Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dr. Joe Leming Will Run For Lt. Governor

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The big news out of the 4th Congressional District Republican meeting Monday evening, July 30th was the announcement by Prince George's Dr. Joe Leming that he will run for the office of Lt. Governor in '09.

Other news of note from the meeting:
Wayne Ozmore, 4th District Chair, stepped down and Jason Gray, one of Rep. Randy Forbes staffers, stepped up.

The new Republican Party of Virginia chairman, John Hager, spoke to the gathering as did former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore who was stumping for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

State Sen. Quayle and Del. Cosgrove spoke also.

And even though what happens at the Virginia Diner should stay at the Virginia Diner, I will just add that a good time was had by all. Nice and polite. Really.



Monday, July 30, 2007

Learning from history

Orson Scott Card has a masterful essay on the War. Every Senator should read this. Too bad they don't read their own email. Too much good stuff to excerpt.



Some news from the war

Michael J Totten is bait in Iraq.

BAGHDAD “We want to use you as bait,” Sergeant Eduardo Ojeda from Los Angeles, California, told me before I embedded with his unit on what was shaping up to be a night raid.
“Excellent,” I said. “That’s why I’m here.”

"The Iraqi counter-insurgency would be a hard war to film accurately. Most of the time it’s so quiet. But it’s the quiet of an Alfred Hitchcock movie..."

Totten-“I love my job,” I said. “It’s the best I’ve ever had. Do you like yours?”

Soldier-“I wouldn’t say it’s the worst decision I ever made,” he said. “It’s hard for soldiers. We all want to go home, of course. But we also want to stay and make sure our buddies did not die for nothing.”

And from the New York Times, (of all papers!) : A War We Just Might Win

"Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with."
"But for now, things look much better than before. American advisers told us that many of the corrupt and sectarian Iraqi commanders who once infested the force have been removed. The American high command assesses that more than three-quarters of the Iraqi Army battalion commanders in Baghdad are now reliable partners (at least for as long as American forces remain in Iraq)."(emphasis mine)
"But there is enough good happening on the battlefields of Iraq today that Congress should plan on sustaining the effort at least into 2008." (Are you listening to the LIBERAL papers, Senators?)




Hmm, let’s see. Eight facts about myself:

1. I have never seen an episode of “The Sopranos.”

2. I have never been to California, New York, or Florida, and would LOVE to live in Texas. (Maybe San Antonio?)

3. I’m the first political conservative (read Republican voting) member of my family – EVER!

4. When Castro is dead and Cuba becomes a free country (hopefully), I am going to buy some beachfront property there and open a club.

5. I live to do 2 things: ride motorcycles and dance. Salsa is my favorite. Followed by Ballroom, and Hustle.

6. If I could be anyone in the world for a day I would be Will Smith. (Denzel Washington is a very close second.)

7. If I could never be Black again, I would be Puerto Rican.

8. The most beautiful woman in the world may be Mariah Carrey, but I’ll take Salma Hayek any day of the week.

9. If I knew then what I know now, I would be an Army Ranger, and would have gone overseas after A.I.T., instead of staying stateside.

10. If I could change careers right now I would be: a Jedi.

Whoops, that’s ten. Oh, well.
Wow -- what an interesting list, F22 Strike! Glad I tagged you!

1) I want to be there when you open a club on the beach front in Cuba.

2) Dancing is the joy of life!

3) We're proud to have you as a Republican.

4) I'm personally glad Flora introduced us because it was a pleasure meeting you earlier in the year.

Thanks for the 10 things about you. That was fun!

Gravatar Glad you found little old me interesting.

I'm also glad to be a part of a group that is actually living by what I was taught as a youngster.

Maybe we can make it up to SWAC country some time.

I wouldn't mind peeving off the local editorial board myself.



The Lions Of The Two Rivers

In a spectacular upset, the Iraqi National Football Team beat the Saudi Arabian Team 1-0 in the Asian Cup Sunday, July 29th, 2007. Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds came together and celebrated worldwide. The pictures tell the story.

Younis Mamoud heads the winning score! ~reuters photo

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~afp photo

Dearborn, Michigan ~reuters photo

Baghdad ~reuters photo

Sadr City Baghdad ~ap photo

Tikrit ~reuters photo

Baghdad ~reuters photo

Younis Mamoud celebrates in front of sign that reads:
"United We Stand, Devided We Fall"
~reuters photo

From Iraq the Model....

"Our players, tonight our heroes, learned that only with team work they had a chance to win. May our politicians learn from the players..."

If only OUR politicians would learn from them........

Gravatar What a heartwarming entry!

I certainly hope CONgre$$ and the ENEMEDIA see the last photo and hang their heads in shame!

Congratulations Iraq!!!


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Everyone's new favorite clothing accessory

This season has a new lineup in accessories. Everyone who's anyone, will be wearing it. It matches anything you want to wear. All the cool people will be wearing one. What are they?

Wearable Ied Jammers! OUTSTANDING!



Saturday, July 28, 2007

Crybaby Schumer

Chuckie Schumer has decided to admit that he is an idiot. He now states that "he was hoodwinked." He appears surprised that the recently appointed Supreme Court judges are "conservative." Apparently, only socialist judges are to be considered mainstream and only a left leaning court is "in balance."

“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito.
In that case, we can always have an 8 member Court....hmmm.... 5-3, 6-2 decisions anyone....

“Alito shouldn’t have been confirmed,” Schumer said. “I should have done a better job. My colleagues said we didn’t have the votes, but I think we should have twisted more arms and done more.”

ranslation: Principle doesn't matter, only power.

“When a president says he wants to nominate justices in the mold of [Antonin] Scalia and [Clarence] Thomas,” Schumer said, “believe him.”

Duh, ya think? Waaaaaahh!

Gotta add this from ncymale posted in the comments:
Out-smarted again. First on Iraq. Then on Roberts. Then on Alito. Geesh. For Bush being so stupid, he sure does out-smart the Democrats a lot. I wonder what that makes them...?



Global Wa....whatever.....

Orson Scott Card uses his amazing talent as a writer to expose the new religion of Global Warming.
There are too many good parts to pick just one exerpt. He also lists 2 books at the end that also debunk the "climate emergency", one of which, Unstoppaple Global Warming, I've read. It's excellent.



The game of Tag

Apparently I'm IT. I have no idea who I will tag....
I'll tag them later.
Eight facts....

1. I actually like watching HGTV.

2. I've travelled to 20 different countries and/or territories outside the continental US. I went to 5 of them, all south of the border, before I was 18. (drove the Navy clearance guy crazy when I told him that.)

3. I'm slightly claustrophobic. (Discovered that while sitting in a crowed shipping container/bunker in full chemical protection gear in 2003)

4. More than once, I thought my mom worked for the CIA.

5. My liquor cabinet has better liquor than most bars.

6. I like to throw axes for fun.

7. I married an Angel.

8. I'm from New Orleans, LA. So, I know how bad politics can get. Virginia's politicians are great. Even the crooked, dumb ones.




