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Mickey Mouse Must Die!

Posted by Ryan on September 16, 2008

Just when they’ve been a little bit quiet lately, one of the old world-jihad ilk has come up with this: “Satan’s soldier” himself, Mickey Mouse must be killed “in all cases” under shariah law according to Sheikh Muhammad Munajid, a former Saudi diplomat in Washington DC. 

Why, you ask? 

Because mice are impure creatures and should be killed, even the cartoon ones.  Positively portraying mice, as Disney does (in the face of shariah law, mind you) is corrupting our youth. Tsk tsk, all of you, tsk tsk.

But think about this…

Loveable al Aqsa children’s show mouse, Farfur, is already dead

Very tragic. 

“What next?” we thought.  “How can they top that craziness?” we pondered.  “Where do we go from here?” they pined.

Well, now we know — Mickey Mouse is the next target of jihad! 

Pic from the American Conservative.

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9/11 Seven Years later

Posted by Ryan on September 11, 2008

9/11/08:  Seven years later

Like most on that day seven years ago, I feared planes crashing into buildings and frequent bus and train bombings in our major cities would be things we’d have gotten eerily used to by 2008 — the morbid background noise of our own Jerusalem-style intifada on our own soil. 

The future was virtually unknowable even to the most prescient among us.  I was 23 years old back then, prime draft age.  I knew there’d be war — there’d have to be.   For me anger came before the sadness set in.  I wanted revenge as I watched on TV the smoldering pit down by the Battery, the fires at the Pentagon, the potential for any new horror to manifest itself as suddenly as anything else that day. 

You remember how deeply disturbing it was to have been rocked out of the simple, complacent times of the 1990s into a kind of newly serious anxious lethargy which (to many including myself) could only be satisfied by watching things blow up overseas.  We needed only wait a month.

Seven years later, none of my fears came to pass except for that and another war.  I wasn’t needed on the front lines.  I was behind the lines supporting my brother who fought on a distant battlefield, giving what I could to military charities from time to time, encouraging those who needed it.  Thus far this has been my part, if only a small one.  We all have a part — that’s how America is so different than it used to be.

Seven years on, we remember the fallen, but also give thanks to those who have made America safe since that terrible day.  Earlier today, President Bush dedicated a 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon and made some remarks.  If there is anyone to whom thanks must be given, it is to those brave and strong people who have made it possible for President Bush to say these words today:

Thanks to the brave men and women, and all those who work to keep us safe, there has not been another attack on our soil in 2,557 days.”

Never did such a thought cross my mind seven years ago. 

Pic from the Pentagon Memorial website (DoD).

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Petraeus: Iraq “Spiraling Upwards”

Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008

David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground.  He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.”  What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!

Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week. 

Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue.  And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts?  It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone.  It would have truly been war without end.  Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work.  Let’s keep it that way.

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Dominoes Are So Last Century

Posted by Mike on August 14, 2008

There were discussions.  There were negotiations.  They lasted years.  For some reason, today is the day Donald Tusk agreed to allow American-made missile interceptors on Polish soil.  In exchange, the United States will provide assistance to Poland so that they can strengthen their military. The timing of today’s agreement is obviously anything but a coincidence.

Having a long history with Russia that includes partition and Communist occupation, few nations have more knowledge of Russia’s national pastime than Poland.  Having experienced firsthand brutal occupation by both Germany and the Soviet Union during the 20th Century and now having witnessed Russia’s forceful return into the “near abroad” within the last week, Poland has decided that teaming up with the United States to strengthen its own forces and to help protect freedom-loving nations around them is in everyone’s best interest.

Free Poland is a country that suffered for too long to turn its back on liberty now.  Today’s agreement is another example of the resolute pride that has sustained Poland throughout its all too interesting history. Kocham Polske!

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He Can See Clearly Now: Bush Takes A Second Look at Putin

Posted by Mike on August 13, 2008

Most criticism of George W. Bush is off base and will look downright silly in a few years; however, one criticism of Bush is completely warranted. When Bush looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and saw a man he could trust, he should have done a double take. Today was the double take.

When the Soviet Union Russia invaded Georgia a couple of days ago, President Bush was a little slow in reassuring our ally that the US would stand by its side. At the very moment our ally was invaded by its former slave master, the U.S’s reaction should have been repeated statements of support coupled with actions that would make Russia take notice. Thankfully, John McCain is on record stating that Russia should be kicked out of the G8 and that the U.S. should build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Since it is now clear that Iran is not the only threat in the region, that would be fine with me. So would fast tracking Georgia, Ukraine and other willing members of Russia’ near abroad into NATO.

