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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

John Kerry..Liberal Jackass, Treasonous Slime

"When 80 percent of the people say we want America to withdraw and when 45 percent of the people in the country we're fighting for believe it's OK to kill Americans to help us get there, the president is not dealing with a certain kind of reality that's important to the lives of our troops," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Bush's opponent in the 2004 presidential election.
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This from a gutless wonder, claiming to be a war hero, who admitted to killing innocent Vietnamese and lied to the U.S. Senate as well as the American people. In addition, were it not for another pathetic liberal Jimmy Carter, the treasonous Kerry would have been tried for his war crimes.
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Kerry and his fellow liberals have absolutely no plan on Iraq while President Bush came out with a National Strategy for Victory in Iraq. (Adobe Required) While Kerry and his pals want to cut and run they keep changing their rhetoric to fit the moment, which is criticizing the President and demeaning our brave troops.

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Politicians without Intestinal Fortitude and Virtue

Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn) visited troops in Iraq over Thanksgiving. He published a very positive and favorable report in yesterdays Wall Street Journal. xxx Here is his final paragraph which says alot about our Troops and demonstrates how the left and other politicians are harming the cause of freedom and lack the convictions of their past speeches and votes. xxx

I cannot say enough about the U.S. Army and Marines who are carrying most of the fight for us in Iraq. They are courageous, smart, effective, innovative, very honorable and very proud. After a Thanksgiving meal with a great group of Marines at Camp Fallujah in western Iraq, I asked their commander whether the morale of his troops had been hurt by the growing public dissent in America over the war in Iraq. His answer was insightful, instructive and inspirational: "I would guess that if the opposition and division at home go on a lot longer and get a lot deeper it might have some effect, but, Senator, my Marines are motivated by their devotion to each other and the cause, not by political debates."

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Liberals in Bed with Tyrants

Last week Venezuela announced that its U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum would sell 12 million gallons of home heating oil at a 40% discount to help the poor in Massachusetts. Democrat Mr. Delahunt of Massachusetts announced the deal on the lawn of a beneficiary before Thanksgiving, with Congressman Ed Markey at his side. "This today is about people, it's not about politics," Mr. Delahunt said with a straight face. Massachusetts-based Citizens Energy, run by the Kennedy clan, will be one of the distributors.
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Delahunt has been a long-time supporter of Venezuelan dictator Chavez, whom he claims is a misunderstood humanitarian. Isn't this wonderful, the Kennedy's play a part in the distribution of the oil. No conflict of interest here. Chavez' friends include Fidel Castro, the Iranian mullahs and Colombia's FARC terrorists.
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The Massachusetts "Foreign Policy" goes against the national State Department and Mr. Delahunt claims he doesn't report to Condoleeza Rice. When it comes to national policy Delahunt seems to be acting in a treasonous manner but that isn't new to a state who claims John Kerry. These liberals are against big oil until it comes to their own self-interest.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day?

Ford Motor Company
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Ford Motor Co. Chairman and Chief Executive William Clay Ford Jr. proposed a basket of tax breaks to help the auto industry build hybrids and other alternative-fuel vehicles, as Detroit tries to loosen its dependence on gas-guzzling trucks and sport-utility vehicles.
xxx Mr. Ford's proposals seek to help the domestic auto industry catch its Japanese rivals on production of fuel-efficient vehicles. Among his ideas: requiring local, state and federal governments to buy hybrids and other gasoline-saving vehicles for their fleets, and a tax break to help American manufacturing plants upgrade.
xxx "With the right investments, America and American manufacturing can win," he said in a speech at the National Press Club. "But we can't get there alone."
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The Attic believes if Mr. Ford "fell asleep at the wheel" it's not the obligation of government to bail his company out. Competition is the life blood of a free market society and if Ford can't compete then shame on them. This is also in contrast with Ford's commercial about their commitment to building more efficient vehicles. The ad doesn't mention government subsidies to pay for it.
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Mr. Ford said in his speech. "If we don't adapt to changing markets and shifts in consumer demand, [then] like any business, we deserve to suffer the consequences."
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We would agree, but a fiscally responsible government does not take on the task of subsidizing business under the guise of a Byrd Amendment, which is nothing more than a form of protectionism for American business. If you can't compete on your companies own merits than you do suffer the consequences.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

President Bush Pardons Turkey, Not Press Corps

President Bush pardoned America's national Thanksgiving turkey, sparing it from the Thanksgiving table but Marshmallow and it's backup Yam will be sent to Disneyland and participate as Grand Marshall during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade.
Unfortuately pardons were not offered for the ridiculous White House press corps, including Helen Thomas and NBC's David Gregory who should be sent to Iraq and imbedded with Marines so they may get a "birds eye view" of live action on the ground in the fight against terror.

