Friday, October 29, 2004

German support for Bush

Major German newspaper endorses Bush. From medienkritik

Update: The list we had up earlier was an abbreviated summary of the 10 reasons. We have now translated BILD's list of reasons in their entirety. Here they are:

1. Bush has clear priorities. He sees the inhuman Islamic fundamentalism and the murderous mullahs as the largest danger for the Western world.

2. Bush has learned the lessons of history. Military strength, not pleasant talk, is the only thing that helps against violent fanatics. And with Bush -- unlike with Kerry -- there is no doubt about this.

3. Under Bush, the US, as a superpower, will continue to bear the financial, military and casualty burden in the fight against terrorism in a "holy war" which Islamic fanatics unilaterally declared.

4. Along with fighting terror and the terrorists, a re-elected Bush will do everything he can to prevent nuclear proliferation. That is especially true with regard to the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.

5. Bush has learned that America can defeat every country in war, but needs allies in peace. Thus, his second term will be characterized by cooperation with international partners. But he will not depend on how Syria or Libya vote at the UN.

6. Bush knows that Europe and Germany don’t have the military at their disposal to become involved in any further foreign military engagements. Therefore he won't ask them for help. Kerry will do exactly that – and will further burden already damaged German-American relations.

7. Under Bush, America will remain a reliable partner for Israel in its fight for survival. That must especially be in our German interest.

8. Republicans have always been stronger supporters of free trade than Democrats. That is also true of Bush when compared to Kerry. And that is good for Germany as an export nation.

9. Every new American administration makes mistakes. Bush has already made his. Kerry, on the other hand, has of yet held no (executive) position in the government. He would be worse prepared than most Presidents preceding him.

10. With Bush, we know what to expect. With Kerry, nobody knows what he stands for and where he wants to lead America – and the world.

380 tons of incompetence.

Kerry's 380 tons of incompetence have turned out to be his own.

US troops removed 200 tons of explosives from Al Qaqaa.

The NY Times made a valiant try to prop up the Kerry lies about US troops incompetence and supposed malfeasance, but unfortunately the facts are not on their side.

I am now waiting for Kerry and the left to move on to their next lie.

Rebuilding Iraq one road at a time

That does not mean there are no roads. Mostly it means the existing roads are not "all-weather improved roads." Most are little more than dusty trails used by everything from four-wheel-drive vehicles to people on foot.

Many of these roads are impassable when rain turns them into muddy quagmires. It has been that way for centuries.

Today, something is being done to remedy the lack of all-weather roads between many of these villages and to connect them to existing improved roads. Nearly $40 million is being spent to provide hard-surfaced all-weather roads to these small towns in 15 of Iraq's 18 governances.

You will never see this story on your TV or in your local paper. Why?

Between 30 and 80 kilometers of roads, many only a few kilometers long, are to be built in each governance. Most are being built over existing dirt roads that are smoothed, graded and given a hard surface. Each will be 6 meters wide plus improved shoulders. Usually the construction includes an asphalt-finished surface.

Moe said Iraqi standards are considered more than sufficient to meet the needs of the intended users. "Everyday usage by the local population is seen as the main reason for these roads," he noted. "In addition, they provide invaluable access to arteries to vital centers."

Building new roads also increases morale in the local population and helps restore national security, Moe said. Construction of the roads will create about 8,000 jobs using local contractors. "When you create job opportunities for people in those governances, you are putting money into the pockets of the local citizens, money they badly need," he added.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Huge weapon stockpile: French corruption

They've "discovered" a huge Soviet ammunition dump a few kilometres from Camp Julien with the potential of obliterating the camp, as well as most of Kabul.

...In the dusty foothills, 10 minutes drive from Camp Julien (population 2,000), 82 buried bunkers, each 20-

metres long, housed thousands of Soviet FROG missiles (one step down from Scud missiles), and every variety of rocket and mortar shells.

Officially this huge weapons cache was unknown to coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.

Unofficially however...

I've never seen anything like it. The feeling is that AMF soldiers were selling access to the dump or permitting friends to enter it.

Littered with burned out Soviet military vehicles, the whole area is a junk pile strewn with every sort of live ammunition, fuses, unexploded shells, rockets, etc., all supposedly under the authority of Belgian troops (at the moment), who ignored it.

In the midst of examining the bunkers and taking photos, a Swedish UN guy, a French major and a German colonel arrived to make a fuss and order the Canadians to leave. The French major insisted his government had a deal with the Afghan government for the area, and ISAF had no business being there.

This cut little ice with Maj. Hynes, who is responsible -- not to the commander of Camp Julien, Col. Jim Ellis -- but to the ANA, which has now moved in to secure the site.

The French major was clearly bluffing, hadn't checked the bunkers and got a classic Canadian roasting from Maj. Hynes -- who was supported by a German general who was also appalled at the laxity.

"Now we've stirred up the hornet's nest," grinned Maj. Hynes. "Good. Now we may get some action."

"I feel foolish that for eight days we've been watching our front, when at our back all this was going on and nobody cared," said Sgt. Mazerolle.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

There is no terrorist threat

Yes, that is the opinion of Michael Moore. The man of honor at the democratic convention.

In the precincts of the loony left, it seems, the terrorist threat is an imaginary canard. Michael Moore made this point a year ago, speaking on NBC's Today show (Oct. 7, 2003, not on the Internet ): "there is no terrorist threat. Somebody needs to just say this: There—there is not terrorist threat. Now, there are acts of terrorism."

The perspective of history

Kerry has called Iraq a failure that could lead to "war without end." Oh, and we also failed to gaurd 380 tons of explosives.

Journalist Seymour Hersh says plainly that the Iraq war is not winnable and will, "go down as one of the classic sort of failures in history."

"No amount of body bags is going to dissuade [Bush]," said Hersh, despite the fact that Hersh's sources say the war in Iraq is "not winnable. It's over." As for Kerry's war plans, Hersh said he wished he could tell him to stop talking as if the senator's plan for Iraq could somehow still eke out a victory there. "This is a disaster that's been going on. It's a civil war, the insurgency. There is no 'win' anymore in this war," he argued. "As somebody said, 'We're playing chess, they're playing Go.'"

Numerous voices, ranging from left to downright anti-american, (ie Michael Moore) are calling this war a defeat. During the invasion the pessimists and defeatists, like Scott Ritter, were calling it like they saw it too, as this March 26th, 2003 news story can attest:

The United States does not have the military means to take over Baghdad and will lose the war against Iraq, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter said.

"The United States is going to leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. It is a war we can not win," he told private radio TSF in an interview broadcast here on Tuesday evening.

"We do not have the military means to take over Baghdad and for this reason I believe the defeat of the United States in this war is inevitable," he said.

War 'already lost'

"Every time we confront Iraqi troops we may win some tactical battles, as we did for ten years in Vietnam, but we will not be able to win this war, which in my opinion is already lost," Ritter added.

Stiffening Iraqi resistance as US-led forces close in on Baghdad have prompted questions about the strategy to use precision air power and a smaller, fast moving ground force to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Some military analysts have said there are not enough allied troops in Iraq to take control of Baghdad, where Saddam Hussein's elite troops are said to be concentrated, and that the planning of the war was overly optimistic.

What exactly are we talking about here? A military disaster or a political disaster? Because I think the left has the two completely mixed up. Militarily Iraq cannot be defined as a failure in any sense of the term. We have not been defeated in any battle, we have not failed in any objective, battle, or even small scale skirmish with any enemy combatants. The invasion of Iraq was one of the swiftest and surest victories in the history of warfare. There is no popular rising insurgency spiraling out of control there. In fact the insurgents do not have inexhaustible resources or support from which draw forever. The occupation has been tougher and more difficult than the invasion but by no means a failure or even on the verge of failure from what I can see.

