Friday, September 28, 2007 time for posting, etc.

But........ can you imagine a Republican saying this? We'd see nothing but ass's and elbows running for cover.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Where Would General Motors Be Without the United Automobile Workers Union?

I'm guessing fat city.....let's take a looksie at some facts.........

Toyota makes a profit of about $2,000 per vehicle, while GM suffers a loss of about $1,200 per vehicle, a difference of $3,200 per unit. And the far greater part of that difference is the result of nothing but GM's being forced to deal with the UAW. (Over a year ago, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that "the United Auto Workers contract costs GM $2,500 for each car sold.")

Without the UAW, the cost of employing a GM factory worker, including wages and fringes, would not be in excess of $72 per hour, which is where it is today, according to The Post-Crescent newspaper of Appleton, Wisconsin.

As a result of UAW coercion and extortion, GM has lost billions upon billions of dollars. For 2005 alone, it reported a loss in excess of $10 billion. Its bonds are now rated as "junk," that is, below, investment grade. Without the UAW, GM would not have lost these billions.

Read the rest right here.

Why will GM ultimately fail?

Because of stuff like this.

h/t Hispanic Pundit

Today in HIstory....September 26

On this day in …

* 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution

* 1789, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first secretary of state

* 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time, at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, N.J.

* 1907, New Zealand went from being a colony to a dominion within the British Empire

* 1914, the Federal Trade Commission was established

* 1955, following word that President Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, the New York Stock Exchange saw its worst price decline since 1929

* 1981, the twin-engine Boeing 767 made its official debut in Everett, Wash.

* 1991, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure in Oracle, Ariz., called Biosphere 2. (They emerged from Biosphere on this date in 1993.)

* 1997, an Indonesian Airbus A-300 crashed while approaching Medan Airport in north Sumatra, killing all 234 people aboard

* 2002, WorldCom former controller David Myers pleaded guilty to securities fraud, saying he was told by "senior management" to falsify records in what became the largest corporate accounting scandal in U.S. history. (Myers was later sentenced to one year and one day in prison.)

* 2006, President Bush ordered release of a declassified version of a government intelligence report that said the war in Iraq had become a "cause celebre" for Islamic extremists. ALSO: Former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to six years in prison for his role in the fallen energy company's bankruptcy

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It Depends On What The Meaning Of Pervert Is...Is

In Iran, this is nothing.... just a choice of LIFESTYLE.

And in Iran, this is a choice of DEATHSTYLE.

If You're Keeping Score

This year Islam and Judaism's holiest holidays overlapped for 10 days.Muslims racked up 397 dead bodies in 94 terror attacks across 10 countries during this time... while Jews worked on their 159th Nobel Prize.

h/t Religion of Peace

Today in History....September 25

On this day in …

* 1493, Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere

* 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and sighted the Pacific Ocean

* 1775, American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal

* 1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)

* 1890, Wilford Woodruff, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a Manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy

* 1956, the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable went into service

* 1973, the three-man crew of the U.S. space laboratory Skylab 2 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean after spending 59 days in orbit

* 1978, 144 people were killed when a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 and a private plane collided over San Diego

* 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court

* 2002, American schoolchildren escaped a rebel-held Ivory Coast city that was under siege as U.S. special forces and French troops moved in to rescue Westerners caught in the West African nation's bloody uprising

* 2006, British forces in Iraq shot and killed Omar al-Farouq, a leading al-Qaida terrorist, more than a year after he embarrassed the U.S. military by escaping from a maximum security military prison in Afghanistan. ALSO: Four French tourists kidnapped y practitioners of that "religion of peace" in Yemen were freed after more than two weeks in captivity

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Current State Of Academia In The USA

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- terrorist supporter and Holocaust denier is being hosted by Columbia University, as Bill Kristol points out.

Both Harvard and Columbia apparently have no problem extending every courtesy to America's enemies. Yet the military is unwelcome on both campuses. Is there a clearer example of the corruption of our nation's academy?

Sign the “Stop Ahmadinejad” petition today!

