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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Anybody got a net big enough for this moonbat....?


Vacaville moonbat Cindy Sheehan defames the memory of her patriotic son who gave his life in service to his country that she hates....

What hate-based extremism will she resort to next.... burning the American flag that draped his casket?

A truly grieving mother does not belittle the cause her son believed in deeply and gave his life for---simply to grab her 15 minutes of fame as a wannabe "Hanoi Jane" Fonda and as an aider and abettor of the terrorists who were the proximate cause of his death.

In her hatred, selfishness and sedition, she is putting other people's sons and daughters who are serving in the military at greater risk.... and she is putting the Iraqi people at greater risk.... things she does not have a right to do.

Hate-mongering anti-war moonbat from hell, Cindy Sheehan, uses son's death as soapbox upon which to threaten, make demands of the President

Drudgereport has a developing news flash this morning, "BUSH PROTESTING MOM CALLS FOR 'ISRAEL OUT OF PALESTINE'; VOWS NOT TO PAY TAXES," that clearly evidences that someone needs to throw a net over this unhinged moonbat---who evokes visions of Michael Moore in drag---and cart her off of the Texas landscape where she is encamped in a ditch by the side of a road near President Bush's ranch.

I realize everybody has a right to be as stupid as they want to be.... but there's no cause great enough to warrant being this abusive of the privilege. From what I've seen of her and heard her say, a 30-day mental observation would be in order.

More below and at the above link. Comments in brackets by yours truly.

Update: Here is a related article that includes the following:

"Even as Sheehan's comments have grown increasingly bizarre over the last week, she has picked up the support of Democratic Party movers and shakers.
In a conference call organized by Joe Trippi and Bob Fertik, Sheehan blasted the U.S. government, saying that without the Internet, "we would already be a fascist state," according to National Review Online."


That's about as anti-American and anti-democracy as it gets.... No wonder Sheehan is fighting against democracy in Iraq. Being a fascist herself, she must think Saddam Hussein is an all-time nice guy.

It's beginning to look as if she is as mad at her son as she is at President Bush---for liberating Iraq from fascism. Perhaps that is why she is defaming his memory and de-legitimizing what he died for....
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"Anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq, is calling for Bush's "impeachment," and for Israel to get out of Palestine! "You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism," Sheehan declares.

Sheehan, who is asking for [demanding] a second meeting with President Bush, says defiantly: "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny...you give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me (for back taxes) and we'll put this war on trial."

"And now I'm going to use another 'I' word - impeachment - because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail." The 48-year-old California mom remains tented up in a ditch along the one-lane road that leads to Bush's Texas ranch...."

Iran's new president nominated an anti-reform, anti-free press Cabinet that has hard-liners in all key ministries.... in a move toward confrontation

More indications of a total hard-line crackdown in Iran---at the same time axis of evil Iran is actively involved in promoting, training, funding and supplying terrorism in Iraq and other parts of the world. And they have allied themselves with terrorist Syria in this endeavor.

This is another reason the United States must stay the course in Iraq until the new democracy there is on solid footing and Iraqi troops and police services can independently protect and defend their country and their newly-won freedoms.

Read more about the new hard-line pro-terrorism government in Iran and the increased danger of a nuclear armed terrorist Iran, below and here.
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"Hard-Line Cabinet Moving Iran Toward Confrontation"

"TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's new president nominated a Cabinet on Sunday that has hard-liners in all key ministries and is likely to lead to more confrontation in the country's dispute with the Washington and Europe over its nuclear program. Not one of the 21 ministers that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nominated is known to be pro-democratic reform in Iran.

The nominees, who have to be approved by parliament, are widely seen as followers of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a noted conservative who has the final say on all state matters.

The proposed foreign minister is Manouchehr Mottaki, a conservative lawmaker who has criticized Iran's nuclear negotiations with the Europeans, saying the country should adopt a tougher position and make no concessions.

Several other proposed ministers are either members of the Revolutionary Guards, or have a history of cooperating with the Guards and security agencies, which take hard-line positions on Iran's nuclear program.

If new Cabinet is confirmed, it is expected to adopt more aggressive positions with the Europeans, who have been trying to persuade Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment program to avoid being taken to the U.N. Security Council by the United States. Washington alleges that Iran has a secret plan to build nuclear bombs - a charge Tehran denies....

"All those who worked against Khatami's reformist agenda have now been nominated to sit in the government," the reformist writer Ali Reza Rajaei said. "Most of them are either former military commanders or people in close touch with security agencies...."

"The list means Iran will behave more secretly in its dealings, both with the nation and the international community," he said, adding it would also put greater emphasis on security. There are no women in the nominated Cabinet....

Ahmadinejad has promised to purge the hierarchy in Iran's oil administration. Outgoing Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh was at odds with some of the hard-liners who backed the new president in his election campaign...."

U.S. troops raided suspected terrorist chemical weapons factory in Mosul, Iraq.... 1,500 gallons of 11 different chemicals found....

This is still and yet another reason for U.S. troops to stay in Iraq until their job is thoroughly completed there and the rule of law is effectively enforced throughout the country.

News of these on-going threats to the security and lives of U.S., Allied and Iraqi troops, Iraqi police forces and the civilian population in Iraq is the kind of information the American public has needed to made aware of all along---instead of the biased mainstream media's and the rest of the anti-war left's incessant assault on the Bush Administration and the U.S. military.

The terrorists have been aided by the anti-war hard-left's drum-rolling screed of propaganda to bring about the Vietnamization of the Iraq War and have our brave and successful troops pulled out before they have finished bringing freedom, democracy and security to the Iraqi people.

Peace in the world depends on winning this War Against Terror. And winning in Iraq is a prerequisite to winning peace in the entire Middle East and many other parts of the world.

More info on the chemical weapons capture, below and here.
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Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq

"U.S. troops raided a suspected insurgent chemical weapons factory in northern Iraq, finding about 1,500 gallons of dangerous substances, the U.S. military said Saturday.Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, a military spokesman, said 11 chemicals were found in the hideout in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, "which are dangerous by themselves, and mixed together they would become even more dangerous."

"Our feeling at this point is that had this stuff been mixed and used, it could have been very easily used against Iraqi and coalition forces," Boylan said. The military cautioned in a statement, however, that ongoing testing at the facility was "insufficient to determine what the insurgents had been producing" and that further tests were required.

U.S. troops, acting on a tip from detainees under interrogation, raided the building Tuesday, the statement said. The military did not say if anyone was detained in the raid and said it was investigating which insurgent group was operating the facility....

U.S. arms investigators have said there was evidence that Iraqi resistance groups had tried to manufacture chemical weapons. The information was disclosed in the final report of Charles A. Duelfer's Iraq Survey Group....

In an annex to the Duelfer report, the joint CIA-Pentagon teams told of having broken up an insurgent group in June 2004 that for six months tried to make weapons agents.... The Duelfer account also said various sources reported insurgents were trying to produce chemical weapons elsewhere in Iraq.

In November, U.S. and Iraqi forces that overran Fallujah reported finding an insurgent lab which included the poisonous industrial compound hydrogen cyanide and a book of instructions for making potential chemical weapons.

Weeks earlier, Jordanian authorities said they had foiled planned chemical attacks by suicide bombers on Jordanian government targets. They said the plot was conceived by Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of the al-Qaida wing in Iraq...."

Task Force Freedom raid on August 9th yields possible chemical weapons production facility in northern Iraq....

Press Release from American Forces Press Service

"WASHINGTON - Acting on detainee-provided tips, coalition forces found what's believed to be an insurgent chemical production facility and chemical storage locations during Aug. 9 raids in northern Iraq, officials in Iraq reported today.

The early morning raids, conducted by Task Force Freedom, uncovered what technical experts believe to be a "clandestine chemical production facility" and possibly related storage sites.

Military officials are careful to state that ongoing analysis of the chemical evidence collected from the sites is currently insufficient to determine what the insurgents had been producing.
"We are continuing to investigate the production and storage facilities to determine what type and quantities of chemicals were produced at the facility and the specific threat posed to our forces," said Col. Henry Franke, Multinational Corps' nuclear, biological and chemical defense officer.

"We don't want to speculate on any possibilities until our analysis is complete," he added.
But military officials believe they've disrupted a potentially serious threat to coalition forces and the Iraqi people.

Intelligence experts are conducting related investigations to determine which terrorist or insurgent group is responsible for the construction and operation of the secret facility."

(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2005/20050813_2415.html.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Hard-left liberal Air America, the left's answer to conservative talk-radio.... got their startup money by taking it from children and the elderly....


This Air America scandal has not gone away and Air America has not returned the almost $1M of startup money for the left-talk radio network that was unlawfully obtained from federal grant money designated only for charity to children and Altzheimers patients [the elderly].

So, where's the money? Who was involved in the taking and spending of it? What is the status of the investigation? And when is the mainstream media going to stop censoring news and hiding the facts about Air Ameriscam....?

