Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Iran is fighting a constant battle against dissenters who are using the internet to voice criticism of the Islamic Republic and to push for freedom and democracy. With the closure of most independent newspapers and magazines in Iran, blogging - publishing an online diary - has become a powerful tool in the dissidents' arsenal by providing individuals with a public voice.
An Iranian blogger known as Saena, wrote recently: "Weblogs are one weapon that even the Islamic Republic cannot beat."
There are an estimated 100,000 active blogs written by Iranians both within the country and across the diaspora. Persian ties with French as the second most common blogging language after English.
Over the last year, however, Iranian authorities have arrested and beaten dozens of bloggers, charged with crimes such as espionage and insulting leaders of the Islamic Republic. Among them is Omid Sheikhan, who last month was sentenced to one year in prison and 124 lashes of the whip for writing a blog that featured satirical cartoons of Iranian politicians.
The press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders last week named Iran as one of 15 countries who were "enemies of the internet".
"These new measures point to an ideological hardening in the Iranian government and a desire by the new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to centralise authority," its report said.
There is no legislation against blogging itself but the writers can be charged by authorities in the hardline theocracy with "morality violations" for the content of their websites.
Nevertheless, Iranians are increasingly turning to blogs and those who can publish their words in English hope they will reach a wider international audience and alert them to the problems facing free-thinkers within Iran.
The blogs offer everything from reprinting articles published in the international press about Iranian issues to views on the president's recent call for the destruction of the state of Israel and Iran's attempts to become a nuclear power. Some writers use the platform as an opportunity to voice opinions that would not be tolerated in the national press.
In one entry yesterday a blogger calling himself Persian Dissident wrote: "How long can this go on? His [President Ahmadinejad] ministers are terrorists, political prisoners are in jail, political in-fighting is clearly visible."
But the Iranian authorities are fighting a losing battle to crush these new outlets of dissent. As fast as one perpetrator is tracked down and closed, another rises in its place and takes up the cause.
The authorities have reportedly spent millions on programmes designed to filter cyberspace and block access to controversial sites, with names such as "regime change Iran", "free thoughts on Iran" and "women against fundamentalism". READ MORE
As part of the most recent clampdown, reported in the reformist newspaper Shargh, Iran's Telecom company has ordered all service providers to block access to blogrolling.com, a free service enabling users to track their favourite weblogs and be informed when they are updated.
In one of the 1,500 internet cafes in Teheran, a technician bemoaned the loss of an important tool but was still able to access a blocked site within five minutes.
"There are ways around it but it is getting harder and it is very annoying," he said. "It is possible to trick the authorities into believing that we are not in Teheran but somewhere else".
The Telegraph is reporting what we have heard for a long time that the regime has blocked our site. Guess who the 1 or 2 Iranian readers of our blog are (see the sidebar’s neocounter report of nations reading our blog). These readers often post pro-regime comments here. That is why we started our blogosphere supports real democracy in Iran campaign.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
- White Flags in Paris
- New 9/11 Theory
- Pig and Pork...
- O'Reilly O' the Top
- Europe's Pied Piper
- Veterans' Day 2005
- Moon Over Paris
- Our CIA Has Done...
- Fiddlin' Jacques
- Gates of Paris
- Moonbats Root for...
- Where's Camilla?
- Les Misérables...
- Beauty and the...
- Tim Kaine
- Life in Paris
- Epithets and Oreos
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Louis Charbonneau and Francois Murphy, Reuters:The U.N. nuclear watchdog passed a resolution on Saturday requiring Iran to be reported to the Security Council over a failure to convince the agency its nuclear program was entirely peaceful.Gary Metz aka DoctorZin
Friday, September 02, 2005
"Because of its low-lying landmass, the region is also uniquely vulnerable to hurricanes. Should a major hurricane hit the Bayou region, the potential loss of life and property could be tremendous. Consequently, evacuations must be carefully choreographed." (January 1, 2005, Clifford S. Barney, John Borden, GeoIntelligence)
As of January 2005, The Department of Defense and Homeland Security were already studying the security and infrastructure of Louisiana. Did it help? Did anyone listen?
Geointelligence - Cajun Counterterrorism: "The road southwest from New Orleans into the heart of Cajun country rolls past chemical plants, oil refineries, pipelines, and storage tanks, crisscrossing a network of manmade waterways and natural rivers and lakes. In this land of levees, canals, bridges, and bayous, nearly all industry and residents are connected in one way or another to the maritime and energy industries. This connection means vulnerability.
"Transected by the Mississippi River, which carries 40 percent of all U.S. exports, southern Louisiana is also home to the Port of Southern Louisiana — the busiest port in the world in terms of tonnage — as well as the Port of New Orleans. Combined, these two facilities account for 60 percent of all U.S. grain exports. The economic impact of disrupting these ports was clearly demonstrated when a supply ship near the Port of New Orleans recently sank, blocking the only channel open to ocean-going ships making their way into the lower Mississippi.