The casualties incurred in Iraq are not high by historical standards. Any military deployment carries with it the risk of death, if not from enemy fire then from accidents and illness, even when measured against the normal death rate in the US, 854.5 deaths per 100,000 population, the casualties in Iraq are only slightly higher.

Strictly for comparison purposes, I divided the total combat deaths of each of these American wars by the length of combat in years to get an annual death toll for each to compare to our occupation of Iraq. (In the case of wars lasting less than a year it becomes an extension of how many might have died in a years time of such fighting.)

4,435 combat deaths in the Revolutionary War or 665 a year.
2,260 combat deaths in the War of 1812 or 904 a year.
1,733 combat deaths in the Mexican War or 1,039 a year.
184,594 combat deaths in the Civil War: Combined or 46,148 a year.
385 combat deaths in the Spanish-American War or 1,155 a year.
53,513 combat deaths in the World War I or 33,797 a year.
292,131 combat deaths in the World War II or 79,672 a year.
33,651 combat deaths in the Korean War or 10,913 a year.
47,369 combat deaths in the Vietnam War or 6,315 a year.
148 combat deaths in the Gulf War or 1776 a year.

From March 2003 to October 2004 total US combat deaths numbers 955. Total casualties including non-hostile causes of death are 1,109.

If you think that Iraq will go down as one of the classic military failures of history, think again.

The Greek defeat of the Persian navy at the Battle of Salamis, 371 smaller Greek ships to 1,207 Persian trireme warships, was a military failure for Xerxes. With perhaps 100,000 Persian sailors killed.

Varro's defeat at the hands of Hannibal at Cannae was a Roman military failure. 50,000 out of 80,000 Romans soldiers slaughtered in one day.

Napoleon's invasion of Russia, subsequent retreat and loss of 450,000 soldiers was certainly a military failure.

Hitler's invasion of Russia was also a military failure. "3.6 million German and 12 million Soviet battle deaths, plus another 15-18 million civilians perished in massacres, diseases, and starvation."

The lesson here? Don't invade Russia.

Germany's invasion of France was a French military failure. 400,000 French killed/wounded, 27,000 Germans killed/wounded.

Saddam Hussein's defeat at the hands of the George Bush was an Iraqi dictator's military failure-- twice.

What opponents of this war and this President are trying to do is rewrite history before it has been written. Like Neville Chamberlain, who proclaimed peace in our time on the eve of World War Two, those who are currently proclaiming defeat in our time are equally wrong. History will will be the judge long after you and I are no longer around to argue about it.

Global test in action

The French have failed Kerry's global test. Terrorist groups won't be included in talks in Iraq.

France’s attempts at creating a coalition of Iraqis opposed to the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi collapsed yesterday as Paris announced it had abandoned its opposition to an international conference to be held on the future of the newly-liberated country.

“We are no longer asking that non-governmental groups be invited,” French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said. “We have agreed with Egypt that this should be an intergovernmental affair.”

The conference, scheduled to take place Nov. 22-23 in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh is part of a US-sponsored plan to mobilize international support for stabilization and reconstruction in Iraq.

“It’s an intergovernmental conference. I’m willing to recognize that only governments will participate,” Barnier told reporters after an informal meeting with European and North African counterparts.

Hours earlier, Barnier had said France wanted to include Iraqi political groups not linked to the government, telling LCI television that they should be included “so that this conference will be useful.”

JFK legacy copyright

Wed Oct 27 2004 15:19:01 ET

WASHINGTON, DC *In response to George W. Bush's invocation of prominent Democrats including President John F. Kennedy, Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg issued this statement. "It's hard for me to listen to President Bush invoking my father's memory to attack John Kerry. Senator Kerry has demonstrated his courage and commitment to a stronger America throughout his entire career. President Kennedy inspired and united the country and so will John Kerry. President Bush is doing just the opposite. All of us who revere the strength and resolve of President Kennedy will be supporting John Kerry on Election Day."


Hey, it's hard for me just to listen to Kerry's lies so I guess that makes us even.

Killing Kathrine Harris

I can't wait till Tuesday, can you?

OCTOBER 27--A Florida man has been charged with attempting to run over controversial Republican congresswoman Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. According to the below Sarasota Police Department report, Barry Seltzer, 46, told cops that he was simply exercising his "political expression" when he drove his car at Harris and several supporters, who were campaigning last night at a Sarasota intersection.

Frodo Lives!

I knew it. Hobbits lived. Tolkein, you magnificent bastard!

Local legends tell of hobbit-like creatures existing on islands long ago but there has been no evidence of them.

Uh, huh...

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia have found a new species of hobbit-sized humans who lived about 18,000 years ago on an Indonesian island in a discovery that adds another piece to the complex puzzle of human evolution.

The partial skeleton of Homo floresiensis, found in a cave on the island of Flores, is of an adult female that was a meter (3 feet) tall, had a chimpanzee-sized brain and was substantially different from modern humans.

It shared the isolated island to the east of Java with miniature elephants and Komodo dragons. The creature walked upright, probably evolved into its dwarf size because of environmental conditions and coexisted with modern humans in the region for thousands of years.

"It is an extraordinarily important find," Professor Chris Stringer, of the Natural History Museum in London, told a news conference on Wednesday. "It challenges the whole idea of what it is that makes us human."

Peter Brown of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, and his colleagues made the discovery of the skull and other bones, and miniature tools in September 2003 while looking for records of modern human migration to Asia. They reported the finding in the science journal Nature.

"Finding these hominins on an isolated island in Asia, and with elements of modern human behavior in tool making and hunting, is truly remarkable and could not have been predicted by previous discoveries," Brown said in a statement. yahoo

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

240,000 tons of munitions destroyed since Sept.

The report, released earlier this month, notes that since mid-September alone, coalition forces have reviewed and cleared more than 10,000 weapons caches and destroyed more than 240,000 tons of weapons and munitions. Another 162,000 tons of munitions await destruction.

Kerry: will govern with perfect hindsight

Kerry will say anything, and often does.

In the first debate Kerry said Bush was wrong to start focusing on Iraq when we hadn't caught Osama Bin Laden.

And smart means not diverting your attention from the real war on terror in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden and taking if off to Iraq where the 9/11 Commission confirms there was no connection to 9/11 itself and Saddam Hussein, and where the reason for going to war was weapons of mass destruction, not the removal of Saddam Hussein.

That's funny because here's what he said at the time we were going into Afghanistan:

I have no doubt, I've never had any doubt -- and I've said this publicly -- about our ability to be successful in Afghanistan. We are and we will be. The larger issue, John, is what happens afterwards. How do we now turn attention ultimately to Saddam Hussein? How do we deal with the larger Muslim world? What is our foreign policy going to be to drain the swamp of terrorism on a global basis?

Explosive charges

All day yesterday John Kerry called Bush unbelievably incompetent, blind, stubborn, and arrogant for allowing 380 tons of explosives to disappear from Iraq-- apparently in the last few months.

Once again, truth is the real casualty in the left's war on the American Administration. As it turns out my posts are more accurate and less partisan than the NY Times.

BOMB-GATE [Cliff May]
Sent to me by a source in the government: “The Iraqi explosives story is a fraud. These weapons were not there when US troops went to this site in 2003. The IAEA and its head, the anti-American Mohammed El Baradei, leaked a false letter on this issue to the media to embarrass the Bush administration. The US is trying to deny El Baradei a second term and we have been on his case for missing the Libyan nuclear weapons program and for weakness on the Iranian nuclear weapons program.”

