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Archive for November 25th, 2006

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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