29 June, 2006

Mexican Elections Right Around the Corner

Want news that isn't a shock? Try the news that the Mexican elections are hitting snags and they haven't even started. I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about how Mexican political bosses can rally large groups of people to snarl traffic, protest and menace a neighborhood. Hey, that almost sounds like Democrats and their Union lapdogs in Philadelphia.

But Mexico is having trouble even staffing their polling places. Check this out From the AP:

"VALLECILLO, Mexico (AP) -- This town of farmers and cattle ranchers has about 1,300 registered voters. But officials had to spend weeks begging residents before they found the 14 people needed to staff its two polling places on Sunday.

Days before the hotly contested presidential election, observers say voting sites across the country still lack enough people to provide a crucial first defense against a return to Mexico's fraudulent electoral past. Many towns have been depleted, their able adults now in the United States. Of those who remain, many simply refused, saying they couldn't afford to miss work."

Yep, I'll bet you ten dollars that the communists win that bad boy outright. Nobody can steal an election like a corrupt bunch of greedy thugs who hide behind social justice issues. Ask Harry Reid.

28 June, 2006

Dear Hamas: Welcome to the Big Leagues, now go to your room

Israel rolled into the Gaza strip and rounded up the democratically elected thugs who now have the responsibility of representing a nation. It really isn't fair to have that much responsibility when a person is that stupid, but life isn't fair. From AP:

"GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli forces rounded up dozens of Palestinian Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from Hamas, increasing pressure on the Islamic militants to release a captured Israeli soldier, and witnesses said tanks moved into northern Gaza, widening Israel's largest military operation in the year since Israel pulled out of the seaside territory."

Hamas would do well to quit preying on the Palestinians and hiding beneath the skirts of their women and in the cribs of their children. But I'm not holding my breath. Sociopaths don't behave nicely.

PS - Nice to have computer access again :)

26 June, 2006

Somalia, a Case Study in Futility

There are a couple of points that need to be covered on Somalia. I just blogged them a short time ago. But now, I read the AP article about a local cleric who wants:

Surprise, an Islamic State

"NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The radical cleric named to lead the Muslim militia controlling most of Somalia's south said Monday that he envisions an Islamic state, a stand likely to reinforce U.S. fears the nation could become a haven for extremists.

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, who already was on the U.S. terrorist watch list as a suspected collaborator with al-Qaida, made the comment while discussing efforts to form a functioning central government in Somalia for the first time in 15 years.

"Somalia is a Muslim nation and its people are also Muslim, 100 percent. Therefore any government we agree on would be based on the holy Quran and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad," Aweys told The Associated Press in a telephone interview, his first comments to the media since being named head of the Islamic militia Saturday.

Again, the question is, what do you do with a group of people who live in squalor, don't improve themselves and are hell bent on being violent. This isn't a poverty issue. If it were, India would be invading countries left and right.

We need a plan, before another country becomes another Afghanistan.

25 June, 2006

A Trend in Homegrown Terrorists

So if the boots fit...

The following was written in reference to the terrorists in Britain who attacked the subway-- and quoted in reference to the group of men recently found in a terrorist plot in Canada. But apply the characteristics to the group of alleged terrorists in Florida:

“Mentors may first identify individuals from within larger groups who may be susceptible to radicalization; then 'groom' them privately in small groups until the individuals in the group begin feeding off each other's radicalization," the report reads.

According to the British report, there are few characteristics common among domestic extremists discovered thus far.
A handful of outside factors have occasionally appeared, however, including the grooming of young extremists by an influential elder.

"In the early stages, group conversation may be around being a good Muslim and staying away from drugs and crime, with no hint of an extremist agenda," it says. "Gradually, individuals may be exposed to propaganda about perceived injustices to Muslims across the world, with international conflict involving Muslims interpreted as examples of a widespread war on Islam."

The next step, the document says, is to convince potential terrorists that there is justification for violent jihad in such religious texts such as the Koran and the Hadith. If a suicide attack is required, time is spent discussing the importance of commitment to Islam through martyrdom.” [emphasis added]

The allusion to boots? See the post below, which cites an AP report, that one of the alleged terrorists recently indicted in Florida "asked for boots, uniforms, machine guns, radios, vehicles and $50,000 in cash to help him build an "'Islamic Army' to wage jihad"

23 June, 2006

A Novel Defense

When the news broke last night saying that seven had been arrested in an alleged plot to commit terrorism, we were assured that these were all-American alleged terrorists (as though that made things much better). It may be technically true that the suspects have no ties to al-Qaida as they were allegedly negotiating in an operation in which al-Qaida representatives were, instead, the good guys. Now it turns out that, in fact, they aren’t all home grown, but the group includes one immigrant and one illegal alien.

Try this for a novel defense. I can hear it now: “We asked for the money and the other stuff, but it was just a scam, man. We never intended to follow through. That swearing loyalty? We never meant it. It was just BS to get what we wanted.”

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Gonzales told a news conference in Washington Friday that the seven who were arrested in raids in Miami are charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida by planning attacks on numerous targets.

He said they wanted to carry out attacks equal to or greater than the scale of the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
He said the targets included the Sears tower in Chicago and an FBI building in Miami and other area government buildings. But he said the men were unable to get past the initial planning phase of the attacks

The indictment says one of the suspects, Narseal Batiste, told an al-Qaida representative in 2005 that he was organizing a mission to build an Islamic army to wage jihad.

Gonzales said one suspect is an illegal Haitian immigrant, another is a permanent resident, while the five others are Americans.

The attorney general said the people he described as "home-grown" terrorists had pledged their allegiance to al-Qaida, mistaking an undercover security agent as a member of the terror organization.