Today in History...September 21

On this day in …

* 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy

* 1937, "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published

* 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming some 700 lives

* 1970, "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21

* 1982, National Football League players began a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever

* 1987, NFL players went on a 24-day strike, mainly over the issue of free agency

* 1997, saying their persistent demands for a special investigation had been vindicated, senior Republicans insisted Attorney General Janet Reno seek appointment of an independent counsel to look into White House fund-raising activities, a day after the Justice Department revealed it had begun a preliminary review

* 2002, a defiant Iraq said it would not abide by a U.N. resolution imposing new conditions in the weapons inspections issue or threatening war. ALSO: Israel planted its flag in West Bank compound of Yasser Arafat, ym"sh, and threatened to blow up his offices in an effort to make the Palestinian leader surrender terrorists or leave into exile

* 2006, space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts safely returned from a 12-day mission to install a big new piece of the international space station

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Joe Book Reviewer - The Looming Tower

It's been out for a bit, .....I know...but I finally had the chance to read it.

12 hours on planes in 2 days gave me time to do some reading.....can't really add much to what has already been said about Lawrence Wright's fantastic book The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 , but I can tell you it reads like a thriller and it is very clear where we're at with these terror groups and why and how their networks operate. This great book gets a 10 and should be read by all!

Some interesting finds......

- OBL's father was poor, he got in on the ground floor of the newly found oil fields of Saudi Arabia, the road infrastructure projects and many of the other civil engineering projects that built his multi-Billion $$ empire ........which BTW, an American(s) found. His father worked side by side with the laborers in the dirt while amassing his fortune, his nut son had the same mentality, living, eating side by side with his followers in the caves of Afghanistan.

- Sayid Qutb, the godfather of the jihad movement, actually started this jihad movement in the 1940's while living and working in the beautiful town of Greeley, Colorado. So how do you like that lefties?........GW Bush didn't cause the current terror / jihad movement........this has been brewing for decades........actually since the 7th century with the birth of Islam.

- Lawrence Wright points out that Al-Zawahiri and bin Laden have created neither a real intellectual movement nor a political platform nor a set of theological propositions nor a proper ideology but he letes you know Al Qaeda comes off as a bunch of fanatical, dysfunctional screaming death cult wack-nobs.....surprise.

- Most of those involved in Al-Qaeda, Al-Jihad, and other pre-Taliban terror groups were made up of engineers and scientists, not just rag-tag poverty stricken losers, in fact, American universities have more to do with creating Al-Qaeda than the fabled "Arab street."

- We could have pretty much nipped these terror movements in the bud if it weren't for the bickering beauracracies, the FBI and CIA and thier PC cowtowing... speaking of PC, thanks to a paranoid Clinton administration that failed to connect the dots with these terror groups, so much could have been averted . To be fair, the GW Bush administration can also be blamed for the handling of many parts of the war.

- One of the book's most fascinating characters is John O'Neill, the former FBI counterterrorism chief who understood the threat long before many in the U.S. government had heard of bin Laden. O'Neill's tireless vigilance was undercut by an abrasive personality that angered his counterparts in the CIA and perhaps contributed to the agency's unwillingness to share what it knew. Ultimately, O'Neill, a New Jersey native known for his fancy suits, multiple girlfriends and nights on the town, proved too bold a figure for the buttoned-down FBI. He resigned from the bureau on Aug. 22, 2001, and began a second career the following day as head of security at the World Trade Center. Guess where he was on September 11 2001?

- I knew that OBL was expelled from Saudi Arabia, but didn't know that by doing so it left him nearly destitute. He left behind his many businesses which his country paid him just pennies on the dollar....he's not the billionaire many think he is, more like in the ballpark of $10 MM.....max, and at times nearly penniless. OBL is a master marketer, he did a masterful job of whipping up a frenzy of fear and anit-American hate, this is very well documented. BTW, he's barely over 6 feet tall, not the purported 6 foot 6. Man, I'd love to kick his ass.

Note - The author Lawrence Wright comes to the table with impeccable liberal credentials, which include a long term at The New Yorker.

There are many more interesting items to post with regards to Afghanistan, Sudan, Zawahiri and the pro-American struggles within the Middle East but I lack the time, I'm a working man.

Read this book if you get the chance. If you are a passivist liberal that believes water boarding, the happenings at Guantanamo Bay and having dogs bark at terrorists are bad, then you might as well go back in the hole you've been living in and wait for the sword that one day may saw....not chop, but saw you're head off. These radicals have such a hatred for non-believing Muslims that it is irreversable.

