Friday, June 30, 2006

Grab A Cold One And Get Ready To Laugh

Every elementary, middle school and high school in the US should be required to show footage from 9-11 so we as a nation can keep things in perspective with whom we are fighting against. I just watched a video over at Hot Air, there's no way I'll ever lose the edge I have against the evil terrorists. So I decided it was time for a little friday humor, you know the good "kill the terrorist" type of humor.

If you can stand a little rough language, check out the man, The Kid from Brooklyn.

I've posted his stuff here before, but I can't get enough of this guy, he calls it like it really is, check out his video's, I always liked this one, Bat Day

Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Sad Day For Free Press In Venezuela

My favorite site for information / news on Venezuela, VCrisis , has just shut it down. These guys were / are seriously good at what they do, I know that one of the contributors, Aleksander Boyd, actually lived in London while being a major contributor to this site but felt compelled to bring his site to a halt for an unspecified amount of time.

These guys are brave for writing their views and the truth about the evil Hugo Chavez, but unfortunately there have been a few too many deaths for anti-Chavez pundits in Venezuela, aside from their growing frustration with the political scene in Venezuela, I am sure these guys were fearing for their life. Here's Boyd's final send-off until we hear from him again:

Dear readers, this site is going into static mode until further notice. I have only words of gratitude for the thousands of visitors who, over the years, have developed a keen interest in our version of Venezuelan contemporary politics. As increasingly evident it is rather futile to oppose one's own country's idiosyncrasy. The very emergence of irresponsible leaders is but the natural consequence of remiss peoples. The dictum "a country gets the government it deserves" was never truer than in the case of Venezuela.

Estimadas/os, sirva la presente para informar que me retiro del activismo político hasta nuevo aviso. Las razones son de variada índole y no viene al caso mencionarlas. Baste decir que para que un cambio significativo ocurra en Venezuela, todos los venezolanos debemos cambiar a nivel individual. En tanto eso no suceda todos los esfuerzos de unos pocos en pro de la libertad, la democracia, la paz, el respeto y bienestar y la armonía serán infructíferos. Concluyo recordando la desafortunadamente célebre cita "cada pueblo tiene el gobierno que se merece".

P.D.: y que conste que mi decisión nada tiene que ver con el anuncio de Súmate de suspender las primarias, por el contrario son precisamente actitudes irresponsables como las de Súmate las que me han llevado a concluir que este asunto de oponerse a la idiosincrasia venezolana es una empresa destinada irremediablemente al fracaso.

NY / LA Times, You're Either With Us Or Against Us

Today in History.....June 29

On this day in …

* 1767, the British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts, which imposed import duties on certain goods shipped to America.
Colonists bitterly protested the Acts, which were repealed in 1770

* 1902, Marcel Renault won the four-day Paris-to-Vienna race, driving a car of his own design. The early city-to-city races were the largest sporting events of that era. Some three million people turned out to cheer Renault on to victory during the 15-hour, 615-mile race. These races were discontinued in large part due to Renault's fatal accident the following year at the Paris-Madrid race

* 1941, one week after launching a massive invasion of the USSR, German divisions make staggering advances on Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev

* 1966, during the Vietnam War, U.S. aircraft bomb the major North Vietnamese population centers of Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time, destroying oil depots located near the two cities. The U.S.
military hoped that by bombing Hanoi, the capital of North Vietnam, and Haiphong, North Vietnam's largest port, communist forces would be deprived of essential military supplies and thus the ability to wage war

* 1967, Jerusalem was reunified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector

* 1970, U.S. ground combat troops end two months of operations in Cambodia and return to South Vietnam

* 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 5-4 that capital punishment, as it is currently employed on the state and federal level, is unconstitutional. The majority held that, in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, the death penalty qualified as "cruel and unusual punishment," primarily because states employed execution in "arbitrary and capricious ways," especially in regard to race. It was the first time that the nation's highest court had ruled against capital punishment.
However, because the Supreme Court suggested new legislation that could make death sentences constitutional again, such as the development of standardized guidelines for juries that decide sentences, it was not an outright victory for opponents of the death penalty

* 1974, with Argentine President Juan Peron on his deathbed, Isabela Martinez de Peron, his wife and vice president, is sworn in as the leader of the South American country. President Isabela Peron, a former dancer and Peron's third wife, was the Western Hemisphere's first female head of government. Two days later, Juan died from heart disease, and Isabela was left alone as leader of a nation suffering from serious economic and political strife

* 1989, in yet another reaction to the Chinese government's brutal massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing earlier in the month, the House of Representatives unanimously passes a package of sanctions against the People's Republic of China. American indignation, however, was relatively short-lived and most of the sanctions died out after a brief period

* 1995, the shuttle Atlantis and the space station Mir docked in orbit

* 2005, President Bush, embracing nearly all the recommendations of a White House commission, said he was creating a national security service at the FBI to specialize in intelligence as part of a shake-up of the disparate U.S. spy agencies

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Just To Set The Record Straight.....

I guess there's full-scale cat-fight going on between Barbara Walters and Star Jones and the rest of the irrelevant feminazi's over at The View. I've never seen the show, never intend to nor have the desire to, but we should all agree on one thing, the show's title needs to be changed to "A View", not "The View".

I Can Only Imagine What Joe Biden's Wife Thinks?

Flag Burning Can Be Fun For Everyone

Master milblogger, Uncle Jimbo at Black Five clearly points out why he is a "uniter" and not a "divider" on the flag burning issue. Let me make this crystal clear, if you desecrate or burn the U.S. flag, you are a complete loser and a moron. Here's Uncle Jimbo:

I come out today one hundred percent opposed to an amendment banning flag burning. I see no reason to abridge the freedom of speech of anyone, even clowns who think doing this elevates their point. It doesn't, it shows their lack of respect and shabbiness of character. But it shouldn't be unconstitutional to be a loser, anymore than it should be unconstitutional to print cartoons of Mohammed, or piss-Christ, or any other kind of jackassery. We hold dear the right of every American to howl at the moon about the Joooos, or the A-rabs, or corporate thieves. And as long as they don't threaten anyone, they can have a grand old time. The KKK earned itself a free speech time out on cross burning because of their reprehensible habit of lynching blacks. The cross burning conveyed that message and was therefore a threat. I hardly think the pitiful mewlings of the dirty, nasty, patchouli-smelling hippies who occasionally roast Old Glory puts the fear of Gaia in any of us.

So cut the electioneering BS and do something useful like securing our borders, or cutting spending, or abolishing the Dept. of Education.

Hey while you clowns are itching to do something, why don't you just decriminalize beating the crap out of flag burners? I mean everybody wins there, the hippies get to show the depths of their disgust for Amerikkka, the rest of us get to lay down some serious beatdowns, and the media gets an excellent, video-friendly story. I told you I was a uniter, and a decider.

Jackassery........what a great term.

