"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Saturday, April 25, 2009
One of Britain's pioneering wind farms is threatened with demolition to make way for one of the Government's planned new generation of nuclear power stations.NUCLEAR POWER IS CLEAN - AND IT DOESN'T KILL BIRDS!
WE OUGHT TO BE BUILDING A COUPLA HUNDRED OF THEM.
THE FACT THAT THE LEFT OPPOSES NUKE POWER PROVES THEY'RE NOT GREEN, JUST ANTI-WEST/ANTI-INDUSTRY POSTMODERNISTS.
BLOOMBERG VIA DRUDGE:
IF OBAMA WAS EXPOSED AND IF HE DID GET THE SWINE FLU AND IF HE DID SUCCUMB, THEN BIDEN WOULD BECOME OUR 45TH PRESIDENT.
At least 20 deaths in Mexico from the disease are confirmed, Health Minister Jose Cordova said yesterday.
The strain is a variant of H1N1 swine influenza that has also sickened at least eight people in California and Texas.
As many as 68 deaths may be attributed to the virus in Mexico, and about 1,000 people in the Mexico City area are showing symptoms of the illness, Cordoba said.
The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13.
The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported.
The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.
I HOPE OBAMA HAS TAMIFLU...
MORE ON THE MEXICAN SWINE FLU HERE.
THANKS FOR THE LINK GATEWAY, WHO HAS MORE!
FULL ROUND UP HERE.
Cairo's intelligence chief did not invite Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to come visit when the two officials met in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said Thursday.It really doesn't matter what Egypt's positions are. I expect relations between Egypt and Lieberman to be very cold, that's for sure.
However, another Egyptian official who attended Omar Suleiman's meeting with Lieberman would not rule out the possibility that an invitation had indeed been extended to the foreign minister, or would be in the near future.
"Egypt welcomes any official from any country that respects Egypt and the Egyptian leadership," the second official told The Jerusalem Post.
Lieberman "said he respects Egypt and respects the president. Then that's it... this is the basis."
The unnamed official called Lieberman's remarks, which apparently stopped short of an apology to Suleiman for past remarks, "a positive development" and a change from his previous statements about Egypt.
Following the meeting, sources close to Lieberman told reporters that Suleiman had invited him to Egypt, but Zaki said, "no he did not" in a text message he sent to the Post.
Lieberman and his aides would not respond to inquiries about the meeting or reports of an invitation on Thursday.
Also, in a rare public statement, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak addressed the issue on Thursday, confirming only that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had been invited, and that when he came to Egypt, he would come unaccompanied by any other minister.
"The Israeli prime minister might come to us during May... and some say that he will bring with him [Lieberman]... The Israeli prime minister will come alone. The only one who will come with him is the director of his office and no other minister will come with him," Mubarak said, according to Arab press accounts.
Officials in Jerusalem noted this is usually the case.
Last week, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told Russia Today TV that Cairo would deal with the new Israeli government, but not via Lieberman.
He also said Lieberman "will not visit Cairo. He will certainly not visit as long as his positions remain as they are."
JUST A PLACE WHERE HIS READING COMMUNITY CAN POST COMMENTS.
FORMER CIA AGENT AND IRAQ WAR/BUSH CRITIC MICHAEL SCHEUER/WASH POST:
... in a single week, President Obama has eliminated two-thirds of that successful-but-not-sufficient national defense troika because his personal ideology -- a fair gist of which is "If the world likes us more we are more secure" -- cannot tolerate harsh interrogation techniques, torture or coercive interviews, call them what you will.SCHEUER IS RIGHT AND OBAMA IS A TRAITOR - AND HIS CONTINUED PRESIDENCY IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE FREE WORLD.
... Americans should be clear on what Obama has done. In a breathtaking display of self-righteousness and intellectual arrogance, the president told Americans that his personal beliefs are more important than protecting their country, their homes and their families.
... Americans and their country's security will be the losers. The Republicans do not have the votes to stop Obama, and the world will not be safer for America because the president abandons interrogations to please his party's left wing and the European pacifists it so admires. Both are incorrigibly anti-American, oppose the use of force in America's defense and -- like Obama -- naively believe that the West's Islamist foes can be sweet-talked into a future alive with the sound of kumbaya.
So if the above worst-case scenario ever comes to pass, Americans will have at least two things from which to take solace, even after the loss of major cities and tens of thousands of countrymen. First, they will know that their president believes that those losses are a small price to pay for stopping interrogations and making foreign peoples like us more. And second, they will see Osama bin Laden's shy smile turn into a calm and beautiful God-is-Great grin.
EVENING POST/THIS IS BRISTOL-UK:
Grandmother Beryl Jarvis, who is battling cancer for the fourth time, has been refused a drug that could save her life – because the NHS says it has already spent enough money on her treatment.THIS IS WHAT OBAMA WANTS TO DO DO OUR HEALTHCARE SYSYTEM.
WSJ HERE. EXCERPT:
Scientists are baffled and deeply worried by the latest outbreak of swine flu for two reasons: It appears to combine bird, swine and human viruses in a way that hasn't been seen before, and it is spreading from person to person.