What is amazing is how these terror leaders twist the Q'uran and their followers fall for it, an example.....the Q'ran says it is evil to commit suicide and evil to kill fellow Muslims, but these freaks add the caveat that if a you commit suicide and that action includes a murdered infidel non-Muslim, it's cool, or if a fellow innocent Muslim is murdered along with the infidel non-Muslim, it's cool too, because the innocent Muslim was just doing his duty by being there.

The horror of 9-11 woke me up and showed me not how much the world changed that day, but revealed to me how much it changed prior to 9-11. Some of my friends and aquaintences who read my blog may think I go overboard and extreme at times, but I'll tell you what, this threat is way too real, more widespread than communism and Nazism by far, look at the current state of Europe and the "Isamification" it is undergoing and the killing in the name of Allah taking place all over the world. The USA has been enjoying an incredible ride of wealth, good fortune and prosperity since the 1940's which by the way is extremely rare in world history.........let's not give away these freedoms to an enemy that wants nothing more than for you, me and the rest of the good guys to go back to the Dark Ages of the 7th century and live as 2nd / 3rd class citizens...or slaves, or worse.

Today in History....September 20

On this day in …

* 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia. (Magellan was killed en route, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)

* 1857, Delhi, India, fell to British forces

* 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy

* 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding the assassinated James A. Garfield

* 1984, a suicide car bomber, a practitioner of that "religion of peace", attacked the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people

* 1997, President Bill Clinton's attorneys insisted no laws were broken as it was disclosed that Attorney General Janet Reno had taken a first step toward seeking a special prosecutor to investigate the president's 1996 fund-raising activities

* 2002, President Bush appealed to a reluctant Russian President Vladimir Putin to back a new U.N. resolution that would threaten Iraq with war if it did not disarm; Russian officials indicated there might be room for compromise

* 2005, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez repeatedly referred to President Bush as "the devil" during a speech to the United Nations.
ALSO: The African Union announced it would extend the mandate of a peacekeeping force in Darfur

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Good Luck to B.B.O.D., or

Donuts.........actually to bud and golf freak Bob Interdonato who qualified for the Arizona Open...good luck brutha!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Off to North Carolina for work 'til Wednesday....... wish it was here!

Today in History....September 17

On this day in …

* 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia

* 1862, in the bloodiest battle day in U.S. history, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion in the Civil War Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Md.

* 1920, the American Professional Football Association -- a precursor of the National Football League -- was formed in Canton, Ohio

* 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after the Nazi, ym"sh, launched its assault

* 1944, during World War II, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands.
(After initial success, the Allies were beaten back by the Germans.)

* 1947, James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Defense

* 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty

* 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S.
Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic document

* 1997, President Clinton rejected a ban on land mines endorsed by
89 countries

* 2002, after years of denials by his country, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il admitted that North Korean spies had abducted about a dozen Japanese citizens decades earlier, and that at least four of the Japanese were still alive. ALSO: NBA star Patrick Ewing announced his retirement

* 2006, after death threats by practitioners of that "religion of peace", Pope Benedict XVI said he was "deeply sorry" his recent remarks on Islam and violence had offended Muslims, but the unusual expression of papal regret drew a mixed reaction from Islamic leaders, some of whom said it wasn't enough

Friday, September 14, 2007

You gotta see this: What If Existed 65 Years Ago?

The REAL Battle of Iraq

Discussing the impact of General Petraeus' appearance on Capitol Hill, Charles Krauthammer hits the nail squarely on the head:

His testimony, steady and forthright, bought him the time to achieve his "realistic chance" of success. Not the unified, democratic Iraq we had hoped for the day Saddam Hussein's statue came down, but a radically decentralized Iraq with enough regional autonomy and self-sufficiency to produce a tolerable stalemated coexistence between contending forces.

That's for the longer term and still quite problematic. In the shorter term, however, there is a realistic chance of achieving a separate success that, within the context of Iraq, is of a second order but in the global context is of the highest order -- the defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Having poisoned one country and been expelled from it (Afghanistan), al-Qaeda seized upon post-Hussein instability to establish itself in the very heart of the Arab Middle East -- Sunni Iraq. Yet now, in front of all the world, Iraq's Sunnis are, to use the biblical phrase, vomiting out al-Qaeda. This is a defeat and humiliation in the extreme -- an Arab Muslim population rejecting al-Qaeda so violently that it allies itself in battle with the infidel, the foreigner, the occupier.