Over at I'm with Fred, Mr. Thompson opines on the explosive expansion of federal laws and regulations.

"The Supreme Court sometimes ignores the written Constitution to reflect its view of the times. So does Congress, which routinely forgets that our checks and balances, the separation of powers and our system of federalism are designed to diffuse power and protect the liberties of our people. Before anything else, folks in Washington ought to be asking first and foremost, “Should government be doing this? And if so, then at what level of government?” But they don’t.The result has been decades of growth in the size, scope and function of national government. Today’s governance of mandates, pre-emptions, regulations, and federal programs bears little resemblance to the balanced system the Framers intended."

Mark Tapscott at Examiner.com provides a cogent analysis of how Thompson may restore the power of the 10th Amendment.
(If you scroll through the site, you'll find other nuggets of wisdom, too)

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Why Clinton is so disliked, in her own words

Amazingly, apparently some conservatives and Republicans, (notice that I did not automatically combine them?) have trouble articulating just why they find Sen. Hillary Clinton so objectible.

In the comments posted by mightysamurai, over at Rachellucas.com, he states:

Her quotes:

“Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies.”

"F**k off! It’s enough that I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I’m not going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut."
(From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 90 - Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with "Good morning.")

"You f**king idiot."
(From the book "Crossfire" p. 84 - Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.)

"If you want to remain on this detail, get your f**king ass over here and grab those bags!"
(From the book "The First Partner" p. 259 - Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.)

"We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices…. Government has to make those choices for people"
(From the book "I’ve Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p 20 - Hillary to Rep. Dennis Hastert in 1993 discussing her expensive, disastrous taxpayer-funded health care plan)

"I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe"
(Hillary in 1996 From the book "I’ve Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 76 - Hillary in 1996)

And the grand-daddy of them all:

"Many of you are well enough off that [President Bush’s] tax cuts may have helped you. We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to have to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
(Hillary grandstanding at a fund raising speech in San Francisco; SFGate.com 6/28/2004.)

'Nuff said.



Thursday, July 26, 2007

This MUST BE DONE to save America

An idea for our times....This would work! (sort of NSFW) Hat tip: Theo Sparks.

Link had to go. Sorry guys. Go see ol' Theo and scroll down. You'll know it when you see it.




Riley, Not O'Reilly tagged me. The rules are “list eight habits or facts about yourself, then tag eight more people.” OK, that's not so bad.

I just want to know when he's coming to remove the spraypaint from UCV HQ?
  1. In 1967 I saw The Lovin' Spoonful and Tiny Tim play at Parker Field (now The Diamond) in Richmond.

  2. I am the oldest of eight. None of us ever did jail time.

  3. My Momma and her Momma were the sweetest ladies I've ever known.

  4. The best book I've ever read is the Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims version. (FYI The original screenplay for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" can be found in Maccabees.)

  5. I remember walking to Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral, people came out of their houses and turned the garden hoses on to give thousands of thirsty strangers a cool drink on that unseasonably warm, sunny day.

  6. There used to be a man who spent his days wandering the streets in downtown Durham. They said he had been shell shocked in WWII. He was tall, neatly dressed but kind of wild-eyed. He yelled a lot but people accepted that was the way he was. One time he chased me into a store.

  7. I worked for a year running a Boston Whaler along a stretch of the Hudson River in New York. We worked box traps and beach seines and tagged striped bass.

  8. My Grandpa took us to see the bullfights in Juarez once. The matador won 2 ears and a tail and ladies threw flowers. One of them threw her shoe and he kissed it.
I'm shaking up the cans and tagging:

One Wise Girl




Elle Font


Johnathan Maxfield




We're Freaking Winning Out Here

This from RCT-6

The last paragraph is important.
.....I could go on for pages. I think if you talk to the vast majority of Marines out here you'll see that the optimism we're pushing out is legitimate. One anecdotal bit is that we have to really campaign to get mainstream media outlets to our AO. Why is that? Because it's freaking calm out here. Mike Yon came out here for almost a month and didn't have anything to write about. He filed a couple of very minor dispatches but he writes about open warfare -- it's what "sells the papers" for him. We still have a little bit of "bang bang shoot 'em up" but the recurring story out here is that the Anbar people have thrown up their hands and seen that we are the good guys.

The bottom line is that we are freaking winning out here. And the really astonishing thing is that Coalition Forces aren't the main effort -- we're simply an enabling factor. The Iraqi people, the moms and dads of Iraq, are the ones who are winning this war.


Blogging With Bob

Want to get fired up while you destroy the left from your keyboard?

Have you got tabs in your browser?

Open up CONCRETEBOB'S blog, DC Protest Warrior. Let the tunes play and open up another tab to blog in. The flavor du jour is Toby Keith.

I hear he takes requests.



Hollywood Promising More Anti-War Movies

Hollywood Promising More Anti-War Movies

Hat Tip: Drudge

Drudge linked to an article this morning in the New York Times where the Hollywood elites in the movie industry promise to be even more brazenly anti-war and anti-American than they have already been (If that’s possible!)

“LOS ANGELES, July 25 — On a night four years ago, five soldiers back from three months in Iraq went drinking at a Hooters restaurant and a topless bar near Fort Benning, Ga.
Before the night was over, one of them, Specialist Richard R. Davis, was dead of at least 33 stab wounds, his body doused with lighter fluid and burned. Two of the group would eventually be convicted of the murder, another pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and the last confessed to concealing the crime.
Now some in Hollywood want moviegoers to decide if the killing is emblematic of a war gone bad, part of a new and perhaps risky willingness in the entertainment business to push even the touchiest debates about post-9/11 security, Iraq and the troops’ status from the confines of documentaries into the realm of mainstream political drama.”

Personally, I don’t know how anyone could have looked at “Jarhead” and felt Hollywood was patting our troops on the back. If you haven’t seen it, don’t bother. Our soldiers are portrayed as sexually crazed, murderous killers whose great hope in life in to get laid one more time, and, oh yeah, maybe I can kill someone today. As the end credits roll you don’t exactly feel like cheering to be an American. Boy, we’ve come a long way from “Missing In Action,” “Rambo 2” and “Uncommon Valor.” (And this is giving these movies the benefit of the doubt; the story lines revolve around an American government covering up or refusing to rescue soldiers in captivity. As a redeeming quality, they at least feature a main character who says “screw you” to the government and goes off to rescue their comrades at arms on their own, or with limited help.)

