It is a video which cannot be embedded...or at least I don't have the wherewithal...
Go to Michael Yon's site to view the video.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Several articles can be accessed at Memeorandum but, the LA Times has a thing or two to say.
BAGHDAD -- Bombings, sectarian slayings and other violence related to the war killed at least 1,773 Iraqi civilians in August, the second month in a row that civilian deaths have risen, according to government figures obtained Friday.
In July, the civilian death toll was 1,753, and in June it was 1,227. The numbers are based on morgue, hospital and police records and come from officials in the ministries of Health, Defense and the Interior. The statistics appear to indicate that the increase in troops ordered by President Bush this year has done little to curb civilian bloodshed, despite U.S. military statements to the contrary.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Then again, the Lame Stream Media cares nothing about truth...just their Leninist leanings. Are these numbers concentrated in the Baghdad region or are they nation wide?
Could it be that the terrorists are trying to appeal to the appeasers and the bleeding-heart America Haters?
Should the United States gracefully bow out of Iraq and let the chips fall where they may?
When the dust settles, will the terrorists be "nice religious people" and allow the freedoms we enjoy and have taken for granted? Were these terrorists Mr Nice Guy in Afghanistan? Do Mr Nice Guys murder innocents? Does Mr and Mrs Nice Family raise their children to strap bombs on their bodies and waltz into cafes and self detonate?
Perhaps the individuals that believe their own silliness would be better off discovering just what makes the terrorists "tick" before they are consumed by Leftinistra rhetoric.
With all of the great news of one success after another coming out of Iraq, is it any wonder at all that the Lame Stream Media and Reid The Grand Loser are trying to spin the news into that which it is not?
Just one more link before I go. The sad - sacks on the left have a zero to worship
WHEN IN DOUBT, TAKE IT OUT!
We are now just 45 hours until the kickoff of the historic pro-troop "Fight for Victory Tour." For the next 2 weeks, military families, everyday patriotic Americans and the staff of Move America Forward will travel 4,384 miles across the country in a caravan of cars, trucks, motorhomes and motorcycles to show our support for our troops and their missions in the war on terror.
We are not backed by billionaires, unlike MoveOn.org and the coalition of anti-war/anti-victory groups who are funded by George Soros.
Instead, we in the pro-troop/pro-victory movement will band together, standing side-by-side, united by our shared belief that our troops are heroes who need our support here on the home front while they battle Islamic jihadists (Islamofascists as many people call them) half a world away.
Here's what I need of each of you in these next 45 hours:
*Help us get the word out. Contact friends, relatives and loved ones - anyone you know who believes in the missions of our troops, and get them to either join our caravan in their own vehicle for all or part of the way, and/or to show up to one of our 27 pro-troop rallies across this great nation. The complete itinerary of the caravan, including the route we will take, can be found here:
*Contact veterans groups, pro-military organizations, and patriotic organizations and get them to help us turn out crowds at each rally stop. Contact the media and urge them to cover this event. Contact talk radio hosts and implore them to help publicize this effort.
*Finally, continue to help us fund the radio, TV and Internet advertising we are currently doing to help promote these 27 pro-troop rallies, the national pro-troop caravan, and our message that we will NOT force our troops to surrender to al-Qaida and the jihadists. These ads are very, very expensive, but we must get the word out and we need to have large crowds present for when the media covers these events. You can contribute online here:
The timing of this effort is so critical - you all know this. The commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, General David Petraeus, must report to Congress by mid-September on the progress of "the surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq. We cannot allow Congress to turn their backs on General Petraeus and the men and women of the United States military.
We have the opportunity to inspire huge numbers of Americans to set aside a small amount of time to come out and publicly proclaim their support for our troops and their missions. Let's get to work to make this happen, and let's make history together - future generations need us all to take action NOW!
- Melanie Morgan
Chairman, Move America Forward
P.S. For those of you who wish to donate to the "Fight for Victory Tour" effort you can also contribute online via PayPal here:
AP Highlight in History:
On Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
|1942||A federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.|
1969 A coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.
Please tell me that Jimmy Carter had nothing to do with it.
1981-Albert Speer, a close associate of Adolf Hitler who ran the Nazi war machine, died at a London hospital at age 76.
1983-A Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace; 269 people were killed.
The conspiracy loons came out for this one as well.
2004-more than 1,100 people were taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in Beslan in southern Russia; more than 330 people, most of them children, were killed during the three-day ordeal.
Terrorists will be terrorists.
They are becoming "Rather" vocal now that the Moonbat Fruit Loop Brigades have lost quite a few influential politicians that were once upon a time in agreement with them. Too bad for them. Have they ever given credence to at least the possibility that their rhetoric emboldens the enemy? Can it be that they hide behind the facade of "dissent" all the while contributing to sedition, subversion and perhaps a hint of treason? Perhaps they should get acquainted with the laws in this regard.
