blog Time Hath Found Us: August 2005

August 18, 2005

The Gaza withdrawal. You can't tell the sides apart without a scorecard

Lets play a little game. I'll post some recent statements about Sharon's shameful withdrawal from Gaza and you try to guess what person or group said it.

  • A. Sharon was "very courageous" to carry out the withdrawal.

  • B. "We agree that the disengagement will make Israel stronger. ... this will bring our two countries closer together."

  • C. Israel must take further steps, including loosening travel restrictions in the West Bank and withdrawing from more Palestinian cities.

  • D. ... condemned as a "terrible act of violence" the shooting deaths of four Palestinians in the West Bank on Wednesday.


Who said it? Hamas, Abbas, Islamic Jihad?

Wrong.

A. - White House spokeswoman Dana Perino
B. - White House spokeswoman Dana Perino
C. - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
D. - White House spokeswoman Dana Perino

Our government believes that these people deserve their own state. So does the UN. I don't. I share this opinion with millions of others. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach writes that "Sharon has turned America's Christian & Jewish communities against Israel"

... Well, chalk up yet another first to this stubbornly audacious man, for Sharon is the first Israeli prime minister in Israel's history to have caused Israel's staunchest allies, America's evangelical Christians, to come out against the Israeli government.

It is indeed a singular achievement to take your greatest friends and make them into enemies. Sharon has now done this twice. First, with the settler community, who were hoodwinked into believing that Sharon was their ally. But the loss of the settler community is of little concern to Sharon, who, judging from his contemptuous treatment of them, he couldn't care less for. But when it's 80 million American evangelicals who Sharon has alienated, maybe he should begin paying attention.

The news that CIPAC, the Christian Israel Public Affairs Committee, is now pressuring Congress to reject an Israeli government financial aid request, worth $2.2 billion, to fund the Israeli retreat from Gaza, is a grave embarrassment to the Jewish state.

Consider, if you will, an enormous group of Christian Americans, patriotic in the extreme, who have tied America's future to Israel's; who believe that the foremost foreign policy of the world's foremost superpower should be to protect a small and vulnerable nation halfway across the world from the United States; who believe in Israel's blessed place among the nations; and who believe that when the United States is not squarely behind Israel it is acting immorally. Can anyone ask for more stalwart allies than these?

I agree that not one dime of US aid should be spent to abet this capitulation. Not only does it severly compromise Israel's ability to control the murderous thugs, it emboldens terrorists everywhere by sending the clear message that the west can be beaten by terror.

ACLU Algebra: Prayer equals Terrorism

The more the ACLU opens its mouth the clearer it becomes just how out of the mainstream they really are. The latest anti-faith screed comes from Joe Cook, the director of a Louisiana ACLU chapter. Speaking on camera on WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, about the New Orleans Tangipahoa Parish school district's 30 year tradition of opening school board meetings with a prayer, "Cookie" as we like to call him, said:
"They believe that they answer to a higher power, in my opinion. Which is the kind of thinking that you had with the people who flew the airplanes into the buildings in this country, and the people who did the kind of things in London."

Cookie, who really takes himself too seriously, has let the cat out of the bag. Cookie and, by virtue of his title, the Louisiana ACLU believes that anyone who believes in a god, any god, is morally equivalent to the 9/11 terrorists and the London homicide bombers. Cookie thinks a wee bit too highly of himself. He thinks that he is god and he is a very jealous god.
Mike Johnson, senior counsel and southeastern regional coordinator for the Alliance Defense Fund, said Cook has become increasingly outlandish in his statements.

"It shows the ACLU has become more and more extreme and marginalized," said Johnson. "So, to that extent, I like it when he talks, because he simply reveals who they are."

Johnson said the ACLU tries to "come across as champions of liberty, but the truth of the matter is they are extremists."

In a fit of psychological projection, the ACLU also says:
"The school board's consistent defiance of the law not only dishonors and endangers the Constitution, but it also sends a message of religious intolerance and polarizes the community."

I love the last phrase: "...sends a message of religious intolerance and polarizes the community." Isn't that exactly what good ol' Cookie's whole message is?

