Saturday, September 30, 2006

Iraq’s Sunni tribes join fight against Al Qaeda

Earlier this week I reported this story, it appears that it may be more than talk this time.

BAGHDAD: Western Iraq’s powerful sheikhs have launched an offensive against foreign Al Qaeda extremists on their territory, they said yesterday, in an important victory for the US-backed government.

"The operation is on!" said Sheikh Abdel Sattar Baziya, head of the Abu Risha clan and chair of the Anbar province tribal council.

"The sons of Anbar’s tribes today captured three Saudis, two Syrians and three Iraqi teenagers and turned them over to police," he said.

This is not the first time that Anbar province’s Sunni tribes have pledged to turn over the Sunni insurgents in their midst, but US officers are privately delighted that they now seem to be making good on their promise.

Muqtada al Sadr orders followers to put down their weapons

Another feign? We'll see.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Muqtada al Sadr, the firebrand Shiite Muslim cleric whose Mahdi Army is arguably Iraq's most powerful armed group, has ordered his followers to put down their weapons temporarily, three of his aides told McClatchy Newspapers on Friday.

Analysts differed on the significance of the directive, which Sadr delivered in secret to his commanders two weeks ago in the southern city of Kufa. Some saw it as Sadr's way of distancing himself from rising sectarian violence, most of which has been blamed on his followers.

Prominent Al-Qaeda leader killed in Al-Anbar

If my arithmetic is correct that makes 9 HVT this week.

BAGHDAD, Sept 30 (KUNA) -- Several tribal members killed Saturday four members of Al-Qaeda, including a prominent leader, whereas several of the network members have escaped towards the Syrian-Iraqi borders, the Iraqi television quoted Al-Anbar council saying.

The council, which consists of tribal leaders in the province, said that members of their tribes killed four Al-Qaeda members, including a prominent leader in the network known as Abu Shujae Al-Yamani, during an armed confrontation in Sankoura town in western Iraq.

The council said several of the network's members have escaped towards the Iraqi-Syrian borders urging the Iraqi government to pursue them.

The council had declared earlier that two Al-Qaeda members were killed and six others
were arrested and were handed over to the Iraqi authorities

Friday, September 29, 2006

Conservative group blasts NBC's "VeggieTales" edit

Beyond comprehension.....

Los Angeles - Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber always had a moral message in their long-running "Veggie-
Tales" video series.

But now that the vegetable stars have hit network television, they can't speak as freely as they once did, and that's got the Parents Television Council steamed.
The conservative media-watchdog group issued a statement Sept. 20 blasting NBC, which airs "VeggieTales," for editing out some references to God from the children's animated show.

"What struck me and continues to strike me is the inanity of ripping the heart and soul out of a successful product and not thinking that there will be consequences to it," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council. "The series is successful because of its biblical worldview, not in spite of it. That's the signature to 'Veggie-

They' will substitute the end line with "Remember, kids. Allah made you special, and Mohammed wants you to kill Jews and kaffirs very very much." That'll fly by the NBC censors..

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Islamic regime issues order to remove defandant’s eyeballs as punishment

I've got a thousand quips several having to do with Helen Thomas but this is just too barabric to make light of so I'll retrain myself.

Iran Press News: The inhumane judiciary of the Islamic regime in Mashhad issued an order to have a defandants’ eyeballs removed as punishment.

The regime-run newspaper GHODS in its Tuesday, September 26th issue wrote: "The criminal court of Khorasan-Razavi province sentenced a man to have his eyeballs removed. His name is Amir. The order has been issued via branch 6 of the Mashhad court and will be carried out soon."

Quote of the Day

"Reading the transcript of his remarks (from) last night, it is clear that Olbermann has slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of idiocy"

Rick Moran/RWNH

Indians, world's most confident consumers

A nation of Alex Keaton's, I love it.

Never mind what their mothers think. Young Indians aren't clotheshorses and gizmo freaks like their global counterparts -- only a quarter of them spend their spare cash on clothes and new technology.

Instead, they're more likely to dabble in the stock market, pay off credit card bills or invest in a retirement fund. And more often than not, any money left over, after covering essential living expenses, is likely to be stashed away in a savings account. It's liquid, it's safe and it's D-U-L-L.

Go through the latest ACNielsen Consumer Confidence and Opinions Survey and you can't help thinking that Indian consumers are a remarkably boring lot -- they save money, worry about the economy, are interminably cheerful about their careers and remarkably sanguine about the prospect of crime or war. It's almost enough to make you wish they were at least half as bad as their moms fear.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Every one of us has come in contact with a bully at least a few times in our life. Generally this happens early on say in kindergarten or first grade. You know the routine, the kid who threatens to pound you lest you give him your Twinkie , lunch money or whatever else you might have that he/she wanted. There was no nuance no negotiating with these guys, either do what they want or pay the price.