Why are the liberal left mainstream media silent on this fraud in the funding of Air America.... and why are they trying to bury this huge story....?

The American taxpaying public has a right to know what happened to that grant money paid for by their taxes.... and they have a right to uncensored, unfiltered news about it.
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Added note: The New York Times finally printed an article on this topic but gave very little information about Air America's role in the scandal---and they published it under the obscure title, "Bronx Boys Club's Finances Investigated," [Published: August 12, 2005 with
Correction Appended] and began with:

"The state attorney general's office and the city's Department of Investigation are looking into whether a boys and girls club serving poor children and ailing elderly people in the Bronx had improper financial dealings, including loans to the Air America radio network, state and city officials said yesterday...."

The Times is characterizing the story by referring to $875K in "improper loans made by the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club...." as if the "loans" were made in a vacuum. The loans were obviously made in collusion with Air America to provide the funding for their startup as a left-talk radio network.

The New York Times would have us believe that Air America was just sitting there waiting for the bus and Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club stole the money, rode by and loaned it to them. And they were hoping nobody would read their article at all.... that's why they gave it such an obscure title. They wanted to obscure any mention of Air America so readers would go away thinking Air America was simply an innocent bystander at the bus stop.

Nothing new there.... and nothing approaching new in The Times' article....

Why are the liberal elite mainstream media desperately hiding news of the Air America scandal from the American taxpaying public....??


Why are the liberal elite mainstream media AWOL on the Air America scandal about the stolen public grant money that funded the startup of Air America? This is a huge fraud and the MSM are dead silent about it.... are suppressing news of it...

Why are the MSM burying this news story....? Are they now no more than a censorship filter for the hard-left....? It's beginning to look that way....

What are they afraid of.... and trying so desperately to hide??

Long-time suppressors of negative news about Hillary Clinton, hard-left allied mainstream media does Hillary's dirty work against Jeanine Pirro....

No surprise, here.... Throughout the 1992 presidential campaign, eight years in the White House, and over 4 years since, the liberal left mainstream media have protected both Bill and Hillary Clinton against negative coverage of all their scandals and scandalous behavior.

However, they now pull out all the stops---scrounging for dirt on New York's Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, from the minute she got her announcement that she would run for the U.S. Senate against Hillary Clinton out of her mouth. And they wasted no time getting that old news to press---presented as, of all things, news....

In the article excerpted below, you can read a partial list of protections the MSM have provided for Hillary Clinton since she became a U.S. Senator. Just as they are censoring and hiding news of the Air America fraud scandal, they are still carrying Iron Matron Hillary's water for her.

Just a few weeks ago, The New York Times literally changed a statement Hillary Clinton had made that she is "against illegal aliens," printing it in an article about her speech, in which she said those exact words, as: "I'm against illegal alien immigration." The Times literally changed the meaning of Clinton's statement, to turn it from a negative to a positive.

You can read the entire article about the political protection racket being run by the MSM for Hillary Clinton here.
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"Media Doing Hillary's Dirty Work"

"Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro's spokesman Mike McKeon was right on target Friday when he blamed Hillary Clinton's "attacks dogs and their surrogates" for digging up a four-year-old campaign contribution from a Connecticut company with alleged mob ties.

On Saturday, the New York Daily News, which gave the story major coverage, vigorously denied any Clinton connection, insisting, "The News obtained the information from campaign and court records and had no contact with Clinton or any of her aides in drafting the story."

The truth is, the News - along with the rest of its mainstream brethren - doesn't need to get its marching orders direct from Hillary's attack machine. New York's lockstep liberal media will be only too happy to do Mrs. Clinton's dirty work for her.

The evidence?

Pirro's Senate campaign is less than a week old - and already the press has bombarded its readers with coverage of her husband's tax fraud conviction and out-of-wedlock child, with a Lexis Nexis search turning up 34 reports mentioning both of Mr. Pirro's transgressions in the same story.

Compare that to the coverage of Hillary Clinton. In all of last year - while the press has been rife with speculation that the former first lady intends to seek the White House - a Lexis Nexis search for stories on Mr. Clinton's "impeachment" that also mentioned the "sexual assault" allegations that surfaced at the time came up empty.

Reporters have pronounced Mrs. Clinton "scandal free" since leaving the White House, but that's demonstrably untrue. In fact, while her press coverage has been "scandal free" - the scandals themselves have continued unabated.

Here's a few highlights from Hillary's Senate career that have been ignored by the same reporters currently digging up dirt on Jeanine Pirro:

• Viagra for sex offenders: Just three months ago the media was filled with reports that 200 sex offenders in New York State alone were receiving free Viagra on Medicaid - courtesy of a federal mandate enacted by the Clinton adminsitration.

The media expended barrels of ink covering the scandal, but never mentioned where the idea for the Viagra giveaway came from. When Sen. Clinton condemned the program herself, not a single reporter dared point out that it originated under her co-presidency.

• Meetings with 9/11 Families: According to liberal media mogul and one-time Clinton defender Steve Brill, Hillary Clinton personally lied to him about meeting with dozens of 9/11 victim families. In a 2003 radio interview, Brill said Mrs. Clinton had her office supply him with documentation to prove the meetings took place.

After checking with the families themselves, however, "None of it turned out to be true," Brill said. "They gave me documents and phone calls and things like that which just plain never happened." Media coverage of Hillary's outrageous 9/11 lie? A single mention on the New York Post's gossip page.

• Hillary Forced to Apologize to Police: Next May will mark the sixth anniversary of the only instance in U.S. history where a sitting first lady was compelled to issue a written apology to an entire police department.... Not a single mainstream outlet covered it.

Mrs. Clinton was on the hotseat after an American-flag carrying honor guard of Albany police was spit upon at her May 2000 Senate nominating convention. Afterwards her then-opponent, New York City Mayor Rudy Giluliani, complained that Clinton's supporters were guilty of assault. He called for an investigation.

After a smattering of reports.... news editors quickly deep-sixed the story. But police union officials in Albany continued to complain. After nine embarrassing days of stonewalling, Hillary decided to apologize to Albany Police Chief John Neilsen.... Press coverage of Hillary's historic police apology? Zilch [except for NewsMax.] Imagine Mrs. Pirro getting a pass after acknowledging responsibility for supporters who spit on cops.

• Bashing Bush in the Arab Press: The unwritten rule of American politics used to be that foreign policy differences ended at the water's edge. But in May 2004, Hillary Clinton buried that venerable tradition.... when she gave an interview to an Arab press outlet charging that President Bush's incompetent prosecution of the Iraq war was endangering both U.S. soldiers and innocent Iraqis:

Here's how the Iranian newspaper Mehr covered her comments:
"Referring to the Bush Administration policies as arrogant and insolent, the wife of the former U.S. president further added that Bush is not willing to admit his mistakes in Iraq, the grave mistakes that have endangered the lives of both the Iraqi people and the U.S. servicemen alike." [ Bush's mistakes, she added, "have also threatened peace and stability in the region."

Clinton's outburst was ballyhooed by news outlets from Islamabad to Cairo. But the American press decided it wasn't newsworthy that the remarks of a future presidential candidate, criticizing the commander-in-chief at a time of war, were being heralded in enemy capitals. They reported not a word.

• Goon Squads: Longtime Clinton advance man Patrick Halley recently revealed that he had an unorthodox way of handling protesters who turned up at Hillary's events: He hired "goon squads" to intimidate and harass hecklers - and beat them up, if necessary.

"Less genteel souls sometimes referred to them as goon squads," wrote Halley.... he admitted the enforcers "could certainly be intimidating if the occasion called for it...." Press interest in the fact that a sitting first lady relied upon "goon squads" to keep a lid on her critics? Absolutely zero - beyond a single mention on the New York Post's gossip page....

The challenge for Jeanine Pirro: Recognize that the mainstream media intends to conduct itself as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Clinton campaign - and call them on it. And Pirro shouldn't shy away from pointing out that the same reporters currently focusing on her personal life have spent the last six years covering-up Mrs. Clinton's dirty laundry...."

President George W. Bush's Radio Address.... Saturday, August 13, 2005

Below is the first paragraph of the President's weekly radio address. The full transcript of this week's address, mostly on the subject of national defense, the fight against terrorism and the progress in the establishment of a democratic constitution and government in Iraq, can be read here:

"Good morning. This week I met in Texas with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of my senior foreign and defense policy advisors. We discussed recent events in Iraq, including the political progress that is taking place in that country. Despite the acts of violence by the enemies of freedom, Iraq's elected leaders are now finishing work on a democratic constitution. Later this year, that constitution will be put before the Iraqi people for their approval...."

Great economic news.... about current historical high for American jobs....

Here is an article that brings us information about the successes of President Bush's economic program and tax cuts that have produced a vibrant and growing U.S. economy---with employment at an historical all-time high.