Today in History.....June 28

On this day in …

* 1778, "Molly Pitcher" (Mary Ludwig Hays) carried water to American soldiers at the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, N.J.

* 1914, Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist --- the event that triggered World War I

* 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I

* 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service

* 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea

* 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California at Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who'd argued he was a victim of reverse racial discrimination

* 1996, The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school

* 2000, seven months after he was cast adrift in the Florida Straits, Elian Gonzalez was returned to his native Cuba

* 2001, a unanimous federal appeals court reversed the court-ordered breakup of Microsoft, but ruled that the software giant had violated antitrust laws, and appointed another judge to determine a new punishment. ALSO: Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic was handed over by Serbia to the U.N. war crimes tribunal

* 2005, on the first anniversary of Iraqi sovereignty, President Bush, addressing the nation from Fort Bragg, N.C., rejected suggestions that he set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq or send in more troops as he counseled patience for Americans who were questioning the war's painful costs

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Happy Birthday Cutie Pie!

Our daughter and 2nd of 3 kids turns 4 today! In her mind though, it's her birthday about every other month!

Today in History.....June 27

On this day in …

* 2002, Joe Gringo's daughter was born, the 2nd of 3 kids!

* 1847, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires

* 1893, the New York stock market crashed

* 1944, during World War II, American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans

* 1950, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict following a call from the U.N. Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North

* 1957, more than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas

* 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House

* 1980, President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration

* 1996, President Clinton and other Group of Seven leaders meeting in Lyon, France, pledged solidarity against terrorism following a truck bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans. ALSO: A Dallas police officer was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill football star Michael Irvin. (Johnnie Hernandez later pleaded guilty to solicitation of capital murder. He was sentenced to serve two concurrent six-year prison terms, and was paroled in 1998.)

* 2001, President Bush urged Ariel Sharon during a White House meeting to take the next step toward Middle East peace talks, but the Israeli prime minister said violence had to end first. It never did and Sharon went on to surrender land won in a war after the Jewish state was attacked. ALSO: George Trofimoff, a retired Army officer, was convicted in Tampa, Fla., of selling Cold War secrets to Moscow over two decades. (Trofimoff, who maintains his innocence, was sentenced to life in prison.)

* 2005, the Supreme Court ruled, in a pair of 5-4 decisions, that displaying the Ten Commandments on government property is constitutionally permissible in some cases but not in others. ALSO:
BTK serial killer Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to 10 murders that spread fear across Wichita, Kan., beginning in the 1970s. (Rader later received multiple life sentences.)

Monday, June 26, 2006

Today in History.....June 26

On this day in …

* 1870, the first section of the boardwalk at Atlantic City, N.J., was opened to the public

* 1900, a commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever

* 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France during World War I

* 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco

* 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin

* 1959, President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway

* 1963, President Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he made his famous declaration: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner)

* 1996, the Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Academy to admit women, or forgo state support. ALSO: Former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum took the blame for the FBI files controversy; White House security chief Craig Livingstone resigned.
President Clinton and leaders of the world's other industrial powers gathered in Lyon, France, for their annual economic summit

* 2001, President Bush urged Ariel Sharon during a White House meeting to take the next step toward Middle East peace talks, but the Israeli prime minister said violence had to end first. It never did and Sharon went on to surrender land won in a war after the Jewish state was attacked. ALSO: George Trofimoff, a retired Army officer, was convicted in Tampa, Fla., of selling Cold War secrets to Moscow over two decades. (Trofimoff, who maintains his innocence, was sentenced to life in prison.)

* 2005, dozens of international leaders met in San Francisco to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' birth

Friday, June 23, 2006

Why Did We Not Hear Of This??

I spent the last few days under the weather and in bed, the TV on in the background, and I never ONCE heard anything like this fron any media outlet. The horror and pain these men went through was sure to be unspeakable. For any anti-death penalty folks out there....state your case on this one.

From Dee at Democracy Frontline.....


According to MSM reports, the two young American soldiers captured were ‘just’ beaten and tortured. I think you’ll agree that “beaten and tortured” doesn’t begin to describe what really happened to them. They were tortured, beaten, their arms contorted, their testicles cut off, their penises cut off and stuffed in their mouths, their eyes gouged out, their hearts cut out and then they were beheaded.

Today in History.....June 23

On this day in …

* 1836, Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states

* 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his "Type-Writer"

* 1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane

* 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Authority was established

* 1947, the Senate joined the House in overriding President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act

* 1967, President Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held the first of two meetings in Glassboro, N.J.

* 1972, President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation led to Nixon's resignation in 1974.)

* 1996, Congressional Democrats unveiled a "families first"
legislative package aimed at winning middle class voters and retaking Capitol Hill

* 2005, former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights worker

Thursday, June 22, 2006

It's 112 Degrees And I'm Shivering

Feels like there "Aint No Cure For The Summertime Flu".

Worst case of the flu I've ever had, 2-dayer minimum.

Back to bed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

VDH...The West’s Multi-Headed Monster

Placing Zarqawi’s death in perspective.... Spooky.

Islamic militants are not the cause of the war. They are but a symptom of a much greater cause: the “struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam] that transcends time.” The root cause is the violent and fascist ideology that motivates them.

Joe Gringo - 1 Year Blog-iversary

I didn't realize that until about 5 minutes ago but today marks the one year anniversary of Joe Gringo!

I'm sure like most bloggers, you never really know how this thing will pan out. I've learned a hell of a lot and have had readers/posters from all over the world.....México, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Denmark, Spain, Cambodia, China, Japan, Norway, India, Iran, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Morocco, and others, that's very cool, a big thanks to all.

My very first post was on Illinois Senator Little Dick Durbin and his ridiculous remarks comparing the treatment by the US Military at Guantanamo Bay to that of Pol Pot, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Republic. Although he is a United States Senator.......he's an idiot.

I think everyone can agree that we live in an incredible time in history, a time where we really need to figure out between right and wrong, good and evil before it gets too late. The teaming up of Islamofascism and the secular left is becoming more and more prevalent and these 2 factions are hell-bent on destroying the Judeo-Christian value system.

So here I am, joining the Army of David's as Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit puts it and writes in his book, doing what I can to at least learn, hopefully inform and leave some sort of legacy in my own little battle against the religion of liberalism and all things evil! ;-)

I couldn't resist writing that.

I've got a few things up my sleeve for the coming year on Joe Gringo....stay tuned!

