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When Murtha speaks, I listen.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Representative John Murtha(D-PA) came out today calling for the immediate withdrawal of American Troops from Iraq. I have consistently argued against such an idea when offered from by Al-Queda Americans like Senator Al-Kennedy and Representative Al-Pelosi. But I have to admit, when John Murtha comes out against the Battle in Iraq I have to think about what he’s saying. One of the reasons I have written off what Al-Kennedy and his minion have to say is the fact they have a demonstrated their hatred of the American Military since they first entered public life. Representative Murtha has been a strong friend of the American Armed Forces and was a hawk during the run up to the invasion of Iraq. He understands the military, it’s capabilities, and it’s shortfalls. When says:

U.S. and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq

I have to bow to his wisdom. When he says we have to leave Iraq immediately, I have to give it some serious thought. He says we can completely withdraw from Iraq in six months and laid out a plan where a QRF of Marines would guard our flanks as we retreat and surrender the field to the enemy. Obviously, he thinks we have lost this war and must tuck tail and run. After some serious consideration, and assuming we are packing our bags and leaving, I have another exit strategy for him to consider.

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San Fran Proposition H to Ban Firearms

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

San Francisco Proposition H:

Shall the City ban the manufacture, distribution, sale and transfer of firearms and ammunition within San Francisco, and ban City residents from possessing handguns within San Francisco?

Amendment II, United States Constitution:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

There is a STUNNING difference in these two items. One has been the guiding light of our Republic for 220 years while the other…well…hasn’t. This temporary ordinance will hit the 9th Circus and be roundly applauded before being smacked back to Alcatraz by SCOTUS. Until that happens I’m considering a pool. The winner will be the individual who picks the number closest to the number of firearm related crimes in the city of San Francisco above the rate from last year through the month of April. I’m thinking at least a 20% increase myself.

de Villepin fiddles while France burns

Monday, November 7th, 2005

**UPDATED**

13 nights and counting and fiddlin’ gets serious at Hôtel Matignon…

de Villepin declares state of emergency…

Golly…two weeks in to this mess and you are just now considering an emergency?

“We must be lucid: The Republic is at a moment of truth,” Villepin told parliament. “The effectiveness of our integration model is in question.” He called the riots “a warning” and “an appeal.”

First thing I have to say about this is that I hope this sounded better in French. “We must be lucid”??? Yeah France…WAKE THE **BLEEP** UP! “integration model”??? What integration model??? Of course it’s in question, YOU NEVER HAD ONE!!! “Riots a warning”? “an appeal”??? What is this guy smoking?

Bloggers to blame says French Authorities…

heheheheh…gotta hate those bloggers. These guys, if it’s true that is, are no better than the thugs outside burning France to the ground.

Ya know, I’m really feeling sorry for the average Frenchmen right now. I just can’t begin to believe that all of the French are as dimwitted as the folks they put in the Hôtel Matignon…

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12 nights and counting…more cars burned…more people injured…more fiddlin’ at the Hôtel Matignon…riots spread to many other cities…blah…blah…and blah.

Oh yeah…blah.

When de Villepin decides to put down his fiddle I’ll give another update…

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11 nights and counting and more rumor/facts emerge(time will tell which is which):

In the Washington Times this morning:

Police officers, exhausted and dispirited after 11 nights of street battles, say their mainly young African and Arab adversaries have access to sophisticated weapons including grenades and could soon begin using them.

and…

French authorities have hinted that Islamic militants may be manipulating angry teenagers to defy the government, using the Internet to organize the unrest.

I’m hoping they can nail this down one way or the other. France is, by definition, a weak country politically. If this is some kind of Islamofascist thing getting started there it really would be wise to kill it now.

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Tonight makes 10 nights of “riots” in France. It’s no longer localized to the Paris slums as “riots” have been reported by Reuters in other cities:

The violence that began in Seine-Saint-Denis has escalated this week and spread to a few other towns in France — Rouen in northern France, Dijon in the east and Marseille in the south.

Reports say the “rioters” are:

…Muslims of North African and black African origin, has partly been stoked by their frustration at high unemployment and the perception they lack economic opportunities.

The “riots” are organized via the Internet says the London Telegraph:

There are now concerns that the violence is being organised by groups of youths using the internet to incite copycat incidents.

