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Archive for November 11th, 2005

A Hollywood Patriot (hard to believe, isn’t it?)

Posted by Sal on November 11, 2005

Kathryn Jean Lopez over at The Corner has posted a transcript of an interview between Rita Cosby of Fox News and Bruce Willis. It’s a shame that there aren’t more actors and actresses in Hollywood like Bruce, Mel Gibson, etc.

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Bush’s Speech Got Me Thinkin’

Posted by Ryan on November 11, 2005

THANK YOU to President Bush for taking back some of the mo’ in favor of our troops and the War on Terror!!! Great speech! Attacking our critics for “rewriting history.” As a history teacher myself, I love hearing someone tell it like it is with legitimate historical persepective on their side.
Bush was quite clear about the intentions of our enemy in his speech today:

  • “Zawahiri writes that the terrorists, quote, “must not have their mission end with the expulsion of the Americans from Iraq.” He goes on to say the jihad requires several incremental goals — expel the Americans from Iraq, establish an Islamic authority over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq, extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq.”

Yet, something insidious crept into my mind after hearing this and thinking about the events in Jordan yesterday. I was watching FOX (duh) and they had Monsoor Ijaz, a Pakistani with unique insights, on to comment. He holds that IRAN is not only funding and encouraging Iraq’s insurgency, but is aiding and abetting senior al Qaeda/Taliban officials displaced by the Afghan War.
So I did some googling about IRAN just for fun. I found something of interest:

  • “Khomeini’s death in 1989 ultimately led to the waning of what was perhaps the Islamic revolution’s most profound achievement-the unification of religious and state authority in the person of the Supreme Leader. In a clear deviation from the philosophy of the revolution, the clerical regime gave Iranian national interests primacy over Islamic doctrine, and power gradually moved from theologians to revolutionary “religio-politicians.”
    From the executive summary of: Revolution at a Crossroads: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Regional Ambitions (1997)
    http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC04.php?CID=28>

To me, IRAN seems to be the one country that stands to gain anything from the establishment of a caliphate in Iraq. It seems to me that Zarqawi, Zawahiri, Bin Laden, and IRAN are basically on the same page: defeat US in Iraq, set up a puppet state in the name of “Islam”, and spread the revolution. As the IRAN piece notes, IRAN‘s not really in it for the Islam, they’re in it for the power and control. As President Bush noted today, the current enemy is like the old Communists: it’s not about the people to these nuts, it’s about power.

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Thank you, President Bush

Posted by Sal on November 11, 2005

President Bush gave a rousing Veteran’s Day speech today where he lashed out at Democrats for being disingenuous, and pointed out that the Democrats had access to the same intelligence, and over 100 Democratic Senators supported the resolution based on the available intelligence.

Kudos to President Bush for pointing this out. This needs to be repeated and stressed day after day for the foreseeable future.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all veterans, and all current members of our armed services. We salute you for your service, and thank you for your tireless defense of freedom.

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Well Said John McCain

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2005

President Bush could go down in history as a great President because he transformed the reaction to terrorism from a legal battle to a war. The President was right when he explained that a successful war against terror would require more than a response against those directly responsible for 9-11. He was right to go to war with Iraq. However, the President’s biggest failure lies in his failure or refusal to articulate the reasons for and successes of the war in Iraq.

John McCain gets it. A successful foreign policy requires not only steadfast determination as demonstrated by President Bush, but also the successful articulation of the reasons for military action and the successes which the media refuses to report. McCain’s remarks on this issue are presidential in quality.

If only he supported the First Amendment. . .

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More from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts

Posted by Sal on November 11, 2005

While Governor Romney is making slightly inappropriate comments, my wife Elizabeth pointed out that the MA legislature is abridging the First Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Funny how everyone remembers the establishment clause (and make it into something it’s not) and forget the free exercise clause. In my wife’s words:

This makes me sick….

State senators have just passed a bill that would REQUIRE all churches to disclose their finances. This is obviously aimed at the Catholic Church in the wake of the much-hyped abuse scandal (see excerpts below). All other non-profits must report, but religious organizations have been exempt.