Seeing that the MAJORITY of Americans see them for what they are, enablers of the enemy, the United States military has FINALLY put a lid on their treachery. Naturally, they whine about it. And, I might add, it is indeed about time.
Some Think Regress apologists are now whining that the military is bad for democracy. Good. Democracy, in its inherent form, is actually anarchy. If you don't know that, too bad for you. Do some homework for once and stop bantering about terminology you know nothing about.
The comments at Think In Reverse are hysterical and just have to be made by young punks that have no idea what they yap about. Some are under the delusion that we can "negotiate" with terrorists and that diplomacy is the best way to settle Iraq. Clearly, none of them have faced these terrorists down. Notice to the Regressives: terrorists view diplomacy and negotiation as WEAK.
The poor slogs even think General Petraeus is going to lie. Morons.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Mexico might want to rethink their attitudes towards international terrorism. There has been an underlying animosity directed towards the United States from Mexico ever since The Republic of Texas was born and quite possibly long before that.
The Mexican government even harbored known enemies of the United States during WWII...Nazi operatives.
The Mexican government is not an active "ally" in the GWOT. In the GWOT, they feel that it is best to stay out of that fracas. It is time to break out the Thinking Caps and review that particular philosophy. Isolationism doesn't work.
August 30, 2007 was Mexico's 91101. I guess we could call it 83007.
Nearly 11,000 people were evacuated Thursday from Torre Mayor, Mexico City's tallest, ritziest tower, after a terrorist called in a car bomb. The device, which Mexican investigators called "artesanal," was easily dismantled. But the unprecedented evacuation echoed the disruptions Manhattan has seen as an al-Qaida target since 1993.
An obscure group called EPR claimed credit the next day, but it doesn't seem to be linked with global terrorist networks.There's reason to worry, however, that it will be.
EPR's strategy resembles al-Qaida's in that the target wasn't some quaint adobe, but rather Mexico's starkest symbol of global capitalism, its equivalent of New York's World Trade Center.
Completed in 2003 at a cost of $280 million, Torre Mayor is a glittering glass skyscraper in the financial center with 34 multinational tenants including Apple Computer, Marsh & McLennan and First Data Corp. At 55 stories, it's the tallest building in Latin America.
It's also a Mexico City icon — a visible symbol of progress and development made possible by an invisible infrastructure of democracy and economic freedom. This, obviously, is what EPR's leftist fanatics really object to.
They issued a statement saying they intend to undermine the pro-free market government of President Felipe Calderon, calling him "a fawning fascist who insists on destroying" Mexico.
In that regard, Mexico needs to realize that its decision to move toward a developed economy — creating a middle class, raising living standards, privatizing state industries and trading with any nation that asks — makes it vulnerable in ways it wouldn't be if it had remained a socialist backwater.
In turn, Mexico must grow more proactive in the global war on terror and become more engaged as an ally of the U.S.
EPR may be just a pathetic little dish of malevolence. But its goals are not so small. Over the past year, it has caused significant economic damage by blowing up banks and natural gas pipelines. And now, Mexican officials fear the group may be aligned with Cuban agents, or in league with drug cartels, as happened in Colombia.
The fact that Mexican drug traffickers and smugglers can align with anyone is a dangerous glue that can affix EPR to far worse players — such as al-Qaida. And already there are signs this may happen.
On Aug. 14, the same day the car was stolen for the attempted bomb attack, two Iraqi men were arrested in northern Mexico with false passports heading for the U.S.
These arrests show that Middle East immigrant groups have already set up a rat-line into the U.S. with the Sinaloa Cartel, which controls alien smuggling routes around Arizona.
U.S. intelligence says the number of Iraqis caught trying to sneak across the U.S. has tripled this year. In 2007, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 178 Iraqi asylum-seekers vs. 60 in 2006. For every one that's caught, 10 others get away.
"We have intelligence about al-Qaida identifying Latin America as a potential or prospective area where they could come through," U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, told the El Paso Times.
Al-Qaida, meanwhile, has made threats of its own to Mexico. In February, Sawt al-Jihad, the terrorist faction of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, called for attacks on America's western hemisphere energy suppliers — Canada, Venezuela and Mexico. Osama bin Laden sees the crippling of the U.S. economy as critical to the defeat of the West, calling his strategy "bleed until bankruptcy."
Any of these groups can align to wreak havoc on Mexico's economy and try to turn it into a failed state, just as terrorists and their allies made parts of Pakistan, Somalia and Afghanistan into failed states.
The terrorists are striking because Mexico has made progress. A resolute Mexico can defeat them, but it must be willing to do so. Like the first attack on New York City's World Trade Center, the attack on Mexico City's Torre Mayor was a wake-up call.
I wonder if they can hear the voices...
Who supports The Troops? Certainly NOT ReidCo!! Simply amazing.
This is fascinating to us at Move America Forward because we welcome, and have invited to speak, persons of all political parties who support our troops AND their missions in the war on terrorism.
