Friday, April 30, 2004
RECITATION OF THE BATTLE OF CAMERONE
This battle took place on the 30th of April 1863, during the campaign of
Mexico. It is celebrated each year, on the anniversary of this date, by all the regiments of the French Foreign Legion.
History: The French Army was besieging Puebla.
The mission of the Legion was to ensure the movement and safety of the
convoys, over an 80 mile distance. On the 29th of April 1863, Colonel
Jeanningros was informed that an important convoy was on its way to Puebla, with a load of 3 million francs, and material and munitions for the seige. Captain Danjou, his quartermaster, decided to send a company to escort the convoy. The 3rd company of the Foreign Regiment was assigned to this mission, but had no officers available. So Captain Danjou, himself, took the command and 2nd lieutenants Maudet, company guide, and Vilain, the paymaster, joined him voluntarily.
On the 30th of April, at 1 a.m., the 3rd company was on its way, with its 3 officers and 62 men. At 7 a.m., after a 15 mile march, it stopped at Palo Verde in order to get some rest. At this very moment, the enemy showed up and the battle began. Captain Danjou made the company take up a square formation and, even though retreating, he victoriously drove back several cavalry charges, inflicting the first heavy losses on the enemy . By the inn of Camerone, a large building with a courtyard protected by a wall 3 meters high, Danjou decided to stay, in order to keep the enemy and so delay for as long as possible, any attacks on the convoy. While the legionnaires were rapidly setting up the defense of the inn, a Mexican officer demanded that Captain Danjou surrender, pointing out the fact that the Mexican Army was greatly superior in number. Danjou's answer was: "We have munitions. We will not surrender." Then, he swore to fight to the death and made his men swear the same. It was 10 a.m. Until 6 p.m., these 60 men who had had nothing to eat or drink since the day before, in spite of the extreme heat, of the thirst and hunger, resisted against 2,000 Mexicans: 800 cavalry and 1,200 infantry. At noon, Captain Danjou was shot in the chest and died. At 2 p.m., 2nd lieutenant Vilain was shot in the head. About this time, the Mexican colonel succeeded in setting the inn on fire.
In spite of the heat and the smoke, the legionnaires resisted, but many of them were killed or injured. By 5 p.m., only 12 men could still fight with 2nd lieutenant Maudet. At this time, the Mexican colonel gathered his soldiers and told them what disgrace it would be if they were unable to defeat such a small number of men. The Mexicans were about to give the general assault through holes opened in the walls of the courtyard, but Colonel Milan, who had previously asked 2nd lieutenant Maudet to surrender, once again gave him the opportunity to. Maudet scornfully refused. The final charge was given. Soon, only 5 men were left around Maudet; Corporal Maine, legionnaires Catteau, Wensel, Constantin and Leonard. Each had only one bullet left. In a corner of the courtyard, their back against the wall, still facing the enemy, they fixed bayonets. When the signal was given, they opened fire and fought with their bayonets. 2nd lieutenant Maudet and 2 legionnaires fell, mortally wounded. Maine and his 2 remaining companions were about to be slaughtered when a Mexican officer saved them. He shouted: "Surrender"!
"We will only if you promise to allow us to carry and care for our injured men and if you leave us our guns".
"Nothing can be refused to men like you"!, answered the officer.
Captain Danjou's men had kept their promise; for 11 hours, they had resisted 2,000 enemy troops. They had killed 300 of them and had injured as many. Their sacrifice had saved the convoy and they had fulfilled their mission. Emperor Napoleon the 3rd decided that the name of Camerone would be written on the flag of the Foreign Regiment and the names of Danjou, Vilain and Maudet would be engraved in golden letters on the walls of the Invalides, in Paris. Moreover, a monument was built in 1892, at the very place of the fight. The following inscription can be read there :
HERE, THEY WERE LESS THAN SIXTY
AGAINST A WHOLE ARMY
ITS MASS CRUSHED THEM
BUT LIFE RATHER THAN COURAGE
ABANDONED THESE FRENCH SOLDIERS
THE 30TH OF APRIL 1863.
TO THEIR MEMORY THE NATION BUILT THIS MONUMENT.
Since then, when Mexican troops pass by the monument, they present arms.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Why wouldn't he testify before the 9/11 commission alone? What is he hiding?