Although swine flu has been known to sporadically infect people, it has usually occurred in rare cases in which the virus jumps from swine to humans who are directly exposed to the animals, such as pig farmers. The virus that has surfaced in Mexico -- and apparently California and Texas -- is known as A/H1N1, a strain that hasn't been previously detected in pigs or humans.
The recent fast-spreading outbreak of swine influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico and the US is causing concern for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and panic across the general population. With no vaccine in place, the CDC recommends proactive measures as the best solution to preventing more illness and loss of life, making rapid and pervasive communication critical.MORE HERE AND HERE VIA GLENN...
GATEWAY HAS MORE TOO...
STAY TUNED . . .
Friday, April 24, 2009
CONNECTING THE DOTS: IN JUST ONE MONTH, OBAMA'S APPEASEMENT STRATEGY HAS BEEN A GLOBAL DISASTER WHICH HAS PUT US IN MORTAL DANGER
President Barack Obama is open to the idea of reaching out to moderate elements of the Taliban, The New York Times reported on Saturday.WE WERE AMONG THE FIRST BLOGGERS TO POST ON IT HERE.
In an interview with the newspaper published on its website, Obama said that some of the U.S. success in Iraq involved reaching out to Islamic fundamentalists who had been alienated by the tactics of al Qaeda in Iraq.
"There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and the Pakistani region," he said. "But the situation in Afghanistan is, if anything, more complex."
Obama, who last month approved the deployment of 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan as part of an effort to stabilize the country, had suggested before becoming president that he was open to talks with more moderate Taliban leaders.
- AS A RESULT OF OBAMA'S OPEN CALL FOR APPEASEMENT, PAKISTAN APPEASED THE TALIBAN IN SWAT.
In an assessment that raised questions about the future of Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that the country's fragile government is facing an "existential threat" from militants who are now operating within a few hours' travel of the capital.OBAMA CAUSED THIS. IN ONE MONTH!
Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the government of Islamabad is ceding more and more territory to the militants and is "basically abdicating to the Taliban and the extremists" in signing a deal with militants that limits the government's involvement in the war-torn Swat Valley.
"I think we cannot underscore [enough] the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan by the continuing advances," Clinton said, adding that the nuclear-armed nation also poses a "mortal threat" to the United States and other countries.
THIS IS AS BAD AS WHAT CARTER DID TO THE SHAH; IN FACT, OBAMA IS WORSE THAN CARTER.
OBAMA IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE FREE WORLD.
- OBAMA OVERRULED FOUR PAST CIA DIRECTORS AND HIS OWN CIA DIRECTOR AND HIS DNI AND RELEASED THE CIA INTERROGATION MEMOS.
- EVEN THOUGH ALL THE PERP'S HAVE BEEN PUNISHED, OBAMA IS RELEASING ALL THE ABU GHRAIB PHOTOS.
IT'S LATIN FOR "WHO BENEFITS?" AND IT'S HOW WE SHOULD ALWAYS JUDGE MOTIVE.
LET'S ASK IT ABOUT OBAMA'S RELEASE OF THE CIA MEMOS AND OF THE ABU GHRAIB PHOTOS.
WHO BENEFITS FROM THE RELEASE?
- THE CIA? NO THE MILITARY? NO. OUR ALLIES WHO HAVE AIDED US IN RENDITION? NO. OUR ALLIES IN IRAQ? NO. OUR ALLIES IN PAKISTAN? NO. IN FACT: THEY ARE ALL HURT.
- THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT ARE OUR ENEMIES.
HE IS GUILTY OF TREASON AND SHOULD BE IMPEACHED - AT THE VERY LEAST.
UPDATE: MORE PROOF FROM RAMIREZ VIA DOUG:
UPDATE: RUSTY AGREES: OBAMA NOW OFFICIALLY AIDING TERRORISTS.
UPDATE: ALSO, POWER LINE HAS A GOOD POST ON OBAMA'S TRAITOROUS ACTS.
In a post almost two years ago, I wrote about H.R. 1592, a piece of freedom-threatening hate-crimes legislation that was quietly making its way through Congress.
Fortunately, after it passed the House, the Senate version of the bill (S. 1105) failed.
Unfortunately, however, the legislation is back as H.R. 1913, the “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009,” and it’s on the fast track to becoming law.
Read all of the frightening details here.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
A day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the Pakistani government was ceding ground to the Taliban, a top Israeli defense official expressed concern on Thursday that the country's nuclear arsenal would fall into extremist hands and be used to threaten Israel.ISRAEL AND INDIA MUST DO WHAT OBAMA AND PUTIN WILL NOT: STOP IRAN AND THE TALIBAN.
Pakistan is believed to have several dozen nuclear warheads.
On Wednesday, in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clinton said the Pakistani government was losing control of the country.
"I think we cannot underscore [enough] the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan by the continuing [Islamist] advances," Clinton said, adding that an unstable and nuclear-armed Pakistan would pose a "mortal threat" to the United States and other countries.
Israeli defense officials said that while Pakistan was farther away than Iran, Israel needed to be concerned with the political upset there.
OR THE ENEMY WINS.
I FOR ONE WOULD RATHER SEE THE FATA PULVERIZED THAN A US CITY OR A EUROPEAN CITY OR ISRAEL OR AN INDIAN CITY VAPORIZED.
