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Thursday, April 29, 2004

After a bit of a blog break, I'm back.

Great piece in the Journal about the foiled WMD bomb plot on the American Embassy in Amman. Like the piece says, I guess the media only covers Weapons of Mass Destruction when there's a body count.

A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll which barely made news even on the CNN website concluded that a full 61% of Iraqis feel that even though the U.S.-led war may have done more harm than good,Saddam Hussein's ouster made it worth any hardships. Don't tell that to John Kerry or the rest of the American Left.

Finally, the hero of the day: State of Idaho Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez who, in a stroke of genius, billed the Mexican government about $2 million for illegal aliens who have been on the taxpayers' dole. No word yet on if the Governator is going to send Vincente Fox a bill for 50 billion. He just might because we all know what a racist Schwarzenegger and the rest of Republicans are...wait a minute...Vasquez. Hmmmmmmmm....

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Inside info. on Arafat

I friend here in Jerusalem who works for the Swedish Government, specifically focused on Palestinian children and their education, who met with the PLO Chairman today. My friend said that although Arafat wasn't phyically shaken, as we have often been acustomed to seeing on TV with his lower lip trembling, he said that Arafat was personally troubled and upset with recent statements made by Sharon about his renigging on previous promises to President Bush not to harm Arafat. I'm having dinner monday with the same friend (along with an Israeli, and Arab what a great 4-some) and I will let you know what other inside info. he has to share.

Inside info. on Arafat

The Ranger Creed

Friday, April 23, 2004

'Rangers lead the way!'...

RIP Pat Tillman, a face every American can relate to in order realize the sacrifice our men and women are making overseas. Good Bless him, a true American hero. No one can say it better then Arizona Senator John McCain:

"Many American families have suffered the same terrible sacrifice that Pat's family must now bear, and the patriotism that their loved ones' exemplified is as fine and compelling as Pat's. But there is in Pat Tillman's example, in his unexpected choice of duty to his country over the riches and other comforts of celebrity, and in his humility, such an inspiration to all of us to reclaim the essential public-spiritedness of Americans that many of us, in low moments, had worried was no longer our common distinguishing trait.

"When Pat made his choice to leave the NFL and became an Army Ranger, he declined requests for interviews because he viewed his decision as no more patriotic than that of his less fortunate, less renowned countrymen who loved our country enough to volunteer to defend her in a time of peril. It is that first lesson of patriotism that we should reaffirm in our own lives as we celebrate the courageous life and mourn the heroic death of this most honorable American."

Giving Bush the benefit of the doubt
In a must read piece by Peggy Noonan this week, she raises two very important points factor that will give the President the edge in the upcoming Presidential Election. The first, that Americans trust George W. Bush. They can relate to him, the understand the way he walks and what he means. They don't think he's a smooth talker, they trust him. They trust that he is doing his best and what's best for America. How else can his popularity remaining relatively high be explained? The Economy and Iraq aside, the Americans understand the threat of terrorism to their way of life and they believe Bush is doing his best. Much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party, there are other states that vote in the electoral college besides the "left coast", the Union states (Michigan, Illinois) and New York. The vast majority of Americans have morals which are very Midwestern/southern (I refer you to the 2000 County by County Presidential Election Map below). They believe in family, they believe in God, they believe in their country and the fight we face in our country's latest test to defend freedom.

The second factor, insightfully pointed out by Noonan, is that in an Presidential election campaign against an incumbent is of course a referendum on the job they have done. Coincidently, to vote that person out of office you must have a credible person to replace them. As she brilliantly states, " It's OK that he looks like a sad tree, but you can't look like a sad, hollow tree. And it looks a little hollow in there. As if Iraq is an issue Kerry feels he has to handle deftly, and not a brutal question we have to solve, together. As if homeland security is an issue, or civil defense, or preparedness. They're not issues. They're life and death. Mr. Kerry doesn't seem to know". Of course, if the Democrats want to run an election on the mere fact that their candidate isn't Bush, they will lose plain and simple. They have yet to address the major issues facing our Nation, beyond of course Kerry's ludicrous promise to create 10 million new jobs, and the American people will not feel that Kerry is a credible or trustworthy enough candidate to replace the President.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Intifada a ''crime against the Palestinian people''
Are the Palestinian people finally waking up? Daniel Pipes thinks so:

