Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Gitmo Inmate Fights To Remain In US Custody

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This is intriguing to say the least. The guy is afraid that if he is sent home ... he will be tortured and killed. Wait ... that doesn't make sense. I thought he was being tortured at Gitmo?

Fox News:

An inmate of Guantanamo Bay who spends 22 hours each day in an isolation cell is fighting for the right to stay in the notorious internment camp.

Ahmed Belbacha fears that he will be tortured or killed if the United States goes ahead with plans to return him to his native Algeria.

The London Times reported that Belbacha, who lived in Britain for three years, has filed an emergency motion at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., asking for his transfer out of Guantanamo to be halted. He was cleared for release from Camp Delta in February and his lawyers believe that his return to Algerian custody is imminent.

Belbacha says that if he returns to Algeria, he faces the threat of torture by security services and murder by Islamist terrorists.

Zachary Katznelson, senior counsel with the human rights lawyers Reprieve and Belbacha’s lawyer, has asked the US courts to block any transfer.

I guess torture American style isn't that bad after all.





Second Christian Hostage Confirmed Dead

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There was speculation that the Taliban executed a second Korean hostage yesterday. Today, the body was found.

Fox News:

Police discovered the body of a second South Korean hostage slain by the Taliban in central Afghanistan while the group threatened Tuesday to kill more hostages if their demands were not met by Wednesday, the latest of several deadlines.

South Korea, meanwhile, pleaded with the international community to set aside the normal practice of refusing to cave into hostage-takers' demands, as it urged a peaceful resolution to a standoff. Twenty-one South Koreans remain captive.

While I sympathize with South Korea, you can't cave in to this activity. It will only put more people at risk in the future. As tragic as this is ... these people knew there was a risk of this happening, and chose to go anyway.

What we need to do is use every resource available to find them (hopefully alive), and make the kidnappers pay. We have to send a stern message that we will not negotiate ... we will kill.





UN Will Finally Send Peacekeepers To Darfur

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It sure did take a long time to finally do the right thing. Unfortunately, the peacekeepers are likely not going to accomplish much if they meet resistance. The have a history of abandoning their mission when things get tough. I do wish them all the best, and hopefully they can be successful.

Fox News:

The U.N. Security Council approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur on Tuesday to try to help end four years of fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people in the conflict-wracked Sudanese region.

The force — the first joint peacekeeping mission by the African Union and the United Nations — will replace the beleaguered 7,000-strong AU force now on the ground in Darfur no later than Dec. 31. The council urged that the AU-U.N. "hybrid" force achieve "full operational capability and force strength as soon as possible thereafter."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it a "historic and unprecedented resolution" that will send "a clear and powerful signal" of the U.N.'s commitment to help to the people of Darfur and the surrounding region "and close this tragic chapter in Sudan's history."

Let's hope this will not be a revisit of Rwanda.





Vegans Won't Have Sex With Meat Eaters

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I realize this is not really news worthy as no one cares what these vegans think, but I thought I would take the opportunity to point out some hypocrisy.

Some Paper:

No sex, please, you're a carnivore.

A new phenomenon in New Zealand is taking the idea of you are what you eat to the extreme.

Vegansexuals are people who do not eat any meat or animal products, and who choose not to be sexually intimate with non-vegan partners whose bodies, they say, are made up of dead animals.

The title of the piece is "Carnivore Sex Off The Menu." I hate to point out the obvious, but people who eat meat aren't carnivores ... they're omnivores. Just like all humans are by design.

I would also like to point out that there is no human body that is free of something that was once alive. Even the strictest vegans are responsible for some member of the animal kingdom dying. Even if it's only an insect, but I guess the poor insects don't get the love from vegans.

Cruelty-Free Consumption in New Zealand: A National Report on the Perspectives and Experiences of Vegetarians and other Ethical Consumers asked 157 people nationwide about everything from battery chickens to sexual preferences.

Many female respondents described being attracted to people who ate meat, but said they did not want to have sex with meat-eaters because their bodies were made up of animal carcasses.

Again, there is no such thing a cruelty-free consumption. Everything we take into our bodies has some form of life on it, and thus dies.

One vegan respondent from Christchurch said: "I believe we are what we consume, so I really struggle with bodily fluids, especially sexually."

Another Christchurch vegan said she found non-vegans attractive, but would not want to be physically close to them.

"I would not want to be intimate with someone whose body is literally made up from the bodies of others who have died for their sustenance," she said.

This is where it gets funny, and very hypocritical.

The first lady sounded like a prude, and I won't address her issue with bodily fluids. The second, however, intrigues me.

She won't have sex with someone who eats meat because something "died for their sustenance?" Well, I would refuse to have sex with her because her body is full of others who've died for HER sustenance. Plants are, after all, living, breathing, feeling creatures. How could I live with myself knowing that she not only was willing to kill a living creature, but to torture said creature by pulling off its equivalent to fingers, and arms?

Nichola Kriek could understand people not wanting to get too close to non-vegan or non-vegetarians.

"When you are vegan or vegetarian, you are very aware that when people eat a meaty diet, they are kind of a graveyard for animals," she said.

Yeah, and your body is a graveyard to billions of living organisms ... including plants.





I'm Back From The Freedom Concert

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Well, the trip went off without a hitch. My station took about 120 people with us to San Diego to the Hannity Freedom Concert that benefited the Freedom Alliance.

We all had a blast, and we were able to escort Spc. Carter and his wife backstage to meet a bunch of great folks. Spc. Carter just got back from Iraq 5 days before the concert, and we made sure that he and his wife could join us on the trip.

When my station went on stage (the only one) we presented a $10,000 check to Hannity for the Freedom Alliance. The Vegas crowd was only about 120 people, but their cheers for us were deafening!

I'm only going to post a couple of pics from the trip because I don't like the way most came out. I'm in the green shirt. Please note that this is after a VERY long day.










Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Harvard Destroys Lancet Study

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We all knew the Lancet faked the data, and it has already been proven... several times. However, to have Harvard destroy it makes me down right giddy.







Loose Change Producer Deserted U.S. Army

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UPDATE:

While I was out of town some of the questions I had about the story were answered. I have also been receiving emails, and comments, in response to the situation saying that Rowe was set up, or referring to the Fox News story that states Rowe proved his innocents. Unfortunately, for Rowe's supporters his claims appear to be false.

Rowe is claiming this is a paperwork error on the part of the Army, and Rowe says he provided honorable discharge paperwork. The Army is singing a different tune:

A spokeswoman for the 101st Airborne said Rowe is in the system as an Army deserter.

“He was listed as a deserter in 2005,” said Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green, public affairs officer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “What we show is that he was absent without leave in June of 2005 and was dropped from the rolls in July 2005. … He has been apprehended for being a deserter.”

Today Hotair has more:

“According to our files, he is still on active duty,” said Cathy Gramling, a media relations specialist for Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st…

A source close to Rowe’s family has said he was at the end of his active-duty enlistment in the summer of 2005 and was trying to avoid serving a second tour of duty in Iraq under the Army’s stop-loss policy when he went AWOL. He returned to Fort Campbell that summer to clear up the matter but left for good after he was told he would be sent to Iraq, the source said.

That is a far cry from an honorable discharge that Rowe has been claiming. All in all this is very confusing, and it should be noted that the Army said there is a possibility that this is an error. Errors are nothing new to the paper trail the military keeps on people, but having sources familiar with Rowe saying he went AWOL, then tried to fix it, then went AWOL again doesn't look good.

Original Post:

I have a private detective in my family, and was going to do this investigation myself. I just didn't have the funds. Korey Rowe's story never did add up, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt. As I do with all soldiers until there is evidence to contradict their story.

In a world where the media does a thorough background on anyone ... why didn't they do one on Rowe?

We now need to find out when he deserted the Army, and if his claims of deployments were legitimate.

