Friday, June 23, 2006

Media Refuses To Hold Surveillance Story
Media Refuses To Tell WMD In Iraq Story



The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times both refused to hold the surveillance story, despite requests from senior Bush Administration officials.

Observe now as the tragically fading MSM dinosaur thrashes about in the throes of a moral seizure:


"It's a tough call; it was not a decision made lightly," said Doyle McManus, the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau chief. "The key issue here is whether the government has shown that there are adequate safeguards in these programs to give American citizens confidence that information that should remain private is being protected."

Treasury Department officials spent 90 minutes Thursday meeting with the newspaper's reporters, stressing the legality of the program and urging the paper to not publish a story on the program, McManus said in a telephone interview.

"They were quite vigorous, they were quite energetic. They made a very strong case," he said.
In its story, The New York Times said it carefully weighed the administration's arguments for withholding the information and gave them "the most serious and respectful consideration."

"We remain convinced that the administration's extraordinary access to this vast repository of international financial data, however carefully targeted use it may be, is a matter of
public interest," said Bill Keller, the Times' executive editor.


What would we do without such people to keep us informed?

Note how important it is to keep us informed of things which they believe will hurt the Bush Administration. Meanwhile, they absolutely refuse to inform us of things which will help the Bush Administration. For instance, the story about how it was revealed that we did indeed find WMD in Iraq.

I Google'd

WMD Iraq Santorum New York Times

Here's what I got. It's an article entitled "For Diehards Search For Iraq's WMD's Isn't Over:




The New York Times is trying to make me look like an idiot.

WASHINGTON, June 22 — The United States government abandoned the search for unconventional weapons in Iraq long ago. But Dave Gaubatz has never given up.

Mr. Gaubatz, an earnest, Arabic-speaking investigator who spent the first months of the war as an Air Force civilian in southern Iraq, has said he has identified four sites where residents said chemical weapons were buried in concrete bunkers.

The sites were never searched, he said, and he is not going to let anyone forget it.

"I just don't want the weapons to fall into the wrong hands," Mr. Gaubatz, of Denton, Tex., said.

For the last year, he has given his account on talk radio programs, in Congressional offices and on his Web site, which he introduced last month with, "A lone American battles politicians to locate W.M.D."

Some politicians are outspoken allies in Mr. Gaubatz's cause. He is just one of a vocal and disparate collection of Americans, mostly on the political right, whose search for
Saddam Hussein's unconventional weapons continues.


What a pile of shit. Check out the dateline on that story. It is June 22, 2006. That's the DAY AFTER Rick Satorum held his press conference announcing the release of the document confirming that WMD's were, indeed, found.

Maybe the New York Times didn't hear the news.

As far as I can tell from using Google, the NYT/LAT Axis has yet to publish a story about the fact that we have found WMD in Iraq.

That's a bit curious, isn't it?

Next
Stop,
Iran


Apparently, the Iraqi government is set to announce a broad-based peace plan within the next few days:


THE Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday [..]

The 28-point package for national reconciliation will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners if they renounce violence and lay down their arms, The Times can reveal.

The Government will promise a finite, UN-approved timeline for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq; a halt to US operations against insurgent strongholds; an end to human rights violations, including those by coalition troops; and compensation for victims of attacks by terrorists or Iraqi and coalition forces.


Atlas says Rumsfeld and Casey knew this was coming soon, and are now, more and more focusing their efforts on ...

Iran:


Huh? What? What was that sound?

Casey and Rumsfeld at Pentagon briefing kept emphasizing the "complicating factor" is Iranian special forces and Hezbollah activity in Iraq (at their last press conference). I thought that was telling. That and today's announcement that they would be reploying additional troops over to Iraq in coming months.


Get the whole scoop at Atlas Shrugs.


Banning
The Burqa
In Norway


Well, technically what they are banning is called the niqab, but it looks like a burqa, doesn't it?


Today, Aftenposten reports that the Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education has given permission for the nikab to be banned in schools. Teachers are said to believe that the nikab hinders communication. In the Netherlands, it was considered to be frightening for small children to have staff enveloped in face-covering items, such as the nikab or the burka.