Hollywood is (or should be) thanking the Bush administration for one thing, though: giving them a new setting for their anti-war propaganda; they can finally throw away all those sets and stages of Vietnam. The list of movies NOT encouraging you to raise your flag on Memorial Day:

Full Metal Jacket
Apocalypse Now
and the award winning Platoon. (Never has a movie successfully gone to such great lengths to show the real enemy is the soldier beside you, not the one firing the AK-47.)
Throw in the myriad of comedy’s that show American soldiers stealing everything in Bagdad, or invading third-world countries and you can see how we have gotten to where we are. Yes, I know the latter movie was a comedy and was meant to be funny to us, but run that movie in, say, Fallujah, and it would be the “shock and awe” equivalent of our Hogan’s Heroes did with our opinion of the Germans. Add that to the fact that laughter, much less humor is a foreign concept to jihadists and what you have is propaganda, not a fun night in front of the tube.)

In it’s dedication to broadcasting it’s operation plans to the enemy, the left’s beginning salvo of rocket fire to frag the American psyche for a left-wing political victory begins on Sept 14th with the release of Warner Brothers’ “In the Valley of Elah”:

“On Sept. 14, Warner Independent Pictures expects to release “In the Valley of Elah,” a drama inspired by the Davis murder, written and directed by Paul Haggis, whose “Crash” won the Academy Award for best picture in 2006. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones as a retired veteran who defies Army bureaucrats and local officials in a search for his son’s killers. In one of the movie’s defining images, the American flag is flown upside down in the heartland, the signal of extreme distress.”
You have got to be kidding me!! The only people I know of who use this form of “extreme distress” are gullible left-wing nut jobs who thought “Loose Change” was great, the Palestinian “militants” really want peace, and illegal aliens who are afraid we will actually ask them to come through the front door into this country a few at a time instead of bum-rushing the border.

What else is on tap? Hollywood will revise and re-introduce the military victim again; more veterans coming home mal-adjusted, unable to adapt and cope with society, and waiting for the least little thing to set them off into a murderous rampage on men, women, children, and pets: more vibrant and frightening versions of “Born on the 4th of July” and the first “Rambo.” That will make you feel real good the next time your daughter brings home a sharp-dressed career oriented military man. (You know the only safe bets for well adjusted grandchildren are the long-haired dope-smoking rockers who are more concerned with the preservation of brush fields in Brazil than putting your grandkids into a private school that will teach them to actually read and write at their grade level.)

More movies to look forward to:
* “New Line Cinema will release “Rendition,” in which Reese Witherspoon plays a woman whose Egyptian-born husband is snared by a runaway counterterrorism apparatus.”
* “In “Grace Is Gone,” directed by James C. Strouse and due in October from the Weinstein Company, John Cusack and two daughters struggle with the loss of a wife and mother who is killed on duty.”
* Kimberly Peirce’s “Stop-Loss,” set for release in March by Paramount, meanwhile, casts Ryan Phillippe as a veteran who defies an order that would send him back to Iraq.
* “Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Ultimatum,” in which the bad guys belong to a similar rogue unit, is adapting Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book about the Green Zone in Baghdad, “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” for Universal Pictures.”
* “Brian De Palma’s “Redacted,” focusing on an Army squad that persecutes an Iraqi family, is to be released in December by Magnolia Pictures.”
* “Sony Pictures is developing a film based on the story of Richard A. Clarke, the former national security official and Bush administration critic.”

Neither is Hollywood hiding the fact that these movies are designed to move the audience to question American policy toward the Iraq War, our involvement in Iraq, and the current occupants of the "Oval Office." Indeed several movies are timed to come out during party elections, and the general election for President. Scott Ruddin who produced the movie “Stop Loss” says about the timing of the upcoming anti-war movies, since we are still involved in the conflict: “Media in general responds much more quickly [to current events] than ever before” adding “Why shouldn’t movies do the same.” His movie is also one timed to come out during the presidential campaign. Director Paul Haggis (he directed “Crash” and has been noted for his opposition to the war) says “This is not one of our brightest moments in America.” “We should not have gotten involved.” He goes even further revealing to writer Michael Cieply that “Valley of Elah” “is meant to raise questions about ‘what it does to these kids’ to be deployed in a situation where enemies are often indistinguishable from neutral civilians, and the rules of engagement may force decisions that are difficult to live with.”
So the latest attempt will be to use “the tear-jerker” and the difficulty of adjusting to life with war injuries and amputations, to roll back support for a war that was meant to secure our country and the world against terrorists who want to have “September 11th”-style attacks every day.

So what’s the answer here? Every red-blooded American who believes in the troop, the war, and/or the president, is going to have to go into flag waving overtime, to compete with the added onslaught of negativity and anti-war/anti-America fervor that will kick up starting in only a few weeks. We are going to have to take our actions to the people and make them as high-profile as possible. Don’t miss an opportunity to speak out because your opposition is not. You might even have to politely get “in the face” of your local activists, but meet them with believe, courage, and conviction. Your cause is right, theirs, though with the best of intentions, maybe, IS NOT.

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No Lindsey, None of the Time

I bent my own rules to talk about Paris "you-know-who."
On Lindsey, I will not budge.
No Lindsey, none of the time.

Zip, sero, nada.



From the wayback machine

Remember, repeat after me....Saddam hated Al Queda, Saddam hated Al Queda, Saddam hated Al Queda, Saddam hated Al Queda...

excerpt from the AP, on CNN, 1999....

Saddam Hussein offered asylum

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered asylum to bin Laden, who openly supports Iraq against the Western powers.

Despite repeated demands from Washington, the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden after the August 7 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, demanding proof of his involvement in terrorist activities.

However, in recent weeks, both the United States and Britain have renewed their pressure on the Taliban to expel bin Laden.

Pakistan, a strong ally of the Taliban and one of only three countries to recognize the movement's control over Afghanistan, also has been asked by the United States to use its influence to have bin Laden expelled from Afghanistan.

"We have been asked, but we can't force the Taliban to do anything they don't want to do," Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said last week.

The Taliban did promise that bin Laden would not use Afghanistan as a staging arena for terrorist activities.

Bin Laden came to Afghanistan from Sudan more than five years ago while the Taliban's opposition ruled the country.

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Press One for English

More from the Grouchy Old Cripple. Scroll down to the YouTube video.



Republican Women vs Democrat Women


He did forget John Edwards, though




From Don Surber:
(He always has good things. Read him every day.)

Eyewitness: The Surge is working

Republican Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas:

Mr. Speaker, traveling to Iraq this past weekend to see firsthand how the surge is working, I really expected the worst. Instead I am very encouraged. Communities all across Iraq are turning against al Qaeda and working with Iraqi and coalition forces to take back their cities. Half of Baghdad is no longer safe for insurgents. Al Qaeda is not down and out but clearly back on its heels rejected by the very communities and religious leaders its claims to fight for. Make no mistake, there are still serious challenges, including high profile bombings, the need for Iraq ’s government to resolve key issues now, and Iran ’s continued support for terrorism. I’m convinced the new strategy is working and we have impressive leaders and impressive troops in place to see even more progress. Mr. Speaker, while congress has the right to debate this war, it has the responsibility to help win it as well. That means letting this new strategy work to the end of the year or the beginning of the next if we are truly serious about a stable Iraq and safer America.