More welcome info below and here.
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"The Great American Jobs Machine: Employment is higher than at any time in history."

"We would like to take a moment to pause and marvel at the U.S. economy. Last week's Labor Department report of more than 200,000 new jobs in July, and two million over the past year, provides the latest bullish details. But the larger story of American job creation, and its causes, is even more impressive.

First, more Americans have jobs today than at any other time in history. Second, over the past two decades or so, the U.S. has created more than 40 million jobs--twice as many as Europe and Japan combined. And third, the U.S. has one of the lowest jobless rates of all developed nations...."

CONSERVATIVE GROUP WILL HOLD VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF TROOPS at High Noon today, in Crawford, TX & around the nation. Let's join them with our prayers....

Notice to all readers: This is an important vigil today at noon in support of our brave hard-working troops around the world, including all who are fighting the War Against Terror in the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War.

Let's all be sure to join in this vigil at noon today and offer our own prayers for the success and safety of all our troops, Allied troops, and all troops and citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq who are striving to attain freedom and democracy.

This is a perfect answer to the nihilism of the socialist anti-war Left now creating a political propagandizing circus in Crawford, Texas---as they dishonor our brave and honorable troops and those who have died while carrying out their patriotic duty in service to their country and the cause of freedom.

More information below and here.
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"In response to false information regarding the nation's attitude in regard to the war on terror, a vigil will be held at high-noon, Saturday, August 13, in Crawford, Texas. The event will begin at 12 noon, and will be a quiet and peaceful showing of support for our troops, their families and our President....

Where: The Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas

Who: TheConservativeVoice.com, Represented by Don Thompson

Why: "We are calling upon individuals to show our fighting forces we support them and their efforts. Now is the time to be supporting our troops and praying for them. Please take a minute to remember our men and women of the Armed Forces who fight for our freedoms."

"Our nation is under attack. I am thankful for the leadership we have in America. As a father of a small child my heart goes out to the grieving parents, spouses and children who have lost loved ones in war. Thank you.

The sad reality of freedom is its cost. America won its freedom through war. To maintain freedom we must continue to suppress those who wish to destroy it. You don't chose to fight or go to war, however, you chose whether you win or lose. We have no choice but to win this war."

-- Nathan Tabor, TheConservativeVoice.com"

Socialist anti-war left propagandists camped out in Crawford, TX with Cindy Sheehan face opposition from locals & military families....

As anti-war left propagandists who are camped near the Bush ranch in Crawford, TX are being met with increasing opposition from many patriotic American military families and Texans who don't appreciate their hate-speech campaign against President Bush, American troops and the War Against Terror---which the leftists want the United States to lose.

This hate-America and hate-George W. Bush crowd of left-wing socialists have exposed their true colors and are now finding that their political anti-war, anti-troops circus is not very popular among red state Americans, both in Texas and all over the country.

More information below and here.
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"CRAWFORD, Texas — From the window of his limousine, President Bush got a motorcade view of more than 100 anti-war protesters camped outside his ranch as he rode to a political fund-raiser Friday near his spread. Bush did not stop.

Law enforcement agencies used their cars to block two intersecting roads. Demonstrators have camped out all week but authorities have required them to stand behind yellow tape. They were not asked to leave their makeshift campsite....

It's unclear whether Bush, riding in a black Suburban with tinted windows, looked at the demonstrators as his caravan passed. He arrived before noon, local time, at a neighbor's ranch for a barbecue where he was expected to raise at least $2 million for the Republican National Committee....

Some 230 people attended the fund-raiser at Stan and Kathy Hickey's Broken Spoke Ranch, a 478-acre spread next to Bush's ranch. All have contributed at least $25,000 to the RNC, and many are "rangers," an honorary campaign title bestowed on those who raised $200,000 or more for Bush, or "pioneers," those who have raised $100,000 or more.

On Thursday, Bush had acknowleded that some families of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq want to bring the troops home now, but he said that would be a big mistake. "Pulling the troops out would send a terrible signal to the enemy," he said.

Speaking to reporters at his ranch, the president noted that the United States sent more soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan before elections and was considering doing so again before another round of Iraqi elections in December....

Bush said he would make any decision to remove troops based on recommendations by Casey, who gave a briefing by videolink during the president's ranch meeting with advisers. "My position has been clear, and therefore, the position of this government is clear," Bush said....

"I know it's hard for some Americans to see that progress," Bush said. "But we are making progress." As for bringing the troops home, the president said he had "heard the voices of those saying, `Pull out now."' "I've thought about their cry and their sincere desire to reduce the loss of life by pulling our troops out. I just strongly disagree," he said.

Bush spoke as Sheehan sat on the road outside his ranch with a growing group of war protesters.... Sheehan began her standoff on Saturday, declaring she would stay for the entire month that Bush plans to stay in Texas if he won't meet with her. Since then, dozens of other activists have joined her...., although the protesters began facing increased antagonism Thursday from locals and opposition from other military families....

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan," Bush said. "She feels strongly about her position. She has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America."

The White House put out an accounting of all the meetings that Bush has had with families of the war dead -- 900 relatives of 272 people who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheehan met the president in June 2004...."

Cindy Sheehan exploits the death of her patriotic son, through her service to the anti-war Left....

Cindy Sheehan is an embarassment to her country, her son's reputation and memory, and the rest of the Sheehan family who have totally and publicly rejected her un-American hard-left anti-war activism.

To have this seditious anti-war-Left extremist cabal in close proximity to the President's home in Crawford is a threat to his security and peaceful enjoyment of his home and it needs to be stopped immediately.

Hate-speech should not be confused with free speech. Cindy Sheehan and her moveon.org, Michael Moore, and Code Pink backers are hate-mongers of the worst kind, who are using this political circus to "frag" our Commander in Chief and American troops in battle in Iraq. They do this in Crawford because it gives them a high level of visibility.

Read more about these socialist Democrat hate-America seditionists below and here.
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"Exploiting the Dead"

"ANTIWAR EXTREMIST CINDY SHEEHAN HAS CAPTURED HEADLINES by camping out in front of President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. There, the 48-year-old founder of Gold Star Families for Peace claims she is hounding the president to end the Iraq War in the name of her beloved son, Casey, who died in Iraq, and in the name of grieving families everywhere.

The image of a grief-stricken mother traveling by caravan from California to Texas, then living in a tent, merely so she can have a brief meeting with the president has deep propaganda value for the antiwar Left. Thus, the New York Times noted longingly in its headline Thursday, “One Mother’s Loss Becomes a Problem for the President.”

However, none of the mainstream media accounts of this beatified mourner recognize her long history of extremist rhetoric, her close association with far-Left and anti-Semitic figures, or the way she has seemingly rewritten her own history when it suited her purposes.

Sheehan says if granted a (second) consultation with President George W. Bush, she wants to ask him, “Why did you kill my son?” Both the question and the blame are misplaced. Sheehan and the media have emphasized that Iraqis killed 24-year-old Casey Sheehan in Sadr City last April, just five days after his arrival in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan’s tale of motherly grief is gripping.

She told the leftist blog Buzzflash: Casey told me, “Mom, this is what we trained for. I’m ready. It’s my job. Because the sooner I get there, the sooner I’ll come home.” And he came home three weeks later in a flag-draped coffin.

However, the media have ignored two important facts. First, Casey initially signed up in May 2000 and voluntarily re-enlisted in the service in August 2003, knowing he would likely be called into active duty in Iraq. Secondly, as a mechanic in the 1st battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, Casey did not have to go into the battle that claimed his life. When some of his fellow soldiers encountered resistance, he and others in his unit chose to go into combat to save his friends. Cindy Sheehan herself recounted it this way:

[T]he sergeant said, “Sheehan, you don't have to go,” because my son was a mechanic. And Casey said, “Where my chief goes, I go.”

Where this young man went, tragically, was to an early grave. But his death was an act of patriotism and human compassion, one which should tinge her understandable maternal grief with deep pride.

Instead, Cindy Sheehan threw herself into shrill, anti-Bush and anti-American activism. Shortly after his death, she founded Gold Star Families for Peace, an “antiwar” group whose first stated purpose is “To bring an end to the occupation of Iraq.” She presently has a blogspot on MichaelMoore.com and spouts extremist rhetoric alongside many of the Hate America Left’s most potent bomb-throwers.

A Legacy of Leftist Anger....

According to San Francisco-based talk show host (and acquaintance of the Sheehan family) Melanie Morgan, Cindy Sheehan’s antiwar animus dates to well before her son’s death....

She has taken advantage of her status as an aggrieved mother to spread her poisonous brand of far-Left politics. Her natural target was the Iraq War...." However, she has branched out into denouncing the military and the United States itself....

