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Tuesday, May 31, 2005


"DEEP THROAT" HAS NOW COME FORWARD

W. Mark Felt, former F.B.I. official who is now said to have been the secret informant against Richard M. Nixon in what became known as "Watergate," is shown in this 1973 photograph. Having denied being "Deep Throat" in 1999, and even in his own book, Felt was apparently concerned about the legality and appropriateness of having leaked F.B.I. information and compromised his official position. A pro-Edgar Hoover man, Mark Felt was passed over by Richard M. Nixon to succeed Hoover as F.B.I. Director. Nixon chose L. Patrick Gray instead.

"JUSTICE," A BAS RELIEF SCULPTURE IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Notice here that Justice holds both the scales of justice and a sword.... the implication being that justice and the rule of law, as determined by the Constitution of the United States, are not passive ideas that never need defending.

The current battle in the U.S. Senate---where Senate Democrats and a few renegade Republicans are usurping powers of the co-equal Executive Branch in order to enable the Judicial Branch to extra-Constitutionally legislate from the bench and install a liberal, secular-humanist agenda---is a perfect example of where forceful action is necessary, to protect and defend the Constitution and restore the Senate to following the Constitution as it is written and as they are mandated and sworn to do.

FILIBUSTER DEAL FAILED TO ANSWER KEY QUESTION: CAN DEMS USE "TOO CONSERVATIVE?" LITMUS TEST TO FILIBUSTER-VETO SUPREME COURT NOMINEES?

Well, folks, if the notorious Dirty Senate Dozen [12+2] self-promoting Senators were afraid to define the word "extraordinary," just when were they planning to confront that question? Did they think it would magically just go away? Or... were they simply trying to defuse the situation, in hopes that the Republicans would be left so defeated and deflated they would not be able to muster their support for the "constitutional option" to be exercised?

Whatever the answers to those questions, we are left with the knowledge that this self-aggrandizing band of 14's backdoor actions redowned to the benefit of Democrats and themselves, which I believe was a major objective in their defective decision-making. What do you think?

With no enabling Senate Rules or provisions in the Constitution for filibusters and holds of Executive Branch nominations, they should simply be ruled out of order by the Majority Leader or the President of the Senate, Vice Pres. Dick Cheney. Proof of enablement should be required from the Democrats who use those obstructive tactics, and no such proof exists.

And the obstructionists and character assassins should be hauled before the Senate Ethics Committee and considered for expulsion from the Congress for their unethical and disorderly behavior and character assassinations. The Senate does have that power vested in them by the Constitution. We're not playing beanbag here. The future course this country will take---secular humanism vs. morals and values---will be determined by these feckless Senators' actions now.

See article about this glaring omission that left the suspect "agreement" deficient in both definition and enforceability, below and here:
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"Filibuster Deal Evaded Key Question on High Court Nominees"

"The fragile compromise that averted a Senate showdown over judicial filibusters last week deliberately left unanswered the crucial issue likely to be at the heart of a debate over a future Supreme Court vacancy: Can Democrats filibuster a nominee on the grounds that he or she is too conservative without triggering the "nuclear option"?

Republicans have argued that, if Priscilla R. Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William H. Pryor Jr. -- three of President Bush's nominees to the appellate courts who had been attacked by Democrats as out of the mainstream philosophically -- were suddenly given a filibuster-proof stamp of approval by the agreement, then no Bush nominee for a Supreme Court vacancy should face the threat of a filibuster because of judicial philosophy.

Whether that criterion falls outside the bounds of the "extraordinary circumstances" cited in the agreement as the only basis for judicial filibusters can be answered only by the seven Democrats and seven Republicans in the "Gang of 14" who negotiated and signed the agreement. The group, however, consciously avoided any serious bargaining on that critical point during their week of face-to-face discussions.

"We did not get into a definition of 'extraordinary' because we knew if we tried to do that we never would reach an agreement," Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said...."

BRENT BOZELL ON THE RADICAL HARD-LEFT'S PREACHING OF "MEDIA REFORM".... JUST SO LONG AS IT LEAVES CONSERVATIVES ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

The absurdity and desperation of the radical hard-left just gets curiouser and curiouser. No one could describe this amazing degeneration of the left into raging zealots holding "hootenanny" conferences to acquire a forum for their rants against the new media who are exposing them for the biased bigots that they are and pushing them off their long-controlling stage than Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center.

PelicanPost gives this outstanding column by Bozell a *****Five Star, must read rating. You can read exerpts below and entire piece here:
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"Media & Entertainment: Radical Leftists Preach ‘Media Reform’"

"The radical left is not enjoying the 21st Century, yearning instead for a perpetual rerun of the 1970s, with America whipped by Vietnam and the planet in thrall to Third World “liberation” ideologies and theologies. Ah, the ’70s, where the greatest enemy of all mankind was not the Soviet empire, but the multinational corporation.

Instead, the world is now embracing Western-style democratic capitalism. Worse yet, the national media conversation isn’t the completely one-sided left-wing nightly harangue that it was in that bygone era. Even PBS and NPR seem far too cautious and corporate for the radicals now. They sense a “creeping conservative coup” threatening public broadcasting, their own little People’s Republic.

They want a media that focuses public attention on their agenda: protest capitalism as a death trap, resist the evil military-industrial complex, lobby for massive redistribution of wealth, and You Shall Have No Gods Before Mother Earth. They aren’t liberals. They are radicals.

Hard-Left Hootenanny
With those goals in mind, in mid-May, the radicals held a confab called the “National Conference for Media Reform” in St. Louis. Many of the speakers at this hard-left hootenanny had trouble containing their extreme disdain for America. Start with the shocking remarks of Linda Foley, the president of the Newspaper Guild, the union representing reporters at newspapers. She was upset that “there’s not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq.” She charged that the U.S. military “target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries” and, in the case of Al-Jazeera, “they actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity....”

Ironically, the keynote speaker for the anti-capitalist confab was PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers, who squeezed a personal fortune out of PBS Home Video and expensive book spin-offs of his pompous TV work. Moyers devoted his Castro-length address to attacking the threatening presence of Ken Tomlinson, who has done the dastardly deed of documenting the dramatic liberal biases of the old Moyers show “Now.”

Earth to PBS: When you are under attack for being a nest of left-wingers, it might not be the best strategy to let your most identifiable left-wing stars go to radical-left conferences and attack conservatives as evil. That tends to exacerbate your image problem....

Critics on the right are portrayed as evil for merely demanding that somebody in this tax-funded public broadcasting maze ensures that the system fulfills its legal mandate of objectivity and balance. The radical left arrogantly demands an “independent” news media that screams with one voice, with one mind and with one bleeding heart, that conservatism equals war, torture, environmental poisoning, starving the poor and squelching free speech. The radical left finds balance unacceptable, because it cannot win a fair fight for the American mind...."

FRENCH PROSECUTORS ARE WAITING FOR PREZ JACQUES CHIRAC TO LEAVE OFFICE.... SO THEY CAN PROSECUTE HIM ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

What a surprise! We already knew that the U.N. Oil-for-Food embezzlement, bribery and kickback program had reached the highest levels of Jacques Chirac's government. Now we find he is implicated in a range of corruption charges related to kickbacks in government contracts, for which some of his political allies are now being prosecuted. However, Chirac is protected by his high office.... until he leaves office, that is.

More on this interesting development, reported just as Chirac was hit with a major defeat in the landslide rejection by the French people of his pet European Union project and his personal ambitions related to its future, can be found below and here:
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"French Prosecutors Eye Chirac"

"Prosecutors in France are waiting for President Jacques Chirac to leave office so they can investigate corruption charges against the controversial French leader.... But as long as he's in the president's chair, he's immune to any prosecution." Once Chirac leaves office, however, "he could be prosecuted on a range of corruption charges...."

Prominent Chirac allies have been on trial in France since March, accused of rigging public works contracts to arrange millions of dollars in kickbacks to Chirac's political party. The trial.... implicates four former ministers and spotlights one of several scandals that have come to light from Chirac's tenure as Paris mayor from 1977-1995. The investigation was opened in 1997. Chirac has just 22 months before his second term ends.

Efforts are currently under way to arrange "something special for Chirac to preserve his immunity," Palkot said. "So far, those efforts have failed...."

TEXAS BORDER CITY SWAMPED BY INFLUX OF NON-MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS FLOODING IN TO TAKE AMERICANS' JOBS

Here we have more reasons, exemplified by the thousands of additional illegal aliens from OTM [other than Mexico] countries, for the U.S. Military and/or the border states' National Guards to be stationed on the U.S./Mexico border.

The U.S. Border Patrol is neither equipped nor authorized to control our borders. Far more serious and definitive measures must be taken to stop this massive breaking of U.S. border and immigration laws and massive assault on our security, sovereignty and ecomomy. This has grown into an emergency situation that must be immediately dealt with as such.

Read more about this risk-inviting travesty being allowed to continue, below and here:
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"Non-Mexican immigrants swamp Texas border city"

"The number of illegal immigrants from Central America and Brazil caught crossing into this Texas border city jumped threefold in the past year as they rush to exploit a legal loophole, U.S. authorities said.

The U.S. Border Patrol has nabbed 15,195 non-Mexican migrants crossing over the Rio Bravo around Eagle Pass in the past eight months, a rise of almost 240 percent on the same period last year, officials said on Monday.