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Bombs Away! er..uh..Ooops...Sorry About That

LONDON - A civil servant has been charged under Britain's Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that a newspaper said Tuesday suggested that Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded President Bush' name President Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera.
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The Daily Mirror reported that Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar, when he met Blair at the White House on April 16, 2004. The Bush administration has regularly accused Al-Jazeera of being nothing more than a mouthpiece for anti-American sentiments.
xxx The Daily Mirror attributed its information to unidentified sources. One source, said to be in the government, was quoted as saying that the alleged threat was "humorous, not serious," but the newspaper quoted another source as saying that "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair." (What would we do without unidentified sources).
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Al-Jazeera offices in Iraq and Afghanistan' have been hit by U.S. bombs or missiles, but each time the U.S. military said they were not intentionally targeting the broadcaster.
xxx In April 2003, an Al-Jazeera journalist was killed when its Baghdad office was struck during a U.S. bombing campaign. Nabil Khoury, a State Department spokesman in Doha, said the strike was a mistake.
xxx In November 2002, Al-Jazeera's office in Kabul, Afghanistan, was destroyed by a U.S. missile. None of the crew was at the office at the time. U.S. officials said they believed the target was a terrorist site and did not know it was Al-Jazeera's office. (Same thing).
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Sounds like the liberals across the pond are joining the left-wing chorus in the U.S.
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CNN...Unfair & Really Unbalanced

At 11:04:45 AM ET Monday CNN was airing Vice President Dick Cheney's speech live from the American Enterprise Institute in Washington -- when a large black 'X' repeatedly flashed over the vice president's face!
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The 'X' over Cheney's face appeared each time less than a second, creating an odd subliminal effect.
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UPDATE: CNN management has launched an internal investigation into how a giant black 'X' mark appeared over Vice President Dick Cheney's face -- as he delivered a speech from Washington on Monday!
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"We are taking this matter very, very seriously, and I can assure you no one at this network would ever deliberately place an 'X' over the vice president's face," a top CNN source, who asked not to be named at this time, said from New York.
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A well-placed CNN insider claims a control room staffer "laughed" when the image appeared shortly after 11 am.A careful review of the tape now shows a white colored 'X' was also transposed over Cheney's face during the speech, it appeared for less than 1/15 of a second, creating a startling flash effect.
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CNN spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg emails: "We concluded this was a technological malfunction not an issue of operator error. A portion of the switcher experienced a momentary glitch. We obviously regret that it happened and are working on the equipment to ensure it is not repeated."
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A rival network news director asks: "When has an 'X' ever aired on CNN before? Who had the graphic sitting in the key signal? Who generated the 'X'?"
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CNN..Communist News Network, All left-wing bias, All the time!
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Source: Drudge

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Monday, November 21, 2005

PETA...Pro-Animal, Anti-Parent

The bottom-feeders at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have come up with a new way to turn children against their parents: a gruesome comic entitled "Your Daddy Kills Animals," telling kids that fathers who fish are murderers.
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This comes nearly two years after PETA activists, clad in animal suits, began forcing the similarly inspired "Your Mommy Kills Animals" comic into young children's hands.
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Read more about their deplorable behavior in this report, "Your Kids, PETA's Pawns: How the Animal 'Rights' Movement Hurts Children." Equally disgusted, Hook, Line & Sinker editor Karen Wall guts this most recent PETA initiative with a few choice observations, saving her best barbs for anti-fishing coordinator Karin Robertson.
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Kurt Vonnegut Down Under, His Mind Elsewhere

Kurt Vonnegut, author of the 1969 anti-war classic Slaughterhouse Five, made provocative remarks, praising terrorists as "very brave people" and used drug culture slang to describe the "amazing high" suicide bombers must feel before blowing themselves up during an interview in New York for his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of writings critical of US President George W. Bush.
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Discussing his views with The Weekend Australian, Vonnegut said it was "sweet and honourable" to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.
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"They are dying for their own self-respect," he said. "It's a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. It's like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, you're nothing."
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In 2002, Vonnegut was widely criticised for saying there was too much talk about the 9/11 attacks and not enough about "the crooks on Wall Street and in big corporations", whose conduct had been more destructive.
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The following year he wrote that the US was hated around the world "because our corporations have been the principal deliverers and imposers of new technologies and economic schemes that have wrecked the self-respect, the cultures of men, women and children in so many other societies".
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The Attic would like to know if Mr. Vonnegut, in his hatred for corporate America, has donated the millions of dollars on book sales and lived in squalor during his lifetime? And for his disdain for technology, does he blame American innovation for providing suidcide bombers instructions off the Internet on how to make explosive devices meant to kill innocent people?
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Possibly it's like the reporter states in his article....'Vonnegut's latest comments are likely to make many people wonder if old age has finally caught up with a grand old man of American letters.'