Hotair:

An Oneonta man who helped produce a 9/11 conspiracy documentary that became an Internet hit was arrested Monday for allegedly deserting the Army.

Korey Rowe, 24, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was picked up by deputies at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said…

Rowe was arrested on a “military warrant” that Devlin said was brought to the attention of deputies by the Oneonta Police Department, who received information from a source outside of that department…

After deputies received the information from Oneonta police, they reached out to the Army, and officials from Fort Knox faxed a copy of the warrant, deputies said…

He is being held without bail in the Otsego County jail and is waiting to be picked up by U.S. Army officials, Devlin said.

Do you think Avery and crew will release yet another version of "Loose Change" to write out Rowe's involvement?





Britney's Erratic Behavior Continues

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Look, can anyone really be surprised by this.

She was turned into a cash cow by her mother, exploited as a sex object when she was in her early teens, was criticized by her fan base because she grew up into a super-hottie, and she's never had sex with a real man (Timberlake, K-Fed). Who could blame her for having a meltdown?



Man Arrested For Calling 911 292 Times Because He Was Out Of Minutes

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So was he bored or something? What was he talking to the operators about?

PNJ.Com:

A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and accused of making 292 false calls to 911 since July 1.

Escambia deputies arrested Cheveon Alonzo Ford after a 911 call was made about 10 a.m. from a cell phone, the Sheriff's Office said.

Ford told deputies he made the calls because he didn't have any minutes on his phone and "911 is a free call," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Sounds like an odd fetish if it isn't a flat out lie.

Beyonce Takes A Head Dive On Stage

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Man, that would suck. Apparently Beyonce tripped on her trench coat, and fell face first onto some stairs. She then slid down about 12 steps ... face first. Beyonce is a real trooper though. She got up and continued to dance even though she was bleeding.

She then asked the audience to not post the video to YouTube. I don't know if it made it to YouTube yet, but there are images of the fall online already. Nice to see that her fans respect her wishes huh?



Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Woman Sues Because NYC Pipe Blast Reminded Her Of 9/11

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Consider any victim sympathy status she may have had revoked.

Fox News:

A woman whose sister died in the Sept. 11 attacks filed a lawsuit over last week's steam pipe eruption in Manhattan, saying Tuesday that the explosion brought back horrible memories.

Francine Dorf's lawsuit accuses Consolidated Edison of negligence, saying the utility didn't properly maintain the pipe that ruptured outside her office and sent a geyser of steam, mud and asbestos-tainted debris over the neighborhood near Grand Central Terminal.

"I thought a building was going to collapse," said Dorf, 52, a legal secretary. She is seeking unspecified damages.

Her sister died when the twin towers collapsed.

Dorf said she called her brother and mother after the steam pipe rupture last Wednesday to say goodbye.

"I can't sleep, I can't eat. If I lay down I can see the smoke," she said. "And I think of my sister over and over again. What she must have went through on 9/11."

Now if you'll excuse me ... I have to file a lawsuit against the NFL Network for re-airing the last Super Bowl. Thereby forcing me to relive the defeat of my Bears.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Hispanic Group Targets Talk Radio

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Yep, here we go again with the whole "if you don't like illegals then you are a racist" argument. Only this time hispanics are targeting talk radio as the purveyors of hate.

Washington Times:

The nation's largest Hispanic advocacy group says it must come up with a strategy to combat "a wave of hate" its leaders say came from talk radio's efforts to sink the Senate's immigration bill.

"That had an extraordinary impact in the Senate, and as a nation, I don't think we should be comfortable with the fact that the United States Senate responded to what was largely a wave of hate," Cecilia Munoz, the National Council of La Raza's senior vice president for research, advocacy and legislation.

For those of you new to the debate ... La Raza is a hate group themselves. They hate white people, black people, and asian people. Some chapters have even taken issue with non-Mexican hispanics.

Anytime you have a hate group playing the victim card it's hilarious.

"I think we have to shine a light on it," Ms. Munoz said. "At the end of the day, we believe people need to take sides, that you can't stand on the sidelines, especially if part of what is motivating the actions of the United States Congress is not really about the public-policy debate, but is about their discomfort with Latinos."

Ms. Munoz is retarded.

She speaks about everyone needing to take sides, but if you take a side that contradicts her own ... you are a racist. Instead of allowing Americans to take sides on the issue, and debate policy ... Ms. Munoz will simply proclaim anyone who disagrees with her as hating latinos.

This latest outburst was in regards to the Senate immigration bill that the vast majority of the nation opposed. The Senate was right to uphold the will of the people, and talk radio had little to do with it. Americans weren't upset about latinos ... they were upset at the policy of the bill.

Americans didn't like giving amnesty to those who've broken the law, they didn't like that most illegals were not going to pay the fine, they didn't like the increase in well-trained professionals from other countries coming to do the jobs that Americans most definitely want to do, and they didn't like the fact that this has been done before with absolutely no success.

Americans did like some of the provisions in the bill that dealt with security, but the bill also reduced the size of the fence that is supposed to be under construction right now. That same fence would have been reduced by 400 miles under the Senate's bill. Citizens were upset about all of these things and more, and all of that had to do with the policy debate that Ms. Munoz says Americans are neglecting because of their discomfort with latinos.

Nice try Ms. Munoz, but this debate is all about policy. It has nothing to do with race, and if you'd been monitoring the outrage that Americans have over requiring Chinese on election ballots, you'd know that.

BONUS:

Obama also called those opposed to the immigration bill racist, and vowed to make amnesty happen.

Hezbollah: We Didn't Tell Anyone That The Israeli Hostages Were Still Alive

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This seems to confirm what I've been saying all along. I wish it weren't true, but Hezbollah leader Nasrallah's words are all but confirmation that the Israeli soldiers kidnapped at the start of Operation Truthful Promise are dead.

Reuters:

The chief of the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah said his organization did not tell France that the two Israeli soldiers it captured in 2006 were alive and declined to give any clues to their fate.

"This is not true," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told Al Jazeera television in an interview aired on Monday, when asked about Hezbollah envoys' "confirmation" to France earlier this month that the two men were alive.

Hezbollah's seizure of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid on July 12, 2006, resulted in a 34-day war between the Iranian-backed group and Israel in which about 1,200 Lebanese and 157 Israelis were killed.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on July 15 that he "understood" the soldiers were alive after discussing the issue with Hezbollah envoys during talks with Lebanese political leaders in the French capital.

"I understood yes. As I really understood, yes," Kouchner said then, when asked by an Israeli reporter if they were alive.

Nasrallah said he was the only Hezbollah official who could answer questions about the fate of the soldiers.

Nasrallah said there was a possibility of them being released in May, but did not want to give them back for free. I guess he figured that they planned for three months to carry out the kidnappings, and he wanted something in return.

There is still hope that they are alive, but that hope is dwindling. Especially since Hamas and Hezbollah have both refused to provide proof of the hostages safety.

Yet Another Security Breach At A Major Airport

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This is becoming commonplace, and it is getting out of control.

In Phoenix, there is a four and a half hour window where there is no security at all.



Friday, July 20, 2007

After Arguing Like Children ... The Senate Agrees To Have Vote Removed From Record

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Wow, this is embarrassing. Not only did the Senate (supposed to be the more dignified of Congress) behave like immature children, but then they had a vote removed from the public record.

Fox News:

A brawl over presidential pardons punctured the normally courtly ambiance of the Senate on Thursday night, but Republicans and Democrats agreed to bury the hatchet and erase the evidence before the sun rose Friday.

In the heat of a partisan spat, Democrats forced a vote on a nonbinding measure to instruct President Bush not to pardon former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. But there's no record of the 47-49 vote in the daily record of congressional proceedings — or anywhere else.

