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Monday, February 28, 2005

Public Ed: Islamic Indoctrination


Little Green Footballs directed me to a story detailing Islamic indoctrination by public schools in Scottsdale, AZ. If you are a christian parent who've seen all signs/mention of Christmas stripped in every way from the public school system, hold on to your chair, because this is going to get your blood boiling:
My child is in the 7th grade in Scottsdale, Arizona. The school's officially adopted social studies textbook is titled Across the Centuries and is published by Houghton Mifflin. However, Across the Centuries has been shelved and the school is piloting a brand new book from Teacher's Curriculum Institute, aka TCI, titled History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond (this book is not permitted to go home). In my opinion, this book is highly biased towards Islam, historically incorrect and also includes fake history along with Islamic religious proselytizing and indoctrination techniques.

The school has spent approximately 5 weeks of the third quarter grading period teaching Islam to 12 and 13 year olds. The children had to write a full biography on the life of Muhammad, using the information from the textbook - an extremely indoctrinating exercise. This biography will be a large portion of their grade for the 8 week period. Michael H. Hart's top 100 list of the most influential people in the history of the world was presented to teach that Muhammad was #1, Sir Isaac Newton was #2 and Jesus was #3. The school hosted two professional Muslim speakers, from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona, to speak to all 7th grade social studies classes. This took one whole day. The Muslim speakers brought prayer rugs and taught the children to pray the Muslim way. I also believe that there were recitations from the Koran and possibly an Islamic "fashion show".

To the best of my knowledge, in this Islamic program, there are none of the negative aspects of Islam touched upon. It is my opinion that in the book, History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, Christians are trounced and portrayed as murderers of the Muslim and Jewish people. The Jewish people are only mentioned, and very briefly, in order to be victimized, persecuted and murdered by the Christians. All the while, Islam builds great and grand new empires, has many great and wonderful achievements in architecture, education, science, geography, mathematics, medicine, literature, art and music, and ultimately rules benevolently over the Jewish and Christian people.

Islamic indoctrination in American education is a highly successful insidious industry that is extremely well organized, well connected, legally savvy, brazenly influential, and without successful opposition. When individuals complain to the schools, we often find ourselves engaged in a seriously daunting uphill battle. There should be an opposing and equally aggressive and well connected organization of people who are willing to stop the Islamization of our school children and of our public schools. This is a big job. Sharing information, increasing awareness and being connected are half the battle.
Anytime a child is not allowed to bring a textbook home, the 'Indoctrination Meter' should be pegged out in red, a sure sign someone is influencing your child with something that you will more than likely deem inappropriate.

Now for the million dollar question: Where is the ACLU? My, my, my their true colors are showing now....

Pay attention parents, it is your child's mind at stake.

UPDATE: For more details on the strategy to convert our young people at a young age to Islam, facilitated by the public school system, check this out.

Good Grief!


Beautiful Atrocities has been so kind as to lay out a 'Grief-a-Thon' schedule to assist Ward Churchill and any others who feel compelled to spend every waking moment grieving.

Tuesday's schedule will be very, very busy:
Mourn billions dead of old age, millions of species wiped out by unregulated volcanoes, disco, Llama Butchers, Kyoto, Old Europe, Uday & Whoozit, NHL, Bambi's mother, the Mets, Brad & Jenn, gay marriage, merlot, Broadway
Hey! I didn't catch a day set aside for Chris Rock's future Oscar hosting career!!

Mary, Mary


The Times-Picayune is wondering if Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La) will be targeted at re-election by the GOP as Daschle was. Landrieu was first elected to the senate with the overwhelming support of the dead vote and when I return to my home of Louisiana in a few months, I will be most pleased to assist the GOP in their goal.

Link via The Corner.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Jimmah the Fraud


Jimmah Carter is a fraud of the worse kind. He is finding out it's harder to get away with these days.
No one has demoralized Venezuela's democracy more than America's worst-ever president. The only legitimate reason he has to go to Caracas is to beg Venezuelans for forgiveness after that sorry show he put on last August, endorsing an election that was clearly stolen with his complicity. The Carter Center's shoddy election monitoring and mendacious spin control in the aftermath turned a profound exercise in democracy into a miserable affair swept under the rug, while Carter prepared to move on to the next election.

But something happened along the way to the next election: The State Department declined to endorse Carter's recall referendum observational results, as it had announced it would, and nobody important wanted the Carter Center's business anymore. Carter was conspicuously absent from the dead-serious elections in Ukraine and Iraq recently. Ever the vindictive little man, Carter "participated" in those by sniping at these great human events from the sidelines. For that, President Bush didn't care to call on him to lead tsunami relief either, as he did all other able-bodied former presidents.
Go get it all.

Right to Live


Terry Schiavo's husband, the ACLU, and many in the press would like you to think of the Schiavo case as a 'Right to Die' case. This is simply not the case. Anchor Rising has one of the most complete posts I've seen presenting eye-witness testimony and links to depositions that will bring you up to speed on the case.

Go read the post and don't be fooled by the propaganda regarding this horrible case. Terry is aware of her surroundings and communicates with her family and care-takers. Why does she not deserve a chance at rehab? Why is starving a patient to death acceptable to people? Our society is better than this, and we should all pray that the law makes the just and wise decision in this case.

Victory

Still think we're losing in Iraq? Jack Kelly writes of a Lt. Col. in Iraq who has some stories for you.
"There were three brothers down in Baghdad who had a mortar tube and were firing into the Green Zone," Stockmoe said. "They were storing the mortar rounds in the car engine compartment and the rounds got overheated. Two of these clowns dropped them in the tube and they exploded, blowing their legs off."

The surviving brother sought refuge in a nearby house, but the occupants "beat the crap out of him and turned him over to the Iraqi police," Stockmoe told Harnden, "It was like the movie 'Dumb and Dumber.' "

"The nine election day suicide bombers averaged about three victims each, a strike rate so bad that Allah might soon start rationing the virgins to show his displeasure," Harnden wrote.

Stockmoe has heard so many similar stories that he created an Iraqi version of the "Darwin Awards." Created in 1993 by a student at Stanford University, the Darwin awards commemorate those who "contribute to our gene pool by removing themselves from it in a really stupid way."

The number of insurgent attacks has fallen off significantly since the Fallujah offensive last November, and the attacks that are being made are less effective.
The war is won and Iraq is on her way to being a free, democratic nation. Since GWB has stepped into office, Pakistan became our ally, Afghanistan is free with a democratically elected government in place, ditto for Iraq, Libya opened up and told their secrets without a single U.S. soldier in sight, and A.Q. Khan was stopped from continuing his nuclear black market sales. Iran and North Korea are very nervous and changes are taking place within those countries. Fair elections in the Ukraine and Palestine have taken place as well; and Lebanon is now demanding their independence and showing Syria the door.

Did I miss anything? Not too shabby... These changes are altering the face of the middle east forever and the U.S. will have many more friends in that region now. Do not doubt, this is how the war on terror will be eventually won.

Here are few lines from Bush's speech in Slovakia:
In recent times, we have witnessed landmark events in the history of liberty, a Rose Revolution in Georgia, an Orange Revolution in Ukraine, and now, a Purple Revolution in Iraq. With their votes cast and counted, the Iraqi people now begin a great and historic journey. They will from a new government, draft a democratic constitution, and govern themselves as free people. They're putting the days of tyranny and terror behind them and building a free and peaceful society in the heart of the Middle East, and the world's free nations will support them in their struggle. (Applause.)

The terrorist insurgents know what's at stake. They know they have no future in a free Iraq. So they're trying desperately to undermine Iraq's progress and throw the country in chaos. They want to return to the day when Iraqis were governed by secret police and informers and fear. They will not succeed. The Iraqi people will not permit a minority of assassins to determine the destiny of their nation. We will fight to defend this freedom and we will prevail. (Applause.)

Victory in this struggle will not come easily or quickly, but we have reason to hope. Iraqis have demonstrated their courage and their determination to live in freedom, and that has inspired the world. It is the same determination we saw in Kiev's Independent Square, in Tbilisi's Freedom Square, and in this square almost 17 years ago. (Applause.)

