Friday, September 29, 2006

China messing with US satellites

Story: "China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by "blinding" their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday.
The document said that China could blind American satellites with a ground-based laser firing a beam of light to prevent spy photography as they pass over China.
According to senior American officials: "China not only has the capability, but has exercised it." American satellites like the giant Keyhole craft have come under attack "several times" in recent years.
Although the Chinese tests do not aim to destroy American satellites, the laser attacks could make them useless over Chinese territory.
The American military has been so alarmed by the Chinese activity that it has begun test attacks against its own satellites to determine the severity of the threat.
Satellites are especially vulnerable to attack because they have predetermined orbits, allowing an enemy to know where they will appear.
"The Chinese are very strategically minded and are extremely active in this arena. They really believe all the stuff written in the 1980s about the high frontier," said one senior former Pentagon official

China... You steal our planes, and shoot at our satilites. And yet, trading with them is still in our best interest, because we save a lot of money.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

7-11: Score 1 for America

Forbes: "The sulfur Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez smells these days isn't the residue of George Bush at the United Nations, but profits from the sale of fuel to 7-Eleven stores going poof.
The convenience store operator is dropping Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuela's government-owned oil company, at about 2,100 stores.

The decision follows Chavez's strident denunciation of Bush last week at the United Nations.
Chavez made it clear that he thought Bush was a racist, imperialist "devil" out to oppress the world's poor -- when he wasn't killing them.
Standing at the podium where Bush had earlier addressed the United Nations General Assembly, Chavez said he could smell sulfur -- the scent of the devil.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven said it feared a boycott of Citgo would hurt about 4,000 7-Eleven employees who have nothing to do with Chavez or his politics.
The company's 20-year contract with Citgo Petroleum Corp. ends next week. It covers about 2,100 of 7-Eleven's 5,300 stores in the United States. The retailer has considered creating its own brand of fuel for more than a year.
"Regardless of politics, we sympathize with many Americans' concern over derogatory comments about our country and its leadership recently made by Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez," said Margaret Chabris, a spokeswoman for 7-11.

So, 7-11 drops communist oil, and scores one for the home team, doing what the democrats won't do, and rebuking Hugo Chavez for his Anti-American, and evil comments. 3 cheers for 7-11.

Religious Discrimination in Schools

“When two students sought to hang up flyers detailing information on Bible clubs, church activities, and after-school religious activities at their Charlottesville, VA., school., they were told they could not do so. The father of the students, twins Gabriel and Joshua Rakoski, contacted the Liberty Counsel after school officials said the district’s literature policy prohibits ‘distribution of literature that is for partisan, sectarian, religious, or political purposes.’ Liberty Counsel then sent a demand letter informing the Albemarle Country Public Schools that its literature distribution policy was unconstitutional… The district quickly reversed its religious literature ban… The district violated well-established constitutional principles by prohibiting the Rakoski twins from distributing fliers about their church-sponsored event.”

Incredibly, many times something like the occurrence described above happens – but people don’t always have such a good ending.

A lot of times, parents end up pulling their children out of the school in particular and enrolling them elsewhere. Sometimes, despite their rights clearly stated in the constitution, kids end up with the short end of the stick. For instance, in a recent holiday celebrating homosexuality, children at a public school were allowed to wear shirts promoting the event. However, when other kids decided to choose their own day to wear shirts stating their own beliefs about homosexuality and abortion, they got suspended until they got rid of the shirts.

Make sure you let everyone know that their rights are protected – and not just to say things that are politically correct.

DDL is a staff writer for Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance.

Article source: National Liberty Journal

Monday, September 25, 2006

Frist comes around on Immigration

Story: "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Sunday said he wants a Senate vote soon on an immigration bill focusing primarily on border security, but acknowledged that quick passage is doubtful.
Frist, R-Tenn., said he's willing to push ahead with the bill favored by House Republicans, which is narrower than the version he and other senators favor. Even so, action may not be possible before the November elections, he said.
"If you're going to address immigration reform, you have to first and foremost secure our borders," he said on ABC's "This Week.""What I've done, and hopefully what we'll be voting on the floor of the Senate this week, is take the common parts of the House bill and the common parts of the Senate bill."
In December, the House passed legislation that concentrated on border security and enforcement of laws banning employment of undocumented workers. The Senate in May then passed a broader bill, generally endorsed by President Bush, that included provisions for a guest worker program and ways for the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to work toward legal status and eventual citizenship

