TURKEY BURGER ANYONE?
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Check out these FACTS from the Lacy Petterson case:
1. Laci disappeared (and was murdered) on or around Dec. 24, 2002
2. Scott Peterson admits to fishing in the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve
3. 4 months after Laci disappeared and was killed, partial remains of Laci and her fetus washed ashore two miles from where he said he was fishing.
If this guy gets off it will be the biggest travesty since OJ Simpson.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Sen. Clinton exposes Democrats for what they really are: socialists
'We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good'... check it
Main Entry: so·cial·ism
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
Monday, June 28, 2004
After a long break, Casey is back with a piece about gas prices just in time for the summer. Very pithy, and quite optimistic, like a true conservative. Nice work CJ, the piece can be read here.
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Arafat: "Olympics" means "peace"
Unless, of course, you were one of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian militants at 1972 Munich Olympics.
Yasser Arafat was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993.
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004
The "political correctness will be the downfall of the United States" watch...continues
Iraqis, Seeking Foes of Saudis, Contacted bin Laden, File Says
Justice Department indictment --- Nov. 4, 1998 --- charging bin Laden with murder in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
The indictment disclosed a close relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam's regime, which included specialists on chemical weapons and all types of bombs, including truck bombs, a favorite weapon of terrorists.
The 1998 indictment said: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq."
Quote of the day:
"The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States"
From George Orwell's Notes on Nationalism in May 1945.
"After leaving the theater and walking by the black man now shaking his head at what Moore had wrought and the people with bring-down-Bush clipboards, I made my way back to New Jersey through the PATH train at the World Trade Center where, most of you know, I was on 9/11. And now I was shaking my head. Michael Moore did not present bin Laden and the terrorists and religious fanatics (from other lands) as the enemy who did this. No, to him, our enemy is within. To him, our enemy is us. And that's worse than stupid and sad and it's most certainly not entertaining. It's disgusting."
VICTIMS OF TERROR
'I saw people without arms. I saw a person with their stomach hanging open. I saw a 10-year-old-boy breathe his last breath. I can't believe anybody would do anything like this.'
An online timeline of the terror attacks against Israel can be viewed here.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
CHANGE OF ADDRESS:
IDELSON DORMS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY
BUILDING 18, FLAT 2
FRENCH HILL, JERUSALEM 97665
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Memoirs from a President
Page 197: "I was so exhausted I fell asleep while the stripper was dancing and the goat head was looking up at me."
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Europe vs. America
Germany edges out Arkansas in per capita GDP.
A great story, excerpt:
U.S. GDP per capita was a whopping 32% higher than the EU average in 2000, and the gap hasn't closed since. It is so wide that if the U.S. economy had frozen in place at 2000 levels while Europe grew, the Continent would still require years to catch up. Ireland, which has lower tax burdens and fewer regulations than the rest of the EU, would be the first but only by 2005. Switzerland, not a member of the EU, and Britain would get there by 2010. But Germany and Spain would need until 2015, while Italy, Sweden and Portugal would have to wait until 2022.
Higher GDP per capita allows the average American to spend about $9,700 more on consumption every year than the average European. So Yanks have by far more cars, TVs, computers and other modern goods. "Most Americans have a standard of living which the majority of Europeans will never come anywhere near," the Swedish study says.
First some help from Putin, now a little back up from Billy Boy
And the British Press reports on something that the American media can't seem to wrap their little partisan heads around...There was a link between Saddam and al-Qa'eda
There are plenty of good-news stories in Iraq, too. Here are half a dozen.
Saturday, June 19, 2004
If you're as sick of the Saudis as I am, read this.
