Friday, June 29, 2007

Good Thing There's No War On Terror

Right, John Edwards? We're wondering, of course, how to understand this foiled attack on London . . . just a big misunderstanding, perhaps?

If a Democrat wins the presidency, don't expect any muscular response if such things occur in the United States. It'll be more sweeping these episodes under the rug a la the World Trade Center bombing of 1993.

To get to the presidency, the Democrats must demonize the war effort and assume we will lose in Iraq; but to run the country, they would almost immediately have to reverse course, call for unity, and explain why we must continue anti-terrorism at home, and fighting al Qaeda abroad. And if they adopted a truly pacifist stature, a single 9/11 like attack would ruin their fides for a generation. Politics is to be accepted, but in wartime one expects a bit of national interest first.

All Aboard!!!

Okay, here's an open invite.........Thursday afternoon July 12th, myself, the Mrs. and the three Little Joe's are making the drive down to Tequila, Jalisco, México...which is 35-40 miles NW of Guadalajara...or if you know where Puerto Vallarta is, Tequila is about 140 miles due east of P.V., or about 1150 miles south of Nogales, AZ, so if anyone wants to join the caravan, let me know.

Why drive? Because I'm my father's son (5th of 6) and my dad could drive from Alaska down to the Straits of Magellan if he had the time and driving I guess is in my blood. Also, driving through México is easy as long as you take the toll roads.'s a beautiful drive!
We usually fly, but last time we drove, it was 27 hours non-stop, this time we'll leave Phoenix around 4pm and go to either Ciudad Obregon or Hermosillo (most likely), stay the night, then drive to Mazatlan, spend the night, then get up Saturday morning and take off for Tequila and arrive about 7-8 hours later.
If you like hiking, riding horse's, exploring caves, drinking tequila, eating the best damn food around, hanging out and chillin' like a gringo......get 'yer mariachi suit ready and come on down!

Making the case for Fred Thompson

Barry G. at A Small Dose of Reality has a great read on Fred.

Why We Went to War in Iraq

David Horowitz lays an incomparable smackdown on Algore and his assaults on fact, history and reason.

Read it all, and serve your favorite lib a nice helping of contemporary history regarding UN resolutions, violated treaties, and an distorted lies that Gore and his ilk have effectively convinced themselves of since the war began.

h/t Jawa Report

Today in History....June 29

On this day in …

* 1767, the British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts, which imposed import duties on certain goods shipped to America.
(Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament in 1770 to repeal the duties on all goods -- except tea.)

* 1966, the United States bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong

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

* 1970, the United States ended a two-month military offensive into Cambodia

* 1972, the Supreme Court, in Furman v. Georgia, ruled the death penalty, as it was being meted out, could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." (The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.)

* 1981, Hu Yaobang, a protege of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, was elected Communist Party chairman, replacing Mao Zedong's hand-picked successor, Hua Guofeng

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

* 1997, in Albania, gunmen menaced voters, burned ballots and pressured polling officials, marring parliamentary elections meant to steer the country toward recovery after months of chaos

* 2002, President Bush transferred his presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a routine colon screening that ended in a clean bill of health

* 2006, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that President Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law. ALSO: The government announced it had recovered a stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to
26.5 million veterans and military personnel

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Talk radio, the blogosphere and to some extent the internet are the voices of the people and are here to its present form, thank you very much, screw the Fairness Doctrine.......which is anything but.

Meanwhile, Michael Medved sums up the upcoming piece of crap and very dangerous "Fairness Doctrine":

"The talk about imposing a "fairness doctrine" on radio and TV has now migrated from the fringes of the far left to some of the senior Democrats on Capitol Hill -- including Senators Feinstein, Durbin and Kerry. Believe it or not, these legislators appear to be serious about abusing the power of the federal government to control the political programming private companies would be allowed to broadcast, and to prevent the public from choosing stations that sounded “too one-sided” to bureaucrats. This chilling prospect reflects the totalitarian temptation at the heart of today’s so-called progressive agenda. Leftists trust bureaucrats to determine the cars you’re allowed to drive, the guns you’re allowed to own, the terms of employment you’re allowed to negotiate, and the sort of political messages you’re allowed to receive. Conservatives prefer free-market solutions and open competition – in mass media and elsewhere – because we trust the people more than the regulators. "

"Meanwhile, the prominent Democrats who have begun discussing a return of the “fairness doctrine” to regulate media debate need to answer questions on applying this policy. Since the ostensible purpose of this initiative is to guarantee the airing of all sides of hot issues, how would they treat radio or TV shows like mine that always argue the questions of the day with opposing viewpoints? Would they count the disagreeing callers each hour to make sure we conform to some governmental standard? Meanwhile, a popular late night broadcast focuses on UFO’s and ghosts. Would stations now be required to counter such discussion with skeptical programming debunking paranormal claims? Thirty years ago, liberals justified the fairness doctrine because of the limited number of media outlets: today, with hundreds of cable TV channels, radio stations, satellite radio and the internet, the consumer chooses from more alternatives than ever before – and hardly needs a paternalistic bureaucracy dictating the nature of his choices."