Agents say what they call "OTMs" -- "other than Mexican migrants" -- now account for 90 percent of all migrant detentions in the sweltering trade and ranching hub of 40,000 people. That is up from the 5 percent to 10 percent nationwide normally recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Officials in Eagle Pass attribute the dramatic spike to news filtering out in countries in Central and South America that U.S. authorities are unable to hold the influx of immigrants in swamped local detention facilities.... Agents say they arrest between 100 and 200 non-Mexican immigrants each night.... non-Mexicans are either detained or let out on bail pending an appearance before an immigration court.

Following a security and criminal background check, those not deemed a security threat or found to have a criminal record, are released with a notice to appear before an immigration judge within 30 days.

The immigration summons, dubbed "the diploma" by local residents in the remote border community, allows them to travel on into the United States legally, crossing Border Patrol road blocks set up to collar illegal migrants in south Texas...."

EURO TAKES A NOSE-DIVE AS RESULT OF LANDSLIDE VOTE IN FRANCE AGAINST EUROPEAN UNION CONSTITUTION.... EXPECTED TO BE DITTOED BY OTHER E.U. COUNTRIES

The French voters' landslide rejection of the European Union Constitution has, in addition to dealing a serious blow to President Jacques Chirac, his administration and his party, sent the the EURO into a nose-dive. It appears the French people, by wide margins, do not trust either Chirac or the super union which he has played a major role in creating and had emperious aspirations of controlling.

So, Chirac has seen his high hopes of building a strong deterrent and substitute to the power of the United States and NATO in Europe and the North Atlantic go down the tubes. Merci beaucoup! to the French people and the other countries who are likely to follow their lead.

Read more about it below and here:
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"French 'No' sends euro down over 1 pct"

"The euro fell more than one percent to its weakest level against the dollar in seven months on Tuesday after France's rejection of the European Union constitution sparked worries about reform prospects in Europe. Analysts say the euro zone needs deep reforms because of its anemic growth and low confidence, but the French vote underscored voters' distrust of a reform drive that could limit social protection.

In response, French President Jacques Chirac named Dominique de Villepin as the new prime minister, following a government reshuffle in the wake of Sunday's referendum. Villepin was seen as a Chirac loyalist who is unlikely to reintroduce reforms...."

Monday, May 30, 2005


PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH LAYS A WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 30, 2005

OUR HONOR AND THANKS TO THIS SOLDIER ON DUTY IN IRAC, SHOWN IN THIS PICTURE ON WATCH AT TALL AFAR, IRAQ.... AND TO ALL OUR TROOPS PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM AND SERVING THEIR COUNTRY ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, USAF GEN. RICHARD B. MEYERS AND WIFE MARY JO, IN ROLLING THUNDER XVIII RIDE THROUGH WASHINGTON, DC YESTERDAY

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD TALKS WITH VETERANS AT ROLLING THUNDER XVIII GATHERING IN WASHINGTON, DC MAY 29, 2005

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH GREETS ROLLING THUNDER XVIII BIKE RIDERS WHO CAME TO WASHINGTON, DC FOR THEIR ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE AND GATHERING.

ELEVEN YEAR OLD MICHAEL EL-KHOURY, A MEMBER OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, HONORS OUR MILITARY WHO HAVE FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY TO THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS.

Michael is shown here hammering red poppy-adorned crosses and American flags on the graves of veterans at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery in Anchorage, Alaska, in preparation for Memorial Day. Boy Scouts' and Girl Scouts' programs are based upon honor and service and this important lesson is exemplified here by young Michael, as he carefully places every flag and cross on the graves of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

TODAY WE SOLEMNLY CELEBRATE FREEDOM, HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN, & THANK ALL WHO NOW SERVE OUR COUNTRY

Memorial Day is our day to rejoice in our freedom that was hard-won and must be actively and continuously protected. It is our day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to gain and protect our freedom and honor those who continue that honorable tradition of service to country today.

This Memorial Day, when our nation's finest are fighting the War on Terrorism, sacrificing to bring freedom to millions of people in the Middle East, and serving to protect the United States from more terrorism here at home---we owe them the deepest debt of gratitude and respect for all that they do.

We also owe our military honesty and accuracy in communicating to the world how they do their jobs, as well as acknowledgement and credit for their outstanding accomplishments. While they are protecting us, we and all of the media owe them protection from political and ideological slander and malignment as they carry out their dangerous duties at high risk to their own lives.

Our fighting men and women deserve better than the undermining and sniping they have been getting from the ideology and agenda-driven political left and the like-minded mainstream media. Those who malign, slander and snipe are entitled to free speech and freedom of the press. They are not entitled to engage in sedition and undermining of our troops as they fight the hard fight in the War on Terrorism.

You can read more of the Memorial Day editorial and here---and you can also read the Gettysburg Address, which is Abraham Lincoln's speech delivered at the Dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, in your observance of Memorial Day.
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"This Memorial Day"

Today we observe a solemn celebration of freedom. Memorial Day is an occasion of remembrance and a rededication — a commemoration of those who have fallen and a celebration of those who serve.

To mark this Memorial Day, we have reprinted Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Today, as in 1863, the nation is at war. It is a struggle not with ourselves, but with those who seek to deny us our freedom. In this battle, it is not just soldiers who face the ultimate sacrifice. Americans of all ages, creeds and parties are under threat. Indeed the entire world and all who inhabit it are under threat from Islamist fanatics and other violent radicals. It seems right, therefore, to recall that America's struggle is the world's struggle — it is the test that transcends the ages: "whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure," Lincoln said....

....Memorial Day begins each day that Americans honor their soldiers and remember their heroes. Addressing veterans at Normandy's Pointe du Hoc on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, President Ronald Reagan said, "You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you ... Thank you very much..."

ANOTHER CASE OF LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS: IT DOES NOT PAY TO BOYCOTT AN ELECTION

Like the Sunni Muslims made a mistake in boycotting the political process and election in Iraq---so, too, did the other political factions and Christians in Lebanon. Aside from showing a weak turnout at the polls, a boycott simply helps the other side. Those who made the boycott mistake in Iraq have now seen the light and are forming coalitions to protect their interests in the government. The non-Sunni Lebanese, who were formerly in the majority before the long Syrian occupation and the squatting by Hizbollah and Hamas in Lebanon, will now have to go forth and do likewise if they want a legitimate say in what their new government does.

Yesterday, when following this election, I wondered where are Hizbollah and Hamas? Knowing that they are still in Lebanon and have ceded no militant power and influence, some other explanation had to be found for their quietude and assumed non-interference. So, was there something else going on under the radar? Were other factions and Christians intimidated? And, how many of the Syrian intelligence still and ca. 1.3M Syrians who were re-located in Lebanon were allowed to vote? There are a lot of unanswered questions....

I will hold off celebrating this election until I see how this election impacts the Christian and other non-Muslim Lebanese. 27% is an extremely low voter turnout and is light years from a mandate to govern. So, what happened to the other 73%? Was it a boycott or a forced boycott?

Read more about the election and results below and here:
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"Candidates Loyal to Hariri Sweep Election"

"BEIRUT, Lebanon - Candidates loyal to the son of assassinated politician Rafik Hariri swept the first Lebanese election largely free of Syrian domination, claiming all 19 parliamentary seats in Beirut, results showed Monday. The vote was largely a tribute to the former prime minister whose death in a bombing earlier this year triggered international anger and street protests that ultimately drove the Syrian army out of Lebanon.

The United States was closely watching the vote, along with other governments that had pushed for a Syrian troop withdrawal followed by a timely election.

Interior Minister Hassan Sabei, announcing the official results, said Saad Hariri and his allies won all 10 contested seats. Hariri's ticket automatically won nine other seats where there were no challengers....

Hariri was the biggest vote-getter, collecting about 40,000 ballots, five times those of the loser in one constituency. But turnout was low, about 27 percent of the 473,000-plus eligible voters, compared with 35 percent in the 2000 parliamentary elections.

The weak turnout reflected calls for a boycott amid complaints that Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, did not have enough different political factions represented on his ticket and about the lack of challengers in some constituencies. Television stations reported the boycott was strong in Christian areas...."

ANY QUESTIONS....?

BREAKTHROUGHS IN ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH IGNORED BY POLITICAL LEFT & LEFTIST MAINSTREAM MEDIA WHO CLAMOR FOR EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

The hypocrisy of the left's clamor for U.S. government-supported life-destroying embryonic stem cell research is compounded by the hypocrisy of their and the leftist mainstream media's ignoring of the awesomely significant breakthroughs in adult stem cell research. They are also ignoring the fact that adult stem cell research is highly preferable in that it does not have the rejection and tumor-causing side effects of embryonic stem cells.

Read more about this silencing of legitimate and proven adult stem cell research below and
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"Adult Stem Cell Breakthrough Ignored"

"Scientists at Australia's Griffith University have engineered a breakthrough in the field of adult stem cell research that's so significant, say experts, that it could render the debate over embryonic stem cell research moot. The results of the four year research project showed that olfactory stem cells can be turned into heart cells, brain cells, nerve cells, indeed almost any kind of cell in the body, without the problems of rejection or tumors forming, a common side effect with embryonic stem cells....

Mackay-Sim's team of scientists managed to grow nerve cells, glial cells, liver cells, heart cells, muscle cells from cells harvested from the human nose.

The breakthrough, first announced two months ago, has been largely ignored by the U.S. media, which has focused on embryonic stem cell research as the only option to cure debilitating ailments like Hodgkin's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease..."

MAJOR ISLAMIC GROUPS IN UNITED STATES REFUSE TO TAKE A PUBLIC STAND AGAINST TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM

This is an excellent article, by Joel Mowbray, that clearly separates the wheat from the chaff of Muslim groups in the United States and shows where their true allegiances lie. It's quite an eye-opener and well worth the read.