It's an election year and the economy is cranking, unemployment is dropping, and consumer confidence is up.
So what does CBS "so-called" News say? "US Growth Cools."
Read more about this in-your-face bit of biased reporting.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mills
Two armed Palestinians robbers die Trying to Hold-Up a Hamas Suicide Bomber.
Evolution in action baby!
I believe we have a new defination of chutzpah:
"Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York urged marchers to vote in big numbers on Nov. 2 to evict an administration 'filled with people who disparage sexual harassment laws.' "--from an Associated Press dispatch on Sunday's abortion-rights march, April 26
IF you can't take the heat...
"If George Bush wants to make national security an issue in this campaign, I have three words for him that I know he'll understand. Bring it on!"--John Kerry, quoted in the New York Times, Feb. 1
"Call off the Republican attack dogs."--Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, responding to Dick Cheney's speech on John Kerry's defense record, quoted by the Associated Press, April 26
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Sudan has ordered the removal of Syrian missiles and weapons of mass destruction out of the African country.
Gee, I wonder what prompted them to do that?
The sources said the Bashir regime has been alarmed over the prospect that the United States would discover the Syrian arsenal and conclude that Damascus and Khartoum were cooperating in the area of missiles and WMD. They said this would have delayed or dashed U.S. plans to lift sanctions from Sudan.
Hmmm...that could be it. Perhaps it was the prospect of having a Ranger battalion come knocking at the doors of the Sudanese leaders that made them decide to come clean.
Syria, please take note...
There is no SUV...via Wonkette
Poor Kerry. The media is so hung up on his possessions: He threw away his Vietnam medals, he didn't throw them away. They were his medals, they weren't his medals. He owns an SUV, no, his family owns an SUV. Do not call him a hypocrite, call him a Zen master. For him, objects are transient and ephemeral -- not really worth "owning."
He feels the same way about political positions.
Monday, April 26, 2004
The United Nations has long been a bastion of hope for the naïve idealists who seek a Star Trek-like nirvana under a benevolent global government.
But recent stories revealing widespread corruption in its Iraqi Oil-for-Food program demonstrate that the U.N. is little better than a third-rate banana republic where bureaucrats line their own pockets and bribery, kickbacks and pay-offs are the order of the day.
There is little question that the U.N. is broken and in need of repair. Until those repairs are made, however, the United States must continue to be wary of proposals from an organization that seeks to curtail our freedom and take a bite out of our incomes for the sake of global government.
democrat money man Terry McAuliffe called for President Bush to "call off the Republican attack dogs."
What a whiner! This is the party that had James Carville, Sidney Blumenthal, and Larry Flynt out digging up dirt on anybody who questioned President Clinton. It's time for McAuliffe to grow and don't cry when anybody plays the same level of hardball he and his staff dish out without blinking an eye.
The denizens of Democratic Underground are prone to apoplectic fits when you question their patriotism, or call them America-haters. But see ... that’s the thing. They really do hate America, and in this thread they discuss the reasons for their hatred with total candor: If by ‘America’ you mean the majority living here now, then I hate America
Liberal democrat Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts is probably unelectable because he want to return to the Clinton policy of treating Terrorism as a Law Enforcement issue.
Here is a very good email to Andrew Sullivan comparing Iraq to South Africa. I've been to South Africa, and I think the author has it pegged:
"In reading articles marking 10 years since the end of South Africa apartheid, I was struck by the similarities between that country’s struggle since liberation and the current struggle since the liberation of Iraq. Likewise, I was struck by the relative silence of the left on the real problems South Africa has faced in the past 10 years.
In the early 1990’s, the movement against apartheid was one of the most passionate cause of the American left. The struggle for freedom is South Africa ended on April 27th 1994 when over 90% of the people of that country went to the polls to elect the first democratic government the country had ever seen. Since that time, South Africa has been one of the most, if not the most, dangerous place to live on the planet.
In 1998 for instance, South Africa led the world with a recorded 59 murders per hundred thousand citizens (source: Interpol). By comparison, the United States had 6 per hundred thousand that year; England had 1, France 4, and Russia 21. The closest to South Africa was Colombia, with 56.