Sharon's tough policies have established that terrorism damages Palestinian interests even more than it does Israeli ones. This has led some analysts deeply hostile to Israel to recognize that the ''second intifada'' was a grievous error. Violence ''just went haywire,'' says Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University. An ''unmitigated disaster,'' journalist Graham Usher calls it. A ''crime against the Palestinian people,'' adds an Arab diplomat.

''We wasted three years for nothing, this uprising didn't accomplish anything,'' says Mahar Tarhir, 25, an aluminum-store owner. ''Anger and disillusionment have replaced the fighting spirit that once propelled the Palestinian movement,'' finds Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, a reporter for Knight Ridder.

As for Israelis, as early as July 2003 the military brass reached the conclusion that Israel was achieving victory. More sharply, Israeli analyst Asher Susser concluded in the Middle East Quarterly back then that the Palestinian effort to break the Israeli spirit through terror ''has failed,'' and resorting to force ''was a catastrophic mistake, the worst the Palestinians have made since 1948.''

Tony Blankley of the Washington Times says if the Palestinians haven't figured out already that they've lost, they better do it soon. Before Sharon does it for them.

And if Hamas really wants to fight against Israel AND the US, I'm sure President Bush would be glad to do so. After all the President's policy supporting preemtive attacks on terrorists and the states that sponsor them is quite clear and by Hamas' own violent rhetoric they've already made themselves a possible easy target of the administration. Bush certainly sees little difference between attacks in New York, Spain or Jerusalem and Hamas has already spoken, and acted, expictly about attacking Americans both in the states and abroad and also in uniting with al-Qaeda to achieve those same means.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

When politically correct worlds collide.

Monday, April 19, 2004

In Memory of the Millions Who Perished

Today is Remeberence Day in the State of Israel. At 10am this morning, a siren went off across the entire country and people stopped what they were doing for two minutes of silence (except for the Arabs driving their cars around Jerusalem who continued to drive and honk their horns in disrespect) and marked the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. It was quite surreal to be walking on my way to school and have the whole world stop around you for two minutes. People got out of their cars. A woman and her daughter embraced. A man sobbed.

Some people can't understand why Israel acts the way it does sometimes in its dealings with the Palestinians. But make no mistake, Israel knows another Holocaust will not happen. That is the legacy of the survivors of Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau that Israel will fight for their survival in memory of those innocent men, women and children lead to the gas chambers like sheep to the slaughter.

Austrian civilians forced to remove bodies after the liberation of a concentration cam

Women and children unfit to work await their death

Mass grave in Poland

Men's barracks after Allied liberation

Children after liberation

German citizens forced by American Soldiers to look at their atrocities
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Israel is a great resource for anyone wishing to learn more.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Kilt-Wearing Marine Plays Bagpipes for Troops

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Quote of the day from Teresa Heinz-Kerry:

"I can't believe my family left Africa and came to this country," Heinz Kerry complained to the New York Post's Cindy Adams. "I can't believe I ever even married an American."

"A politician's wife has a hard life," she said. "To become more of a 'thing' and less of a person is terrible."

Teresa's tirade continued, "I can't believe I married a second politician." Then referring to her first husband, the late Sen. John Heinz, she blasted: "I can't believe I married the first politician. He wasn't one when we met."

"What people don't know is that I am basically shy. I never wanted to do this," Heinz Kerry complained.

Another one bites the dust!
RANTISI: Hamas's most extreme figure both with regard to Israel and the PA

Hamas leader Rantissi killed in IAF strike in Gaza City
Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi was killed in an Israeli helicopter missile strike on his car Saturday evening. Two other people were killed in the strike, witnesses said.

A burned, destroyed car was left on the road near Rantisi's house and one badly burned body was removed from the car by paramedics. Witnesses said there were three people in the car at the time.

