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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~

Friday, March 31, 2006

Moon Bat of The Week Award!

Charlie Sheen
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The conspiracy theory of 9/11 supported by actor Charlie Sheen has gained traction as a "story" in some circles. In an interview with the Alex Jones Show on GCN Radio Network Sheen explains why his theory makes him the ultimate Moon Bat of the Week! Sheen "explains" below.
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"It seems to me like 19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets, that feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions."
xxx "It feels like from the people I talk to in and around my circles, it seems like the worm is turning."
xxx Sheen described his immediate skepticism regarding the official reason for the collapse of the twin towers and building 7 on the day of 9/11.
xxx "I was up early and we were gonna do a pre-shoot on Spin City, the show I used to do, I was watching the news and the north tower was burning. I saw the south tower hit live, that famous wide shot where it disappears behind the building and then we see the tremendous fireball."
xxx "There was a feeling, it just didn't look any commercial jetliner I've flown on any time in my life and then when the buildings came down later on that day I said to my brother 'call me insane, but did it sorta look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition'?"
xxx Sheen said that most people's gut instinct, that the buildings had been deliberately imploded, was washed away by the incessant flood of the official version of events from day one. Sheen questioned the plausibility of a fireballs traveling 1100 feet down an elevator shaft and causing damage to the lobbies of the towers as seen in video footage, especially when contrasted with eyewitness accounts of bombs and explosions in the basement levels of the buildings.
xxx Sheen outlined his disbelief that the official story of what happened at the Pentagon matched the physical evidence.
xxx "Show us this incredible maneuvering, just show it to us. Just show us how this particular plane pulled off these maneuvers. 270 degree turn at 500 miles and hour descending 7,000 feet in two and a half minutes, skimming across treetops the last 500 meters."
xxx “We have not been able to confirm that a large commercial airliner hit the Pentagon because the government has seized and refused to release any footage that would show the impact,” Sheen said.
xxx "It is up to us to reveal the truth. It is up to us because we owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims. We owe it to everybody's life who was drastically altered, horrifically that day and forever. We owe it to them to uncover what happened."
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If Mr. Sheen actually believes the 9/11 conspiracy theory and feels the "worm is really turning", we suggest he get his head out of the Tequila bottle!
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Charlie might work on his grammar while he sobers up and possibly seeks rehab, again.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

D.C. Porker's for March

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) Co-Porkers of the Month for their editorial “Earnest Earmarks,” which portrays earmarking as a proper exercise of Congress’s constitutional spending power and a check on the growth of government. xxxx Sen. Craig and Rep. Simpson argue that earmarks do not increase spending because Appropriations Committees must stay within the overall limits set by the budget resolution. But the budget resolution is non-binding and Congress routinely exceeds its spending caps. Furthermore, lawmakers often vote for expensive bills in exchange for pork projects in their home districts. As Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK.) says, earmarks “are a gateway drug on the road to the spending addiction.” xxx The editorial contends that eliminating earmarks would equate to an unconstitutional delegation of spending discretion to the executive branch. Instead of decisions being made by “local officials,” tens of thousands of “nameless, faceless bureaucrats” would use their budgets to “grow their bloated bureaucracies.” xxx The Founding Fathers were careful to point out that the Constitution limits Congress’s spending power to matters of national importance. In 1796, Thomas Jefferson warned that a proposition for internal improvements to roads would be “a bottomless abyss of public money…it will be a scene of eternal scramble among the members, who can get the most money wasted in their State; and they will always get most who are meanest.” In 1822, President James Monroe warned that financial support from Washington should be granted “to great national works only, since if it were unlimited it would be liable to abuse and might be productive of evil.”
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Even as federal power vastly expanded during the twentieth century, Congress did not earmark extensively until the 1980s. Instead, Congress funded general grant programs and let federal and state agencies select individual recipients through a competitive process or formula. For academic grants, federal agencies select panels of “peer” experts to evaluate grant applications on the basis of scientific and other criteria. This insulation from political favoritism frustrates Sen. Craig, who recently said, “Can you see the University of Idaho and Boise State University getting grants in competition with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other big-name eastern universities if some bureaucrat in Washington was making the decision?”
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Sen. Craig and Rep. Simpson sit on the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, helping Idaho rank 13th in pork per capita in CAGW’s 2005 Congressional Pig Book. The fiscal 2005 Energy and Water Appropriations Act included more than $33 million for pork projects in their state. The 2006 Congressional Pig Book will be released on April 5.
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Recent scandals have led Congress to consider reform proposals that would curtail the power of appropriations committees to pad spending bills with pork. Sen. Craig and Rep. Simpson caution against “knee jerk” changes designed to “defuse controversy and shift attention.” Yet their own editorial is designed to downplay controversy and draw attention away from proposals with teeth. For their fanciful interpretation of the Constitution and their self-serving arguments in defense of pork, CAGW names Sen. Craig and Rep. Simpson the Co-Porkers of the Month for March 2006.

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Iran Admits to Playing With Itself!

Thousands of Iranian troops will on Friday start a week-long military manoeuvre in the Gulf to ready armed forces for warding off "threats", a senior commander announced on state television.
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The commander of the navy of revolutionary guards corps, Rear-Admiral Mostafa Safari, did not specify the nature of the threat although the manoeuvre comes amid increasing tensions with the West over Tehran's nuclear programme.
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"The revolutionary guards corps navy and air force in collaboration with (Iran's regular) army, navy, (the volunteer militia) Basij, and the Iranian police will start a manoeuvre from 31 March until 6 April in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman," Safari said.
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Iran has two armed forces in which both have their own ground, naval and air force all under the command of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
xxx He added: "We hope ... We will gain the necessary and needed readiness to decisively reply to any kind of threats."
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"More than 17 000 soldiers and sailors will be used, along with 1 500 different kind of vessels, in addition to the different sorts of jet fighter planes, choppers and different missiles," he added, but did not say whether Iran will use its ballistic missiles.
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Iran has medium-range Shahab-3 missiles with the capability of 2 000km, able of hitting arch-enemy Israel and US bases across the Middle East.
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Iran's defence minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said nearly two months ago that Islamic republic will give an "extremely quick and destructive response" to any attack against its nuclear facilities.
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The Mullah's should be careful what they ask for. Can they spell stealth and tomahawk?
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Source: News24.com

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Political Power Play!