Today in History.....June 20

On this day in …

* 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States

* 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the U.S. cruiser Charleston captured the Spanish-ruled island of Guam

* 1939, Benny Goodman's radio show goes off the air after three years. A brilliant clarinet player, Goodman formed his own band in
1932 and influenced scores of later musicians. Goodman, who was white, became one of the first band leaders to use both black and white musician

* 1943, race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that resulted in more than 30 deaths

* 1947, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently at the order of mob associates

* 1948, Ed Sullivan's long-running variety show premieres. Although later known simply as The Ed Sullivan Show, the series debuts as Toast of the Town. Among the many performers who made their TV debuts on the show were Bob Hope, Lena Horne, the Beatles, and Walt Disney. Elvis Presley also made several high-profile performances on the show, in 1956 and 1957. The show ran until 1971

* 1963, the United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a "hot line" between the two superpowers

* 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. (Ali's conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court)

* 2001, Houston resident Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub, then called police. (Yates was later convicted of murder, but had her conviction overturned; she faces a retrial.)
ALSO: American Lori Berenson was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Peruvian court for collaborating with leftist guerrillas

* 2005, during a joint news conference with European leaders, President Bush said he was determined to complete the mission of establishing democracy in Iraq because the world would be a better place for it

Monday, June 19, 2006

Another One Bites The Dust......

There is no free speech in Venezuela. Why do I keep doing posts on/about Hugo Chavez? Because he's a madman out of control......

Less than a week after Hugo Chavez threatened to shut down the broadcast press by yanking their licenses, a newspaper editor for the weekly Ahora newspaper was gunned down in a targeted hit. His death raises the total of news editors shot dead to at least four, so far.

Hugo Chavez has it in for the media. And there will be no letup. The death of this editor shows the range of tactics he intends to employ as he begins to dismantle the independent media. Can you imagine the impact of this on the rest of the free press? We may see some of them keep laying low in order to stay out of Chavez’s crosshairs.

This is an outrage.

Agencia EFE has the story here.
Source Publius Pundit

PS - Juan Manuel Carmona, owner of El Impulso newspaper was killed in a 'car accident;' Filippo Sindoni, owner of El Aragueño, another provincial newspaper and a TV station, was kidnaped and killed; Salvador Termini, owner of La Prensa de Monagas, yet another regional newspaper also died in a 'car accident;' and now Jose Joaquin Tovar has been killed. All deaths have occured recently...

Friday, June 16, 2006

"Ho Ho Ha Ha Hee Hee Ha Ha"

You had to grow up in Arizona to understand the was from the Wallace and Ladmo Show, which I believe was the nations longest running kids (and subtly adult) show.

Via Ankle Biting Pundits

China and Capital Punishment

China's new "Death Van".

The country that executed more than four times as many convicts as the rest of the world combined last year is slowly phasing out public executions by firing squad in favor of lethal injections. Unlike the United States and Singapore, the only two other countries where death is administered by injection, China metes out capital punishment from specially equipped "death vans" that shuttle from town to town.

Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China "promotes human rights now," says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van in which "Devil" Zhang took his final ride.

The lethal cocktail used in the injections is mixed only in Beijing, something that has prompted complaints from local courts.

"Some places can't afford the cost of sending a person to Beijing — perhaps $250 — plus $125 more for the drug," says Qiu Xingsheng, a former judge working as a lawyer in Chongqing. Death-by-gunshot requires "very little expense," he says.

Qiu has attended executions by firing squad where the kneeling prisoner is shot in the back of the head. The guards "ask the prisoner to open his mouth, so the bullet can pass out of the mouth and leave the face intact," he says.

.......hhmmmm, that's efficient! What do you suppose they'd would fo if the prisoner refused to open his mouth?

Here's the entire article:

Today in History.....June 16

On this day in …

* 1858, in a speech in Springfield, Ill., Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

* 1897, the government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii

* 1917, Harry Miller completed the Golden Submarine, the first of his expensive custom-made race cars that would change the shape of things to come in American auto racing

* 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law. (It was later struck down by the Supreme Court.)

* 1940, Marshal Henri-Philippe Petain, World War I hero, becomes prime minister of the Vichy government of France

* 1958, Imre Nagy, a former Hungarian premier and symbol of the nation's 1956 uprising against Soviet rule, is hanged for treason by his country's communist authorities

* 1961, following a meeting between President John F. Kennedy and South Vietnam envoy Nguyen Dinh Thuan, an agreement is reached for direct training and combat supervision of Vietnamese troops by U.S.
instructors. ALSO: Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris

* 1963, the world's first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6

* 1977, Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party since 1964, is elected president of the Supreme Soviet, thereby becoming both head of party and head of state

* 1978, President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties

* 1996, Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin (the eventual winner) and Communist challenger Gennady Zyugano

* 1998, Compaq breathed a sigh of relief on this day in 1998 as a Brooklyn jury tossed out a lawsuit filed against the computing giant and its recently acquired subsidiary, Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC).
The suit had been filed by a group of nine people who claimed that DEC's keyboards had caused them "repetitive stress injuries." In return for their pain, the nine plaintiffs had sought a tidy $10 million in damages

* 1999, Kathleen Anne Soliah, a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), is arrested near her home in St. Paul, Minnesota. The small, radical American paramilitary group made a name for itself with a series of murders, robberies and other violent acts. They were most well-known for the 1974 kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst, who later became a member of the group.
Soliah, who now calls herself Sara Jane Olsen, had been evading authorities for more than 20 years

* 2001, face to face for the first time, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged during a meeting in Slovenia to deepen their nations' bonds and to explore the possibility of compromise on U.S. missile defense plans

* 2005, European Union leaders put on hold plans to unite their 25 nations under a single constitution

Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Really Good Week For The Military.....

.....just got better. Jack Murtha took his foot out of is a$$ and inserted it in his mouth. Can't wait for his spin on this one.............................

Marine may call Murtha as witness

By Rowan ScarboroughTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished June 15, 2006

A criminal defense attorney for a Marine under investigation in the Haditha killings says he will call a senior Democratic congressman as a trial witness, if his client is charged, to find out who told the lawmaker that U.S. troops are guilty of cold-blooded murder.
Attorney Neal A. Puckett told The Washington Times that Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine commandant, briefed Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, on the Nov. 19 killings of 24 Iraqis in the town north of Baghdad. Mr. Murtha later told reporters that the Marines were guilty of killing the civilians in "cold blood." Mr. Murtha said he based his statement on Marine commanders, whom he did not identify.<...>"Congressman Murtha will be one of the first witnesses I call to the witness stand," Mr. Puckett said yesterday...

Dierks & Kenny

Tonight in Phoenix, but won't be going, Kenny Chesney is headlining and Phoenix boy Dierks Bentley is opening up the show. I hate to admit it, but I signed up for Dierks' fan club just so I could get first shot at floor tickets, but of course a business meeting kept me from logging in to buy tix, by the time the meeting was over, the show sold out. If you like loud guitars, steel guitars, banjo's and crashing drums, Dierks is for you, here's his 2nd #1 hit, crank it and watch it.

U.S. Open Leaderboard Update

So much for my pick of David Toms.......View the Leaderboard

Today in History.....June 15

On this day in …

* 1215, England's King John put his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great
Charter") at Runnymed

* 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army

* 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber

* 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery

* 1904, more than a thousand people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York's East River

* 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. Meanwhile, B-29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan

* 1994, Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations

* 1995, at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn the night Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered

* 2001, on the eve of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Bush, in Poland, chastised Russia for suspected nuclear commerce and encouraged the former Cold War rival to help "erase the false lines that have divided Europe."