The thing that probably set Cookie off was [emphasis added]:
Cook made his comments to the New Orleans TV station while the ADF's Johnson was providing in-service training to the district's 1,500 staff and teachers, outlining the legal parameters in which they can express religious faith in a public school setting.

Cookie is really irate now because not only are those people praying, but they are actually learning something in a public school setting. THAT is too much for any self worshiping ACLU member to bear.

Read the whole article. Keep talking Cookie, we appreciate your help.

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August 16, 2005

Has America Become an Ideological State?

Paul M. Weyrich has written a piece for Accuracy in Media entitled: "The Danger of the Ideological State."
If there is one clear lesson from the 20th century, it is that all ideologies are dangerous. As Russell Kirk wrote, conservatism is not an ideology, it is the negation of ideology. Conservatism values what has grown up over time, over many generations, in the form of traditions, customs and habits. Ideology, in contrast, says that on the basis of such-and-such a philosophy, certain things must be true. When reality contradicts that deduction, reality must be suppressed. And when an ideology takes over a state, the power of the state is used to accomplish that suppression. The state's citizens are forced to mouth lies.

One of the new facts the next conservatism must address is the fact that America, for the first time in its history, has become an ideological state. The ideology commonly known as "political correctness" or "multiculturalism" now shapes the actions of government in thousands of ways. Under the rubric of "hate crimes," it sentences American citizens to additional time in jail for political thoughts. As "affirmative action," it "privileges" women, blacks and homosexuals over heterosexual white males...

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What should the next conservatism do about it? First, it needs to reveal this ideology for what it is. In terms of its historical origins and basic nature, it is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. The translation was undertaken largely by the unorthodox Marxists of the Frankfurt School – Horkheimer, Adorno, Fromm, Reich and Marcuse, to name the most important players...

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The next conservatism needs to shout from the housetops, "People, here's what this stuff really is. It's not about 'being nice' or 'toleration.' It's about destroying our culture and our religion, and it is succeeding."

Read it all.

August 15, 2005

Brits steal carloads of Austrian roadsigns

From The Register:
An Austrian village called F**king will not change its name despite sniggering Brits making off with its roadsigns.

Mayor Siegfried Hauppl has asked visitors to lay off the signs which began to attract outside attention after British and US soldiers passing through in 1945 illuminated the locals as to the English meaning of F**king, Ananova reports.

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Read the whole thing, the author had a good time with it.

Rhetorical question: If the residents of Berlin are called Berliners, what are the residents of F**king called?

Hat Tip: ShadowAce @ Free Republic

Gush Katif disengagement - vanity of vanities

Solomon wrote:
"I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove."

Solomon spoke:
"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?"

The utter idiocy of the Gaza Disengagement plan is stunning. While Israel pursues “Land for Peace”, the Palestinians have done nothing to disarm or disband the terrorist groups. The Palestinians do not even acknowledge Israel's right to exist, yet the eviction of Jews from Jewish territory commences. Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily reports from Gush Katif [emphisis added]:
GUSH KATIF BLOCK, Gaza – Israel's evacuation of Jewish communities from Gaza and parts of Samaria officially began tonight with the complete closing of the Gaza Strip just a few moments ago, while residents here blocked army vehicles headed toward their communities, and Hamas fired mortars and shot at soldiers.
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Tuesday, 50,000 soldiers and police officers are slated to form six rings in and around Gush Katif. The first ring, consisting of some 20,000 forces, mostly police, will be sent into the Jewish communities to carry out the actual evacuation. About 17 to 20 officers per Katif home will be used to physically drag occupants onto waiting buses and out of the area.
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After the Kissufim crossing was closed, protests broke out at the main gate, and on the access road outside Neve Dekalim, the largest Katif settlement. Dekalim residents threw themselves atop several army and police vehicles headed in the direction of their community.

"Don't uproot us. Refuse orders," one woman screamed as she stood in front of an army Jeep.

Teenagers, including non-residents who managed to infiltrate the area the past few weeks, gathered around two army trucks and began pounding at the windows.