Palestinians ran into the street following the strike and called for revenge.

Rantisi was the newly-appointed head of the militant group in Gaza, following the assassination of Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in a similar Israeli strike last month.

Tiger Woods finishes military training. Army decides against sending him to Fallujah.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Bush and his "Cowboy Diplomacy" do it again:

Syria Says U.S. Asked for Help With Iraq


If our troops have these horrifying things to deal with ON TOP OF fighting cowardly terrorists,
then they deserve not only our praise, loyality and appreciation, but some damn COMP PAY.

Why I am confident the American people will do the right thing and reelect the President:

In the United States, a person who has knowledge must be respected.
But someone who shares our values can be trusted.
And the choice of a president is ultimately about trust more than respect.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Europe: "No deal with bin Laden"
They might as well make one, considering their current contributions to fighting the war against terrorism. Some allies!

I shouldn't be so pessimistic, but it was nice to hear Jacques Chirac say he wouldn't negotiate with terrorists, especially if their school girls wearing head scarves.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

AIDS-infected bomb prepared for one of 10 Palestinian terrorist attacks plotted and foiled for Israel’s just ended eight-day Passover. Disgusting new tactics by an increasingly evil enemy, does anyone really think Israel's fight is now any different from America's?

Monday, April 12, 2004

Hope everyone had a great Easter!

Just in time for the Resurrection, a few stories have come out about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.
One from National Geographic,
One from the Learning Channel.

I don't know or care if the Shroud is authentic or not, all I know is that my religion is based on faith, not a piece of terry cloth, see John 20:29.

Friday, April 09, 2004

A solemn Good Friday to everyone, I have updated my pictures
of Holy Week on the right so feel free to check them out. They
will be updated as the week goes on. So far I have images from
the Latin Tenebrae service I went to on Holy Thursday and pics
from doing the Via Dolorosa, or Way of the Cross.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Condi's Testimony is here.

Quotes of the Day:

"It is, indeed, extraordinary how often a nation in decline destroys itself
by the increasing bitterness of its internal feuds. How many Western
politicians today jeopardize the safety of their own countries in order to
embarasstheir party rivals?"

-Sir John Glubb, Soldiers of Fortune

"Ameers of the Muslims for a long time now you have been devouring the
treasures of this country, and now you refuse to march. Right! I am going
to march! Those who are faithful can go with me, the rest can return home!"

-Sultan Qutuz, right before the Battle of Ayn Jaloot where the great Mamluk
army defeated the Mongol Hordes bearing down on the Islamic Empire, thus
saving his empire and Western Civilization from total destruction.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Quotes of the Day:

Hassan Nasrallah, a Moqtada al-Sadr relative and leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah, succinctly put it: "We may be unable to drive the Americans out of Iraq. But we can drive George W. Bush out of the White House."

John Kerry, Democratic Presidential Nominee, speaking of al-Sadr's newspaper, which was shut down by coalition forces last week after it urged violence against U.S. troops: "They shut a newspaper that belongs to a legitimate voice in Iraq."

I love Berlusconi .

Does anyone think this cartoon would be tolerated if Condi Rice was working for a Democrat?
Where's the NAACP?
Where's "The Reverend" Jesse Jackson?
WHere's "Reverend" Al Sharpton?
It's unbelievable the things liberals get away with in this country.
America should change its name to
The United States of Hypocracy and double standards

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

I was just looking for a funny picture of a baby eating his first birthday cake in honor of my mom's birthday today and I thought the picture I chose was pretty good. Upon visiting the website I also, learned that the kid in the picture is something of a miracle baby, born just 25 weeks after conception!!! I thought it was a pretty amazing story and there are some unbelievable pictures of the kid after he was just born, couldn't have been bigger then an adult's hand. Check them out here.


Hopefull you'll be a little neater than this kid. Have fun in Vegas!

Monday, April 05, 2004

Terrorists tell Spain to withdraw troops from Iraq AND Afghanistan or their country will be turned "into an inferno". New Spanish Government reviews their Neville Chamberlain Book of Foreign Relations for advice.

