Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pundit Review Radio and Melanie Morgan

This past Sunday, Melanie Morgan was interviewed by Gregg and Kevin, and she described two family's who suffered loss in their family's due to the Iraqi War. It is amazing how the two have such a contrast in the way they are dealing with their grief. Melanie has captured this contrast in her new book, "American Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War, Torn by Beliefs" (which I highly recommend).

You may listen to the interview at Pundit Review where they have it on podcast. Don't know what that is? Neither do I, but it seems to work just fine. Just click on it, and it works! Amazing what they're doing with electronics nowadays, but that's an entirely different article.

Please listen to the interview. It is very moving, and it is not dismeaning. It is more professional, and most people like that about this interview. Just the facts, ma'am.

Illegals, Courts, Frat suspended, and terrorists

Hispanics Flee Pa. Town Before Crackdown
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Associated Press Writer

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) (snip) "On Wednesday, a tough, first-of-its-kind law targeting illegal immigrants was to take effect in this small hillside city in northeastern Pennsylvania. A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the measure for at least two weeks, but the evidence suggests many Hispanics - illegal or otherwise - have already left."

Read the entire article.

Court Keeps Ohio ID Law for Absentees
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Ohio can require absentee voters to provide proof of their identification, overturning a lower court's order suspending the new law.

Read the entire article.

Frat Suspended Over 'Hood' Party.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Johns Hopkins University has suspended the Sigma Chi fraternity because of a "Halloween in the Hood" party that drew protests by black students.

The invitation to the party, posted on the Web site Facebook, encouraged guests to wear "regional clothing from our locale" with jewelry including "bling bling ice ice, grills" and "hoochie hoops."

The party, held Saturday night at the fraternity house, featured a skeleton pirate hanging on a noose.

Black Student Union members protested the party on Monday, saying the appearance of the image and the language on the invitation highlighted racial tensions at Hopkins and the strained relations between the university and the surrounding community.

Read the entire article.

Yemen says arrests 8 Qaeda-linked arms smugglers.
Hat tip to LGF and Aussiemagpie.
TWO of the Australian men arrested in Yemen on terrorism charges are the sons of Abdul Rahim Ayub, the man who set up a Jemaah Islamiah cell here and fled after the Bali bombings.

Read the whole article.

Middle East, Judges, Politics and Commentary

'US Only Answer for Middle East,' Says Saudi Envoy
(CNSNews.com) - Voicing support for U.S. involvement in Iraq, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said the U.S. has a important role to play in the Middle East, "whether it wants to or not." If Iraq were to be divided on ethnic or sectarian lines, he warned, problems in the country would increase three-fold, and there would be ethnic cleansing on a massive scale...

Black Democrats Endorse Republican Senate Candidate
(CNSNews.com) – President Bush told African-Americans two years ago that the Democratic Party was taking them for granted, and this year, a growing number of African-Americans apparently are starting to believe it...

Former Iranian President to Be Honored at Scottish University
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – If British and U.S. authorities are trying to charm the Iranian leadership by inviting former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to their countries, they’ve picked the wrong guy, an expert in Washington said...

Commentary
Why So Much Rage at the Judiciary?
By Tom Fitton
In a recent Wall Street Journal editorial, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor questioned why there is such an “intensity of rage currently being leveled at the judiciary.” Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court gave her an answer.

On Wednesday, in an act of raw judicial power, the New Jersey Supreme Court discovered that the New Jersey Constitution, which was last written 60 years ago, requires that homosexual couples have a right to all the benefits of marriage. The court has given the legislature 180 days to rewrite laws governing marriage, but why bother?

Decision Time on Iran
By Daniel Pipes
Where, one wonders, will the desultory, perpetual efforts to avert a crisis with Iran end? With a dramatic calling of the vote at the Security Council in New York? Around-the-clock negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna? A special envoy from the European Union hammering out a compromise in Tehran? None of the above, I predict, for all these scenarios presume that Tehran will ultimately forego its dream of nuclear weaponry. Recent evidence suggests otherwise…

Monday, October 30, 2006

Iraqi Army getting first-rate advise

Courtesy of Multi-National Force - Iraq

Monday, 30 October 2006

By Sgt. Shannon Crane
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Shepherd, military transition team adviser for 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, monitors the radio as Iraqi soldiers stand ready during a cordon and search mission in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Embedded transition teams assist with logistics and battlefield enabling effects, such as medical evacuation, close air support and artillery. Official Department of Defense photo.

U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Shepherd, military transition team adviser for 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, monitors the radio as Iraqi soldiers stand ready during a cordon and search mission in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Embedded transition teams assist with logistics and battlefield enabling effects, such as medical evacuation, close air support and artillery. Official Department of Defense photo.

CAMP TAJI — Rome wasn’t built in a day...and neither was its army. Constructing, supplying and properly training a country’s fighting force is hardly an expeditious task. It is a process, and this process can be likened to a marathon - not a sprint.

The same can be said for the Iraqi Army. Over the past three years, it has been rebuilt from the ground up as a modern, effective, fighting force consisting of ten divisions with approximately 131,000 soldiers.