Which begs the question: If there are organized Muslim groups in the United States of America who reject allegiance to our government and will not take a stand against the terrorism and extremism of radical Islam, should they be here at all---where they can set up Wahabist madrassas and mosques that preach and teach radicalism and terrorism against Americans, Christians and Jews? Their actions violate our Constitutional prohibitions against religious discrimination and persecution, both of which radical Islam clearly advocates in their religion that is diametrically opposed to the concept of democracy and our rule of law.

Muslims in Canada are already trying to embed their Islamic Shari'a law into Canadian law--- and have succeeded in some areas of Canada. The U.S. Constitution clearly prohibits it.

Excerpts are provided below and you can read the Mowbray's entire piece here:
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"Islamic Hall of Shame"

"In the first of its kind for an event organized by a major national Muslim organization [in the U.S.], Kamal Nawash and the Free Muslims Coalition (FMC) recently held the Free Muslims March Against Terrorism. Not surprisingly, the leaders of every other major Muslim organization shunned the march and declined to take a public stand against terrorism and extremism.

Noticeably missing from the list of over 80 sponsors Nawash rounded up was any of the Muslim groups that claim to be moderates, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Though these groups pay lip service to opposing terrorism, they couldn’t put their money where their mouth is and bring themselves to stand side-by-side with the Free Muslim Coalition.

The reasons for the absence of the major national Muslim groups are obvious. The empirical evidence has clearly demonstrated where the true loyalties of organizations such as CAIR and MPAC lie. ....it is anathema for many Muslim groups to identify themselves with the unambiguous message of the rally. Nawash is among the few Muslim leaders—and certainly one of the very few leaders of the overtly political Muslim groups—to explicitly confront the real threat, the real root cause of terrorism: radical Islam.

Where most prominent Muslim leaders prefer ambiguity and moral equivalence, Nawash stakes out an unmistakable position, not only opposing just violent jihad, but the doctrines of Wahhabism and political Islam, as well. Nawash is, without exception, against the creation of Islamic states—anywhere. The other major Islamic organizations simply can’t take this position. Their refusal to back even Nawash’s message exposes their true sympathies...."

RED STATE FRANCE SAID "PAS NON, MERCI" IN THEIR REFERENDUM ON SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2005, REJECTING THE EUROPEAN UNION CONSTITUTION.

Looks a lot like red state America, with mostly just some large metropolitan areas remaining blue. Maybe we have a lot more in common with the majority of French people than John Kerry and his cronies gave us credit for.

According to John Hinderaker, at PowerlineBlog, to whom I give a hat tip for this great map and the following words, "One interesting aspect of the referendum is the extent to which France's electoral map resembles that of the U.S.--a sea of red with a few urban islands of blue, like Paris and Lyon, which would seem to correspond reasonably well to American "liberalism."

There seems to be little doubt that the Dutch will vote "No" next week; Denmark is scheduled to hold a referendum in the fall. Great Britain is planning a referendum, but apparently it may yet be cancelled. What it all means politically, I don't think anyone knows. But the underlying reality is that "old" Europe is in deep trouble, and cannot be saved by adopting resolutions and approving documents...."

You can read the rest of John's interesting piece at the link provided.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

SECRETARY OF STATE CONDALEEZA RICE GIVES THE BEST REASON JOHN BOLTON IS NEEDED AT THE UNITED NATIONS

Leave it to Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice to tell it like it is. Below is the first paragraph in an Editorial today found here. It's a perfect encapsulation, in two short sentences, of why nobody can take the United Nations seriously. Enough said.
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EDITORIAL: "THE CRITICAL JOHN BOLTON"

"May 29, 2005 - "John Bolton has been critical of the U.N., and it's not hard to be critical. When you have a commission on human rights and Sudan is on it, nobody can take it seriously." — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Friday, calling on the Senate to confirm John Bolton as U.S...."

"IT'S NOT OUR FAULT, MR. PRESIDENT. IT'S THOSE REPUBLICRATS WHO KEEP BUSTIN' OUT AND FOLLOWIN' THEIR LEADER JOHN MCCAIN INTO THE TEDDY KENNEDY COMPOUND. They give us all an unrepeatably bad name...."

FRENCH VOTERS DELIVER A SOUND DEFEAT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.... AND TO ONE OF ITS MAJOR ARCHITECTS, PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC

Breaking News: By Jacqueline, PelicanPost.blogspot 29 May 2005

Fox News Channel has just provided a news alert stating that the French referendum to ratify or not ratify the European Union has concluded with the voters soundly rejecting it---in what is being called a "thumping defeat." Estimates of the vote tally reflect that ca. 55-57% of French voters have registered a resounding "NON" in their rejection of the E.U., which is a greater margin of loss than the ca. 2% that had been projected.

French citizens have apparently refused to go along with the loss of French sovereignty in order to become part of a greater union of nations, even though President Jacques Chirac staked his career on the fight to assemble this union and and get it ratified. Chirac had high hopes that the European Union would be a strong counterweight to the power and influence of the United States and a replacement for NATO, in which the U.S. plays a major role.

Now seriously weakened by this rejection of the European Union by French voters, Chirac has indicated that he will shake up his government tomorrow. He had already said, over the past few days when polls were prediciting a negative outcome, that he would not accept it as a final defeat. Chirac can't seem to accept that the political winds are changing direction in France.

Eh bien, Monsieur le Presidente. Chacun a son gout.... Pour les monde francaise, vive la France!

SAAD HARIRI, SON OF ASSASSINATED PREMIER RAFIK HARIRI OF LEBANON, CASTS HIS BALLOT IN TODAYS ELECTION.

Saad Hariri is a candidate to occupy the post formerly held by his popular father who was assassinated in February of this year. The young Hariri and his party are running strong in the elections, having already won ten seats in the government. Elections in other parts of Lebanon will subsequently determine who will win the remaining seats.

Watch for PelicanPost updates on the outcome of the Lebanese elections....

SAAD HARIRI, THE SON OF LEBANON'S SLAIN PREMIER RAFIK HARIRI, IS RUNNING STRONG IN TODAY'S ELECTIONS IN BEIRUT.... WILL CONTINUE HIS FATHER'S POLICIES

With the eyes of the world watching, the first stage of elections in Lebanon are, so far, proceeding peacefully---with the son of assassinated Premier Rafik Hariri running strong in his bid to take up his father's mission to establish a strong and free Lebanon, free of Syrian and other outside control and influence.

After many years of occupation in Lebanon and under pressure from President George W. Bush and President Jacques Chirac of France, Syria removed most all of their military troops---leaving only a small number in the Bekaa Valley, just inside the Syria/Lebanon border. Also left behind were Syrian Intelligence services, who simply closed their old offices and moved elsewhere inside of Lebanon. The terrorist group Hizbollah also remains in Lebanon, which will be a threat to peace and full return of Lebanon to the true Lebanese people.

Millions worldwide are hoping for good news of the election of Saad Hariri and other members of his reform party and the ultimate removal of all outside negative influences and terrorists from Lebanon.

Read more about this amazing turnaround in the fate of the Lebanese people and their pursuit of freedom and a democratic form of government, below and here:
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"Hariri Loyalists Hopeful in Lebanon Vote"

"BEIRUT, Lebanon - Candidates loyal to Lebanon's assassinated former premier have posted giant campaign billboards bearing his picture, hoping a wave of sympathy will bring them to power in Lebanon's first elections in decades that are free from Syrian domination.

Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's son and political successor will likely be the main benefactor of the vote in four-stage elections beginning Sunday. Hariri's killing, which sparked mass protests that ultimately forced Syria to withdraw from Lebanon, appears to be the driving force in the vote....

Lebanon's long-awaited legislative elections - which begin Sunday in Beirut and in other regions over the following three Sundays - are seen as a chance to seal the end of Syria's political dominance after the last of its forces left in April.... Hariri loyalists are determined to carry out his agenda of opposing extremism and rebuilding the country. They also want to ensure a thorough investigation of his killing.

The former prime minister's son, 35-year-old Saad Hariri, is leading a 19-member list of candidates named after his father in Beirut's three districts. In urging Beirut's more than 400,000 eligible voters to turn out to show loyalty to his father, Saad Hariri billed the Beirut election as "the day of safeguarding Rafik Hariri's course (and) Rafik Hariri's blood." Nine of his candidates have won uncontested seats and 10 others, including Saad Hariri, are competing for the remaining 10 seats in the capital...."

DANZA INDIGENAS, 1993 MONUMENT AT BALDWIN PARK IN CALIFORNIA.

The monument appears to be a paso del norte, or gateway to the north---or "Aztlan"---as illegal aliens like to call California and other states that abut the U.S./Mexican border. The inscription posted below is on one side of this monument and shows its clear meaning and intent.

INSCRIPTION ON BALDWIN PARK, CALIFORNIA, MONUMENT

PRO-ILLEGAL ALIEN PROTEST GROUP WHO WANT THE RACIST, PRO-MEXICO BALDWIN PARK MONUMENT PROTECTED

Their own racism is shown in their signs that call white citizens of California "WHITE TRASH" and "Racistas." Only in America.... Do you believe that a similar protest by Americans in Mexico, calling Mexicans "BROWN TRASH" and "Racistas," would be allowed or that the protestors would live to tell about it? I think not.

AMERICAN CITIZENS IN CALIFORNIA STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO PROTEST THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY BY MILLIONS WHO SNEAK ACROSS THE U.S./MEXICAN BORDER TO PREY ON OUR CITIZENS AND DRAIN OUR ECONOMY.

MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR IS BEING RE-FOUGHT IN CALIFORNIA, PITTING CITIZENS AGAINST THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION

Michael, at LookUpInTheSky.blogspot , has posted an excellent article and eight awesome pictures of the heated emotions involved in this particular issue and the explosive overall problem of the invasion of illegal aliens across our border with Mexico. The main question is whether or not the monument at issue is a monument to California history or a monument to California as part of Mexico.

What Michael calls the "Mexican-American War Heats Up," becomes even more relevant in light of the fact that the people of Los Angeles just elected as Mayor, a person who used to be---perhaps still is---a member of MEChA, a group that advocates totally open borders and the ceding of California and other southern U.S. states to Mexico.

Many of the illegal aliens, their protectors and advocates are screaming "racism"---the favorite command to political correctness that is hurled in an attempt to silence Americans who want the integrity and security of their borders and country protected and U.S. laws enforced.

But, this is not about racism. It is about the rule of law and a foreign country that shares a border with the United States not respecting either the U.S. border and immigration laws or U.S. sovereignty. No illegal alien who, by the very nature of their sneaking into this country has violated our laws, should be given the privilege of living here or becoming a citizen.

We're not against legal immigration, we're against the sneaks who game our immigration system and are a very real threat to our security, culture, public service and healthcare institutions, labor laws and jobs, and our economy. And, we're against the Mexican government's advocacy and support of the breaking of our laws in order to prop up the Mexican economy and enrich their human smuggling and drug smuggling cartels.

A little about the protests below, or read the entire piece and see the pix at above link:
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"In Baldwin Park, east of Los Angeles there stands a structure that may turn this city into another California battleground with illegal immigration as the catalyst. There is a monument engraved by Judy Baca that reads, "it was better before they came." She said the original statement did not refer to Anglos, but Mexican immigrants, and it is meant to be ambiguous. Her work, she insisted, simply reflects local heritage. "It will not be destroyed. I will not remove any language because by doing so I would destroy the voices of the people of Baldwin Park," Baca said.

Another inscription — "this land was Mexican once, Indian always and is and will be again" — makes clear the issue is about more than words, said Joe Turner, founder of "Save Our State. "I don't believe the First Amendment protects this type of speech. It's not freedom of expression, it's government-sanctioned sedition. It's paid for by tax dollars and is unacceptable," Turner said.

California, with the most Mexican immigrants in the United States, is quickly becoming a focal point for racial tension and the attainment of political power as well as Arizona. New Mexico and Texas are not far behind.... With such militant and hate-filled groups as MECha, and the The National Council of La Raza (For the Race everything, for those outside the Race, nothing), fomenting racial divisions and the “Pushing Out of Whitey,” the battleground is being set for a future clash that could get out of control. It’s not a matter of racism to want to protect your home...."

MEChA IS ONE OF CHIEF ORGANIZERS OF HISPANIC, ANTI-SEMITIC 'MEXICAN NAZI' SEPARATIST MOVEMENT IN LOS ANGELES, CA

As you will see, this adds a new element to the growing unrest and resentment against the illegal alien invasion of the United States across the Mexican border. Not only are these illegal alien radicals anti-white Americans, they are also anti-Semitic. Mexican President Vicente Fox is even anti-black Americans or evidently thinks of them as the lowest of the low, as shown in his slur of black Americans recently by his remark that [illegal alien] Mexicans were only taking American "jobs that even blacks won't take."

Mexico is a lawless country that also does not respect the laws of the United States and our border with that country is a high security risk. Americans are fed up with this illegal alien invasion and the Mexican government's aiding, abetting and facilitating it. Illegal aliens are committing serious crimes all across this country and Mexicans now make up ca. 20% of the prison population of the United States. That is a totally stunning demographic! And, it is in addition to all the many other illegal alien drains to our economy. It has to be stopped before it really does become an openly physical conflict.

It is our government's duty to enforce our laws and protect American citizens. They are not doing so. Make your voice heard in Washington and in your state capitals. See PelicanPost's "Government Sources" links to contact your U.S. Congress members and check out our posting yesterday that gives a source for signing petitions and sending e-mails and free faxes. It's easy. Do your part for your country and for the security of all Americans.

Read more below and here:
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"'Mexican Nazis' in L.A.: Geo-political analyst decries anti-Semitic Hispanic radicals"

The anti-American, anti-Jewish rhetoric coming from the Hispanic separatist movement in the southwest U.S. threatens to spark a second civil war, says geopolitical analysts Jack Wheeler.
In a column on his intelligence website, To the Point, Wheeler covers the implication of a recent rally in Baldwin Park, Calif., where a small group of protesters demonstrated against a taxpayer-supported monument that celebrates the time before the white man came to California. Two inscriptions include: "This land was Mexican once, was Indian always, and is and will be again" and "It was better before they came."

"The rally was met by a far larger, violent counter-demonstration led by an organization of Mexican Nazis who call themselves Reconquistas," writes Wheeler. "These are people who want to 'reconquer' the entire American Southwest ceded to the U.S. in 1848 and have it become part of Mexico again. What makes them Nazis is their pathological anti-Semitism. Their hatred for America is equaled only by their hatred of Jews."

Continues Wheeler: "One of them yelled at a television cameraman at the Baldwin Park fracas: 'Too bad Osama Bin Laden didn't drop a hydrogen bomb on that Jewish s--thole town Manhattan.' "One of the Reconquista chants was 'Go back to Europe, go back to England, Gringos.' Another was 'Viva (long live) Zarqawi, the Gringo killer,' in praise of arch-terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's killing American soldiers in Iraq."

Wheeler points out one of the chief organizers of the Reconquistas is the radical student group MEChA, which says it is committed to "the physical liberation of Occupied America."
Writes Wheeler: "MEChA's motto, as stated in its founding document, The Spiritual Plan of Aztlan, could not possibly be more racist: Por La Raza Todo, Fuera de La Raza Nada: for the race (their own 'bronze' race), everything; outside the race, nothing...."

Wheeler believes the key to whether or not Los Angeles will give in to the "Mexican Nazis" lies in the hands of the new mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa. Problem is, Villaraigosa was president of the UCLA chapter of MEChA when a student there in the '70s...."

FORMER USF PROFESSOR SAMI AL-ARIAN, NOW ON TRIAL, WAS PART OF PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD CELL LEADERSHIP OPERATING OUT OF TAMPA, FL

Being a Florida resident, this news from Little GreenFootballs is more than just a little concerning. Just the idea that 40% of the overall leadership of Palestinian Islamic Jihad were operating out of a cell in Tampa, FL is totally chilling---especially in light of their connections to the Hizbollah/Hamas[Syria]/al Qaeda/Iran axis of evil.
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"Al-Arian Trial Update"
Activities of Tampa Terror Cell Outlined.
"TAMPA, Fla. - The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group responsible for scores of killings in suicide attacks in Israel, once had 40 percent of its overall leadership operating out of a cell in Tampa, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

The Tampa cell was primarily responsible for raising money and serving as a communications center for the Islamic Jihad during the mid-1990s, Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Furr told a judge during a pre-trial hearing for former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian and three other men.

“This is an elitist, little group of people, all highly educated, trying to convince people to go kill themselves on their behalf,” Furr said."

Saturday, May 28, 2005


ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, WASHINGTON, D.C.

With honor they fought... with honor they fell... and we honor and thank them for their ultimate sacrifice and generosity to us all.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ON HIS WAY TO DELIVER A GRADUATION ADDRESS AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY ON FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2005. The President was then flown to Camp David for the Memorial Day weekend.

In his Saturday Radio Address, President Bush marked the Memorial Day weekend with words honoring our military men and women who have died in service to their country in order to provide freedom for all Americans today. "Our citizens live in freedom because patriots are willing to serve and sacrifice for our liberty," said the President in his radio address. He also honored those who serve today.

On Monday, Bush will pay tribute to those who "made the ultimate sacrifice" by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. He noted that we are now at the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, a fight to victory in which more than 400,000 Americans gave their lives to liberate millions and achieve a hard-won peace.

PRESIDENT BUSH'S GLOBAL CLOUT IS GROWING.... EXPECIALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST & EUROPE

This unexpected and somewhat rare recognition of the fact that President George W. Bush, in spite of 4 1/2 years of niggling and undermining of him both at home and abroad, is getting some recognition for his accomplishments---particularly for the spread of freedom and democracy in the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. It is very gratifying to know that he gets high marks from millions in those populations---to correspond with his huge popularity in red state America.

It's become increasingly hard for naysayers to pooh-pooh him and his international influence and popularity. And this is precisely what increases the Democrats' burning hatred of him and why their hate-speech against him grows more shrill. They can neither refute his successes nor stop the increased credit redowning to him.

The only avenue of revenge Democrats have is in the U.S. Senate where they can undermine both Bush's domestic and foreign policy---even if they have to stoop to politics of personal destruction, character assassination, and use of unconstitutional rules and methods in the advice and consent process, plus block as much legislation and reform as they can, to do it. Two of the most important legislative actions Democrats are blocking are: Social Security reform and desperately needed energy legislation. In fact, they have tried to block or pick to death any reform attempted by the Bush Administration.

The Democrats paid for their obstructions at the polls in 2004 and even saw their Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle [D-SD] get the S. Dakota hoof. The clock is ticking as we move forward to the 2006 and 2008 elections. Hopefully, Dems will pay the price for their on-going obstructions in both of those elections.

More, now, on the growing recognition of Bush's accomplishments and some long overdue credit for it.... below and here.
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"Newsview: Bush's Global Clout Seen Growing"

"In the rarified club of world leaders, President Bush has taken his share of lumps.... But Bush probably would not want to trade places with any other head of state. Nearly all his fellow leaders of the world's big industrial democracies have stumbled. It has left them vulnerable at home and weakener on the world stage.