A man who said he was a member of the group that the suspects belonged to told CNN television that the seven are not terrorists. He said their group is called the "Seas of David" and has so-called "soldiers" in Chicago.”

Richard B. Shmitt and Michael Muskal of the LA Times add information,”The Department of Justice identified those arrested as: Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyblenson Lemorin and Rothschild Augustine.

Five are U.S. citizens, one a legal permanent resident, and one Haitian national is in the country illegally, according to the Justice Department. They are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Miami today.

They are accused of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization: Al Qaeda. They also are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists; conspiring to maliciously damage and destroy by means of an explosive; and conspiring to levy war against the United States government....

According to the indictment, on Feb. 19, 2006, Batiste allegedly told the informant that "he wanted to attend Al Qaeda training with five of his soldiers, with a mission to wage a 'full ground war' against the United States in order to 'kill all the devils we can,' which 'will be just as good or greater than 9/11.'

"Ultimately, all seven of the defendants allegedly swore bayat, or an oath of loyalty to Al Qaeda," the indictment said....

Neighbors told the paper the suspects had said they were Muslim and had tried to recruit young people to join their group.”

David Ovalle, Evan S. Benn, Larry Lebowitz and Luisa Yanez of the Miami Herald interviewed neighbors and relatives. The sister of one of the alleged terrorists said, “the group, which formed about a year ago, called itself the Seas of David. The 40 to 50 members consider themselves ''soldiers of God'' and are against the war in Iraq.”

Note: it’s “ 40 to 50 members, not just the seven arrested.

MSNBC writes: “The source said the suspects “thought they were dealing with al-Qaida” and had been trying to buy weapons and other things needed to carry out attacks.”

Mark Sherman of the AP reported Gonzales outlined the contents of an indictment handed up Thursday, which identified Narseal Batiste as having recruited and trained others beginning in November 2005 "for a mission to wage war against the United States government," including a plot to destroy the Sears Tower.

To obtain money and support for their mission, the conspirators sought help from al-Qaida, pledged an oath to the terrorist organization and supported an al-Qaida plot to destroy FBI buildings, the four-count indictment charged.
Batiste met several times in December 2005 with a person purporting to be an al-Qaida member and asked for boots, uniforms, machine guns, radios, vehicles and $50,000 in cash to help him build an "'Islamic Army' to wage jihad'," the indictment said. It said that Batiste said he would use his "soldiers" to destroy the Sears Tower.

Gonzales said "the individual they thought was a member of al-Qaida was present at their meetings and in actuality he was working with the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force."

A man identified in a CNN report as a “member of the association,” in addition to saying that they “had soldiers in Chicago.” .... refused to provide the names of those arrested, insisting his group was a religious organisation: "We study Allah and the worship of the regular Bible."

22 June, 2006

Terror plot in Chicago begins in Ghetto

My friend, Kenny Hernandez says that Liberty City is to Miami what a sewage treatment plant is to a river: It's a place that threatens valuable resources and only produces a stink. He's right. I know, I accidently drove through there once.

Now take a look at today's story about a terror plot against the Sears Tower in Chicago and how it was foiled. Here's the brief layout:

"Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said in a statement that the investigation was an ongoing operation and that more details would be released Friday. Local media reported that agents were raiding a warehouse in Miami's Liberty City section.

"There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations," said Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington."

Now the kicker is that none of the plotters were linked to Al Qaeda according to the story. That means that we are festering more home grown haters. There are many reasons for this, but I'll give you my two best guesses as to why more people want to hurt the US.

1) The World's free lunch tickets are beginning to expire, but we're still raising one person after another to expect Uncle Sam to hand it over. (That's when terrorists aren't chewing up welfare dollars that we dole out like we're having a financial happy hour and welfare's free to anyone who can sneak in.)

2) We've allowed criminals to rotate in and out of jails for too long. Most of these gang bangers are more afraid of getting paroled before their hit order expires. Jail doesn't scare them and why should it. Hell, free cable, a full service health club, long needed health care, free food and all the drugs they want are only a felony away.

So, if we follow my logic, this problem gets much less worrisome if we 1) cut off the freebies and make everyone want to go home and 2) start contracting with Russia to store some of our jail overflow in Siberia. Now that's a plan I'd vote for. Unfortunately, I'm never gonna have the chance. I don't think Billary or John McKennedy will go for it.

21 June, 2006

Mexican Customs Office to Open in Kansas City: NAFTA SuperHighway

So you think illegal immgration is bad? Try this on for size: right in the heart of the United States, Mexico will have its own, autonomous (not governed by US law) customs office. I swear that I'm not making this up. From Human Events:

"Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn."

You bet your butt it's quiet, but it gets worse:

"A brochure on the SmartPort website describes the plan in glowing terms: “For those who live in Kansas City, the idea of receiving containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico may sound unlikely, but later this month that seemingly far-fetched notion will become a reality.” "

But the conclusion they draw is most frightening:

"A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks."

If that's true, we've got bigger problems than we thought

20 June, 2006

1 in 3 Adults in EU lacks basic computer skills.

Every once in a while, I like to take a jab at the old world. I mean, I love Europe. I love Britain. I have many wonderful memories from there.

But damn are some of them arrogant. With that bunch, they'll spend hours telling you Europe's better in this and Europe's better in that. Well, 33% of European adults can't even use a mouse to open an internet page. Check it out for yourself in AP:

"BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- More than a third of adults in the European Union are unable to perform basic computer tasks such as using a mouse to open Internet or word processing programs, according to a survey released Tuesday."

So there you have it. We may be fat and ugly, but you guys have to take our orders with a pencil. Hehehe.