Click for The Video.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wonder if it will snow today.....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Quote of the day

From Rush Limbaugh, yesterday:

"President Bush had five polyps removed from his colon over the weekend. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Carl Levin and Dick Durbin are all doing fine."

Malignant tumors should always be removed.....



Monday, July 23, 2007

An idea whose time has come?

The Jihad-sedition law.

By Paul J Cella of Redstate.com

My call last week for a Jihad-sedition law stirred up a hornet’s nest. While it was not a new idea, I often forget that what is old hat to me may be new and shocking to others. I also must take some blame for some misinterpretations — because the simple fact is that my writing, in one paragraph in particular, was a convoluted mess.

So here, in legal and more precise language, is what I propose:

An amendment to 18 U.S.C. § 2385 which, taking specific cognizance of the current threat from Islam, establishes that the preaching of Jihad is tantamount to knowing and willful advocacy of “overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States”; that whoever, in accordance with the doctrine of Jihad, “prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States” shall be “fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.”

(An additional method of accomplishing the same object would be to outlaw the promotion of sharia law. The Constitution guarantees a republican form of government; the establishment of sharia would perforce overthrow that form of government; it follows that our sedition law may criminalize the promotion of it. In short, sharia is incompatible with the republican form of government. However, for the purposes of this post, I will limit myself to the prohibition of Jihad.)

...As I wrote last week, I would like that faction I have called Totalitarian Islam to “stand naked” before the law “without the shelter of the civil liberties which it seeks to obliterate.”

Check out the comments too.



The Reid-Pelosi Massacres

Thompson/Cornyn 2008

(all of the below comes from Kesher Talk)

Ralph Peters: (of NRO)

I hate the long-mismanaged mess in Iraq. I wish there were a sensible, decent way to get out that wouldn't undercut our security and produce massive innocent casualties. But there isn't. Not now. And, like it or not, we have a moral responsibility as well as practical interests in refusing to surrender to the butchers in Iraq.

This has been the Bush-Cheney War. But it will only be fair to call the carnage after we run away the "Reid-Pelosi Massacres."

Senator John Cornyn (who was also clear about the Fairness Doctrine) wants to hold Senators accountable for their votes:
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said today that in the midst of the current debate in the Senate on Iraq, the critical element missing is a serious review of the potential consequences resulting from a failed state in Iraq. . . .

Sen. Cornyn announced that he has filed an amendment to the bill in the form of a Sense of the Senate resolution which would put every Senator on record in acknowledging the consequences of their vote for or against a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq. [emphasis mine - JSW]

Sen. Cornyn continued, “Those advocating retreat will not, or cannot, answer critical questions on the consequences of a precipitous withdrawal. For example, if we leave Iraq before the Iraqis can defend themselves, will this strengthen or weaken Al-Qaeda and other foreign jihadists in Iraq, and across the region? Will Al-Qaeda and other terrorists then follow us here to the United States? How will we address Iran’s continued support of Iraqi insurgents and terrorists now that we have definitive evidence of their involvement? Will Sunni majority nations outside of Iraq stand by and let Shiites massacre Sunnis in Iraq, or will this turn into a regional war? What is the scope of the humanitarian and refugee crisis that will ensue when the U.S. suddenly withdraws from Iraq? And perhaps the most important question that must be answered by those advocating withdrawal is — what is your plan for the ‘Way Ahead’ in Iraq and the Region? These are but a few of the many important questions that every Senator must ask of themselves during this important debate.”



Good thing the Brits have free medical

The greatest headline ever?

from Scotland's Daily Record


Need I say anything else?

Hat tip: Free Market Fairy Tales



Best editorial repy EVER!

I have seen this at other blogs and internet news sites. This is priceless. Copied from our friend at Theo Spark's.

From the Phoenix local paper.

"Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:
Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at
precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a
low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at
approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!

Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call,
or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early
bird special? Any response would be appreciated."

And the response...
Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets"
(Letters, Thursday): On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly
timed four-ship flyby of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at
Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.

Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously
stationed a Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30,
Memorial Day. At 9 a.m. On June 15, his family and friends gathered at
Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son
and friend.

Based on the letter writer's recount of the flyby, and because of the
jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of
taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques
as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the
United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who
understand the sacrifices they have endured.

A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our
jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four
officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects. The letter writer asks, "Whom do we thank for the morning air show?"

The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to
the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you,
for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of
their lives.

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
CO 63rd Fighter Squadron
Luke AFB



Patton Speaks!

Go to Theo Spark's Blog. Go now. Do not wait. Do not pass go. Scroll down past the beautiful women. Stop at the uploaded You Tube video. Be amazed.
That is all.



Did our Congressmen vote for this?

Copied completely from Politico.com's The Crypt:

What's in your wallet?

What's a paltry one million dollars to a member of Congress?

Well, apparently not enough to know if an organization about to receive that big block of cash actually exists.

Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona, the fiscal crusader who's never met an earmark he likes, questioned Democratic Rep. Peter J. Visclosky of Indiana on the House floor Tuesday about whether the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure actually exists - since, hey, it's getting like a million bucks or something.

Visclosky, who chairs the spending subcommittee responsible for the project, had to admit that, well, he didn't have a clue.

After a lengthy back-and-forth, Flake, complaining that his staff couldn't find a website for the center, asked Visclosky, "Does the center currently exist?"

"At this time, I do not know," the Indiana Democrat replied. "But if it does not exist, the monies could not go to it."

And who could possibly be the sponsor of such an earmark? Yes, you guessed it, the man Republicans love to hate, Pennsylvania Democrat John P. Murtha.

Despite the money's uncertain destination, the House rejected Flake's measure to strike the funds, 326-98. And the Visclosky bill also sailed through, 312-112.

As I said, what's one million dollars to a member of Congress?

UPDATE: I failed to report last night that a certificate filed with the requested funds says the money is actually earmarked to Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a nonprofit technological consulting firm. A brief search of campaign finance records shows CTC President and CEO Daniel R. DeVos, of alternately Central City and Johnstown, Pa. has contributed $7,000 to Murtha's reelection campaign since April 2002.

Did our Congressmen vote for this? How does one find out?



Those "OH SH#T!!" moments that we all enjoy

Go see. Enjoy. The end is scary. Be warned.



Hey Reid, Wake up! We seem to be winning!

From Times Online, the situation in Iraq seems to be improving.

“They are turning. We are talking to people who we believe have worked for al-Qaeda in Iraq and want to reconcile and have peace,” said Colonel Ricky Gibbs, commander of the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, which oversees the area.



From Uncle Jimbo at BlackFive

We all have movies in our heads, of what we would do in certain situations. (And, no. I'm not incrimin.....uh, telling you any details.......)
Here's a portion of a transcript of Uncle Jimbo as "Ambassador" to Iran......(to find out who Uncle Jimbo is, who'll just have to go visit BlackFive.)