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Intoxication of Power, Smell of Corruption

When the GOP began it's "Contract with America" and Newt Gingrich brought the Republican Party into control of congress, there was great hope for conservative believers. Gingrich eventually stepped away from power because of improprieties.
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Unfortunately the smell of success and power was too much for many lawmakers and they began acting like Liberals, as if that would help keep them in power. Almost twelve years later the "Contract with America" looks more like paper used to start a fire and we smell the pork burning.
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Republican power, in the name of conservative movements is not situated only in the beltway of Washington D.C. It resides in many places and smells like the old political machines of Richard J. Daley and Chicago Democrats. Patronage is the common term used in the districts of the Windy City. Buy a raffle ticket, get your sidewalk cleaned of snow. Want better services, please donate to the "cause."
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Corrupt politicians have reached Governor mansions in Illinois twice consecutively and the Buckeye state currently. One Democrat, one Republican. Former Governor George Ryan (R-IL) was indicted in late 2003, on federal charges of taking payoffs in return for government contracts and leases while Illinois secretary of state. He was the 66th person indicted in this investigation so far -- but, according to the prosecutors, he won't be the last.
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Federal investigators interviewed current governor Blagojevich (IL), who ran as a reformer, late last year after his father-in-law, Chicago alderman Richard F. Mell, alleged that the governor's office was swapping political appointments for campaign donations. Mell recanted the allegation, but federal authorities are still looking into it and other matters. These are only allegations but the flip-flop is curious.
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This brings us to Ohio, where Republicans, in complete control of the state legislature since 1994, have more than spent their political capital along with taxpayer funds.
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Toledo coin dealer and Republican fundraiser Tom Noe has provided us with the "coingate" scandal. Mr. Noe obtained several contracts totaling some $50 million to pursue investment opportunities for the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. This is using taxpayer funds for investment speculation. Mr. Noe allegedly began laundering campaign contributions to state and federal candidates. In February Mr. Noe was indicted on 53 felony counts and faces a mandatory 10-year prison term if convicted of corruption. At this point $10 million to $12 million remains unaccounted for.
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Former Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder, has political fundraisers and consultants currently under criminal investigation for various charges involving possible campaign and fundraising irregularities. A memo charging Mr. Householder and his top political aids with bribery, kickbacks and tax and mail fraud was sent to the U.S. Attorney's Office by Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.
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Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) pleaded no contest to charges that he violated state ethics laws, becoming the first governor in the state's history convicted of a crime on four misdemeanor counts for failing to report 52 golf outings, dinners and other entertainment gifts. He was fined $4,000, the maximum. Taft publicly apologized but his ego would not allow him to resign.
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When politicians get into bed with the Jack Abramoff's of the world to gain power, the public loses and loses big. Opportunity has knocked over and over for Republicans. When they opened the door corruption entered. Indictments and allegations are certainly not affirmations of guilt. However, when you swim with the sharks, you may be eaten alive.
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It's to bad the intoxication of power results in allowing the conservative base to swim with the fish also! Political capital, provided by the voters, has been misspent, along with our money. Corruption is not an option and allowing Democrats a free pass to election success is a disgrace.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Blind Leading the Blind!

xxx Source: Weyant's World at The Hill

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Justice Antonin Soprano?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in a scathing letter to the editor of the Boston Herald, accused the newspaper's staff of watching "too many episodes of the Sopranos" for interpreting a hand gesture he made at a cathedral as obscene.
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xxx To back his interpretation of the gesture, Scalia in his letter quoted from Luigi Barzini's book, "The Italians:" "The extended fingers of one hand moving slowly back and forth under the raised chin means 'I couldn't care less. It's no business of mine. Count me out.'"
xxx Scalia said in the letter, written to Executive Editor Kenneth Chandler, that the reporter leapt to conclusions that it was offensive because he initially explained his gesture by saying, 'That's Sicilian.'"
xxx "From watching too many episodes of the Sopranos, your staff seems to have acquired the belief that any Sicilian gesture is obscene _ especially when made by an 'Italian jurist.' (I am, by the way, an American jurist.)," he wrote.
xxx The Herald had referred to him as an "Italian-American jurist."
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Source: Breitbart

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Good Money Chasing Bad...Campaign Promise Gone Astray

Smelling a rat, or in this case a Democrat, one must wonder if Congressional Democrats will wear tax cutting smocks only to change into tax hiking tuxedos.
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It will be necessary to watch the campaign trail and determine which Democrat may suggest tax cuts as a campaign promise, like hunting a morel mushroom after extended dry weather.
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Jon Corzine campaigned on "tax cuts" or at least the suggestion of not raising taxes in the bastion of taxes known as New Jersey. Now the voters are getting what they deserve by voting for Democrats forever. During Corzines campaign he stated, "I'm not considering raising taxes. It's not on my agenda. We have a very high-rate tax structure. I'm not considering it." That was October 2005!
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Corzine used the John Kerry play book by promising to not do it, before he decided it was a good idea, demonstrating why politicians can really be trusted. The one-two flip-flop routine.
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Governor Corzine submitted a record $30.9 billion budget that increases state spending by 9% and includes $1.5 billion in new levies. Corzine wants to raise the state sales tax by 16% and extend it to services; hike taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and expensive cars; and create a new state water tax. The Governor’s budget would impose a corporate tax surcharge and a commercial property transfer tax.
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Corzine also pledged to double property tax rebates. "I'll be the first to acknowledge that some things have to wait," said Mr. Corzine in his budget address. Wait for reelection we suppose. Mr. Corzine is receiving round of applause from fellow Liberals at the local, state and national level for his "straight shooting honesty."
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Former Virginia Governor and possible presidential candidate Mark Warner made similar promises while campaigning in 2001. He changed his mind once seated in the Governor's Mansion.
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Like Johnny Carson's television show, "Whom Do You Trust?" or "Who Do You Trust?" as it was frequently joked in the 50's, no joking here, Liberals love to tax and spend, we only hope Republicans have learned their spending lessons and retreat back to conservative values.
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FairTax Blogburst