A healthy friendship with Russia is in the United States’ best interest. The thing is, a healthy friendship with the United States is also in Russia’s best interest. The world has basically ignored Russia while it whittled away at its civil liberties, armed American enemies in the Middle East, and poisoned people on foreign soil. The world’s reaction to this crisis has been reassuring. It seems that partying like its 1968 was a step too far.

Reuters photo

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Gitmo Conviction

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Weeping as the verdict was read, Bin Laden’s old driver Salim Hamdan was found guilty of terrorism, not conspiracy, by a six-member military tribunal.  Since he was only convicted on the first count, he’ll probably just have his stay at Gitmo extended for the rest of his life. 

US troops found him in a car in Afghanistan in November 2001 with two SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) in his car… but he claimed only to be a simple mechanic.  Perhaps a jury in LA would have bought that, but not this tribunal.  Wait, that could be sooner than later!

The MSM is all about the “split” nature of this decision and not the progress of having the trial produce a conviction in the first place.  Granted one only needs a majority of the tribunal to bring a conviction, but it’s a good start!  Despite the spin, I think this decision is great.  I think that bringing these trials earlier would also have had the effect of keeping terrorism in the news, while quieting the critics.

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Hamas, Fatah and the Elusive Mustache!

Posted by Ryan on August 3, 2008

Of course, Hamas is the instigator here, shaving the mustaches of Fatah prisoners or dissodents in public in order to humiliate them.  I know the whole cultural thing about facial hair in that part of the world, but I would not be surprised if lack of a mustache could get you killed in Gaza one day. 

A few questions come to mind, however:  before performing jihad and getting to rape those afterlife virgins, isn’t it prescribed that one shaves off any excess hair?  Could (by some interpretation) facial hair be considered “excess” hair in that regard?  If so, doesn’t this act put these members of Fatah on a fast track to wear that snug and hardly-noticeable suicide belt faster than those Hamas folks could, say, if they wanted to blow up Jews or Hamas members?  And ultimately, isn’t that an unfair advantage which could backfire on Hamas one day?  If that all follows, I’m not sure Hamas quite thought this renewed policy through fully. 

Either way, sarcasm aside, there seems something very 7th Century about this whole thing.  It is clear that Fatah, by cooperating with Israel and the West, is in a much better position to achieve independence than Hamas, who continues to be violent obstructionists with their sights set squarely on the mustaches of their enemies for the purpose of humiliation and degradation.  I just don’t think that’s a winning strategy in the long-run. 

Reuters photo.

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Olmert to Resign

Posted by Ryan on July 30, 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today that he is not going to run again as leader of the Kadima Party after the September 17 primary elections.  He’s leaving it for his Kadima successor to try and put together a governing coalition. 

I’m not an Olmert fan — two summers ago, shelling an border fighting caused two Israelis to be taken by Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Israel demanded their safe return and for Hezbollah to stop shelling Israeli border towns.  After 33 days the UN brokered an end to the fighting, but no Israeli soldiers were returned — not even their bodies!  Some called it Israel’s biggest defeat, and it was under Olmert’s watch.

Only recently were those soldier’s bodies returned, in exchange for a murdering terrorist’s release along with other deviants!  The Olmert government has been appeasing on all fronts and should go sooner than later.  The Israelis could use another dose of the tough-talking and acting Netanyahu, especially since the Iraq War is quieting down.

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Is Bush Batman?

Posted by Ryan on July 28, 2008

Apparently, a number of op-ed articles have hit the Internet regarding Christopher Nolan’s new film, the box-office shattering The Dark Knight, and how Batman allegorically plays the role of George W. Bush (some say Batman is Dick Cheney or a generic conservative hero)! 

A friend tipped me off to this concept last night and I looked around the Internet finding that this notion has been proliferating, even to the WSJ Online!  It makes a lot of sense to see The Dark Knight as an allegory of the War on Terror and about Batman as the man who few people like as the one who has to make the hard choice to blur the lines in order to achieve victory — aka GWB to some. 