How a major political party could organize a national effort to counter a "Fight for Victory Tour" is baffling? Do these political activists not support Victory for U.S. troops in Iraq?
Here's just a sampling of the Democrat Party websites that we've come across that are mobilizing against us. PLEASE - we urge you to help us ensure we have a giant turnout of pro-troop supporters of ALL political parties who will offer our troops the support they need to achieve SUCCESS in their missions and VICTORY for this nation.
Complete details on Move America Forward's rally in Carson City on Monday (and our 26 other pro-troop rallies across the nation) can be found online at our website: http://www.MoveAmericaForward
IMPORTANT: We will once again ask for your immediate support in raising funds to help us get the word out via advertising on TV, radio and the Internet about the "Fight for Victory Tour" caravan and pro-troop rally stops. You can donate online here: http://www.MoveAmericaForward
This is no accident that national, state and local Democrat Party organizations are mobilizing against our pro-troop caravan. We are obviously going to be countered at our rallies by Democrat Party activists, who will try to dwarf our rallies with their own well-funded counter protests.
We MUST get the word out to everyone we can, and that will require money.
Please, make the most generous contribution you can afford right now:
And the Leftinistra tremble.
SEVERAL KEY UPDATES:
*** Our kickoff event in Carson City, Nevada on Monday, September 3rd (at 9:00 AM in Mills Park) will have presidential candidate (and Congressman) Duncan Hunter speaking, a prominent Nevada State Senator, representatives from Congressman Dean Heller's and Senator John Ensign's offices, and a large contingent of veterans, military families and pro-troop supporters.
It's important with all the media attention that will be given to our kickoff event that we have a huge crowd of supporters present. So if there is any way you can make it to this event (no matter how far you have to travel) can you please join us?
You can also then "caravan along" with us in your own vehicle as we head on to our 2nd pro-troop rally stop in Sacramento, California.
Three are some that have claimed that the troops got "wrong data" on the visiting cut and runners. Not hardly. They have access to the internet as well. The folks over at Think Progress just may want to do that one day...think progress. However, we all know what their "progressive thinking" "IS", don't we? And, anything they can do to undermine The Mission in Iraq, they will surely do, won't they? Much like the socialists at "Loon and Huff and Puff.
I like the analogy over at Don Surber's blog.
Truth hurts. Is she saying she lied when she said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight”? Is she saying she is ashamed that she said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight”? Is she saying she was misquoted when she said: “Our forces are caught in the middle of an escalating sectarian conflict in Iraq, with no end in sight”?
Yep. And more power to the troops.
The best thing the GOP can do at the moment is find a staunch Conservative to take his place. That is, IF they have the guts and moral fortitude to do so.
in the news
Original post below...
...so long and farewell.
Perhaps now we can get a non-RINO for a suitable replacement.
We shall see.
I even beat out The Hill!
Warner will not seek reelection - By Aaron Blake
Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) announced Friday that he will not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2008, bringing an end to more than three decades of service and setting in motion a battle for the open seat he will leave behind.
Speaking to reporters and constituents at the University of Virginia, Warner announced his intention to make this term his last.
Memeorandum has it up now via CNN
Looks like I beat everybody to the punch here!!
Va. Senator Warner Will Not Seek Sixth Term
Washington Post -
By Bill Turque Virginia Sen. John W. Warner, one of Washington's most influential voices on defense policy, whose political plans could have a significant impact on the partisan makeup of a narrowly divided Senate, announced today that he will not seek ...
Warner to retire from Senate
Warner calls it a career
Track back: Wake Up America
Read Part 3
Cross posted from Right In A Left World
August 31, 2007
Whenever the Socialist Left has an agenda they desire to bulldoze onto the public, it becomes an instant ‘crisis.’ Contrary thought or evidence is ridiculed and seen as heresy. Witness this in the urgency of pressing and alarmist issue of “Global Warming.”
From what I recall in school, the earth has been undergoing a constant series of changes for as long as man has been on it and naturally, before. As the Theory of Evolution was introduced into school teachings, one theory I recall to explain this concept of man evolving from lower life forms was Climate Change.
If, as evolutionists claim, a change in the earth’s temperature is responsible for man’s existence, changes in the earth’s temperature have been with us since the earth was formed.
Saying the earth’s temperature change is a naturally occurring circumstance does not help further the agenda of the Socialist Left, though. So, a crisis of environmental concern is born that is used to further take from all to give to the elite Socialist. The crisis was tried in the 1970’s and failed. The public just didn’t buy into all the hype over Global Cooling.
Today the claim is that man, you and I, have caused massive changes in the earth’s temperature and it must be reversed. Reversed by us giving up our luxuries of warm houses in the winter and cool houses in the summer. We are blasted for driving larger and safer vehicles and encouraged to drive smaller more “fuel efficient” vehicles, or give them up all together and use the transportation we may be provided by localities. Doing so also deprives us of a basic liberty of freedom of movement, going where we want when we want. Our dependence on “public transportation,” which we subsidize through taxes as well as fares, places us where the ‘elite’ want us to be when they want us there.
