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Saturday, April 30, 2005
The Minuteman Project's
first campaign is coming to an end tomorrow. They have done an incredible job raising awareness about the single gravest threat to our national security, our porous borders. While the folks at the TSA have been progressively eroding our privacy rights, and single-handedly ruining the joy of air travel, all in the name of national security, hundreds of thousands of people illegally enter our country from our southern (and northern) border each year!
What will it take for our elected officials to do their job and protect our borders? I hope the Minuteman Campaign has been enough to get our "leaders" focused on this threat, before another 9/11 style attack. We, the people, need to ask our Government why it isn't fulfilling this most basic, enumerated duty. Much thanks to those patriotic Americans who are willing to do the job our Government wont.
Catching up on the sad WA State of affairs, it seems the Dems are finally trying to help bring accountability to the Gubernatorial fiasco. The Seattle Times reports
"Democrats said yesterday that they've found 432 felons who appear to have voted illegally in November...The Democrats also said they found 1,939 improperly counted provisional ballots in counties other than King [County]."
Leaving aside for a moment that these votes were in counties believed to be pro-Rossi, the Dems have just acknowledged what team Rossi, and over 60% of the population of WA State, have been saying all along--the election was a shame and there must be a re-vote for people to have any faith in the voting process. That the Dems have finally come around to that view, albeit somewhat unintentionally, is a welcome sign that perhaps this election will finally be overturned!
Liar, Liar, Pantaloni Su Fuoco
Captain Ed continues with his excellent blogging, yet again at the expense of other countries' egos. This time, he's spreading the truth
(via See B.S. News) about Italy's foulest liar:
"CBS News reports that the American and Italian investigators looking into the death of Italian commando Nicola Calipari and wounding of hostage/journalist Giuliana Sgrena have evidence that Sgrena lied about the incident from the beginning. Sgrena has long insisted that the Italian driver slowed down to under 30 MPH before approaching the checkpoint, whereupon American soldiers opened fire without warning. However, CBS now claims that data from military satellites clearly showed the car traveling towards the checkpoint at over 60 MPH without slowing down at all, triggering the defensive response from the American soldiers."
It's a damn shame that a brave and noble agent of the Italian govenment died rescuing that worthless Communist rabble. Oh were it the passenger and not the driver.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Greetings to all you Slate readers
is the "caja grande" retailer that Miami's Coconut Grove has been looking for to fill the now empty K-Mart store:
"Che Guevara is the World's Greatest T-shirt Salesman. So much so that he's opened up a new chain of superstores to rival those capitalist hegemons like WalMart and Big-K.
Yes! You read correctly! Look for the new Che-Mart (www.che-mart.com)opening soon in your local bourgeois shopping mall."
"The Grove says NO to Home Depot, but SI to Che-Mart! Should fit nicely.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Syria Ends Military Domination of Lebanon
"MASNAA, Lebanon - Syria ended its 29-year military domination of Lebanon on Tuesday as soldiers flashing victory signs completed a withdrawal spurred by intense international pressure and massive Lebanese street protests against a force that once reached 40,000."
I believe that makes the score Bush 3 : Evil Doers 0. And the Democrats are still wondering what hit them. One "dumb" President just radically changed the face of the Middle East, in three years. That is leadership!
Changes to the Castle Doctrine in FL
Great news on the 2nd Amendment front. Today, Jeb is expected to sign a new bill changing
the so-called "Castle Doctrine" (i.e. your home is your castle). Under the the new law, you will no longer have a "duty to retreat" before using deadly force. You may stand your ground:
"The Florida measure says any person 'has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.'
Florida law already lets residents defend themselves against attackers if they can prove they could not have escaped. The new law would allow them to use deadly force even if they could have fled and says that prosecutors must automatically presume that would-be victims feared for their lives if attacked.
The overwhelming vote margins and bipartisan support for the Florida gun bill -- it passed unanimously in the state Senate and was approved 94 to 20 in the state House, with nearly a dozen Democratic co-sponsors..."
Common sense is slowly returning to our gun laws, and crime is going down. Maybe the Brits should take note!
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
The ACLU and our National Security.