"Jews do not evacuate Jews," a crowd of about 80 children chanted.
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Tonight's Hamas attacks highlight fears the Gaza evacuation will be carried out under fire. The Israeli public has stated in multiple opinion polls they would not support any withdrawal activities during Palestinian attack.

In a rare press conference this morning, Hamas leaders declared the withdrawal a victory for terrorism, and vowed to continue fighting Israel until "all territories" are "liberated."

"Hamas remains committed to the choice of resistance. Hamas remains committed to its military wing and its right to possess weapons," said Hamas spokesman Ismail Haniyye.

Hamas spokesman Abu Anas declared, "We will keep our weapons in hand until we liberate all our land. Gaza is the beginning. We will not lay down our weapons after the Zionists withdraw from Gaza because the road ahead is long."

"...vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity." Israel deserves better than the whipped Sharon. Sharon has been pushed, with little perceptible resistance on his part, into this suicidal leap by "The Quartet" (The United States, Russia, The EU and the UN.) Hal Lindsey writes: [empaisis added]
The Quartet, led by the French, forced Sharon to ‘coordinate’ with Abbas in order to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ of power, turning what had been a tactical offensive move into a humiliating military defeat. Sharon was committed to the withdrawal, but the Quartet handed all the best bargaining cards to Abbas.

Not only did the French ‘initiative’ on behalf of the Quartet stick a bayonet into Sharon’s back, it handed global terrorism a resounding victory.

Al-Jazeera made the Islamic world’s perception clear, “However, some analysts believe that, whether Israel likes it or not, the atmosphere that will prevail during the evacuation process will certainly show Israel as a defeated state, while the Palestinians celebrate and reap the fruits of their armed conflict.”

"...vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity."... "I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards."... "What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?" -- Talk to the people of Gush Katif.

UPDATE: More on the pullout:
Abbas issued a statement praising the pullout but said it must be followed by more.

"The Israeli withdrawal which starts today is a very important and historical step, but it is an initial step that should take place not only in Gaza, but in the West Bank and East Jerusalem," he said.

And what, exactly, has Abbas done to keep his end of the bargain?
"Hamas activists in Gaza City hung banners Monday proclaiming the pullout was a result of attacks by militants on Israelis."

August 13, 2005

Tisha' be'Av - Jewish day of mourning.

August 14th of this year is the Jewish Tisha' be'Av (the 9th day of the month of Av). Tisha' be'Av is a day set aside to commemorate woes that have afflicted Israel throughout history. Yoram Ettinger at Israpundit has posted a list of the remarkable calamities which are attributed to this day:
1. The Ninth Day of the Jewish month of Av (August 14, 2005) commemorates a series of major Jewish calamities:

*The Golden Calf (1312 BC);
*The failure of the "Ten Spies", which caused 38 additional years in the desert;
*The destruction of the First Temple (586 BC), 100,000 killed and a nation exiled;
*The destruction of the Second Temple (70 BC), 2 million killed and a nation exiled;
*The crashing of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion (135 AD), 100,000 killed;
*The pogroms of the First Crusade (1096), scores of thousands slaughtered;
*The expulsion of the Jews from Britain (1290);
*The expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1492);
*The eruption of WWI (1914)
*The end of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the massacre of 50,000 survivors in concentration camps; (May 1943).

2. The Ninth Day of Av is the central of the Four Days of Fast, commemorating the destruction of the First Temple: the 10th day of Tevet, the 17th day of Tamuz, the 9th day of Av and the 3rd day of Tishrey.

3. The Ninth Day of Av has been a most ignored commemoration day, in spite the fact that it solemnizes the destruction of the Temple, the destruction of Jewish national infrastructure, a 2,000 year exile, and the culmination of three weeks of national/religious predicament (Yemey Beign Hameitzareem).

4. The Book of (5) Lamentations (Megilat Eikhah) is read on the Ninth Day of Av, reminding us of the state of the Jewish Nation following the destruction of its religious and national infrastructure.

5. Emperor Napoleon was walking at night in the streets of Paris, when he heard weeping and crying emanating from a nearby synagogue. When told that the wailing and lamenting commemorated a catastrophe, which took place in 586 BC, he declared: Any People which solemnizes its ancient history in such a manner is destined for a glorious future!