Presently, although crime seems to have abated, the country is still racked with problems. An estimated 20.1% of the population has AIDS, 50% of the population is below the poverty line, and 37% of the population is unemployed. The current life expectancy is 46.56 years.
Now, very few people on any side of the political spectrum would argue that South Africa was "better off" under apartheid. Yet, those that oppose our war in Iraq often bitterly complain that the Iraqis are not better off. Both countries, when liberated, were coming from oppressive governments with people unaccustomed to the democratic process. It has taken ten years to get South Africa to the still troubled, but gradually improving, state it is currently in. Why is so much expected of Iraq so quickly? Apparently, the left's criterion for democratic progress is a double standard."
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Wow! I Didn't Know That About Ranger Sergeant Tillman.
We can admire Tillman’s decision to leave the NFL in his prime — leaving behind millions of dollars — to become an Army Ranger following the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy.
When he played, Tillman represented the best qualities of the NFL.
He remained with the Cardinals, despite being offered nearly three times as much money to join the Rams.
The fact that Arizona offered him less money than St. Louis didn’t faze him in the least. He didn’t attempt to engage the teams in a costly bidding war.
He just wanted to play football.
-- John Harris, The Toledo Blade
Trying To Vote Republican In South Central Los Angeles
Unfortunately, the stereotype did have some basis in reality.
During my brief move to North Carolina I had to obtain a new driver's licence, part of this process included voter registration.
The kindly African-American gentleman at the N.C. licence bureau was apparently happy to register a new voter from the Soviet Socialist Republic of Minnesota. At least until he asked about my party affiliation.
"Libertarian," I said.
The bastard suddenly went cold and bureaucratic right at that moment.
-- Les Bates
Saturday, April 24, 2004
You Wanna Talk About Hate.
The Left appears to be primarily motivated by hate. Hatred of themselves, and of human beings in general. Of course their special and most venomous hatred is reserved for those who raise a hand in defense of themselves, their families, their nation, and of civilization in general.
They appear to be behaving as rabid animals, perhaps it is time that we identify and deal with them as such.
-- Les Bates
Friday, April 23, 2004
A few data points from Robert Musil
- We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
- It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51 day operation.
- It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.
- Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Two things I heard on NPR that caught my attention.
1. On the drive home last night I heard their first story on the UN Oil for Food Scandal. This story has been out for months. Besides their obvious bias, what is the reason for the delay in covering this?
2. Richard Clarke was speaking in Cambridge, MA last night and it was covered on WBUR this morning. Mr. Clarke said that he was one of the authors of the Patriot Act and supported it.
He said that another major terrorist attack in the US would be a much greater threat to the Bill of Rights than the Patriot Act.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
I saw Kill Bill Vol 2 over the weekend. A very good movie. Different from Vol 1, but in ways a better movie.
This review (from Japan), is yet another good review of the film.
As is widely known, Tarantino has filled the Kill Bill movies with homages to his favorite films--ranging from spaghetti westerns to violent Japanese movies and kung fu flicks.
But what makes the ex-video shop clerk so special among his peers is that while he freely borrows ideas from the movies that had a big impression on him, Tarantino always manages to mix them with his own ingredients to create a unique cinematic language.
The best bit of magic he always pulls off is his ability to make an audience appreciate everything he does, no matter how cheesy a certain sequence may look or a certain joke may sound. That's because everything in a Tarantino film, whether big or small, has a reason to be there. Nothing happens by accident in his films, because every element is planned down to the smallest detail.
Tarantino surely is one of the biggest cinematic masters of our time.
A myth about conservatism is circulating in academia and journalism and has spread to the 2004 presidential campaign. It goes something like this: the Republican Party assembled a national majority by winning over Southern white voters; Southern white voters are racist; therefore, the GOP is racist. Sometimes the conclusion is softened, and Republicans are convicted merely of base opportunism: the GOP is the party that became willing to pander to racists. Either way, today's Republican Party—and by extension the conservative movement at its heart—supposedly has revealed something terrible about itself.
The problem comes when we try to extend this forward. Black and Black try to do this by showing that Nixon and Reagan crafted positions on busing, affirmative action, and welfare reform in a political climate in which many white voters doubted the virtues of preferential hiring, valued individual responsibility, and opposed busing as intrusive. To be condemned as racist "code," the GOP's positions would have to come across as proxies for these views -and in turn these views would have to be racist. The problem is that these views are not self-evidently racist. Many scholars simply treat them as if they were. Adding insult to injury, usually they don't even pause to identify when views like opposition to affirmative action would not be racist.