Leftist blogs are wicked upset that a movie with such a black-and-white treatment of morality like this one can make $300 million in just ten days while their beloved anti-war flicks quickly sputter and die quick deaths!  In The Dark Knight, terrorists (The Joker’s crew) are the remorseless fiends who fight for no discernible reason beyond the joy of it, and the good people have very tough choice to make on how to defeat them.  It mirrors reality.

Given the box office success of this film, perhaps the American people still yearn for a no nonsense ass-kicker rather than an international ass-kisser in their leaders.  This bodes well for McCain down the stretch, with less than 100 left until my birthday, which happens to be Election Day this year.  But will people make this connection and understand its implications?  Will the baggage of the last eight years show up on Election Day and turn American into an Obama Nation?  Who knows?   If the allegory holds however, then it’s the Republicans and Bush who must take the hit for having made hard, sometimes unpopular, choices which have nonetheless made all of us safer.

Pic from Rick Rockwell.

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“He Ventured Forth…”

Posted by Ryan on July 25, 2008

The latest piece from Times Online editor, American Gerard Baker, first came to my attention about an hour ago and it’s a doozy! 

His latest op-ed is absolutely awesome.  Baker takes the media’s open desire to make Barack Obama the Savior/Messiah and completely pokes fun at those who have this view (he also calls Gordon Brown, Gordon the Leper!) through colorful and biblical-style language.  I don’t think the New Yorker crowd will misunderstand this satire, but one never knows.  Here’s a sample from the beginning:

“And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.”

I wish Obama would have “ventured forth” to the wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, but that would have seemed “too political.”  The Pentagon simply told him not to bring his media and campaign troglodytes, but he could go as an elected official, rather than a candidate.  He chose not to go.  However, he made it to the gym though.

AP photo.

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We’re Not an Obama Nation Yet, But Try Telling That to His Campaign!

Posted by Ryan on July 22, 2008

One of the major themes of Obama’s trip abroad has been trying to make him look Presidential.  In all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the trip, Obama’s people sometimes forget that he, in fact, is not yet President.  Also, sometimes they have to be reminded of that little detail a second time on the same day.

What I’ve taken from Obama’s trip thus far is that it is just an elaborate campaign event, he openly disagrees with Petraeus which makes Obama on the record being on the wrong side of history, and he’s endorsed President Bush’s and John McCain’s plan to have a phased withdrawal based loosely on benchmarks and that we need to increase US troop presence in Afghanistan.  Of course, that’s not how it’s being spun, since Obama adds the 16 month caveat, which he can rescind the moment he’s in office.  He wants to have it both ways so he doesn’t have to take any real position at all that he’ll need to stand behind — very brave, Barry, but unless you decide to cancel this Fall’s debates, you’re going to be toast.

I certainly hope there’s some kind of noticable backlash to all of this trip’s media bias and Obama’s arrogant, presumptive behavior.  He is naive, just plain wrong or elusive about national security, and isn’t good on his toes.  This man thinks he’s President already.  As they say the more inflated one’s ego, the harder the fall.

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Obama’s Media Darlings to Follow Him on Trip

Posted by Ryan on July 18, 2008

As if there was any doubt about the MSM’s Big Three network’s bias towards Barack Obama, this removes all suggestion to the contrary.  Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric are all going along on the trip!  John McCain’s been to Iraq three times since campaigning began last year (that sound you hear is crickets), and eight times total since the war began.  The MSM isn’t even trying to hide the bias anymore!

Yet, Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since January 2006 and has never visited the “real war” in Afghanistan, so all Big Three anchors will follow their clinically narcissistic and vain Good Shepherd around Europe and the Mideast, drooling, fawning, basking.  I guess that it should be big news that Obama was guilted and cornered into taking this trip… by John McCain of all people!  No mention of that in front of the Savior.  In fact, some in the MSM are blaming the McCain camp for making this a bigger story than it otherwise would have been!  So, McCain controls the media now?  Hmm.

This trip will strain one’s objective credulity worse than Greta Van Susteran’s hanging out in Aruba for months looking for Natalee Holloway — what a hard assignment that must have been: very few breaks in the story but lots and lots of sunshine!  It’ll be like watching the Big Three have spontaneous orgasms every night on TV, as they swoon over their chosen savior.  Get your V-Chips ready!  Good thing I don’t watch those networks.  I honestly don’t know anyone under 50 who does watch them more than once a week.  I’ll hear what’s going on when Brit Hume lets me know. 