Today in History....June 28

On this day in …

* 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth took place in New Jersey; it was from this battle that the legend of "Molly Pitcher"
arose, although her actual existence is a matter of historical debate

* 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, 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

* 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, the capital of South Korea

* 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he'd been 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

* 1997, in a wild rematch, Evander Holyfield retained the WBA heavyweight boxing championship after his opponent, Mike Tyson, was disqualified for biting Holyfield's ear during the third round of their fight in Las Vegas

* 2002, WorldCom Inc. began laying off 17,000 employees worldwide after disclosing accounting irregularities that later forced it into bankruptcy protection. AND: Xerox Corp. announced it had improperly reported $1.9 billion in revenue over the previous five years and would restate those financial results

* 2006, thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks penetrated the Gaza Strip to pressure Islamic terrorists into releasing a kidnapped soldier

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Daniella!

#2 of three kids, only daughter turns 5 years old today!

Today in History....June 27

On this day in …

* 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.

* 1846, 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, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North

* 1977, the Supreme Court, in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, struck down state laws and bar association rules that prohibited lawyers from advertising their fees for routine services

* 1997, the Supreme Court threw out a key part of the Brady gun-control law, saying the federal government could not make local police decide whether people were fit to buy handguns. However, the court left intact the five-day waiting period for gun purchases

* 2002, in a landmark church-state decision, the Supreme Court ruled
5-4 that tuition vouchers were constitutional. ALSO: The Group of Eight nations concluded a two-day summit in Alberta, Canada, by announcing aid packages for Russia and Africa

* 2006, a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the American flag died in a Senate cliffhanger, falling one vote short of the 67 needed to send it to states for ratification. ALSO:
Surgeon General Richard Carmona issued a report saying breathing any amount of someone else's tobacco smoke harms nonsmokers

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

30 Seconds of Frightening Tornado Footage

Today in History....June 26

On this day in …

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

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

* 1950, President Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict

* 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) --- despite reports to the contrary in venues as prestigious as the New York Times and Newsweek, he didn't say "I am a jelly doughnut."

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

* 1997, in a series of decisions, the Supreme Court ruled that terminally ill Americans had no constitutional right to doctor-assisted suicide, but did nothing to bar states from legalizing the process; struck down a congressional attempt to keep smut off the Internet, saying it violated the First Amendment; let stand the president's line-item veto authority without addressing its constitutionality

* 2002, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was unconstitutional.
(The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2004 on a
technicality.) ALSO: The Group of Eight nations, meeting in Canada, announced that Russia would be made a full-fledged member of the elite group

* 2006, President Bush said it was "disgraceful" that newspapers had disclosed a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorist suspects

Friday, June 22, 2007

Operation Arrowhead Ripper: Surrender or Die

"al Qaeda, unless they find a way to escape, are about to be slaughtered. Nobody is dropping leaflets asking them to surrender. Our guys want to kill them, and that’s the plan."

In-bed reporter/blogger/stud Michael Yon gives us the real run-down on what is happening with the surge here and here.

And here is what the MSM tells you about the offensive.

In entirely unrelated news, reporters donate 9:1 to Democrats and liberal causes over Republicans and conservative causes.

Their political affinities in no way whatsoever color their reportage.

You make the call.

h/t Ace of Spades

These are our guys, just resting, taking in a quick full body 125 degree well guys.....we'll do our best here to take care of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, et al.


Today in History....June 22

On this day in …

* 1807, a British frigate, the HMS Leopard, attacked and boarded the American ship USS Chesapeake off the Virginia coast in search of Royal Navy deserters

* 1870, the U.S. Department of Justice was created

* 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago

* 1938, Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium

* 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler, ym"sh, gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris

* 1944, President Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights"

* 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa ended with an Allied victory; some 13,000 Americans and 90,000 Japanese soldiers, plus 130,000 civilians, were killed in the nearly three-month campaign

* 1970, President Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that lowered the minimum voting age to 18

* 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.)