Always willing do do the work the State Department sucks at, I volunteer my services as Smartassador at Large. A transcript of my opening meet with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syria's Bashar Assad held at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

Uncle J- Hey folks glad we could get together. We certainly have plenty to chat about. OK first you Mahmoud, I will direct your attention to the laptop here. The video feed you see is live from a drone over the terror training camp about 30 miles NE of Tehran, you know the one right. The Qods force camp where you planned the attack in Karbala, you know Mahmoud right?

MA- I have no knowledge of any such camp, but yes.

UJ- Good, now that was a seriously BS move buddy. Did you really think we were just gonna take some shit like that from you? Dam U Dum!
OK now if I have the timing of this right we should see the Tomahawks right about now, yep there they are.See the little tracks, they just passed by about 15 miles from here. Let me switch to the onboard cam, that was my idea by the way. Ooh look at how cool it looks as they zip right over the city, you can almost hear the people looking up saying WTF was that? OK 3,2,1 BAKOW! And now that camp is no more, hope you weren't planning some other bit of heinous stuff for us there were you?

MA- Did you just, I can't believe, what is wrong with you? You can't just, Where is Madame Pelosi?

UJ- Mahmoud my man, you need to recognize something. W isn't running for anything and he understands that you have been very naughty putting bad ideas in the heads of chinless chumps like that weasel sitting next to you. Actually Bashar I'm not much interested in lap dogs so why don't you make yourself useful and find me some BBQ ribs and a bottle of Jack Daniels, Mahmoud will have chai. I'll just give your puppet master here your orders.

ROFLMAO, go read the rest.



Sunday, July 22, 2007

USS NIMITZ out for a Sunday drive. 90,000 ton speed boat


Uh, Captain, we forgot to secure the jets again...

You can't see him, but the CO is skiing, that's him jumping the wake.


Drug runner, my @ss! Screw the chopper, I'm gonna get'im myself!

We're turning around? What do you mean, you left the lights on?

Chief, why did you put Michael Moore in a starboard side stateroom?

The skipper is demonstrating his NASCAR driving skills.

"And this is what the Titanic shoulda done...."



Va Says You Don't Speak For Me Cindy Sheehan

Over the last few days, Cindy-It's-All-About-Me-Sheehan has been staging poorly attended protests in several Virginia localities; 100 to 150 in Lynchburg, 200 to 250 in Charlottesville and 75 to 100 anti-America attendees in Richmond.

In Lynchburg and Charlottesville she was also greeted by crowds of Patriots, determined to let the media and the rest of Virginia know that Cindy & Co. do not speak for US.

My husband and I attended the Charlottesville event. SWACgirl and Journal of the Common Man provide excellent coverage and I hope you click the links to read it.

UVA law student Josh Levy and Albemarle GOP Chairman Keith Drake did an excellent job mustering the troops. Cindy definitely got the message as did the media attending.

A few highlights for me:
  • It was a pleasure to meet a handsome young soldier, soon to be leaving for Iraq, and his beautiful girl friend and her mom. God speed, sir.

  • During the "Kilt Girl" dust up, I bumped into Bubba! I had linked to his website recently, so it was a pleasant surprise to meet him there. And Bubba, if you are reading this, Concretebob remembers meeting you at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. BTW, I still owe you a beer.

  • I joined in Cindy's chant: "Impeach Pelosi!" and yelled at the end, "Impeach all democrats!" (in a white gloves, lady-like way of course) Got a few laughs with that one.

  • There were some great people there and it was a pleasure to meet some of them and share a bit of our stories. A couple of people I met follow the Virginia blogs and comment from time to time.

  • One brave lady was there to support her son who has finished 3 tours in the Middle East.

  • There was something tremendously satisfying and hopeful for me, as the mom of an active duty soldier, to see so many Americans enthusiastically defending our Troops.



Saturday, July 21, 2007

Something that WE already know, but read it anyway, it's great!

Here's something in case you missed it elsewhere. Watch close, the links are connected. Via Gateway Pundit:

Michael Totten is in Baghdad reporting what many of us suspected for a long, long time, via Glenn Reynolds:

"You’d think explosions and gunfire define Iraq if you look at this country from far away on the news. They do not. The media is a total distortion machine. Certain areas are still extremely violent, but the country as a whole is defined by heat, not war, at least in the summer. It is Iraq’s most singular characteristic. I dread going outside because it’s hot, not because I’m afraid I will get hurt..."
Read it all HERE.

BTW, Michael Totten is supported by the readers, if you can afford it, hit his tip jar.



A Fun Time at Cindy Sheehan's Protest in Charlottesville

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A group of pretty college girls stood near us at the protest.

They had handmade signs.

I think their little sisters might have helped with the lettering

... Bush is a liar and cool stuff like that.

One of the girls wore a teeny weeny little kilt.

Maybe she borrowed it from her little brother.

Oh no. There was something wrong with the kilt.

It had blown up in the back.

Waaaay up.

And it didn't come down.

And she had no undies on.

And everyone was smiling.

Peace rallies are fun.

A lady took some pictures.

"Quit taking pictures of me!" says kilt girl.

"Quit showing your a** in public!" says camera lady.

Kilt girl started to cry and ran away.

Her girlfriends ran away.

But, soon, her biggest girlfriend came back with...


"Charge her with sexual harassment!" says biggest girlfriend.

"Show me the pictures, Ma'am."

"Yeah. Riiiight." says Camera Lady.

Disclaimer: This is a true story. Only the pictures have been changed. They have been changed because I do not have a camera. I gave it to my son to take on his second deployment in the Long War to serve and protect silly girls pretending to be experts on National Defense and the Middle East, moonbats who don't have the sense to wear underpants beneath six inch long mini-skirts for crying out loud!
God bless our Troops. ~ flora



Thursday, July 19, 2007

Senator (Where's my gun) Webb wants you to be sued

The House and Senate killed the "John Doe Protection Amendment" that protects citizens from being sued if they report suspicious behavior in good faith. This was a reaction to the suits filed by the "Flying Imams."

Here's the roll. See if you notice anything.

Yep, good ol' patriotic dems drop the ball on protecting US citizens again.......including our Dem Senator Webb......

