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Pope and Patriarch in Constantinople

Posted by Mike on November 30, 2006

The most important event of Pope Benedict’s visit to Turkey occurred early this morning when the Pope attended the celebration of the divine Eastern liturgy led by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. I caught portions of the beautiful service on television and was blown away. During the service, both men expressed a strong desire to restore full communion between the two great churches. Following the service, there was joint blessing by the Pope and Patriarch.

The expression of these sentiments was historic, given the fact that the two churches have been apart for nearly 1000 years. Although real differences between West and East remain, they are not nearly as deep as the divisions between Catholic and Protestant churches. Both Benedict and Bartholomew seem genuinely committed to reversing the damage done in 1054. Although much work remains, the churches are the closest they’ve been in centuries to restoring One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Unfortunately, most media stories from the Papal visit to Turkey focus on Benedict’s diplomacy toward Islam. A search of news stories involving Pope Benedict uncovers more stories about his visit to the Blue Mosque and quotations of Emperor Manuel than the Divine Liturgy. Although important, Pope Benedict’s diplomatic relations with non-Christians was not the point of the visit. Here, two churches based on Apostolic tradition are making real progress on healing a rift that has officially existed since 1054. However, due to the media’s left wing, secular and short sighted worldview, they’re missing the real story.

Reuters photo

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A War of Movement?

Posted by Ryan on November 30, 2006

The Bush-Maliki summit produced an encouraging sign today: the Prime Minister said that the US has been slow in giving him his tools, so we’re going to speed things up in order to transfer security details ASAP.

Bush has been saying that ever since January 2005, the US military remained in Iraq at the behest of the Iraq government. This summit shows that the Iraqi government now definitely wants us to leave, just not until they’re ready to handle security.  It’s good to see some reciprocity from Maliki.  Like Bush, Maliki needs to accelerate the plan due to domestic pressure.  I just hope this isn’t just talk or done so sloppily that we leave Iraq in incapable hands.  I’d hate to leave Iraq, then have to send the troops back in 5-10 years because we messed up due to political expediency and short-sightedness.

AFP/File photo.

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Appeasement in the Air

Posted by Ryan on November 29, 2006

Mahmoud and Talabani reached a security “agreement” today whose details will be released sometime soon.  I’m all for Iraq making deals that it thinks is important, but Iran cannot be trusted.  Iran is plainly running for regional hegemon.  Only the American presence in Iraq, Israel’s continued existence, and that pesky nuclear issue gets in Mahmoud and the Mullah’s way.

At the same time an article by Dick Morris makes a very good point about modern appeasement. According to Morris, Baker’s bipartisan (I’m already suspicious) commission may ask for direct talks with the Axis of Evil.  We would be clearly selling out our principles unless these talks revolved around transparent nuclear inspections, ending all nuclear development, stopping their support for Hezbollah and the Mahdi Army, and warning of “serious consequences” if those conditions are not met… then only then will we talk.  The problem is that this Administration does not have the political will to do so.

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Frist is Out

Posted by Mike on November 29, 2006

Out of the 2008 Presidential race that is.  The outgoing Senate Majority leader, known affectionately to conservatives as “limp Frist” for his cowardice in the face of liberal blabber, has declared that he will not run for President in 2008.  This is great news.

I was a fan of the Senator for a long time.  A virtual unknown in 1994, Frist ran a folksy campaign to upset incumbent Senator Jim Sasser, a well-known and powerful liberal in love with tax increases.  In 2002, he chaired the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, leading Republicans back into the Senate majority.  The guy knew how to win.  However, something funny happened on the way to the White House.

As Senate Majority leader, Frist was ineffective.  He was unable to unify Republicans in support of the President’s social security reforms.  He was unable to pass legislation making the President’s tax cuts permanent (you didn’t expect Bush to do the work did you?).  He allowed drunken-sailor-level spending to continue unabated.  He let McCain run the show on judicial nominations with the Gang of 14.

Frist’s worldview is fine.  He’s just not a leader.  Now what little support he had can migrate to a viable conservative.

