Friday, June 30, 2006

Pelosi Opens the Border Unconditionally

This moron wants us to extend all of our Constitutional and Legal rights to all people, anywhere in the world. She honestly thinks we owe our rights to others, not from this country, who FIRE WEAPONS at our soldiers. Unbelievable. Does this make her a Commie, or a Socialist? Either way, she needs a one-way ticket to Gitmo.

From her press office today, commenting on the Supremes' decision about Gitmo:

June 29, 2006
Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider

Pelosi Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Guantanamo Military Commissions

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today following the United States Supreme Court decision that trying Guantanamo detainees before military commissions violates U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision reaffirms the American ideal that all are entitled to the basic guarantees of our justice system. This is a triumph for the rule of law.

“The rights ofdue process are among our most cherished liberties, and today’s decision is a rebuke of the Bush Administration’s detainee policiesand a reminder of our responsibility to protect both the American people and our Constitutional rights. We cannot allow the values on which our country was founded to become a casualty in the war on terrorism.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pinko Liberal crapola

I'll update this with my comments as soon as I calm down...

Reason # 17 why we should do away with the EU...(hyperbole, not a real threat).

From The Wall Street Journal Opinion Page:

Unlawful Rendition

June 27, 2006; Page A14

At about 10 in the morning on Sunday Aug. 15, 1994, a small plane landed at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris. On board was a team of agents from the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, or DST -- broadly speaking, the French equivalent to the CIA. Their handcuffed and hooded prisoner had been captured only hours before in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. His name was Illich Sanchez Ramirez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, self-styled revolutionary, terrorist and murderer.

Two years later, the European Commission on Human Rights, a predecessor of the European Court of Human Rights, rejected his complaint and ruled that the circumstances of his arrest and transfer to France did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

This ruling by a Council of Europe body has been repeatedly used by the highest officials in the U.S. State Department to try to prove that so-called extraordinary renditions are justified and lawful under international law, including European human-rights laws.

I am disappointed because this is nothing less than obfuscation.

The decision in the case of Sanchez Ramirez v. France is only seven pages long and can be read in a couple of minutes. It is available on the Council of Europe Web site -- admittedly only in French, but I find it almost impossible to believe that the entire State Department has so profoundly misunderstood a straightforward legal ruling because of linguistic difficulties.

What Condoleezza Rice's colleagues systematically -- perhaps deliberately? -- omit in their analogies between the capture of Carlos and so-called extraordinary renditions of al Qaeda terrorist suspects are a few basic and very important details.

Carlos did not disappear, nor did he end up in some Caribbean gulag. He was taken to Paris and brought before a judge, with the right to a lawyer and a fair trial. This was because he was arrested on the basis of a valid arrest warrant, issued before his capture on the basis of his alleged involvement in a car-bomb attack which killed two people and injured 70 people in Paris. An arrest warrant is a piece of paper signed by a judge. This may not seem much, but it makes all the difference. This is the stuff our freedom is made of.

The Commission on Human Rights acknowledged that Carlos may have been arrested and transferred to France in an unusual manner, but this did not change their views on the lawfulness of his detention. And this proves another very important point.

Contrary to the belief of some people, the European Convention on Human Rights is not a collection of lax, ineffectual and utopian principles. It is a body of international law, which was drafted in difficult and uncertain times and has been tested in courts ever since. The convention balances the rights and freedoms of individuals against the interest of the larger community. It allows for a robust, effective and fair response to the threats faced by society, including from terrorism. In Europe, we reject the bogus choice between our security and our freedom.

After his arrest, Illich Ramirez Sanchez was given a fair trial and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Today he may be an angry old man, but he is not a martyr. He spends his time filing complaints through the very system he once set out to destroy. I do not know whether Carlos has atoned for his crimes, but what is important is that he has been deprived of the opportunity to commit new crimes or alternatively inspire other people to follow his example.

There is a message in all that. A really effective fight against terrorism is one which stops more terrorists than it helps to recruit.

Mr. Davis is secretary general of the Council of Europe.

Senator Roberts' Letter

Here is a copy of the letter sent by Senator Pat Roberts to John Negroponte, asking that the leaks reported in the NYTimes be investigated. Any bets on whether it will be acted upon?

My preference is to revoke the NYTimes' White House Press creds. National Review has been big on backing this.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Geneva Convention, The Supreme Court, and Terrorists

Please read this article, as well, from National Review:

[The] Geneva [Convention]'s Golden Rule is earned reciprocity. Article 2 of the Convention makes it very clear: a non-party may earn the privileges and immunities of the treaty if it “accepts and applies the provisions thereof.”

Another reason why we owe NOTHING to these scumbag terrorists. No Geneva Convention rights, no US Constitutional rights, no NOTHING...except lead poisoning (as in 45 cal bullet to the brain).