Another Reason It’s Time For The Fair Tax By Doug Patton, courtesy of GOPUSA.com March 27, 2006 As April 15th approaches, millions of us are again poring over receipts, records and other information relevant to our federal income taxes. After getting everything in order, we will be forced by the complexity of the tax code to take it all to an accountant or other tax professional, who will spend a few very expensive hours working through a process our own government doesn’t even understand much of the time. Finally, our tax preparer will place in front of us a stack of papers, some of which we will be expected to sign. xxx Now, do you read every page in that stack, or do you simply place your signature, as I do, on the lines indicated by this individual in whom you have placed so much trust? Millions of us do it every year. But what if among those papers was a consent form to sell your personal information to third parties to market their products and services to you?
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This is the convoluted reasoning of the Internal Revenue Service, where career bureaucrats believe that such conduct should be allowed. In fact, the IRS is proposing new rules that would permit tax preparers to sell your private financial information, right up to and including your actual tax return itself, to marketers and data brokers. xxx Currently, selling client information to third parties for marketing purposes is prohibited. That would change, however, under the proposed rule revision. And since this policy could only benefit the person buying or selling your information, with no imaginable benefit to you, the motivation to obtain permission by any deceptive means necessary seems extremely high. Incredibly, according to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, IRS officials characterize these changes as “housecleaning measures needed to update regulations adopted before it began accepting returns electronically.” xxx Had enough? There is a solution. xxx The time has come for Americans to demand that our elected representatives come to grips with the fact that the current federal income tax code is broken and cannot be fixed.
xxx The time has come for all of us to admit to ourselves that this system has been patched and “repaired” far too many times since 1913, when the 16th Amendment brought us direct taxation on our production, with the IRS as its primary enforcement agency. xxx The time has come to abolish this gargantuan, intrusive, tyrannical bureaucracy, the primary purpose of which is to harass individual taxpayers, who in turn have to hire and trust others to interpret and navigate the treacherous waters of the federal tax laws.
xxx The time has come for the Fair Tax, a consumption-based national sales tax to replace the federal income tax, thereby trading a trillion-dollar anchor for an economic supercharger.
xxx Imagine what you could do for your family, your church, your community, your future, if you had no federal income taxes, including Social Security, withheld from your paycheck. xxx Imagine the magnet for business the United States of America would become without a corporate income tax. xxx Imagine if the imbedded corporate taxes driving the cost of every product and service you buy were gone. In fact, imagine if discounts on consumer products offset the cost of all federal taxes, leaving consumers free to save, give and, well, consume. xxx Just imagine. xxx Replacing the burdensome federal income tax with a 23 percent (inclusive) national sales tax would give every American taxpayer an immediate pay raise by allowing us all to keep everything we earn. And since approximately 22 percent of the cost of every product and service we buy represents embedded corporate income tax, competition would drive the cost of everything down by an amount almost directly proportionate to the amount of the consumption tax. In other words, the cost of the sales tax would be offset completely by the discounts on virtually everything. xxx But the best part of implementing the Fair Tax is abolishing the IRS. No more receipts. No more mileage logs. No more fear of an audit. No more April 15th. xxx The proposed new regulations are just one more indication that the time has come to turn Americans loose from the bondage of an antiquated tax system that impedes productivity, punishes generosity and penalizes thrift. xxx (For more information, visit Americans for Fair Taxation.) xxx Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter, communications consultant and advisor to conservative Republican candidates and elected officials, as well as public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including TheConservativeVoice.com and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at http://us.f535.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=dougpatton@cox.net. xxx Again, thanks to GOPUSA.com for allowing us to reprint this article. xxxx Finally, if you are interested in ongoing discussion regarding the FairTax, please consider visiting FairTaxGroups.com, your place to meet, greet, organize, and talk about the FairTax Plan. xxx The FairTax Blogburst is jointly produced by Terry of The Right Track Blog and Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous. If you would like to join us, please e-mail Terry or Jonathan. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. xxx FairTax Blogroll xxx Don Surber Ogre’s Politics & Views Blue State Conservatives Oblogatory Anecdotes Euphoric Reality Slobokan’s Site O’ Schtuff Right Truth Liberally Conservative United Conservatives of Virginia Third World County Ms. Underestimated The Buzz Blog Area 417 Stuck On Stupid Publius Rendezvous The Right Track Cao’s Blog Right Wing Nation Kim Priestap

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Rep. McDermott GUILTY, but wait, there's more!

A federal appeals court ruled that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago.
xxx In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court ruling that McDermott violated the rights of House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who was heard on the 1996 call involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).
xxx McDermott leaked to The New York Times and other news organizations a tape of a 1996 cell phone call. The call included discussions by Gingrich and other House GOP leaders about a House ethics committee investigation of Gingrich.
xxx Lawyers for 18 news organizations _ including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post all filed a brief backing McDermott.
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Interestingly enough, McDermott is also a part of 17 U.S. Representatives calling for President Bush's impeachment. The US House bill, H. Res 635, would create a Select Committee to investigate the grounds for impeaching President Bush over the issue of domestic wiretapping in late December 2005. xxx However, H. Res. 635, deals with impeaching Bush over a cluster of issues from misleading the public to go to war, to authorizing torture. Wiretapping was not listed as one of the reasons to investigate the grounds for Bush’s impeachment in the bill because the existence of the secret, illegal wiretapping had not come to light yet when the bill was being prepared.
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Some members of Congress appear to see firmer grounds for impeaching Bush over his controversial authorization of illegal wiretapping on Americans, than for the reasons cited in H. Res. 635. Mr. McDermott would support impeachment over wiretapping, obtained for national security purposes, while being found guilty for using illegally intercepted conversations of Republicans, for political reasons.
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Source: Breitbart

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al Qa'ida Constitutional Charter

Second in a series of captured Iraqi documents, freshly released from the Harmony Data Base at the Combating Terrorism Center, West Point. xxx al Qa'ida Constitutional Charter

In the name of Allah, the Most Benevolent, ever Merciful Praise Allah, and prayer and peace upon the Messenger sent by Allah Al Qaeda Take refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan.
"So, fight them till all opposition ends, and obedience is wholly Allah's." Al Anfal/The Spoils of War [Sura 8], verse 39
"If they break their pledge after giving their word and revile your faith, fight these specimens of faithlessness, for surely their oaths have no sanctity: they may happily desist." Al Taubah/Repentance [Sura 9], verse 12 xxx "Fight them so that Allah may punish them at your hands, and put them to shame, and help you against them, and heal the wounds of the hearts of the believers, And remove the anger from their breasts; for Allah turns to whosoever desires. Allah is all-knowing and all-wise." Al Taubah/Repentance [Sura 9] verses 14 and 15 xxx "What has happened to you, O believers, that when you are asked to set out in the cause of Allah your feet begin to drag? Do you find the life of the world so pleasing that you forget the life to come? Yet the profit of the life of this world is but meager as compared to the life to come." Repentance [Sura 9] verse 38. [TR. The Ahmed Ali translation of the Qur'an (1994) was followed for Qur'anic verses.]
xxx Al Qaeda: An Islamic Group, its only mission is Jihad, because Jihad is one of the basic purposes for which Al Qaeda personnel come together. In addition, they perform other Islamic duties if possible. Jihad will take precedence over other duties in case of interference. Its belief: The belief of the Sunnite and the assembled people in general and in detail, and following the traditions of the noble ancestors.
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Goals of Al Qaeda: The victory of the mighty religion of Allah, the establishment of an Islamic Regime and the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate, God willing.
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Specifics for each group and details are provided. Links provided above. Each synopsis of documents will be posted here. Complete documents to this subject is here, al Qa'ida Constitutional Charter.

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Friends of Hillary

According to Byron York writing for The Hill, Hillary Clinton is gladly receiving support from the family of Willie Tan and his relatives. Mr. Tan owns garment shops, aka "sweatshops" in Saipan and is very generous to both sides of the aisle. He also has ties to Jack Abramoff. Clinton's ties to Willie Tan go back to at least 1995. York reports the following:
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Last year, Tan gave $2,000 to Friends of Hillary. So did Raymond Tan, Siu Lin Tan and Josie Tan, all members of Willie Tan’s family. FEC records indicate that the $2,000 checks from Willie, Raymond and Siu Lin were all received on Sept. 30, 2005, indicating they were sent together. The check from Josie was received Oct. 2. Together, the Tan family’s $8,000 contribution to Friends of Hillary was more than the senator’s PAC received, separately, from residents of the entire states of Hawaii, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, South Dakota, Montana or North Dakota. He is also well-known in the U.S. Congress, where some of Sen. Clinton’s fellow Democrats have denounced him and his factories, which pay subminimum wages, for years, mostly because of his tireless efforts to make sure those factories are never subjected to U.S. labor laws.
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Hillary doesn't mind sweat shop money as long as she doesn't have to "kiss and tell." NO SWEAT!

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Monday, March 27, 2006

A Country of Laws...Failing to Enforce the Law

Thousands of students walked out of class in California and Texas, and crowds in Detroit marched toward downtown Monday as immigrant supporters continued nearly a week of street protests against proposed immigration reforms.
xxx In Washington, where lawmakers were discussing immigration legislation, about 100 demonstrators wore handcuffs to protest a proposal to criminalize aid programs for immigrants.
xxx The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected that proposal Monday, approving an amendment that would protect charitable groups, but it also approved more than doubling the current force of 11,300 Border Patrol agents over the next six years.
xxxx "We are illegal immigrants if you trace our heritage all the way back, but we are here and we are working and we are living the American dream," said Janet Padron, a 22-year-old Allen Park, Mich., resident who was raised in California.
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First of all Ms. Pardon, have you ever heard of Ellis Island? Hundreds of thousands of immigrants passed through that location alone to become "Legal Citizens" in America. They went through the channels, took tests, took oaths and followed the law. I am here because I was born here. My father was an immigrant who passed through Ellis Island and followed legal immigration procedure.
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You see, I can pass my heritage all the way back to Europe, through my grandparents and father. I can also attest they passed through Ellis Island and became legal citizens. So please, don't insult our intelligence. We are a nation of laws and it's time we enforce immigration laws.
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al Qa'ida Goals and Structure

First in a series of captured Iraqi documents, freshly released from the Harmony Data Base at the Combating Terrorism Center, West Point. xxx Goals and Structure: xxx The Military Committee: xxx

This is the organization entrusted with the responsibility for the preparation of the freedom fighting young men, their training, organizing them for combat, organizing their Jihad participation on the battlefield and its likewise responsible for developing combat skills, military technical skills and composing programs and procedures for a disciplined military in quranic law of Islam and other matters of preparation.
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This committee undertakes in spreading political awareness between working individuals and Islamic republics, preparing political reports and the needed studies for work, interaction with Jihad movements in general, preparation of qualified political cadre and likewise crediting the general politics for the operation in the field of legitimate officers.
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This is the committee concerned with the everything, means of communications setup in all categories of Islamic people, taking great pains in making it aware of its enemies plans, aspiring to concentrate all of the scientific, legal, and Jihad capabilities in the first level in order to obstruct one line in front of the alliance of the infidel and the ugly ones.
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This is the committee, which undertakes different administrative services for all of the members of the group and their families, undertakes in the work of accommodation, supervision, and implementation and undertaking in the work of accounting, keeping the books, and the finances of the group.
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Specifics for each group and details are provided. Links provided above. Each synopsis of documents will be posted here. Complete documents to this subject is here, al Qa'ida Goals and Structure.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Liberal, Left-Wing, and Progressive..What are they? Socialists!