Friday, June 18, 2004
The fark.com post of the day:
WHY THE F ARE WE IN IRAQ? Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't all but 1 of the 9/11 hijackers from Saudi Arabia? Isn't UBL from Saudi Arabia? Don't Saudi Arabian "charities" fund terrorism around the world? Why are we not taking Saudi Arabia to task for harboring terrorists? Is it because the Saudi Royal family is our drug dealer and our drug of choice is oil? Come on people, this is f-ed up. What does the war in Iraq have to do with terrorism? Why have over 800 American soldiers died in Iraq fighting for "Iraqi Freedom" while American civilians die in "friendly" Saudi Arabia? If 16 North Koreans and one chinese guy had pulled off 9/11, we'd be at war with North Korea, wouldn't we?
Has Israel won the Intifada? Charles Krauthammer thinks so.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
O'Reilly Talking Points Memo:
I bet that some time in your life, you've done a favor for somebody and suffered because of it. Well, that's what's happening to the USA right now. We did a favor for the world by removing a brutal dictator and giving millions of people a chance for freedom in Iraq. And now we're paying a huge price.
Take a look at these Iraqi morons, celebrating the murders of 13 people, an American, eight Iraqis and four others. A terrorist bomb killed those poor souls. And the disgusting people you are looking at in Baghdad think it's just great.
Now, that kind of image is tough to take, because even though I believe most Iraqis are decent people, there are far too many bad Iraqis. And America's losing fine soldiers trying to bring freedom to that country.
There's no question that we are the good guys in Iraq, just as we were in South Vietnam, Korea, and during World War II. All of those conflicts were fought to keep people free. But many ignorant people think we're the bad guys.
The truth is that waging aggressive war against terrorism is a must. We have to do it. Maybe Iraq is the wrong battlefield, but our intentions there are honorable.
Saddam was a terrorist and a mass murderer. There's no question about that. While the Bush administration was embarrassingly wrong about WMDs, and that hurt the moral clarity of the war, captured Iraqi documents are now proving that Saddam did indeed have ties to Al Qaeda and bin Laden.
Just today, the war criminal Abu al-Zarqawi, an Al Qaeda leader, claimed responsibility for killing the 13 human beings you saw when they died yesterday in Iraq. Zarqawi fled to Iraq after he was wounded in Afghanistan and was given safe harbor and medical treatment by Saddam.
So somebody alert Al Gore to that connection. The perception that America is somehow the villain in Iraq comes from America's enemies abroad, and that includes France, and from anti-Bush partisans here in the USA. Certainly Abu Ghraib was horrendous, but those soldiers don't represent this country. They committed crimes and they'll pay for those crimes.
And any government official or military brass that aided those crimes should also be punished.
Talking Points is angry that so many people abroad simply will not unite to fight terrorism and evil, and that millions of Americans don't understand the country's at war. And it has to be. Sticking your head in the proverbial sand, hoping you won't be harmed by terrorists is not going to cut it anymore. We're fighting for our lives here. How we fight is, of course, a legitimate debate, but portraying America as the bad guy is simply dangerous, dishonest and pathetic.
And that's The Memo.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Iran massing troops on Iraq border --- Transfer of power to Iraqis less than 2 weeks away
Monday, June 14, 2004
US Army unveils its new digital camouflage pattern, in the first major change to the US Army uniform since 1981.
President Bush unveiled former President Clinton's offical Presidential portrait today at the White House with an incredibly flattering speech.
You can read it here. It is a real testament to the kind of guy W. is.
An awesome article about the journey from life into death and beyond in today's LA Times. It's a bit long, but if you have the time I really suggest reading it. Gave me the chills.
"The observations built on an earlier four-year study by physicians Karlis Osis and Erlendur Haraldsson, in which hundreds of physicians and nurses observed 50,000 dying patients from India and the U.S. In both cultures, patients commonly reported deathbed visions of movement toward something and of being greeted by deceased loved ones who were helping them to "cross over" in their last moments."