In effect, these critics want to have it both ways: they acknowledge that these views could in principle be non-racist (otherwise they wouldn't be a "code" for racism) but suggest they never are in practice (and so can be reliably treated as proxies for racism). The result is that their claims are non-falsifiable because they are tautological: these views are deemed racist because they are defined as racist. This amounts to saying that opposition to the policies favored by today's civil rights establishment is a valid indicator of racism. One suspects these theorists would, quite correctly, insist that people can disagree with the Israeli government without being in any way anti-Semitic. But they do not extend the same distinction to this issue. This is partisanship posturing as social science.
Read the whole thing
A tip of the hat to Oh, That Liberal Media for the link.
The UN is using "MERCENARIES and SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE" in Iraq!
Read the whole thing and pay attention to the comments made when it was thought only the US did this.
From Andrew Sullivan:
ABC News gets a big scoop on the U.N. oil-for-food corruption scandal. I wish I could say I'm shocked. In fact, I'm shocked that more hasn't come out yet. Saddam had a lot of people on the take in the West and the U.N. But this story is about more than a simple U.N. scandal. What it shows is what the alternatives to war against Saddam actually were: a slowly disintegrating regime, becoming ever-more Islamist in tone as it tried to cling to power; sanctions that were in effect starving kids, destroying Iraqi civil society and enriching corrupt U.N. officials and Saddam's family; and the potential of those sanctions being lifted at some point, leading to a resurgence of WMD development. We were so right to intervene. The alternatives were far, far worse.
emphases added to this liberals commentary by me.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Back on March 28, 2004, liberal democrat Senator John Kerry said the Bush White House should learn from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's openness during an inquiry after Pearl Harbor. The Senator has been calling for full disclosure from the White House and claiming that "openness" would be a trait of his administration.
It seems the Senator should practice what he preaches. After stating on Meet the Press that he would disclose all of his military records, a Kerry staffer came out and said that wasn't the case.
The Russians are blocking a proper Oil for Food probe. No surprise there...
"The U.N.'s mechanisms for controlling Oil-for-Food contracts were inadequate, transparency went by the wayside, and effective internal review of the program did not occur. . . . If the United Nations cannot be trusted to run a humanitarian program, its other activities, including peacekeeping, arms inspection regimes or development projects may be called into question." -- Sen. Richard Lugar, April 7
Read the rest...
Monday, April 19, 2004
And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.
This was from the president's inaugural address... that being President Kennedy on Jan. 20, 1961.
There is more.
Well, I missed it. March 25 marked the day I started this thing. I've been rambling and ranting for over a year, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
As for the rest of you bloggers out there, keep at it.
I know of one person who started because of this, stop by Living in the Surreal World and enjoy. I do.
A Warning of possible attacks by other anti-humans.
Given the basic beliefs of the Greens I wouldn't really classify this as "weird news."
Instapundit links to an article I've had a pointer to for years, The Racist Roots of Gun Control.
He also links an interestng article called The Second Amendment: Toward an Afro-Americanist Reconsideration
"The economy is still in the toilet."
Only in the democrat fantasy land where they still want to blame President Bush for the recession Bill Clinton left him with.
The radio show Marketplace said on Friday that all economic indicators were up! In fact, the stock market was down because of fear the feds would raise interest rates in order to slow down the economic growth a bit.
As it's been pointed out before, unemployment is at 5.7%. When Clinton was running for re-election, 5.5% the sign of a healthy, growing economy. Here in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts, where we got slammed by the collapse of the Internet bubble, unemployment is down to 5.1%!
We're on the brink of war in the Middle East,
The last thing the countries in the Middle East want is an actual war with the US or UK.
...the polar ice caps are actually melting
British papers are warning of a ice age in our lifetime...
It is a funny comic, but the author doesn't live the same world as rational thinking human beings.
Sunday, April 18, 2004
John Kerry is on Meet the Press claiming he will create 10 million jobs.
How does he plan on doing this? TAX CUTS!
...and he says he will "pay" for them.