Next time someone from the ACLU tells you that they are fighting hard to protect your civil liberties and to keep our nation safe, ask them about the Arizona border. While the Minutemen are staging an important public awareness campaign to highlight the joke that is our southern border, the ACLU has sent a team of "legal obeservers" to "watch over" (read: harass) the Minutemen -- not to help document illegal border crossing. Of course, it would be difficult for the ACLU observers to document violations of the law, when they are committing their own. The South East Arizona Republican Club is reporting that
ACLU observers have been actively aiding aliens in attempting to cross the border illegally. What's more, they have photos showing the "legal observers" smoking marijuana. Here's one of their photos:
If the allegations can be supported, these "observers" should be arrested and charged with state and federal crimes. In the end, their actions only help to punctuate the urgent need for real law enforcement on our southern border.
is an American hero:
"Police said they arrested a man for spitting on Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda during a book-signing stop in Kansas City Tuesday night."
If I were a KC lawyer, I'd volunteer on his defense!
The ongoing Gubernatorial suit in WA State looks to be moving along quite nicely. SoundPolitics has this gem
from WA State Republican Party Chair Chris Vance, from a talk this week at the Downtown Republican Club:
"We should have this whole thing wrapped up by July 4. Then they'll come and move Christine Gregoire out of the Governor's Mansion, and I'll be standing across the street waving"
The real question is, will she leave if ordered?
April 19th is a rather significant day in American history... For one, it marks the first time that Americans fought back against oppression, in a shot heard round the world
"Massachusetts Colony was a hotbed of sedition in the spring of 1775. Preparations for conflict with the Royal authority had been underway throughout the winter with the production of arms and munitions, the training of militia (including the minutemen), and the organization of defenses. In April, General Thomas Gage, military governor of Massachusetts decided to counter these moves by sending a force out of Boston to confiscate weapons stored in the village of Concord and capture patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock reported to be staying in the village of Lexington."
It also marks the date when the American government attacked a group of its own citizens in a small Texas town,
leading to the death of 86 people, including a number of women and children:
"Attorney General Janet Reno on Thursday rejected the suggestion by a top Texas official that FBI agents may have ignited the Waco fire that killed 86 Branch Davidians in 1993.
"I have found no basis for concluding that the FBI was in any way responsible," Reno told reporters. "We have reviewed it, and reviewed it," she said.
Reno's response followed statements this week by James Francis, chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission, that the FBI may have fired incendiary devices into the compound on April 19, 1993."
Waco was one of the reasons cited for the attack against the American government in Oklahoma City
in 1995, resulting in the death of 168 people:
"Across the street at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, in the grassy field where the building once stood, 168 empty chairs were a solemn reminder of the carnage of a decade earlier. Teddy bears were placed on miniature chairs representing the 19 children slain in the building's daycare."
Perhaps tax day should be moved to April 19th, if only to give everyone pause to think about where we came from, and where we are headed as a nation.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
There is a new report due out that indicates the T.S.A. -- you know the fine folks who see no distinction between an 80 year old American grandmother visiting her first grandson in Des Moines and a 22 year old Saudi Arabian male on a 'religious vacation' to New York -- is failing in its responsibilities, at a price tag of several billion dollars and an untold number of fingernail clippers (err, make that lighters, now.) T.S.A. spokesman, Mark Hatfield, had this to say
"When the political posturing is over, rational people will see that American screeners today are the best we have ever had and that they are limited only by current technology and security procedures that are significantly influenced by privacy demands."
That's right, if it weren't for the influence of privacy demands, T.S.A. would be unlimited in its ability to screen passengers. Imgine how safe we'd be if it weren't for privacy... I mean, those fine T.S.A. folks could just bend you over and give you a manual colonoscopy right there at the gate, just to make doubly sure that you're not carrying a contraband cigarrette lighter. I'm sure that would make all of your fellow travelers feel much more comfortable and secure. Why, if it weren't for all the political posturing, T.S.A. might damn well be able to do exactly what it takes to make sure that airtravel is 100% safe. Thats right, make air travel so bothersome and invasive that no sane person would fly. Then you could just arrest anyone else who chooses to board a plane. Afterall, they must be nuts!