19 June, 2006

Duck and Cover: a Few Questions Soon to be Answered

So when Korea tests its long range missile (what we used to call ICBM short for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile), a missile it has just finished fueling, will the missile be headed towards the United States? And will the United States attempt to intercept it: that is, to shoot it down? And if so, will the intercept be successful? And will the missile be a simple test or will it be loaded? And what if it is “loaded” and it lands in Alaska? or Los Angeles?

This recalls the tension of the weeks around what has become known as The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when at least one think tank predicted “a small nuclear exchange.”

Now the threat originates in North Korea.

Japan is in the likely flight path of these missiles. The Foreign Minister said, Japan is “unlikely to immediately appeal to arms” should one land on Japan. “``There's a clear difference between two and three missiles landing on Japan and a missile dropped on Japan by mistake,'' Aso said today on Asahi TV. ``A mistake is likely and must be anticipated,'' Bloomberg reports.

In 1998 North Korea aimed one of its test missiles at Alaska; the missile, we believe, fell into the water. Five years later, in March of 2003 South Korea issued a report, covered in the Anchorage Daily News, “claiming fragments of a North Korea missile warhead had been found in Alaska, [that] left state, federal and military officials [in Alaska] puzzled.

The Korea Times, a major Korean newspaper, said a delegation from South Korea's National Assembly had released a new report on the region's current showdown over nuclear weapons and missiles. The newspaper quoted a former Japanese foreign minister's words in the report that "the last piece of a missile warhead fired by North Korea was found in Alaska."

The Japanese official, Tara Nakayama, cited a U.S. document as his source.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said Tuesday he's never heard of such a thing. Neither had Chris Nelson, the state's missile defense coordinator.

Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency, said the report probably referred to a three-stage missile tested by North Korea in 1998.

"It splashed in the water hundreds of miles from Alaska," Lehner said. "I've never heard of any piece of a missile landing in Alaska from that test or any other test."

This is News—But With a History

North Korea has been at this for a long time. And the question some have been raising about the relationship between Pyongyang and the states in the Middle East (notably Iran), is not new either. And history indicates concern is warranted. For example, in l992, Us News & World Report noted, “A North Korean ship laden with up to 100 Scud-C missiles departs North Korea bound for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas; half of the delivery is to be transported overland to Syria, the other half is to go to Iran.
Charles Fenyvesi, ed., US News & World Report, 9 November 1992, p.30.” A chronology published by the Center for Non Proliferation Studies, which maintains data bases and conducts research about global proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

“Star Wars” Meant More than Darth Vader

Ronald Reagan, President of the United States from l981-1989, gave what became known as the “Star Wars” (Strategic Defense Initiative) speech. The speech (March 23, l983) included a section added in his own handwriting, "I call upon the scientific community who gave us nuclear weapons to turn their great talents to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete."

Some pointed out that Star wars “The "Star Wars" missile defense echoed a Reagan movie role 40 years earlier: he played an American agent with an "Inertia Projector" that could paralyze enemy planes on approach. Better yet, the Star Wars shield idea hinted at a break from the MAD policy of deterrence.

Mutually Assured Destruction was no defense; just a promise that we'd do to them what they did to us....”

And, if you’ll forgive the expression in the context of Pyongyang’s upcoming test, “So it goes.”

18 June, 2006

Here's news: Chavez gets his own Kalishnakov Factory.

Great. It's like reading that the neighborhood bully got a membership in Gold's Gym for his birthday. Perfect. Just what we need. Hugo Chavez will be building assault rifles. Why don't we just go ahead and give Iran nukes, Fidel the right to sell heroin in Miami and Osama bin Laden the flight itineraries for Air Force 1.

From the AP:

"CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez's plans to build the first Kalashnikov factory in South America are stirring fears Venezuela could start arming his leftist allies in the hemisphere with Russian assault rifles.

Chavez denies such ambitions, saying his government bought 100,000 Russian-made AK-103 assault rifles and a license from Moscow to make Kalashnikovs and ammunition to bolster its defenses against "the most powerful empire in history" - the United States.

Some political opponents and critics suspect Chavez, a former paratrooper, has other intentions, such as providing allies such as Bolivia with arms while forging an anti-Washington military alliance.

Things are getting crazier by the minute in this world.

17 June, 2006

I Question Rep. Murtha's Patriotism

The New York Times, as usual, did their "cherry picking" of House of Representatives debate yesterday.

"Many Democrats in the House, most notably Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, have been urging a timetable for the speedy withdrawal of most American combat troops from Iraq."

I make the the following statements:

1. John Murtha is a mercenary vote hunter who has no honor.

2. John P. Murtha is not a patriotic American.

The most sickening of Democratic strategies is to find the 10 or 12 rabid liberals who actually served in the U.S. military and use them as mouthpieces for violently anti-war positions. Yes, violently. They certainly don't appeal to reason.

The notion that wearing the American uniform is equal to patriotism is a democratic theme of late, which disregards that the most notorious traitor in American history wore the uniform (Benedict Arnold), while patriots like Jefferson, Franklin and many others NEVER fired a shot in anger. It is time to call that hateful, nasty, American hating Murtha out. You, Representative Murtha, are a disgrace to the office that you hold.

And for the record, you, Representative Murtha, do not own that office, you were entrusted with it. You can damage its image as much as you like, but it will be repaired someday. You have a right to say whatever you wish to say. You can DECLARE OUR SOLDIERS GUILTY before their trials, but WE CAN CALL YOU WHAT YOU ARE. You are a cowardly, snivelling little man and you'll someday be seen for what you are. Don't hold your breath about being seen in the history books, though.

History forgets the losers. There, I had to get that out of my system.

Please Pardon the Mess on Histeree Now

I've been working on expanding Histeree Now to 3 columns so that I can add a full column of news, but it hasn't worked well yet. I've returned the blog to it's original style while I monkey with the html. Sorry for the flip flops.