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Let us all pray that on this Tisha' be'Av the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza is not added to the woes commemorated in the coming years.

UPDATE: It is unconscionable that Sharon and the Israeli government are so set on abandoning Gaza to the world's most intransigent people. Adding to the ignominy of trading land for guaranteed escalation of terror activities is the brainlessness of starting the eviction of Jews on Tisha' be'Av. It is no coincidence that the timing is as it is - coincidence is not a Kosher word. Modern Israel has a choice to make. Ignore God and history and keep to the path it is currently on or turn as a nation back to God and embrace the Abrahamic Covenant. One path leads to destruction, the other leads to God's peace through strength and security. I fear that the time of Jacob's Trouble is near at hand.

UPDATE 2: Moonbat Central has posted a Gaza disengagement parable.

H/T: The Black Kettle

August 11, 2005

Gasp! Barbara Boxer will use abortion litmus test on Roberts

California Senator Barbara Boxer loves to speak at pro-abortion rallies. The only concept that can make it through the head of the country's dumbest senator is "Abortion:Good, Pro-Life:Bad." Her latest departure from reality manifested itself at a pro-abortion rally at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

An article on LifeNews.com states:
Pro-abrotion Sen. Barbara Boxer of California says she will filibuster the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court if he does not say he is in favor of upholding the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized unlimited abortions. Roberts is expected to be asked about Roe during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings September 6.

Boxer said that she will both vote against Roberts and bring Senate activity to a halt if she doesn't get satisfactory answers to her questions about Roberts' abortion views.

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If he declines to answer the questions, Boxer will "use all the parliamentary tools I've been given as a U.S. senator" including procedures that "make it difficult for other business to get done until we get the information we need."

Sounds like a litmus test to me. Sean Rushton' director of the Committee for Justice, a group that backs Roberts agrees. He said Boxer's views amount to a litmus test.
"This is a single-issue litmus test that strikes at the heart of an independent judiciary," he told the Washington Times. "It proves that the Democratic Party is increasingly focused solely on the issue of abortion on demand. Their greatest fear is a nonpolitical judge who will read the law as it's written."

Finally, the historically challenged Boxer said:
Boxer claimed if Roberts opposes Roe and is approved for the high court, America will go back "to the days of back-alley illegal abortions."

"We cannot go back to those dark days,' she said. "Judge Roberts cannot duck this issue."

By the way, what is it about things with Golden Gate in their names and abortion?

Project Max - Show Planned Parenthood the difference between right and wrong

In response to the overwhelming response to the outrageous Planned Parenthood Golden Gate's "A Superhero for Choice" cartoon, Dawn Eden at The Dawn Patrol has created an action plan to expose the actions of Planned Parenthood and its despicable video to a broad audience. Dawn is calling for good people to contact their local newspapers, radio and TV stations and tell them of the video and how Planned Parenthood is now trying to cover its tracks by removing the cartoon from its site.

The following are five things you can do to take part in Project Max. Even if you can do only one of these, it will make a significant difference in getting the message out:

1. Today (August 11) and tomorrow, contact the largest newspaper in your area and tell them about "A Superhero for Choice."

2. Contact the Associated Press.

3. Call into your favorite talk radio show and tell them about the cartoon.

4. Inform a leader of your house of worship about the cartoon—and also tell someone who has a different faith than yours, or who is not religious at all, about what the cartoon is and why they should care.

5. Contact a pro-life organization and find out what you can do to help them, through giving of your time or money.


Read all about Project Max here.

Hat Tip: Pro Life Blogs.


Cross Posted at: Truth And Action

The Devil Made the ACLU Do It

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The ever anti-religion-in-the-public-square stance of the ACLU is exposed for the deceptive sham that it is. On Tuesday, August 9th, ACLU lawyers filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision which denied a Wiccan priestess' suit to offer prayers before a Chesterfield, Virginia Board of Supervisors meetings.

From The Washington Times:
... In their petition, received by the court yesterday, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers accuse the federal appeals court of trying to "obscure with legal smoke and mirrors" Chesterfield's preference for mainline religions.

