Saturday, November 11, 2006


A song by Coldplay.


By Audioslave

Yeah, go ahead and tell me modern rock doesn't kick ass like the old stuff did. Check out singer Chris Cornell, perhaps, the angriest man in the world (who hasn't driven himself completely nuts).

Arab Muslims
Kill And Enslave
Black Christians -
World's Media Yawns

The situation in the Sudan is even worse than that the media ever tells us. I am amazed that the media has covered it up so effectively. It is disgusting, and it is a black mark on the souls of those who choose not to report the truth.

The truth is, well over two million people have been killed over the past 20+ years. The Arab Muslim government uses the Janjaweed to kill their enemies. They started with the black Christans, and Animists. This is the part the media never tells you about:

The first two million they killed were Christians and Animists.

The last couple hundred thousand have included a lot of Muslims (black Sufis, primarily).When they started killing the Muslims, that's when the media started reporting on it.

That was about three or four years ago.

Note that the whole time it has been Arabs killing black people. That the media doesn't care about.

What's more, in the Sudan, they kill the black men, and use the women and children as slaves and sex slaves.

There is literally black slavery going on in Sudan, but the media doesn't fucking care to tell the world about it. Arabs are using black people as slaves, and it is ok.

And, by the way, the truth is, it has been a Jihad all along.

Sudan's Silent Jihad
by Robert Spencer July 29, 2004

Just in time to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide that it largely ignored, the human rights community is beginning to take notice of the genocide in Sudan. As welcome as this is, and as refreshing as it is that the New York Times and Washington Post have done extensive reporting on Darfur in recent weeks, few have noted that the tragedy of Darfur is actually the second Sudanese genocide of our age. The first killed over two million African Christians and animists in southern Sudan.

They may be forgiven for being slow on the uptake, however; after all, Darfur marks the third genocide in Africa that Kofi Annan is declining to notice: Rwanda, Sudan I and now Sudan II. Over 100,000 people have been killed in Darfur. By autumn the number of those who have been displaced or impoverished, or whose lives have been destroyed by the war in other ways, will most likely exceed three million. Yet Annan declared that he cannot consider it “genocide or ethnic cleansing yet.”

There is another word that Annan has never uttered in connection with Sudan. For a decade Khartoum has waged what the regime itself calls a jihad against Christians and tribalists in the South. A 1992 fatwa issued by a group of pro-Khartoum Sudanese imams declared: “An insurgent who was previously a Muslim is now an apostate and a non-Muslim is a non-believer standing as a bulwark against the spread of Islam, and Islam has granted the freedom of killing both of them.” This allowed for the murder of Christians and animists in the south; now it has been turned against the Muslims of Darfur, whose Islam doesn’t measure up to Khartoum’s hardline standards.

Yet Annan has never acknowledged that what is going on in Sudan is a jihad. And this is just one manifestation of the by-now inescapable fact that the United Nations is damaged beyond repair. The Islamic states maintain an unbreakable solidarity. The only exception to their unwillingness to condemn other Muslim states came when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq attacked Kuwait. Meanwhile, the Europeans and Chinese have oil interests in Sudan that dovetail nicely at the UN with the Islamic bloc’s determination to repel any criticism. France, the most energetic opponent of UN sanctions against the Khartoum regime, is heavily invested in Sudan through its oil giant ElfTotal.

The emperor has no clothes, but Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and Oxfam are still paying enthusiastic obeisance. A perusal of each of their websites demonstrates that they criticize the UN only with extreme reluctance and in the most muted tones. In a startling recrudescence of the old “white man’s burden” mentality, they tend to focus more anger at the United States and Western Europe for failing to stop killings than at the murderers themselves. And above all, they won’t describe the conflict as what it really is: a jihad, another example of the crying need for large-scale reform within Islam.

Yet until they do so, they give jihadists carte blanche to continue their work. Instead of providing a platform for those who will work for Islamic reform, the human rights organizations, out of political correctness and a reflexive inability to see any non-white, non-Western entity as anything but a victim, are treating the symptoms but not the cause. Search for “jihad” at the Amnesty International website, and you will find articles alleging that Israel has mistreated a man named Jihad Shaker Abu Ayesh, as well as members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. You won’t find the word mentioned in connection with Sudan. Human Rights Watch analyzes the Sudanese crisis exclusively in economic and ethnic terms, with no notice of how the murderers themselves have explained what they are doing.