So…let’s see what we have here. Groups of Muslims “rioting” all over France and coordinating their activities using the Internet. Okay…so we have disgruntled folks(I don’t care about their religion right now) trying to make a point to the Government. We went through this in the US in the 1960’s right? Of course, I didn’t see the leaders of America’s Civil Rights movement torching old ladies(AFP):

At least two people have been badly burnt by Molotov cocktails: a fireman, and a handicapped woman unable to get off an ambushed bus. A 61-year-old was also in a coma after being hit by an assailant in a public housing estate.

or preventing rescuers from getting to “sick” folks(AP):

In one attack, youths in the eastern Paris suburb of Meaux prevented paramedics from evacuating a sick person from a housing project. They pelted rescuers with rocks and then torched the waiting ambulance, an Interior Ministry official said.

While all this is going on PM de Villepin gathers up his posse and tries to find a political answer(Telegraph).

The French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, has summoned eight key government ministers to his offices, to try and find a political answer to France’s worst rioting in decades.

de Villepin fiddles while France burns. Sarkozy has the better approach, call it for what it is and deal with it. But we can’t expect France to change from it’s infamous past ways can we? As Wretchard points out, they have waited to long to deal with this and that’s what put the Nazis on the Champs Élysées.

We know what deVillepin will do…nothing. He will wring his hands and call more meetings. Eventually the “rioters” will either quit or takeover. Since the “riots” are spreading and are organized one has to believe there is no quit in these poor mistreated immigrants…ahem.

I’m left pondering two questions.

1) Why are these people consistently called “rioters”? In one of the comments in the Jawa Report’s piece, Mrs Aginoth compares what’s going on in France to the LA Riots(Rodney King):

The UK went through the same thing in the late 70’s/early 80’s (Brixton, St Pauls riots), the USA did it in the 90’s (the LA riots), and France will have to sort themselves out now.

Uh…Mrs. Aginoth…what are you talking about? The LA Riots happened because a bunch of thugs took advantage of a bunch of cops going alittle over the line(yeah, understatement). If they wanted to protest the beating of Mr. King, why would they burn down their own community? Try to kill innocent people just because they were white? If the two events have anything in common it is the “thugs” and the mentality that says, “hey, here’s an opportunity to raise some hell!”

If their anger is against the government then destroy GOVERNMENT PROPERTY if you must destroy something. Don’t torch old women and interfere with the rescue of the injured and sick. That behavior is reminiscent of the activities of other barbarians in Falujah.

2) It has been reported, albeit reluctantly, that the thugs involved in this rebellion are Muslim. The constant undertone to that, among some in the New Media, is they are Islamofascists. If this is the case can we expect to see more serious attacks in the future? If this is the case will NATO have to come to the aid of the pathetically incapable French Government to quell this rebellion? Will it be, once again, the US to the rescue of the French? I think we’ve repaid the French several times over for their assistance at Cowpens.

PM deVillepin is convinced he can find a political answer by gathering up the thugs and everyone just having a big group hug. I say send in the RDP and the Legion and END. THIS. NOW. If they don’t, this will continue to spread and will eventually destabilize an already unstable France. I really don’t want to see US Forces once again on French soil. We’ve been there many times and many of our boys are still there.

Normandy American Cemetery

David Espo of AP launches first assault

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Well well well…didn’t take AP long to go right to the heart of the matter. David Espo, “special” correspondent for AP, reports:

Alito’s politically conservative views were not in dispute. “Of course he’s against abortion,” his 90-year-old mother Rose told reporters at her home in Hamilton, N.J.

That’s nice. Go talk to Momma Alito to get the good stuff. Forget his colleagues in the Legal fraternity. Nevermind his professors at Yale. Who cares about his record as a jurist? His Constitutional Scholarship has absolutely no bearing on this fight. It’s all about Abortion and Momma Alito has spilled the poison bottle now. Look out World! It’s another member of the fascist conservative Christian right!

Rattling letter openers at UNSC

Monday, October 31st, 2005

One down and 16 to go I guess.

Today the UN Security Council unanimously passed a watered down, half-hearted, almost-threat to Syria which basically amounted to a school yard taunt, “Now you better play fair!”.

What else can we expect from these people? The US, Britain, and France(!) wrote the original resolution which included a clear direct threat of sanctions if Syria didn’t behave but, SHOCK, Russia and China wouldn’t support it so the tough language was removed.

The resolution falls under Article VII of the UN Charter so it is militarilly…uh…or something.

Judge Alito is our man!