Humiliating, indeed.


The Story Most People Under 40 Haven't Heard

So I'm here to inform those who haven't, here's a story of a murderer working for you and me..............

When Senator Ted Kennedy was merely just another Democrat
bloating on Capitol Hill on behalf of liberal causes, it was perhaps
excusable to ignore his deplorable past. But now that he has become the
leading Democrat attack dog, positioning himself as Washington's leading
arbiter of truth and integrity, the days for such indulgence are now over.
It's time for good Americans to stand up and remind our countrymen
why this man had to abandon his own presidential bid in 1980. It's time to
say the words "Mary Jo Kopechne" out loud.

Ted Kennedy drunkenly drove his car off a bridge, extricated
himself, and left Miss Kopechne behind to die in the waters underneath the
Edgartown, Massachusetts, Bridge on July 17th, 1969 after a night of
drinking and partying with the young blonde campaign worker.

But most Americans under 40 have never heard that story, or the
details of how Kennedy swam to safety, and then tried to get his cousin Joe
Garghan to say he, Garghan, was behind the wheel.

Those young voters don't know how Miss Kopechne, trapped inside
Kennedy's Oldsmobile, gasped for air until she finally died (some medical
experts saying two and one-half hours later), while this leading Democrat
Iraq war critic rushed back to his family's compound to formulate the best
alibi he could think of.

Nor does Generation X know how Kennedy was thrown out of Harvard
on his ear 15 years earlier for paying a fellow student to take his Spanish
final. Nor why the US Army denied him a commission because he cheated on

As they listen to the Democrats' "Liberal Lion" accuse President
Bush of "telling lie after lie after lie" to get America to go to war in
Iraq, young voters don't know about that notorious 1991 Easter weekend in
Palm Beach, when Uncle Teddy rounded up his nephews for a night on the town,
an evening that ended with one of them credibly accused of rape.
It's time for Republicans and Democrats with a soul to state
unabashedly that they will no longer "go along with the gag" when it comes
to Uncle Ted's rants about deception and moral turpitude inside the Bush
White House.

If the Republicans don't, let's do it ourselves by passing this
forgotten disgrace around the Internet to wake up memories of what a fraud
and fake Teddy really is.

The Democrat Party should be ashamed to employ this national
disgrace from Massachusetts as their spokesman!

h/t Vinstein

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The 75 Most Popular Right-Of-Center Websites

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has the list:

75) Laura Ingraham: 151,188
74) The American Spectator: 149,028
73) blackfive: 148,476
72) Men's News Daily: 148,321
71) Family Security Matters: 143,926
70) John McCain's Official Site: 144,333
69) Fred '08: 139,887
68) IMAO: 139,112
67) Republican National Committee: 137,652
66) The Agitator: 135,379
65) Rudy Giuliani Official Site: 124,228
64) The American Enterprise Institute: 122,067
63) Debbie Schlussel: 121,137
62) Right Wing News: 117,721
61) Day By Day: 116,654

Here's the rest......

FYI........I came in at #76

tsuj gniddik........that's backwards for.........?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"Now, A Word About That `Big Hole in the Desert." - JoshuaPundit

More on the Israel/Syria Air Incident..Did the IDF Take Out Nuclear Material?

Syria going nuclear? And remember those WMD's of Saddam's that were supposedly shipped to Syria? Whoa.........things ain't lookin' real good over there.

Blogger extraordinaire JoshuaPundit has this great post:

"While some of my sources are claiming that the Israelis took out a major chemical weapons site, Carl in Jerusalem at Israel Matsav has a very plausible theory that the weapons Israel hit also may have included nuclear material sold to Syria by the North Koreans. Apparently Israel has had the belief for some time that North Korea is in the process of selling the small amount of nuclear material they have left to Iran and Syria, and the Israelis had been carrying out recon flights over Syria to find out."

There's a precedence for this. As members of Joshua's Army know, North Korea has shipped missile hardware many times to Iran with the aid of Russia...who likely collects a handsome `commission' on the sales for allowing North Korea to ship its merchandise through Russia's territory, the only way it can get there.