"Although Establishment Clause jurisprudence may be beset with conflicting tests, uncertain outcomes and ongoing debate, one principle has never been compromised ... that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another," ACLU attorneys wrote in their 13-page filing.

County officials said they had the right to limit the prayers to Judeo-Christian beliefs and religions based on a single god.

Though many variations exist, the Wiccan faith is a generally a multi-deity religion with strong focus on Earth and seasonal cycles, also defined as a form of witchcraft.

In a half-truth explanation of the 1st amendment an ACLU spokesdemon said:
"The First Amendment prohibits governments from having an official religion," ACLU Virginia's legal director, Rebecca Glenberg, said in an interview.

The fact of the matter is that the 1st amendment defines a two part protection of the freedom of religion:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

As always, the communist left purposely omits the second half of the freedom of religion guarantee in the 1st amendment when it argues against Judeo Christianity in American life. It has been said so many times, in so many ways, by so many people that the ACLU is not anti-religion. It is just anti-Judeo Christian religion. All other religions enjoy a special place in the ACLU's place where a heart belongs.

H/T: JZelle @ Free Republic
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August 10, 2005

9th Circuit upholds the will of the people of Arizona ... for now

In a rare exercise of restraint, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco refused to overturn a portion of Arizona's proposition 200. The proposition, passed in November 2004, bars illegal immigrants from receiving certain public benefits, makes it a crime for public employees to fail to report undocumented immigrants who seek the benefits outlined in the legislation and requires people to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Only the provision barring illegals access to public benefits was challenged by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The three judge panel ruled that the plaintiffs had no right to sue.

An Associated Press article published on AZCentral.com states:
The plaintiffs had asked the appellate court to rule that U.S. District Judge David Bury had abused his discretion by refusing to grant a preliminary injunction until a trial is held to determine whether the benefits prohibition is constitutional.

The provisions dealing with voters weren't affected by the challenge.

The three-judge panel's order said the plaintiffs hadn't demonstrated they were hurt by implementation of the law or been charged or specifically threatened with prosecution. Also, there was no allegation of a First Amendment injury that would lower the legal hurdle in front of the right to sue, the order said.

NCAA Mascot Mania


Jeremy Robb at ChronWatch has written a scenario which takes the recent NCAA ban on post-season use of Indian mascot names to its logical conclusion.
NEW YORK, New York --- Ireland became furious over a recent announcement by the NCAA to ban Native American mascots in tournaments due to their abusive and hostile nature...

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Meanwhile, other groups also felt slighted by the ban. Greeks began legal work to ban Spartan mascots from any tournaments. Descendants of the ancient city of Troy started rumblings about banning the Trojan mascot. Satanists demanded that mascots like the Blue Devils and Sun Devils be banned for insensitivity to Satanic religious beliefs. The United Way asked that the Tennessee Volunteers not disrespect volunteers around the country with their insensitive use of the term as a mascot. Pope Benedict XVI chimed in and demanded that Saints also be banned as mascots during tournaments. Spock demanded that the NCAA ban the University of Hawaii-Hilo from using the Vulcan mascot. Upon hearing the news, President Bush sent word that he was offended by Emory and Henry College's use of the Wasp mascot. PETA threatened to kill all NCAA directors if they did not include a ban on any and all animals as mascots, claiming the emotional distress caused to animals by exploiting them as mascots is irreversible in many cases.

There has to be an ACLU lawyer behind this somewhere.

August 09, 2005

Babies are not the only ones earmarked for destruction by Planned Parenthood

"Planned Parenthood animated short glorifies violence against Christians" is the title of an August 8, 2005 press release by American Life League. Discussed is an animated film which appeared on the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (San Francisco) web site.

"With its latest marketing gimmick, an animated feature called 'Superhero for Choice,' Planned Parenthood is glamorizing violence against people of faith," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International. "Planned Parenthood's outrageous video shows the organization's 'superhero' drowning an abstinence educator in a trash can and killing peaceful Christian pro-life activists by blowing them up outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. Just when you think it's over, a pro-life protestor is mercilessly decapitated during the closing credits. The hatred and religious bigotry demonstrated by Planned Parenthood in this video are shocking and offensive."