Sheesh, you'd think I was a Democratic Presidential Nominee...

16 June, 2006

Somalia brings back memories of "Nation Building" Debate

From the Associated Press:

"MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- About 10,000 opponents of Somalia's transitional government and its proposal for foreign peacekeepers demonstrated Friday in the capital, which is controlled by an Islamic militia accused by the United States of harboring wanted al-Qaida members.

It was the second public protest in as many days against the transitional parliament's Wednesday vote supporting the deployment of Ugandan and Sudanese peacekeepers to help the government establish stability and authority."

This brings to mind the debate about "Nation Building" in the 2000 Presidential election. George Bush, then Republican Candidate for President, was staunchly against the idea of enforcing order in chaotic nations. There was much debate about exactly what the United States' roll in this sort of work should be in the future.

Then there was September 11.

Most people have forgotten the debacle of Somalia, memorialized in "Blackhawk Down," when American Soldiers were killed while trying to police Somalia's chaotic situation. But the recent unrest in Somalia is a perfect opportunity to revisit what lessons we learned from 9/11. There are divergent views, but a couple of good discussions will shed light.

The United States Department of Defense has extensive resources available for analysis. WARNING: if you click the link, you're in for a long read because there are so many fascinating discussions.

The New America Foundation has a view of its own. Now the question that rings clear for me is this: Have we learned the right lessons? For instance, when President Reagan was shot, the lesson for some was that we need tighter handgun regulations. I think that lesson was the wrong lesson to learn. With that in mind, I challenge you to take a look at the work above and decide what lessons we should have learned in the last ten years with regard to nation building.

I am ambivalent. When I look at Somalia, I can't decide how we should act. I'm not sure that a "Nation" could be built there. But if Somalia is harboring Al Qaeda terrorists, do we leave them there untouched? What action do we take and how do we justify it?

Tough questions. I'm glad I'm not the President. He's got one tough job on this one.

15 June, 2006

Fidel Castro, Dead and Under the Radar?

I normally spend time checking out the house cleaning articles that roll out each day. The reason is simple: big news rarely comes from nowhere. Today, I find this little tidbit in the AP late runs:

"HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro's brother said the Communist Party will remain in control of Cuba if there is a leadership change, according to comments published Thursday.

Raul Castro, the island's defense minister and designated successor of his 79-year-old brother, dismissed claims that Cuba's political system would change dramatically after his brother is no longer president, saying the party would quickly fill any political vacuum."
Read the Full Story from AP

Communists can't buy the groceries without a five year plan and they carefully seed the ground before news is announced. From a psychological standpoint, surprises are bad to communists. When the leader is elevated to a god-like status, he can't just suddenly die.

This little statement might just be the anouncement preparation. So I'd keep an eye on the Caribbean for a few weeks. Things might be changing. We'll see.

English Only Policy at Geno's Cheesesteaks a PR Ploy?

This just in from the fever-swamp: Some are now saying that the Geno's controversy is a public relations stunt by the... you guessed it, the city. The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has a distinct function that only in the loosest interpretations could be seen to govern delivery of food to the public. The Philadelphia agency locator service outlines its function, it reads:

"The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) was established in 1952. The Commission is mandated by the Home Rule Charter to enforce the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The Ordinance prohibits discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, and the provision of City services. It is unlawful to discriminate in these areas because of race, color, gender, religion, age (excluding public accommodations) sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, and disability. In housing, it is also unlawful to discriminate because of marital status, the source of income, and the presence of children. In addition, the Commission reduces and prevents intergroup tension in Philadelphia, provides education on intergroup harmony and cultural diversity, and mediates disputes through its Disputes resolution program. The Commission has nine Commissioners appointed by the Mayor. "

The mediates disputes bit has only a tiny sliver of footing in the law. So the fever swamp sent out mosquitoes carrying the word that the city, desperate for tourism, wins out by a) looking like they promote progressive policies and b) drawing the praise to Geno's of a massively supportive public. The city wins either way. Oddly enough, that cynical view concedes immigrant bashing for money by the city and I think, of all the crazy theories, that one would make the most sense. After all, illegal aliens don't have a power base in the polls.

Some, among the most lunatic of the left wingers, say that right wing politicians fed the issue to the local gullibles to get a campaign issue on which they can't lose. Let me reiterate, there is no such thing as a right wing political issue that "can't lose" in Philadelphia, given reports of violence on election day. So we'll see what shakes out.

But at this point, it's a safe bet that the conspiracy theorists are not right. As usual.

14 June, 2006

Just Another Neocon With a Clue!: More proof the libs are wrong!

Just Another Neocon With a Clue!: More proof the libs are wrong!

I meant to post this up yesterday and forgot. Here's a serious inside scoop, but with solid reasoning added in by THE NEOCON WITH A CLUE.

Way to go picking up on the paycheck Carnivore, a great heads-up I haven't seen elsewhere caught this well.

13 June, 2006

Iraqis fight for Freedom?

Ever wonder how the war is going? If you watch the evening news or read the newspaper, you'd think that we were losing. Worse yet, you'd believe that we had almost no allies in the middle east. Think again.

"So what exactly was Lieutenant Ibrahaim fighting for? Why did he and countless other Iraqi nationals risk their lives and sacrifice their last full measure? I think I know. Every day, these brave people are shedding their blood and sacrificing their lives for a better Iraq in which a person’s worth is based on ability and results - not tribe, religion, or gender. They are doing it for a country in which the law not the whims of a psychopath and his cronies - decide the fate of the accused. They are doing it for a nation in which all groups big and small have a voice in the future of their people and country. In short, they are doing it for freedom." Captain K. Knox Nunnally sets the record straight.