That's because senators agreed less than an hour later to undo their vote and pretend it had never happened.

So what was this super secret vote all about? Clinton, and Libby, and pardons! Oh, my!

The debate took a dubious turn just after dinnertime, when Republicans brought up a number of unrelated amendments that Democrats decried as politically motivated.

They included an unsuccessful bid by Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., to bar the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the so-called Fairness Doctrine that would require broadcasters to balance conservative and liberal content. Another failed amendment by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., would have required secret ballot elections for the formation of unions, instead of making it optional — a direct challenge to organized labor, a source of strong Democratic political support.

Democrats retaliated with their own partisan salvo, the Libby pardon resolution.

"Regrettably, if you are going to shoot this way, we have to shoot that way," Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said as he brought up the "sense of the Senate" measure.

What followed was a scene more commonly witnessed on the other side of the Capitol in the more raucous House. As senators hooted and brayed amid calls of "Regular order!", Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. pointedly noted that it's against Senate rules to call an amendment politically motivated.

After Salazar's amendment failed, Republicans took their turn, offering a nonbinding resolution deploring the actions of Bill Clinton for issuing pardons to the likes of his half brother Roger, and clemency for members of a Puerto Rican nationalist group blamed for bombings in the 1970s and 1980s.

"If the Senate has decided to go into debating the appropriateness of future pardons, there is plenty of material to go around on past pardons," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader.

Before that could happen, though, the two leaders cut a deal to defuse the tension. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. said his side would take back their Libby amendment — including zapping the vote from the record — if McConnell took back his Clinton swipe.

With that, the Senate got back down to business and completed the education bill in the wee hours of Friday morning.


21 Cease-Fire Violations

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NOTICE:

The following post is from a column I wrote for another site before I had my blog. It is from Sept. 2006, and it chronicled the various cease-fire violations of UN resolution 1701. That is the resolution that ended the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

There have been far more than 21 violations of this resolution since then. Most of those violations were committed by Hezbollah, and the UN ... not Israel. Yes, the UN has continued to violate its own resolution. This is nothing new in the history of the UN ... don't act so surprised.

Sept. 1, 2006

UN Security Council Resolution 1701 is a pretty simple document that established a cease-fire between Hezbollah and Israel to hopefully end the recent conflict. Most of us knew the cease-fire wouldn't hold, and many of us pressed for Israel to just finish it already. Unfortunately international pressure, and a far too optimistic military doctrine, saw Israel accept yet another UN resolution directly linked to the safety of that country. If 1701 fails like the Taif Agreement and UN resolution 1559 has failed for all of these years, there will be more war.

Many of us expected there to be a violation, or two, of the new cease-fire resolution. We also expected that at some point Israel would respond to violations, and thus be blamed themselves for those violations. Well, violating 1701 didn't take very long, and we were proven correct that Israel would get the blame.

Here's what the AP had to say:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Saturday that an early-morning Israeli raid against Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon violated the 6-day-old cease-fire brokered by the United Nations. An Israeli officer was killed, and two soldiers wounded, when Israeli commandos raided a Hezbollah stronghold deep in Lebanon.

It only took six days for Israel to violate the cease-fire, and draw Kofi Annan out to criticize their conduct. That's almost a record. The problem here is that this wasn't the first violation of 1701 it's the nineteenth! This is, however, the first violation by Israel. Since this was the nineteenth violation in six days, and the first by Israel, where's Kofi 'hell no' Annan been? Since this event there has been another violation of 1701, and there will no doubt be more. So what exactly does 1701 say, and what are the other violations I'm writing about?

I won't bore you with the full text of UN resolution 1701, but you can confirm the excerpts I use from it on the UN's own website. The opening paragraphs of the resolution recalls all previous resolutions on Lebanon, squarely puts the blame on Hezbollah, says there will be no weapons in Lebanon without the consent of the Lebanese government, no authority other than the Lebanese government, calls for a larger UNIFIL force, the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers, and other things as well. Even though the UN recalled all previous resolutions on Lebanon, it calls for 1701 to implement what those resolutions failed to.

Violation 1 & 2:
By STEVEN R. HURST - Aug 14
The truce that took effect at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) largely held through its first day, although six Hezbollah fighters were killed in skirmishes between Israeli forces and Hezbollah that illustrated the fragility of the cease-fire.

I've actually given a pass to Hezbollah here. In two separate skirmishes, Hezbollah moved aggressively towards Israeli positions sparking a firefight. There is a long history of battles and skirmishes happening right after an end to hostilities. Nevertheless, a violation is a violation, and Hezbollah racked up two here. The first provision of 1701 is pretty clear.

1. Calls for a full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular, the immediate cessation by Hizbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations;

Hezbollah launched two attacks, and Israel's response was defensive not offensive. Hezbollah 2, Israel 0.

Violation 3-6:
Daniel McGrory - Aug 15
It was supposed to be the day the maligned Lebanese army took control of the country's borders and policed the UN ceasefire.
Instead, the military commanders were left humiliated and troops stranded as Hezbollah told them not to disarm its fighters.
The first infantry units were preparing to head south when Hezbollah showed who controls the area by announcing it would not surrender its weapons.

General Michel Sleiman, commander-in-chief of the Lebanese army, and his lieutenants had been invited to join cabinet meetings to finalise plans to deploy the 15,000-strong force south of the Litani River. But they were lectured by Hezbollah's two ministers in the coalition Government on what the army could and could not do.

Very interesting. Remember, 1701 says that NO arms are allowed without consent of the Lebanese government. There is actually several violations here. Some of the provisions of 1701 that prove these are, in fact, violations of the cease-fire are as follows:

2. Upon full cessation of hostilities, calls upon the Government of Lebanon and UNIFIL as authorized by paragraph 11 to deploy their forces together throughout the South. (Hezbollah didn't allow Lebanon to deploy 1 violation)

3. Emphasizes the importance of the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory in accordance with the provisions of resolution 1559 (2004) and resolution 1680 (2006), and of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, for it to exercise its full sovereignty, so that there will be no weapons without the consent of the Government of Lebanon and no authority other than that of the Government of Lebanon; (under those resolutions, Hezbollah should not exist nor should they have weapons 2 violations)

5. Also reiterates its strong support, as recalled in all its previous relevant resolutions, for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon within its internationally recognized borders, as contemplated by the Israeli-Lebanese General Armistice Agreement of 23 March 1949;

7. Affirms that all parties are responsible for ensuring that no action is taken contrary to paragraph 1 that might adversely affect the search for a long-term solution. (technically another violation, but we'll count it with number 3 above)

8. Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution based on the following principles and elements: (not all listed)

-- full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of 27 July 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese State;

-- no foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its Government; (we know that Iranian Hezbollah forces joined Lebanon's Hezbollah force, and I doubt they've left 1 violation)

In case you're new to this debate, the Taif Accords and UN resolution 1559 say that Hezbollah is not allowed to exist, and it is illegal for them to still be an organization. Hezbollah 6, Israel 0.

Violation 7:
The two kidnapped Israeli soldiers still have not been returned to Israel.

The opening paragraphs of 1701 clearly call for their return in the following excerpt:

-- Emphasizing the need for an end of violence, but at the same time emphasizing the need to address urgently the causes that have given rise to the current crisis, including by the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah 7, Israel 0.

Violations 8-18:
AP Aug 14
Highlighting the fragility of the peace, Hezbollah guerrillas fired at least 10 Katyusha rockets that landed in southern Lebanon early Tuesday, the Israeli army said, adding that nobody was injured. The army said that none of the rockets, which were fired over a two-hour period, had crossed the border and so it had not responded.

If you read 1701, it's pretty clear that each rocket is a violation of the resolution and cease-fire. Remember the very first provision?