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A Miserable Month For Our Left Wing Media

Ralph Peters has a nice article over at Real Clear Politics. He points out that ..........Bush's visit forced the media to briefly stop whining about the phony issues of Haditha and Gitmo and to acknowledge that Iraq has a free, functioning government. But for ambitious journalists, inventing or exaggerating American misdeeds will always be more rewarding than telling the truth: Zarqawi's death was written off, while Haditha was written up.

First, the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi forced the alleged "massacre" at Haditha off Page One, frustrating media attempts to manufacture a sequel to Abu Ghraib. Then, President Bush made a midnight ride to Baghdad to put one very important pair of boots on the ground. He didn't hug the airport, either, but crossed the city to the Green Zone for a face-to-face with Iraq's new prime minister. It was a brave and inspiring act. And a worthy one.

Strategically wise, good for Iraqi and American morale - and, yes, politically savvy - the president's trip blew apart the media's effort to recover from their loss of Zarqawi.

It also shut down their bid to refocus our attention on the suicides of three poor, deprived terrorists at Guantanamo - thugs we're expected to mourn as victims of our inhumanity. Hate-America journalists just can't get a break these days.

Read it all.

Love Him Or Hate Him.....

.....but Tiger Woods is just a flat out superstar and a real stand-up guy, his father Earl Woods couldn't have done a finer job raising a son. Anyway, this week is the The 2006 U.S. Open Golf Championship and Father's Day falls on the final round, I know Tiger is the sentimental favorite expecially with the recent passing of his father and Phil Mickelson is the fan favorite, but I'm going with David Toms.

It's going to be a beauty this year at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Today in History.....June 14

On this day in …

* 1775, the United States Army was founded

* 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag (Today is Flag day)

* 1841, the first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston

* 1846, a group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California

* 1940, in German-occupied Poland, the Nazis, ym"sh, opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz; the same day, German troops entered Paris

* 1943, the Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs

* 1982, Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands

* 1985, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair
of Lebanese Shiites terrorists, practitioners of that "religion of
peace", seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece

* 1996, the FBI disclosed the Clinton White House had obtained bureau background reports on at least 408 people without justification. ALSO: World copper markets were thrown into turmoil following disclosure by Sumitomo Corporation that a rogue trader had hidden multibillion-dollar losses

* 2001, the Bush administration announced the Navy would end its bombing exercises on Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico by May 2003. ALSO: President Bush sparred with European leaders in Sweden over climate change, unwavering in his opposition to a global warming treaty

* 2005, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins, who crossed into North Korea in 1965, arrived in the United States for his first visit in 40 years. ALSO: Michelle Wie became the first female player to qualify for an adult male U.S. Golf Association championship, tying for first place in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Hugo Chavez Demands His Own People To Repatriate $10 Billion

In his most direct threat against the private sector yet, Hugo Chavez has warned Venezuelan businesses that unless they repatriate $10 billion in capital flight for his own disposal, he’ll take every last thing they have left in Venezuela.

Read the whole article here:

Caracas, Jun 10 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked the nation’s business leaders to repatriate $10 billion of the dollars they have overseas and invest it in their own country.

“I ask you to bring back the $10 billion you took out over the last 10 years and invest it in this country. If you don’t we will have to take measures after our victory on Dec. 3,” Chavez said at a ceremony in Maracaibo, 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Caracas.

The leftist-populist president, who refers to Venezuelan business leaders who oppose him as “oligarchs,” gave no clues as to what kind of decisions he might take if there is no return of overseas capital, which the government believes could be as much as $80 billion.

He said, nonetheless, that the measures would be defined after the presidential elections next December which, he predicted, he will win by a “knockout.” Chavez’s address took place at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the first Bolivarian Complete Educational City which will cover some 31,500 square meters (339,000 square feet).

The whole thing is horrific, because those Venezuelan investors who cannot move assets out of the country, like farmers and ranchers, are the ones who stand to be destroyed. Urban Venezuelans with cash, investment portfolios and savings, rather than fixed assets like farms, are in much better shape, but they have little reason to repatriate their overseas cash, which was moved in the first place on fears it would be stolen. There is no reason to think it would not be stolen, given the current Chavez threat against farmers. So this Chavez threat could be a move to pit one sector of the private sector against another.

But more likely, it’s a sign that Hugo Chavez is running out of money.

Today in History.....June 13

On this day in …

* 1888, Congress created the Department of Labor

* 1900, China's Boxer Rebellion targeting foreigners, as well as Chinese Christians, erupted into full-scale violence

* 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City

* 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y.

* 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II

* 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark "Miranda" decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police

* 1967, President Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court

* 1971, The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam

* 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II

* 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch. ALSO: The Supreme Court placed greater limits on congressional districts intentionally drawn to get more minorities elected to Congress

* 2001, President Bush met behind closed doors with NATO leaders in Brussels, Belgium, where he pitched his missile defense plans

* 2005, a jury in Santa Maria, Calif., acquitted Michael Jackson of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch.
ALSO: The Supreme Court warned prosecutors to use care in striking minorities from juries, siding with black murder suspects in Texas and California who contended their juries had been unfairly stacked with whites. The Senate apologized for blocking anti-lynching legislation in the early 20th century, when mob violence against blacks was commonplace

Monday, June 12, 2006

I Questioned The Pres. of the Muslim Student Association at.....

....Arizona State University, to comment on honor killings and acts of violence such as this post below that I did on June 2 and if they condone these acts.

Here was the response from the President of Muslim Student Association at ASU:

"Thank you for taking the time to ask about such things, rather than just stereotype Muslims."

"I can assure you that such tragedies have nothing to do with the name of Islam. This is completely cultural and 100% against our religion. Human life is sacred and killing anyone is like killing the whole nation."

Yah, right ......nothing to do with Islam. The President of the MSA, this perons name is Rema Nasaredden, sent me a link where I could learn more from a scholar's point of view, but it was a dead link. I asked Rema to re-send it.

Any questions out there that you want to direct to Rema Nasaredden, I will happily pass them on!

Bring it!!

Here's the post from 6/2/06

h/t Democracy Frontline

Friday, June 02, 2006

Where's the Left? N.O.W.? The Feminists? The MSM?

For the whole article, go to Felis at Democracy Frontline.Less than a year in jail for butchering his sisterThis is tragic, but not surprising as they keep unfolding the horrors of Islam.

Honor Killings: Murder in the Name of Tradition[Amman, Jordan] Two years ago, Hussnia, 22, was abducted, sodomized and raped by a group of men who abandoned her in a remote house in the Jordan Valley. Stigmatized for a crime of which she was the victim, Hussnia was unaware that the worst was yet to come.