According to FPM contributor Lee Kaplan, Sheehan likened convicted terrorist lawyer Lynne Stewart to literary hero Atticus Finch at a rally at San Francisco State University. Stewart passed on messages from convicted 1993 World Trade Center bomber Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to his terror cell in Egypt and often pledged her belief in the morality of anti-capitalist violence.

According to Kaplan’s account, Sheehan’s rhetoric that evening could as easily have been written by the “Blind Sheikh” himself; she, too, regarded America as the “Great Satan”:
America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for....

To deprive this evil empire of a sufficient military, Cindy endorsed the San Francisco citywide measure known as “College Not Combat,” which would encourage the city’s high schools to deny military recruiters access to their student directories, from which they seek military enlistments.

The fact that the cause she championed in the name of “the children” would be a violation of section 9528 of the “No Child Left Behind” Act, an infraction punishable by the revocation of federal education funds, did not cause her or her ideological comrades to bat an eye.

The “College Not Combat” coalition includes a host of socialist and anti-American organizations, including International ANSWER, Code Pink, the National Lawyers Guild, the International Socialist Organization, Socialist Organizer, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (which hails convicted cop-killers as “political prisoners”), and others. Such left-wing organizers often speak of the need to reduce the number of young people joining the armed forces, in order to frustrate “imperialist” U.S. foreign policy.

One such radical leftist is Medea Benjamin, the founder of Code Pink, Global Exchange, and the mastermind behind the violent anti-World Trade Center riots in Seattle. Benjamin enjoys a close working relationship with Cindy Sheehan as part of the professional antiwar fringe.

Medea, a longtime admirer of Fidel Castro, with the help of fellow Castroite Leslie Cagan, founded the International Occupation Watch. Established in the city of Baghdad during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Benjamin said its stated goal was to get as many U.S. troops as possible to declare themselves conscientious objectors and be sent home.

Through Code Pink, she even managed to take $600,000 of cash, medicine, and supplies to “the other side” in the Iraqi terrorist capital of Fallujah (possibly the whereabouts of Casey Sheehan's murderers). In an essay in Nation magazine, Benjamin spelled out a long-term strategy to deflate the U.S. military presence in Iraq and around the world....

Sheehan does not just lay the blame for her son’s death on evil America, though. She recently wrote: my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel....

Take the Left’s Bus to Crawford

.... After she began her multi-week camp out near the president’s ranch, legendary leftist agitator Ralph Nader dispatched a letter declaiming, “This rogue regime, led by two draft-dodgers and officially counseled by similar pro-war evaders during the Vietnam War, is not ‘our country.’”

Former Howard Dean presidential campaign strategist Joe Trippi made an appearance in the flesh. Trippi joined with Jodie Evans and the website Democrats.com to produce a web broadcast hailing Sheehan..... here.

Then came the callers. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, who described herself as a member of the “Out-of-Iraq Coalition,” called in for the broadcast. Rep. Schakowsky, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, gushed, “I’m just so proud of you…My heart is with you.” (Schakowsky, like Medea Benjamin, gushes over Fidel Castro, as well; Schakowsky has consistently tried to ease travel restrictions to the island gulag. For these and other “progressive” efforts, Schakowsky received an award from the Democratic Socialists of America.) ....

Perhaps this constellation of anti-American extremists explains her blog entry for Day 5: We had a little bit of trouble with locals today. We are beginning to feel a little unwelcome here.
Bush Far Too Amenable.

Despite the fact that Cindy Sheehan and an entourage of 50 rolled into town in a bus with the words “Impeachment Tour” emblazoned upon it – fresh from attending a Veterans for Peace convention, no less – the Bush administration has not given this odd woman an icy reception. National Security Adviser Steve Hadley and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Joe Hagin spoke with Sheehan for 45 minutes.

This high-level (and unwarranted) meeting has not satisfied Sheehan’s leftist friends.... And some 40 Congressional Democratic have signed a letter urging President Bush to meet Sheehan, as well....

As noted, Cindy Sheehan already met with Bush last June, two months after Casey’s death, along with a delegation of grieving military families. After that meeting, Sheehan initially said President Bush was caring, and the two spoke of their deep religious convictions. I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,” Cindy declared. “I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.” She says she and her husband thought about broaching their discontent with the war but held back out of respect for what they thought their late son would have wanted. She instead enjoyed the commiseration of the also-bereaved. She concluded by saying, That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together.”

Sheehan has begun telling another tale in recent days. During her podcast this week, Sheehan told Greg Szymanski, “Your account, that you wrote, is a true one.” In one of Szymanski’s two identical accounts, Cindy Sheehan claimed during their visit President Bush was “acting cocky and it was probably one of the worst experiences in my entire life.” He bounced around the room in a jovial manner. Szymanski quotes Sheehan as saying her 25-year-old daughter, Carley, “told me that after he made [a] remark, he gave her one of the filthiest looks she had ever had gotten in her life.” And, she says, Cindy was not alone; every other family felt this, as well. Cindy sums up: “Looking back, all I can say is that the meeting with Bush was one of the most disgusting experiences in my life.” (She also referred to President Bush as the “Führer” and called the War on Terrorism “blatant genocide.”)....

Despite the fact that she has apparently lied about one of their meetings already, and despite the fact that she willingly forfeited the right to raise the subject of politics with him, President Bush took a conciliatory tone in a press conference Thursday. In a move that was both compassionate and politically brilliant – a suspension this president has proven adept at mixing – he told the press:

"I sympathize with Mrs. Sheehan. She feels strongly about her position, and she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America. She has a right to her position, and I thought long and hard about her position. I've heard her position from others, which is: Get out of Iraq now. And it would be a mistake for the security of this country and the ability to lay the foundations for peace in the long run if we were to do so."

To do so, he rightly noted, “would send a terrible signal to the enemy.” President Bush noted the sympathy he feels for anyone who has lost a loved one in a war.... He has stated that he understands her political position, has given it due consideration (which should have been three seconds), and concluded it is not in the best interests of the country.

Thus, he can show the country he has no need to meet with this quite sympathetic character who is sleeping in a pup tent in the Texas summer heat for several weeks. It is a beautiful political maneuver – far more eloquent than Moonbats of Sheehan and Medea Benjamin’s ilk deserve....

The fact that Cindy Sheehan has used her son’s coffin as a political soapbox has not set well with many members of Sheehan’s extended family. In a backlash, patriotic members of Casey’s father’s family have distanced themselves and their late, heroic relative from Cindy’s anti-American ways. KSFO-AM radio talk show host and Move America Forward leader Melanie Morgan received the following e-mail from Cherie Quarterolo, the late Casey Sheehan's aunt and godmother, and is sent on behalf of Casey Sheehan’s family:

Hello again Melanie,

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks – Cherie
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In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

"The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

Sincerely, Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins
."

Thank goodness someone in the Sheehan family puts family, country, and dignity above political motivation. At last we see where Casey got the heroic sense of duty and patriotism that led him to lay down his life for his friends. R.I.P...."

President George W. Bush said "All options are on the table," in answer to questions of using force against Iran....

Faced with the known facts about Iran's supplying sophisticated IEDs and other war materials in support of terrorism inside Iraq---in collusion with Syria, which is doing the same---the United States cannot afford to allow Iran to continue this aggression without taking concrete action to stop it.

This is a no brainer, really. Iran and Syria are functioning as a panzer-type vise to facilitate terrorist attacks against Iraqis and U.S./Allied/Iraqi troops. And it has escalated since Syria was forced to pull ca. 20K Syrian troops out of Lebanon. It appears they now have been put to the service of terrorism in and against Iraq---and against the developing democracy in Iraq.

Iran's terrorism facilitation has also increased, since the Iran elections that resulted in a terrorist leader being elected President of Iran---a President who has been embraced by the terrorist theocrat leadership and who has now renewed the processing of uranium for Iran's renegade nuclear program.

The terrorist aggression against Iraq by Iran and Syria must be stopped---even if it takes more American troops and war support in Iraq and the greater Middle East---and even if it takes removing the terrorist regimes of both Syria and Iran. And all available resources must be used to accomplish this---before Iran has a chance to have complete nuclear warfare capability in place.

The free world cannot allow a nuclear terrorist state to exist. Period.

More below and here.
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"Bush raises option of using force against Iran"

"JERUSALEM - President Bush said on Israeli television he could consider using force as a last resort to press Iran to give up its nuclear programme. "All options are on the table," Bush, speaking at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, said in the interview broadcast on Saturday.

Asked if that included the use of force, Bush replied: "As I say, all options are on the table. The use of force is the last option for any president and you know, we've used force in the recent past to secure our country."

Iran angered the European Union and the United States by resuming uranium conversion at the Isfahan plant last Monday after rejecting an EU offer of political and economic incentives in return for giving up its nuclear programme....

Bush made clear he still hoped for a diplomatic solution, noting that EU powers Britain, Germany and France had taken the lead in dealing with Iran. Washington last week expressed a willingness to give negotiations on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program more time before getting tougher with the country.