Sunday, June 13, 2004
The good, the bad, and the ugly at the Los Angeles Police Historical Society Museum
Saturday, June 12, 2004
The text of Lady Thatcher's moving eulogy can be found here.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Awesome article by Andrew Sullivan about what it was like looking at Reagan from the other side of the Atlantic while growing up, reminds me of a certain someone who wrote a 7th grade book report on a Rush Limbaugh bestseller, excerpts:
"I remember a crisp sunny day in Cambridge after the bombing of Libya in retaliation for terrorism. I was exultant. Others were outraged. I learned then that parts of the American left would rather leave tyrants and terrorists in place than exercise American power--and that those parts had come to control the American establishment. They were crippled by a self-doubt that many in my generation never felt. If anything, our self-doubt came from the patent abdication by our parents of any responsibility for arresting Western decline and decay. Thatcher and Reagan--on their own--ended that abdication."
"I remember seeing a cover-story in The New York Times at the time by Johnny Apple: "Why Is This Man So Popular?" I remember laughing out loud at it in a sandwich shop in Georgetown, and thinking, not for the last time, "How Can Some Liberals Be So Dumb?"'
"And as I basked in the Gipper's warmth, I found myself becoming an American myself--an American of Reagan's vintage, where freedom need not be apologized for nor faith in God or the future reviled."
"In 1983, I was confined to an eight-by-ten-foot prison cell on the border of Siberia. My Soviet jailers gave me the privilege of reading the latest copy of Pravda. Splashed across the front page was a condemnation of President Ronald Reagan for having the temerity to call the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's "provocation" quickly spread throughout the prison. We dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us."
- Natan Sharansky, in the Jersualem Post.
Monday, June 07, 2004
A fascinating read about the protocols for a full-state funeral for former presidents, exerpt:
President Kennedy's funeral in 1963 was modeled after Abraham Lincoln's, as requested by Jacqueline Kennedy in her first public statement after her husband's assassination.
Historians pored over musty documents in the middle of the night by flashlight -- the Library of Congress' automatic lights could not be rigged to come on after hours -- as the stunned country waited for a plan.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
OUTLINE OF FUNERAL EVENTS IN HONOR OF RONALD WILSON REAGAN ARE HERE.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
Rest in Peace Gipper
"The house we hope to build is not for my generation but for yours. It is your future that matters. And I hope that when you are my age, you will be able to say as I have been able to say: We lived in freedom. We lived lives that were a statement, not an apology."
"When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
Me as Secretary of Defense...Part 2
Must read piece from a 1946 Issue of ">Life Magazine.
GOOD NEWS FOR AMERICA = BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS
The Economy is strong and getting stronger. 1.1 millilon jobs added so far this year; the unemployment rate of 5.6% is lower than the average unemplyment rate of the 70s, 80s and of that magical period in America's economic exsistence the 1990s. The economy also grew at 3.8% last quarter, faster than any other industrialized nation's economy in the world. I don't expect we'll be hearing any economic rhetoric from John F. Kerry anytime soon, after all it's the economy right stupid?
Friday, June 04, 2004
Sad day for all Angelino commuters
There are no connections between Iraq and Al-Qaeda. Oh yeah, Iraqis Nab Al Qaeda-Linked Terrorist today.
Sad reminder of what we're still dealing with in China.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Clinton tells the truth for once?
"If you go back and read what (Bush) said in the campaign, he's just doing what he'd said he'd do. You've got to give him credit for that... No one has the whole truth," Clinton said.
Welcome to all the new LA2AL-Quds visitors, if you're here for the pictures of Stella and Yakov they're here. The registration for imagestation is quite painless. Also the pictures are permanently linked on the right hand column, appropriately titled "Stella and Yakov's Wedding".
While the rest of the world is fighting terrorism...France is having a funeral for the pickled heart of former monarch Louis XVII. Brilliant.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Living the Dream
Notre Dame ranks 8th among top 10 "dream schools"
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
From Andrew Sullivan:
If someone had said in February 2003, that by June 2004, Saddam Hussein would have been removed from power and captured; that a diverse new government, including Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, would be installed; that elections would be scheduled for January 2005; and that the liberation of a devastated country of 25 million in which everyone owns an AK-47 had been accomplished with an army of around 140,000 with a total casualty rate (including accidents and friendly fire) of around 800; that no oil fields had been set aflame; no WMDs had been used; no mass refugee crises had emerged; and no civil war had broken out... well, I think you would come to the conclusion that the war had been an extraordinary success. And you'd be right. Yes, there are enormous challenges; and yes, so much more could have been achieved without incompetence, infighting and occasional inhumanity. But it's worth acknowledging that, with a little perspective, our current gloom is over-blown. Stocks in Iraq have been way over-sold. I even regret some minor sells myself. Now watch the media do all it can to accentuate the negative.