Yeah, no kidding, huh? Can you image being a kid and having the mutant ninja teacher swirl up to you and tell you to do your homework. That'd be enough to start a lifetime of therapy.... the issue of the hijab was itself causing conflict in schools, among Muslim girls. Muslim girls not wearing the headscarf are called whores or "loose" by their hijabbed fellow students. The decision by the education directorate will only outlaw the veil or nikab, and will not affect the wearing of the Muslim headscarf.



So, I guess that means the girls will still be called whores by their fellow students.

You can see Norway working here, can't ya? They don't want to violate the sacred scriptures of the Temple of Political Correctness, but at the same time, they want to deal with the oppression of the poor teenage girls.

But, when the wishes of an oppressed minority goes up against the needs of an oppressed woman in the sacred scriptures of the Temple of Political Correctness, the oppressed minority will always win.

Actually, there is also a second component in play here. It's called the Doctrine of Chickenshitness. Let's face it, they are afraid of the Muslims among them.

The veil, the burqa, the niqab, they are all the chains of modern day Islamic slavery. Cover the face and you take away the person. A person who can not express themselves is a dehumanized person. The veil is the first step to the obliteration of female free will.

These aren't clothes. They are portable concentration camps.

All Western countries ought to put an absolute ban on these abominations.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

South Korea
Says
N. Korea
Missile Test
Not Imminent


From Associated Press:


SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's defense minister said Thursday that it believes North Korea's missile launch is not imminent despite concern in the region that the communist nation would test-fire a long-range missile.

It is our judgment that a launch is not imminent," Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung told a parliamentary meeting in comments confirmed by his ministry.

"There are various procedures before the launch, and based on those procedures, that is how we see it," Yoon said, without elaborating.

Worries over a possible North Korean launch have grown in recent weeks after reports of activity at the country's launch site on its northeastern coast where U.S. officials say a Taepodong-2 missile — believed capable of reaching parts of the United States — is possibly being fueled.


Let's see, now. America's assessment of the situation is based upon the use of sophisticated satellite technology. I don't imagine that South Korea is employing anywhere near the technology of the United States in gaining the intelligence that they have with regards to the activities of North Korea.

Therefore, it seems reasonable to conclude that there may be something more going on here than meets the eye.

Here's an article on the situation from the perspective of a South Korean newspaper:


White House spokesman Tony Snow said Tuesday that President George W. Bush contacted some dozen heads of state on North Korea¡¯s rumored imminent launch of a ballistic missile. Surely the United States needs the closest cooperation from South Korea, but Bush did not talk to our president. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice substituted their talk with a conversation with Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon.

The Korean and American presidents had their last telephone conversation on Sept. 20 last year, the day after the six-nation talks on North Korea¡¯s nuclear program produced a statement of principle.

The period since saw a number of major issues other than the missile question arise between our two countries, including Pyongyang's dollar counterfeiting, an accord on strategic flexibility for the U.S. Forces Korea, the relocation of U.S. military bases to Pyongtaek and negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement. But the two presidents have had nothing to say to each other.
It is perhaps not so surpri


It is perhaps not so surprising. Bush wouldn't have anything to say on the missile issue, since the South Korean government has reportedly concluded that what the North is preparing to fire is more likely to be a satellite.

When the U.S. president ruled out a compromise on Pyonyang's counterfeiting of U.S. dollars, President Roh Moo-hyun said, "If the U.S. attempts to resolve the issue by pressuring North Korea in a manner wishing to see the regime collapse, conflicts will arise between South Korea and the U.S."

While the U.S. president invited North Korean defectors, describing one such encounter as the most moving of his tenure, the South Korean chief executive has not met a single one of the over 8,000 North Korean refugees living in the South.

Those differences have most likely cost South Korea its hotline to the White House and have driven it into isolation in the international community. Japan has aligned itself with the U.S. ever more closely as South Korea drifted away.