What makes this whole affair worse is that Obama’s trip to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan will probably be paid for by the taxpayers since the trip is being billed as a “fact-finding mission.”  Belonging to a Union I know what it feels like to have your money going to a campaign of someone you do not like and would never vote for.  I hope people take notice of this:  that, in the words of Rush fill-in Jed Babbin, the MSM has become a very large and very powerful “527” in Obama’s favor.

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Finishing the “Real War” in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 17, 2008

There’s this story going around the AP this morning which indicates that some soldiers are longing to go to the “real war” in Afghanistan, as Iraq is becoming the more quiet of the two battlefields lately.  With violence against Coalition troops in Iraq on pace to be the lowest in years and the Dems even having to accept the Surge’s success, this story reveals two major points in my opinion: 

1.  Our soldiers are awesome, ready for a fight wherever they happen to be sent, even longing for a chance to kill the bad guys.  As professional soldiers, soldiering is their job, so I’m very glad they take pride and have enthusiasm for their work. 

2.  The AP and the MSM are essentially embracing the Democrat’s position on Iraq, that the “real” bad guys are in Afghanistan and that the fight there should be escalated quickly.  This has been their narrative for five years, stating that Iraq was a distraction from the real War on Terror, even though Bin Laden himself believes that Iraq was the central front in the War on Terror.  What does he know, right?  Nonetheless, it’s a position designed to attack Bush and the Republicans on their strongest electoral issue historically, dealing with terrorism, and it’s obviously transparent and won’t work with flip-flop Obama as their spokesman.

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Obama Rewrites Iraq and Gets Stuck

Posted by Ryan on July 15, 2008

On the same day that Barack Obama wants to rewrite his Iraq War position while continuing to insist that his position has never fundamentally changed, the McCain campaign seized on the recurrent flip-flop issue by noticing Obama’s changing website, which has suddenly brightened up the picture in Iraq

Well, updating one’s website is normal, but updating the basic premise of an issue that garnered countless thousands of kook-fringe voters in the primaries is another thing altogether!  Obama is both insulting the rubes that voted for him, while giving McCain an opening to legitimately harp on the flip-flop motif of which the Republicans have been trying to tag Obama this last month to great effect: abortion, faith-based initiatives, Iraq itself, gun rights, etc. are all part of the evidence!

Furthermore, Obama’s people are making a really dumb political move by allowing this speech without protest.  Insisting that he give an Iraq/Afghanistan speech before he visits the region traps him in a very high-profile political way, making his trip just a lens to justify his preconceptions, not the other way around which would give more political cover to take the exact same positions he lays out today but with more legitimacy.  It’s a ridiculous move and McCain’s already hitting him on it!  Even Christopher Hitchens, a super duper uber leftist, believes that Obama’s “zero-sum” attitude towards the two theaters is unfounded and small-minded. 

CNN photo from Fact Check.

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Obama’s FISA Flip-Flop

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008

It’s been really entertaining lately watching Barack Obama pretend that he’s a moderate and hasn’t changed any of his positions despite all the YouTube and print-media evidence to the contrary.  Today’s FISA reauthorization/clarification bill is a great example:

Here’s an Obama spokesman’s remarks from a talking-points memo from October 2007 on the issue of the FISA bill which included retro-active immunity for the telecommunications companies who hooked-up America after 9/11:

“To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.”

That seems pretty clear and direct.  To reiterate, here is Obama’s Senate office in December of last year on the same point:

Senator Obama unequivocally opposes giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies…. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect. Senator Obama supports a filibuster of this bill, and strongly urges others to do the same.

Pretty heavy stuff… however, today Obama voted for the bill which contained that very provision which give retro-active immunity to those telecom companies.  McCain nailed him on the flip-flop, which Obama subsequently denied was a flip-flop. 

As it turns out (just to stir things up), She Who Must Not Be Named voted against the bill!  The Lefties are going nuts and Rush Limbaugh has even quietly initiated his “Operation Chaos, Phase II” in order to give SWMNBN a chance at the convention and place some plants at the DNC in an attempt to take advantage of the disorder on the Left, which is increasingly feeling alienated from Obama.  Obama’s vote was the right vote, but maybe too “Right” for the kooks out there who thought he was different.

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Terror in Turkey Kills Six

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008

The US Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was attacked today by four men in what the American and Turkish authorities are calling an act of terrorism.  Three of the attackers were killed, but not before taking out three policemen, one point blank to the head.  The fourth attacker unfortunately got away in a speeding car, as Turkish authorities are frantically looking for him and are currently reviewing video tape to help. 