* 2006, the Red Cross finally admitted Israel as a member and allowed it to use a Star of David as its symbol. ALSO: During a visit to Hungary to commemorate the 1956 revolt against communism, President Bush said war-weary Iraqis could learn from the Hungarians' long and bloody struggle against tyranny

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Off to North Carolina for 2 days, going to Raleigh, but wish I was going here...........

ps - closed a biggie in NC

Today in History....June 19

On this day in …

* 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories

* 1865, Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all slaves were free. (This event is celebrated as "Juneteenth.")

* 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.

* 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames; the family took the name "Windsor."

* 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission

* 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster (GOPers pushed it

* 2002, a suicide bomber, a practitioner of that "religion of peace", killed seven Israelis on a Jerusalem bus in the second deadly attack in the Holy city in two days. ALSO: The space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth with one Russian and two American crewmen who'd spent 6 1/2 months aboard the international space station

* 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea it would face consequences if it test-fired a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States. ALSO:
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she would send National Guard troops and state police to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a bloody weekend in which six people were killed

Monday, June 18, 2007

Today in History....June 18

On this day in …

* 1586, English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America

* 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War

* 1812, the United States declared war against Britain

* 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium

* 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a journey with pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours

* 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, "This was their finest hour."

* 1948, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights finished drafting an International Declaration of Human Rights

* 1979, President Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna

* 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger

* 2002, a practitioner of that "religion of peace" detonated a nail-studded bomb in a Jerusalem bus, killing 19 passengers and himself. ALSO: President Bush sent to Congress his detailed proposal for creation of a new Homeland Security Department. AND: Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura announced he would not seek a second term.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Fatah to Hamas......"We're Not Jews!" Hamas to Fatah....."You Are Now!"

More on that here.

When blogging time is tight, you turn to the best.......and to the only man I know who can get away with being called by three consonants:

  • Since World War II, some 25 million people have died in various conflicts, only 8,000 as a result of Israel’s attempts to ward off a chronic existential threat. In the last decade the slaughter in Sudan has claimed 250,000 lives, a brutal war of extermination with a religious and racist subtext that usually sends “progressives” into fits of righteous indignation. And of course the current mayhem in Iraq, where Muslims are blowing up, torturing, and mutilating fellow Muslims, dwarfs even the lurid lies about Israel’s behavior regularly circulated among Western liberals and leftists. Yet the supposedly new and improved U.N. Human Rights Council, like its predecessor the discredited Human Right Commission, last year voted to make a review of supposed Israeli “human rights abuses” a permanent activity of every session. Unsurprisingly, in its first year the Council has issued twelve resolutions: nine condemnations of Israel, and three non-condemnatory resolutions on Sudan.

Here's the rest of "Murder in Gaza, Why Israel and not Fatah is demonized" from the man, Victor Davis Hanson.

Folks, whether you like it or not, there will be a massive bloodbath in the ME before too long and it will be a defining moment in world history. With Gaza gone, thanks to recent Hamas take-over, the West Bank is next. The region is Islamizing faster than expected. Nearly six years after 9/11, the ideas of Sunni Al Qaeda and Shiite Iran are more appealing to Middle Eastern Muslims than ever. Iranian proxy Hezbollah, with Syria's backing, is Lebanon's most powerful force. And while Syria may still be officially secular, the Islamist tide is rapidly rising there too. Hence, the regime's reluctance to break with Iran.

The big showdown is coming soon......the Islamist enemy--Shiite and Sunni--is positioning its forces, including Syria, for a historic confrontation with Israel and the US. These crazies have no intention of disarming or giving up their nuclear and missile programs.

Islamist Hezbollah is armed to the teeth with thousands of Iranian-made, Chinese-designed, North Korean-upgraded, long-range rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv, and their just getting started.

The hornets nest in the ME is in a frenzy.

Today in History....June 15

On this day in …

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

* 1520, Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious belief

* 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 vulcanize rubber

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

* 1904, more than 1,000 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

* 2002, a jury in Houston convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice, giving a first victory to prosecutors investigating the sudden collapse of energy-trader Enron

* 2006, House Democrats voted to strip embattled Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson of his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. ALSO: Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said he would transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Interesting Map: US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs

This really demonstrates the awesomeness of the American economy.

