Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Do you live in FL and carry a gun?

If so you should be aware of this and contact your FL State Senator and Rep and tell them to vote NO on this. [Find Your Legislators]

Democrat Bendross-Mindingall from Miami has introduced a bill (HB 235 & SB 870) that would add "health care facility" to 790.06(12) as a new place where those with a CCW license can NOT legally carry their gun.

House 0235: Relating to Concealed Weapons/Health Care Facility (BILL TEXT)


I can't think of ANY reason why a "health care facility" should be off limits. For one, what is a "health care facility"?

If this legislation is enacted would it be illegal for me to carry my gun into my doctor's office when I go in for a checkup? Or how about my dentist's office? What about a nursing home?

That then would mean I would have to leave my gun in my car when I go into my doctor/dentist. Why not just put a giant neon sign up in the parking lot that read "UNARMED PEOPLE OVER HERE", so criminals, who by definition don't follow the law, would know where they could attack people without the fear of those victims putting up a fight.

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And was the impetus that brought this legislation forward?

I haven't seen a rash of law abiding gun carrying Floridians shooting people at "health care facilities", or anywhere for that matter.

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When are these ignorant Dimocrats going to learn that Disarming law-abiding citizens does not protect those citizens?

If someone were to walk into a "health care facility" intent on murder, which is against the law already so I don't think this addition to the law would prevent them from walking in to a "health care facility" with a gun, I highly doubt harsh words would stop their shooting spree. But I bet a gun would.

National Strategy in Iraq, New Document from the NSC

The following document articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003 and provides an update on our progress as well as the challenges remaining.

LINK

The above link is a 38 page report on the war and the war plan from the White House.

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The Democrat's plan can be found HERE.

Now that I think about it that's really not fair. THIS is more along the lines of the democrat's plan!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Hunters now the hunted.

You've got to be kidding me!

So these people would murder hunters in order to save the lives of animals.

People with that mindset need wear one of those jackets that buckles in a back and tossed into a rubber room.

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By: Michael E. Cook

Hunters are the latest targets of the animal rights extremists and may become victims of homicide. It seems terrorist organizations like the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Win Animal Rights (WAR) have become so radical that now they believe it is alright to kill humans to protect animals. Right now they are headed to New Jersey to stop a bear hunt by any means they can.

I just read a report by Cam Edwards on the 21st where ALF went to the home of Lloyd Harbor, New York mayor Leland Hairr and painted anti-hunting slogans on his home and his car in the garage because he had asked the state for a special season to help with a problem of too many deer in the area of his city.

Well the state of New York had already backed down, but not because of this act, they had already stopped because of pressure form the Catholic seminary in that city. So this criminal act never needed to happen in the first place. The police need to bring those responsible for this to justice as quick as possible.

There is a common thread between ALF and WAR, however they deny any connection. The North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAALPO) has as one of their national press officers Camille Hankins who is the founder of WAR. They also have a Dr. Jerry Vlasak a trauma surgeon in Los Angeles, California as a press officer and he is a member of ALF. In an interview on “60 Minutes” Vlasak has said, “I think for five lives, ten lives, 15 human lives, we could save a million, two million, ten million nonhuman lives.” He told CBS, “I think people who torture innocent beings should be stopped. And if they won’t stop when you ask them nicely, they won’t stop when you demonstrate to them what they’re doing is wrong, then they should be stopped using whatever means necessary.” What does this mean to you?

They have become terrorists and their target is hunters and others. I think they mean to do whatever it takes including breaking the law and using homicide to stop hunting of animals. Every hunter who goes into the field should be ready and willing to do what it takes to protect themselves. This means you may need to leave someone in camp now to protect it. You will not only have to watch for game now you will have to distrust and watch anyone else in the wood with you. Can you see how this is going to affect our national pastime and heritage? What is this world coming too? We may soon know if they are willing to take a human life to protect a bear.

To date no one in government is speaking out against these organizations. Are they afraid of them or what? Right now these groups have destroyed over 100 million dollars worth of property and they are becoming more violent. They have declared war on us so when will our government and law enforcement do something about it? It’s time to start fighting back. Perhaps the ALF and WAR people will wake up to find someone painted their homes and vehicles. Do we need a group to fight them on their own terms? Will the government do anything to that group? I think they would.

What this means is that you and I will have to be very careful in the future and around our own homes. Will I become a target because I write about this? Well I can tell you I am already on their list for not only writing about them but because I have fought against them politically on many occasions. I will tell them the same thing I told criminals who made threats against me and my family, “Come on down and make your first shot count, because the second one is mine and I don’t miss.”

This is not the America we asked for and it sure isn’t what many of us fought the wars for, but it is reality in this day and age. It’s time to get active and stop this kind of activity before it goes to a shooting war. Call our political leaders and let them know how you feel. In short get involved before it is to late, the time to act is now.

God Bless America and God bless our troops still in harms way.

Michael E. Cook, Coos County Sheriff, Retired

Online radio...

Cool site I ran across yesterday.

Cable radio network

Six stations to choose from.

Monday, November 28, 2005

BANNED X-box 360 Commercial

BANNED XBOX 360

Really? I can't see why. [Rolling eyes]

I just love ballistics gel...

Back from the break.....

Well, that was a nice little break from blogging and work.

Hope y'all had a good Thanksgiving and were fully stuffed after dinner.

Monday, November 21, 2005

OU Bomber files unsealed.

Report: Highly Explosive Material Found In OU Student's Apartment

Same Material May Have Been Used In London Bombings

OKLAHOMA CITY -- FBI agents found the same type of volatile high explosive believe to have been used in the suicide bombings in London inside the apartment of a University of Oklahoma student who blew himself up near a packed football stadium, according to newly released documents.

The FBI also discovered "explosive experiments and paraphernalia" and 0.4 pounds of a white powder that turned out to be triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, which is composed of hydrogen peroxide and acetone, according to warrants to search the home of Joel Henry Hinrichs III.

The documents were made public Friday after U.S. Magistrate Valerie Couch ruled "there is no longer any necessity" for records of the search of Hinrichs' apartment, e-mail account and nine OU computers to remain sealed.

Hinrichs, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Oct. 1 when an explosive device went off about 100 yards from Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

FBI officials have said in the past the probe didn't uncover any links between the student and terrorist organizations. They have said they may never know whether the student wanted to get inside the stadium.

Federal agents found mixing bowls, a slow cooker, a thermometer, plastic containers, a hobby fuse, a circuit board, six tape rolls, chemicals used to make TATP as well as the TATP in the apartment, the documents showed.

An Oklahoma City police bomb technician, who was not involved in the investigation, told The Oklahoman the amount still in the apartment was enough to "very easily take both your hands off."