We must be equally determined and also patient. The advance of freedom is the concentrated work of generations. It took almost a decade after the Velvet Revolution for democracy to fully take root in this country. And the democratic revolutions that swept this region over 15 years ago are now reaching Georgia and Ukraine. In 10 days, Moldova has the opportunity to place its democratic credentials beyond doubt as its people head to the polls. And inevitably, the people of Belarus will someday proudly belong to the country of democracies. Eventually, the call of liberty comes to every mind and every soul. And one day, freedom's promise will reach every people and every nation. (Applause.)
I'm proud to have been on the side of freedom and persistence from the very beginning.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

9/11 Thinkers


Many on the left re-examined their ideology after 9/11, including this writer in San Fransisco. If you are searching or doubting your current political belief system, check this out.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Crazy for You


Hunter Thompson recently blew his brains out. After reading this article it is clear that him and his wife are/were the two most insane people walking the Earth. Read the article to find out what an absolute self-absorbed wacko Hunter was, then realize that it must've completely rubbed off on his wife. Or maybe this is one of those chicken and egg type question...Who know exactly when the insanity sank in? Most articles I read are usually informative, some are funny. This article is truly stranger than fiction. I'm still shaking my head.

Another Link Round Up


There's been a ton of good and important articles to read, so if you are interested, follow the links and be touched with some, educated with others. First off is Krauthammer's piece on a more mature, grown up Israel that may win them a lasting peace with the Palestinians. We can all hope for that. This article, by Kristof (Warning:Graphic Pictures) tells the tale of the genocide that is occurring in the Sudan that is being horrendously ignored by much of the world.
Last is the skeleton of a man or woman whose wrists are still bound. The attackers pulled the person's clothes down to the knees, presumably so the victim could be sexually abused before being killed. If the victim was a man, he was probably castrated; if a woman, she was probably raped.

There are thousands more of these photos. Many of them show attacks on children and are too horrific for a newspaper.

One wrenching photo in the archive shows the manacled hands of a teenager from the girls' school in Suleia who was burned alive. It's been common for the Sudanese militias to gang-rape teenage girls and then mutilate or kill them.

Another photo shows the body of a young girl, perhaps 10 years old, staring up from the ground where she was killed. Still another shows a man who was castrated and shot in the head.
Does anyone want to guess who is responsible for these atrocities? But..but..but..I thought they only hated Amerikkka for our eeeevil capitalist ways?

On the domestic front Podhoretz takes on the views of parenting in our self-absorbed society. For the record, every day I look at my perfect boys and thank God for their healthy bodies, functioning minds and for the joy they bring.

All above links are via RCP

Now to a remarkable piece I read earlier this week on the heroics of several American troops and how they bonded with their Iraqi counterparts in tragedy. The link was found via JimK at Right Thoughts. He signs off his post with this:
Signed,

The people who believed in this from the beginning
Amen brother.

Go read his post to "get it". On a personal note, one of the heroes of the story is from Shreveport, La, my soon-to-be new home town.

Helping Children


The future health-care options for children in Louisiana just got a little bit better today. I've changed my sidebar recently, so many new readers may not be familiar with my personal story. The reason my husband and I came to RI was for him to receive advanced specialized training in Pediatric Surgery. We are now about to open a new chapter in our lives as we only have a short time left in New England. I am planning a series of posts concerning my time up here. I plan on writing about best vs worst experiences, most memorable moments, answered prayers, and our great friends that we've discovered.

The decision that these two surgeons have made is extraordinary. One is leaving an established practice and a newly built dream home, the other had two awesome job offers, one being with a group of 6 other pediatric surgeons in a progressive, supportive environment; and they both have left behind great jobs and chose a place where many support services are non-existent and the political environment is hostile towards their presence. The fight is public and in the papers which is a huge step forward. Now the people need to stand up and call their senators and congressmen to express their support of the new Children's Hospital. These public officials have toured the hospital and seem to be supportive, but they need to hear from the public who will benefit. I am not only addressing this to Shreveport/Bossier residents, but all Louisiana residents from Alexandria northward. Until now, there has been NO pediatric surgeons north of Baton Rouge for the entire state.

Think about this family. After you've read their story, think about how many families will not have to endure that horror with a new, fully-staffed Children's Hospital. GET INVOLVED. For once money is not the issue, just political support.

Contact your Senators and let them know you want full state political support to advance the Children's Hospital: Mary Landrieu and David Vitter

Torture and the View of Sanctimonious Lefties

Led by Rev. John Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, a vigil will be held at South Kingstown High School next Monday according to The Providence Journal. The reason for the vigil, Hall said, is to express "dismay, sorrow and shame that torture has been practiced in our name in Iraqi prisons, at Guantanamo Bay," and at some U.S. prisons. Funny how the left tosses the word "torture" around but never takes the next step to define exactly what they mean by "torture". Think about it for a minute. We all can immediately agree that the demonic practices of Saddam Hussein (decapitation, limb removal, feeding citizens to lions, rape, forcing humans into shredders, acid baths etc.) were clearly "torture." One wonders whether the same group was conducting prayer vigils during the thirty year reign of Saddam in protest to the very real torture of hundreds of thousands of innocents. I tend to doubt it. Of course, when you swim in a sea of moral relativism like the left does, coersive interrogation of Al-Qaeda members (sleep deprivation, loud music etc.) becomes "torture"; the U.S. is always held to utopian standards and all other nations are given a silent pass.

Which leads us back to the difference between "coercive interrogation" and "torture." There is a difference, you know. As principled people, Americans roundly reject torture. But, how about forceful interrogation? The sanctimonious lefties in our midst would undoubtedly say "no." But, what do you think? Let's use a realistic, yet hypothetical scenario to analyse the question of coercive interrogation.

The Saudi government contacts Washington to inform us that they have become aware of an Al Qaeda plot to blow up five grade schools in the U.S. They are quite confident that the threat is real and imminent. They have in their possession, two Al Qaeda members that they know are intimately involved in the plot. Should the President authorize coercive, forceful interrogation? While you decide, let the images of the near 300 children who died in Beslan, Russia streak across your mind. Further imagine that your child may be sitting in a classroom in one of the 5 targeted schools. What do you think now? That's what I thought. These are the very real decisions that U.S. presidents are forced to make.

An intellectually honest debate needs to ensue in the U.S. regarding what type of interrogation techniques the American people will or will not support when confronting today's enemy. Clearly, moral attitudes will limit what the American public will allow. However, remember that terrorists do not enjoy the benefits outlined in the Geneva Convention for the simple reason that they do not comply with it's defined guidelines. They are not uniformed and identifiable. They hide and war amongst innocents and in fact target bystanders for murder. This behavior renders the terrorist immune to Geneva protection and any decision to treat them as uniformed soldiers actually renders the Geneva guidelines meaningless.

In any case, I won't be going to the anti-Bush, anti- American, prayer vigil. I'll save my prayers for the good men of the United States armed forces that deliver liberty and real social justice.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Pro-American Demo in Germany


Visit here and here to see some pics of the pro-American counter-demonstration held in Germany recently when Bush visited. It warms your heart to realize that not everyone has lost their minds over there!! Good Work!!

Link via LGF.

Cruelty, Iranian Style


This is a most upsetting story and exemplifies the terror and fear that every female faces in Iran.
A teenage girl and two young men in Iran have been sentenced to lashes for having sex.

The court dismissed the girl's claim that we was raped. It said she had sex of her own free will, the official Iran Daily newspaper reported.

The girl was sentenced to 100 lashes because her accusations of rape and kidnap could have landed her partners a death penalty, the Tehran judge said.

Sex outside marriage is illegal in Iran and capital punishment can be imposed.

The young men in the case were sentenced to 30 and 40 lashes each.
Read the entire story to find out that she actually went to authorities alleging kidnap and rape. You should also click on the link for the picture the BBC has on the post. I believe it is a girl that is buried up to her neck and is being stoned to death. This is how stoning of women in Iran is carried out as described in other articles I've read in the past. You can see what looks like broken bricks laying around her head. Remember this graphic picture the next time you see some 2-dimensional nit-wit at a "Peace" rally holding a sign that reads "Bush is the Real Terrorist", or other variety of nonsense.

Can't Touch This


Blaster's Blog has a picture of Condi Rice from today's front page of the Washington Post. You have to see this picture to believe it! I don't see where the Left has anyone with the pizzazz to pull this off! Also of note, according to Blaster, the WaPo didn't have a story on Condi, just the picture!! Thats gotta make you curious.

Thanks to Ace for the link.

Ohio Still in Play?


Earlier I was reading this article about the South's struggle with their own history and the different opposing forces. As I read the article one sentence jumped out at me. It is written within the context of November's Presidential election:
The ideological "red-blue" borders almost perfectly traced the regional sentiments of the mid-19th century, with Ohio to this day in play.
Ohio still in play? Who says? I believe that if Ohio is still 'in play' we would not have had an inauguration this past January. So I then went over to Real Clear Politics to look at their election data results and here is what I found: OH difference in votes is 130,650 with the lead going to Bush. Then I looked at Pennsylvania's vote difference, with the results being 123,128 with the lead going to Kerry.