While Hussnia was bedridden, licking her wounds in a nearby hospital, her mother, father and sisters all refused to visit her. A few days after being released from hospital, Hussnia fell victim to another attack – this one fatal. The attacker was her younger brother, Zaki, who charged at her with an axe and struck her repeatedly until she was dead. Zaki triumphantly declared to his stern looking father and helpless mother that he had just cleansed the family honor.

“I know she was not to blame for being raped, but would the relatives and neighbors understand? As far as they are concerned, she is not a virgin anymore. That was enough reason to take her life,” says Zaki, who refused to even utter his sister’s name.When Zaki went to court, the judge sentenced him to less than one year in prison. “Killing my sister was not the happiest day of my life, but if I had to, I would do it again,” says the defiant Zaki. “I could not imagine my or my father’s life if we did not do it.”

Yah, hard to imagine, I've got four words for you......."you're going to hell".

After We Get OBL, It Sure Would Be Great..... make a toast with Pasion Azteca , the most expensive tequila in the world, coming in at $150,000 per bottle.

Made by Ley .925, only 66 bottles of the 100% blue agave tequila, aged for six years, will be produced. The tequila will be packaged in handmade gold and platinum bottles with original art (pictured) from Alejandro Gómez Oropeza on the labels. It is being marketed as the most unique and expensive tequila in history - and they're not kidding. Each bottle is $150,000.
Interested? You'll have to contact the company directly to get your hands on a bottle before they're released on July 21.

Zarqawi Lived For 52 Minutes

Tub of crap made it past the initial bombing and he lived for 52 minutes, here's to "it" experiencing a lot more pain where he's at right now.

Why was an autopsy necessary? For what? Fatboy Zarq was bombed and his insides were hopefully shredded, he didn't die of AIDS or a heroin O.D., no need to spend any $$$ on "it". Okay, now on the next terrorist...............

Today in History.....June 12

On this day in …

* 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam

* 1776, Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights

* 1838, the Iowa Territory was organized

* 1898, Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain

* 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.

* 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.; he was 37. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)

* 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings that had terrified New Yorkers

* 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

* 1996, a panel of federal judges in Philadelphia blocked a law against indecency on the Internet, saying the 1996 Communications Decency Act would unlawfully chill adults' free-speech rights. ALSO:
Senate Republicans overwhelmingly chose Trent Lott to succeed Bob Dole as majority leader

* 2001, President Bush arrived in Madrid, Spain, on his first official trip to Europe. ALSO: A federal court in New York sentenced Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali, a Saudi Arabian practitioner of that "religion of peace", to life in prison without parole for his role in the deadly bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya

* 2005, Vice PresidentDick Cheney, reacting to a growing chorus of calls to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, told Fox News Channel there were no plans to do so

Friday, June 09, 2006

Somalia, The Next Afghanistan?

This is a seriously great piece, read this symposium from National Review Online.


The way it looks now, it’s al Qaeda (e.g., Al Ittihad al Islami), the Taliban (e.g., Islamic Courts Union) and a bunch of ruthless warlords—all in one poor, lawless state that might, just might, become the next Afghanistan.

Heck, if I were Osama, I’d pull up tent stakes right now and head for safe haven in the Horn of Africa. It’s better than living on the Pakistani frontier, or taking on American GIs in Iraq or Afghanistan.

And that’s exactly the point: Somalia might just become the location of the next Taliban-al Qaeda partnership. Something—that even while we figure out what to do next—we know is unacceptable.


Although few realized it at the time, the U.S. retreat from Somalia in 1994 was a seminal event in the evolution of al Qaeda. It proved to them that the “paper tiger,” America, could be beaten. This is not mere conjecture; al Qaeda’s own internal discourses trumpet this point. For example, U.S. forces in Afghanistan seized a collection of al Qaeda’s letters written to members of its “African corps” shortly after President Clinton ordered the withdrawal of American forces. The U.S. retreat from Somalia was seen as a “Muslim victory,” which had “profound implications ideologically, politically, and psychologically that will require lengthy studies.” It proved “the spurious nature of American power and that it has not recovered from the Vietnam complex.” Furthermore, Americans feared “getting bogged down in a real war that would reveal its psychological collapse at the level of personnel and leadership.”


Here’s what too many of us find difficult to grasp: Wars you don’t win, you lose. If you don’t achieve victory, you suffer defeat. There are no other “exit strategies.” And when you are defeated, you will be perceived as weak. And weakness invites aggression.

In World War II, the United States refused to accept anything less than unconditional surrender from our enemies. Today, Japan and Germany are American allies.

The next war was in Korea. We accepted what we thought was a draw. The consequence: half a century later we are still menaced by North Korea, more so than ever.

The war in Vietnam we lost. And that gave encouragement to Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini a quarter century ago. He tested us, and found us wanting. Khomeini’s heirs continue to test us and soon may do so with a combination of terrorism and nuclear devices.

A militant Islamist government in Somalia, giving refuge to terrorists, should be seen as unacceptable. Already, there are reports that three al Qaeda leaders indicted in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania are being sheltered by Mogadishu’s new rulers.

Both those terrorists and those who harbor them are our enemies. We will either defeat them or they will defeat us. There is no other option.

When will the liberals and see this? It is so apparent that the left is unable to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil, which boils down to Islam, the MSM, the secular left waging a war against Judeo-Christian values.

Zarqawi Survived Strike; Press Corps Suspects Foul Play

WTF? So?

Now if they cut his head off while he was alive and then sewed it back on, I might be able to see a problem there.....maybe,

Yes, But, But, But, But, But, But, But....

I've had an ass-full of the left saying "Zarqawi's death is good, BUT..."

Read THIS from Elmer's Brother, h/t to Always On Watch

Iraq Prime Minister Lays Out Their Strategy

Murtha, Kerry, Teddy The Swimmer, Durbin and the rest, read this by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.....and weep:

The completion of the national unity government Thursday in Iraq marks the starting point for repaying Iraqis' commitment to and thirst for democracy. We are at this juncture thanks to the bravery of the soldiers, police and citizens who have paid the highest price to give Iraq its freedom. Our national unity government will honor these sacrifices by pursuing an uncompromising agenda to deliver security and services to the Iraqi people and to combat rampant corruption.

This government will build on the additional momentum gained from the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in order to defeat terrorism and sectarianism and to deliver on the Iraqi people's hope of a united, stable and prosperous democracy by following a three-pronged strategy:

We will draw on the country's untapped workforce to kick-start extensive reconstruction, put into motion an initiative for genuine national reconciliation, and increase the intensity and efficacy of building the military and police. While some parts of the country have been very quiet and secure, this has not resulted in increased investment or reconstruction. Our government will correct this imbalance and develop the infrastructure and services in these more secure regions, making them a model for the rest of the country. We will mobilize the impressive energy and skills of Iraq's young population to invigorate the rebuilding effort.


The scale of the task ahead is humbling. Iraqis have time and time again demonstrated their patience and perseverance in the face of many challenges. With our allies, we will also persevere to make Iraq a prosperous democracy in the heart of the Middle East.