Hinrichs' laptop computer was still on and screen notes apparently written by Hinrichs to himself were visible, the records show. At the cursor was a phrase that began with profanity and continued " ... all this. None of you are worth living with. You can all kiss my ass."

The FBI also found Hinrichs downloaded from the Internet "numerous text and image files" on weapons and explosives, including one on TATP four days before his death.

One video on his computer depicted a lit match being placed above a white powder then a bright flash.

According to the FBI, OU student Lawrence R. Kincheloe III told agents Hinrichs liked explosives, frequently experimented with building and detonating explosive devices and once showed off a detonator.

Kincheloe and Hinrichs were members of the Triangle Fraternity, an organization of engineers, architects and scientists

"Kincheloe told the agents that Hinrichs would drive out to remote areas to try to detonate bombs, but that he never accompanied Hinrichs," the FBI reported. "Kincheloe stated Hinrichs did show him the remains of some ... devices he detonated, which Kincheloe described as pieces of plastic soda bottles."

OU student Fazal Cheema told agents that Hinrichs had responded to his Internet advertisement for a roommate, and said the two didn't socialize.

Cheema said Hinrichs was quiet and kept to himself and that he wasn't aware of Hinrichs' interest in bombs.

A chemistry book; a crescent wrench; a white sock with at least two protruding wires; a screwdriver with a sock stuffed in the handle; unused wooden matches and other items were found at the bomb site.

The student's father, Joel Hinrichs Jr., said again Friday his son intended to kill only himself.

He is still waiting for the release of his son's remains, after DNA testing is completed. He plans to cremate the body.




Additional info

Hinrichs' roommate, Fazal Cheema, told agents the two had lived together since June 6 but did not socialize. Cheema said Hinrichs had responded to his Internet ad for a roommate.

Cheema also said Hinrichs was quiet and kept to himself. He told agents he did not know of Hinrichs' interest in bombs.

A bombing witness, bus driver Donald Wayne Laughlin, reported seeing Hinrichs "hunched" over on a park bench, leaning over a backpack on his lap, just before the explosion. The driver said he walked on and looked back to the bench after the explosion in time to see "a cloud of gray smoke as well as a human arm."

The FBI reported the backpack had to be destroyed later to be made safe after an X-ray showed a meter device and tools.

Found at the blast site were a chemistry book, a crescent wrench, a white sock with at least two protruding wires, a screwdriver with a sock stuffed in the handle, a large number of unused wooden matches, and an empty match box, the records show.

Also found was a pen with an attached razor and a nine-volt battery. Behind the bench was a black plastic container with "Cross Country" and "lubricant" on the label. On the bench was a pink pen with two protruding wires and on the sidewalk was a green circuit board.

The student's father, Joel Hinrichs Jr., said again Friday his son intended to kill only himself. He is still waiting for the release of his son's remains, after DNA testing is completed. He plans to cremate the body.

The father, who was shown photos of his son's body by the FBI, said, "He sat there on the bench with one arm wrapped around the explosive looped around his neck and the other hand holding some kind of device to make it go off."

Friday, November 18, 2005

KICK ASS!! Murtha vote @7pm tonight!

House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout

Debate Starts @ 6pm (est)

Get the popcorn ready!!

U.S. Commander Counters Murtha on Iraq

WASHINGTON - A U.S. field commander in Iraq countered calls by a usually pro-military congressman for withdrawal of Americans fighting there Friday, while Democrats defended Rep. John Murtha as a patriot even as they declined to back his view.

"Here on the ground, our job is not done," said Col. James Brown, commander of the 56th Brigade Combat Team, when asked about Murtha's comments during a weekly briefing that American field commanders routinely give to Pentagon reporters.

Speaking from a U.S. logistics base at Balad, north of Baghdad, two days before his scheduled return to Texas, Brown said: "We have to finish the job that we began here. It's important for the security of this nation."





I'm sure this will get just as much coverage as Murtha's comments.

Right?

Two must read interviews....

Mark Steyn: I would be in favor of wrapping virtually every Republican Senator in asbestos, and using them to insulate my attic.

Uh-oh. Lileks is ticked again.

The West Texas Cowboy & The Yuppie

A west Texas cowboy was herding his cattle in a pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy,

"If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his AT&T cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex formulas. He uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the cowboy. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car. Then the cowboy says to
the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?" "You're a consultant for the National Democratic Party." says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked; and you don't know anything about my business........ Now give me back my dog."

Run Away!! Run Away!!!





I still can't believe what I've heard coming out of the Congress this past week.

It was bad enough that the Senate passed the Warner resolution, that gave the Dems a stick to beat Pres. Bush with. Then yesterday Murtha, who I've never heard of until yesterday, is being touted as an all knowing seer that some how know has all the answers, answers that sound just like left wing fringe (i.e...MoveOn, DU, Michael Moore) talking points.

I guess he didn't fit into the press' news cycle when he made the same statements a year and a half ago.

But today he's an "influential Democratic hawk with close ties to the military" - a "Democratic hawk and staunch supporter of the military ", " a decorated Vietnam veteran ", "A senior member of the US Democratic Party ", a "Key Democrat"


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I wonder how much glee came over Al-jazeera when they found this quote?

"The US cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home."

John Murtha,
Democratic Congressman


What a great quote that will rally moral within the US & Iraqi troop ranks!!
Thanks a lot Murtha!

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Damn I hope the Republicans WAKE UP soon and realize that the Democrats are not their friends and toss comity out the F'N window, grow a spine, and start acting like they are MAJORITY party instead of letting the Democrats set the pace.

Frist and Hastert need to call the Dems' bluff now.

Murtha put the resolution for a pullout on the table, call it up for a vote now and set a week aside for debate. Make these Dems get up on the floor and explain to the American people, the troops in Iraq & around the world, and families of the fallen why tucking our tails between our legs and running away would be the right thing to do!

Are memories so short sighted that people have forgotten the slaughter that took place after the US pulled out of Vietnam?

Do these Democrats think that won't happen in Iraq?

Or do they know it will happen but also know it will not be covered because of absolute lawlessness and terrorist running rampant imposing their ideology that there will be no reporters there to cover it and will all just go away?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

54 guns, ammo seized from Ludwig home

I'm not posting this due to this guy Ludwig killing that girl's parents. He should fry for that.

I'm posting this because of the police/media reaction to finding and confiscating 54 (OH THE HORROR!!) guns from the father's home.

There's no way all these guns were the 18 year olds.

And there's no way the father will EVER see any of HIS guns again!





LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - David G. Ludwig obviously had access to guns.

Police have charged the 18-year-old with shooting and killing his girlfriend’s parents on Sunday.

But investigators didn’t know just how many guns the young man had available to him until they searched his family’s Warwick Township home.

More than 50 weapons — including three assault rifles, plus numerous shotguns, handguns, rifles, scopes and bullets — were confiscated from the Ludwig home on Sunday, according to court documents.