"In all these instances we want diplomacy to work and so we're working feverishly on the diplomatic route and we'll see if we're successful or not," Bush told state-owned Israel Channel One television. Bush has also previously said that the United States has not ruled out the possibility of military strikes....

The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) unanimously called on Iran on Thursday to halt sensitive atomic work.... the next step would be on September 3 when IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei reports on Iran's activities.

If Iran continues to defy global demands, another IAEA meeting will likely be held, where both Europe and Washington will push for a referral to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions...."

HUGH HEWITT: On the deserved decline and rejection of mainstream media newspapers and their opinions by the country as a whole....

Here is an article by Hugh Hewitt, "Deserved decline: Declining newspaper circulation is a rejection by the country as a whole of the opinions of the scribbling class" that assesses the decline of the liberal elite mainstream newspapers as a major source of news for the American people---who now have many alternative legitimate and unbiased sources for news, opinions and information available them---including the blogosphere.

Below are a few excerpts, or you can read the entire piece at the above link.
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"From 1980 to 2000, the population of the United States increased by nearly 55 million souls, from 226,545,805 to 281,421,906 people. That's about a 25 percent surge. But for roughly the same period—1984 to 2003—newspaper circulation fell by 13 percent.

During these years the gross domestic product, measured in constant dollars, skyrocketed by 161 percent, according to The Wall Street Journal. Newspaper advertising revenue crept up only 4 percent in the same period.

The most recent numbers have carried even more bad news for the ink-stained wretches of the press. The 814 largest dailies saw circulation decline 2 percent over the six months that ended March 31. The Washington Post lost 3 percent of its readers; the Los Angeles Times.... 6 percent; and the Dallas Morning News 9 percent.

These circulation numbers do not fully convey the crisis in the newspaper business.... This sea-change in the way Americans get their news has huge implications for the politics and culture of the United States.

For years conservatives have rightly complained of the relentless bias of newsrooms. That bias is still there and in fact has grown worse, but its impact is dramatically less as the reach of papers has fallen.

Last month the Los Angeles Times announced the departure of its editor, John Carroll, and the exit of the editor of the paper's opinion pages, Michael Kinsley, is said to be close at hand as well. Both Mr. Carroll and Mr. Kinsley were central exhibits in the museum of liberal media bias, and hard times at the Times is in large part the legacy of their relentless liberal agenda.

The collapse of the credibility of the Times and the loss of readership is yet another example of the culture's refusal to reward elites for their disparagement of mainstream morality and opinion.

Declining newspaper circulation is a rejection by the country as a whole of the opinions of the scribbling class, but even the approach of obsolescence is unlikely to trigger the reforms that could revitalize a once vibrant sector of American media...."

Friday, August 12, 2005

It's a hot time in the old South in August.... hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.... three inches before it hits the pavement....!


Nothin' unfair here.... Flip-floppers are as free to stand in front of cameras on a Texas road in August as anybody else....

Me....?

Heh! I'm stayin' inside where it's cool.... Ya'll don't think I'm stupid, now do ya'....?

Family of fallen soldier Casey Sheehan speaks out against Cindy Sheehan's politically motivated publicity tactics.... They support President Bush....

Breaking news from drudgereport:

"FAMILY OF FALLEN SOLDIER PLEADS: PLEASE STOP, CINDY!"

"The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch.

The following email was received.... from Casey's aunt and godmother:

'Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks, Cherie'

....Sheehan Family Statement:

'The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation.

The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

Sincerely,
Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.'

CLINTON WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS denied military intelligence officers permission to give information about 9/11 terrorist leader Mohammed Atta to the FBI

Breaking news today, reported here: It was Clinton White House lawyers who put terrorist leader Mohammed Atta off limits and would not let "Able Danger" military intelligence officers provide critical intel information about Atta and 3 other of the 9/11 terrorist hijackers to the F.B.I. This happened in 1999. The 9/11 attack was in 2001.

So, the Clinton administration and its lawyers had this information two years prior to the 9/11 attacks and made a conscious decision to not only do nothing about it, but to deny allowing the F.B.I. to have access to the information about these terrorists who were on American soil.

No proof has been provided that Mohammed Atta had either a "visa" or a "green card"---and even if he did have legitimate documents, they could have been revoked. Since the Clinton lawyers said Atta had either one or the other.... it appears they didn't know what Atta had, if anything, that justified his remaining in the U.S.

The Able Danger intel officers asked permission several times to be allowed to provide the F.B.I. intel on Mohammed Atta and 3 other terrorists. This was denied. All four of these terrorists were involved in the 9/11 terrorist hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon. Or they were on the fourth hijacked plane went down in Pennsylvania---on its way to Washington, D.C.

This information came out in a Sean Hannity interview of U. S. House of Representatives member Curt Weldon today on Hannity's WABC radio show.

More below or at above link.
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"A year before the 9/11 attacks, lawyers at the Clinton White House told a group military intelligence officers that information they had developed on 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta could not be shared with the FBI, saying of Atta himself: "You can't even touch him - it doesn't matter what information you have."

Rep. Curt Weldon, who helped develop the military intelligence group code-named "Able Danger," delivered the bombshell revelation in an interview Thursday with WABC Radio host Sean Hannity.

WELDON: In September of 2000 we tried on three occasions to take the information we had developed and pass it along to the FBI so they could follow up and take action against this [al Qaeda] cell and perhaps bring in Atta and question him and do whatever else was necessary.
Three times we were turned down by lawyers in the administration.

HANNITY
: We're talking about lawyers in the Clinton administration?

WELDON: Yes, it was the Clinton administration. Lawyers said there were two reasons why you can't do that. And they even put stickies over the face of Mohamed Atta on this chart they had. They said, "He's here legally. He's either got a green card or he's got a visa. So you can't even touch him - it doesn't matter what information you have...."

Moments later, Weldon said he was determined to find out who it was who ultimately gave the order to protect the lead 9/11 hijacker.

WELDON: The American people need to have answers. They need to have answers about who made the decision to stop our military intelligence from sharing information with the FBI, and how high up the ladder that went...."

Native New Yorker Jeanine Pirro.... hopefully the next U.S. Senator from New York in 2006....!!


New York's Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro begins her run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Iron Matron and carpetbagger-come-lately Hillary Clinton.

Like Bobby Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, who is not from New York, made a political move to New York just to run for the Senate. Clinton migrated from Illinois to Arkansas to Washington, DC to New York, bringing a lot of tacky historical scandal baggage with her. Now she and her attack machine actually have the gall to try to smear and slime Jeanine Pirro through her husband.

Risky business, that....

New York state may be on its way to getting a new U.S. Senator.... Westchester Co. D.A. Jeanine Pirro beats Iron Matron Hillary in top radio poll....

Great news out of New York as of 7:37p.m. EDT last night: "Pirro Leads Clinton in Online Poll."

And, as more people get to know what exceptional District Attorney Jeanine Pirro is all about, her numbers will continue to go up. Already the Hillary Clinton war machine and her allied mainstream hit-media, starting with The New York Times yellow politics rag yesterday, are all fired up and running---doing the bad of smearing Pirro's husband, in order to smear Jeanine by association.

It's just the typical modus operandi of Iron Matron Hillary and her attack squad. They start out down and dirty and they rejoice in spewing smut.

If Jeanine were the type to reciprocate, she wouldn't have any trouble getting a photo of the secret service sitting all night outside Bill Clinton's current paramour's digs in his own neighborhood. Sort of puts the lie to the occasional hand-holding Clintons' photo-op to keep a happy, but false, face on their political "marriage."

Have a look at the numbers, below or here.
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"Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro was leading Sen. Hillary Clinton in an online poll Thursday night conducted by the most listened-to radio station in New York, 1010 WINS. With over 3,000 New Yorkers responding, Pirro led Clinton by six-tenths of a point, 50.30 percent to 49.70 percent.

Though the WINS survey is unscientific, it continues a trend that began this week after Pirro announced she intended to challenge Mrs. Clinton.

A Marist College poll released on Wednesday showed Clinton defeating Pirro, 50 percent to 28 percent. But while Pirro's number hadn't budged from an earlier survey in April, Clinton's support plummeted by 14 points."

Mainstream media begins assault on announced U.S. Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro of NY.... with The New York Times leading the attack-pack....

Not one whole day passed, following Jeanine Pirro's announcement that she would run for the U.S. Senate, representing the state of New York, before Hillary Clinton's war machine and allied mainstream hit-media lit into her---starting with sliming her husband and criticizing her only now just begun campaign. The New York Times led the assault....

Clearly in an attempt to torpedo Pirro's candidacy from the start, they engaged in overkill---which appears to be working in Jeanine Pirro's favor, if a hit-radio show's new poll showing Jeanine with a slight lead over Hillary Clinton is any indication.