Today, approximately 89 Iraqi Army combat battalions, 30 brigade headquarters and six division headquarters control their own battle space.

Members of the Military Transition Teams at Camp Taji play a key role in this process, as they slowly, but surely, train the Iraqi Army to ultimately assume independence.
The purpose of the MiTTs is to advise, coach, teach and mentor Iraqi Soldiers – to provide the necessary training and guidance to bring their army to a level where it can work independently.
“First of all, we advise. So our job is to help the Iraqis plan and execute combat operations - those units that are already working in combat operations,” said U.S. Army Maj. Steven Carroll, a transition team chief from Fort Sill, Okla.

“We're primary trainers, or train-the-trainers, for Iraqi units that have just started. So teacher/adviser is the primary role for the team,” he added.

Each 11 to 15-man team brings a mix of combat and support specialties, including operations, intelligence, logistics, communications, engineering and security. Team members work one-on-one with their Iraqi counterparts, showing them the ropes of each specialty and offering advice on streamlining operations.

“Second, we bring the effects - coalition effects - to the Iraqi army that they don't have for themselves,” said Carroll.

“Indirect fires, fixed air and helicopter attack aviation support, MEDEVAC helicopters and other non-lethal effects, like information operations assets, for example, that the Iraqi army uses during their combat operations, but can't provide for themselves. We provide that,” he said.
In addition to training and advising, the teams often run patrols outside of the compound with Iraqi Soldiers to show presence, facilitate effects and to help the Soldiers gain confidence in running operations.

“We go to checkpoints and provide U.S. presence, because without it, they can’t get attack aviation, or air MEDEVAC, or any of the things that we take for granted in our Army,” said U.S. Army Capt. John Govan, a logistics adviser from Mobile, Ala.

“Those have to be called in by the U.S., so we’ll go out with them sometimes as presence patrols, what we call battlefield circulation, where we move around and check on different checkpoints inside our Iraqi brigade,” he added.

The Iraqi commander of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, who asked not to use his name for reasons of force protection, commented on the importance of the American transition teams running patrols with his Soldiers, and what they ultimately learn from the experience.

“They train us how to deal with the insurgents,” he said. “They also train us how to deal with the civilians and the checkpoints, and they show us how to surround the areas if we suspect that we have improvised explosive devices or insurgents.”

For the transition teams to work effectively, they must establish solid relationships with Iraqi Soldiers. They do this by embedding with the Soldiers – living and working in the same areas on a daily basis.

This is not as easy as it sounds, as many of the obstacles faced by the teams lay in the strong cultural differences between the American advisers and Iraqi Soldiers.

“One of the biggest challenges, of course, is the language barrier,” said U.S. Army Maj. Marc Walker, a transition team chief from Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Walker then described the differences in work schedules between the Iraqis and Americans.
“The Iraqi soldiers’ normal day starts at seven and goes until noon,” he said. “Then they have an afternoon break, and then they start back up again right after dinner time, about six o’clock...then work until midnight. So we’ve had to adjust our schedules around theirs.

“We’ve had to adjust to their prayer times and all their religious rituals that they do, as well.”
Cultural awareness is a theme that resonates within all aspects of the transition teams’ work. The team members are in agreement as to the importance of being able to appreciate and respect the Iraqi culture.

“As far as the cultural significance, or the ability to relate to the Iraqis culturally, I think it’s very important,” said U.S. Army Capt. Eric James, an operations adviser from El Paso, Texas.

“I think if you’re culturally insensitive to them, then one, they’re not going to respect you. And then, in turn, you’re not going to build that strong relationship that you need, personally, to be able to conduct professional business.”

“I think you can sum it up with you rarely get a second chance to make a good first impression,” said Carroll. “And first impressions are important, in this case. Building a good working relationship - a good rapport - with your counterpart is everything.

“So, if you are culturally unaware, and accidentally insensitive, you may have ruined that chance to make a good first impression.”

Still, other challenges are around every corner, and the teams work to fix this.
“It’s my job to empower them,” James said. “If I accomplish my job, when I leave here, they’ll be able to conduct internal operations in their own battle space without having brigade to tell them to do their own operations.”

Though it seems difficult, at times, to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, members of the MITTs are definitely seeing a progression toward independence in their Iraqi counterparts.

“Most of us, this is our second year over here, and, so what we have seen are huge steps since 2003 in the reforming of an Iraqi army and a basic Iraqi security force,” said Govan.

“But the daily, mundane things that we do, it’s tough to see unless you step back and look at where they started from,” he said. “We believe that they have grown.

“Our unit, as a logistics battalion, is the equivalent of a forward support battalion inside of a brigade combat team. They don’t do a great job with logistics, simply because so much of logistics is farmed out to contract food, water, and maintenance.

“But what we have seen them do is grow as a maneuverable force. They’re responsible for their own force protection and their own re-supply, and we have really nothing to do with that except for overseeing it.

“So in the beginning, we helped create it, and now, keeping true to the MiTT model, we’ve worked ourselves basically out of a job.”