It's the first experience we have with fear through intimidation. We realized even at that young age there were but three options available to us when we encounter a bully. First being, acquiesce to his demands and give him what he wants. This intially mollifies the antagonist however it is at the expense of whatever item(s) we gave up not to mention our dignity. This rarely succeeds in the long run as the demands by the bully generally intensify with time. The second option is to try and "make friends" with the bully. You know be the devoted minion, shower him with praise and act the toady. This option also carries with it a high price tag. You may not get beat up but you've swapped your values for his as well as you're freedom and liberty. You have essentially become a slave without a mind of your own. Lastly one can stand up to the bully. One of two things will happen, you will get pounded a few times untill the bully realizes the costs are too high and moves to easier pickings or he will simply back down for the same reason. The final scenario is the only long term solution that allows you to retain what's being extorted as well as your liberty, dignity and way of life.

We who opted for the third solution find out in short order that the devastating fear we had was unfounded. The pain involved was minimal, nothing compared to the pain we would have endured acquiecsing to the bully daily for who knows how long. We also encountered side benefits of the third option.....a new found respect and admiration of our fellow classmates. We were respected, a model for which many could aspire.

So it was and is. We found as time went on that bullies were ever present in our world and the only diference is the older we got the higher became the stakes. The same three options that were available to us then are there now. Unfortunately many who never chose the third option still believe the first two viable, even preferable.

For them the bully won and he is still winning.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Bush to release part of intel assessment

Yet again the left and liberal Press cherry pick what they present to the American people in an effort to sway public opinion. It's not about the truth, these leaks never are. It's all about altering perceptions because in the twisted little psyche's of the political left in this country the two are synonomous.

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday said it is naive and a mistake to think that the war with Iraq has worsened terrorism, disputing a national intelligence assessment by his own administration. He said he was declassifying part of the report.

"Some people have guessed what's in the report and concluded that going in to Iraq was a mistake. I strongly disagree," Bush said.

He asserted that portions of the classified report that had been leaked were done so for political purposes, referring to the Nov. 7 midterm elections.

Bush announced that he was ordering parts of the report declassified during a White House news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Portions of the document that have been leaked suggest that the threat of terrorism has grown worse since the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the war in Afghanistan, due in part to the war in Iraq.

Read the REAL story here.

Consumer Confidence Higher than Expected.

When it's a Republican administration and your job is to report nothing but bad news, everything ends up being better, higher or greater than expected.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Falling gasoline prices helped brighten the mood of American consumers in September, sending a barometer of consumer sentiment higher than analysts expected.

The New York-based Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 104.5 from a revised reading of 100.2. in August. Analysts had expected the index to rise to 103. The reading, the highest since July's 107, followed a big dip in August, when employment worries dragged down consumer sentiment.

The private research group's Present Situation Index, which measures how shoppers feel now about economic conditions, rose to 127.7 from 123.9. Its Expectations Index, which measures consumers' outlook over the next six months, rose to 89.0 from 84.4 last month.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Senior militant 'killed in Iraq'

Another terorrist scumbag farouked

British forces have killed a senior al-Qaeda fugitive in a raid on a house in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, security sources say.

Officials named the dead man as Omar Farouq, a top lieutenant of Osama Bin Laden in south-east Asia.

Farouq was captured in Indonesia in 2002 but escaped from a US military prison in Afghanistan last year.

Quote of the Week

"Clinton wanted to happily remain in the shallow end of the pool. Now he wants to be remembered as a champion deep sea diver. "

Rusty Humpries WND

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Another Clinton Lie

Why the ex President would blatantly lie when it is so easily verifiable is beyond explanation but he does and it's a whopper.....

In the much anticipated interview with Chris Wallace Bubba states emphatically (he) "I never criticized President Bush" WRONG, here is just one of many examples:

Clinton lashes Bush policies

Former United States President Bill Clinton today slammed what he called the “unilateral” foreign policy of the Bush administration.

Clinton told an audience of about 1,000 Brazilian business and political leaders that the United States needed more international partners to fight terrorism.

“Rather than taking a unilateral path, we need to strengthen international organisations,” said Clinton. “We need more international partners.”

He was speaking in Sao Paulo at the inauguration of an academic institute founded by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who led the country from 1995-2003. “

In Iraq, we should have let the United Nations inspectors finish their job,” said Clinton. Any military intervention, he added, should have involved the United Nations and a broad multinational force, rather than the “coalition of the willing” currently on the ground there. “Iraq is about unilateralism versus internationalism,” Clinton said.

