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"If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules."--Patterico's Pledge

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Some Time Off

As you few who wander these halls have surely noticed, I haven't been posting much lately. That, I'm afraid, isn't going to change until my health shows some noticeable improvement.

Until then, expect me when you see me.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Call To Arms...

...for the moonbats of the world. I ran across this over at Dummiecrat Underground

YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

YOUR GOVERNMENT puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

YOUR GOVERNMENT suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler - and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come.

We must act now; the future is in the balance.

That, my friends, is part of the text of an ad that appeared in USA Today, Wednesday, 9/20/2006. (They've also got a neat graphic that I can't figure out how to display here.) An organization called The World Can't Wait is calling for a general strike by workers and students on October 5, 2006. Their aim apparently is to paralyze the country and drive George Bush and Dick Cheney out of office. In aid of this, they've linked to the Bush Crime Commission, based in Berkley, California, which (surprise, surprise!) found Bush guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Included in the ad is a list of supporters, or, as Claude Rains would put it, the usual suspects: Jane Fonda, cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, moonbat Hollywood types like Ed Asner, Ed Begley, Jr., Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and religious hucksters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And of course the lunatic fringe of the Democrat party is well represented by Maxine Waters, Bobby Rush, Cynthia McKinney and John Conyers.

And the best of part of it all is that with very little editing and no loss of truthfulness, those statements above would describe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Hugo Chavez perfectly.

Ahmadinejad and the Iranian mullahs are behind much of the insurgency in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Ahmadinejad is the hand-picked president of the mullahs and openly prayed, in his speech at the U.N., to Allah to send the Twelfth Imam to Earth, beginning what some Shi'ites believe will be the end of the world.

Chavez is setting up a cult of personality in Venezuela, jailing anyone who speaks ill of him.

And just where is all that oil money going, anyway?

I've got to admit, I don't understand it. Chavez is an unreconstructed fascist thug. Ahmadinejad is a religious fanatic and a raving loon. and yet the Left in America and elsewhere insist that George W. Bush is the war criminal and the greatest threat to world peace since Hitler.

I just don't get it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Link Hopping... kind of like bar hopping, only you don't wake up hungover the next day.

Now I'm no Instapundit, but every now and then I'll click on a link that I haven't tried before and see where it takes me. Like this time...

I started out at Rightwingsparkle's place, checking out the latest in airport security measures. While I was in the comments for that post, I clicked on the homepage for Beth at Bluestar Chronicles, where I read through a number of her posts (including this one, about the commisioning of the USS Bill Clinton - heh) and reached this. Included in this post was Linkfest Haven, similar to Wizbang!'s late, lamented Carnival Of The Trackbacks. And there I found a couple of real gems.

The first was from Planck's Constant. "As a Muslim, I apologize" is just the sort of biting, sarcastic piece I wish I had the talent to write. An excerpt:

"In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

As A Muslim I apologize.

I am sorry that my religion, far from being a “religion of peace” is in fact a barbaric cult that has changed not one bit from its savage, warrior origins in the 7th Century. I am sorry that Islam is as extreme and as intolerant as when our most blessed Prophet Mohammed, Peace be upon Him, began to slaughter the unbelievers 1300 years ago.

I am sorry that our Holy Book, The Quran is not filled with instructions on how to live in Peace and Tolerance with our fellow man, but rather is a military code book filled with techniques in terror and a manual for the conquest of the world. I am sorry that if the faithful follow exactly these moral instructions the world will be but one khalif and there will only be one Law: Sharia.

Check out the rest.

Then, in the comments for that post, Tor provided a link to a Frontline interview with Khaled Abou el-Fadl, a writer and expert on Islamic law that is just the sort thing that we need to hear from all so-called mainsteam Muslims if we're to be expected to believe that Islam really is the Religion of Peace, not Pieces. An excerpt:

[How did you experience Sept. 11?]

... I was completely frozen for the first hour or so. It's as if I refused to believe it. I didn't know how to believe it. ... One day before, I was there [in New York]. In fact, I was in the Borders that was destroyed, and I stayed in a hotel right across the street from the World Trade Center. ... That thought went through my head: "We were just there."

The second thought was a prayer, a wish, a plea: "Please, God, not Muslims. [Do not let it be] Muslims who have done this, or anyone who is calling themselves a Muslim." ...

A fascinating read.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Time For John Murtha To MoveOn, The Sequel

I wasn't going to post anything on the Murtha/Irey race in PA-12 until I know...something new to post. But then along comes a fellow named Cliff Hancuff who starts posting comments on the "Time For Murtha To MoveOn" thread and before you know it, the game is afoot, as they say.

Here's Cliff:

"Swift Boat Veterans for Themselves" ignored a couple issues CRITICAL to our troops at war during the run-up to the 2004 election.

Oh, this ought to be good.

First they sat silent knowing full well that Bush NEVER USED the number of troops he incessantly claims his generals asked for. Turkey would not allow the 40,000 troops of the 4th to pass through and participate in Bush's invasion of Iraq.