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Dead Man Walking

The US ambassador to Iraq said that Al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's days were numbered as US forces kept up the hunt for Iraq's most wanted man following rumors he had been killed.
xxx "His days are numbered. He is going to be ultimately found," Zalmay Khalilzad said. "Either he will be brought to justice or he will die in the battle to capture him but we are getting closer to that goal every day. A lot of coalition forces and experts are working hard on this. It is not a question of whether but when." xxx The Elaph Arab media website reported on Sunday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, may have been killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
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The unconfirmed report claimed that the explosions occurred while coalition forces surrounded the house in which al-Zarqawi was hiding. American and Iraqi forces are looking into the report
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The White House said Sunday that it was "highly unlikely" that the terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was among the dead.
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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Reporting from Iran...A Journey

A fascinating article from FoxNews reporter, Amy Kellogg, on her entrance to Iran and reporting journey.
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"I took the overnight flight from London to Tehran, which arrived at 6:30 in the morning. Iran said it would only grant FOX News one visa. Usually I travel with a producer and a cameraman. This time, I was entirely on my own." Reporter's Notebook: Inside Iran

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Congress Outs Dem Hypocrite's

With the daily photo-ops coming from Democrats pointing fingers, skipping facts and challenging their own previous statements on the war in Iraq and against terrorism, Congress and Republicans put forth a bill to make the opinions balance with a vote.
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The House voted 403-3 to reject a nonbinding resolution offered by the GOP calling for the military to pull out of Iraq. Democrats failed to put their vote where their rhetoric is. Even Representative Murtha (D-PA), who earlier called for immediate withdrawal of our troops, voted against the measure.
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Democrats still couldn't help themselves, continuing with verbal assaults and deranged messages which was simply countered by their "no" votes. On one hand Democrats call Republican's pathetic, amidst their banter for troop withdrawal, on the other they vote against a formal bill to apply their policy of "cut and run" in Iraq.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

John F. Kerry (D-MA)
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"I won't stand for the swift-boating of Jack Murtha," proclaimed Senator Kerry who was reporting for duty to the Senate floor, another foreign land to him. Never missing a chance to pretend to stand up for a colleague, but really shining the spotlight on himself.
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Kerry's sick pathology leads him to include references to military service, although he protested the same war in which he finds himself a hero. One in which in puts himself in for commendations and purple hearts while doctors could not find substantial proof of injuries and commanders could find proof of heroism. This, a man who predicted he would be President, and still holds that possibility for 2008.

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How Do They Hate Us?

MILAN - Playing an Internet video one evening last year, an Egyptian radical living in Milan reveled as the head of an American, Nicholas Berg, was sawed off by his Iraqi captors.
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"Go to hell, enemy of God!" shouted the man, Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, as Mr. Berg's screams were broadcast. "Kill him! Kill him! Yes, like that! Cut his throat properly. Cut his head off! If I had been there, I would have burned him to make him already feel what hell was like. Cut off his head! God is great! God is great!"
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Political Ego's Out of Control

Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) named buildings after THEMSELVES in the Labor-HHS Appropriations conference -- which they oversaw!
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The 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Conference Report (109-300) names two new buildings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after the Chairman, Senator Arlen Specter, and Ranking Democratic Member, Senator Tom Harkin.
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But rule XXI of the House Rules for the 109th Congress states: "6. It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that provides for the designation or redesignation of a public work in honor of an individual then serving as a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or Senator."
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By late Thursday, the conference report went down in flames when the House voted down the request.
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Attic Quote of The Day!

"We are trying to democratize this country so they don't try to kill us. That Iraqis should 'get their freedom' is genuinely good and desirable. But I wish President Bush would say more often that Iraqi democratization is in our raw self-interest. It doesn't much matter to me whether the country we democratize is Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia or Syria. The theory that democracies don't attack other democracies is as strong as such notions get, and what the world most needs now is a new, large Islamic democracy. A democracy, however 'imperfect,' is less likely than an authoritarian state to detonate a nuclear device in someone else's territory."
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~ Daniel Henninger
Deputy Editor
Wall Street Journal

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An Old Message for Current Senators

"We were not strong enough to drive out a half-million American troops, but that wasn't our aim. Our intention was to break the will of the American government to continue the war."
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This quote is from North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap in a 1990 interview. While Democrats continue to accuse President Bush of "misconduct" in his decision to go to war in Iraq, the U.S. military is still fighting because al Qaeda is entertaining their war of terrorism in that country, as well as Jordan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and other parts of the world. xxx Democrat's have very short memories and forget how they voted, authorizing removal of Saddam Hussein and denouncing terrorism. They enjoy using the word "quagmire" a term found when discussing the Vietnam War where short memories are also found. Democrat's forgot who took us into Vietnam with 500,000 ground troops, they enjoy blaming Nixon for their part in that conflict. xxx When politicians promote sending U.S. troops into harms way and decide to back track for political reasons this becomes almost treasonous, sending the wrong message to our soldiers all over the world. Politicians who use their past service records and awards to politicize the battle on terrorism serve no purpose other than calling for a retreat and demoralizing our troops and telling our country we're not unified on the global fight against terrorism.
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In the end Republicans in the Senate such as John Warner and Bill Frist are interfering with the conduct of the war by participating in any kind of rhetoric with their "modified" stance by passing a resolution warning Iraqis they must take over the fight. While Iraqis are being trained daily, their citizens are taking the brunt of the terrorist fight within their mosques, on their streets and around their markets, which are targets of terror.
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Voting for Senate resolutions on how to conduct a war is irresponsible and interferes with the real experts who are on the ground doing the dirty work, following the commanders orders who have the current expertise and birds eye view on how to execute military missions and training. While Iraqi leaders are being assassinated for standing up for democracy the recent resolution does nothing more then aid and abet the enemy because our democratically elected leaders have lost their backbone and resolve.
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The Wall Street Journal points out, "that among the papers discovered along with Saddam two years ago was one saying that the Baathists-turned-terrorists will know they are winning when a candidate for President of the United States calls for withdrawal from Iraq. Saddam and Zarqawi know the real lessons of Vietnam, even if too many Members of Congress do not."

