Thursday, March 29, 2007
"What you can't do is end up negotiating over hostages; end up saying there's some quid pro quo or tit for tat; that's not acceptable," he said. "
Ah, there is the spine of the British I've been looking for. Blair is right, you do not negotiate with evil.
As for further measures, it is definitely time for military action. The kidnapping happened 6 days ago, and all we have had is weak diplomatic standoffs.
The Iranian official also backed off a prediction that the female sailor, Faye Turney, could be freed Wednesday or Thursday, but said Tehran agreed to allow British officials to meet with the detainees.
Mottaki said that if the alleged entry into Iranian waters was a mistake "this can be solved. But they have to show that it was a mistake. That will help us to end this issue.""
Is that what this is all about? Iranian pride, and not wanting to admit they made a mistake? So they take some sailors captive by accident, and then hold them until Britian admits they made a mistake, contrary to all evidence?
I think we should have already pounded their shoreline and oil wells beyond recognition. Letting this kind of evil have free reign over the rest of the world is unbearable.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than 100 U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes."
Overall, the exercises involve more than 10,000 U.S. personnel on warships and aircraft making simulated attacks on enemy shipping with aircraft and ships, hunting enemy submarines and finding mines.
"What it should be seen as by Iran or anyone else is that it's for regional stability and security," Aandahl said. "These ships are just another demonstration of that. If there's a destabilizing effect, it's Iran's behavior.""
No, these are not intended to rattle Iran, not at all. *whistles*
Also interesting to note in this article: There is a French Naval presence in the area.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Richard Elizalda, a 10-year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, worked at the world's busiest border crossing, the San Ysidro Port of Entry between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego. Investigators said he sent text messages directing smugglers to his inspection lane, then waved their vehicles through.
In return, he received as much as $1,000 for each immigrant, totaling $120,000 in cash starting in 2004.
"This is a terrible thing that you did," U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns said. "You're one of the gatekeepers of the safety and security of the United States and you abdicated that role." "
Glad they caught him.
There is definatly a major problem with our fiscal policy, and the blame lies squarely with both parties, as the Republicans and the Democrats are in a race to spend the most.
Look at this in another way: The poor put $1 in the system, and get an 821% return on the dollar. And we're not doing enough?
Likewise, why are we even supporting middle-income? They don't need the welfare money.
And why is it the rich are being squeezed here? Just because they're rich, and its not fair that they have more money?
The government is far, far to large. The Department of Education needs to go, as does Medicare, along with Social Security. And then a flat tax.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
The fisherman, the same one who said he witnessed the sailors being detained several hours before it was confirmed by the British government, said the line between Iranian and Iraqi waters was not marked by buoys but was well known.
“We’ve been working in this job for many years and because of our experience we can distinguish which is the Iraqi and which is Iranian side,” he said, adding that Iraqi boats never venture across because of tight security by Iranian coastguards.
He said the ship the British forces were searching was among several that had been anchored for a week or more, waiting to unload or take on cargo at an Iraqi port. “The ship was in Iraqi waters,” said the fisherman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns."
Ah, so let us see the number of grievances against Iran right now:
1. British Sailors, Marines taken at gunpoint into Iranian Prison.
2. This occurred in Iraqi waters.
3. Trial for espionage and spying, although they were clearly uniformed and inspecting ships for smuggling.
4. The allegation that Briton is for some reason attempting to violate Iranian waters, which is clearly false, as both Satellite and and eyewitnesses show.
And so this brings us to a key question: What would Margaret Thatcher do?
Remember the Falklands? Or how about this,
"I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air."
We shall see the reaction. If I was in charge, I would have declared war on Iran around 8pm last night, and if I was in charge of the US, I would soon be declaring war on Iran with the UK.
