Friday, June 27, 2008

Russian bombers step up provocative flights - 18 incursions in past year

Russian bombers have stepped up provocative flight exercises off the Alaskan coast, reminiscent of Cold War incursions designed to rattle U.S. air defenses. U.S. Northern Command, which protects North American airspace, told The Washington Times that TU-95 Bear bombers on 18 occasions the past year have skirted a 12-mile air defense identification zone that protects Alaska.

The incursions prompted F-15s and F-22 Raptor fighters to scramble from Elmendorf Air Force Base and intercept the warplanes.

The last incident happened in May. Moscow's sophisticated show of force has some in the Pentagon paying more attention to the long-term goals of a Russian military, which is being rebuilt with proceeds from the country's huge oil and gas revenues. NORAD is more sensitive than ever to wayward aircraft, given the Sept. 11 attacks by hijackers and the lack of military coordination at the time to track, and perhaps destroy, the planes.

Mr. McInerney said the incursions are the most sophisticated since the Cold War. The retired general called the exercises "coordinated attacks coming into our air defense identification zone. These incursions are far more sophisticated than anything we had seen before." He said the Russian army air force is launching Bear bombers from Tiksi on the Arctic Ocean and Anadyr in Siberia. They are flying against the air defense identification zone from both the polar caps and from the south.

The Air Force statement said it has "monitored Russian aircraft taking off from a variety of air bases across their country." ............. read more

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ethnic hostility on the rise in Brussels

Courtesy of Islam In Action: Ethnic War in Brussels: Moroccans Attack "Whites"

This is reverse hostility and a very interesting phenomena that also occurs in the UK and France with "no go" areas:.

Just yesterday Islam in Action reported the rape of a non-Muslim girl  in Brussels, for not wearing a headscarf.   Today, Islam in Action reported that there is more Islamic hostility brewing in Brussels. 

A group of Moroccan youths rioted and attacked a group of white supporters of the football club RSC Anderlecht. The evening before the attack, a blog had called for attacks on the "white" supporters of the club, and "to burn pubs, houses and cars."  It seems that radical Mohammedans are once again causing problems with host country Kafirs.

Perhaps we should toward Europe to see if what is happening there may be coming our way.  There were the Islamic French riots of 2005 which spread to at least 30 towns and cities, once again in 2007, the Islamic Denmark riots which spread to at least 20 towns and were little reported by the media and now this. It is fair to say that a plague appears to be slowly spreading across Europe.

My questions are:

  • Can it happen here in America?
  • Will we learn from European mistakes?
  • Who is responsible for the violence?

Do you have any answers?

Link to Brussels Attack

Brussels girl raped for not wearing a veil

Courtesy of Islam In Action:

The Islamic rape epidemic in Europe continues. As a young woman of 21 years of age was attacked and raped at a train station in Brussels. She was told they were doing this because she was not wearing a veil (it was her fault).
Once again radical Mohammedans show us that they are not in our countries to assimilate. Radical Mohammedans are here to force their religion and culture on us. All great monotheistic and polytheists religions (except for Islam) have gone through reformation and enlightenment to weed out man made roadblocks.
Can some one please tell me:

  • Why we continue to allow some of the more radical fundamentalists Mohammedans into our non-Islamic countries?
  • How can we screen out the problems?
  • When will we learn how to screen them out?
  • When are the moderate Mohammedans going to say enough is enough and excommunicate those who are bringing discredit to their "peaceful" religion?
  • When will Islam go through reformation and enlightenment?

Link to article

More on the problem:
Muslim Rape Wave in Sweden

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Justice Kennedy Screws the Children

Courtesy of Big Dog's Weblog.  Thanks BD for the excellent article.

June
25

Justice Kennedy Screws the Children

Posted by Big Dog in General

Ronald Reagan’s second mistake, Justice Anthony Kennedy (the first was Sandra Day O’Connor), put the screws to children who are victims of rape. Kennedy, who is the swing vote in many close decisions, decided that the crime of raping a child is not worthy of the death penalty thereby ensuring that those who rape children will live their lives cared for in jails at taxpayer expense (and possibly be released) while the victims will live their lives with emotional and psychological damage.

To Kennedy and the other liberals on the court (he might as well be one, he acts like it) there are no crimes that warrant the death penalty except murder and many of them oppose it in that case as well. To them, raping a child is something that should be punished with jail time which means anything short of life without parole would allow the offender to gain freedom and rape again. Justice Alito wrote the dissenting opinion. Here is part of it and it makes the most sense:

“The Court today holds that the Eighth Amendment categorically prohibits the imposition of the death penalty for the crime of raping a child. This is so, according to the Court, no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be. The Court provides two reasons for this sweeping conclusion: First, the Court claims to have identified “a national consensus” that the death penalty is never acceptable for the rape of a child;second, the Court concludes, based on its “independent judgment,” that imposing the death penalty for child rape is inconsistent with “‘the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.’” Ante, at 8, 15, 16 (citation omitted). Because neither of these justifications is sound, I respectfully dissent.”

