Thursday, June 30, 2005
In the wake of President Bush's speech to the nation Tuesday night, Democrats are complaining that he talked too much about 9/11, falsely implying that Iraq was a terrorist threat.
Too bad Mr. Bush didn't cite the mountain of evidence proving that Iraq under Saddam Hussein was a veritable Motel 6 for the world's worst terrorists - a gang of mass murderers who had killed hundreds of Americans - well before the U.S. invaded.
According to a report last year by the Hudson Institute, the short list of terrorists laying low in Iraq would include:
• Abu Nidal. Before Osama bin Laden arrived on the scene, Nidal was the world's most notorious terrorist. His terror gang is credited with dozens of attacks that killed over 400 people, including 10 Americans. He also threatened to kill Lt. Col. Oliver North.
Abu Nidal moved to Baghdad in 1999, where he was found shot to death in Aug 2002. Rumors swirled at the time that Nidal was rubbed out by Iraqi intelligence because he knew too much about Saddam's terrorist activities.
Read the rest, it's worth the time
WASHINGTON -- Michigan's core cities saw their populations shrink between 2000 and 2004 as city dwellers continued their trek to the suburbs and rural townships, U.S. Census Bureau data released today show.
Demographic experts say Michigan's internal population shift follows national trends as residents flee cities for the so-called exurbs -- the region lying beyond both the city and the suburbs.
``If you only look at the cities in the Rust Belt, you get a distorted picture of how the economy is going,'' said William Frey, a University of Michigan demographer and an analyst with the Brookings Institution, a Washington policy group. ``The exurbs are growing, and the cities are emptying out. The desire for more space and bigger houses for the same amount of money is the same kind of suburban dream that we've had in this country for many years.''
Take a look at the population figures of big cities in the southern states ie. Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee etc. you know, those states where unions are weak or non-existent.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
CBS) Over a thousand victims and family members of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks sued Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein Wednesday alleging there is evidence of a conspiracy with Osama bin Laden to attack the United States.
The lawsuit alleges that Iraqi officials were aware, before Sept. 11, of plans by bin Laden to attack New York and the Pentagon.
The suit, filed Wednesday on behalf of 1,400 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and their families, also claims Iraq sponsored terrorists for a decade to avenge its defeat in the Gulf War.
"Since Iraq could not defeat the U.S. military, it resorted to terror attacks on U.S. citizens," said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.
The suit names bin Laden, al Qaeda and Iraq as defendants and seeks more than $1 trillion in damages. It was brought by Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York law firm specializing in aviation disaster litigation.
The left has been berating George Bush for inferring such a connection in his speech last night. They wouldn't lie about such a thing, would they?
It also found that 53% urge Democrats to “work to defeat” a nominee who they find unacceptable, with 40% asking them to “vote to confirm the president's nominees.
Yet, asked about the general direction of the court, 41% says they would like the next nominee to make the court more conservative, with 30% seeking a more liberal direction and 24% wanting to keep the court as it is.
The question that begs asked....."should the Democrats be "flexible" with Bush SCOTUS nominees"?
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released after last night’s speech by President Bush shows a very positive response to his message.
74 percent had a “positive reaction” to Bush’s speech. 63 percent now feel Bush has a “clear path” for Iraq, compared to 56 percent before the speech.
Look for the moonbats to continue to hurl cowpies at every opportunity, but at least at present they ain't gonna stick.
Latest news release -- 6/29/05 Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 3.8 percent in Q1 2005, according to final estimates.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Latest Conference Board survey rises to a 3-year high in June; May revised higher.
Consumers felt far more confident about the economy in June, according to Tuesday's reading from a business research group that was above Wall Street expectations and a three-year high.
The Conference Board's June reading on confidence came in at 105.8, up from the revised 103.1 reading in May.
Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast the index to rise to 104 from an original reading of 102.2 in May.
"The improvement in consumers' mood suggests that business activity and labor market activity will continue to pick up over the next several months," Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board's consumer research center, said in a statement. "With consumers in better spirits, and job concerns remaining relatively steady, there is little reason to expect a dramatic shift in consumers' spending."
Monday, June 27, 2005
The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has found overwhelming American dissatisfaction with the news media, with a rising number of people saying that the press is "too critical of America."