"In addition, the region is a hub for both offshore oil and gas drilling operations and the offloading of petroleum from foreign tankers, as well as a strong industrial base for the refining, distribution, and storage of petroleum products. Southern Louisiana accounts for significant production of military and civilian jet fuel. The volume of these hazardous chemicals near populated areas is also a constant source of concern.
"Because of its low-lying landmass, the region is also uniquely vulnerable to hurricanes. Should a major hurricane hit the Bayou region, the potential loss of life and property could be tremendous. Consequently, evacuations must be carefully choreographed.
"These factors combine to make southern Louisiana a potential 'perfect storm' for homeland security threats. That's precisely why the Department of Defense (DoD), through its Homeland Security/Defense Command and Control Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program (HLS/D C2 ACTD), sponsored a pilot project to demonstrate technologies for information sharing and communications interoperability aimed at improving the security of the southern Louisiana oil industry and related critical infrastructure." (Geointelligence)
From God's lips to a Kennedy's ears ... Hurricane Katrina was visited upon the inhabitants of Mississippi because their governor, Haley Barbour, "offended God" by helping President Bush oppose the Kyoto Protocol.While Kennedy claimed the ferocious storm was directed by God as punishment for the environmental sins of Republicans, Muhammad Yousef Al-Mlaifi, director of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowment's research center, proclaimed "The terrorist Katrina' is a 'soldier of Allah". (World Tribute)
... the storm Katrina is the fifth equatorial storm to strike Florida this year... and that a large part of the U.S. is subject every year to many storms that extract [a price of] dead, and completely destroy property. I said, Allah be praised, until when will these successive catastrophes strike them? But before I went to sleep, I opened the Koran and began to read in Surat Al-R'ad ['The Thunder' chapter], and stopped at these words [of Allah]: 'The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they have done, or it will strike areas close to their territory, until the promise of Allah comes to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise.' [Koran 13:31]."One is left wondering how it is that an environmentalist ideologue and an Islamist would have such similar thought processes.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
There are many, many other worthwhile places to donate, but I prefer the American Red Cross for this disaster. It is heartwarming to see all of my conservative blogger friends offering places to donate, or having auctions to raise money. Instapundit has a long, long list of places recommended by other bloggers. Peggy Noonan at Opinion Journal wrote today:
Bloggers. In February I wrote that bloggers will help get America through a national crisis. They just did. Nothing has the immediacy and believability of local reports by citizen journalists living through a local story. Terry Teachout performed a public service linking to Katrina blogs; Glenn Reynolds offered links to relief organizations. The Times Picayune's live-blogging has been solid. Local bloggers were great until they started losing electric power and couldn't send anymore. Mr. Teachout told me at the end they were blogging by BlackBerry. As power comes back the greatest blogging should begin--what it was like, what the recovery is like, what is happening on the streets. Thanks in advance.However, imagine my suprise when I happened to visit a liberal site and found that they are channeling their donations to the American Red Cross, through a liberal front.
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The British shadow education secretary ..., David Cameron, defined Britishness as "freedom under the rule of law," adding that this expression "explains almost everything you need to know about our country, our institutions, our history, our culture - even our economy." ... Mr. Cameron spoke with a bluntness unique in four years of politicians' discourse since September 11, 2001: "The driving force behind today's terrorist threat is Islamist fundamentalism. The struggle we are engaged in is, at root, ideological. During the last century a strain of Islamist thinking has developed which, like other totalitarianisms, such as Nazi-ism and Communism, offers its followers a form of redemption through violence."
But it was the British shadow defense minister, Gerald Howarth, who went the furthest, suggesting in early August that all British Islamists must go. "If they don't like our way of life, there is a simple remedy: Go to another country, get out." He directed this principle even to Islamists born in Britain, as were three of the four London bombers: "If you don't give allegiance to this country, then leave."
These statements, all dating from the past half year, prompt several observations. First, where are the Americans? No major U.S. politician has spoken of making American-based Islamists unwelcome. Who will be the first? ... And finally, these comments are likely to be leading indicators of a broader campaign to restrict and remove Islamists – a move that comes none too soon.
Peggy Noonan of Opinion Journal writes "I hope the looters are shot":
As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot. A hurricane cannot rob a great city of its spirit, but a vicious citizenry can. A bad time with Mother Nature can leave you digging out for a long time, but a bad turn in human behavior frays and tears all the ties that truly bind human being--trust, confidence, mutual regard, belief in the essential goodness of one's fellow citizens.
Some farsighted residents have generators and they too became targets of the lawless.
The New York Times: John Carolan was sitting on his porch in the thick, humid darkness just before midnight Tuesday when three or four young men, one with a knife and another with a machete, stopped in front of his fence and pointed to the generator humming in the front yard, he said.
One said, "We want that generator," he recalled.
"I fired a couple of rounds over their heads with a .357 Magnum," Mr. Carolan recounted Wednesday. "They scattered."
He smiled and added, "You've heard of law west of the Pecos. This is law west of Canal Street."
Shannon Love at Chicago Boyz explains to Europeans and Blue State America how this natural disaster explains why it is that Americans love their guns and SUVs.