An Iraqi civilian interpreter who works with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, who also asked his name not be used, said he has seen a positive difference in his country’s army in the short time he’s worked with the transition teams, and made comparisons to how the Iraqi army used to be.

“I don’t think we had an army,” he said, “because you see, everyone wanted to make something for himself. Some money or some respect. Everyone made something for himself. That’s why I don’t care about the army before 2003.

“After 2003, I feel that we got a new army. I feel that the Iraqi army is a great army that I’ve never seen before. But at the same time, I see the Iraqi officers and the soldiers don’t have the experience. They don’t know what the other armies in the world are doing, how they fight, or how they work.”

He added that as a result of the guidance the Iraqi soldiers have received from the transition teams, the Iraqi army is changing for the better.

“Actually, I’m honest...I see progress,” he said. “I see progress.”

“Despite the differences that the Iraqi army has to the way we're doing business, they're actually accomplishing the mission,” Carroll said, “at least our unit in their sector, to a standard. It’s rarely the American Army's standard, but they're accomplishing the mission.”

In spite of the various obstacles and seemingly slow progress involved with building and training a military force, the members of the transition teams see the relevance of the mission and continue to stay the course.

“We’re told that the MiTTs are basically the exit strategy from this theater and we all want the same thing, and that’s to go home,” Govan said. “But I think it’s, overall, a good thing. I’ve seen that they do grow.”

Some team members find job satisfaction in seeing how far the Iraqis have come in their training.
“This assignment is very rewarding, and it is very frustrating at the same time,” said Walker, “but I believe the rewards outweigh the frustrations that you will have over here.

“And when you look back over the course of the year, you’ll look at where they started and where you’ve ended up, and I’m very pleased with where we’re at right now.”

Others find fulfillment in the experiences they’ve gained.

“This is a great opportunity to get out and to get in the fight...and see a different part of the Army,” said James.

“To really grow and experience new things,” he said. “To learn a lot about how to conduct yourself and run operations in a volatile environment. You can do nothing but grow professionally and personally, I think, by joining a MiTT and getting out here and living with the Iraqis.”

And still others find success in the day-to-day gains...making headway in the marathon of military transition.

"There are days, or late nights, when I walk back from the battalion commander's office, where I think we'll never get through to them,” said Carroll.

“But the very next day, a triumph,” he said, “and we've broken through and things have gotten better overnight.

“I would absolutely recommend it to anybody that wanted to do it. It’s a challenging job, but it's definitely the future.”

 

New Site for Soccer Fans, Cricket Fans, Too

Soccer Live Matches and Cricket Live Matches are two new sites that have livestreaming. (They are new to me. Sorry if you already know them, and even if you did not!)

Please visit their sites, and let us know how you enjoy it. I did not notice any scores, but that is not to say they are not there. You may have to watch the game to find out the score. lol. Have fun.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Ad

Courtesy of NewsMax.Com

RUSH LIMBAUGH: You've gotta hear this campaign commercial. There's a man running for office as a Republican, running for Congress in North Carolina. His name is Vernon Robinson. ... I don't even want to characterize it. Just listen to this commercial.

Watch the Ad Rush is Talking About Now
(or read the text of the ad and Rush Limbaugh's comments first)

ANNOUNCER: (Twilight Zone theme song) If you're a conservative Republican, watching the news these days can make you feel as though you are in...The Twilight Zone. Americans are under attack from Islamic extremists in every corner of the world. Homosexuals are mocking holy matrimony, and the lesbians and feminists are attacking everything sacred. Liberal judges have completely rewritten the Constitution. You can burn the American flag and kill a million babies a year, but you can't post the Ten Commandments or say "God" in public.

CHILDREN: One nation, under -- Shhh!

ANNOUNCER: Seven out of every ten black children are born out of wedlock, and Jackson and Sharpton claim the answer is racial quotas -- and the aliens are here, but they didn't come in a spaceship. They came across our unguarded Mexican border by the millions.

VERNON ROBINSON: I'm Vernon Robinson. If you send me to Congress, I'll send that back to the Twilight Zone. I approve of this message, and of traditional American values. (Leave It to Beaver theme song).

Watch the ad here

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Goes out with Leave It To Beaver music. I should point out Vernon Robinson is black, and when he mentions Sharpton and Jackson -- have you seen the spot? When he gets to Jackson, he found a mugshot of Jesse Jackson and that's what he runs and he found a picture of Sharpton with an Afro from years and years ago. (Laughing.) This is a national campaign. I mean, he's talking about national issues. They all have impact locally, but I thought it was the Democrats that were going to nationalize the election this year! I thought Democrats were going to do that. That is Vernon Robinson who is running for Congress ... He's getting grief like you can't believe. This is one of the best political ads in a long, long time, and can I ask you: When you heard that, folks, when you heard that, weren't you going, "Yeah! Okay, yeah, yeah," and, "Why don't more Republicans talk like this? Why don't more of them say these are the problems that we face?" And here's Vernon Robinson in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, saying: I'm a pioneer, and I will take the arrows. ...