The survey said its results reflected the increasing political division of the United States as it found "a startling rise in the politicization of opinions on several measures."
In November 2001, 69 percent of all respondents said that the press stood up for America. Only 17 percent found it too critical. At the same time, 60 percent said the press did a good job of protecting democracy while only 19 percent said it was hurting democracy.
Now, only 47 percent say the press protects democracy and 33 percent say it hurts.
The only group left that thinks there is no bias in the media is the press itself.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Major news outlets that largely ignored the controversial comments of the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate last week immediately reported on a fiery speech by White House adviser Karl Rove, giving the story front-page prominence and the lead of newscasts.
Early yesterday morning, NBC's "Today" show, the CBS "Morning Show," and ABC's "Good Morning America" all featured the Democratic outrage over Mr. Rove's comments that after September 11 liberals "wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers" while conservatives "prepared for war."
Each network's nightly newscasts on Thursday also ran stories on Mr. Rove's speech, delivered Wednesday night.
On June 14, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin compared the military's interrogation techniques at the prison camp at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to that of the Nazis and other murderous regimes.
Yet CBS did not broadcast a single story on the Illinois Democrat's comments.
"Today ," "Good Morning America" and those networks' nightly news programs didn't air anything about it until the senator apologized after a week of complaints by Republicans, the Anti-Defamation League and veterans groups.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Baghdad, 23 June (AKI) - US Marines have found manuals on taking hostages and decapitation during a raid on a guerrilla hideout in the Iraqi village of Karabla, near the town of Qaim, close to the Syrian border. The Arab newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that in the hideaway the troops also found several hostages who were being held there by Islamic militants. The hiding place was being used as a centre for the interrogation and torture of hostages, and contained electrodes and other instruments of torture.
The manuals found were used as Jihad (Holy War) handbooks. The first was titled: "How to choose the best hostage", the second covered decapitation and was called: "Rules for cutting off the heads of infidels", and the third manual, "principles of the philosophy of the Jihad", was more theoretical.
The three documents, the last of which is 574 pages long, carry the name Abdel Rahman al-Aliya, which the newspaper says is probably a cover name to hide the identity of the real author. The hideout - in the volatile western Anbar province which has been the scene of fierce fighting between insurgents and the US-led forces - is believed to have been used by the group led by the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He is credited with introducing the practice of decapitation to the activities of the Jihadist movement.
Who are the barbarians Sen Durbin?
During the entire course of World War II, only 12 Americans were indicted for treason. All but five were broadcasters charged with aiding the enemy by broadcasting anti-American propaganda.
One of those broadcasters was an American known as Tokyo Rose. Another, Mildred Gillars of Portland, Maine, was known as Axis Sally. At her trial, prosecutors charged that her broadcasts were propaganda aimed at convincing soldiers they were fighting for the wrong side.
The treason for which she was convicted was a play called "Vision of Invasion." It was designed to scare GIs into not participating in the Invasion of Normandy. For her efforts at destroying
American morale, she was sentenced – after the war – to a term of 10 to 30 years in prison.
There is a new form of treason being perpetrated on America. It is advanced by American lawmakers, pundits and their supporters who agree that slander against U.S. forces and the U.S. homeland is an acceptable form of free speech. This is the cloak these enemies of America hide behind while aiding terrorists in time of war.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
June 22, 2005--A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 20% of Americans believe prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been treated unfairly. Seven-out-of-ten adults believe the prisoners are being treated "better than they deserve" (36%) or "about right" (34%).
The survey also found that just 14% agree with people who say that prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay is similar to Nazi tactics. Sixty-nine percent disagree with that comparison.
This helps explain why Illinois Senator Dick Durbin apologized for making such a comparison.
Partisan differences concerning prisoner treatment are huge. Only 7% of Republicans believe Guantanamo prisoners are treated unfairly. Thirty percent (30%) of Democrats hold that view along with 22% of those not affiliated with either major party.