That is all.

Hat Tip: NationalReviewOnline

USA vs Terrorists

Here is a snippet from a post on the National Review by James S. Robbins...

Three American soldiers in Iraq have been charged with murder for the deaths of three prisoners of war. Meanwhile two captive American soldiers were slain by insurgents. Privates Kristian Menchaca and Thomas L. Tucker were tortured, killed barbarically, and their bodies left to be found wired with booby traps. For the insurgents it was cause for celebration. “We have executed the Exalted Almighty God's verdict on the two Crusader infidels we captured, by slaughtering them,” the Mujahedin Shura Council stated. “God is great. Glory be to God.”

PLEASE, read the entire article here. Robbins goes on to show why we have the moral high ground.

He's hit it right out of the park with this article.

Hat tip: NationalReviewOnline

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Zarqawi Autopsy report

I have received an email from an otherwise non-conspiracy theorist, stating that Zarqawi may have been either tortured or lived through the bombing and be in custody. My initial response was "there's no way someone's going to live through the overpressure from 2 500-lb bombs".

Well, here is the autopsy report...nuff said.

Pinko Liberal Media example #11,335,340

The Arizona Republic published this cartoon. I call b-s on it. Here's the cartoon:

Shame on them...this is TOTAL BS. Write a letter to them. Here's the link to write.

G**damn pinko liberals. Can you imagine what Gunny R Lee Ermey is going to do?

I'm not a Marine, but...Semper Fi.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Thank God for Marines

With apologies to Major Syd, if this doesn't bring a tear to your eyes...

Marines are different

By Blackfive on Military

The email below is from USAF Colonel Brett Wyrick who is the commander of the 154th Medical Group, Hawaii Air National Guard, and is serving as a surgeon in Balad with the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group. Col. Wyrick had been sending his father, a Vietnam-era fighter pilot, emails about his experiences in Iraq:

Dear Dad,

If I ever hear airmen griping and complaining, I jump into them pretty quickly, now. Most people over here have nothing to gripe about compared to Marines. Marines are different. They have a different outlook on life.

One Marine Private was here for several days because he was a lower priority evacuation patient. He insisted on coming to attention and displaying proper military courtesy every morning when I came through on rounds. He was in a great deal of pain, and it was a stressful to watch him work his way off the bed and onto his crutches. I told him he was excused and did not have to come to attention while he was a patient,and he informed me that he was a good Marine and would address "Air Force Colonels standing on my feet, Sir." I had to turn away so he would not see the tear in my eye. He did not have "feet" because we amputated his right leg below the knee on the first night he came in.

I asked a Marine Lance Corporal if there was anything I could get him asI was making rounds one morning. He was an above the knee amputation after an IED blast, and he surprised me when he asked for a trigonometry book. "You enjoy math do you?"

He replied, "Not particularly, Sir. I was never good at it, but I need to get good at it, now."

"Are you planning on going back to school?" I asked. "No sir, I am planning on shooting artillery. I will slow an infantry platoon down with just one good leg, but I am going to get good at math and learn how to shoot artillery". I hope he does.

I had the sad duty of standing over a young Marine Sgt. when he recovered from anesthesia - despite our best efforts there was just no way to save his left arm, and it had to come off just below the elbow.

"Can I have my arm back, sir?" he asked.

"No, we had to cut it off, we cannot re-attach it." I said.

"But can I have my arm?" he asked again.

"You see, we had to cut it off."

He interrupted, "I know you had to cut it off, but I want it back. It must be in a bag or something, Sir."

"Why do you want it?" I asked.

"I am going to have it stuffed and use it as a club when I get back to my unit." I must have looked shocked because he tried to comfort me,"Don't you worry now, Colonel. You did a fine job, and I hardly hurt at all; besides I scratch and shoot with my other hand anyway."

God Bless the Marines!

Col. Brett Wyrick


Hat tip: BlackFive

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Porn as a form of Warfare

From National Review Online:

AL-ZARQAWI [Andrew Stuttaford]
With remarkable timing, the Atlantic has a lengthy piece on the late, unlamented Al-ZarQawi. The whole thing is well worth reading, but, as the good folks at Reason noticed, this is too good not too highlight:
“Despite their enthusiasm, al-Zarqawi, al-Maqdisi, and Abu Muntassir did not appear to be natural revolutionaries. Their first operation was in Zarqa, in 1993, a former Jordanian intelligence official told me, when al-Zarqawi dispatched one of their men to a local cinema with orders to blow it up because it was showing pornographic films. But the hapless would-be bomber apparently got so distracted by what was happening on the screen that he forgot about his bomb. It exploded and blew off his legs.”
I shouldn’t laugh, but well…
More seriously, it’s a reminder that the sheer seductiveness (sometimes literally so) of Western culture is an important part of the arsenal of democracy (remember the role that it played in the internal demoralization of the Soviet Union), so, let’s praise the Lord, pass the ammunition, and lob over the porn

Don't forget...even DEMOCRATS killed Al-Z

From Blackfive:

Not Just One Pilot

By Blackfive on Military

This message from Richard, a DoD contractor, via Seamus is important to understand how Zarqawi met his fate:

We ALL got that SOB.