The flag of Saudi Arabia is the flag used by the government of Saudi Arabia since March 15, 1973. It is a green flag featuring in white an Arabic inscription and a sword. The script on the flag is written in the Thuluth script. It is the shahadah or Islamic declaration of faith:
- لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
- lā ’ilāha ’illa-llāh muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh
- "(There is) no god but God. Muhammad (is the) messenger of God"
The sword symbolizes the importance of the inscription by underlining it.
"The sword symbolizes the importance of the inscription by underlining it."
HUH!?!?!? BULLCRAP. THE SWORD SYMBOLIZIES HOW ISLAM TOOK OVER HALF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD: BY THE SWORD. BY TERROR.
THEY FEEL THAT EACH MOVE LIKE THIS MAKES US LOOK WEAKER AND THEM MORE INVULNERABLE.
THE PREEMINENT JIHADIST STATE AND THE LEADING ROGUE SOCIALIST ONE.
WHO JUST HAPPEN TO BE ALLIES. ER UM I MEAN AN AXIS.
WHO AID EACH OTHER'S MISSILE AND NUCLEAR PROGRAMS.
WE SHOULD PRREEMPTIVELY NEUTRALIZE THEM BOTH.
HERE'S THE WHOLE TRUTH:
I'D LIKE PELOSI TO BE WATERBOARDED SO SHE WOULD TELL US IF SHE KNEW ABOUT THIS OR NOT!
News Bulletin [Cliff May]
A Corner exclusive: How many times have you read and heard in the mainstream media that terrorists were waterboarded more than 180 times?
It turns out that’s not true. What is?
According to two sources, both of them very well-informed and reliable (but preferring to remain anonymous), the 180-plus times refers not to sessions of waterboarding, but to “pours” — that is, to instances of water being poured on the subject.
Under a strict set of rules, every pour of water had to be counted — and the number of pours was limited.
Also: Waterboarding interrogation sessions were permitted on no more than five days within any 30-day period.
No more than two sessions were permitted in any 24-hour period.
A session could last no longer than two hours.
There could be at most six pours of water lasting ten seconds or longer — and never longer than 40 seconds — during any individual session.
Water could be poured on a subject for a combined total of no more than 12 minutes during any 24 hour period.
You do the math.
But two important points:
1) Such detailed rules suggest that serious thought was given to where to draw the line between coercion — “stress and duress” — and torture.
You can disagree with where those lines were drawn, but I don’t see how you can say no attempt was made to set limits.
Nor do I see how — except in an Orwellian universe — lawyers from the current administration can prosecute lawyers from the previous administration because they disagree with their legal opinions.
Not only lawyers but also physicians and psychologists were involved in these decisions. Indeed, these interrogations were supervised by physicians and psychologists who had the power to stop them. (My column today touches on this question.)
Time and intensity are relevant factors. Who would argue that a single night of sleep deprivation constitutes torture? Who would argue that a month of sleep deprivation is not?
2) Remember that Abu Zubaydah said: “Brothers who are captured and interrogated are permitted by Allah to provide information when they believe they have reached the limit of their ability to withhold it in the face of psychological and physical hardships.”
Any interrogator worth his salt would understand this means it is his job to bring his subject to the point at which cooperation is no longer betrayal but permitted according to his religious beliefs. Can that be achieved short of torture? Sure. Can it be achieved without coercive interrogation techniques? No, not with subjects who have the beliefs described above.
04/23 06:09 PM
The call-in number is (646) 915-9870.
Our guest today at the bottom of the hour is Timothy Birdnow.
Listen to the April 24, 2009 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.
May 1: I.Q. Al Rassooli
May 8: Tracy of No Compromise When You're Right!
May 15: Frank Salvato
May 22: Guest to be announced
May 29: Koran debate
Story here (hat tip to Weasel Zippers)
To which charities, exactly, will Olbermann be donating his salary?
Remember when Olbermann got into a spot of trouble last fall?
The final straw came during the RNC just after a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks was aired on MSNBC. ..Olbermann apologized that MSNBC had decided to honor the [9/11] victims by airing the tribute and stated that the tribute was ‘’not appropriate to be shown,’’ and that any who participated in showing it should be ‘’eviscerated’’.Disgusting: the American icon of baseball just hired an anti-American. We live in a time of inversionism.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Taliban militants have established control of a strategically important area only 70 miles from the capital, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The move is part of an unrelenting push by the Taliban toward the heart of Pakistan.
Heavily armed militants were patrolling villages and local police had retreated to their station houses in much of the city of Buner, a rural area adjacent to Swat, where the Taliban seized control from the Pakistani army in February, they said. Buner is a gateway to a major Pakistani city, Mardan.
“They take over Buner, then they roll into Mardan and that’s the end of the game,” a senior law enforcement official in the North West Frontier Province said.
The expansion of the Taliban into Buner comes 10 days after the government of President Asif Ali Zardari agreed to the introduction of Sharia law in Swat, a move that the Obama administration has criticized as too much of a concession to the Taliban.
- I GUESS THAT PRESSURING MUSHARRAF TO SPLIT HAVE ELECTIONS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A BAD THING; AT LEAST WITH HIM IT WAS A STALEMATE.
- SINCE THE PRO-JIHADIST AND UTTERLY CORRUPT SCUM TOOK OVER THINGS HAVE GONE DOWNHILL FAST.