The short film has been removed from the PPGG site. Whether for shame or for the fear of negative publicity at least such vile and self-serving material is not available to young girls and women who visit the site. This is not the first time objectionable material has been pulled from a death-for-babies organization's web site once the light of day has been shined on their foul deeds. With the help of Jim Sedlak, I was able to view the animated piece on the producer's site.

The Planned Parenthood superhero in the film is named Dionysus. Dionysus is the name of a Greek god who, among other attributes, is a god of mystery religious rites. The Roman name for the same god was Bacchus. Both gods were celebrated with wine and raucous orgies on their feasts. It is entirely appropriate that Planned Parenthood chose that name for their superhero god.

In addition to the killing of Christian protestors mentioned in the press release, the film has Dionysus fly off to Washington, DC using her rocket propelled condom backpack. The first scene of Washington shows a helicopter dropping a giant condom on the Washington Monument- real classy. It seems everything, to Planned Parenthood, is a phallic symbol. There are several more patently offensive scenes in the short, but just writing about it makes me feel slimey. I agree with American Life League's press release when it says:
"This appalling animation, posted on an official Planned Parenthood web site, demonstrates the organization's complete disrespect for human life," said Sedlak. "American Life League demands that Planned Parenthood publicly reveal the names of all persons involved in the development and posting of this outrageous material and immediately dismiss all individuals involved from their positions as employees or volunteers. We also demand that Planned Parenthood issue a public apology without delay to pro-life Christians everywhere for inciting violence against them."


UPDATE: Dawn at The Dawn Patrol digs into PPGG's president, Dian J. Harrison's shady appearing dealings to personally profit from PPGG's death business. Read it HERE.

Cross posted at: Truth And Action

August 04, 2005

Predictably, ACLU Sues Over NYC Subway Searches

The New York Civil Liberties Union will file a lawsuit against New York City to keep police from searching bag of people entering the subway system. The suit claims that the two-week old policy violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection and prohibitions against unlawful searches and seizures. Apparently, in the opinion of the ACLU, equal protection means that no one should be protected! Ironically, this is the same inane policy that mandates that no racial profiling be used and searches should be made at random.

From New York Newsday:
"While concerns about terrorism of course justify -- indeed, require -- aggressive police tactics, those concerns cannot justify the Police Department's unprecedented policy of subjecting millions of innocent people to suspicionless searches," states the suit, a partial copy of which was provided to Newsday.

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The civil liberties union has criticized the searches as over-reaching since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the measure on July 21, after terrorists targeted London's mass transit system for the second time in two weeks. It also calls the stops ineffective because terrorists can walk through entrances where police are not screening.

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right of law enforcement to conduct random searches, said Barry Kamins, a professor of criminal procedure at Fordham and Brooklyn law schools. But it found that those checks can be considered unlawful if their primary purpose is for law enforcement, such as searching for evidence of a crime. Rather, police must use the stops chiefly to preserve public safety, he said.

In a fit of political correctness driven denial Robert Lawson, a Bloomberg spokesman, said:
... the police already have adequate safeguards. "The mayor has repeatedly stated since the start of this policy that there would be zero tolerance for racial profiling."

That is what London thought on July 6th, 2005.
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August 03, 2005

Kim Jong-il: Tall Tales of a Fearless Leader

What a man! North Korea's Fearless Leader Kim Jong-il never forgets a phone number, a cadre's career or a line of computer code. He even shot 11 holes-in-one in the very first round of golf he ever played! Shown here with his rarely seen wife, the stately Natasha Fatale, Kim may be short of stature but he is tall of tales!

WaPo - Is this a freakin' joke or what?

Drudge had it. The headline: "Documents Tell of Brutal Improvisation by GIs." I thought to myself: "No, it can't be." It is! Another weepy, whiney American-soldiers-are-just-like-NAZI's-only-worse torture news piece.
Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn with his American captors, and a series of intense beatings and creative interrogation tactics were not enough to break his will. On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green sleeping bag, stuffed Mowhoush inside, wrapped him in an electrical cord, laid him on the floor and began to go to work. Again.