1. Calls for a full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular, the immediate cessation by Hizbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations;

We have ten rockets, which equals ten hostile acts, which equals ten violations of UN security council resolution 1701. Hezbollah 18, Israel 0.

Violation 19:
AP
An Israeli officer was killed, and two soldiers wounded, when Israeli commandos raided a Hezbollah stronghold deep in Lebanon, resulting in a fierce gunbattle.

Israel said the raid was launched to stop arms smuggling from Iran and Syria to the militant Shiite fighters, while Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora called the operation a "flagrant violation" of the U.N. truce.

This is the one that Kofi 'hell no' Annan chose to respond to. He openly condemned Israel for their strike, which technically IS a violation of 1701, but ignored the previous eighteen violations by Hezbollah. I'd also like to point out that Kofi accused Israel of deliberately attacking a UNIFIL base, but said nothing when Hezbollah attacked a UNIFIL base. Since 1701 calls for Israel to stop all offensive operations we have to give them one point whether we support them or not, just to be fair. Hezbollah 18, Israel 1.

Violation 20:
Fox News (AP contributing) Aug 25
"It is generally accepted that the disarmament of Hezbollah cannot be done by force," Annan told reporters. "The troops are not going there to disarm Hezbollah, let's be clear on that."

Wait a minute! UN security council resolution 1701 calls for the implementation of the Taif Accords, 1559, and 1680 under the new resolution. UNIFIL has been in southern Lebanon since 1978. Their mission is defined as, and confirmed on the UN's website as follows:

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, was created by the United Nations, with the adoption of Security Council Resolution 425 and 426 on 19 March 1978, to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore the international peace and security, and help the Lebanese Government restore its effective authority in the area.

Defenddemocracy.org writes:

During the 28 years that UNIFIL was supposed to be restoring sovereignty to the government of Lebanon, Hezbollah was created, set up an autonomous statelet in southern Lebanon, acquired tens of thousands of rockets and missiles, and launched numerous terrorist assaults against Israel.

Even though Israel complied with its obligation to leave southern Lebanon, UNIFIL failed to bring about the remainder of its mandate. As a result, Hezbollah filled the void in southern Lebanon left by the absence of Israeli troops.

Why won't the UN implement its own resolutions? How is the UN going to help Lebanon restore its effective authority in the area if they won't disarm Hezbollah according to their own mandate? What possible effect could the new beefed up UNIFIL force have if they are not willing to disarm Hezbollah? When Hezbollah violates the cease-fire again, in yet another attempt to get Samir Kuntar back, will UNIFIL engage them? If Hezbollah and Lebanese forces get into a confrontation, will UNIFIL assist Lebanon? Perhaps they'll assist Hezbollah instead.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus - Weekly Standard

DURING THE RECENT month-long war between Hezbollah and Israel, U.N. "peacekeeping" forces made a startling contribution: They openly published daily real-time intelligence, of obvious usefulness to Hezbollah, on the location, equipment, and force structure of Israeli troops in Lebanon.

UNIFIL--the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, a nearly 2,000-man blue-helmet contingent that has been present on the Lebanon-Israel border since 1978--is officially neutral. Yet, throughout the recent war, it posted on its website for all to see precise information about the movements of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and the nature of their weaponry and materiel, even specifying the placement of IDF safety structures within hours of their construction. New information was sometimes only 30 minutes old when it was posted, and never more than 24 hours old.

Meanwhile, UNIFIL posted not a single item of specific intelligence regarding Hezbollah forces.

Is anyone really surprised? UNIFIL was created to prevent groups in southern Lebanon from launching terrorist attacks on Israel, and to make sure all Israeli forces pulled out. They only accomplished one of their mandates while allowing another to go unchecked. As a result, we have several years of attacks on Israel by Hezbollah. This last incident is just the latest in a long history of offensives by Hezbollah to kidnap Israelis in order to seek a prisoner exchange.

1701 also states:

11. Decides, in order to supplement and enhance the force in numbers, equipment, mandate and scope of operations, to authorize an increase in the force strength of UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops, and that the force shall, in addition to carrying out its mandate under resolutions 425 and 426 (1978):

(a) Monitor the cessation of hostilities;

(b) Accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the South, including along the Blue Line, as Israel withdraws its armed forces from Lebanon as provided in paragraph 2;

(e) Assist the Lebanese armed forces in taking steps towards the establishment of the area as referred to in paragraph 8;

(f) Assist the Government of Lebanon, at its request, to implement paragraph 14;

12. Acting in support of a request from the Government of Lebanon to deploy an international force to assist it to exercise its authority throughout the territory, authorizes UNIFIL to take all necessary action in areas of deployment of its forces and as it deems within its capabilities, to ensure that its area of operations is not utilized for hostile activities of any kind, to resist attempts by forceful means to prevent it from discharging its duties under the mandate of the Security Council, and to protect United Nations personnel, facilities, installations and equipment, ensure the security and freedom of movement of United Nations personnel, humanitarian workers and, without prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of Lebanon, to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence;

13. Requests the Secretary-General urgently to put in place measures to ensure UNIFIL is able to carry out the functions envisaged in this resolution. New score: Hezbollah 18, Israel 1, United Nations 1.

Hezbollah has three demands of Israel.

- Cease to exist.
- Release all Lebanese, Palestinian, and terrorist prisoners
- Give Shebaa Farms to Lebanon.

All of these demands are unreasonable. 1701, however, does state that the Shebaa Farms issue must be addressed by Kofi Annan within thirty days with the following provision:

10. Requests the Secretary-General to develop, in liaison with relevant international actors and the concerned parties, proposals to implement the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), including disarmament, and for delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially in those areas where the border is disputed or uncertain, including by dealing with the Shebaa Farms area, and to present to the Security Council those proposals within thirty days;

If Kofi Annan doesn't address Shebaa Farms within thirty days the UN will have violated its own resolution more than Israel.

UPDATE:

Via Drudge

The fighting between Israel and Hezbollah began after two Israeli soldiers were captured by the Islamic militant group. On Wednesday, a Hezbollah cabinet minister said that the guerrilla group will not release the two captured Israeli soldiers unconditionally, and that they would only be freed in a prisoner exchange.

"There will be no unconditional release. This is not possible," Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources Mohammed Fneish said in Beirut. He is one of two Hezbollah members in Lebanon's Cabinet.

"There should be an exchange through indirect negotiations. This is the principle to which Hezbollah and the resistance are adhering," he said.

Remember that after Hezbollah launched Operation Truthful Promise this July 12, and kidnapped the IDF soldiers, they called for a prisoner exchange which was officially rejected by Olmert. If they get the prisoner exchange they desired in the first place you can officially label this a victory for Hezbollah over Israel. If Israel caves, and agrees to a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah, everything they did was in vain. The deaths that resulted on all sides would be for nothing.

I'll leave it up to you if this counts as another violation of 1701 by Hezbollah. However, since the Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources is a legitimate member of Lebanon's government, I am left with one conclusion. New score: Hezbollah 18, Israel 1, United Nations 1, Lebanon 1.

UPDATE 2:

Aug 30, 2006

Haaretz Service and News Agencies

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that Israel was responsible for most of the violations of the UN-brokered cease-fire that ended the 34-day conflict between Israel and Hezbollah two weeks ago.

Really? Let's refer back to exhibit A, shall we? The current scorecard for violations sits at: Hezbollah 18, Israel 1, United Nations 1, Lebanon 1. The defense rests.

When Israel launched its raid in Lebanon after the cease-fire they drew critisism from Kofi Annan who had remained silent in the midst of other violations.

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about a violation by the Israeli side of the cessation of hostilities as laid out in Security Council resolution 1701," a statement issued by Annan's spokesperson said.

He's deeply concerned about A violation on ISRAEL'S side. Perhaps he should be concerned about the violations on the terrorist's side, or better yet, his own.