RUSH LIMBAUGH: That is just a great, great ad. ... Vernon Robinson is a target now, they are targeting this guy...This is, I mean pardon the French here, this is off the plantation. He has escaped and wandered off the liberal Democrat plantation. This is not allowed. This is not permitted. If they could, they'd grab this guy and send him to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and let Hillary as Nurse Ratchet try to get his mind right. Either that or send him to the warden in Cool Hand Luke and put him in the box. I can't tell you folks. This wouldn't have happened 20 years ago. You wouldn't have had a black congressional candidate in North Carolina running a spot like this. ... But it's a new day out there. Vernon Robinson, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Watch the ad here

Is Venezuela Helping Terrorists?

According to WorldNetDaily (WND) Venezuelan IDs may be helping terrorists enter U.S.  Chavez provides support to Middle Easterners headed north, charges report of the subcommittee on investigations of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Pix of Hugo Courtesy of WND

(WND) WASHINGTON – Venezuela, whose leader Hugo Chavez has stood with Iran against the U.S., is providing documents that could help terrorists infiltrate the U.S.-Mexico, charges a new congressional report on homeland security.

"Venezuela is providing support – including identity documents – that could prove useful to radical Islamic groups," says the report of the subcommittee on investigations of the House Homeland Security Committee. "The Venezuelan government has issued thousands of cédulas, the equivalent of Social Security cards, to people from places such as Cuba, Colombia and Middle Eastern nations that host foreign terrorist organizations."  For more the rest of the article please go to WorldNetDaily.Com: Chavez 

Also reporting:

National Terror Alert Center: Is Venezuelan Helping Terrorists Enter U.S.

US Department of State: Venezuela: Terrorism Hub of South America?

House Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation: Venezuela

Bill Clinton Monument Committee Parody

Dear Friends and Relatives: 

We have the distinguished honor of being on the committee to raise $5,000,000 for a monument of Bill Clinton. We originally wanted to put him on Mt. Rushmore until we discovered there was not enough room for two more faces. We then decided to erect a statue of Bill Clinton in the Washington, D. C. Hall Of Fame.

We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be placed. It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside Jesse Jackson, who never told the truth, since Bill Clinton could never tell the difference.

We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the greatest Democrat of them all. He left not knowing where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing where he had been, and did it all on someone else's money.

If you are one of the fortunate people who have anything left after taxes, we expect a generous contribution to this worthwhile project.

Thank you.
Bill Clinton Monument Committee

P. S. The Committee has raised $1.35 so far. And another thing..... Now let me get this straight....... Bill Clinton is getting $12 Million for his memoirs. His wife Hillary got $8 million for hers. That's $20 million for memories from two people who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.

 

I received the above in an email from a friend.  I could not help but pass it along.

R/ Bosun

 

Technorati Tags: LiberalismPolitically CorrectBill ClintonDemocratDonkey PartyParodyPoliticsHilaryHillary ClintonBillHoward Dean  … Liberals ... Leftists ... Bush ... Opinion

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dirty Bomb Terror suspect Padilla trial to start

According to a news feed posted in the Florida Sun Sentinal, 'Dade jury pool for Padilla terrorism case will start at 3,00o jury selection members.'

by Curt Anderson, Associated Press (AP):

MIAMI -- An unusually large group of 3,000 Miami-area residents will be the starting point for jury selection in the highly publicized terrorism support trial next year of alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla and two others.


U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said Thursday that jury duty letters will go out in mid-November to start a process that will ultimately produce 12 jurors and several alternates to try the case, currently scheduled to begin Jan. 22. The trial is expected to last several months.  For the complete story,(here)

It has been a long time in coming.  Jose will get his day in court next year, 2007. 

Background links:

Technorati tags: Terrorism ... Florida ... CNN ... FBI ... Miami ... al Qaeda ... Terrorism ... Homegrown Terror ... Jose Padilla ... Terror Cell

Why Johnny is reading Islamist propoganda


Courtesy of WorldNetDaily.com.  Origianlly posted on October 26, 2006 at WorldNetDaily.  According to the article written by Bob Unruh, news editor for WorldNetDaily:

Islam is being taught in the nation's public schools as a religion to be embraced because "organized Islamists have gained control of textbook content," according to an organization that analyzes textbooks.

The American Textbook Council has concluded that the situation is the consequence of "the interplay of determined Islamic political activists, textbook editors, and multiculturally minded social studies curriculum planners."

WND also has reported that a man arrested as a terror suspect for allegedly trying to transport $340,000 from a group tied to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and who reputedly had connections to Osama bin Laden, helped write the "Religious Expression in Public Schools" guidelines issued by President Clinton during his tenure in office. 

Thank you for your leadership, President Clinton. You have left a legacy for us to remember in years to come.  To read the story in WorldNetDaily, please go to: BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS???????