Read the whole article here.

World Cup Info

This Sunday it's México vs Iran.

Yah baby. Sad news for Mé of the best goalkeepers in the world, Oswaldo Sanchéz of México flew home home thursday to be with his family after his father died of a heart attack in their home in Guadalajara, he'll be back to join team México so they can knock the crap out Iran.

Today in History.....June 9

On this day in …

* 1772, in an incident that some regard as the first naval engagement of the American Revolution, colonists board the Gaspee, a British vessel that ran aground off the coast of Rhode Island, and set it aflame

* 1856, in an extraordinary demonstration of resolve and fortitude, nearly 500 Mormons leave Iowa City and head west for Salt Lake City carrying all their goods and supplies in two-wheeled handcarts. Of all the thousands of pioneer journeys to the West in the 19th century, few were more arduous than those undertaken by the so-called Handcart Companies from 1856 to 1860

* 1934, Donald Duck makes his first film appearance, in The Wise Little Hen, a short by Walt Disney. Donald, along with Mickey Mouse (who debuted in 1928), would become one of Disney's most beloved characters. Donald's popularity also led to other characters in the Duck family, including Daisy Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louey

* 1940, Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II

* 1943, "Pay As You Go" tax established

* 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch asked Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

* 1973, "Secretariat" became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes

* 1985, American educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon by practitioners of that "religion of peace"; he was released in November 1991 along with fellow hostage Terry Waite

* 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts

* 1990, Charles Freeman, the owner of E-C Records store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is charged with illegally selling the rap album As Nasty As They Wanna Be to an undercover officer. Immediately after the sale, six deputies rushed in to the store, handcuffed Freeman, and charged him with distributing obscene material.
Freeman's arrest came two days after U.S. District Judge Jose Gonzalez ruled that 2 Live Crew's recording was legally obscene

* 2001, China and the United States announced an agreement on farm subsidies and other remaining issues blocking Beijing's bid to join the World Trade Organization

* 2005, President Bush defended the USA Patriot Act, saying it had made America safer and should be made permanent. ALSO: Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni was freed after having been held hostage by practitioners of that "religion of peace" for more than three weeks in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I was actually pleased by the news of Zarqawi's death before I was saddened by it. - John F. Kerry could I pass that one up! ;-) J. F'n Kerry may not have publicly said that, but you just know that he and the rest of 'em are thinking that!

Meet Your Virgins Fatboy

Zarqawi dead - good
The left's spin - pathetic......but oh so revealing.

Zarqawi's not-so-safe house after we found the rat:

Today in History.....June 8

On this day in …

* 2006, We celebrate the death of.....Abu Musab al-Zarqawi..... rot in hell.

* 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union

* 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War

* 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania

* 1941, Allies invade Syria and Lebanon

* 1944, as British and American troops meet up at Normandy, Stalin telegraphs British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to announce that the Allied success at Normandy "is a source of joy to us all," and promises to launch his own offensive on the Eastern Front, as had been agreed upon at the Tehran Conference in late '43, and thereby prevent Hitler from transferring German troops from the east to support troops at Normandy

* 1966, a merger was announced between the National and American Football Leagues, to take effect in 1970

* 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ALSO: Three days after falling prey to an assassin in California, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just 30 yards from the grave of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy

* 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery

1986, at the end of a controversial campaign marked by allegations that he had participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II, former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is elected president of Austria, a largely ceremonial post

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

MSM and The Left, Wake Up Call #5,987

Has it sunk in yet that we (as in all non-Muslims) are engaged in a GLOBAL war on terror?

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Bernard Lewis: The Iranian Revolution Has Entered Its "Stalinist Phase"

This is from Hugh Hewitt it's a Pew Forum Q&A with Princeton's Bernard Lewis, who for 60 years has helped interpret the world of Islam to the West. In addition to authoring more than two dozen books, including What Went Wrong and The Crisis of Islam, Professor Lewis has advised government officials and policymakers in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Middle East on the intricacies of the relationships between Islam and the West.

It is lengthy, print it and read.......excerpts:

What is never discussed at all — it is never considered — is an offense committed by a non-Muslim in a non-Muslim country. That, according to the unanimous opinion of all of the doctors of the holy law is no concern of Islamic law, which brings us back to the case of Denmark. Does this mean that Denmark, along with the rest of Europe is now considered part of the Islamic lands, and that the Danes, like the rest, are therefore dhimmis, non-Muslim subjects of the Muslim state? I think this is an interesting question, which can lead to several possible lines of inquiry.

And just as the Muslim world was ruled by a succession of caliphs, so the world of the infidels and more particularly the Christian world, which was the main rival, was ruled by a succession of powers, first the Byzantine emperors, then the Holy Roman emperors, then the Western European empires, and — I'm quoting Osama bin Laden: "In this final phase, the world of the infidels was divided between two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United Sates."


We think of the defeat and collapse of the Soviet Union as a Western victory in the Cold War, and some of us credit President Reagan more particularly with that victory. For Osama bin Laden and his followers, this was a Muslim victory in the jihad. And if one looks at what actually happened, this is not an implausible interpretation. It was, after all, the Taliban in Afghanistan that drove the Red Army to defeat and collapse. And, as he put it, "We have now dealt successfully with the more deadly, the more dangerous of the two infidel powers. Dealing with the soft, pampered, and degenerate Americans will be easy."

This impression was confirmed through the '90s when they launched one attack after another and evoked only angry words and misdirected missiles to remote and uninhabited places.

In order to understand what is going on, one has to see the ongoing struggle within this larger perspective of the millennial struggle between the rival religions now, according to this view, in its final phase.

Let us turn to the Shi'a equivalent of this through the Iranian revolution — the word revolution is much used and much misused in the Middle East for virtually every change of power. In fact, it is the only generally accepted title of legitimacy. The Iranian revolution was a real revolution, not just a coup d'etat or a putsch or whatever. It was a genuine revolution in the sense that the French and the Russian revolutions were revolutions. It brought a massive change, social, economic, ideological — not just a change of regime. Like for the French and Russian revolutions in their day, Khomeini had had a tremendous impact everywhere they had a shared universe of discourse, that is to say, the Muslim world. Just as the French and Russian revolutions in their day, and for some time after, had such and impact, so did the Iranian revolution, and it was not limited to the Shi'a world.

I remember being on a tour of Islamic religious universities in Indonesia, which is a solidly Sunni country, and in the student dorms they had pictures of Khomeini hanging on the walls. The Iranian revolution has gone through many phases. It has had its Jacobins and its Gizondins, its Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, its terror. And I would say it's now in the Stalinist phase, and that also has a global impact.

