Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said initial estimates based on intelligence sources on the ground indicated that the attack killed about 80 suspected militants, who appeared to be in their 20s and were from Pakistan and other countries."
I like how they did this, unilaterally destroying 80 potiental terrorists, who were training in a elementary school, by the way.
And Pakistan isn't our ally? Please.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Ok, so I haven't been camping in many many moons, so this was a great chance for me to recharge and have some fun.
I was in a group of 6, and we treked 5 miles on friday afternoon, made camp, and then slept. Saturday morning, we took off and hiked 8 miles to another marina, and because one our crew members had a sprained ankle, we caught a pontoon boat back to the camp, or as close as we could get, which was 5 miles. So, after the 13 miles on saturday, we had to wake up really early sunday to rendevous with the other group at 9am.
The Daylight savings time was a welcome change, because we got extra sleep on a night we needed it most.
And trying to find who won Game 5 of the World Series was a chore. I had to ask 6 people before I found out on Sunday morning that the St. Louis Cardinals are the World Champions of Baseball.
All in all, it was the most fun I've had camping in a really long time, and I'm ready to plow back into school and work, because I'm starting a job today.
Friday, October 27, 2006
In a Ramadam sermon in a Sydney mosque, Sheik al-Hilali suggested that a group of Muslim men recently jailed for many years for gang rapes were not entirely to blame.
There were women, he said, who 'sway suggestively' and wore make-up and immodest dress "and then you get a judge without mercy and gives you 65 years. But the problem, but the problem all began with who?" he said, referring to the women victims.
The uncovered meat is the problem."
He went on: "If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab (veil), no problem would have occurred."
Women, he said, were 'weapons' used by Satan to control men."
Ok, this cleric is crazy. Its not the men who raped the wormes fault, its her fault for walking in public without being covered from head to toe in cloth, and walking with her head bowed submissivly along the side of the street. If she hadn't gone outside, then she would have been safe, because you can't blame the men for assulting and violating her.
And perhaps, fundamentally, this is one of the reasons we have a large culture clash taking place.
Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance side note:
Sorry for the lack of posts recently, some of my scholarly pursuits are beginning to catch up with me. This weekend won't be different, as I'll be treking in the wilderness with a backpack and some friends. I should be back by sunday evening.
God bless your endevours over the weekend, and contine ue to push back the frontiers of ignorance.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Freedom people, its what propels our economy. Keep the republicans in office, and we'll be seeing more numbers like these.
Moving right along...
Monday, October 23, 2006
A series of bombs also ripped through a Baghdad market and bakery packed with holiday shoppers, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens, police said. The attack came a day after a massive bicycle-bomb and mortar attack on an outdoor market killed 19 and wounded scores in Mahmoudiyah, just south of the capital.
The Iraqi Islamic Party issued a statement blaming Shiite militiamen for the attack in Mahmoudiyah, 20 miles south of Baghdad. The Sunni organization claimed Shiite militiamen had killed 1,000 residents in the town since the start of the year."
Ok, can we stop calling them 'insurgents'? They are officially terrorists and criminals now, killing police officers and innocent, islamic, Iraqi civilains.
Is this what islam teaches? Reckless killing across a nation, with no discrimination as to the target?
To emphasize this point:
"Sunday's killings raised to at least 950 the number of Iraqis who have died in war-related violence this month, an average of more than 40 a day. The toll is on course to make October the deadliest month for Iraqis since April 2005, when The Associated Press began tracking the deaths.
Until this month, the daily average had been about 27. The AP count includes civilians, government officials and police and security forces, and is considered a minimum based on AP reporting. The actual number is likely higher, as many killings go unreported. "
And in the likely event you didn't know this, because I didn't, this last month has been Ramadan for muslims. Interesting that the killings of other muslims has doubled in the most religious month of the year for Islam.
And yet, through this entire month, we have not read or heard the outrage coming from the 'peaceful' section of the middle east, they just turn a blind eye to the situation, or in the case of Iran, aggrivate it with the spewing of hatred of the 'two satans', Isreal and the United States.
We're at war people.
Friday, October 20, 2006
WHAT IN TARNATION???