The weapons were confiscated along with the young man’s computer, when detectives searched the Ludwig home at Xxxxxxx.

Searching the suspect’s home was one of the first things police did after responding to the call to another Warwick Township residence on Sunday morning.

Inside that home, at 15 Royal Drive, Lititz, police found the bodies of Michael and Cathryn Borden, both 50. Both had been shot once in the head, police said.

But Ludwig and his girlfriend, the Borden’s 14-year-old daughter, Kara Beth, were nowhere to be found.

Police said the Bordens disapproved of their younger daughter dating Ludwig and had called him to their home around 7 a.m. Sunday to discuss the situation, after learning she had been out all night with him.

Neighbors said when Ludwig arrived, Michael Borden told him to leave a red duffel bag he was carrying outside.

The bag, neighbors said, contained several handguns and a knife.

Ludwig complied with the request, apparently, but allegedly had hidden another handgun inside his clothing.

At the end of the discussion, around 8 a.m., the Borden’s 15-year-old daughter, Katelyn, told police she saw Ludwig pull out a handgun and shoot her father.

Katelyn Borden ran for cover, police said, but heard a second shot followed by the sound of Ludwig calling for her sister.

By the time officers arrived, Katelyn Borden and her 11-year-old brother, David, had run to neighbors’ homes for help.

Police broadcast a national alert for Kara Beth Borden, Ludwig and the red Volkswagen he was driving.

On Monday afternoon, the car was stopped in Indiana. State troopers placed the young man under arrest and both he and Borden were flown back to Lancaster County on Tuesday.

Ludwig was placed in prison, she was turned over to family and friends.

Ludwig lived with his parents, who police said have been extremely cooperative with the investigation.

Police said nothing about the large cache of weapons, which numbered 54, that they confiscated from the Ludwig’s home.

Among the list of guns listed in the court document were three AR-15 rifles, commonly known as assault rifles, which are the civilian version of the U.S. military-issued weapons.

Several of the rifles and shotguns, some pump-action, had scope attachments and were in cases.

Police, who also confiscated numerous rounds of ammunition, did not say where in the home the guns were found.

Many of the weapons were handguns, according to the list, including several .22 caliber and .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handguns, several 9 mm Ruger pistols, a Taurus .357 caliber and a Glock .45 caliber handgun.

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Nov. 19th ~ National AMMO Day





NATIONAL AMMO DAY


Tell all your friends.

One hundred rounds, or more, on or around November 19th.

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Let's see I'll be buying:

300 rounds - 9mm
100 rounds - .45ACP
1000 rounds - .22 long rifle
50 rounds - .22 magnum
50 rounds - .38 special

That sould be enough for a fun weekend at the range.

};o)

Oh SoTrue.....



Oleg Volk

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Guess the Democrat.....

This was said yesterday on the Senate floor.

Can you guess which Democrat said this?



Mr. President [of the Senate], this is one of those quiet moments in the Senate with very few people in the Chamber when, in my opinion, something very important is happening. It is happening in good measure because of the two good men, my colleagues from Virginia and Michigan, who lead the Armed Services Committee, of which I am privileged to be a member. They are two gentlemen, two patriots, two people who have known each other for a long time, who work closely together, respect each other, even seem to like each other and, most important of all, trust each other.

Those qualities of personal trust and personal relationship have been too absent from our Nation's consideration of the ongoing war in Iraq among our political leadership. We have, I am convinced, suffered from it.

It is no surprise to my colleagues that I strongly supported the war in Iraq. I was privileged to be the Democratic cosponsor, with the Senator from Virginia, of the authorizing resolution which received overwhelming bipartisan support.

As I look back on it and as I follow the debates about prewar intelligence, I have no regrets about having sponsored and supported that resolution because of all the other reasons we had in our national security interest to remove Saddam Hussein from power, a brutal, murdering dictator, an aggressive invader of his neighbors, a supporter of terrorism, a hater of the United States of America. He was for us a ticking timebomb that if we did not remove him I am convinced would have blown up, metaphorically speaking, in America's face. I am grateful to the American military for the extraordinary bravery and brilliance of their campaign to remove Saddam Hussein.

I know we are safer as a nation, and to say the obvious that the Iraqi people are freer as a people, and the Middle East has a chance for a new day and stability with Saddam Hussein gone. We will come to another day to debate the past of prewar intelligence. But let me say briefly the questions raised in our time are important. The international intelligence community believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Probably most significant, and I guess historically puzzling, is that Saddam Hussein acted in a way to send a message that he had a program of weapons of mass destruction. He would not, in response to one of the 17 U.N. Security Council resolutions that he violated, declare he had eliminated the inventory of weapons of mass destruction that he reported to
the U.N. after the end of the gulf war in 1991.

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I do not want to go off on that issue. I want to say that the debate about the war has become much too partisan in our time. And something is happening here tonight that I believe, I hope, I pray we will look back and say was a turning point and opened the road to Republican and Democratic cooperation, White House and congressional cooperation, to complete the mission. As Senator Levin said, no matter what anyone thinks about why we got into the war and whether we should have been in there, it is hard to find anybody around the Senate--I have not heard anybody--who does not want us to successfully complete our mission there. I feel that deeply. If we withdraw prematurely from Iraq, there will be civil war, and there is a great probability that others in the neighborhood will come in. The Iranians will be tempted to come in on the side of the Shia Muslims in the south. The Turks will be tempted to come in against the Kurds in the north. The other Sunni nations, such as the Saudis and the Jordanians, will be sorely tempted, if not to come in at least to aggressively support the Sunni Muslim population. There will be instability in the Middle East, and the hope of creating a different model for a better life in the Middle East in this historic center of the Arab world, Iraq, will be gone.

If we successfully complete our mission, we will have left a country that is self-governing with an open economy, with an opportunity for the people of Iraq to do what they clearly want to do, which is to live a better life, to get a job, to have their kids get a decent education, to live a better life.

There seems to be broad consensus on that, and yet the partisanship that characterizes our time here gets in the way of realizing those broadly expressed and shared goals.

Politics must end at the water's edge. That is what Senator Arthur Vandenberg (1884 - 1951) of Michigan said, articulating the important ideal that we seem to have lost too often in our time.

I found a fuller statement of Senator Vandenberg's position, the ideal. I found it to be in some ways more complicated and in other ways much more compelling. I want to read from it. Senator Vandenberg said:


To me ``bipartisan foreign policy'' means a mutual effort, under our indispensable two-Party system, to unite our official voice at the water's edge so that America speaks with maximum authority against those who would divide and conquer us and the free world.


