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Archive for January 26th, 2006

Expectation of Privacy — on a Library computer?

Posted by Sal on January 26, 2006

Mrs. Sal came across a story about a library in Newton where the FBI wanted access to a library computer where a potential terrorist threat was made from. The librarian refused to allow them access because they didn’t have a search warrant. In the words of Mrs. Sal:

Hello??? It was a potential terrorist threat. It’s a public building, and I believe the librarian could CONSENT to a search without a warrant. Makes me feel safe.

The liberals in this country are getting out of hand. No one has a “reasonable expectation of privacy” on a public library computer. A search warrant is supposed to be for unreasonable searches and seizures of private property, not public property. It took the FBI nine hours to get a warrant (by which time it was determined that there really was no threat). If this had been a real threat, and people had died because of a 9-hour wait for a warrant, would people be praising this woman? Use some common sense people! We’re at war, and the liberals are concerned about a right to privacy (which doesn’t exist in the constitution anyways) on a public piece of equipment. It makes my head hurt.

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One Special Person is Sad Today

Posted by Ryan on January 26, 2006


Helen Thomas is sad.
She wasn’t called on today.
Everyone else around her was called on today.
She doesn’t understand why Mr. President did not call on her today.
One special person is sad today.
Somewhere a liberal weeps,
Vaining empathy so as not to appear insensitive.

Pict: RepublicanVoices.org

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The Unintentional Comedy of George Galloway

Posted by Mike on January 26, 2006

The BBC has the latest on George Galloway post- Big Brother. I know. I know. George Galloway’s sucking up to dictators and assistance to the U.N. in its oil for food scandal are more outrageous than his recent stint on the UK’s celebrity Big Brother where he, among other things, dressed in a leotard and imitated a cat, but his reflections on the reactions to his experience is just too rich. “Why are we talking about this? The world is in flames. The Liberal Democrat party is imploding… there is war and pestilence and disease in the world. Why are we talking on national radio for 10 minutes about me, for charity, pretending to be a cat? “

Hey Galloway, if a ten minute distraction on a radio talk show irritates you, what are your thoughts on your childish decision to take several weeks away from your duties as an MP while the world was supposedly falling apart? Of course your absence was probably the best gift you could have given your constituents and to the world. Not that it really matters anyway. With the adults in charge, your insane ideas really can’t see the light of day. At least not in the UK. Now if we can just have an election in France. . .

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Quite a Middle East Contrast

Posted by Ryan on January 26, 2006

Hamas’ victory is not cool. Palestine is a disjointed state in crisis, less from the Israelis and more from factions within their own sources of power. Check out Salinger’s link below for an account of what happened in the election.

In contrast, the nation that Hamas wants to destroy, Israel, tried to and almost did get Osama Bin Ladin back in 1996. Mossad nearly got him through their Egyptian liaisons. So on one hand we have Hamas prepared to work with Iran to destroy Israel, and Israel who was and is a valuable friend in the War on Terror, apparently even before we were fighting it!

Now, the Palestinians are not completely bonkers for supporting Hamas. Hamas has offered food, clothing, shelter, day care, and something close to police protection for Palestinians in Gaza for decades. Hamas has been the government in some areas out there. I am not being an apologist. It’s only that I believe that these things happen for a reason and in a context. I personally believe that Hamas’ social welfare actions are fundamentally underhanded, insidious, and rabble-rousing.

That being said, the Palestinians are still responsible for what they did yesterday and should not be surprised if we and other nations act in OUR self-interest, through the will of OUR people to lay the smackdown if need be. Hamas is a terrorist organization–social welfare issues or not! I believe you can watch babies and NOT blow up Jews at the same time! They have a choice to end the terrorism and join in the civil political process. This could be a great opportunity. However, it could be a step towards war and alienation. People make choices. The Palestinians did. Now they’ll have to deal with it.

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Robert Byrd to Support Alito; Cricket Chirping Heard in Chafee’s Office

Posted by Mike on January 26, 2006

Red State.org is reporting that Senator Robert Byrd (D-KKK-WV) will support the confirmation of Sam Alito. Seems as if Byrd is listening to his constituents for a change. It’s funny how that happens when red state Democrats are up for re-election.

Now that even the former Klansman is on board, I reiterate my question. What are you waiting for Lincoln Chafee?

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Setback in the War on Terror

Posted by Sal on January 26, 2006

A major setback in the war on terror occurred today with Hamas being elected as the majority party in the Palestinian Parliament. Hamas is a terrorist organization which is intent on the destruction of Israel. The one problem with introducing democracy in the middle east is that sometimes people make the wrong choices (see U.S. Presidency, 1993-2000). The question is where to go from here. Does the U.S. negotiate with Hamas if they renounce violence and the destruction of Israel, and attempt to legitimize their movement? Do we let Israel attach Palestine and defeat Hamas once and for all? We’ll have to wait and see, but the war on terror just got a lot more complicated.

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