Yes, the U.S. does have friends in the Middle East and they're fighting for the same reason we're fighting. For the ability to breathe free. To live without the oppression of tyrants. Want to be against the war, go ahead. Go ahead and say that we're losing.

The facts say otherwise. Other Iraqis say otherwise, even the one in the story above, though he paid a grave price. The war on terror can't be lost, unless we quit. I'm fighting not to let that happen.

The Flank is Growing

I'll try to remember to keep the link http://histereenow.blogspot.com/2006/06/right-flank-newbies.html for the RFN near the top of my page. Welcome to those who have joined. I look forward to reading your work.

12 June, 2006

Right Flank Newbies

So I'm trying to figure out ways to get involved with the blogosphere and it is tough. Running from blog to blog, finding people with whom I agree and reading their work, but also wishing that someone would read mine. Then I got this idea.

If you look around, you'll see all of these blog alliances. Well, what if there was an alliance where conservative newbies posted and read each other's posts, commented and encouraged each other? What if they recruited other newbies to join and read and post? I think the idea would work, but I need help. So I'm starting the Right Flank Newbie Alliance.

I'm inviting fellow conservative newbies to join me. All you have to do is take the logo in this post and add it to your blog (Please copy it and store it on your own page, so I don't overload) and add me to your blogroll or links. We will keep only members of the Right Flank Newbies under the image. Then send me an email and I will add you to my blogroll and you'll have a new reader.

Before you join, be willing to do these three things:

1. Read alliance member blogs every day (as many as possible).

2. Try to comment on as many posts per day as possible, but at least 1. Agree, disagree it doesn't matter. What matters is talking.

3. Try to find new conservative voices to join the alliance. If you want to do those things, grab the logo and let's get to work building each other up. Who knows, we might be famous some day. I look forward to hearing from you.

If Diet Cherry Pepsi Sponsored Hugh Hewitt, would you buy a case?

One sensible question, would you buy Diet Cherry Pepsi if the brand sponsored Hugh Hewitt?

Add a yes in the comments below if you would buy one. I'll forward the results to Hugh.

The Axis of Snivel: Three Cases that Expose the Opposition

One of my chief grievances with the “New Left” in America is their disregard for their obligations as the opposition party in our Republic. The only, and I am incapable of stressing the word “only” enough – way that the system of government that we have chosen works is through mandate and opposition. One may notice that I did not write “and / or” opposition. Opposition is a vital function that relies on the three P’s in politics: Principle, Patriotism and Poise.

The last of the P’s, while important, is least among them. Poise may be lost from time to time. It doesn’t necessarily doom one’s character, but it does make one more difficult to elect. And an unelectable opposition is a useless opposition where the nation’s health is concerned.

The case that damns the opposition, or left in America, on the subject of poise is the “Duke rape case.” The huster and bluster on the issue was horrific to begin with. To this minute, in spite of growing evidence to the contrary, some on the left are still hurling accusations. One in particular that I found today shows just how far some are willing to go to hang onto the topic:

Posted in the Bring it On! Diaries section

“The bottom line here is that if the stereotypical shoe fits and you put it on, which they did, you unfortunately you have to wear it; they are wearing it now and that is how it should be. The lacrosse players were placed into that stereotype by others because they were the stereotype – the perfect stereotype – a fact we ignore. We should not ignore that fact anymore than we should ignore the fact that they indeed may be innocent of the crime for which they have been charged.”

This is definitely a case of poise lost. To say that someone should be stereotyped in what is roughly equivalent to “she asked for it” only in reverse, is just plain reckless. And it completely disregards a growing set of facts that demonstrate, in the very best case scenario, that the prosecutor was careless in his approach. At worst, he behaved in an inappropriate way, using his position to prosecute a case that was favorable to him politically (and I would like to point out that I am not saying that he did so, merely offering that a reasonable person could draw conclusions that might attribute such a motive to him).

That loss of poise extends from “small” cases like the rape case all the way up the ladder of the left, to reckless and feckless statements made by the leaders of the Democratic Party.

The second “P,” patriotism, is actually less serious than the last. But it is serious nonetheless. And I would like to state up-front that I recognize that there is a difference between ultra-nationalism and patriotism. But an electorate must trust its government to the degree that it should receive favorable status in the “when in doubt” scenarios. Case in point: Guantanamo Bay prisoner suicide.

Sam Houston – Throwing Heat frames it this way:

The war on terrorism will never end unless Saudi Arabian society changes to the point that thousands of young people stop being brain washed in their schools to hate Christians and Jews and to believe that the spread of Islam by murder and coercion is a thing to be desired. That these people dare to make a statement like the one that follows is disgustingly hypocritical, as usual.

‘Saudi Arabia's semiofficial human rights organization demanded an independent investigation, questioning whether torture drove the men to suicide.’

That’s one way of clearly showing that there are two sides of the story. He states his opinion and lists a quote from the other side. Note that he does recognize that there are, in fact, sides.

The coverage on the left has been nothing if not savage. I offer a couple of points:

“It used to be U.S. Marines who said they preferred death to dishonor. Now, and tragically, it’s our Marines who dishonor everything the U.S. says it stands for by shooting first and asking questions (or not asking them) later. And instead of our boys, it’s our detainees—those unlawful combatants rounded up in our post-9/11 panic—who are choosing death rather than accept the degradation and dishonor their keepers inflict upon them day after day after day.From Progressive Christians Uniting.

The message is a subtle one and could be benign, but for one telling phrase. The issue here is not that someone is taking issue with Guantanamo Bay, people on the right do so. The issue I take with this is simply this phrase: “who are choosing death rather than accept the degradation and dishonor their keepers inflict upon them.”