In the 1990’s we were presented with the ‘Kyoto Protocol,” an international agreement to limit greenhouse gases by industrialized nations by 2012. Somehow, the bulk of responsibility and cost of this protocol falls upon the United States as other developing nations that pump pollutants into the atmosphere, most notably Communist China, are exempted. If enacted, it could have resulted in a 66% increase in gas prices, and up to an 86.4% increase in our cost of electricity, costing each American family some $4,000 annually
As goods and even food costs us more, we lose buying power and who better than our government to step in “supply” us with our staples, in the amount they deem proper. Socialism 101! Rightfully, President Bush pulled out of this flawed treaty.
While cries of we must give up our SUV’s and large homes, being told we are using more than our fair share, the Socialist Elite flies around from conference to campaigns in Private Jets and builds mansion after mansion. Pointing out they are not living the standards of life they wish to impose on us elicits a defense of their purchasing “Carbon Offsets.”
Exactly what and how a Carbon Offset works is sort of elusive, but the way I interpret is, some leftist think tank somewhere decided that we are a each entitled to ‘X’ amount of pollution. Since those of us who must work day to day, 8 to 5 jobs will never quite use the allotted pollution, wealthy leftists, who wish to pollute more may “purchase” some of our pollutant allowance to use as their own. The purchase money does not come back to us, though, it remains with the “Carbon Offset Company” quite often set up and ran by one of the very Socialist Elites demanding we give our luxuries up.
And, of course, they may retain theirs! After all, they worked hard and earned it.
As I said in part 3, we had an effective pesticide, Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane, better known as DDT. Lethal disease as Malaria was nearly a thing of the past due to it being used to kill malaria spreading mosquitoes around the world, especially in sub-tropical regions known for monsoon rains and excessive mosquitoes.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s, concerns were raised about its potential effects on fish and other wildlife. Enough alarm was raised and public fear and concern placed in a gullible public that the manufacture and use of DDT was banned nearly worldwide. It was replaced in most malarial regions by less persistent, and more expensive, alternative insecticides. Human life took a backseat to leftist ideology and disease like Malaria have been on the rise.
Much like the flawed Kyoto Protocol, leftist convened another convention in Stockholm to “protect humans from and the environment from persistent organic pollutants,” pesticides like DDT that have helped humans more than it has hurt. Some actually wonder if this isn’t Global Population Control.
Socialism relies on the British legend and myth of Robin Hood, one who always took from the rich and gave to the poor. Socialist would you have believe that is their intent as well. Take notice of just who is doing the taking and who from. A sizeable portion of the takings remains with the Socialists who sit over us in power as they reap millions of dollars off of our taxes to pay for their vacations, luxury homes, opulent offices, vehicles, aircraft and clothing. Note too than they miss very few meals while you and I must scrape to get by.
While they imitate Robin Hood, they hide that they are the rich barons that Robin would have been taking from and we, the working class, are the ones he would have given the spoils too.
With current Congressional pay averaging about $170,000 per year, why else would they spend millions of dollars they can never regain to hold the offices they do? Power, that is why. The power to create programs that perpetuate their seats and pass laws beneficial to themselves and at one time, exempt themselves from having to follow those laws they imposed on us.
In the 1800’s, a German Philosopher named Karl Marx wrote a series of books and articles that advocated a Liberal philosophy used by the Bolsheviks during an expensive and unpopular war and gave birth to the Soviet Union.
Individuality ceased. Profits ceased. Self-determination ceased. Religious freedom ceased. Everything went to the elite sitting in power over the masses and whom they determined should be allowed more. The elite controlled the media and filtered what the public would read or hear.
Vladimir Lenin enlisted the Bolsheviks to take control of the Socialist Democratic Labor Party. He was appalled at European Socialists support for World War One and in speeches, when he returned to Russia in 1917, urged peasants to take the land from the rich landlords and the industrial workers to seize the factories.
By 1960, after hundreds of thousands of citizens simply disappeared, we had Premier Kruschev declaring they would bury us.
Today, in campaign speeches for the United States Presidency, we hear, “We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” We also hear, "The other day the oil companies recorded the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits. And I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy, alternatives and technologies that will actually begin to move us in the direction of independence.”
Redistributing the fruit of someone else’s labor is not independence. It is enslavement.
Why is Reid so bent on losing the war, demoralizing the troops in the field and emboldening the enemy?
Hasn't he yet heard the news or is he purposefully being the idiot we all know him to be? What is his major malfunction and more importantly, can he be repaired?
LAS VEGAS -- Saying the coming weeks will be "one of the last opportunities" to alter the course of the war, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he is now willing to compromise with Republicans to find ways to limit troop deployments in Iraq.