- IT'S WORKED OUT AS WELL AS ALLOWING HAMAS ON THE BALLOT.
- AND YES: I BLAME BUSH - WHO WAS NOT THE WARMONGER THE LEFT SAID HE WAS, BUT A HALF-ASSED DOVE WHO HAD US FIGHT WITH ONE HAND BEHIND OUR BACKS.
- I THINK IT IS WISE AND JUST AND RIGHT AND GOOD FOR THE USA TO ANNIHILATE THE TALIBAN NOW - BEFORE THEY GET NUKES; (WE SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS IN OCTOBER 2001!).
- IT IS NOT WISE OR JUST OR RIGHT OR GOOD TO WAIT FOR THEM TO NUKE US OR AN ALLY.
- DITTO IRAN.
- THE LEFT WOULD RATHER RETALIATE FOR A NUKE ATTACK THEN PREEMPTIVELY ATTACK.
- THAT'S INSANE.
When Aldous Huxley wrote his prophetic 1932 novel, Brave New World, he envisioned a dystopian future in which mankind would become, in the words of bioethicist Leon Kass, “so dehumanized that he doesn’t even realize what has been lost.”SMITH GOES ON TO ANALYZE A FEW RECENT HOLLYWOOD MOVIES WHICH PREACH AN ANTI-HUMANIST ENVIRONMENTALISM - THE HAPPENING, THE REMAKE OF THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL AND MIGHT BE APPLIED TO LIFE AFTER PEOPLE. RTWT.
Huxley believed we would evolve into a society steeped in radical hedonism — where drugs would be used to erase every negative emotion and promiscuity would be not just common but the norm.
He also saw us as becoming profoundly utilitarian and eugenic, depicted in his novel by genetically engineered babies being decanted through a cloning-type process rather than being born, and then propagandized rather than educated, so as never to question the existing order. Huxley’s Brave New World is a society without families, without the old and sick — who are done away with rather than cared for — and without real purpose other than experiencing transitory pleasure.
Looking around, can we have any doubt of Huxley’s prescience?
... Over the last few hundred years in the West, the moral foundations of society were profoundly pro-human. Judeo-Christian moral philosophy and secular humanism both promoted human flourishing and the protection of individual rights as primary purposes of society.
But in recent years we have witnessed a rebellion against “human exceptionalism” — the view that ultimate moral value comes with being a member of the human species.
Spain, for example, has passed the Great Ape Project into law, declaring that chimpanzees and gorillas are part of the “community of equals” with people.
Switzerland has declared that individual plants have “intrinsic dignity” and that “decapitating” wildflowers is a great moral wrong. Ecuador’s new constitution provides for “rights of nature” that are equal to those of Homo sapiens.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has a website called “Planet Slayer” aimed at children. It features “Dr. Schpinkee’s Greenhouse Calculator,” which helps kids add up their carbon score, a game that ends with a “carbon hog” bloodily exploding. Above its remains a legend appears, telling the respondent how much longer he can live before he will have used up his “share of the planet.”
Here and abroad, environmentalism itself seems to be evolving from a movement dedicated to conserving resources, preserving pristine areas, and protecting endangered species into an anti-humanistic ideology that increasingly disdains humankind as a scourge that literally threatens the existence of “the planet.”
This subversion of environmentalism was conceived and gestated in the Deep Ecology movement, inspired by Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss in the 1970s. Næss promoted an “environmental egalitarianism” based on the belief that nature and its constituent parts should be given equal consideration with human beings.
- I THINK A CIVILIZATION WHICH LAUDS HOMOSEXUALS AND DERIDES HOMO SAPIENS IS HEADED FOR DISASTER. EITHER VIA SUICIDE AT THE HANDS OF LEFT-WING ENVIRO-NAZIS OR GENOCIDE AT THE HANDS OF JIHADISTS.
- WHICH IS WHY I HAVE LONG ARGUED THAT WE NEED TO DEFEAT THE LEFT AT HOME IF WE WANT TO DEFEAT THE JIHADIST ABROAD.
- A LITTLE HOMINOCENTRISM IS ESSENTIAL IF WE WANT TO SURVIVE.
Hugo Chavez's gift to President Obama at the recent Summit of the Americas -- a copy of Eduardo Galeano's "Open Veins of Latin America" -- has many people wondering what the fuss is about.RTWT.
A decade ago, I and the other two co-authors of the "Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot" devoted a chapter to refuting the historical and ideological fallacies contained in Galeano's tract, which we called the "idiot's bible." Everything that has happened in the Western Hemisphere since the book appeared in 1971 has belied Galeano's arguments and predictions. But I guess Chavez has given it the kiss of life and, since people are asking, here I go again.
The author claims that relations between Latin America and rich countries have been so pernicious that "everything ... has always been transmuted into European -- and later United States -- capital." Actually, for years that relationship has transmuted into the exact opposite: Latin American capital. In the last seven years alone, Latin America has benefited from $300 billion in net capital flows. In other words, a lot more capital came in than went out.
... Chavez's literary muse states that "the more freedom is extended to business, the more prisons have to be built for those who suffer from business."