I see we need to repeat this:


Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist,
You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.
I am John Doe.
I am traveling on your plane. I am riding on your train. I am at your bus stop. I am on your street. I am in your subway car. I am on your lift.
I am your neighbor. I am your customer. I am your classmate. I am your boss.
I am John Doe.
I will never forget the example of the passengers of American Airlines Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.
I will never forget the passengers and crew members who tackled al Qaeda shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.
I will never forget the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified a stewardess that several Arab men sitting in his first-class cabin on an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be 9/11 hijackers on a test run.
I will act when homeland security officials ask me to “report suspicious activity.”
I will embrace my local police department’s admonition: “If you see something, say something.”
I am John Doe.
I will protest your Jew-hating, America-bashing “scholars.”
I will petition against your hate-mongering mosque leaders.
I will raise my voice against your subjugation of women and religious minorities.
I will challenge your attempts to indoctrinate my children in our schools.
I will combat your violent propaganda on the Internet.
I am John Doe.
I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your operatives, cut off your funding, and disrupt your murderous conspiracies.
I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.
I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress, our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all public spaces.
I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.
I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderate clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about “profiling” or “Islamophobia.”
I will put my family’s safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.
I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.
I am John Doe.



Why Reid must go!


Hillary rebuked by the Pentagon, (finally!)

Clinton was rebuked by the Pentagon, explaining that her statements about withdrawal hurt the US and supports the enemy. And this idiot wants to be President?

In a stinging rebuke to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman responded to questions Clinton raised in May in which she urged the Pentagon to start planning now for the withdrawal of American forces.

"Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Edelman wrote.

He added that "such talk understandably unnerves the very same Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks."

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines called Edelman's answer "at once outrageous and dangerous," and said the senator would respond to his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

In other words, she's gonna tattle to his boss. Boo Hoo.



Congress Weasels sign their confession of treason

Via The Politico:

Liberals Vow to Block Continued Iraq Funding
Seventy House members, nearly all liberal Democrats, vowed today that they would not support any more funding for Iraq military operations unless tied to a complete withdrawal of combat troops.

They even signed the letter that has the surrender threat. Here's the list of congress weasels that want us to lose.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA); Rep. Barbara Lee (CA); Rep. Maxine Waters (CA); Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA); Rep. Rush Holt (NJ); Rep. Maurice Hinchey (NY); Rep. Diane Watson (CA); Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ); Rep. Barney Frank (MA); Rep. Danny Davis (IL); Rep. John Conyers (MI); Rep. John Hall (NY); Rep. Bob Filner (CA); Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY); Rep. Bobby Rush (IL); Rep. Charles Rangel (NY); Rep. Ed Towns (NY); Rep. Paul Hodes (NH); Rep. William Lacy Clay (MO); Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR); Rep. Albert Wynn (MD); Rep. Bill Delahunt (MA); Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC); Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC); Rep. Hilda Solis (CA); Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY); Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY); Rep. Michael Honda (CA); Rep. Steve Cohen (TN); Rep. Phil Hare (IL); Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano (CA); Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL); Rep. James McGovern (MA); Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH); Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL); Rep. Julia Carson (IN); Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA); Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ); Rep. John Olver (MA); Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX); Rep. Jim McDermott (WA); Rep. Ed Markey (MA); Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA); Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ); Rep. Rubin Hinojosa (TX); Rep. Pete Stark (CA); Rep. Bobby Scott (VA); Rep. Jim Moran (VA); Rep. Betty McCollum (MN); Rep. Jim Oberstar (MN); Rep. Diana DeGette (CO); Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA); Rep. Artur Davis (AL); Rep. Hank Johnson (GA); Rep. Donald Payne (NJ); Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO); Rep. John Lewis (GA); Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY); Rep. Neil Abercrombie (HI); Rep. Gwen Moore (WI); Rep. Keith Ellison (MN); Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI); Rep. Donna Christensen (USVI); Rep. David Scott (GA); Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL); Lois Capps (CA); Steve Rothman (NJ); Elijah Cummings (MD); and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

I think its time for a recall election. How do we do that?

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Is the surge working

Hugh Hewitt examines this pertinent question. And unlike everyone else, he goes straight to the source. In addition, he provides the complete trascript of his interview with General Petraeus. At lease SOMEONE, if not the Senate, is listening.

"Iraq is not a breeding ground for terrorists, but a burying ground. General Petraeus, from my interview with him this morning:"

[A]s you know, we try to avoid body counting, but inevitably, obviously, it is something we keep track of, because we're trying to have some sense of the damage we are doing to al Qaeda-Iraq, its affiliates, other Sunni insurgent groups, and also certainly to the Shia militia extremist elements. And the answer to that in a general sense is that they are losing many, many hundreds of their, of these different elements each month, certainly since the onset of the surge.

And here is the most important statement of all, in my opinion:

HH: It sounds optimistic, General. I want to respect your time and close with just a couple of questions, one that Senator Webb this past weekend rightly denounced politicians who try and put words into the mouths of troops. So I’m going to ask you. What do you hear your men and women saying about this mission? Do they think it can be won?

DP: Well, I think they do. I mean, I think…nobody…look, everybody wants to go home. I mean, nobody was cheering when we extended from 12 to 15 months, and I wasn’t, either, you know? This is my fourth year of longer deployment since 2001. My family would love to have me back home, and I’d love to be there. But we want to go back the right way, if you will, so that although every soldier’s first right is to, you know, grouse a bit, and we all exercise that on occasion, I think everybody’s very determined to try to do the very best that we can to accomplish this mission. I was privileged on the 4th of July to swear the oath with some 588 soldiers in one huge formation here at Camp Victory, who reenlisted for another tour in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and so forth. And it was extraordinary. And I can tell you, you know, it’s not because of the bonus or anything like that. There is no bonus that can compensate for the sacrifices and the hardship in the selfless service that our soldiers are providing here. So again, I think individuals are doing all that they can to try to achieve success in this mission here, and that’s the focus of the folks with whom I’m privileged to soldier.

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Right Lesson Wrong Teacher

Excerpt of column by Paul Hollrah

One of the best pieces of writing in recent times on the subject of Iraq is an essay by blogger Rick Moran, titled, “The Right Lessons to Learn From Viet Nam,” published in the July 15 edition of American Thinker.

“Some opponents of the Iraq war are toying with the idea of American defeat. A number of them are simply predicting it, while others advocate measures that would make it more likely.”

When the radical left forced a humiliating and inconclusive end to the Vietnam War the people of Indochina paid a heavy price. Millions were either slaughtered or left to rot in “reeducation” camps, and the blood of our squandered manhood, our 58,000 dead, was cheapened. If we now follow their advice and withdraw prematurely from Iraq, the price in blood will be even greater, the loss of American prestige will be incalculable and irretrievable, and the cause of freedom will be damaged forever.

To serve successfully as President of the United States, especially at a time of great crisis such as the life or death struggle to save western civilization from the murderous hordes of radical Islam, requires something more than just the ability to stand at a podium and read a prepared speech from a teleprompter. If that were all that is required we could have hired a robot to lead us.

Bush and his advisers, accustomed to playing only defense, appear unable to foresee or to counter opposition tactics beyond today’s headlines. For example, is there anyone outside the White House inner circle who doesn’t understand that, when al-Qaeda strikes the United States again, perhaps with even more devastating consequences than on 9/11, Democrats are already prepared to say that the attack was merely pay-back for Bush’s invasion of Iraq?