JetBlue No. 1 in Quality for U.S.

Shout out to Mel-Dawg and everyone else at Jet Blue, the best in the business.

Sharon: "Arafat 'Marked Man'"

Sharon reiterated his statement today that Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat is a "marked man", saying "Today it is clear to the United States and to everyone just who Arafat is". Sharon said that three years ago, he promised President Bush that Israel would not harm Arafat, but since then circumstances had changed. I'm not big on the Arafat threats, in no way do I condone the killing of Palestinian Leaders, even Yassin. I mean I think God has given me the right to judge anyone worthy or not to live, as Gandalf says in The Fellowship of the Ring : "Many who live deserve death, and many who die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."

However, I do believe Israel has the right to defend her citizens has best she sees fit, and we all know that Sheikh Yassin was no St. Francis of Assisi tending to his garden when a IDF gunship launched rockets on him; nor should we believe that Arafat is nothing other then a brutal leader who offers no hope for the Palestinians while stoking the flames of hatred and supporting the current intifada and the murder of innocent Israelis. If Israel does choose to go this route with Arafat, I wish they would just do it and stop talking about it, I think that only makes it worse.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Why Is John Kerry "Catholic"?

I'm sorry but I have a BIG frickin problem with John Kerry pretending to be Catholic while he receives Holy Communion at the Charles Street AME Church in Boston. The Holy Communion for Non-Catholics represents something totally different then what the Roman Catholic Church teaches. And here it is PALM SUNDAY and the guy doesn't even attend a CATHOLIC CHURCH!!! The fact that he would use religion to court the Black vote is so disgusting, but what can you expect from someone who supports the legalized murder of babies. What is the point of him even calling himself Catholic? He does look pretty fresh since his botox refresher, uhh I mean "shoulder surgery".

Fox News All-Star and editor of the Weekly Standard has a pithy piece about the Falluja/Mogadishu connection and how "the Bush administration has to ensure that the reactions to Falluja and Mogadishu go down in the history books as studies in contrast, not in similarity". Check it out here.

Here's an interesting piece from the Washington Post about how Joe and Jane Sixpack in Middle America are more likely to put up with a high level of casualties in wartime, more then elites and more then military personnel. But that the public takes their cue from political leaders as to when their tolerance of such deaths has reached an end. An interesting piece. Of course I do recall that most Americans wanted to put more troops in Somalia following the Mogadishu debacle, but Clinton cut and ran. Here too I would suspect that an overwhelming majority of Americans would favor overwhelming reprisals in Falluja, and of course Bush knows we can't cut and run this time so I think he'll see steady support in whatever measured response the military takes.

A tribute to this killed in Falluja.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
Troops Wait Eagerly to Reenter Fallouja

This is brilliant, a bright New Yorker takes to the streets to find out if people can determine which political leader made comments about Saddam's WMDs.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Lots of things going on today

First off, I was awakened by the sounds of Israeli Police firing stun grenades and rubber pellets to quell Palestinians throwing rocks at police and Jewish worshippers at the end of Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Next, the great state of California unveiled its version of the state quarter.

Naturalist John Muir with a California Condor flying next to Yosemite National Park's World famous rock formation, Half Dome. Although I'm a bit biased, I think this is by far the best state quarter that has been presented yet. For anyone who has been to Yosemite, and knows of the life and works of John Muir this is indeed gratifying. As many Californians have a special place in our heart for Yosemite and a great respect for the hard work Muir put in during his life to make sure Yosemite stayed as naturally a beautiful place as was possible, while seeking to have as many people as possible enjoy it's beauties.

Also, breaking news appears that Spanish authorities have found another explosive device found on a high speed train near Toledo.

And, also breaking it appears that 308,000 jobs were created in the month of March, the most for a month long span of time in the last 4 years. Once again good news for America is bad news for Democrats, so much for a "job-less recovery". More coming soon.

March Job Growth Strongest in 4 Years...

Manufacturing Activity At 16-Year High...