Boston Herald, Thursday, September 1, 2005Kerfuffles is not going to let him go down easy, either. Mr. Environmentalist Kennedy wrote that hypocritical screed on a computer in an air conditioned office with electricity. If this was almost anywhere in the northeastern United States, as suspected, he was using energy created from the burning of coal. Yes coal, which, according to Kennedy and his fellow global warming activists, is responsible for causing global warming and Hurricane Katrina.
It must be nice for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to have a dry, air-conditioned office in which to pen a navel-gazing think piece blaming Republicans for the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. As dead bodies floated in the flood waters of Louisiana and Mississippi and tens of thousands of people sat in humid shelters wondering how to piece their lives back together, or just hoping for a drink of water – Kennedy saw an opportunity to wax eloquent about . . . global warming. And the environmental activist took it one shameful step further blaming Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his views on global warming for, essentially, bringing the hurricane down on his own people.
Is global warming, if it is in fact happening at present which is not proven, just a natural cycle in the billions-year-old earth's history or has it been caused by man's interference in the environment? Curiously, charges and evidence of global warming started about the same time that western countries began taking steps towards cleaner air. Now comes evidence that "atmospheric brightening" may be the culprit. Atmospheric brightening occurs when particulates are removed from the air to improve its quality. However this cleaner air allows more sunlight to penetrate and, hence, accelerate global warming. If that is found to be the true cause of global warming, we would need to fix it by burning stuff outdoors, removing the particulate scrubbers from smokestacks, and banning electric or hydrogen cars? If not, as the environmentalists will soon be warning us - "we all will bake".
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Leave it to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to know the root cause of the Katrina natural disaster. You guessed it. The culprits are Republicans; two specifically - George Bush and Haley Barbour. From God's lips to a Kennedy's ears ... Hurricane Katrina was visited upon the inhabitants of Mississippi because their governor, Haley Barbour, "offended God" by helping President Bush oppose the Kyoto Protocol.
"Katrina is giving our nation a glimpse of the climate chaos we are bequeathing our children." Who would have known that a Kennedy would be a follower of the Reverend Pat Robertson, but he is, as he reminds us of the good Reverend's 1998 warning "that hurricanes were likely to hit communities that offended God". He continues writing that because of the role that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played in derailing the Kyoto Protocol and President Bush’s promise to regulate CO2, Katrina decided "to spare New Orleans and save its worst flailings for the Mississippi coast".
The very first commenter nailed Mr. Kennedy succinctly: "I can't believe it but I think you are being entirely serious. You really seem to believe that Gov. Barbour's rejection of Kyoto is responsible for this hurricane. I declare this to be an instant HuffPo classic. Satire is - once again - made redundant."
Ruffles and Flourishes to Gates of Vienna.
Muslims Who Want Sharia Law Told to Get Out!
SYDNEY (AFP) - Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law should get out of Australia, a senior government minister has said, hinting that some radical clerics might be asked to leave. Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament, Treasurer Peter Costello told national television late Tuesday.
"If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," said Costello ... "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that that is false. There's only one law in Australia -- it's the law that's made by the parliament of Australia and enforced by our courts. There is no second law."
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"As Neddy at Kerfuffles points out, the liberals who run the Associated Press are a piece of work. The article criticizing the President’s gasoline expenditures as President got a lot of play this week, as well it should have. Such idiocy deserves to be highlighted."
The more one reads the writings of John Roberts, the more one has to admire the "spunk" of the guy! That's what comes from being a lone conservative amongst the sea of liberals at Harvard University. "Petulant paranoia" indeed! He truly knows the meaning of the phrase.
Liberals should love him for his disrespect in 1983, towards their despised Bob Jones University. White House lawyer John Roberts wrote to the Counsel for President Reagan referring to college president Bob Jones III as "audacious" and exhibiting "petulant paranoia" and suggested a reply from Reagan "telling Jones, in essence, to go soak his head." (The St. Petersburg Times)
Roberts went after a Reagan speech writer who wanted the President to describe the United States as "the greatest nation God ever created." Citing the Bible, Roberts wrote "God creates things like the heavens and the earth, and the birds and the fishes, but not nations."
Of course, liberal women are not apt to forgive his impertinence towards their sex in some of his written comments. When Republican congresswomen urged President Reagan to consider federally adjusting women's pay to make it more equal to men, Roberts proclaimed it a violation of free-market principles. "I honestly find it troubling that three Republican representatives are so quick to embrace such a radical redistributive concept," he wrote in a 1984 memo. "Their slogan may as well be "From each according to his ability, to each according to her gender.'"
In 1985, he wrote a memo where he joked about a White House aide who in a previous job "encouraged many former homemakers to enter law school and become lawyers." Roberts wrote "Some might question whether encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good, but I suppose that is for the judges to decide."
Considering that Ronald Reagan has been awarded such an honored status in American history, one realizes that the many competent individuals who counseled the President during his term of office, deserve compliments for their service. Reagan was wise to add John Roberts to his team and America will be wise to add him to the Supreme Court. Captain's Quarters has more at "Roberts - Conservative, but Not Crazy".