Reid acknowledged that his previous firm demand for a spring withdrawal deadline had become an obstacle for a small but growing number of Republicans who have said they want to end the war but have been unwilling to set a timeline.
I am convinced that Reid is mentally deficient and he needs to retire, step down or otherwise. He has become a Clear and Present Danger.
Read more at memeorandum
the Captain says Reid is quivering in fear
Tack back: Wake Up America
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Case in point; "The Trouble With Iraq-Vietnam Analogy" at the Oxford Analytica. I used to think well of this group but through the years, I find myself saying about them, "Oh well."
The article in question was posted on 8/29/07 at 0600 hours and evidently, sleep deprivation resulted in ramblings on a scale of, well...there isn't a scale that can register the ramblings of theoretical educated beings.
Behold: (the whole article is not presented here because I will NOT "register")
The White House faces growing opposition to the continuing U.S. military commitment in Iraq, not the least of which is from within the congressional Republican caucus. As the policy debate has intensified, both the president and his critics have invoked the specter of the war in Vietnam--in George Bush's case, as a warning against the consequences of withdrawal.
Growing opposition? Where have these people been? The most Stalinist leaning newspaper, the New York Times has indicated, much to their chagrin, that there is growing SUPPORT for the Global War On Terror, primarily at the main front which, is in Iraq...at the moment.
Yes, both sides have brought up the issues of Vietnam but who were the first to bring it up and when the PROPER analogies were brought forth, which group began the "this isn't like Vietnam" rhetoric?
Although in many ways the analogy is inappropriate, critics of the administration frequently draw comparisons with the failed U.S. war in Vietnam to express their disillusionment over Iraq. On Aug. 22, Bush said the Vietnam experience offered the opposite lesson--that the public should not harbor any illusions that withdrawal would force "the killing to end." In fact, the U.S. experience in Vietnam provides evidence that the aftermath of withdrawal need not necessarily follow the direst predictions of those advocating a continuing U.S. commitment.
What? Could you say that in English or is this more of that "if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS" tripe? Inappropriate? To whom? And why? For "smart" people, they sure don't get out much, do they? Are these people confident that the Jihadists won't mass-murder their way into power? Much like they did in Afghanistan and Iraq and Iran? And everywhere else they have been? Do they not pay attention to the bombings in Pakistan, India., London, Madrid, Indonesia and the plethora of other locales?
For you trekkies out there, these people remind me of a species that thought they were smart, having been outwitted by Jordie LaForge said, "We are not smart."
It can be argued that, as with Vietnam, it is the military presence in Iraq that is partly spurring the insurgency and providing a rallying point for anti-U.S. groups and jihadist forces in the region. Withdrawal may remove this focal point and cause some of the insurgency to dissipate, thus allowing greater opportunities for the civil hostilities to play themselves out and for Iraq to eventually stabilize and then develop politically, economically and socially. Yet, as in Cambodia, the enormous potential human cost of any "shaking out" period following withdrawal cannot be discounted.
Here we go. It's all America's fault. I suppose 91101 was America's fault. I suppose the USS Cole was America's fault. I suppose the Kobi Towers was America's fault. I suppose wherever else we have been attcked since the early 1970's was America's fault as well. I suppose our own existence is America's fault.
In a way, these "smart ones" are correct but for the wrong reasons. America has been attacked and we are now in this war because we stand in the way of the reinstallation of the Caliphate. Deny that fact if you will as much as you will...it won't make it any more false. OBL and Company have said that Baghdad will be the Capital City of The Caliphate.
These "smart ones" seem to think their fancy words covers up their Cut and Run rhetoric but even this lowly blogger saw right through the BS.
The rest of the article which is accessible gets worse in its defective Leftinistra slanted rhetoric and if one is susceptible to the gag reflex, be fore-warned.
This article is written in English and is a very good read. The article ends with this:
So the twin pillars of the contemporary Islamist threat--al-Qaeda and the Islamic Republic of Iran--owe their origins to the collapse of American power in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. What new disasters wait to be spawned in the aftermath of a self-imposed defeat in Iraq?
Samuel Johnson is supposed to have said that nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of a hanging. What will the American people do when they are required to meditate seriously, for the first time, on the full, concrete ramifications of a defeat in Iraq? What will they think when they hear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasting of Iran's eagerness to fill the "power vacuum" that will open up in Iraq after the "collapse" of "the political power of the occupiers"?
Will the American people--offered even the glimmer of a possible victory by the success of the "surge"--decline to repeat the painful history of Vietnam?
If they do, then the left will finally have lost the Vietnam War.
Read the beginning...it will not disappoint.
...and exposes its utter stupidity.
EN ROUTE TO NEW ORLEANS--Along with other New Orleanians, I've been amazed at the lack of alacrity with which both Republicans and Democrats have approached the problem of a federally caused flood that destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, wrecking whole neighborhoods and communities, and spinning half a city's population into involuntary, semi-permanent exile. Now the answer becomes clear: the post-Katrina flooding just didn't destroy enough houses.