Tim Russert points out that his math doesn't add up.
His spending plans far outstrip any possible income to the government.
There goes his other promise to balance the budget.
Unless there is a war or something like that...
Hmmm...There is that War on Terrorism going on.
Is this part of his run the middle strategy?
He's sounding more like President Bush.
Tax Cuts and a balanced budget, unless there is a war on...
"I'm going to put us back on the track we were on in the 1990s" -- democrat Senator John Kerry on Meet the Press.
Hmm...A fake stock market bubble that turned the economy on the wrong track, Enron (remember that Enron execs flew on Energy Department jets quite often during the Clinton administration), a scandal ridden administration, and a foreign policy that lead to 9/11.
If this is one of his reasons to vote for him, I'm not buying it.
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Friday, April 16, 2004
Neil Boortz says:
You're hearing The Neal Boortz Show today on this radio station because your radio station wants to carry the show, not because some judge ordered them to do so. How sad it would be to depend on the courts to have your talk show carried on crucial stations.
Well .. that's the way things seem to be with the much-vaunted liberal talk radio network, Air America. Last night Air America got an injunction forcing the owner of WNTD in Chicago to put them on the air. This gives new meaning to the term "affiliate relations," doesn't it? Well, it gets worse.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Found in the Washington Times:
A group of September 11 families has released an open letter thanking National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for her testimony before the September 11 commission, and demanding that the commission stop "the incredible notion" that President Bush did nothing to prevent the attacks.
Signed by 40 relatives, the letter complains that commission members are trying to "grandstand for political gain" and embarrass Mr. Bush, according to the New York Post yesterday.
"I see the commission going partisan and that's not the way it's supposed to be. If it does that, it will be nothing but a political disgrace," said former United Firefighters Association Chief Jimmy Boyle, who lost his son, firefighter Michael, on September 11. "It's a whole new world as of Sept. 12, , and I believe President Bush is the right man."
The letter continues, "We believe Dr. Rice when she says that the president 'would have moved heaven and earth' to prevent a terrorist attack had he known such an attack on our homeland was imminent. Any suggestion otherwise is incredible and inflammatory."
But are liberal journalists willing to give these families a forum?
Said political observer Glenn Reynolds at his Web site (www.instapundit.com), "Hey, I wonder if these folks will be on Chris Matthews' 'Hardball'? Maybe Katie Couric will have them on too."
Here is a good one from Protein Wisdom, Author John Kekes, on the "absurdity of egalitarianism":
the relentless egalitarian propaganda eagerly parroted by the media would have us believe that our society is guilty of dooming people to a life of poverty. What this ignores is the unprecedented success of our society in having less than 13 percent of the population live below a very generously defined poverty level and 87 percent above it. The typical ratio in past societies is closer to the reverse. It is a cause for celebration, not condemnation, that for the first time in history a very large segment of the population has escaped poverty. If egalitarians had a historical perspective, they would be in favor of the political and economic system that has made this possible, rather than advocating absurd policies that undermine it.
Stop by Protein Wisdom for the added bonus joke.
Every once in a while you can find a glimmer of truth over on the democrat underground forums.
Like this one, which really annoyed the leftie who posted it:
It was Nixon who created the EPA and got us out of Vietnam. The first black NSA advisor and the first black Secretary of State are Republicans.
Mostly, those forums are only good for a laugh. These are the people who line their hats with tin foil to keep out the evil Republican mind control rays(tm).
Jamie Gorelick belongs in the witness chair, not on the 9/11 commission. At least according to the Wall Street Journal.
We predicted Democrats would use the 9/11 Commission for partisan purposes, and that much of the press would oblige. But color us astonished that barely anyone appreciates the significance of the bombshell Attorney General John Ashcroft dropped on the hearings Tuesday. If Jamie Gorelick were a Republican, you can be sure our colleagues in the Fourth Estate would be leading the chorus of complaint that the Commission's objectivity has been fatally compromised by a member who was also one of the key personalities behind the failed antiterror policy that the Commission has under scrutiny. Where's the outrage?
Read the whole thing.
You'll find out details you won't read in the NY Times, Boston Globe or the LA Times.
The Washington Times does chime in though:
Pressure is growing for Jamie S. Gorelick to resign from the September 11 commission for what the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has called "an inherent conflict of interest."