Cmon Slick, you're a better liar than that.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Bubba Gives Us the Finger.......again

"I did not have sex with that women, Ms. Lewinski"

"At least I tried. That's the difference between me and some, including all the right wingers. They ridicule me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed"...

Leader of top militant group said captured in Iraq

Another big catch....

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq said it captured the leader of a top Iraqi insurgent group, Ansar al-Sunna, along with two of his aides north of Baghdad, state television reported on Saturday.

The arrest of Muntasir al-Jibouri was made in the town of Muqdadiya, about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, in the troubled province of Diyala, the report said.

Ansar al-Sunna, one of the largest militant groups in Iraq, are close allies of al Qaeda in Iraq. They have claimed responsibility for numerous suicide attacks including car bombings as well as beheadings of Shi'ite and Kurdish hostages.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Post # 201 ROP Chronicles Pakistanis protest, cleric says Pope should be crucified

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Hundreds of Pakistani Islamists held street protests to condemn
Pope Benedict XVI for remarks they regard as anti-Islamic, with one leader saying the pontiff should be crucified.

Demonstrators Friday poured out of mosques after the main weekly Muslim prayers in Pakistan's largest city Karachi, the eastern city of Lahore, the capital Islamabad and other urban centres.

"If the pope comes here we will hang him on the Cross," Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a senior leader of Pakistan's main alliance of radical parties, told around 200 noisy demonstrators in Islamabad.

Preaching tolerance and understanding at services again I see.

Iraqi Tribes Turn on al Qaeda

If Abu Ayyub al-Masri is not hearing footsteps he should be.....

Coalition forces in Iraq have suddenly received the manpower equivalent of three light infantry divisions. They did not suffer any repercussions in domestic politics as a result, and now have a huge edge over al-Qaeda in al-Anbar province. How did this happen?

Tribal leaders in the largely Sunni province on the Syrian border got together and signed an agreement to raise a tribal force of 30,000 fighters to take on foreign fighters and terrorists.

These leaders have thrown in with the central government in Baghdad. This is a decisive blow to al Qaeda, which has been desperately trying to fight off an Iraqi government that is getting stronger by the week. Not only are the 30,000 fighters going to provide more manpower, but these tribal fighters know the province much better than American troops – or the foreign fighters fighting for al Qaeda. Also, this represents just over 80 percent of the tribes in al-Anbar province now backing the government.

Iraqi insurgents using kidnap victims for bombings

Well running dry?

Insurgents are now using unwitting kidnap victims as suicide bombers - seizing them, booby-trapping their cars without their knowledge, then releasing them only to blow up the vehicles by remote control, the Defense Ministry said.

The Iraqi announcement - the latest development in the deadly war waged by the insurgency - came as widespread lawlessness swept the capital Thursday with kidnappings, deadly attacks on police, the discovery of more mutilated death squad victims and a brazen daylight bank heist by men dressed as Iraqi soldiers.

It was unclear from the Defense Ministry's statement whether the insurgents are using kidnap victims because they are having trouble finding recruits for suicide missions.

What's next, bomb rigging baby strollers.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Leading Bush critic at home calls Chavez a "thug"

First crazy Uncle Charlie, then Bubba and now Pelosi coming out strongly against Chavez. So what's the motivation? Simple, Chavez' speech sounded an awful lot like what's been coming from the left in this country these days. They need to unequivically distance themselves from this nutburger lest the American people begin to compare and notice the similarities.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of President George W. Bush's fiercest political opponents at home took his side on Thursday, calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a "thug" for his remark that Bush is like the devil.

"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez' comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday.

"Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations," said Pelosi, a frequent Bush critic. "He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela."

Simon Bolivar led the fight for independence against Spanish rule in several South American countries in the early 19th century and is cited by Chavez as a political model.

Castro & Son Inc.

Note: Chavez' actual size not photoshopped.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Democrats Pounce on Voter ID Laws

CANARD spelled with a capital C! - The way Democrats and some judges see it, requiring a photo ID at the polls infringes the rights of America's voters.

The Democratic National Committee is applauding a Georgia judge, who has permanently blocked a state voter ID law from taking effect.

In the ruling issued Tuesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. said Georgia's new photo ID law violated the state constitution by placing an extra burden on qualified voters."

Any attempt by the Legislature to require more than what is required by the express language of our Constitution cannot withstand judicial scrutiny," Bedford wrote.

What a total misreprenation of what the constitution intended. According to this nonsensical interpretation a person should not be required to register to vote. Under the Georgia law the ID is provided free of charge and even transportaion to pick up the ID would be provided. There is simply NO rational argument to defend this reasoning.

The left has only one reason to the voter ID's.....It would cut down significantly on voter fraud. The most memorable example, JFK would not have been elected President had voter IDs been in place in 1962, there are several others.