Actually, the greater (though still insufficient) freedom given to business in the era of globalization has resulted in increasing prosperity in developing nations. This decade, the pace of economic growth per person has been four times higher in developing nations than in rich nations.
I would pay anything to be a fly on the wall when President Obama opens the first page of the idiot's bible.
THIS BOOK - LIKE ALL OTHERS FROM THE LEFT, (MAO'S, MARX'S, KIM'S, PAUL EHRLICH'S AND SO ON) - HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DISCREDITED.
IT'S LONG PASSED TIME THE LEFT WOKE UP, STOPPED WITH ALL THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY BS, AND JOINED THE 21ST CENTURY.
To learn more about the case, I will travel with my oldest son, Matt, to ChevronLatin America’s offices in Miami for an April 30 briefing. After the briefing, however, I will return to St. Louis while Matt accompanies Chevron officials on a fact-finding journey to Ecuador.
Read more about the trip here.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Durban II was opened on Hitler's birthday.
Earth Day is Lenin's birthday.
This is not coincidental.
LENIN AND HITLER WERE BOTH UTOPIANISTS AND SOCIALISTS WHO FAVORED RADICAL COLLECTIVIST POLICIES.
The UN and AGW are trojan horses for collectivism.
WHAT WAS THE BOOK CHAVEZ REALLY GAVE OBAMA?
WAS IT THE KORAN?
NO: OBAMA ALREADY HAS A COPY!
WAS IT MARX OR MAO?
NO: OBAMA HAS A LIBRARY FULL OF COMMIE CRAP!
IT WAS SOMETHING REALLY RADICAL:
JONAH GOLDBERG'S LIBERAL FASCISM!
NO WONDER HUGO AND BARACK ARE SMILING!
SERIOUSLY: I BETCHYA BARRY RE-READS THE LEFTIST CRAP HUGO GAVE HIM BEFORE HE EVEN READS THE BLURBS ON JONAH'S BOOK.
LIKE MOST LEFTIES - AND I KNOW A GAZILLION OF 'EM, OBAMA'S A CLOSED-MINDED KNEE-JERK NON-THINKER WHO STOPPED THINKING CRITICALLY AROUND 1989 - WHEN REAGAN AND THATCHER AND FRIEDMAN AND HAYEK WERE RPOVED RIGHT ONCE AND FOR ALL.
- SHE MUST HAVE GOTTEN REJECTION AFTER REJECTION...
- NOW SHE'S A STAR. PROVING THE "REJECTORS" DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE LISTENING TOO.
- I'D WAGER THAT THE VERY THINGS WHICH TURNED AGENTS OFF THEN ARE WHAT'S TURNING PEOPLE ON NOW.
- WHICH IS WHY "JUST GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT" IS STILL THE BEST MARKETING ANGLE.
- TO BAD THE "PRO'S" DON'T OFTEN DO THAT, AND INSTEAD GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY THINK THE PEOPLE SHOULD LIKE!
- THE GATEKEEPERS SUCK.
THE PROBLEM IS GETTING THROUGH THE GATEKEEPERS...
WE POSTED ON THIS TEN (10) FREAKIN DAYS AGO!
- REGULAR READERS KNOW THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
- SPREAD THE WORD; BLOGROLL US; BOOKMARK US!
I challenge any and all libs who claim that water-boarding is torture to choose which they'd rather be subjected to, water-boarding or nail-plucking.
We all know what they ALL would really choose.
And nails grow back!
Hitchens famously volunteered to be water-boarded and famously called it torture a few minutes later. He even posted as YOUTUBE video of it. (It looks awful: as bad as... being forced to read Vanity Fair.)
Doubtless a few minutes later Hitchens had a puff and a slurp. AHHHHHHH!
Had all his nails been plucked I think he would have requested mush MUCH more serious pain remediation than a cigarette and a scotch.
This demonstrates the absolutely phony posing of the anti-water-boarding crowd.
No one volunteers for REAL torture.
McCain was REALLY tortured and carries the scars. The REAL scars.
What the CIA did to KSM and others was not torture.
Those who claim it is are torturing the truth.
UPDATE: 20 MINTUES LATER AND ALLAHPUNDIT MAKES THE SAME POINT - WITH NEW VIDEO AND GREAT LINKS.
BOTTOM-LINE: THE LIBS WHO ATTACK WATER-BOARDING SHOULD STFU.
And then tell me where it's felt safest and where it didn't.
THEY MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT JEWS ARE ROUTINELY TARGETED FOR HATE CRIMES IN EUROPE AND THAT ANTISEMITISM IS GROWING AT AN EVER-INCREASING RATE.
AND IT'S BULLCRAP TO BLAME IT ON OPERATION CAST LEAD IN GAZA - (AS IF ISRAEL HAD NO RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE THOUGH EVERY OTHER NATION DOES!).
More on the double-standards Israel is held up to HERE.
Former US Attorney Andrew McCarthy is brilliant as usual in describing the REAL "Interrogation Scandal":
All this folly finds its way back to that simple question: “Does [insert interrogation tactic of choice] shock the conscience?” As Wallace put it to Hayden, and as Obama frames it in policy debates, the question is utterly devoid of context. The “shock the conscience” standard is derived from a 1952 Supreme Court case, Rochin v. California. That, evidently, is enough to qualify it as the high-minded yardstick of permissible government behavior — no need to get into icky complications like circumstances or (dare I say) obligations.Read the whole thing.