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Outstanding Mr. President! You can always tell how your choice is rating by who comes out against it so here’s a tally:

Here’s the folks against it so far(nice work at Breitbart):

Senator Al-Reid

“The nomination of Judge Alito requires an especially long, hard look by the Senate because of what happened last week to Harriet Miers. Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them. Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people.”

Senator Al-Kennedy

“Rather than selecting a nominee for the good of the nation and the court, President Bush has picked a nominee whom he hopes will stop the massive hemorrhaging of support on his right wing. This is a nomination based on weakness, not strength.”

Senator Al-Schumer

“It is sad that the president felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor, who would unify us. This controversial nominee, who would make the court less diverse and far more conservative, will get very careful scrutiny from the Senate and from the American people.”

and then of course, one of the guys who gives the fellas above their marching orders, the one and (hopefully) ONLY Ralph Neas

“President Bush put the demands of his far-right political base above Americans’ constitutional rights and legal protections by nominating federal appeals court Judge Samuel Alito to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.”

Well boys, with Senator Graham already saying that an Alito filibuster “would not stand“, it seems the lines are drawn. Let’s have at this.

Bring. It. On.

Samhain CANCELLED!

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

SHOCK! STUNNED! A School in Boston has cancelled their Halloween(Recognized by witches around the world as Samhain, the death of their god) festivities after a few parents complained that it was offensive to them.

I find this slightly entertaining. The school had nothing planned of a religious nature…just the normal secular thing with costumes and treats. There is nothing in the article about the motivation of the complaining parents other than how they considered it offensive. I would bet these folks were Christian and were making a point. The way this story was written, assuming it’s accurate, it seems the point was taken. One parent of kids at the school said:

”If they can cancel Halloween, what about Columbus Day and Valentines Day? We get Jewish holidays and Christmas off, so what’s next?” asked Andrea Newman, whose two sons attend the school. ”All it takes is one person to be offended, and our school will ban it.”

There ya go Ms. Newman. The local native nations in your area, if they can pull themselves away from their casinos, will want to shut down Columbus Day. Valentines Day is probably safe in Boston for now. How else is Senator Al-Kennedy gonna get any attention from the ladies?

Perjury

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

While some other Conservatives seem to be jumping to the defense of the Administration and Scooter Libby I’m in the other camp. If the indictment is true, he lied to a Grand Jury and not by accident.

My conservative brethren are saying this is not what the case was about. The case was about outing a covert CIA agent. [insert wild eyed rant here about how Ms. Plame wasn’t covert and how the seditious Joe Wilson already outted her by treating her like a trophy wife]. While all that may be true, it is still a crime to lie to a Grand Jury. Apparently Mr. Rove also lied but he came forward on his own to clear up his “mis-statement”. See folks, it’s about intention. Mr. Libby CLEARLY knew about Ms. Plame on Monday July 7, 2003 when he spoke to Ari Fliescher about her. Then, the following Thursday July 10, 2003 he claimed a conversation took place between himself and Tim Russert where the topic came up and that was the first time he heard it. He repeated this story 4 times. Twice to FBI Agents when NOT under oath and twice to the Grand Jury, clearly under oath. If he was protecting someone in the White House then shame on him and shame on the White House for allowing the behavior. Am I supposed to believe that he wasn’t debriefed by his boss when he returned from testifying? If so, I can’t. If the Vice President DIDN’T debrief his subordinate after such an important event then that comes to close to dereliction of duty in my book. When my subordinate’s have discussions with the senior staffers I want to know about it so I’m not surprised. Not sure about the law on this but I think I would have made that conversation happen even if it was over coffee in a noisy environment…ahem.

Clinton was aquitted of his perjury charges by the weak kneed US Senate led by the weak kneed Trent Lott. That makes Clinton INNOCENT of the charges made against him…just like OJ. For Libby’s sake, and by extension the White House, I hope the jury aquits him as well. But honestly, I don’t see 2 FBI agents, a former Press Secretary, and a leading national member of the Legacy Media making this up.

It’s true that the case itself wasn’t about this particular charge…but it’s still wrong to lie to a grand jury for the express purpose of covering up …er…protecting you boss.

About the case itself…there never was a case about Ms. Plame. She was widely known to be a CIA employee in the Washington community. Her previous positions within the Agency had her in some covert capacity but that was long ago and well outside the criteria of the law in question. Seditious Joe is a political hack and when his feeble attempt to derail the Battle in Iraq failed he turned to his “poor outted CIA AGENT wife…you did know my wife is a CIA AGENT didn’t you”.

Instant Democracy, just add blood!