If a person who rapes a child is released and rapes again I assume that the flawed opinion of Kennedy and the others will be little consolation to the victim and his parents. I think if a person who rapes a child (in a state that had the death penalty for the offense) is released and rapes another child, the members of the court who allowed it should be hanged in front of the Supreme Court building. The idea is for laws to protect the public and this ruling does nothing to accomplish that. If it were my child they might not make it to the hanging.

While I am disgusted with the ruling in this case I actually have no feeling one way or the other about putting a criminal to death for raping a child because that can be accomplished anywhere regardless of what the court says. When the animal is sent to jail put him in the general population and let them know what he is in for. He will be killed in jail and the problem will be solved and with no appeals.

I cannot imagine what children must go through after they are raped and it is just as hard on the families. It makes it even harder when the courts rule that the criminal somehow has more rights than the victim. The criminal must be afforded a stretch of the VIIIth Amendment to stay alive while a child, who was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of the attacker, must go through life bearing the scars. If some person who raped a child were released I would not blame any victim’s father who decided to remove the trash from this Earth. If I were on that jury he would walk away a free man.

Kennedy and the others are worried about cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty is too good for these scumbags. They should be hanged, drawn and quartered (the criminals, not the justices, though that might not be a bad idea).

America, these justices are no where as liberal as those Barack Obama will appoint if he becomes president. There will likely be a few openings in the next president’s term. It is important that those positions are filled with justices who will not use public sentiment and personal feelings when interpreting the Constitution. We need more like those who were in the minority on this vote.

Be careful how you vote. Your vote has many more consequences than just putting someone in office.

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US Mayors Nix Bottled Water

US mayors vote to phase out bottled water consumptionAccording to an article at KOMO News, Delegates at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami voted to phase out regular use of bottled water for employees and functions.  Who would have thought that the environmentalists would win a campaign to start fazing out bottled water, except during emergencies.  We are truly living in a sound-bite environmentalist society.

US mayors vote to phase out bottled water consumption

The nation's mayors voted Monday against spending taxpayer money to buy bottled water, a blow to the beverage industry that has enjoyed growing profit from water sales in recent years.......Gigi Kellett said, "It's just plain common sense for cities to stop padding the bottled water industry's bottom line at taxpayer expense."

Source: KOMO News

 

Monday, June 23, 2008

Does Obama Distort the Bible?

Obama has said a lot of things about Christians, gun owners, and middle Americans. He claims that America in not a Christian country, and now James Dobson points out that Barry Millhouse Obamanation is distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.

The criticism, to be aired Tuesday on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program, comes shortly after an Obama aide suggested a meeting at the organization's headquarters here, said Tom Minnery, senior vice president for government and public policy at Focus on the Family.

The conservative Christian group provided The Associated Press with an advance copy of the pre-taped radio segment, which runs 18 minutes and highlights excerpts of a speech Obama gave in June 2006 to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal. Obama mentions Dobson in the speech.

"Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools?" Obama said. "Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?" referring to the civil rights leader.

Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy - chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application." Source: Dobson accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible

It certainly appears to me that Barry has a screw loose. But, that is my opinion and mine alone. I'll let you arrive at your own conclusions. Does he or doesn't he distort the bible? Does he or doesn't he push a "fruitcake intepretation" of the Constitution?

Why do I call Obama "Barry Millhouse Obama?" Mark Levin coined that name. I support Mark and take the lead from our other liberal presidential candidate, John McCain, to change the name to protect the innocent and the guilty.

Senator John McCain apologized profusely today for comments made by radio host Bill Cunningham who was introducing him at an event in Cincinnati. Cunningham referred to the Illinois Senator three times as "Barack Hussein Obama." (Don't want to piss off John Sidney McCain III) Source: McCain apologizes

Is America a 'Christian' Nation?

Obama: America is 'no longer Christian'
Democrat says nation also for Muslims, nonbelievers


Courtesy of WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – Some have been taking issue with largely unnoticed comments made last year by Sen. Barack Obama declaring the U.S. is "no longer a Christian nation" but is also a nation of others, including Muslims and nonbelievers.

The comments have been recently recirculating on Internet blogs.

"Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers," Obama said during a June 2007 speech available on YouTube.

At the speech, Obama also seemingly blasted the "Christian Right" for hijacking religion and using it to divide the nation:

"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it's because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who've been all too eager to exploit what divides us," he said.

For the complete article at World Net Day:  Obama: America is 'no longer Christian'

 

Previous Obama stories at World Net Daily:

Obama anti-smear site: 'He was never a Muslim'

Obama's statements on faith questioned

Is Obama's candidacy constitutional?

Limbaugh shows Obama stumbles without his notes

Israeli leader: Next U.S. president 'may not be as friendly'

Obama denies Michelle made derogatory remark

Obama's VP team has link to Marc Rich

Did Hamas 'un-endorse' Obama?

Nation of Islam activists on Obama camp payroll

Obama leaving Wright church

Obama campaign dumps 'Hillary supremacist' priest

Hillary believed she'd win 'cause she's white'

Obama's military claims inconsistent with records

Can Obama see dead people?

Obama commits Holocaust gaffe?

Israel 'expects' Obama to win

Obama misrepresented tie with Palestinian activist?

Obama misrepresented tie with Palestinian activist?