Monday, June 20, 2005
This photograph, made available by the U.S. Marines an Iraqi man sits on the floor with welts and lacerations across his back and arms from being tortured with electricity while held captive, according to the Marines. The man, along with three others, were discovered by Iraqi Security Forces and Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment inside what the Marines say was an insurgent torture chamber in the city of Karabilah, Iraq during Operation Spear. (AP Photo/USMC Cpl Neill A. Sevelius)
You don't hear anything from the left on this sort of thing. They prefer to badmouth our boys for handling the Koran without using gloves and forcing a detainees to endure a women sitting on their lap. They embolden the dirtbags that are doing the real thing and are complicit in it's execution.
Vice President Dick Cheney became the highest-ranking Bush administration official yet to castigate Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday for comparing of U.S. troops to Nazis. And Cheney words were, by far, the harshest yet uttered against the top Democrat by any senior elected Republican.
But so far, at least, mainstream reporters have steadfastly ignored Cheney's remarks - perhaps because they know that the VP's reaction rachets the story up to Defcon 3 level, and covering it would make it impossible for Democrats to continue their silence.
In an interview Friday with WWTN Nashville radio host Steve Gill, Cheney said he was so angry he had to watch his language while discussing Durbin's comments, calling the outburst "one of the more egregious things I'd ever heard uttered on the floor of the United States Senate."
The vice president even went so far as to suggest that Durbin was unfit for his office, saying the Illinois Democrat's remarks were "so far over the top that I'm just appalled that anybody who serves in the United States Senate would even think those thoughts."
Atta boy Dick, shine the light on the traitorous SOB.
I have no idea what that T-shirt says, but I like it. BTW this girl has a bit of a Sophia Coppola thing going on wouldn't you say.
TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) - An anti-Syrian Lebanese opposition alliance won the final phase of a parliamentary election in a landslide on Sunday, giving it a clear mandate to steer Lebanon out of Syria's shadow.
An unofficial count for north Lebanon showed an alliance led by Saad al-Hariri sweeping all remaining 28 seats, while its rivals conceded they were heading for defeat.
The victory means the 128-seat assembly has an anti-Syrian majority for the first time since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Pro-Syrian Christian former minister Suleiman Franjieh conceded he and his candidates were heading for defeat in the mainly Sunni Muslim north, though they had done well in Christian areas.
Friday, June 17, 2005
"I would very strongly urge that we appoint an independent commission and that commission quickly look into all of these allegations and come up with recommendations," Clinton, D-N.Y., said on NBC's "Today" show.
"I really hope that the president would consider doing this, because every day that goes by, it really undermines our capacity to go to the rest of the world and talk about what's important about America," Clinton, said in an interview with co-host Matt Lauer.
Clinton spoke as Republicans focused on a floor speech given by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois late Tuesday on the treatment of prisoners in the war on terrorism.
The left percieves this as a safe no lose position. I disagree, the incessant badmouthing of our military and policies is beginning to wear thin with the public in my opinion. There's a thin line between honest criticism and politicallyexpedient disingenuous vitriol. I believe the American people are beginning to see it as the latter.
According to a new Fox News Poll, President Bush has a 48%-43% approval-dsapproval rating.
He has a 52%-42% favorable-unfavorable rating. This is roughly equal to Hillary Clinton’s 52%-37% favorable-unfavorable rating. It is way above Howard Dean’s 23%-41% favorable-unfavorable rating.
The Iraq War and Terrorism are at the forefront of the issues of most concern to Americans. It is yet to be seen whether Republicans can convert these issues into electoral gains as was the case in 2002 and 2004.
On the Supreme Court issue, Americans, by a 54%-43% are comfortable with the idea of President Bush nominating someone. In other words, if the Democrats continue to push the judicial issue, it is to their disadvantage.
On the Guantanamo issue, Americans believe that the conditions at the prison meet acceptable standards by 43%-33%. By 59%-12%, Americans believe that the conditions in Guantanamo are better than those at prisons in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Finally, my Democratic friends, Americans don’t want Guantanamo closed by 59%-22% margin.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
DURBIN COMES UNHINGED, TRIBUNE YAWNS: Normally, when a paper's home state Senator has an out-of-mind experience on the floor of the United States Senate it makes for good copy. Not at The Chicago Tribune. As almost everyone in America knows by now, Dick Durbin said something remarkable yesterday:
When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here—I almost hesitate to put them in the RECORD, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained
hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water.
Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for
18–24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down
so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee
was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been
turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100
degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair
next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout
the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but
extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the
day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the
Snagged another one and this guy is by no means a small fish. More to follow.
BAGHDAD (AFX) - A deal has been reached on the participation of the Sunni Arabs, who largely boycotted January's election, in a panel to draft the Iraqi constitution, deputies and Sunni leaders told Agence France-Presse.
'We have agreed with our brothers from the (Shiite) United Iraqi Alliance and the (Kurdish) alliance, in the presence of Adnan al-Janabi, the coordinator for the Sunni Arabs, that Sunni Arabs will have 15 seats on the constitution drafting committee and 10 other seats as consultants,' said Abdul Rahman Munshid al-Asi, a Sunni Arab who took part in the talks.
Sunni Arabs only had two seats on the 55-member committee, but the Shiites and Kurds, dominant in parliament, have been looking to bring in more figures from the disenchanted community.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
BAGHDAD (AFP) - A former Iraqi general believed to be Jordanian extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's "military adviser" was arrested west of Baghdad.
Abed Dawood Suleiman and his son, former army captain Raed Abed Dawood, were picked up in a morning raid on their house in Khalidiya, west of Baghdad, a defense ministry source said Wednesday.
"Abed Dawood Suleiman is considered to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's military aide in charge of Mohammed's Army," one of the armed groups linked with Iraq's deadly insurgency, the source said.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), once again disclosing more than the rules require, took four trips paid for by outside interests and has assets of about $900,000, according to annual reports released on Tuesday.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) requested more time, said spokesman Tommy Vietor. Each year, members of Congress file reports regarding very general information about income, investments, gifts and travel. Durbin, unlike most other officials, provides details. A copy of the report can be found at www.tray.com.
Durbin traveled to Hawaii, Italy, India, Bangladesh and South Africa, according to his report. The non-partisan Aspen Institute paid for two trips and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations another and the fourth by the taxpayer-funded Democratic Policy Group. These free trips -- not to be confused with official congressional travel -- are the subject of more intense partisan political scrutiny this year.
I love that first line. So typical of the Slum Times to try and spin a negative into a positive when reporting on their beloved liberal Senator. You know if the report was on a Republican Senator it would have read more like: "once again only after tremendous pressure and criticsm does Sen.[ ] begrudgingly disclose his illegal trips".
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Former hostage Florence Aubenas says her captors gave her gifts of two rings and a bottle of perfume when they released her at the weekend after more than five months of captivity in Iraq.
She told her newspaper, Liberation, that one of her guards said, “We have prepared some presents for you” just before she was freed on Saturday. “They gave me two rings and a bottle of perfume.”
Her captors also returned her handbag, which still contained her identity papers and money, and served her tea and roast chicken, she said.
Heartwarming indeed. Just goes to show that even brutal murdering terrorists scumbags can bullsh!^ the press.
BTW, Grundgy Islamofascists who haven't seen a bathtub in months think the French stink too.
U.S. officials said Iraqi and U.S. military forces completed two days of operations last week and seized dozens of insurgents. The officials said several missions were launched, including that by the Interior Ministry.
Altogether, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers captured 33 insurgency suspects, seized two million Iraqi dinars and confiscated bomb-making material on June 8 and 9. Officials said that in one operation the Iraqi Interior Ministry's Wolf Brigade rounded up 23 suspects.
On Saturday, U.S. troops and aircraft launched another major operation near the Syrian border. The military said about 40 insurgents were killed.
A memo written by someone who was then an executive of a major contractor in the United Nations oil-for-food program states that he briefly discussed the company's effort to win the contract in late 1998 with Secretary General Kofi Annan and his "entourage" and that the executive was told that "we could count on their support."
The secretary general's son, Kojo Annan, was employed by Cotecna Inspection Services, a Swiss contractor based in Geneva, and the nature of that relationship is among the issues being investigated by a panel appointed by the United Nations and several Congressional committees.
Kofi Annan has said several times that he did not discuss the contract with his son and was not involved in Cotecna's selection. A United Nations panel headed by Paul A. Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, concluded in March that Mr. Annan had not influenced the awarding of the $10 million dollar-a-year contract to the company.