It's hard to tell where people stand with all the terms used to define a political party or segments of the constituency claiming to be Democrat. In fact, there is so much confusion when the term "progressive" is touted frequently one might feel these folks have a plan, which will be "progressive" in nature, as though it will advance our society into becoming better, richer or more educated. Or prosperous through engineered socialization.
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Don't become too excited, it's more smoke and mirrors to make the ill attuned believe the Liberals are on to something. Maybe they are simply attempting to find their roots in FDR's party, a socialist bastion with anti-capitalist programs.
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Liberals blame all their pre-conceived ills on conservatives. The Great Depression, Vietnam, Iraq and the war on terrorism. Liberals never look at history to determine much of what they have done politically. "Progressives" have either been the cause or effect in each instance of war and conflict.
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The Great Depression was prolonged by "progressives" with inadequate policy determined on ill-fated economics, anti-banking and business ideology, and for political gain.
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Vietnam started long before America became entrenched in the "conflict" as it was called. Truman and Eisenhower sent aid and advisors as did Kennedy. Johnson dropped 500,000 ground troops into Southeast Asia and escalated the "conflict" into a war managed in LBJ's situation room, not on the battlefield. It was Johnson's war but Democrats and their hippie brethren managed to turn it into Nixon's war forever.
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Bill Clinton and his band of socialist elite progressives ignored bin Laden, entered our military into more foreign places than all Presidents combined, lobbed smart bombs from ships into Bosnia and set the stage for 9/11 with his ineptness as a so-called leader of the free world. We still have troops scattered across the Balkan region but it's never mentioned by the press.
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David C. Hanson of Virginia Western Community College provides an excellent description of the progressive movements birth. xxx In the early twentieth century a powerful and pervasive shift from laissez-faire to government activism, called the Progressive Movement, swept across the nation. Progressives wanted to rid politics of corruption and inefficiency, curtail the power of the business trusts, and protect the general welfare of the public. They saw government not as only a protector of private property and individual freedom, but as an agent for social justice. Most of the leading progressives were white, middle-class urban professionals who felt alienated and frustrated by the unbridled growth of big business and the widening division between the rich and poor in American society. The challenge for Progressive politicians like Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, and Woodrow Wilson was the difficulty of walking a political tightrope, balancing the radical elements of socialism and populism on the left (what TR called "the lunatic fringe") and the conservatives who controlled both the Republican and Democratic parties on the right. The Progressive Movement succeeded in transforming the federal government into a powerful agent for economic stability and equality, fair labor practices, management of natural resources, consumer protection, and "good government" [more honest, efficient, and democratic]. None of these objectives were perfectly achieved. This would be an understatement when studying future government action, especially the "New Deal."
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How would "progressive" be described in terms of the politics that evolved from Teddy Roosevelt and his movement?
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Journalist Herbert Croly wrote in The Promise of American Life (1909) "Traditional American confidence in individual freedom has resulted in a morally and socially undesirable distribution of wealth." He denounced "the chaotic individualism of our political and economic organization." Croly went further by warning that control of wealth shouldn't depend on "the accidental good intentions of individual" but "should be efficiently performed by the state."
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Progressive Stuart Chase wrote in A New Deal (1932), communists didn't need "further incentive than the burning zeal to create a new heaven and a new earth." He continued, "Why should the Russians have all the fun of remaking the world."
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Progressives are also known as "New Dealers" and many prominent ones resided in President Woodrow Wilson's administration during World War I. New Dealers believe in laws as a form of control, they are not deep thinkers in economics, and believe social problems are cured by government programs and more control.
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Minimum wage, compulsory unionism and Social Security are all FDR programs which perform welfare functions and fly in the face of individual motivation and free market economics. They are the "progressive", providing immense government control and reject individual wealth and business success.
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Taking a close look at FDR's "brain trust" we see progressives wearing socialist clothing. Adolf Berle Jr., a Columbia Law professor, feared free markets, left to themselves, tend to produce monopolies. He called for government control of the economy. (1)
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Columbia University professor, Rexford Guy Tugwell, an economist interested in agriculture, whose many friends were members of the socialist League for Industrial Democracy. Tugwell expressed admiration for the Soviet Union. He writes in American Economic Life and the Means of Its Improvement (1928), "Soviet central planning appears to produce goods in greater quantities and spreads such prosperity as there is over wider areas of population." He acknowledges, "ruthlessness, a disregard for liberties and rights also exist." In 1933 Tugwell publicly urged large tax increases to redistribute the wealth. (1)
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Marriner Eccles dominated New Deal Federal Reserve policy. He associated his views with British economist John Maynard Keynes who viewed government spending might simulate recovery from depression. This theory proved to be false. Eccles thought the Great Depression happened because rich people controlled too much wealth. (1)
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Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis a famous advocate of using government power against businesspeople, whom he blamed for social evils. He argued for compulsory unionism. Brandeis wrote a brief with two pages discussing legal precedents and over a hundred pages presenting sociological data that purported to show that women suffered long working hours. He increasingly spoke out against big business. Brandeis consistently defended laws providing more power to government and taxing rich, business and the lessening of dependence on banks. (1)
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Felix Franfurter became an advisor to FDR. Frankfurter gained notoriety by defending alleged communists brought to trial by Woodrow Wilson's justice department. He believed law should go beyond precedents and become a tool for social betterment. (1) We call these judges "activists" today.
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As if describing todays Liberals, who shun that word in favor of Progressives, author Jim Powell has his own version of the "New Dealer."
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New Dealers always seem to be comparing actual capitalism with ideal government. They judged capitalism by it's apparent effects and government by its announced intentions. They like to talk about the good that might result from government spending, and they belittled the harm that might result from government taxing.
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New Dealers assumed that greedy individuals caused the problems of the world, like sweatshops, child labor, and depressions, and that the best remedies would come from government officials who were generally assumed to be serving the public interest.
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Liberals despise the term "liberal", they are using "Progressive" more and more. In essence they are socialists, New Dealers who prefer social controls set for by the government. Progressives have distaste for economies of free enterprise and entrepreneurial endeavors. They favor taxing the so-called "rich" and distributing earned wealth to "less fortunate" individuals, even though this isn't an accurate description of classes in America.
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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Moon Bat(s) of The Week Award!