So the very people who are supposed to tell us the truth — that the UN is broken, and no longer truly stands for human rights — can’t or won’t do so. Why? Are they so trapped in their old illusions about how the world works, and how to make peace, that they are in denial about the harsh realities of the post-9/11 landscape? It seems so.

The victims are the blacks of Darfur and southern Sudan, who continue to be murdered and enslaved by Islamic Arab fundamentalists. The jihadists operate with impunity before a world that doesn’t dare give a name to the crime they are committing. How many more deaths will be needed before Annan and the human rights establishment admit the truth?

In Germany
On Day
Of Kristallnacht

German neo-Nazi wearing Palestinian kaffiyeh

What is Kristallnacht? It was the night in 1938 (actually it was two nights) when the anti-Semitic forces Hitler had been stirring finally broke completely free. Germans ransacked Jewish homes in a murderous pillaging spree that crossed the country.

Well, German neo-Nazis celebrated Kristalnacht the other night with a rampage of their own:

CNN: BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- German neo-Nazis, some shouting "Sieg Heil," rampaged in the eastern city of Frankfurt on Oder and destroyed wreaths placed to mark the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi pogrom against the Jews, police said on Friday.

A police spokeswoman said the group had launched an attack on Thursday evening, shortly after a memorial service by community and Jewish leaders at a monument where a synagogue once stood.She said the neo-Nazis trampled floral wreaths placed at a memorial stone to the synagogue in the Polish border city that was destroyed 68 years ago in the Nazis' Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass."
Neo-Nazis attack Jewish memorial

CNN: MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Nearly 70 years after Adolf Hitler declared Munich's main synagogue an "eyesore" in the center of his power base and personally ordered it torn down, the city's Jews are celebrating a return to the heart of the southern German city.

On Thursday, the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, Torah scrolls were marched with fanfare through the winding, cobblestone streets of downtown Munich to a newly built synagogue in the heart of the city.
After 68-year wait, a new synagogue for MunichNPD darf ihren Parteitag in Berlin abhalten: Gericht macht Weg frei

Everything old is new again, huh?

By the way, what do you think of the fact that the German neo-Nazis are now donning Palestinians Kaffiyehs?

Why not, Hitler colluded with the Arabs to kill Jews, so why shouldn't his spawn do the same?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Who Is Important To You?

From Eyes All Around:

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners. How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with . Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care ..

Thursday, November 09, 2006

As Big As Love

Lyrics from a song by a songwriter named Mark Davis:

I'm thinking about the big world
It's shape leaves a shadow on my brain
A big shadow of a place that I can not understand
With its promises of pleasure and pain
Shall I run, shall I move
Shall I watch it all from here
Shall I laugh at myself for crying
Shall I listen to the lips whispering in my ear
No shadow is as big as love

A child threw a smile in my direction
It conjured up a picture in my brain
Of a flame that never dies
A fire that only burns
The big prison doors that jail my innocence
Shall I knock, shall I dig
Shall I start a fire in here?
Shall I laugh at myself for trying
Just listen to the lips whispering in my ear
No prison is as big as love

No doubt, no pain
No shadow on my brain
No distance is as big as love
Not as big as this

One Organ
A Time

From the great blog, Al Fin:

One of the most important steps in becoming a cyborg is developing a stable, working interface between electronic devices and nerve tissue. Nanotechnology has produced the nanotube, which not only serves as a scaffolding for the re-growth of damaged nerve tissue--nanotubes can also serve as interfaces between electronic chips and nerves.

Writing today in Advanced Materials, Nicholas Kotov of the University of Michigan and colleagues describe how they have used hollow, submicroscopic strands of carbon, carbon nanotubes, to connect an integrated circuit to nerve cells. The new technology offers the possibility of building an interface between biology and electronics.