But the memo appears to raise questions about the secretary general's role.
Monday, June 13, 2005
In the past day or so three national journalists have denied liberal bias or claimed they are really centrists. Asked by the Houston Chronicle if he's "liberal or conservative?", MSNBC's Keith Olbermann admitted that "a lot of my personal world view is unmistakably sympathetic to things in a liberal play book," but he insisted "my point of view is about delivering information and context. It has nothing to do with a political point of view." Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, recalling a conversation with Roger Ailes about joining FNC, related on Huffington Post that "I never pursued it after it was clear he just wanted me on his air as a liberal punching bag. When I told him I was a centrist on many issues and didn't care to be announced as a liberal every time I appeared (his terms of employment), our discussions ended." CBS's Bob Schieffer, on Imus in the Morning on Thursday, conceded "there may be one or two people in journalism" with a political agenda, "but for the most part, most reporters are just trying to find out what happened."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann: Romenesko (www.poynter.org on Thursday highlighted a glowing June 9 review, in the Houston Chronicle, of Olbermann's Countdown. Mike McDaniel advised readers: "May I direct you to Countdown With Keith Olbermann, an hour-long MSNBC show that rivals Jon Stewart's Daily Show in entertainment value while also serving up smart takes on the news of the day. Heck, some days it even makes news."
Near the end of his column, McDaniel asked: "Is he liberal or conservative?" He passed along Olbermann's response: "'A lot of my personal world view is unmistakably sympathetic to things in a liberal play book,' he said, 'but honest to God, I have been called a reactionary by some on the far left, a liberal by some on the far right and I'm insulted by both terms. My point of view is about delivering information and context. It has nothing to do with a political point of view.'" "And he's not afraid to give it, when necessary. "'Only if it serves to illuminate would I do it. I don't look for opportunities to be critical of a particular party. I look for opportunities to be critical.'"
BWWWAAAAHAHAHAHA...Olbermanns delivery has EVERYTHING to do with a political point of view. Talk about self delusion. Only one thing worse than lying to the public is lying to oneself. It's apparent that KO is quite adept at both.
Authorities say a disagreement over a frozen snack led a McComb teenager to fatally shoot his father and threaten his mother. Curtis McCray Jr., 16, was arrested and charged with murder last week after allegedly shooting Curtis McCray Sr. with a shotgun from about 20 feet away, the Pike County Sheriff's Department said.
Investigator David Haywood said the shooting occurred after the teen was punished for being involved in a minor wreck, and the boy became enraged when his parents returned home eating Sno-Balls and there wasn't one for him.
The teen then allegedly threatened his mother, Gloria, with the gun before speeding away in the family's car and leading authorities on a one-hour high-speed chase through three counties, Haygood said.
BTW for the record, a Snow-Ball is not a "frozen snack", it's a cream filled chocolate cupcake thingy covered in Marshmellow and Coconut.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Four bomb blasts killed at least five people and wounded 89 in a southwestern oil town on Sunday, five days before Iran's presidential election.
The bombs were aimed at state buildings in Ahvaz, capital of the partly Arabic-speaking province of Khuzestan, where five people were killed in ethnic unrest in April.
The bombs targeted the governor's office in the town, 550 km (340 miles) southwest of Tehran, as well as two local government departments and a housing complex for state media employees.
A pool of blood stained the floor of a waiting room at the governor's office, where the explosion had wrecked ceilings, broken windows and destroyed a car outside, TV footage showed.
Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr Sulagh said on Saturday that insurgent attacks in Baghdad have dramatically decreased since launching Operation Al-Barq, asserting that Iraqi security forces will establish full security in Baghdad within the next six months.
In a press conference in Baghdad, the minister said that the number of car-bomb attacks in Baghdad have decreased from 14 attacks a day to one or two attacks only, while the number of arrested insurgents increased from 10 to 85 a day, noting that Operation Al-Barq has a 90 percent success rate.
Sulagh added that the number of detainees was 219 before launching the operation and increased to 1318 detainees during the operation, noting that the number of insurgents killed in the operation reached 36 insurgents, while detainees include four Sudanese, two Jordanians, one Egyptian, and one Syrian.