Funny. I thought it was more like 18,00 troops. And that they did eventually get into the fight by sailing to Kuwait and entering Iraq there.

Second, These same Lookatme! Showboaters sat silent when this very same troop shortage resulted in America's greatest tragedy of the war in Iraq.

Which was?

EVERYONE who's ever gone through basic training knows that when you find your enemies weapons, you keep them secure.

Sounds reasonable.

Hundreds of tons of high explosives that our troops had captured at Al Qaqaa were abandoned specifically due to troops shortages, CREATED by Bush's incompetence in war.

One problem with that: according to NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, quoted here

the 380 tons of HMX and/or RDX that supposedly were at Al Qaqaa were already gone by the time he and the 101st Airborne got there.

These explosive stolen from Al Qaqaa are the weapons that have been used to blow our troops into too many parts to count each and every day of this war.

Piffle. Powerful though they may be, the 380 tons of HE missing from Al Qaqaa are a drop in the bucket compared to the 600,000 tons of munitions unaccounted for immediately after the war. Munitions that disappeared while we were trying to get the UN off its dead butt and do something.

When some pasty butt wimp, like Larry Bailey of, decides to pass his "gimme' some money" collection plate to support his concept of patriotism for a circus tent performance at The Cambria County War Memorial on October 1st of this year ...

Thanks! Pittsburgh to Johnstown is a nice drive at this time of year.

Some would say there's nothing more patriotic than putting a moron who's never given a hoot about our troops at war (or he would have spoke up about those 40k troops left behind and Al Qaqaa IN 2004) in his proper place ...he's a coward.

Admittedly, I don't know who Larry Bailey is. And I'm only vaguely acquainted with BootMurtha

but given your plummetting credibility around here, I'm willing to bet he's a pretty good guy.

To make matters even MORE entertaining, Larry Bailey actually thinks having John O'Neill, the original Lookatme! Show Boater, as his surprise guest speaker is a feather in his cap.

And I agree with him.

You may not like the stand John Murtha has been making, but for anyone who supports our troops at war, there's no way to respond to these idiot Swiftboaters' Reunion in Murtha's home town of Johnstown, Pa, than a chorus of Bronx raspberries.

Actually, what I don't like is Murtha accepting awards from a group that stands outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center taunting the families of wounded troops as they come to visit their loved ones. What I don't like is Murtha posing for photos with the same group as they brag about raising $600,000 for supplies for "families" of the "insurgents" in Fallujah last year. And what I really don't like is ex-Marine Murtha convicting Marines allegedly involved in a "massacre" in Haditha before the investigation had been completed and before he had been briefed on it. All so he can be the next House majority leader if the the Democrats take back the House this fall.

I hope this clarifies.

Back atcha.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I Hope This Is Satire

"This" being a comment left at James Joyner's post "The Left Remembers 9/11" at Outside The Beltway. Maybe I'm getting dense in my old age, but I'm really not sure. What do you think?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Time For John Murtha To MoveOn

This post has been bumped to the top. Scroll down to read any new posts.

If I did it right, there should be two new additions to my blogroll.

The first is Murtha Must Go!, a blog started by Psycmeister, who currently has a son serving in Iraq. He started the blog on May 21, 2006, after Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) decided to act as prosecutor, judge and jury in the matter of the alleged massacre of innocent civilians by Marines in Haditha, Iraq. Now if these allegations of massacre are true, then heads should roll. Literally. But it would be nice if Murtha, a former Marine himself, would at least wait for the investigation to conclude before screaming murder, massacre and cover-up. But then Murtha wants to be the House majority leader if the Democrats take back the House and Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker. I guess that's more important than due process and a presumption of innocence.

The second isn't a blog. It's the website of Washington, PA. county commissioner Diana Irey, who is opposing Murtha in the general election in November. Now I don't know if Mrs. Irey has even a snowball's chance of beating Murtha; he's rarely had more than token opposition in the past and didn't have even that in 2004. Still, as Mrs. Irey points out, thirty-two years is a long time. Maybe too long. And after being the first female county commissioner in Washington county history, she's been re-elected twice. Which means that her constituents must be happy with her. I wish her luck. If you want to help her out with a campaign contribution or as a volunteer, you can reach her at:

600 Park Avenue
Monongahela, PA 15063
Phone: 724-258-2300
Fax: 724-258-8600

h/t to: Gateway Pundit via Brainster's Blog

Linked at: Protein Wisdom, Mudville Gazette, Decision '08, Rightwingsparkle, Wizbang, (in the comments),...(I expect to link to other blogs as well.)

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Peggy Noonan writes about the sounds of 9/11: The sounds of the planes hitting the buildings, the sounds of the Towers falling, and most importantly the sounds of the final messages from people who knew they were going to die and wanted to tell their husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and parents and children that they loved them one final time.

h/t to: Kim Priestap at Wizbang!