We, the United States of America, are those “keepers.” It isn’t some nebulous black ops group that is responsible for Guantanamo, it’s us. If WE don’t like it, we should address it as family, not as though some evil enclave has settled among us.

Or, the left should at least have the courtesy to declare open revolution, pick up arms (or plan peaceful resistance) and work to bring about the end of the Republic. But don’t offer yourselves up as viable opposition. You do no service to me, or anyone else for that matter, if you keep the “us and them” paradigm at the fore.

My second example of this loss is this:

“Relatives of two Saudi detainees who died at Guantanamo Bay said the men could not have committed suicide as the U.S. military reported, because they are strict Muslims, newspapers said on Monday.Islam prohibits suicide and sets out harsh punishments in the after-life for those who take their own lives. The men's families said they had probably been killed.Saudi Arabia, a staunch U.S. ally, identified the two Saudis as Manei al-Otaibi and Yasser al-Zahrani and said it was working on the repatriation of their bodies. The kingdom did not say how the men died but the U.S. military said the detainees, along with a Yemeni man, had hanged themselves.Posted in Robotman Under the heading : “What have we become.”

Again, benefit of the doubt should go to the U.S. Posting that it is fundamentally against Islamic law to commit suicide is just plain crazy. What was 9/11? Did they think they’d get a mulligan on life after intentionally flying planes into buildings? And say we can chalk that up to some theological loophole: are you then asserting that Muslims cannot exert free will? How many Catholics ( another religion where suicide is taboo ) kill themselves?

The fact is that the left almost obsessively loathes any favoritism toward the United States. That would be fine if the field were kept level: A good example would be to frame the above story as “Saudis claim suicides unlikely, in spite of recent attempts which were also used to ambush U.S. guards, noting that suicide is anathema to Islamic principle.” Both sides are served, and it’s a fair report.

But the biggest damnation of the left comes from their complete abandonment of principled dissent. It is both frightening and fundamentally childish to embrace an idea simply because it supports one’s position. The ultimate example of this comes from Bagdhad Burning:

“How do I feel? To hell with Zarqawi (or Zayrkawi as Bush calls him). He was an American creation- he came along with them- they don't need him anymore, apparently. His influence was greatly exaggerated but he was the justification for every single family they killed through military strikes and troops. It was WMD at first, then it was Saddam, then it was Zarqawi. Who will it be now? Who will be the new excuse for killing and detaining Iraqis? Or is it that an excuse is no longer needed- they have freedom to do what they want. The slaughter in Haditha months ago proved that. "They don't need him anymore," our elderly neighbor waved the news away like he was shooing flies, ‘They have fifty Zarqawis in government.’”

The “slaughter in Haditha” proved what? That we can jump to conclusions before all of the facts are out? That’s about the sum of it now. Instead of carefully looking at facts, weighing them and ultimately making decisions based on them, the left has became the keeper of the slogan. Slogans are fun to recite, but rarely do they assist principled dissent.

Look at an alternate treatment of this case:

One wonders what part of "the investigations are incomplete" has proved so difficult for the press to comprehend? Can't the Marine Corps please, please, please speculate about what the investigators will conclude? Can't the Commandant just... you know, pull a few strings, get a little advance scoop? That way, the media could wonder whether the investigation was being tainted by official pressure and we could all get on with the inevitable round of "can-you-believe it?-the-military-is-changing-their-version-of-what-happened!" follow-up stories.” – Posted in Villainous Company

The treatment is aggressive, but portrays the principle, that is, that one should stick to the facts.

Am I saying that the left is solely guilty of betraying these ideals? No, but I am saying that in abandoning them as a group, the left has made their political position untenable. And an untenable position throws elections.

I wholeheartedly disagree with many things going on right now. For instance, I think Guantanamo detainees should be charged and tried, either in a military court or civil court. I disagree with the Patriot Act on so many points that I’m happy to throw the whole thing out. But the only way to win those fights is to have a viable opposition behind which I can throw my support.

Will the members on the left please step up and fulfill their duty? Which brings us to the title: The Axis of Snivel. Nobody follows a sniveling baby. Grow up, do your job and get in the game, before things go too far.

11 June, 2006

Hamas back to living by sword

I wanted to blog on this right away last night but got caught up in other things. Hamas is once again launching rockets at Israel:

"JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian militants fired about 10 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip early Sunday, critically injuring an Israeli and nearly hitting a college in the southern Israel town of Sderot, the army and rescue service said." Full Story

And Israel is responding:

"GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft fired missiles at militants who were on their way to launch rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip, the army said. Two rocket launchers affiliated with the ruling Hamas party were killed, the militant group and hospital officials said." Full Story

Net Result:

"JERUSALEM (AP) -- Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday that Israel wants to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but insisted it's "not realistic" to pursue a final peace deal with him while the Hamas militants controlling the Palestinian government refuse to moderate." Full Story

I believe with as much conviction as I am capable of rendering that the United Nations has fostered this situation with its repeated pandering to the "Palestinian Cause." It has chosen to recognize all factions as homogenous and, by extension, given credibility to the most extreme elements. That credibility sent the signal to the Palestinian people that violent rhetoric and violence were and now, alas, are acceptable courses for them to follow.

Whether by diabolical design from the people who stand to gain financially from instability (see O.P.E.C.) or through ethical ineptitude, cowardice or apathy, the United Nations has fostered a legend of victimization that has led the Palestinian people to accept and cherish a few myths that may ultimately doom them to another generation of hopelessness.