Report: Obama mentored by Communist Party figure

Governor: Hamas nod dooms Obama in Florida

Reagan's would-be assassin aided by top Obama adviser

Christians copy Christ killers, says Obama pastor's magazine

Obama pooh-poohs danger of 'tiny' Iran

Obama hijacked phrase from pro-Palestinian friend?

Obama raised funds for Islamic causes

Obama worked with terrorist

Obama campaign: Mum's the word!

Sleaze charge: 'I took drugs, had homo sex with Obama'

Swooning supporters fainting for Obama

Obamamania rocks Seattle

Obama aide wants talks with terrorists

Obama's pastor disses Natalee Holloway

Obama-Farrakhan link off-limits

Will Farrakhan pray at Obama's inauguration?

Black pro-life leader rips Obama

Obama's church: More about Africa than God?

NBC admits bias toward Obama

Hillary eats Obama's dust – trails 10 points in N.H.

Futures markets see McCain, Obama wins

Iowa is heaven for Huck, Obama

Pollster says 'futures markets' pick Huckabee, Obama in Iowa

 

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Obama plays the race card

It seems that the most liberal presidential hopeful in the history of this republic is playing the race card.  By predicting that Republicans will try to make voters afraid of him because he's black, he is essentially playing the race card.  Lets see if the American voting public will figure this out. 

Obama: GOP Will Play Race Card

Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase referring to an allegation raised against a person who has brought the issue of race or racism into a debate, perhaps to obfuscate the matter. It is a metaphorical reference to card games in which a trump card may be used to gain an advantage.

Lets see if the American voting public will figure out Obamanation.  At this point, I am not sure if Obamanation thinks the voting American public is stupid, or, perhaps his spin masters in the media will put what he says 'off limits' like they have everything else. Obamanation has some serious issues regarding truth and consequences.

Lets hope that McCain will be able to turn the election in his favor. I sincerely believe that McCain is the lesser of the evils democrat/ liberal candidates. I just wish that the republicans and conservatives had chosen a guy from their own party during the nomination process.

LEAVWORLD: GRAFFITI POLITTI Update

The latest from LEAVWORLD: GRAFFITI POLITTI:


FUNNY QUOTES, CRAZY IDEAS! Hillary is "No regular candidate, she's Wonder Woman!" according to Jim McGowan, D (MA), speaking to Meagan Kelly on "the Big Story." Read the wole post in the link!


POLAR BEARS ARE NOT ON THE "ENDANGERED SPECIES" LIST, CONTRARY TO BIASED MEDIA (and GOVERNMENT) REPORTS They were listed as "threatenened," even though their numbers have more than doubled in the last 30 years. Why are they being used to fight "global warming?"


UPDATE ON THE SPITZER "DIRTY TRICKS" SCANDAL: CUOMO PROBE LEADS TO SUICIDE Spitzer's (and Pataki's) corruption is far from being exposed!


OIL PRICES FOR DUMMIES Self-explanatory; a simple analysis.


Expansionist Iran: Lebanon, Syria, Gaza The dirty details of the enemies of freedom in the Middle East. Iran may be the expansionist power, but the Saudis are no friends, either. Read this for a limited analysis.


LEAVART POLITICAL CARTOON: Homage/Ripoff/Update I may have emailed this drawing already, but it's kind of a "throwaway" image.



DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW, PAY LESS: SIGN THE PETITION! I'll gladly shill for Newt Gingrich on this one. Please sign this petition, because someone has to put real political pressure on our representatives to drill for domestic oil. Your signature can help Mr. Gingrich's effort to do this. Go to the link in the title to sign. DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW, PAY LESS

OBAMA Vs. McCAIN: Who's Worse For America? Read my problems with both of the candidates, and who I find less distasteful to vote for. They both suck, but one of them sucks less.

BUFFY, THE COSMIC (CONSERVATIVE) KITTY! Another cool image of my cosmic kitty, and a link to the very cool Conservative Cat political blog!

Dems No Friends to Children Who Use Vouchers, or Charter Schools No, dey ain't! Obama "supports" charter schools, but how far? He opposes vouchers, despite their overwhelming support from inner-city minority communities. Is he part of the liberal establishment? YES, HE IS.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

WE CAN'T DRILL, CONSERVE, ALTERNATE, OR TAX OUR WAY OUT OF THIS ANY TIME SOON

Will the windfall profits tax bring the price of gas down one cent? No. Will drilling in ANWR lower gas prices tomorrow? No. Can we have efficient alternative fuels at a cheaper cost than gas, any time soon? No. Will cutting down on our driving, and buying more fuel efficient cars bring down gas prices now? No.


Whenever I hear "We can't drill our way out of this problem," I have three replies: "We can't conserve, alternate, or tax our way out of it, either." None of these will lower gas prices for years.

So next time anyone says "that won't bring gas prices down one cent," remember that neither will any solution they have, in the near term. The fact is that we need a combination of increased domestic oil production and refining capacity, as we encourage promising alternative fuels. Conservation should be encouraged, and financially incentivized, when possible. There has to be a real compromise for all of these long-term measures to pass. Anything less will not be a comprehensive energy policy, and any short-term solution congress comes up with will probably do more harm than good.

Addendum: We can't tax our way out of this, or any of our major national challenges, in the near OR long term. Just so we're clear on that.