Previous stories in WorldNetDaily:

Terror suspect contributed to school 'religion guidelines'

'Five Pillars of Islam' taught in public school

'Islamic indoctrination' taken to Supreme Court

Judges asked to rethink 'Islamic-indoctrination'

Appeals court hears 'Islamic indoctrination' case

Appeals court hears 'Islamic indoctrination' case

Judge rules Islamic education OK in California classrooms

District sued over Islam studies

Publisher responds to book criticism

Islam studies spark hate mail, lawsuits

Islam studies required in California district


Technorati Tags:  Apologists and Appeasers ...Liberalism ... Politically Correct ... Islamic Studies ... Freedom ... Politics ... Education ... America ... Middle East ... monotheism ... Religion in Public Education

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

China-NK continue port deal in spite of nuclear tests

Michael Rank, from NKZone, has written extensively about North Korea, and now he has written an article on the shenanigans in which China will continue to help North Korea, no matter the fact that they are under sanctions (China is a partner in the sanctions) that have been placed on North Korea.

It is a very good and articulate article which I recommend you take the time read. It is named, China-NK port deal on track despite nuclear test. Have a nice day.

NK: Gulags for disabled

It is unimaginable and maybe that is why we do not conceive it, but North Korea does allow the disabled or the dwarfs to procreate. They are trying to raise a 'pure' race. If anyone has a child that is even half Chinese, it is killed.

You think there is torture here? Read the rest of this article by (The) Telegraph.

If you have troubled with that link, try this one.

Sanctions on Iran?

Here is the latest:
    The U.S. and its allies want the UN Security Council to ban the sale of missile and atomic technology to Iran and end most UN help for its nuclear programs, moves that diplomats said Tuesday were narrowly focused in hopes of winning Russian and Chinese backing for sanctions.
You may read the rest of this article at International Herald Tribune.

If you have trouble with this link, please try this one.

NK threatens war if SK joins sanctions

North Korea is now testing the backbone of South Korea by threatening war with them if they continue to join in the sanctions for which they agreed. You may read the article from ABC News here.

If you have trouble with that link, try this one.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Slave Owners in California Sentenced, not enough

Slavery in this country has been abolished since 1865, yet it continues. There were promises made (just like to the Indians) that were never signed into law (40 acres and a mule).

There were the Jim Crow laws that declared 'seperate but equal' was good enough for our black brothers and sisters. They were not allowed to eat, drink or sit wherever a white person could. They could not go to the same schools, and the schools they were allowed to attend were delapitated. Fine choice, eh?

Then there was bussing. Who's idea was this? Oh yes. Sen. Ted Kennedy. I guess he figured that black children did not want or need their friends from home. What a foolish and evil way to treat our neighbors. What an evil way to treat our children.

I am glad to say that we are doing much better. Is it truly better? Yes. Is it equal? In some areas of life, yes, in others, no. How do you change an ignorant person's heart?

Now we have a case--in this day and time--of slavery. It is outrageous that they only received a three years maximum prison sentence.
Abdel Nasser Ibrahim, 57, was handed a three-year prison sentence while ex-wife Amal El-Motelib, 43, was sentenced to 22 months by US District Judge James Selna. [Read the complete article]
Editorial: I hate slavery, and this is completey unacceptable. Three years? What? You are allowed to kidnap a child at the age of 10 in Egypt, bring her here, treat her with physical and mental abuse, and have her in servatude for four years, and you only get three years? I do believe that we, as Americans, should stand together and unseat this judge.

Maybe United States Attorney Debra Wong Yang can explain to us what went terribly wrong. If anyone has any additional information on this case, please contact me.

PS. The one thing to come out of this whole ordeal is the young lady, now 16, has been granted a visa allowing her to stay in America. I just pray she is blessed with a family whom will show her love, kindness, fairness, charity, and all the things she will need to have a successful and happy life.

Hat tip: Pajamas Media.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Understanding the threat

America's Truth Forum is having a symposium at Las Vegas November 10 and 11 of this year to warn and inform Americans of the true nature of the threat spreading throughout the world, including the US of A. You may read more at their site, and information on how to get there will also be available.

The man that interviewed OBL 3 times, including one time after 9/11, will be there. If you don't believe there is a war because of your disdain for President Bush, will you believe him when he tells you OBL already has nuclear weapons? Washington doesn't have time to listen him. Maybe you will...

The French Intifada

Do you remember sometime ago when we heard, slightly, about some 'youths' in France rioting? Did you think it stopped? Then I suggest you read this.

Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.

Update: My contributing editor has also been keeping up with these horrendous acts of violence. You may read his articles here: Islamization of France and The Intifada of France II. They are both great articles, and I highly recommend them. Thank you, Bos'un, and have a great day everyone.

The Israel Project is Expanding!

The Israel Project is expanding its offices, and there are some job openings. If you are interest, you will find all the information you will need right here.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Opinion: Lawmaker Outraged by Sniper Footage on CNN

This is despicable. I wish there were some way to ban these thugs pretending to be reporters, but we must calm down. Is there a law against giving aid and comfort to the enemy? I believe there is, and it's in the Constitution. It is known as treason.

We could try them, then shoot them. But we must wait for the end of the trial. If there is no trial, if there are no charges, then we have voted for people who have no backbone. If they will not carry out their oaths to the American people, then to whom will they pledge their allegiance?