Politics of personal destruction has been one of both Hillary and Bill Clinton's favorite methods of destroying their opponents---in both their professional and personal lives. Problem is.... hard-left Democrats have become more and more extreme in the use of such tactics---to the extent that it can now work against them. They've gone too far....

More info below and here.
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"The Media's Assault on Jeanine Pirro"

"District Attorney Jeanine Pirro was not a candidate for the Senate seat now held by Hillary Clinton for a full 24-hours before New York's notoriously liberal press launched a full-scale assault on her – and her husband.

Rather than focusing on the Westchester County district attorney's record as a tough prosecutor who has taken a strong stance against domestic violence, many media outlets focused their attention on the past indiscretions of her husband Albert.

The New York Times, reporting on a brief speech Pirro gave in Manhattan on Wednesday discussing her newly announced candidacy, made much of her husband's troubles....

The bastion of liberal journalism also said Pirro's campaign had gotten off to a "fiery but rocky start," and reported that in her speech Pirro "seemed unprepared for some questions...."

The mainstream media's daily drumbeat against the Iraq War paints bullseyes on the backs of American troops, Allied troops and the Iraqi people....


Just a little paint-job by the Doomsayer Mainstream Media Paint The War Black Company....

The hard-left MSM don't offer any alternatives to the War Against Terror, of which the Iraq War is a part.... they just offer pure, unadulterated partisan political propaganda.... to the service and benefit of the terrorists.

Can you say "traitors....?"

ANN COULTER STRIKES AGAIN.... with a tongue-in-cheek description of our brave troops who know the meaning of "let's roll" & don't ever roll over....

This is another excellent, and funny, *****Five Star, must read column by Ann Coulter, titled "It's 'Let's Roll,' not 'Let's Roll Over.'" Sort of a fantastic way to poke fun at the failing terrorists and extoll the bravery and successes of our fine troops.

A few excerpts are below, the entire piece is here.
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"....47 months have come and gone since 9/11 without a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The closest thing we had to a major bombing was the new Pauly Shore show on TBS.

Even if the next attack comes tomorrow, it is worth pondering that we've gone 47 months without the savages being able to mount another terrorist attack in a country virtually designed for terrorist attacks, a country where we search the purses of little old ladies so that recent immigrants from Saudi Arabia named "Mohammed" wearing massive backpacks don't get singled out.

But instead of news stories about how we must be doing something right in the war on terror, we're being carpet-bombed with news stories about how Bush doesn't have a "plan," the war was based on "lies," we're losing the war, the redcoats are coming!

As Republicans were saying repeatedly—captured on Lexis-Nexis for a year before it showed up in a Frank Luntz talking points memo in 2004—the savages have declared war, and it's far preferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York....

Two weeks ago, Gen. Jack Keane, a former deputy chief of staff for the Army, said our forces in Iraq have killed or arrested more than 50,000 insurgents in the past six or seven months. It appears the majority of those were captured and released, but that may be good enough.

Consider the intriguing diary entries of British jihadist Zeeshan Siddique, reported in the New York Times last Monday (somewhat less prominently than the 4 billion front-page stories on Abu Ghraib).

Siddique was captured last April in Pakistan by that country's security forces. His diary is a sort of Plan-a-Jihad journal.... Siddique.... was captured.... along with his diary and phone numbers for other al Qaeda operatives and his co-religionists in Britain involved in the failed subway bombing. If you made a movie of this bumbling nincompoop's misadventures, you'd have to call it "Dude, Where's My Car Bomb?"

Meanwhile, every time Americans get a gander at these lunatics ranting about the "Great Satan" and the "Zionist entity," we can't believe we're at war with such a comical enemy. No wonder they dream of an afterlife with 72 hot teenage girls. These guys are klutzes. Nerds. Dweebs. In the Las Vegas of life they're at the convention center with the other "Star Trek" fans.

Even in Pakistan, Siddique says he is "constantly laughed at & ridiculed." Ahmed can't get a date, and now the rest of us have to suffer.

But you will notice, the jihadists are not pouring across the Syrian border to, say, Brooklyn Heights. They are running to Iraq, where they run smack dab into the glorious U.S. military.

Public outrage forces NARAL to scrap their false and controversial TV ad run on politically biased CNN.... FNC refused to air the ad....

Well, NARAL has gotten their just desserts for their deliberately false advertising designed to smear and defeat Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice nominee John G. Roberts, Jr.

There has been an enormous public outcry against this slanderous piece of junk advertising---from the ever-expanding blogosphere.... to non-biased legitimate print and broadcast media.... to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-PA.

And, from the current statements of NARAL Pres. Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America is planning a replacement ad that will also include false information and deliberate distortions.

Unfortunately, the original offensive false-advertising slander and libel hit-piece ad has already been aired and done its intended damage---for which they should be held accountable. But it also damaged extremist NARAL in the process and put a spotlight on their dishonesty and extremism. Ain't it a shame....

More info below and here.
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"NARAL Pro-Choice America says it "regrets" that so many people have "misconstrued our recent advertisement" about the record of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts -- and announced it will change the ad.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), NARAL President Nancy Keenan said the ad -- which many Americans, including Specter, blasted as false and misleading -- was intended to focus attention on "an important aspect" of Roberts' record.

"Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public," Keenan said in the letter to Specter.

She said NARAL Pro-Choice America will run another ad examining Roberts' record -- "including his advocacy for overturning Roe v. Wade, his statement questioning the right to privacy, and his arguments against using a federal civil rights law to protect women and their doctors and nurses from those who use blockades and intimidation.

The current, controversial NARAL ad shows footage from a 1998 Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic bombing, including sound bites from a nurse badly injured in that attack. But the ad copy blasts Roberts' role in a legal case that had nothing to do with the Birmingham bombing.

Critics took offense at the ad's claim that Roberts "filed court briefs supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber." The ad implies that Roberts supported the bomber in the Birmingham violence, when he had nothing to do with that case. Moreover, even NARAL admits that Roberts has never supported violence against abortion clinics...."

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman called the NARAL ad "a pack of lies...."

RADIOBLOGGER SAYS: "NARAL aborts its own ad...."

In a posting today, Radioblogger announces the NARAL's aborting of its own false and malicious ad---against Supreme Court nominee John Roberts---that has been airing on CNN.... Fox News Channel refused to allow it run on their channel.

You can read the excerpt below and the rest at the above link.
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"The anti-Roberts ad that essentially accused the Supreme Court nominee of supporting abortion clinic bombings, has been pulled off CNN by the abortion lobby group.
Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL who admitted in her press conference the same day the ad was released that she didn't believe Roberts personally condoned abortion clinic violence, essentially admitting the ad was malicious and false...."

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The rising tide of piracy at the United Nations Turtle Bay cesspool.... under the navigation and leadership of Cap'n Jack-leg Kofi & his motley crew


So...., Cap'n.... where are the rest of the unaccounted-for billions that have mysteriously disappeared in this mother of all frauds---the United Nations' Oil-for-Food Embezzlement, Bribery and Kickback program---during the terms of two U.N. Secretary Generals from third-world tinpot nations, Boutros Boutros Galli and yourself, Cap'n Kofi....?

And Cap'n.... Let's just fork on over open access to all your personal records of your secret bank accounts, assets and holdings all over the world.... and let's have some open and unfettered sworn testimony from you and full documentation of all of your U.N. paid-for expenses related to the performance of your job at the United Nations.... You do believe in openness and accountability, now don't you Cap'n....?

Oh, and Cap'n.... Let's just go ahead and lift your U.N. entitlement and diplomatic immunity so we'll know you are cooperating in good faith with the investigation.... You are cooperating, now aren't you Cap'n....? Nothing less could be expected from the Secretary General of the U.N., don't you agree Cap'n....?

There's a strong wind a-blowin' Cap'n.... to blow away all the secrecy.... And the tide's risin' in Turtle Bay.... to wash away all the corruption.... Can't turn back the wind and the tide, ya' know, Cap'n....

The United Nations' "independent" investigation by compromised Paul Volcker only scratches the surface, finding $1.1M in fraud.... out of billions....

Well, today is our lucky day.... There is another *****Five Star, must read column here by Claudia Rosset, my favorite expert investigative journalist on the subject of the United Nations and the U.N. Oil-for-Food program fraud---the biggest fraud in history.

So far, the compromised Paul Volcker has provided an incremental, piecemeal pseudo-"investigation" that, with every new interim report that is released, takes on an odor of coverup and an appearance of whitewash that is unmistakeable.

Last week, a new report was released by Volcker that was little more than an exercise in tossing us a bone---as he announced the uncovering of the phenomenal amount of $1.1M in fraud, with no indication as to what has happened to the rest of the billions in Oil-for-Food program money that belongs to the Iraqi people and that they have never gotten.