If that doesn't speak to us today--the threat of Islamist terrorism, the desire they have to divide us and, in that sense, to conquer us in the free world. Senator Vandenberg continued in his definition of what he meant by bipartisanship in foreign policy:


It does not involve the remotest surrender of free debate in determining our position. On the contrary, frank cooperation and free debate are indispensable to ultimate unity--


Of which I speak.


In a word, it simply seeks national security ahead of partisan advantage.


I felt again in recent days and recent months how far we have strayed down the partisan path from Vandenberg's ideals. The most recent disconcerting evidence of this was the lead story from the Washington Post--it was in papers all over the country--last Saturday, November 12. I read from that story:


President Bush and leading congressional Democrats lobbed angry charges at each other Friday in an increasingly personal battle over the origins of the Iraq war. Although the two sides have long skirmished over the war, the sharp tenor Friday resembled an election year campaign more than a policy disagreement.


That from Saturday's Washington Post. Campaign rhetoric over policy debate, and what about? About how we got into the war 2 1/2 years ago, not about how we together can successfully complete our mission in Iraq.

The questions raised about prewar intelligence are not irrelevant, they are not unimportant, but they are nowhere near as important and relevant as how we successfully complete our mission in Iraq and protect the 150,000 men and women in uniform who are fighting for us there.

I go back to Vandenberg's phrase; the question is how Democrats and Republicans can ``unite our ..... voice at the water's edge ..... against those who would divide and conquer us and the free world'' in Iraq, I add, and beyond.

The danger is that by spending so much attention on the past here, we contribute to a drop in public support among the American people for the war, and that is consequential. Terrorists know they cannot defeat us in Iraq, but they also know they can defeat us in America by breaking the will and steadfast support of the American people for this cause.

There is a wonderful phrase from the Bible that I have quoted before:


If the sound of the trumpet be uncertain, who will follow into battle?


In our time, I am afraid that the trumpet has been replaced by public opinion polls, and if the public opinion polls are uncertain, if support for the war seems to be dropping, who will follow into battle and when will our brave and brilliant men and women in uniform in Iraq begin to wonder whether they have the support of the American people? When will that begin to affect their morale?

I worry the partisanship of our time has begun to get in the way of the successful completion of our mission in Iraq. I urge my colleagues at every moment, when we do anything regarding this war, that we consider the ideal and we are confident within ourselves. Not that we are stifling free debate. Free debate, as Vandenberg said, is the necessary precondition to the unity we need to maximize our authority against those who would divide and conquer us. But the point is to make sure we feel in ourselves that the aim of our actions and our words is national security, not partisan advantage.

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Lions, Iraqis, & Torture. OH MY! [DEBUNKED!]

Via Federal Review.

You can head over there and read the whole post but here the meat of the post.


However, there's one big problem with the detainees' story: according to various news sources, the lions were removed from the palace three months earlier.

Tuesday......

Let's see what we've got going on today.




Jay Rockefeller told the heads of state in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria in January of 2002 that the Americans were going to invade Iraq.

"I [Rockefeller] took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11." FNS

I'm sure Bashar al-Asad kept that to himself and didn't tell Saddam. Riiiiiiight.

IMO this give a bit more credence that WsMD were moved to Syria. Because if Asad told Saddam in Jan. of '02 that the Americas were coming that would give Saddam more than a year to get his WsMD out of Iraq.

What side this he on? You don't go around telling other countries what your war plans are.

Don't miss Bill Bennett's take on this.

&

This from NewsBusters.

Tipping Off Our Enemies?! Where's the Media Outrage?






Next we've got an Alito document from 20 years ago, to the day actually, Nov 15th 1985, where he states:

"It has been an honor and source of personal satisfaction for me to serve in the office of the Solicitor General during President Reagan's administration and to help to advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly. I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

The libs are going to go start offering up sacrifices and putting Voodoo curses on him after this.

I guess Judge Alito doesn't see penumbras in the Constitution, good.




SoS Rice got a deal set up that would allow Palestinians to have their own gate or something.

I haven't gotten a chance to read what exactly the deal entails but I'll bet that there's a explosion at that gate with in ....hummm.... 2 weeks.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Chemical plot in Brooklyn

B'KLYN MAN CONFESSED TO PLOT: FEDS

November 10, 2005 -- A Pakistani man living in Brooklyn confessed in "chilling detail" how he tried to sneak an al Qaeda operative into the U.S. to carry out a deadly chemical attack, a prosecutor charged in opening statements yesterday.

Jurors in Manhattan federal court heard how Uzair Paracha, 25, allegedly agreed to further the terror plot during a series of meetings in Pakistan attended by two al Qaeda members and his father, a businessman now held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

"This trial is about the defendant's role in helping al Qaeda penetrate this country and attack the United States from within its own borders," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Bruce.

Paracha faces up to 75 years behind bars if he is convicted of providing material support to al Qaeda and related conspiracy charges.

After his arrest in March 2003, Paracha confessed to helping al Qaeda operative Majid Khan in a scheme to obtain U.S. travel documents "knowing full well that he was plotting a terrorist attack," Bruce said.

Khan — a Baltimore resident with political asylum status — had left the U.S. illegally and needed help re-entering in order to carry out his diabolical scheme, the prosecutor said.




Anyone think people like this have the right to habeas corpus?

Not me.

I don't even think people that are caught trying to commit these acts of war against this country should be put through our legal system. A Military tribunal will work just fine.

Holy 18" Barrel Batman!

One of the guy's at work brought this in today to show me.

It's a Mitchel Arms Silhouette Special Edition .44 Magnum.


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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Syntax Genocide

The PUNisher from VG CATS.

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Man do I completely agree with this.

I can't stand the way people chop up words in forum postings.

How do these people expect to type properly when they get jobs?

Thank you Senator Bond for making an exact point I made.

PBS The News Hour
November 8, 2005


SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: We cannot outline in advance what the terrorists are going to be subjected to because that becomes the first chapter in the al-Qaida operations manual. The CIA was able to get the information from what they call high-value targets - al-Qaida and Baathist leaders -- that led to the disclosure of several terrorist attacks already planned and otherwise under way in the United States to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

MARGARET WARNER: Okay -

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: We think it's necessary to get information from these people, staying within the bounds, but not it telling them what kind of interrogation tactics they will use. Otherwise, the U.S. homeland is not safe as it should be from another 9-11 attack.



I can't recall how many times I've made this exact point. It's nice to know there's Senators out there that understand it too. Well, republican Senators anyway.

And later on in the discussion Durbin does a bit of a history rewrite when he can't own up to comments he made on the Senate floor.





SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: First, I think we have got to be clear when senators, like my colleague from Illinois, say we use torture that is absolutely false. Sen. Durbin is the one who most recently compared our troops to the Nazis, the Soviets and their gulags, or the mad regimes of Pol Pot, and that is the kind of thing--

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: That's not true, Sen. Bond.