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
George W. Bush, impervious to such self-deception, has, in a mere two and a half years, reversed the perilous course of a quarter-century. Since September 11, he has removed the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, begun to challenge the Middle East through support for consensual government, isolated Yasser Arafat, pressured the Europeans on everything from anti-Semitism to their largesse to Hamas, removed American troops from Saudi Arabia, shut down fascistic Islamic "charities," scattered al-Qaida, turned Pakistan from a de facto foe to a scrutinized neutral, rounded up terrorists in the United States, pressured Libya, Iran, and Pakistan to come clean on clandestine nuclear cheating, so far avoided another September 11 — and promises that he is not nearly done yet.
I found this over at Andrew Sullivan's site
Air American goes off the air in Chicago and Los Angeles!
Beware! The link goes a forum on democrat underground. Those folks are so far to the loopy left that the make the right wing black helicopter crowd look rational!
Some of the comments however are a hoot:
No phone numbers, a generic form on the Air America web site, no responses to any e-mails -- I called the general phone line and it rang for about five minutes and cut off.
Very angering and disappointing.
It seems the folks at Err America can't pay their bills...
More whinning from the loony lefties:
It sounds to me like George W knows the owners.
This is disgusting.
More like Err American can't pay it's bills. Welcome to the real world...
David Horowitz on How the Left Undermined America's Security Before 9/11.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Even the Russians agree that Senator Kennedy is wrong to compare Iraq to Vietnam! Here is a money quote:
It was Kennedy's older brother, John F. Kennedy, who dragged the United States into the Vietnam quagmire, and the senator should know better than to compare Vietnam and Iraq.
The Vietnam War was a battlefield in the global Cold War that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union and its allies. The Soviet defense industry supplied the North Vietnamese with the latest weapons. In 1975 North Vietnamese regulars, armed and trained by the Soviets, took Saigon. "Winning" the war in Vietnam was impossible without first winning the Cold War. So long as the Soviets were able to maintain a global balance of power, any local war -- in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Nicaragua -- tended to develop into a quagmire.
A tip of the hat to Glenn Reynolds for this link.
DNC Convention to cost Boston businesses money.
Boston Mayor (democrat) Thomas M. Menino's office hailed the democrat convention as a boon to Boston, reaping millions of dollars in economic gains. It seems he was wrong. The Beacon Hill Institue study shows Boston's economy will lose $12.8 million by staging the convention.
The Big Lie is alive and well at the Boston Globe, or is just their standard Bush Hating?
The Globe's leading Editorial today says "Had Bush responded by calling a meeting of department heads concerned with the national security, crucial items in FBI and CIA files could have been perceived as what they were: part of a pattern foreshadowing an attack by terrorists using hijacked airplanes."
Really? Or is this just blame placed by minds locked in a pattern of loathing of the President? Like the liberal democrat member of the 9/11 commission, Mr. Ben-Veniste, they repeat the title of the PDB in question, but make a marked point to ignore the contents
CNN actually quotes the document:
"We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [redacted] service in 1998 saying that bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to secure the release of 'Blind Sheikh' Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists,
Hmmm...like the Bush Haters at the Globe say, there is a mention of hijacking, but it's not the clear warning they claim it is.
The CNN article also lists some high points of the PDB, including:
An allegation that bin Laden was set on striking the United States as early as 1997 and through early 2001.
Hmmm...who had the national security watch from 1997 through January 19, 2001? Not that the Bush Haters at the Boston Globe will ever bring that bit of truth to their pages...
A report that at least 70 FBI investigations were under way in 2001 regarding possible al Qaeda cells/terrorist-related operations in the United States.
This is also missing from the Globe editorial. Don't expect to to see this data in that paper, or the Washington Post or NY Times either.
It appears Newsday is beating the same dead horse, and get called on it.
Monday, April 12, 2004
Several of the follow up comments captures a bit of wisdom:
The whole point of the PDB kerfuffle, the Rice testimony, the demand that Bush publicly testify, the demand thst Bush and Cheney submit to a polygraph in the nude on the White House Lawn, and all the other demands is to "prove" that the administration "has something to hide". This has gone beyond rediculous.