The idiocy of the authors at Huff and Puff 'Loon amazes me. Their followers MUST be escapees from the Dark Side of The Moon.
The maroon above is joined by this maroon here:
With several of the Haditha Marines being vindicated left and right, perhaps this one will work out for the better as well. You wouldn't know from reading the tripe in this article.
MERIDEN, Conn. -- A Marine from Meriden is currently the focus of a hearing at Camp Pendleton in California.Sgt. Frank Wuterich is accused of murdering 24 Iraqi civilians, including children.
Wuterich faces unpremeditated murder charges in 18 of the deaths in Haditha, making his case the biggest to emerge against any member of the U.S. military to have served in Iraq.
Buzz here and here
Pajamas Media asks a great question here!
WAS A CRIME COMMITTED IN HADITHA?
If one is either Murtha himself or Murtha-like (egad-gasp), the answer is yes. If you care about due process of law, the answer is, "Don't know yet." As the "trials" are going, it is entirely evident that the answer is, "NO!"
It seems as though Rep Baird (D-XX), is getting the Lieberman Treatment from the Moonbat Fruit Loop Brigade members of MoveOnDotTreason.
And why are their numbers dwindling? True patriots are speaking out...that's why.
Jeff Hubbard, the retired California police officer who lost two sons in Iraq, spoke to reporters for the first time since the death of his son U.S. Army Cpl. Nathan Hubbard, who was killed last week in a Blackhawk helicopter crash.
Despite his family's devastating loss, Hubbard told reporters that his support for the country's campaign to combat global terror is undiminished. "We just want people to support the nation in what it's doing to make the world a better place," he said.
More and more Americans are stepping up and shouting down the former loudest of the loud. We are fed up, sick and tired and are no longer tolerant of the Hate America and blame America First mutants of our society. Dissent is one thing but openly seditious, subversive and treasonous acts for the sake of political gain is unconscionable. I just wish the PC Cowards in DC would actually enforce those laws. I doubt if there are any in DC with a spine left that is willing to do so...they WON"T even enforce our immigration laws for fear of fellow PC Cowards.
My eldest son will soon deploy to Iraq and I have made the commitment to join the Move America Forward Caravan and the Fight For Victory Tour. I don't have very many days remaining on this planet we call earth and I will be damned if I allow a repeat of the days of Vietnam. If verbiage, blogging and common sense fails, there are indeed other means.
Back in the late 1960's and the early 1970's, I was TOLD to stop what I was doing because the actions of the hippies, zippies and other such fools was merely a fad and this too shall pass. It didn't pass. Now, the OLDER hippies, zippies and other such fools are at it again but they have their stupid children with them now. It is indeed a target rich environment.
***Media Research Center CyberAlert Special***
3:55pm EDT, Thursday August 30, 2007
MRC President on FNC's Hannity & Colmes Tonight About MRC Study
Media Reality Check: "New Network, Same Old Biased Katie"
Brent Bozell, President of the MRC, is scheduled to appear tonight (Thursday) on the Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes. He should appear about 20 minutes into the hour-long 9pm EDT show, so 9:20pm EDT, 8:20pm CDT, 7:20pm MDT and 6:20pm PDT. Hannity & Colmes re-runs at midnight EDT (11pm CDT, 10pm MDT and 9pm PDT).
Topic: The MRC's Study, by Rich Noyes, released Wednesday: "Rise and Shine on Democrats; How the ABC, CBS and NBC Morning Shows Are Promoting Democrats On the Road to the White House"
Original post is below:
Bias In The "Main Stream Media"...UPDATED!!
"Shirley" you jest!!
I received the following in my email from Media Research Center:
***Media Research Center CyberAlert Special***
3:05pm EDT, Wednesday August 29, 2007
Morning Shows Are Promoting Democrats On the Road to the White House"
Below is the text of the Executive Summary for a study coordinated and written by MRC Research Director Rich Noyes, with research assistance from MRC news analysts Geoffrey Dickens, Scott Whitlock and Justin McCarthy, which was posted today.
The Executive Summary online: Rise and Shine
For the PDF, which matches the hard copy, of the entire 18-page report: Rise and Shine(pdf)
The HTML version of the full report, with a couple of video clips: Rise and Shine (HTML)
Now, the text of the Executive Summary for the August 29 Special
Rise and Shine on Democrats;
How the ABC, CBS and NBC Morning Shows Are Promoting Democrats On the Road to the White House
As the 2008 presidential campaign season gets underway, wide-open primary races in both the Republican and Democratic parties are competing for the media's attention. So are the broadcast networks covering both sides equally, or are they tilting the campaign playing field in favor of liberal Democratic candidates?