The president, through it all, is riding what he sees as a strong re-election mandate to trumpet his goal of spreading democracy. That helps explains why Bush.... may find himself holding the stronger hand when he travels in early July to Scotland for the annual summit of the leaders of the eight major industrialized democracies. "His counterparts all face ill political winds that make their domestic positions rather precarious," said Charles Kupchan, director of European studies with the Council on Foreign Relations, a private research group. "I do think it puts Bush in an advantageous position...."

....analysts suggest, the president has had strong run internationally over the past few months - even with the continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. He persuaded European powers to negotiate with Iran over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. He watched democratic elections and the formation of a new government in Iraq. He successfully prodded Syria to withdraw from Lebanon. And he is taking an active role in trying to nudge Israelis and Palestinians toward peace.

France's ambassador to the United States spoke recently of the effect of Bush's winning a second term. "The moment President Bush was re-elected, he extended the hand of friendship and cooperation to the leaders of Europe," said Jean-David Levitte. "Style has changed...."

JOHN MCCAIN IS DOING IT AGAIN!! HE NOW WANTS A NEGOTIATED "ACCORD" ON JOHN BOLTON, FURTHER UNDERMINING THE SENATE LEADERSHIP

The self-important and arrogant John McCain is again undercutting the Senate leadership and trying to grab power and his usual place as "media darling" in front of mainstream media's videocams and microphones to promote himself---to the detriment of John Bolton, the President and the American voters. He's beginning to look like the Republican Party version of eaten-up-with-bitterness Howard Dean or Al Gore. Somebody needs to throw a net over this fool before he sells everything out to his fellow Democrats. He's not only useless to the Republicans, he is trying to torpedo the President's ability to use his mandate to govern.

There is a desperation in this pro-Democrat activity by pro-choice McCain---similar to his fence-sitting and pretending to support George W. Bush in 2004, while refusing to abandon his same-time support for his buddy John Kerry. I think McCain's carrying water for Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry goes back to the preferential treatment he is reported to have gotten in the "Hanoi Hilton" POW camps. It was reported that even his own Navy Admiral father wouldn't meet him when he finally came back to the U.S. after choosing to stay in N. Vietnam when he could have left. Both Kennedy and Kerry, who supported the N. Vietnamese Viet Kong Communists in that war, would have been in a position to know of McCain's preferential treatment and degree of cooperation, which would explain why he is so fanatically loyal to them and carries water for them now. Certainly nothing else explains it.

Read more about McCain's new trouble-making below and here. And, if you believe he is "one of John R. Bolton's leading Republican backers," think again. Looks as if he is influencing other Senators against Bolton as well.
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"McCain Urging Accord on Bolton and Secret Documents"

"One of John R. Bolton's leading Republican backers, Senator John McCain of Arizona, signaled his support on Friday for a compromise in which the White House might allow Senate leaders access to highly classified documents in return for a final vote early next month on Mr. Bolton's nomination as United Nations ambassador.

The conciliatory signal from Mr. McCain came as Senate leaders traded blame over who was responsible for the miscalculation that led to Mr. Bolton's nomination being blocked Thursday. But the White House showed no sign that the Bush administration might change course. "The Democrats who are clamoring for this have already voted against John Bolton," Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, said in a telephone interview. "This is about partisan politics, not documents. They have the information they need."

Appearing on the Fox News Channel, Mr. McCain reiterated his support for Mr. Bolton. He also praised an argument made by, among others, Senator Richard G. Lugar, Republican of Indiana, who has urged the administration to provide the Senate with more information related to Mr. Bolton's conduct. Senators calling on the administration to share the documents "have some substance to their argument," Mr. McCain said...."

A NEW SECURITY HAZZARD ON THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER: EXTREMELY VIOLENT U.S. TRAINED MEXICAN COMMANDOS HAVE SWITCHED SIDES TO WORK FOR THE DRUG SMUGGLERS

Just when we thought things could not get worse in border security---or lack thereof---we find they are incredibly worse. And our government provided the assistance that enabled it to become worse. What were they thinking? The people they need to be training for interdiction and combatting the violent Mexican drug cartels and gangs and the flood of illegal aliens across our borders are American troops or National Guard members our government has control over. Bill O'Reilly is right about the need to put troops on the border.

We have an emergency situation here and, like the rest of the border security problems, it is not being addressed. What in the world are Homeland Security, the Border Patrol, and law enforcement doing sitting on their hands and not enforcing our border and immigration laws? And what is our impotent Congress doing other than coming up with weak-kneed bills like the new and feckless McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill to combat these increasing border security problems?

People, please do your civic duty and go here to sign petitions, send free faxes, and make your voice heard on this subject. You can also use the links here on PelicanPost under "Government Sources" to contact your members of the Senate and House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. It's all very easy. You can even cut and paste points from articles like this one that you read to reinforce your opinions in your e-mails and faxes.

More information below about the U.S.-trained Mexican commandos who flipped sides and are now a threat to our security and protection from illegal drug trafficking below and here:
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"Mexican commandos, new threat on border: U.S.-trained elite force now works for drug cartel"

"Elite Mexican commandos, trained by U.S. forces to combat the drug cartels have switched sides and are working for the drug smugglers in the border area posing a special hazard to American law enforcement and Border Patrol agents, according to a U.S. Justice Department memo. The commandos, trained by the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga., are known as "Los Zetas." The Justice Department warning was sent to law enforcement agencies throughout the Southwest.

Using the commando training, Los Zetas are known to be extremely violent and have been blamed for an outbreak of violence along the Mexican border. There are reports of the commandos making cross-border runs into U.S. territory in military-style vehicles, armed with automatic weapons.

The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars training Los Zetas to intercept drugs, some of them coming from Mexico's southern border, before they could reach the U.S. The U.S. government has also sent U.S. Border Patrol agents to Mexico's southern border with Guatemala to train law enforcement and military forces to intercept human smugglers destined to reach the U.S.... "They've gotten pretty special training. ... Now, they are working with drug traffickers on the Mexican side...."

"They are a threat to authorities not only in Texas, but in New Mexico, Arizona and California," he said. "Because we believe Los Zetas are being used as protectors for narcotics coming into this country...."

MOVEON.ORG HAS BECOME THE NEW KU KLUX KLAN

MoveOn.org is not just anti-Catholic. They, their controller George Soros and their U.S. Senate Democrat conterparts are anti-religion. Period! And they will stop at nothing to block anyone who is deemed to be religious from being approved for a seat on the federal court bench---particularly the federal appeals court or the Supreme Court. And that is what they deem all of President George W. Bush's nominees to be. That's what this Democrat campaign and obstruction scam are all about.

They don't want to lose any of their hard-left activist judges who unconstitutionally legislate from the bench and they are determined that activist judges are the only ones acceptable enough to be approved by the Senate. All the rest are "extraordinary," "extreme," and "out of the mainstream." Besides, all of their secular-humanist, anti-life, anti-religious hocus-pocus judicially legislated "laws" would be at risk. Hence their current power grab and insistence on the absurdity of "minority rule."

To the Senate Democrats, this political and ideological war and power struggle they are waging are more important than their former struggle to quash the civil rights movement. It's their fight for the life of the Democrat Party and the preservation of its hard-left, secular-humanist and Marxist agendas that they can only get installed through back-door unconstitutional judicial activist-created "laws," because they can't win at the ballot box.

This is a great article---even entertaining, while still serious and correct in substance. Read some below or all here---or both. I try to include at least the main idea in the excerpts.
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"MOVEON.ORG IS THE NEW KU KLUX KLAN"

"Democrats lost the evangelical vote decades ago. As the last election showed, they are now in danger of permanently losing Catholics. But the left has devised an ingenious technique for winning back disaffected Catholics – insult their Church and its leader. And they thought of this all by themselves?

As part of the campaign to defeat the Republican push to end the judicial filibuster, on May 17, 2005, MoveOn.org, PAC ran an ad appealing to anti-Catholic paranoia. The broadside was an altered photo that showed Pope Benedict XVI standing outside the Supreme Court’s chambers. The pontiff appears to be holding a gavel. The caption reads: “God Already has a Job….. He does not need one on the Supreme Court. Protect the Supreme Court rules.” Huh?

This is gibberish. The filibuster debate concerned changing the Senate’s rules to end the minority veto of the president’s judicial nominations. It had nothing to do with the rules of the Supreme Court.

Still, the clear implication of the ad is that if Bush (a Methodist) is allowed to have an up-or-down vote on his nominees (most of whom are also Protestants), it would be tantamount to turning the high court over to the Catholic Church – making the federal judiciary an auxiliary of Rome. This makes no sense. But then, when was anti-Catholic bigotry logical.

MoveOn.org’s calumny is reminiscent of attacks on the Church by the Ku Klux Klan. In the 1920s, the cross-burners attempted to whip up anti-Catholic hysteria with visions of the Vatican taking over America. When Catholic Al Smith ran for president in 1928, the Klan instructed that a Democratic victory would signal the end of religious freedom in America.
Congress would be replaced by a college of cardinals. Protestant marriages would be nullified. The Spanish Inquisition – and not the Monty Python version – would be just around the corner.