How interesting that both Clinton or Gore were allowed to NOT testify under oath and NOT appear in public. It was clinton and Gore's watch for 8 years, Bush's watch for 8 months (5 of which Al Gore and his democrats were suing and slowing down his governement, so 3 months). Why should they be allowed a mulligan over all this?
Bush seems to be a master of the Braer Rabbit technique - puuleeze, massah, don't make mizzzz rice testify, puuleeze, don't give that memo to the newzzzpapers, and the Dems fall for it every time.
Sunday, April 11, 2004
The CIA's Aug. 6, 2001 memo for President Bush should pose serious new credibility problems for the nation's spy agency, not for Bush.
Democrats such as 9/11 commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste have sought to paint the memo as a CIA warning that Bush ignored a month before the terror attacks - but it turns out to be nothing of the sort.
Far from sounding the alarm about an imminent risk that al Qaeda would hijack airplanes, the CIA pooh-poohed the idea as a "sensational" claim that couldn't be verified.
"We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting such as that from a [foreign intelligence] service in 1998 saying that [Osama] bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Sheik" [Omar Abdel-Rahman] and other U.S. extremists," the CIA wrote.
That foreign intelligence report came in while Bill Clinton was president, but three years later the CIA had found nothing to back it up and thus seemed to downplay it - the very opposite of issuing a red-alert to Bush.
In cataloging potential risks from al Qaeda at Bush's request, the CIA made no mention at all of the threat that planes could be turned into flying bombs, although we now know that idea wasn't a total novelty
-- Read the whole story.
Friday, April 09, 2004
But however significant his legacies, Roosevelt deserves no reverence. He was no hero. Rather, he was an exceptionally resourceful political opportunist who harnessed the extraordinary potential for personal and party aggrandizement inherent in a uniquely troubled and turbulent period of American history. By wheeling and dealing, by taxing and spending, by ranting against “economic royalists” and posturing as the friend of the common man, he got himself elected time after time. But for all his undeniable political prowess, he prolonged the depression and fastened on the country a bloated, intrusive government that has been trampling on the people’s liberties ever since.
Thursday, April 08, 2004
So can you give me some scenarios that you think are sensible, that put some meat on the bones of how we’re going to take on Iraq? What do we mean by this?
MR. KERREY: Invade Iraq and liberate 24 million Iraqis. That’s what I’d do.
Something the French did get right:
In spite of leftist riots and one bombing targeted against McDonald's:
Across France, the chain's executives say, people have voted with their stomachs. Good restaurants still do well, and a lost Michelin star still invites ruin. But the French also want reliable, cheap, hot food at all hours, not just at mealtimes.Of course, mealtime is a wild variable for me.
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
(Note to The Left: When these things happen, Real Nazis shoot hostages. Thousands of them. Every time you use that word to describe this country you spit in the face of those terrified, untold millions who died in a ditch with hands bound behind their back.)I get the impression that the most consistent members of the left in the U.S. are waiting for chance to line up and shoot some of us.
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Sadly, it seems that nothing will be there to balance the utter whiteness of the network's format. Considering that the Democratic Party would be a political nonentity without the support of black voters, the fact that they are shut out and marginalized at every turn is beyond insulting. Air America Radio is just another episode in a long history of callous indifference and clueless misunderstanding the Democratic Party and white liberals in general have shown toward the black community. White liberals need to wake up and realize that this sort of business isn't going to cut it any longer, and black liberals need to speak up loudly and let them know it. Refusing to tune in to Air America Radio would be a good place to start. I know I won't be.
So says Justin Felux
The final policy paper on national security that President Clinton submitted to Congress — 45,000 words long — makes no mention of al Qaeda and refers to Osama bin Laden by name just four times.
The scarce references to bin Laden and his terror network undercut claims by former White House terrorism analyst Richard A. Clarke that the Clinton administration considered al Qaeda an "urgent" threat, while President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, "ignored" it.
-- Read the full article in the Washington Times
Thatliberalmedia.com goes into this in more detail.
Here is money quote:
This, then, is the result of eight years of counterterrorism efforts by the Clinton administration as led by Richard Clarke: twelve arrests. Only twelve arrests, after WTC I, Khobar Towers, the two embassy bombings in Africa, and the attack on the USS Cole. That isn't even the number of terrorists who died staging 9/11. No wonder al-Qaeda felt free to escalate their attacks against the US.
