Monday, November 29, 2004

Great Weekend.

What a great weekend. Storing up energy by holding down the couch on Friday, I was privy to a celebration for a great friend's birthday on Saturday. Jimmy, also known as 'Rock' because you'd swear boulders came with his shirts, turns 30-something tomorrow - but Tuesday's aren't a natural celebration day. Later this winter, Rock and Joni will be adding a new little Rockzilla [it's a boy]. The general consensus is that Jimmy Squared is going to be born with a 6 pack - of abs. The group was split on whether or not he'd hatch from an egg. Just kidding Joni.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with my great friend JJ and his lovely girlfriend Rhonda, along with 'Zoo' and also-lovely Jen, recently engaged. Congratulations again! Let's get together in less than the 364 days it took this last time. Bad things could happen if I post my cell number, so e-mail me.

Also present was Rock's friend Chris and his buddy, Mike, a guy who's got so much to brag about (but doesn't). I need to preface the rest of this post by admitting that my conversation with Mike occurred in a noisy bar [Cafe Havana], after a small flotilla of cocktails and just before closing time. In short, the digital recorder in my mind may have had some transcription problems and portions of it may have been lost in translation. I don't want to mischaracterize anything Mike told me, so I'll keep it brief. Mike, if you're reading, I appreciate the latitude, please correct me if any of this is wrong.

Mike is a Marine. He flies the Marine equivalent of the Army's Chinook helicopter, the Boeing CH-47. The large, twin-rotored platform is generally used for troop deployments and large supply drops. I was happy that I was one in a long list of people who've thanked Mike for his service. Because of his humility, I was able to tell Mike that I think what he's doing is larger and more important thing than what he refers to as 'his job.'

After graduation from Minnehaha Academy in '92, Mike got involved in ROTC and went to Texas A&M. Realizing success in studying finance, he decided he'd rather fly helicopters than do what a degree in finance would allow. The first in his family to join the military, there weren't footsteps to follow in or a tradition to be met. Mike felt compelled by a sense of duty duty to country and a fancy to fly, yet he couldn't quite place it's genesis. At the expiration of his first 4-year contract with the Marines, Mike signed on for another 4 years - wanting the chance to return to Iraq - where he'd first experienced combat and where he's lost a handful of friends. The inferno inside him is as strong as ever and his focus acute. He's already anticipating his June redeployment while enjoying the holidays with his family.

Knowing who's side the MSM is on has kept the troop's morale high. A keen awareness to of their job and an understanding that the severity and visibility of their success is dominated by the MSM's highlight of daily casualties has kept frustration at arm's length. Mike was encouraged to see so many cars with "Support the Troops" ribbon/magnets.

Keep fighting the good fight, Mike. Our prayers are with you and your brothers and sisters. We're blessed to have you live among us and we're thankful for your sacrifices. Coming from a civilian, I hope the following still has merit: Semper Fi.



Dejected, OBL sends in reinforcements.

al Qaida held their version of a press conference today, which really means they picked up their red phone that rings into Dan Rather's counterpart's office at Al Jazeera, to let them know a new video is a comin'.

Dejected his pre-election video went over so well with Bush voters, Osama bin Laden sent out his #2 guy, Zawahri, to put a scare into us. He stopped just short of putting his arms over his head, making hand claws and bellowing in a deep voice a little kid would use trying to frighten others:
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden's top deputy vowed in a videotape aired Monday to keep fighting the United States until Washington changed its policies.

In a brief excerpt broadcast on Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri offered Americans "one last advice" for dealing with Muslims, adding, "I am sure that they will not heed it."

"You have to choose between one of two methods to deal with Muslims: either on mutual respect and exchange of interests, or to deal with them as if they are spoils of war," al-Zawahri said. "This is your problem and you have to choose yourself. You have to realize that we are a nation of patience and endurance. We will stand firm to fight you with [Allah's] help until doomsday."

American instant message to Zawahri: You've got yourself a deal! Let's put 'Doomsday' on the calendar. I think we've got an opening right between your new monthly holidays of Run and Hide. But we're a little worried about Osama. He looks a little sullen in your latest video. Is that a tear and a pout? Listen, #2, if Osama expects to scare us, he'll have to project a little more strength than Barney the dinosaur. This is a war of wills and your's won't win.

Looking forward to arranging your meeting with Allah,

Happy Infidel in Minneapolis






The doctor says I'll be fine.

I just got back from the doctor. Fortunately, I'm going to live. Imagine my alarm this morning when I got out of the shower and noticed feathers in my drain. Fairly sure a large bird hadn't somehow infiltrated my plumbing, I used a mirror to inspect my back for plumage.

I was diagnosed with a little-known condition called Turkey Overload Malady, or TOM. I was lucky. My doctor saw 3 much more serious cases of TOM just this morning. Had we not caught it in time, I'd be chortling by Tuesday, walking like a land fowl by Wednesday and pecking the ground by Thursday.

Along with a prescription for a 6 month turkey-free diet, doc gave me free advice to get rid of the Solanum tuberosum buds.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

Question: What's better than Thanksgiving? Answer: Thanksgiving in Fargo.

I'm spending Thanksgiving in the eternally planar state the residents of pronounce it 'Nort Dekohtah.' I finally feel a little vindication for my ancestor's controversial culinary creations, now that we're officially being recognized with a Norwegian American Foundation.

Who other than a Norwegian would have thought it a good idea to prepare fish in lye for weeks in order to create a gelatinous mush that can be eaten with a straw? Who else would pulverize potatoes enough to shape them into unleven discs that really only have taste when applied with butter and sugar?

Whatever you eat, or don't eat, please have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. In addition to the blessing of my family and a safe country in which to enjoy them, I appreciate you visiting this sliver of my life.

Be thankful for the less hardened arteries of yesterday and the lasting family memories that we save forever.



Tuesday, November 23, 2004

CAIR wages political relations jihad.

The Council on American Islamic Relations tries to silence critics for pointing out their ties to terrorism:

The Question of CAIR

By David Frum
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2004

ARTICLES
National Post (Canada)
Publication Date: November 23, 2004

Two weeks ago, the National Post and I were served with a notice of libel by the Canadian branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR. The Post and I are not alone. Over the past year, CAIR's Canadian and U.S. branches have served similar libel notices on half a dozen other individuals and organizations in the United States and Canada. Each case has its own particular facts, yet they are linked by a common theme: That we defendants have accused CAIR (in the words of the notice served on me) of being "an unscrupulous, Islamist, extremist sympathetic group in Canada supporting terrorism."

Lawyers for individuals and newspapers served with libel notices will normally urge their clients to avoid any comment on the matter--to avoid even any acknowledgement that they have been served. This is usually good advice. A notice of libel is not a lawsuit, but a warning of a lawsuit to come. If the potential defendant keeps quiet, the potential plaintiff will often drop the suit altogether.

But wise legal advice often comes at a cost, a cost in public information. So I was heartened that the National Post's lawyers have encouraged the paper and me to continue with this important story.

CAIR is understandably protective of its reputation. Until recently, it has had considerable success winning acceptance in the United States and Canada as something close to an official spokesman for local Muslim communities. CAIR has been influential in advocating for a sharia court to arbitrate divorces and other family-law matters in the province of Ontario. CAIR's strong criticisms of Canada's anti-terror legislation have won respectful hearing in Ottawa. Any reporting or commentary that cast doubt on CAIR's carefully cultivated image would deeply threaten the group's mission.

What is that mission? The public record offers some clues:

CAIR was founded in 1994 by alumni of an older group, the Islamic Association for Palestine. The IAP, founded by senior Hamas figure Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, calls for the destruction of Israel and the creation of an Islamic state under Islamic law in Israel's place. (In 1996, CAIR would condemn the U.S. government's decision to deport Marzook as an "anti-Islamic" act.)

CAIR's first executive director, Nihad Awad, publicly declared himself a supporter of Hamas at a 1994 forum at Barry University in Florida.

One of CAIR's original advisory board members, Siraj Wahhaj, served as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. Rahman is the blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks. CAIR described Rahman's conviction as a hate crime.

CAIR's founding chairman, Omar Ahmed, also an IAP alumnus, is said to have declared at a public event in California in July, 1998: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth." Ahmed has since disputed the accuracy of the quote--five years after it was reported by a California newspaper.

After the 9/11 attacks on the United States, CAIR's Web site featured a link titled, "Donate to the NY/DC Disaster Relief Fund." The link connected to the Web site of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity closed down by the United States three months later as a Hamas front.

Over the past 10 years, CAIR has grown rapidly. It now claims a total of 29 affiliates, including CAIR Canada. CAIR's media savvy won it much official attention after 9/11. With that attention, however, also came a higher degree of scrutiny.

Since 9/11, three CAIR associates in the U.S. have been indicted on terrorism-related charges.