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: Here it is from--

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: That is absolutely unfair. I can't believe this.

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: -- from your quote from your talk to Shawn Hannity, Alan Combs, and Wesley Clark. I'm reading your quote directly.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: It's really -- it's unfortunate that you're doing this.

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: It's unfortunate that you're saying we're using torture.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: I did not say that.

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: You did.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: I did not say that.

SEN. CHRISTOPHER BOND: You said we're using torture -- and we are not using torture because torture does not produce good results. We don't tolerate; we punish people who do things like at Abu Ghraib--

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: Let me say -

MARGARET WARNER: Yes, go ahead, Sen. Durbin.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: I'd like to respond. I was reading from an F.B.I. report about activity -- this was a classified report that had been made available through ordinary legal channels that made available information about activity at Guantanamo, and its activity that has never been explained.

I don't know if that activity was made as part of a soldier's conduct or an intelligence agent's conduct. I have said before I should not have made some of those historic references.



Let's go back to the record......



Sen. Dick Durbin from the floor of the Senate, June 14, 2005.

[Page: S6590]

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."




Once again, if a Democrat gets presented with something they've said in the past and they don't like it today, they just deny it ever was said. Like Chuckie Schumer has done before. On PBS too.

And what does Durbin mean he "should not have made some of those historic references."


Some? Some!?!

Does he mean US troops aren't like Pol Pot & Soviets but they are like Nazis!?!

Do we get to pick 2 out of the three and cross one out?

How do these dems get re-elected?!?

Norman Podhoretz: Who Is Lying About Iraq?

[Raising hand] Ohhh ohh, Me. Pick me, I know.

The Democrats and their left-wing moonbat base!




COMMENTARY

December 2005

Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.

What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.

Nevertheless, I want to take one more shot at exposing it for the lie that it itself really is. Although doing so will require going over ground that I and many others have covered before, I hope that revisiting this well-trodden terrain may also serve to refresh memories that have grown dim, to clarify thoughts that have grown confused, and to revive outrage that has grown commensurately dulled.



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Click HERE for the rest. And there's a bunch.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

French Interior Min. orders deportation of rioters

French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy has ordered the deportation of any person convicted of violent participation in the recent riots throughout France that have taken place over the past two weeks, Army Radio reported.

"I have made it clear to the district chiefs that even if these people have legal visas, they have no place in our territory," said Sarkozy.


Now there's a good idea!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

How will the dems react to THIS leak investigation?

NEW LEAK INVESTIGATION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
First and Hastert are reportedly about to open a leak investigation re: those CIA terror-suspect prisons Dana Priest reported on in the Washington Post late last month. Byron wrote on here; Bill Bennett here.

Byron asked:
The Post's decision to publish the article raises several questions. Is the existence of the prisons classified information? If so, did a government official give that classified information to someone -- a reporter, perhaps -- who was not authorized to receive it, in possible violation of the 1917 Espionage Act? Did that official give other classified information to the paper which does not appear in the article, the disclosure of which might also constitute a violation of the Espionage Act? Should the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation of this matter? Should the president order government officials, including those at the CIA, to sign waivers releasing reporters from any pledges of confidentiality made in the reporting of this story? Should Dana Priest or other journalists be forced by a court to reveal the content of their discussions with confidential sources? In the not-too-distant past, none of these questions would be particularly urgent. Now, in the post-Plame world, they are.

Posted at 12:22 PM




This is great.

Now all we need to do is place a bet on who's the first reporter or democrat to yell out "First Amendment!"

Ancient Church Discovered in Israel



Israeli prisoners Rizlov Ramil, right, and Biton Maymon, left, clean a section of a Christian mosaic floor dating to the third or fourth century A.D., in the compound of the Megiddo prison in northern Israel , Sunday Nov. 6, 2005. Israeli archaeologists on Saturday said they have discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the ruins are believed to date back to the third or fourth centuries, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, an ancient Christian symbol. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



Israeli prisoner clean an early Christian mosaic of a recently excavated church from the 3rd-4th centuries AD, in the grounds of Meggido prison in northern Israel. The mosaic inscription on the floor of the structure declared that it had been dedicated to 'the God Jesus Christ as a memorial.'(AFP/Menahem Kahana)



Israel, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005. Israeli archaeologists on Saturday said they have discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the ruins are believed to date back to the third or fourth centuries, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, an ancient Christian symbol. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



Israeli prisoner Rizlov Ramil cleans a section of a Christian mosaic floor dating to the third or fourth century A.D with inscriptions of dedication to God and Jesus Christ, in the compound of the Megiddo prison in northern Israel , Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005. Israeli archaeologists on Saturday said they have discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the ruins are believed to date back to the third or fourth centuries, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, an ancient Christian symbol. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



This picture taken Oct. 30, 2005 and released by the Israeli Antiquities Authority shows a mosaic depicting two fish, an ancient Christian symbol, on the floor of what is believed to be the oldest church in Israel that was recently discovered in the grounds inside the Megiddo prison, near the biblical site of Armageddon, in central Israel and reported by Israel's Channel 2 TV Saturday Nov. 5, 2005. The ruins are believed to date back 1,700 years, and include references to Jesus and images of fish, the report said. Archaeological experts quoted in the story said it was the largest church ever discovered in the holy land, and could perhaps turn out to be the oldest church in the world.(AP Photo/Israel Antiquities Authority)



Ancient artifact discovered at the Megiddo Prison in Israel, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. The Israel Antiques Authority, or IAA, headed the excavations at Megiddo Prison which yielded a rare 3rd-4th century Christian structure. The excavation was ordered by the Israel Prison Service prior to construction of a new prison wing. A structure measuring 6x9m was excavated and found to contain a fresco collapsed onto a mosaic floor bearing three Greek inscriptions, geometric patterns and a medallion decorated with drawings of fish. (IAA/Israel Sun/WpN)




What a find.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Riots: Mayor declares curfew

Paris - The mayor of a tough Paris suburb near the epicentre of the urban violence raging across France declared an "exceptional curfew" on his municipality starting on Monday night.

The curfew, decided by conservative mayor Eric Raoult of the northeast suburb of Raincy, was the first to be imposed in France since rioting broke out in the neighbouring suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois on October 27.




They better be able to enforce it.

Rioting Spreads to 300 Towns in France

Rioting by French youths spread to 300 towns overnight and a man hurt in the violence died of his wounds, the first fatality in 11 days of unrest that has shocked the country, police said Monday.

As urban unrest spread to neighboring Belgium and possibly Germany, the French government faced growing criticism for its inability to stop the violence, despite massive police deployment and continued calls for calm.

On Sunday night, vandals burned more than 1,400 vehicles, and clashes around the country left 36 police injured, setting a new high for overnight arson and violence since rioting started Oct. 27, Michel Gaudin told a news conference.

Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany and Hungary advised their citizens to exercise care in France, joining the United States and Russia in warning tourists to stay away from violence-hit areas.

Alain Rahmouni, a national police spokesman, said the man who was beaten died at a hospital from injuries sustained in the attack, but he had no immediate details of the victim's age or his attacker.

The man was caught by surprise by an attacker after rushing out of his apartment building to put out a trash can fire, Rahmouni said.

Apparent copycat attacks spread outside France for the first time, with five cars torched outside Brussels' main train station, police in the Belgian capital said.

The mayhem started as an outburst of anger in suburban Paris housing projects and has fanned out nationwide among disaffected youths, mostly of Muslim or African origin, to become France's worst civil unrest in over a decade.

Attacks overnight Sunday to Monday were reported in 274 towns, and police made 395 arrests, Gaudin said.

"This spread, with a sort of shock wave spreading across the country, shows up in the number of towns affected," Gaudin said, noting that the violence appeared to be sliding away from its flash point in the Parisian suburbs and worsening elsewhere.

It was the first time police had been injured by weapons' fire and there were signs that rioters were deliberately seeking out clashes with police, officials said.

Among the injured police, 10 were hurt by youths firing fine-grain birdshot in a late-night clash in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny, national police spokesman Patrick Hamon said. Two were hospitalized, but their lives were not considered in danger. One was wounded in the neck, the other in the legs.

The unrest began Oct. 27 in the low-income Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, after the deaths of two teenagers of Mauritanian and Tunisian origin. The youths were accidentally electrocuted as they hid from police in a power substation. They apparently thought they were being chased.

All told, 4,700 cars have been burned in France since the rioting began and 1,200 suspects were detained at least temporarily, Gaudin said.

The growing violence is forcing France to confront long-simmering anger in its suburbs, where many Africans and their French-born children live on society's margins, struggling with high unemployment, racial discrimination and despair — fertile terrain for crime of all sorts as well as for Muslim extremists offering frustrated youths a way out.

France, with some 5 million Muslims, has the largest Islamic population in Western Europe.

President Jacques Chirac, whose government is under intense pressure to halt the violence, promised stern punishment for those behind the attacks, making his first public comments Sunday since the riots started.

"The law must have the last word," Chirac said Sunday after a security meeting with top ministers. France is determined "to be stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear, and they will be arrested, judged and punished."

France's biggest Muslim fundamentalist organization, the Union for Islamic Organizations of France, issued a fatwa, or religious decree. It forbade all those "who seek divine grace from taking part in any action that blindly strikes private or public property or can harm others."

Arsonists burned two schools and a bus in the central city of Saint-Etienne and its suburbs, and two people were injured in the bus attack. Churches were set ablaze in northern Lens and southern Sete, he said.

In Colombes in suburban Paris, youths pelted a bus with rocks, sending a 13-month-old child to the hospital with a head injury, Hamon said, while a daycare center was burned in Saint-Maurice, another Paris suburb.

Much of the youths' anger has focused on law-and-order Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, whose reference to the troublemakers as "scum" appeared to inflame passions.





More "youths".

IMO this could be solved by instituting a dusk till dawn curfew, any one seen one the streets during the curfew are subject to arrest (min. of 90 days in jail).

Any one seen destroying property immediately turns into lead catcher.

Friday range trip



Went to the range after work last Friday and shot up another paper man.

I shrunk him up just a bit and I think he's about the right size now. Plus I tweaked his head a bit and added some hair.

I also built my own frame so the range officer couldn't bitch at me for shooting up "their" frames.

And no, I didn't put any holes in my new frame.

Figured it be a good idea to first shoot off a few of my carry ammo and practice drawing and firing.

I only shot off five rounds from my carry gun (G30). At $15 for 20 rounds, five is plenty.

I drew and fired two sequences of shots, three (2com-1 head) on the first draw, the ones on the left and high, and two (2com) on the second, the two touching.

I was a little low on the head shot though. }:o(

After that I pulled out the G34 and peppered his smirky ass!

And it is sooooo much more fun down at this range.

It's a blast to load up 17 rounds in the magazine, start about 15 yards away and fire them off while walking towards the target!

The only thing that sucked was the range closed at 5:45, and I got there about 10 till 5, freaking daylight saving time!

Cynthia McKinney: "Who killed Tupac?"

You've GOT to be kidding me!





Congresswoman: Who killed Tupac?
McKinney pushes bill to open government files on rapper

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-GA, has introduced a bill to provide for the "expeditious disclosure of records relevant to the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur," the rapper murdered in Las Vegas in 1996.

McKinney and Tupac devotees say they believe Shakur was under surveillance by the FBI and other governmental agencies at the time of the murder.




Let me guess where this is going.

The FBI killed Tupac?

Friday, November 04, 2005

What is Castro doing?

"THIS is a war." ~ Burning Paris

Just 20 minutes from Paris, it's war

Emma-Kate Symons meets locals at the flashpoint of Clichy-sous-Bois, Paris
November 05, 2005

"THIS is a war." It is late in the evening marking the end of Ramadan when 13-year-old Souhail, a French Muslim of Moroccan origin, makes his bellicose declaration.

On a residential street crowded with onlookers, we are trying to shield ourselves from the blaze and foul smell of another car set alight in the outer Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois.

[snip]





Apparently the French government hasn't "gotten the memo" on this yet and still think this is a fire fighting exercise.

DISABLED WOMAN SET ABLAZE IN PARIS RIOTS!

SKY News

Updated: 12:36, Friday November 04, 2005

A handicapped woman was doused with petrol and set on fire by youths during another night of rioting in Paris.

The 56-year-old suffered third degree burns to 20% of her body in the attack.

Witnesses said a youth poured petrol over the woman and then threw a Molotov cocktail on to the bus she was travelling on in the suburb of Sevran.

Other passengers were able to flee but she was unable to escape because of her disabilities.

It was the worst incident so far in more than a week of rioting.




France better figure out real quick they need to quell this fast.

By all means necessary, including the use of extreme force.

Parents Have No 'Fundamental Rights' in Their Children's Sex Ed

So says a three judge pannel of the 9th Circus....

What's next, parents will soon be thrown in jail if they teach their children something contrary to what the school's line is?

Like telling your own kids that men should only have sex with women.




update:

As much as I agree that the court's decision is wrong, the parents in this case are idiots for bringing the case.

The Parental consent letter says:

"You [the parent] may refuse to have your child participate or withdraw from this study at any time without any penalty or loss of services to which your child is entitled."

&

"I [the parent] understand answering questions may make my child feel uncomfortable."


If these idiotic parents would have just taken the time to READ the consent forms brought home by their kids they wouldn't have given these insane judges the opportunity to hand down this decision!