The only way to defeat evil is by destroying it, you do not negotiate with it. Did we negotiate with Hitler or the Japs in WWII? No, we destroyed them.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Referring to them as “insurgents”, the site concluded: “If it is proven that they deliberately entered Iranian territory, they will be charged with espionage. If that is proven, they can expect a very serious penalty since according to Iranian law, espionage is one of the most serious offence
The penalty for espionage in Iran is death."
Ah, suprise. The muslims in Iran want to execute the British. I'm sure after a fair and balanced trial, with a proper appeal process, the men will be set free.
Oh wait. This is not the Justice loving United States of America.
This is Iran. There will be a nice, short, 'trial' in which these guys will basically be swept under a bus, and then killed.
How strange would it be, if we went to war with Iran? It would not be for their nukes, nor for their repeated declarations of hostility against Isreal and all things western, but because some of their military acted stupid, and because of their pride, they couldn't appoligize and return them.
But here is another reason for this evil kidnapping:
"Al-Sharq al-Awsat, a Saudi-owned newspaper based in London, quoted an Iranian military source as saying that the aim was to trade the Royal Marines and sailors for these Guards.
The claim was backed by other sources in Tehran. “As soon as the corps’s five members are released, the Britons can go home,” said one source close to the Guards.
He said the tactic had been approved by Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, who warned last week that Tehran would take “illegal actions” if necessary to maintain its right to develop a nuclear programme."
Its a simple hostage situation, but its a nation behind it this time. I do hope the UK will not negotiate with them about this.
Just over an hour later, Bush appeared at the White House alongside veterans and family members of troops to accuse Democrats of staging nothing more than political theater that delays the delivery of resources to soldiers fighting in Iraq. If the spending bill is not approved and signed into law by April 15, Bush said troops and their families "will face significant disruptions."
"A narrow majority in the House of Representatives abdicated its responsibility by passing a war spending bill that has no chance of becoming law and brings us no closer to getting the troops the resoures they need to do their job," the president said. "These Democrats believe that the longer they can delay funding for our troops, the more likely they are to force me to accept restrictions on our commanders, an artificial timetable for withdrawal and their pet spending projects. This is not going to happen."
A timeline to withdraw... Total and complete defeat is what the democrats have invested their political future in.
I completely support the vetoing of this bill by Bush, its about time he used that pen.
Efforts are continuing to secure the release of the 15 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines seized by Iranian patrol boats off the coast of Iraq.
Britain has been plunged into a potentially dangerous new diplomatic crisis after the boarding party was seized at gunpoint on Friday.
The naval boarding party, from the Type 22 frigate HMS Cornwall, was taken at gunpoint by the Iranians after carrying out a routine search of a large cargo dhow which they suspected of smuggling in the northern Persian Gulf.
The group of eight sailors and seven Marines is believed to include at least one woman.
HMS Cornwall is currently the flagship of the joint coalition-Iraqi Combined Task Force 158 responsible for patrolling Iraqi territorial waters in the northern Gulf."
Rather then admitting they made a mistake and releasing the prisoners, Iran has decided to take them to the capitol, for questioning.
Amajeijad has to be involved now, but is it any suprise, with that countries hatred of the west, of freedom, and of anything that is not muslim, that these people were taken?
Friday, March 23, 2007
Mohammed Ali Hosseini, the spokesman, told Iranian state television that the trip was scrapped because of "America's obstruction in issuing visas" to the Iranian delegation that was to travel to New York.
A diplomat on the Security Council said Ahmadinejad would instead send his deputy foreign minister Saturday to address the Security Council before the vote. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because there had not been an official announcement.
But Daniel Wendell, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland said Ahmadinejad's and other Iranian officials' passports had been handed over in Bern on Friday. Another 31 other passports for support staff were to ready later in the day. The passports would then be taken by courier to Tehran in time for the Iranians to fly to New York."
Hot on the heels of another Iranian taking the British Sailors hostage, Ahmadinejad decides not to go to the UN security council and argue his case.
Because right now, the United Kingdom has every reason to go to war with Iran.