Israel Releases 255 Palestinian Prisoners ... Fate Of 3 Israeli Hostages Still Unknown

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This is beyond disgusting! If I were Israel I would start executing prisoners until they returned Gilad Shalit, Eldad Regev, and Ehud Goldwasser alive and well as required by UN resolution 1701.

Debka File:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert freed them in a gesture of support for Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas. Most were Fatah members convicted for terrorist acts.

They also included Popular Front deputy leader Abdel Rahum Maloukh, whose organization was responsible for the assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001.

One was held back for a further security check. A High Court majority of judges rejected a petition against the release filed by Almagor, an organization representing victims of Palestinian terror.

Most may have been Fatah members instead of Hamas or Hezbollah, but that is of little consequence.

There have been rumors since the end of the conflict that Israel has been willing to swap 1000's of prisoners for the 3 Israelis who were kidnapped, and Israel has released prisoners in the hope of getting their men. Their actions of good faith have gone unrewarded.

Recently in New York a rally was held near the UN building in support of the 3 Israelis taken from Israeli territory by the two terrorist groups which ignited the conflicts.

I wrote a column on why Hezbollah attacked Israel a while back, and it has been added to various sites with much praise. If you aren't familiar with Samir Kuntar, and Operation Truthful Promise ... read my column.

I also held up an effort for some time on the violations of UN resolution 1701. The rally on behalf of the kidnapped Israelis cited the continued violations of 1701 by the terrorists, and the UN.

The rally called for the UN to enforce the resolution which required that the Israeli hostages be returned unharmed. It has been over a year, and they have not been released. Nor has there been any evidence that they are alive.

It is my belief that they are dead, and that is why the terrorists will not release them. That has not stopped the terrorists from using the possibility of their release to secure prisoner "swaps." Of course, they aren't really swaps because Israel releases hundreds of prisoners while they receive none in return.

Cheney Will Become President This Saturday!

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The moment so many of you out there have dreaded will arrive this Saturday. Vice President Cheney will become President of the United States.

CNN:

President Bush will undergo a routine colonoscopy Saturday, and will transfer power to Vice President Dick Cheney during the procedure, expected to take about two and a half hours, the chief White House spokesman said.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rocket Launcher Found In Flight Path Of Newark Airport

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So, will the "terrorism isn't real" crowd acknowledge that there is a legitimate threat, or will they call this a Bush Co. ploy? I think we all know the answer to that.

WCBSTV:

A Jersey City woman made a shocking discovery on her lawn this morning when she noticed a military rocket launcher lying in the grass.

Niranjana Besai was leaving her house at 88 Nelson Street, to go to work at just after 8 a.m. when she saw the launcher on her front lawn. She immediately called police.

Besai's neighbor, Joe Quinn, saw her pointing at the equipment from her front porch. When he walked over to the six-foot-long weapon, he was just as shocked. “It looked like a bazooka,” he told CBS 2 News.

Quinn tells CBS 2 HD he originally thought the launcher was just a pipe, but after noticing it had a picture of a soldier on it, he realized it looked similar to a missile launcher he'd seen on television.

Jersey City Police removed the launcher, and the incident is now being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and The Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jersey City Police could not confirm whether it was actually operable.

Sources tell CBS 2 HD that it’s the kind of missile launcher that can take down an aircraft and that the area where the launcher was discovered is in or very near a flight path for Newark Liberty International Airport.

So we have a rocket launcher found in the flight path of a major US airport, and the police will not tell us if it was operable. Very interesting wouldn't you say?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Pentagon Tells Hillary To Shut Up

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This has happened a few times now that the military has told prominent Democrats to keep their mouths shut.

Yahoo News:

The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda. In a stinging rebuke to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman responded to questions Clinton raised in May in which she urged the Pentagon to start planning now for the withdrawal of American forces.

A copy of Edelman's response, dated July 16, was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

"Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Edelman wrote.

He added that "such talk understandably unnerves the very same Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks."

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines called Edelman's answer "at once outrageous and dangerous," and said the senator would respond to his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

That's right! Hillary is pissed that she got pwned by the Pentagon, and she is going to tell mommy!

Nuclear Secrets Stolen From Lab

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Not just any lab, but the lab that we sent all 500 tons of Saddam's uranium.

Apparently a contractor wanted to sell the secrets to other countries. Not expose the truth about Iraq's WMD's to more publicity.

WNBC:

WNBC.com's Jonathan Dienst has learned a contract worker is accused of stealing nuclear secrets from the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.

Investigators said the worker, 67-year-old Roy Lynn Oakley, wanted to sell the secrets to a foreign country.

Investigators are calling the theft a serious breach of security at one of the country's most important nuclear research labs. Officials said there was serious concern the documents could have fallen into the hands of enemy states or even terrorist organizations.

NewsChannel4 has learned that among the materials allegedly stolen was classified information about the uranium enrichment process. Officials familiar with the case said Oakley will face charges including violations of the Atomic Energy Act.



Plame Lawsuit Dismissed

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Looks like the score might be even now.

Valerie Plame was suing members of the Bush administration for leaking her name. Which in and of itself is not illegal. This was nothing more than a frivolous that sought damages from people who did not break the law, and the judge saw right through it.

AP:

A federal judge dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame's lawsuit against members of the Bush administration Thursday, eliminating one of the last courtroom remnants of the leak scandal.

Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in Plame said that violated her privacy rights and was illegal retribution for her husband's criticism of the administration.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove, former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Massive Explosion In New York City

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There was a huge steam explosion near Grand Central Station in New York today. Authorities are saying that it is not terrorism.

WNBC:

One person is dead after an explosion near Grand Central Station.

Fire and emergency crews responded to the scene of a steam pipe explosion in Manhattan on Wednesday during the evening rush hour, police said.

ABC:

The NYPD says a steam pipe exploded at 6:10 p.m. People were seen running from the scene, screaming and shouting amid an enormous roaring sound and a plume of steam and flying rubble. It caused brief panic about another terror attack. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said it was not terrorism related.

Before we all start jumping to conclusions about this actually being an attack ... remember that this has happened before.

Al Qaeda Sued For Murder Of Daniel Pearl

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Daniel Pearl's wife, Mariane, is suing al Qaeda and several other terrorist scumbags for the murder of her husband. That's right jihadis ... suck on American litigation!

Reuters:

The widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against al Qaeda, other radical groups and Pakistan-based Habib Bank Ltd over the 2002 abduction, torture and murder of her husband.

Mariane Pearl, whose story is told in the recently released movie "A Mighty Heart" starring Angelina Jolie, filed the suit at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, according to her lawyers.

"Plaintiffs seek to hold responsible those terrorists, terrorist organizations and the supporting charitable and banking organizations for the senseless kidnapping, torture and murder of Daniel Pearl," the suit said.

It seeks an unspecified amount of money, whatever the court "deems appropriate", to prevent the defendants from committing similar acts.

There are some familiar names on the list of those being sued.

Among those sued is Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, or Sheikh Omar, who was convicted and sentenced to death in a Pakistani court for his role in the abduction and murder. Three others were jailed for life.

Another defendant is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a suspected high-ranking al Qaeda leader and September 11 mastermind who is in U.S. custody. Mohammed admitted to a U.S. military tribunal that he beheaded Pearl, the U.S. military said.

Habib Bank Limited is one of Pakistan's biggest banks. The lawsuit alleges the bank and its subsidiaries knowingly conducted financial transactions on behalf of charities linked to extremist groups.

There is a possibility of getting some financial reward here because there is a legitimate business involved in the lawsuit.

Top Al Qaeda Leader Captured!

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No, not another number two or three guy. This time we got honcho himself.

Breitbart:

The highest-ranking Iraqi leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested and told interrogators that Osama bin Laden's inner circle wields considerable influence over the Iraqi group, the U.S. command said Wednesday.

Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, who was captured in Mosul on July 4, carried messages from bin Laden, and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, to the Egyptian-born head of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayub al-Masri, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a military spokesman.

"Communication between the senior al-Qaida leadership and al-Masri frequently went through al-Mashhadani," Bergner said. "There is a clear connection between al-Qaida in Iraq and al-Qaida senior leadership outside Iraq."

Ok, so it appears that this guy is the ranking member of bin Laden's al Qaeda (al Qaeda is the accepted spelling ... not al Qaida) inside Iraq. He's not the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq (the land of two rivers).

They are, in fact, two separate organizations. They have maintained a somewhat strenuous relationship over the years, but it appears that they are much more friendly since Masri took over after Zarqawi was killed.

Bergner said al-Mashhadani had told interrogators that al-Qaida leaders outside the country "continue to provide directions, they continue to provide a focus for operations, they continue to flow foreign fighters into Iraq."

Pointing to the foreign influence in al-Qaida undermines support for the organization among nationalistically minded Iraqis, including some in insurgent groups that have broken with al-Qaida.

This is very significant in determining the strength of al Qaeda. A recent military intelligence report stated that al Qaeda was at pre-9/11 strength. A claim that is impossible to believe given that we haven't heard from bin Laden's al Qaeda in years as far as attacks go. Myself, and others, have wondered if they were combining the strength of the two separate groups. It appears that they have.

"In his words, the Islamic State of Iraq is a front organization that masks the foreign influence and leadership within al-Qaida in Iraq in an attempt to put an Iraqi face on the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq," Bergner said.

That is also a very interesting statement given that the Islamic State of Iraq, and al Qaeda in Iraq have recently been having some fallouts with each other.

Monday, July 16, 2007

President Of Eastern Michigan University Fired For Covering Up Rape, Murder

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John Fallon was fired for his part in the cover up of the murder and rape of Laura Dickinson.

Fox News:

The president of Eastern Michigan University was fired, months after top university officials were accused of covering up the rape and slaying of a student by publicly ruling out foul play.

Always nice to know that a university will defend their image more than your children.

The body of the slain student, Laura Dickinson, 22, was discovered Dec. 15 in her dorm room. At the time, university officials told her parents and the media that she died of asphyxiation but that there was no sign of foul play, despite evidence to the contrary.

It wasn't until another Eastern student was arrested in late February and charged with murder that her family and fellow students learned she had been raped and killed.

The university has a real image problem already, but now they will be lucky if they can scrape by the next few years with enrollment.

Your Breasts Keep Me From Being A Safe Driver

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That's what a bus driver said in Germany. He was so smitten on a young hottie that he ordered her to move seats or get off the bus because she was distracting him.

Fox News:

The 20-year-old passenger said the man claimed her busty cleavage was distracting him when he looked in the mirror.

He reportedly stopped the bus in the southern town of Lindau and said he could no longer concentrate.

The driver then told her to sit somewhere else — otherwise he would throw her off the vehicle.

The sales clerk, named Debora D., said she moved to another seat but felt humiliated by the driver.

Recalling the incident, the woman told reporters: "Suddenly he stopped the bus.

"He opened the door and shouted at me 'Your cleavage is distracting me every time I look into my mirror and I can't concentrate on the traffic.

"If you don't sit somewhere else, I'm going to have to throw you off the bus.'"
The best part is that the company is defending this guy.


A spokesman for the bus company has defended the man behind the wheel.

He said: "The bus driver is allowed to do that and he did the right thing.

"A bus driver cannot be distracted because it's a danger to the safety of all the passengers."


Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday Beatdown!

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Watch this Muay Thai fighter hand the TKD fighter his ass.





Ron Paul Says U.S. May Stage Terrorist Attack, References Gulf Of Tonkin

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This is too funny (h/t Hotair)

Ron Paul asserts that we are in "great danger" of a Tonkin Gulf incident about 1:50 into the clip.

My question is, of course, which ship is he referring to in the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The USS Maddox was, in fact, attacked by N. Vietnamese P-4 boats, and has the video and damage to prove it.

However, the attack 2 days later on the Turner Joy did not happen, and has been attributed to an overzealous radar man still nervous about the attack on the Maddox two days before.



Reid Dodges Question About Genocide In Iraq

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For those of you who did not know who Reid was before he ascended to the Democrat leadership ... he ALWAYS dodges questions. The guy hasn't answered a difficult question in his whole political career. Even during his stint in local politics he would only give his talking points, but refuse to answer any question that may illuminate his position. When he is occasionally pinned down ... he will lie, and lie often. Then when you catch him in a lie he won't respond.

At least Hillary has addressed the possibility of genocide in Iraq should US troops leave.



No Big Surprise: Americans See Liberal Bias In Media

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Duh!

Rasmussen conducted a poll (as if one needed to be done) with 1000 people, and to no one's surprise the MSM leans left. The best part is that the same results were reflected in a CNN poll, and a National Public Radio poll.



Mayorga Talks Trash About Vargas's Wife ... Vargas Smacks Mayorga Around A Little Bit

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Mayorga went too far, and Vargas let him have it with several solid blows. Mayorga is gonna have to do a lot better in the ring if he hopes to win this fight because he just got his ass handed to him by Vargas.



Are Hillary & Edwards Teaming Up?

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Check out this little chit chat that Hillary and Edwards engaged in after the debate.

They discussed limiting the number of candidates to be allowed at the debates, and Hillary even called some other candidates "not serious." Hillary also fessed up to an official campaign policy of limiting the debates.

Bonus:

Kucinich is uber pissed!



Thursday, July 12, 2007

Charges Against Haditha Marines May Be Dropped

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You can read more of my posts on the subject here, and here.

I've been telling you for a while now that the case against the Marines is weak at best. We know there was an ambush (sorry Murtha), there is audio and video evidence that appears to prove the Marines' innocence, the video was shot by a terrorist sympathizer, and it showed up after a very lengthly amount of time after the incident.

When you throw in the fumbling around the prosecution has been doing in court it seems that there may not be any alternative but to drop the charges. Looks like that may be happening.

Military.com (July 12):

The government's case against a Marine accused of fatally shooting Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha lacks sufficient evidence to go to a court-martial and should be dropped, a hearing officer determined.

The murder charges were brought against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt for killing three Iraqi brothers in November 2005.

The hearing officer, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, wrote in a report released by the defense Tuesday that those charges were based on unreliable witness accounts, insupportable forensic evidence and questionable legal theories. He also wrote that the case could have dangerous consequences on the battlefield, where soldiers might hesitate during critical moments when facing an enemy.

"The government version is unsupported by independent evidence," Ware wrote in the 18-page report. "To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary."

Basically, the eye witness testimony doesn't stand up to scrutiny, and the Marines were within the rules of engagement.

This is the second time an investigating officer has recommended charges not continue to trial in connection wit the Haditha killings. In the case of Marine lawyer Capt. Randy W. Stone, the investigating officer recommended Stone's dereliction of duty charge be dealt with administratively.

Let's see if the government offers him a deal to testify against the other Marines as they did with the last guy.

Head Of Marine Corps Says The Media Sucks, & Is Helping The Enemy

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Continue to add to the list of military personnel who are not happy with the way the MSM has distorted the war in Iraq.

Military.com (news July 11):

The head of the Marine Corps said he sees some similarities between the Iraq and Vietnam wars, including dogged insurgencies and an erosion of domestic support as each conflict dragged on.

But Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant, said he saw as many differences, most notably the absence of a draft today. He criticized the media for reporting a drumbeat of bad news out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There's a level of negativism in our press today that our young troops find a little bit disconcerting," Conway said Tuesday night while addressing several hundred members of the Marines' Memorial Club. "I've talked to very few troops who have come back from theater who haven't had to go through about a two-week transition of saying, 'That's not what I saw taking place, but that's what the country's being shown every day.'"