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Schumer Attempts to Bury Reagan Legacy

Posted by Mike on November 29, 2006

Chuck Schumer has declared an end to Reaganomics.  In terms of policy, Schumer is dead wrong.  Reaganomics is alive and well, hence our current prosperity.  As it relates to the 2006 election, Schumer is right.  Unfortunately it was the Republicans who killed it.  Since President Bush’s re-election, there has been no ongoing defense of our noble war effort, no further tax relief, no serious attempt to make the prior tax cuts permanent, and spending is through the roof.  The only repeat performance from the Reagan years was a pathetic attempt at amnesty.  I doubt Reagan would grant amnesty under present circumstances.  Reagan’s political legacy is not looking too good right now.

Thankfully, the Reagan legacy is like a phoenix.  It burns to ashes at some points (1992, 1996) only to return again (1994, 2000).  It’s a shame that we just saw the Reagan legacy on a burning day.

Link via Drudge

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Justice is Blind

Posted by Sal on November 29, 2006

Watch out America, your currency will be changing yet again.  Federal Judge James Robertson (a Clinton Appointee, of course) has ruled that the current currency system in America discriminates against blind people, because they cannot tell different denominations of bills is which.  The judge feels it is “reasonable” for the government to do something to make it easier (i.e. a raised number or letter, different sizes, etc.).  Besides costing billions to implement, this will ripple through the vending machine industry and indirectly cost Americans even more.  Electronic devices are already available to assist blind people in identifying bills.  This, apparently, was not enough for Judge Robertson, who argued that since all 180 other countries that produce currency have different sizes or textures, that the U.S. should as well.  I have no beef against someone who is blind, but the idea that the country needs to fundamentally change to accommodate every conceivable disability is both insane and impossibly complex. 

While we are at it, we should do something about NPR.  NPR, a government-funded radio network, discriminates against deaf people.  We need to create and distribute for free a radio teleprompter that allows deaf people to see what is being said on NPR. 

This is another example of a Federal Judge ignoring common sense, taking the law beyond what it was ever intended to provide, and writing his own law based on other nations and his own personal opinion.  This is why judges matter. 

Link via Drudge

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Whitman Makes Sense, But Only in the Communist North

Posted by Mike on November 28, 2006

Former New Jersey Christie Whitman, who by default is looking better every day, argues that the Republican party cannot win another national election unless the party moves to the political center. She cites numerous moderate Republicans who were wiped out in a national Democrat wave to support her argument. Whitman could not be more wrong.

It’s telling that Whitman cites a Vermont Republican as a specific example. Admittedly, Whitman’s centrism is the most viable strategy in certain states, such as New Jersey, Vermont and others in the northeast. In those states, Republicans must distinguish themselves from their party on at least a couple of issues or have a really poor opponent if they hope to win. Not every state is going to elect a Tom Coburn. However, on a national stage, Republicans typically must run as conservatives if they hope to win.

My theory that successful Republicans run from the right while successful Democrats run form the center is based on the direction those candidates move in order to get to the political center. The positions which attract the most attention when a centrist candidate emerges are the issues where the candidate distinguishes himself from his party. When a Republican moves to the center, he moves left in order to get there. The newsworthy positions are the liberal ones. On the other hand, centrist Democrats who run to the center must run to the right in order to get there. Therefore, someone like Bill Clinton looks reasonable when his newsworthy policy positions are middle class tax cuts, the harmful effects of rap music, and ending welfare as we know it.

A look into history seems to support this theory. Nationally, Republicans who move to the center typically lose. Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush in 1992, and Gerald Ford are perfect examples. Republicans who run as conservatives typically win. George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush in 1988, and Ronald Reagan are perfect examples. It’s true that Democrats can only win in the center on a national level. Bill Clinton did so twice. John Kerry, Michael Dukakis, and Walter Mondale didn’t do so well.

Republicans in New Jersey should pay attention to Governor Whitman. For Republicans in most states and for those who hope to win a national election, there’s nothing to see here.