House Bill: Secure the borders, and begin tracking and exporting the illegals currently in the country.
Senate bill: Amnesty!!! w00tz!! Forgive the crimes of 12 million with a broad, vote garnering measure.
The house bill acctually begins to solve the problem for the long term. Up till now, the republicans haven't done any work to pass the house bill, but I'm guessing the frustration from the base is starting to take its toll. The republicans have the majority in both houses and the White House, they should be taking full advantage of this to pass the house bill.
This does appear to be the start of this.
I do find this all interesting, after the RNC told the NY Times that the house was going to ignore criminal immigration till after november, and place the focus on The War on Terror, that this is now happening. Flying under the radar to pass this may be what is nessecsary.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

9/11 Memorial: Political Play

Story: "A timeline and record of key events and quotes are etched onto a giant angled ring reflected by sunlight in what designers said was intended to capture how Arizona and the nation responded to the attacks, and to remember the strong emotions.
But this week, blog visitors have said they’re shocked at some of the inscriptions, which they describe as political statements against the Bush administration and its war on terror. One inscription states, “You don’t win battles of terrorism with more battles.
Another: “Congress questions why CIA and FBI didn’t prevent attacks.” And another reads, “Erroneous US air strike kills 46 Uruzgan civilians,” referring to a wedding reportedly hit by mistake in Afghanistan.
“It’s a worldview that is critical of America, and in many cases cheapens 9/11,” said Greg Patterson, a lobbyist and consultant who operates the EspressoPundit blog, where he and his readers have been critical of the memorial.
“It is bent on attacking the Bush administration’s take on the war, at the expense of the memory of 9/11.” Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, said he was stunned to learn of the inscriptions. “To politicize it to me is absolutely outrageous, instead of a memorial to remember those who have sacrificed their lives,” he said. "

I find this so appalling, I don't know what to say. But the blatant liberalism bleeding through this memorial is just sickening.

Religion of Peace contiues protesting

Story: "Thousands of Muslim worshippers staged marches against Pope Benedict XVI in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, waving green Hamas banners and denouncing him as a "coward" and an "agent of the Americans."
At Islam's third-holiest shrine, the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, hundreds of worshippers hoisted black flags and banners that read, "Conquering Rome is the answer." Protesters chanted, "The army of Islam will return." The march dispersed peacefully.
"If I get hold of the pope, I will hang him," Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a senior MMA leader, told protesters in Islamabad, who carried placards reading "Terrorist, extremist Pope be hanged!" and "Down with Muslims' enemies!"
After the meeting, a statement was issued demanding the West "change its stance regarding Islam (or) it will face severe consequences." It did not elaborate.
It also said that jihad was not terrorism and that "Islam was not propagated with the sword."
Malaysia's opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party staged demonstrations outside mosques nationwide, calling for the pope to fully retract his remarks. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's largest city, some 150 party members chanted
"Stop the insults" and held a banner that read "We Muslims are peace-loving people.""

While these protests sound absolutely horrible, the total number of people reported in this article adds up to less the 10,000 muslims. And yet, these 10,000 people, spread across the Gaza, pakistanie villiages, and various other sundry locations, get a lot of coverage. I am perfectly content to call them extremists.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Army exceeds recruiting goal

Story: "The Army is ending its best recruiting year since 1997 and expecting similar success in 2007
the Army will enlist its 80,000th soldier on Friday, reaching its goal for the year with eight days to spare. That is a considerable turnaround from last year when the Army missed its target for the first time since 1999 and by the widest margin in more than two decades.
At the start of this recruiting year, which began Oct. 1, 2005, many questioned whether the Army would reach 80,000, given the many alternative career options available to young people and the growing unpopularity of the Iraq war. But a package of new financial incentives, new recruiting approaches and a bigger recruiting corps did the trick."

Sounds good.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

United Nation Round-up

Or was that just the Democrat convention?

In any event, the three main speakers were President of the United States, George W. Bush, Modern Day Hitler, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, and the crackpot leader of Venezula, Hugo Chavez.

Tuesday, Bush spoke at 11:00 to the general assembly. Some Highlights of his speech:
- "Some of the changes in the Middle East have been dramatic, and we see the results in this chamber. Five years ago, Afghanistan was ruled by the brutal Taliban regime, and its seat in this body was contested. Now this seat is held by the freely elected government of Afghanistan, which is represented today by President Karzai. Five years ago, Iraq's seat in this body was held by a dictator who killed his citizens, invaded his neighbors, and showed his contempt for the world by defying more than a dozen U.N. Security Council resolutions. Now Iraq's seat is held by a democratic government that embodies the aspirations of the Iraq people, who's represented today by President Talabani. With these changes, more than 50 million people have been given a voice in this chamber for the first time in decades. "

- "Some have argued that the democratic changes we're seeing in the Middle East are destabilizing the region. This argument rests on a false assumption, that the Middle East was stable to begin with. The reality is that the stability we thought we saw in the Middle East was a mirage."