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

As the boxes were sealed in Iraq it appears that the overall turnout is around 61%, up 3 points from the last national election. The Iraqi people are voting on a Constitution barely three years after we, the United States and some 40 other countries, helped liberate them.

There are some that will ask why it took so long. There are others that ask if 2,000 American lives were worth it. Let’s take a comparative look at the timeframe and the cost in lives.

We’ll start with why it took “so long” to get the Iraqi people voting on a Constitution.

The American Revolution began April 19, 1775 and the “end of major hostilities” came on October 24, 1781. That is a war lasting 6 years, 6 months and 5 days. Military manuevers and some conflicts continued through August 27, 1782 with an official end of the war coming on April 11, 1783.

The first draft Constitution emerged in 1787…yes, that would be 4 years after the official END(no wagon bombs and no wild eyed Tories blowing themselves up in school houses) of the Revolutionary War.

The Iraq War began March 20, 2003 and the “end of major hostilities” came on May 3, 2003. That is a war lasting roughly 6 weeks. Military manuevers and some conflicts continue through today. Still, even though it has only been alittle over 2 years since the “end of major hostilities”, about the same time interval that the first American flag made it’s debut in 1777, the Iraqi people have elected the equivalent of our Constitutional Convention Delegates and now have voted on their first draft Constitution.

So…why did it take so long? What in the **bleep** do you want? Instant Democracy? Well, in historical terms that is EXACTLY what the Iraqi people have done. Instant Democracy, just add blood.

Which leads us to the next comparison…the cost in lives.

At present the War in Iraq, or more appropriately called the Battle for Iraq as part of the War on Terror, has cost the lives of 1,970 Americans. For those lives The Coalition has effectively liberated 26,074,906 Iraqis. Let’s compare that to the most costly war in American history. NO, Senator Al-Kennedy, that would NOT be Vietnam.

The American Civil War cost the lives of roughly 360,222 Americans who fought for the Union. For those lives approximately 3,950,528 people of african ancestry were liberated. I ask you, dear reader, were those lives worth it?

Miers Nomination

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

I’ve been in 1862 for the past several weeks attending Civil War reenactments in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi with the 7th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. It’s amazing the things you miss when time travelling. I completely missed the vote for Chief Justice Roberts as well as the nomination of this Miers lady.

I’ve had the opportunity to read and listen to alittle of the conservative mumbling about Miers. I’ve run through the range of emotions from outrage to disgruntlement to having simple faith in the President. Well, I’m pretty much back to outrage.

Senator Al-Kennedy’s comrades have effectively held Judicial Nominees hostage by threatening filibuster while Senator Frist and his weak majority sit idly by. It’s been said to death but it’s still true…the Senate Al-Queda supporters are blocking judicial nominees for the first time in the history of the Republic. This is the first time in history that the Senate has been controlled by the minority party and effectively shutdown by a threat. This simply must stop.

The President had an opportunity to force the hand of Senators Al-Kennedy and Al-Durbin by nominating a clear conservative with strong judicial experience. Nominating someone that would CLEARLY reach the “extreme circumstances” threshold the Gang of 14 set would force the fight in the Senate and decide once and for all if Presidential elections mean anything. Since President Bush was elected in 2000 he and his Senatorial “leadership” have allowed the minority party to control the place. The Senate is based on tradition. The rules set by the Senate at the beginning of each Congress are determined by that tradition. We are in year 6 of minority control of the Senate. How many more years until the act of filibustering Judicial Nominees becomes part of that tradition? Whether the Republicans are doing it or the Democrats it’s still wrong. We have to stop this now. It will be ugly and Al-Kennedy and the rest of his Al-Queda supporting cadre will scream bloody murder(of course having murder and Kennedy in the same sentence is repetitive…excuse me for that) but we are all used to that by now.

But no. The President has caved to the political pressure. He reminds me of the sports team that is struggling and begins to believe in what the reporters are saying about them rather than what they are capable of….something we are QUITE familiar with in Kentucky during football season. Mrs. Miers is a fine, God Fearing, woman who may be the perfect picture of the Supreme Court Justice. We won’t know until she’s confirmed. She’s just not the person we NEED right now.

I’m not sure the Senate conservatives would win this fight but we darn sure NEED this fight to be settled one way or another.

Mrs. Miers, do us all a favor and withdraw your name. It’s looking worse and worse for your chances in the Senate and that only hurts the President and the party. Withdraw your name and ask the President to use some of that political capital he won in the election to force the Senate into the fight that we need as a Nation.