Court's opinion



"We ... hold that there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children ...."
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

By Allie Martin and Jody Brown
November 3, 2005

(AgapePress) - A Christian constitutional attorney says Wednesday's ruling in a case dealing with a survey administered to elementary-age children essentially undermines parental rights in determining when, where, and how children are exposed to sexual topics in public schools.

The case involves the Palmdale School District in California, which notified parents of its intentions to conduct an assessment of children ages seven to ten in order to "establish a community baseline measure of children's exposure to early trauma (for example, violence)." What the letter to parents did not convey was that ten of the 79 questions on the survey would ask the children about the frequency of "touching my private parts," "thinking about having sex," "having sex feelings in my body," and "can't stop thinking about sex."

Six parents sued the school district after they discovered the contents of the survey, alleging the district had interfered with their constitutional rights by authorizing the survey be administered without disclosing to parents the sexual nature of portions of the survey. Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously sided with the school district.

Judge Steven Reinhardt, writing for the panel, stated: "We hold there is no free-standing fundamental right of parents 'to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex in accordance with their personal and religious values and beliefs ....'" Continuing, he wrote: "We conclude only that the parents are possess [sic] of no constitutional right to prevent the public schools from providing information on [sex education] to their students in any forum or manner they select."

[snip]






Kevin McCullough

6:43am EST

9th CIRCUIT COURT, "PARENTS ARE OUTLAWED ON SEX":

So according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco (insert tawdry joke here) the public school systems now have the right to ask your first grader - if they have ever thought about touching someone else's private parts. Infact they can go beyond that to even demonstrate someone doing it. They could even ask two first graders in the same class to demonstrate it - and parents now officially have no voice over whether they approve of such "education" or not.


If you missed THAT fairly big story yesterday, my new column deals with it today "Parents have no fundamental rights".

Besides the fact that I may want to keep my first grader somewhat innocent and protected from such sexual material, and as a parent I don't believe a court has any business putting such thoughts into the heads of first graders. It is also important to point out - that this is now the law of the land and can not be stopped unless or until an appeal is eventually heard either by the full 9th Circuit Court, or the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here was one gem of a quote from the ruling that I mention in the piece:

"There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children."

Here's another:

"there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children ... Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students."

Please take the time to read the entire column.

Paris Burning (pictures)



Police officers investigate near the wreckages of some of the 27 city buses burned by youths in a warehouse in Trappes, West of Paris, Friday Nov. 4, 2005. Hundreds of cars have been torched over the past week by youths in largely immigrant areas who began rampaging after two of their peers were electrocuted at a power substation while hiding from police they feared were chasing them.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)



French firemen confront a blazing warehouse fire near Le Bourget during an eighth night of unrest in the suburbs, northeast of Paris November 4, 2005. Some 1,300 riot police acted as a deterrent and at least 150 vehicles were destroyed overnight, according to official figures. REUTERS/Franck Prevel



A fireman tries to extinguish a school room which was set on fire in the city of Le Blanc-Mesnil, a Paris suburb November 4, 2005. Violence broke out in Paris suburbs for the seventh night running overnight on Thursday after French youths set fire to dozens of cars. REUTERS/Franck Prevel



Smoke rises from a blazing warehouse fire near Le Bourget during an eighth night of unrest in the suburbs, northeast of Paris November 4, 2005. Some 1,300 riot police acted as a deterrent and at least 150 vehicles were destroyed overnight, according to official figures. REUTERS/Franck Prevel



French firemen confront a blazing warehouse fire in Le Bourget during an eighth night of unrest in the suburbs, northeast of Paris November 4, 2005. Some 1,300 riot police acted as a deterrent and at least 150 vehicles were destroyed overnight according to official figures. REUTERS/Franck Prevel



Firefighters try to extinguish a raging fire of a warehouse in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget, early Friday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)



firefighters tries to extinguish a raging fire of a carpet warehouse in the Paris suburb, Aulnay sous Bois, early Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 after the seventh consecutive nights of violence on the outskirts of Paris. More than a thousand of police were deployed to again do battle with groups as a kindergarten, a gymnasium, government offices and hundreds of cars have been torched over the past week by youths in largely immigrant areas who began rampaging after two of their peers were electrocuted at a power substation while hiding from police they feared were chasing them. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)



Firefighters extinguish a torched car in Le Blanc Mesnil after the seventh consecutive nights of violence on the ouskirts of the French capital. More than 1,300 police were deployed to again do battle with groups of stone- and bottle-throwing youths that have torched hundreds of vehicles and vandalised buildings in rampages in low-income, high-immigrant districts since last week.(AFP/Jack Guez)



French gendarmes watch burning cars in Clichy-sous-Bois on the seventh consecutive night of violence on the ouskirts of the French capital. More than 1,300 police were deployed to again do battle with groups of stone- and bottle-throwing youths that have torched hundreds of vehicles and vandalised buildings in rampages in low-income, high-immigrant districts since last week.(AFP/Thomas Coex)

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Searching pictures this morning there seems to be something missing from all the pictures.

THERE'S NO PICTURES OF THE RIOTERS!

Paris Burning

By Robert Spencer

FrontPageMagazine.com | November 4, 2005

Riots have now continued for eight days in and around

Paris. Thursday night, November 3, Muslim rioters burned 315 cars. In the previous week, they torched 177 vehicles and burned numerous businesses, a post office, and two schools. They have rampaged through twenty towns and shot at police and firemen. In an episode that summed up the failure of France’s efforts to create a domestic, domesticated Islam, when moderate Muslim leader Dalil Boubakeur, head of the Paris mosque, tried to restore calm, his car was pelted with stones and he had to rush away.

The riots began on October 27 when two Muslim teenagers ran from police who were checking identification papers — why they ran is as yet unclear. The police did not chase them, but evidently the teenagers thought they were being chased; they eventually hid in an electrical power sub-station, where they accidentally electrocuted themselves. That night young Muslims took to the streets for the first time, throwing rocks and bottles at police, burning cars, and vandalizing property. The next day rioters, throwing rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails, injured twenty-three police officers in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois. The violence continued over the next few days: more destroyed vehicles and injured police officers. Then on Sunday, October 30, a tear gas shell hit a mosque, further enraging local Muslims; French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy stated somewhat cryptically, “I am, of course, available to the imam of the Clichy mosque to let him have all the details in order to understand how and why a tear gas bomb was sent into this mosque.” Since then the riots have continued unabated, defying appeals for calm from French President Jacques Chirac and others. The crisis now threatens to swamp the French government.

Why have the riots happened? From many accounts one would think that the riots have been caused by France’s failure to implement Marxism. “The unrest,” AP explained, has highlighted the division between France’s big cities and their poor suburbs, with frustration simmering in the housing projects in areas marked by high unemployment, crime and poverty.” Another AP story declared flatly that the riots were over “poor conditions in Paris-area housing projects.”