A libel invented by bigots in bed sheets now is routinely repeated by bigots in Gucci loafers. The thrust of the MoveOn.org ad: If Bush has the same power as all of his predecessors (to appoint judges who share his values) it will be tantamount to turning the judiciary over to the Catholic Church.... It’s not just the Rottweiler of leftist websites, funded by millions of dollars from (Imperial Grand Wizard?) George Soros that’s saying this. MoveOn.org is a surrogate for the Democratic Party. Established in 1998, with an e-mail list of 2.2 million, the Soros-funded site has raised a ton of money for Democratic candidates over the past three election cycles....

To say the Democrats are tight with the leftist webmasters is an understatement of staggering proportions. To a large extent, MoveOn.org and allied organizations are the heart and soul – and guts, and checking account – of the Democratic Party...."

DEMOCRATS ARE SHOCKED BY NEW POLL SHOWING THE MIDDLE CLASS JOINED RED STATE AMERICA & VOTED REPUBLICAN---FOR GEORGE W. BUSH

Well, the Democrat Party seems to have lost another demographic they thought they had nailed down---the middle class, who voted much more heavily for George W. Bush in 2004. This was shown in results of a new poll conducted by a centrist group called Third Way. The report also contained alarming news for Democrats about Hispanic voters. The exit poll also shows that as more Hispanics move into the middle class, the less they vote for Democrats.

Seems as if the middle class is increasingly wising up to the fact that the Democrats are all rhetoric and no substance and have not delivered on their promises. Middle class workers are making it known that they can no longer be taken for granted and considered to be empty-headed rather than open-minded.

Needless to say, the Democrats are shocked by these new poll results. They will now have to come to grips with the "quagmire" in which they now find themselves bogged down. They are losing in their class-war on behalf of those whom they consider the little people who need the Dems to "fight for" them. Now, their class-warfare has become a slippery slope they will have to claw themselves back up. What a cryin' shame.

More of the interesting details here.
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"The Democrats' Class Struggle"
By Dan BalzSaturday, May 28, 2005; Page A05
This is the kind of headline Democrats have come to expect from their opponents: "Middle Class Voters Reject Democrats at the Ballot Box." But this time, the charge comes from inside the party, in a new report issued by the centrist group known as Third Way.

The study represents a slap in the face at Democrats who pride themselves on being the party of working families and a challenge to party leaders as they prepare for next year's midterm elections and the 2008 presidential race. "Rather than being the party of the middle class, Democrats face a crisis with middle-income voters," the study argues.

"The 45% of voters who make up the middle class -- those with household incomes between $30,000 and $75,000 -- delivered healthy victories to George Bush and House Republicans in 2004."

The study is based on Third Way's analysis of 2004 exit polls. Among the five principal findings are that white middle-income voters supported President Bush by 22 percentage points. The study concluded that the "economic tipping point -- the income level above which white voters were more likely to vote Republican than Democrat -- was $23,700."

Black voters supported the presidential candidacy of Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) and House Democrats by significant margins regardless of their income levels, but white middle-class voters tended to vote more like wealthy voters. "Democrats were not competitive at all among the white middle class," according to the study...."

BUSH ADMINISTRATION DENIES DEMANDS OF OBSTRUCTIONIST SENATE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE SUBVERTING ADVICE & CONSENT PROCESS IN JOHN BOLTON NOMINATION APPROVAL

Democrat obstructionists on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are fighting tooth and nail to block the approval of John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador are openly admitting that their obstruction is not about John Bolton---it is about blocking President Bush from being able to get his appointments approved by the Senate and block him from governing. In an unprecedented power grab, they are openly usurping the appointment power of the Chief Executive---while having the dishonest temerity to accuse him of "overreaching."

Now, Barbara Boxer has come up with another dilatory demand for additional information and will no doubt try to place another hold on the nomination. However, after researching the topic, I find that holds are not anywhere written into Senate rules or procedures. They could be over-ruled as dilitatory tactics. I also researched filibusters, which are referred to in the Senate rules as legislative filibusters---never as administrative. Presidential appointments are Executive Branch appointments and have nothing to do with the legislative function of the Senate and that is why filibusters were never used for 214 years against presidential nominees.

The cloture mechanism is a device intended to cut off debate and limit a Senator's remaining time to talk to one hour, among only 30 hours of total remaining debate. "No dilatory motion, or dilatory amendment, or amendment not germane shall be in order."

Some facts and history of cloture and use of the filibuster from here:

*"A filibuster involves using such tactics in the hope of convincing the Senate to alter a measure or withdraw it from consideration. The only bills that cannot be filibustered are those few considered under provisions of law that limit time for debating them."

*"The only procedure Senate rules provide for overcoming filibusters is cloture, which cannot be voted until two days after it is proposed in a petition signed by 16 Senators. Cloture requires the support of three-fifths of Senators (normally 60), except on proposals to change the rules, when cloture requires two-thirds of Senators voting."

*"Using the filibuster to delay or block legislative action has a long history. The term filibuster -- from a Dutch word meaning "pirate" -- became popular in the 1850s, when it was applied to efforts to hold the Senate floor in order to prevent a vote on a bill."

*"In the early years of Congress, representatives as well as senators could filibuster. As the House of Representatives grew in numbers, however, revisions to the House rules limited debate. In the smaller Senate, unlimited debate continued on the grounds that any senator should have the right to speak as long as necessary on any issue."

*"Three quarters of a century later, in 1917, senators adopted a rule (Rule 22), at the urging President Woodrow Wilson, that allowed the Senate to end a debate with a two-thirds majority vote, a device known as "cloture." The new Senate rule was first put to the test in 1919, when the Senate invoked cloture to end a filibuster against the Treaty of Versailles. Even with the new cloture rule, filibusters remained an effective means to block legislation, since a two-thirds vote is difficult to obtain." [Filibusters of Executive Branch-originated Treaties are also not authorized by the Constitution. Neither are they mentioned in the Senate rules as subject to filibuster. They are not legislation. Neither are President-appointed nominees. The Senate only has the authority of advise and consent with an up or down vote.]

*"Filibusters were particularly useful to Southern senators who sought to block civil rights legislation, including anti-lynching legislation, until cloture was invoked after a fifty-seven day filibuster against the Civil Right Act of 1964. In 1975, the Senate reduced the number of votes required for cloture from two-thirds to three-fifths, or sixty of the current one hundred senators."

*"The record for the longest individual speech goes to South Carolina's J. Strom Thurmond who filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957."

It is quite telling that all of the Senate literature about filibusters relates to legislation and never to administrative appointments. Directions for suspension of the rules also apply only to legislation. There is no rule that even mentions, let alone allows filibuster of anything other than legislation. So, in the absence of enabling rules, the obstructive Senate Democrats can simply be made to produce evidence in the rules or the Constitution that allows them to filibuster Executive Branch administrative nominees of the President or be ruled out of order.

They can also be sanctioned or removed from the Congress for their disorderly, dishonest and unethical behavior. That is in the Constitution.

Information from the U.S. Constitution, found here:

Article 1, Section. 1. "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." [No judicial or executive powers are granted to the Congress---either direct or indirect or through manipulation by Senators of the advice and consent process or through extra-Constitutional judicial activism.]

Article 1, Section. 5. "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide." [members cannot be deliberately absent to shut down Senate or House business in protest of something they don't like or agree with or to prevent the President from carrying out his Constitutional and sworn duty to govern as he was elected to do.]

"Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member." [members can be punished or expelled for their disorderly behavior---which a boycott of conducting the people's business and their mandated duties would be. And, conducting political and character assassination attacks on Executive Branch nominees is not only unethical and unbefitting the honor of the Senate, it is an abuse of power and disorderly behavior. It brings dishonor to the entire Congress.]

Article 1, Section. 8. "The Congress shall have Power To...." [This is a list of the enumerated powers of Congress. It does not include the power to appoint, to filibuster, or to place holds on Executive Branch nominees---or to set up political or ideological litmus tests nominees have to pass to be approved. Period. It also does not include any judicial powers other than the original establishment of tribunals, i.e. courts, below the level of the Supreme Court---something that has already been accomplished.]

Filibusters and holds were created to be obstructive tactics and neither are anywhere mentioned in the Constitution. Cloture is also obstructive, in that it raised the bar too high for cutting off debate. It appears to have been created to limit but retain the filibuster. Also not mentioned in the Constitution are the "powers of the minority," which is a ridiculous concept on its face. The minority party are in the minority because the voters rejected them and did not want them in the majority.

Filibusters, in particular, were created for mischief, have done a huge amount of damage---particularly in the area of civil rights---and they should be abolished. They are presently being used to obstruct the President from governing, to pack the federal courts with extreme judicial activists who unconstitutionally legislate from the bench, and to install political and ideological agendas that violate the Constitution and the voted will of the people.

The obstructive Senate Democrats, who are using filibusters, holds and the high bar for cloture to subvert the Constitution, the Executive power of the President and the will of the people, are enabled to do so by institutionalized Senate rules that were actually designed to obstruct, distort and usurp the powers of the other two branches of government. These Senators are proving to the American people that not only does power corrupt, the quest for absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Now, what we need is Republican leadership who have the cajones to challenge the insubordinate Democrats' who have dumbed Senate advice and consent down to a new low with unprecedented obstructions, hold their feet to the fire, rule them out of order and shut down their power-grabbing shake-down.

Read more about the Senate Democrats' dilatory and obstructive tactics here:
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"Bush denies Democrats Bolton files"

The Bush administration said yesterday that Democratic senators should not expect to get the documents they are seeking before they will allow an up-or-down vote on John R. Bolton, whom the president nominated to be ambassador to the United Nations. "They have what they need," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Intelligence Committee have had access to this sensitive, highly classified information. The Democrats clamoring for it have already voted against the nomination. This is about partisan politics...."