As I listened to the the news reports all day yesterday I heard: what, 380 pounds of explosives, why, Bush is incompetent, how, Bush is incompetent, and where, the wrong time, in the wrong place, in the wrong war, but when, seems to have been purposely left to the imagination. The news reports based on this times article leaves one with the impression that these explosives were stolen in the last few months making it the embarrasing blunder Kerry trumpets. I cannot help but wonder why the most pertinent fact of this story was so misreported in all the reports in the media.

"This is one of the great blunders of Iraq and one of the great blunders of this administration."

Actually it's one of the great blunders of the Kerry campaign and the media. Isn't it ironic that the man whose sole criticism of the Bush administration hangs on the tired accusation that Bush 'misled' the nation into war by using faulty intelligence that Kerry himself relied on to make the same case? Now Kerry is caught relying on the faulty reporting of the NYTimes to make his case against Bush in the closing days of this campaign. Kerry could not wait for the facts, showing that he has no integrity, no judgement, and no reason to argue that he could do a better, more effective, or smarter job than President Bush.

NBC News reported that on April 10, 2003, its crew was embedded with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division when troops arrived at the Al Qaqaa storage facility south of Baghdad.

While the troops found large stockpiles of conventional explosives, they did not find HMX or RDX, the types of powerful explosives that reportedly went missing, according to NBC.

Conclusion: Kerry and Edwards lied all day yesterday. If the explosives were gone before we got there they disappeared under the UN's watch of Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Edwards said less than one pound of the material was used to take down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, and larger amounts were apparently used in the bombing of a housing complex in November, 2003, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the blasts in a Moscow apartment complex in September, 1999, that killed nearly 300 people.

The explosives could also be used to trigger a nuclear weapon, which was why international nuclear inspectors had kept a watch on the material, and even sealed and locked some of it. The other components of an atom bomb - the design and the radioactive fuel - are more difficult to obtain.

...John Edwards yesterday said President Bush's administration is "reckless and irresponsible" for failing to secure a huge weapons site in Iraq.

...Mr. Edwards said yesterday in Toledo that the American people need to know whether Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney "ignored this grave danger, and whether they made excuses about this grave incompetence."

Are they making the case that we should have invaded earlier to secure these most dangerous of weapons? Are they really hyping the fact that Saddam already had tons of the, "most difficult to obtain components of nuclear weapons," and was waiting for sanctions to be lifted to get the easier to obtain parts?

But in the 1990s, the world was arrayed against him to deprive him of these weapons. So Hussein, the clever one, The Struggler, undertook a tactical retreat. He would destroy the weapons while preserving his capacities to make them later. He would foil the inspectors and divide the international community. He would induce it to end the sanctions it had imposed to pen him in. Then, when the sanctions were lifted, he would reconstitute his weapons and emerge greater and mightier than before.

The world lacked what Hussein had: the long perspective. Hussein understood that what others see as a defeat or a setback can really be a glorious victory if it is seen in the context of the longer epic.

Hussein worked patiently to undermine the sanctions. He stored the corpses of babies in great piles, and then unveiled them all at once in great processions to illustrate the great humanitarian horrors of the sanctions.

...France, Russia, China and other nations lobbied to lift the oil embargo. Hussein was, as the Duelfer report noted, "palpably close" to ending sanctions.

These are reports and information that Democrats ignore. That Saddam moved alot of these weapons in the year and a half that we spent trying to convince the UN and our allies, enthralled to the Oil-for-Food slush fund, to get serious about removing Saddam Hussein.

What we know is that if Kerry had been President Saddam Hussein would still be in power...

KERRY: Not necessarily be in power, but here's what I'll say about the $87 billion....

Monday, October 25, 2004

Potential for un-civil war

The democratic party may be setting itself up for complete destruction. In their desperation, I fear many liberals will resort to violence and fraud as a result of being whipped up into a frenzy by their irresponsible party leaders and their own runaway hatred for George W. Bush.

The daily barrage of the Kerry campaign demonizing Bush seems to be having an effect as Bush offices all over the country are broken into, vandalized, and burgled. In addition, I suspect that the election night plans of the Kerry campaign may have more insidious things in store for our republic.

Someone smashed the windows of the Multnomah County Republican office in Southeast Portland on Thursday, perhaps the latest sign some Oregonians have tossed out civility in their zeal to put their man in the White House.

..."It's no surprise that people on the other side tend to act gangsterlike with their violence during this time of year," said Rori Patrise Smith, spokeswoman for Oregon Republican Party Victory 2004.

"I honestly think the tone is set from the top, and you've seen it all over the country," said Lisa Sohn, Oregon spokeswoman for the Kerry campaign. "If you don't agree with these people, it's not OK."

For instance, the massive registration shenanigans nationwide may be part of a concerted plan to generate false charges of voter disenfranchisement and swing the election to Kerry through the courts (if it's close). As democrats register people who don't exist or reregister voters multiple times, pay people in crack for such registrations, and then have 10,000 lawyers prepositioned to file lawsuits to count votes that are fraudulent, we could be in for a more contentious election battle than what happened in Florida in 2000, and if that happens it will be entirely due to the engineering of the Democratic Party and the Kerry campaign.

In Colorado, the Democratic election manual advises operatives to mount 'pre-emptive strikes' on election night and charge voter fraud and intimidation even if there is no evidence of it. Democratic lawyers are demanding that voters be allowed to vote outside of their precincts and without identification, demanding felons have the right to vote. They resist all efforts to ensure 'one man one vote' by advocating the loosest possible voter requirements which leave our elections wide open to fraud and abuse.

What will democrats not do in an effort to regain their power? Unfortunately it's looking as though they will do and say anything because they are convinced that Republicans and George W. Bush really are the fascists they have demogogued for so long.

It saddens me that Democrats would choose such short term political gain over the stability of our very democracy. Not only will it hurt the integrity of our democratic system but it will most likely cost the democratic party the last shred of it's credibility.

There will be no riots!

As long as Kerry wins.

Supporter: Kerry's going to take PA.

Liz Edwards: I know that.

Supporter: I'm just worried there's going to be riots afterwards.

Liz Edwards: Uh.....well...not if we win. drudge

Drudge even has an audio link.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

French citizen dies in Iraq fighting US Forces

Well, technically he didn't die fighting, since he experienced the Airborn's proverbial, "Death from Above," and I guess we didn't let God do much work either, since we found out he was French during the 'sorting out' portion of the phrase: "Kill'em all and let God sort 'em out."

The 19-year-old, named as Redouane, is said to have died in a US air raid on Falluja on 17 July, says Le Figaro.

He is the first French national known to have died fighting against the US-led coalition. bbc

...I'm sorry that was insensitive.

Addendum: Could this have anything to do with the French wanting to learn Arabic instead English? I mean beside the hatred of America.

Fascinating and Creepy

Scientists harvested 25,000 living neurons from a rat and cultured it in a petri dish, allowed it to grow and then hooked it up to a computer and programmed it to fly a plane.

“It’s essentially a dish with 60 electrodes arranged in a grid at the bottom,” DeMarse said. “Over that we put the living cortical neurons from rats, which rapidly begin to reconnect themselves, forming a living neural network – a brain.”

...When DeMarse first puts the neurons in the dish, they look like little more than grains of sand sprinkled in water. However, individual neurons soon begin to extend microscopic lines toward each other, making connections that represent neural processes. “You see one extend a process, pull it back, extend it out – and it may do that a couple of times, just sampling who’s next to it, until over time the connectivity starts to establish itself,” he said. “(The brain is) getting its network to the point where it’s a live computation device.”

Fascinating and creepy.

To control the simulated aircraft, the neurons first receive information from the computer about flight conditions: whether the plane is flying straight and level or is tilted to the left or to the right. The neurons then analyze the data and respond by sending signals to the plane’s controls. Those signals alter the flight path and new information is sent to the neurons, creating a feedback system.