To find out, Media Research Center analysts reviewed all 517 campaign segments on ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's The Early Show and NBC's Today from January 1 through July 31. Those three broadcast morning shows draw nine times the audience of their cable news competitors, and are geared toward everyday voters, not political junkies. These programs are therefore a prime battleground in each campaign's quest for positive media attention.
The results are astonishing: Not only are the network morning shows overwhelmingly focused on Democrats, they are actively promoting the Democrats' liberal agenda.
Among the major findings:
# The networks offered nearly twice as much coverage of the Democrats. More than half of all campaign segments (284, or 55%) focused on the Democratic contest, compared with just 152 (29%) devoted to the Republicans. The remaining stories either offered roughly equal discussion of both parties or did not focus on the major parties.
# All three Democratic frontrunners received more attention than any of the top Republican candidates, with New York Senator Hillary Clinton receiving the most coverage of all.
# Undeclared liberal candidates such as former Vice President Al Gore and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received more network TV attention than many of the declared Republican candidates.
# The network morning shows doled out nearly three times as much airtime (4 hours, 35 minutes) to interviews with the various Democratic campaigns. In contrast, the Republicans received just 1 hour and 44 minutes of interview airtime.
# In their interviews with the candidates, the network hosts emphasized a liberal agenda. Of the substantive questions that could be categorized as reflecting a political agenda, more than two-thirds (69%) of the questions to Democrats reflected a liberal premise, and more than four-fifths (82%) of the questions to Republicans came from the same perspective.
# The top Democratic candidates received much more favorable coverage than their GOP counterparts, with Senator Clinton cast as "unbeatable" and Illinois Senator Barack Obama tagged as a "rock star." The most prominent Republican, Arizona Senator John McCain, was portrayed as a loser because of his support for staying the course in Iraq.
# Not once did network reporters describe Senator Clinton and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards as "liberal," while ABC only once labeled Obama as "liberal." Yet the networks showed no hesitation in attaching the "liberal" label to Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani, who was so branded 12 times.
These early returns suggest that ABC, CBS and NBC are skewing their news in ways that will benefit the Democratic candidates in 2008. The broadcast networks have a responsibility to cover both parties in a fair and even-handed manner -- not for the sake of the candidates, but for the voters. That means giving viewers a chance to hear from all of the major candidates in interviews, asking them similar questions, and balancing the day-to-day news coverage to keep both Democratic and Republican primary voters equally well-informed.
END of Executive Summary for the MRC's Special Report
- Brent Baker
I wonder if "they" would agree with the Fairness Doctrine if it was aimed at them...
Is it any wonder why we in The New media are a requirement?
One may want to read this or this post exposing the media bias on 7/8/07 or this. The evidence of the slant towards supporting the Leftinistra by The Big Three is all so obvious and if it ever went to court, they would lose.
Media: CNBC and MSNBC have refused to air educational commercials that support the war in Iraq. That's their privilege. And it's our privilege to point out the networks' rank hypocrisy.
The commercials were created by Freedom's Watch, a new tax-exempt advocacy group. Its $15 million campaign includes at least four ads it wants to run in 20 states through mid-September. They feature Iraq War veterans, some of them wounded, and military families, some whose loved ones have died in the war.
The goal is to provide a view of the war that old-line media don't care to report and to urge Congress not to give up on the troops.
So far Fox and CNN have aired the commercials. But CNBC and MSNBC won't touch them. Bradley Blakeman, president and CEO of Freedom's Watch, has written John Kelly, senior vice president for NBC News' network sales, asking why and requesting an "explanation of your basis in writing or station policy."
"It is our understanding," Blakeman says, "that the purported basis for the denial is a network policy denying access to groups that wish to sponsor advertising on controversial issues of public importance." Then he points out that that NBC has a "recent history of airing such ads."
There's been no response, but none is necessary. The real reason the networks are refusing is clear: The spots are at odds with their position on the war.
So much for "fair and balanced" and "no political bias here" garbage, eh?
One could only hope so.
Sen. John Warner will announce tomorrow at the University of Virginia whether or not he intends to seek a sixth term, according to two top Virginia sources. Warner is planning a 2 p.m. news conference on the grounds of the Charlottesville, Va., school, where he took his law degree over 50 years ago. The Virginian will give his speech near the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the steps of the school’s famous Rotunda, adding a fitting Warner flourish to the event.Warner's office has confirmed the announcement and his political organization has issued a press advisory in advance of the event.
Could it be that he sees the writing on the wall? Could it be that him being on the wrong side of the flag pole has taken its toll? I surely hope so. We don't need no stinkin' RINOs getting in the way of Victory!!
Besides, he will make much more money and really screw things up as a lobbyist.
As opposed to what Arianna thinks Hillary should say, I have an alternate list.