Ward's View of the Senate Slumber Party

In case you missed it, What To Do At A Senate Slumber Party, is absolutely hilarious.



Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Haditha Hoax Falling Apart

via Rush

The Haditha hoax is falling apart. Jack Murtha and others seized upon it to smear the war effort. When will Meet the Press ask Murtha back on for an apology?(Rush 24/7 Members: Listen Here).

Three brave Marines urgently need your help.

You may have heard of these Marines associated with an incident in Haditha, Iraq -- an incident that has put them under threat of a court martial, perhaps leading to life imprisonment on unjustified charges of murder.

We at NewsMax have reported the truth about this case for over the past year with comprehensive coverage from our correspondent Phil Brennan. We believe a grave injustice has been committed against these hero Marines.

In fact, just this week an investigating officer conducting an Article 32 hearing -- the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing -- in the case of one of the three Marines, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, issued a report indicating that Sharratt should be exonerated and not subjected to a court martial.
To help click the link below.


Monday, July 16, 2007

War Crimes

Author says anti-war group gave aid to terrorists.

The latest book by Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson (U.S. Air Force-Ret.) is called War Crimes: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror. In the book, he claims that two anti-war groups -- "United for Peace & Justice" and "CODEPINK: Women for Peace" -- literally gave aid and comfort to terrorists when they delivered $600,000 in cash and supplies they claim was humanitarian aid to civilians.


FDT on the Mark "F Lee" Levin Show

Listen here


Just Who Are The Dogs And Ponies, Mr. Webb?

Iraq is a dog and pony show according to Sen. Jim Webb and besides, he has a free ticket to Vietnam.
Meet The Press Transcript 7/15/07
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq?

SEN. WEBB: I have been to Afghanistan as a journalist.

SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq and—have you been to Iraq and talked to the soldiers?

SEN. WEBB: You know, you haven’t been to Iraq.

SEN. GRAHAM: I’ve been to—I’ve been there seven times.

SEN. WEBB: You know, you go see the dog and pony shows.

SEN. GRAHAM: I’ve been there as a reservist, I have been there and I’m going back in August.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

You heard it here fir... well, second.

At the web journal of an incredibly brave journalist that goes where few have the ba...,ahem, uh, courage to go, Michael J. Totten reports that a new war in Lebanon may have started. Quietly. By those paragons of peace that Pelosi just loves and respects.

A few days ago Lebanese daily newspaper Al Mustaqbal quietly reported a limited Syrian invasion of Lebanon. (Via Naharnet.)Syrian troops on Thursday reportedly have penetrated three kilometers into Lebanese territories, taking up positions in the mountains near Yanta in east Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Further reporting states that the UN will be looking into the matter.



A little perspective

All casualties are terrible. This counting of casualties by the press, as if the 300th, or the 1000th, had any extra meaning over the 1st one, is just wrong. Well, here's an accounting of casualties. THIS is what war used to be like.

From A TANGLED WEB, posted on July12th: Today is the 90th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele one of the bloodiest battles ever fought. Around 310,000 Allied soldiers and around 260,000 German soldiers were killed or wounded during the battle.



Introducing "cousin" Theo Sparks, from across the pond

Here is someone I ran across while surfing. He had this in his blog:
Obviously a man of discerning wit, wisdom, and good taste. Ol' Fred is attracting attention even over there. Go see the rest of his stuff. Be warned. Some may be NSFW.

Updated: Just because I found more cool stuff. You have to go see the rest.
A quote: Al-Qa'eda 'has been able to rebuild'. This is hardly surpriseing considering to amount of support they get from the liberals, the Democrats and the media. Unitl we have neutralised this 'fifth column' in our midst we are not going to defeat the Terrorists.

And if you scroll down, you get to read "jihadi nursery rhymes". Yep, that's what I said, too.



More goodness from the MOTIVATOR

More excellent work from Mr. Byrne showing that pictures are worth 1000 words.

I actually don't see a problem with going to war to defend our vital interests. Killing terrorists and defending our interests are intertwined right now. Why separate them? Would people still be complaining if the word "oil" was replaced by "food"? How long to these people think they would last if we ran out of oil? Hybrids? Electric cars? Where do they think PLASTIC comes from?



Being a KEY Republican...

Ol' John Warner, still feeling the pain of his previous decisions to support the war effort in Vietnam and now unable to support this one, has joined the "KEY CLUB."

Reporters have great respect for Key Republican Senators, as is clear from the transcript of President Bush's press conference yesterday. Terry Moran of ABC prefaced his question by saying, "Mr. President, you're facing a rebellion from Republican -- key Republican senators who want you to change course and begin reducing the U.S. combat role." Notice that Moran corrected himself mid-sentence, just so he could make sure to note the Key-ness of the Key Republican Senators in question.

If you study these fine men closely, you may be able to identify something that they have in common -- some special trait that makes them so very Key.

Unlike reporters, I find that having bad judgement tends to reveal the KEY people in Congress.



Woman comes home to find intruder sitting on her toilet


That's Why We Want Her To Run

RICHMOND, Va. -- A leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president and a longshot will speak at the National Association of Counties convention in Richmond next week.

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York will address the more than 3,000 elected and appointed county officials Tuesday, the organization said on its Web site.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Why We Are In Contempt Of Congress

Reason #1,467 (and that's just counting from July 1st of '07):

House OKs plan to withdraw US troops

And the American people are going to OK plans to withdraw you congressional clowns from Capitol Hill ASAP. Make no mistake about that.

The Bill number for this national embarrassment is HR2956. Even the title is a mockery: Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act.

There is nothing responsible about any of it. It is sheer and utter cynical politics of the most dangerous and horrible kind. The kind that sets a struggling nation up for slaughter and throws away everything our Troops have fought and bled for.

Final Vote Results
Where were Ron Paul and Tancredo? Criminy, even Dennis Kucinich had the 'nads to vote against this abomination.

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Senate Heads To The Glue Factory

... and a bunch of horses' patoots they appear to be.
The Senate Chamber of Shame
by Tony Blankley
Posted: 07/11/2007


Our staying power, unflinching persistence in the face of adversity, muscular capacity to impose order on chaos and eventual slaughtering of terrorists who are trying to drive us out will do more to win the "hearts and minds" of potentially radical Islamists around the world than all the little sermons about our belief in Islam as the religion of peace. As bin Laden once famously observed -- people follow the strong horse.

We have two choices: Use our vast resources to prove we are the strong horse or get ready to be taken to the glue factory.

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Pot Meet Kettle: Style Weekly vs Richmond Times Dispatch

That political news coverage in the state capitol by the Richmond Times Dispatch has been woefully inadequate and painfully biased is no surprise to conservatives in the Old Dominion. I must admit to some satisfaction when they are taken to task for it.

I sense a bit of irony, though, when the expose` comes from hard-to-the-left Style Weekly, a paper that has devoted a lot of ink to the personnel and internal maneuverings of the RTD.