Just like we did with China when they took our plan hostage back in the 90s.
Story: "Fifteen British Navy personnel have been captured at gunpoint by Iranian forces, the Ministry of Defence says. The men were seized at 1030 local time when they boarded a boat in the Gulf, off the coast of Iraq, which they suspected was smuggling cars.
The Royal Navy said it was doing everything it could to secure the release of the sailors and marines who are based on HMS Cornwall. They were said to be carrying out a routine patrol in Iraqi waters.
The Ministry of Defence said: "The group boarding party had completed a successful inspection of a merchant ship when they and their two boats were surrounded and escorted by Iranian vessels into Iranian territorial waters.
"We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level. "The British government is demanding the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment."
We went to war back in 1812 because our sailors were being pressed into duty by the english. This is defiantly cause for war with Iran.
And not just for this reason, but for the continued hatred of the west, and for being a haven of Terrorism. This nation is, after part 2 of the Axis of Evil.
I hope the sailors are safe, but this is well neigh a declaration of War on Irans part.
Of the 1,600 cases registered since 1954, nearly 25 percent are classified as "type D", meaning that "despite good or very good data and credible witnesses, we are confronted with something we can't explain," Patenet said.
On January 8, 1981 outside the town of Trans-en-Provence in southern France, for example, a man working in a field reported hearing a strange whistling sound and seeing a saucer-like object about 2.5 meters (eight feet) in diameter land in his field about 50 meters (yards) away.
A dull-zinc grey, the saucer took off, he told police, almost immediately, leaving burn marks. Investigators took photos, and then collected and analyzed samples, and to this day no satisfactory explanation has been made."
This is good news, and I applaud France for opening up its records on this subject.
Unfortunately, the website is down right now, or I'd be looking for some stories right now. :D
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Throughout the session, which began on Monday, North Korea avoided discussing a February deal to shut its main nuclear reactor by mid-April, demanding that $25 million at Macau's Banco Delta Asia first be transferred to a bank in Beijing.
North Korean envoy Kim Kye-gwan left for home suddenly on Thursday without talking to reporters, but a North Korean government source in Beijing said: "Our delegation went home because there was no progress on the promised transfer of the funds.""
Well, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea, ya'll have a problem on your hands. North Korea is not going to give up their nuclear weapons for any amount of money or aide. Clinton's negotiations failed miserably, so why are we continuing on this course?
I say we withdraw all of our Forign aide to North Korea, and see how long they last.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The bill passed a second reading Wednesday. A third, usually formality third reading will take place later.
If this bill is passed, it would be the first of its kind in the nation.
Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester and York Counties), is the bill's key sponsor. "I'm just trying to save lives and protect people from regret and inform women with the most accurate non-judgemental information that can be provided," he says."
Sounds like a good idea to me.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The ultimatum was delivered in Moscow last week by Igor Ivanov, Russia’s Security Council Secretary, to Ali Hosseini Tash, Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a confidential diplomatic exchange between two governments was involved.
For years, President Bush has been pressing President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to cut off help to Iran on the nuclear reactor, which is Tehran’s first serious effort to produce nuclear energy and has been highly profitable for Russia. But Mr. Putin has resisted.
Recently, however, Moscow and Tehran have been engaged in a public argument about whether Iran has paid its bills, in a dispute that may explain Russia’s apparent shift. The ultimatum may also reflect Moscow’s increasing displeasure and frustration with Iran over its refusal to stop enriching uranium at its vast facility at Natanz.
“We’re not sure what mix of commercial and political motives are at play here,” one senior Bush administration official said in Washington. “But clearly the Russians and the Iranians are getting on each other’s nerves — and that’s not all bad.”
Iran wont' pay Russia, so Russia won't give them the nuclear material. Once again, capitalism saves the day. :D
This is good news though, because the Russians were the main 'old' nation supporting Iran. Unfortunately, I think Iran is far enough along that this may only hinder their efforts for a nuke temporarily.