The only thing that cannot withstand "judicial scrutiny" is this ruling.

Kerry and the "Beer Bong"

The one and only billionaire Gomer.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Too Many Big Mac's?

Mrs TR says I've put on a bit of weight over the summer. I dispute the claim but to prove her point she insisted I post this pic of me taken last week while blogging.

PS Just kidding. This is NOT me.

Oil ends under $62 on hefty supply, OPEC talk

Another Democrat talking point in the crapper....

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Crude futures closed under $62 a barrel Tuesday as a general cloud of uncertainty in the market, concerns over a potential glut in global oil supplies and easing worries about risks to production helped sent the October contract to its lowest level of the year.

Comments from the president of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries dismissing the near-term likelihood of a production cut probably contributed the largest part of the price pressure Tuesday, said Phil Flynn, a senior analyst at Alaron Trading.

Crude for October delivery fell to a low of $61.60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before closing at $61.66, down $2.14, or 3.4%. The intraday low surpassed Friday's low of $62.05 to reach the contract's weakest intraday level since late December 2005. The April contract, however, traded below $60 back in late March

IRS Yanks Democratic Leadership Council Tax Status

Long overdo, now time to set their sights on the NAACP.

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of the Democratic Leadership Council on the grounds it mainly benefited a private group – Democrats running for office – rather than the community at large.

The DLC has countered with a lawsuit in federal court, and the outcome could affect the increasing use of tax-exempt organizations by politicians and lobbyists, according to a Forbes magazine article headlined "The Democrats’ Little Tax Secret.”

The conflict is not without its ironic twists. For one, the DLC’s chairman during the years the IRS claims it wasn’t bipartisan enough was Sen. Joe Lieberman, recently rejected by primary voters in Connecticut as being too pro-Bush.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Pope is right on Islam

Terrific read....

At the height of the war in Lebanon two months ago, an assortment of Arabs, British Muslims, radical socialists and bleeding heart liberals marched through the streets of London with placards proclaiming "we are all Hezbollah." Since Pope Benedict XVI delivered his scholarly but contentious lecture in Regensburg last Wednesday, an equally unlikely assortment of individuals bound by a common distaste for Islamist terrorism have been whispering the counter-proclamation: "We are all Papists now."

Before rushing to take rival positions in the trench warfare of civilisations, it is prudent to remember that the contemporary Islamist assault on the "decadent" West, epitomised by "American imperialism", has long enjoyed the backing of influential Muslim theologians. This is, perhaps, the first time that the philosophical gulf between Islam and Western civilisation has been delineated by someone who wields authority in the Christian world.

Pope Benedict, unlike many of his colleagues in Rome, has not succumbed to either the pretensions of Christian universalism or the mumbo jumbo of inter-faith dialogue. He has rightly viewed both Christianity and the Catholic Church as load-bearing pillars of Western civilisation. He has disavowed the growing secularisation of national cultures and, by implication, called into question the moral relativism which accompanies the practice of multiculturalism in the EU.

Read the whole thing, this guy has it nailed.

At least 11 killed in assassination attempt on Somali president

You are witnessing the birth of the next terror state.

At least 11 people, including six alleged assailants, have been killed in an unsuccessful bid to assassinate Somalia's interim president, the country's foreign minister said.

In an attack blamed on those responsible for the weekend murder of an Italian nun in Mogadishu, five members of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed's entourage and six purported assassins died in powerful blasts that rocked the town of Baidoa, the minister said Monday.

Yusuf was unhurt in the incident but his younger brother, Abdulsalam Yusuf Ahmed, was among those killed, Foreign Minister Ismail Mohamed Hurre told reporters in the Kenyan capital where he is on an official visit.

We can fight them now while their toehold is tenuous and the situation is managable or wait untill they are firmly entrenched and it is not.

Post # 200 ROP Chronicles...Italian nun slain in Somalia (UPDATED)

Another example that the Pope was absolutely correct.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and killed an Italian nun at a children's hospital in Mogadishu on Sunday in an attack that drew immediate speculation of links to Muslim anger over the Pope's recent remarks on Islam.

The Catholic nun's bodyguard also died in the latest attack apparently aimed at foreign personnel in volatile Somalia.

The assassinations were a blow to Mogadishu's new Islamist rulers' attempt to prove they have pacified one of the world's most lawless cities since chasing out warlords in June.

The bodyguard died instantly, but the nun was rushed into an operating theater at the hospital after the shooting.

"After serious injuries, she died in the hospital treatment room," doctor Ali Mohamed Hassan told Reuters.

"She was shot three times in the back."