The new overtures this government has made toward China have produced no echoes. This administration also tried to open a line to the North in an attempt to ease its isolation with its "one nation" rhetoric. "There are things that I can¡¯t readily do because of our relationship with our neighbors including the U.S.,¡± the president has said. ¡°But if former president Kim Dae-jung opens the way (though his visit to the North), I may be able to do them indirectly.¡± But North Korea has stopped a visit the president begged for by offering "unconditional aid to the North." It is a sad president who is unable even to visit the North ¡°indirectly.¡±

Why does South Korea find itself isolated in the international community and its communication channels with the North blocked at the same time? This administration¡¯s slogans, from "independent alliance diplomacy" -- somehow seeking both independence and alliance -- to calling for Korea to play the role of a balancer between the U.S. and China while firmly cementing its cooperation with Washington, via a "cooperative but independent national defense," offering cooperation while leading the alliance, have claimed a high price -- an independent defense outlay running to hundreds of trillions of won.

Such slogans from the administration originate in an unusual mindset that reads the world not as it is but as it wants it to be. While every other country on earth lives in the orbit of world powers, our government insists that all other countries should circle around South Korea. Geocentrist leaders who persist that the sun circles the Earth are driving the satellite called South Korea on a collision course. And the people will have to live with this government in fear and trembling for another year and a half.


So, if this South Korean editorial writers' opinion is accurate, the current South Korean government seems to think that North Korea's belligerence offers an opportunity to play politics, and boost South Korea's power on the world stage.

What better way than to take a contrary opinion to the United States?

If North Korea increases its military power, who is in more danger than South Korea? Japan perhaps. But, one would assume that South Korea's response to saber-rattling from its neighbor would be serious concern, not a posture of calm assurance.

North Korea has within the last few days called for talks with the United States over the missile situation. If they were simply launching a satellite, these calls would have been the perfect time to clear up the misunderstanding.

So, why is South Korea convinced that North Korea is not launching a missile?

We know that China is helping Iran with its pursuit of nuclear weapons. China seems to believe that by increasing Iran's power, they can set up a proxy challenge to the United States, and thus decrease American power. So far, this strategy seems to be working pretty well.

Could it be that Chinese diplomats are feeding South Korea erroneous information in order to set up another proxy challenge to the United States in the heart of Asia?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

World Health
Organization
Confirms
Bird Flu
In Indonesia
Is Now Human
To Human


From Reliapundit:


BAD NEWS:

The World Health Organization has concluded that human-to-human transmission likely occurred among seven relatives who developed bird flu in Indonesia.

In a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, WHO experts said the cluster's index case was probably infected by sick birds and spread the disease to six family members. One of those cases, a boy, then likely infected his father, it said.

The U.N. agency stressed the virus has not mutated and that no cases were detected beyond the family.

This is bad news because this transformation of the bird flu was the PREDICTED first step before the virus mutates into a full-blown and then becomes a more easily transmitted H2H virus. That's when the global pandemic begins.


Go read the rest at the Astute Blogger.

WMD's
Found
In Iraq


Rick Santorum revealed today that WMD's were found in Iraq after all:


(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," in Iraq.

Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."

According to Santorum, "That means in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions still believed to exist within the country."

The Pennsylvania senator called the finding "incredibly" significant. "The idea that, as my colleagues have repeatedly said in this debate on the other side of the aisle, that there are no weapons of mass destruction is in fact false," Santorum said. "We have found over 500 weapons of mass destruction and in fact have found that there are additional chemical weapons still in the country."

As Cybercast News Service reported on Oct. 6, 2004, the CIA's chief inspector in Iraq provides details that corroborate information contained in 42 pages of Iraqi intelligence documents obtained by CNSNews.com. The so-called Duelfer report, named for its author, Charles Duelfer, is widely recognized for declaring that no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.

Other details of the report, however, provide a glimpse of what some Iraq experts say is Saddam's attempt to continue to wage war against the U.S. after the first Gulf War ended.

See Earlier Story:Inspector's Report Bolsters Credibility of Iraqi Intelligence Documents (Oct. 13, 2004)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Schools Out


Today is my kids last day of school for the year. She is so happy it is palpable. It brings back memories for me. I recall that I used to run the entire six blocks home from school at fullspeed. My adrenaline was pumping so hard that it seemed like I could fly.

