turned the picture completely upside-down. One people oppresses another people. A nation in its entirety is suffering, its homes are occupied, and all its capabilities are destroyed. Yet this nation faces demands not to fight. We are talking about resistance to the occupier.

    "Go ahead."

    Umm Nidal: "This is resistance, and nobody can say otherwise, no matter what methods are used. All methods are legitimate in resistance against the occupier."

    Nabil Hammad: "As you know, there are plans to strip the resistance of its meaning, and say it is terrorism. Even the resistance is now called 'terrorism.' You learn something new every day..."

    [...]

    Umm Nidal: "Ever since [my son] Muhammad was a little boy, he carried and used a weapon. This was natural for him. It is not that he all of a sudden took up a weapon, carried out operations, and so on. This was a gradual process for him, ever since he was little.

    "There was an operation that was about to take place - the same operation that he eventually carried out. [My eldest son] Nidal, may he rest in peace, said to me: 'I want to give this operation to my brother Muhammad.' He insisted on this because he loved Muhammad very much. He chose him. He chose him for the operation over the rest of the guys. Some of the guys were even a little mad at him for not considering them for this operation, but he said: 'By Allah, this operation leads to Paradise, and I will choose nobody but my brother.'"

    [...]

    "Allah be praised, we have thousands of young men. They all yearn for martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Some of them even cry when they do not get the chance to commit martyrdom. As long as we have such determination, we will prevail, Allah willing."

    Nabil Hammad: "Umm Nidal, we always hear Palestinian mothers who say: 'We give birth to martyrs.' Could you explain this?"

    Umm Nidal: "Obviously, our reality imposes this on us. We believe in the faith charted for us by Allah, and believe that if someone is destined to die, he will die, even if he hides in a crate - but why shouldn't we take the initiative and die as martyrs? There is a great chasm between one form of dying and the other. So why shouldn't we choose martyrdom? Allah has chosen us, from among all people, and has bestowed upon us the honor of Jihad in the front line of Palestine. So it is all the more fitting for us to initiate martyrdom, before death reaches us while we sit at home."

    Nabil Hammad: "You have a beautiful saying that goes: 'What is life worth when one accepts humiliation?'"

    Umm Nidal: "True."

    [...]

    Nabil Hammad: "What is your message to all the Muslim mothers, who want to raise their sons, and hope they will attain worldly things, university degrees, luxurious palaces, and fancy cars?"

    [...]

    Umm Nidal: "A Muslim mother should raise her children on prayer, good deeds, and, of course, on Jihad, which is one of the duties on which we should raise our children."

    [...]

    "Jihad in Islam is a duty that one cannot forego. It is like any other religious duty. If we understand the true meaning of Islam, the notion of Jihad will be included among the Islamic duties, and in Palestine - an individual duty. If we are remiss in this duty, we sin."


    For More on "Umm Nidal"

    *Palestinian Legislative Council Candidate and Bereaved Mother of Three Hamas Terrorists Umm Nidal Farhat: Israelis are Not Civilians and There are No Prohibitions on Killing Them. I am Willing to Sacrifice all My Sons,

    MEMRI TV Clip No. 980, Dream 2 TV (Egypt), December 21, 2005:
    http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=980 .

    *Umm Nidal: 'The Mother of the Shahids,'
    MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 673, March 4, 2004:
    http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP67304 .

    *An Interview With the Mother of a Suicide Bomber,
    MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 391, June 19, 2002:
    http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP39102 .

    The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East.  Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background information, are available on request.

    MEMRI holds copyrights on all translations. Materials may only be used with proper attribution.

    The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
    P.O. Box 27837, Washington, DC 20038-7837
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