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Left’s Bigotry on Display Again

Posted by Mike on November 28, 2006

One of the recurring questions on talking-head television and in socialist rags is whether Mitt Romney’s Mormonism will hurt him among “evangelicals” in the Republican primary. This inquiry is evidence that the left simply does not understand the nation they hope to govern. Specifically, they do not understand practicing Christians, especially those who live in the South and vote Republican.

In 2004, a misstep that may have ultimately cost Kerry-Edwards the election was their calculated decision to repeat the fact that Mary Cheney is a lesbian. The thought process behind this was that since Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose gay marriage, they would be appalled at Mary Cheney’s sex life and stay home. This bigoted theory erroneously assumed that opposition to gay marriage was based on hate. The left just doesn’t understand that refusing to affirm what one believes is immoral is distinct from the love that Christians feel for sinners.

Somewhat related, Kerry later revealed an ignorance of another conservative voting bloc, hunters. In a hilarious attempt to win some hunting crossovers, Kerry donned camouflage to confuse the ducks in an upcoming duck hunt photo op. While applying for his license, Kerry asked in his best Cletus voice, “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” Again, the thought process was that Southerners actually speak like Cletus. The left just doesn’t understand that a different accent is not a sign of a charming but inferior intelligence.

Here, the left is operating under an assumption that conservative voters will avoid Romney because he attends a different church. This will not matter. Conservative Christians are loving, charitable and friendly people without a bigoted bone in their bodies. If Romney fails to attract to conservative voters, it will not be because of theological differenes in a church that nevertheless opposes anything you would see in a Clinton White House. (I’ll avoid the laundry list). If Romney fails to attract conservative voters, it will be because of his late entry into the pro-life movement, his history of government activism in health care, or any other liberalism from his past which may surface. If Romney satisfies conservatives that he is in fact one of them, he will do well, Mormon or not.

This inquiry illustrates one of my maxims. Don’t believe anything the media says about religion or the religious.

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Smackdown!

Posted by Sal on November 28, 2006

A few days ago, I reported on a story where the New York Times was requesting intervention from the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) for subpoenas regarding classified leaks.  Well, today as reported by Michelle Malkin, in a one-sentence non-dissenting ruling, the court refused to grant a stay.  Now, the Times will be forced to reveal phone records that could show who in the government leaked classified information.  It is nice to see the NY Times Smacked-down!

While not precedent-setting, this could be the beginning of a trend that will allow prosecutors to seriously go after those who seek to thwart the government in the war on terror by leaking to the press.  The press does not and should not serve an essential “whistleblower” role when it comes to classified data.  There are channels to deal with potential abuses, such as the FISA court, the intelligence committees in the Legislative Branch, etc., but the media and public has no need to know about what is being done in this war on terror. 

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NBC Has Spoken. It’s Civil War.

Posted by Mike on November 28, 2006

With its credibility compromised and MSNBC ratings south of Hades, NBC has officially declared Iraq in a state of civil war. Who do they think they are, Walter Cronkite?

Like the liberal hack who occupied the SeeBS anchor chair for about a century, NBC seeks to undermine our war effort by asserting something contrary to fact. In Cronkite’s case, the Tet offensive was classified as a devastating defeat despite the fact that the U.S. won the battle. Without competition from alternative media, Americans mistakenly but understandably believed Cronkite, and support for the war plummeted just as the Communist North hoped it would. The rest was history. Here, NBC hopes for a similar result by classifying the Iraq war as a civil war and by extension, a defeat for U.S forces and their Commander in Chief.

The problem for NBC is that they and their dinosaur media colleagues have lost their monopoly. Unlike their beloved 1960s, people don’t swallow their “news” without question. Although some of their influence remains, bare assertions are no longer enough.

Having the good fortune of knowing a soldier who served in Iraq, I have seen evidence of support for our troops by both Sunni and Shite Muslims. Iraqis from both sects oppose the thugs terrorizing their country. As our troops continue to train Iraqis to clean their own swamp, the last thing the troops need is media telling the world and our enemies the war is lost, especially when it isn’t true.