-"Freedom, by its nature, cannot be imposed -- it must be chosen. From Beirut to Baghdad, people are making the choice for freedom. And the nations gathered in this chamber must make a choice, as well: Will we support the moderates and reformers who are working for change across the Middle East -- or will we yield the future to the terrorists and extremists? America has made its choice"

I heard this speech on the radio, and I thought it was pretty good. The people at the UN, however, clapped only once, at the very end, and that was just a speckling of polite aplause.

Enter Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- "I am emphatically declare that today's world more than ever before longs for just and righteous people with love for all humanity, and above all longs for the perfect, righteous human being and the real savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet. [The Twelfth Imam] Oh Almighty God, all men and women are your creatures and you have ordained their guidance and salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirst for justice, the perfect human being promised to all by you, and make us among his followers among those who strive for his return and his cause"
Essentially, praying for the end of the world. Lovely thought.

Then, we've got Chavez.
- ""And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here." [crosses himself]"
And it smells of sulfur still today."
Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world.
Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States.
As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world.
An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: "The Devil's Recipe." "

And thats the gist of Chavez's speech.
And the UN continues down a steep down hill path. The US should pull out.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I have found 1 good man. (In the senate, no less)

Story: "A U.S. senator compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Hitler and made fun of his name on Tuesday during a congressional hearing on the U.S. strategy to end Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.
"Ahmadinejad -- I call him Ahmad-in-a-head -- I think he's a Hitler type of person," Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
"He has made it clear that he wants to destroy Israel. He has made it clear he doesn't believe in the Holocaust. He's a, he's a -- we all know what he is," the senator added.
Ahmadinejad, who took office in August 2005, has issued threats to Israel, compared its offensive in Lebanon this summer to the behavior of Nazi Germany and called the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews died, a myth.
The United States accuses Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons, of supporting terrorism and of aiding the insurgency in Iraq. Iran says its nuclear program is to generate nuclear power.
"I don't believe that as long as he's there that we're ever going to solve Iraq," Voinovich said. "There seems to be a very deliberate, premeditated effort on their part to expand their influence in that area and this nuclear issue is just part of it.""

At last, a senator I agree with. Of course, he's a republican and he sees this war for what it is: A war on Israel and the West, and Iran is now in the forefront of this conflict.

Wal-Mart awakens, Democrats ask 'what have we done?'

Story: " Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, is planning to launch a voter registration and education campaign this fall targeted at its 1.3 million employees in an effort to combat growing criticism from Democrats and labor unions.
By doing so, the world’s largest retailer is striding into the national political arena, which until this election cycle it has taken pains to avoid.
Wal-Mart’s voter registration and education programs could be among the biggest in the country, though not as big as those of its labor union opponents. The AFL-CIO, for example, has nearly 13 million members.
The company’s decision appears to be a response to several high-profile Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and four 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls, who participated in a labor-organized anti-Wal-Mart campaign this summer."

And so the sleeping giant awakens. Back a few weeks ago, the Democrats declared war upon Wal-mart, and we discovered it was at the behest of the Unions.
Well, now Wal-Mart is rallying its employees to vote, for the first time ever. The Unions have been driving voters since their inception, so it should be very interesting to see the results of this drive.

Parents try to force an abortion

Story: "A Maine couple upset that their 19-year-old daughter was pregnant tied her up, loaded her in their car and began driving to New York to force her to get an abortion, police said.
The daughter, Katelyn Kampf, escaped Friday at a shopping center and called police, who arrested her parents, Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola, 53, of North Yarmouth, Maine. They were jailed on a kidnapping charge and were being held on $100,000 bail each.

"Her parents chased her out into the yard, grabbed and tied her hands and feet together," Salem Police Officer Sean Marino wrote in a court affidavit. "Katelyn states that her father then carried her to their car and they headed toward New Hampshire."

Investigators said rope, duct tape, scissors and a .22-caliber rifle were found in the Kampfs' Lexus and Nicholas Kampf had a loaded .22- caliber magazine clip in his pants pocket.

The Kampfs were upset that their daughter was pregnant by a man who is now in jail, police said, and before leaving Maine on Friday they had an argument at the parents' home.