In September, 2003, CAIR community relations director Bassem K. Khafagi, pleaded guilty on immigration and bank-fraud charges, in Detroit. Khafagi interestingly co-owned a print shop with another man who has since been charged with illegally sending goods into Iraq.

Randall Todd Royer, a communications specialist at CAIR's Washington headquarters, pleaded guilty in January, 2004, to belonging to the Kashmiri Lashkar-i-Taibi terrorist group and illegally acquiring firearms and explosives in order to train for terrorist missions against India. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A founding member of CAIR's Texas chapter, Ghassen Elashi, was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering charges in connection with the shipment of high-technology items to Syria and Libya in July, 2004.

This record has drawn increasing notice in the United States. CAIR officials were invited to join President Bush at his September, 2001, visit to Washington's mosque, but were omitted from the invitation list to the 2003 and 2004 White House Iftar dinners (an Iftar meal is the fast-breaking at the end of a day in Ramadan). New York Senator Chuck Schumer has charged that CAIR members have "intimate links to Hamas." Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, a political leader noted for his sensitivity to Islamic concerns, has said that CAIR is "unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its association with groups that are suspect."

CAIR Canada describes its relationship with CAIR as "close but distinct." It is not clear what this means. On its Web site and in its publications, CAIR lists CAIR canada as one of its local affiliates, giving it the same stauts as a state or regional CAIR chapter. CAIR Canada has its own board; so do many of CAIR's local chapters. It should of course be stated that no criminal charges have ever been filed gainst CAIR Canada or any of its officers.

These are the facts behind the commentary that the National Post and I have published. They are facts that the Canadian public and Canadian officials are entitled to know. The National Post and I are confident that Canada's courts will agree that no proper interest would be served by suppressing them.

David Frum is a resident fellow at AEI.


Off the mark

Hat tip Drew for pointing out that I was wrong in yesterday's treacherous guess.

Here's the Strib account of Chai Vang.

No points were awarded for yesterday's guess of his number of children.

Britain celebrates "Islam Awareness Week" with major terror bust.

Islam awareness week in Britain:

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Islam Awareness Week. Celebrations to mark the success of the venture will be launched on 22nd November at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

The week hopes to further unite Britain's diverse communities, with the aim of developing respect and understanding between race and faith groups.

The theme for this year's festival is 'Your Muslim Neighbour'. The focus will be to enhance understanding of the role of Islam globally, and specifically within local society.

To enable non-Muslim members of the community to gain a real insight into Islamic culture, Muslims will open up their homes and community centres.

Islam Awareness Week will see the launch of the "Tent of Peace" which will be created by school children throughout the country. The tent will be made up of 'handkerchiefs of peace' which will display Islamic designs and messages of peace.
Apparently angry their 'hankerchiefs of peace' weren't chosen for display in the 'Tent of Peace,' these jolly jihadi's had a different plan to make Brits aware of Islam: crash planes into buildings:

LONDON (AFP) - British security services have foiled an Al-Qaeda plot to fly planes into targets in London in a September 11-style attack, Britain's independent ITV News network reported.

"This is the story of what could have been a nightmare averted," said ITV's political editor Nick Robinson. "A story not of failure, but of success."

"That, at least, is what I am told by a senior authoritative source who says that the security services managed to avert a plot to fly planes into Canary Wharf here, and also into Heathrow Airport," he said.

"I simply do not know the details of how they found out, how they stopped it, how close the plot got, but I am in no doubt that this was a genuine feeling on the behalf of those in the security services that they had managed to foil a plot and make us safer," he added.

That's my kind of party.


UN: 150 Sex Abuse Charges in Congo Peacekeeping

No wonder Bill Clinton wants to be Secretary General of the UN.

The 'perks':

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations (news - web sites) is investigating about 150 allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of them recorded on videotape, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

The accusations include pedophilia, rape and prostitution, said Jane Holl Lute, an assistant secretary-general in the peacekeeping department.

Lute, an American, said there was photographic and video evidence for some of the allegations and most of the charges came to light since the spring.

Clinton was quoted as saying, "I've always believed in the UN and what they are doing. Their cause is something I can really get behind."

Monday, November 22, 2004

Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions to President Clinton's Library

What you won't see in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and a half: Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions to President Clinton's Library:

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - President Clinton's new $165 million library here was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen.

The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, and Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week.

Democrats spent much of the presidential campaign this year accusing President Bush of improperly close ties to Saudi Arabia. The case was made in Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," in a bestselling book by Craig Unger titled "House of Bush, House of Saud," and by the Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kerry."This administration delayed pressuring the Saudis," Mr. Kerry said on October 20. "I will insist that the Saudis crack down on charities that funnel funds to terrorists... and on anti-American and anti-Israel hate speech."The Media Fund, a Democratic group whose president is a former Clinton White House aide, Harold Ickes, spent millions airing television commercials in swing states with scripts such as, "The Saudi royal family...wealthy...powerful...corrupt. And close Bush family friends."

Perhaps as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Senator Clinton in 2008.

"They want to keep their options open no matter who's in power and whether that's four years from now or whatever," the author said. "Just a few million is nothing to them to keep their options open."
Or this donation from the wife of a man who was profiting from Saddam's illegal Oil For Food program.
The most controversial known donation to Mr. Clinton's library is also recorded at this level: a gift from a Manhattan socialite and singer, Denise Rich. Ms. Rich gave the foundation $450,000 while her fugitive ex-husband, Marc Rich, was seeking a pardon on tax-evasion and racketeering charges. Mr. Clinton granted the pardon hours before he left office, triggering a federal criminal investigation, as well as congressional inquiries.
Yes, Clinton pardoned a man who was profiting from the corruption of the UN, Saddam Hussein, France, Germany, China and Russia.

What a legacy!

Who's Who Among America's Teachers didn't do their homework.

Vermont teacher, Richard Bugbee was named "one of the nation's most respected teachers" - despite pleading guilty in August to raping a 13 year old girl:

COLCHESTER, Vt. -- He admitted to having sex with one of his students and now a former teacher and coach in Essex is being honored as one of the nation's most respected teachers while he sits in prison.

Richard Bugbee is a convicted sex offender, but at least one of his former students believed he should be awarded nationally for his teaching excellence. The student nominated Bugbee to be included in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers.


WWAAT is a proper phonetic acronym for an organization of teachers who didn't do enough homework (or read the newspaper) to preserve what has now become a diminished accomplishment for great, deserving teachers in the future.

At this rate, Mary Kay Laterneau, the woman convicted of statutory rape of the student she recently married now that she's out of jail, is a strong contender for Who's Who Among America's Teachers '05.



Importing a murderer?

It's been a while since I've done anything really dangerous. To make up for it, here's my foolhardy hypothesis.

By now you've heard about the murderous escapade of Chai Soua Vang:
BIRCHWOOD, WIS. -- At least five people were killed and three wounded in a multiple shooting in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. After a confrontation over the use of a deer stand, a 36-year-old St. Paul man apparently chased some of the victims through a heavily wooded area, authorities said.

Chai Soua Vang, 36, was arrested early Sunday evening in Sawyer County, Wis., said Sawyer County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Hodgkinson. Vang lives on St. Paul's East Side, police spokesman Paul Schnell said.

St. Paul's East Side (namely Como, Lake Phalen and Hayden Heights) was the landing areas of 5,000 Hmong refugees. A June 1st article in the Strib:
"It's unprecedented in recent times," said Carl Wilson, of the World Relief office in Richfield. "Certainly it's going to stretch our systems."

A revised estimate from the U.S. State Department has local relief workers preparing for the arrival of about 5,000 refugees from Wat Tham Krabok, or about a third of the temple's 15,500 residents.

That's more than three times an earlier estimate of just 1,600.

The speed of the migration has surprised veteran immigration officials such as John Borden of the International Institute, a St. Paul relief agency that expects to work with thousands of the arriving Hmong.

"We'll see if the State Department can live up to their timeline," he said.

The resettlement agencies help the refugees find food, clothing, shelter, basic medical screenings, enrollment in public schools, Social Security cards and job referral services. Some of the agencies provide longer-term help with English lessons, programs for the elderly, and mental health assessment and treatment.

"The bottom line is [that] because this system is messed up we don't know how many we're going to be dealing with," Borden said.

"It's a challenge," said Tom Kosel, resettlement director for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "It's an opportunity for them and an opportunity for us as well."

"The question will be the pace at which they will come," he said. "The services are here, the community has done this for years, now it's just a matter of dealing with a matter of volume in a short amount of time."
Here's my guess, as precarious as it may be: Vang is one the St. Paul's recent Hmong immigrants. The liberalism choking St. Paul overlooked the reality of transplanting 5,000 people - 3,400 more than originally thought - into a system with finite resources. Salivating over millions in federal funding to assimilate Hmong refugees, St. Paul rushed to prove their multi-cultural stripes by taking on more than they could possibly handle. Liberals only see the short-term.