Canadians Jim Loney, 41, and Harmeet Sooden, 32, and 74-year-old Briton Norman Kember, all members of a Chicago-based
Christian Peacemaker Teams
and
Actor Richard Belzer share the spotlight!
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No where did these pathetic creatures or their organization, Christian Peacemaker Teams, thank the U.S. Army Rangers and British troops who risked their own lives to save them. Instead they made the following, disgusting statement of irrelevance and misguided thinking. There web site claims they were "freed" as if their militant captures suddenly felt sympathy for their ill advised mission. The fact is, the U.S. military and coalistion forces saved them.
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We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity, which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end.
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Today, in the face of this joyful news, our faith compels us to love our enemies even when they have committed acts, which caused great hardship to our friends and sorrow to their families. In the spirit of the prophetic nonviolence that motivated Jim, Norman, Harmeet and Tom to go to Iraq, we refuse to yield to a spirit of vengeance. We give thanks for the compassionate God who granted our friends courage and who sustained their spirits over the past months. We pray for strength and courage for ourselves so that, together, we can continue the nonviolent struggle for justice and peace.
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Throughout these difficult months, we have been heartened by messages of concern for our four colleagues from all over the world. We have been especially moved by the gracious outpouring of support from Muslim brothers and sisters in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. That support continues to come to us day after day. We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit, call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained illegally by the U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq.
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An addenda was later released, to little too late!
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We have been so overwhelmed and overjoyed to have Jim, Harmeet and Norman freed, that we have not adequately thanked the people involved with freeing them, nor remembered those still in captivity.
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We are grateful to the soldiers who risked their lives to free Jim, Norman and Harmeet. As peacemakers who hold firm to our commitment to nonviolence, we are also deeply grateful that they fired no shots to free our colleagues.
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They failed to recognize the terrorists who did, in fact, fire shots and killed their American colleague.
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Calling this disgusting ilk "Moonbats" is too kind. They are a low form of human being, hiding behind religion, making statements of no basis or fact and implying the men who released them are evil. We ask, who the people who killed your colleague Tom Fox? Are they your protectors, your champions, your saviors?
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Actor Richard Belzer of Law and Order SVU, appearing on Bill Maher, had some disgusting remarks about troops in Iraq. Referring to troops pride and knowledge of their mission in Iraq, Belzer responded to “ask them” is “bullshit” since, apparently unlike him, “they don't read twenty newspapers a day.”
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“Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because he's there,” referring to a step-mother commenting on her soldier, stepson fighting in Iraq. “God bless your stepson. Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because he's there. And God bless him.” Host Bill Maher interjected that Belzer's point was that a 19-year-old is in the army “because he probably couldn't find other employment."
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"You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a job. It's this patronizing thing that people have about if you're against the war everyone's lumped together. You know, the soldiers are not scholars, they're not war experts. They're not the best people to ask about the war because they're gonna die any second.”
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Belzer is a conspiracy theorist who authored the 1999 book, “UFOs, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe.” His NBC bio notes that “he hosted and produced The Belzer Connection, a series of conspiracy-theory prime time specials for the Sci-Fi Channel.”
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Similar to the rest of Hollywood, Belzer lives in a Sci-Fi fantasy world, filled with insecurity, self-indulgence and lack of fundamental facts about distant worlds on planet earth. He believes everything he reads (in 20 papers daily) and insults the heroes on the ground in Iraq. Belzer is the moon bat who needs the reality check!
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Source: NewBusters

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Hillary Finds Religion.....Or NOT!

Invoking Biblical themes, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton joined immigration advocates Wednesday to vow and block legislation seeking to criminalize undocumented immigrants. xxx Clinton renewed her pledge to oppose a bill passed in December by the House that would make unlawful presence in the United States, currently a civil offense, a felony. xxx Surrounded by a multicultural coalition of New York immigration advocates, Clinton blasted the House bill as "mean-spirited" and said it flew in the face of Republicans' stated support for faith and values. xx xxx
"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures," Clinton said, "because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."
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Clinton is a lawyer, and she doesn't want to enforce laws on the books.
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"He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and Do Likewise."
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The fact is a democratic process is evolving to determine fairness in immigration law to hit the right balance and fairness. Do we give an immigration bonus to those who entered America illegally, ahead of those who are going through lawful channels to enter the states? Is asking people to follow laws flying in the face of scriptures?

When the question, "Who is my neighbor?" is brought up in the scriptures we don't believe the question is determining passing through borders and breaking laws. If we release illegal immigrants into our society ahead of the legal process, what message are we delivering?

Taking care of "thy neighbor" is an insurmountable task if our neigbor is a whole country outside of our borders. Having strict laws to help our neighbor is reasonable and proper. We are not passing by someone dying in the street, we are showing compassion, which is the American way.

"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion."

Clinton states, "We want the outcome to be that they're on the wrong side of the politics as well as the wrong side of history and American values."

Yet Clinton continues in her expertise of triangulation, using politics mixed with religion to air her venom at conservatives, in particular, the far right-wing. This method is dubious at best, considering Clinton's propensity to move her political theme forward and backwards to meet the need of the day. And...a Clinton discussing values? That too flies demonstrates a greater hypocrisy.

Liberals invoke separation of religion and state when it is deemed appropriate to their desire to suffocate the truth. Clinton invoking religion to appeal to the conservative base is laughable at best. Like her husband walking around carrying his bible while entertaining his interns on the side, Hillary carries religion when it suits her political needs without requiring law enforcement based on Christian principles.