Another recollection my daughters happiness brings up for me is the song I would sing every last day of school:


Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise'
Cause they found new toys

Well we can't salute ya
Can't find a flag
If that don't suit ya
That's a drag

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces


Which also reminds me of a classic Alice Cooper rant from last year:


The 56-year-old Cooper says he was disgusted to learn the likes of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, R.E.M., Sheryl Crow, James Taylor and Dave Matthews were hitting the road for a series of concerts designed to help defeat President Bush.

"To me, that's treason," Cooper told the Canadian Press. "I call it treason against rock 'n' roll because rock is the antithesis of politics. Rock should never be in bed with politics."

"When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I'd run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could. So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick.

"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."


Thanks, Alice.

Obviously Alice Cooper is one rock star who actually grew up.


A
Good
Christian


In our world today, we have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, threatening to wipe Israel off the map, we have monolithic anti-Semitism in the Middle East, and the Palestinian people have elected a government (Hamas) whose Charter officially calls for people to kill Jews, but the Christian Church has remained silent.

In fact, the Presbyterian Church has actually gone the opposite direction and called for its investors to divest from Israel.

I've been waiting for my own personal church to speak out, but nothing has happend. We've had people speak on the persecution of Christians around the world, we've had people speak on the plight of the poor, we've had people speak on the emptiness of materialism, but not a voice raised for the Jews. This pains me deeply.

Here is an example of a man who did stand up and help the Jews in their time of need. From Atlas Shrugs:


Professor Raul Hilberg, the famed holocaust scholar and researcher that wrote
The Destruction of European Jews, describes at length how Hitler wanted to sell Europe's Jews to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but the latter wanted no part of our people.

FDR and the State Department gave Hitler carte blanche to destroy our people - they locked the gates of the USA to many that could have fled. Later, FDR
had tons of opportunities to bomb Aushwitz, but he never did.

In light of the State Department's covert antisemitic climate, Harry Bingham was a tremendous hero. Against his superiors' will, he arranged 2,500 visas for Jewish refugees fleeing the death camps, including artist Marc Chagall.

For over 50 years, the State Department resisted any attempt to honor him. Now, a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" is being given to him, in the form of a 39-cent stamp in Harry's honor. America, you can do much better than a postage stamp.

In his lifetime, Harry was disgraced and demoted. Now, he's recognized as a hero, but the recognition is too little and too late.

Saudi Arabian
Religious Police
Arrest Christians


Thank you to Esther, at Islam In Europe, for sending this over to me:SAUDI ARABIA : POLICE


ARREST FOUR EAST AFRICAN CHRISTIANS
Detainees held at Jeddah's deportation jail.June 15

(Compass Direct) – Ten Saudi Arabian police armed with woodenclubs raided a private Christian worship meeting in the coastal cityof Jeddah on June 9, arresting four East African citizens leading theservice.

At press time the two Ethiopian and two Eritrean Christians remainedin the city's deportation jail.

More than 100 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Filipinos were gathered forworship in a home in Jeddah's Al-Rowaise district at 11 o'clock lastFriday morning when a group of Saudi police entered the meeting,wooden clubs in hand.

The startled worshippers brought chairs to seat the policemen, who satand waited for the three-hour worship service to conclude. None usedtheir clubs or physically mishandled the worshippers.

"Actually, some muttawa [Muslim religious police] came to this gathering about two weeks before," a local source told Compass, "but they did not do anything."

But after the June 9 weekly praise and prayer service finished, police arrested four leaders of the group: Ethiopian Christians MekbebTelahun and Masai Wendewesen, together with Eritrean Christians FekreGebremedhin and Dawit Uqbay.

The four were jailed in the Jeddah Terhil (Deportation) Center, whereguards have since permitted an acquaintance to bring them all a changeof clothes. Three of the men are married; Wendewesen is single.