But Democrats said it's not about politics, or even about Mr. Bolton anymore. They said their filibuster is an attempt to protect the institution of the Senate against a strong and overreaching administration.

Republicans said the requests for information are just a delay tactic. The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee have seen redacted versions of the intercepts, and concluded nothing could be learned from allowing Mr. Biden to see censored versions. Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican and the committee chairman, went further, saying that releasing the intercepts to anyone else would set a bad precedent for compromising some of the most sensitive intelligence....

After the vote, Democrats made it clear that, while they may eventually have an up-or-down vote on Mr. Bolton, they don't want him to succeed. "Send us someone else," Mrs. Boxer said..."

Friday, May 27, 2005


YIKES!! THIS IS GEORGE ORWELL TO THE HUNDREDTH POWER.... Are we now headed for designer children and clones of ourselves? Does "Forced Evolution by Design" sound more like it? So, who gave these mad experimenters using human DNA a license to play God?

MARK R. LEVIN ON HOW THE "SELLOUT SEVEN" REPUBLICANS LED BY JOHN MCCAIN "SABOTAGED THEIR 48 SENATE COLLEAGUES, SENATOR BILL FRIST, & THE PRESIDENT

Here we have another *****Five Star, must read article by Mark R. Levin, author of "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America." An expert on Constitutional law, Levin shows us here how the "Sellout Seven," led by "Republican" Senator John McCain "sabotaged their 48 Senate colleagues, the Senate leadership and the President.... and what is at stake as a result of their renegade obstruction and rejection of the will of the American people.

Read more in excerpts below and here:
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"Call Them the Sellout Seven"

"On the eve of the day when the unconstitutional filibustering of judicial nominees was going to be voted down by the Republican majority in the Senate—returning the body to the majoritarian rule on judicial nominations that had stood for more than 214 years—seven so-called “moderate” Republicans sabotaged their 48 Senate colleagues, the Senate leadership and the President....

John McCain of Arizona, their leader, has built his career on undermining his party, as have the Maine twins Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee. For this, they’ve received fawning media attention and false praise as “reformers.”

To many, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is so thrilled just to stand in his hero McCain’s shadow, he would follow him off a cliff, which he may well have done. John Warner of Virginia, one-time husband of Elizabeth Taylor and one of Middleburg’s finest horsemen, has never been a trustworthy conservative, having helped derail the Senate candidacy of Oliver North several years ago. And Mike DeWine, formerly a reliable conservative congressman, has obviously concluded that his political fortunes depend on how well he imitates skittish fellow Ohioan George Voinovich, who is more upset about patriotic John Bolton’s becoming our ambassador to the UN than worried about the America-hating members who run the place. These are the “statesmen” who snatched defeat from victory....

What is at stake here is monumental: the future of the federal judiciary. The November election saw a record number of people voting. The President and many Republican senatorial candidates ran on an agenda that included the appointment of originalists—that is, judges who will follow and interpret the Constitution—to our courts. The electorate returned George W. Bush to the presidency and increased the Republican majority in the Senate....

But the Senate Democrats, even fewer in number since November, have refused to accept the returns and insist on rejecting the will of the people...."

THE PRICE AMERICANS PAY FOR JOHN MCCAIN'S HELPING DEMOCRATS DRIVE AMERICA LEFT

The article excerpted below is a *****Five Star, must read piece that shows how John McCain and Co.'s back door agreement shafted the Senate Republicans and all of red state America who voted to return George W. Bush to the White House to follow through on his promise to appoint strict Constitutionalists to the federal courts. And now McCain's defective back-door deal has already been violated by the Senate Democrats he helped to pull the rug out from under restoring a constitutional advice and consent process for all Executive Branch nominees.

Great going, McCain. We now know you can be counted on for back-stabbing your own party, President Bush and the American voters. If you're going to be a Democrat, you might as well own up to it and be one. Hopefully, the voters of Arizona will give you the "Tom Daschle" hoof.

Read more about how John McCain helps the Democrats below and here.
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"McCain Helps Democrats Drive America Left"

The agreement Sen. John McCain and six other Republicans brokered last week perpetuating the power of 41 Senate Democrats to veto Republican judicial nominees was a one-sided deal, preserving a one-party vehicle Democrats will use to keep driving America on what they hope is a one-way trip to the left. It was a one-sided deal because Senate Democrats retain the key power they need to control the direction of the courts while Senate Republicans retain their key deficiency: Democrats can still stop a Republican judicial nominee with 41 votes. Republicans still cannot confirm one with 59....

As I mentioned last week, McCain argued on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that Republicans should retain the judicial filibuster because they might want to use it themselves. “I say to my conservative friends, some day there will be a liberal Democrat President and a liberal Democrat Congress,” said McCain. “. . . And do we want a bunch of liberal judges approved by the Senate of the United States with 51 votes if the Democrats are in the majority?”
But that “some day” already happened....

In the early 1990s, we had a liberal Democratic President and a liberal Democratic Senate. When President Bill Clinton nominated former ACLU lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Ted Kennedy aide Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court, both won the eager support of most Senate Republicans. McCain voted for both.... Both went on to predictable careers as liberal activists on the court, voting even to declare partial-birth abortion a constitutional right. This brings us to America’s court-driven journey leftward that McCain & Co.’s deal would help the Democrats make into a one-way trip....

In recent decades, un-elected judges have usurped the role of elected legislatures in deciding questions that go to the core of American life.... On all of these questions, un-elected judges have been driving America left. By electing and re-electing President Bush, who promised to put constitutionalists on the courts, and by electing a 55-member Republican Senate majority, voters have tried to drive America back to the right.

But thanks to McCain & Co., liberal Democrats still have a grip on the steering wheel...."

WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE A PREZ WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR.... AND NONE OF IT OFF-COLOR

A little levity for a Friday that begins the Memorial Day weekend.... Funny, isn't it, that the so-called "dummy," whom the Democrats and mainstream media Bad News Boyz love to hate and ridicule, has turned out to be smarter than they can handle and realizes more successes than they can hide---no matter how much false propaganda sh!t they throw into the fan? I love it!

Can't you just see the look on a reporter's face when, in a White House press conference, President Bush calls on him or her.... even when they don't have their hand up? And then be asked: "If you don't raise your hand, does that mean you don't have a question?" Good shot, Mr. Prez. Believe I would have a little list of fleshed out questions in my hot little hand, so as not to be sitting there in a red-faced, caught-off-guard Oops! posture. It's only fair that Bush should get in a lick every now and again. Right?

The whole article here is good, but the funniest part, with some of Bush's witticisms, is below:
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"What Bush is saying when he's talking"

"President Bush, who held just 14 formal, solo news conferences between his 2001 inauguration and the 2004 election, has faced reporters' questions every month since his re-election last November. The news conferences have usually come at the end of the month, and if that pattern holds, he's due for one.

White House reporter Judy Keen has covered Bush since 1997 and has watched him spar with journalists at scores of news events. Keen combined her eight years of close observation with insights from former White House spokesmen.

Leave them laughing: Aiming to disarm reporters, he tries teasing humor

• Surprising a reporter by calling on him: "If you don't raise your hand, does that mean you don't have a question?"
• After he referred to a reporter's daughter when, in fact, the child is a boy: "Excuse me. I should have done the background check."
• Teasing a TV reporter: "He's a sensitive guy. Well-centered, though."
• Bidding farewell to reporters as he prepares to go to his Texas ranch for a holiday: "I look forward to not seeing you down there." "That's all folks... "

To connect with viewers, he tries folksy remarks:
• "In this job, you've got a lot on your plate. ... You don't have much time to sit around and wander, lonely, in the Oval Office, kind of asking different portraits, 'How do you think my standing (in history) will be?' "
• "I readily concede I'm out of my lane (discussing complex Medicare issues). I'm not pretending to be an actuary."
• "The Crawford Pirates are the (Texas) state 2A, Division II champs, and we look forward, don't we, to wave the championship banner above the Crawford High School."
• "The Oval Office is the kind of place where people ... walk in and get overwhelmed in the atmosphere, and they say, 'Man, you're looking pretty....' "

TWO-FACED WASHINGTON POST RANTS ON ABOUT KORAN ABUSE WHILE BACKING ALL ATTEMPTS TO EXCORIATE & REMOVE BIBLES & ALL THINGS CHRISTIAN FROM PUBLIC SQUARE

The Washington Post is engaging in gratuitous and hypocritical hammering of the idea that the U.S. military routinely engage in desecrating the Musim holy book, the Koran. However, they take no such offense at desecrations of the American flag or the religious books of other faiths---particularly the Bible---and trashing of all things Christian. They give positive coverage of the A.C.L.U.'s and other anti-religious organizations' crusades to remove all things Christian from the public square.

The Washington Post and their fellow mainstream media Bad News Boyz are determined to keep the so-called Koran "abuse" accusations alive and running, front and center, in their biased anti-Irac War, anti-U.S. and troops, and anti-Christian coverage. They are continuing the incitement and sedition started by Newsweek's false article about Koran "abuse" that they have now had to apologize for and retract---while talking out of the other side of their face to the Arab world, saying that they remain "neutral" on whether that "abuse" occurred or not.

The mainstream media Bad News Boyz are determined to continue their anti-American drumroll to prevent democracy from taking hold in the Middle East. They would prefer to see millions of Middle East people forced to continue in subjugation and consignment to live under the heavy boot of despotism, tyranny and genocide than see President George W. Bush, whom they could not defeat at the polls, get any credit for his bringing freedom and democracy to over 50M people in Afghanistan and Iraq and gaining the strong support and help of Pakistan and some other Middle Eastern countries in combatting terrorism.