It's reasonable that these new and expanded 'programs' designed for background checks and mental health assessments were overwhelmed by an extraordinary influx of people not designed to fit into the system. Instead of making sure we were importing healthy and stable refugees, people are flowing through the cracks created by the system's own liberal weight.

If these assumptions are true. We can expect the excuses, with the Strib as their mouthpiece, to read in the future:

Hmong Refugees Let Down by the System. December 13th, 2004

ST. PAUL - Hmong refugee, Chai Vang, recently charged in the murder of 5 Wisconsin hunters, was let down by the system that was supposed to help him. Vang, his wife and 6 kids, moved to MN with hopes high of a new life and pursuing the American Dream. As partial of a small struggling business in St. Paul, Vang worked 14 hour days and while his wife attended to their children, two of which is desperately ill with a yet-to-be-diagnosed ailment.

The promise of a new life has fallen short. The state of MN was obliged to provide housing for Vang and his family, along with medical assistance and any required vaccines and medication. Vang and his family are currently staying with 5 other relatives in a two-room apartment. St. Paul officials say that the limited resources at their disposal make it very hard to find housing for the Vang family and medical attention for the steadily declining health of his children.

Under the pressure of a new life in the United States, not speaking much English and having to tend to the needs of his family, it seems Vang reached a breaking point on November 21st. Whether to provide for his family or for recreation, Vang found himself in a private tree stand when approached by the land's owner. Gripped by tension over his family's situation and weakened by the frustration of getting acclimated to a foreign place, Vang shot 8 people.

Had the city of St. Paul been more prepared in the welcoming of Vang, this tragedy may have been averted. A St. Paul official, asking to not be named said, "We're doing the best we can with what we have. We're trying very hard to provide what these families need."

Excuses can't bring back the dead, or the father of a family never more in need than they are now.
Maybe it's just my twisted imagination. We'll know more of the story soon. Feel free to ridicule me if I'm wrong and don't read into my prescience if I'm right.










The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!

Some of my best friends are Candian. I've even been to Canada once, so I'm qualified to write the following.

Some of our nippy neighbors to the north are concerned over the American coming of the slanted, agenda-driven news channel they consider "too abrasive to opposing viewpoints." Who could this digital delinquent be? FOX News.

OTTAWA (CP) - An all-news network that has taken no end of glee in dismissing Canadians as craven wussies while offering a platform to right-wing ideologues and red-meat Republicans is coming to a cable station near you.

The rambunctious Fox News Channel has been given sanction to beam into living rooms north of the U.S. border - good news for more than 500 individuals and groups that lobbied the national broadcast regulator to make room for its particular brand of bombastic coverage.

Critics complain the channel and its high-profile commentators are much too close to the Republicans and United States President George W. Bush to justify the all-news channel slogan of delivering "fair and balanced news."

There are also concerns Fox News is too abrasive with anyone who disagrees with its perspective, including Canadians.

They've also seized on revelations that the Fox News channel's founder Roger Ailes, a former adviser to past Republican presidents, stepped outside his media role after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, to act as a secret adviser to Bush.
Yet, the nation of happy hockey players has been airing Al-Jazeera, the al-hate al-the-time "news" network for 6 months. A 'journalism professor' had this to say during licensing negotiations:
"There is evidence that hate speech is being carried by Al-Jazeera, but it is important to make the distinction of who is committing it. The evidence suggests it is people being quoted and not journalists.

"The cause for concern should be when the station is doing it on a regular basis and within the context of promoting hate speech."
I'll never stoop so low as to call my Canadian comrades 'craven.' I am concerned, however, at what perpetual snot-sickles are doing to their cognitive reasoning. Osama bin Laden having has Al-Jazeera on speed dial and part of it's is staff dedicated to editing and disseminating his home videos. Yet, that proximity as acceptable in contrast to a the FOX founder who's advised Republican presidents before Bush and may have given him advice after 9/11. Oh, the humanity!

I'm canceling FOX News. Although a sliver of my day's happiness is seeing Heather Nauert,[if anyone can make the introduction, she's appreciate it] I think the Canadians are right, uh, I mean correct. There's no difference between TV station's founder having been involved in politics and a TV station having an admitted terrorist as an official correspondent as an intern.

Until FOX News follows suit, I'm boycotting the bombastic influence of FOX News in favor of Al-Jazeera's more reasoned context of promoting hate-speech.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

President Bush has a pair.

It'll take a lot more than the arrogance of Chilean security to intimidate my president. This from the Washington Times.

SANTIAGO, Chile — President Bush broke up a fight last night between his lead Secret Service agent and a Chilean security detail, pulling the agent through a wall of men trying to bar his bodyguard's access to a state dinner.

Mr. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrived at 8 p.m. local time yesterday at the Estacion Mapocho Cultural Center for the official dinner of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

After the first couple posed for photos with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and his wife, the four entered the doorway with a line of Chilean security guards and uniformed police closing quickly behind him.

The president's lead agent approached the line of men as quickly as it closed and demanded to be allowed through. Within a few seconds, the confrontation began to escalate with voices being raised and shoving in all directions. "You're not stopping me! You're not stopping me!" yelled the agent, as captured by several television cameras. "I'm with the president."

During the fracas, another Secret Service agent was roughly pulled from the tumult and pushed against a concrete wall by Chilean security. A few seconds later, after posing for yet more pictures about 15 feet inside the doorway, Mr. Bush and the rest of the party turned to enter the dining room. But the president quickly turned his head to the growing din just outside.

Mr. Bush calmly turned right as the other three continued on and inserted himself into the fight. The president reached over two rows of Chilean security guards, grabbed his lead agent by the shoulder of his suit jacket and began to pull.

The tape of the incident, viewed by reporters last night, could not pick up any words the president might have been saying as he worked to get the agent through the line.

A few Chilean guards turned their heads and noticed that the arm draped over their shoulders was that of the president, and the line softened. Mr. Bush pulled his agent through, who was heard to say, "Get your hands off me" as he passed roughly through the doorway.

Mr. Bush then adjusted his shirt cuff and said something to the first dignitary he passed as a grin crossed his face.

According to Secret Service sources, the man Mr. Bush pulled through is a high-level agent and one of the president's personal favorites. The president normally has two agents near him at all times, but the second agent on the detail was not immediately allowed through.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Millionaire thugs.

Still frustrated by the emergence at the 2004 Olympics of Argentina as the world's basketball superpower, some over-paid, over-pampered and under-developed members of the NBA took a curious new direction to address plummeting attendance and TV viewers. In what can only be seen as an unconventional marketing strategy, the league is determined to make an assault on winning more hearts and minds by getting fans more involved in the action. Fans are encouraged to make their way to the court for a complimentary sucker-punch from a one of the visiting team's over-paid whinos. Fans still in their seats will be dragged into the action as millionaire thugs charge the seats and indiscriminately disseminate their knuckled philanthropy on unsuspecting fans.

Amid growing despair over the world's perception of the NBA, the league's marketing firm has moved forward with a recommendation to change the words on which the NBA's initials are based. Having conducted numerous international focus groups, not only does the world indeed hate us, but we underestimated the embarassment of the Dream Team's '04 Olympics. The world now questions the caliber of the NBA and wonders "how many millionaires does it take to defeat Argentina. In order to regain favor in the world and operate a basketball league with a more acute acronym, the proposed change would make the NBA the league that Never Beat Argentina.

The principal reason for this salute to Argentina was the realization that the combined annual salary of all the NBA players is 3 times larger than the Gross Domestic Product of Argentina. This name change is favored also as a reminder that the NBA finals may not in fact be the "world championship" once thought.

This just in: 4 Never Beat Argentina players will be suspended for what I've coined the "Motor City Massacre." The 4 players said in a joint statement: "Don't cry for me, Argentina."

Friday, November 19, 2004

Linda Ronstadt missed another great chance to shut up.

Linda Ronstadt, singer and apparent political professional, missed a great opportunity to shut up when she said "Republicans are a bunch of Hitlers:"

"People don't realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves," she says. Of Iraq in particular, she adds, "I worry that some people are entertained by the idea of this war. They don't know anything about the Iraqis, but they're angry and frustrated in their own lives. It's like Germany, before Hitler took over. The economy was bad and people felt kicked around. They looked for a scapegoat. Now we've got a new bunch of Hitlers."

Ronstadt's statement is so "coo-coo for coco puffs" incoherent that it makes a reasonable critique very hard. So instead of dissecting her statements, I'll opine on why I believe so many talented singers don't mind continually embarassing themselves without knowing it.

Think about these musical instruments - piano, acoustic guitar, violin, saxophone, flute. What do they all have in common? They make beautiful music by resonating and reverberating. And the principal requirement for resonating? A hollow core. We can logically deduce that they are able to create harmonious noise because they have a vacant nucleus. I think it makes sense.

Ronstadt, Springsteen and Stipe would likely consider themselves instruments of music. I wouldn't disagree, so they can safely be considered 'tools.'



Thursday, November 18, 2004

Spanktuary reports from Clinton Lie-brary opening

The $165 million privately funded Clinton Lie-brary opens today. Continuing the tradition of bringing honor to the office of the President of the United States, Hillary voted down Bill's request for opening ceremonies that were to include a wet t-shirt contest, jello shots and beer tub girls.

Clinton's library is conspicuously void of books, yet teems with magazines. Patrons are encouraged to browse this extensive collection only "for the articles" and have yet to comment on what frail substance and ornate presentation mean for the library's overall feel.

Individual enclaves of this shrine of the Democrat god address different organs of the Clinton Presidency. The "Clinton Administration's Success Fighting Terrorism" wing was scrapped in final plans because there weren't enough contents to satisfy even a "minimalist" flare. Instead, the area was absorbed by the spinning labyrinth properly called the "Impeachment Wing."

A quote from Bill Clinton over the entrance declares: "If someone had told me 'perjury' wasn't a sexual act, I wouldn't have done it."

More on this later, I've got to make it to the after-party.





WSJ's OpinionJournal gets it exactly right

Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal gets the angle on the Fallujah exactly right:

Semper Fi
The story of Fallujah isn't on that NBC videotape.

Thursday, November 18, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST

Some 40 Marines have just lost their lives cleaning out one of the world's worst terror dens, in Fallujah, yet all the world wants to talk about is the NBC videotape of a Marine shooting a prostrate Iraqi inside a mosque. Have we lost all sense of moral proportion?

The al-Zarqawi TV network, also known as Al-Jazeera, has broadcast the tape to the Arab world, and U.S. media have also played it up. The point seems to be to conjure up images again of Abu Ghraib, further maligning the American purpose in Iraq. Never mind that the pictures don't come close to telling us about the context of the incident, much less what was on the mind of the soldier after days of combat.

Put yourself in that Marine's boots. He and his mates have had to endure some of the toughest infantry duty imaginable, house-to-house urban fighting against an enemy that neither wears a uniform nor obeys any normal rules of war. Here is how that enemy fights, according to an account in the Times of London:
"In the south of Fallujah yesterday, U.S. Marines found the armless, legless body of a blonde woman, her throat slashed and her entrails cut out. Benjamin Finnell, a hospital apprentice with the U.S. Navy Corps, said that she had been dead for a while, but at that location for only a day or two. The woman was wearing a blue dress; her face had been disfigured. It was unclear if the remains were the body of the Irish-born aid worker Margaret Hassan, 59, or of Teresa Borcz, 54, a Pole abducted two weeks ago. Both were married to Iraqis and held Iraqi citizenship; both were kidnapped in Baghdad last month."

When not disemboweling Iraqi women, these killers hide in mosques and hospitals, booby-trap dead bodies, and open fire as they pretend to surrender. Their snipers kill U.S. soldiers out of nowhere. According to one account, the Marine in the videotape had seen a member of his unit killed by another insurgent pretending to be dead. Who from the safety of his Manhattan sofa has standing to judge what that Marine did in that mosque?

Beyond the one incident, think of what the Marine and Army units just accomplished in Fallujah. In a single week, they killed as many as 1,200 of the enemy and captured 1,000 more. They did this despite forfeiting the element of surprise, so civilians could escape, and while taking precautions to protect Iraqis that no doubt made their own mission more difficult and hazardous. And they did all of this not for personal advantage, and certainly not to get rich, but only out of a sense of duty to their comrades, their mission and their country.
In a more grateful age, this would be hailed as one of the great battles in Marine history--with Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Hue City and the Chosin Reservoir. We'd know the names of these military units, and of many of the soldiers too. Instead, the name we know belongs to the NBC correspondent, Kevin Sites.

We suppose he was only doing his job, too. But that doesn't mean the rest of us have to indulge in the moral abdication that would equate deliberate televised beheadings of civilians with a Marine shooting a terrorist, who may or may not have been armed, amid the ferocity of battle.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Islamic Impotence on Display.

In a video tape proving their powerlessness, terrorists in Iraq deemed the threat of an unarmed humanitarian worker, so severe that they had to blind-fold and handcuff her before shooting her in the head. The torso of another woman was found in Fallujah, likely belonging to another humanitarian worker from Poland.

Fallujah Welcomes Liberation

The London Times Fallujah's welcome of the US troops.

Mutilated bodies dumped on Fallujah's bombed out streets today painted a harrowing picture of eight months of rebel rule. As US and Iraqi troops mopped up the last vestiges of resistance in the city after a week of bombardment and fighting, residents who stayed on through last week's offensive were emerging and telling harrowing tales of the brutality they endured.

[A] poster in the ruins of the souk bears testament to the strict brand of Sunni Islam imposed by the council, fronted by hardline cleric Abdullah Junabi. The decree warns all women that they must cover up from head to toe outdoors, or face execution by the armed militants who controlled the streets.

Two female bodies found yesterday suggest such threats were far from idle. An Arab woman, in a violet nightdress, lay in a post-mortem embrace with a male corpse in the middle of the street. Both bodies had died from bullets to the head.

Just six metres away on the same street lay the decomposing corpse of a blonde-haired white woman, too disfigured for swift identification but presumed to be the body of one of the many foreign hostages kidnapped by the rebels.

Such is the fear that the heavily armed militants held over Fallujah that many of the residents who emerged from the ruins welcomed the US marines, despite the massive destruction their firepower had inflicted on their city.

A man in his sixties, half-naked and his underwear stained with blood from shrapnel wounds from a US munition, cursed the insurgents as he greeted the advancing marines on Saturday night.

"I wish the Americans had come here the very first day and not waited eight months," he said, trembling.

Another elderly man, who did not want his name used for fear the rebels would one day return and restore their draconian rule, said he was detained by the militants last Tuesday and held for four days before being freed. "It was horrible," he told an AFP reporter."We suffered from the bombings. Innocent people died or were wounded by the bombings.

"But we were happy you did what you did because Fallujah had been suffocated by the Mujahidin. Anyone considered suspicious would be slaughtered. We would see unknown corpses around the city all the time."

The same story of arbitrary executions was told by another resident, found by US troops cowering in his home with his brother and his family.

"They would wear black masks, carry rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs, and search streets and alleys," said Iyad Assam, 24. "I would hear stories, about how they executed five men one day and seven another for collaborating with the Americans. They made checkpoints on the roads. They put announcements on walls banning music and telling women to wear the veil from head to toe."

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Another home sales record despite "worst economy since the depression"

The economy must be deaf. It sure hasn't been listening to a Dem spokesmouth who said:
"No matter how many times George Bush tries to spin his record, the facts remain the same," Mr. Singer said in a statement. "He has one of the worst economic records of any president since the Great Depression and has made foreign policy choices that have left the nation less secure. This speech confirms yet again that a vote for George Bush is a vote for the same policies that have sent America in the wrong direction."
We averted an even larger disaster by electing George Bush than I originally thought - home sales are on pace for another record year, the Dem's failed chance at a "new direction" would seem to infer that they find it unacceptable that record numbers of Americans are able to purchase homes.

MN Democrat gets 8 years for embezzlement.

Reminding us that liberals are great at spending money that doesn't belong to them the Strib reports on the sentencing of a DFL political consultant found guilty of fraud and embezzlement. The article also gives more supporting evidence supporting the notion that liberalism is a mental disorder.

Pat Forciea, one of Minnesota's most astute political consultants and a sports entrepreneuer, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for fraud and embezzlement.

Chief Judge James Rosenbaum told Forciea, "Sir, you have left a trail of carnage in your wake. For a while, you and other people's money were a lethal combination."

Forciea pleaded guilty in July to scamming millions of dollars from banks and friends.

He was imprisoned earlier this month after violating the conditions of his freedom by allegedly filing false loan applications to pay for online college courses he wanted to take in prison.

The longtime DFL political consultant and sports entrepreneur pleaded guilty in July to a spree of wire fraud, forgeries and unauthorized cash transfers that he engineered in an attempt to build a minor-league hockey and baseball empire. His plan collapsed after one of his employees uncovered falsified business documents that inflated the worth of one of his hockey teams. That triggered a federal investigation into Forciea's manipulation of five Minnesota-based banks, a Florida restaurant business and several wealthy Minnesota business partners between May 2003 and April 2004. Friedberg described Forciea's scam as a "financial house of cards."

In an interview this summer after pleading guilty, Forciea said he wanted to begin his prison sentence as soon as possible. "I'm on to the next step," he said.

Sounding upbeat at that time, he recounted shaking hands with an FBI agent who urged him to "keep being honest and you're going to make it."

Forciea has said he suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental illness that creates severe mood swings, during his dealings.

One is left to assume that he'd be in perfect mental health if it weren't for those darn "dealings."

The sky is falling and we're all going to die.

I'm willing to make fun of this Strib article because I won't be around to be wrong if it comes true.

Bird flu seen as the next pandemic
Animal diseases emerging in foreign countries are on course to threaten U.S. families, agriculture and the economy in ways that we've never seen, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm said Monday in Minneapolis.

Osterholm, who is associate director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense for Homeland Security, told a national conference of agricultural bankers that he believes the bird flu epidemic in Southeast Asia will become a lethal pandemic.

Last week, the World Health Organization sounded a similar alert, urging preparations for such a pandemic as a matter of national security. And on Monday, researchers at the National Institutes of Health announced initiatives to step up research to stave off an outbreak and develop a response should it hit.

Osterholm projected that a pandemic could kill about 30,000 Minnesotans, 1.7 million Americans and 177 million people worldwide in its first year. The world is unprepared, with inadequate amounts of vaccine or even face masks, he and other experts say.

If the bird flu virus mutates into one that spreads easily among hogs and people, that would slam travel to a halt and cripple the economy, he said.

"This is going to be the most catastrophic thing in my lifetime," Osterholm said. "When this situation unfolds, we will shut down global markets overnight. There will not be movement of goods; there will not be movement of people. This will last for at least a year, maybe two."

Other new threats linked to agriculture include new mosquito-borne diseases that have yet to enter the United States, he said. And since the 2001 terrorist attacks, he said, little has been done to protect the nation's food and water supplies from terrorists.
First Osama bin Laden and now parakeets. What's next? Salamanders and armadillos?


Marine Does His Job in Fallujah Mosque

Maybe you've seen the latest story the MSM is trying to use against our soldiers. Although the coalition hasn't been taking prisoners in Fallujah, that doesn't prevent MSNBC from running a deceitful headline, "US probes killing of Iraqi prisoner." First, we don't know he was Iraqi. Second, he was never a prisoner - he was the enemy.

In case you were having trouble grappling with the idea of a Marine doing his job, read the following from Matthew Heidt, former Navy SeAL, at Froggy Ruminations.

They're Called Security Rounds

Its a safety issue pure and simple. After assaulting through a target, put a security round in everybody's head. Sorry al-Reuters, there's no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up "prisoners" and offering them a hot cup a joe, falafel, and a blanket. There's no time to dick around in the target, you clear the space, dump the chumps, and moveon.org. Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative. Hey libs, worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be waste, fraud, and abuse for a Corpsman to spend one man minute or a battle dressing on a terrorist, its much cheaper to just spend the $.02 on a 5.56mm FMJ.

By the way, terrorists who chop off civilian's heads are not prisoners, they are carcasses.

UPDATE: Let me be very clear about this issue. I have looked around the web, and many people get this concept, but there are some stragglers. Here is your situation Marine. You just took fire from unlawful combatants shooting from a religious building attempting to use the sanctuary status of their position as protection. But you're in Fallujah now, and the Marine Corps has decided that they're not playing that game this time. That was Najaf. So you set the mosque on fire and you hose down the terrorists with small arms, launch some AT-4s (Rockets), some 40MM grenades into the building and things quiet down. So you run over there, and find some tangos wounded and pretending to be dead. You are aware that suicide martyrdom is like really popular with these kind of idiots, and like taking some Marines with them would be really cool. So you can either risk your life and your fireteam's lives by having them cover you while you bend down and search a guy that you think is pretending to be dead for some reason. Also, you don't know who or what is in the next room, and you're already speaking english to each other and its loud because your hearing is poor from shooting people for several days. So you know that there are many other rooms to enter, and that if anyone is still alive in those rooms, they know that Americans are in the mosque. Meanwhile (3 seconds later), you still have this terrorist that was just shooting at you from a mosque playing possum. What do you do?

You double tap his head, and you go to the next room, that's what.

What about the Geneva Conventions and all that Law of Land Warfare stuff? What about it. Without even addressing the issues at hand you first thought should be, "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6." Bear in mind that this is a perpetual mindset that is reinforced by experiences gained on a minute by minute basis. Secondly, you are fighting an unlawful combatant in a Sanctuary which is a double No No on his part. Third, tactically you are in no position to take "prisoners" because there are more rooms to search and clear, and the behavior of said terrorist indicates that he is up to no good. No good in Fallujah is a very large place and the low end of no good and the high end of no good are fundamentally the same... Marines get hurt or die. So there is no compelling reason for you to do anything but double tap this idiot and get on with the mission.

If you are a veteran then everything I have just written is self evident, if you are not a veteran than at least try to put yourself in the situation. Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow, there is only now. Right NOW. Have you ever lived in NOW for a week? It is not easy, and if you have never lived in NOW for longer than it takes to finish the big roller coaster at Six Flags, then shut your hole about putting Marines in jail for war crimes. Be advised, I am not talking to my readers, but if this post gets linked up, I want regular folks to get this message loud and clear. Froggy OUT.


Monday, November 15, 2004

PEST Survivor Gets "Well Enough" to End Therapy.

A former Kerry supporter on the verge of commitment to a padded room and a multi-buckled white jacket, has been pleased with the results of her hypnotherapy treatment for Post Election Selection Truama (PEST). Although her heart continues its irreversible bleeding, there is hope for PEST control.

A post-therapy John Kerry supporter spoke out about her trauma treatment for the first time this weekend, saying Florida psychologist Douglas Schooler took her from the depths of despair over President Bush’s victory to a new lease on life.

Forty-four year old Karen of Boca Raton, a divorced mother of one who didn’t want her last name in print, called the trauma specialist’s intensive election therapy “profoundly effective” and described his hypnosis technique as “a healing process.”

“I wasn’t sleeping,” Karen told the Boca Raton News in an interview. “I was very devastated and very astonished that people would re-elect this president. I was moody about the war and economic issues. I felt very unsettled and fearful. I thought, ‘Oh no, what will happen for four years?’”

Karen, whose medical insurance covers the treatment, said she approached Schooler last week after finding herself unable to function publicly due to President Bush’s re-election. “Dr. Schooler absolutely understood the pain this election caused me and he opened my mind to a new point of view,” Karen said. “You’re relaxed, he talks to you and you just come out of it feeling more positive and renewed. It took one session. He did some relaxation techniques and probably did some things I didn’t even realize.”






Thursday, November 11, 2004

The open-minded tolerance of a California lawyer...

The Sacramento Bee reports in its entirety:

A lawyer for the state Franchise Tax Board was jailed last weekend after harassing Sacramento City Councilman Robbie Waters and dozens of other people over the election of President Bush. "I was going to Bel Air to mail a letter and pick up some steaks for dinner, and this guy just went off," Robbie said. "He said, 'Hey, Robbie Waters. Why don't you punch me in the face? Your man Bush won, and you're real proud. Come on, kick me, you (expletive).'" Robbie, a former cop and Sacramento County sheriff, decided not to tangle with the man, Craig Swieso, even when he followed Robbie into the supermarket on Rush River Drive. The councilman called police and waited in the market manager's office. "For the first time in my life, I just walked away," Waters said. "I wanted to get my steaks home." Police arrested Swieso, 46, when he refused to calm down. "I made an ass of myself," Craig said. "I was confronting affluent white males about voting for Bush. They swagger like they they are tough. I was asking them how tough they really are." Swieso, who is white, spent eight hours in jail. "The inmates were incredibly polite," he said. Swieso thinks medication contributed to his outburst. "That's no excuse," he said, adding his new goal is unseating Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. ...

Brilliant, Arnold vs. Girlie Man

Liberal states are quite generous - but only with other people's money.

From Opinion Journal on the National Generosity Index 2003:

Democrats like to present themselves as the party of the downtrodden while characterizing the GOP as the party of the selfish rich. But a study by the Catalogue of Philanthropy suggests the opposite may be true. The Catalogue ranked all 50 states based on the percentage of adjusted gross income their residents donated to charity. The top five states were Mississippi, Arkansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Alabama, all of which President Bush carried. Indeed, all of the top 24 finishers are "red" states; New York, at No. 25, is the highest-ranking "blue" one. Only four red states appear in the bottom 12: Virginia, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

Kofi Annan and Jacques Chirac French-kiss a dead man's butt.

They weep:

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan praised Arafat’s struggle to win international recognition for the Palestinian cause, as he ordered flags to fly at half-mast at the United Nations, even though the Palestinians only have observer status at the world body.

By signing the 1993 Oslo peace accords, Arafat “took a giant step towards the realization of this vision. It is tragic that he did not live to see it fulfilled.”

French President Jacques Chirac visited the Percy military hospital to bid a final farewell to Arafat, pledging that his country would continue to work to achieve a settlement in the Middle East.

“I have come to bow before president Yasser Arafat and pay him a final homage,” he said after the 25-minute visit.

Jimmy Carter reminds us of his failures.

For the Democrats who continue to wonder why America will never take them seriously on national security, you only need to look to one James Earl Carter. He reminded us of the psychology that roosts in Democratic party.

MIAMI (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat “a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate” who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland.

“Yasser Arafat’s death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world,” Carter said.

“He was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland,” he said in a statement distributed by his Atlanta, Georgia-based Carter Center [for the Politically Challenged].

The the Left, "powerful human symbol" and "forceful advocate" are nuanced code words for a man who dedicated his life to the destruction of Israel, self-financing and encouraging the explosive dismemberment of innocent men, women and children.

Jimmy, thanks for your service. We're sure glad its over, but we still have a stale aftertaste.



Joshua Michael Palmer

Today is Veteran's Day, make sure you go out of your way to thank every single one you can think of. The following e-mail was sent to one of Hugh Hewitt's listeners. Have you ever believed in something as much as Joshua Michael Palmer?

Yesterday I broadcast from the Manchester Theater at the University of San Diego. In the course of the program, I received this e-mail:


"Hugh, because it is the Marine Corps birthday today,
and because I heard that you are broadcasting live
from USD, I wanted to let you know that USD lost one
of its alumni on April 8th of this year, in Fallujah.
His name was 1st Lt. Joshua Palmer. It would be great
if you could somehow remind the students that they've
lost one of their own over there, especially today,
and especially before veterans day. Josh loved USD. He
graduated just a year before going to Iraq, and still
has a lot of friends on campus. In fact, he was
president of the College Republicans there. Thanks,

Josh's girlfriend,

Laura

I read the e-mail on air, and asked Laura's permission to post it. She agreed, and also sent along a copy of the remarks given at Lietenant Palmer's memorial service:

"Joshua Michael Palmer was born on Nov. 28th, 1978. He loved to read, he’s read more books than most people have heard of. He particularly loved history and politics. He also played football in High School. He had a very close group of friends while growing up, called the Banning Boys. They were like brothers. In High School, he was known as a leader. He was the guy who always knew what to do, in any situation. While in High School, he went on a trip with his friends to Mexico, and saw the children selling Chiclets gum on the streets. He saw the corruption of the government, and vowed that he would never let that sort of corruption ruin the lives of his children, or the children of America. That’s when he decided to join the Marine Corps., to protect America from that sort of life. He began attending ‘Poolies” meetings right away (because he wasn’t old enough to join) and he practiced with the marines each weekend. He was the only soldier in the history of that unit to be promoted before actually being a marine. When they found out that he wasn’t actually a marine, because he wasn’t old enough, they couldn’t believe it. He got special permission to join when he was 17, but his mom had to sign waiver. Josh joined with two of his best friends, John Thompson and Ryan Hansen. He had one brother, and a mother and father. His parents divorced when he was in the 7th grade, and it had a lasting impact on his life. His family never really understood him. They thought that he was too determined, always trying to be better and do more. He tried to explain to them that he wanted to be someone in the world; that he wanted to do something important, to help people; but they never really understood.

I was engaged to Josh. He sent me flowers all the time. He loved to give people gifts. For my birthday, he spent hours wrapping each gift perfectly, and when it was time to open them, he wouldn’t let me, because he had spent so much time wrapping them. He took very good care of the people he loved. Josh worked hard at everything. He learned Spanish in 2 weeks, enough so that he could pass a fluency test and graduate college early. He wanted to graduate early so that he could become an officer in the Marine Corps., and then serve his country. He was in the top of his class at OCS (Officer Candidate School). Because of this, he could choose any MOS, or field in the Marine Corps. “He chose the infantry because he believed it was the heart of the Marine Corps.”, is how his best friend, Dominic Persechini explained it to Josh’s family. They were upset he had joined the infantry. Infantry is one of the most dangerous MOSs in the Marine Corps, but Josh wanted to make a difference, and actually fight for what he believed in, so he was willing to do it.

In college, when they passed out the reading lists for class, he had usually already read most of the books on the list. He often debated with his professors. He graduated from SDU, San Diego State University, with a degree in International Relations, political science. While he was there, he was selected from among the entire student body, to accompany a professor down to Mexico, to present a study on drug enforcement reform to the Mexican Government. He spoke in front of what would be the Senate for us. His love for children wasn’t just for his and America’s, he was determined to do something about the world’s children, and to fight for their future. That’s why he worked so hard to be selected to present this study. He believed that stopping drugs in Mexico would be one way to help the kids have a better future. It’s also why he decided to go to China for a few months, while waiting for TBS (officer training school in the Marine Corps.), and to learn Chinese.

Josh hated Communism. He saw what it had done to the people of the world. Once, a professor in college told the class that he thought Communism was the best way to live, that we ought to share everything, all of our money, and that doctors ought to be paid the same as gardeners. Josh stood up and asked the teacher to give his paycheck to the gardener, who was working outside. The professor was stunned for a minute, so Josh continued. He said “If it’s so great, why don’t you start? Sign over a check, right now”. The professor had never been confronted this way before. Josh always, always stood up for what he believed in. That is one thing that all of his friends have vowed to do, in memory of him, because it was so important to him that people live by their words and stand up for their beliefs. On anther occasion, this same professor began talking about the Holocaust. Josh calmly walked to the front of the class, and wrote 10,000,000 + on the board, the number of people killed by Communism. He turned to the class and said “The Nazis killed 6 million Jews. Communism has killed many more people, of all religions. Yet our professor will talk to you about how evil the Nazis were, but not tell you how evil Communism is.” Then he sat down. He was also known for his knowledge about Chinese history. His professor of Chinese History often asked him to lecture in the class. Why had he studied Chinese history so much? For the same reason he went to Mexico. He hated the corruption that had destroyed its future, and he was working on a way to try and help. He went to China to learn the language, and had plans to go back with a political group. Josh believed that, as humans, it is our responsibility to care for the people on our earth, and to help each other out, by the most effective means. Not just giving them money, but actually helping.

Josh also believed that it is a person’s responsibility to become educated. He said that we shouldn’t rely on others to do it, like the schools. It is our responsibility, and we have to do it for ourselves. That’s why he read so much. He wanted to know things, so that he could help. When he was 7, he and his mother were driving by a soccer field and he said “Look at all those parents who are allowing their kids to play soccer. Don’t they know it’s destroying their brains?” (He thought that having the ball hit their head would do brain damage over time. Even as a kid, he though it was important to develop our minds.)

He was so proud to go to Iraq. The same as when he had vowed to help the Mexican children, and the Chinese children, he felt that he could now help the Iraqi children. The week before Josh was killed, he had requested special permission to stay another year in Iraq. He didn’t want to leave until the work was done. He loved the kids there. He wrote home, asking for candy and toys, because he loved giving it to the kids and watching them smile. Every night, he ate dinner with Iraqi families. He loved them, and they loved him. He believed in what we are doing there. He told my cousin Laura that he wanted these children to have the chance to grow up with democracy, the way he did, so that they would have an honest chance of making their lives better. “Josh was exceptionally passionate about service to his country” was the way that one of his best friends, Ryan Hansen described him. Josh had a deep seated belief that the military had a benevolent purpose in the development of countries. One of his favorite books, Starship Troopers, talks about the military’s role in society. Dominic, when asked to describe why Josh had joined the Marine Corps., said, “He was a great student of history and he thought that it was warriors that make countries strong and prosperous.”.

On April 8th, in the afternoon, Josh’s convoy began taking sniper fire as they entered Fallujah. Josh was a first lieutenant, and led a group of men. Some of the men in the convoy, from another lieutenant’s unit, were injured by the sniper fire. It was determined that someone needed to hunt down the snipers and kill them, before they killed any of the men in the convoy. Josh had been trained in sniper hunting, and volunteered. He led a small group of men into the area where the snipers were. They pinpointed the snipers’ location and ran to the building were the snipers were located. Josh didn’t hesitate, he just ran. When they got there, they began clearing rooms with grenades. When they got to the room where the snipers were, Josh insisted on being in front. Usually officers stay in the back, because their lives are considered more valuable. But Josh had always said that he would never send his men somewhere he wouldn’t go himself, and the test of a true leader was whether or not he led from the front. It was known that there was a very high chance that the person in front would be shot, as they were so close to the snipers, and the snipers were waiting for them. Josh still went in front. He probably knew that he was going to be shot, but he wouldn’t allow someone else to die when he could have prevented it. So he leaned forward and threw the grenade. As he did, he fell a little bit forward, and was shot many times all up his left side and into his neck. Immediately his men pulled him back, and killed the sniper who had shot Josh, the other two snipers were taken prisoner. They pulled Josh to a safe location, where he eventually bled to death. The photo I have, which many of you have seen in the papers, is of Josh’s men praying over him, just after he died.

It is important to know that the snipers, when the US soldiers got there, were strapped with C-4, a very dangerous explosive. They were cowards and monsters. They had enough to blow up the entire city block. It was a civilian block, and many innocent people would have been killed. Josh died protecting other people, the same as the way he had lived. Somehow, it doesn’t seem real that someone like him existed here, someone with such high ideals and such brave determination. Josh’s captain, Captain Smith, said that Josh was an unreal soldier, that he’d never met someone so strong in his convictions and so devoted to a cause. We are left to wonder why it is so often those that are so great, that live with such nobility, are the ones to die. The answer is that, because of their nobility and greatness, they are the first to volunteer. It is often the better people who end up giving their lives for others. My cousin Laura, Josh’s girlfriend, said that she knew something like this would probably happen, because Josh was the type of person who would volunteer his life, if he thought it would help someone else. These are our heroes, the men and women who believe in the greatness of our country, and want to share that greatness with the world, so much so that they are willing to give their lives, on the small chance that some other poor, underdeveloped country will have freedom like ours I want everyone to know how much I love Josh, and how proud I am of him and the type of man he is. And that, because I love him, and I know how important these ideals are to him, I would do the whole thing again, because I knows that, even if Josh were told that he would die in Iraq, he would have gone anyway, because he believes it is that important. God bless our troops, and God bless America."

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Kerry supporters must be misunderstood.

Proving they are tolerant, understanding and value diversity, 3 Apple Valley Kerry supporters beat a Bush supporter with a variety of solid objects. Notice the first sentence of the following article.

Three zoo school students face charges for using a bat to beat another student who taunted them about being John Kerry supporters days after the contentious election. [As if taunting after a contentious election warrants being beaten - chachi]
The 17-year-old Apple Valley victim was assaulted Thursday in a Minnesota Zoo parking lot near Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies, better known as the zoo school. Chad McKay, also 17, stood over the victim attempting to protect him.

The argument began earlier in the day Thursday with a discussion about candidates the minors had supported for president, [County Attorney James] Backstrom said. The two victims supported President Bush.

Chad [McKay] said later in the afternoon when he and the victim were walking to their cars they heard their three senior classmates yelling at them, according to the police report. Chad got to his car, but the three 17-year-olds attacked the victim, he said, hitting him in face, including with a baseball bat and kicking him. One boy had a padlock wrapped around his finger, Chad said.

The juvenile with the bat was charged with second-degree assault, a felony. Another was charged with misdemeanor fifth-degree assault for fighting and a third with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.


It's fun to see the Pioneer Press take a swing at being impartial.

Hell gets another terrorist.

The PLO's Ministry of Disinformation has finally admitted that final breath of life has finally succeeded in liberation from the shell of Yasser Arafat.

If he were a 'real' Palestinian, his dying wish would have been being strapped with a bomb-belt to a gurney and rolled toward a pack of Jewish schoolkids. The godfather of modern terrorism didn't deserve the relative tranquility of his death. Having more mercy than I would, God allowed him to die the coward he was.



Getting an early start on their book.

How many jurors does it take to decide a California murder case? At least 14 and counting. It seems California jurors have a difficult time following directions. Maybe instructions weren't given quad-lingually. Two jurors in the past week have been excused. My guess is to get a head start on finding a publisher.

This whole Scott New-Boat First-Time-Fisherman on Christmas Eve Concrete-Ancor Cheating-Husband Tidal-Charts on Hard-Drive Peterson thing hasn't been worth mentioning until now. I lost interest when there was no longer a chance he'd close the circuit for a few hundred thousand hungry volts of white lightning.

Doesnt' removing the chance of turning a man accused of double murder into a fleshy lightbulb send the wrong signal to all would-be killers currently contemplating how better to dispose of their wife and kid? Is there now a minimum multiple standard for the number of family members you have to kill for capital punishment to apply?

229th Marine Corps Birthday

Happy 229th Birthday to the Marine Corp. Semper Fi!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

We weren't dumb enough to vote Kerry

Any time you have a second to read Mark Steyn, I suggest you do. Here's a slice of We weren't dumb enough to vote Kerry:

Thirdly, after listening to John Edwards's Dickensian tales of "two Americas" for months on end, I'm convinced that any red-state county knows more about business than your average Massachusetts senator, tenured Harvard professor or Boston Globe editor. When John Kerry gets his hair done at Cristophe's in Washington for somewhere north of $75, that high-priced stylist is an employee. If he'd ever stopped to have it done for $10 by DeeDee in a hair salon in a small town, he'd discover that she's a one-woman business.

When he goes to his favourite restaurant in Washington, the waiter's an employee. When he drops by a diner on Main Street in some nowhere burg to pretend to eat a hot dog for a photo op, the waitress might well be like the lady who served me lunch on Sunday: she has her own house-cleaning business, but does some part-time work at the local school and a couple of shifts at the diner for a bit of extra cash.

She's a small business, and she knows more about her tax return than Teresa Heinz Kerry knows about hers. Mrs Kerry farms it out to the best advisers money can buy, and they do a grand job: she's one of the richest women in the world and she paid 12 per cent tax last year. It makes no difference whether the tax rate is 20 per cent, 50 per cent or 88 per cent: the Kerrys of the world will still pay 12 per cent.

The American people don't want to be condescended to by ketchup heiresses, billionaire currency speculators, $20-million-a-picture Hollywood pretty boys, and multi-millionaire documentary-makers posing as bluecollar lardbutts.

The Democrats keep talking to people as if they're like John Edwards's 40-year mill-workers, but that's not what work is any more, and a 23-year-old hairdresser can know enough about starting and running a business to be unimpressed at a few footling tax credits dangled in front of her by a 60-year-old lifelong "public servant" lucky enough to be living a grand old life thanks to his billionaire wife's first husband.

Head-Cases For Kerry.

Here's a little boo hoo from Boca Raton, Florida.

Some of the country's more unstable voters are being treated with 'intense hypnotherapy' by a doctor who's termed their malady 'Post-Election Selection Trauma.'

Hey doc, before you go naming imaginary mental illnesses, think of the acronym first. PEST isn't a 'sensitive' acronym for the politically handicapped. It risks making people feel uncomfortable and could even hurt their feelings.

Expect next month's headline to read, "Boca Raton Doctor Preys on Handicapped Patients, Ordered by Supreme Court to Undergo Intense Hypnosentivity Training."

Suppression, Secession and Assassination

As usual, the Democrats have some highly constructive ideas.

After losing all but two presidential races in all but two of the last 386 [slight exaggeration] elections, an admirable party would be familiar with losing gracefully.

Only the liberal left would consider assassinating a president a viable alternative to having an attractive platform to run on.



Monday, November 08, 2004

Operation Phantom Fury.

Operation Phantom Fury has begun.

Falluja is where Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been kidnapping and butchering international workers. Most of the violence in Iraq is contained to Fallujah, making Phantom Fury's execution an important component in eliminating terrorists so that January elections have the best chance of succeeding violence-free.

In addition to US troops, all coalition forces need our prayers.





Friday, November 05, 2004

Father Knows Best. Again.

I had a conversation with my dad tonight. I'm sure he's wrong sometimes. Tonight wasn't one of those occasions.

I'm really impressed by my dad. The Lord has delighted me with a dad overflowing with integrity, humility and love for God, so I take what my dad says very seriously. I'm blessed that my future kids will be an heir to that legacy. Although I have a "How dare you?" tendency when he questions sensitive parts of my life, my prolonged maturing process has gotten me to where I can suppress the child in me that wants to huff off into the other room and mope in the corner. Each time that I suppress that reaction, I consider my 28 year survival a success.

My dad reads my website. Politically, there isn't anything we disagree on and he's impressed with my writing. Wisely, that's how he prefaced his following paraphrased questions: "Do you feel like you're being a little too harsh on your site? Have you considered writing things that are a little more warm?"

Hmmmm. "Not really. Afterall, this is the Spanktuary," I thought to myself. But then I realized - There are more people reading this that don't know who I am than there are people who do. To some, I'm a stranger. To others, just strange.

I have to admit that if your only experience of me is what I emboss on your computer screen, you could get the wrong impression. You could defectively determine that I'm nothing more than a prickly personality who loathes liberal lunacy, has a "W for life" tattoo on my wretched white wazoo, a loaded .45 strapped to my side, an abundant anger management affliction and an abnormanl affection for alliterations. You'd be wrong. It's a 9mm.

And that's my point. Strangers don't know when I'm being sarcastic, being literal, making a feeble attempt at humor or trying them all at once in some impossibly clever way. From here forward I'm going to make this site well-rounded in ways that I am not, by posting things of every emotion, not just the mean ones that feel good. There I go again, being humorous. I should literally post things that give a more diverse look at me. What I'm trying to say is that I have feelings, too, I just don't let them guide my life - like liberals do. Wow, I can't even go two sentences without being a sarcastic.

As my personal asylum, I'm happy that you visit the Spanktuary and because admission is free, I encourage you to do it often. Invite your friends and make sure they invite theirs. Post your comments and read what others have to say. This is a communication tool - it only works with your participation.

And Dad, thank you. I love you. I appreciate you initiating the conversations that might be hard to have. I guess those are the most important ones.







A Thank You to Our Veterans.

Election results '04 were also a referendum on how the country regards our Vietnam veterans - absolute heroes.

John Kerry desecrated the memory and service or America's Vietnam veterans with the disgraceful, deceitful indictments he flung at our war heroes.

I see the votes of 60 million people as a choral rejection of John Kerry's false accusations. We're saying "thank you" to all of our veterans from a nation humbled by your service. You've earned a valor that John Kerry can never take away.

And to the men and women currently serving around the globe: In recognition of the safety and peace you allow us to have, the country has given their enthusiastic support for you, your mission and your sacrifice. The United States of America loves you.

Clean Bumpers

In the last couple days, I've noticed clean, rectangular shapes on a number car bumpers and back windows.

I can't for the life of me figure out what some poor unsuspecting bumper sticker did to deserve early retirement. My imagination is having a tough time figuring out what bumper sticker would have been appropriate along with a 'Wellstone!' or 'Wetterling for Congress' sticker.

Who could they be so upset with that they decided it would no long be convenient to lug his bumper sticker around?

Did they out-source John Kerry?

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Dear Liberals:

Go chew a rock and gargle gravel.

A lone cowboy has defeated your armada of elites, mainstream media and dirty pandering politicians. You're irrelevant, useless. Your stratospheric threshold for embarrassing yourself would make Howard Dean blush.

Your crack-funded voter registrations didn't work, nor did the disenfranchisement hallucinations and impotent delusions of intimidation. Where I'm from, we have a lake for each of your 10,000 lawyers.

The American people have spoken. We don't need your Jason Blairs, your Dan Rathers or your CBS. We don't need your New York Times, LA Times or your Star Tribune. You can keep your Michael Moore Syndrome and Fahrenheit 9/11 fever. Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Leo DiCaprio, Bruce Springsteen, and P Diddy can go bling-bling themselves.

You can take your "reporting for duty," your UN and global test, your daily doom and gloom on every front page and lead story. You can take your childish, naaive pacifism peddled as foreign policy strategy. You can take your cries for the popular vote, your quests for a 24-word Pledge of Allegiance and your expunging of the 10 Commandments, cross and prayers. You can take your 'blame America first' reflex, your French-looking 'anybody but Bush' candidate and especially his wacky wife. In a lexicon you can understand, you can take it all and "shove it!"

We're not buying what you're selling, even with your army of billionaires and celebrities. All the botox and callogen on the planet couldn't extremely makeover your homely ass. An ass with a flat forehead and puffy lips is still and ass.

In the mountains, in the valleys and everywhere in between those white-foamed oceans, free of your elite echo-chambers, the country has responded to your 'hope is on the way' by declaring "Four More Years!"

Good riddance.

P.S. The big kids will handle the Senate, too.

"Right Wing Conspiracy" More "Vast" Than Even Hillary Thought.

Thankfully, we've now found out that Hillary Clinton's "Vast right-wing conspiracy" is larger than we thought.

58,659,922 members of this conservative cartel have each done their part in setting a record for the highest popular vote ever garnered by a presidential candidate.

Long live the VRWC!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Kerry Unsure Who to Vote For.

Word has it that John Kerry was exit polled in Boston and had this to say:

I voted against myself before I voted for me.

No mention of whether this violates election rules.

Monday, November 01, 2004

What's Eating John Kerry?

Instead of chasing every link in this post, I'd suggest indulging in the whole piece before you check out any of the supporting evidence provided in the link. That way, you can read-up on only the things you really can't believe are true. Enjoy!

Bush has higher IQ than Kerry. NBC helps him cover up how they found out.

After new bin Laden video, Kerry, Inc. was involved in a poll to determine how he should respond.

When applying for an Ohio hunting license, Kerry couldn't give definitive answer on his eye color.

Viet Cong honors John Kerry by hanging his photo in the Communist Museum, because he was so willing to take directions from the Viet Cong.

No mystery why the Communist Party (of USA) has endorsed John Kerry.

This isn't fabrication. This is the man behind the $7,000 suit. But you say: "These are HUGE stories! If they were true, we'd hear about them on the news!" Well, right yourself of that cranial-rectal inversion and try not to get any on your pants. The mainstream media has been working overtime coloring, hiding and fluffing the inconvenient portions of John Kerry's life that any reasonable person would conclude for what they are: supreme disqualifications for a man who wants to run a country other than Iran or North Korea.

John Kerry has always been uncomfortable with the power of the United States. This is most evident in Kerry's own words, "I'm an internationalist, I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."

Ahhh, the warm fuzzies of being loved by the world. We'll all be happy little pansies in the garden of the world when our only concern is a little sunlight and a dash of daily water little water. How peaceful! Here on earth, even considering the surrender of our security to an organization plagued by corruption is grounds for banishment to Bonerville. Saddam pilfered billions from the Oil for Food Program run by the UN. Whatever he wasn't stuffing in palaces or mattresses, he used to bribe France and Russia to work against the US by threatening the only 'power' they have - a UN veto. And having Libya and Syria chair the UN commission on Human Rights abuses is like Bill Clinton chairing a committe on monogomy.

Want proof nothing could ever pass John Kerry's 'global test?' In 1991 the UN drafted and passed a resolution that supported our liberation of Kuwait. Even with the support of every Muslim country and a coalition that even John Kerry would consider 'global', he voted against Kuwait's liberation.

In Kerryland, the strongest force he's willing to use is anything that can fit onto a few thousand sheets of 8 1/2 x 11. Trusting the whims of killers more than the thoughtful superiority of the US military and his misguided faith in treaties and sanctions, John Kerry has the answers on how best to get us killed.

War is ugly, but it's not the ugliest thing. God has decided we'll never personally experience tyranny, but modifying our lives in a vain hope to co-exist quietly and "peacefully" enough to avoid terrorist wrath is awfully close. John Kerry's vision of terrorism as a nuisance is only a diluted form of having a dictator living within our borders. We will never be a slave to terrorism, bought and sold to the next threat of violence or take direction from wretches committed to our destruction, as long as George Bush is our Commander in Chief.

We should be horribly thankful that the only appearance Osama bin Laden was able to make during the election was a little video translating into Arabic what he's heard from the liberal left throught the campaign: 7 minutes, pet goats, deception, lying and being daddy's boy. The left should be ashamed they're being plagiarized by Osama bin Laden.








First Time Bush Voter?

Here's a post from Jonah at National Review Online's The Corner:

FOR THE NOSE-HOLDERS [Jonah Goldberg]

I have a lot of friends who are holding their noses when they vote for Bush. I have sympathy for their views, I really do. Much of what Bush has done -- and hasn't -- bugs me too. But I ask you folks to look at it from a slightly different perspective. If thinking in terms of who the better candidate is doesn't work for you, think of it in terms of which candidate's victory will cause the most happiness among the worst people. If Kerry wins some truly horrible people will be happy. Some perfectly fine and decent folks will be happy too, of course. But if Bush wins, Michael Moore won't be on the Today Show the next day cheering and hugging his friends. Katie Couric will wear black. Alec Baldwin won't give interviews. P Diddy will go away. Susan Sarandon will mope. Al Franken still won't be funny, but it will be easier to laugh at him. Jon Stewart will go back to comedy. Terry McAuliffe will go down in history as the most disastrous DNC Chair in modern history.

But if Bush loses, all of these people will be gloating and skipping with joy.

Vote your fears people.

Study Finds Kerry Gets Best Press Ever

Here's an excerpt from the study that found MSM's love-fest with John Kerry is historical:

Sen. John Kerry has gotten the white-glove treatment from the press, garnering more praise from journalists than any other presidential candidate in the last quarter-century, according to a new analysis of almost 500 news stories released today by the Center for Media and Public Affairs.

"It's not just that John Kerry has gotten better press than President Bush before this election, he's gotten better press than anyone else since 1980. That's significant," said Bob Lichter, director of the D.C.-based nonpartisan research group.

"Kerry also got better press than anyone else in the days before the primaries as well," Mr. Lichter added.

In October alone, Mr. Kerry had a "record-breaking 77 percent positive press evaluations," compared with 34 percent positive for Mr. Bush, the study states.

Whatever the election outcome, recall all the extra assistance John Kerry received from the MSM.


Documents Suggest John Kerry Dishonorably Discharged

Read this story from an interview with a JAG Officer regarding Kerry's less than honorable discharge.

KERRY ADMITS PRESENCE AT MEETING TO DISCUSS ASSASSINATION OF SENATORS

Kerry, Inc. has now admitted what the FBI has known for years.Kerry has now admitted being present at a meeting with the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, where they discussed and voted on the assassination of 4 US Senators.

Captain's Quarters has more on this.

John Kerry: The Assassination Canditate.

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