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but this has put everyone in Turkey on high alert, especially Americans in Turkey.  Aside from incursions into Iraqi Kurdistan, one hasn’t heard much from the War on Terror in Turkey — it’s been pretty quiet so to speak.  The attack was small, probably cellular.  That could mean the beginning of a new series of attacks, or that this attack was the best they could pull off.  I hope it’s the latter.

The US Consulate was refitted after al Qaeda’s 2003 bombing of the British Consulate, bank and two synagogues.  Yet, our rules of engagement forbid Americans to fire back at anyone outside the compound, hence, they ducked for cover rather than take out the assailants early.  I think those rules needs to be renegotiated.

AP photo.

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Real Progress in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 1, 2008

A dismal report from the AP suggests that Iraq has slowly, ploddingly, and grudgingly met 15 of 18 important “benchmarks” as of May 2008.  From the tone of the story, one might think that something bad happened!  But no, in fact, slow but measurable progress is being made despite the Left’s efforts to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with every negatively spun story they can throw at the public.  I wonder if Detroit could meet the same benchmarks in the same timespan?

Also, one can tell that Iraq has turned the corner by simply noticing the media coverage of Afghanistan — as Coalition fatalities in Afghanistan surpassed those in Iraq for the month of June 46 to 31 respectively.  The Taliban’s “resilient insurgency” is a persistent scourge plaguing the war effort.  Sure.  It’s summer.  It’s warm enough to fight, so they fight.  The Taliban did the same thing last summer.  Yet, the MSM drum beat remains turned to defeatism, so without enough defeat in Iraq, they’re focusing more on defeat in Afghanistan.  Whatever it takes to ensure Bush loses something militarily while he was in office!

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Mr. Patriotic, Barack Obama

Posted by Ryan on June 30, 2008

Democrats are always uptight about that whole “patriotism” thing, knee-jerking into a frenzy every time the word is uttered.  Even when they see unabashed patriots like John McCain, some Dems (like former Presidential candidate and undistinguished General Wesley Clark) aren’t sure how to react, so they pick on them in ways that don’t make sense.  It’s not like Clark said McCain’s unpatriotic, but any patriotism street cred he may have accumulated at the Hanoi Hilton won’t necessarily make him a better commander-in-chief than, say, Barack Obama, who’s mentor was a terrorist.  

After Obama threw Clark under the bus for his remarks today, Obama had to give a speech on patriotism today.  One of the most peculiar quotes was this:

“Of course, precisely because America isn’t perfect, precisely because our ideals constantly demand more from us, patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader or government or policy.”

Not even leaders like Lincoln?  Not even a government that got rid of slavery, promotes civil rights at home and around the world from before the Cold War through today?  Not even a policy that once sought to end fascism, communism, and now terrorism?   I know support may not equal patriotism, but does it exclude one from being a patriot?  It sounds strange and awkward, especially when he delivered those lines.  He’s such an insecure post-9/11 Democrat.

If patriotism is so ethereal, then why give a speech about it to calm critics?  Why do we have to be told what patriotism is to believe that Obama is patriotic?  I have no doubt he loves this country, but I am piqued by his overt insecurity on this issue.

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Israel’s Jimmy Carter Sends Wrong Message

Posted by Mike on June 29, 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has once again displayed unfathomable incompetence when it comes to defending his country. Earlier today, the Prime Minister convinced his Cabinet to agree to a “prisoner exchange” in which Hezbollah will deliver the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers in exchange for the remains of ten terrorists and the release of five Hezbollah terrorists currently in Israeli custody.

Some message this deal sends to Hamas, the terrorist organization holding Gilad Shalit captive.  Israel’s enemies can now conclude that a dead soldier is a sufficient price for the return of their terrorist foot soldiers.

Earlier this week, Olmert successfully delayed the inevitable, but I can’t wait until Israel votes again. When that happens, it will be interesting to see how Hezbollah and Hamas deal with the return of Benjamin Netanyahu.

HT on the title: Hugh Hewitt

Big Lizards has more on the so-called prisoner exchange.

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SCOTUS: Child Rapists are Protected from the Death Penalty

Posted by Ryan on June 25, 2008

The Supreme Court is getting out of control and the libs on the Court are certainly not making many friends lately.  What’s next I wonder?