CNN has only one allegiance, and it is to themselves. I don't even know if they truly want to see the destruction of the United States, but it sure looks that way. Many times I have heard, "The means do not justify the end." I believe we need a new slogan in all media and journalist schools..."Truth does not come from the lens of a camera, nor does it come from any agenda. Truth, as it is stated, is just that. True. If it is not true, DON'T PRINT IT."

Update: After re-reading this last quote, I realized I left out the benefits of virtue. Yes, while something may be true, is it beneficial to the enemy? Is it beneficial to Americans? We have lost the line that no one dared cross during past wars. Now, we have people covering this GWOT who protested the Vietnam War.

I would just like them to know that if it were not for them, around 2,000,000 men, women and children would be alive today. And the Tet Offensive? We won that on the battlefield. It is you, the American people, that lost your will to fight. Don't feed the enemy anymore of our young men.

Read the whole article here. If this link no longer works or if you do not want to register in this rag, try this link. Thank you, and have a good day.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

POWs Lawsuit: Could it force Kerry's hand?

There is a pretty insightful article about the goings-on in the 2004 elections. I wonder what would have happened had it been the other way around? Please read what these families, men and women who served in Vietman have to say in their movie that was never allowed to air. Read about it here. Thank you, and have a nice day.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Santa Clara Univ Vigil & Fast for Darfur

This week, many students have gathered in a hunger strike and to live in tents to join with others who live in Darfur, Sudan. At the same time, they also raised money to help the aid workers still on the ground in Darfur. To learn more about these courageous young people who took the time to think of someone other than themselves, you may find it here: DARFUR HEROES: Santa Clara Univ Vigil & Fast.

Thank you, and be grateful for everything you have been blessed with so far. After all, you could have born in Darfur...

Democrat Staffer suspended for leaking intel secrets

This is incredible. Ever since the Republicans have been the majority in the House, no one has bothered to find out who leaked the intelligence leaks. The excuse? The Democrats would have to do it, because it was a Democrat who did the leaking. Huh?

Now they have finally found some backbone, maybe. The Chairman of Intelligence, Rep. Hoestra, R, is very serious about his position. He is also very serious about the security of the United States. While this may look political, it is not.

Why not? Republicans have come to the understanding that anything they do wrong is front page news, while anything the Democrats do is rarely, if ever, mentioned somewhere in another section of the paper.

So who did the Democrat in question work for who leaked the intelligence? Rep. Hartman.

One more thing I would like to bring to your attention. They are referring to this man as a staffer. He had security clearance to ask Mr. Negroponte to release these documents to him 3 days before they were released by the NY Times. Staffers do not generally have special clearance. Not this kind.

Editor's Note: BTW, how could the NYT have been struggling with the decision on whether or not to release this classified information for over a year when they only had it for 3 days, tops?

Read the whole article here. If this link no longer works, try this one.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Must Read on This War

If you have been wondering, like many of us, what went wrong after WWII, maybe this will explain some of that for you.

H/t: Steve's Hodgepodge.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Is Ex-Taylor aide Plotting Attacks in Liberia?

Charles Taylor is the warlord the USA managed to kick out of Liberia a few years ago. Now one of his chief bad actors is threatening retaliation against Liberia:
Benjamin Yeaten, Taylor's former chief of staff and one of his most feared fighters, is believed to be armed, somewhere in West Africa and planning to return to Liberia to destabilize it, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said.

"The government of Liberia has intelligence reports that Benjamin Yeaten is planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Liberia," Samukai told Reuters. [Read the whole article.]
Let us hope the world community, or at least the USA, can prevent this scumbag from wreaking any harm.

Monday, October 16, 2006

JIhad in Iraq - Umar al-Baghdadi

Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project
October 17, 2006
No. 1324
Islamist Websites Monitor No. 8

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit: Special Dispatch Number 1324, HTML

Jihad Groups in Iraq Take an Oath of Allegiance

On October 12, 2006, Islamist websites posted a video showing six white-clad, masked individuals who, according to the websites, were taking a traditional Arab oath of allegiance known as hilf al-mutayyabin ("oath of the scented ones").(1) The websites claimed that the individuals taking the oath represent four jihad groups in Iraq - the Shura Council of the Jihad Fighters in Iraq; Jaysh Al-Fatihin ("The Army of the Conquerors"); Jund Al-Sahaba ("The Army of the Companions") and Kataib Ansar Al-Tawhid wal-Sunna ("The Monotheism and Sunna Brigades") - as well as "many of the sheikhs of the faithful tribes [in Iraq]." During the ceremony, the participants declared: "We swear by Allah...that we will strive to free the prisoners of their shackles, to end the oppression to which the Sunnis are being subjected by the malicious Shi'ites and by the occupying Crusaders, to assist the oppressed and restore their rights even at the price of our own lives... to make Allah's word supreme in the world, and to restore the glory of Islam..."

To view the video, see Oath of Allegiance to Jihad

On October 15, 2006, Jaysh Al-Fatihin announced that although it would have been happy to take the oath, it was never informed of this initiative. The Shura Council of the Jihad Fighters in Iraq replied, on October 16, 2006, that this announcement must have come from the fifth brigade of Jaysh Al-Fatihin, which, unlike the organization's other four brigades, had not yet pledged allegiance to the Shura Council. The Council expressed its hope that this brigade would join its ranks soon.