If Ohio is still 'in play' then wouldn't Pennsylvania be 'in play' as well? I know nothing of the author's history/political leanings, but found the statement to be highly suspect and out of place in the context of the story.

Young and Deadly


In 1996 I was about to move from Pittsburgh after living there for one year when a horrific tale unfolded one night between a police officer and a couple of car thieves. I remember most of the details as follows. It was of course about 3 - 4 a.m. and someone noticed a suspicious car and notified the police. A policeman approached the car and had a confrontation with the occupants (they were in the front and back seat). Some sort of altercation occurred with the occupants of the car, then somehow the policeman's arm became intentionally trapped in the back door. The car then started speeding down the road and scraping the officer along the roadway side-wall with the officers arm trapped. With his free arm he was able to finally reach his pistol and began shooting to get them to stop. I believe the driver was killed. This officer was severely wounded. He had massive road burn on his body and when we left, it was still unsure whether or not he would lose one or both of his legs. Rumor had it that he was most upset when he found out one of those kids died that night.

What happened next was the usual. Cop was white, kids were black....must be rascism, right? Never mind the time of day, stolen car, previous criminal records, etc... The activist leaders began instantly with their charges, and of course the grieving mother was instantly on T.V. The mayor, obviously a brave man, spoke out with logic you rarely hear spoken into a microphone. I paraphrase from memory: "The time to have cried for these kids was when they stole their first car. Where were these people crying the first time these kids were arrested?"

He was absolutely correct. We were literally days from moving from the city and I do not know how the case ended.

Today PoliPundit has a similar story out of L.A. about a 13 year old attempting to run down a cop and then the zoo that has followed. Go read how ridiculous the policies governing police officers are becoming. I must say, I can not imagine why anyone would want to become a police officer when communities won't stand up for them and demand they be allowed to enforce laws and be able to protect themselves.

File under "The Decline of Western Civilization".

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Feelings...Nothing More Than Feelings...


Dennis Prager hits another one out of the park by comparing how liberals make decisions and policy versus conservatives.
Aside from reliance on feelings, how else can one explain a person who believes, let alone proudly announces on a bumper sticker, that "War is not the answer"? I know of no comparable conservative bumper sticker that is so demonstrably false and morally ignorant. Almost every great evil has been solved by war -- from slavery in America to the Holocaust in Europe. Auschwitz was liberated by soldiers making war, not by pacifists who would have allowed the Nazis to murder every Jew in Europe.
And for balance:
 To be fair, feelings also play a major role in many conservatives' beliefs. Patriotism is largely a feeling; religious faith is filled with emotion, and religion has too often been dictated by emotion. But far more conservative positions are based on "What is right?" rather than on "How do I feel?" That is why a religious woman who is pregnant but does not wish to be is far less likely to have an abortion than a secular woman in the same circumstances. Her values are higher than her feelings. And that, in a nutshell, is what our culture war is about -- Judeo-Christian values versus liberal/leftist feelings.
Excerpts can not do this essay justice, go fill up!

Monday, February 21, 2005

A Tribute to Paul M.Johnson - History You Can Trust

Several years ago I thought I needed to brush up on American history and set out to buy a text book on this topic. At the local book store I innocently picked up one entitled, "A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present" by Howard Zinn. I perused the book for some time and was struck by the book's anti-American tone and content. Zinn had several other textbooks on the shelf and I remember thinking how dangerous it would be for citizens to adopt his warped sense of our proud history. (For those with interest, I recommend Daniel Flynn's review of Zinn's book). At that point, I did some research to find an American history textbook that reflected a fair and scholarly analysis of the history of the United States. " A History of the American People," by the British historian Paul M. Johnson, is just such a book and it gets my enthusiastic recommendation as a staple for all American households. I wanted to note his book today as he has a wonderful piece on Forbes.com in which he praises the United States pro-democracy push around the world to combat terrorism and is critical of much of Europe for not standing tall with us. Three cheers for this patriotic Brit!

Sunday, February 20, 2005

John Kerry: Promises, Promises

Thomas Sowell calls out the left-wing for media bias again. In a late January 2005 appearance on Meet The Press, Senator John Kerry promised to sign Form 180 which would release all of his military records to the public. President Bush, of course, has already done so. A glance at his records would be quite interesting given the fact that, as Sowell reminds us, the Senator:
"would need to be issued an honorable discharge during the Carter
administration, years after leaving the navy...".

He goes on to say that:
"what is well known is that during the Vietnam war, John Kerry went to Paris on his own and engaged in discussions or negotiations with representatives of the country with whom we were at war, even though he was still an officer in the naval reserve."

How many of you really think Dan Rather and Mary Mapes would have let a story like that go unchallenged if George W. Bush were involved?

Freedom Thirsty


The Left loves to tell us that people living under brutal dictators are doing just fine. They argue that they are much better off than enduring a war that would eventually bring democratic rule and individual rights and freedom. Well, there's a North Korean defector that would question this elitist arrogance. Here's a sample of her story:
A North Korean defector testified to have witnessed forced abortions and infanticide at a detention camp in North Korea.

"I heard the cries of both mother and child through the curtain (at a hospital). And through the partially open curtain, I witnessed the nurse covering the infant's face with a wet towel on a table, suffocating it," a 28-year-old identified as Park Sun-ja told an international conference on North Korean human rights abuses Tuesday.

"The baby stopped crying about ten minutes later," added Park, whose real name was not provided to protect her.

Seven other North Korean defectors appeared at the 6th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees, testifying about human rights violations on North Koreans.

But it was Park's testimony that was the most gripping. She said she stayed at Shinuiju Provincial Detention Camp for two months after being caught in China and deported to the country of her origin in 2000. She finally succeeded in gaining asylum in South Korea in 2002 after her second escape attempt.

She said injections to cause miscarriage were the norm at the detention camp. "All the prisoners there believed that all infants were killed immediately upon delivery and wrapped up in a piece of cloth before being buried at a nearby hill," she said.

<...>

"I cannot even imagine how she may have felt," Park said, her voice quivering as spoke in front of some 100 people. "I heard that these kinds of acts were done before, but once I saw them with my eyes, I didn't feel like living in the society again."

Her hair tied back neatly, she also recalled painfully the traumatic experience of inhumane treatments at the camp.

"Severe beatings through the use of sticks, fists (punching), and feet (kicking) were standard practice," Park said. "Cells were infested with insects, fleas, lice, and other parasites. It was disgusting."

Referring to heavy workloads at the camp, she said, "While I was starving, I was also forced to do extremely difficult and laborious farm work, which was extremely tough to me."

When she was caught again by Chinese police on her second escape attempt, Park told them, "Go ahead and detain me as long as you wish. I will defect from North Korea ten or twenty times regardless of how long you hold me for!"
Why I believe this is a battle cry of an oppressed citizen who would love nothing more than for regime change to occur in her country so that she and her family would have a better life. I'll even go out on a limb here and say that she'd probably be for a war to get it done. Shudder the thought!!

So what did Leftie groups contribute to the meeting:
Some left-wing civic groups boycotted the conference, saying it only denounces North Korea and does no good in improving the human rights of North Koreans.
As usual the left has no answers, just hissy fits.

Bloggers Night Out


Friday night I went and met several Rhode Island Bloggers out for dinner. It was the first time for me to meet them all face-to-face, including my new contributor, SeanO. Rocco of AntiProtester hosted the dinner in his wonderful home alongside his very cool wife, XXXX. I also met Justin Katz of Dust in the Light and Andrew who writes for Anchor Rising. Rocco reports on the evening as well.

It was great! Rocco makes a knock-your-socks-off Fish Stew, that I was still dreaming about the next day....Mmmmmmm. Conversation was lively and for me a much needed night out from the kids! Rhode Island is a lucky state to have such passionate people expressing themselves.

Next week I'll be cross-posting for AntiProstester as well, so come on over and check it out.

Pact of Tin


Jack Kelly details for us the history and politics between Syria and Lebanon; then he describes how Bush is using diplomatic force to put great pressure on Iran and Syria, who are joining together. Both of these countries obviously need regime changes; Syria still the stronghold of the Baathist party and Iran oppressing their citizenry with the harsh hand of theocratic rule.

Iran, thankfully, has a strong movement from within to topple their government, I pray we are assisting them in every way. Syria has their own weaknesses as well and Kelly details some of the parallels between Syria and Saddam's Iraq.