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
As if anybody thought it would? Sheehan claims to have the support of "tens of thousands of angels." The Associated Press reports that Al Sharpton is one of the "angels" planning a trip to Texas on Sunday. Other "angels" are from the neo-Nazi Web site Stormfront.org who will "help put up a White Nationalist voice in the protest against Bush's War for Israel that was started by Cindy Sheehan." The Code Pink Women "angels" will have to take a "leave of absense" from the gates of Walter Reed Army Hospital where they have been tormenting the wounded warriors for volunteering to fight in George Bush's army. OpinionJournal.com quotes blogger Jonathan Wilson as predicting that after Cindy Sheehan leaves Crawford, Texas, that her handlers are planning a boxing match between her and Tonya Harding. Got to keep in front of the news, you know, and Al Sharpton will not keep them occupied forever. I googled the boxing match already and the predicted results are in. Make your bets now!
Cindy Sheehan versus Tonya Harding (Watch the Fight!)
Linked at Wizbang's 'Respecting Cindy Sheehan'.
Bob Hope's Greatest Line (1 mb WMV).
Ruffles and Flourishes to my neighbor Paddy who lives next to me in Cleary Hollow, Virginia. His website, blog.nam.org, usually includes clips like Watch the running Deere."
If you cannot get the WMV file to play on your computer, The Skipper at Barking Moonbats has created a mov file (http://www.barking-moonbat.com/images/zombies.mov) and gives this information about an alternative:
FYI: This clip was sent to me in Windows Media format (WMV) but since we have such a diverse audience here I ran it through a digital media tool I use called Cleaner XL to convert it to a more common format. This software allows me to convert video between Windows Media, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Quicktime, RealPlayer formats and even creates streaming media formats for web presentation. It’s expensive but if you’re doing any work with digital video, especially for the web, I highly recommend it.Linked at basil's blog Brunch: 8/27/2005 and 'Beltway Sunday Drive' at Outside the Beltway. I tried linking to Barking Moonbats, but it would not accept my trackback - perhaps they block Blogger sites, as others do, which makes Blogger a bit frustrating to use.
The Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., where wounded warriors are treated, has been targeted by anti-war demonstrations since March. The protesters hold signs that read "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton." It is all legal as the demonstrators have protest permits from the police department to position themselves in front of the main entrance to the Army's Medical Center. "Code Pink Women for Peace" organizes the protests. Some conservative supporters believe that a hospital treating wounded soldiers is not a suitable location for anti-war demonstrations. Although anti-war protesting there is shameless, the protestors are guaranteed their say by our Constitution. All of the wounded warriors in hospital now being tormented by "Code Pink Ladies" have fought on the battlefields and off to protect that very speech that "Code Pink Women" is exercising.
Although we should not try to stop them, we also can exercise our own freedom of speech to note their lunacy and illogical thought processes. Listen and watch as one anti-war protester expounds. Demonstrating to the audience his [lack of] immense pride in his activities, he would only identify himself as code-named "Luke".
Code name "Luke" told Washington (CNSNews.com)'s Cybercast News Service that "the price of George Bush's foreign policy can be seen right here at Walter Reed -- young men who returned from Iraq with their bodies shattered after George Bush sent them to war for a lie." "Luke" accused the president of "exploiting American soldiers" while "oppressing the other nations of earth." The president "has killed far too many people." Listen and watch hypocrite "Luke", delighting in his three minutes of fame outside of an Army hospital, as he claims that he is speaking for the wounded soldiers there who are not able to speak for themselves. I ask you, who in reality is exploiting American soldiers? Those soldiers signed on voluntarily with George Bush; they never signed up with any "Code Pink Women"!
See Marc Morano's Video Report
Now, comes reporting from the "New York Times" that Florida State Can Keep Its Seminoles. On September 5th of this year, a student at Florida State University will don traditional warrior dress and war paint and ride bareback on an Appaloosa horse named Renegade. While waving a flaming spear, the student will be acting the part of the Seminole's Chief Osceola. The NCAA is allowing this to occur at Doak Campbell Stadium only, in Tallahassee, Florida, and nowhere else in the nation when Florida State plays its season opener against Miami.
Yesterday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed with the 3,100-member tribe and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, which had also endorsed the nickname. The N.C.A.A. removed Florida State from the list of universities banned from using what it called "hostile and abusive" mascots and nicknames during postseason play. "The N.C.A.A. executive committee continues to believe the stereotyping of Native Americans is wrong," Bernard Franklin, the association's senior vice president for governance and membership, said in a statement.That's the NCAA's official word. Actually, it probably has much to do with the discovery that the war paint, flaming spear and Appaloosa horse that mascot Chief Osceola sports have no connection whatsoever to the history of the Seminole tribe, therefore it would not be an insult to the Seminoles for non-Indians to use them. Do not try anything authentic, as that would in fact be considered a grievous racial slur.