Here's a real easy starter to improve the T.S.A. Fire spokesman Mark Hatfield and hire someone who undertands that it is the T.S.A.'s obligation to protect the privacy and security of the American people, and to answer to our elected representatives.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Public service reminder from your friends in the Holy City of Coral Gables
. April 15th is Buy a Gun Day. Keep your liberal friends on edge and the local criminals even edgier.
California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown goes back up to the Senate Judiciary Committee tommorrow. Ms. Rogers Brown is an incredibly well qualified conservative, African-American woman from a West Coast state. She deserves an up or down vote, not the Daschlesque obstructionism she faced on her last visit. Her hearing will set the tone for the coming battle for the Supreme Court. Law.com has this article
"Janice Rogers Brown's name goes back before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, with some saying the California Supreme Court justice's nomination to the federal bench could be the one Republicans eventually use to go 'nuclear'."
Note to Sen. Frist, et al.:
There are two main reasons that Republicans came out en mass
to support the President in the 2004 election. 1) The war on terrorism, and 2) the federal bench. If you can't deliver the President's nominees, especially an African-American, female Californian Supreme Court Justice, who won her most recent retention vote by upwards of 80%, you do not deserve to serve this party as majority leader. Moreover, if you can't deliver Justice Rogers Brown to the D.C. Circuit, you sure as hell won't be able to deliver a conservative Supreme Court Justice. Get it done, nuclear or otherwise.
The ball is in your court and I, for one, am tired of hearing the excuses. It's time to act like the majority party and get our people on the damn bench!
Monday, April 11, 2005
One hopes that Justice Kennedy will take a look at this
Two Failed Terrorism Trials Raise Worry in Europe
Failed terrorism prosecutions in Germany and the Netherlands this week have highlighted Europe's patchy record in securing convictions and prompted some to ask if laws need to be tightened.
Ihsan Garnaoui, a 34-year-old Tunisian, was acquitted in Berlin Wednesday of trying to form a terrorist group, even though judges considered it proven that he had planned to carry out at least one bomb attack in Germany at the start of the Iraq war in March 2003.
The same day, Dutch teen-ager Samir Azzouz was cleared of planning attacks on Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, a nuclear reactor and government offices.
He had been found in possession of machinegun cartridges, mock explosive devices, electrical circuitry, maps and sketches of prominent buildings and chemicals prosecutors said could be bomb ingredients.
Yet another reason we should be very concerned with the importation of foreign law in interptreting our Constution and criminal laws.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
is beautiful irony:
"Two months after elections, Iraq's new government finally began to take shape Wednesday as lawmakers elected as president a Kurdish leader who promised to represent all ethnic and religious groups in a session broadcast across the country — and shown to Saddam Hussein in his jail cell."
Monday, April 04, 2005
Five months after the most fraudulent election in WA State history, the King County Dept. of Elections has just informed the parties to the Gubernatorial lawsuit that it has JUST NOW located 73 uncounted ballots. SoundPolitics provides this link
to an email from the King County Attorney:
"From: Porter, Donald
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 2:27 PM
To: Maguire, Robert; Korrell, Harry; Hamilton, Kevn; Durkan, Jenny; Ahearne, Thomas
Subject: Discovery of untabulated ballots
I write to inform you all that on March 24 while gathering absentee ballots for the democrats' March 8 PDA request REALS staff found 48 untabulated absentee ballots within absentee ballot envelopes. I was actually in the REALS offices at the time and was immediately informed along with Dean Logan. Dean immediately directed a full investigation of all absentee ballot envelopes. I directed REALS staff on the manner in which to precisely document all circumstances surrounding the discovery and all aspects of the further investigation. Since that day several members of the REALS staff have been working on this investigation. Approximately 35 more untabulated ballots have been found inside absentee envelopes, for a total of approximately 73. I say "approximately" because they are still going through batches. But I do not expect that figure to change because at this time they are going through batches for which the batch slips indicate a discrepancy of "1" or "0".
After the discovery of untabulated absentee ballots, Staff were instructed to also examine the provisional ballot envelopes. That task has been completed and it has been determined that there were no occurrences of untabulated ballots being left in provisional ballot envelopes.
On my instructions, all untabulated ballots found during this investigation have been secured in the same manner as untabulated ballots are secured during the course of an election. I have instructed that no list of voters names associated with these ballots is to be released, nor, of course, are the ballots to be opened and counted absent a court order.