“Initially when we hook up this brain to a flight simulator, it doesn’t know how to control the aircraft,” DeMarse said. “So you hook it up and the aircraft simply drifts randomly. And as the data comes in, it slowly modifies the (neural) network so over time, the network gradually learns to fly the aircraft.”

The “brain” -- a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat’s brain and cultured inside a glass dish

Clinton's Illegal War/Quagmire

Peace and Democracy fails to take root in the major military intervention of Clinton's presidency.

Behar is an Albanian in Pristina, Branislav a Serb in Mitrovica. Ask them individually about the possibility of Kosovo becoming independent and they have very different views.

Behar says: "If it doesn't happen soon, this place will become a nightmare: more violence."

Branislav says: "If it does happen, then the Balkans will begin another dark chapter of violence."

Either way it seems, you cannot win. Bleak outlook among Kosovo voters


Reportedly fewer than 1% of eligible Serbs cast a vote in the second poll since the UN took over Kosovo in 1999.

UN governor Soren Jessen-Petersen said some had "had their democratic right to vote hijacked" through intimidation. Dismay as Serbs shun Kosovo poll

More "Kill Bush!" from the left

via drudge - and now everyone else.

This is the 'world' that wants Kerry elected as President. Ranting, raving, foaming at the mouth international liberals who seem to have lost all bearing in reality.

This isn't just an isolated incident of liberals calling for the death of a conservative either.

On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?

Friday, October 22, 2004

France: Learn Arabic not English

A report on France's educational system recommends making English mandatory. Of course the response to this is that a better language to make compulsory is Arabic. Why? Because, the dominance of english won't last.

In other words, Arabic will soon be the most-spoken language in the world.

We don't call them cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys for nothing.

He told Le Monde: "English is the most-spoken language today, but that won't last."

He said Spanish, Chinese and Arabic were all growing in importance.

"If we must make a language compulsory, it should be Arabic," he said.

Teacher unions are also said to be against the idea, saying existing classes in German, Italian or regional French languages such as Breton would suffer.

During a trip to Vietnam earlier this month, President Jacques Chirac was quoted as saying he was against a world "where we speak only one language".

Jihad Unspun

I'm beginning to wonder if the Kerry Campaign isn't getting their news information about 'Iraq spiraling out of control' from this website:

Amongst the stellar reports about US failure in Iraq you can find stories like this about recently beheaded British hostage converting to Islam before his death. Nice touch.

Ken Bigley then offered the Mujahideen something else, he offered to become Muslim and embrace Islam. After a period of consultation (shura) they decided to accept his Islam and freed him from his captivity (although for the purposes of the world he was assumed to be still captive). They advised him that having now embraced Islam, he was not allowed to leave or run-away from the battlefield as that would be tantamount to Kufr Akbar (apostacy). Allaah (swt) says "if the enemy come to you, don’t run away, because they know who they are, where they are, they know everything."

At the same time he was obliged to now fight with the Mujahideen against the British and American occupiers of Iraq, In the mean time the Mujahideen would continue to try to negotiate with the British and seek the release of the Muslim women prisoners held captive in Iraq.

...Yet, after all this, and what the Mujahideen had explained to him, upon being released he decided to escape and run away. It was the big test for him and he failed it. They ordered for his execution to be carried out on the grounds of apostacy from Islam and running away from the battlefield.

No change

In this NYTimes article Kerry says that September 11th didn't really change him. Go figure. I think we kind of knew that.

Then he fumbles around and tries somehow to say that he was always ready to go after Al Qaeda as if 9/11 had happened.

When I asked Kerry how Sept. 11 had changed him, either personally or politically, he seemed to freeze for a moment.

"It accelerated --" He paused. "I mean, it didn't change me much at all. It just sort of accelerated, confirmed in me, the urgency of doing the things I thought we needed to be doing. I mean, to me, it wasn't as transformational as it was a kind of anger, a frustration and an urgency that we weren't doing the kinds of things necessary to prevent it and to deal with it." Kerry's Undeclared War

The Passion of the Kerry

One of the most phony campaign ploys I've ever seen.

"The fact that Senator Kerry is a person of faith is something that might help voters who are undecided," McCurry said.

Kerry has been explaining it more in recent weeks as he campaigns in socially conservative areas like rural Ohio. At a town hall meeting Saturday in Xenia, he talked about taking his rosary into battle during the Vietnam War. "I will bring my faith with me to the White House and it will guide me," Kerry said.

Coming Civil war?

Ready to revisit the 2000 elections? Only this time with a concerted democratic effort to win by lawsuit?

Tom Paine thinks it might be coming.

But just as there is an internal struggle in the Arab/Muslim world over whether Osama's medieval Caliphate is a good idea or not, there is an internal struggle going on in the West over our response to this threat. And again, we see the past trying to destroy the future. The last remnants of the once-powerful Left, having been stripped of their temporal power with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and ideologically threatened by capitalism's ability to deliver ever-rising standards of living instead of collapsing as predicted by Marx, is lashing out at the war, not just the way it is being prosecuted, but whether it ought to be fought in the first place. Or even that there IS a war in the first place!

...No, the enemy I'm referring to are the extreme left Chomskyite idealogues who quite genuinely hate America and hate the West for being what we are. Wealthy, powerful and successful. There are academics, journalists and teachers who want the West to die. They believe we are historically guilty of monstrous crimes, and must for forced to pay for them by being exterminated.


New Bush ad highlights Kerry's votes to cut intelligence budget after terrorist attacks:

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Liberals bemoan democracy...

...and free speech in particular.

Yes, the vast right wing conspiracy has been at work since the 70's developing an unparraleled propaganda machine called 'the conservative media'. Muhahhahhahhah ha ha ha...

The joint rise of the conservative media and creeping authoritarianism is no coincidence.

The Democratic-defensive dynamic, however, is a consequence of the media-political infrastructure that Republicans and conservatives have spent three decades—and billions of dollars—creating. This conservative infrastructure has helped the Republicans achieve a unity that often has been lacking on the Democratic side. Conservatives can consult dozens of well-financed media outlets to hear the latest pro-Republican “themes,” often coordinated with the Republican National Committee or Bush’s White House.

Liberals lack any comparable media apparatus, having failed to match the investment and dedication of the right. Those committed liberal outlets that do exist are almost always under funded and often part-time. The Republicans’ right-wing media has given them a powerful advantage—and one that does not seem likely to go away.

This media deficit puts the Bush critics at a particular disadvantage because their arguments require explanation of historical context and acceptance of the frustrating work of diplomacy. On the other hand, Bush’s argument is easier to grasp: Kill the bad guys.

Damn good article at Capitalist Mag


The Europeans scolds are only the external symbol of Kerry's internal premise: America is a morally stained nation, with much to apologize for in general, and it should therefore be humble, not self-assertive, in world affairs; we should approach Europe and the U.N. with hat in hand, with head held low, and humbly ask for their approval. Actually, not just for their approval but for their forgiveness--forgiveness for what we are, for being America.

This worldview is clear from not only from his many statements (usually later retracted or "clarified") during this campaign, but from his unapologized-for, unretracted anti-Vietnam-War activities and his virtually unbroken 20-year record of anti-defense votes in the Senate. It is also inherent in the leftist, altruist-statist philosophy that has earned him the rating of the most "liberal" senator.

On a symbolic or sense-of-life level, Bush evokes the cowboy. The cowboy ethos is something that anti-Americans hate and fear. As Andrew Bernstein stated in his op-ed on the subject, "What we honor about the cowboy of the Old West is his willingness to stand up to evil and to do it alone, if necessary. The cowboy is a symbol of the crucial virtues of courage and independence."

Kerry ready to steal the election

This election may well tear this country apart. And it's all in the hands of John Kerry whether or not to do so. We will all know where to lay the blame if he does.