The Shura Council of the Jihad Fighters in Iraq Announces the Establishment of an Islamic State

On October 15, 2006, Islamist websites posted a video in which the Shura Council of the Jihad Fighters announced the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq. The individual who delivers the message, whose face is obscured (see photo, visit Shura Council of Jihad), is identified in the video as "the official spokesman of the Islamic State." He explains that, since the Kurds and the Shi'ites have established de facto states of their own in Iraq, and since the Iraqi government headed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has betrayed the Iraqi Sunnis and robbed them of their rights, the jihad groups that have recently taken the "oath of the scented ones"(2) have decided to establish an Islamic state which will incorporate the Iraqi provinces of Baghdad, Al-Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salah Al-Din, Ninveh, and parts of Babil Province (see map, visit Oath of the Scented Ones).

The announcer adds that the purpose of establishing the Islamic state is twofold: to unite the mujahideen and prevent fitna, and to make the word of Allah supreme in the region. He calls upon the Sunnis around the world to support the newly established Islamic state, and urges the Sunnis in Iraq to pledge allegiance to 'Umar Al-Baghdadi, who is referred to as amir al-muaminin, a title traditionally given to the Muslim Caliphs.

To view the video, see Sunnis in Iraq, Umar al-Baghdadi

Endnotes:
(1) According to classical Islamic sources, hilf al-mutayyabin was an oath of allegiance taken in pre-Islamic times by several clans of the Quraysh tribe, in which they undertook to protect the oppressed and the wronged. The name "oath of the scented ones" apparently derives from the fact that the participants sealed the oath by dipping their hands in perfume and then rubbing them over the Ka'ba. This practice was later adopted by the Prophet Muhammad and incorporated into Islam.

(2) See report above: "Jihad Groups in Iraq Take Oath of Allegiance."

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Deadly Shooting at China-Nepal Border

KATHMANDU, Oct. 11, 2006—Members of a group of 43 Tibetans have described their terrifying flight to Nepal under deadly fire from Chinese border guards who took several dozen other Tibetans into custody, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.

Witnesses said at least one person was killed and at least one wounded by gunfire Sept. 30 near the Himalayan pass at Nangpa La in the Mount Everest region. Others set the death toll higher. Another 36 or 37 Tibetans were detained, witnesses told RFA’s Tibetan service.

The group, which originally numbered around 80 Tibetans, began their journey out of Chinese-controlled Tibet on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, according to members of the group—41 asylum-seekers and two Tibetan escorts—who arrived in Kathmandu on Oct. 10. [Read the whole article.]

Islamic Republic is afraid of Ayatollah Borujerdi...

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Round up: North Korea

Transcript: Bush's news conference.
10/11/06 11:34 AM, EDT
President Bush held a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday, addressing a wide range of topics. Here is a full transcript of his opening comments and a question-and-answer session.

If the link above no longer works, try this one.

Pakistan catches alleged plotters.
10/11/06 11:36 PM, EDT
Pakistan's president on Wednesday said authorities had captured "extremists" allegedly behind an attempt on his life.

If the link above no longer works, try this one.

Key U.S. sanctions proposals.
10/12/06 02:50 AM, EDT
The United States has circulated a revised five-page text on U.N. sanctions against North Korea in response to Pyongyang's claim it tested a nuclear weapon.

If the link above no longer works, try this one.

South Korean finance minister named next U.N. leader
10/13/06 04:07 PM, EDT
The General Assembly adopted a resolution by acclamation Friday appointing South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as U.N. secretary-general.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Navy Seal Saves Comrades by Falling on Grenade



A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, said four SEALs who spoke to The Associated Press this week on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret.

“He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it,” said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. “He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs’ lives, and we owe him.”

Monsoor, a 25-year-old gunner, was killed in the explosion in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. He was only the second SEAL to die in Iraq since the war began.

Two SEALs next to Monsoor were injured; another who was 10 to 15 feet from the blast was unhurt. The four had been working with Iraqi soldiers providing sniper security while U.S. and Iraqi forces conducted missions in the area.

Rick Moran has an excellent post up honoring this heroe.
We will never know what went through Michael Monsoor’s mind as he leapt upon that grenade. My own belief (and hope) is that Michael’s final moments seemed to him to last a lifetime, the seconds slowing to a crawl to give him the chance to reflect on how lucky he had been to have so many to speak so highly of him after he was gone, to mourn for those who would feel the pain of his loss. And I have no doubt he would have had a colorful curse or two for the enemy that had defeated him in life but that he was cheating with his own heroic death.

Take a moment today to appreciate this man’s devotion and love for our Country and the selfless sacrifice he made to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. Remember his family as they mourn and honor this fallen hero. There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your fellow man.

Gribbit has more as well.
I can only think of one other individual who has done this in recent memory. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham covered a grenade with his Kevlar becoming mortally wounded in the successful attempt to save the lives of others in his squad. Dunham has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and so should Monsoor.