It certainly would not be because 81 percent of Native Americans in a recent "Sports Illustrated" poll agreed that sports teams should NOT stop using Indian nicknames, mascots, characters, and symbols, according to National Review Online. What do they know? Their opinions do not count when do-gooders are on a righteous mission of saving the Indians from themselves.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Just in case anyone might have forgotten the story over the summer with all the bombings in London, Able Danger in Washington and Cindy Sheehan in Texas, the Los Angeles Times has seen fit to remind us all of that old, worn story of Lady Spy Plame and Superboy Wilson". Lest we have forgotten, their call is "Remember Plame-Wilson" - The Non-scandal That's Going Away! They even have a chronology of events beginning in February 2002, when Vice President Dick Cheney asked whether Iraq sought uranium from Niger. Lady Spy Plame, upon hearing of the questions coming from the Bush adminstration to her CIA, said "Let Them Eat Yellowcake", and sent her SuperSleuth Joey Wilson to Niger, to "cover it". The Times rehashes from there all the way down to July 18th, 2005, when President Bush said that the leaker will be fired if a crime was committed, leaving everyone to ponder if he really thinks he has authority to fire Judith Wilson from the NY Times. You can go to the LA Times and read their retold again novella, or you can stay here and read the real deal at Kerfuffles. "Lady Spy Plame and the Frog"
A CIA Cover Blown, a White House Exposed
By Tom Hamburger and Sonni Efron, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Toward the end of a steamy summer week in 2003, reporters were peppering the White House with phone calls and e-mails, looking for someone to defend the administration's claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. About to emerge as a key critic was Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former diplomat who asserted that the administration had manipulated intelligence to justify the Iraq invasion.
The liberals at the AP cannot quit harping on our president. For the last few weeks they have been accusing him of too much fun down there in Crawford, Texas. Now they are chiding him for using too much fuel for his presidential travels.
"Of All Gas Consumers, Bush May Be BiggestWhat the liberals are wishing is that with the rise in oil prices, they can shame the president into going back to bicycling, in the hopes that he will fly over the handlebars again, and they can have weeks of laughter lampooning him. Well, George Bush is too smart to fall for that trick. He has taken up mountain biking and he is now a "pro". No more of these gloats from the Dems and Aljazeera as this headline exemplifies last month: Bush Falls Off Bike Again.
Getting President Bush from here to there consumes an enormous amount of fuel, whether he's aboard Air Force One, riding in a helicopter or on the ground in a heavily armored limousine. The bill gets steeper every day as the White House is rocked by the same energy prices as regular drivers. Taxpayers still foot the bill."
Bush Rides the Trail in Idaho: "President George W. Bush spent a vacation day mountain biking at the new Tamarack Resort in central Idaho this week. The 25-mile Tamarack trail system was designed and built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).President George Bush is rested and tanned and ready to hit the dirt road back to Washington, this time traveling on a "gas-less" mountain bike. We have obtained these photos via an Internet spymeister to prove Bush's expertise. It seems that the left hand of the AP knoweth not what the right hand writeth. A year ago the website "Slapnose" quoted another AP report about the president's mountain biking skills, describing "George Bush: Tough as Nails".
"The president rode 16 miles, sampling many of the singletrack trails that have earned Tamarack a reputation for world-class mountain biking. Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne joined the president for a ride that included dirt roads, singletrack, a tour of the golf course and a visit to the mountain bike challenge park. "
"Bush has only been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, yet he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause. He keeps a cramp-inducing pace on long uphill sections, pouring it on to reach each peak, backing off a little to recover and then attacking the next hill.The president's Secret Service contingent has been having a difficult time keeping up with him, lagging behind POTUS, even while taking the easy "downhill" trails. The president has commandeered some night vision goggles from his private army and has been using them in Idaho to practice for planned midnight jaunts when he returns to town. No - not à la Bill Clinton, mind you. The President just feels that his Washington outings will be more peaceful at night when all of the MSM reporters are holed up in pubs and bars.
"He pants hard, emitting low 'hrrr, hrrr, hrrr' grunts with each stroke of the pedals, his shoulders bobbing up and down. Bush's new bike is one of the best in the business: a Trek Fuel 98 made of high-tech carbon fiber. The frame is adorned with top-shelf components that Bush professes to know little about, including a motorcycle-style front and rear suspension that soaks up big bumps."
In addition to practicing night riding, President Bush is also taking on steps - as in the "Capitol Steps". Yes, come January, instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on fuel to drive a limo over to address the U.S. Congress with that "State of the Union" thingy, President George Bush plans to be the first president ever to take the "steps" by mountain bike. He has been practicing real hard on this feat as you can see here.
The most recent image found is one of the president while he was showing off his cycling skills in Washington recently to his biking buddy, Lance Armstrong. With all of their biking paraphenalia, few reporters recognized either of them. Fortunately Lance, who was quite impressed, snapped this amazing picture of the president doing wheelies on the Washington mall. What a Guy - Our George! Eat your heart out Tour de France, Aljazerra and Bush-haters everywhere!
PS: Yes - it's satire, except for the quotes about Liberals, which, although hard to believe, are really true. Linked at Outside the Beltway, Mudville Gazette's 'Open Post', Wizbang's Carnival of Trackbacks and basil's blog Supper.