We were thrown Benon Sevan as a token pacifier---a top assistant to Kofi Annan, who is now being made a scapegoat only after he has been kept on the U.N. payroll at $1 a year so he could hang on to his diplomatic immunity and get safely out of the country. He is accused of getting ca. $147K in bribes/kickbacks---small potatoes in the overall scheme of things, when you consider that billions are missing. No telling how much he will get to keep his mouth shut.

It is, and always has been, an exercise in total stupidity for the United States to belong to and continue to pour millions upon millions of U.S. taxpayers' dollars into an international organization that is anti-U.S., anti-democracy, pro-terrorism and totally corrupt in almost everything it does. And into an organization that operates in secrecy and is not held accountable for the money it takes in or the crimes it commits.

The United Nations is an organization that does not even follow its own charter. It stands by and does nothing as millions are killed by genocidal third-world dictatorships. And its own U.N. "peacekeepers" commit murder, rape and acts of pedophilia on defenseless victims they are supposed to be protecting from harm. In other words, the U.N. is a criminal farce---led by a third-world tinpot kleptocrat that thumbs his nose at his host country that provides 22% of U.N. dues.

It's time for klepto-Kofi to go.... and take all his kleptocrat comrades with him. And, absent total reform from the top-down and inside-out, the United Nations also needs to go. Sooner.... rather than later.

Read more below and at the above link.
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"Scratching the Surface The Volcker committee details $1.1 million in fraud--out of billions."

"A single dollar lost to corruption is a dollar too much if you're handling international public monies": With this pious utterance did United Nations chief of staff, Mark Malloch Brown, greet the findings that the head of the U.N.'s Oil for Food program, Benon Sevan, was on the take from Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Malloch Brown has a point, of course. Every dollar of public money should be handled as a sacred public trust. But his words are hard to reconcile with the workings of today's U.N., where it seems about the only thing top management is unwilling to do with cold cash is actually account for it....

In tracking even a small portion of the money that flowed through Oil for Food--and in this case into Mr. Sevan's hands--Paul Volcker's U.N.-authorized investigation has performed a service, as far as it goes.

Mr. Volcker's latest report, released Monday, documents bribes Mr. Sevan took from Saddam, via an Oil for Food contractor who happens to be a cousin of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, as well as what appears to be more garden-variety graft collected by a Russian staffer in the U.N. procurement department, Alexander Yakovlev, who among other matters was involved in the U.N. Secretariat's hiring of Oil for Food inspectors.

These tales, dramatic though they are, only begin to dabble in the river of graft that flowed through U.N.-administered deals under Oil for Food....

Following the denials, stonewalling and outrage with which not only Mr. Sevan but Secretary-General Kofi Annan greeted allegations of graft in the program, the first lesson ought to be that at the U.N., protestations of honesty and promises of virtue are cheap.

We don't need more words. We need to see what, exactly, the U.N. does with its money--or, for that matter, with anyone else's money. The funds grafted out of Oil for Food never belonged to the U.N.; they were by rights the property of the people of Iraq. Any ill-gotten gains spent by Mr. Sevan on New York restaurants and his Hamptons home were swiped from the same Iraqi children the U.N. was entrusted to care for.

Inside today's U.N., immune from law and veiled from public view, the gritty details and motivating effects of money are presumed to take a backseat to grand visions and good works. The two chronic demands of U.N. senior officials are that they need more money and that we should trust them to monitor themselves.

As it happens, Mr. Malloch Brown provides an excellent case in point. Press reports earlier this year disclosed that he has been renting a house for $10,000 a month from tycoon George Soros, who has collaborated extensively with the U.N. Development Program, which Mr. Malloch Brown has run since 1999 and until next month is still heading, concurrently with serving since January as Mr. Annan's chief of staff.

Mr. Malloch Brown has declared that under U.N. rules it is no conflict of interest for him to rent a house from Mr. Soros, and that he is under no obligation to disclose his personal financial affairs to the public. We are asked simply to trust him, and he has implied at U.N. press briefings that it is very bad manners to raise the subject at all....

Insisting at every turn that we must simply trust them, U.N. officials since the end of the Cold War have been channeling a rising tide of public funds, as well as private donations--seeking ever more ways both to raise money and spend it....

Ted Turner's billion-dollar bequest in 1998 blazed the way for big private donors to leverage their own agendas via the U.N. brand name. And around the so-called core U.N. annual budget of roughly $1.5 billion, there now orbits an asteroid belt of agencies, programs, special initiatives and chronic drives for emergency funding, totaling billions more--great chunks of it funded by U.S. taxpayers....

Kofi Annan.... had some acquaintance with money matters himself, having worked in the early 1990s as U.N. controller--picked in 1997 to run Oil for Food, the biggest relief program in U.N. history, administering tens of billions in oil sales and relief purchases by Saddam. Even then Saddam was notorious both at the U.N. and beyond as one of the kickback kings of the Middle East....

Mr. Sevan's take, as far as Mr. Volcker was able to document, came to just over $147,000. Compared with the billions grafted out of Oil for Food by the true pros, this is a sum so low it suggests Mr. Sevan sold himself and the U.N.'s integrity for chump change. Indeed, if Mr. Volcker's figures are in the ballpark, then Mr. Sevan as head of Oil for Food collected less in bribes than Kofi Annan's son, Kojo, collected in payments from 1999 through 2004 from a major Oil for Food contractor, his former employer....

It was only after the U.S.-led coalition toppled Saddam and secret documents began turning up in Baghdad that the U.N. was finally forced by press headlines and congressional pressure into launching an investigation....

Mr. Sevan, kept on by Mr. Annan since last year on a $1-a-year salary to "assist" in the investigation, had enough warning to skip the country, possibly to his native Cyprus, and from his undisclosed location resigned last weekend....

Mr. Volcker's latest report, after more than a year of investigation, is the first from his team to document actual bribes. It covers a grand total of $1.1 million in graft and runs to 130 pages, annexes included...."

Take me out to the ball game.... but don't show me no stinkin' political correctness....!!!


New penalty signals for the now politically correct NCAA....

America's favorite pastime has now caved in to pressure.... from politically correct bleeding heart liberals and mainstream media elites.... so as not to get permanently pegged with the stinkin' p.c. police's "racist" label....

Once they hang that sucker on you...., you might as well hang up the old uniform....

Next, they'll make you walk when you're on the ball field so as not to kill a blade of grass.... The new watchword is "sensitivity," don'tcha know....?

9/11 Commission left critical information known in 1999 about 4 of the 19 terrorist hijackers out of the 9/11 Commission Report....

This is another, more comprehensive article about the growing scandal of the Clinton administration's preventing intel agencies from communicating known information about four of the 9/11 terrorists to the F.B.I.---in 1999! These 4 terrorists were among the 19 terrorists who hijacked 4 planes and flew them into the Pentagon and World Trade Center twin towers. The fourth hijacked plane, destined for Washington, D.C., was crashed into a Pennsylvania field.

The political decision to leave this information out of the final 9/11 Commission Report brings into question the veracity of the rest of the report. Millions of taxpayers' dollars were wasted on this Commission and publishing of its incomplete and slanted report---in what is beginning to look like a whitewash and coverup of blame that belongs to the Clinton administration and its Justice Department.

Why was blame directed at the F.B.I.---the very agency that was denied information about the terrorist cell comprised of 4 of the 19 hijackers? Was this a politically influenced decision to try to point fingers at intel agencies and the F.B.I. to divert attention away from the Clinton administration's responsibility?

And was this 1999 known information about 4 of the 19 terrorist hijackers kept from Co-Chair Pat Roberts, who claims not to have been told about it? Or is he miscontruing what was told to the Commission by claiming "The September 11 Commission did not learn of any U.S. Government knowledge prior to 9/11 of surveillance of Mohammed Atta or of his cell?"

Of course the Commission did not learn this "prior to 9/11." Neither did the rest of us. But the intelligence agency conducting operation "Able Danger" did have the information in 1999 and made several attempts to share it with the F.B.I., but were prohibited from doing so. And the 9/11 Commission was briefed on this information and it should have been included in their report. Which begs the question: Why was it left out and who made the decision to leave it out?

So, what are we getting now instead of accurate facts? Another "what is is conundrum.....?"

More info below and here.
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"9/11 Report Missed Key Facts; 'Huge Deal,' Lawmaker Says"

"Members of the 9/11 commission apparently left some key information out of their "comprehensive" report on the terror attacks.... Press reports said commission staffers are now planning to retrieve their notes from the National Archives to find out if they overlooked important information. (They did, one U.S. senator says.)

The staffers are looking for information about a secret U.S. military unit called Able Danger. That military unit learned -- one year before the 9/11 attacks -- that a terror cell including Mohammed Atta and three other future 9/11 hijackers was operating in the United States.

Information about the terror cell was not handed over to the FBI, although Able Danger repeatedly requested that the FBI be told. Sen. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) says Pentagon lawyers in the Clinton administration refused to tell the FBI, because the four terrorists were in the country legally.