Some grandmother somewhere in America works in a factory soldering wires to a harness that will connect to a little square box containing a little projection camera for an F-16 Heads Up Display.

A young man or woman a year removed from high school pulled pins from 500lb bombs on a hot desert tarmac.

Another kid in America works in a foundry pouring hot aluminum alloys which will eventually find its way to the compressor stage of the F-100 engine that will power an F-16 from a runway.

Someone in America sang in a church choir on Sunday, and on Monday was holding a rivet gun, helping build another warplane, which will help keep us free.

Some group of brave men in the darkness, shined a little laser beam against a building.

Some geeky American, known for his/her math skills wrote a little program that turns numbers into coordinates.

Some young American decided to become a pilot after watching the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels put on a show.

Some American you or I will never meet, had an idea, which became GPS.

Some kid who last year was dancing at a Prom pulled the chocks.

Some kid wiped the canopy that a year ago was wiping car windshields in their summer job at the local car wash back home.

Someone working in a rubber factory had no idea that his or her work product was tucking itself into its bay as the pilot brought up the gear 20 ft off the deck.

Some little American girl who years ago was all about MTV and CDs gave a vector, cleared hot.

Some pilots did their job.

SHACK, baby.

AMERICA got that son of a bitch.

Every damn one of us.

All I can say is that before he died, I hope it hurt like hell.

This one's for Nick Berg.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Star Trek link to Zarqawi

Hat tip to PhilDragoo over at Free Republic for the graphic.

Cool website -- check it out

Last night I stumbled (literally - I use on a great website. It's LibraryThing. For those of you (like me) that have large book collections, one of the struggles is how to catalogue and keep track of all of the books you have. I've started many times over the years to create an Excel spreadsheet and put in Title, Author, ISBN, etc. It's just too big of a task. I have about 5,000 books, so you can imaging the pain in the tail it would be to enter all this info, instead of just putting in the ISBN.

Well, it's now easy as pie. With this new website (free for up to 200 books, $10 for one year, $25 for lifetime) all you have to do is enter the ISBN (you either know what that is, or quit reading this entry). These folks have created a search engine that goes out and gets the info about the book, including a small image of the cover. How cool is that? You may tag your books so that you can sort by type, and you can download the list to an Excel spreadsheet.

The only (minor) issue I had was that, on some of my older books, there was no cover art. Hey, what do you expect when you enter a college textbook from the 70's?

UPDATE: I found out that you can scan the cover of any book that this service doesn't find and add it in...better than 6 beers and the Coors girls (well, not quite).

I HIGHLY recommend all of you to check out this website, sign up, and start using it. I have a link over on the right. >>>>>> (That's over here>>>> for you ambidextrous folks.)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Freedom in Iraq

No matter what you thought of his policies or Presidency, whether you are liberal or conservative, Ronald Reagan inspired our nation through unyielding optimism tempered with reality, vigilant faith in the people and a dedication to the principles upon which this nation was founded. While visiting our nation's capital and listening to debate over the war in Iraq, whether we should be there, our excuse for doing so and how soon we should pull our troops out, I was reminded of a quote from President Reagan that summarizes eloquently, simply and far better than I ever could, why despite the trials, tribulations and questions that abound, our presence there is the right thing to do.

"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas - a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated... So let us ask ourselves: What kind of People do we think we are? And let us answer: free people, worthy of freedom and determined not only to remain so but to help others gain their freedom as well." - Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Chickenhawks on D-Day

Check out this blog -- the top 11 things that the war protesters would have said on D-Day.

Click HERE for the link.

It would be funnier if it wasn't so g**damn true.

If you see a veteran today, say a special "thank you" for his/her service.

Monday, June 05, 2006

20th Century's Greatest President

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the death of Ronald Wilson Reagan. Here is a quote that you all will appreciate.


"[Ronald Reagan] quoted Thomas Merton, 'We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, work without expecting immediate reward, love without instantaneous satisfaction, exist without special recognition.' The president then wrote, 'In today's modern world many would challenge Merton's statement and ask why we must be content to live this way.' He answered that question with some of the best advice I've ever received: 'Because our nation was built by men who dedicated their lives to building our country for the sake of their children and countrymen, without taking the time to worry about receiving recognition for their efforts'." —Oliver North

Hat tip: Patriot Post (