Charity Barred From Walter ReedOn Wednesday, her lawyer responded that "Walter Reed Hospital is ashamed that it cannot properly care for our wounded soldiers. Instead of trying to do so, it is trying to squash people like Susan Brewer." That charge will certainly endear her even more to the Walter Reed officials. Everyone should have a good lawyer to help them out when in trouble.
Soldier's Wife: Service Members Were Used For Publicity
POSTED: 7:09 pm EDT August 24, 2005
WASHINGTON -- As war wounded continue to arrive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, so do dozens of charities willing to help the soldiers and Marines as they recover, but one such charity is under fire.
America's Heroes of Freedom was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, by Susan Brewer, a former Texas interior designer who relocated to Washington. While AHOF has done some good work for returning troops, Brewer has landed in hot water with Walter Reed officials.
AHOF offered free tickets to a Baltimore Orioles game, and more than a dozen recovering service members decided to go.Several of them told News4 that they expected to relax, meet Orioles players and watch a ballgame, not be part of a publicity campaign for AHOF's Web site.
In an e-mail, the wife of a wounded soldier who attended the event wrote that the service members were "used" and the ballpark trip was "nothing more than publicity and a fundraiser" for AHOF.
Brewer denied that and said she had all wounded service members and their companions sign a release allowing them to be photographed.Brewer has now been barred from Walter Reed and it's sub-installations. In a statement to News4 officials said the bar is based on her "material misstatements of fact on the status or America's Heroes of Freedom" and her "use and/or attempted use of casualties for publicity purposes."
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
"Project Hope and Harmony, not yet a nonprofit organization although filing papers for that status are said to be planned, is the organization which insisted that Herndon, Virginia build a center for day laborers. This center will operate at taxpayers' expense and will not check on the immigration status of day laborers who utilize the site."Always on Watch has found Google links which cast aspersions upon the Muslim motives of Project Hope and Harmony's founder, yet it appears that these are all blog rantings and nothing verified by respected news organizations. In addition WaPo reports that the organization is an inter-faith group that is trying to solve the problem of what to do with the illegals in their community who are trying to find work. Perhaps the Washington Post investigated and found nothing amiss with the charitable activities of Mr. Mukit Hossain. However, it is always a good idea to be vigilant and to investigate what is going on beneath the surface, as I feel certain that "Northern Virginiastan" will do. I will be staying tuned for more substantial updates, if any.
Meanwhile, I find no reason, at least yet, to condemn the activities of Mr. Hossain or others working to lessen the sufferings of these less fortunate amongst us and helping the community accommodate them. Would it not be a wonderful thing to discover that this is one Muslim group that is truly trying to assimilate itself into the American culture by helping others at home? If that is the case, Mr. Mukit Hossain may be due for some kudos. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Ya just gotta give it to those Dems. They sure know how to party at a funeral. Remember that congressman from Minnesota who died in a plane crash, "win one for Paul" Wellstone? Remember the Democrat politicos who danced on his casket to rally the troops? Now comes the "Blow Yourself Up" at your own funeral which can really attract the "big gun" Dems to pay tribute, such as "almost President" John Kerry.
Just imagine the headlines if John Kerry had been elected president of the United States, instead of George Bush. While our real president is "trying" to vacation in the wilds of west Texas, our "would-have-been-president-if-only" --
John Kerry attends funeral with blow-up sex dolls - Senator guest at intimate farewell to gonzo journalist Hunter ThompsonWhee -- did we Americans ever dodge a bullet! Can you imagine the derision we would be receiving from the Euro-weenies about now, if they heard about our President at a funeral with sex dolls and drug trappings? Almost as much as when President Clinton was courting Monica with a cigar -- NO? Oh Lordy, those Rubes in the Red States certainly did us all a big favor, by sparing us from such calumny. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! We got George Bush instead - real fireworks instead of funereal imitations.
Posted: August 22, 2005 © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
"Former presidential candidate John Kerry attended an intimate and exclusive farewell for gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson, a suicide victim – complete with tributes to drugs and blow-up sex dolls adorning the event. Thompson's ashes were blasted into the night sky in an explosion, according to reports.
"The writer's ashes were fired from atop a 15-story tower modeled after Thompson's logo: a clenched fist, holding a peyote button, rising from the hilt of a dagger. It was built between his Colorado home and a tree-covered canyon wall. The guests gathered in a pavilion next to the platform. Inside were blow up sex dolls and a mask of Thompson's arch enemy, late President Richard Nixon."
Monday, August 22, 2005
No wonder they call him "Gutsy Greg" over there. At Arianna's very own blog, Greg is impertinently asking about her precious holiday at Ravello and Amalfi: "How does it feel to have seagull blood on your hands?" Greg has even conjured up a petition for everyone to sign:
THE PETITION: We, the undersigned, STRONGLY URGE A TOTAL AND COMPLETE BAN ON THE USE OF PRIVATE JETS. Private jets are an unjust and ultimately harmful method of transportation. A single take-off can produce more harmful pollutants than 100 cars driving 200 miles in three hours. This is bad for our planet. It is bad for our children. It is bad for innocent birds sucked into jet engines. It is also bad for women and minorities who are already marginalized by a lack of economic opportunity - the kind that makes it difficult for them to afford private jets in the first place (we call this the "airspace ceiling"). We urge everyone in America, primarily those who are wealthy enough to enjoy chartered private jets, to denounce the use of said jets. We cannot let these planes take off while our planet slowly dies. And birds too. " END OF PETITION.