He said that the Iraqi security forces seized eight ready-for-use car bombs in Baghdad, and seized 27 other car bombs in gunmen hideouts.He added that the forces seized six million US dollars, 52 mortar rounds, 37 missiles, 325 Kalashnikovs, 13 RPG-7 launchers, 36 guns, and 37 grenades. - The minister noted that four Iraqi policemen and army men were killed and 17 others were wounded in Operation Al-Barq, while 35 civilians were killed and 87 were wounded in the operation.
Friday, June 10, 2005
HUFFINGTON: Well there is evidence. There is evidence in FBI reports, there is evidence of abuse. And there is the overwhelming evidence that it is being used as a recruiting tool for terror.
O'REILLY: But they will find another recruiting tool.
HUFFINGTON: But what is very important, Bill, is that the most important thing for government to do is to protect its citizens. And right now any kind of evidence of abuse, any kind of evidence that we are not abiding by the Geneva Convention, that we are not abiding by the human rights standards that America is proud of, is really turning against the safety of our own citizens.
O'REILLY: But they're making the abuses up. Don't you get that?
HUFFINGTON: But we've released 234 people from Guantanamo Bay who had nothing to do with terror. 234 people.
O'REILLY: Who? Wait a minute. I have never seen the government make a statement that they have released one person from Guantanamo who nothing to do with terrorism.
HUFFINGTON: they say 234 who were not enemy combatants...
O'REILLY: What they say is, the release quote is "we no longer need them in detention, we have what we need from them." If you can give me one name of one detainee who was released because he was in there mistakenly, I'll check it out.
HUFFINGTON: Bill, do you really think that guilty people are released?.........
Just a snippet, go read the entire thing. She provides a glowing illustration of a thinly thought out lefty talking point that is laid bare do to pathetic debating skills.
Public trust in newspapers and television news continued to decline in Gallup's annual survey of "public confidence in major institutions" in the United States, reaching an all-time low this year.
Those having a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers dipped from 30% to 28% in one year, the same total for television. The previous low for newspapers was 29% in 1994. Since 2000, confidence in newspapers has declined from 37% to 28%, and TV from 36% to 28%, according to the poll.
However, some other institutions fared far worse this year, suggesting a broad level of distrust, cynicism or malaise.
Confidence in the presidency plunged from 52% to 44%, with Congress and the criminal-justice system also suffering 8% drops. Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court fell from 46% to 41%. The 22% confidence rating for Congress is its lowest in eight years, and self-identified Republicans have only a slightly more positive view of the institution than do Democrats.The military topped the poll with a 74% confidence rating, with the police at 63% and organized religion at 53%. Big business and Congress (both at 22%) and HMOs (17%) brought up the rear.
On the flip side, the Jawa Report enjoys a whopping 98% confidence rating up from 92.5% a year ago. JR was surpassed in confidence only by OpiniPundit with a monumental 99.3 percent rating.
More foreign fighters than ever are crossing Iraq's porous borders to fight U.S. and Iraqi forces, and a growing number are from U.S.-ally Saudi Arabia, a Senate Democrat said Thursday.
"The mix is changing," said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., citing conversations last week in Iraq with Marine and Army generals. "Now, the mix is increasingly more Islamist crossing the border ... and a lot of them are Saudis. It presents a different profile" that is harder for U.S. forces to confront.
In the past, the U.S. military has said foreign fighters are a small percentage - perhaps one in 10 - of the insurgents fighting the U.S. presence in Iraq. They do a disproportionate amount of killing, however, in part because they are more likely to carry out suicide bombings.
One concept keeps coming to mind....."It's better to fight the SOBs over there then on our soil". Make no mistake, we are going to have to fight them eventually. May as well be now and there then later and here.
A recent AP poll puts Bush's JA @ 43%. Rasmussen is at @ 51% The media will undoubtedly focus on the AP poll instead of Rasmussen even though Rasmussen has a better track record. JA numbers really have become meaningless. It is basically the media trying to spin, ie. the country doesn't like Bush, they don't like the war and they are souring on the Republicans in general.