Update: Murdered Nun Asked Forgivness for Killers As She Lay Dying

NAIROBI, Kenya An elderly nun shot four times at the Somali hospital where she worked forgave her killers as she lay dying, colleagues said Monday in the wake of a murder that has focused attention on Islamic radicalism in the Horn of Africa country.

Sister Leonella, 65, muttered the words 'I forgive, I forgive' in Italian after being shot three times in the back by gunmen in an apparent execution-style killing, father Maloba Wesonga told The Associated Press at the nun's memorial mass in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday.

Let's hear the moral relativists try and square that.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sting operation shows clerics issuing fatwas for money

GF left this in the comments section and I thought it was deserving of it's own thread....

NEW DELHI: A television channel on Sunday aired purported footage of Muslim clerics in the national capital and Uttar Pradesh issuing fatwas for a payment, triggering condemnation from community leaders and protests in Meerut.

The clerics allegedly issued fatwas on a variety of subjects, including the use of credit cards and camera phones by Muslims, acting in films, and watching television, said the report on Star News that carried out a sting operation along with Cobrapost in Delhi and Meerut.

Clerics Ahmed Nadir Al Qasmi, an official of Delhi-based Islamic Fiqh Academy, was shown allegedly accepting Rs 5,000 for issuing a fatwa.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Post # 199 ROP Chronicles...Pakistan : Girl gang-raped for ‘acquiring education’

MULTAN: The Kabirwala police have failed to arrest the accused of a gang-rape case who are said to be the henchmen of a minister of state.

According to details, Ghazala Shaheen Bathi of a low caste came to her village Chak Sher Khan near Kabirwala to inform her parents that she had passed her Master’s in Education from the Bahauddin Zakariya University on August 25.

The news of her success spread in the village in no time, which instigated the minister’s people and the tribal elders of the upper caste Miralis –- an offshoot of the Hiraj clan.

On the same night, 12 Mirali tribesmen, including five to six armed men of the minister, forced their way into her house and severely beat up her father Muhammad Hussain, a retired militaryman, with boots, iron rods and the butts of guns. Some of the accused were dressed in police uniform.

Thought at first this may be Southern Baptists as they are as bad as the Islamofascists. I know this because Rosie O'Donnel told me so.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Post # 198 ROP Chronicles....Burning the Pope in Effigy

Is that Rosie O'Donnel to the left and back?

Consumer confidence skyrockets

The Democrats giddiness concerning their 06 midterm election prospects is beginning to evaporate, and not without good reason.

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence zoomed to a seven-month high as lower gasoline prices made people feel a lot better about the current economic climate and their own financial standing.

The RBC Cash Index, based on the results of the international polling firm Ipsos, showed confidence rebounding to 93.7 in early September.

That marked an improvement from August, when consumer confidence sank to a three-month low of 74.8. At that time, the toll of soaring energy prices was blamed for weighing on consumers' psyches. The recent drop in energy prices, however, provided people with some relief and propelled confidence to its best reading since February.

This investment measure jumped to 110 in September, up from 83.2 in August. It was the second-best showing on record, trailing only a reading of 111.7 in late January 2002, when the economy was in recovery mode after the 2001 recession.

Why We Are What We Are


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We believe a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit will keep our economy strong and provide more opportunities for workers and families.

We believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

We believe in building an innovative economy to compete in the world, because America can compete with anyone, anywhere, thanks to our entrepreneurs and risk-takers who keep us on the cutting edge of technology and commerce.

We believe in strengthening our communities, because our children deserve to grow up in an America in which all their hopes and dreams can come true.

We believe in protecting our families, and respect the family’s role as a touchstone of stability and strength in an ever changing world.

We choose strength over uncertainty, results over rhetoric, optimism over pessimism, opportunity over dependence, freedom over fear, and moving forward over turning back!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rasmussen: President Bush Job Approval 44% (Updated)

Just for a bit of context, this is 1 point higher than the percentage of the vote Bill Clinton got in 1992.

Forty-four percent (44%) of American adults approve of the way that President Bush is performing his job. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove. Those are the best numbers for the President in months and it remains to be seen whether today’s update reflects lasting change or merely statistical noise.

The Rasmussen Reports daily updates are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The overwhelming majority of interviews for today’s update were completed before President Bush’s address to the nation last night.

Remember this is based on "all" adults. You can add another 5 points to this figure when talking about "likely voters".

Update: Correction, make that 47%.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of American adults approve of the way that President Bush is performing his job. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove. Those are by far the best numbers for the President since mid-February.

Notice how scarce the PA polling has been from the MM lately? Now you know why.