Kotov and colleagues at Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas Medical Branch have explored the properties of single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs) with a view to developing these materials as biologically compatible components of medical devices, sensors, and prosthetics. SWNTs are formed from carbon atoms by various techniques including deposition and resemble a rolled up sheet of chicken wire, but on a tiny scale. They are usually just a few nanometers across and up to several micrometers in length.

The researchers built up layers of their SWNTs to produce a film that is electrically conducting even at a thickness of just a few nanometers. They next grew neuron precursor cells on this film. These precursor cells successfully differentiated into highly branched neurons.

A voltage could then be applied, lateral to the SWNT film layer, and a so-called whole cell patch clamp used to measure any electrical effect on the nerve cells. When a lateral voltage is applied, a relatively large current is carried along the surface but only a very small current, in the region of billionths of an amp, is passed across the film to the nerve cells. The net effect is a kind of reverse amplification of the applied voltage that stimulates the nerve cells without damaging them.

High quality, low cost single-wall (SWCNT) & multi-walled (MWCNTs) Kotov and his colleagues report that such devices might find use in pain management, for instance, where nerve cells involved in the pain response might be controlled by reducing the activity of those cells. An analogous device might be used conversely to stimulate failed motor neurons, nerve cells that control muscle contraction. The researchers also suggest that stimulation could be applied to heart muscle cells to stimulate the heart. Source.

In addition to neural-electronic interfaces, good cyborgs should also have a good supply of artificial organs, such as kidneys. Cyborgs, like conventional humans, may be injured, and will need replacement parts.

To make bioartificial kidneys, scientists grow cells harvested from donor kidneys not suitable for transplant and then insert them into a specially developed filter tube. Because the finished product contains live cells, it is treated like an organ for transplant, flown to the receiving hospital by helicopter in a temperature-controlled case. Humes founded a company, now known as RenaMed, to commercialize the device, which has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Early clinical trials of the device show that it can dramatically improve the health of patients with acute renal failure. According to the results of a trial released last year, patients treated with the device showed a 70 percent improved survival rate 28 days after treatment. (Scientists at RenaMed are currently analyzing interim results from a subsequent trial.)

However, the devices used in these trials were made with a manufacturing process that is only appropriate for growing small batches of cells. To run the larger clinical trials required for approval by the FDA and to supply needy patients if the device is approved, RenaMed will need to find a way to make and deliver the device on a much larger scale.Source.

Humans evolved over billions of years. Now that human medicine influences human evolution, humans may be close to a dead end of sorts.

Cyborgs--part human, part machine--will be one way out of the rut in the short term. Genetic engineering of germ tissue will be another way humans will jump-start evolution. A combination of both approaches is most likely in the intermediate term.

In other words, advances in medicine have almost completely obliterated the process of natural selection. So now, prehaps, we can begin to aid the process of natural selection within the human species through genetic experimentation on the human body.

It shall be interesting.

France Says
They Were
Seconds Away
From Firing
On Israeli Jets

"Zis is true, we were just seconds away from surrendering."

Laugh out loud. Can you imagine what would have happened if they had?

PARIS (Reuters) - French peacekeeping troops in Lebanon recently came within two seconds of firing missiles at Israeli fighter jets that approached as if to attack them, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

Speaking to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday night, she said it was the latest in a string of incidents in which Israeli warplanes had "adopted a hostile attitude" to French and German forces and added it was "not tolerable".

"A catastrophe was narrowly avoided by our troops," Alliot-Marie said, according to a transcript of her comments. A foreign ministry spokesman said the events occurred on October 31.

Israeli F-15s descended rapidly and then rose quickly as if they were dropping bombs or firing at the French ground forces, which are part of U.N. peacekeeping force UNIFIL, she said.

"In legitimate defense, our soldiers removed the covers from the missile battery and were two seconds away from firing at the planes that were threatening them," she said.

Israeli jets have often flown over Lebanon since a 34-day war with Hezbollah guerrillas ended on August 14.

Israeli ambassador Daniel Shek said the flights were reconnaissance operations designed to counter Hezbollah efforts to rearm and re-establish itself in southern Lebanon and he denied the jets had deliberately targeted French troops.

Question, hasn't France been just seconds away from firing on every one of their enemies for the past 70 or so years?

