Another Victory in the War on Terror

May 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm (christianity, conservative, global jihad, GOP, islamo fascist, politics, religion, terror, Uncategorized, war on terror)

Egypt arrests leading Muslim Brotherhood members
   

Leading members of Egypt‘s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group including two parliamentary deputies have been arrested by Egyptian security forces, an Egyptian Interior Ministry official confirmed to Xinhua on Monday.

A total of 11 Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested on Sunday during a secret meeting held in Minufiya governorate, 65 km north of Cairo, with the two People’s Assembly members identified as Sabri Amer and Ragab Abu Zeid, according to the Interior Ministry official.

The Egyptian authority has arrested more than 300 Brotherhood members since December 2006 after Brotherhood students carried out a military-like parade in Cairo.

Having been charged of terrorism and money laundering, some 40 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood group were tried at a military court on Thursday, according to local media.

Officially banned in 1954 for its attempt to set up an Islamic government, Egypt’s biggest Islamic opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood won 88 seats in the 454-member lower house of parliament after its members ran as independents in 2005 legislative elections.

An Egyptian constitutional amendments adopted by a national referendum in late March prohibited the forming of any political party on a religious bases.

Source: Xinhua

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More Insanity From The Left

May 3, 2007 at 5:34 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, Feinstein, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

GANESH UEIKE, secretary of the West Bastar Divisional Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), seems a gentle, rather academic, man, who does not suit his green combat fatigues or clenched-fist “red salute”. He shuffles dog-eared bits of paper from a shabby file in his knapsack and writes down the questions he is asked. He answers them in slogans that he gives every appearance of believing. He wants to “liberate India from the clutches of feudalism and imperialism”.

The rare interview took place last month, in a thatched shelter in a clearing in the Bastar forest in southern Chhattisgarh. The spot was some seven hours’ walk from the nearest road, and there had been a day-and-a-half’s wait for such a “big leader” to emerge from a hideout even deeper in the jungle. His party, he said, was facing renewed suppression, because “the resources of finance capitalism are facing sluggishness in their development, and are looking for new routes,” such as the mineral riches of this forest.

Mr Ueike did not mention that, just a few hours beforehand, at the edge of the forest, in a place called Errabore, his comrades had fought back. Several hundred had mounted a co-ordinated attack on a police station, a paramilitary base and a relief camp for displaced people. They killed more than 30 of the camp’s residents, mostly by hacking them to death with axes. The scholarly Mr Ueike did boast that his army relied on “low-tech weapons”.
 

This was the latest battle in a year-long civil war in Dantewada district, in which more than 350 people have been killed, and nearly 50,000 moved into camps such as the one at Errabore. It is a remote, sparsely populated, under-developed region bordering three neighbouring states, and nine hours’ drive from Chhattisgarh’s capital, Raipur. It is here that India’s widespread Maoist rebellion is most intense.

On August 15th, in his National Day speech in Delhi, India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, linked Naxalism with terrorism (Islamic) as the two big threats to India’s internal security.

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Dirty Dianne

May 2, 2007 at 2:45 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, Feinstein, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

Anyone who knows much about real power in Congress knows that almost every member of the House and Senate lusts after a seat on the Appropriations Committee and hopes one day to achieve the status of Cardinal. The Cardinals, of course, are the folks who chair the various Appropriations Committee subcommittees and literally control the billions of dollars that pass through their hands.

California Sen.  Dianne Feinstein (D) chairs the Senate Rules Committee, but she’s also a Cardinal. She is currently chairwoman of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies subcommittee, but until last year was for six years the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (or “Milcon”) sub-committee, where she may have directed more than $1 billion to companies controlled by her husband.

She may be on the way to morphing from a respected senior Democrat into another poster child for congressional corruption.

The problems stem from her subcommittee activities from 2001 to late 2005, when she quit. During that period the public record suggests she knowingly took part in decisions that eventually put millions of dollars into her husband’s pocket — the classic conflict of interest that exploited her position and power to channel money to her husband’s companies.

In other words, it appears Sen. Feinstein was up to her ears in the same sort of shenanigans that landed California Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R) in the slammer. Indeed, it may be that the primary difference between the two is basically that Cunningham was a minor leaguer and a lot dumber than his state’s senior senator.

Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, or CREW, usually focuses on the ethical lapses of Republicans and conservatives, but even she is appalled at the way Sen. Feinstein has abused her position. Sloan told a California reporter earlier this month that while”there are a number of members of Congress with conflicts of interest … because of the amount of money involved, Feinstein’s conflict of interest is an order of magnitude greater than those conflicts.”

And the director of the Project on Government Oversight who examined the evidence of wrongdoing assembled by California writer Peter Byrne told him that “the paper trail showing Senator Feinstein’s conflict of interest is irrefutable.”