U.S. Military: Senior Al Qaeda Member Arrested

Previous captures are squealing and the military is scooping up the cockroaches as they scatter.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. forces have arrested a senior Al Qaeda terrorist and personal associate of the group's new leader, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said Thursday.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested Tuesday and was the leader of assassination, kidnapping and bomb making cells in Baghdad, Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell said.

He also played a key role in Al Qaeda's activities in the Anbar city of Fallujah before it was attacked by U.S. troops in November 2004, Caldwell added.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Christians up in arms after Hindu attack

What's up with this?

RELIGIOUS tensions between the minority Christians and the overwhelming Hindu majority in the northern Indian city of Lucknow intensified yesterday when 16 Catholic schools in the district remained closed after an attack by extremists on the local Loretto Convent.

Some other English-language schools were also closed to express their solidarity with the besieged Catholics.

Security personnel were deployed around all missionary schools alongside civilian police to guard against any renewal of the violence of last weekend, when militants of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha reportedly attacked the convent.

Consumer Optimism Rebounds In Sept. As Gas Prices Dive

Another Democrat talking point bites the dust....

Consumer confidence shot up to its best level in seven months in September as gasoline prices fell sharply. That bodes well for retailers, analysts said.

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index rose 4.9 points, or 10.7%, to 50.5. That snapped a steady slide to 45.6 in August — the third lowest since the survey began in February 2001. Readings above 50 mean optimism.

...Gasoline prices fell 10.9 cents to $2.618 a gallon last week, far below the peak of $3.045 in the week ended Aug. 7, according to the Energy Information Administration. With crude futures extending losses Tuesday, economists expect further big declines at the pump.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Ditzy Chicks

EW's Chris Willman got a sneak peek at the Dixie Chicks' sure-to-be-controversial documentary ''Shut Up and Sing,'' in which Natalie Maines calls the president a ''dumb f---''

The Dixie Chicks pi$$ down the back of their core audience with inflammatory statements that have a significant negative effect on record sales and concert revenue and Bush is a dumbf---?


Via Drudge....


Well, that's 15 mil down the toilet.

Monday, September 11, 2006

CIA: 5,000 Terrorists Captured or Killed

A good start....

More than 5,000 terrorists have been captured or killed in the five years since the 9/ll attacks, CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden said today.

Hayden's remarks were made in a videotape statement distributed to CIA employees around the world.

Hayden called the 9/ll attacks "an unforgettable blow" from a "plot we had not been able to prevent."

Since then, he said, "Al-Qa'ida's core operational leadership has been decimated, and their successors are in hiding or on the run."


Sunday, September 10, 2006

Tortured screams ring out as Iraqis take over Abu Ghraib

"Bring back the Americans, we WANT panties pulled over our heads!"

The notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad is at the centre of fresh abuse allegations just a week after it was handed over to Iraqi authorities, with claims that inmates are being tortured by their new captors.

Staff at the jail say the Iraqi authorities have moved dozens of terrorist suspects into Abu Ghraib from the controversial Interior Ministry detention centre in Jadriyah, where United States troops last year discovered 169 prisoners who had been tortured and starved.

An independent witness who went into Abu Ghraib this week told The Sunday Telegraph that screams were coming from the cell blocks housing the terrorist suspects. Prisoners released from the jail this week spoke of routine torture of terrorism suspects and on Wednesday, 27 prisoners were hanged in the first mass execution since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.

And what do we hear from Dick Durbin .....crickets.

Ignore It and it Will Go Away

The hyperventilating hysteria being exhibited by the left to the soon to be aired "Path to 9/11" is really not difficult to explain. This docudrama exposes for all to see the past and CURRENT mindset of liberals in this country. First that bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and terrorist in general are worthy of concern but NOT a major threat. Secondly there is not nor should there be a "War on Terror" but rather a concerted police action best pursued through the legal system. And lastly that the threat from world terrorism is being overblown by the right. That 9-11 was an isolated incident and we should better be spending our time and effort on more pressing concerns.

Regardless of what they say this is actually what the vast majority on the left truly believe. In reality, the rise of radical Islam and the threat it poses to our very existence is the single most ominous issue of our time. Bush knows it, most on on the right know it, even some on the left know it. One needs no high degree of prescience to reach this conclusion as it has been evidenced on multiple occasions capped off by 9-11.

One wonders if the Democrats were the party who most Americans felt were the stronger on terror would they feel the same; My suspician, they would. As "The Path To 9-11" illustrates, Clinton had ample evidence as to the seriousness of he threat yet he chose to minimize it's significance. It's almost as though many on the left believe the less credence we give to the terrorist threat the more minimal the consequences of it.