"Katelyn stated to me that upon her parents finding out that she was pregnant, they told her she had no choice but to get an abortion," Marino wrote in his court affidavit.

Katelyn Kampf escaped from her parents in Salem after persuading them to untie her so she could use a Kmart bathroom. After her father went into the men's room, she used a cell phone to call for help, then ran to a nearby Staples store, where police found "a hysterical female hiding in the back of the store,"

I don't know what to make of this... The parents are trying to force an abortion, and the daughter refuses, so they kidnap her to kill the baby in another state? Why????
The only conclusion I can come to: The mother is a militant feminist, the father a wimp who does whatever his wife tells him, and the daughter stuck in the middle trying to save a life.
Still, kidnapping your daughter and threatening her with a rifle strikes me as very wrong.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Italian Nun murduered in the streets

Story: "Gunmen killed an Italian nun at a children's hospital in Mogadishu on Sunday in an attack that drew immediate speculation of links to Muslim anger over the Pope's recent remarks on Islam.
The bodyguard died instantly, but the nun, from the Missionaries of the Consolation order based in Nepi near Rome, was rushed into an operating theater after being hit by three or four bullets in the chest, stomach and back.

"She died in the hospital treatment room," doctor Ali Mohamed Hassan told Reuters. "She was shot outside the hospital, going to her house just across the gate."

A nun from the Missionaries order identified her as sister Leonella Sgorbati, born in 1940, in Piacenza in northern Italy. In Somalia since 2002, she trained nurses at the SOS Kindergarten hospital

Ok. A nun who has trained nurses for TWENTY-ONE YEARS was shot, and along with her body gaurd, murduered in a flurry of bullets while crossing the street. While the article 'speculates' about the cause, there is no other reason for the muslim targeting of a Catholic nun, other then that she is an infel, a woman, and the pop recently state the truth, and they hate the truth.

Look at it this way: An image of Christ is stuck in a jar of urine. Do Christians riot in the streets and run out to shoot artists? No.
Or the Da Vinci code. A story that calls Christianity the largest conspiracy in history, did it have the same reaction a danish cartoon of muhamed had? No.
Thats what peaceful religons do.
The Religion of Islam does not, rather it marches in the streets and kills innocents.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pledge Protection Act – One Step Closer to a Reality

“In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pledge Protection Act, which shields the Pledge of Allegiance from rulings by federal courts declaring the Pledge unconstitutional because of the phrase “under God.” The amendment (H.R. 2389) was overwhelmingly passed.

…[Rep. Todd Akin, (R-Mo.)] said the House had acted to check the Judiciary from ignoring its “proper constitutional role.”

“For federal courts to suggest that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because of the words ‘under God’ and to therefore prohibit children from reciting it would be to turn the first amendment upon its head to use it as an instrument of censorship,” said Rep. Akin.

The bill was a reaction to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which declared the Pledge unconstitutional because it contains the words ‘under God’.”

That’s right – slowly but surely the Pledge Protection Act is making its way through the system. So what’s next in the process? The Senate. For the Pledge Protection Act to be passed,

“A bill cannot become a law of the land until it has been approved in identical form by both houses of Congress. Once the Senate amends and agrees to a bill that the House already has passed, the two houses may begin to resolve their legislative differences by way of a conference committee or through an exchange of amendments between the houses. If the Senate does not accept the House’s position, one of the chambers may propose creation of a conference committee to negotiate and resolve the matters in disagreement between the two chambers. Typically, the Senate gets to conference with the House by adopting this standard motion: "Mr. President, I move that the Senate insist on its amendments, request a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes thereon, and that the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees.” This triple motion rolled into one–to insist (or disagree), request, and appoint–is commonly agreed to by unanimous consent. The presiding officer formally appoints the Senate’s conferees. (The Speaker names the House conferees.) Conferees are traditionally drawn from the committee of jurisdiction, but conferees representing other Senate interests may also be appointed. There are no formal rules that outline how conference meetings are to be organized. Routinely, the principals from each chamber or their respective staffs conduct pre-conference meetings so as to expedite the bargaining process when the conference formally convenes. Informal practice also determines who will be the overall conference chair (each chamber has its own leader in conference). Rotation of the chairmanship between the chambers is usually the practice when matched pairs of panels (the tax or appropriations panels, for example) convene in conference regularly. For standing committees that seldom meet in conference, the choice of who will chair the conference is generally resolved by the conference leaders from each chamber. The decision on when and where to meet and for how long are a few prerogatives of the chair, who consults on these matters with his or her counterpart from the other body. Once the two chambers go to conference, the respective House and Senate conferees bargain and negotiate to resolve the matters in bicameral disagreement. Resolution is embodied in a conference report, signed by a majority of Senate conferees and House conferees. The conference report must be agreed to by both chambers before it is cleared for presidential consideration. In the Senate, conference reports are usually brought up by unanimous consent at a time agreed to by the party leaders and floor managers. Because conference reports are privileged, if any Senator objects to the unanimous consent request, a nondebatable motion can be made to take up the conference report. Approval of the conference report itself is subject to extended debate, but conference reports are not open to amendment. Almost all of the most important measures are sent to conference, but these are only a minority of the bills that the two houses pass each year.”