Moreover, Conway said, terrorists are using the Western media to advance their causes.

"When they were cutting off the heads of those unfortunate individuals in the orange jumpsuits, that poor individual was the immediate target, you were the real target," he said. "It is truly a tool in the kitbag of the terrorist to have this repetitive battle damage assessment broadcast on a 24-hour basis."

Conway offered an optimistic portrait of the Iraq war even as key allies of President Bush abandon the White House's stay-the-course strategy. Incremental progress is being made on a number of fronts, including the training of Iraqi security forces, he said.

"The fact is, there is no civil war taking place," Conway said, while acknowledging "there is certainly sectarian strife" inflamed by terrorists.

He commanded the Marine Expeditionary Force during two tours in Iraq.

The MSM isn't giving much attention to the progress made their right now either. Even though the reports are smack-dab in front of their faces.

Reuters:

The widely anticipated report, to be released soon, grades the Iraqi government as satisfactory on eight of 18 goals set by the U.S. Congress. It showed that on eight of the benchmarks Baghdad's performance was unsatisfactory, and mixed on two others.

So it's even with the benchmarks set, and we all know that the defense benchmarks are stellar right now. It's the political benchmarks that are lacking. This was also referenced in the Pentagon's report recently which was completely falsified by Harry Reid.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wishes She Could Kill George Bush

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Even her spin that she didn't really mean it showed that she, well, really meant it.

Dallas News (w/audio):

Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams came from Ireland to Texas to declare that President Bush should be impeached.

In a keynote speech at the International Women's Peace Conference on Wednesday night, Ms. Williams told a crowd of about 1,000 that the Bush administration has been treacherous and wrong and acted unconstitutionally.

"Right now, I could kill George Bush," she said at the Adam's Mark Hotel and Conference Center in Dallas. "No, I don't mean that. How could you nonviolently kill somebody? I would love to be able to do that."

She then went on to talk about how the Muslims will never forgive us if we don't punish Bush. As if they forgave us before Bush was in office while they were planning, and executing attacks on our people.

I guess to win a peace prize these days you must advocate violence on people who have reacted to violence ... not the instigator.

Guyana Slams Kyoto Carbon Credit Scheme

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Pwned! I've already told you that carbon credits are a scam, and have been proven to be in three investigations ... including one by the UN. The US has also reduced emissions more that the Kyoto countries, and now Guyana is uber pissed.

Breitbart:

Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday criticized the Kyoto Protocol on climate change for failing to allow countries like his nation with pristine unharvested forests to earn carbon credits.

"The Kyoto Protocol is limited in that sense, and it's short-sighted in that it encourages bad behaviour basically among countries; if you cut down trees and you plant them back you get money, if you preserve them, you don't get anything," Jagdeo told a forum on agro-energy.

The Guyanese leader noted that Guyana would reap "miniscule" assistance under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol when the South American country begins large-scale production of ethanol and other types of agro-based energy.

He said Guyana has decided to get into the production of bio-fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. But "assistance is miniscule through the Clean Development Mechanism as compared to the carbon credits we could get from standing forests," said Jagdeo, a Russian-trained economist.

So much for helping out the developing countries of the world eh.

More People Sign On To TB Andy Lawsuit

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It looks like six additional people have been added to the lawsuit filed against Andrew Speaker. I told you about the lawsuit here a little while back.

Breitbart:

Eight fellow passengers of a tuberculosis-infected man are suing him for $1.3 million as a result of their possible exposure to the disease on a commercial flight from Prague to Montreal in late May.

Montreal lawyer Anlac Nguyen filed the motion Thursday in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of seven Canadians and two natives of the Czech Republic. The ninth plaintiff is a brother and roommate of a passenger.

Eight of the individuals named in the suit were on the same flight as Andrew Speaker, a 31-year-old Atlanta attorney who was in Europe when he learned tests showed he had not just TB, but an extremely drug- resistant strain known as XDR.

Despite warnings from health officials not to board another long flight, Speaker took the Czech Airlines flight to Montreal as part of his return trip home. He subsequently became the first American quarantined by the federal government since 1963, and is currently undergoing treatment under isolation in a Denver hospital.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

TB Patient Escapes Quarantine

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More selfishness and endangerment of innocent people.

PBC:

A man kept in isolation after he was diagnosed with contagious tuberculosis broke a hospital window and fled from his room at a Little Rock hospital.

Franklin Greenwood, 50, was placed in isolation on June 29 after he was seen coughing up blood outside of the city's traffic court and was released by a judge to the state Health Department's custody. He left the hospital on July 1. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Greenwood's disappearance in Wednesday's editions.

A state health official said Greenwood has a form of tuberculosis that would respond to treatment but that it is still important to find him because he is contagious.

Greenwood had been at Little Rock District Court for traffic offenses, officials said. He was taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital, where he was under a medical isolation order, according to the Health Department.

State tuberculosis control officer Dr. Iram Bakhtawar wrote in a draft affidavit that Greenwood is believed to have "an active case of tuberculosis in an active state and in a communicable form."

This TB quarantine is becoming fairly common these days. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in Arizona for civil rights violations because they quarantined a TB patient.

Bottled Water Industry Strikes Back ... Says Product Does Not Cause Global Warming

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The argument has been around for a while now, but several US cities are encouraging people to stop drinking bottled water in order to help the planet. Today the bottled water industry fought back.

I'm still wondering why everyone is ignoring the new invention that solves the bottled water problem.

Remember this report about bottled water causing global warming?

Well here's the industry's response today:

The bottled water industry has hit back at claims that discarded plastic water bottles are contributing to global warming.

A statement was issued by the Bottled Water Information Office to say it is an environmentally friendly industry following the news that the City of New York is running a campaign to encourage people to ditch bottled water and drink tap water instead to protect the environment.

The BWIO said: “The very foundation of the industry is the protection of a precious natural resource and its use in a sustainable manner, and that ethos is applied in every aspect of the work of the industry.

“Bottled water is most commonly packaged in either plastic (PET) or glass, which is totally safe and conforms to strict regulations on health and safety. By far the majority of bottled water (93 per cent) comes in plastic bottles which is totally recyclable. Bottles also carry messages urging the purchaser to recycle after use. The rest (around 7 per cent) comes in glass bottles, which can also be placed for recycling.”

According to environmental groups, four out of five plastic water bottles end up on landfill sites and the production process contributes to global warming, but figures released by RECOUP show that 727 million plastic bottles were recycled in 2004.

Well there you have it. It's your fault that bottles don't get recycled ... not theirs. So quit crying about it.

There is an invention that solves this whole problem, and will provide precious oil ... yes oil.

New Scientist:

A US company is taking plastics recycling to another level – turning them back into the oil they were made from, and gas.

All that is needed, claims Global Resource Corporation (GRC), is a finely tuned microwave and – hey presto! – a mix of materials that were made from oil can be reduced back to oil and combustible gas (and a few leftovers).

Key to GRC’s process is a machine that uses 1200 different frequencies within the microwave range, which act on specific hydrocarbon materials. As the material is zapped at the appropriate wavelength, part of the hydrocarbons that make up the plastic and rubber in the material are broken down into diesel oil and combustible gas.

GRC's machine is called the Hawk-10. Its smaller incarnations look just like an industrial microwave with bits of machinery attached to it. Larger versions resemble a concrete mixer.

See problem solved. Buy bottled water, use, microwave, change oil in car, fill up gas tank. You can't get much more green than that.

Here's the video of the microwave at work:



Sports Cars To Be Outlawed

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I have long wondered why our beloved SUV's have been labeled as the worst cars on the road for global warming. Why is it that we only talk about improving an SUV's gas mileage? After all, they are not the least fuel efficient vehicles on the road.