Because the Clinton administration barred U.S. intelligence agencies from sharing information with the FBI, Pentagon lawyers reportedly argued that information on the legal residents could not be shared with the FBI.

Thursday's New York Times reported that 9/11 commission staffers were told that Able Danger had identified a terror cell in the country - a full ten days before the 9/11 commission issued its final report on the terror attacks.

Sen. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) told Fox News on Wednesday that commission staffers were briefed at least once on Able Danger.... "Why weren't they briefed? Was there some deliberate attempt at the staff level of the 9/11 commission to steer the commissioners away from Able Danger because of where it might lead?"

Weldon also told Fox that some commission staffers did not return phone calls from members of the Able Danger military unit.

Thursday's New York Times reported that Weldon has just sent a letter to commission members, in which he "criticized the panel in scathing terms, saying that its 'refusal to investigate Able Danger after being notified of its existence, and its recent efforts to feign ignorance of the project while blaming others for supposedly withholding information on it, brings shame on the commissioners, and is evocative of the worst tendencies in the federal government that the commission worked to expose."

"Hats off to Weldon' Rep. Chris Shays (R-CN), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Fox & Friends on Thursday that "Able Danger and what they learned" is a "huge deal." "We will learn that we should have known about [the Sept. 11 attacks] and that we could have prevented it," he said.

"And hats off to Curt Weldon," Shays said, for directing the media's attention to critical information that other government agencies and the 9/11 commission apparently had no interest in pursuing.

Weldon, ....on the Senate floor in June 2005, explained that Able Danger had identified the four suspected terrorists in 1999. Said Shays, "Bottom line is -- we had a defense organization that knew about this [terror] cell... they knew about these guys; they knew about four of the 19 hijackers."

Lee Hamilton, the 9/11 commission's co-chair, told Fox News on Wednesday, "The Sept. 11 commission did not learn of any U.S. government knowledge prior to 9/11 of surveillance of Mohammed Atta or of his cell. Had we learned of it, obviously it would've been a major focus of our investigation."

In another development, a group of Sept. 11 widows that demanded a probe of the events leading up to 9/11 issued a statement saying it is disappointed to learn that the commission's final report is "incomplete and illusory."

Nominee to the Supreme Court John G. Roberts, Jr. is intensely scrutinized by Democrat wingnut Senators....


Judge John Roberts now undergoes intense scrutiny by hard-left Senate Democrats.... They have stopped sitting around contemplating their own navels and have taken to contemplating his.... and his wife's.... and his pre-school children's.... Have they no shame....?!?

Forget the fact that Roberts was approved by almost the same Senate two years ago. The current Senate is missing the main obstructionist Democrat Senator Tom Daschle, who was given the hoof by the voters of S. Dakota---for being an obstructionist. Current Democrat obstructionists still don't get the cause and effect of that.... But, I digress....

Having been able to find nothing of consequence to use against Roberts, the hard-left obsessively pro-abortion organization NARAL has now made something up from scratch and is spending a half-million dollars to broadcast that self-generated lie to the American public.

This is an example of the ultimate height of desperation---a half-million dollar lie to preserve a judicial-activist court-created "privacy right" that does not exist in the Constitution or in any Congress-enacted legitimate law of the United States.

Stations wilfully broadcasting that known lie should be held liable---as should NARAL. It is deliberate false-advertising slander, libel and defamation of character of a nominee to the Supreme Court.

That's my opinion and I'm stickin' to it....

Die-hard obstructionist Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer leads extremist effort to block confirmation of Judge John Roberts.... again....

Hard-left extremist Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer was one of three U.S. Senators who attacked and tried to block Roberts' confirmation to the federal appeals court two years ago. Roberts won approval anyway.

Now die-hard camera-hogging Schumer is at it again---this time trying to block Roberts' approval to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court. It has been reported that the most dangerous place to stand in Washington, D.C. is between Senator Schumer and a TV camera or a microphone.

Wonder what Senator Schumer's chances would be for getting approved in the same type of approval process Roberts is being put through by Democrats? My estimation is: Slim.... as in none.... no way.... no-how.... ever! He couldn't take the kind of bullying, intimidating and abuse of rights that he dishes out.

More info below and here.
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"Senate Democrats are accusing the White House of delaying the release of Roberts' paperwork to ensure Republicans aren't blindsided by information that could hurt his confirmation. "The time for such partisan review of documents was before the nomination of Judge Roberts to the Supreme Court," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

But Republicans say the Roberts questions so far have been minor, and they contend his opponents will reach to any length to find a way to criticize President Bush's nominee. "I'm convinced that even if there's not anything, there are groups out there who are going to try to make this nomination controversial even when it shouldn't be," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Judiciary Committee that will question Roberts early next month.

....Roberts has been met with positive reviews from many senators who will vote on his confirmation. The White House and Senate Republicans hope that vote comes before the Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 3....

The White House says Roberts has been candid in his written responses to Senate questions....
Democrats are citing.... reasons they should have access to internal memos from Roberts' tenure as a deputy solicitor general, when he represented the White House at the Supreme Court during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Last week the Justice Department said it would not provide the Senate with internal records from 16 cases in which Roberts dealt with issues including abortion, affirmative action, school prayer and capital punishment.

Senate Judiciary chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., on Wednesday backed the White House's decision to keep those documents closed...."

MEMBERS OF ABLE DANGER intel team claim they were blocked from telling FBI about two 9/11 terrorists, 2 yrs. before attacks....

This was not about a "breakdown." This was about a sinister plan to set in place and enforce a strict policy prohibiting intel agencies to share information with each other and with law enforcement agencies---and impair defense from terrorism capabilities in the United States. So, who all was complicit in this deadly plan?

And, exactly who made the decision to leave this critical information out of the 9/11 Commission Report? It has been documented that they were given this information. Was it Democrat Congressman Jay Rockefeller [Minority Chair] and the Clinton administration bigwig-supporters that were on the Commission, including Clinton DOJ Deputy Atty. General Jamie Gorelick, Democrat former Senator Bob Kerrey, Clinton-supporting and defending Democrat Attorney Richard ben Veniste?

And was the document destruction referred to by Able Danger intel agents among the documents Clinton's former National Security Advisor Sandy "Stickyfingers" Berger stole from the National Archives and destroyed? What documents were destroyed, when were they destroyed, by whom were they destroyed, and on whose orders were they destroyed?

An Independent Counsel should be appointed to thoroughly investigate this deliberate decision to block intel that could have prevented the deaths of almost 3,000 people on 9/11. It should also be thoroughly investigated by Congress.

The people responsible for this deliberate quashing of information about an Islamic terrorist cell in America that ultimately caused the vast destruction and deaths on 9/11 must be found out, exposed and brought to justice---no matter how high up in the Clinton administration it goes.

Kudos for Rep. Curt Weldon for discovering this information and making it public. The public has a right to this information. A Deputy Atty. General does not make decisions like this---setting up walls to prevent communication between intel agencies and law enforcement---in a vacuum and of her own volition. And, if she---Jamie Gorelick---signed the prohibiting order, it was sheer stupidity to allow her to serve on the 9/11 Commission to protect herself, Janet Reno and higher-ups in the Clinton administration.

Read more below and here. And you can also read PelicanPost postings on this topic, with linked articles, yesterday.
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"Rep. Weldon Eyeing Clinton White House in 9/11 Breakdown"

"Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Penn., is vowing to find out who in the Clinton administration ordered a group of military intelligence officers not to tell the FBI about critical information on two 9/11 hijackers that was obtained two years before they destroyed the World Trade Center.

"What bothers me is two things," Weldon told WABC Radio's Mark Levin late Wednesday. "I'm told that that they couldn't share this information with the FBI? How far up the chain [of command] did it go? Did it go to the White House? And if so, who ordered it?"

Asked about reports that restrictions on intelligence sharing implemented by Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick played a role in the disastrous intelligence breakdown, Weldon said: "I think that needs to be investigated."

"There was no reason not to share this information with the FBI.... except that the firewalls that existed back then were so severe that they wouldn't let these agencies talk to one another."

.... Weldon detailed the information obtained by an elite Defense Intelligence group named Able Danger, which had identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta and his partner, Marwan al-Shehhi as al Qaida terrorists who were operating inside the U.S.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Atta hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and flew it into World Trade Center Tower One, while al-Shehhi commandeered United Airlines flight 175 and destroyed Tower Two. The twin attacks killed over 2,700 Americans.

Rep. Weldon said that the Able Danger team urged that the FBI be briefed on their intelligence on Atta and al-Shehhi on three separate occasions - only to be turned down.

"I do know that one of the military intelligence officers I'm talking to had led me to believe that some of his documents have been destroyed" ....adding he has yet to confirm the allegation. The Pennsylvania Republican told Levin that three current members of the Able Danger team have already come forward to talk to him, and eleven more are willing to testify.