1. Bill, stop that!
2. Don’t you love my pant suit?
3. Obama is the best politician to come out of Illinois since… ME
4. Anyone for Chinese food?
5. I don’t know why they’re like, OBSESSED with me?
6. When I said ‘Let’s have a chat,’ I meant ‘sit down and shut up!’
7. Time for you to hit the campaign trail, Chelsea.
8. Can you fix my hair like John Edwards’?
9. Why does Richardson get the good labor union job?!
10. No, that’s the voice I use in the South, this is my Illinois voice?
Catch the buzz
Thank you Michael Yon...keep your head down!!
Click the link and read the rest...
A Model for Success
While some Iraqi Army and Police officers searched for the suspected bomber, we searched for the bomb supposedly planted along this stretch. A culvert under a 4-lane road is a likely place.
To many of the Iraqis I’ve spoken with, terrorists are fair game. Kill them. But if we kill justice while doing so, we will create terrorists out of farmers. Here the Marines are creating farmers, police officers, shepherds, and entrepreneurs out of insurgents. To do that, they have to be seen as men who respect and honor legitimate systems of government and justice.
Posted: 29 Aug 2007 12:57 PM CDT
IRAQI SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, U.S. SPECIAL FORCES DETAIN SUSPECTED ROGUE JAM BATTALION COMMANDER, 1 SUSPECTED INSURGENT
Posted: 29 Aug 2007 12:49 PM CDT
8 TERRORISTS KILLED, 11 SUSPECTS DETAINED IN COALITION OPERATIONS
Posted: 29 Aug 2007 12:45 PM CDT
IRAQI AND COALITION FORCES CAPTURE A SUSPECTED DISTRIBUTOR OF IRANIAN WEAPONS
Posted: 29 Aug 2007 12:41 PM CDT
33 INSURGENTS KILLED, KHALIS WATERWAY OPEN
What kind of a name is Zell, anyway?
No matter. It "IS" what it "IS".
Since I last stood -- Thank you very much.
Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller family has been born: Four great grandchildren.
Along with all the other members of our close-knit family -- they are my and Shirley's most precious possessions.
And I know that's how you feel about your family also.
Like you, I think of their future, the promises and the perils they will face.
Like you, I believe that the next four years will determine what kind of world they will grow up in.
And like you, I ask which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower, and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family?
The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my Party.
There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is George W. Bush.
In the summer of 1940, I was an eight-year-old boy living in a remote little Appalachian valley. Our country was not yet at war, but even we children knew that there were some crazy men across the ocean who would kill us if they could.
President Roosevelt, in a speech that summer, told America "all private plans, all private lives, have been in a sense repealed by an overriding public danger."
In 1940 Wendell Wilkie was the Republican nominee. And there is no better example of someone repealing their "private plans" than this good man. He gave Roosevelt the critical support he needed for a peacetime draft, an unpopular idea at the time. And he made it clear that he would rather lose the election than make national security a partisan campaign issue.
Where are such statesmen today?
Where is the bi-partisanship in this country when we need it most?
Today -- Today at the same time young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in-Chief.
What has happened to the Party I've spent my life working in?
I can remember when Democrats believed it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.
It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city.
Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter. But not today.
Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.
And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.
Tell that -- Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers.
Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.
Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.
No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.
But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my Party today. In their warped way of thinking America is the problem, not the solution.
They don't believe there's any real danger in the world except that which America brings upon itself through our clumsy and misguided foreign policy.
It is not their patriotism -- it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking.
They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace -- they were wrong.
They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war -- they were wrong.
And no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.
Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons systems that won the Cold War and that are now winning the war on terror.
Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security. But Americans need to know the facts.
The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of [Operation] Enduring Freedom.
The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.
The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra.
The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.
The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War.
The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11.
I could go on and on and on: Against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel; against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense Initiative; against the Trident missile -- against, against, against.
This is -- This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?!
U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?!
Twenty years of votes -- Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric.
Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.
Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations.
Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide!
John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.
That's the most dangerous outsourcing of all.
This politician wants to be leader of the free world. Free for how long?
For more than twenty years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak, and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protestor, Kerry blamed our military. As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harms way, far-away.
George W. Bush understands that we need new strategies to meet new threats.
John Kerry wants to re-fight yesterday's war.
President Bush believes we have to fight today's war and be ready for tomorrow's challenges.
President Bush is committed to providing the kind of forces it takes to root out terrorist -- no matter what spider hole they may hide in or what rock they crawl under.
George W. Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip.
From John Kerry, they get a "yes-no-maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.
I first got to know George W. Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man. I am moved by the respect he shows the First Lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America.
I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning.
He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter, and where I come from deeds mean a lot more than words.
I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel -- the man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family.
This election will change forever the course of history, and that's not any history. It's our family's history.
The only question is how. The answer lies with each of us. And like many generations before us, we've got some hard choosing to do.
Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted, self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world.
In this hour of danger our President has had the courage to stand up. And this Democrat is proud to stand up with him.
God Bless this country and God Bless George W. Bush.
Just thought I'd throw this back at the Leftinistra now that quite a few of their number are jumping ship...