It may be irrefutable, but she almost got away without anyone even knowing what she was up to. Her colleagues on the subcommittee, for example, had no reason even to suspect that she knew what companies might benefit from her decisions because that information is routinely withheld to avoid favoritism. What they didn’t know was that her chief legal adviser, who also happened to be a business partner of her husband’s and the vice chairman of one of the companies involved, was secretly forwarding her lists of projects and appropriation requests that were coming before the committee and in which she and her husband had an interest — information that has only come to light recently as a result of the efforts of several California investigative reporters.

This adviser insists — apparently with a straight face — that he provided the information to Feinstein’s chief of staff so that she could recuse herself in cases where there might be a conflict. He says that he assumes she did so. The public record, however, indicates that she went right ahead and fought for these same projects.

During this period the two companies, URS of San Francisco and the Perini Corporation of Framingham, Mass., were controlled by Feinstein’s husband, Richard C. Blum, and were awarded a combined total of over $1.5 billion in government business thanks in large measure to her subcommittee. That’s a lot of money even here in Washington.
Interestingly, she left the subcommittee in late 2005 at about the same time her husband sold his stake in both companies. Their combined net worth increased that year with the sale of the two companies by some 25 percent, to more than $40 million.

In spite of the blatant appearance of corruption, no major publication has picked up on the story, the Senate Ethics Committee has reportedly let her slip by, and she is now chairing the Senate Rules Committee, which puts her in charge of making sure her colleagues act ethically and avoid the sorts of conflicts of interest with which she is personally and so obviously familiar.

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Response to Tenet

May 1, 2007 at 8:06 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

Why do the Iraq naysayers never confront the counterfactual scenario of their dreams? If we had left Saddam in place, the sanctions would have disintegrated in short order — Security Council members France, Russia and China were bought and paid for in Oil-for-Food bribes. Once the sanctions had collapsed, Saddam would have been right back in business — his WMD programs ready to be up and running again (to the extent they were not running already) as he sat there with about $20 billion in Oil-for-Food profits and an ongoing relationship with al Qaeda (among many other jihadist groups).If you want to say we shouldn’t have gone to Iraq, and should have anticipated the present chaos there, fair enough. But at least have the honesty to say you’d prefer the alternative: A Saddam Hussein, emboldened from having faced down the United States and its sanctions, loaded with money, arming with WMDs, and coddling jihadists.

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Saddam Al Quaeda Connection

April 28, 2007 at 3:50 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans.

Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the “high-value detainee programme” at Guantanamo Bay.

Abd al-Hadi was taken into CIA custody last year, it emerged from US intelligence sources yesterday, in a move which suggests that he was interrogated for months in a “ghost prison” before being transferred to the internment camp in Cuba.

Abd al-Hadi, 45, was regarded as one of al-Qaeda’s most experienced, most intelligent and most ruthless commanders. Senior counter-terrorism sources told The Times that he was the man who, in 2003, identified Britain as the key battleground for exporting al-Qaeda’s holy war to Europe.

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Outlaw TP ?????

April 24, 2007 at 3:46 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

“I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required. “…

Sheryl Crow

If you outlaw toilet paper, only outlaws will have toilet paper!!

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Letter to a COWARD!!!

April 21, 2007 at 2:21 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

I am a former NYC Firefighter and former U.S. Marine. I have also been a Reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard for 17 years. I worked at the morgue sites going through bodies and body parts for 8 months following 9/11. As a result of the prolonged trauma of that type of work, I was disabled by the FDNY. I would like to make a statement regarding Mr. Reid’s irresponsible comments as follows:

Mr. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (D),

I cannot adequately explain my disappointment at the comments made by you today; “The war is lost”. It is inconceivable that someone in your position could be so irresponsible and ignorant of the fallout from those words.

With our troops overseas, on the front lines, putting themselves between your family and the terrorist extremists, you have cheered on the enemy and surely the video tape of your comments will be found at every terrorist camp and referenced by every terrorist group for the eternity of mankind. Your words have “tangibly” aided and given comfort to the enemy, in that such a high political figure in the Government of our great Country has conceded defeat to terrorism. You are a disgrace to every American, irregardless of political belief or religious background.

Your comments would have demoralized a less disciplined military. Fortunately, the military men and women on the battlefields far from home, protecting you and your families interests, are not cowards or quitters (as you are). We don’t train our military that way. Thank God you did not hold such a high office during other difficult and defining moments in the history of our country.

You have given the enemy reason to rejoice, reason to continue the fight and reason to step up their violence not just in Iraq, but all over the world. You have given the enemy “hope”. You have pointed them to light at the end of the tunnel. Congratulations.