Some terrorists in Iraq are independent contractors. Some are Iranians. Some are former Baathists. The terrorists in Iraq are not an organized faction. This is an essential element of civil war and it just isn’t there. The fact that NBC says it’s so doesn’t make it so.

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Unrelated?

Posted by Ryan on November 27, 2006

Iraqi President Talabani met with the Iranian puppet-man, I mean President Ahmadinejad, in an attempt to reach out to Iraq’s neighbor who is quite obviously fomenting and funding the sectarian violence and militias in Iraq. Talabani’s act simply makes sense– a sovereign and calculated act by an independent Iraqi government looking out for its own best interest.

In other news, Israeli Prime Minister Olmert is ready to reach out to the Palestinians and reach some kind of deal to ensure a continued ceasefire.

Meanwhile, the New York Slimes is saying, that Baker’s commission will suggest direct talks with Syria and Iran on stabilization in Iraq (yet another endoresement of the notion that Iran and Syria are substantively behind much of the violence in Iraq).

I think that these overt overtures by Iraq, Israel and potentially the US are all designed to mute any white noise in future negotiations if or when a US/Iran rapprochement were to take place. Just a hunch.

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Republicans Cause Decrease in Hurricanes

Posted by Sal on November 27, 2006

Earlier this year I posted an article in which former President Bill Clinton declared that Republicans caused increased hurricanes.  Well, Drudge linked today to a news story about how the Hurricane season was a complete bust this year.  There were no category 4 or 5 storms (for the first time in 9 years), there were only nine named storms (as opposed to the 17 predicted), of which only five were hurricanes.  Since Republicans were responsible for the increase in storms this year, then it must be fair to say that they have done a good job keeping the storms down.  Also, since Global Warming causes hurricanes, then Republicans must have solved that problem as well. 

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Seeking a Judicial Fiat

Posted by Sal on November 27, 2006

The American Left has always attempted to push its liberal agenda through the courts rather than through elected officials.  This is because the American people soundly reject liberalism whenever it is put forth in the Court of Public Opinion (this was one of the reasons for the 1994 electoral landslide the Republicans had). 

A new case is coming before the Supreme Court this week.  Unhappy with the Environmental policy of the Bush Administration, a group of environmental groups, states, and cities, are seeking the help of the Court to force the Bush administration to regulate the amount of Carbon Dioxide that comes from cars.  So much for trusting the “will of the people.”   

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Obstruction Junction–What’s Your Function?

Posted by Ryan on November 26, 2006

John Dingle has promised to investigate as much as he possibly can on issues related to energy this coming in January.  Halliburton and Cheney are the specific targets.  I feel that the Dems have to play to their Liberal base– it plainly funded them to victory three weeks ago.  Now, it’s pay back time!

How many old infrastructure companies are there in the United States that can handle rebuilding on the scale of, say, the country of Iraq?  Think about it…  Ah ha!  One.  Halliburton. The other company of that scale as of 2004 is ostensibly owned by the Bin Ladin family.  Of course, asking only oil and energy companies to have a meeting about, say, “energy” is also a reason to investigate in Obstructionland.

The Dingle article epitomizes what many have feared about a Democrat Congress; endless investigations just to placate their extreme fringe at the expense of our government functioning smoothly during a time of war.  That is not to say one cannot investigate wrong-doings, but the Dems are not picky here.  If it’s Bush, Cheney, or anyone with an “R” after their name, then they’re a target.

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Krauthammer on Iraq

Posted by Sal on November 26, 2006

I just today stumbled across a week-old column by Charles Krauthammer which is worth a read.  In it, Krauthammer examines Iraq, the Bush Doctrine of fighting terror through the spread of Democracy, and the Arab world’s receptiveness to a Democratic state.  He examines the causes of failure in Iraq and why the country seems to be crumbling.  His answers are far from typical.  Krauthammer does not see the need for more troops, nor does he feel the original objective was a mistake.  He also does not buy into the notion that the Arab world is not culturally able to accept a democracy.  Rather, he looks at the political dynamics of the new Iraqi Government and the Shiite domination over the Sunni’s and Kurds. 