We have “waterboarding,” or simulated drowning. Grisly stuff. Tough guys wrestle the subject onto a slab. Another tough guy does the dirty work, rendering the subject unable to breath, creating the fear of imminent death. How could that not be shocking to even a jaded conscience? Next case.
Except what if the next case involves coercing a subject onto a slab for the purpose of administering injections that will kill him? Or what if we shoot a hellfire missile at a house where a subject is meeting with three other subjects and their guests? Or what if we drop a bomb on a densely populated area, knowing full well that many subjects will be killed and others permanently maimed? Doesn’t all that shock the conscience too? Does it not matter that the subject is a convicted rapist-murderer? The emir of a terrorist organization plotting mass murder? A member of an organization with which we are at war?
Law provides guidance for the human condition in all its endless variety. As such, it always accounts for context. It is a favorite talking point of leftists and libertarian extremists that heightened security measures “suspend” the Constitution even though a crisis is when the Constitution is most needed. Never has anything so vapid been repeated with such indignation. The Constitution is never suspended. It anticipates war and peace, insurrection and domestic tranquility, and prescribes adjustments for different conditions. Free speech is guaranteed but treason is proscribed. Privacy is guaranteed but searches are authorized. Liberty is guaranteed but imprisonment is permitted. Life is guaranteed but the death penalty is permitted.
“The great ordinances of the Constitution,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. instructed, “do not establish and divide fields of black and white.” Everything is contingent. In peacetime, the rule of law is what the statutes prescribe and the courts ensure. But the Framers also knew it would not always be peacetime. That is why, Holmes elsewhere wrote, “when it comes to a decision by the head of the State upon a matter involving its life, the ordinary rights of individuals must yield to what he deems the necessities of the moment. Public danger warrants the substitution of executive process for judicial process.” Executive process doesn’t suspend the Constitution any more than Congress would be suspending the Constitution if it suspended habeas corpus. Rather, executive, legislative, and judicial processes are all parts of the Constitution, their roles waxing and waning based on “the necessities of the moment.”
Meanwhile, Rich Lowry argues (credibly) that the memos should be a source of pride.
It gets worse: now Obama is reversing-field (isn't that all he ever does?...) by now leaving the door open to prosecute former Bush Admin officials for rendering legal opinions which the current appeaseniks disagree with. Apparently to these slugs, it would have been more "moral" to allow thousands more innocents to die than to pour water up someone's nose.
I defy anyone to justify the morality of allowing mass murder of innocent Americans by our enemies in wartime, all in the guise of a holier-than-thou feigned "horror" about actually allowing the murderers themselves to be made the least bit "uncomfortable" or deprived of a little sleep...
There were 3,000+ families and an entire nation who suffered on 9/11. The CIA itself has stated (even in the released memos) that countless lives were saved because of the methods used.
The sick irony is that Obama only chose to release the methods of interrogation (thus permitting our enemies to understand the "line" beyond which the US will not go--and train accordingly) yet the man sworn to protect the American people has refused to release the end results of those "uncomfortable" interrogations; including a thwarted 9/11 style attack on a Los Angeles skyscraper (from today's Washington Post):
Specifically, interrogation with enhanced techniques "led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the 'Second Wave,' 'to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into' a building in Los Angeles." KSM later acknowledged before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay that the target was the Library Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast. The memo explains that "information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the 'Second Wave.' " In other words, without enhanced interrogations, there could be a hole in the ground in Los Angeles to match the one in New York.Former Vice President Cheney has read many more of the memos that Obama chose to keep "secret" even as he decided after so much "heavy thought" that it was acceptable to aid and abet fanatics who want us dead; all in the name of preening around like a peacock with some sick notion of his own "moral superiority". In fact the "evil" Cheney made a formal request (back in March) that the CIA declassify the results of the interrogations so that the American people would know the whole story. But that wouldn't fit Obama's "Blame America First" agenda.
How ironic this all is: a few years back many of us were collectively outraged that the New York Times released secrets (over President Bush's protestations) which allowed our enemies to avoid detection via their financial transactions. It is irrefutable that this act of near-treason in wartime allowed our enemies to adapt and evade our efforts to stop their murder. That decision has probably already cost many American servicemen and women--and other innocents--their lives.
But today it is not a dying newspaper revealing these secrets; today it is the President of the United States who is endangering us all by revealing methods which never need have seen the light of day; all the while refusing to acknowledge the countless lives that were saved by the very actions he so loudly and blatantly condemned.
It doesn't stop there: Obama has spent the last three weeks trashing his own country, in Europe, Latin America, and at home. He has coddled and all but kissed the rings of tinpot banana republic mass-murdering dictators--while betraying a former President's attorneys, the CIA, and the very agents in the field who put their own careers on the line in order to do what it takes to keep Americans safe. And it did!
If that weren't enough, today Obama reversed course on previous pronouncements and had the "audacity" to threaten prosecution of a former President's legal advisor for daring to argue that depriving mass murderers of a little sleep and putting them through a "procedure"--the same "procedure" that every American Special Forces member and CIA agent has to undergo as a part of their training--was a small price to pay for saving thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent American lives. Does this man's ego and shame have no boundaries whatsoever?