READ, AND ENJOY!


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Oregon School bans Pledge of Allegiance, not to Offend Muslims

From my friends at Islam in Action

One dhimmi elementary school principal in Oregon has banned the Pledge of Allegiance, so as not to offend Muslims. Slowly they chip away at life as we know it.

If this does not stop. Eventually Bibles and all non-Islamic religious symbols will be banned. All for a group of people who have never heard the expression "respect is a two-way street". When will this madness end?  Read the following article, Pledge of Allegiance:

(CBS) Most children growing up in the US memorize the Pledge of Allegiance. But, in one Oregon elementary school, the kids won't be allowed to recite it at an end of the year assembly.

The principal banned it that day so as not to offend Muslims.

One resident of Portland, Oregon was a little surprised when she received an e-mail from her stepson's school principal.

The e-mail said that the children would not be reciting the pledge because of its reference to God. Instead, the students would memorize and sing the Preamble to the United States Constitution. But it's not just non-Muslims who were offended.

At least one Muslim community leader says he feels the same way. Muhammad Najieb says that 'God' is central to the Muslim faith, and there are several references to him in every prayer.

Portland school officials say the principal was trying to be sensitive, but some Muslims say the ban caused hurt feelings, and may foster bitterness and division within the community.

Source:  WCTV.COM Pledge of Allegiance

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Here is a Muslim Girl we can love

Courtesy of my friends at Islam In Action:  Here is a Muslim Girl we can all Love


Nujood Ali is her name and this brave young lady strolled into a Yemeni Court all by herself to seek a divorce. She is just a child of ten years old, who was given away by her family, to marry a Muslim who is in his thirties. This lowlife beat her and forced sex upon her.

Instead of becoming a shell of a person, and taking a lifetime of abuse. She found the strength to fight back and she did it with in the law. She now has opened the door for other young ladies whose Muslim families have forced a life of pain on their daughters. I believe this is one of the biggest fears of Muslim men. That the women finally revolt. Can you imagine if millions of Muslim women in the Middle East would stand up and say enough is enough!! No more abuse, no more of this four wives nonsense. It is just me and only me and you will show me respect.

Incidentally according to the LA Times article:

Publicity surrounding Nujood's case prompted calls to raise the legal age for marriage to 18 for both men and women. Yemen's conservative lawmakers refused to take up the issue. But the case sparked public discussion and newspaper headlines. Several more child brides came forward, including a girl who sought a divorce last week in the southern city of Ibb.

Islam would implode. I know it is Father's Day. But her father deserves nothing but a lifetime in jail. As for her, let's all say a prayer. That she does not get shunned and abused by the community she lives in. God bless this little girl.
Link to LA Times article

Japanese Firm Demonstrates Car That Runs On Water

Japanese Firm Demonstrates Car That Runs On Water

Japanese Firm Demonstrates Car That Runs On Water

Friday June 13, 2008

Courtesy of CityNews.ca

If you're tired of spending money like water on gas, maybe you'd just rather spend money on water, period.

That's what you'll be doing if a Japanese firm has its way.

A company called Genepax, dedicated to finding ways to turn water into power, has unveiled what it calls the first practical car to run solely on H20. The firm claims putting just a litre of water from any source - tap, rain or river - is enough to keep its automobile going for 60 minutes at a respectable speed of 80 kilometres an hour.

And forget about finding a gas station when you're running on empty. "The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water to top up from time to time," Genepax CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa told a local Japanese broadcaster after demonstrating the test vehicle in Osaka. "It does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars."

According to the company, the water gets poured into a tank at the back of the car and uses a generator to break it down and convert it to electrical power. It's a completely different approach from the big automakers, who are looking at fuel cells that run on hydrogen as the next power source. Ironically, they emit water from the exhaust, not use it to run the vehicle.

Genepax can't say yet when you'll be taking one of their cars for a spin but like all these future fuels, their arrival seems to be off in the distance. They've just applied for a patent on the system and can't say when - or if - it will ever actually hit the showrooms.

But they're in talks with Japanese automakers about the idea and hope it will one day water down your need to ever visit a gas station - with its non-stop climbing prices - again.

According to Engadget :

We've seen plenty of promises about water-powered cars (among other things), but it looks like Japan's Genepax has now made some real progress on that front, with it recently taking the wraps off its Water Energy System fuel cell prototype. The key to that system, it seems, is its membrane electrode assembly (or MEA), which contains a material that's capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through a chemical reaction. Not surprisingly, the company isn't getting much more specific than that, with it only saying that it's adopted a "well-known process to produce hydrogen from water to the MEA." Currently, that system costs on the order of ¥2,000,000 (or about $18,700 -- not including the car), but company says that if it can get it into mass production that could be cut to ¥500,000 or less (or just under $5,000).

 

Saturday, June 14, 2008

US: No Central Tracking of Americans Murdered in Mexico

Courtesy of CNSNews.com, By Penny Starr
Senior Staff Writer
June 13, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. State Department does not do centralized oversight of the criminal cases arising from the murders of U.S. citizens in Mexico.

The U.S. embassy and consulates in Mexico are responsible for monitoring the cases, but they are not required to report back to Washington about them. As a result, State Department officials in Washington cannot say whether Mexican authorities have arrested or convicted anyone in the cases of the more than 100 Americans murdered in that country over a three-year period.