Unlike the former vice president, who lost a recount fight and the 2000 election, Kerry will be quick to declare victory on election night and begin defending it. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he's secured the presidency.

...Gore prematurely conceded the 2000 race to George W. Bush (search), then had to retract his concession after aides said Florida wasn't lost. He never declared victory, an omission Kerry's advisers — many of whom worked for Gore — now believe created a sense of inevitability in voters' minds about Bush's

This is not a good sign for the spread of democracy-- the destruction of it here in the United States at the hands of Democrats.

Six so-called "SWAT teams" of lawyers and political operatives will be situated around the country with fueled-up jets awaiting Kerry's orders to speed to a battleground state. The teams have been told to be ready to fly on the evening of the election to begin mounting legal and political fights. No team will be more than an hour from a battleground.

The Kerry campaign has office space in every battleground state, with plans so detailed they include the number of staplers and coffee machines needed to mount legal challenges.

"Right now, we have 10,000 lawyers out in the battleground states on Election Day, and that number is growing by the day," said Michael Whouley, a Kerry confidant who is running election operations at the Democratic National Committee.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

"...unequivocally no."

Kerry is a fakir and a fraud. His campaign: half-truths and allusions. He makes great effort to appear strong, to talk tough, but it's a con game.

For instance, how does Kerry explain his 2002 vote authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq? He says he voted only to 'threaten the use of force'. In 1991 he said such a vote would be dangerous and flawed.

In 1991, to those who said voting for war with Iraq would "give the administration leverage to force Hussein out of Kuwait," Kerry responded, "That thinking is dangerous … and flawed. … This is not a vote about sending a message. It is a vote about war."

This is Kerry's record. Talk tough when politically necessary, but don't follow through when it counts.

Three weeks after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Kerry said he supported President Bush's swift deployment of troops to the region and the administration's insistence that Hussein pull out. But he said Hussein should be given more diplomatic wiggle room for withdrawal. "My greatest fear is this issue is too much box and not enough capacity to move out," Kerry told editors and reporters at the Boston Globe on August 27, 1990. "That line is pointing in a very dangerous direction."

When it comes down to it Kerry will not hesitate to refuse to take strong action when strong action is needed. The first gulf war appears to fit all the criteria Kerry reviles George W. Bush for not meeting, including his 'global test', yet the First Gulf War got a failing grade. "On CBS's This Morning before the first Gulf War, Kerry said, "I'm convinced we're doing this the wrong way." If the first Gulf war didn't pass his 'global test' what would?

We don't know because Kerry can't tell us. That would ruin the con and blow the illusion. He can only say that Bush did it all wrong, that he would have done it better, smarter, and more effectively. That more time, more talks, more resolutions, more allies, more stalling, and more wiggle room for the dictator is in order. Kerry talks a tough game, but threatening the use of force and never actually carrying it through makes issuing such threats a worthless and feeble endeavor. If the police were never actually willing to go into a house to catch a criminal, issuing warrants would not make us any safer.

Kerry's arguments against war are equally empty whether it is the First Gulf War or the Last. Kerry regarding the First Gulf War:

In his lengthy speech . . . he repeatedly criticized Bush and his "unilateral" rush to war. "We are in this position today because the president of the United States made a series of decisions that have put us in this position." With economic sanctions tightening their grip on Iraq, "there is no one who suggests that Saddam Hussein is winning anything today," Kerry said.

The con is that Kerry says he is ready and willing to go to war... when circumstances warrant it. What he won't say is that his circumstances don't exist. He cannot afford to be honest on this issue because he would lose crucial support with Americans. If it were up to Kerry, Saddam Hussein would still be in power and he would control Iraq and Kuwait along with immense Arab stature he would have achieved in getting away with murder.

Kerry said that sanctions hadn't been given enough time, there wasn't a sufficient coalition, the American people were unable to accept the heavy casualties the would result, and that a war would destabilize the Middle East.

Kerry said he was "willing to accept the horror that goes with war" but only "when the interests or stakes warrant it."

Kerry says he would defend this country just like he did as a young man. This is undoubtedly meant to conjure up an image of Kerry as a forward-leaning military hawk, but it's another example of his tough talk facade. What comes to my mind when he says this is the unbridled effort he put into discrediting US soldiers as war criminals and the Vietnam War as an illegitimate war along with fellow traveler Ramsey Clark. Which is the real John Kerry: hawk or anti-war hero?

This quote about Clinton's unilateral war in Bosnia is instructive. Kerry puts a higher value on the morality, goodness, and exceptionalism of the UN than he does the United States. So much so that if our soldier's deaths are to have worth it needs to happen under the blue flag of the UN.

"If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."

A question of interests

John Kerry, April 17th of 1994 on CNN's Late Edition discussing when US soldiers deaths have significance.

If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yeah, it's worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome the answer is unequivocally no. So I think it's a question of where you place the interest.

Teray-zah insults Laura

Via Drudge. In this USA Today interview with Tereza Heinz-Kerry, 'Teray-zah' says that Laura's never had a real job, "since she's been grown up".


Q: You'd be different from Laura Bush?

A: Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Revolutionary War was 'unnecessary'

Brilliant. Genius. Savant. Being from a higher plane of existence. Saint.

All of these things Carter is not.

But really, let's examine this quote for just a second. Let it soak into your brain palate for a moment until it gives your operating system the blue screen of death.

The revolutionary war was unneccesary because the British were misled into war? The depth of Carter's insight underwhelms me. Might as well say all of history should be interpreted in light of your present political opposition to Bush.

CARTER: Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we‘ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.

Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial‘s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.

I think in many ways the British were very misled in going to war against America and in trying to enforce their will on people who were quite different from them at the time.

Did anyone else get the fact that: "we would have been a free country now"? If only... if only... "we would have gotten our independence in a non-violent way." This is a mind blower. Am I cracked or is Carter saying that America is somehow less free, or less of something because we achieved our independence through violence?

There is so much wrong in these few paragraphs that it boggles the mind.

Free speech under fire

"John Kerry Tried to Stop You From Seeing This Film"

Sinclair Broadcasting will air only parts of this video in swing states before the election. Liberals who think not giving money to artists who put bull whips up their ass as a public art show and who put crucifixes in urine is somehow abridging their free speech want the FCC to censor, i.e. forbid anyone from airing this video on TV, and threatened to sue, and said they would be punished once Kerry was elected!

I thought Kerry was proud of his anti-war activities?

Stolen Honor

A giant in his own right

Can they make him any taller?

A whole lotta news today....

  • The Breck Girl...

  • Arafat endorses Kerry.

  • Mullahs want to send election observers-- to ensure Kerry victory? Thank you, Democratic party for giving the enemies of democracy the ammunition they need.
    TEHRAN: Iran's hardline Basij militia has written to UN secretary general Kofi Annan to ask if the Islamic republic can send observers to the US presidential election in November, a government newspaper said on Monday.

    "By this symbolic request, we want to ridicule the so-called democratic slogans of the American leaders," a Basij official, Said Toutunshian, told the Iran newspaper.

    "We want to say to the whole world that the presence of observers from the Islamic republic of Iran, the most democratic regime in the world, is necessary to guarantee the smooth running of the American elections."

  • Tortured Toshiba Flat Screen TV is rescued thanks to emitting of international distress signal.

  • Crack compensation is the latest get out the vote for Democrats.

  • Democrats coddled terrorist in Florida- it may cost them a Senate election

  • Tereza's October Surprise. Capture of Osama et al may be at hand.

"He wasn't speaking French.
He was speaking Freedom."

Viva Jacques Kerrie
Let's see: Your opponent is characterizing you as an effete internationalist willing to "turn America's national security decisions over to international bodies or leaders of other countries." In particular, he suggests, in all seriousness, that you want to call up Jacques Chirac for permission before deploying the military. At the Republican National Convention, you were portrayed as a beret-wearing poodle named "Fifi Kerry." How should you defend yourself against these slanders?