I suppose this could be just another way of communism working to attack the American family, or it could simply be that rich people who own carbon credit companies don't want to get rid of their toys. In either case, Europe is looking to ban sports cars.

Bloomberg:

If one of the more extreme responses to global warming comes true, driving a sports car anywhere but on a racetrack might be relegated to history's dustbin.

Fast, powerful cars within a few years may be outlawed in Europe, an idea that has been raised ostensibly because Ferraris and Porsches produce too much carbon dioxide. For those who abhor sports cars as vulgar symbols of affluence (along with vacation homes, furs and fancy jewelry), such a ban could be a two-fer: Saving the planet while cutting economic inequality.

It's a nice touch how the article attacks people who have succeeded enough in life to afford such a car, isn't it? Bottom line is that sports cars get worse gas mileage than SUV's.

The 2007 list of least fuel efficient vehicles has various models of Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Audi, and Mercedes ... no SUV's. Now it looks like someone has taken my question to heart.

Chris Davies, a British member of the European Parliament, is proposing one of the most-extreme measures -- a prohibition on any car that goes faster than 162 kilometers (101 miles) an hour, a speed that everything from the humble Honda Civic on up can exceed. He ridiculed fast cars as ``boys' toys.''

I've been saying something very similar for years. What possible reason could there be to have fast vehicles? Other than the "I want it" mentality. I even wrote about the government not being interested in reducing the speeds of vehicles because they will lose a major source of income by way of the speeding ticket.

All in all I believe that people should have the freedom to own what they wish, but at least a greenie somewhere has answered the question I have posed for so many years. Now we have to wait and see if jealousy of the rich, and environmentalism kills the sports car.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Military Says Sonar Not A Danger To Fish

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I'll be the first to admit this ... I don't know much about sonar. I was infantry, and never had a desire to be in the Navy. My uncles, however, are divers. They have said that sonar will kill all sorts of things ... including humans. How did they study that? I don't know, google it on your own.

The interesting thing about this study is that it was trout only. So does testing only one fish give results for all fish?

Fox News:

The military's use of sonar poses no threat to fish, a new study suggests.

The study was funded by the military, however, and was very narrow in scope: It involved only trout.

The finding, detailed in the July issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, showed that rainbow trout exposed to high-intensity, low-frequency sonar experienced only a small and presumably temporary decline in hearing sensitivity.

The new study, funded by the Navy, was designed to explore the effects of Navy ship sonar on fish swimming nearby.

Investigators found no damage to the fish's inner ears after they underwent intense sonar exposure, even several days afterward.

The whole subject gives me a headache.

Tyranny Of The Cloth

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The Pope sure likes his oppressive image doesn't he? It seems that every time he opens his mouth he spews butt-vomit of the oppressive nature.

Fox News:

For the second time in a week, Pope Benedict XVI has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, reasserting the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and saying other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches.

Benedict approved a document released Tuesday from his old office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which repeated church teaching on Catholic relations with other Christians.

While there was nothing doctrinally new in the document, it nevertheless prompted swift criticism from Protestants, Lutherans and other Christian denominations spawned by the 16th century reformation.

"It makes us question the seriousness with which the Roman Catholic Church takes its dialogues with the Reformed family and other families of the church," said the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, which groups 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries.

Looks like the Pope has forgotten why so many other Christian denominations sprung up in the day. It's because the Catholic church was anything but holy, and certainly did not live by the word of God.

This so called document says that Christ established only one church on Earth, and guess which church that was? It then said that other churches are "not valid." As if Christ was cool with the Catholic Church running around murdering and torturing innocent people. Maybe there was something to those Nazi roots after all.

Sheehan Announces, & Tells Of Plans To Imprison Neo-Cons

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Ah, there's nothing quite like hypocrisy in the early afternoon. The same woman who is mad that we imprison terrorist scum is a-o-k with imprisoning innocent people who are not guilty of a crime. Clearly she has been getting pointers from her buddy Hugo Chavez.

Imprisoning people who exercise their constitutional right to disagree with her ... great.

Imprisoning people who have no constitutional protections, and are trying to murder you ... oh hell no!

Michelle:

Officially announcing her run against Pelosi in 2008 if the San Francisco congresswoman doesn’t move to impeach Bush by July 23, Sheehan said she relates to the people in her home state and chided Pelosi for keeping troops in danger.

“I know what Californians care about,” said Sheehan, who plans to run as an independent. “They don’t care about the ruling power elite.”

Sorry Cindy ... you don't have the balls to defeat Pelosi in an election. Not to mention that you've already given her a sound bite to beat you over the head with.


It may not be an implication that she hears voices, but you're already providing ammo for the enemy.

Then there is the whole imprison neo-cons thing. I thought it was King George ... not Queen Sheehan.

It is about time us “peasants” (in the eyes of the Fascist Ruling Elite) march on DC with our “pitchforks” of righteous anger and our “torches” of truth to demand the ouster of BushCo. I have a dream of the detention centers that George has built and filled being instead filled with Orange Clad neo-cons and neo-connettes.

She goes on to "quote" Thomas Jefferson:

Thomas Jefferson said that we need a Revolution every 20 years, or so, to keep our Republic honest.

Interesting ... Jefferson also said:

"Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, trial by jury, habeas corpus, and a representative legislature... I consider as the essentials constituting free government, and... the organization of the executive is interesting as it may insure wisdom and integrity in the first place, but next as it may favor or endanger the preservation of these fundamentals." --Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours.

So what would he say about imprisoning those who disagree with you?

He also said this:

"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery." --Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America, 1774. (*) ME 1:193, Papers 1:125

Those would be liberal ideals. They want bigger government to make decisions for us.

Jefferson also talked about a need for secret societies. Yet the left attacks Bush for his membership in one.

He also said that war is not the most favorable action. Maybe Sheehan needs to read up on our founding fathers.

With Help From Illegal Ruling ... DC Madam Posts All Phone Records On Website

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As I told you HERE ... this is an illegal action endorsed by only one judge. I would be on the lookout for lawsuits from the people on this list.

Examiner:

In a move that will certainly set into motion hundreds of bloggers and journalists eager to unearth the next Washington sex scandal, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, aka the "DC Madam," has posted 13 years worth of phone records on her website Monday afternoon. The records cover Palfrey's time as head of “Pamela Martin & Associates," a Washington, D.C.-based escort service. As Yeas & Nays noted last week, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler recently lifted the temporary restraining order prohibiting Deborah Jeane Palfrey from releasing those telephone records.

Sorting through the numbers will take time, but at least one Republican has already been outed.

Breitbart:

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, whose telephone number was disclosed by the so-called "D.C. Madam" accused of running a prostitution ring, says he is sorry for a "serious sin" and that he has already made peace with his wife.

As time will show ... this is not a Republican scandal. There will be a fair share of Dems on the list as well in spite of the media spin.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Fluorescent Bulbs Destroying The Planet

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In yet another "I told you so" moment ... fluorescent bulbs are causing major damage to the planet. Not to mention the major health risks, and hidden costs associated with them that I warned you about here.

Fox News:

Highly efficient fluorescent light bulbs are widely touted as environmentally friendly, but they have created a recycling headache for the Environmental Protection Agency and local governments.

More often than not, their toxic ingredients simply end up in landfills, where the chemicals can leach into soil and water and poison fish and other wildlife.

Not only is mercury harmful to you and me, but it is extremely expensive to clean up, and it is a pollutant that should not be discarded in the trash.

The bulbs contain mercury and should not be tossed in the trash as are regular light bulbs.

"They're very efficient, but once they're used up, they become a ticking toxic time bomb," said Leonard Robinson, chief deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. "They need to be captured and recycled."

Furthermore, many places don't provide options to recycle the cfl bulbs. Which means that people simply throw them away.



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