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

When A Picture Matches Words

"It is time for a change in direction," said Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., one of Congress' most hawkish Democrats. "Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region."
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This should make our military feel good about themselves and uplift morale.....for the terrorists!
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Source: FoxNews

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Can Bill and Hillary Agree Not to Agree???

Mickey Kaus examines the Clintons at Slate: Taking Clintonism to the next level! The old Clintonism: One Clinton succeeds in making both sides think he agrees with them. The new Clintonism: One Clinton pitches to one side while the other assuages the other side.
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Example: Hillary carefully maintains her appeal to pro-war voters while her husband denounces the war that she voted for as a "a big mistake." . . . A two-person straddle was needed because Hillary isn't gifted enough a talker to practice the old single-player Clintonism by herself. [Didn't they use this technique before--Bill said he was for "ending welfare as we know it" while liberals were allowed to hope that Marian Wright Edelman's friend Hillary would stop him?--ed True. But you didn't have Bill saying we should reform welfare while Hillary was out in public saying that would be a "big mistake." . . .
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Prediction: The new trick won't work. Hillary will come under added pressure because of her husband's remarks. ... The question is not just "Who has Hillary's ear." It's whether Hillary's ear or Bill's ear is the ear to have.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Now Offering Free Movie Clips of Dem's Lying

We wrote earlier how the Democrat's, attempting to "get" President Bush for going into Iraq and removing Saddam Hussein are contradicting their own words. Now we offer more proof, in living color and sound. Popcorn not included
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Watch It Now!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Now, there are a couple of things that I think are true. First of all, this began not as somebody launching a smear campaign that it actually -- when the story comes out, I'm quite confident we're going to find out that it started kind of as gossip, as chatter, and that somebody learned that Joe Wilson's wife had worked at the CIA and helped him get this job going to Niger to see if there was an Iraq/Niger uranium deal."
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~ Bob Woodward
Washington Post
As quoted on Larry King Live, October 27, 2005

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Attic Knave of The Day!

William Jefferson "Slick Willy" Clinton **
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Former President Bill Clinton told Arab students Wednesday the United States made a "big mistake" when it invaded Iraq, stoking the partisan debate back home over the war.
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Clinton cited the lack of planning for what would happen after Saddam Hussein was overthrown. "It was a big mistake. The American government made several errors ... one of which is how easy it would be to get rid of Saddam and how hard it would be to unite the country."
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This all coming from an anti-Military, impeached ex-President who lied to the American public, doesn't know the meaning of sex but is an admitted adulterer and a draft dodger to boot.
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Talking against civilian and military planners and claiming the country is not united yet Iraqi citizens voted, overwhelmingly, for a constitution and a democratic society. Foreign fighters, terrorist insurgents are the problem, not ordinary Iraqi citizens. Like his left-wing counterpart, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton continues to astound us with his pathetic lack of knowledge of anything diplomatic, military, and especially Presidential.
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Bill Clinton remains America's disgrace! **Who, by the way, did not have sex with that woman, ah...er...Ms. Lewinksi. Yeah Right!

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Anti-Dad Sentiment - Judge Admonished!

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct ruled Nassau County Family Court Judge Richard Lawrence should be admonished for ordering a man locked up for contempt without first warning him he could be sent to jail or allowing him to say anything in his defense.
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During a November 2002 hearing Mark Schulman loudly sighed, fidgeted and on several occasions turned his back to the judge to retrieve personal belongings on a chair behind him.
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The judge believed Schulman's conduct to be disrespectful, and in one instance, Lawrence "gazed at him silently but intently," according to the commission's ruling. Court officers had also warned Schulman to be respectful several times.
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When Schulman sighed again and shook his head, Lawrence ruled him in contempt and sentenced him to five days in jail. Schulman objected, but Lawrence cut him off and raised the sentence to 10 days. Schulman again tried to say something, but the judge upped the jail time to 12 days. Schulman was then handcuffed and arrested.
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"Respondent's failure to adhere to mandated contempt procedures - which he clearly knew about but disregarded - constitutes misconduct warranting public discipline," the commission said. Repeatedly raising the sentence "was a gross abuse of discretion and a substantial overreaction to their efforts to protest his ruling."
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The Attic will note, abuse of discretion is very common in family court and many state commissions have determined this is commonly one-sided against the father. In addition to admonishment we might suggest a little jail time for judges so they may learn respect for fatherhood!
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Thomas Jefferson warned that judges, always eager to expand their own jurisdiction, would "twist and shape" the Constitution "as an artist shapes a ball of wax."
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Source: NY Post

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Democratic Leadership?