By speaking French on the stump, of course. Click here to hear John Kerry's foray into the language of Paris during a Monday rally here.

The Liberal Draft continues

Unbelievably, Democrats think that replaying Vietnam is the path to victory. The draft is that crucial historical aspect of their call to resist a war President. Never mind that there is no draft, hasn't been one for years, and will not be one while Bush is president.

I signed up for 'draft updates' at MTV's Rock the Vote, Alliance For Security. Here's my first email:

Dear AFS Member,

I need your help this week. If you read the news at all, it probably seems like things are happening faster than you can grasp them. It seems like every day brings news of some new battle or bombing on the other side of the world. Beyond that though, the draft is on everyone's lips these days.

Every democrats lips you mean.

If you're like me, it probably seems like things are spinning out of control. That is, if you're thinking about it at all. Too many Americans aren't, and that's something that must change. Each day brings new unrest in Iraq. We must be organizing now.

Organizing for what exactly? To put Saddam back in power? To hold vigils supporting Zarqawi's freedom fighters?

Currently, we're on a path that will lead us right back to where we were in Vietnam -- fighting an enemy we can't see, in the setting of a culture we don't understand -- and once again the cost is going to be too many lives lost. If there's any hope of changing the course we're on, Americans have to get over our willingness to "defer" to the powers that be, when it comes to foreign policy issues, instead of finding out for ourselves.

I would point out that Democrats are on the path leading us right back to Vietnam. The rest of us believe in victory and a free and democratic Iraq. Not the Kerry doctrine of getting your picture in the Vietcong Museum of Communist Vietnam war heroes.

The cost of not knowing is too high. It's time to re-open the conversation, get educated, and get engaged in how U.S. foreign policy gets decided and gets implemented. We can't afford not to understand. That's why Alliance for Security is sponsoring the Call to Duty THIS Wednesday, October 20th, at 8:00 PM ET:

Sounds suspiciously like 'tune in, drop out, Timothy Leary crap'.

The Call to Duty is a free national conference call on the effects of our current foreign policy, the possibility of a return to the military draft, and how people can begin to turn things around. On the call I will give an insider's foreign policy briefing, and then open up the call to your questions.

I want as many people as I can reach to know what we're up against and just what they can do about it. I need your help to make that happen. This is the beginning of a critical national dialogue. Please invite your friends and family to join the call this Wednesday. Tell anyone you know who cares, or should care, about U.S. foreign policy and its effects on our world.

Click here to join the Call and invite others right now:

I know there are lots of you out there who care about these issues enough to get informed and take action. Why? Because look what you have done:

You responded to our recent action alert on the rush to vote on the Rangel draft bill in the House of Representatives and have sent 2,849 letters to newspaper editors.

4119 of you sent 11,878 "draft cards" to friends and family reminding them about the possible consequences of U.S. foreign policy.
Over a 1,000 people have signed the AFS/Rock the Vote joint open letter to the DNC and RNC asking them to have each candidate answer the real questions about military preparedness on our minds.

If we're going to get U.S. foreign policy back on the right track, more Americans have to commit to getting educated about the crisis we're in. It starts with you. Join me on the Call to Duty at 8:00 PM Eastern Time this Wednesday, October 20th and find out how we can begin to turn things around.

See you on the call.


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Monday, October 18, 2004

From Nuisance to Myth

From Nuisance to Myth

Just recently Kerry said terrorism should just be a nuisance; now the left admits it's all just a myth to begin with.

Much of the currently perceived threat from international terrorism, the series argues, "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media." The series' explanation for this is even bolder: "In an age when all the grand ideas have lost credibility, fear of a phantom enemy is all the politicians have left to maintain their power."

* * *
During long interviews on the subject with The New York Times Magazine, Kerry seemed to play down terrorism. He even made the shocking claim that Sept. 11 "didn't change me much at all."

Yes, the left continues to astound. Democrats go on and on, hysterically ranting about Bush's 'politics of fear' and Republican 'scare mongering' while spreading baseless lies about a looming draft if Bush is reelected. (Even going so far as to introduce the legislation themselves.) Liberal politicians decry a total lack of security under Bush, but also ridicule terror alerts as attempts to just scare voters.

'The politics of fear' is a phrase used almost exclusively by liberals as a political attack against conservatives. The left's political position, as evidenced by such attacks, is essentially that 9/11 never happened. Al Qaeda is just a nuisance. Not because of pesky bombings and beheadings, as it turns out, but because the war on terror diverts precious tax dollars from the war on poverty. Kerry attacked Bush for 'overspending' on Iraq, because it neglected the social welfare apparatus.

"200 billion dollars. That's what we are spending in Iraq because George Bush chose to go it alone," Kerry says in the ad, to start airing Monday in 13 competitive states where he is on the air. "Now the president tells us we don't have the resources to take care of health care and education here at home. That's wrong."

Not enough money for healthcare, social security, education, foodstamps... The same reason that tax cuts are a nuisance and you should be paying more. Remember Democrats asking, "Where's the shared sacrifice?" ...That Bush hasn't asked enough of America?

The nuisance theory and the myth theory both arise from the same liberal worldview. This BBC series,The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear illustrates the extent to which the liberal viewpoint can go.

You hear it in the speeches of Kerry and Edwards, 'the politics of fear', as much as in BBC propaganda documentaries.

The Power of Nightmares seeks to overturn much of what is widely believed about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The latter, it argues, is not an organised international network. It does not have members or a leader. It does not have "sleeper cells". It does not have an overall strategy. In fact, it barely exists at all, except as an idea about cleansing a corrupt world through religious violence.

This is the real difference between the two candidates. One believes this is WWIII and the other thinks 9/11 was an anomoly which unfortunately rose above the level of nuisance to detract from the real war: on poverty. A war, in which, if we were to judge it's generals (the DNC) by the same standard that Kerry is attempting to judge Bush would warrant a court martial.

Still, for all of Kerry's tough talk about prosecuting the war on terror 'smarter' and more 'effectively', he has yet to articulate his vision of what the war on terror is beyond platitudes. Matt Bai seems to believe Kerry when he argues he somehow understood the threat from Al Qaeda long before 9/11, but Kerry has not yet shown that he understands how 9/11 changed the strategic environment.

When Kerry first told me that Sept. 11 had not changed him, I was surprised. I assumed everyone in America -- and certainly in Washington -- had been changed by that day. I assumed he was being overly cautious, afraid of providing his opponents with yet another cheap opportunity to call him a flip-flopper. What I came to understand was that, in fact, the attacks really had not changed the way Kerry viewed or talked about terrorism -- which is exactly why he has come across, to some voters, as less of a leader than he could be. He may well have understood the threat from Al Qaeda long before the rest of us. And he may well be right, despite the ridicule from Cheney and others, when he says that a multinational, law-enforcement-like approach can be more effective in fighting terrorists. But his less lofty vision might have seemed more satisfying -- and would have been easier to talk about in a political campaign -- in a world where the twin towers still stood.

Dead end.

Look closely at the door and you'll also see, "Exit only," and, "Area closed to public."

Kerry election victory strategy

Trees causing pollution!

Think this little study will make it onto the CBS evening news? It's one of those perverse man bites dog type of stories... I've got my fingers crossed, how about you?

Industry has dramatically cut its emissions of pollutants, called volatile organic compounds. But those cuts have been more than offset by the amount of VOCs churned out by trees.

The revelation challenges the notion that planting trees is a good way to clean up the atmosphere.

When fossil fuels used in industry and automobiles fail to combust completely, they generate VOCs, which react with nitrogen oxides and sunlight to form poisonous ozone in the lower atmosphere. In the past few decades, the introduction of more efficient engines and catalytic converters has dramatically reduced these emissions.