A group of third graders, in Texas, being taught about how to celebrate the independance day of MEXICO??? What is wrong with you people? The mexican independance went from a monarchy to a dictatorship, as we're supposed to celebrate that??? And this is a groupd of students being told to say the pledge, to the flag of a FORIGN NATION, in a Federal School???
This is so wrong, I cannot begin to describe how appaling this is to me.
He said he was in a group of detainees who thought they were being taken to another detention center during the military offensive that Saddam's government waged against the Kurds in northern Iraq in 1988.
"It was dark when they brought a group of people (prisoners) in front of the vehicle. The drivers got out of our vehicles and turned on the headlights."
He said some prisoners tried to snatch an automatic rifle from one of their guards, but the prisoners failed to grab the gun because "we were so weak."
He said soldiers opened fire, spraying the prisoners with bullets.
"I ran and fell into a ditch. It was full of bodies. I fell on a body. It was still alive. It was his last breath," he said.
He was lightly wounded. He took off his clothes in the ditch, thinking he was more likely to blend into the color of the sand if he were naked. He then began running again.
"As I was running, I saw many pits, I saw many mounds, and I saw lots of people who had been shot," he said. "The desert was full of mounds that had people buried underneath."
...He said a detainee who was a doctor was taken away and never seen again. The guards assaulted a man with a beard.
"They broke two of his teeth because he had a beard," he said. "They told him 'if you don't take this beard off by tomorrow morning, you will be executed'.""
This is what we stopped.
In other news, this is the 600th post in the history of Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance, and we're looking forward to another 600 posts with ya'll.
Monday, October 16, 2006
After his conviction, Rahman's followers threatened a series of terrorist attacks against American targets unless he were released. In 1998, the U.S. government reportedly had intelligence that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were plotting to hijack aircraft in the United States in order to demand freedom for Rahman and other convicted terrorists.
Because of those threats, the government issued a special order that the imprisoned Rahman not be allowed to communicate with his followers, to prevent his inciting them to further violence. He was allowed to communicate only with his wife and with his lawyers, who were not allowed to relay his wishes to his followers.
Stewart promised to abide by those rules. But at her trial, the government produced evidence showing that Stewart and two codefendants on a number of occasions used their privileged access to Rahman to help transmit Rahman's orders to his followers in the Islamic Group.
On February 10, Stewart was convicted on two counts of providing material aid to terrorists and three counts of lying to federal investigators. She is planning to appeal.
Before the verdict, officials of the Open Society Institute characterized Stewart's work as that of a "human rights defender." In an October 2004 speech in Norway, Gara LaMarche, head of OSI programs in the United States, said, "The right to counsel, and its erosion in the United States since September 11, strikes with particular force at the role of human rights defenders. One troubling trend has been the arrest and prosecution of lawyers and other defenders as 'material witnesses' to terrorism. These include Lynne Stewart, attorney for Sheik Abdel Rahman..."
So basically, this woman compleatly violated the justice system, and brought a terrorist back into contact with his islamic breathren, potientally spawning violence around the world. And not just one person, but 3 people. And not just one or two times, but repeatetly.
And she/they gets 28 months. TWENTY-EIGHT MONTHS???? FOR ASSISTING A TERRORIST???
I don't care if she represents him legally, but to put him back in contact with his underlings, so as to plot more terror, is quite simply criminal, almost to the degree of treason.
And to protect this person as a civil rights warrior? This is beyond the pale, even for the left.
I should know better, but even coming from the moveon.org crowd, this is astounding.
Hat tip to Seth Jackson.
I wonder how the UN plans to enforce this 'punishment'. The same way they did with Saddam and Iran?
In that case, nothing will come of this but a broken UN resolution.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
"President Bush took a moment yester day to point with pride at a re election campaign promise kept: He vowed two years ago that his tax cuts would produce enough new revenue to cut the federal deficit by half in five years, and the latest figures show they've done just that - three years early.
It now stands at $247.7 billion - down from $520 billion in 2004.
And it's continuing to drop.
"These budget numbers are proof that pro-growth economic policies work," Bush said.
You'd think that Democrats - they are patriotic Americans, after all - would revel in the good news. Ha!