Where does this leave us? Basically, first, we wait for the Senate to get to the amendment. After that, the Senators will vote on the issue. This can take awhile. The President of the Senate must also vote in favor of the bill or the Senators have to vote as a majority to overrule the President’s veto.

Don’t forget to let your state representatives and senators know how you feel on the subject - support the Pledge Protection Act.

DDL is a staff writer for Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance.

Article source: “House Passes Pledge Protection Act”, The National Liberty Journal

Senate Legislative Process:

Follow-up to “Terrorism – no longer a concern?”

Although I have promised a second article on a different subject to Palm boy, I had to address some issues that one of my friends brought up.

My friend, a teen boy in a career military family, read my article entitled “Terrorism – no longer a concern?” and promptly told me how much it irritates him when people get the facts wrong.

“I mean, having lived there, and being an American, I know the entire story. Nobody gets it!” he said, commenting on the full year he spent while his dad was stationed in the Middle East and the two weeks he had had in Israel.

Yes, Al-Quada needs to stop, but so does the US. Total troop withdrawal, and just get out of foreign affairs with the Middle East. We leave them alone, and they'll leave us alone. They have the right to rule their land however they want to,” he continued.

After I pointed out that our troops enlisting their aid would save many Israelis’ lives, he replied:

“I'm not saying that I hate Israel and all, I love that country. It's beautiful and is the most important country in the world. But, they can hold out on their own.”

Many people share the same philosophy: leave the Middle Easterners alone and they won’t bother us. Does anyone see the problem with this?

I told him that the Muslims will kill anyone that is friendly towards Israel, and he said that if we don’t help Israel any, the Muslims won’t bother us.

First of all, we are under obligation to help Israel – it’s part of the United Nations. Secondly, President Bush professes his friendliness towards Israel blatantly; what kind of friends would we be if they were under attack and we sat back and watched?

Thirdly, the terrorist groups have cells stationed all along the US, waiting for the time to strike. These “sleeper cells” have one mission: blow something up and take as many people down with you as possible. The terrorist groups hate us, and have stated on national television that they would welcome World War III. In fact, they believe in doing so, it will usher in Allah’s return to rule the land with an iron-grip and to remove any non-believers.

So, my friend, you’re still one of the best guys around, and I don’t deny that you’ve had much more groundwork experience than I have, but this one has too many variables saying this: even if we leave the Middle East alone completely, it would be impossible to disentangle ourselves from the web of hatred that is concentrated in those countries.

DDL is a staff writer for Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance.

Terrorism - no longer a concern?

Thank you for the welcome, Palm boy. I hope my contributions make a good impact on the blog.

As a companion article to Palm boy's posts about 9/11 and the Muslims' "religion of peace":

“…Those who believe that those 19 terrorists did the worst that terrorists could ever realistically do to the country might believe that one lucky attack – one piercing of the homeland defense – does not justify the forward defense involved in the invasions of Afghanistan or Iraq. They see the various surveillance programs as overkill, and the London arrests as evidence not of the need for continued and increased vigilance, but of the effectiveness of in-place programs.

Those who think that 9/11 could have been worse, and that the terrorists plan other attacks, recoil from the prospect of letting down our collective guard or decreasing the sense of urgency.

The urgency in the president’s, vice president’s, and the secretary of defense’s speeches over the past fortnight has been dismissed by their political opponents as fear-mongering, cynical posturing in the run-up to the November elections.

President Bush strikes his supporters as committed to completing his tenure without another devastating attack, one perhaps exponentially more deadly than the last. They understand his addresses to be the plain-spoken warnings of a leader who wakes up every day to a briefing about terrorist plotting around the globe.

President Bush’s most powerful argument: the words of our enemies. Americans who believe the worst of the president and his administration have to believe as well that our enemies are either blowhards or incompetents. But Americans who take seriously those threats hope they will never be unarguably proven right.”