For all of Saudi Arabia's oil wealth, it still only equals Tennessee in GDP.
And my home state in the desert of Arizona? Equals Thailand.

h/t Ace of Spades

PS - buried like a mutha in work........and having a blast.

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

* 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

* 1981, major league baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation. (The season did not resume until Aug. 10.)

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

* 1997, the Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant. ALSO: Baseball began interleague play, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.

* 2006, Al-Qaida in Iraq named a successor to slain leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, identified by the nom de guerre Abu Hamza al-Muhajer

Monday, June 11, 2007

Today in History....June 11

On this day in …

* 1770, Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.

However, if you read Gain Menzie's book "1421, The Year China Discovered the World", he uncovers that China had discovered Australia many centuries prior to James Cook, who by the way, says he is probably the greatest sailor/ocean navigator ever.

Also, he says the Chinese, under command of Zheng He and other famed eunuch commanders, landed on the shores of North America, the Caribbean, South America, Greenland, North and South Poles some 70 years prior to Christopher Columbus.

It's a good book, exciting, full of history and if true, time to re-write history!

* 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain

* 1947, the government announced the end of household and institutional sugar rationing, to take effect the next day

* 1970, the United States presence in Libya came to an end as the last detachment left Wheelus Air Base

* 1977, a 20-day hostage drama in the Netherlands ended as Dutch marines stormed a train and a school held by South Moluccan extremists. Six gunmen and two hostages on the train were killed

* 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, N.J., at age 31

* 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people

* 2002, congressional investigators released a report which said Clinton administration workers had defaced equipment and left behind prank messages as they departed the White House in January 2001

* 2006, Al-Qaida in Iraq vowed "major attacks" after the death of leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. airstrike

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Joe Hiatus: My Blogging Friends.....Vaya Con Dios

As they say........all great things come to an end......well not all things....but most fact I think it is better said that most great things bring changes, and my professional life has brought on more responsibility, a nice promotion, with that being said, my blogging will be cut substantially.

I'll have the usual "Today in History" piece, but insights from the Gringo perspective will be cut to ummmmmm, about, 1-2 a week.....I may have more but I'm not sure. I've got a great gig and have things rockin', I'm assembling a great team and my is time is tight for the time being. With that being said, I hope to be back in the blogosphere at full speed before too long along with the esteemed Army of David's........doing what I can to at least learn, hopefully inform and leave some sort of legacy in my own battle against Islamofascism, the religion of liberalism and all things evil! ;-)

I've got a tracker for my site that shows I have readers and posters from México, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Denmark, Spain, Cambodia, China, Japan, Norway, India, Iran, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Morocco, Sweden, Canada, and other countries. I appreciate the great comments....and even the not so great ones!

I'll be making the rounds, just less frequently. DON'T FORGET ABOUT JOE GRINGO......please check in from time to time, at least to get your daily history round-up!

Y 'all have been awesome......and as they say from the land of The Mrs..........Vaya con Dios!

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

* 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.

* 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


Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Encyclopaedia Britannica has a nice site dedicated to D-DAY

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

* 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes

* 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.)

* 1997, Timothy McVeigh's lawyer pleaded with a jury to spare the life of the convicted Oklahoma City bomber, holding up his dress uniform and portraying him as a model soldier deeply disturbed by his government's role in the disaster near Waco, Texas

* 2002, stung by intelligence failures, President Bush called on Congress in a nationally broadcast address to remake the government with a terrorist-fighting Department of Homeland Security. ALSO: in finally showing some gumption, Israeli troops stormed the headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, ym"sh, following a Palestinian suicide bombing that killed 17 Israelis on a bus

* 2006, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson acknowledged a stolen computer contained personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military, Guard and Reserve personnel --- not just 50,000 as initially believed. ALSO: Iran and the United States had a rare moment of agreement, using similar language to describe "positive steps" toward an accord on a package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

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, during the World War II Battle of France, Germany attacked French forces along the Somme line

* 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, Israel's Six Day War began

* 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.)

* 1997, Harold J. Nicholson, the highest ranking CIA officer ever caught spying against his own country, was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for selling defense secrets to Russia after the Cold War

* 2002, a suicide bomber, a practitioner of that "religion of peace", killed 17 Israelis on a bus. ALSO: 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart disappeared from her Salt Lake City home. (Smart was found alive in a Salt Lake suburb in March 2003; two people accused of abducting her have been found mentally unfit to stand trial.) AND:
Magic Johnson was introduced as a member of the 2002 class elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

* 2004, Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease

Monday, June 04, 2007

Only enough time for this one today.........