For several years Saddam Hussein stood there ignoring U.N. resolutions, pushing his finger forward in his jacket pocket as if to say “stick-em up”. We responded to the “threat” and it turns out that we didn’t find a gun in his pocket. He was a murderer that placed no value on human life. The world is a better place without him.

On September 11, 2001, another group of people showed the world that they place no value on human life. If these terrorists had it their way, we would all be dead. Terrorists do not want to “rule” us or “enslave” us. They want to kill us. All of us. For no reason. Sound familiar? Ask a Holocaust survivor what that feels like.

Iraq could be described as decent people who have suffered under an evil regime. We are trying to help them. You have single handedly undermined that effort. You have also unwittingly caused severe damage to the Democratic party, for surely there are innumerable Democrats that have served, and do serve, in the military, and there are millions of Democrats that don’t believe in quitting or surrendering to evil. In your position as a spokesperson for Democrats, your party will suffer in 2008 for your irresponsible and ignorant comments.

For any person that believes America puts its nose where it doesn’t belong, or that we violate human rights, the litmus test for me, is when people stop trying to “kill” themselves to immigrate here. That’s when I will start questioning what kind of country I’m living in. Even after all the wars, the dropping of bombs, etc, we can’t accommodate the influx of immigration into our great Country. The “proof” stands before you. This is the greatest Country in the world and people from every walk of life and every background, race, creed, color and sex know it and want to be here in this country.

Mr. Reid, I don’t know what you were thinking. Please resign.

Sincerely,

J.

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Now, Demotards Want Profiling??

April 19, 2007 at 3:55 pm (christianity, clinton, conservative, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, religion, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

Responding to the Virginia Tech massacre.

MEREDITH VIERA: Is there a profile for someone who would do something like this? 

WOLF BLITZER:  It seems like the classic profile. 

PSYCHOTHERAPIST CARYN STARK:  He’s a loner which fits the profile.

CHRIS MATTHEWS:  What do you do when you have a kid that looks like a profile who might go on a rampage?

BRIAN WILLIAMS: The classic profile of a loner that exhibited trouble, isn’t that a trend now that deserves more resources?

HELEN MORRISON:  We see the typical profile of a mass murderer!

Yet, the TSA is not allowed to profile airline passengers.

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Demotard Lard “Sam Farr”

March 24, 2007 at 2:00 pm (christianity, clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, war on terror, waters, waxman, woolsey)

 

CAGW Names Rep. Sam Farr Porker of the Month

Washington, D.C. –  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) Porker of the Month for adding $25 million for spinach growers to the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental bill.  The House of Representatives will soon vote on the U.S. Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act of 2007, which costs $21 billion more than the President’s request mostly because of domestic spending unrelated to military operations.  

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) offered an amendment to remove the spinach provision from the bill, but was defeated.  He noted, “A $25 million bailout for spinach owners demeans the bill.  It holds Congress up to ridicule.”

Rep. Farr countered, “It’s easy to make fun of spinach, but if we had eaten more of it, we would be a stronger society.”  While spinach does provide health benefits, compensation to its growers does not contribute to a stronger military, which was supposed to have been the focus of the bill. 

Spinach growers deserve no special reward for pulling a deadly product from store shelves.  The growers can plan for and survive temporary slumps just like any other business.  Non-subsidized businesses must constantly adjust to unforeseeable events to stay profitable in the free market.  Spinach growers are using lobbyists and Rep. Farr to obtain special privileges at taxpayers’ expense. 

Emergency spending is basically a giant loophole.  The costs of supplemental bills are not counted in official annual budget figures, but still get added to the national debt.  The projects and programs slipped into supplementals often would not pass muster in the regular budget process.  Presidents are historically reluctant to veto funding meant for the troops, which makes such bills a magnet for pork; President Bush has threatened to veto this particular bill.  Other extraneous provisions in the supplemental include $283 million for the Milk Income Loss Contract Program, $74 million for peanut storage costs, and $60.4 million for salmon fisheries in the Klamath River region in California and
Oregon.

For exploiting the emergency supplemental to direct an unrelated and unnecessary subsidy to a special interest in his home district, CAGW names Rep. Sam Farr its March 2007 Porker of the Month.

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Global Warming Scam

February 12, 2007 at 6:02 pm (christianity, clinton, conyers, edwards, global jihad, hillary, islamo fascist, kucinich, liberal, matsui, McDermott, murtha, pelosi, politics, sanchez, sanders, Uncategorized, waters, woolsey)

From

February 11, 2007

An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged

When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works. We were treated to another dose of it recently when the experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the Summary for Policymakers that puts the political spin on an unfinished scientific dossier on climate change due for publication in a few months’ time. They declared that most of the rise in temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to man-made greenhouse gases.