Myth Number 1) The world will not insist on Palestinian good faith("We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem. Peres and Beilin have already promised us half of Jerusalem. The Golan Heights have already been given away, subject to just a few details. We will take over everything including all of Jerusalem! We of the P.L.O. will now concentrate all our efforts on splitting Israel psychologically into two camps." Yasser Arafat). That is, that the Palestinians can say one thing at the negotiating table and then do another thing away from it. This is a repetitive theme in the "Peace Process." Somehow, the Palestinians and their leadership expect universal condemnation of Israel for "brutality," but that Palestinians should be granted leniency for their misdeeds. Aiding and comforting terrorists - and I defy anyone to disprove that assertion - is equal to committing acts of terrorism. Terrorism has been the chief method of trying to achieve Palestinian goals.

Myth Number 2) That Palestinians can enjoy immunity from the implications of their rhetoric. It is apparent that the Palestinian people believe that they can choose leadership who espouse radical beliefs without suffering the backlash of global disapproval. They would be well served to study the weight of the burden placed upon South Africa's apartheid government.

Myth Number 3) The prolonged use of violence will serve to accomplish a better bargaining position. While it is true that the appearance of vacillation in Israel (a function of the normal flow of a democratic process that is culturally foreign to Palestinians) would lead one to draw such a conclusion, ultimately a people will fight for their survival.

Myth Number 4) That Palestinians will maintain the sympathy of the international community. This myth is collapsing under the weight of a long string of international actions. No doubt many Palestinians are questioning their choices in the past election.

Hamas is now doing what they do whenever they feel pressured: They are falling back on violence. This is an awful choice both strategically and politically. I suspect their goal is to unite the Palestinian people once Israel responds militarily. Again, I return to my assertion from yesterday. Hamas, as duly elected representatives of the Palestinian people are acting in an open state of war with Israel.

Their risk is grave. Also, Israel is justified in its defense of its people. Naked aggression from a "legitimate," elected government can lead to catastrophic consequences. A state of war may soon exist. And the Palestinians will be unable to decry mass retaliation against a people for the acts of a few outlaws.

The outlaws face the Palestinian electorate each day, looking back from the reflection in the mirror. A democracy is a shared priviledge and a shared burden. Elections DO have significance and ramifications. We can only hope that the Palestinians take the iniatiative to right this wrong before a point is crossed from which there is no return.

Otherwise, their blood will be on therir own hands.

Democratic operatives prepared to try to steal more elections in November?

The idea that an election is fair is a cornerstone of any democracy. Yet, in the last 8 years, U.S. elections have been plagued with the aura of corruption and scandal. Worse yet, they have become national and international spectacles. We can't very well spread democratic ideals if we can't even guarantee that our own elections are fair.


This from AP - "Records containing personal information on more than 150,000 voters are missing at city election offices, and officials are trying to determine if the files were lost, moved or stolen.

The Denver Election Commission is also trying to figure out why officials didn't learn the records were missing until June 1, even though they are believed to have disappeared nearly four months earlier.

"We will get to the bottom of it," commission spokesman Alton Dillard told the Rocky Mountain News in Saturday's editions.

Police were notified about the missing records Saturday. The microfilmed voter registration files from 1989 to 1998 were in a 500-pound cabinet that disappeared when the commission moved to new offices in February. The files contain voters' Social Security numbers, addresses and other personal information."
Full Story

This might be incompetence. It might be worse.

On the other hand,Democrats bleat incessantly about Republicans stealing elections. Some argue that Bush intentionally disenfranchises voters. I did a Google search of "Philadelphia Unions intimidate voters" and didn't see word 1 in the first two pages of the search about union VIOLENCE against Republican volunteers. It happens.

Want to see the Democrats' true feelings about the First Ammendment? I challenge anyone, anywhere to wear a Santorum for Senate shirt in Philly on election day. If you aren't holding a bullhorn and shouting "don't hurt me, I'm trying to win a bet with Honest Abe that Philadelphia Democrats are lawful decent people," you'll end up with at least fifty more stitches than you'll get from the initial beating from the folks who don't speak English, but who can smell a Republican shirt a mile away.

But let's have a look at some recent scandals taken from The American Center for Voting Rights' website:

1) "On Monday, January 24, 2005, five Democrat operatives were charged with felony counts of “criminal damage to property” for slashing the tires of 25 get-out-the-vote vans rented by Republicans early on the morning of Election Day. The vans had been rented by Republicans to help transport observers and voters to the polls on Election Day."

2) "During the U.S. House Administration Committee hearings in March 2005, a common point of inquiry was the issue of phone calls made in an apparent effort to misdirect voters. The committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA), stated that Ohio voters were “disenfranchised” when “voters were told … that the presidential election would be on Wednesday the 3rd of November as opposed to November 2nd.”

Ohio voters who had identified themselves as Republicans received telephone calls telling them that the election was to be held a day later than Election Day, that their polling locations had been changed and that they could only vote if they brought four separate pieces of identification to the poll. This information was intentionally deceptive and intended to direct voters to a polling place where they would not be able to cast a ballot."

3) "Seminole Circuit Judge Nancy Alley ordered the DNC, Florida Democratic Party and Democratic Executive Committee of Seminole County to stop “further intimidation, further dissemination of these materials … designed or intended to intimidate or unduly threaten the activities of poll watchers who are duly carrying out their responsibilities” granted under Florida law."

4) "In addition to the intimidating letters sent by the DNC to Republican volunteers, the DNC paid for recorded phone calls to Republican poll observers’ homes in Florida featuring the same message that the court in Seminole County found to be intimidating and misleading.

These phone calls were recorded by former President Bill Clinton and DNC General Counsel Joe Sandler."

And then, down the page:

"Philadelphia has a long history of vote fraud and intimidation. According to press and police reports filed on November 2, this past election was no different. Reports indicate that Republican volunteers in Philadelphia were violently intimidated by Democrat activists on Election Day 2004.