But seriously folks, Israel has to fun these reconannaissance missions because France, who brokered the peace agreement calling for French and Lebanese troops to act as peacekeepers and to disarm Hizbollah, has made it clear that they will not, in fact, disarm Hizbollah.

Additionally, the French-led UN peacekeeping troops have admitted that they are afraid to actually do their job during the nightime:

Hizbullah terrorists are free to roam at night without fear of being identified by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to a report by the German paper Der Spiegel.

Spanish UNIFIL official Richard Ortax admitted to the paper that no patrols are carried out at night “because of the danger involved.” UNIFIL commanders said their function is to “observe changes in the behavior of the local population.”

One junior officer told Der Spiegel he was glad that his battalion had only left its camp once. “It’s absurd,” he said. “We landed here and set up our tent city, but since then we’ve only left the camp to drive around and to make sure that we’re seen.”

The report cites a long tradition of UNIFIL inaction, which it says allowed time for a Finnish contingent to construct a giant sauna and an Indian contingent to decorate its base with traditional Indian artwork.

UPDATE: While we're bashing the French, this is laugh out loud funny.

The Voices
Of The

The Islamofascists are setting goals in Indonesia. They want 100 Christian heads:

Beheaded girls were Ramadan 'trophies' The Australian
THREE Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday.
The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks.
The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

In Iraq, they are beheading Priests, raping women, and crucifying Christian children:

Wenski noted that “the recent beheading of a Syriac Orthodox priest in Mosul, the crucifixion of a Christian teenager in Albasra, the frequent kidnappings for ransom of Christians including four priests--one of whom was the secretary of Patriarch Delly, the rape of Christian women and teenage girls, and the bombings of churches are all indicators that the situation has reached a crisis point. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that approximately 44% of Iraqi refugees are Christian, even though they represent only about 4% of the total population of Iraq.”

Christians continue to decline from a pre-war population of over 1.2 million to a current estimate of about 600,000.

But, wherever three or four are gathered in His Name, there He will be:

A veteran of more than 100 missions into North Korea to provide ministry to Christians and non-Christians alike says the first thing to do in any meeting there is to close and cover all the windows and send the children outside.

The description of the persecution under which North Korean Christians suffer comes from "Roli," whose story was reported by The Voice of the Martyrs, a worldwide ministry that directs its aid to members of the persecuted Christian church.

That organization earlier reported on the faith of a teen-ager who was caught teaching about Christ, and died in a North Korean prison camp to leave behind a witness that continues there even today. It also reported on the stunning change in a prison warden who watched that teen's final days and sought out what made the teen strong.

"When we gather together we close all of the windows and all of the blinds," Roli described. "We don't have curtains over there but somehow we cover up the windows and we send all of the children outside. You cannot gather with many people … maybe three or four.

"We pray together, we sing praises, and then we read John 3:16-18. We also read I Corinthians 1:18-26. We talk from Genesis. We say that man was created from dust, so we have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven."

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom repeatedly has recommended that the U.S. Department of State list North Korea among its "countries of particular concern" for its "egregious and systematic human rights violations" including policies that disallow any Christian faith.

There are estimates of tens thousands of Christians detained in prison camps just for their faith. Sometimes entire families are imprisoned because of a statement from just one member, reports said.

Roli knows the risks are high: four of her Christian friends so far have been executed because of their witness. She was arrested herself, and has spent time in those prison camps.

"I once gave one Bible to four people," she said. "Later, while I was in prison one of the four came in and said, 'You are giving out Bibles.' I told them, 'Yes, I am a believer. I brought this book so we could read it together.'"

But those questioning her thought she was a foreign spy, and demanded that she say the Lord's Prayer to prove her identity.

"I did a lot of stuttering," Roli said. "I made a lot of mistakes. I was a little nervous."

But four days later, she was released with a warning not to come back.

"When I first started this work I was nervous and I would be afraid and when I came back I would say, 'This is dangerous work' and 'I am not going to do it anymore.' But when I think of the people in North Korea I change my mind and I decide to go back again," she said.

Roli's trips into North Korea, where she's developed an extensive network of house meeting locations, have shown her that no level of repression will kill the Christian spirit.