Despite what pundits try to say, the war in Iraq is over, and the casualty figure remarkably low.  (There were more deaths in post-WWII Germany in 1946-1947 than during the entire war in Iraq).  The reconstruction phase of the operation has been hampered tremendously by the lack of stability, and the Krauthammer column attempts to answer why.  Definately worth a read. 

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Ostrich Brigade in Full Force

Posted by Ryan on November 25, 2006

Soon to be Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, in a more nuanced Murtha-ism, is parroting that same cut-and-run bilge on this morning’s Democratic Radio Address. He cites that the current strategy in Iraq is not working and that the Iraqi government should know that our support is not “unending.”

I wonder if it really hasn’t yet dawned on our Democrat friends and those in the MSM that our enemies actually read our newspapers and watch our news networks! If you keep talking defeat, then it becomes conventional wisdom here at home, and ultimately it happens. Militarily we’re kicking the bad guys up to Allah at an alarming rate, perhaps creating temporary shortages amongst the promised virgins (we can see some desperation here on Earth when Hamas is all about sending grandma to visit Allah, perhaps to ask how the virgin levels are doing–you know, women’s issues are generally a touchy subject to some in their ranks).

However one looks at it, part of our military conflict is taking place on the propaganda front. That is where, I believe, we are losing miserably. That is where the Democrats and the MSM love little sound-bytes like Hoyer’s because it hurts Bush and the Republicans politically. That is what we need to fix before we leave Iraq– the only other way to leave is in shades of defeat, and some of our politicians seem eerily comfortable with that.

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With Comrades Like These . . .

Posted by Mike on November 25, 2006

While the world gives Iran more time to build nuclear weapons by discussing, debating and involving the United Nations in the situation, Russia is taking action.  While the world sits around and does nothing, deliveries of an air rocket defense system from Russia to Iran are underway.  This is going to get interesting if the international community decides to do something.

If the unthinkable happens and Israel and/or the United States takes military action to prevent the new Hitler from trying to  usher in the age of the twelfth imam, it’s at least nice to know that missiles targeted at our planes came from our friends in Russia.  It’s even nicer to know that helping Iran target our planes seems to be their intention.  I wonder what Reagan do in a situation like this?  Unfortunately, George Bush is no Ronald Reagan.

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The Enigma that is Massachusetts

Posted by Sal on November 25, 2006

I was reading an article on how some retail stores in The People’s Republic of Massachusetts (namely the Wrentham Village Outlets, for you locals) opened at 12:00 Midnight on the morning of Black Friday (the busiest shopping day of the year).  The insanity of the fact that there were massive lines and traffic jams at 12:00 AM yesterday aside, one fact that the article just briefly glossed over struck me as funny.  Massachusetts, apparently, has legal restrictions on retail stores being open on holidays. 

So let me get this straight.  The “progressive” state of Massachusetts, the only state in the union that allows homosexual marriage, has restrictions on retail stores opening on Holidays.  Next thing you know they’ll be restricting the sale of wine at grocery stores.  Oh wait, they already do

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Freedom of the Press?

Posted by Sal on November 25, 2006

Most everyone agrees that Freedom of the Press is a fundamental necessity for a functioning Democracy.  Yes, even the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Washington Post are entitled to this basic freedom, which is necessary to preserve a functioning democracy.  Yet all freedoms have limits (yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, to use the cliché), so where does one draw the line? 

Michelle Malkin is tracking a story where the New York Times is appealing to the Supreme Court against the Bush administration.  The Bush administration is attempting to subpoena the phone records of two Times reporters in order to determine who leaked classified information to the Times.  A federal appeals court has already ruled that shield laws do not apply to this type of case.  The Times is appealing on First Amendment grounds. 

The First Amendment does not protect leakers of Classified information.  It may in fact protect the Times from prosecution, despicable as they may be, as the Times can print anything it wants so long as it has a factual basis.  However, the people who leak classified information to news organizations are not journalists, and not protected from the law.  It is about time we as a nation took a common-sense approach to interpreting the First Amendment to allow for maximum freedom of the press, but harsh prosecution of those who leak classified information that can harm this nation in the current War on Terror. 