"The Bushehr nuclear project has a long history. For more than a decade, Russia has been working under a $1 billion contract to complete the ambitious project, which was begun with Germany during the time of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. After the 1979 Iranian revolution, the project was halted; then the site was bombed by Iraq during its eight-year war with Iran. When Iran decided to complete the facility after the war ended, Germany, under pressure from the United States, refused to finish the project or even provide Moscow with the original blueprints.
The project — already eight years behind schedule — is now almost complete. Last year, Russia agreed to ship low-enriched fuel to the plant in southern Iran by March 2007 and open the facility in September, with electricity generation to start by November.
But in mid-February, Russia contended that Iran had not made the two last $25 million monthly payments, after insisting that it be allowed to pay in euros instead of dollars. Russian officials also cited a delay in the delivery of safety equipment from an unspecified third country as a secondary reason for the decision."I shudder to think of what shape our world may be in if this project had stayed on schedule. A nuke for 9/11, perhaps?
Monday, March 19, 2007
The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week.
One in four Iraqis has had a family member murdered, says the poll by Opinion Research Business. In Baghdad, the capital, one in four has had a relative kidnapped and one in three said members of their family had fled abroad. But when asked whether they preferred life under Saddam, the dictator who was executed last December, or under Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, most replied that things were better for them today.
Only 27% think there is a civil war in Iraq, compared with 61% who do not, according to the survey carried out last month."
This coincides with the 80% reduction in violence after the surge. We're winning a war over there, and destroying terrorists, spreading freedom, and stabilizing a region.
And of course, this life is far better then a life under Saddam.
I am really getting sick of hearing, both from Conservatives and Liberals, that we are loosing this war. We are winning the war against terrorism. Or perhaps you haven't noticed, we have not had a major, cooperative terrorist strike against this nation since the Bush Doctrine was enacted.
We have been struck, by lunatics screaming Jihad and running over pedestrians with SUVs, and a Muslim with a Shotgun in a shopping mall. But these are indies with out coop oration.
What we have stopped is the strikes like the Kobar towers, the USS Cole, and 9/11.
And in Iraq, we have one of the most successful military invasion in history, where we were welcomed as visitors. Since that time, in a country that has been without freedom for centuries, we have a functioning democracy with 3 elections under its belt.
This is nothing short of amazing.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Major General William Caldwell, US military spokesman, meanwhile said: “Murders and executions have come down by over 50 per cent [in Baghdad].”
He acknowledged there had been a slight climb in the number killed in the last seven days, but not as much as at the equivalent point in the cycle of previous Baghdad security plans. “This past week is normally the week in which the number of murders goes back to their previous levels,” he said."
Whats this? The United States army is destroying the terrorists? Amazing.
And whats more, only 2 of the 5 brigades are in place. More on the way.
Bush knows what he's doing here, and pulling out is not the solution.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery, which he said was also immoral, the newspaper reported on its Web site.
"I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace told the newspaper in a wide-ranging interview."
Well, this looks like its going to be an issue.
I say God Bless you General Pace, for sticking to your guns and saying the truth. This is leadership, and our world desperately needs that.
Watch, in the next 2-3 weeks, he will under go quite a few hatchet jobs by the media, but I have a hunch he will stick by his morals.
According to Diskin, "the training in Iran is of high quality, and lasts several months," Hendel added.
Diskin also said that "an unprecedented quantity of weapons was smuggled into the Gaza Strip during 2006, including 31 tonnes of explosives."
The statements came amid growing calls in Israel to launch a new military operation in the Gaza Strip to counter the reported arming of militant groups and to stem the rocket fire into the Jewish state. "
Muslim nazis are at war with Isreal. Of course Iran is training Hamas, and of course Hamas is going to break the peace treaty. What the liberal administration of isreal does not understand about this, I don't know.
The nazis have been, and always will be, liars with the sole focus of destroying freedom.
And most unfortunatly, the strength of this country to fight is wanning, not because our military is weak, but because the resolve of the homeland is crumbling, lead by those on the far left, and now, the majority of the democrat party.
Monday, March 12, 2007
After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday, the group marched through the Presidio and arrived at Pelosi's Pacific Heights home around four o'clock in the afternoon."
Wierd... First, they campagined to get her elected. Now, with hardly even a month gone by, they are protesting Pelosi to take even more radical action on behalf of the terrorists.
I'm glad they are not in a position to make anything meaningfull happen in our government.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Federal, state and local law-enforcement officials from Texas to California, concerned about the impact of illegally imported weapons into Mexico, say they already are outmanned and outgunned by ruthless gangs that collect millions of dollars in profits by smuggling aliens and drugs into this country.
"These gangs have the weapons and the will to protect their lucrative cargoes," said Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr., the sheriff of Zapata County, Texas, who founded and served as the first president of the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition. "With automatic weapons, grenades and grenade launchers, they pose a significant danger." "
The mexican border isn't a problem? Not only do we have a massive stream of illegal immigrants flowing across the desert, but these guys with assutl rifles bringing in enormous quantities of narcotics. Now, if both of those groups can get in, what the heck is going to keep terrorists from coming in with them?
Its time to lock down the border, and allow the national gaurd to shoot back at these clowns, rather then having to retreat from the criminals.
Yup, this is definatly a warming trend.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, mobile-phone operators and Internet service providers, identifying them as government-approved sources of information if they adhere to certain rules. The journalists’ organization Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for a free press, has warned that such a system could lead to excessive self censorship as organizations worried about losing their certification suppress certain stories. "
Making it illegal to post self-documented crimes? Just what the heck defines a 'professional journalist?'
This scares me on two levels.
1. Liberals in this country love to copy the french. How long will it be until we have this as an issue in the US? 5 years?
2. A free speech issue, not just for me as a person, but as a blogger. If I can get fined for telling the truth, then political/news blogs are doomed as we know them.
France continues on its slide towards communism, and this is yet another step.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Importing or hiring the weapons could also be made illegal following a string of samurai sword attacks in recent years.
Breaching the ban, which is targeted at cheap imitation samurai swords rather than the more expensive genuine collectors' items made by licensed swordsmiths in Japan, would result in up to six months in jail and a £5,000 fine.
According to Home Office estimates, there have been at least 80 serious crimes involving the swords in England and Wales over the last four years. "
80 attacks in 4 years? And that deserves a ban? I would almost think this was a hoax, but the telegraph isn't exactly known for its humor section.
First, the guns are essentially taken away from the law abiding people, and the crime rate skyrockets. The answer? Take their swords.
Liberals never learn.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word "faggot," so I — so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards."
Members of the audience seemed startled, then many clapped, and she proceeded to open the floor to questions, reported EditorandPublisher.com
After her comments, Dean issued a press release expressing his outrage. Dean called Coulter’s remarks "hate-filled and bigoted."
“While Democrats and Republicans may disagree on the issues, we should all be able to agree that this kind of vile rhetoric is out of bounds. The American people want a serious, thoughtful debate of the issues,” the press release read."
If you choose to watch it, click here.
Huh... Well, if that is hateful, then what the heck is this?
""The Catholic church is not about to let something like compassion for girls get in the way of using the state as an instrument to force women to bear more tithing Catholics.""
""What don't you lousy motherf——ers understand about keeping your noses out of our britches, our beds and our families?""
(for more of these comments, that I have elected not to post due to their vile nature, visit here.)
Those are comments made by Edward's campaign staff, hateful, wrong, and liberal. And yet, Mr. Dean is woefully absent in decrying this as 'hate speech'. Rather, he had no comment on this issue.
Yet another notch on Dean, but I think we already knew he was a hypocrite, and a far left liberal.