The topic came up when the moderator Meredith Vieira mentioned the recent New York protest—or “nurse-in”—which involved 200 women breastfeeding outside of ABC’s headquarters in protest against negative remarks Barbara Walters had made about breastfeeding
Kelly [Rosie’s partner] only nursed for like about a month,” said Rosie at the time, “and then I was very angry, because as the other mommy...with the other babies nobody nursed because they were adopted. But with this baby it was like she was the only one getting to bond. So I was like the nursing is over! I cut her off. I’m like, you’ve had your limit honey. No more!”
Ok it's true , I fell asleep and woke up in a creepy parallel universe. One could go on for days reflecting on the just plain wierdness of this entire situation. Suffice it to say this is what happens when your surrounded by boobs.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Janice Rogers Brown, the African-American daughter of Alabama sharecroppers who was confirmed Wednesday to the federal appeals court here, often invokes slavery in describing what she sees as the perils of liberalism.
"In the heyday of liberal democracy, all roads lead to slavery," she has warned in speeches. Society and the courts have turned away from the founders' emphasis on personal responsibility, she has argued, toward a culture of government regulation and dependency that threatens fundamental freedoms.
"We no longer find slavery abhorrent," she told the conservative Federalist Society a few years ago. "We embrace it." She explained in another speech, "If we can invoke no ultimate limits on the power of government, a democracy is inevitably transformed into a kleptocracy - a license to steal, a warrant for oppression."
To her critics, such remarks are evidence of extremism.
It's only evidence of extremism to those monolithic "Great Society" New Deal" entrenched liberal lefties who couldn't see the truth if it bit them in the a$$.
Sales rose 1.5% in April, the biggest gain in 13 months. Meanwhile, inventories increased 0.8%. The inventory-to-sales ratio fell to 1.18 from 1.19. The record low was 1.14 in April 2004.
"The decline in the I/S [inventory-sales] ratio is a positive development," said Aaron Smith, an economist for Economy.com. "Undesired stockpiling pushed the I/S ratio higher in the first quarter. The reversal in April reflects rising sales and the subsequent realignment of stockpiles."
With inventories stronger than expected, first-quarter GDP will likely be revised to 3.8% from the earlier estimate of 3.5%, said Action Economics.
Dulal Sarkar, 35, was the second Christian leader killed in the Asian country in the past year, according to Compass Direct, a U.S.-based news service that monitors persecution of Christians.
Sarkar was attacked as he returned home from discussing his faith with villagers near Jalalpur.
This will likely be the only report of this you will see. The EM continues to be much more enamoured with storys of US soldiers "mishandling" the Koran and alleged rights abuses of detainees.
In the long run, the critical question for Democrats may turn out to be not what Party
Chairman Howard Dean is doing, but what he isn't doing.
The answer to the first question is easy. What he's doing is what he has become know for: shooting from the lip. This is, after all, the man who went from front-runner to also-ran in a matter of weeks, on the strength of a series of mistakes that convinced the most liberal Democratic voters in America that the guy was not ready for primetime. The much-remembered "Dean scream" came after he lost, not before -- he was already dead, politically speaking, by then.
So it should come as no surprise to experienced Dean watchers to hear him say that most Republicans have never earned an honest living. This is what it means not to be ready for primetime. You make the sort of statements that are sure to get attention because they hit flashpoints like class warfare. It's a Republican talk show host's dream.
She's obviously concerned about what "The Screamer" is doing to the prospects of her party and rightly so. Read the entire article, it's worth the time.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
New York Senator Hillary Clinton blasted the press on Monday for going too easy on President Bush, complaining that reporters are letting his administration get away with the worst abuse of power in American history.
"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," said Mrs. Clinton, whose own administration collected FBI files on opponents and had accusers audited by the IRS.
She may be asexual but she sure has the stones.
A prominent Iraqi Sunni politician has said that two insurgent groups are ready to disarm and begin talks with the Iraqi government
Former minister Ayham al-Samarie said the Islamic Army in Iraq and the Mujahideen Army represented more than 50% of the resistance.
The disclosure follows reports last week that Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari had opened indirect channels of communication with some militant groups, urging them to lay down their weapons.
Amazing how agreeable one becomes after getting ones a$$ kicked.
WASHINGTON -- Senator John F. Kerry, ending at least two years of refusal, has waived privacy restrictions and authorized the release of his full military and medical records.