To submit to the book is to exist in their hell
h/t Gravelrash @ Democracy Frontline
This is an edited version of last night’s closing address of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
June 4, 2007

It is a bestseller among the wealthy and distributed free of charge to the poor. It is a book that should not be put on the ground. A book that should not be touched by a menstruating woman. It is a book that inspires one man to put his forehead on the ground in piety, and can rouse another to war. It is a book that contends that the greatest act of worship an individual can aspire to is committing suicide, while taking the life of a sinner.

The author has 99 names but not one of them appears on the cover. This book demands total submission by its readers. And has captured the imagination of more than a billion people. This book impressed me even before I could read. To touch the book I first had to wash my hands, then my face, mouth, and my arms, all the way up to the elbows, run some water over my hair and ears and wash my feet. Everything about it was sacred.

This submissive child grew into a rebellious teenager. My mother feared that my younger sister Haweya and I would stray. She bought three padlocks, large ones, and a steel bolt. Every evening and weekend, as our peers went out roaming the streets, Haweya and I watched the padlocks. So we looked for pastimes. It was then that we discovered the power of words. Books had the power to make us forget the padlocks.

In time, Ma became suspicious. Some of the books had no covers, for they had been in too many hands, but those with covers generally showed a man bending over a woman, with his mouth on hers and their bodies entwined.

We tore these covers off and, if questioned, would claim that these books were required school reading. But Ma developed a talent for judging books not just by their cover, but also by their size and appearance. She decided that all compact books were dangerous and would corrupt us. It wasn't just the silly romance novels that were small, but all forms of literature fell under this category. The only book that had a proper place in our house was the Holy Book.

I lived by the Book, for the Book. The only thing missing was a husband and children. Soon, a distant cousin was selected to be my husband. This would mean submission not only to Allah, but to my husband-to-be. The hell at the end of life for me seemed abstract, whereas the hell of being forced to submit to a stranger, was immediate, and final.

This would be the hell of never feeling love, the hell of never choosing my mate, the hell of spending my life with a man to whom I would have to ask permission before being allowed to exercise my everyday freedom. A man who could take my body without permission. This stranger had the Holy Book on his side.

I - fortunately - had my imagination on my side. I suppressed my fear of the Day of Judgement and the pressure of the Holy Book, and I fled to Amsterdam and asked for asylum. And I got it. I arrived in a new land where there were no clans, no tribes, not one but several holy books; I read their books, about how religious they had been; how they had evolved towards secularism. How they had pushed God from public life. They expanded my imagination, but they frightened me, too, for each of them made me think of how different they were from the Holy Book.

Discovering Freud put me in contact with an alternative moral system. I had never once imagined that a moral framework could exist that wasn't based on religion. Almost every page I read challenged me as a Muslim. To read these books was sinning. Drinking wine and wearing trousers were nothing compared with reading the history of ideas.

Then, on a bright Tuesday morning in New York and Washington, planes full of people flew into buildings full of people.

I picked up the Holy Book and there I found Osama bin Laden's words of justification. Did the attacks stem from true belief in true Islam? The little box at the back of mind, where I had stuffed all my dissonant thoughts, snapped open, and it refused to close. I had to make the leap to believing the Holy Book was relative - not absolute, not the literal syllables pronounced by God, but a historical record, written by men 150 years after the Prophet Muhammad's death. In other words, it was just another book.

I am a Muslim because I understand why so many Muslims are silent when the Holy Book is invoked to behead captured aid workers, journalists and other Western wanderers. Silence is better than an argument with the author of the Holy Book who has given the command to behead infidels.

Yet I am not a Muslim because I have lost the fear of the Holy Book. I have lost the terror of being burned alive after I die. My empathy now lies with the girl who cannot finish school; who will spend the rest of her life with padlocks, padlocks on her intellect.

I am not a Muslim because I lost respect for the book and its author and his messenger. I lost respect for them because of their bloodthirsty demands to kill and hate. I now feel the common humanity with those I once shunned: the Jews, Christians, atheists, gays, sinners of all stripes and colours. I lost respect not for Muslims but for what they fear.

I am accused of hating Muslims and vilifying their Holy Book and their prophet. I do not hate Muslims. But yes, I detest the submission of free will.

This is an edited version of last night's closing address of the Sydney Writers' Festival. Ayaan Hirsi Ali's most recent book is Infidel (Free Press).