I have never seen a President of the United States behave in a more disgraceful, blindly partisan and destructive fashion. Many may have disagreed with how President Bush (and an overwhelming majority of Congress...) authorized, funded and conducted the War in Iraq. But I have never seen any President--until now--knowingly put his own country's National Security in jeopardy just to score cheap political points that will only play to the far-Left fringe at home and to our enemies abroad.
I can honestly say that I have never been so ashamed of an American President; and in my lifetime there have been plenty of opportunities: Carter's appeasement, weakness in the face of our enemies and policies that caused economic ruin; Nixon's disgrace and resignation; Clinton's uncontrollable zipper, perjury and definition of "is"--all of these 'scandals' pale in comparison with the damage that may have been done by the release of these classified CIA documents.
As far as I am concerned, it is We, the American people who are being tortured now; and some innocents may yet die at the hands of our enemies because of this despicable partisan decision.
For shame, sir. For shame.
To read the complete interview, click here or click on the book cover at right.
And while we're on the subject, during the Holocaust Memorial ceremony, Benjamin Netanyahu thought to add the subject of Switzerland allowing Iran's Ahmedinejad to come to the Durban sequel and pile on with his sick bigotry:
After Peres, Netanyahu spoke, quoting from the Passover Haggadah: “In every generation, they rise up to destroy us.”Very good speech. I'm glad to learn that there were walkouts at the "conference" in Switzerland, but even so, those countries shouldn't have attended in the first place, even on a lower profile. What was interesting was the condemnation by spectators wearing clown wigs.
Netanyahu was direct in his criticism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has vowed to “wipe Israel off the map.” Directing himself to Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz, who met with Ahmadinejad despite Israeli pleas not to grant Ahmadinjad legitimacy, Netanyahu asked “How can you, as the head of a enlightened country, meet with a Holocaust denier, or with someone who plans another Holocaust?”
Netanyahu thanked those countries that refused to attend the Durban II conference at which Ahmadinejad spoke Monday, and those who left the hall during Ahmadinejad's speech.
"We will not allow Holocaust deniers to perpetrate another Holocaust on the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said. “That is our utmost responsibility as the State of Israel.”
Netanyahu turned to the Holocaust survivors who were present, and promised that the government will do what it can to assist them and their fellow survivors.
But wouldn't you know it, Norway's rep, unsurprisingly, chose to stay at that manurefest. And I don't buy any of Ban-Ki Moon's blather. He knew this was going to happen, and is a sick, stupid man indeed.
Monday, April 20, 2009
MUGGED FOR BEING FRENCH - WHILE IN PARIS!
THE STORY AND VIDEO IS HERE AND HERE. MORE HERE.
- EUROPE NEEDS A BERNIE GOETZ AND A RUDY GIULIANI, BUT IT HAS INSTEAD THE LIKES OF ZAPATERO AND BROWN.
- THE MAINSTREAM PARTIES IN EUROPE ARE FAILING EVEN TO ACKNOWLEDGE THERE'S A PROBLEM AND AS A RESULT CREEPING SHARIA KEEPS GAINING MOMENTUM.
- ONLY IT'S NOT CREEPING; IT MUGGING!
- LIKE IT OR NOT, THE ANSWER LIES WITH FOLKS LIKE THE BNP, THE FREEDOM PARTY AND VB.
- IT'S EITHER THEM OR THE ISTANBULIZATION OF EUROPE.
- THAT'S THE CHOICE. LIKE IT OR NOT.
Obama’s $100 Million Cut [Brian Riedl]BY CALLING THIS PR STUNT A SPENDING CUT - AND TRYING TO MAKE IT THE CENTERPIECE OF TODAY'S NEWS-CYCLE OBAMA IS CLEARLY SHOWING HIS DISRESPECT FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER.
Today, President Obama called for $100 million in budget cuts. Out of a $4 trillion in spending this year, this is the rounding error of a rounding error:
· It is 1/40,000 of the federal budget;
· It is 1/7,830 the size of the recent “stimulus” bill;
... Brian Riedl is Grover M. Hermann fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.04/20 01:41 PM
GATEWAY HAS MORE.
- WE WERE UP UP UP IN THE MARKETS UNTIL OBAMA MADE IT CLEAR HE DIDN'T WANT BANKS TO REPAY TARP LOANS, BUT INSTEAD WANTS TO TURN TARP LOANS INTO COMMON STOCK.
- THE MARKET WENT DOWN 300 POINTS TODAY ON THE NEWS.
MORE ON THIS FROM KUDLOW.
AND HERE FROM LEGAL INSURRECTION.
- THE ECONOMY WOULD RECOVER IF THE LIBERAL POLITICIANS WOULD JUST GET OUT OF THE WAY!
We should hope not. But that's why we need to keep our eyes and ears open, and study the Obama administration's actions carefully. Otherwise, a confrontation is more likely to occur.
The subject is important to me, especially when I consider a note received from an active-duty member of the Special Operations community who’s obviously familiar with the issues at stake:
“The bottom line is that the upper levels of command owe us a product that works. The CVSA has been tested under combat conditions and truly works! What more proof do they want?”*To read the long and twisted chronicle of this former Air Force public affairs officer's attempt to get answers from the military, click here.