Find out the implications of one assassination. The article really is a must read to understand the newest front of the War on Terror. Believe it or not, it has shifted from Iraq and France just may be on board with us on this one. It may very well be the catalyst to forward the murderers own political suicide and hopefully prevent any full blown American military operations. My first choice will always be for the people of any country to fight for their own preference of governance.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

CAPITALISM'S LIBERATING POWER

In today's Washington Post, E.J.Dionne laments that the President's new budget proposal "cuts programs for the poor while insisting that no tax cut for the wealthy be left behind". His piece stands out because it does not include the personalized anti-bush invective that some liberal pundits embrace, but instead displays Dionne's belief that President Bush is sincere in wanting to help the poor. He references a speech that the President gave in 1999 concerning the importance of charity and praises the possible benefit of faith-based charities.

Mr. Dionne's conclusion, however, is that the President has failed in keeping the promise to help the poor. He complains that the President's actions have only helped the rich get richer by cutting their taxes. Dionne's arguement reveals competing philosophies between he and the President. Dionne embraces the social justice of collectivism in which wealth is redistributed so that everyone's piece of pie is closer to being the same size. By increasing taxes on business and the citizenry , however, the overall size of the pie shrinks and consequently everyone gets a smaller piece of pie. On the other hand, the President seeks to lower taxes for all individuals and business thereby creating more jobs and more wealth. In this model the size of the pie increases and everyone get a larger slice (Ummm, I'm hungry!!).

Remember, the President's tax cuts were across the board. Everyone who paid federal income tax got a tax cut. In fact, some of our poorest tax payers are now exempt from paying federal income tax. This action by the President caused the past recession to be the shortest and shallowest in U.S. history!!

The same strategy to help the poor spills over to his plan to offer personal accounts, as an option, in social security. Here, the President is trying to transform a collectivist entitlement plan that is failing to yeild a good rate of return for it's participants into an investment vehicle (with conservative parameters) that will build wealth through higher rates of return and ultimate ownership. The poor are most dependent on social security and therefore, in a relative sense, stand to gain the most from personal accounts. The transformation, as is the case with 401-k's and Roth IRA's, further cements a partnership between U.S. citizens and corporate America by allowing investors to share in the profits of big-business.

The President's strategy provides real social justice for all by rejecting socialism and it's scattered failures across the globe (see Russia, Cuba and to a lesser extent Canada and Western Europe). When will liberals realize that the battle between socialism and capitalism is over and that free enterprise won?! Now, pass me another piece of pie!

A Sick Baby

Imagine having a new born baby that became ill. Now what if you lived in a city that doesn't have comprehensive pediatric care? What would you do? Some people have to leave or sell their homes, leave their jobs and families to travel hundreds of miles to get the care they need.

Now imagine that your city could have that same care offered by other major cities, but because of money and power a few stood in the way of quality pediatric healthcare for an entire region.

At least one reporter from a small town is on the case. The deals in the back rooms have gone public. Which is huge in Louisiana politics. This is good for every family that has or will have a sick child that needs specialized care in this region of the country. The problem is that most people don't know how deficient the level of care is until they have to uproot their lives and travel to get something they never dreamed they would need. Now is the time for the city of Shreveport to stand up and demand that the hospital with the perseverance and capital be supported by the entire medical community to assist (or at least not sabatoge) this Children's hospital to make it the best that it can be.

Don't be lazy now, you never know when you will need it and you want it there when you do.

Read the above linked story and realize how many families this happens to every year. It doesn't have to be that way and things are very close to being very different.....but the tipping point for Shreveport to get what it needs for their children needs to come from the adults. NOW IS THE TIME to STAND UP and be heard.

After much bickering back and forth in The Shreveport Times editorial pages (no links available) tomorrow there will be a major piece looking at the 3 major players. I will have the link.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Personal Accounts Defended, From FDR To Bush

Nick Schultz of Tech Central Station has been attacked of late by the left for his comparative analysis between FDR's original vision of Social Security's design and ultimate evolution and President Bush's fundamental views on Social Security reform for the 21st century. Schultz's arguement is strong and logical and leaves one to wonder why liberals go apoplectic whenever conservatives point out pro-growth initiatives that were supported by leading democrats. Another example is their fuming anger whenever republicans point out JFK's tax-cutting historical record.

Fighting For You


Ben Stein asks: "What Did You Do Today?"

God bless our brave soldiers and their families.

For Earl


Here is some blogosphere reality for ya:
So what hath the blogosphere wrought? The left blogosphere has moved the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans.
It's a great line that has been floating around for several days....it just somehow seemed really appropriate right now.


Radical Suicide


Fellow Rhode Island blogger Rocco DiPippo of Antiproteser has published an article today in The American Thinker describing, through the Lynne Stewart story, how the violent radical left eventually self destructs. Here's a taste to get you over there:
Those who put far-left theory into practice on a grand scale must eventually reach the same horrible conclusion: the promise of salvation it appears to offer can't possibly be kept. If they choose to continue chasing the grand illusion of a perfectly just world, instead of facing the fact of its unattainability, they soon become death – or at least instruments of mass death.

SubCarter Again


The other day I said this about Jimmah Carter:
The Navy is naming a new nuclear attack submarine after a dictator-enabling pacifist.

It's nice to have Powerline back me up. You know they have a great post when the lefties are bombarding them with e-mail.
Kos and Atrios readers are welcome. However, please spare us your emails unless you actually know how to make an argument. That would exclude all those we've heard from so far.
It must be tough to have Carter as the hero of your party. Ugh!

Isn't It Ironic?

Remember after the presidential election how all the libs were threatening to move to Canada? Well guess which Canadian became an American citizen today?

Bwa ha ha ha ha...

It gets even better, check out this post-election quote from our newest citizen:
After the scene wraps, Morissette replies to a joke Prime Minister Paul Martin might revoke her citizenship.

"Where am I going to hide out for four more years of Bush in the States?" she says.
Does it get any better than this?

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Capitalism


I'm very busy at work today, so no posting until this evening. Gotta help bring home the bacon!

Here is a link to a post at Instapundit that I found to be rather telling. Go and decide for yourself.

UPDATE: Or go check this out over at Wizbang!. I hope it was a missile just for the sake of principles.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

SubCarter


The Navy is naming a new nuclear attack submarine after a dictator-enabling pacifist.

Where did I put those Tums....

Poop-Cream


Here's the money graph of the day from Mark Steyn:
It's a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog faeces and mix 'em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That's the problem with the UN. If you make the free nations and the thug states members of the same club, the danger isn't that they'll meet each other half-way but that the free world winds up going three-quarters, seven-eighths of the way.
And don't miss this one too:
And, of course, corrupt organisations rarely stop at just one kind. If you don't want to bulk up your pension by skimming the Oil-for-Food programme, don't worry, whatever your bag, the UN can find somewhere that suits - in West Africa, it's Sex-for-Food, with aid workers demanding sexual services from locals as young as four; in Cambodia, it's drug dealing; in Kenya, it's the refugee extortion racket; in the Balkans, sex slaves.
Isn't the U.N. a lovely organization? Good Golly.

Don't forget folks, there's lots of people on the other side of the aisle who thinks a utopian peaceful world is obtainable only through the U.N. It's called 'grandiose delusions'.

Now respect Mark Steyn and read his piece, top to bottom.

(Link via RCP)

Has It All Come to This?


It was all but a matter of time. Just how long was the only question. How long until the Right side of the blogosphere sunk to the tactical depths of the Left? Bill at InDC Journal crosses the line and breaks the story.

*snif*

Go see for yourself, but I warn you, it's like rubber necking at a car accident.

Blogger Beware


Ace has a cautionary tale that all bloggers should pay attention to. The MSM is bleeding, some would even say arterial bleeding, the kind that hits the ceiling, and they are starting to fight back. Newspapers in Oklahoma are threatening to sue bloggers who not only properly excerpt from their stories, but also provide hyperlinks back to their stories.

Ummmm...is their a Prozac shortage in Oklahoma?

I don't believe this would ever get too far. If people are not allowed to quote each other while giving proper credit to other's work, then new ideas and debate become stalled. The hypocrisy of the media, who LOVES to bring down politicians and anyone else who they deem to be public enemy number 1, is astounding.

Here's a bigger issue: Rather than donating to Andrew Sullivan's bandwidth fund so he may take a European vacation, perhaps bloggers should organize and form a Blogger Defense Fund to level the playing field with these wounded dinosaurs.