"Only a president with such a historically bad economic record would be this excited about a $248 billion deficit," said Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney. "Under his watch . . . record surpluses turned into record deficits as far as the eye can see."
A recession was already under way when Bush took office in 2001, and 9/11 severely damaged the economy (especially in New York).
But then came the tax cuts - and swiftly the economy was growing at a 4 percent annual clip.
Some 6.6 million new jobs were created since 2003 - and unemployment has practically hit rock bottom. "
The article is a great read, and I would recomend it.
But think about it. In 2 years, the Republican House, Senate and White House have cut the deficit by more then 50%, and if they get a check on spending, we can have a non-debted federal government.
One can dream.
Barot, 34, admitted one count of conspiracy to murder at a high-security hearing at Woolwich Crown Court, southeast of the city. Flanked by armed police guards, Barot told the court ``I plead guilty.''
Barot was arrested with a group of men in Britain in August 2004 and has since been held at Belmarsh prison, adjacent to Woolwich Crown Court. "
Glad they stopped him. I wonder how many 'patriot act' survalence techniques were used to catch this guy. Wouldn't be suprised if quite a few were used, and these are prescisely the kind of things the Democrats try to stall or stop in the Senate. And thats why they are considered weak on terror.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Luis Ernesto Derbez told reporters in Paris, his first stop on a European tour, that a legal investigation was under way to determine whether Mexico has a case.
The Mexican government last week sent a diplomatic note to Washington criticizing the plan for 700 miles of new fencing along the border. President-elect Felipe Calderon also denounced the plan, but said it was a bilateral issue that should not be put before the international community.
Derbez said Monday after meeting with French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy that it was a "shame" U.S. immigration policy had been used for what he claimed was a short-term political gain in the lead-up to midterm elections in the U.S. in November."
Weird. Mexico seems not to care about keeping their citizens, rather then loosing them to another nation. Although, since they are illegal in the US, what has Mexico got to lose with the status quo?
Mr Rosales will face President Hugo Chavez in December's presidential poll.
The march, which filled the main avenues of the city centre, was the biggest opposition rally Venezuela has seen since early 2004.
Young and old took to the streets to throw their weight behind the campaign of Mr Rosales, a middle-class Social Democrat who governs the state of Zulia, on the Colombian border. "
So apparently it isn't all love in the comunist dictatorship of Venezula. Click on the article, and look at the picture. This was at least as big as the Criminal protestings in LA and Dallas.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
“Theologian David Ray Griffin, Professor emeritus at Claremont School of Theology, has written a book arguing that President Bush committed the 9/11 attacks. In his words, “9/11 was a ‘false-flag’ attack, orchestrated by forces within the U.S. government who made it appear to be the work of Arab Muslims. According to Griffin’s [book], the alleged terrorists who hijacked those planes were not really Muslims, were not on the planes, and are still alive. Osama bin Laden is a “legend,” whom Griffin variously describes as a CIA agent or a framed innocent.
The Osama bin Laden who took credit for the attacks is an American-sponsored Osama impersonator. The planes, according to this theologian, did not bring the buildings down. That was done by demolition charges set by President Bush and his minions… Griffin’s argument is full of “could haves” and “would haves.” For example, he says that the Secret Service would not have allowed the president to finish reading that picture book to the schoolchildren if the United States was really under attack. Therefore, they knew that the president was not in any kind of danger. Therefore, the Secret Service and the president were all in on it.
Griffin ignores the big picture and the obvious questions. So what is his explanation of those planes flying into those buildings, as recorded on tape and seen by millions? If the terrorists didn’t do it, who did? Does he think the Secret Service has suicide brigades? And why do the jihadists to this day proclaim 9/11 as a great victory if they had nothing to do with it? And what of all the other terrorist attacks since 9/11? Did Tony Blair blow up the London subways?
Did Australian president John Howard bomb the Bali nightclub? Does he think the Israelis really run Hizbolla? Or did President Bush plan these, too? [Why] did President Bush do all of these nefarious deeds? According to Griffin, the plot was launched so that the United States… [could] establish [a world empire].