It was inside the sleeping bag that the 56-year-old detainee took his last breath through broken ribs, lying on the floor beneath a U.S. soldier in Interrogation Room 6 in the western Iraqi desert. Two days before, a secret CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten Mowhoush nearly senseless, using fists, a club and a rubber hose, according to classified documents.

But wait, there's more. Don't forget to mention Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and the Pentagon.
Other tactics, such as some of those seen at Abu Ghraib, had been approved for one detainee at Guantanamo Bay and found their way to Iraq. Still others have been linked to official Pentagon guidance on specific techniques, such as the use of dogs.

All in a single short paragraph -- brilliant! Where is the CIA?
Despite Army investigators' concerns that the CIA and Special Forces soldiers also were involved in serious abuse leading up to Mowhoush's death, the investigators reported they did not have the authority to fully look into their actions. The CIA inspector general's office has launched an investigation of at least one CIA operative who identified himself to soldiers only as "Brian." The CIA declined to comment on the matter, as did an Army spokesman, citing the ongoing criminal cases.

My goodness, this reporter has broken the cover-up torture crime of the new century, right? WRONG. This behavior allegedly did occur. The problem (from the reporter's point of view) is that those responsible are already on trial at partially open court proceedings at the Army base in Colorado Springs.

I try not to use profanities on this blog, but acronyms are fair game. WTF! Bear with me while I exercise some logic which apparently is much too deep for leftist moonbat blame-America-first reporters and their sorry sh*t-for-brains MSM employers. These are not institutionalized military torture policies - the alleged perps are on trial! The alleged misdeeds were discovered, investigated and brought to trial without any help from the anti-American press.

Granted, such a trial is news. A large question remains. What exactly is the purpose of the overtly hostile tenor with which this article was written? Is it to demoralize the troops in Iraq? Is it to demoralize the general population in the US? Is it to break down the support for the war in Iraq? Is it to provide aid and comfort to the terrorists? Is it to provide a built in excuse for the next terror attack on civilians by the Islamists? Is it all of the above? Does the anti-American left think that by kicking the same old dead horse they are going to score points with anyone other than their own, ever shrinking, incestuous little clique? You've got me. I think it is just a joke. Ha ha ha.

August 02, 2005

Support Michael Yon in Iraq Today

Gerard Van der Leun at American Digest has issued a request for bloggers to put the word out about Michael Yon, an independent American combat reporter working in Iraq. Van der Leun has called him "Iraq's Ernie Pyle."


Battle of Mosul: Part I

"Michael Yon is an independent, informed observer chronicling the monumentally important events in the efforts to stabilize Iraq. His dispatches have the benefit of his life experiences without drawbacks based on deadlines or demands of marketplace. The cost of these dispatches is borne solely by Michael. Readers who enjoy these dispatches and want to support Michael's mission in Iraq, can make a contribution using the link on his web site. Donations can also be sent to Michael Yon P O Box 416 Westport Pt MA 02791"

From American Digest:
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What I would ask you to do today is to make as significant a contribution as you can to Michael Yon who has, since the start of 2005, been writing what has become a high-water mark in reporting from the front lines of Iraq. My respect for his integrity, his writing and his courage is, I have reason to believe, shared by many of our troops on the ground in Iraq.

There's been a lot of talk about how important it is to have independent voices telling us about the situation in Iraq. Well, to get that you have to pay for it. It's time we all did. Michael Yon has a Support button on his site. Please visit it and give as significant a sum as you can.

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August 01, 2005

Body Language: Beat into Submission

A lesson in reading body language: note the downcast eyes, the back bent from utter discouragement and the upturned palms of the hands pleading for mercy which will not come.

From Hyscience:
First of all, a visual reminder of the Islamic agenda - courtesy of the AP and CBS (blogstorm needed), although their intention was to promote the Islamization of America, not to make us Islamo-aware (info and image previously posted).



In contrast to the archetypical liberal pictured above, here are some real Americans. Notice the self assured stance, not cocky but confident, and the big grins:


Photo HT: Smoke on the Water
God Bless America!