As a matter of fact, Iran and Syria might even have been planning to provide some of this nuclear material,or perhaps bio-chemiocal weapons for use in Hezbollah's warheads. I wouldn't put it past them for a second.

Petraeus Steamrolls Dhimmocrats

Rudy vs Hillary on the Petraeus Reports

MAYOR GIULIANI: Well, I was quite impressed with General Petreaus’ testimony and Ambassador Crocker. I’m an admirer of General Petreaus. I think he’s taken a very difficult situation, he’s moved it in a direction in which we are now seeing, you know, some significant success. Although there are also a long way to go. But, gosh, this is a very difficult situation you can’t expect the man to have turned this around completely in five or six months. I think he has been put through some horrible attacks. I think trying to, you know, equate his name with betrayal, is one of the more disgusting things that has happened in American politics. And I think the failure of the Democratic candidates to really condemn that, given how much money spends on behalf of Democratic candidates, which is millions if not hundreds of millions, is really, I really think it’s very, very unfortunate. And also, they sort of play into it. Hillary Clinton said yesterday, ‘I think,’ said to General Petraeus, ‘I think the reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief.’ I don’t know what she’s trying to say when she’s accusing a general of the ‘willing suspension of disbelief.’”

HOST 1: “She’s trying to tell us that she knows more about the whole situation than he does.”

Bingo. This crass gas bag has nearly the amount of skeletons in her closet as Hitler. There aren't many men more honorable than General Petraeus, for her to talk down to him is really quite revealing.

Kathryn Jean Lopez has a little more from The Corner.

Hugo Chavez's Idea For High Tech Weather Forecasting


Condition - Prediction
Wet rock - It is raining
Dry rock - It is not raining
Shade on the ground - It is sunny
No shade on the ground - It is overcast
Rock jumping - It is an earthquake
Rock gone - It is a hurricane
Can't see rock - It is nightime
Can see rock - It is daytime

h/t Queen of Tequila

I want to bring to your attention a site that you should bookmark, and read often. This is a site that is recording the TRUE heroes of our great nation, wherever they have served.
WWW.HOMEOFHEROES.COM is a site that is gathering the information on ALL MoH recipients, those that have received the various service crosses (Navy Cross, etc) as well as the Silver Star. A monumental task!

Mr. Doug Sterner, webmaster and cataloger extraodinaire, has been compiling the information to this site in order to record all of those valiant efforts our soldiers have put forth in name of freedom. To ensure that no one is forgotten. 3500 MoH, and over 22,000 Silver Stars! All to be compiled here.

There is a TON of information here, and not just on the valor awards. Bookmark now. This is a treasure of a site.

h/t Black Five

Today in History....September 12

On this day in …

* 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name

* 1914, during World War I, the First Battle of the Marne ended in an Allied victory against Germany

* 1938, Adolf Hitler, ym"sh, demanded the right of self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia

* 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government

* 1944, the Second Quebec Conference opened with President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in attendance

* 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by Ethiopia's military, after ruling for 58 years

* 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly on a U.S. spaceship

* 2002, raising the specter of war, President Bush told skeptical world leaders at the United Nations to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq --- or to stand aside as the U.S. acted. ALSO: Three former Tyco International executives were charged with looting the conglomerate of hundreds of millions of dollars; all three pleaded innocent at their arraignment in New York. (Former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and former CFO Mark Swartz were later convicted of grand larceny and securities fraud. Tyco's former top lawyer, Mark A. Belnick, was acquitted.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

WOW. A 9-11 World Trade Center escape.

Today in History...September 11

On this day in …

* 2001, in the single worst act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil, nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners crashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall, a commandeered jetliner smashed into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania. The day is marked as Patriot Day.

UPDATE: All 19 of the hijackers are rotting and suffering in hell as we speak.