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Thursday, November 03, 2005

I guarantee this guy never ever -ever ever ever- runs from the cops again.

SUSPECT TAKE DOWN

Idle Hands.....

We need to get them boys down in the welding shop something to do.

They got so bored they made a weather vane.

Power Line sums up Toensing's piece in the WSJ

POWER LINE


Today's Wall Street Journal provides yet another instance of a journalistic outsider -- Washington attorney Victoria Toensing -- pursuing the relevant facts in the underlying story: "Investigate the CIA" (subscription may be necessary for access to this column). Ms. Toensing puts me in mind of the little boy who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes. Toensing outlines the facts hiding in plain sight that point to the real scandal the lamestream media have declined to cover or pursue:

• First: The CIA sent her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to Niger on a sensitive mission regarding WMD. He was to determine whether Iraq had attempted to purchase yellowcake, an essential ingredient for nonconventional weapons. However, it was Ms. Plame, not Mr. Wilson, who was the WMD expert. Moreover, Mr. Wilson had no intelligence background, was never a senior person in Niger when he was in the State Department, and was opposed to the administration's Iraq policy. The assignment was given, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee, at Ms. Plame's suggestion.

• Second: Mr. Wilson was not required to sign a confidentiality agreement, a mandatory act for the rest of us who either carry out any similar CIA assignment or who represent CIA clients.

• Third: When he returned from Niger, Mr. Wilson was not required to write a report, but rather merely to provide an oral briefing. That information was not sent to the White House. If this mission to Niger were so important, wouldn't a competent intelligence agency want a thoughtful written assessment from the "missionary," if for no other reason than to establish a record to refute any subsequent misrepresentation of that assessment? Because it was the vice president who initially inquired about Niger and the yellowcake (although he had nothing to do with Mr. Wilson being sent), it is curious that neither his office nor the president's were privy to the fruits of Mr. Wilson's oral report.

• Fourth: Although Mr. Wilson did not have to write even one word for the agency that sent him on the mission at taxpayer's expense, over a year later he was permitted to tell all about this sensitive assignment in the New York Times. For the rest of us, writing about such an assignment would mean we'd have to bring our proposed op-ed before the CIA's Prepublication Review Board and spend countless hours arguing over every word to be published. Congressional oversight committees should want to know who at the CIA permitted the publication of the article, which, it has been reported, did not jibe with the thrust of Mr. Wilson's oral briefing. For starters, if the piece had been properly vetted at the CIA, someone should have known that the agency never briefed the vice president on the trip, as claimed by Mr. Wilson in his op-ed.

• Fifth: More important than the inaccuracies is the fact that, if the CIA truly, truly, truly had wanted Ms. Plame's identity to be secret, it never would have permitted her spouse to write the op-ed. Did no one at Langley think that her identity could be compromised if her spouse wrote a piece discussing a foreign mission about a volatile political issue that focused on her expertise? The obvious question a sophisticated journalist such as Mr. Novak asked after "Why did the CIA send Wilson?" was "Who is Wilson?" After being told by a still-unnamed administration source that Mr. Wilson's "wife" suggested him for the assignment, Mr. Novak went to Who's Who, which reveals "Valerie Plame" as Mr. Wilson's spouse.

• Sixth: CIA incompetence did not end there. When Mr. Novak called the agency to verify Ms. Plame's employment, it not only did so, but failed to go beyond the perfunctory request not to publish. Every experienced Washington journalist knows that when the CIA really does not want something public, there are serious requests from the top, usually the director. Only the press office talked to Mr. Novak.

• Seventh: Although high-ranking Justice Department officials are prohibited from political activity, the CIA had no problem permitting its deep cover or classified employee from making political contributions under the name "Wilson, Valerie E.," information publicly available at the FEC.
Toensing concludes:
The CIA conduct in this matter is either a brilliant covert action against the White House or inept intelligence tradecraft. It is up to Congress to decide which.





Even though these are great points and great questions don't expect any of these to be raised next time Wilson does a talk show.

This Economy is so horrible....

Even Spiderman has to work a second job.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Iran has a parade, Kofi wonders if his laundry has been picked up.









Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005






"I don't see Iran as being hostile. Now if you'd excuse me I need to call my son and see if my laundered mone....er clothes are ready."

There has been 6 nights of riots in France?

Shocking that most reports are hardly mentioning or just leaving out the fact that it's MUSLIMS rioting...

Frustration and anger fuel unrest (CNN)


Sixth Night of Violence Erupts Near Paris-
Violence Erupts for a Sixth Night in at Least Nine Towns in Troubled Suburbs Northeast of Paris (ABC)


Anger Spreads Across Paris Suburbs After Death of Muslim Boys (WaPo)

Hummmm I wonder what the dems plan is?

This is from Reid's hissy fit yesterday.

See if you can tell what their next play will be.




The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all about: how this administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions.

The record will also show that in the months and years after 9/11, the administration engaged in a pattern of manipulation of the facts and retribution against anyone who had gotten in its way as it made its case for attacking, for invading Iraq.

There are numerous examples of how the administration misstated, and manipulated the facts as it made the case for war. The administration's statements on Saddam's alleged nuclear weapons capability and ties with al-Qaida represent the best examples of how it consistently and repeatedly manipulated the facts.

What has been the response of this Republican-controlled Congress to the administration's manipulation of intelligence that led to this protracted war in Iraq?

How did the senior administration officials manipulate or manufacture intelligence presented to the Congress and the American people?

February 12, 2004, Intelligence Committee commits to phase II investigation looking at five areas, including whether the administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence.





Guess I was right.


And would someone please buy that man a Thesaurus!!

Go Steyn!!

Confrontation is a good thing
By Mark Steyn

According to The Sunday Telegraph, on this week's whirlwind tour of the Great Satan, the Prince of Wales "will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam…because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11". His Royal Highness apparently finds the Bush approach to Islam "too confrontational".

If the Prince wants to take a few examples of the non-confrontational approach with him to the White House, here's a couple pulled at random from the last week's news: the president of Iran called for Israel to be "wiped off the map". Kofi Annan expressed his "dismay".

Excellent. Struck the perfect non-confrontational tone. Were the Iranian nuclear programme a little more advanced and they'd actually wiped Israel off the map, the secretary-general might have felt obliged to be more confrontational and express his "deep concern".

In Sulawesi, Indonesia, three Christian girls walking home from school were beheaded.

"It is unclear what was behind the attack," reported the BBC, scrupulously non-confrontationally.

In the Australian state of Victoria, reports the Herald Sun, "police are being advised to treat Muslim domestic violence cases differently out of respect for Islamic traditions and habits". Tough luck for us infidel wife-beaters, but admirably non-confrontational Islam-wise.

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