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Alexander Litvinenko (1962-2006)

Posted by Mike on November 24, 2006

Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who was poisoned earlier this month, passed away yesterday. As I posted a few days ago, the poisoning was suspicious from the beginning due to the fact that Litvinenko was an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was investigating the suspicious murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskya, also a vocal opponent of President Putin.

The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Litvinenko and Politkovskya are too suspicious to ignore. Couple the circumstances of the deaths with Litvinenko’s deathbed statement, and one can expect heightened scrutiny and criticism of Putin in the near future. In his statement, Litvinenko warned Putin that the incident would haunt him for the rest of his life:

You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.

At this point there is no evidence of Kremlin involvement. However, it is now clear that Putin at the very least has some gung ho supporters. Let’s pray that any Putin opponents who come close to uncovering something about this murder will be surrounded by as many bodyguards as possible. And maybe video cameras as well.

Link via Drudge

AP Photo

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A Dangerous Situation

Posted by Sal on November 24, 2006

The Democrats are already overreaching.  Pat Leahey announced plans to subpoena classified information in Judiciary committee investigations.  For those who thought that the Democrats would be tough on the war on terror, think again.  Everything that has protected us from another terrorist attack in the last five years is about to be undone by the Democrats. 

 A month ago, I was on a plane to Florida for a vacation with Mrs. Sal.  On the plane, we happened to sit next to an agent of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration).  He was a fascinating seat-mate, and the stories he told were riveting.  At one point, he was talking about terrorism, as DEA agents and other federal agents are often tasked to assist at important events.  His comment, while not revealing anything, basically said (paraphrased) that “It’s not an accident that we haven’t had a terrorist attack since 9/11” and “You would not believe the security measures in place in this country”.  All that being anecdotal, his point is well taken.  The American people have taken for granted that there hasn’t been another terrorist attack in five years.  President Bush is derided by both the right and the left for many reasons, some valid.  But one should not forget his record on preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

 The Democrats are about to tread in very dangerous water for us all.  If they start forcing the release of classified documents, it will harm our efforts in fighting terrorism, and could lead to another attack.  They would be wise to tread lightly. 

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Sheep Timesuck

Posted by Mike on November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving to all. My gift to you is a pretty cool timesuck from the BBC where you have to hit sheep with tranquilizers.

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“Alcee” You in January?

Posted by Ryan on November 23, 2006

Congressman Alcee Hastings is trying to be the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee this January, bypassing the much more honest and deserving Jane Harmon for the post.  What’s bizarre about all this is that Harmon is trusted, well-liked and perceived as clean on Capitol Hill and, in saner times, would be a shoe-in for the job.  But, San Fran Nan would rather entertain Hastings for the job in a strategic blunder to rival the Murtha-Hoyer debacle.

Hastings was an impeached and convicted Carter-appointed federal judge in 1989 for soliciting bribes in cases dealing with mobsters.  Though cleared by a jury, they nonetheless recommended that this man’s public career be terminated by Congress, which did eventually happen (by the way the Dems controlled both houses of Congress back in 1989– just a thought).  Just the kind of guy who should handle actionable top-level intelligence matters if you’re one of today’s “new” Democrats. 

OK, think this through: “impeached”…”convicted by the Senate”…”Carter”…”Carter-appointed (shudder)”…”bribes”…”mobsters”… “intelligence committee chairman”.

Where, as a Democrat, do you stop and think “maybe we should tell Nancy to push Jane instead”?  I’d like to know.  I’d also like to know how this disgraced boob got into Congress in 1992 and has been reelected ever since. Wow… It’s gonna be a fun (or scary) 110th Congress if this is just the preview!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Ryan on November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us here at Axis of Right!  We all have things in life to be thankful for this Holiday season.  May you all have a safe and fun-filled family feast on this day which began so we could give thanks to God for good relations, a little bit of guidance and luck, and for life’s plenty. 