Today in History....June 4

On this day in …

* 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France

* 1878, the Ottoman Empire turned over control of Cyprus to the British

* 1896, Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a "quadricycle," through the streets of Detroit

* 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended

* 1942, the Battle of Midway began during World War II

* 1947, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a House-Senate conference report on the Taft-Hartley Act

* 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc signed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam

* 1989, hundreds, possibly thousands, of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement

* 1997, at the Oklahoma City bombing trial, prosecutors urged the jury to sentence Timothy McVeigh to death, calling relatives of the victims to testify about their agonizing loss

* 2002, President Bush said the CIA and FBI had failed to communicate adequately before the Sept. 11 terror attacks; Congress began extraordinary closed-door hearings into intelligence lapses

* 2006, Palestinian standoff intensified after Hamas rejected an ultimatum from President Mahmoud Abbas to endorse a plan implicitly recognizing Israel

Friday, June 01, 2007

Another Reason For Strong Border Enforcement

WHAT IF TERRORISTS TEAM UP WITH U.S. GANGS? Another startling piece from Investor's Business Daily.

The nightmare scenario isn't far-fetched.

At a recent UCLA forum on terrorism, Los Angeles officials said the city's estimated 40,000 gang members are an attractive target for terrorists like al-Qaida. "There are many, many more people who consider themselves jihadists now," said L.A. Police Deputy Chief Mark Leap. "And criminal enterprises are being used to support terrorist activities."

L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. John Sullivan said officials are worried al-Qaida could tap into smuggling networks that move migrants and contraband across Mexico's porous border and into the U.S.

Chief among them is the notorious MS-13 gang, which has infiltrated L.A. and other U.S. cities from Central America.

"MS-13 has a lot of characteristics that could facilitate terrorist activities," Sullivan said, noting that al-Qaida has stated its intent to smuggle black-market nuclear devices into the U.S. and kill at least 4 million Americans.

For a wake-up call, read the rest here.

Joe, I'm Beer'd Out, What's A Good Summer Beverage?

Ahh, you've come to the right place. (a re-post, but hell, it's summertime)

In a tall glass, fill with block ice
2 oz. (a shot or two) of white or Reposada tequila
1 tsp sugar (optional)
Finish off with Grapefruit soda (Squirt)
Top off with a lime

Remove shoes, kick your heels up, put on some Gary Allan and chill for a while.

Fred Thompson, Where Does He Stand On Issues?

Thanks to The Jungle Hut for this great piece of information. Competition, you gotta love it, he's making things tight that's for sure.

Check out where he stands on the issues important to you!

Rosie O'No-I-Really-Am-An-Idiot's Greatest Hits!

John Hawkins at Right Wing News give us these beauties.......

In honor of Rosie O'Donnell leaving "The View," I thought it would be a good idea to post five of my "favorite" quotes from that loony liberal yenta. Enjoy the crazy!

5) "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America."

4) "We were not attacked by either of the nations we invaded. 19 [sic, really 15] Saudis were on those planes, and we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq."

3) "You know, this President invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the UN. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague."

2) "I do believe it is the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved, World Trade Center Seven. World Trade Center one and Two got hit by planes. Seven, miraculously, for the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible."

1) "Don’t fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers."

I remember going to the Pioneer Museum just north of Phoenix in 2nd grade, it's a museum of the old west, I remember going into the Blacksmith's shop and watching him making horse shoes from scratch and metal bars for windows to prevent break-ins.......dang if he didn't know how to melt steel and iron.

Bred To Kill, Bred To Die.......

Watch this kindergarten graduation........jihadi style.

Kindergarten....let's see, 5-6 year old kids dressed in army fatigues, armed with machine guns and fake explosives wrapped around their chests.....will they even have a chance of rehabilitation by the time they are 10 years old?

Today in History....June 1

On this day in …

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

* 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

* 1967, the Beatles released their album, "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

* 1977, the Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986; he's now known as Natan

* 1980, CNN made its broadcast debut

* 1997, Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson in her New York apartment.
ALSO: The Broadway show "Titanic" won five Tony Awards, including best musical. AND: The Chicago Tribune published a column by Mary Schmich which urged the graduating class of 1997, among other things, to "wear sunscreen" (the tongue-in-cheek essay ended up being wrongly attributed to author Kurt Vonnegut on the Internet).

* 2002, President Bush told West Point graduates the U.S. would strike pre-emptively against suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans, saying "the war on terror will not be won on the defensive."

* 2006, six world powers, including the U.S., agreed on a package of incentives to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program.
ALSO: A contrite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina