Wednesday, February 28, 2007

So... What do you want to talk about?

"Uh, see any good movies lately?"

These guys are so funny! I can't get enough of their backwards, convoluted, silly attempts to jerk our collective chains. But guess what? It's working.
Iran says will never halt uranium enrichment but welcomes talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr on Tuesday Mottaki reiterated his country would never again suspend uranium enrichment, a move that the United States says is essential for Washington-Tehran negotiations.

"Demands that Iran halt enrichment are illegal and illegitimate and based on an incorrect political strategy," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Mottaki as telling a conference in the capital Tehran. "This [suspension] will never materialize."

"However, Iran is prepared to negotiate about its nuclear program without any preconditions," he said.

Got another one in Jenin

Via Pajamas Media:

Israeli Border Guards Kill Islamic Jihad Commander:

PJM in Tel Aviv

Border Guard officers operating in the West Bank city of Jenin Wednesday killed Islamic Jihad commander Ashraf Saadi and two of his aides after they opened fire on their vehicle. (Ynet)

According to security officials, the men were members of an Islamic Jihad cell that tried to carry out a suicide bombing attack in central Israel last week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

File this one under... HOLY $#@*!!!

Definitely in time for the Jewish holiday of Purim in which the theme is v'nahafochu - everything gets flipped on its head. This is definitely a flipping moment.

Happy Purim y'all!!!
Carl Levin Calls for Attacks On Syria. Admits Al-Qaeda In Iraq & Troops Need to Stay

UPDATE: The video is here.

“I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria.”
— Sen. Levin, today at an Armed Services Committee hearing.
Get ready for Carl Levin to get shot by Cindy Sheehan or some other angry lefty. I'm not sure what happened to him, but he's making sense right now. On Sunday's Meet The (De)Press(ed), he finally admitted that Al-Qaeda is in Iraq and American troops needed to stay there for "a counter-terrorism purpose."

Today, he got bolder and and called for escalation of the offensives against both Iran and Syria. Bravo. Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, Senator Levin said to John Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence,
I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria and any other source of weapons coming in, obviously Iran is the focus – but it shouldn’t be the sole focus.
Folks, did you get that? In addition to admitting we need to keep troops behind in Iraq, Carl Levin now says we need to go after Syria and Iran. In fact, in asking John McConnell about what steps were being taken to cut off weaponry coming in from Syria, Levin went so far as to ask this question:
I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria?
And he wasn't arguing against such a plan. My first quote from him came after that. After asking if there was a plan to go into Syria, Carl Levin, yes *that* Carl Levin, said "I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria."

I'd like to congratulate Carl Levin for undercutting several of the major Democrat talking points and I'd like to thank Senator Levin for calling for mililtary action against Syria as well as Iraq.

The exchange with the DNI is below the fold . . .

SEN CARL LEVIN (D-MI): “Now, in terms of the weapons coming in from Syria, those weapons that you’ve described as coming in from Syria and perhaps other Sunni neighbors are killing our troops. Do we have a plan to address the Syrian weapon source -- of killings of our troops?”

JOHN MCCONNELL, Director of National Intelligence: “Sir, I know the military is working that border area to close it down from not only weapons but also jihadists coming in --”

LEVIN: “It’s more than just -- we’re trying to close down the Iranian border area too. The problem is that these weapons are coming from a state which is -- doesn't recognize Israel either, just like Iran doesn't. We’ve got to try to stop weapons coming into Iraq from any source that are killing our troops. I agree with the comments about trying to stop them coming in from Iran, I think we have to try stop them that are going to the Sunni insurgents as well as to the Shia. I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria? That are going to Sunni insurgents? That are killing our troops? … I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria and any other source of weapons coming in, obviously Iran is the focus – but it shouldn’t be the sole focus.” (Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 02/27/07)

How to Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center

A How-to:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center

Switching Teams (Not that there's anything wrong with that)

The truth about switching. [from Windows to a Mac]’s what it’s like to switch to a Mac, without all the whining and hysterics...

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Like Foxes through the Ruins - Rockets from our Synagogues.

I am at a loss for words. I will link back to my "Fox through the Ruins" post a year and a half ago after the Jewish people were kicked out of their homes that they risked their lives to build. At the time, the animals ran through our Shuls and holy places, looting, burning and rejoicing at our retreat. Now, like spit in the eye, they use our own synagogues as launching points for rocket attacks into civilian areas. I am at a loss for words at their utter contempt of anything, of life, respect, civil liberties. I am at a loss for the world's utter hypocrisy and double standards. I'm done.

Palestinians loot and set fire to the abandoned synagogue in the evacuated Gaza settlement of Neveh Dekalim. Photo: AP (September, 2005)

From LGF:
Palestinians Turn Ruined Synagogues Into Terror Bases

Another example of the folly of retreating in the face of Islamic terrorism, as the ruins of two large synagogues in evacuated Jewish communities in Gaza are now being used by Palestinians as rocket launch sites.

When Israel withdrew from the Gaza in August, 2005, it left intact 20 synagogues of the Gush Katif Jewish communities following an Israeli Cabinet decision against demolishing the structures. Immediately after the Israeli evacuation was completed, Palestinian Arabs destroyed most of the Gaza synagogues.

Speaking to The New York Sun from Gaza, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, Abu Abir, said the area in which the synagogues once stood is now used to fire rockets at Israel. “We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity,” Mr. Abir said.

Mr. Abir blamed the Jewish state for the desecration of the Gaza synagogues by Palestinian Arabs, claiming the decision to leave the structures intact was part of an Israeli conspiracy. Israel “left the synagogues behind so the world would see the Palestinians destroying them,” Mr. Abir said.

And as we pointed out last October, the high-tech greenhouses built by Israelis, that formerly provided employment for many Palestinians, have been looted, burned, and turned into cover for weapons smuggling tunnels.



In this picture released by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), an Israeli soldier stands guard next to a tunnel during an operation near Rafah, southern Gaza strip, October 18, 2006. Israeli troops killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and widened a four-month-old offensive by sending tanks to take up positions around the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. REUTERS/IDF/Handout

Update: Not really an update, but Allah has a good headline of this outrage:
Outrage: Israelis attacking Palestinians from abandoned mosques

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UN Carries Out Controlled Explosions in Lebanon... Fireworks Show?

I would have thought they were having a fireworks show, but nah, fireworks are banned in southern Lebanon per the UN resolution 1701. Whatever could those blue berets be up to?
UN carries out controlled explosions on Lebanese side of border
Published: 02.27.07, 18:06 / Israel News

A series of explosions was heard in some northern communities along the border with Lebanon.

The IDF said that the explosions were carried out by the UN on the Lebanese side of the border. (Hagai Einav)

We Were Soldiers Once... And Young.

"We Were Soldiers" is a great movie (and book) starring Mel Gibson about the first major battle of the Vietnam War. It was an amazingly real and disturbing portrayal of war, focusing not on the war, but only on a singular battle. Yesterday, 41 years after that battle, the commanding pilot of the helicopters, Bruce Crandall, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism that day (the pilot was played by Greg Kinnear in the movie). Joseph Galloway (co-author of the book) has more on Crandall and the Battle.

Via DefenseLink:
Pilot Receives Medal of Honor for Heroism in Vietnam
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2007 – President Bush presented the Medal of Honor today to retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, 41 years after heroic actions in Vietnam the president said demonstrate the best of America and its military members.

Bush praised Crandall’s heroism during the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in November 1965, when he repeatedly flew into intensive enemy fire to rescue and resupply besieged 1st Cavalry Division ground troops.

Crandall proved himself “a daring pilot, a devoted soldier and a self-less leader” during the first major ground battle of the war at Landing Zone X-Ray near the Ia Drang River, he said.

The story of the mission is captured in the bestselling book and movie, “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young.”

Early on Nov. 14, 1965, Crandall, then a major commanding A Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), was transporting a battalion of soldiers into Landing Zone X-ray, Bush recounted. After several routine lifts into the area, the ground troops came under a massive attack from the North Vietnamese Army.

During Crandall’s next flight – a flight that left three soldiers on his helicopter killed and three more wounded – he remained at the landing zone in direct line of enemy fire so four wounded troops could be loaded aboard, the president said.

After returning the wounded troops to base for treatment, Crandall knew his mission was finished, Bush said, but couldn’t bring himself to abandon the ground troops who were outnumbered and low on ammunition. Crandall asked for volunteers to fly back to LZ X-ray, and Capt. Ed Freeman stepped forward.

“In their unarmed choppers, they flew through a cloud of smoke and a wave of bullets to deliver desperately needed supplies,” the president said. “They carried out more of the wounded, even though medical evacuation was really not their mission.”

Crandall would have been a hero if he had stopped there, Bush said. “But he didn’t stop,” he said. “He flew back into X-ray again and again--14 times he flew into what they called the ‘Valley of Death.’” He made those flights recognizing the extreme risk to his own life, he said.

Over the course of the day, Crandall flew three different choppers, with two of them damaged so badly they would no longer fly. “But he kept flying until every wounded man had been evacuated and every need of the battalion had been met,” Bush said.

By the day’s end, Crandall and Freeman had spent more than 14 hours in the air, evacuating 70 wounded men and providing a lifeline that allowed the battalion to survive, Bush said.

“To the men of Ia Drang, the image of Major Crandall’s helicopter coming to their rescue is one they will never forget,” Bush said. He noted that one officer who witnessed the actions called them “without question, the most valorous I’ve observed of any helicopter pilot in Vietnam” The battalion commander said that without Crandall, his battalion would have been overrun, Bush said, and another officer said, “I will always be in awe of Major Bruce Crandall.”

Bush noted that while others have praised Crandall, he never thought of himself as a hero. “There was never a consideration we would not go into those landing zones,” Bush said, quoting Crandall. “They were my people down there and they trusted in me to come and get them.”

Crandall’s character and leadership have grown clearer over the years, Bush said. He went on to make more rescue flights, served a second tour in Vietnam, retired from the military and worked in his local government in Washington state.

Perhaps most telling, Bush said, was Crandall’s decision to withdraw his own name from consideration for the Medal of Honor to ensure that Freeman would receive his. Bush presented Freeman the honor in July 2001.

“Today, the story comes to its rightful conclusion” as Crandall finally receives his Medal of Honor, Bush said.

“In men like Bruce Crandall, we really see the best of America,” he said. “He and his fellow soldiers were brave, brave folks. They were as noble and selfless as any who have ever worn our nation’s uniform.”

Heh: What Part of "Never" Don't We Understand?

Pajamas Media:
What Part of "Never" Don't We Understand?
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motta reiterated that his country would never again suspend uranium enrichment, the day after the U.N. Security Council considered further sanctions on Iran for refusing. (AP/Breitbart)

Monday, February 26, 2007

The New York Giant who died on Iwo Jima

Here's a moving story of one of the 6,825 American servicemen who died on Iwo Jima. We still have similar heroes fighting for our country today.
The New York Giant who died on Iwo Jima

During two days and nights of violent fighting against – according to his MOH citation – “fanatic opposition,” Lummus led his Marines forward toward the northern edge of the island. On the morning of March 8, the former New York Giant found himself spearheading E Company’s assault against a series of interconnecting enemy foxholes, spidertraps, bunkers, and caves.

At one point, Lummus was sprinting forward with his men when a grenade blast knocked him to the ground. Stunned, but without serious injury, he quickly got back on his feet and continued the attack. He then charged an enemy bunker and killed everyone inside with his submachinegun. A second grenade exploded near him, shattering his shoulder, yet according to his MOH citation, he “staunchly continued his heroic one-man assault and charged the second pillbox, annihilating all the occupants.”

Three times that morning Lummus, alternating between a submachinegun and a carbine, charged and wiped out entrenched enemy positions. And there was no respite in the fighting between the attacks as he was constantly running from one position to the next, encouraging his men, directing supporting tank fire, and killing enemy soldiers.

Then in a final effort to crush all resistance in the battalion’s front, he ordered a platoon assault against an enemy emplacement. As the Marines charged, Lummus stepped on a landmine. The enormous blast that followed could be heard across the entire island.

Numbed and with ears ringing, Lummus’ Marines could still make out the familiar Texas drawl of their platoon commander shouting, “Forward! Keep moving!” They could hear him, but they couldn’t see him. Not until the blast’s smoke and dust cleared. Then they saw the blackened figure of a man bent over and trying to push himself up on one of his elbows.

The Marines initially thought their lieutenant was standing in a hole. Then there was the horror of what they were looking at: Lummus was upright on two bloody stumps: His legs had been blown off, and much of his lower trunk was missing.

Several of the younger Marines, weeping like children, ran to his side. Some of the older Marines briefly considered a mercy shooting. But Lummus kept urging them forward: “Dammit, keep moving!,” he uttered. “You can't stop now!”

According to the official report. “Their tears turned to rage. They swept an incredible 300 yards over impossible ground... There was no question that the dirty, tired men, cursing and crying and fighting, had done it for Jack Lummus.”

Hours later on a stretcher bound for the operating table, an ashen-faced Lummus managed a smile for the Navy surgeon and quipped, "Well, Doc, I guess the New York Giants have lost the services of a damned good end."

Lummus died that afternoon, and was buried at the base of Mount Suribachi not far from where he had landed in the first wave, two-and-a-half weeks earlier. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The image of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, which we’ve once again seen republished and rebroadcast over the past week’s 62nd anniversary of the battle (which we’ll continue to see throughout the first half of March), reminds us of our greatness as a nation: As it should. But we must also remember that without the sacrifices of “giants” like Jack Lummus, there would be no flag. No nation.

There have been many such giants in our history. And we must honor those “giants,” always tell their stories, and hope that our children will aspire to be as courageous and unselfish as they. Just as our descendants must honor and tell the stories of the American giants who are now fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other corners of the world in the war on terror.

And again: Israeli Murdered in Gush Etzion

Via Israel Matzav:
And again: Jewish Israeli murdered in Etzion bloc
A Jewish Israeli was murdered yesterday near his home in Bat Ayin in the Etzion bloc. 42-year old Erez Levanon had gone walking in a remote area to meditate - a common activity for his Breslov Hassidic sect - when he was confronted and stabbed by 'Palestinian' terrorists sometime around 6:00 PM yesterday (sunset here is around 5:40 these days). His body was found late last night.

How was your date honey?

Now that one of my two readers has just had a baby girl (Mazel Tov!) it's time to think about where your little girl will be going and what she has been doing... Trust plays a part in everything, but for the rest of 'everything' and for the paranoid among us: enter Track Stick. See the post below from Defense Tech.

Fun for Feds and Fathers (and Delta Force)


Not only is this tech in play in the GWOT, with prom season rapidly approaching, it also looks like a mandatory system for suburban households across the heartland.

This from the manufacturer's site:

"The Track Stick receives signals from twenty four satellites orbiting the earth. With this information, the Track Stick can precisely calculate its own position anywhere on the planet to within fifteen meters.

"The Track Stick will work anywhere on the planet Earth. Using the latest in GPS mapping technologies, your exact location can be shown on graphical maps and 3D satellite images.

"The Track Stick's micro computer contains special mathematical algorithms, that can calculate how long you have been indoors. While visiting family, friends or even shopping, the Track Stick can accurately time and map each and every place you have been."


Yes. That's why I need this device. Often I wake up and wonder, "Gee, where have I been and how long was I indoors before I wound up facedown on my neighbor's lawn?"

The company's website does mention an "oh, by the way" at the bottom of the homepage: "It is illegal to track someone without their {sic} permission."

Do our special forces and the CIA know that? They certainly don't want to get themselves into any more hot water.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rumors: IAF getting overflight permissions

These are just rumors, but I will report them anyways. Just a reminder that the Telegraph has been quite nutso about Israel and Iran in past reports (remember the one about Israel about to nuke Iran?) Half of this report comes from them. But the other half comes from Haaretz.

May God grant us all peace.

Via LGF:

The Telegraph has a report today that Israel has been seeking an “all clear” from the United States for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities: Israel seeks all clear for Iran air strike.

But an even more interesting report at Haaretz from a Kuwaiti newspaper says that Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to let their air space be used by the IAF too: Report: 3 Gulf states agree to IAF overflights en route to Iran.

Three Arab states in the Persian Gulf would be willing to allow the Israel Air force to enter their airspace in order to reach Iran in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Sunday.

According to the report, a diplomat from one of the gulf states visiting Washington on Saturday said the three states, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, have told the United States that they would not object to Israel using their airspace, despite their fear of an Iranian response.

Al-Siyasa further reported that NATO leaders are urging Turkey to open its airspace for an Attack on Iran as well and to also open its airports and borders in case of a ground attack.

According to a British diplomat who spoke to an Al-Siyasa correspondent, Turkey will not repeat the mistake it made in 2003, when it refused to open its airspace to U.S. Air Force overflights en route to attacking Iraq.

Friday, February 23, 2007

What is the meaning of life?

Wikipedia answers.

Someone who likes research had a little too much time on their hands.

I thought it would be a joke article, but it is very seriously written, and very seriously long.

The Infantry Left Behind

Defense Tech:
Left Behind

The same basic M16 rifle and M4 carbine first used in Vietnam -- with the same basic flaws still uncorrected -- remain the primary infantry weapons for the US military today.


Surely, a nation that can muster $250-$300 billion to develop and deliver the Joint Strike Fighter, $160 billion to build a new family of combat vehicles and $8 billion to develop and build a next-generation aircraft carrier can come up with some spare change to upgrade the infantry's arsenal of automatic weapons.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Prince Harry is going to Iraq

Awesome quote by Harry at the end of GP's post: "There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country."
Great Britain's Prince Harry Is Deployed to Iraq

Prince Harry was "over the moon" at the news of his 6 month deployment to Iraq.- BBC

** The BBC has a wonderful video HERE of Harry talking about being deployed to Iraq.
Great Britain's Prince Harry has been deployed to Iraq it was announced today.
The BBC reports:
Prince Harry's regiment is to be sent to Iraq for a six-month tour of duty, defence officials have confirmed. His Blues and Royals regiment will serve as part of the latest deployments to the country, they said.

While in Iraq, the prince will carry out "a normal troop commander's role", a joint statement by the Ministry of Defence and Clarence House said.

He will be the first senior royal to serve on the front line since Prince Andrew in the Falklands in 1982.

This will involve "leading a troop of 12 men in four Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles, each with a crew of three" from the regiment's "A squadron", the statement added.

"The decision to deploy him has been a military one, made by Chief of General Staff, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, in conjunction with Cornet Wales' commanding officer," it said.

Last year, the prince said: "There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country."

Goliath vs. Goliath

Google Targets Microsoft With Launch Of Business Applications
Google Apps Premier Edition, to be unveiled Thursday, features online e-mail, calendaring, messaging and talk applications as well as a word processor and a spreadsheet. The launch follows Google's introduction of a similar suite aimed at consumers last August. The new Premier Edition, however, offers enhancements aimed squarely at corporate environments.

The Top Ten Astronomy Images of 2006

Click through for explanations and high-resolution photos.

Here's the ISS and Atlantis passing in front of the sun:

And I will give away his #1 picture, which was my computer's background for a long time:

Saturn from the 'back'.

The Top Ten Astronomy Images of 2006

It was the summer of '73

This would have been deja vu for me if I had been alive at the time, but in the summer of 1973, Syria was amassing troops, tanks, and anti-aircraft missiles. Israel at the time thought to themselves, "Those crazy arabs, what are they up to now?" Israel didn't believe Syria would have the stones to attack Israel. Israel was wrong. Today, Syria is doing the exact same thing as in '73, with an added funding partner - Iran (Russia has been at it non-stop). Additional details of Syria's buildup are in the linked Haaretz news article.
Peretz urges Israel to avoid verbal escalation with Syria
Responding to a Haaretz report that Syria is boosting its army and moving troops closer to its border with Israel, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Thursday that Israel should refrain from making further statements regarding Syria, and urged officials to avoid a verbal escalation of tensions.

Speaking at his weekly meeting with Defense Ministry officials, Peretz said that the situation would be assessed based on concrete information, and that the army would prepare itself as necessary.

Earlier Thursday, Israel Radio quoting Syrian parliament member Mohammed Habash as denying the Haaretz report. According to the radio, Habash told the Dubai-based Al Arabiya satellite channel that nothing has changed in terms of troop size along the border, but "Syria is fully prepared for any situation [that may develop]."

Habash warned that should "Israel decide to do something stupid, it would pay a heavy price."

Addressing the charge that Syria's military buildup is being funded by Iran, the radio quoted Habash as saying that the "cooperation between Damascus and Tehran is no secret, as both are being faced with a direct threat."

The Syrian armed forces are being strengthened in an unprecedented way in recent memory with the help of generous funding from Iran and its troops appear to be moving closer to the border with Israel.

The Syrians are bolstering their forces in all areas except the air force, which has been believed to be weak for some time. The main emphasis of the efforts has been missiles and long-range rockets to compensate for the weak air force.

Flynn: U.S. not prepared for the next 'big one' -

[Homeland security expert] Flynn: U.S. not prepared for the next 'big one'

Picture of the Day

Via SWAC Girl.
"America is not at war.
The Marine Corps is at war;
America is at the mall."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Let's Go Back to the Moon

On Pajamas Media:
Let's Go Back to the Moon
by Buzz Aldrin and Taylor Dinerman
On my last trip to the moon I didn’t get to stay the whole day and had to share my accommodations with another man. If I could go back, I would expect not only a larger room, but a longer moment to gaze at the stars and the cloudy blue ball that should only be mankind’s starter home.
I think what Buzz is trying to say is that next time he's on the moon he wants to share his accommodations with a woman.

Got one in Jenin

This is what I like to see. Not the killing, per se, but the Old-School Diplomacy: "You (try to) kill us, we're going to kill you". Plain and simple, and unfortunately, the only language our enemies understand.
Israeli undercover troops kill Jenin-area Islamic Jihad chief
Undercover Border Police troops killed an Islamic Jihad commander in the West Bank town of Jenin on Wednesday, one day after a suicide bombing attempt he allegedly ordered was thwarted in Tel Aviv.

The slain man was identified as Mahmoud Abu Ubayed, 24, commander of Islamic Jihad in areas near Jenin. Witnesses said Abu Ubayed was driving his car near the Yihya Ayyash Square in Jenin when undercover troops in civilian clothing surprised him and sprayed the vehicle with bullets.

Abu Ubayed was also the one who announced that the Islamic Jihad was behind Tuesday's failed suicide bombing attempt in Tel Aviv.

Dems, Guns, and the Constitution

While I personally do not own a rifle, I do believe in the freedom of a law-abiding citizen to own one. You know, I'm not alone in that belief - our founding fathers believed in the freedom to bear arms too. They wrote the second amendment. Uchh. Do something useful, Democrats. Stop treating Americans as if WE are the enemy, and focus your efforts on trying to stop those sworn to see us dead. Sheesh.
H.R. 1022: To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for other purposes
And for those who need a reminder, the second amendment reads:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
It doesn't say we should be allowed only peashooters, it says no infringement. Help me out on the legal terminology Zwicker, but it seems to even be stronger wording than the first amendment, which reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
On second thought, they sound about the same. In any case, you can not pick and choose from the constitution!! You can not say my freedom to verbally subvert our army at war must be preserved, but your freedom to own rifles must be limited. I am an Orthodox American and I believe each clause of the constitution must be upheld by law, no matter how inconvenient the results.

A Marine's Open Letter Home: Hey, Everybody

Hey, Everybody
An Open Letter Home
by CSM James Pippin
I would rather fight them where they live as opposed to quit the fight here only to have it come back to my home. I also realize we may very well get attacked on our own soil while we fight here. That, I believe is imminent. But as long as we continue to stay engaged with terrorists in their home countries, we remain proactive instead of totally reactive.

Most Americans say, “I support the troops.” “Supporting the troops” is far more than sending a care package, or shaking a service member’s hand, or tying a ribbon on their lapel. Supporting the troops should also be backing our mission.

People back home may not realize how effective this enemy is using the media as a weapon. Every time some talking head gets on the TV and shouts anything negative about this war, it motivates our enemy, who interprets dissent as weakness and who uses our free press against us. That is exactly how “the terrorists” win. For the Terrorist does not have to defeat us, he just has to outlast us.

I am disappointed in the way the American people in general seem to have lost their resolve since 9-11. When I hear that over half of America’s citizens believe this war is a lost cause, I think that is a tragedy.


When I remember the scenes we all saw on September 11th, 2001, I am reminded that I am still one pissed off American and Texan. This war is just, and I stand steadfast behind it and our President. And I will remain in the Army fighting this war until our President tells me to stop, or I get too old to continue. We need our nation’s support and prayers, not criticism, second guessing, and Monday morning quarterbacking.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Fauxtography and Photography

LGF (once again) reveals the incredibly sloppy fauxtography of the Iranian government who are trying to show US involvement in a recent bombing in Iran. It truly is a bang up job by the Iranians of shooting themselves in the foot (heh, accidental pun). They easily could have bought a crate of US manufactured goods anywhere in the world and claimed to have found it at the scene, rather than duplicating stuff in a picture. Idiots.

And then there is real photography (courtesy of The Jawa Report). Purposeful hidden innuendos? Or subconscious beliefs coming out unintentionally? Either way, they are all fun.

And again: Israeli truck driver murdered near Ramallah

Hashem yikam damo.

Via Israel Matzav:
And again: Israeli truck driver murdered near Ramallah
An Israeli truck driver was murdered this afternoon by 'Palestinian' terrorists just northwest of Ramallah. Although the report in the Jerusalem Post says that the IDF is investigating to determine whether the killing was criminally or nationalistically motivated, it is hard to believe this is anything other than a terror attack. It's happened too many times before:
The body was found near a tow-truck with an Israeli license plate, which was left with the engine running and doors open by the roadside. The victim's throat was slashed. He was still alive when Palestinians from the area found him and notified security forces, but died by the time the troops arrived.

The man was one of two truck drivers called to the scene of the crime, a junkyard near Ramallah, and was apparently forced out of his truck and killed. The other truck driver managed to alert security forces about the incident, according to a report by Army Radio.

No identification of the victim was found on the scene.
I wonder which of the terror groups will claim responsibility credit for this one. Probably all of them, including the 'moderate' Fatah.

Welcome to Israel Condi Rice!

Update 11:20 AM (Boston time)

The murdered truck driver has now been identified as Oded Laniado, 55, of Sha'arei Tikva.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Limited Engagement

From Cox & Forkum.

We can't keep on addressing the symptoms of state-sponsored terrorism and infidel-murdering jihad. We must go after the source: Iran (and Syria). We don't treat cancer with aspirin. We either take out the tumor surgically, or blast it with radiation. Hey, now there's an idea.

New IDF Chief's first speech

The new head of the IDF, Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi, gave his first public speech yesterday to a graduating class of commanding officers. May God help him and the IDF succeed at increasing our strength and preparedness.
"We must prepare the military so it can respond to any and every conflict, while continuing to effectively battle terror. We must secure a strong, combatant military, fit and triumphant, in order to realize the IDF's purpose – the assurance of the existence, sovereignty and security of the state of Israel. Or in short – so we can defend this country and its people.

“Years ago, on this very stage, then-defense minister Yitzhak Rabin warned the graduates this college of the ‘trust me, it’ll be okay’ mentality rife in the army and Israel's society. It is apparent that through the years Rabin's words take on a validity we must recognize, an intensity we must assimilate and we must implement his warning every hour on the hour every day."

With God's help, it really will 'be okay', but Ashkenazi is right: we have to do our part and revamp the IDF into a strong, effective protective force we all know it can be.


Whoever said money can't buy happiness, never had a Starbucks triple espresso.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Truth About the Temple Mount Construction

Via LGF:
The Truth About the Temple Mount Construction

Here's a short video about the Israeli construction taking place near the Temple Mount, to replace an access ramp that collapsed three years ago, for the benefit and safety of all visitors. There is an enormous effort right now by Islamists to incite the Muslim world against Israel because of this construction, using Big Lie tactics and deceptive propaganda.

This shows the truth.
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(Hat tip: The American Israeli Patriot.)

Har Habayit / Mughrabi gate webcam now up

Via Israel Matzav:
Mughrabi gate webcam now up
For those of you who want to watch the excavations at the Mughrabi gate live, there is now a webcam up. You can find it here. But the excavations have now been closed for the weekend and will resume at 6:30 AM on Sunday Israel time.

Hat Tip: Pajamas Media

New Arab city to be built in Israel

Via Israel Matzav:
New Arab city to be built in Israel

In a story that has largely been ignored by the media in Israel and elsewhere, members of Knesset from across the political spectrum signed onto a bill Tuesday that would build Israel's first new Arab city since 1948.
The bill, penned by MK Hanna Swaid of Hadash, was signed by 18 MKs including Reuven Rivlin (Likud), Shai Hermesh (Kadima), and David Azoulay (Shas), and other MKs from the Labor, Meretz, the United Arab List and Balad.

The city would be Israel's first new Arab community since the founding of the state in 1948, with the exception of settlements in the Negev that were built to house Bedouins.

The bill stipulates that the town will be founded with a residential and commercial area, with advanced civil services to accommodate the Arab population. Also, the city would be open to residence for all citizens of Israel without acceptance or membership committee approval needed.
I'm okay with this with one condition: that the residents of that town be subject to the same laws and rules as citizens in every other city and town in Israel, i.e. that they stop trying to throw the Jews into the sea in favor of a 'Palestinian' state.

Ever the ingrate, Arafat's former advisor Ahmed Tibi, who was chosen to head discussions with Prime Minister Olmert's office on behalf of Israel's Arab community, had this to say:
The founding of an Arab city is of urgent need. We must make decisions on the matter in order to aid those who are in distress in the Arab sector. What seems revolutionary in Israel, is something completely normal in democratic countries.
Someone needs to ask MK Tibi when there was last a Jewish city built in an Arab or Islamic country, whether by a government or privately.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

FBI rules out terrorism in shootings by Bosnian immigrant

Oh brother. "It's unexplainable" according to the FBI, and they really don't know anything, but we do know its not terrorism.
FBI rules out terrorism in shootings by Bosnian immigrant

The FBI said Wednesday it has no reason to believe the shooting spree that killed five people in a shopping mall was an act of Islamic terrorism, leaving a young Bosnian immigrant's motives a mystery.

"It's just unexplainable," FBI agent Patrick Kiernan said. "He was just walking around and shooting everybody he saw." (AP)
NOTE TO FBI: That's what terrorism is!!!

Temple Mount Update

While there was never actually any construction on Har Habayit, Israel Matzav has a good update on the situation there. Construction of the connecting bridge has been stopped, but the fascinating archaeological dig continues.
Israel Matzav: Temple Mount Update

Former Mossad chief: Give Ahmadinejad what he wants.

Awesome stuff via Yoni the Blogger. Old school diplomacy.

Former Mossad chief: Assassinate Ahmadinejad

Iranian president 'says he wants to die a martyr so he should be sent to heaven,' Meir Amit says

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 02.14.07, 13:33 / Israel News

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should "be made to disappear from the arena," Meir Amit, a former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, advocated in an exclusive interview with WND.

Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the Israeli intelligence establishment, said while he was director of the Mossad from 1963 to 1968 he regularly argued against the assassination of world leaders. But he said the case of Ahmadinejad is different.

"Ahmadinejad is the pusher of all the Muslim world toward fanaticism and extremism. In his case, he should be made to disappear from the arena. He has said he wants to become a shahid, a martyr, so I think he should get his wish and be sent to heaven," Amit said.

Amit, now in his mid-80's, directed some of the most notorious Mossad operations while he was the organization's chief, including the running of Israeli spy Eli Cohen who penetrated top levels of the Syrian government, and the hijacking of an advance fighter plane from Iraq. The subject of multiple books and movies, Amit serves as chairman of Israel's Center for Special Studies.

Digital Irony - Congressional Hearing on Global Warming Postponed... due to Ice Storm!

The Drudge Report has the scoop:
Tue Feb 13 2007 19:31:25 ET

The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled “Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?”

The hearing will be rescheduled to a date and time to be announced later.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

6 Killed in Utah Mall

Six people have been killed in a Shopping mall in Salt Lake City. I was just north of Salt Lake city (Ogden) last week. While it was a 'random' shooting (whatever that means), randomness makes the shooting that much scarier. Random means that someone could be doing their daily errands, and become a terror target. The victims didn't ask for violence, weren't dealing drugs in the seedy part of town, they were just shopping in a mall. This 'random' shooting shows three things:
1) how fragile and fleeting our lives are,
2) how our national security is wide open,
and 3) our personal defense is our personal responsibility.

More coverage at Gateway Pundit:
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 6 are dead and two men are in critical condition after being transferred to the hospital.

Salt Lake City ABC4 has video of the news conference.
The shooter has not yet been identified.

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A Salt Lake City Police officer squats with his gun drawn next to a body inside the Trolley Square Mall, Monday night, Feb 12, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Deseret Morning News, Mike Terry)
At least 6 people are dead in the attack on shoppers in Salt Lake City.
AP reports:

A man with a shotgun entered a shopping mall and began randomly shooting customers Monday night, killing five people and injuring at least four others before being killed, police said.

More than three hours later, police still were searching stores for shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort from the Trolley Square mall.

"We have six fatalities and multiple victims at hospitals," police Detective Robin Snyder said. "They were found throughout the mall. I don't know male or female or ages."

Update via LGF:
Salt Lake City Killer Was a Muslim (Confirmed)

The media did everything they could to avoid mentioning it, but it’s confirmed today that the mass murderer who terrorized a mall in Salt Lake City was a Bosnian Muslim: 6 minutes of horror.

Police said Talovic had a juvenile record of only four minor offenses. None of his arrests were for violent crimes.

The man had lived at a house with his mother and three younger sisters near the Utah State Fairpark. Neither his mother nor his sisters would answer the door or respond to phone calls Tuesday, although a person inside would pick up the phone and then quickly hang up.

Ajka Omerovic, who said she was Talovic’s aunt, visited the home Tuesday afternoon. She told the Deseret Morning News that Talovic had been “a good boy.” She said the family are Muslims from Bosnia who had lived in the vicinity of Sarajevo.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Our Friends the Egyptians: "Nothing will work with Israel except nuclear bomb"

AP via Haaretz:
Egyptian MP: Nothing will work with Israel except nuclear bomb
Israeli excavations near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem sparked angry reactions on Monday from Egyptian parliament members, including one who said only a nuclear bomb could stop Israel.
Update: Israellycool has the full line:
"Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence"
- Egyptian MP Mohammed el-Katatny

Iran Rapid Fire 2/12/07

No time to do a good post on crazy Mahmoud, but I will throw out links and snippets for further reading on Iranian Insanities.

Cox and Forkum

From Gateway Pundit:

Ahmadinejad: "Death to America Does Not Mean Death to America"

Diane Sawyer appears transfixed almost unblinking in her interview with the Iranian President Ahmadinejad when he says, "When you heard death to America slogans, I think you know it yourself, it is not related in any way to American public."

Thanks for clearing that up, Mahmoud.
Hot Air's latest Vent:
Iran's war against the United States
Hot Air again:
Four Must-Reads on Iran
Pajamas Media:
“In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to address accusations that his country was supplying weapons to insurgents in Iraq, saying instead that Iran asked for peace and was against conflict of any kind.” (ABC News)
Via Gateway Pundit:
"Americans have surrounded us but it works to our advantage. They are within our firing range in the east, west and elsewhere," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.
Finally, Gateway Pundit's great comparison of Ahmadinejad and Hitler quotes. And as Bibi Netanyahu says about Ahmadinejad's threats to Israel and the US, "When someone says they are going to kill you, believe him."
"I hope it will be spring all over the world. We shy away from any kind of conflict and any kind of bloodshed, and we will be sad by such. We are opposed to any kind of conflict and as we have said repeatedly we think the world problem can be solved through the use of logic and a sense of friendship."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
February 12, 2007
"It (The Reich) believes it has, by making a major political and actual sacrifice, laid the foundation for an end to the centuries-long conflict between these two great nations...."
Adolph Hitler
March 16, 1935
Hat Tip Limerick

"There is no need for the use of force."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
February 12, 2007
"It would be a wonderful thing for all of humanity if both peoples would renounce force against each other forever. The German people are ready to make such a pledge."
Adolph Hitler
October 14, 1933.

"We have a very good relationship with Iraq. We are historical friends. We have intermarriages between the two nations, and millions of Iranians and Iraqis travel to each other's countries. And our position for Iraq is very clear: We are asking for peace."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
February 12, 2007
"We want to do everything we can to build a true friendship with the French people... The German government has the honest desire to do everything to build good relations with the British people and their government, and to prevent a recurrence of the only war between the two nations."
Adolph Hitler
May 21, 1935

"And our position for Iraq is very clear: We are asking for peace, we are asking for security, and we will be sad to see people get killed, no matter who they are. It could be Iraqis. We will be sad if we hear they are killed or anyone who is brought there by force and is put in the middle of the conflict."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
February 12, 2007
"The German people has no desire to see the French suffer, nor do the French desire that for us."
Adolph Hitler
March 7, 1936

"Our people have no problem with American public and we have a very friendly relationship and this friendship is so great, that I wrote a letter to the American government..."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
February 12, 2007
"Neither does Germany have any difficulties with England, aside from colonial issues. There is no reason for any kind of conflict."
Adolph Hitler
February 20, 1938

Arrow Missile Test Successful

Bli ayin hara, the fifteenth successful test of the Arrow (Chetz) ballistic missile protection system was carried out yesterday (Sunday) at night. It was the first test at night.
Israel conducted yesterday the 15th test of the IAI/Arrow Missile System, intercepting a ballistic missile target missile with an Arrow-2 missile. The test took place at 9:18 p.m., the first time such test is conducted at night time. This intercept was designed to demonstrate the Arrow's capability and defeat threats farther and higher than before, hinting at its capabilities to defeat potential nuclear threats. It also tested the system's ability to operate as a network of interceptors units and sensors located at multiple and dispersed locations, contributing to the system's efficiency, probability of kill and survivability.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Arab-American Defends '24'

Via LGF:

A great article at OpinionJournal by Emilio Karim Dabul: In Defense of ‘24’.

I am an Arab-American as well as a fan of “24.” The two things are not mutually exclusive, despite what the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other such groups have to say about this season’s opening episodes possibly increasing anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice in American society.

Most of the terrorists represented in “24” through the years have been Arab Muslims. Why? Well, probably because most terrorists today are, in fact, Arab Muslims. As a descendant of Syrian Muslims, I am very well aware that the majority of Muslims world-wide are peaceful, hard working, and law abiding. That still does not change the fact that the greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. today comes not from the ETA, the IRA, etc., but from one group: Islamic terrorists.

And this is what makes “24” a compelling drama every week. Instead of pretending Islamic terrorists don’t exist, the show presents frighteningly real worst-case scenarios perpetrated by Osama bin Laden’s followers. So CAIR thinks it’s over the top for the terrorists in “24” to blow up Los Angeles with a nuke? Please, if bin Laden and his crew had nukes, most of us would be way too dead to argue over such points.

There is a dangerous trend in the U.S. today that involves skirting the truth at the risk of offending any individual or group. When Bill Cosby talks to African-Americans about self-respect and responsibility, and says publicly what many have been saying privately for years, he’s branded a “reactionary,” “misinformed,” “judgmental,” and so on. When “24” confronts America’s worst fears about al Qaeda—whose goal remains to kill as many Americans as possible whenever possible—the show is said to be guilty of fueling anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice.

Well, here’s the hard, cold truth: When Islamic terrorists stop being a threat to America’s survival, viewers will lose interest in “24,” because it will have lost its relevancy. Until such time, I will continue to watch “24”—because, believe it or not, the idea that there are Jack Bauers out there in real life risking their lives to save ours does mean something to me.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

North Dakota colder than the North Pole

From the Grand Forks Herald, via Marathon Pundit:
Today, Grand Forks is supposed to reach a high temperature of zero degrees, with a nighttime temperature expected at about 21 below and wind chills of 25 to 35 below.

For a little perspective on how cold that is, according to the National Weather Service, today's forecast at the North Pole will be 18 degrees with calm winds and a nighttime low of 13 below. Also, the North Pole is in winter darkness, meaning that temperature is reached with virtually no sunlight.