The records, which the Navy Personnel Command provided to the Globe, are mostly a duplication of what Kerry released during his 2004 campaign for president, including numerous commendations from commanding officers who later criticized Kerry's Vietnam service.
The lack of any substantive new material about Kerry's military career in the documents raises the question of why Kerry refused for so long to waive privacy restrictions. An earlier release of the full record might have helped his campaign because it contains a number of reports lauding his service. Indeed, one of the first actions of the group that came to be known as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was to call on Kerry to sign a privacy waiver and release all of his military and medical records.
That is the key statement, why indeed? It appears he just released the same crap again. There were a substantianal number of missing files, including reason for discharge etc. The significant questions still exist and won't be answered by anything released so far or likely ever.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Baghdad - Police have arrested a close aide to al-Qaeda's Iraqi leader in the northern city of Mosul, the government said on Sunday.
Mutlaq Mahmoud Mutlaq Abdullah, also known as Abu Raad, was arrested on Saturday.
He is regarded as a key facilitator and financier for a militant identified by his alias Abu Talha, the purported head of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror cell in Mosul.
The more of these knotheads they bag, the more intelligence they get.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
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Blinded by hatred, bitterness and frustration the left has slipped into La La land. If there was one shred of evidence the "Entenched Media" would have been all over this, but alas there is not. Everone gather round the fire as the Dims self immolate.
Update: Lurch joins the legion of delusion.
Friday, June 03, 2005
The judge in the federal vote fraud trial of five East St. Louis Democrats sent the jury home early on Friday as lawyers puzzled over how to handle testimony from an FBI informer that was patently false.
Under cross examination, prosecution witness Dannita Youngblood repeatedly claimed that she was not interviewed by a federal prosecutor and an FBI agent a few weeks prior to trial, despite voluminous documents and reports to the contrary.
Youngblood has testified during the past two days about vote buying in East St. Louis that she claims was directed or observed by the five defendants, including the city's Democrat Party chairman Charles Powell Jr. and Youngblood's former boss at City Hall, Kelvin Ellis.
Pulling a Frankie Pantangeli.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
BALTIMORE -- The former FBI official who revealed himself this week as Deep Throat apparently also leaked information to The Washington Post about two of the biggest stories in Maryland in the 1970s.
Post reporter Bob Woodward wrote in Thursday's paper that Mark Felt told him in the spring of 1972 during the Watergate investigation that the FBI had some information that Vice President Spiro Agnew had received a $2,500 bribe.
Has this guy ever heard of going through appropriate channels?
One hundred days into his tenure as the high-energy, higher-decibel chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean is in trouble with party moneybags. The former Vermont governor seems to be doing a better job flaying the Republicans than bridging the cash chasm between the parties. Given Dean's 2004 run as a populist crusader, moderates were never wild about his takeover of the Democratic National Committee. So some big donors are sitting on their wallets
Dean wowed the faithful in '04 with his Web-based fund-raising magic. But major business donors still count, and in his new role as party honcho, the feisty doctor seems to be struggling to connect. After achieving money parity with the GOP in 2004, Democrats have fallen far behind. According to the Federal Election Commission, the DNC raised $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2005, vs. the Republican National Committee's $32.3 million. Dean drew about 20,000 new donors, while his rivals picked up 68,200. The bottom line: Republicans have $26.2 million in the bank vs. $7.2 million for the Dems.
Lousy fund raiser and so much more.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
June 1, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — More than 40 percent of the suicide bombers dispatched by terror leader Abu Musab al- Zarqawi to attack Iraqis and U.S. troops hailed from Saudi Arabia, according to a new study.
Only 9 percent of the bombers were Iraqis, said the report by the SITE Institute, a counterterror group.
The analysis bolsters the Bush administration's claims that the Iraqi borders are not well policed and fanatical foreign jihadist have been streaming into the country to wreak deadly havoc.
Another entrenched media lie debunked.
BTW...A few days back Musing Minds was pondering the accuracy of referring to the "big press" as the Main Stream Media. They felt that was giving them more credit and prestige than was deserved. I concur, therefor, from now on this site will refer to the MSM as the "Entrenched Media".