"Offices in our Mission to Mexico (the embassy, 9 consulates, and consular agencies) gather and monitor information about criminal proceedings in cases where Americans are victims, including many cases where family members may ask for assistance in following those proceedings," a State Department official told Cybercast News Service Wednesday.

However, the official said that requiring the consulates and other agencies to report back to Washington on these cases would distract staff from efforts to help Americans in Mexico.

"The Department does not centralize these efforts, instead allowing our offices to focus their attention on providing consular services to American citizens rather than on reporting to Washington," the official told Cybercast News Service.

Cybercast News Service has been investigating the deaths of U.S. citizens in Mexico, which the State Department referred to in a travel alert that was initially posted on its Web site in April and that is still listed as current as of today. The alert says that "dozens of U.S. citizens were kidnapped and/or murdered in Tijuana in 2007." (See alert)

"U.S. citizens are urged to be especially alert to safety and security concerns when visiting the border region," the alert says.
The alert also says: "Criminals are armed with a wide array of sophisticated weapons. In some cases, assailants have worn full or partial police or military uniforms and have used vehicles that resemble police vehicles."

Statistics from the Current Report of Non-Natural Death Cases Abroad (January 1, 2005-December 31, 2007) show that 128 U.S. citizens were either murdered or executed in Mexico. A majority of those murders (68) took place in Mexican cities on the U.S. border, and another 12 took place elsewhere in Mexican states bordering the U.S. (See report)

In contrast to its protocol for handling murder cases in Mexico, the State Department regularly publishes detailed reports on other human rights violations in countries around the world, including a 292-page report on human trafficking it released this month. In an introduction to the report, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it is the eighth such report and the "most comprehensive to date," covering 170 countries.

"We are pleased that in the seven years since the creation of the Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the United States and our friends and allies have made important strides in confronting the reality that human beings continue to be bought and sold in the 21st century," Rice wrote.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Foreign Terrorists Have Constitutional Rights

Courtesy of CNSNews.com

- In a major blow to the Bush administration, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right under the U.S. Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.

The detainees affected by Thursday's ruling includes 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said, "The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times." Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and John Paul Stevens joined Kennedy to form the majority.

In dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts criticized his colleagues for striking down what he called "the most generous set of procedural protections ever afforded aliens detained by this country as enemy combatants." Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also dissented.

Scalia said the nation is "at war with radical Islamists" and that the court's decision "will make the war harder on us. It will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed."

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said his initial reaction is one of concern for U.S. troops on the battlefield:
If foreign enemies rounded up on the battlefield now have access to U.S. federal courts and have the same protections as American citizens under the Constitution -- "what does this say to an American solider who captures one of these terrorists on the battlefield... in terms of collecting evidence, the rights of the person that he's captured?" Hoekstra asked.

He was interviewed Thursday on Fox News, moments after the ruling came down.

The Bush administration -- faced with the problem of what to do with "enemy combatants" who wear no uniform and cannot be considered prisoners of war -- in 2002 set up a military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- putting the suspects beyond the reach of U.S. courts.

But in June 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the reach of the U.S. courts did extend to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

In 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that President Bush exceeded his authority when he ordered war crimes trials for Gitmo detainees.

Congress subsequently passed the Military Commissions Act in December 2006. The law established procedures governing the use of military commissions to try "alien unlawful enemy combatants engaged in hostilities against the United States."

At the first military tribunal hearing -- which took place last week -- Khalid Sheik Mohammed requested a death sentence so he can become a martyr.

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, has said he would close Guantanamo Bay, because it has projected an image around the world that is detrimental to America's reputation. "I would move those prisoners to Fort Leavenworth. And I would proceed with the tribunals," McCain told CBS News last year.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, also wants to close Guantanamo, but unlike McCain, he rejects military tribunals for the detainees:

"As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions," Obama said last summer in Washington. "Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists."

See Earlier Stories at CNSNEWS:

Republicans Accuse Democrats of 'Coddling' Terrorists (28 Sept. 2006)

Supreme Court Sides With Gitmo Detainee (29 June 2006)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ann Coulter: Annoy a Liberal with Bush's Success



Bush's America: 100% al-Qaeda free since 2001

Saying President Bush will go down in history as "one of America's greatest" chief executives, Ann Coulter today trumpets the fact his detractors ignore: The U.S. has been al-Qaeda free since 9/11.

Writes Coulter in her latest column: "Merely taking out Saddam Hussein and his winsome sons Uday and Qusay (Hussein family slogan: 'We're the Rape Room People!') constitutes a greater humanitarian accomplishment than anything Bill Clinton ever did - and I'm including remembering Monica's name on the sixth sexual encounter.

"But unlike liberals, who are so anxious to send American troops to Rwanda or Darfur, Republicans oppose deploying U.S. troops for purely humanitarian purposes. We invaded Iraq to protect America."

Says Coulter: "It is unquestionable that Bush has made this country safe by keeping Islamic lunatics pinned down fighting our troops in Iraq. In the past few years, our brave troops have killed more than 20,000 al-Qaeda and other Islamic militants in Iraq alone. That's 20,000 terrorists who will never board a plane headed for JFK - or a landmark building, for that matter."