In the wake of pronouncing that al Qaeda has more rights than Nazis did, and with 42 states having passed anti-Kelo laws, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the death penalty is off-limits for child rapists, unless of course, the child’s death results.  I’ll let you guess who voted to uphold Louisiana’s law allowing the death penalty for child rapists in this blatant act of judicial legislation.

All the Eighth Amendment “cruel and unusual” banter from Justice Kennedy (alas, a Reagan appointee gone loopy), doesn’t really take into account the effects on the victim.  Here’s what Justice Alito had to say about this ruling in his dissent:

“[Alito] lament[ed] that the majority had ruled out executing someone for raping a child ‘no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.’”

Maybe Justice Kennedy thought that the perp, Patrick Kennedy (no joke), was a relative or someone he knew.  Who knows?  Liberals on the court since the 1950s have seen the perps as the one’s potentially hurt by laws, not their victims so much.  I’m just waiting for the political branches of our government to assert themselves against the poorly devised judicial dictates from this court over the last few years. 

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One Look at the Bush Legacy

Posted by Ryan on June 22, 2008

Finally a journalist who has some sense of historical perspective beyond the contemporary headlines!  Andrew Roberts wrote this article* comparing George W. Bush to another heavily maligned US president in his day, Harry S Truman.

I think the comparison may stand in historical perspective.  Harry Truman was deeply disliked by the American people in 1952, blamed for an unpopular war, and navigating through a tough economic transition after World War II.  Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Truman was still viewed poorly: aside from the disastrous Korean stalemate, his “Fair Deal” fell flat, Congress kept flipping from Dem to Republican on him, Truman’s administration was constantly dogged for having real communist spies all over it, etc.  But no one remembers much of that through the lens of history, since the basic tenants of Truman’s Cold War policies were used by all subsequent administrations in a truly effective way until 1991.

Today, he’s viewed by members of both parties as a model President, even in the top five to some experts and certainly in the top 10 to others!  Even She Who Must Not Be Named once said that we need another Harry Truman — one who will make good decisions in the face of tough choices or being unpopular. 

In a sense, we do in George W. Bush.  As Roberts’ article explains, a President is usually remembered in history for one or two things.  In 2030, Bush will not be remembered for Valerie Plame or Katrina or the “recession.”  Once the contemporary politics has moved on, he’ll most likely be remembered for Iraq, Afghanistan, and for keeping America safe for the last 7 1/2 years of his Administration following 9/11.  Or at least Bush hopes so.

Pic from MIT.

* — Roberts, writing for a British paper, mixes up Warren Harding with Herbert Hoover initially.  As an historian this kind of bothers me, but his larger point still stands (plus he’s quoting from a left-wing news source, and you know loosely the Left uses history!)

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Headscarves are Out in the Obama-Nation

Posted by Ryan on June 18, 2008

In an Obama Nation, those traditional Muslim headscarves (hijabs) that some women wear will not be allowed in photo-ops.  At least that’s what happened in Detroit on Monday

The Obama camp apologized for what two of his campaign’s volunteers did on Monday by asking two women with hijabs to get off the stage.  Both volunteers gave different excuses: a heightened fear of Muslims by Americans, versus just making sure no one with headscarves or baseball caps were on stage for security reasons!  I know Obama is very touchy about his middle name (Hussein), so I’m not convinced that these incidents were done accidentally or without any wink-wink/nudge-nudges. 

Imagine what the MSM would do if John McCain’s Republican volunteers in two separate instances at a rally asked Muslims to remove their hijabs or get off the stage and out of the cameras?  I wonder how much play that would have gotten in the MSM?  I think I know the answer to that — and we wouldn’t have waited until Wednesday to hear about this incident either. 

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Obama Bounced

Posted by Ryan on June 17, 2008

Usually a Presidential candidate who has just received their party’s nomination gets a traditional “bounce” in the polls in the weeks following their success. 

However, Obama has not received such a bounce:  the same bounce that had Mondale up by 20 in 1984 and Dukakis up by 17 in 1988.  The bounce may be delayed, happening after the DNC in Denver this summer, but Democrats have usually jumped far ahead of Republicans at this point.  Or, using the same example of 1984 and 1988 trouncing of those candidates, maybe the polls have gotten better and these numbers will hold through the Fall. 