More info in this UPDATED post.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
THE LEFT MADE A HUGE NEVER-ENDING STINK OVER THE RELEASE OF VALERIE PLAME'S ID.
- THE LEFT CONSTANTLY CALLED FOR CHENEY TO BE CHARGED OR RESIGN.
- THE LEFT SAID IT HURT NATIONAL SECURITY AND PROVED THE BUSH-CHENEY PUT POLITICS AHEAD OF SECURITY.
- THE LEFT GOT THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WHO FOUND THAT NO CRIME HAD BEEN COMMITTED WHEN HER NAME WAS MADE PUBLIC.
- FITZ' ONLY FOUND SCOOTER LIBBY GUILTY OF PERJURY. (IT WAS ACTUALLY A BUSH FOE - AND POWELL ALLY - DICK ARMITAGE WHO HAD LEAKED PLAME'S ID TO NOVAK!)
- BUT NOW... NOW, EVERYONE ON THE LEFT IS SILENT AFTER OBAMA HAS RELEASED A SECRET MORE IMPORTANT THAN PLAME'S IDENTITY. A TOP SECRET. TOP SECRET MEMOS WHICH DETAIL THE EXACT LIMITS OF PERMISSIBLE INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES.
- FOUR PREVIOUS CIA DETECTORS - AND THE CURRENT DIRECTOR APPOINTED BY OBAMA - ALL WERE VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED TO THE RELEASE OF THESE TOP SECRET MEMOS.
- THE RELEASE OF THESE MEMOS IS A FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR WORSE BREECH OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THAN THE VALERIE PLAME AFFAIR.
- BECAUSE IT DIRECTLY HARMS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND AIDS OUR ENEMY, THE RELEASE OF THESE MEMOS IS TREASONOUS.
YES - TREASON.
WHY HAS OBAMA COMMITTED TREASON!?
BECAUSE OBAMA HATES AMERICA AS MUCH AS HIS MOM AND BARACK SENIOR, AND WRIGHT, AND FARRAKHAN, AND AYERS - AND WELL, YOU GET THE PICTURE! (MORE PICTURES OF OBAMA'S ANTI-AMERICA BUDDIES HERE.)
FOR THEIR HYPOCRISY ON NATIONAL SECURITY SECRETS, THE LEFT SHOULD STFU.
MUBARAK WISHED POPE SHENOUDA III AND THE COPTS A HAPPY EASTER.
HERE'S THE POPE:
HERE'S THE POPE'S BIOGRAPHY.
IT'S ORTHODOX EASTER TOO. WE WISH THEM THE BEST.
REMEMBER: EGYPT AND TURKEY ARE REALLY CHRISTIAN COUNTRIES OCCUPIED BY MUSLIM INVADERS!
The Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Service, cooperating with the PA's general intelligence service, recently undertook intensive activities to prevent the sale of land by Palestinians to Jews in east Jersualem, Ynet discovered.Arabs have the right to sell property to Jews if they want. The real estate agents and owners are going to need protection now if they're to sell safely. And the police are going to need to make sure that these Fatah agents are not allowed within Jerusalem's boundaries.
In recent months, the PA investigated several real estate agents suspected of selling land in the capital to Jews, even resulting in arrests of some of the agents. PA sources said that the sales in question involved a large-scale amount of lands and properties.
Among the arrested real estate agents are those holding an Israeli ID card and those holding Palestinian Authority papers. They were also transferred to the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the investigation.
PA sources reported that, while in Abbas' office, a senior official of the 'Supervision Committee', the PA body responsible for investigation internal corruption, became involved and brought about the close of the investigation.
One source said that the official, whose actions led to the release of the arrested real estate agents, was motivated to close the cases following by pressure from Israel.
Now comes this story from Fox News (hat tip to Weasel Zippers):
Obama Appointee Suggests Radical Plan for Newspaper BailoutRead the rest.
Rosa Brooks, who has moved from the L.A. Times to the Pentagon, called for more "direct government support for public media" and government licensing of the news, which critics say would destroy the independent media.
Influential Los Angeles Times columnist Rosa Brooks has hung up her journalistic hat and joined the Obama administration, but not before penning a public proposal calling for some radical ideas to help bail out the failing news industry.
Brooks, who has taken up a post as an adviser at the Pentagon, advocated upping "direct government support for public media" and creating licenses to govern news operations.
"Years of foolish policies have left us with a choice: We can bail out journalism, using tax dollars and granting licenses in ways that encourage robust and independent reporting and commentary, or we can watch, wringing our hands, as more and more top journalists are laid off," she wrote in her parting column on April 9.
Brooks said this would help rescue the industry from a "death spiral"...
But critics say her proposal would spell an end to the independent media and make journalists reliant lapdogs...
A stepping stone to control of the media as portrayed by George Orwell's dystopia in 1984 via the control of what information and terminology the public can find available in the mainstream media? Welcome to Pravda USA!
Bill O'Reilly on the topic of Rosa Brooks:
WE THE PEOPLE can have all the Tax Day Tea Parties we want, but if the government gains extensive control of the media, those Parties will be in vain, particularly if there is no overall plan to continue the momentum of such a grassroots movement.