You never see anything positive from the yellow journalism media about the successes in those Middle East areas or of the successes to which Bush has contributed U.S. support in the former breakaway countries of the former U.S.S.R., such as Ukraine, Romania and now Georgia. And you seldom, if ever, see them giving any credit to American troops who have fought and died to free millions and rebuild their countries and infrastructure.

With yellow and subversive hard-left MSM journalism and groups like the A.C.L.U., Amnesty International and the I.R.C., whom they support, the United States does not need any enemies.

Read more about the WaPo's hypocrisy and subversion below and here:
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"Pentagon Confirms Koran Incidents: 'Mishandling' Cases Preceded Guidelines Established in 2003"

"Pentagon officials said yesterday that investigators have identified five incidents of military guards and an interrogator "mishandling" the Koran at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but characterized the episodes as minor and said most occurred before specific rules on the treatment of Muslim holy items were issued.

Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said investigators have looked into 13 specific allegations of Koran desecration at the prison dating to early 2002 and have determined eight of them to be unfounded, lacking credibility or the result of accidental touching of the holy book. Of the five cases of mishandling, three were "very likely" deliberate and two were "very likely accidental," he said. But Hood declined to provide details, citing an ongoing investigation.

"I want to assure you that we are committed to respecting the cultural dignity of the Koran and the detainees' practice of faith," Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood said. (By Jonathan Ernst -- Reuters)

FBI Records From ACLU
Records summarizing interviews with detainees were released by the government to the ACLU on May 19 and made public on Wednesday.

Hood's comments marked the first time the Pentagon has confirmed mistreatment of the Muslim book at Guantanamo Bay. Captives and some military personnel there have made claims of Koran desecration, but in a statement last week, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence T. Di Rita said the Defense Department had received no credible claims of such abuse. Nevertheless, he said, officials were reviewing the allegations.

Hood took pains to deny a now-retracted report in Newsweek magazine's May 9 issue that said officials had confirmed a detainee's claim that a guard had flushed a Koran down a toilet. The White House, the Pentagon and others have linked that report to riots overseas that left 16 people dead.

The news conference came a day after the American Civil Liberties Union released summaries of memos from FBI agents at Guantanamo Bay that reported detainee allegations of Koran desecration. Hood played down the mistreatment as a vestige of Guantanamo Bay's early days and said it occurred without any systemic frequency.

He said most of the 13 cases involved accidental or inadvertent touching of the Koran by guards and interrogators -- such as someone bumping into the holy book, or one case in which an interrogator stacked two Korans on a television set...."

THE TERRORIST TERROR MASTER WHO STAYS UNDER THE RADAR

This information should serve as notice to all free nations that Iran is the supreme epicenter of terrorism and should never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons capabilities. And they have the supreme covert terrorist master, Imad Mugniyah, at their service---worldwide.

So, who's been asleep at the helm of state for the past three decades while this ominous terror network has been allowed to perfect their terror system and spread it to the western hemisphere? And who's sleeping now, while deluding themselves into thinking that democracy can take hold in Iraq and Lebanon while the malignant Hezbollah continues at work under the direction of Imad Mugniyah, and while the Iranian terrorist-Mullahs pull the strings, provide the arms and money, and rapidly develop into a nuclear power?

Below are some excerpts of the comprehensive article that can be read in its entirety here:
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“Tehran’s Terror Master”

"With Hezbollah currently flexing its muscle as a political force inside Lebanon, it would behoove Americans to remember that the leadership of this so-called “political” organization remains in the hands of dangerous extremists who think nothing of slaughtering hundreds of people at the behest of their masters in Tehran. Mugniyah’s very existence casts doubt on the idea that Hezbollah could ever be an honest participant in a future Lebanese democracy....

While the face of Bin Laden has been prominently featured in every world publication of note and is almost instantly recognizable, the real face of Imad Mugniyah is elusive…. This lack of information stems from the designs of Mugniyah himself, who has methodically erased all records of his existence, including his high school transcripts….

In 1982, an Israeli military offensive expelled most of the PLO infrastructure from Lebanon. Mugniyah chose to stay, serving as a bodyguard to Sayyid Muhammad Fadlallah, the spiritual head of Hezbollah and a key ally of Iran. Then, together with fellow terrorist Hassan Nasrallah, Mugniyah formed the group Islamic Jihad, which served as a convenient cover for the greater Hezbollah organization. That close personal relationship would continue to the present day, as Nasrallah is the current secretary general of Hezbollah….

The first shot fired in Mugniyah’s war against the West was fired on April 18th, 1983, in Beirut. On that day, a van packed with 2,000 pounds of explosives slammed into the front of the U.S. embassy and exploded with such tremendous force that the front of the building collapsed. The attack killed 63 people, including most of the CIA’s Middle East leadership. Within hours of the attack, Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility....

With the abandonment of Lebanon by the international community, Islamic Jihad had carried out a virtual terrorist coup d’etat. Over the next ten years, Mugniyah and Hezbollah went on a rampage, taking dozens of Westerners hostage and murdering several others. Major operations included the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985, where Mugniyah’s men shot a US Navy diver in the head and threw his body on the tarmac of Beirut International Airport…. Shortly thereafter, the dead body of Colonel Higgins was dumped on the side of the road in front of the US embassy in Beirut.

While Imad Mugniyah’s attacks had concentrated on foreigners, his campaign of terror had stayed geographically constrained to Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East…. The twin bombings in Argentina highlighted Mugniyah’s campaign to develop an infrastructure within South America. In 1994, the Hezbollah leader personally visited the “Triple Frontiers”, an area forming the border nexus of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil that has historically sheltered smugglers and criminals. As many as 30,000 Arab Muslims, who celebrate the anniversary of September 11th, inhabit the small region. Nearby, Hezbollah holds weekend training camps, indoctrinating Arab youth in the extremist literature of the Ayatollah Khomeini…. Mugniyah personally operates a powerful network of operatives inside the region, who help facilitate Hezbollah’s drug smuggling operations throughout South America.

In addition, the bombing of Jewish targets inside Argentina were almost certainly connected to the Hezbollah presence in the Triple Frontiers. Telephone records show increased call traffic from Iranian officials to the frontiers region around the time of the bombing.

Mugniyah has also sought to extend Hezbollah’s reach to North America. In 2000, federal authorities arrested 18 men in North Carolina for smuggling cigarettes and other financial crimes. The FBI later revealed that the smuggling ring, led by Lebanese immigrant Mohamad Hammoud, had made 7.9 million dollars, profit which was then sent to Hezbollah. Through a series of associates, Hammoud worked for a man named Mohamad Dbouk, a senior Hezbollah asset who helped run Hezbollah’s extensive criminal operations in Canada. Testifying before the U.S. Senate, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Conrad confirmed that Mugniyah directly oversees the Canadian operations and, by extension, the American division….

In addition, a recent report in the Washington Times suggested Hezbollah currently runs active cells in at least 10 U.S. cities….

In 1998, American authorities captured former Green Beret advisor Ali A. Mohamed for his role in the twin terror attacks against U.S. embassies in Africa. Having been a relatively close associate of Bin Laden himself, Mohamed proved to be a treasure trove of information for American investigators. One of his statements, however, proved particularly troubling. In testimony delivered during his court case, Mohamed admitted that in 1994, he had arranged security for a momentous meeting in Sudan. There, Osama Bin Laden met Imad Mugniyah. He also stated that Hezbollah provided training for Al-Qaeda operatives in exchange for weapons and explosives. Indeed, this testimony corresponded with statements made by other Al-Qaeda officials, who told American investigators that the two had met several times in the mid 1990s, where they had discussed a greater degree of cooperation….

The influence of Imad Mugniyah with regards to the Al-Qaeda network has continued, and has strengthened as of late. It appears that at least part of the formal leadership of Al-Qaeda has shifted to Iran, where they stay in close contact with the group’s disparate assets…. Men such as Saad Bin Laden and Saif al-Adel continue to plan attacks from Iranian territory, such as the massive Casablanca bombings in 2003. Other Al-Qaeda leaders and fighters have escaped through Iran following the war in Afghanistan. Hamid Zakiri, a former member of the Iranian terrorist coordination command, stated that Mugniyah was the liaison officer to Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and various other international terrorist groups. In addition to this relationship, Mugniyah personally oversaw the escape of dozens of Al-Qaeda figures to Iran, including one of Bin Laden’s wives….

“The Master Terrorist”
“He is the most dangerous terrorist we've ever faced. He's a--he's a pathological murderer. Mugniyah is probably the most intelligent, most capable operative we've ever run across, including the KGB or anybody else…. He doesn't just recruit people. He is the master terrorist, the grail, we are after since 1983.” No small praise coming from Robert Baer, a 20 year veteran of the CIA’s clandestine services who once constructed a plan to kill Mugniyah in Lebanon.

Imad Mugniyah, unrecognizable and relatively unknown, poses a serious asymmetrical threat to the United States and its allies. He has successfully avoided numerous American and Israeli attempts to capture or kill him. He has access to the massive amount of funding, estimated at 100 million dollars, that Iran annually provides Hezbollah annually. The secrecy surrounding Mugniyah allows him to travel relatively freely, especially in friendly nations such as Iran and Syria.

His role in Hezbollah should chasten the Bush administration’s hopes that Hezbollah could eventually transform itself into a purely political organization. With terrorists such as Imad Mugniyah in charge, the idea that Hezbollah could accept a democratic Middle East is dubious to say the least…. Instead of awaiting reform that will never come, the American government, with the help of our allies in the region, should seek to isolate this dangerous and inherently anti-democratic terrorist organization...."