Read Coulter's entire column now at WorldNetDaily.com:  Bush's America: 100% al-Qaeda free since 2001


Ann Coulter, well-known for her TV appearances as a political analyst, is an attorney and author.

Obama; Faith Healer and Friend to the Middle East

Senator Obama's speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was good.  It made his sound so strong and confident (and a supporter of the Jews).   The future of Jerusalem is secure with Obama at the helm. 

“Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” he said to thunderous applause. Israelis and their supporters in the United States responded warmly to a bold, unequivocal proclamation that went well beyond the positions of the Bush or Clinton administrations – positions which have always endorsed key Israeli concessions on Jerusalem. .

Well this calculated political comment to AIPAC really pissed off the Muslim and Palestinian streets across the Middle East.  They denounced our new found hero of the Israeli cause.

However, what did Obama really mean?  Does he believe he is chief deal maker in the Middle East who can make deals and set the course?  Does he really have the power and gonads to heal the Middle East or screw the pooch?   I wonder what type of speech would he is giving or has given to Arab groups? 

Remember this is the guy who sent some very mixed signals in regards to NAFTA.  He opposes it and he supports it.  Sounds like John Kerry voting before something before he votes against it,or was it, voting against before he votes for it.  Who the hell knows.  I smell some type of stink every time either one of these wannabe king makers opens their mouths.

So, Where’s Obama on Israel and the Palestinians? On both sides, depending on who is listening or who he is talking with.  Maybe he does believe that Jerusalem should be undevided (Just who does he think it should really belong to?)  If I were a voting American Jew, I would be a little more skeptical and think about it before I pulled the lever on Obama.

Sources for this commentary: Michael MedvedPolitical Snapshot, and the LA Slimes Times

Monday, June 09, 2008

Say it loud: Drill for American oil NOW!

Do record $139-per-barrel prices make you want to scream?

Say it loud: Drill for American oil NOW!

Courtesy of WorldNetDaily

Oil prices jumped nearly 9 percent to a record $139 a barrel yesterday.  Are you ready to scream yet?

Have you ever wondered why with skyrocketing prices, American oil is still in the ground?

Over 500 morons in the Congress and Senate, along with eight years of Clinton and eight years of Bush, no energy plan, no new refineries.  Let those moron legislators know you've had it with their lame brain excuses.  Don't let the U.S. become a minor player on the world stage. Energy makes us strong, and American-produced oil frees us from depending on volatile, less-than-friendly countries overseas.

Send those whiners who claim we should not drill for oil and anti-American forces who want to destroy the greatness of the United States a very loud message, "Drill for American oil, now."   Tell Chavez and Ahmadinejad to go **** themselves.

Say it loud! Say it proud!

World Net Daily has provided a means to express yourself with a call to action.  Here is WND's new magnetic bumper sticker declaring, "Drill For American Oil NOW!"

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

You can't preach the Bible here, this is a Muslim area

Courtesy of Islam in Action

No Bible Zone-U.K.

I have been told that Muslims were coming into the West for the freedoms here. If this were true then why are they slowly turning the West into the Middle East part 2, as they form their own communities in non Islamic countries and start enforcing their own rules? The answer is simple, they do not respect non-Muslims and have no intentions of assimilating.

You can't preach the Bible here, this is a Muslim area.
(What a community policeman told two Christians)

Two Christian preachers were stopped from handing out Bible extracts by police because they were in a Muslim area, it was claimed yesterday.

They say they were told by a Muslim police community support officer that they could not preach there and that attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity was a hate crime.

The community officer is also said to have told the two men: 'You have been warned. If you come back here and get beat up, well, you have been warned.'

A police constable who was present during the incident in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham is also alleged to have told the preachers not to return to the district.

It comes amid growing concern over the development of Islamic 'no-go areas'.
The preachers, Americans Arthur Cunningham and Joseph Abraham, are demanding an apology and compensation from West Midlands Police.
They say their treatment breaks the Human Rights Act, which guarantees freedom of religious expression.

...

Senior Church of England bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, warned recently that it is hard for non-Muslims to live and work in some areas where radicals and clerics are trying to impose an Islamic character.

Link to article in the UK Daily Mail


More on Muslim Disrespect of Christians in the U.K.
Muslim worker refuses to sell unclean Bible

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

'Why We Serve'

When I was younger, I tried to join the Navy because I needed to learn discipline, I needed order in my life. I knew I was headed down the wrong path. Unfortunately, my prior eye operation kept me out of the Navy, but there are so many people who have shared their stories with us and I believe they should be told all over the web. Why? Because we will not hear it in the press.
Why We Serve is a speakers outreach program intended to re-connect the men and women of the United States Armed Forces with those they serve: The American people.
One of these special people who shares his experience with us is Captain Doug Traversa, who has a blog named Afghanistan Without A Clue (AWAC). Here is an excerpt from his statement:
My path to military service and my current assignment in Afghanistan is rather unusual, but it just shows that those of us defending our country are as different and unique as the general populous. When I was growing up, joining the military did not seem so far-fetched. My father was an Air Force officer, and I was a huge military buff most of my childhood through high school and college. I studied World War II, built models from the period, and memorized all sorts of military trivia.