One Republican activist, working as a Bush campaign legal volunteer to monitor the vote in Philadelphia, was “cornered in a parking lot by roughly 10 large men, whom the police later identified as ‘union goons.’” The men tried to tip over the minivan the Republican attorneys were sharing, “punching it relentlessly, breaking parts off and failing to drag us out, they chased us in and out of the dense urban traffic.” It took “a frantic 911 call and a police roadblock” to stop the assault, and the GOP volunteers “had to be secreted out of town to safety by a police escort.”

Some will say that Republicans do this sort of thing also. Maybe, but how many times do you hear about it on the news? Almost never. So the average person thinks that republicans are the sole perpetrators of vote fraud. Well, try my favorite one:

"Exposed: Scandal of double voters:

"Some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, a shocking finding that exposes both states to potential abuses that could alter the outcome of elections, a Daily News investigation shows.

Registering in two places is illegal in both states, but the massive snowbird scandal goes undetected because election officials don't check rolls across state lines.

The finding is even more stunning given the pivotal role Florida played in the 2000 presidential election, when a margin there of 537 votes tipped a victory to George W. Bush. Computer records analyzed by The News don't allow for an exact count of how many people vote in both places, because millions of names are regularly purged between elections."

If memory serves, New York is a decidedly BLUE state. So why talk about this now? It isn't far until November. The war on terror is swinging in our direction. Progress in the economy is booming due in large part to low taxes.

Dead voters voting Democrat in Washington, ACORN registering mythical people nationwide, make believe Democrats who live in vacant lots and a slew of other fraudulent voters can swing an election. Think about it:

It would be devestating to get a congress controlled by the Schumers of this country.

The Republicans are screwing up left and right. But until we can get a viable third party in the mix, one that represents our core values, we cannot afford to let the Democrats run the show. It would be economically catastrophic, endanger our security and leave us to the whims of an expansive and aggressive IRS.

Want to fire the Republicans. OK, I'm with you. Let's get to work now building viable contenders for the 2008 primaries. The short sighted and lazy strategy of staying home could kill us.

Fiscally and literally.

Back to square 1?

File this one under STOOPID:

Iraq Insurgents Post New Beheading Video

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents signaled the fight is still on after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, posting an Internet video Saturday showing the beheading of three alleged Shiite death squad members in revenge for killing Sunnis.

The video - as grisly as any the al-Qaida in Iraq leader issued - was clearly designed to quash hopes that the Sunni-dominated insurgency might change tactics by ending attacks on Shiite civilians and institutions, especially the police."
Full Story

Osama bin Laden was furious with Zarqawi (according to those in the know) for killing Muslims. Osama has a point. It is impossible to get ahead if you keep killing your ONLY POTENTIAL RECRUITING BASE. It's like Catholics killing Protestants in order to expand the Catholic Church in the face of a Buddhist onslaught.


They'd have a better chance of converting the protestants. At any rate, we have little motivation to sort the inner collapse of Islam (which appears to be in the onset phase), but we need a stable Iraq to bring a bunch of hard working soldiers home. Thus, we're going to need to horse collar the new Sunni cabinet members and gently - as in a slap on te back of the head - nudge them to bring their boys under control.

Hope we can do it sooner, rather than later.

A logical question about Zarqawi

Notice that he was always wearing his "Martyr's vest?" Ok, I'm just curious, why didn't he make his last valiant act be to pull the cord and blow up the guys who were capturing him? I mean really, the word out on the last report was that he was trying to run. Why wear the vest then? Propaganda? "Freedom Fighters" don't engage in propaganda, right? They fight for noble causes and stick to their principles.

Or, as I like to say, one jerk's freedom fighter is a sensible person's sociopath. Good riddance.

09 June, 2006

Military of Hamas Ends Truce with Israel

Ok, now this is one of those headlines that doesn't make sense at first. It's sort of like the U.S. military decides to declare war without congress and the president approving. Some will say it's not exactly the same, and in a way, they're right. But, in another way, it really is that simple.

This is a dangerous turn of events and we should know some basics so that we understand what is going on.

First of all, Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by most of the western world. And, in fact, the formative years of the movement displayed Hamas' penchant for brutality and violence on a grand scale. Some claim that poverty and destitution lead to terrorism, while others, including yours truly, believe that terrorism is a byproduct of a culture of violence and religious intolerance.

On the previous point, if poverty caused terrorism, much of Central America would be a breeding ground for terrorists, but it is not, because terrorism runs counter to most of the people's cultural values.

Which brings us back to Hamas. They have now tried to duplicate what Sinn Fein did for the Irish Republican Army. For those who cannot remember, the Irish Republican Army was famous for terrorism in the United Kingdom. Apparently, the exercise has not worked.

Buckling under the weight of international pressure, Hamas' true colors appear to be shining through. Hamas knows bloodshed, terrorism and violence far better than they understand negotiation and truce.

Having declared an end to the truce, we have an interesting (and frightening) situation. Unlike the past, when Hamas could run under the wings of a protecting Syria, they represent the duly elected government of the Palestinian people. As such, does this mean that the Palestinian Government is declaring that a state of war exists? If so, I wonder how many Palestinians are regretting their votes about now.

If Hamas truly wants a war, they could not have chosen a more inopportune time. With the demise of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the US forces in the region can begin to finish off the insurgency. That means that Iran has its hands full and Syria is sweating the details of impending sanction for interference in Lebanon. Hamas wanted to grow up and sit at the "big kid's" table.

Now they're going to have to learn that "big kids" have to eat what's on the plate, no matter how much pepper they put on it. Suddenly, that election doesn't taste so sweet. Maybe they should look into getting better cultural values.

Putting it together

Well, I'm the last to get started in the circle of trust. I just hope I'm not the last one always read. See you soon.