They accuse Bush of expedience for politicizing the war on terror. Bush's history in office indicates the opposite. It wouldn't make any difference if it was a political winner for Bush or not. He truly believes as many us us do that all else pales in comparison to this monumental task. Who knows what the left is actually thinking as the only thing they say with conviction is "Bush is bad, we can do better". Are they really saying no action is better than bad action?

My fervent hope is that I'm wrong and this is all politically motivated, that liberals really know as we do that the threat of global terrorism is every bit as meaningful and consequential as tat posed by Hitler. However, If I'm correct about the left and the Democrats take over in 06...... may God help us.

Friday, September 08, 2006

India Blast Kills 31, Injures 100

Seeking input from my Indian friends. Is this likely perpetrated by Hindus or rather Muslims attacking their own to generate a backlash?

MALEGAON, India -- Two bombs rigged to bicycles exploded in throngs of Muslims as they left Friday prayers at a mosque in this western Indian city, killing 31 people and wounding 100.

A top official called the blasts "a terrorist act," and authorities _ fearing revenge attacks across the country's fragile religious divides _ clamped a curfew on Malegaon and put security forces on alert.

Late Friday, the city's streets were empty, with thousands of police on patrol and checkpoints set up around the perimeter.

Malegaon, a center of India's textile industry about 180 miles northeast of Mumbai, has long been the scene of violence between Hindus and Muslims.

Clueless Webb Makes Complete Arse of Himself

Senate wannabe Jim Webb accused George Allen of "stealing" Senator Durbins bill to increase funding for soldiers with brain trauma on his website today.

Only one problem Mr. Webb, the bill was a joint bi-partisan offering designated as the Allen-Durbin ammendment.

Even Dick Durbins own web page say's this: "Durbin was joined by U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) and others in offering the amendment."

This guy wants to be a US Senator and he's never heard of multi-sponsorship of legislation??? What a maroon.

India: fatwa against national song celebrating motherland

Or in other words fanaticism begets a flurry of fatwas......

Ranchi (AsiaNews) – 7 September passed uneventfully without any inter-faith clashes: this was the day when the Sanskrit song ‘Vande Mataram’ [I adore my motherland] was sung in India despite warnings of possible tensions between Hindu nationalists and the Muslim minority. Numerous fatwas were issued by imams in the country against the song lyrics and protests followed.

Some days before the celebration, the government decreed that the song should be sung in all schools of the Union: the text clearly refers to the Hindu pantheon and describes India as a “god to adore”. For this reason, Islamic clerics pronounced themselves in no uncertain terms against the decision and they banned their followers from committing “such a sacrilege against Allah, the one god”.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Abducted Sudanese Journalist Found Dead

Installment #198 ROP chronicles....

EL FASHER, Sudan, Sept. 6 -- A Sudanese newspaper editor who infuriated Muslim fundamentalists last year by printing an article that concerned questions about the parentage of the prophet Muhammad was found dead Wednesday in Khartoum, the capital.

Masked gunmen abducted Mohamed Taha, editor in chief of Al-Wifaq, from his home Tuesday. His decapitated body was found Wednesday in another section of the city. His head was beside the body, and his hands and feet had been bound, the Reuters news service reported.

Compare with Western society, when our religious icons are insulted we protest, they riot then murder.

Left Hungover From Too Much Whine

The left damage control machine is reving at max RPMs to discredit the 9/11 docudrama airing on Sunday. Attacking the people that produced the show is high on their hit list. Several times I have heard that this miniseries is "an outright attempt by right wing operatives to discredit the Clinton administration".

The so-called "right-wing" producer of "Path to 9/11" is a guy named Marc E. Platt.

Look at his campaign contibutions, you can clearly see that he is exclusively a liberal supporter.

Iraq to take control of armed forces command

More great Iraq news that will get minimal coverage....

BAGHDAD -- Iraq is set to take control of its armed forces command today, a major step on its painful path toward independence and an essential move before international troops can eventually withdraw.

Despite the progress, there was more bloodshed as at least 36 people were killed across the country in car bombs, mortar attacks, and drive-by shootings. Police also found 29 bodies.

``This is such a huge, significant event that's about to occur tomorrow," Major General William Caldwell, US military spokesman, said yesterday of the shift in the Iraqi command. ``If you go back and you map out significant events that have occurred in this government's formation in taking control of the country, tomorrow is gigantic."

Update: It's official.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Perky One Flops

I watched the debut of Katie Couric on the CBS evening news last night so you didn't have to. Several words come to mind that accurately portray my impressions of
her performance.......amateurish, self indulgent, tedious, superficial, embarrassing, shallow and contrived. There are many more but you get my drift.

Even her co-dependents in the liberal MSM can't escape the fact that Couric was awful. See here, here and here.

9/11 Miniseries Is Criticized as Inaccurate and Biased

NY Times mega pot calling kettle black warning......