*snip*

It all started about a year ago. The Air Force was going to be filling Army positions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. That meant that not only would we be deployed for a year, we would have to go to Army Combat Skills Training first. We would be wearing body armor, carrying weapons, and going into harm’s way. You can’t imagine how shocking this was to us in the Air Force. We didn’t do that sort of thing. We did our fighting from airplanes, and those who didn’t fly were stationed well behind enemy lines at air bases. Now we were being thrown into the Army. Yikes! This was scary. I was certainly afraid. In fact, my current boss, Maj Apple, is filling a slot that was turned down by six previous majors. By that I mean they decided to get out of the Air Force rather than do this job. These are guys with 12-15 years of service, and they got out. I don’t say this to insult them, just to show how frightening it was. [Continue reading.]
Doug is very good and decent man. I was on this side of the war while he was on the dangerous side, he wrote in his blog everyday, and he made many friends while he was there. Many Afghanistani friends, as well. He is now home with his sweet wife and darling children along with the abused dogs he continues to adopt until they are ready to be adopted by a satisfactory home.

This is just one of our many heroes who have decided to join the ‘Why We Serve’ team. They speak around the country–not about their mission or the Department of Defense–so that we here in the States may have a deeper understanding of our fighting men and women. Why do they serve? There are as many reasons as there are soldiers! Go ahead. Go read about them. Then write about them. Spread the word.

[The article written about Doug was written February 6, 2007.]

You may also find a site for ‘Why We Serve’ at Why We Serve - U.S. Department of Defense Official Website.

Cross-posted @ Talon.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Iraqis Fear Rapid US Withdrawal Would Cause 'Chaos and Anarchy,' Says Iraqi Parliamentarian

Courtesy of CNSNEWS.COM


By Josiah Ryan
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
June 02, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - Most Iraqis support the U.S. troop presence in Iraq and think a rapid withdrawal would lead to "chaos and anarchy," said Adnan Pachachi, a member of the National Assembly of Iraq and a former president of Iraq's Governing Council (IGC), on Friday. He also said that the best policy now lies somewhere between the strategies outlined by Sen. John McCain (r-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

"There is very widespread support for an American presence in the short and intermediate term," said Pachachi, who spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. "The majority or Iraqis feel that a large scale reduction of the troops in the near future will plunge the country into chaos and into anarchy. "

McCain has said that America should maintain its current policy in Iraq while Obama has said he supports a fairly rapid and scheduled withdrawal. When asked about those two positions by Cybercast News Service, Pachachi said that the United States still needed to provide more military support to Iraqi security forces. He added, however, that the best model for Iraq right now is "somewhere in between" the policies of McCain and Obama.

"I think we have to help the new Iraqi government to really take over the responsibility for security by helping it to organize the armed forces so that they can be relied on to do their job," he said.

McCain's campaign Web site states that he thinks withdrawal should not occur before "Iraqi forces can safeguard their own country."

While Obama and Clinton both say they favor withdrawal, none has offered a definitive plan or timetable. NBC's Tim Russert asked Obama and Clinton during the Sept. 26, 2007, Democratic presidential debate if they would pledge to withdraw U.S. combat troops by 2013 should one of them be elected president. Neither Obama nor Clinton would make the pledge, saying there were too many variables involved to make such a commitment at that time.

Pachachi said that he was in Baghdad less then a week ago and, despite general unrest across the country he did see signs of improvement in security.

"I can confirm that the overall security situation has improved some what," he said. "But overall security in Iraq is still fragile and precarious. Even in pacified regions there is anxiety and fear that violence may erupt again because the militias still have their weapons and their infrastructures remains intact."

According to unclassified portions of the National Intelligence Estimate, which was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in January of 2007, a rapid withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq would cause great insecurity and unrest.

"If coalition forces were withdrawn rapidly during the term of this estimate, we judge that this almost certainly would lead to a significant increase in the scale and scope of sectarian conflict in Iraq, intensify Sunni resistance to the Iraqi Government, and have adverse consequences for national reconciliation," the report said.

Wajeha Al-Huwaidar speaks out against Honour Killings

Courtesy of MEMRI

On April 7, 2007, a teenage Yazidi Kurdish girl named Du'a Al-Aswad was stoned to death by a lynch-mob in Iraq, because she had violated her family's honor. A video of the stoning, filmed by the participants themselves using their mobile phones, was posted on video of stoning.

A year after the stoning, Saudi reformist and human rights activist Wajeha Al-Huweidar wrote a scathing article in which she harshly criticized the sexist character of Arab culture and particularly the phenomenon of "honor killings."  

The following are excerpts from her article, which appeared on the reformist website www.aafaq.org .

"This Entire Part of the World [is Full of] Defeated and Dejected Men, Whose Only Way to Feel Victorious Is by Beating Women to Death"

"Last April, a 17-year old Iraqi girl named Du'a Khalil Al-Aswad fell in love with a boy from a different [religious] sect. By this act, she violated the 'honor' of the men in her sect, causing them to go mad with the boiling [rage] of hellfire. Their male [egos] swelled like cancerous tumors, and their minds locked into the primitive madness of 'honor.' 