With our enemies already taunting us with threats of what they will do when they develop their nuclear bomb (namely, blowing Israel and anyone who sides with Israel off the map), it’s a wonder that anyone can still be blinded to their aggressive plots to damage our homeland. Almost every day we hear about how someone was put in danger due to terrorism, whether it be the plans to hijack planes or to blow up centers of activity.

So how can anyone believe otherwise?

It all comes down to the well-known adage: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

Sometimes we get too caught up in internal battles (wars over abortion, skirmishes with global warming, debates regarding homosexual "rights") to realize how important and pressing the matter at hand is: protecting our homeland from any more attacks and working to control the fires of hate in the Middle East.

DDL is a staff writer for Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance.

Article source: “Interpreting 9/11”, by Hugh Hewitt, World Magazine.

Official Announcement: New comrade in the war on Ignorance

Some of you may have noticed a new name on the sidebar, or you may not of. You probably didn't. In any case, the veteran warriors Daweed and Durandal have retired from reserve duty. Replacing them: *Drum roll please...*

Katherine D, a young homeschool lady, with an eye on the future as an aerospace engineer with the US Air Force.

After an exhaustive look into her political, economic and social views, Kathline has been welcomed with open arms into the Border Patrol, to help push back the frontiers of ignorance.

She's smart, dedicated, and well versed in the art of debate.
That is all.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Muslims mad, but its a religion of peace. Really.

Story: "Across the Islamic world Friday, Benedict's remarks on Islam and jihad in a speech in Germany unleashed a torrent of rage that many fear could burst into violent protests like those that followed publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad."

Right. And Islam is a religion of peace, dedicated to preserving life and peace. But then we have these random protests over the pope, and danish cartoons, not to forget the muslim nazis who fly planes into buildings.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Blair sees reality, trys to tell others

Story: "British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a withering attack on Thursday on what he called "mad anti-Americanism" among European politicians.
"The danger is if they decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage. We need them involved," Blair said, spelling out his political vision in a pamphlet published by The Foreign Policy Center think-tank.

"The strain of, frankly, anti-American feeling in parts of European politics is madness when set against the long-term interests of the world we believe in," he said.
As he did during the Iraq War, he sided squarely with Washington over the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, angering Arab nations and European allies by refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire.

Responding to those who have criticized the White House, Blair said in his pamphlet: "The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved."

"We want them engaged. The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them," he added.
Blair, returning from a trip to the Middle East, said the stand-off between Israel and the Palestinians remains "a -- perhaps the -- genuine source of anger in the Arab and Muslim world, going far beyond anti-Western feeling."

"The issue of even-handedness rankles deeply," he acknowledged.

Blair pledged to making Middle East "an absolute priority for the rest of my time in office.""

Like I've said before, Europe is a sad continent. Britian, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, all were once empires that spanned the globe. All were nations with a fighting spirit, nations of warriors. But in todays world, that is forgotten, with the exception of Britian. Britian, or at least Blair, understands the need the fight the terrorists in their backyards, where they will have limited abilities to strike at the innocents we're trying to protect. And since Sept. 11, its been Britian thats had the deadliest attacks.
We had the shoe bomber, the muruer in Seattle who gunned down 9 jewish ameriacans, and the muslim driving the SUV in california. But in London, the subways were bombed, and then they tried again, but were stopped. The UK is just as much at war with the Muslim Nazis as we are, and the rest of the westren civilization needs to join in.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Terrorist attack in Syria

Fox news: "Three Islamic militants suspected to have Al Qaeda ties were killed Tuesday after a failed attempt to attack the U.S. Embassy with automatic rifles, hand grenades and a van rigged with explosives. A Syrian security officer was also killed, but no Americans were hurt.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it was too early to know who was behind the attack, while Syria's ambassador to the U.S., Imad Moustapha, told a major news network that an Al Qaeda offshoot group called Jund al-Sham was responsible. The radical fundamentalist group has been blamed for several attacks in Syria in recent years, he said.

One of Syria's anti-terrorism forces was killed and 11 other people were wounded, the official news agency reported. The wounded including a police officer, two Iraqis and seven people employed at nearby technical workshop.

The attackers apparently did not breach the high walls surrounding the embassy's white compound in the city's diplomatic neighborhood."

Apparently, no US personel were hurt, although some syrian officials and a Chinese diplomat were hurt. Thats why we're fighting them, so they don't do that over here.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

September 11th, 2006

Its been five years.

For you Liberals, democrats, and pacifists, click here.

For you conservatives, republicans and people who support america, click here.