Source: Newsday

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Wilting Ivy

As our universities move further left in their teachings, with some professors spending more time with anti-Bush rhetoric and delivery of false impressions of history, it's notable how actions are speaking louder than words.
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Lawrence Summers, Harvard's embattled president resigned over comments that didn't mix well with left-wing faculty members, so off with his head! In essence, Mr. Summers is being run out of Cambridge.
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Next we have the anti-Military establishment refusing recruitment on their ivy covered campuses. The recent Supreme Court 8-0 decision upheld a federal law that says universities must give the military the same access as other recruiters or forfeit federal money in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, 04-1152. xxx Justices ruled even more broadly, saying that Congress could directly demand military access on campus without linking the requirement to federal money. Some campuses decline the money so they can avoid compliance.
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Today Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi will speak by video to a conference at Columbia University that his regime is co-sponsoring. The school is not discussing the funding Mr. Gadhafi will provide Columbia for his effort and their forum.
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We have Yales "Taliban Man", Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, now a student, at the same time the school continues to block ROTC training from its campus and argues for the right of its law school to exclude military recruiters. Mr. Hashemi has a fourth grade education and a high school equivalency certificate, while he takes up space at Yale.
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In the spring of 2001. Hashemi defended the Taliban's treatment of women and said he hadn't seen any evidence that their "guest" Osama bin Laden was a terrorist. As John Fund (WSJ) states, "Hashemi calls the Taliban 'an evil and macabre terrorist group'. . . . The fact that Hashemi didn't do actual killing does not absolve him. Goebbels didn't shoot anyone either.'"
xxx "Universities are places where free inquiry, debate and information sharing are supposed to be guiding lights. In reality, the ivory towers too often now resemble dark castles, which raise their drawbridges at the first hint of criticism or scrutiny. Never has the moat separating elite universities from the rest of America been wider than in the case of Yale's Taliban Man."
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Mr. Fund points out, Natalie Healy lost her Navy SEAL son Dan in Afghanistan when a Taliban rocket hit his helicopter. Dan had four children of his own, and Ms. Healy is appalled at Yale's new student. "Lots of people could benefit from a Yale education, so why reward this man who was part of the group that killed Dan? I want to tell [Yale President] Richard Levin that his not allowing ROTC on campus is one thing, but welcoming a former member of the Taliban is deeply insulting to families who have children fighting them right now," states Ms. Healy.
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Hashemi compares Taliban soccer stadium executions of women to executions in Texas. He fails to reconcile the fact that we have court systems and rule of law in America, with an appeals process, something Afghan women never received.
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Richard Shaw, Yale's former dean of undergraduate admissions, now at Stanford, told the New York Times that Yale had another foreigner of Mr. Hashemi's caliber apply but "we lost him to Harvard" and "I didn't want that to happen again."
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Same "caliber" as what? Are we talking about the size of a bullet or a potential students academic qualifications? The basis for these student admissions is unavailable, surprise, surprise!
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In "Pundits use Hashemi to unfairly attack Yale" Roger Low, a junior in Yale’s Branford College, puts on a full assault against anyone protesting Hashemi's presence on campus. He claims opinion and comment constitutes "hating Yale." Maybe the thin-skinned Mr. Low needs a lesson in U.S. Constitutional Law!
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Mr. Low admits he has never met Hashemi and can't judge if it's appropriate to have him as a Yale student. But it's appropriate for Low to write an op-ed in the Yale Daily News about so-called "pundits" he has never met, but have substantial qualifications as John Fund and other professionals. Yale's reputation, along with other "Ivy League" schools are determining their own image while appearing sympathetic to terrorists and anti-Military, anti-establishment.
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To Mr. Low, conservatives are bottom dwellers, enamored by symbolism, yet lacking substance. "Republicans may lose on the substance, but when it comes to the images they conjure into voters' imaginations on Election Day -- an American flag burning, or two grooms walking down the aisle or a sinister picture of Osama bin Laden -- they win every time. Good symbolism overrides reason with irrationality, drowning thoughtful discourse in a flash flood of patriotism, religious fervor or raw terror. Conservatives have no idea how to win the actual debate, but they know how to distract everyone from it," Low writes.
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Really? Mr. Low, I will debate you on the merits of patriotism as well as substantive affairs concerning government, terrorism, religion and any other thougtful discourse you so desire. You simply must answer your email and take the challenge! We might also discuss freedom of speech.
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Admitting to having no knowledge about Hashemi personally, Low sarcastically states, "He [Hashemi] is a stark reminder of the superiority of the heartland's common sense values over the East Coast's stuffy intellectualism. He is all these things, even though the rest of the country has no idea who he actually is and doesn't seem to care." Low doesn't know who Hashemi is but blasts anyone questioning his admittance to a university without the qualifications.
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Low doesn't, or is unable to provide any reasoning for his comments except to insult anyone not covered in Ivy. My apologies, I did my graduate studies at Northwestern University, surrounded by liberal thesis, yet enriched by Midwest values. The term "intellectual" lacks modesty for my taste, but Liberals enjoy describing themselves by this term to enhance their inadequacies of logic and realism, while covering for their low self esteem. It's their way of saying "we're smarter than everyone else." If only in their ego.
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Low continues, "By and large, the conservative pundit class does not care about what is really happening on our campus or on Ivy League campuses in general. They are interested only in bashing us and, to bash us more effectively, they are willing to distort the truth in extraordinary ways."
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Still no reasoning or material fact, only Low's own assault, with failure to provide any expertise. Where are the distortion's? Yale won't discuss the matter, but John Fund has personally met Hashemi, researched his background and heard his pro-terrorist words in person. Low goes as far as calling Mr. Fund a liar, based on a proposed speaking engagement at Yale.
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Low concludes, "I don't know whether Yale was right to allow Hashemi to attend class here, but I do know the University is right to ignore the indignant howling of Fund and his ilk. Hashemi is also a different kind of symbol -- an emblem of the problem with modern political discourse in America, in which buzzwords trump careful analysis, and indignant pundits bloviate even when they should know better."
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It seems Low has a distaste for John Fund, Conservatives and any disagreement with policies set for by Yale or other universities. He talks about debate but challenges anyone who questions his so-called values.
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Mr. Hashemi told the New York Times that he will apply next month for sophomore status in Yale's full-degree program starting next fall. An admissions official claims Yale's plan all along was to do just that, if his grades were acceptable.
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Yale will mail out 19,300 rejection letters to those who applied to be in its class of 2010. How difficult will it be for Yale to convince those it rejects that the Taliban student isn't taking a place they could have had?
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How does the Yalie, Mr. Low, reconcile this?

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Whining and Defeatism Doesn't Get It Done!