Will Blanco pay the fiddler?

Monday, September 19th, 2005

There’s at least one guy who thinks she should. He setup an ImpeachBlanco site. Somebody needs to figure out EXACTLY what happened in the days leading up to the storm. They could have evacuated the entire city but for some reason they didn’t. Sorry Mayor Nagin, when you say you didn’t have bus drivers you are either lieing or are confused. See, those us drivers WORK FOR YOU sir. So either they all quit en masse or your are alittle confused.

Have you forgotten?

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

It is a real shame that shows like Inside 9/11 have to be shown to remind Americans of the enemy we face. It’s a shame that we allow ourselves to be dilluded by the political bullcrap that takes place in Washington and Frankfort and forget that almost 3000 Americans were killed in 3 hours one morning not to long ago.

Here in Kentucky the media focuses on the latest bumbling by our Governor, the latest news from the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football camps, and the latest news of the American dead from the battlefield. The last one is almost unforgivable because we never hear of the good being done in the cities and countries that have been liberated by these fallen heroes.

As I write this I have friends in Iraq, Afghanistan, places in depths of the ocean onboard Submarines, and places high above being the eyes behind satelites. All of these people are out there serving YOU dear reader. Whatever your political beliefs. Regardless of whether you would love to see something bad happen to America so your political fortunes rise. Regardless of whether you believe President Bush is evil. Regardless if you cheer while Israeli settlers weep as they are torn form their homes in Gaza. My friends, brothers and sisters in arms, serve and protect you even though you are offering nothing to them in the way of support. My friends, brothers and sisters in arms, die for you while you wave your “BusHitler” and “Talk to Cindy” signs.

Have you forgotten what these animals can do?

Nick Berg

Have you forgotten what they made our neighbors endure?

Trapped

Have you forgotten?

FEMA thefts

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

While this has a serious side to it, there’s a quote in the article that made me burst out laughing.

Some badges, uniforms, and letterhead was stolen and is now being used by self described “FEMA Procurement Agents” to rob people. Sometimes these people are armed. And then this…

FEMA officials said that if an armed person claiming to be from the agency approaches you, ask for photo identification, but also cooperate with their demands to avoid being hurt.

Uh…yeah…”Excuse me gun wielding badguy, can I see some photo ID?”

Buses

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Flooded buses in New Orleans

So we have 205 buses with a maximum of 77 and a minimum of 47(hard to tell the size of the buses in the picture. The guess on the seating of these buses come from a Blue Bird Floorplan). Let’s assume 1(ONE) evacuation trip for each of these flooded buses.

Maximum of 15,785 additional lives saved from last week’s nightmare.
Minimum of 9,635 additional lives saved from last week’s nightmare.

While the Blame Game rages on I just wanted to provide alittle math for Mayor Nagin to chew on.

Okay. All sniping aside. I’m not sure ANYONE could concieve a plan to deal with what happened in New Orleans. As Commissioner Keane said after the 9/11 (C)Omission investigation, “This was a failure of imagination.” to a point. The flooding of the city has been talked about for a very long time but all the research in the world can’t predict what WILL happen when the event actually takes place. The concept of “Biblical Proportions” has been kicked around. Not sure I’d go quite that far…I mean the standard for floods in the “Biblical Proportions” category was alittle deeper and far ranging. This flood was unprecedented and turned an overnight stay in a confined space(superdome, convention center) into a week long stay. There is NO ONE who could have predicted that and had anyone predicted it they would’ve been asked, “where are we going to put that much food, water, diapers, meds, etc…”.

What someone could have, and in fact DID, do was setup an evacuation plan. Either that plan failed, wasn’t thought through properly, or wasn’t implemented properly. While I will not condone, tolerate, or take part in the Blame Game surrounding the events AFTER the Hurricane, I do believe that some hard questions have to be asked about the way the PRE Hurricane activities were carried out.

Questions like why did it take a call from President Bush to get Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin to order a mandatory evacuation from New Orleans? That call was placed sometime either late Saturday, Aug27 or very early Sunday, Aug28. My big question here is with this threat being out there forever, with the fact that a flooded New Orleans was a VERY VERY REAL threat from a hurricane, why in the WORLD did Governor Blanco NOT do this earlier so…as she says in the article:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

“There doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight,” Blanco said.

She said Interstate 10, which was converted Saturday so that all lanes headed one-way out of town, was total gridlock.

[H/T: Glenn]