How often do we consider that those Celebes who are in the forefront of banning the use of oil, are the very ones who take private planes instead of "fuel conserving" air busses where they would have to breathe in the same air that you breathe. In addition they prefer to sun bathe on diesel-guzzling yachts rather than on public beaches where they risk having sand kicked in their beautiful faces by the ugly. Greg is calling for a ban on all travel that creates emissions - whether jet, air, yacht or cruise ship. Save the birds he says. He is calling for some creative person to invent a "sustainable" method of transit:
-It can't be horses, since the methane they produce is extremely harmful to our environment. -it can't be walking, since paths and trails inevitably cause erosion. And we haven't even factored the harm our feet do to small plant life, insects, and lizards. ... THINK OF THE LEGLESS LIZARDS! The only answer I can see, is to take inspiration from Deepak Chopra's views on life, and kill yourself. Since we're already dead anyway, simply commit suicide ...Suicide -the only rational alternative, when you truly consider a life without oil emissions and with a universal ban on the harming of living creatures and the environment.
The image here of the Battleship Iowa firing just one of its NINE such 16inch/50 caliber Mark 7 guns, with two rounds of a 2,700 pound armor piercing and a 1,900 pound high capacity shore bombardment projectile, is the reason she is being rejected by the San Franciscans. The first shell is capable of penetrating up to 32 feet of reinforced concrete. The second round carries a high-explosive charge of 154 pounds. The maximum range of the big guns is 25 miles when fired with the normal propelling charge of 660 pounds, with a muzzle velocity of 2,690 feet per second. WOW!!
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Last week I wrote about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' distaste for the antics of Michael Jackson as far back as the Reagan administration, in "Roberts Dissed the King". As that was more than twenty years ago, when Jackson was still white, I postulated that his "dissing" attitude may be a reason that the Democrats are opposed to Roberts now.
Things are now getting worse as newly released documents are revealing that John Roberts exhibited a very low regard for some of the most famous icons of Hollywood. In fact, it appears that Ronald Reagan was probably the only screen actor that John Roberts could abide. Now Judge John Roberts is really in knee-high, deep doo-doo with the Democrats, as where would they be without the love and support from their Hollywood cronies. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank is at it again with "Roberts's Rules of Decorum - No Hobnobbing With Celebs, and Absolutely No Michael Jackson". According to the columnist, after advising President Reagan even further about Michael Jackson, John Roberts went on to "diss" even Bing Crosby and John Wayne, writing that the American president should not offer words of remembrance about them.
On April 30, 1984, Roberts wrote to oppose a presidential award that was to have been given to Jackson for his efforts against drunk driving. Roberts particularly objected to award wording that described Jackson as an "outstanding example" for American youth. Roberts wrote: "If one wants the youth of America and the world sashaying around in garish sequined costumes, hair dripping with pomade, body shot full of female hormones to prevent voice change, mono-gloved, well, then, I suppose 'Michael,' as he is affectionately known in the trade, is in fact a good example. Quite apart from the problem of appearing to endorse Jackson's androgynous life style, a Presidential award would be perceived as a shallow effort by the President to share in the constant publicity surrounding Jackson. . . . The whole episode would, in my view, be demeaning to the President."Roberts Dissed the King
Friday, August 19, 2005
The ACLU and CAIR are in a legal battle demanding that the Koran be placed in courthouses in North Carolina. Currently the law allows people to swear oaths upon the Bible, or to solemnly affirm. People may also swear "so help me God" without the use of a Bible. Of course Korans in the courtroom is a lunatic idea, but no more than the United States Army at Guantanamo Bay providing Korans for the detainees there, and creating a special “Code of Conduct” that American soldiers must follow in order to "respect the dignity of the Koran". It’s fine to pass around the Christian Bible, stuff it in a duffle bag, even drop it on the floor, but handling the Koran required the writing of an official order, Section 6-5-c(3) of "Detention Operations Group Standard Operating Procedures" for Gitmo.
Well at least, the thousands of courthouses throughout the great land of America will have an example to follow when the boxes of Korans arrive. The U.S. Army’s standard operating procedure is: "Handle the Koran as if it were a fragile piece of delicate art." If courts take their cue from our military, they will have to begin with having only Muslims unpack the boxes of holy books. Whenever a Koran is brought into the courtroom to be sworn upon, it can only be carried by a Muslim. Even picked up, or moved, requires a Muslim. May heaven help the cleaning crew who doesn't know the rules! Many new careers will be opening up at American courthouses; however only Muslims need apply.