According to a spokesman for the Diocese of Boston, it will cost them $3,000,000 to comply with these new regulations. Talk about bureaucracy! This lack of bureaucracy is one of the reasons that the Catholic Church is capable of getting money to areas of need with very low operating cost.

It still needs to pass the house, but our state legislature is rabidly liberal… This is scary.

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They say secrecy helped the Roman Catholic church in Massachusetts hide the burgeoning clergy sexual abuse scandal from public view, even as church officials shuffled abusive priests from parish to parish.

One way to prevent a repeat of the scandal is to bring the finances out into the light, backers of the bill said.

“We have a law that enables that darkness,” said state Sen. Marian Walsh, D-Boston, chief sponsor of the bill, which was approved 33-4 in the Senate. “Moral transparency and financial transparency are inextricably linked.”

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My question is, how would disclosing of finances helped to prevent the priest abuse scandal? This is taking the horrific actions of a few Boston priests and using it to try to restrict the free exercise of the Catholic Church. Sickening.

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Inappropriate Comment from Mitt Romney

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2005

Mitt Romney recently referred to Massachusetts as the “Kennedy and Kerry Klan.” Kennedy and Kerry may be anti-american blowhards, but they are not klansmen. It would be more appropriate the next time Governor Romney discusses Klansmen if he would confine his comments to the Democrat who actually was a member of the KKK: Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV).

In the Governor’s defense, maybe he confused members of the party historically associated with racism. After all, it was the Democrats who defended slavery. It was southern Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today, it is the Democrats who support race-based preferences. I’ll give Governor Romney a pass because of the understandable confusion that results from trying to differentiate Democrat policies and views on race.

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On a Lighter Note, I’m Going

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2005

For once in my life, I am like my good friend Diana Cassidy (Sucich to all your Friars out there). I say this because I know what I am doing on September 1, 2012. Go Irish! Beat Navy!

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Have we forgotten?

Posted by Sal on November 11, 2005

Seeing the news of the past few days, and hearing about Ryan’s brother, who is home from Iraq, I have been thinking a lot lately about the War on Terror. Is it just me, or has America seemed to have forgotten 9/11? If you look at the polls, the media, and just the daily attitudes of Americans, it appears that we may have. Just to remind everyone, put yourself back to 9/11 and where you were. Think about how you felt when you saw the first plane hit the towers, then the second. Then think about how, within the hour, another plane had struck the Pentagon and then a field in Pennsylvania (thanks to some courageous hero’s). Think about those who were murdered; the police and fire fighters who risked their lives, and many who lost their lives, trying to save their fellow citizens from the collapsing towers. Remember, and never forget, the unity of purpose our country felt at that time.

Look at how terrorism has hit other countries since 9/11, and how they reacted. Spain had a subway bombing, and reacted with weakness and capitulation. The UK had bombings this summer, and reacted with strength at the time, but weakness this past week. Yesterday in Jordan, another terrorist attack, a horrific attack against fellow Arabs was carried out by the terrorists. The past few weeks have also showed rioting in France by Muslims calling for Jihad. And there will be more to come, both abroad and on our own soil.

This war is only beginning, and it will require our vigilance to win this war. We need to stay the course, stay steady. We can’t give in to political pressures to water down the Patriot Act or begin withdrawing our troops. These things will show the terrorists a sign of weakness, a sign that they will surely capitalize on. We cannot forget it as a major issue. We need to fight it and fight it even harder than we are now, and with unity of purpose as a people. With all the talk on judges, taxes, spending, health care, and everything else that is more tangible on a day-to-day basis, it is easy to forget how important this issue is.

When history writes the chapter on the early 21st century, will they see an America that stayed the course, that fought with all its might like the Greatest Generation of World War II and preserved freedom, or will they see a generation that was weak, that capitulated, and that gave in. I pray, hope, and fight for the former, but I am fearful that the latter may become the reality. We must not give up the fight. We must continue to support our troops, support our President, and fight those who wish to kill and destroy us all. We can win this war – but only if we stay committed.

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Clinton vs. Gore??

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2005

Rasmussen is begging the question that would bring us Republicans some entertainment next time around. Gore acts like he isn’t going to do it. If it does happen, remember to bring your earplugs.

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