Update: Check out Wizbang's letter to the Oklahoma paper. Wizbang is more experienced with this issue and his letter is quite good.

Answering LaShawn


When LaShawn Barber asks, people should listen. She has an info gathering questionnaire for bloggers. I've participated and will share with you my answers to her questions.
Hi LaShawn,

I've enjoyed your blog for sometime now and thought I would respond to your questions. Here it goes:

1) How long have you been blogging?

Since September of 04. Dan Rather talked me into it, you know, when he said "...political partisan operatives..". I yelled at the TV: "Hey, I want to be a political partisan operative!"

2) Do you believe you’re addicted to blogging? Please explain, and be honest. It is habit-forming, I must confess. (If I decide to use your response, I may have follow-up questions.)

Indeed. Why? Because I am out of my element while my husband is enduring a 2 year fellowship that requires ALL of his time. I'm a Red State girl raised in a Red State living in a Blue, Blue State. Though I have colleagues and friends, I am alone A LOT and conversation from a 5 and 3 year old doesn't fill the gap. Especially during an election year. So I fully admit that I am completely and totally addicted to blogging. I have several blogger friends and comment regularly on different sites. They have become my lifeline. The hobby has helped me maintain my sanity and my marriage.

3) Have you ever taken a hiatus? If so, for what reason and how long?

Yes, we went home for a week during the Thanksgiving holiday, and since my family is not quite savvy with the technology thing yet, internet access was less than zero. So it was a forced hiatus. My blog is a living, breathing body of a lot of time and effort that I am proud of, to be away is like not feeding your pet for a week. Ugh.

4) Have you ever thought of giving up your blog? Why or why not?

I have only wondered about what will happen when the fellowship is over (July 1, 05). I will no longer need it to fill my lonely, husbandless time. Not to mention the fact that my hubby, my boys and I will be re-instating a sense of normalcy to our lives once again. When I say my hubby's job is time consuming, I am not joking. Out of the door by 5:30 am practically every day and who knows when he will come home. My boys have gone 3-4 days without laying eyes on him. It has been very tough. To survive this schedule for a 2 year time period, defense mechanisms take over and things will be different when the fellowship is over. A similar situation as to when soldiers come back home to a family that has been functioning a long time without them. You miss them a lot, but you go on with life; they come home and it is an all new routine to adopt, and it can be very hard. I can say this because my husband served 4 years in the AirForce and I had to deal with him leaving for an extended period of time and knew many other spouses who adapted in the same way.

However, I hope that I never do give it up, just slow down a bit. Which is why I've recently brought on a co-contributor.

I hope this helps in your survey.

God Bless,
Kelli XXXXXX of KelliPundit

If you have the time and you're a blogger, go see if you want to contribute as well.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Moonbat Math: Part 2


Mid-January I posted on Moonbat Math, uncovering the anti-racist/multicultural teaching of none other than Math. I kid you not. Here is a link to a follow up story on the same issue. (Link via The Corner)
'Anti-Racist' = 'Anti-American?'

Some parents say their students not only are in desperate need of math help but that some students also don't know the basics of U.S. history and that antiracist policies are getting in the way of teaching the basics.
No!! You don't say!!
"The 'antiracist' and, actually, 'anti-American' curriculum permeates the school environment," Lillian Benson, whose children, ages 8 and 11, attend the district's schools, told FOXnews.com in an e-mail.

"My children do not know Christopher Columbus, except that he was a racist who caused the death of many innocents or the founders of the nation. They have hardly heard of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln even though we live in the area that began it all. What they do know about is the wonders of Ghana, Mexico and China," she said.

Another parent, Julie Agarkov says it's ridiculous that people living in the community pay top dollar so their kids can attend good public schools, yet she still pays to send her son to the Boston area's Russian School of Mathematics "to ensure that he gets a good math education."

The Russian School of Mathematics is a private, after-school math institution for kids grades K-12. Iness Rifkin, founder of the school, told FOXNews.com that of the 700 kids now enrolled in her school, 400 of them are from the Newton district; 120 of them are middle schoolers. She began the school out of her home seven years ago with her two children and a few of their friends.

"Now, seven years later, I have 700 students, mainly from Newton public schools … I can't even accommodate all the people who want to be in the school this year," Rifkin said.
And here is what one of the proponents of 'anti-racial' math says:
"One of the ways I would apply anti-racist education to math is to ask, 'why is it that, generally speaking, white kids get better access to upper-level math learning than low-income kids and kids of color?'" Sleeter said. "[And] in what ways might math and science serve as tools for understanding and dealing with various social issues?"
See gentle reader, here is a perfect example of a dog chasing his tail, problem is, he bit his tail off a long time ago. Let me recap: Essentially what we have here is that the crazed left have infiltrated the schools to teach us all how not to be racist. So they bastardize every subject to incorporate this touchy-feely crap so that no one's feelings may ever be hurt. Because, you know, that gets them ready for real life. By doing this, they deprive all the children in public school the necessary skills of addition, subtraction, and all other math skills. Oh, that is except those pesky kids who come from a family with enough money to send them to this after-school program, where actual math takes place. So the end result by the liberals hand, is that not-so-fortunate kids get screwed and the wealthier kids get their education.

Hmmmm...What was that end result the liberals were looking for? Read that last quoted paragraph one more time. The upside for the left is that they maintain their base for another generation. All of this on your tax-dollar my friends. Money well spent? *Sigh*

The stupidity is overwhelming at times.

The Delusional Left


I haven't posted much on the whole Eason/Gannon story. Today I break my silence.

Is that news flash worthy??

Wizbang has a great post showing us how the Left has decided to equate these two fellas recent storylines. As Wizbang directly points out: asking softball questions does not equal accusing our military of murder. Any two year old, not yet corrupted by their parents liberal ideology that is, could understand this point. Another great display that all traces to an attached reality has left the Left side of the blogosphere.

Bwa Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

UPDATE: Here is a fitting Smackdown among bloggers to end the Eason story on. And when I say Smackdown, I mean SMACKDOWN Baby! Go and Enjoy!!

Rhode Island Politics


Anchor Rising has the 9th of a series up on RI politics and taxation. It is an important post detailing some of the latest rule changes that are trying to be implemented, so that you know, they don't have to tell anyone what they are up to. Nothing like politicians inviting debate from the citizens. Go check it out.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

GreenDay Stupidity


So between bathing little boys and putting them to bed I'm catching the Grammy's here and there. GreenDay took the stage and sung the awful song American Idiot. Why am I posting about this you ask? Because EVERY person in that auditorium in Los Angeles stood to cheer and applause this vile performance as represented by the lyrics of the song. I am posting the lyrics in their entirety for anyone interested in knowing what celebrities will applaud. Warning: Graphic Language ahead.
Green Day - American Idiot Lyrics

Don't want to be an American idiot.
Don't want a nation under the new mania.
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mindfuck America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the idiot nation.
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
For that's enough to argue.

Well maybe I'm the faggot America.
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
Now everybody do the propaganda.
And sing along in the age of paranoia.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the idiot nation.
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
For that's enough to argue.

Don't want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It's going out to idiot America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
For that's enough to argue.

I believe most of us know who the idiot is here. GreenDay will never get my business. Why would people applaud being called an idiot? Now take a look at the message of defeatism: "Everything isn't meant to be okay."

Say an extra prayer tonight thanking God these appeasing, small-minded jerks did not get their guy in the White House. The Stupidity Runeth Over!!! Shame on the entertainment industry who propel these vile lyrics forward into our young peoples' minds. Ugh.

Terry Schiavo: The WHOLE Story


By now most everyone has seen a news story concerning Terry Schiavo, the Florida woman who's husband wants to stop her feedings so that she will die, because she is supposedly in a vegetative state. Well as they say, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. This story is not what this husband makes it out to be. Common Sense Runs Wild has an excellent post that will bring anyone up to date on the details of the case along with other worthy links. Go check out other facts of the case that the media don't think is all that important. Trust me, it changes the entire picture. Go learn about this important case. It will shock you.

Spoiled Kids


Our society has become so wealthy, that our kids are facing, in increasing numbers,a lack of drive or motivation to guide their life's purpose. Here is a good article on this topic. The interviews with college professors concerning their perceception of their students shortfalls are interesting.
I've asked this question of other college and university professors before, and the answers I get back are usually academic: not enough preparation in high school, too much reliance on remedial courses, poor writing skills or a tendency to avoid classes that require lots of reading.