The small print explains “very likely” as meaning that the experts who made the judgment felt 90% sure about it. Older readers may recall a press conference at Harwell in 1958 when Sir John Cockcroft, Britain’s top nuclear physicist, said he was 90% certain that his lads had achieved controlled nuclear fusion. It turned out that he was wrong. More positively, a 10% uncertainty in any theory is a wide open breach for any latterday Galileo or Einstein to storm through with a better idea. That is how science really works.

Twenty years ago, climate research became politicised in favour of one particular hypothesis, which redefined the subject as the study of the effect of greenhouse gases. As a result, the rebellious spirits essential for innovative and trustworthy science are greeted with impediments to their research careers. And while the media usually find mavericks at least entertaining, in this case they often imagine that anyone who doubts the hypothesis of man-made global warming must be in the pay of the oil companies. As a result, some key discoveries in climate research go almost unreported.

Enthusiasm for the global-warming scare also ensures that heatwaves make headlines, while contrary symptoms, such as this winter’s billion-dollar loss of Californian crops to unusual frost, are relegated to the business pages. The early arrival of migrant birds in spring provides colourful evidence for a recent warming of the northern lands. But did anyone tell you that in east Antarctica the Adélie penguins and Cape petrels are turning up at their spring nesting sites around nine days later than they did 50 years ago? While sea-ice has diminished in the Arctic since 1978, it has grown by 8% in the Southern Ocean. 

So one awkward question you can ask, when you’re forking out those extra taxes for climate change, is “Why is east Antarctica getting colder?” It makes no sense at all if carbon dioxide is driving global warming. While you’re at it, you might inquire whether Gordon Brown will give you a refund if it’s confirmed that global warming has stopped. The best measurements of global air temperatures come from American weather satellites, and they show wobbles but no overall change since 1999.

That levelling off is just what is expected by the chief rival hypothesis, which says that the sun drives climate changes more emphatically than greenhouse gases do. After becoming much more active during the 20th century, the sun now stands at a high but roughly level state of activity. Solar physicists warn of possible global cooling, should the sun revert to the lazier mood it was in during the Little Ice Age 300 years ago.

Climate history and related archeology give solid support to the solar hypothesis. The 20th-century episode, or Modern Warming, was just the latest in a long string of similar events produced by a hyperactive sun, of which the last was the Medieval Warming.

The Chinese population doubled then, while in Europe the Vikings and cathedral-builders prospered. Fascinating relics of earlier episodes come from the Swiss Alps, with the rediscovery in 2003 of a long-forgotten pass used intermittently whenever the world was warm.

What does the Intergovernmental Panel do with such emphatic evidence for an alternation of warm and cold periods, linked to solar activity and going on long before human industry was a possible factor? Less than nothing. The 2007 Summary for Policymakers boasts of cutting in half a very small contribution by the sun to climate change conceded in a 2001 report.

Disdain for the sun goes with a failure by the self-appointed greenhouse experts to keep up with inconvenient discoveries about how the solar variations control the climate. The sun’s brightness may change too little to account for the big swings in the climate. But more than 10 years have passed since Henrik Svensmark in Copenhagen first pointed out a much more powerful mechanism.

He saw from compilations of weather satellite data that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars. More cosmic rays, more clouds. The sun’s magnetic field bats away many of the cosmic rays, and its intensification during the 20th century meant fewer cosmic rays, fewer clouds, and a warmer world. On the other hand the Little Ice Age was chilly because the lazy sun let in more cosmic rays, leaving the world cloudier and gloomier.

The only trouble with Svensmark’s idea — apart from its being politically incorrect — was that meteorologists denied that cosmic rays could be involved in cloud formation. After long delays in scraping together the funds for an experiment, Svensmark and his small team at the Danish National Space Center hit the jackpot in the summer of 2005.

In a box of air in the basement, they were able to show that electrons set free by cosmic rays coming through the ceiling stitched together droplets of sulphuric acid and water. These are the building blocks for cloud condensation. But journal after journal declined to publish their report; the discovery finally appeared in the Proceedings of the Royal Society late last year.

Thanks to having written The Manic Sun, a book about Svensmark’s initial discovery published in 1997, I have been privileged to be on the inside track for reporting his struggles and successes since then. The outcome is a second book, The Chilling Stars, co-authored by the two of us and published next week by Icon books. We are not exaggerating, we believe, when we subtitle it “A new theory of climate change”.

Where does all that leave the impact of greenhouse gases? Their effects are likely to be a good deal less than advertised, but nobody can really say until the implications of the new theory of climate change are more fully worked out.

The reappraisal starts with Antarctica, where those contradictory temperature trends are directly predicted by Svensmark’s scenario, because the snow there is whiter than the cloud-tops. Meanwhile humility in face of Nature’s marvels seems more appropriate than arrogant assertions that we can forecast and even control a climate ruled by the sun and the stars.

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