Even more curious is the contention from the Washington Times that this document has been in the public domain during the entire time that Clarke was testifying that he had given a high priority to al-Qaeda, and yet none of the mainstream media -- especially the ones who had headline-gathering interviews celebrating Clarke and his new novel -- ever saw fit to research and report it.
Monday, April 05, 2004
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Fox News Sunday 4/4/04:
Well, I think, first of all, they need to hear the truth. And the truth is that neither the Clinton administration nor the Bush administration had Al Qaida as its number-one objective. It's simply factually false to suggest that.
The truth is that the Bush administration inherited an intelligence community that had been very badly weakened, and that there was no strategic plan for going after Al Qaida on January 20th of 2001.
And the truth is that, until 9/11, the American people were not aware of, and neither was the government -- and this is not a partisan issue. It was impossible, looking at every problem around the planet, to select out bin Laden as the highest priority. I mean, in retrospect you can say that. But if the North Koreans had had a nuclear weapon, we would then be having a commission looking at North Korea. If the Iranians had broken out a nuclear weapon, we'd have a commission looking at Iran.
What I most disagree with about the last two weeks has been this notion that there is a magic bullet, that if only we'd done the right four things, that we would somehow have blocked 9/11.
We just learned in Spain, three years into this war, that it's not easy to stop these people, and they're going to keep killing for a long time. And we need a much more strategic approach to this than just scapegoating.
Senator Biden on the same program:
I agree with Newt, there is no magic bullet. I don't believe, if the president had gone back and done A, B, C and D, we could've avoided 9/11. I'm not making that suggestion at all.
From the Washington Times:
When it comes to the economy, the national news media have been acting as "the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Jack Kelly writes.
"In his story March 26 on the likelihood that National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice would testify again before the commission investigating the September 11 attacks, Adam Nagourney of the New York Times wrote: 'With the economy faltering and Democrats so united, Mr. Bush's terrorism credentials are portrayed by his supporters as the strongest assets he had going against Mr. Kerry.'
"Even if it were true, it would have been of dubious relevance for Nagourney to include the phrase 'with the economy faltering' in a story on an unrelated topic. But it isn't true. The Commerce Department reported March 25 that the economy grew at a 4.1 percent rate in the last quarter of 2003. Coupled with the 8.2 percent growth rate for the third quarter of 2003, the economy has experienced its fastest six months of growth since the period January-June 1984. ...
"It's reasonable to view the employment situation with concern. But to describe the economy as a whole as 'faltering' is to take an unconscionable liberty with the truth," Mr. Kelly said.
"But taking liberties with the truth is what the 'mainstream' media (by this I mean the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the news departments of ABC, NBC and CBS, and — to a lesser degree — The Washington Post and the Associated Press) are all about these days. They are functioning less as journalists than as the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee."
CBS beats the same drum according to the MRC.
Sunday, April 04, 2004
The Left on Americans murdered in Iraq: "Screw them."
This includes the so-called progressives over at the democrat underground, who post:
These swine were MERCENARIES. Paid Hessians. Murderers for hire.
They're worse than Al-Queda. At least Al-Queda is fighting for a cause.
I say "too bad, so sad, bye-bye."
According to the Washington Post, those "mercenaries" were guarding a convoy delivering food!
Frontpage Magazine has more on Hate Speech by democrats on the topic of murdered Americans.
CD Harris on the increase in new jobs and it's effect on the DNC.
Here is one of the replies to that post:
The 5.7% number that unemployment "rose" to is a number we would have killed for during the peanut farmer days. The press had been harping on the "no new jobs" and "jobs disappearing" rather than the traditional unemployment number for precisely this reason. With that feeble piece gone it's going to be even harder for the press to spin this in the Donkeys' favor. Not that they won't try.
Friday, April 02, 2004
Michael Grahams writes about Err America:
"His closest brush with comedy was a bit where Franken's cohorts allegedly had Ann Coulter locked in the green room and had cranked up the thermostat. What made the joke work was the listener's knowledge that, had the media-omnipresent Coulter been invited, she would have gladly been O'Franken's first guest. And she would have stolen the show, which in this case would only qualify as a petty larceny."