Not this time. Academic concerns have been replaced by personal ones, the kind that can't be fixed with private tutors and more homework. Without hesitation, the professors agreed, the biggest problem with young people today is that they lack a sense of purpose. And, the professors insisted, this might have something to do with the fact that these kids don't lack for much else.

Unfortunately, I've seen this up-close and I can testify to how true it is.

I've had the opportunity to teach at the college level and have spoken to many professors about this same issue. One description of many (not all) students is left out in this article. The sense of entitlement is palpable in the classroom. This is obviously a by-product of life-long overindulgence. When everything was just handed to you as a child, why not in college too? For me, it was my worst on-the-job discovery. Problem is, I don't see anything changing that is going to fix the problem.

As a parent, I am very aware of this. My children could very easily fall into the traps that are described in the article. One day they may understand that I refused to buy them everything in sight so that they will have that inner drive to thrive toward a higher goal. Lord knows, I'm not going to be doing their laundry for them into their 2nd decade. No Way!!

Sharing Wave Lengths


Last week I posted on the Bush=Hitler artwork by a 17 year-old Rhode Islander. Here was my assessment:
The point is not whether or not this kid has a right to free expression, but that a panel of judges (15 people) thought that this type of crap is award winning art. What truly talented kid did not receive an award to make room for this bogus attempt at a statement from someone who cheapens the tragedy and atrocities that was brought on by Hitler? Where is the adult in the school system who sees this to ask: What about the 20 million people Bush has freed from tyranny? What about the prison for children that was shut down? What about the mass graves with skeletons of mothers holding their babies?

Today Mark Steyn weighs in:
In such a world, it's good to know we still have the guts to finger the real bad guys. Thus, when Chariho Regional High School art teacher Lynn Norton set her pupils the task of expressing an idea three-dimensionally, Jeffrey Eden immediately thought of a diorama comparing Bush to Hitler. You might think that ought to be disqualified on the grounds that characterizing Bush as Hitler is about as two-dimensional as you can get, and it's less of a diorama than the diarrhea of leftist rhetoric, as poured forth by millions of moveon.org drones and nude Marin County feminist protesters and European activist puppeteers. But there's always room for one more, and Jeffrey's schoolmarm was thrilled at the way he did it so cutely, draping a swastika on one side and the Stars and Stripes on the other, and putting in little plastic soldiers -- Nazi and American, though who can tell the difference, right? -- and then adding his own penetrating observations on both Bush (''Saddam had no affiliation with the Taliban'') and his predecessor as Fuhrer (''Hitler's own justification was his own hatred.'' Hmm. What a testament to the quality of Rhode Island's ''Social Studies'' curriculum).

Well, Jeffrey's 17. One day, with a bit of luck, he'll realize Bush isn't Hitler. If he were, Jeffrey would be in the Bush Youth doing patriotic exercises in shorts every morning and singing the special Texan lyrics to the Horst Wessel song, and he wouldn't have time to do dioramas of dissent. But what are we to make of everyone else in this sorry story? The art teacher who gave him an A. The 15 judges in the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards who awarded him their ''silver key.'' The proprietor of Alperts Furniture Showroom in Seekonk where the winning ''art'' work is proudly on display. Are there no grown-ups left in Rhode Island?

Exactly. Where are the adults in our schools, businesses, and art community? Well, I guess that last group may not fit into the "adult" category. Not from what I've seen.

Steyn's article also deals with 2 other stories from other countries that defies belief. Are we losing the Culture War? After reading this column one must take a serious look that question.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Knuckle Dragging


Here's another link from National Review that has an outstanding quote that our modern day journalist should pay attention to, well you know, if they had not already become unhinged from reality that is.
Oh, yeah, I had another point too: As I've mentioned before, Lincoln was constantly insulted in primatological terms. They called him a gorilla and "the Illinois ape"; they depicted him as hairy and stooped over, his knuckles dragging on the ground.

Indeed, Lincoln and Bush are two presidents who have a lot in common. We had an unusual Impromptus about that — remember? — last summer, based on the cherished 1952 biography by Benjamin P. Thomas. Here 'tis.

And do you remember this one? After a Lincoln speech, a Democratic editor in Chicago wrote the following: "The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States."

That speech, my friends, was the Gettysburg Address.
You can quote me on this one: Bush will make our journalist look just as petty and stupid as that Chicago editor.

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha....

Hat tip to Sean.

Madame Secretary


Rich Lowery of the National Review has a splendid article on Condi Rice. She has started her term as Secretary of State with a whirlwind tour that has brought new life to the post. When Bush won his first term and named Colin Powell as Secretary of State, I must admit I thought, how awesome is Colin going to be! Then as time went by...slowly, gradually...I realized that Colin was not going to be anything near what I imagined. In the final 2 years of his term, he always seemed despondent to me, beat down like someone had just taken his milk money for the gazillionth time.

Accoding to Lowery, I was not alone:
Rice gets things Powell never did. For instance, that leaking to Bob Woodward and other Washington Post reporters is not the secretary of State's chief responsibility. Powell was so obviously the primary source for so many journalistic accounts of intra-administration fights that he often deserved a co-byline. Or that being known as a dissenter from administration policy only undermines your standing and your credibility as a spokesman for the United States.

Powell was the least-traveled secretary of State in 30 years, for a couple of reasons. One was that he wanted to stay home to be better able to engage in the vicious intramural fighting necessary to undermine the president's policy. The other was that he considered travel an inconvenience. That is understandable, even if Powell didn't have to deal, like the rest of us, with security lines and metal-detector wandings. But shouldn't it have been a sign he was better suited to be secretary of the interior?

Rice, in contrast, supports the president's policy and is loyal to him, so she has no need to hang around in Washington to indulge in bureaucratic backstabbing. She is also young and vigorous, a workout obsessive who could beat most other foreign ministers in the world in a 5k race and is up to the rigors of foreign travel.
The difference is already present in neon colors. God love her, I know she'll do exceptionally well for our country in the next four years.

Perspective


Read this story of an Iranian blogger, then kiss the ground you are on....for we live in the most blessed country in the world.

(Link via RCP)

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Justice for Traitors


Finally! A little justice for a traitor.
Veteran civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted Thursday of helping terrorists by smuggling messages of violence from one of her imprisoned clients -- a radical Egyptian sheik -- to his terrorist disciples on the outside.

The jury deliberated off-and-on over the past month in the case of Stewart, 65, a left-wing firebrand known for representing radicals and revolutionaries in her 30 years on the New York legal scene. The jury was in its 13th day of deliberations.

Stewart, who faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of giving material support to terrorists and defrauding the U.S. government, quickly vowed to appeal.

"We are not going to give up," a tearful Stewart said outside court. "We're going to fight on. This is the beginning of a larger struggle."

About two dozen Stewart supporters followed her out of court, chanting, "Hands off Lynne Stewart!" The lawyer will remain free on bail but cannot leave New York pending her July 15 sentencing.

The most serious counts on which she was convicted were conspiracy and providing and concealing material support of terrorism. When she heard the pronouncement, she began shaking her head and wiping her eyes.

The trial focused attention on the line between zealous advocacy and criminal behavior by a lawyer. Some defense lawyers saw the case as a government warning to attorneys to tread carefully in terrorism cases.

"..a left-wing firebrand" Don't you just love how the AP describes this woman. Allow me to translate: a left-wing firebrand = a crazed, wacked-out, Thorazine requiring Lefty Lunatic. If you don't remember, this terrorist Sheik she is defending is the mastermind of the first WTC attack in 1993.

Of course all lunatics have their supporters. What about jobs, people? Too much time on people's hands is a dangerous thing. Though, I must say that I am pleased that the jury recognizes this insane woman for who she is: A Traitor to us all! Read the rest of the story to learn how the defense lawyers are trying to make the government out to be the big, bad boogie man in all of this. God forbid it be her fault that she smuggled forbidden notes out to other terrorists. Do you think he just wanted recipes?

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

BusHitler Strikes Again


Oh Boy! You're gonna need a couple of Tums to get through this one. As you read this, remember, this southern girl only has 4 1/2 months left in this wacked-out lefty state called Rhode Island. Here we go, from the Providence Journal:
Jeffrey Eden devised his award-winning project less than 30 minutes after his high school art teacher asked him to express a thought or two in a three-dimensional way.

So, in the wake of last year's polarizing election and the war in Iraq, the 17-year-old built an abstract scene comparing President Bush's war policies with Adolf Hitler's pillage of Europe.

The student's diorama-like assemblage juxtaposes Hitler quotes with statements by Mr. Bush, Nazi swastikas with American flags, desert-colored toy soldiers with olive plastic figures. And so on.