A Christian who spoke with the detainees by telephone reported theywere "doing fine, with okay morale." But he said he did not know howthey were being treated, or whether they were undergoinginterrogation.

According to local sources, the incident has been reported to consularofficials of the Philippines and the United States.

Typically the Saudi government deports expatriate Christians caughtconducting worship meetings in their homes or privately owned villas,forcing their employers to terminate their work contracts.

Under the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islamic law, publicnon-Muslim worship is prohibited.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Presbyterian
Anti-Semitism


In 2004, the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America, as a reaction to Israeli policy vis a vis the Palestinians, voted to "divest" from Israel, which means to cease all existing investments in Israeli companies. Recently, under pressure from within and without the Church body, they voted to rescind the divestment motion.

Atlas says this latest vote is just a kind of truce, until they can figure out another way to skin the cat (that would be Israel). Go read Atlas' fine post.

At the meeting which was convened to rescind the original motion former CIA chief (under Clinton) James Woolsey spoke eloquently in defense of Israel:


He minced few words when he spoke during an unofficial General Assembly gathering Friday. Woolsey criticized the General Assembly's 2004 decision to consider divesting in companies that refuse to reform such practices as selling bulldozers to raze the homes of Palestinians living on land disputed with Israel.

"We have, I'm afraid, moved into a posture…that, unless what we did two years ago is rejected, we are clearly on the side of theocratic, totalitarian, anti-Semitic, genocidal beliefs, and nothing less," Woolsey declared.

With the Palestinians' Hamas party coming to power, Woolsey sees little room for hope for a two-state solution.

"What bars people from living together is that everyone knows that if Jews in the West Bank weren't protected by the Israeli Defense Forces, they'd be killed," he said.

The region lost its best shot at peace in 2000, he said, when then-Israeli Prime Minister Elahud Barak offered Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat a 95-percent withdrawal from the West Bank and $30 billion in compensation.

Woolsey said the proposal was "an extra generous offer, and Arafat turned it down without making a counteroffer, and went back to murdering Israeli women and children in pizza parlors. And yet our church decided to throw its moral lot with the Palestinians."

The wall (Woolsey says it is 90 percent fence and easily can be moved if negotiations warrant it) that Israel built has drastically reduced the number of suicide bombings, he said.

Hamas "doesn't play by the rules," he said. Its charter, from which Woolsey read, blames Jews for everything from the French Revolution to the creation of the United Nations and claims such groups as Rotary International act in the interest of Zionism.

Woolsey displayed photographs from Hamas' Web site that showed 5-year-old boys being trained as suicide bombers and a cartoon of a young Palestinian relieving himself on the Statue of Liberty.


Thank God for James Woolsey.

I think it is also worthwhile to read Atlas clear reading of the motives behind this divestment movement:


Many Presbyterians are using Christianity to cloak their antisemitism. As Jesus said, "By their acts (words) ye shall know them" so we know them. Because Christians can champion downtrodden peoples all over the globe like those poor South African raped children, child sex slavery, the child rape by the French UN peacekeeping forces in the Congo,the multimillion modern slaves in the Sudan and elsewhere, the starving in North Korea, the Arab women suffering from severe sharia laws, but no, they focus on the Palestinians. Why?

It's not about the Palestinians, it's about sticking it to who they hate or are jealous of, the Jews or Israel. Like American liberals like Michael Moore...is it about the Jews or even the American downtrodden or sticking it to "daddy" the Republican administration or Israel. These people are transparent.

Where do you focus your limited energies?

Sunday, June 18, 2006


Let Them
Eat Guns:
Hamas Is
Buying Weapons
"Like Crazy"


The Palestinian government is supposed to be so strapped for cash that they can't pay their employees, nor can they keep their hospitals stocked with medicine. But, this is stopping them from buying weapons, and lots of them:


A Palestinian arms dealer in Ramallah, who wished to remain anonymous as he offered to sell NEWSWEEK an unsolicited MP5 submachine gun, says that the price of a U.S.-made M-16 on the black market has doubled, from $5,000 to $10,000, since Hamas took power. “Hamas is buying like crazy,” the dealer says.