Professor Lewis also had this to say about President Ahmadinejad:

MR. LEWIS: I am inclined to believe in the sincerity of Ahmadinejad. I think that he really believes the apocalyptic language that he is using. Remember that Muslims, like Christians and Jews, have a sort of end-of-time scenario in which a Messianic figure will appear. In their case, in the case of the Shiites, the hidden imam who will emerge from hiding, who will fight against the powers of evil, the anti-Christ in Christianity, Gog and Magog in Judaism, and the Dajjal in Islam, a role in which we are being cast now. And he really seems to believe that the apocalyptic age has come, that this is the final struggle that will lead to the final victory and the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Others in the ruling establishment in Iran may share this belief. I am inclined to think that most of them are probably more cynical and regard it as a useful distraction from their domestic problems and also a useful weapon in their external relations, because he has been doing very well and he seems to be succeeding, for example, on the question of nuclear weapons. And every time they make an advance, we move the point at which we won't tolerate it anymore, and this has happened again and again. Each time, we say, the next step we will not allow. We have shown ourselves to be, shall we say, remarkably adaptable in this respect, and this is no way to win friends and influence people.

I think that the way that Ahmadinejad is talking now shows quite clearly his contempt for the Western world in general and the United States in particular. They feel they are dealing with, as Osama bin Laden put it, an effete, degenerate, pampered enemy incapable of real resistance. And they are proceeding on that assumption. Remember that they have no understanding or experience of the free debate of an open society. Where we see free debate and criticism, they see fear, weakness and division; they proceed accordingly, and every day brings new evidence of that from Iran.

I think it is a dangerous situation. And my only hope is that they are not right in their interpretation of the Western world. I have often thought in recently years of World War II — you were told earlier that I'm ancient myself. The most vividly remembered year of my life was the year 1940. And more recently I have been thinking of 1938 rather than of 1940. We seem to be in the mode of Chamberlain and Munich rather than of Churchill.

Read the whole thing. Please.

Today in History.....June 6

On this day in …

* 1918, the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, which resulted in a U.S. victory over the Germans, began in France

* 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established

* 1942, Japanese forces retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway

* 1944, the "D-Day" invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France

* 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan

* 1985, authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, ym"sh, the notorious "Angel of Death"
of the Holocaust

* 1996, the Senate narrowly rejected a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as outgoing Majority Leader Bob Dole and the Democrats clashed over deficit reduction. ALSO: a family of four became the first persons to leave the Freemen ranch in Montana since April

* 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

* 1986, a federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. (Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus 10 years.)

* 2001, Democrats formally assumed control of the U.S. Senate; the unprecedented shift in power came about after the decision of Vermont Republican James Jeffords to become an independent. ALSO: A jury in Los Angeles awarded more than $3 billion to lifelong smoker Richard Boeken, deciding that tobacco giant Philip Morris was responsible for his incurable lung cancer. (The jury award was reduced by a Superior Court judge to $100 million, then cut to $50 million by an appeals court; the U.S. Supreme Court refused in March
2006 to consider tossing out the award altogether; Boeken died in

* 2005, the Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 that people who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Iranian Shuffle: Over $200 BILLION Has Left Iran Since President Ahmadinejad Was Elected

Could it be the Mullah's know something we don't? Could they be preparing for a quick exit should (actually, when) things start to go sideway's for the Iranian people. Fascinating times we live in........

This from Captain's Quarters, here's the article:

Do They Know Something We Don't?

Iranians have begun exporting their savings into international banks, also buying gold at an accelerated rate, according to the Wshington Times. This panic demonstrates that the Iranians understand the position that Ahmadinejad has placed their nation -- or perhaps it demonstrates something else entirely:

Threats of an international financial squeeze stemming from the showdown over Iran's nuclear program have sent Iranians scrambling to get their savings out of the country, or if that won't work, to convert them into gold.

An estimated $200 billion has left the country since last year's election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, accompanied by panic buying of gold. The Iranian stock exchange lost an estimated 20 percent of its value even as other bourses in the region rose.

"The most tangible effect of the threat of sanctions in the private sector is downsizing," said Farhad Sanadizadeh, a Tehran-based oil and gas consultant who has let 40 employees go in the past six months. "A lot of companies are not hiring new people and reducing their work force."

Last week, it was disclosed that most European banks are no longer facilitating money transfers from Iranian banks. Iran has already removed most of its capital from European banks, according to press reports, fearing a possible assets freeze.

The explanation of avoiding sanctions makes some sense, especially for the gold purchases. Gold never loses much value, and in a time of economic chaos, it carries a unique cachet (diamonds might share it) that magnifies its worth. However, if international sanctions were to be applied, then the act of sending the funds to overseas accounts makes no sense at all. The sanctions would leave Iranians unable to access those funds from inside Iran.

That kind of strategy appears more likely a preparation for war. If the US attacks Iran, which this seems to indicate is the prime worry of the Iranian people, then any funds in Iranian banks might well be lost if the nation collapses. In the final extremity, the mullahcracy might confiscate those funds, leaving Iranians who kept their savings in domestic banks destitute. Moving $200 billion outside of Iran ensures that survivors of the feared conflict could once again get back on their feet in short order.

Either way, it demonstrates that the Iranians are very worried about the direction Ahmadinejad has taken with his nuclear brinksmanship. This unrest translates into a high-stakes gamble with the West. If the West calls Iran's bluff, the economic panic could easily trigger a political crisis that could topple the mullahcracy altogether. It reveals a highly pessimistic attitude among Iranians, and the risk for the US would be in contradicting their expectations. Remember, the German people went through the same roller coaster with Hitler in the several diplomatic confrontations with the West prior to 1939, and his diplonatic victories against seemingly impossible odds convinced more and more of them of Hitler's invincibility and their own.

We need to remain firm in our resolve, and not allow Ahmadinejad to win such an important victory. The Iranians are on the run financially, and we need to make sure they stay that way.

Today in History.....June 5

On this day in …

* 1884, Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."

* 1917, about 10 million American men began registering for the draft in World War I

* 1933, the United States went off the gold standard

* 1940, the Battle of France began during World War II

* 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as "The Marshall Plan"

* 1967, about to be attacked by surrounding Arab countries, Israel raided Egyptian military targets in what would eventually be called the "Six Day War"

* 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles'
Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested

* 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

* 1986, a federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. (Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus 10 years.)

* 2001, Senate Republicans spent their last full day in power before turning control over to Democrats, a change that came about because of a decision by Vermont Sen. James Jeffords to leave the GOP and become an independent

Friday, June 02, 2006

Where's the Left? N.O.W.? The Feminists? The MSM?

For the whole article, go to Felis at Democracy Frontline.

Less than a year in jail for butchering his sister

This is tragic, but not surprising as they keep unfolding the horrors of Islam.

Honor Killings: Murder in the Name of Tradition

[Amman, Jordan] Two years ago, Hussnia, 22, was abducted, sodomized and raped by a group of men who abandoned her in a remote house in the Jordan Valley. Stigmatized for a crime of which she was the victim, Hussnia was unaware that the worst was yet to come.