But trees also produce VOCs, which tend to be ignored by scientists modelling the effects of ozone on pollution. So a team led by Drew Purves at Princeton University investigated the impact of newly planted forests on VOC levels in the US.

Theater Africa: The war on terror

Failed states are fertile ground.

We can no longer ignore the third world. The UN will never bring democracy or freedom to the poorest nations on the earth. To win the war on terror we will have to work to bring the same capitalism, freedom, and democracy that makes our country prosperous and free to the third world. President Bush will do that, and is doing it in Africa.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2004 -- Africa is also a front in the global war on terrorism, according to the U.S. general responsible for U.S. military operations and military-to-military ties in Africa.

"We're seeing evidence that terrorism is moving into Africa, especially the radical, fundamentalist type," said Marine Gen. James L. Jones, commander of U.S. European Command, during a recent interview. Africa falls under EUCOM's area of responsibility.

The countries on the rim of the Mediterranean Sea -- Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco -- are the most pressing concern for the command, but failed states further south also pose problems, Jones said.

Terrorists are moving into failed or failing states where the people don't have a lot of hope, he said. In many countries in this region the economies are not stable, there is a tremendous imbalance in the distribution of wealth, the governments don't have full control, borders are not secure, and millions of people are HIV-positive and millions more have already died from AIDS.

Terrorists see the continent as a place to hide, a place to train and a place to organize new attacks. "It's in our interests to proactively engage in this global concern about terrorism with our friends and allies," Jones said.

Despite all the problems -- and the general did not play them down -- there is enormous potential on the continent, he said. "There are quite a few countries in Africa that would like to be democratic. They are trying hard to be democratic and need a little help," he said. "The wrong thing to do is say this is too hard and walk away from it."

While terrorism based in Africa is a long-term threat to the United States, it is a more immediate one to Europe. "The Mediterranean that separates Africa from Europe is no longer a physical barrier; it's a pond that people can step over," Jones said. "We have to make sure that we deal with the problems where they are and we work with our African friends and struggling democratic nations to make sure they survive."

...And it is a long-term commitment. African nations need to realize that the United States and its allies "are not just coming in for two months never to be seen again," he said. "We're investing proactively with countries whose governments we'd like to see go along the democratic path."

This engagement will stop the terrorists from using African territory as a sanctuary or training base. It will "deny them the opportunity of demonizing the United States and Europe as the source of all (Africa's) problems," he said.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Sickening scare mongering

How droll. How lame. How hypocritical. Democrats and liberals are laying it on thick about imaginary 'politics of fear' emanating from the evil Republican fortresses placed across this police state we call Amerikkka.

Once again it's a mirror into their own souls. Fear mongering 101. Get the youth vote... Bush is going to draft you!

Young people will be the first to be drafted... and a deciding factor in this election.

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Watchblog mentioned on Time website

I have the pleasure of blogging on Watchblog as well as here. I always like it when the site gets some press.

BLOGS This site could actually be thought of as three blogs in one, but the balance of viewpoints presented in one spot makes for an interesting trichotomy of political opinion. Bloggers for the Democrats, Republicans and independent voters all work on the same site, posting their take on the news and the latest happenings in the political and policy worlds. Cheat Sheet: Election Websites

9/11? "Mmmm - justice," says Black rapper

Just the thing to mobilize the anti-american electorate. Or the American electorate depending on which way you look at it.

"I say that proudly," the Boogie Down Productions founder went on, insisting that, before the attack, security guards kept Blacks out of the World Trade Center "because of the way we talk and dress.

"So when the planes hit the building, we were like, 'Mmmm - justice.' "

The atrocity of 9-11 "doesn't affect us the hip-hop community," he said. "9-11 happened to them, not us," he added, explaining that by "them" he meant "the rich ... those who are oppressing us. RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations."

Parker also sneered at efforts by other rappers to get young people to vote.

"Voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption," he added. "America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place."

Support our troops: Vote for Bush

Support our troops but not the mission? Support our troops but hate Bush?

If you really supported the troops you'd vote Bush. At least that's who they support by an overwhelming 3-to-1 margin.

When asked who they would trust as commander in chief, people in military service and their families chose President Bush over Sen. John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, by almost a 3-to-1 margin. netscape news

Average day in the classroom

Is this one of the few ways that a professor can get fired in university? I suspect it is.

LAFAYETTE, La. - A University of Louisiana at Lafayette physics professor was banned from the campus Wednesday and taken to the coroner's office for evaluation after threatening his class, university officials said.

Student Kacie Spears said professor Louis Houston lost control right after class began Wednesday morning and was yelling obscenities.

"Then he told us if we got out of our seats he's gonna kill us. He went on the black board and wrote "911 now", so we were really in fear for our lives," Spears told KATC-TV.

Spears said Houston slapped a student and then told his class he was God.

..."He's always acted a little strange, he's yelled and cursed before, and this time we waited for it to stop, but it never did," Spears says.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Muslim Brotherhood in America?

The hardest thing for Westerners to understand is not that a war with militant Islam is underway but that the nature of the enemy's ultimate goal. That goal is to apply the Islamic law (the Shari‘a) globally. In U.S. terms, it intends to replace the Constitution with the Qur'an.

...Therefore, reading "A rare look at secretive Brotherhood in America," in the Chicago Tribune on Sept. 19 caused me to startle. It's a long analysis that draws on an exclusive interview with Ahmed Elkadi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader in the United States during 1984-94, plus other interviews and documentation. In it, the authors (Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe, and Laurie Cohen) warily but emphatically acknowledge the Islamists' goal of turning the United States into an Islamic state.
Daniel Pipes

Safe in his hands.

Just as we all are.

Bring. It. On.

In a press release in Arabic on its official web, Hamas leaders said: "Hamas is condemning the U.S vote and stating that Hamas considers the U.S as an enemy and as an accomplice to the Israeli enemy aggression against the Palestinians. Hamas regards the U.S position as a criminal act that puts her in a confrontation with "weak" nations. The U.S will face responsibility for its position as an accomplice with Israel to the animosity." Haganah b' Internet

All I can say is-- Bring it on.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Improbable experiment with democracy???

There are many ways the Associated Press could have captioned this photograph. Historic. A Victory for freedom and democracy. A victory for self government and human rights. A victory in the war on terror. But the AP chose improbable experiment with democracy. How utterly lame. How transparently biased. No doubt if John Kerry were President it would be a victory for democracy but since it might possibly show George Bush in a positive light this close to the election it's safer to say it's an improbable experiment in democracy.

Afghan people form a queue waiting outside a polling station to cast their vote Saturday, October 9, 2004. Afghanistan's first-ever direct presidential election began Saturday, with people across this ethnically diverse land casting the first ballot in an improbable experiment with democracy. (AP Photo/Amir Shah)

Bob Dole found a job after he lost too

And VIAGRA works fast. In fact, VIAGRA works in as quickly as 30 minutes. Then, you have at least 4 hours to have a romantic experience at your own pace. In most patients, VIAGRA can be taken once a day as needed.