Here’s some fun facts: 

  • Ben Franklin wanted this day to be about fasting and prayer back in the 1780s.
  • Abraham Lincoln was the first President to recognize this day as a national holiday back in the 1860s.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt actually got Congress to move the Holiday during the Great Depression in order to give the American people a few extra days for shopping before Christmas.

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Redefining Marriage through Divorce

Posted by Sal on November 22, 2006

A story on Anchor Rising, a Rhode Island news blog, reports on how Homosexual-marriage rights activists are attempting to legalize Marriage in the state by a divorce.  A homosexual couple “married” in Massachusetts and now living in RI is seeking a divorce.  As Justin Katz rightly points out:

If Chief Family Court Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. decides to grant the divorce, he will have — despite all of the language throughout Rhode Island law proving marriage to be an opposite-sex affair — acknowledged that a marriage can indeed exist when the spouses are of the same sex. Combine such a decision with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling that Rhode Island need not be seen as forbidding same-sex marriages for the purposes of Massachusetts law, and same-sex marriage will have been successfully imported to Rhode Island purely via judicial maneuvering.

Here again is an example of the judiciary “making law” through subtle cases that seem reasonable at first glance, but then in turn force a major cultural change on the public that they themselves did not vote for.  Marriage is defined by statute in RI and in most states as the union between a man and a woman.  That statute does not violate any constitutional provision in either the RI constitution or the U.S. Constitution, so for a judge to “recognize” a gay couple by granting a divorce is another example of the judiciary making an end-run around the will of the people. 

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The UN: Making the World Safer

Posted by Sal on November 22, 2006

Yesterday, a moderate-member of the Lebanese Government, Pierre Gemayel, was assassinated in Beirut by members of Hezbollah.  Hezbollah is using assassinations to attempt to force new elections in Lebanon.  In order for there to be new elections, a majority of ministers need to either have “resigned or been incapacitated.”  A week ago, six Hezbullah members of the government resigned, leaving two more vacancies needed to force elections.  One vacancy was created last night. 

If not for the UN, and the pressure from the “International Community”, Hezbollah would have been neutered in the war against Israel several months back.  Granted, Israel’s war plan was flawed, but they were making progress.  Now, all President Bush can do is warn Syria and Iran again for arming Hezbollah

But don’t fear!  The UN is sending more peace keepers and an International Tribunal to Beirut to calm tensions and to hold those responsible for the assassination accountable!  I feel safe now!   

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Liberal (in)tolerance

Posted by Sal on November 21, 2006

Many books have been written regarding the persecution of Christian’s in modern-day Rhode Island, and how liberalism as a whole is intolerant towards traditional religion.  An example of this is a recent story at Brown University in Providence, RI.  Brown has banned a student-led evangelical Christian group from using campus resources for “violating University guidelines for Religious groups.”  However, Brown refuses to say what guidelines were violated.  I’m sure Brown would never consider banning a gay-rights group, a feminist group, or a Muslim group.  It just goes to show how the elite educational establishment holds Christianity in disdain and doesn’t give it a forum, even under the so-called guise of “Academic Freedom”. 

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Lights, Camera . . .

Posted by Mike on November 21, 2006

A movement is underway among some Iraqis to televise Saddam Hussein’s execution.  Howar Ziad, Iraqi Ambassador to Canada, has even offered to show the execution via closed circuit television at the Iraqi embassy in Canada if enough Canadian Iraqis show interest.

Just about everyone agrees that victory in Iraq requires the cooperation of the Iraqi people.  One factor often cited as an obstacle to such cooperation is the fear that Saddam Hussein will return to power.  Televising Hussein’s trip to hell would decimate that fear forever.  I think it’s a great idea.

Link via Lucianne.

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Newt for President?

Posted by Sal on November 21, 2006

Newt in an interview given to Nina Easton of Fortune Magazine

The radical realist who defied conventional wisdom 12 years ago by stealing the House out from under the noses of entrenched Democrats now plans a surprise attack for the presidency. “I’m going to tell you something, and whether or not it’s plausible given the world you come out of is your problem,” he tells Fortune. “I am not ‘running’ for president. I am seeking to create a movement to win the future by offering a series of solutions so compelling that if the American people say I have to be president, it will happen.” So he’s running, only without yet formally saying so.

While other potential competitors like Arizona Senator John McCain, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney build staff and hire consultants, Gingrich revealed to Fortune that he plans to create a draft-Newt “wave” by building grassroots support for his health care, national security and energy independence ideas – all of which he has been peddling to corporate audiences over the past six years. “Nice people,” Gingrich says of his GOP competitors. “But we’re not in the same business. They’re running for president. I’m running to change the country.”

In December, Gingrich will launch a 527 group, called “American Solutions for Winning the Future,” that will enable him to raise and spend unlimited money on behalf of this effort. In January, he will conduct a strategy meeting with advisers. By next fall, he’ll decide whether to make a bid official – a late start by any recent historical standard.

It’s a strategy that would be considered far-fetched if this were any other candidate. But Gingrich has to be taken seriously. Polls place him third in the GOP presidential nomination race, behind Giuliani and McCain. And a recent internal GOP poll recently put him second, and ahead of McCain.

I’ll say this about him, his approach is unconventional, and I don’t know if it will pay off, but it could make things interesting.  Newt’s a great thinker, and his engineering of the Contract with America and the 1994 take-over of the house defied convention by making congressional races national, and taking the Congress for the first time in 54 years. 

 In 1974, Reagan defied conventional wisdom and built a movement.  He lost that election, but finally won in 1980.  Newt continued that movement in the 1990s, and is trying to be bold and unconventional movement for the Presidency today.  Maybe he won’t win this time, but I doubt we’ve seen the last of him.  His policy ideas are bold and intesresting.  Even if I don’t necessarily agree with him on every issue, he comes across as For more on Newt’s policy ideas see his Website “Winning the Future“. 

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America’s Worst Newspaper?

Posted by Sal on November 21, 2006

Michelle Malkin started a thread over at her blog on which newspaper is America’s Worst.  The thread originated over at  Powerlineblog, which excluded the New York Times, because that paper would most likely automatically win.

 I nominate the Boston Globe.  The Globe is a poor sibling of the times (owned by the same corporation) that has had some of the most biased and liberal-based reporting since I can remember.  Local talk show host Michael Graham of 96.9 FM-Talk (a great Conservative talk show for any of you in the Boston-Metro area) has labeled the Boston Globe the “Boston Globe-Democrat”, which is as accurate a name as I could have thought of.  In a recent post on his blog The Natural Truth, Graham speaks of the Massachusetts gay marriage amendment and its coverage by the Globe.  In the Globe-Democrat article that I posted yesterday, a professor of law was quoted as saying the following:

 A specialist on Massachusetts constitutional law said Romney’s legal appeal is unlikely to succeed, in part because it is premature. Legislators still have one day to vote on the same-sex marriage ban on Jan. 2, the last remaining day for current legislators, said Lawrence Friedman, an assistant professor at the New England School of Law. He also said Romney’s legal argument is wrong.

“That’s a lawsuit that is probably a waste of taxpayers’ dollars,” said Friedman , who filed a legal brief in support of same-sex marriage when it came before the SJC in 2003. He said he is not involved in the current debate. “The constitution doesn’t actually require the Legislature to take a vote. It says that they have to discuss it and debate it, and I don’t think there is any good argument that there hasn’t been a lot of discussion and debate.”

The Globe presented this quote as fact without any refutation, fact-checking, or challenge to that statement.  However, Graham points out Article I, Section III of the Massachusetts’s Constitution reads: 

Article IV, Section 3: A proposal for an amendment to the constitution introduced by initiative petition shall be voted upon in the form in which it was introduced, unless such amendment is amended by vote of three-fourths of the members voting thereon in joint session, which vote shall be taken by call of the yeas and nays if called for by any member.

What an example of objective journalism. 

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