While Hussnia was bedridden, licking her wounds in a nearby hospital, her mother, father and sisters all refused to visit her. A few days after being released from hospital, Hussnia fell victim to another attack – this one fatal. The attacker was her younger brother, Zaki, who charged at her with an axe and struck her repeatedly until she was dead. Zaki triumphantly declared to his stern looking father and helpless mother that he had just cleansed the family honor.

“I know she was not to blame for being raped, but would the relatives and neighbors understand? As far as they are concerned, she is not a virgin anymore. That was enough reason to take her life,” says Zaki, who refused to even utter his sister’s name.

When Zaki went to court, the judge sentenced him to less than one year in prison. “Killing my sister was not the happiest day of my life, but if I had to, I would do it again,” says the defiant Zaki. “I could not imagine my or my father’s life if we did not do it.”

Yah, hard to imagine, I've got four words for you......."you're going to hell".

Aaahhh, to be in Phoenix.

Looks like it's going to hit 114 degrees this weekend, we've got this for another 3 months, can you say "cerveza"?

Woman Falls In Love And Marries A Snake

.....I'm not even going there. Here's the article... WOMAN MARRIES COBRA...

A woman who fell in love with a snake has reportedly married the reptile at a traditional Hindu wedding celebrated by 2,000 guests in India's Orissa state. Bimbala Das wore a silk saree for the ceremony Wednesday at Atala village near the Orissa state capital Bhubaneswar.

2,000 people?? I wonder what sort of wedding gifts you give a snake?

Das has moved into a hut built close to the ant hill since the wedding.
Earlier this year, a tribal girl was married off to a dog on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.

Wow, the men must really suck over there.

The Chinese Threat(s)

I believe it is alive and well.

h/t OP FOR

The Chinese threat, fact or fiction? Allan Topol says "fact."

China now has more than 700 combat aircraft based within un-refueled operational range of Taiwan. China has deployed almost 800 short-range ballistic missiles across from Taiwan. China’s naval force now includes 75 major surface combatants, 55 attack submarines and 50 costal missile patrol crafts. In ground forces, the Peoples Republic Army and the paramilitary Peoples Armed Police have over 4.6 million available troops. In addition, China can draw upon more than 10 million organized military militia members.

Of the total number of ground troops, some 400,000 are deployed to the three military regions opposite Taiwan, an increase of 25,000 over last year. Moreover, China has been upgrading these units with tanks, armored personnel carriers and a substantial increase in the amount of artillery. There is no doubt that China has in place the necessary military resources to launch an all out attack in an effort to recapture Taiwan, which China views as a renegade province. Beyond Taiwan, the report notes, “China has the greatest potential to compete militarily with the United States and field disruptive military technologies that could over time offset traditional U.S. military advantages.”

......and this:

One of China's most powerful institutions is planning a major, multifaceted propaganda campaign to discredit the United States in the eyes of the Chinese public and people around the world.

The campaign by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) will use books, essays and articles, and television and home video documentaries to hammer home a number of core messages and themes, including: America's arrogance, insensitivity, and inevitable decline; the right of China to develop according to its needs and historical and cultural circumstances; the negative consequences of US efforts to contain, threaten, or pressure China; and the national obligation to "reunify the motherland," as Chinese officials and spinmeisters are prone to say, or, in plain English, take back Taiwan by any means necessary, including invasion and conquest.

CASS, which this week published a nonfiction book that blames the US for setting back China's economic development in the 1960s, continue here by China Confidential.....

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Rep. Murtha: Semper Fi? .........Rrrrrrrriiiigghhhhtt

The American Thinker exposes Rep. Jack Murtha for what he is, a former Marine who puts his "brothers' in jeopardy for sake of his own political career. Disgraceful.


Evans Carlson was the kind of eccentric that abounds in U.S. military history. In the late 1930s, he was serving with the Marines in Tientsin, China, when he took the opportunity to visit Mao and his 8th Route Army at Yenan. Carlson was so overwhelmed by the experience—the comradeship, the ideology, the excitement of being part of a cause – that he became for all practical purposes a convinced Maoist.

Which didn’t prevent him from remaining a Marine. Taking some of the lessons he’d learned (including the Maoist slogan “gung ho” – “work together”), Carlson applied them to Marine Corps tactics and organization. At the outbreak of World War II he convinced his superiors to allow him to form a pair of Raider battalions, units that based their tactics in large part on Mao’s theory of guerilla warfare. After a half-successful raid on the Japanese-held island of Makin, Carlson led a dramatic month-long raid behind enemy lines on Guadalcanal, clearly demonstrating the potential of the raider concept. Though the Raider battalions never quite lived up to Carlson’s billing, they provided valuable service and acted as a basis for postwar Marine practice in units such as Force Recon.

Carlson remained in the Marine Corps, and in the early 50s, came to the attention of one particular ex-Marine, Sen. Joe McCarthy. Always eager to produce an actual communist to back up his rhetoric (most active communists had already been bagged by the time he appeared), McCarthy planned to drag Carlson before his committee and expose him as a follower of the evil Mao tse-Tung, whose troops were even then fighting UN forces in Korea.

At least, that was what he planned until a high-ranking Marine officer stalked into his congressional office and explained to the senator that once a Marine, always a Marine, and that Marines, no matter what the circumstances, never betray their brothers in arms.

Today in History.....June 1

On this day in …

* 1779, Benedict Arnold is court-martialed

* 1813, the commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, said, "Don't give up the ship" during a losing battle with a British frigate

* 1941, during World War II, Crete, the last Allied stronghold in Greece, is captured by German forces at high cost to both sides

* 1942, a Warsaw underground newspaper, the Liberty Brigade, makes public the news of the gassing of tens of thousands of Jews at Chelmno, a death camp in Poland --- almost seven months after extermination of prisoners began

* 1943, a civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot down by the Germans during World War II, killing all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard

* 1944, the British Broadcasting Corp. aired a coded message intended to warn the French resistance that the D-Day invasion was imminent

* 1949, Lawrence Welk's band debuts on High Life Review

* 1958, during a French political crisis over the military and civilian revolt in Algeria, Charles de Gaulle is called out of retirement to head a new emergency government. Considered the only leader of sufficient strength and stature to deal with the perilous situation, the former war hero was made the virtual dictator of France, with power to rule by decree for six months

* 1971, in support of the Nixon Administration's conduct of the war, a group named the Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace declares that it represents the majority of the U.S. veterans that had served in Southeast Asia, and calls the protests and congressional testimony of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War "irresponsible."

* 1977, the Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986.)

* 1980, Cable News Network made its debut

* 1990, at a superpowers summit meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S.
President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a historic agreement to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of both nations' sizable reserves of them

* 1996, an estimated 200,000 participants, most of them schoolchildren, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to protest government cuts for social and educational programs

* 2001, a suicide bomber -- a practitioner of that "religion of peace" -- attacked a Tel Aviv nightclub, murdering 21 Israelis