And for everyone who 'supports the troops' (but maybe not their mission), click here.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

US Soldiers worse then Saddam?

Story: ""The absolute cynical manipulation, deliberately cynical manipulation, to shape American public opinion and 69 percent of the people, at that time, it worked, they said 'we want to go to war,'" Rockefeller told CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. "Including me. The difference is after I began to learn about some of that intelligence I went down to the Senate floor and I said 'my vote was wrong.'"

Rockefeller went a step further. He says the world would be better off today if the United States had never invaded Iraq — even if it means Saddam Hussein would still be running Iraq.

He said he sees that as a better scenario, and a safer scenario, "because it is called the 'war on terror.'"

Does Rockefeller stands by his view, even if it means that Saddam Hussein could still be in power if the United States didn't invade?

"Yes. [Saddam] wasn't going to attack us. He would've been isolated there," Rockefeller said. "He would have been in control of that country but we wouldn't have depleted our resources preventing us from prosecuting a war on terror which is what this is all about.""

So, let me get this straight. The world would be a better place with Saddam still in control of 26 million people?
So, then the world is a safer, better place when these 26 millions people are subject to arbitrary treatment without due process?
So, what happens in Saddams world:
  • Suspension by the wrists for hours on end while naked.
  • Electric shock to the ears, fingers genitals and tounge
  • Swung from a rotating fan while being beating with whips, canes, pipes and hoses.
  • Extraction of fingernails
  • Mutilation by electric drill
  • Rape and other sexual tortures
  • Raping of family members
  • Watching friends and family members recieving the above tortures.
  • Beheading of a father in front of the family home
Yeah. And thats better then the US troops? I don't think so. What have US troops done?
  • Repaired power to the region
  • Restored fresh water
  • Protected the democratic process in its infancy. (Purple Fingers anyone?)
  • Captured the nazis, who are muslims, btw.
Which is better?

Now, look at the world at large. In the past, we had 3 allies in the region. Now we've got 5. Who's new? Iraq and the United Arab Emerates.
In the past, we had a ruthless, totalitarian dictator who supported terrorists, to the tune of 2000 a year, and exersiced torture and mass killings as a control mechanisim in his country.
The US? We've taken the fight to the terrorists in their backyard, and fighting them with those who are trained to kill enemies of the United States.
Rockerfeller is a liar, a traitor to his country, and a man who has allied himself with our enemies. And if the dems think this will give them the election, they had better be prepared for results that will have their heads spinning, as the balence of the house shifts dramatically to the right, and to a lesser degree, the senate.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Iraq to take command of its army

Story: "will take control of its armed forces command on Thursday, a major step on its painful path toward independence and an essential move before international troops can eventually withdraw...

"It's the prime minister's decision how rapidly he wants to move along with assuming control," Caldwell said. In Thursday's ceremony, the prime minister will take control of Iraq's small naval and air forces, and the 8th Iraqi Army Division.

"They can move as rapidly thereafter as they want. I know, conceptually, they've talked about perhaps two divisions a month," Caldwell said."

Best news in a long time. We're moving right along in the War on Terror.
A But this news article by Elena Becatoros, has got to be one of the worst written pieces of news to every come off the Assosiated Press wire. It is seriously worthy of what the New York Times, or Mother Jones, would publish. How anyone can call this a fair and balenced piece of coverage, I don't know.

What does have me confused: "The 8th Division was recently engaged in a fierce, 12-hour battle with Shiite militia in the southern city of Diwaniyah"

Well, thats great. The 8th division is not a US division, it is a US trained, homegrown, 100% Iraqi soldier division, fighting to defend its country against the bloody terrorists that are killing civilians.
But the fighting wasn't that fierce. Compared to previous wars, where 20 people die getting out of a trench in the morning to go to the bathroom, this is so paltry a battle as to be compleatly insignificant. This is not to degrade the Iraqi division, but the last 3 years have been this sort of combat, the sort of which we still have even in America. I'm finnally getting pretty angry about the media coverage of this war, and the constant, insistant denial of the truth, and of Americas good in this conflict.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Oil news, round 2