July 11, 2007
Times-Dispatch Suspends Two for Political Donations
by Amy Biegelsen


The Richmond Times-Dispatch has suspended a reporter and a copy editor for making political donations, a breach of the paper’s code of ethics.

The suspensions followed an MSNBC.com story in June naming Michael Hardy, a Times-Dispatch statehouse reporter, and Pam Mastropaolo, a copy editor, among 143 media professionals from across the country who gave cash to political candidates and parties.

Hardy gave $1,000 in February 2006 to Matt Brown, who was running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Rhode Island. Brown pulled out of the race two months later after a fundraising controversy.

Mastropaolo gave $1,650 to the Democratic Party of Virginia in February 2007 and $1,165 in February 2006.



Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Fred Thompson on being a fiscal conservative, what he'd do as President

Can any President in the present political climate govern as a fiscal conservative?

Today on RedState Radio, we pose the question to Senator Fred Thompson. He gives us his take on being a fiscal conservative. Arguably, given his socially conservative voting record and his "leave me alone" brand of practical conservatism, Fred Thompson might just be the one Republican candidate who can reunite social conservatives and libertarians within the Grand Old Party.
Listen here

Part 2 Iraq:here.

Part 1 At the Freeom Concert with Sean Hannity


Monday, July 09, 2007


Rush Limbaugh's show had ended and I was just getting ready to turn the radio off when who pops up on WRVA? My heroes, The Lee Brothers!

Tune in and turn on. WRVA 1140 in Richmond (you can listen on line).

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Everybody Into The Cesspool

“Ronald Reagan often used the line that political candidates claim when they look at Washington, all they see is a cesspool. But once they get elected on the promise of changing Washington, Big Government seduces them, and suddenly, it feels more like a hot tub.”

-- Melanie Morgan “Annie Get Your Gun” Human Events Online. 7/5/07



Sunday, July 08, 2007

Free BBQ Grills



Hating America

A link on Kim's website, sent me to this wonderful review of books purporting to be the authoritative views of America. Mr. Bruce Bawer demolishes the misconceptions found in the books in detail. He further examines the reality presented to the European point of view versus the actual state of affairs in America. Surprise! We're not the provincial buffoons that the media says we are. Well, Trent Lott is, but, that's another story. Here's some examples:

—Hutton insists he loves America. (As proof, he lists his pop-culture preferences: “I enjoy Sheryl Crow and Clint Eastwood alike, delight in Woody Allen. . . .”) Indeed, he claims it’s his “affection for the best of America that makes me so angry that it has fallen so far from the standards it expects of itself.” Yet it soon becomes clear that for Hutton, the problem is not that America has abandoned its founding ideals; the problem is the founding ideals themselves.

The essence of Hutton’s argument is that “all Western democracies subscribe to a broad family of ideas that are liberal or leftist” (note the sly conflation here of “liberal” and “leftist,” which in Europe, of course, are opposites), and that first among these ideas is “a belief in the primacy of society” as opposed to the insidious “American belief in the primacy of the individual.” Hutton traces the prioritization of society over the individual back to medieval feudalism, which he holds up—hilariously—as an ideal. The trouble, he explains, started when Puritan individualists “who passionately believed that they could individually establish a direct relationship with God” emigrated to North America and invented “an explosively new and radical ideology” that justified “an individualist rather than a social view of property.” This led to the American Revolution, which Hutton compares unfavorably with its French counterpart of 1789, since the former put the individual first (bad) while the latter introduced a “new social contract” (good). “The European tradition,” he instructs us, “is much more mindful that men and women are social animals and that individual liberty is only one of a spectrum of values that generate a good society.” Well, he’s right: Europe has been more drawn than America to communitarianism than to individual rights—and it’s precisely this tragic susceptibility that made possible the rise of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism and that obliged the U.S. to step in and save the Continent from itself in World War II. Nonetheless, Hutton has the audacity to insist that “it would all be so much better if the United States rejoined the world on new terms”—if, in other words, Americans exchanged Jeffersonian values for the currently popular European “ism,” statism.

Thanks, but no thanks.

and more:

Like Will Hutton, Clyde Prestowitz, a former Foreign Service Officer and international businessman, begins his critique of America by telling us that his reproaches spring from affection, not antagonism, and that, although his book is entitled Rogue Nation, he “in no way mean[s] to equate the United States with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or any other brutal, dictatorial regime.”8 Why the title, then? Because for this ex-diplomat author, it would seem, a “rogue nation” is not necessarily one whose rulers butcher their subjects by the thousands but one whose leaders refuse to play the diplomatic game of pretending that their counterparts in countries like Saddam’s Iraq are something other than butchers. To be sure, Prestowitz has some good things to say about the U.S. (he points out, for instance, that Americans give twice as much to charity as Europeans, a fact that would shock most Europeans), and many of his criticisms (e.g., of American health insurance, oil dependency, and failure to respond more usefully to the fall of the Soviet Union) are thoroughly consistent with a belief that America is, on balance, a force for democracy and justice in the world. But for the most part Prestowitz comes off as agreeing with Hertsgaard and Hutton that America is an outlaw state whose cultural values and political system are fundamentally flawed and whose interactions with the outside world do more harm than good. With Prestowitz, it sometimes seems, America just can’t win: he blames it for interfering abroad and for not interfering; for giving too much money to other countries and for giving too little; for exercising too much control over the world economy and for exercising too little; for protecting U.S. jobs through tariffs and farm subsidies and for not protecting them. By contrast, he adores the EU; several of his blurbs are from top EU bureaucrats.

Not all of the critiques are negative:
In Of Paradise and Power, Robert Kagan, who like Prestowitz worked for the State Department during the Reagan administration, serves up a dispassionate, definitive account of the current transatlantic strategic relationship. The book reminds us of some plain, but often obscured, facts. For one thing, America’s Cold War strategy of risking nuclear attack to protect Western Europe was “extraordinary”—a “historically unprecedented example” of “the most enlightened kind of self-interest.” For another, European history is not a cozy chronicle of congenial community, as Hutton and others would have it, but a long, grim tale of corrupt, power-mad kings and pointless, protracted, bloodthirsty wars. Europeans, Kagan points out, “invented power politics”; by contrast, “Americans have never accepted the principles of Europe’s old order nor embraced the Machiavellian perspective.” Far from evolving naturally out of the community-minded premodern Europe of Hutton’s (and others’) fantasy, moreover, the EU was the product of “an act of will” by “born-again idealists” set on “the integration and taming” of Germany. And why have these Machiavellians become idealists? Because they no longer have power —and, being powerless, they resent U.S. power, even when it’s used not to conquer but to help.

All in all, the entire review is a wonderful study in current world views and the misunderstandings and downright rejections of the American reality found in Europe today. And as I said earlier, they are demolished in detail. Go read it all.