Eden said he's trying to point out certain similarities between the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the German blitzkrieg -- without actually equating Hitler to President Bush.

In this, the success of his project is debatable.

Nonetheless, it has earned the Charlestown student a silver key at the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards.
Thats right folks, this project won him an award. Here's the photo:

bushitler


The point is not whether or not this kid has a right to free expression, but that a panel of judges (15 people) thought that this type of crap is award winning art. What truly talented kid did not receive an award to make room for this bogus attempt at a statement from someone who cheapens the tragedy and atrocities that was brought on by Hitler? Where is the adult in the school system who sees this to ask: What about the 20 million people Bush has freed from tyranny? What about the prison for children that was shut down? What about the mass graves with skeletons of mothers holding their babies?

The misguided arrogance of this kid is unfreaking believable. Shame on him and his parents and everyone of his teachers and may those judges be exposed for the idiots they are!

Story found via The AntiProtester. Be sure and read his worthy fisking of the story.

Sloppy Journalism


What?! The media not doing its job? Al-Reuters not reporting accurately on the great, careful efforts of our troops? Shudder the thought.

(Link via Instapundit)

Red Wine + Good Fight = Great Friends


Have you ever noticed that some of the people you are closest to are people you met through some argument? I've decided that this is due to the fact that a lot of false pretenses that may be put forward first in a friendship are bypassed and then people see exactly who you are without wading through all the other 'stuff'. Once the argument is resolved, you then get to know each other from a more truthful starting point, a higher plane. I'm not saying that it is bad or wrong to put forward those better faces at first, it is what our society dictates and is our culture. But when the other situation presents itself, it can turn out good as well.

Michael Totten experienced this out on the town with no other than Christopher Hitchens and some Iraqis. To be honest, when reading blogs I usually don't hang around and read long posts unless it just knocks my socks off. But this post has it all. It is suspenseful, funny, and such a unique view into an evening made up of an eclectic group to say the least.

I almost always agree with Hitchens. He is one of the best writers of our time and I respect him for some very specific reasons. One, he is intellectually honest with himself. He is one of only a few liberals that fully recognize the Islamic-fascist threat at hand. He is a hawk and God love him for it. Which brings me to another point with Hitchens. He is an atheist. This is certainly his free-will choice, but this leads to some terribly unfortunate columns, IMHO. He wrote a column about a year ago about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" that was horribly misguided and vile in my opinion. He is seriously off-course in this area. However, exposure to him has taught me, to my amazement, that you can passionately agree on some very big important issues, but completely and totally disagree on even greater issues. I never know what I'm going to find when I go to read Hitchens. I do know that I'm either going to love it completely or be in complete and total disagreement. Let it be known, that Hitchens is not alone, Charles Krauthammer wrote a similarly disappointing column on Gibson's movie, the source of my only disagreement with Charles.

What is wickedly ironic is this dilemma of mine: I despise Pat Buchanan, however, he wrote a brilliant column on Gibson's movie that totally took Krauthammer and other writers to task. It is the one article that I cheer from Buchanan. Again the dichotomy.

Anyway, go and read Totten's story of his night out. It is a true story worthy of a chapter in a good novel.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

PW Debriefing: Hail to the Chief


Protest Warrior has posted their after action report of their counter-operations at the Presidential Inauguration. Find out how 'peaceful' anti-war protestors really are. It is quite frightening what these guys (PWs) do and I, for one, sure do appreciate their efforts and enthusiasm for challenging the wacked left's ideology.

Update: Here is an excellent column by Michael Totten on his early protesting days and how protestors really protests for themselves. Check out both links.

Steyn on Oil-For-Greenbacks


If you missed Mark Steyn's latest column, well, you have missed out on some of the best stinging sarcasm that can be dished out on paper. He wishes, as I do, that either the U.N. close the shop or move it to a nice, warm, third-world African country. Here's a sample of money-graphs from the article, IMHO:
<...> As you may have noticed, the good people of Darfur have been fortunate enough not to attract the attention of the arrogant cowboy unilateralist Bush and have instead fallen under the care of the Polly Toynbee-Clare Short-approved multilateral compassion set. So, after months of expressing deep concern, grave concern, deep concern over the graves and deep grave concern over whether the graves were deep enough, Kofi Annan managed to persuade the UN to set up a committee to look into what's going on in Darfur. They've just reported back that it's not genocide.

That's great news, isn't it? For as yet another Annan-appointed UN committee boldly declared in December: "Genocide anywhere is a threat to the security of all and should never be tolerated." So thank goodness this isn't genocide. Instead, it's just 70,000 corpses who all happen to be from the same ethnic group – which means the UN can go on tolerating it until everyone's dead, and Polly and Clare don't have to worry their pretty little heads about it.(Emphasis mine)
First off, you have to read the whole thing, because every word of every sentence is devastatingly right on target. After you read the whole piece, think about how many people, including high-ranking U.S. officials, who pander to this group. Isn't it disgusting? Oh yeah, a big shout out to all of our friends in Ohio for preventing the biggest U.N. cheerleader of all time from taking office.

Big thanks to my RI conservative friend Sean O. for the tip. Hey Sean, are you ready to be an official contributor yet?

Monday, February 07, 2005

Worst Superbowl Moments


If you are interested in what someone else has ranked as the 10 worst Superbowl moments in history, here is the link. I vividly remember this one:
10. The Fridge scores, Sweetness doesn't — This was a disgrace. Instead of rewarding the greatest player in franchise history — and maybe NFL history — with a one-yard TD, coach Mike Ditka went for the novelty act. That's right, in a 46-10 laugher, both William Perry and Henry Waechter scored (a safety for the game's final points), but Walter Payton didn't. A crime.
Go see if you agree with the list. Link found via Ace of Spades.

Rove Denies Involvement


ScrappleFace has an excellent post on whether or not the eeevil Karl Rove put the DNC up to hiring Howard Dean as their leader. I think we all know the truth here. Everyone knows that Rove is responsible for all hurricanes (remember Florida), blizzards, and planned 'cookie' scares. Why wouldn't he be responsible for Dean leading the DNC as well?. The scoundrel.

AP: Fooled or Wishful Thinking?


Wizbang is on top of a story about the AP, once again reporting from their hotel room, and somehow reports on a horrific incident with dozens dead. You know: dead iraqi policemen, dead Iraqi National Guardsmen and extended firefights. Oh yeah, except it didn't happen at all. Go read the post and wonder: How could they possibly get it this wrong? It does make you wonder about motives, biases, and do you think they really went to journalism school?

Double Speak


I found this post at The Corner, by Ramesh Ponnuru, to be jaw-dropping.
I've read Brooke Allen's fiction reviews in The New Criterion and the New York Times for years. I've never had any idea what her politics were. Her recent essay in The Nation gives us a hint. Here's how it starts: "It is hard to believe that George Bush has ever read the works of George Orwell, but he seems, somehow, to have grasped a few Orwellian precepts. The lesson the President has learned best--and certainly the one that has been the most useful to him--is the axiom that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. One of his Administration's current favorites is the whopper about America having been founded on Christian principles."

If the "lie" that America was founded on Christian principles is a "favorite" of an administration that believes in repeating its lies often, then the president and his principal subordinates must make that claim all the time. I can't remember a single occasion when they have made the claim. For Allen to accuse the administration of being prone to lying and utter an untruth of her own in the same breath is not an auspicious beginning to her essay.
How do people like Allen get jobs as journalists. It boggles the mind.

On a Roll


Cox and Forkum have a couple of stinging cartoons that points out MSM's bias towards our military, can anyone say "EasonGate", and success in Iraq, shudder the thought! Well, it's just too bad the MSM may not see them. The two I would like to draw your attention to are here. They are most excellent and should be viewed by all!

Being There


The Anchoress pointed me to this post from Dr. Sanity that is nothing short of amazing. Go read the first person account of the flight surgeon that was responsible for the Challenger crew, and then transformed in an instant, to supporting the families. This is a rare inside look of a well fortified fortress called NASA.

Learning from Hell Week


The Weekly Standard has a great column up detailing the Democrat's Hell Week we've all had the displeasure of experiencing in the news. Here's one of the final graphs:
And there you have the real vision gap between the two parties: Republicans want to win wars and spread freedom; Democrats want to save their rear ends. Bush thinks freedom is better than terror and tyranny; Democrats think they themselves are better than Bush. In 2004, Bush made it clear he was willing to lose on the basis of his convictions--and won in spite or more likely because of this. Democrats had no convictions beyond the end goal of winning, and therefore quite properly lost. No party deserved to lose more than the Democrats did in these past two elections, and unless they make changes, they stand to lose many more.
Go and read how Evan Bayh's actions this past week has landed him in the same 'sell my soul and do anything for my political career' washed up group perfected by Edwards and Kerry.