If Luke was the Secretary of Defense there wouldn't be any American troops in South Korea.
Even this makes me feel old:
'Baby Jessica' now a graduate
Kerry: Nuclear Terrorism Is Gravest Threat to U.S.
You don't say Senator, guess that's why he's running for president. Brilliant
Rush had an incredible interview with a US Officer who had just returned from duty in Iraq yesterday. You can read the transcript or listen to the whole interview here, but the good excerpts I've taken and pasted below:
RUSH: Let me ask, I have been told some things. I'll bet you that the posture that you are required to assume has changed from the days you got there till now. I bet I could fire on them at some point and I'll bet you now you're more handcuffed, can't fire back as often as you could?
CALLER: Well, when you talk to certain people that are in charge over there they're saying that they've not changed the rules of engagement at all, but I can tell you it's trickled down to the soldiers and a lot of it is due to media coverage. There's a reporter on every corner in Baghdad. You dang near have to be shot before you feel comfortable enough to shoot back, and it's a very serious, a very scary situation.
RUSH: You take mortar rounds and not do anything about it? Has that been from the beginning?
CALLER: No. At the beginning, we were taking care of business, Rush. I mean, we were allowed to do our job. And a lot of it is -- we still have a lot of embeds (reporters), and those kinds of people that had gone through the war, and they knew the deal -- and then we started getting people from all over the place coming in and pretty much dictating (laughing) what we would do on the street by just being there. Making simple arrests, there would be a camera stuck in your face, and you'd have to be very careful, and I'll tell you right now the Iraqi people are not real nice people. Now, I would say the majority them want us there, but there are some out there that just absolutely don't like us and they will cause problems -- and the thing of it is, they know they got media in their back pocket.
RUSH: Okay, so you've had a chance to compare the media you're seeing here versus the American media, bits and doses or whatever that you got over there. What's your impression of news reporting about what's happening in Iraq from your stateside vantage point?
CALLER: I told a lot of people at my hometown church the same thing, Rush. I have been more scared of Iraq watching it from the news over here than I ever was over there -- and I was in quite a few little skirmishes, lots of firefights, about 75 hostile raids and I have never been so scared in my life watching it over here on this news. It's not near as bad as people think it is.
RUSH: Well, that's what always has amazed me, Jeff, because you all volunteered for it, and there isn't any whining. Whining is going on back here.
CALLER: You know, and that's what I was telling my wife on the way to town today. I'm really worried about this nation. I'm worried about it, and I see it from the perspective now, after being at war for this nation. I come back and I'm scared to death at just how stupid people are. Just forgive me if that's a bad thing to say on the radio but I just cannot believe how stupid people are, and it's scary to me, Rush. It really is.
RUSH: You mean stupid in the sense they don't understand what's actually going on?
CALLER: They don't understand what's actually going on, Rush, and there's people out there misleading them, running them down the wrong road. And they are so quick. The one thing that really chaps me more than anything else is that, "We're over there for oil," and it chaps me to no end because, if you were there, you would see that oil really -- at least at the tactical level -- now, strategic and operation, maybe -- not operation, but strategic, maybe, and you know what, that's fine. That's fine by me. But at the level that I'm at, this is the farrest [sic] thing from oil. There is a real threat in the Middle East. Those people hate us. I've never been hated so much before in my life as we run up against some of these people -- and I tell you what, we've got a war going on in Iraq and it's not going on right here, and I believe that, and people may be saying that all over the United States, but I'm telling you. That war is going on over there because we're making that war over there.