Days before its scheduled debut, the first major television miniseries about the Sept. 11 attacks was being criticized on Tuesday as biased and inaccurate by bloggers, terrorism experts and a member of the Sept. 11 commission, whose report makes up much of the film’s source material.

The six-hour miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” is to be shown on ABC on Sunday and Monday. snip...

On Tuesday, several liberal blogs were questioning whether ABC’s version was overly critical of the Clinton administration while letting the Bush administration off easy.

In particular, some critics — including Richard A. Clarke, the former counterterrorism czar — questioned a scene that depicts several American military officers on the ground in Afghanistan. In it, the officers, working with leaders of the Northern Alliance, the Afghan rebel group, move in to capture Osama bin Laden, only to allow him to escape after the mission is canceled by Clinton officials in Washington.

Love it when the left gets a taste of their own medicine.

Pakistan Signs Peace Treaty With Pro-Taleban Militants

Pakistan has essentially surrendered to the Taliban/Al Qaeda, paid them tribute, and surrendered an area the size of new Jersey to them thus forming the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan.

Pakistan has signed a landmark peace agreement with pro-Taleban militants near the Afghan border. The deal aims to end several years of often intense fighting inside Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal area.

Senior military commanders and local militant leaders exchanged hugs and congratulations after signing the agreement in Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area.

The peace deal aims to end a long running conflict between government security forces and tribal groups inside the volatile region near the Afghan border.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Mexico's Calderon is president-elect: court draft

Let the anarchy from the left commence.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Conservative ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon won Mexico's ferociously contested July 2 election and is president-elect, the top electoral court said in a draft ruling on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the court said Calderon had won with a margin of about 234,000 votes. In this latest draft ruling, the court said he could now be declared president-elect, the first time the election body has made this announcement.

The final, official decision is still to be voted on later in the day by a panel of seven judges, who have already thrown out leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's claims of massive fraud.

Iraq follows Al Qaeda coup with mass arrests

These "brave freedom fighters" sing like little girls when caught.

Iraqi security forces killed 14 "terrorists" and arrested almost 200 suspects, the government said Monday, in a spectacular follow-up to their earlier capture of an alleged top-level Al Qaeda leader.

Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki's office announced that over the previous 24 hours a large force of Iraqi troops and police swept through suspected insurgent strongholds in the Euphrates valley south of Baghdad.

Taken with the arrest of Hamed Jumaa Al Saedi, an Iraqi alleged to be the Al Qaeda militant network's number two in the country, the arrests will be seen as a victory for Maliki's embattled government in its war with insurgents.

"Over the past 24 hours Baghdad and its outskirts witnessed a series of military operations carried out by security forces from the defense and interior ministries to achieve security and stability," Maliki's office said.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Ridding the world of Islamofascists one scumbag at a time.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The second most senior figure in al Qaeda in Iraq was arrested a few days ago, National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie told a news conference on Sunday.

He named the man as Hamed Juma Faris al-Suaidi, also known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, and said he was the deputy to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who took over the Sunni Islamist insurgent group after U.S. troops killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June.

Those who attempt to disconnect the Iraq war from the overall global WOT look more ridiculous every day.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

India 4th most favoured country in US: Report

15% say N. Korea????

India is the fourth most favoured country in the United States, next only to Britain, Canada and Israel, a survey has found.

The Polling Institute of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, which conducted the survey, asked Americans to rank 15 countries, as well as the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations, on a scale of zero to 100, the 'Ynetnews' reported.

Britain topped the chart with 78.3 points out of 100, Canada, America's northern neighbour, took second place with 71.7 points, Israel and India followed with 65.9 and 53.4 points respectively.

Two that should have made the top 4, Australia and Poland. Japan shopuld be high as well.

Mexico deputies stop Fox speech

Leftist anarchy coming to a neighborhood near you.

Left-wing deputies in Mexico have taken over the stage in Congress, forcing outgoing President Vicente Fox to abandon his final annual address. Before Mr Fox arrived, the legislators, who allege fraud in recent elections, marched onto the main podium where they shouted slogans and sang songs.

Mr Fox will deliver his speech on television from his official residence.

The deputies back Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who says fraud denied him victory in July presidential elections.

Thousands of his supporters have also been protesting outside Congress.

They have been engaged in a tense stand-off with hundreds of riot police, although the police began to disperse after Mr Fox left Congress after failing to deliver his state-of-the-nation address.

Think it could never happen here? Let the left lose the next couple of elections and watch.

Friday, September 01, 2006

End of an Affair

WAPO finally aknowledges the obvious....

It turns out that the person who exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame was not out to punish her husband.

WE'RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years. But all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame's cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.