Obama and McCain are still within the margin of error in many polls nowadays, and Obama is still having trouble getting many SWMNBN supporters two weeks after she suspended her campaign.  Even the Lefties at ABC see this as a problem

It’s early, but McCain has an opportunity here in my opinion: a campaign which has so much internal party mending to do and even defends habeas corpus for Bin Laden is definitely not going to get a bounce from the American electorate. 

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Historians: McCain’s Going to Lose

Posted by Ryan on June 15, 2008

According to this Politico story, historians (mostly liberal ones rooting for Obama I sure) give McCain a small chance of winning in the Fall.  (The rest of this post may seem like a little inside baseball if you’re not an historian.)

One historian compared this election to 1932, when FDR trounced Hoover.  Another compared it to the 1980 thumping of Jimmy Carter or Ike’s 1952 smackdown of Adlai Stevenson.  Some, more reasonable historians have related this to 1968, but on both ends: McCain as Humphrey, tied too closely to the party in power, as well as McCain as Nixon, taking advantage of a Democrat Party in total disarray.  Some cite historical cycles, which I can see hinders McCain in this case, and that those candidates tied to incumbent party’s popularity go against McCain in this cycle.

The article falls flat for me when it states that “the Democratic-controlled Congress is nearly as unpopular as the president.”  Um… not quite: the Democrat-controlled Congress is considerably LESS popular than Bush, by nearly half.  Remember, McCain is not an incumbent, and in the last non-incumbent race (1952) the war-hero trounced the intellectual and articulate liberal.  Plus, like Richard Nixon in 1968, everyone knows McCain, and unlike Jimmy Carter in 1976, the more we know about Obama, the more he seems like more of the same — he’s not a refreshing outsider like Carter seemed, rather Obama’s an unaccomplished political opportunist who occasionally doesn’t even know who his friends are.

I agree with the premise that McCain’s got a tough road, but so does Obama in my opinion:  we are at war, Obama is too inexperienced, has a cowardly voting record, and he’s not very bright when pushed on the issues. 

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Gitmo Detainees Get Their Day in Court

Posted by Ryan on June 12, 2008

And the Constitution gets its day on the toilet paper roll!  The Supreme Court was about as off-base and dangerous today as as they were in Dred Scott.  POWs held at Gitmo will, for the first time in our history, be allowed to have access to civilian US courts during wartime.

These are five Supreme Court Justices that have seriously endangered the American people today:  John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth “Biddy” Ginsberg.

These are four Supreme Court Justices still believe in the worth of the Executive and Legislative Branch to protect the American people during wartime:  Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito.

Never in our 232 year history has the American government under either the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution has allowed foreign combatants held overseas access to civilian courts during wartime… until today.  It is not just a defeat of the Bush Administration, but also for Congress, national security and by extension the American people.

Why should habeas corpus apply to non-Americans during wartime on those who tried to kill Americans and were taken on the battlefield?  This is a horribly dangerous precedent — we didn’t even allow Nazis that privilege!!!  What if some of the evidence against the terrorists is classified or involved in ongoing intelligence operations?  Don’t the detainees have the right to have that evidence used or brought up in open court?  The slippery slope potential is uncanny and not in our best interest. 

President Bush is in a position to make a magnanimous gesture for the sake of posterity and NOT enforce this ruling under his watch.  Yet, he will abide and we will suffer in the long-run.  Congress passed and the President signed the current law into effect in 2006, clarifying the law as the Supreme Court asked them too.  This is an example of “legislation from the bench” if anything ever was.  In the words of Justice Scalia: “The Nation will regret what the Court has done today.”

AP photo.

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Montgomery Co. Goes PC on Islam

Posted by Ryan on June 8, 2008

Word came out about a decision by the Montgomery County Public School Council, in Maryland, that they will support a textbook that “adjusts” the definition of jihad and shariah law in order to give a more positive view of Islam to their middle and high school students in order to “avoid inconvenient truths.” 

Take this pill, young ones, it’s only history class.  No need to think or understand…  Yay! Now everyone’s happy!

However, “jihad” is not only a personal, inward struggle, but also a call for the destruction of those who threaten Islam.  We do our students a huge disservice if we ostensibly lie to them by purposely omitting the whole, true, modern-day interpretations of jihad.  Our students will not fully be able to grasp why there are millions of people in this world who want to kill them for just being them.  I bet these same books do a number on Christians during the Crusades (if the Crusades are even mentioned!).