I had intended to release this information to you as soon as the investigation was completed so that we wouldn't have another situation of changing numbers. I expected that to be this afternoon. In any case, even if the investigation were not complete by this afternoon it was my intention to brief you all on this no later than Monday so that you would have the information before Tuesday's status hearing. Now, it appears that someone made a call to the media and REALS is responding to press inquiries on this, so I wanted you to have this much information immediately.
I will be able to provide you with a very detailed report on all of this as soon as the final figures are established. I can assure you that the investigation into this matter has been handled professionally, and the report that you will receive will be detailed. The report could come as early as close of business today, but it may be Monday."
Hopefully, this new revelation will be enough for the Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridge to finally through this disaster out and set a new state-wide contest date.
Those pleasantly authoritarian
Canadians don't want their citizens to read about how the liberal government has been corruptly misappropriating public funds. In fact, they are threatening contempt of court charges against anyone who links to "a U.S. website" which is exposing the truth (if you we're a Canadian scofflaw you would link to Captain's Quarters
, or Instapundit
, or perhaps Winds of Change
.) The official leading the "inquiry" (which in American English is commonly referred to as "a great big government cover-up and white wash"), one Francois Perreault (hmm, think he's a French-Canadian?) had this to say:
"Perreault warned that even if Brault's testimony has been outed by a U.S. website, it doesn't mean it's now public information.
'Anyone who takes that information and diffuses it is liable to be charged with contempt of court,' Perreault said.
'Anybody who reproduces it is at risk.'
Care to see how free speech works in Canada? Try reading this London Free Press
story about "not" linking to the story... Wonder what you're not hearing about their healthcare system?
The Canadian government is threating legal action against individuals who violate a "publication ban" on information about the current sponsorship scandal. This threat includes linking to American websites where information about the scandal is being widely circulated. One site in particular, Captain's Quarters
, has been metioned by Canadian TV as a no-no... Of course, this means it is every red-blooded American's jobs to promote the site and publish as much information about the corrupt socialists to the north as we possibly can. Sounds like it's time for another stirring rendition of "Blame Canada," eh?!
Sunday, April 03, 2005
I'm not much for organized religion, but when the "newspaper of record" in this county is run by a bunch of GODLESS HEATHENS like the NY Times, I think we have reason to be concerned. Apparently, the Times made a little mistake when publishing their canned obituary for Pope John Paul II (may he rest in peace):
"Even as his own voice faded away, his views on the sanctity of all human life echoed unambiguously among Catholics and Christian evangelicals in the United States on issues from abortion to the end of life.
need some quote from supporter
John Paul II's admirers were as passionate as his detractors, for whom his long illness served as a symbol for what they said was a decrepit, tradition-bound papacy in need of rejuvenation and a bolder connection with modern life.
"The situation in the Catholic church is serious," Hans Kung, the eminent Swiss theologian, who was barred by from teaching in Catholic schools because of his liberal views, wrote last week. "The pope is gravely ill and deserves every compassion. But the Church has to live. ...
In my opinion, he is not the greatest pope but the most contradictory of the 20th century. A pope of many, great gifts, and of many bad decisions!"
Among liberal Catholics, he was criticized for his strong opposition to abortion, homosexuality and contraception, as well as the ordination of women and married men. Though he was never known as a strong administrator of the dense Vatican bureaucracy, he kept a centralizing hand on the selection of bishops around the world and enforced a rigid adherence to many basic church teachings among the clergy and Catholic theologians."
The Times had pre-filled the obituary with comments from detractors of the Pope's pontificate--yes, they are already speaking ill of the dead--but they did not bother to find a single supporter
to comment on his death until after it happened, and even then, not until they had mistakenly published a version containing the editor's note that they needed such a comment in the first place. It came merely as an afterthought... incredible!! It definitely speaks volumes about the editorial view of religion at the NY Times--certainly something to keep in mind with their coverage on such important issues as homosexuality, abortion, Supreme Court nominations, and the war against radical Islamist terrorists. It also provides a prism with which to look back at the Times coverage of the Cold War and Pope John Paul II's instrumental role in helping to win the struggle against Communism in the former Eastern Bloc.
Powerline has the story with a screen shot of the original obit.