Absolutely, and I think he will. He definitely deserves it. Blackfive thinks so too.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

BN: SK calls emergence meeting

-- A South Korean government official says North Korea appears to have
conducted a nuclear test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports. (BN: CNN)

Could this be a bluff? There is zero radiation magnified or sufficient to leave a mark. The Asian markets are plummeting. Everyone should just take a deep breath until more is confirmed.

I just heard on KFI news (9pm PCT) that there is an indication of seismic activity.

It has been confirmed by the USGS that some 'activity' caused a 4.2 magnitude earthquake type reaction.

NK v USA

CNN has another article about North Korea's actions covered under the guise of USA agression. Consider the source. Here is an excerpt:
(CNN) -- North Korea's official news agency reported that the United States is conducting a "reorganization" of its forces in South Korea in preparation for a "war of aggression" just days after North Korea announced that it would test a nuclear weapon.

The report on Saturday came from a spokesman for North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, according to the Korean Central News Agency. [Read the entire article here.]
Oh my. Take the word of a genocidal maniac, but never believe a single word of a leader of the free world. And they wonder why their ratings are so poor?

If that link is no longer good, try this one. Thanks, and have a good week.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Calorie Counter

There is a wonderful site to help you with your weight and health. Would you like to find out how healthy you really are? Would you like to go on a diet to gain or lose weight? Would you like to safely go on a hunger strike where you can only eat less than 1000 calories? This is the perfect site for you.

Calorie-Count.com has several recipes, calories of foods from fast foods, breakfast foods, supper foods, dinner food and snacks foods. There is much more available at the site, so give it a looksy. Have a great day!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Grass Roots Pressures Forge China's Civil Rights Movement

China’s breakneck economic growth has created thousands of groups of disenfranchised people nationwide who are increasingly using the country’s legal system to defend their rights, experts say. And China’s Communist Party has warned members that it risks falling from power if corruption continues unchecked. "It’s about these words: 'rule of law,'" prominent rights lawyer Guo Feixiong told RFA’s Mandarin service shortly before his detention by Guangzhou police. "But the space those words take up is being squeezed smaller and smaller." Read the entire article.

Darfur in grave danger, says Annan

Finally, Annan spoke up about the situation in Darfur, Sudan. It's very sad that the only time he bothers to say anything, however, is when President Bush beats him to the punch.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday Darfur was close to a catastrophe, as the United States sought to rebuke Sudan for trying to scare off potential U.N. troop contributors.

Annan, in his monthly report on Sudan's vast Darfur region, said violence, rape and insecurity were on the rise, despite a peace agreement between the government and one rebel group. [Read the entire article.]
This is more than a catastrophe, this is genocide. And it's happening on your watch...again.

Vietnam worried: New, internet-savvy dissident group

Vietnamese authorities are increasingly concerned over growing support for a new and Internet-savvy dissident group known as Bloc 8406, which issued an impassioned plea for democratic reform to the ruling Communist Party earlier this year. Interrogations of Bloc 8406 supporters—secret recordings of which were leaked to RFA’s Vietnamese service—indicate that national security police have questioned at least two key supporters of the group, demanding proof of connections to overseas organizations and barring them from overseas travel. Read the whole article.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Gregg Jackson on C-SPAN Sunday

If you have been following this site with any frequency, you will be familiar with the Pundit Review. At least by my constant nudging of you to listen to their radio program.

Well, Gregg has written a book called, "Conservative Comebacks." (You may buy one here.) He has been on his book tour recently, and he is doing very well. It is a fine and easy to read book. One that every conservative should have.

He is going to be on C-SPAN this Sunday at 11am EST and again at 11:30pm EST. Try to catch it if you can. You can also record it.

Here is a description of his book:
Gregg Jackson, co-host of WRKO Pundit Review Radio, discusses his book "Conservative Combacks to Liberal Lies." In the book, he researched and critiqued liberal claims, from abortion to the Clinton scandals, to weapons of mass destruction. The author presents counter claims in a talking point format for conservatives to quickly access. During a mock debate, Mr. Jackson shows conservative high school students how to prevail in the ideological and political debates in refuting democrats' claims and assertions. The Eagle Forum in Washington, DC hosted this event.
Mr. Jackson was a 2005 Weblog Award Finalist in the Best Media Journalist Blog category. They are held once a year for a number of categories by Wizbang.

Thanks for all of your support. I know it is greatly appreciated. :)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Breaking News: School Shooting

Paradise, PA. (CNN) -- A 32-year-old truck driver walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday, binding and shooting three girls execution-style before killing himself, police said. Read the whole story.

If this link no longer work, try this one.

Update: A 4th girl has died.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

UK abandons world in Afghanistan

In an article printed in the Daily Times, "British in secret truce with Taliban, it has been have learned that Britian is pulling out to give the Taliban full reign. While the truce doesn't specically call for this, there is only way to see it. In war, either you take ground or lose it. Thanks a lot, UK. (You will need to register to read the articles. It's safe.)