Plus my students throughout the years love a little controversy — it actually makes history worth learning to them and gets them thinking in more depth!  Yet “learning” and “thought” are apparently not going on anymore in Montgomery County.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Wants Martyrdom

Posted by Ryan on June 5, 2008

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the effectively waterboarded 9/11 mastermind sitting in a cell at Club Gitmo, wants to be “martyred.”  He said so in front of a Military Tribunal today, along with a few of his co-defendants.

Our legal system will eventually sentence KSM to death — he’s admitted his part in the 9/11 attacks, is getting his day in court to move the process along, and wants to die.  He’ll get his wish.  While I’m a fan of the death penalty, I think maybe this guy should sit in prison for a while longer and think about what he did (perhaps 2,948 days or so).  Why allow him to rape his virgins in heaven before we have to?  Think of the virgins for Goodness sake! 

Some still want to have civilian trials for these criminals, though there is no precedent for it and it would be a dangerous precedent if implemented.  I have read the Geneva Convention (and posted on it about a year ago) on POWs and terrorists aren’t covered… specifically because they wanted to discourage the stateless, lawless nature of terrorism to be unsanctioned by international accords. 

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Memorial Day

Posted by Ryan on May 26, 2008

To most, Memorial Day is the official kickoff to the summer season — pools, barbecue, the beach, movie marathons. 

Lately, to more and more Americans its more solemn roots are revived.  It was a day first commemorated as “Decoration Day” to put flags and other items at the graves of friends or relatives who died in the Civil War.  Then, by World War I, it’s name had changed to Memorial Day and was honored on May 30.  It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became the fourth Monday in May.

So, today we honor those who have died defending this country and her interests. Lincoln once said on an old battlefield during the dark days of the Civil War that “it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” 

Such is our charge as we enjoy the sales, the sun and the hot dogs, that we take a minute to remember who have died so that we might live the way we do.

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Bush Speech Irks Obama, Dems

Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2008

President Bush was giving a speech to the Israeli Knesset commemorating the 60th birthday of Israel.  One of the most traumatic events in the history of the Jews and an integral part of the history of the state of Israel was the Holocaust, which only happened because of the horrors of World War II.  That war began as a result of years of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis.  “Never again” has been the mantra from the Israelis and Jews all over the world ever since.

So, Bush brought up this concept in his speech today, especially in lieu of the modern dangers of Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda on Israel:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Somehow, Obama thought this was a swipe at Obama. 

The campaign and the national Dems subsequently flipped out in an amazing knee-jerk fashion: calling these remarks a “false political attack,” (Obama), “bullsh*t” (from the intellectual Joe Biden), an “embarrassment to our country” (Dean), “outrageous and offensive” (She Who Must Not Be Named), and that “serious” people would distance themselves from the remarks (Pelosi), and so forth.

Jumping on the Dems’ knee-jerk reaction, here’s how McCain responded:

“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people….

“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”

Here’s the catch, though, which makes McCain’s point.  This is quoted directly from Obama’s website under the section “Renewing American Diplomacy”:

Talk to our Foes and Friends: Obama is willing to meet with the leaders of all nations, friend and foe. He will do the careful preparation necessary, but will signal that America is ready to come to the table, and that he is willing to lead. And if America is willing to come to the table, the world will be more willing to rally behind American leadership to deal with challenges like terrorism, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.”

Um.  Right.  That’s modern appeasement and naivete articulated perfectly.  As if talking to radical jihadists will get them to suddenly stop hating Jews, they’d take off the suicide belt, and they’d stop planning to annihilate Israel in the name of Allah.  Wow!  That was easy!

Now I get it — the Dems are scared to death that people are going to pay attention to an actual policy position Obama has, couching it in “President Bush is bad and McCain should condemn him,” even though the real story here is not Bush (as the Dems would like), it’s Obama’s knee-jerk reaction which seems to have hit a nerve! 

Hat tip Drudge.

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What’s Up With Asia?

Posted by Ryan on May 14, 2008

Has anyone noticed that Asia’s been the Earth’s scratching post lately?

Cyclone smacking up Burma whose junta is playing games with people’s lives.

Earthquakes beating up China with the death toll rising daily.

Terrorism in Western India from religious strife (Muslims and Hindus).

Jeez!  When it rains, it pours, I suppose.  I guess we can just hope and pray and donate. 

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