Tiger Hero


Sometimes you just never know what you're going to find when you start surfing the net looking for something to blog about. I ran across this from Tiger Weekly, an LSU paper. It is a nice column, highlighting an LSU grad that went and fought in Iraq.

So why did it catch my eye? Well, the soldier that is featured was a close friend of mine during my college days. I haven't talked to him in more than 10 years. This soldier and friend was always deeply religious and no one loves their country more.
Of course, it still wasn’t easy in Iraq. Missions were much harder than in Desert Storm and Patrick had to take over as platoon sergeant.

“I was like their mom,” he said. “I had to make sure they were fed, that they were clothed, and in combat, I was in charge of their lives. Selecting people to go on missions was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do because I didn’t know if they’d come back or not.”

Patrick was injured four months into his station in Iraq. He was sent home 5 months earlier than the rest of his unit.

That didn’t discourage him. He said he would go again in a heartbeat.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift—that’s why we call it the present,” he said. “That’s my philosophy.”

I pray he was not severly injured.

Saluting the Troops


I didn't pay much attention to the Super Bowl nor the commercials tonight. Just couldn't get into it. Pretty sad considering the fact that I live about 45 miles south of Boston. Though, I just about drove my hubby moonbat crazy with flipping the channel over to HGTV during the time-outs. Anyway, I missed this exceptional commercial saluting our troops. It really is a must see if you missed it on TV tonight. Hat tip to Pirate's Cove for directing me to the link. Go and enjoy.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Torture and Starvation


There are some really sick bastards out there.

Remembering David Bloom


Of all the criticizing we do around here of the MSM, from time to time, it is nice to highlight a reporter that was great. I always enjoyed watching David Bloom. I remember watching him become more and more matted with sand as the early days of the Iraqi war were underway. His hair was sticking straight up and out within a few days of moving out. My husband and I even laughed about it. Then on a Sunday morning, as soon as I woke up, I turned on the T.V. to see what had been going on in the war. I remember the news of Bloom's death passing by on the running ticker at the bottom of the screen. It was hard to believe. When you watch someone everyday, you really do feel like you knew them, especially after watching his appearance change and his many reports. Watching him experience the onward move toward Baghdad was like being there yourself. I was in a funk the whole day. He was so young, it was just hard to believe.

Michelle Malkin has a great post with an anecdotal story about his daughters and bringing attention to DVT awareness month. David Bloom died of complications from a DVT (DVT: a clot that forms in your veins, usually the legs. If it becomes dislodged it will get caught in the lungs and becomes a Pulmonary Embolism).

Peace can be found in the fact that he was a christian. Here is an excerpt from the last e-mail he sent his wife, Melanie:
"I hope and pray all my guys get out of this in one piece, but I'll tell you, Mel, I am at peace. Here I am, supposedly at the peak of professional success, but I could, frankly, care less. It's nothing compared to my relationship with you and the girls and Jesus."

He did not know he was to die soon, nonetheless David told his family, “when the moment comes in my life when you are talking about my last days, I am determined that you and others will say ‘he was devoted to his wife and children, he was admired, he gave every ounce of his being for those whom he cared most about… not himself, but God and his family.’”
There was a rare journalist for you. May he rest in peace.

Indoctrination


PBS: Your tax dollars at work.
The episode, entitled "Sugartime," features a cartoon bunny visiting a maple sugar farm in Vermont run by a same-sex couple and their children.
Do not doubt, there is an advocacy force that has positioned themselves within the school system to steal your child's mind. Objective One: Liberal indoctrination under the guise of "Multiculturalism". Not even math is safe.

I continue to try my best to spread the word of what lingo these groups use to hide their true agenda. If you haven't read my personal story on how close my child came to these wackos, it can be found here.

Please do not confuse the issue with gay rights or what is considered natural or a choice. This is not the issue or point here. The issue is that parents should have the say as to when and how these issues will be explained to their children. The advocates want to take that choice and method away from the parents. I personally find the topic to be way out of bounds for FIVE year old children. Obviously PBS does not care about the sensibilities of parents.

I've often said it and I still stand by the position that PBS and NPR need to have every federal tax dollar axed from their budgets. They need to be forced to compete in the marketplace.

Wicked Funny


We've all had situations where we run into people who haven't been very nice to us in the past. Sometimes we even run the encounter in our heads on how it would go and what we might say. Do you think George W. has done this concerning Dan Rather? Well I'm sure that W is way too busy to even care about Dan, but if Jay Tea of Wizbang has this encounter correct, it is absolutely priceless.
Bush turned to Rather, smiled, and held out his hand. "So, Dan, are you retiring back to Austin?"

Rather was a bit put off. "Well, sir, I'll be spending about half the year there from now on."

"That's great. I'll see you there in four years."

That one is gonna hurt for a while. Dan, I recommend icepacks around the clock.

Unemployment Gloom


Who the MSM doesn't want you to read regarding the economy: Jayson Javitz of course. He continues to expose the economic news of the day. Go check out those awful unemployment numbers. Oh goodness... Where is that soup line?

Spanking the Left


Victor Davis Hanson takes pratically every wing of the "Fringe Left" to task in his latest column. It is absolutely brilliant and covers all the bases. Here is a few brilliant graphs:
And then there was the parade of heroes who were media upstarts of the hour — the brilliant Hans Blixes, Joe Wilsons, Anonymouses, and Richard Clarkes — who came, wrote their books, did their fawning interviews on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and Larry King, and then faded to become footnotes to our collective pessimism.

Do not dare forget our Hollywood elite. At some point since 9/11, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Whoopi Goldberg, and a host of others have lectured the world that their America is either misled, stupid, evil, or insane, bereft of the wisdom of Hollywood's legions of college drop-outs, recovering bad boys, and self-praised autodidacts.

Remember the twisted logic of the global throng as well: Anyone who quit the CIA was a genius in his renegade prognostication; anyone who stayed was a toady who botched the war. Three- and four-star generals who went on television or ran for office were principled dissidents who "told the truth"; officers in the field who kept quiet and saved Afghanistan and Iraq were "muzzled" careerists. Families of the 9/11 victims who publicly trashed George Bush offered the nation "grassroots" cries of the heart; the far greater number who supported the war on terror were perhaps "warped" by their grief.
And there is sooo much more. VDH really does a nice job of reviewing all of the insanity that came to pass after 9/11. Go read and be amazed at how much you have forgotten.

Big Hat tip to my fellow RI conservative, Sean O.

Spreading Democracy


Don't think Bush's words mean anything to those around the world seeking a democratic government? They meant something to protesters in Egypt:
About 100 people have taken part in a rare anti-government demonstration in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, demanding free elections for the presidency.

Reports say thousands of policemen were deployed near the Cairo international book fair, where the protest occurred. Protesters carried placards calling for an end to the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who may run for a sixth term.
What was that about democracy spreading in the middle east?

(Link via The Corner)

Election Tribute


Feel the majic and triumph of the Iraqi election by watching this 3 minute video. It is wonderful.

(Link via The Corner)

Thursday, February 03, 2005

MisHeadlines


Imagine..... If journalists could write honest headlines. Nah, it'll never happen. So sad. Isn't this sort of thing covered somewhere in journalism school?

Mommy Blogging

My 5 year old tonight:
Mommy, you're the best mommy I've ever had!
OK, I'll take it.

Iraqi Election Day Miracle


My post this past Sunday on the Iraqi elections included an excerpt from an USAF surgeon, Major Chris, who is serving in Iraq. If you missed his comments, you should go read what he was doing during that particular day to help Iraqi civilians.

He has graciously provided great details from his unique perspective and participation in The War on Terror. With his permission, and as his time allows, I hope to post some of his thoughts/stories that he is experiencing and would like to share. Such as this:
One amazing thing that happened on election day: in the wee hours before polls opened, American soldiers on patrol found an Iraqi woman in labor who had gotten trapped outside after curfew and they brought her to our hospital. She gave birth in our theater hospital on the morning of elections to a healthy baby boy. Both have gone home in good condition.

For an Iraqi, what a glorious day to be born on! I'm sure his mother will recount many times to her son how the American military helped bring him into this world on the birthday of Iraq's new democracy. What a huge step in winning over those 'minds'.

Here is a pic of Major Chris:
Chris in rattle
Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.