More quagmire news

09/05/04 - A British helicopter crewmember assists Saga Al Gazzey out of a helicopter at the Basra International Airport, Iraq, Sept. 5, 2004. Gazzey received a heart operation at the Royal Brompton Hospital in the United Kingdom, paid for by Chain of Hope. Her father Niam Zeyan, a tribal leader in the Basra providence, has accompanied her since she left Iraq. Chain of Hope helps children suffering from life-threatening diseases by mobilizing a chain of volunteers to get them the vital treatment they need. DoDphoto by Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Crawford, U.S. Army. (Released)

Najaf Aug. 10, 2004

08/09/04 - U.S. Army soldiers take cover behind a wall in a cemetery outside of An Najaf, Iraq before moving forward to look for weapons and anti-Iraqi forces, Aug. 10, 2004. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lester Colley) (Released)

Israeli tools of freedom

08/25/04 - Two Israeli F-15's fly over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges during a Red Flag 04-3 training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 25, 2004. Red Flag is a combat training exercise involving all branches of the U.S. military, as well as coalition forces from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Israel, Singapore and NATO. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Gruenwald, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Freedom's arrow

09/25/04 - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Flying Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Two Two (VFA-122), conducts a high-speed pass in front of the crowd at the 2004 'In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show, Sept. 25, 2004. . The Super Hornet was painted in the colors of the "Jolly Rogers" of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103), which will transition to the new aircraft after their current deployment. The air show, held Sept. 24-26, showcased civilian and military aircraft from the Nation's armed forces, which provided many flight demonstrations and static displays. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain) (Released)

Another reason to elect John Kerry

French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged.

Surely reversing US cultural hegemony is reason enough for foreign leaders to want Kerry to win the White House in November and it should be enough for you as well!

[Kerry] insisted he had talked to and met with foreign leaders who were rooting for him. He said during the town hall he talked to "several" in the past week and that all the conversations were not face-to-face.

He said the leaders were "at all different levels" of government and said their support was fueled by dissatisfaction with U.S. unilateralism and "arrogance" in foreign policy.

Obviously Kerry was right. America is less respected today because of our cultural arrogance. For the sake of global diversity, not to mention the impending, "real ecological catastrophe" brought on by the supremacy of the english language around the world (uh?), America should disarm and take a humbler, more sensitive role in the war on terror by electing John Kerry (he was in Vietnam you know).

Once dazzled by the intense power of Kerry's diplomacy France will decide that Iraq should be "choked" by French values dispensed by French troops-- so that the US doesn't have to pay 90% of the cost of the war.

The French president warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by U.S. values.

This, he said, would lead to a "general world subculture" based around the English language. This, he maintained, would be "a real ecological catastrophe."

Citing Hollywood's overwhelming leadership in the movie industry as an example, Chirac asserted that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage.

Now we know the real reason Bush failed the global test. If only Hollywood wouldn't have pursued its 'imperialist global war' against the world's cultural diversity and its reckless profit-driven goal of cultural hegemony we could have had an un-fraudulent coalition in Iraq. Elect John Kerry, he supported the war when it was popular and has the sense to oppose it when it is not.

Ready for the debates.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Voter Suppression in MO

VAN BUREN, Mo. - Officials in one Missouri county are reprinting absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 general election after discovering that President Bush (news - web sites) and Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) were left off.

The ballots were mailed beginning Sept. 21, and Carter County Clerk Becky Gibbs said several voters noticed the oversight.

"We are rectifying it," she said. "There was no intent to leave them off."

Fewer than 500 of the erroneous ballots were sent out, and some have already been returned.

Replacement ballots will be sent to everyone who requested an absentee ballot along with a letter explaining the error.

Terri Durdaller, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State, said that if absentee voters who previously returned a ballot send a new one, it will replace the previous one. If they don't return a new ballot, their first one will be counted.

"The key is just to make sure everybody does get the changed ballot," Durdaller said.

Ballots that other voters will use Nov. 2 have not been printed yet.

Gibbs said the cost to print replacement absentee ballots should be minimal.

Set Saddam Free

If Bush was wrong to invade Iraq, shouldn't we set Saddam free?

Following the defense attorney policies of John Kerry. John Gibson has a point. If the information used to obtain a warrant is found to be false and the search turned up no stockpiles of WMD shouldn't the 'accused' go free?

Let's say they're right — despite the evidence that conclusions have been made for political purposes — but let's say they're right for argument's sake: There were no WMD, no Al Qaeda, no 9/11 link. That means Saddam was innocent and that means the war was wrong

That means Saddam should still be in charge of his country and that regime change was unjustified and in error.

Hey, we can do something about this: Saddam is in our custody. Let's see somebody step forward and say it was all wrong and therefore we should let Saddam free and pop him loose from his jail cell. We should give him back his army. We should give him back his palaces. We should resurrect his two thug murderer sons. We should make things all better again, pre-March 2003. Iraq as it was: The righteous Saddam in charge and all the Iraqis happy.

Now who's going to step up and make that argument?

Saddam, teachers pet

It appears Saddam would have passed Kerry's 'Global Test' easily.

SADDAM HUSSEIN believed he could avoid the Iraq war with a bribery strategy targeting Jacques Chirac, the President of France, according to devastating documents released last night.

Memos from Iraqi intelligence officials, recovered by American and British inspectors, show the dictator was told as early as May 2002 that France - having been granted oil contracts - would veto any American plans for war.

To keep America at bay, he focusing on Russia, France and China - three of the five UN Security Council members with the power to veto war. Politicians, journalists and diplomats were all given lavish gifts and oil-for-food vouchers.

Tariq Aziz, the former Iraqi deputy prime minister, told the ISG that the "primary motive for French co-operation" was to secure lucrative oil deals when UN sanctions were lifted. Total, the French oil giant, had been promised exploration rights.

Iraqi intelligence officials then "targeted a number of French individuals that Iraq thought had a close relationship to French President Chirac," it said, including two of his "counsellors" and spokesman for his re-election campaign.

They even assessed the chances for "supporting one of the candidates in an upcoming French presidential election." Chirac is not mentioned by name.

A memo sent to Saddam dated in May last year from his intelligence corps said they met with a "French parliamentarian" who "assured Iraq that France would use its veto in the UN Security Council against any American decision to attack Iraq." Saddam, teachers pet.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The politics of fear and intimidation

Forget Iraq, what about the rising liberal insurgency here in the US? Anti-Bush gunman fired several shots into the Bush campaign offices of Bearden, TN, and Huntington, WV.

"For someone to use that level of violence to try to make a political point, it is just a shock," said Chad Tindell, Knox County Republican chairman.

Kerry supporters storm and ransack Bush Cheney campaign offices in Milwaukee, Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Dearborn, Plymouth, and burglarized in Bellevue.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A group of protestors stormed and then ransacked a Bush-Cheney headquarters building in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, according to Local 6 News.

Local 6 News reported that several people from the group of 100 Orlando protestors face possible assault charges after the group forced their way inside the Republican headquarters office.

...most of the protestors were from the AFL-CIO and were taking part in one of 20 other coordinated protests around the country.

Kill Bush is becoming a recurring, repeating, persistant, perennial theme.

"Swastika Burned Into Grass On Bush-Cheney Supporter's Lawn"

The politics of fear and intimidation indeed.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Blown by the wind.

Photoshop fun

Kerry for President! Yes, this is a doctored photo.

You know what 'they' say...

A Branson man has put a face to the anonymous references people often make to "they" by changing his name to just that: "They."

The former Andrew Wilson, a 43-year-old self-employed inventor, was granted legal permission last week by a circuit judge to change his name.

It's just They, no surname.

He also has changed his driver's license to reflect his new name.

They said he did it for humor to address the common reference to "they."

"'They do this,' or 'They're to blame for that.' Who is this 'they' everyone talks about? 'They' accomplish such great things. Somebody had to take responsibility," he said.

Now, his friends are getting used to his new name.

"They call up and say, 'Is They there?'"

He acknowledged the name could drive grammarians crazy.

"Not only is he making a statement about his name, but he's messing with the entire English language," friend Craig Erickson said.

They holds 14 patents including Ground-Effect lighting, used to create a neon glow beneath vehicles and patented in 1987.

His newest product is "Shades Eyewear," which have a built-in visor over each sunglass lens. The visors protect the eyes from glare without having to wear a hat, he said.