In an emergency, if no person of Islamic faith is available, and as a last resort, a pig, dog or "kafir" (Christian, Jew or non-believer) may touch the Koran, but only after donning clean gloves and using both hands at all times, without showing favoritism to the “really unclean” left hand. Before moving the Koran, the pig, dog or “kafir” is prohibited from manipulating any part of it with the left hand, because of Islamic association of the left hand … etc. Once the Koran is removed by the gloved, yet still unclean pig, dog or “kafir”, it then must be placed inside a clean, dry towel. This is according to Islamic law which lists ten “najis things”. Among them are urine, feces, other bodily excretions, the pig, the dog and the “kafir”. Considering the punishment for disrespecting the Koran, even accidentally, one wonders how many pigs, dogs or “kafirs” will be willing to pinch-hit when Mr. Ali doesn't show up for work.
The United States Army at Guantanamo has already surrendered to a voluntary, self-loathing by admitting that its soldiers are unclean. Will courthouses throughout the United States do the same? How many people will die whenever there is rumor that somewhere an unclean courthouse employee touched a Koran? How outrageous would it be to bring the Koran into the American court of law? It is a book that some Muslims interpret as giving them license to commit mayhem and murder upon unbelievers, such as the citizens of the United States. Would we not be giving our enemies (without even selling for a profit) the rope with which to hang us all?
No Korans = No Defamation
Linked at WizBang Blog's 'Carnival of the Trackbacks XXV' and basil's blog Brunch: 8/20/2005.
Today are news reports (FoxNews.com) that a missile flew over the bow of the USS Ashland in Aqaba, Jordan. An Al Qaeda-linked group says it was behind the rocket attack that missed two American warships in the port city south of Amman. However, they did manage to murder one Jordanian soldier,
Once again the world of Muslim jihadists humiliates itself. Trying to explode stationary United States naval vessels while docked, the rockets of the Allah-inspired missed. Al Qaeda's best and brightest couldn’t even do any harm from their terrorist nest in Jordon while lobbing explosives at tiny Israel. The only person who was visited by the wrath of Allah was himself an innocent Muslim soldier. The world of Arabs and Muslims has not been able to produce much of worth in the last 500 years or so, but they have invented very innovative techniques of terrorism, that others cannot equal. Lacking the ability to produce (their own oil industry is run by Westerners and the West’s technology), they find solace in visiting death and destruction upon the producers. In an article entitled "Saving Arabs from Themselves", David Gutmann describes their shame: “They have no science to speak of, no art, hardly any industry save oil, very little literature, and portentous music which consists largely of lugubrious songs celebrating the slaughter of Jews.”
As the world has become a smaller and smaller place to live, the radical Muslim cannot help but compare his own society to that of other nations, with their elite minds of Christians, Jews, women and even atheists who are able to create ideas to better the lives of their fellow countrymen. Instead of realizing that their own backwardness has been brought about by silencing those voices in their societies, they take refuge in a sense of spiritual superiority, and their ability to rally thousands of true believers to destroy the West while destroying themselves. The West has put the Muslim Arab cultures to shame and all that is left for them is their knowledge that they are inferior to the West. This is why they try to destroy what has been created by Westerners.
Now, even their most prideful achievement, terrorism, is being eroded and weakened. Each attack they make is ever more pitiful than the last. It is the result of the far superior technology, information and dedication to the cause of survival of the West. And it will be the far superior West who will have to "save Arabs from themselves", as even in that regard, they are not up to the task.
Ruffles and Flourishes to Dr. Sanity. Wizbang Blog has a very good post explaining just how enormous in size were these two vessels that the mighty Al Qaeda warriors failed to hit: "Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen". Linked at The Political Teen.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas --- President Bush announced the formation of a protest group ...in order to voice his outrage over the liberal invasion of America. The group will be dedicated to the withdrawal of liberal troops from America. "This is an unjust war on America," said Bush. "It's an illegal and unjust war. Instead of fighting conservatives, all this group is doing is encouraging the further recruitment of conservatives. They have to fight conservatives like they fight terrorists. With love, warmth, understanding, and fresh baked cookies. ... Let's be honest. Their real goal isn't to get us out of Iraq with their invasion and occupation of America. They just want our hemp. No blood for hemp is what I say. That's the real liberal agenda here. They don't understand that their actions caused people to become conservatives in the first place. ... The longer they occupy America, the easier it is for conservatives to find more recruits."
This Cindy Sheehan media circus cannot last. August will soon be over and the President will return to his Washington home. Sooner than anyone expects, something will happen to cause the national media to hasten to another event. We will be compelled once again to face the real war we are in, which is now going into its fifth year. Somewhere -- New York, Madrid, London, Washington, or elsewhere -- will come the next attack, which is likely in the making. When that happens, these lazy, hazy dog days of August will be but a distant memory. Cindy Sheehan’s tent will be folded and she will be left alone and abandoned by her now adoring fans.
So for the rest of August, stop reading the newspapers and blogs, turn off the TV, and take time to understand the founding documents of our nation. They are all free to read at The Library of Congress and National Archives.
- Primary Documents in American History
- The Federalist Papers
- The Declaration of Independence
- The Constitution of the United States
- The Bill of Rights
- Constitutional Amendments 11-27
Linked at WizBang Blog, Michelle Malkin, Captain's Quarters and Michael Fumento.