But this is not the biggest conspiracy Griffin claims. The second half of his book maintains that the message of Jesus was really ‘anti-Empire,’ something obscured by the conspirators who wrote the Bible. Griffin… says the doctrine of God’s omnipotence is also to blame.”
How could anyone believe a tale like this? It is beyond my own comprehension, yet I’ve seen it even in my own family. I rate this one right up there with “remote viewing” (if you haven’t heard of that one, you aren’t missing anything).
Not only is it incredible that anyone could write a book describing events in that manner, but also that someone could publish it (Westminster John Knox Press USA). And then for Griffin to say that fundamental Christian beliefs are also behind it – when a religion blatantly hostile to Christianity is the real culprit – it shows how far off the deep end he, as a scholar, has gone.
Article source: “Nutty Professor”, World Magazine.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."
Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.
Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds — "I hope with a veto-proof majority,"
...To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above "a certain level." She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized.
"We believe in the marketplace," Pelosi said of Democrats, then drew a contrast with Republicans. "They have only rewarded wealth, not work."
"We must share the benefits of our wealth" beyond the privileged few, she added"
The similarities to the communist rhetoric is astounding. But it is the modern liberal party.
So, they support the market place, but wish to raise the minimum wage, meaning more people won't be able to have a job.
Tax the succesful and those who pay for those jobs, because somehow, taxing them makes me feel better.
Kill more children with scientific reaserch, because you know, thats one of the winning issues in this election cycle.
Raise medicare and lower the interest rate on loans... More spending.
Enact the recomendations of the flawed Sept. 11 commision... If Nancy Pelosi wants to do that, it should tell us the quality of their opinion.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
``We propose that France create a consortium for the production in Iran of enriched uranium,'' Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's nuclear agency, said in an interview with France Info radio. ``France, through Eurodif and Areva, can monitor our activities in a tangible way.''
The station carried his interview in Farsi with a French voiceover.
Iran ignored an Aug. 31 deadline set by the United Nations Security Council to freeze uranium enrichment or face the possibility of sanctions, prompting the U.S. to seek support for imposing penalties.
The U.S. alleges the work is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. The Iranian government says the program is peaceful and intended for nuclear power stations. "
If the french accept this, and begin building the nuclear material for the Islamic Nazis, then they will forever be in the 'enemy' list for me. If they're thinking clear headed, they should say "No, we're not going to build a bomb for you that will lead to the death of millions of innocents". However, in the diplomatic interests of the world, they will probably accept.
Iran, and with it, North Korea and Terrorism, are the biggest outside threats we face today. China and Global warming? Please... Illegal immigration and federal spending? Those are the domestic threats we should be worried about, not hunting accedents.
Monday, October 02, 2006
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly backed a bill on Friday to put up about 700 miles of fence, a project Republicans hope will impress voters calling for tougher immigration control ahead of November 7 congressional elections.
"The Mexican government strongly opposes the building of walls in the border area between Mexico and the United States," President Vicente Fox's spokesman Ruben Aguilar told reporters.
"This decision hurts bilateral relations, goes against the spirit of cooperation needed to guarantee security on the common border, creates a climate of tension in border communities," he said.
Mexicans are livid about the fence plan, which is seen as a slap in the face to efforts during Fox's near-completed six-year term to come to an agreement with Washington on immigration.
President-elect Felipe Calderon, who takes office December 1, also has lambasted the fence plan
Hardly suprising Mexico doesn't like the fence. After 20 years of freely, and illiegally, crossing the southren border, the US is finally doing something to stop this trespassing. I'm sure Bush will sign this bill into law.
Why does mexico like the open border? Illigals work in the US, earn money, and send it back to mexico. The influx of capital helps their economy, while keeping many citizens who would otherwise be turning to domestic crime in the US.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Story: "The cost of curbing the soaring emissions of harmful gases that are blamed for causing global warming has been estimated at $1 trillion by a major study of the cost of climate change.
The volume of emissions of the gases that cause global warming will double by 2050 unless rich countries agree to take significant policy steps to cut energy use, it shows."
Such a stupid idea. If we wanted to melt the earth, we couldn't. Why on earth do liberals think we can stop a natural process, which we do not understand?
Hat tip to Seth Jackson for the link, which I forgot.