I am always looking for the positive side of our war on terrorism, such as the Iraq rebuilding, which does in fact exist. We subscribe to the blog Regime Change Iran where they seek democracy and liberty by engaging the blogoshere. They should be commended; we praise and support their efforts. xxx Next I surf across Healing Iraq via another blog so I become intrigued by the thought of reading some positive news in Iraq from the "birds eye view." Unfortunately when the writer lives in or near Baghdad, in constant fear from stray bullets and cross fire, I sympathize. However, I begin reading a story reprinted in the Washington Post with select quotes I find very disturbing while sitting in the comfort of my safe home. xxx The article I reference is entitled, One Week in Baghdad authored by Zeyad. Here are some quotes that really rankle my feathers. Keep in mind, I do sympathize, to a point with the poor and dangerous conditions Zeyad is facing. But as an American who understands our history as a nation, a person who served in the Armed Forces Army Rangers and currently has a son in training with the 795th Military Police Battalion, my sympathy only reaches so far. Read the full article to put it all into context, it's not a pretty picture. xxx Zeyad complains of poor traffic and checkpoints in his attempt to reach work for his paycheck or as he calls it, his salary. "Any other day, I would have given up and gone home, but I needed to get my salary as soon as I could, because I can't rely on being able to get to work every day in the upcoming week. Preparations for the Arba'een religious anniversary are underway, and this road will be blocked to traffic to accommodate the hordes of Shiite pilgrims heading on foot to Karbala."
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Difficulty getting to work because of religious holidays and people blocking roadways. People complain about Americans, we are a religious people but I suppose our work ethic gets in the way. He should get on the Dan Ryan or Kennedy expressway in Chicago some morning! Of course those people are headed to work! xxx "We were engrossed in morning preparations at work when a colleague called our attention to the latest 'episode' of Saddam's trial -- a form of cheap entertainment for many Iraqis against the backdrop of dreary events in Baghdad. At least it's the one thing that Iraqis of all backgrounds agree upon." xxx "Colleagues rushed, tea mugs in hand, to take a look at the TV screen. Our clinic director wasn't amused, watching his employees leave their posts, but he didn't protest. After all, there are no drugs in our pharmacy to prescribe, my dental chair hasn't been fixed for months -- and even if it was, there are no anesthetics for patients." xxx Is this like March Madness, screw work and watch the trial? I can understand lack of supplies but more time could be spent finding solutions to problems instead of drinking tea and watching the Saddam trial. Sorry, must be that American work ethic and ingenuity affliction that has me again. xxx "Iraqi's have lost all hopes for any real justice in this god-awful country. People here have long been accustomed to taking justice into their own hands -- or forgetting it altogether. That is one thing that hasn't changed much."
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We are a nation of laws and would hope Iraqi's would have hope and move away from the status quo, it's what fighting for Democracy is all about. This blanket statement certainly doesn't speak for all citizens of Iraq. We thought Saddam and Company previously handed out justice. Aren't they better than that? xxx "My neighbors suggested we go out for lunch today. They are a young couple living just across the street, with two kids, a girl and a boy, ages 11 and 5." This is recorded as Wednesday. What happened to work? xxx "Being forced to leave your home is not a trivial affair. The last three years have witnessed scores of Iraqi professionals and businessman leaving to Jordan, Syria or Egypt, a second exodus of Iraqis far more alarming than that of the 90s. The country is slowly being stripped of its intelligentsia, and I fear that soon we will be left only with fanatics inside." Is he talking about Saddam's secret police squads? xxx "Following the Samarra bombing, many Shi'ite inhabitants of Sunni dominated areas north and west of Baghdad were forced to leave. In the south, a once sizeable Sunni community in Basrah, Nasiriya, Hilla and Samawa is diminishing day by day. Kurds in the north have regressed back behind their borders, further isolating themselves. Iraqi society is falling apart." xxx Thanks to our Minutemen and armed militia who left their families, homes and farms to fight for freedom. They suffered with lack of food, ammunition and horrible winters, but continued the struggle for freedom. Their wives stayed home raising children and working the land. American's who respect their freedom understand how we received it. Many Europeans forgot how they retained their freedom while American's left home to spill their blood in the name of freedom and liberty in foreign countries.
xxxxxx "It seems that the barrage of bombings, assassinations, detentions and abductions is not enough, so we need one more thing to worry about. And yes, we were discussing these pleasant issues over lunch. It was a splendid meal of Iraq Masgoof (roasted fish) on a refreshing sunny day at the bank of the Tigris, in the comforting company of family and friends." xxx Zeyad is sarcastic about the bombings while skipping work using them as an excuse earlier. We're glad he enjoyed the day off and fine meal while our soldiers train their military and spill their blood in the desert sand. He complains and then jokes about the same thing. Maybe they should start a military draft in Iraq. xxx "If there is any advantage of the Iraq war, it would have to be the endless stream of national and religious holidays. There was a daytime curfew today because of the opening parliamentary session, and not much activity is expected during the next week as the Shi'ite Arba'een holiday, or the 40th day commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, will be taking place." xxx An advantage to the war is an endless stream of holidays? Ah yes! More time off. Let us pray five times a day and eat fish on the Tigres while Americans do the dirty work. If it doesn't work out we can just merge Iraq with Iran and pray the Mullahs don't have our heads! xxx "I imposed my own daytime ban on news channels. Last thing I need is a headache. Instead, we watched a good old rented sci-fi movie. xxx
In addition to regular and fixed holidays, it is possible to make up your own without the need to take leave. Better still, you can do it from the comfort of your bed, citing an unexpected security incident as an excuse. xxx Like sometimes I don't feel like going to work. I just oversleep. The phone rings and wakes me up at 11 am. xxx
"Where are you, Dr.?" my boss inquires. "We were expecting you. You know the Directorate might send someone for inspection today." xxx
"Oh, I apologize, Dr.," I reply, trying to sound as wakeful as I can. "I'm on the Canal highway, and there seems to be an American roadblock. I'm not sure I'm going to make it to the clinic today."" xxx We don't get this news from MSM but once again I must wonder about Zeyad's lack of intestinal fortitude, it's quite disheartening. xxx Zeyad provides us with some honesty. "But lazy civil servants such as myself can lay back and enjoy the fruits of "liberation.""
xxx Zeyad, is an Iraqi dentist who spent his childhood in Britain, lives in Baghdad. His blog, Healing Iraq, started in October 2003. For security reasons, Zeyad publishes only his first name. His complete BIO is here. He states his wish to work on a Masters Degree someday. Let's hope the freedom fighters can accommodate him while he lies in bed or drinks tea.
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My intent is not to degrade or insult Zeyad. However, gaining freedom, stopping the enemy and acquiring liberty requires personal sacrifice. Those liberty's allow for free speech and opinion, which are earned and not taken lightly. American's, especially the left, forget our history of sacrifice at home and abroad. If you have foreign army's removing tyrants and insurgents, they are not occupiers but liberators.
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Here is what Americans call "Tough Love" Zeyad. Don't complain, get off your ass and fight!
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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~

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