"They filled with restless madness, and in order to relive their anguish, they hurried to sentence poor Du'a to death, and then decided to carry out their sentence in the ugliest possible imaginable, i.e., by public stoning. They killed her with the utmost cruelty and depravity.


"Du'a Al-Aswad is a victim of the wild male madness called 'honor.' This concept is prevalent throughout the Greater Middle East [Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Al-Kabir], or perhaps I should say the Greater Filthy East [Al-Sharq Al-Awsakh Al-Kabir], since it is worthy of this label from every perspective – in particular [when it comes to] the treatment of women. From Pakistan and Afghanistan through Iran, the Middle East, and all the way to Morocco, this entire part of the world [is full of] defeated and dejected men, whose only way to gain some sort of victory is by beating their women to death.

"The depraved men who participated in the stoning of Du'a – all of them [guilty of] premeditated and deliberate murder – were raised to believe that the lives of their women are theirs to control. That is why they competed with one another at stoning Du'a, and fought to film her as she gasped out her last breaths. These horrible men conspired to kill a young girl who had committed no crime and hurt no one. Each of them picked up a boulder and hurled it at her. [Feeling] prideful and glorious, they bashed in this young [girl's] head, and her blood pooled on the ground as she lay there dead...

"But killing her was not enough for them. After she was dead, they mutilated her young body, kicking her and piling more rocks on top of her. Then they broke out in cries of 'Allah akbar,' and 'there is no god but Allah' as though they had just won a strategic battle.

"Not one of them felt pity for her, not one of them lifted a finger to help her, and not one of them [even tries to] speak in her defense. They were like the stones they hurled at her – frozen and devoid of all compassion."

In the Middle East, the Life of a Woman Is Worth Far Less than That of an Animal

"Had Du'a been an animal, someone would have [probably] taken notice and tried to rescue her from these inhuman men. But she was a woman, and in the Greater Filthy East, the life of a woman is worth far less than the life of an animal.

"According to the norms of the East, [the concept of] 'honor' relates only to the behavior of women. Women have become easy prey for men, who murder them in order to restore their threatened sense of honor.

"Du'a is a victim of both men and women – she is a victim of her entire society. In a region that fosters its mens' hostility until it becomes a raging demon, [men come to] feel that the women in their family are their property, to be treated any way they want. 

"[This mentality is common among all Middle Eastern] men – Muslim and non-Muslim, Arab and non-Arab, rich and poor, educated and ignorant, great and small, those living in the West and those who have remained in their homelands – as long as they were raised in this region... that is riddled with the disease of 'honor,' or are of  [Middle Eastern] origin. [All these men] have the potential to turn into raging beasts, especially if they were raised [to believe that] a woman's body and [her behavior] in her private life have a [direct] bearing on their honor and on the honor of their family, clan, nation, sect and all their ancestors throughout the ages.

"All those who believe that honor [resides] in the woman's body are potential murderers, and [could] someday murder a woman when their false sense of honor is aroused. All those who agree that a man has the right to murder a woman, or to cause her physical harm [for the sake of preserving] his honor, are potential killers."

The Women of the Middle East Raise Their Own Executioners

"Those who believe that men have more rights than women, and raise their children to believe the same, are raising [more] men who will kill another Du'a in some other place. All those who believe that they have the right to hit a woman in order to 'educate' her or 'correct her ways' might be involved in the murder or harming of a woman.

"Any legislator who passes a law dealing leniently with 'honor killings' is just as culpable as those who actively participated in the murder of the victims – [just as culpable as] the murderers who have the blood of Du'a and of other women on their hands.

"All governments that discriminate between men and women in rights and duties, that shelter the perpetrators of 'honor killings,' and that give men either partial or complete control over women's lives... collaborate with the perpetrators of these despicable crimes...

"On the anniversary of the death of the innocent Iraqi girl Du'a Khalil Al-Aswad, murdered in cold blood and in heinous male ferocity in front of eye witnesses, I say to the women of the Greater Filthy East: 'Good for you for managing to raise beasts who delight in harming you and in shedding your blood and the blood of your daughters.' [And] good for the countries and governments that attribute more importance to the lives of animals than to your lives and the lives of your daughters.

"Good for you for defending your beastly men and supporting them on political [issues]. Good for you for supporting their failing movements and wars, and their hostile thinking that allows [them] to humiliate and beat you.
"Good for you for creating your own executioners, and for supporting and aiding them. You know full well that many of them regard you as worthless beings existing [solely] for their pleasure.

"Good for you for [tolerating] these inhuman men, many of whom yearn to drink your blood and the blood of your daughters whenever the drums of revenge and 'honor' start beating in their rotting and petrified brains."

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Stop The ACLU: Obama kicks Trinity United to the curb, resigns Church membership?

Courtesy of Stop the ACLU 

Stop The ACLU has posted a new item, 'Obama kicks Trinity United to the curb, resigns Church membership?'

Posted by DrewM. at ACE of Spades HQ Obama resigns church membership.

Remember, "I could no more distance myself from Pastor Wright than I could from my white grandmother"?

I guess grandma is on notice. If true, it's becoming more and more apparent that Obama is not only one [...] You may view the latest post at:  Link to: Obama kicks Trinity United to the curb, resigns Church membership

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