* 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

* 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812

* 1941, Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, in which he said "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to draw the United States into World War II

* 1972, the Munich Summer Olympics, in which practitioners of that "religion of peace" murdered 11 Israeli athletes, ended. (Yes, their deaths wasn't considered sufficiently serious to merit canceling or postponing the games)

* 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup

* 1989, the exodus of East German refugees from Hungary to West Germany by way of Austria began

* 2002, defiant "Palestinian" legislators forced the resignation of Yasser Arafat's 21-member Cabinet.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Today in History....September 10

On this day in …

* 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of

* 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine

* 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, died in Baton Rouge two days after being shot

* 1939, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany

* 1945, Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis, ym"sh, (He was executed by firing squad in October of that year)

* 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace

* 1977, convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, became the last person to date to be executed by the guillotine in France

* 2002, the Bush administration raised the nationwide terror alert to yellow, its second-highest level, closed nine U.S. embassies overseas and heightened security at federal buildings and landmarks in America on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary. ALSO: Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Churchillian Observations

A devastating quote. As they say, wisdom is ageless.

The speech below was written in 1899 and delivered by Winston Churchill in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. This comes from The River War: An account of the Reconquest of the Sudan was a 1899 book written by Winston Churchill while he was still an officer in the British army, a first-hand account of the conquest of the Sudan by the English-Egyptian force under Lord Kitchener. It sets out the current views of many but expressed in the wonderful Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language.

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia
in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent
in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture,
sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the
followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this
life of its grace and refinement the next of its dignity and sanctity. The
fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his
absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the
final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men."

"Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but
the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who
follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being
moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has
already spread throughout Central Africa , raising fearless warriors at
every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong
arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the
civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome ."

h/t VinbergWoodstein

What Really Happened in the Middle East

According to Jimmy Carter and the Arab propaganda machine, the cause of the Middle East conflict is the Israeli occupation of Arab land. Of course that's a false's a nice re-cap of what really happened in the Middle East.

I guess if you really do think really is a Religion of depends on what the meaning of Peace is.

Dog's Are A Mans Best Friend? I Guess So......Even More So Than An Infant

Cop charged in police dog's hot car death. No intent.

"I am certain Sgt. Lovejoy has suffered greatly from leaving his police dog in a sweltering car," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement. "I do not relish the idea of compounding his sadness. However, Lovejoy must be treated like anyone else in similar circumstances."

No charges for mom who left child in car, child dies. No intent, no crime, prosecutor decides.

"She knows that her actions are what caused her child to die, or her lack of attentiveness," White said.

"She'll live with that. And I can't imagine what I could do as a prosecutor to make it any worse for her."

Today in History....September 7

On this day in …

* 1807, Denmark surrendered to British forces that had bombarded the city of Copenhagen for four days

* 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House

* 1907, the British liner RMS Lusitania set out on its maiden voyage, from Liverpool, England, to New York, arriving six days later. (Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in 1915.)

* 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an "image dissector"

* 1940, the Nazis, ym"sh, began their initial blitz on London during World War II

* 1957, the original version of the animated NBC peacock logo, used to denote programs "brought to you in living color," made its debut at the beginning of "Your Hit Parade"

* 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington by President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos

* 1987, Erich Honecker became the first East German head of state to visit West Germany as he arrived for a five-day visit

* 2002, President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, meeting at Camp David, said the world had to act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader had defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons of mass destruction

* 2006, British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave in to a fierce revolt in his Labour Party and reluctantly promised to quit within a year.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Quote of the Day / Week / Year

President Bush: 'We're kicking ass' in Iraq...

Hope he's right........

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Would You Consider This Hate Speech?

Muslims are the vilest of animals.
Show mercy to one another, but be ruthless to Muslims.
How perverse are Muslims!
Strike off the heads of Muslims, as well as their fingertips.
Fight those Muslims who are near to you.
Muslim mischief makers should be murdered or crucified.

Apparently CAIR and Muslims don't.

Still trying to figure out if CAIR is the Council on Islamic-American Relations or the Council for A$$-hole Islamic Rascists.

Why would Muslims not consider this to be hate speech? How is it that we can post these quotes with full certainty that CAIR won't be contacting the media (or Congress) with wild-eyed accusations of Islamophobia?

Well, for one thing, I don't actually agree with any of these statements, of course. But the real reason is that Muslims themselves honestly believe these quotes to be the literal, eternal word of Allah. In fact, CAIR is promoting this hate speech on their own website! It is actively propagating the very literature that contains these comments, even while sanctimoniously claiming that it is working against hate and violence.

But isn't CAIR a Muslim organization? What's the catch?

Well, if you haven't guessed it already, these are quotes from the Qur'an in which has been replaced the word Christian, Jew or unbeliever with the word Muslim.

Here is how they actually appear in the literature that groups like CAIR are pushing:

Sura (8:55) - Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve
Sura (48:29) - Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves
Sura (9:30) - And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah... Allah (Himself) fights against them. How perverse are they!
Sura (8:12) - I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them
Sura (9:123) - O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness
Sura (5:33) - The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.

These verses come from five different places in the Qur'an. There are dozens of others scattered throughout that advocate violence in open-ended fashion. There are hundreds more that speak of hatred and hell toward Christians, Jews, and other non-believers. (Is it any wonder that the Muslim world is split largely between those who tacitly support Islamic terror and those who do nothing about it?)

Very few of these verses are bound by historical context within the text of the Qur'an, and any appeal to external sources for mitigation would apply also to the tiny handful of verses that are used (disingenuously) to promote Islam as being loving and tolerant. More importantly, there are far more violent verses than ones of tolerance, and most were revealed later, thus abrogating the handful of earlier ones.

And yet, this is the book that CAIR wants people to read! This is what CAIR considers to be holy text, even to the extent that an exact replica of the Qur'an (grammatical errors and all) is said to be on a table in heaven guarded by angels.

So, the next time you hear CAIR smugly accusing its critics of hate speech, just remember what the organization's agenda really is:

They don't mind hate speech directed at non-Muslims. In fact, they promote it.
They don't mind religious minorities being denied rights that Muslims have in Muslims societies. In fact, they plug fatwas and religious literature that encourage discrimination.

They don't even mind the vast amount of terrorism in the name of Islam. In fact, they refuse to acknowledge and denounce more than 99% of it, including the on-going genocide against black Africans by Arabs.

The language of civil rights and tolerance is merely a tool of convenience for prominent Muslim organizations in the West to advance the cause of Islamic supremacy. A true civil rights organization, however, is concerned about rights for all people, regardless of race or religion, and this is something that Islam has never been able to produce... and probably never will...

At least according to our Qur'an!

Courtesy of The Religion of Peace.

Sign o' the Times

Rolling Stones scandal, 1967:
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of rock band the Rolling Stones have appeared before magistrates in Chichester, West Sussex, charged with drug offences.

Rolling Stones scandal, 2007:
A live UK music venue today dodged a fine after members of the Rolling Stones lit up cigarettes on stage in defiance of the smoking ban.

Today in History....September 5

On this day in …

* 1774, the First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia

* 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities

* 1914, the first Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began during World War I

* 1939, the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II

* 1945, Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was arrested in Yokohama.
(D'Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald Ford.)

* 1972, practitioners of that "religion of peace" attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games; 11 Israelis were murdered

* 1975, President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif.

* 1977, the U.S. launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, Voyager 2

* 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana's death, delivering a televised address in which she called her former daughter-in-law "a remarkable person." ALSO:
Twelve Israeli soldiers were killed during a commando raid into Lebanon

* 2002, Afghan President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt in Kandahar, hours after an explosives-packed car tore through a Kabul market

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

For all of the tequila aficionados out there.... World's Finest Tequilas Showcased on September 15 at 5th Annual Spirits of México

Photo of the Day

It's nice when you see a photo that sums it all up (Via Michelle Malkin):

So, with that photo in mind, go ahead and visit STAND BY THE SURGE and sign the petition.

Today in History....September 4

On this day in …

* 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film box camera, and registered his trademark: "Kodak"

* 1893, English author Beatrix Potter first told the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess

* 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacked a British-run base hospital

* 1951, President Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast

* 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing 111 people

* 1987, a Soviet court convicted West German pilot Mathias Rust of charges stemming from his daring flight to Moscow's Red Square, and sentenced him to four years in a labor camp. (Rust served about 14

* 1997, a triple suicide bombing by practitioners of that "religion of peace" in the heart of Jerusalem killed 4 Jews and the three bombers

* 2002, President Bush promised to seek congressional approval for "whatever is necessary" to oust Saddam Hussein, including using military force. Secretary of State Colin Powell was heckled by dozens of activists on the closing day of the World Summit in South Africa

* 2006, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray's barb pierced his chest. ALSO: The Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, took off from Toulouse, France, with a full load of passengers for the first time