Howard Dean - Tim Russert Sunday Interview:
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Tim Russert: What is the Democratic position on Iraq? Should we withdraw troops now? What do the Democrats stand for?
xxx Dean: Tim, first of all, we don't control the House, the Senate or the White House. We have plenty of time to show Americans what our agenda is and we will long before the '06 elections.
xxx Russert: But there's no Democratic plan on Social Security. There's no Democratic plan on the deficit problem. There's no specifics. They say, "Well, we want a strong Social Security. We want to reduce the deficit. We want health care for everyone," but there's no plan how to pay for it.
xxx Dean: Right now it's not our job to give out specifics.
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We'd provide a job description but Louisiana Governor Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Nagin are using it and there's only one copy.

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Attic Knave of the Day!

Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV)
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Mr. Reid, who wants a "cut and run" policy for Iraq lost big in today's Senate. On a 79-19 vote, the Senate approved that GOP-sponsored proposal, which did not call for the president to put forth a withdrawal timetable unlike the Democratic proposal.
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Mr. Reid's comment, "We want to change the course. We can't stay the course."
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Like his friends in the MSM, Mr. Reid wishes to demoralize our troops, enhance the terrorist's position and ignore any success on the war on terror. Unlike Reid's home state of Nevada where gambling is legal, we prefer not to gamble with terrorists or our brave troops lives!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Rep. Kucinich proves that it's long past time he got a job in the real world. Attempting to clarify the Journal's 'misinterpretations, he points out that his bill would tax only 'excess' profit, and not 'reasonable' profits. Oh, really? xxx Just how does Mr. Kucinich determine how much profit is 'excess' and how much is 'reasonable'? Has he been endowed with some magical wisdom not bestowed on the rest of us? Or does he simply liken 'excess profit' to pornography -- he can't define it but he knows it when he sees it? Or (perish the thought) is he just trying to score brownie points with a voting constituency angered over recent high prices of gasoline?

~ John S. Villanova
Stamford, Conn
WSJ - Letter to Editor
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Rep. Dennis Kucinich Doesn't Get It!

"I do not advocate an excise tax, which increases the price of oil because both cost of production and profit are taxed. The preferred approach is a windfall profit tax, because it is constructed to tax only excess profit, leaving production costs and reasonable profits unaffected.
xxx A true windfall profits tax raises little revenue because it sends a signal to the industry that price gouging will not be rewarded. Therefore prices quickly return to a reasonable level. Any minor revenue raised gets returned back to the consumer via tax credits."
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This was Mr. Kucinich's (D-OH) response to the Wall Street Journal against their argument of the poor economics a windfall profits tax would impose on oil companies and business in general. First, the left-wing nut from Ohio doesn't compensate for years in which oil companies lose money (yes Dennis, this occurs). Secondly, Kucinich demonstrates why he and his liberal colleagues, in the tradition of FDR, wish to punish business success and refuse to recognize free market economics.
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Here's how it works, particularly in your own state of Ohio, Dennis. Gas prices are rising in direct correlation of world oil market, per barrel prices. When these prices began to fall below $60 a barrel, pump prices slowly declined.
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Enter Hurricane Katrina and the left-wing blame game. In a natural market response to potential stoppage of oil drilling and refining on the Gulf Coast, pump prices rose, a natural market response to hold back a run on cheap fuel. As the hurricane passed, damage was repaired, imports of oil increased and refining slowly increased. As this took place oil prices in Ohio slowly declined from $3.15 per gal., below $3.00 per gal. and now below $2.00 per gal.
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While politicians are a day late and dollar short attacking "big oil" so they can grandstand before the camera's, the economically illiterate like Representative Kucinich write to a conservative, business savvy publication and attempt to teach us about the results of taxing business.
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Here's an easy lesson, even liberal tax mongers like Dennis Kucinich will understand, maybe. Prices go up naturally to discourage purchasing a commodity to maintain a natural balance of inventories. When inventories are threatened, prices go up until new goods can be made available. As new inventories come to market prices decline.
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The excise taxes Representative Kucinich mentions will not go away as they are several layers of state and federal subsidies thick. A "Windfall Profits" taxes is punishment for being successful and would discourage re-investment into further exploration. It would also send private and institutional investors scurrying to find other stocks to purchase.
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The final result would be increased gasoline prices, hurting consumers and allowing Kucinich and company to blame President Bush. Mr. Kucinich, can you say, "Macro Economics?"

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

"Instead of our tradition of espousing peace as a national priority unless our security is directly threatened, we have proclaimed a policy of preemptive war, an unabridged right to attack other nations unilaterally to change an unsavory regime or for other purposes. xxx Even with our troops involved in combat and America facing the threat of additional terrorist attacks, our declaration of 'You are either with us or against us!' has replaced the forming of alliances based on a clear comprehension of mutual interests, including the threat of terrorism. xxx Instead of cherishing our role as the great champion of human rights, we now find civil liberties and personal privacy grossly violated under some extreme provisions of the Patriot Act. xxx Of even greater concern is that the U.S. has repudiated the Geneva accords and espoused the use of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and secretly through proxy regimes elsewhere with the so-called extraordinary rendition program. It is embarrassing to see the president and vice president insisting that the CIA should be free to perpetrate 'cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment' on people in U.S. custody." xxx
~ Jimmy Carter
Peanut Farmer & Resident Moonbat
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Attic Quote of The Day!

“Bush lied. That’s the Democrats’ vision for America. It is the rigid, rank cynicism masquerading as an agenda that has sustained the party’s core throughout the presidency of George W. Bush. There is no agenda, no inspiring alternative vision of how to prosecute the war on terrorism, no practical or uplifting bundle of programs offering solutions. xxx It amounts to bitterness repackaged in the hope that inattentive voters will embrace Democrats as the alternative while, incidentally, providing them a vision and an agenda.”
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~ Jim Wooten Associate Editorial Page Editor Atlanta-Journal Constitution

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Watching Democrats and Their Strategists Debate

Watching TV news and the "debate" between a Republican Strategist and a Democratic Strategist I have come to one conclusion. The Democrat will always talk fast, interrupt, refuse to quit talking and disrupt any form of fair conversation. And...they are intellectually inferior on the subject matter, what has become George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, the war on terror (like the two wars are mutually exclusive) and the presumed CIA leak which produced nobody from the Presidents administration with an indictment for leaking anything.
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Yet without a constructive plan, without offering any options, these intellectual midgets continue to drop the words "CIA leak", quagmire, mess in Iraq and so on. When asked to offer an option they continue to talk negative because they have no plan other than to attack a sitting war-time President while indirectly giving promise and hope to our enemies.

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Old News Liberal Attack Dogs Should Read

Of all the booby traps left behind by the Clinton administration, none is more dangerous--or more urgent--than the situation in Iraq. Over the last year, Mr. Clinton and his team quietly avoided dealing with, or calling attention to, the almost complete unraveling of a decade's efforts to isolate the regime of Saddam Hussein and prevent it from rebuilding its weapons of mass destruction. That leaves President Bush to confront a dismaying panorama in the Persian Gulf [where] intelligence photos . . . show the reconstruction of factories long suspected of producing chemical and biological weapons.
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~Washington Post
January 2001

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Peter Drucker on Management

Dead at 95, Peter Drucker was the "Father of Modern Management" whose 1966 classic, "The Effective Executive" should be on every managers desk for easy access. It should be required reading in every business school, both graduate and undergraduate.
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In addition, it would be appropriate for our "Pork Barrel" politicials to read many of Druckers works including, "Post-Capitalistic Society" where he stresses some important topics relevant to our free spending congress.
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"The federal goverment, Drucker asserted, should contract out tasks in the social sphere, confining itself to the role of policymaker. Among his other provocative proposals: jettison military aid to other countries; create a public audit agency to eliminate pork-barrel deals and special-interest politics; and hold schools accountable for students' performance."
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Provocative indeed, yet politicians sell their souls with taxpayers dollars to save their political careers. We see some attempts by President Bush to apply Drucker's principles of management without the help of his own party. More MBA's in government, trained by the principles of Drucker would go a long way to improving fiscal management. Fewer lawyers would save our souls!

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Who's Lying Now?

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." -- From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998

xxx "This December will mark three years since United Nations inspectors last visited Iraq. There is no doubt that since that time, Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to refine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer- range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." -- From a December 6, 2001 letter signed by Bob Graham, Joe Lieberman, Harold Ford, & Tom Lantos among others.
xxx "Whereas Iraq has consistently breached its cease-fire agreement between Iraq and the United States, entered into on March 3, 1991, by failing to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction program, and refusing to permit monitoring and verification by United Nations inspections; Whereas Iraq has developed weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological capabilities, and has made positive progress toward developing nuclear weapons capabilities" -- From a joint resolution submitted by Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter on July 18, 2002
xxx "Saddam's goal ... is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed." -- Madeline Albright, 1998
xxx "(Saddam) will rebuild his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and some day, some way, I am certain he will use that arsenal again, as he has 10 times since 1983" -- National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, Feb 18, 1998
xxx "Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement." -- Barbara Boxer, November 8, 2002
xxx "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capability. Intelligence reports also indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons, but has not yet achieved nuclear capability." -- Robert Byrd, October 2002
xxx "There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat... Yes, he has chemical and biological weapons. He's had those for a long time. But the United States right now is on a very much different defensive posture than we were before September 11th of 2001... He is, as far as we know, actively pursuing nuclear capabilities, though he doesn't have nuclear warheads yet. If he were to acquire nuclear weapons, I think our friends in the region would face greatly increased risks as would we." -- Wesley Clark on September 26, 2002
xxx "What is at stake is how to answer the potential threat Iraq represents with the risk of proliferation of WMD. Baghdad's regime did use such weapons in the past. Today, a number of evidences may lead to think that, over the past four years, in the absence of international inspectors, this country has continued armament programs." -- Jacques Chirac, October 16, 2002
xxx "The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow." -- Bill Clinton in 1998
xxx "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security." -- Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002
xxx "I am absolutely convinced that there are weapons...I saw evidence back in 1998 when we would see the inspectors being barred from gaining entry into a warehouse for three hours with trucks rolling up and then moving those trucks out." -- Clinton's Secretary of Defense William Cohen in April of 2003
xxx "Iraq is not the only nation in the world to possess weapons of mass destruction, but it is the only nation with a leader who has used them against his own people." -- Tom Daschle in 1998
xxx "Saddam Hussein's regime represents a grave threat to America and our allies, including our vital ally, Israel. For more than two decades, Saddam Hussein has sought weapons of mass destruction through every available means. We know that he has chemical and biological weapons. He has already used them against his neighbors and his own people, and is trying to build more. We know that he is doing everything he can to build nuclear weapons, and we know that each day he gets closer to achieving that goal." -- John Edwards, Oct 10, 2002
xxx "The debate over Iraq is not about politics. It is about national security. It should be clear that our national security requires Congress to send a clear message to Iraq and the world: America is united in its determination to eliminate forever the threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction." -- John Edwards, Oct 10, 2002
xxx "I share the administration's goals in dealing with Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction." -- Dick Gephardt in September of 2002
xxx "Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." -- Al Gore, 2002
xxx "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." -- Bob Graham, December 2002
xxx "Saddam Hussein is not the only deranged dictator who is willing to deprive his people in order to acquire weapons of mass destruction." -- Jim Jeffords, October 8, 2002
xxx "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." -- Ted Kennedy, September 27, 2002
xxx "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed." -- Ted Kennedy, Sept 27, 2002
xxx "I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- John F. Kerry, Oct 2002
xxx "The threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but as I said, it is not new. It has been with us since the end of that war, and particularly in the last 4 years we know after Operation Desert Fox failed to force him to reaccept them, that he has continued to build those weapons. He has had a free hand for 4 years to reconstitute these weapons, allowing the world, during the interval, to lose the focus we had on weapons of mass destruction and the issue of proliferation." -- John Kerry, October 9, 2002
xxx "(W)e need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. We all know the litany of his offenses. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. ...And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. That is why the world, through the United Nations Security Council, has spoken with one voice, demanding that Iraq disclose its weapons programs and disarm. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real, but it is not new. It has been with us since the end of the Persian Gulf War." -- John Kerry, Jan 23, 2003
xxx "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandates of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them." -- Carl Levin, Sept 19, 2002
xxx "Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical weapons, biological weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of danger for the United States." -- Joe Lieberman, August, 2002
xxx "Over the years, Iraq has worked to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. During 1991 - 1994, despite Iraq's denials, U.N. inspectors discovered and dismantled a large network of nuclear facilities that Iraq was using to develop nuclear weapons. Various reports indicate that Iraq is still actively pursuing nuclear weapons capability. There is no reason to think otherwise. Beyond nuclear weapons, Iraq has actively pursued biological and chemical weapons.U.N. inspectors have said that Iraq's claims about biological weapons is neither credible nor verifiable. In 1986, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran, and later, against its own Kurdish population. While weapons inspections have been successful in the past, there have been no inspections since the end of 1998. There can be no doubt that Iraq has continued to pursue its goal of obtaining weapons of mass destruction." -- Patty Murray, October 9, 2002
xxx "As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -- Nancy Pelosi, December 16, 1998
xxx "Even today, Iraq is not nearly disarmed. Based on highly credible intelligence, UNSCOM [the U.N. weapons inspectors] suspects that Iraq still has biological agents like anthrax, botulinum toxin, and clostridium perfringens in sufficient quantity to fill several dozen bombs and ballistic missile warheads, as well as the means to continue manufacturing these deadly agents. Iraq probably retains several tons of the highly toxic VX substance, as well as sarin nerve gas and mustard gas. This agent is stored in artillery shells, bombs, and ballistic missile warheads. And Iraq retains significant dual-use industrial infrastructure that can be used to rapidly reconstitute large-scale chemical weapons production." -- Ex-Un Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter in 1998
xxx "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. And that may happen sooner if he can obtain access to enriched uranium from foreign sources -- something that is not that difficult in the current world. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -- John Rockefeller, Oct 10, 2002
xxx "Saddam’s existing biological and chemical weapons capabilities pose a very real threat to America, now. Saddam has used chemical weapons before, both against Iraq’s enemies and against his own people. He is working to develop delivery systems like missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles that could bring these deadly weapons against U.S. forces and U.S. facilities in the Middle East." -- John Rockefeller, Oct 10, 2002
xxx "Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Administration’s policy towards Iraq, I don’t think there can be any question about Saddam’s conduct. He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do. He lies and cheats; he snubs the mandate and authority of international weapons inspectors; and he games the system to keep buying time against enforcement of the just and legitimate demands of the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States and our allies. Those are simply the facts." -- Henry Waxman, Oct 10, 2002
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Challenge to John McCain, Teddy K, Dick Durbin, et al

With suicide bombers walking into crowded civilian markets, hotels, and weddings along with televised beheadings of innocent civilians one must question why psychological interrogation techniques are such a bad thing. It's one thing to behave better than the enemy, yet another to sit back and allow further threats to be undermined by an uncivil, inhumane terrorist who unlawfully, without warning attacks innocent civilians.
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Article 4 of the Geneva Convention details a Prisoner of War (POW) and we doubt al-Qaeda or any terrorist organization falls in this category.
xxx A. Prisoners of war, in the sense of the present Convention, are persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy:
1. Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces.
2. Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfill the following conditions:
(a) That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates; (b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance; (c) That of carrying arms openly; (d) That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.
3. Members of regular armed forces who profess allegiance to a government or an authority not recognized by the Detaining Power.
4. Persons who accompany the armed forces without actually being members thereof, such as civilian members of military aircraft crews, war correspondents, supply contractors, members of labor units or of services responsible for the welfare of the armed forces, provided that they have received authorization from the armed forces which they accompany, who shall provide them for that purpose with an identity card similar to the annexed model.
5. Members of crews, including masters, pilots and apprentices, of the merchant marine and the crews of civil aircraft of the Parties to the conflict, who do not benefit by more favorable treatment under any other provisions of international law.
6. Inhabitants of a non-occupied territory, who on the approach of the enemy spontaneously take up arms to resist the invading forces, without having had time to form themselves into regular armed units, provided they carry arms openly and respect the laws and customs of war.
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Anyone who clearly and objectively analyzes that article and it's POW description should conclude any terrorist group, by any name including al-Qaeda does not warrant POW status when captured and under arrest by the "enemy."
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Let's pretend al-Qaeda and their ilk are to be treated as POW's and view Article 17 of the convention. Do we really believe they should be given all the wonderful provisions when more innocent lives, including heavily civilian populated areas , are under constant threat by suicide bombers recruited and trained by terrorist groups?
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Carefully reading through the provisions and concluding civil treatment of POW's and then concluding terrorist detainees fall within this category is like aiding and abetting the enemies of free, civilized nations.
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As Opinion Journal points out, "The 'stress positions' that have been allowed (such as wearing a hood, exposure to heat and cold, and the rarely authorized 'waterboarding,' which induces a feeling of suffocation) are all psychological techniques designed to break a detainee. The American people are wise enough to understand that we can't win the war on terror without good intelligence, and that there won't be good intelligence without aggressive interrogations. "

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Two-Faced Democrats, WMD, Iraq and Terrorism

Unless you're either living in a cave without cable, in a coma or completely disassociated with politics it's difficult to miss the Democrat's accusation that President Bush led the U.S. to war with Iraq based on manipulated intelligence information. Despite intelligence from around the world, and floor speeches by members of congress, especially Democrats who are now taking the lead calling for investigations, even Presidential impeachment. Short memories, deceit and politics dangerous to our troops are placing a fog over the American public. Below is the original resolution authorization war against Iraq, and removal of Saddam Hussein.
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Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq - October 2, 2002
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Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq's war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;
Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;
Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;
Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;
Whereas in 1998 Congress concluded that Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in "material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations" and urged the President "to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations" (Public Law 105-235);
Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;
Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolutions of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;
Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people;
Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;
Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;
Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of American citizens;
Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001 underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;
Whereas Iraq's demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;
Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688, and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949;
Whereas Congress in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) has authorized the President "to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolutions 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677";
Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it "supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1)," that Iraq's repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and "constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region," and that Congress, "supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688";
Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime; Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to "work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge" posed by Iraq and to "work for the necessary resolutions," while also making clear that "the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable";
Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq's ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;
Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 or harbored such persons or organizations;
Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;
Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and Whereas it is in the national security of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SEC. 1. SHORT TITLE.
This joint resolution may be cited as the "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq".
SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS
The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the President to-- (a) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions applicable to Iraq and encourages him in those efforts; and
(b) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions.
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.
(a) AUTHORIZATION. The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to
(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and
(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq.
(b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION.
In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon there after as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq, and
(2) acting pursuant to this resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorists attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
(c) WAR POWERS RESOLUTION REQUIREMENTS. --
(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION. -- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.
(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS. -- Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.
SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS
(a) The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 2 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of Public Law 105-338 (the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998).
(b) To the extent that the submission of any report described in subsection (a) coincides with the submission of any other report on matters relevant to this joint resolution otherwise required to be submitted to Congress pursuant to the reporting requirements of Public Law 93-148 (the War Powers Resolution), all such reports may be submitted as a single consolidated report to the Congress.
(c) To the extent that the information required by section 3 of Public Law 102-1 is included in the report required by this section, such report shall be considered as meeting the requirements of section 3 of Public Law 102-1.
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We could only hope that Howard Reid (Sen. D-NV), Jay Rockefeller (Sen. D-VA), Ted Kennedy (Sen. D-Ma), John Kerry (Sen. D-MA), Nancy Pelosi (Rep. D-CA) and the many others would stop their vicious, partisan, false attacks on the Bush Administration and face the reality of their own votes, their own remarks, and now their own pathetic denials.

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