Archive for November, 2005

Right on schedule…

November 30, 2005

…the far left extremist hate wing comes out and attacks Senator Lieberman.

At least you can count on the democrat underground to be consistent.

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Senator Lieberman on Iraq

November 30, 2005

The religious moderate democrat Senator Joe Liebermanon the US & Iraq:

I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood–unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn. . . .

Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America’s bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Let’s look at some history…

November 30, 2005

Grayhawk takes a look at what happened and what was said by whom in 1998.
Some hightlights:

January 14, 1998: Iraq continues to block the work of the inspection team. The President of the Security Council issues a statement terming Iraq’s actions unacceptable and a clear violation of the relevant resolutions and reiterates its demand that Iraq cooperate fully and immediately without conditions (S/PRST/1998/1).

February 1, 1998: “We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction.” – US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Early February, 1998: Two technical evaluation meetings (TEMS) take place in Baghdad, reviewing 1998 the position with respect to the chemical weapons agent VX. and missile warheads. The report of the outcome of the meetings is submitted to the Council (document S/1998/176). Despite Iraq’s assertions and it having had a full opportunity to present its views on all matters pertaining to the two issues, the team of UNSCOM international experts conclude unanimously that Iraq has still not provided sufficient information for UNSCOM to conclude that Iraq had undertaken all the disarmament steps required of it in these areas. The Commission’s experts provide the Council with an oral briefing of the outcome on these two TEMS in March 1998.

February 4, 1998: “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.” – President Bill Clinton.

February 17, 1998: “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.” – President Bill Clinton

February 18, 1998: “Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face. And it is a threat against which we must, and will, stand firm.” – Secretary of State US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

February 18, 1998: “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.” – Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser.

April 8, 1998: The report of the biological weapons TEM is transmitted to the Council (S/1998/308). As with the other TEMs, the experts unanimously conclude that Iraq’s declaration on its biological weapons programme is incomplete and inadequate. (BBC: A UN report claims Iraq is continuing to hold back information about its germ warfare programme)

June 24, 1998 : Richard Butler confirms reports that traces of the nerve gas VX has been found in Iraqi missile fragments. Iraq had always insisted it had not weaponised VX. Iraq dismisses the charges, warning of “grave consequences” if sanctions are not lifted.

October 27, 1998 – Richard Butler says tests carried out by international scientists confirm that Iraq filled missile warheads with the deadly nerve agent VX before the 1991 Gulf War.

October 31, 1998: President Clinton signs the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998:

November 10, 1999: “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.” – US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

There is much, much more. Stop by and read the whole thing.

More raw hatred from the extremist left

November 29, 2005

Ted Rall points out how the far left extremists “support our troops.”

You can’ t make stuff like this up

November 28, 2005

Softcore Darlek porn.
Yes, I have a 4th Doctor Scarf, and I agree with what the director of Terry Nation’s estate, Tim Hancock said,

“The reason the Daleks are still the most sinister thing in the universe is because they do not make things like porn. They weren’t ever intended to be sexual creatures. It’s simple, Daleks do not do porn.”

Now the Cybermen…that’s another story.

Where to go for the "straight story"

November 28, 2005

From Sunday’s Reliable Sources, UPI correspondent Pamela Hess:

KURTZ: Welcome back to RELIABLE SOURCES.

Pam Hess, during Vietnam U.S. officials were often accused of distorting or even lying to the press to try to make it look like the war effort was going better than it was. When you were in Iraq did you feel like you were getting the straight story?

HESS: Certainly from the militarily I did. They have no interest in cooking the books, as it were, they — they understand that they were blamed for Vietnam and what happened, and they don’t want that blame again.

They want people to understand the kind of enemy that they are facing and how long it’s going to take. And frankly, most of them said to me, “Please go back and tell them not to pull us out because we are finally at a point where we have enough people here now on the ground between soldiers and Iraqis that we can actually start doing some good and start turning things around. And if you pull us out, we’re just going to be back here three years from now.”

KURTZ: More optimistic, at least than some of the journalists.

HESS: Yes.

Political Teen has the video.
Mr. Reynolds has more.

The end of "catch and release" illegal immigrant policy

November 28, 2005

About bloody time too. According to this Reuters article:

The United States is closing a legal loophole which has allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to slip into the country and join the estimated 11 million undocumented foreigners already here.

Under long-standing procedure along the U.S. border with Mexico, illegal crossers of nationalities other than Mexican — dubbed OTMs by the Border Patrol — have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge before they could be deported.

Because of a severe shortage of space to hold them until the hearing, they were released after being fingerprinted and given a “notice to appear,” a document stating they had agreed to show up at court at a certain date.

The notice serves as a travel document allowing its holder past Border Patrol checkpoints on the roads leading from the border to the interior. Most OTMs do not show up for their hearing and meld into the population.

Known as “catch and release”, the practice has become part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over immigration policy and border security, an issue likely to loom large in Congress, next year’s mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential poll.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last month his department’s aim was to “return every single entrant — no exceptions” but gave no deadline. Mexicans are usually returned immediately — and most of them try again, some within hours.

What a rapist doesn’t want to see!

November 27, 2005

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Pepita La Pistolera
Pepita La Pistolera,
originally uploaded by Rezlaj.

A young lady who clearly understands that having to use her fists to fight off a rapist is a violation of her basic human rights.

The UN’s view…

November 27, 2005

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Piece
Piece,
originally uploaded by sleepy eyed.

…which is favored by rapists and other violent criminals. They prefer a disarmed population. It makes their working environment safer and easier.

I wish I had written this…

November 26, 2005

by way of Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Goldstein, who wish they had written this also, comes the Sacramento Bee’s review of a one man musical play by controversial atheist Michael Newdow

But [Newdow’s] budding musical career, which he put on display in a one-man show before a sparse audience Tuesday night, may be cut short by, of all things, lack of God-given talent.