Story: " The success of the Jack well test is the second recent development that raises the lower tertiary's profile - as well as chances that it could augment U.S. Gulf oil and gas production significantly. Domestic oil output has taken a hit from the partial shutdown of BP PLC-operated (BP) Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. Despite the region's vulnerability to devastating hurricanes, the Gulf is becoming home to an increasing number of oil prospects as the U.S. is looking to wean itself off sources plagued by instability.
The flow test, the first in the lower tertiary, indicates that the region's finds "will be most likely productive," said David Heikkinen, an analyst with Houston-based energy research firm Pickering Energy Partners. "That bodes very well for the industry as a whole."
Production from the area could add 300,000 to 500,000 barrels of oil a day to U.S. output, Heikkinen said. The Gulf currently has a production capacity of about 1.5 million.
Tuesday's announcement also bodes well for Chevron, Devon and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (CVX), which are the largest holders of leases with lower tertiary discoveries, Heikkinen said. Last Thursday, Oklahoma City-based Devon and Anadarko, in partnership with BP PLC (BP), disclosed a discovery that Devon described as the "largest to date" in the lower tertiary. "

Woohoo. More US oil! Not much else to say here, except that half a million barrels of oil a day is a LOT.

Gas prices

Don't look now, but I think the gas prices have peaked and fallen for the summer. I filled up on friday for $2.49, and the price of crude has fallen to around $68.

And with just a few dollar drop in the price of a barrel, we have a disproportionate drop in the price of a gallon of gas. So, the oil companies aren't evil? Amazing.

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Path to 9/11

September 10 and 11: ABC will be showing a documentary on September 11, 2001, and the events leading up to it. Apparently, it will have an acurrate representation of the Clinton administration, and its intentional ignorance of Al-Queda prior to 9/11.

I'll be watching.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Global Warming predictions change.

The Austrelian: (Great read in and of itself)
"For the first time, scientists are confident enough to project a 3C rise on the average global daily temperature by the end of this century if no action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The Draft Fourth Assessment Report says the temperature increase could be contained to 2C by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are held at current levels."

94 years from now, we can say with supream confedence, that it will be, on average, a whole whopping 3 degrees celcius hotter. Well, hum dinger. I guess we had better start digging our graves now, calamity is upon us!! If we take action, the most we can do is only make it change 2 degrees, or 1 degree of difference in 100 years.

One more thing: With just a few years of documentable reserch behind them, how can these scientists predict what will happen in 100 years? Heck, they couldn't even predict where Ernesto was going, or a weather forcast for 2 weeks out.

And the reaction to this by Treehugger groups?
"Australian Conservation Foundation energy program manager Erwin Jackson said theprojections required an urgent and immediate response from the federal Government to drive accelerated investment in low-emissions technology in Australia.

"Every day we delay taking action, the problem gets worse," Mr Jackson said.

"The Government keeps throwing up the costs of action but totally ignores the costs of inaction.

"No one ever said that saving the planet would cost nothing - that's the bottom line.""

Despite the fact that we as humans can do little or nothing to alter the course of the planets climate cycles, we still must take action now!

And the reality of this situation?
"A recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics report on the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions estimated Australians would incur a fall in real wages of about 20 per cent if the nation was to unilaterally cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. "

Yeah. 25% unemployment, and entering a depression, thats exactly what this world needs inorder to survive. Ya know, people might just starve to death before they even reach the point of higher temps.

Lets just stick with what we're doing, and life will be better for all involved.

Friday, September 01, 2006

US Unemployment rate Drops

Story: "The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday, was a bit brighter than expected and should ease any fears that the expansion that began in late 2001 is in danger of fizzling out.

The tally of new jobs last month was slightly stronger than the 125,000 that economists were forecasting. The nation's unemployment rate dropped down a notch from a five-month high of 4.8 percent in July. Job gains for June and July also turned out to be better than previously estimated. In June, employers boosted payrolls by 134,000 positions and in July they added another 121,000.

4.7%? Thats Astounding. 95.3% of all Americans in the work force are employed.

The muslim nazis with enriched uranium.

Story: "The International Atomic Energy Agency told the U.N. Security Council its inspectors have found new traces of enriched uranium in Iran.

The discovery marked the third instance that highly enriched uranium was found at an Iranian facility, but the IAEA said the nuclear fingerprint on the new discovery does not match that found on earlier samples, which the agency had concluded came from contaminated equipment from Pakistan, The New York Times reported Friday.

The 6-page IAEA report did not identify where the uranium might have originated or whether it was connected to a secret nuclear program in Iran. The country has insisted that its nuclear program is aimed only at producing energy, a task that would use uranium enriched at much lower levels than that found by the IAEA inspectors."

Yeah. And thats how well diplomatic solutions work with evil. You don't negotiated with the muslim nazis, you destroy their evil. Europe needs to stiffen its spine, and redisover that history of warfare. With the exception of the UK, Euope has become a breeding ground of panzies, who refuse to take action against one of the greatest threats in the world.