"People are less afraid. (Christians) are becoming bolder to share the gospel. They know Kim Il Sung is not the one that has saved them and not the one who is feeding them. They are starting to believe in God. Many people are coming to faith."

She would love to talk to the children, too, but cannot, yet.

Before sharing any witness in a home she insists the children are sent outside.

"A slip of the tongue at school, and children could accidentally inform on their own parents," the report said. "The parents could be arrested, or worse. Parents consider very carefully when their children can be trusted to know that their parents are Christians, traitorous outlaws in the eyes of their government."

Voices Of The Martyrs is an organization which sends Christian Missionaries into countries like Iraq and North Korea.

You can sign up to receive the free Voices of the Martyrs newsletter by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sometimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies:
Recent Statements From Top Hamas Leaders

The media, and sometimes our politicians, are always telling us Hamas has turned over a new leaf, that they are growing in power, that they are willing to negotiate, that they do not really want to destroy Israel even if that is what their Charter says.

But, the thing about Hamas is they always tell you the truth if you are willing to listen:

In the nine months since it came to power, and despite the PLO's demands, Hamas has not changed its views: It refuses to recognize Israel or acknowledge its legitimacy, insists that previous Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements will be recognized only if they serve Palestinian interests, continues to lay claim to all of Palestine, and, in exchange for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, offers only a temporary hudna (ceasefire). In addition, Hamas continues to express reservations about the Arab peace initiative of 2002, and to support resistance, jihad, and abduction of Israeli soldiers.


The following are statements made by Hamas leaders in the last two months:

Rejection of Israel and Its Legitimacy
In an interview, Palestinian Political Bureau head Khaled Mash'al told the daily Al-Hayat: "Why am I required to [recognize] the legitimacy of an occupying [entity] that is sitting on my land when there are millions of Palestinians who come from the land on which this entity is sitting? It is true that there is an entity called Israel, but I do not wish to recognize it." [1]

At an October 20, 2006 Hamas convention in Khan Yunis, Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Al-Zahar stated that "Israel is a vile entity that has been planted in our soil, and has no historical, religious or cultural legitimacy. We cannot normalize our relations with this entity. The history of this region has proven [time and again] that occupation is temporary. Thousands of years ago, the Romans occupied this land and [eventually] left. The Persians, Crusaders, and English [also] came and went. The Zionists have come, and they too will leave. [We say] no to recognizing Israel, regardless of the price we may have to pay [for our refusal]." [2]

In a sermon in Khan Yunis, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said: "Israel wants Hamas to hand it the card of recognition in the hope that this would lead to recognition by other Muslim countries. Israel may have been recognized by part of the Palestinian people and by some Arab countries. However, it [now] wants something more significant - the [trump] card of Islamic recognition - and it wants to obtain this recognition through the Palestinian government and Hamas..." [3]

Palestine From the River to the Sea
On the issue of a Palestinian state, Khaled Mash'al said: "The [Hamas] movement has agreed to [the establishment of a Palestinian] state within the 1967 borders and to a hudna… As a Palestinian, I am interested in a Palestinian state and I am not interested in the occupying state. Why do people require the Palestinians [to accept] the existence of two states as one of their principles and goals? The Zionist state exists. I [wish to] speak of my Palestinian state that does not exist. I am the one that has been denied [the right to] a state, to sovereignty, to independence, to liberty, and to self-determination. Therefore, my main [goal] is to focus on obtaining my rights. I wish to establish my state." [4]

Mahmoud Al-Zahar said: "We [aim to liberate] all our lands… If we have the option, we will establish a state on every inch of land within the 1967 [borders], but this does not by any means imply that we will relinquish our right to all the Palestinian lands. We want all of Palestine from [Ras] Naqura to Rafah, and from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river." [5]

Does that sound like a government which is willing to compromise for peace?

Like I always say, you just gotta love your enemies, when they tell the truth. Thanks Hamas.

World's Media
Said Israel Used
"Uranium-Based Munitions"
Oh, What Do You Know?
It Wasn't True

The London Independent and papers around the world published articles indicating that Israel had used some sort of vague uranium-based weapon in the Hizbollah War. I refrained from writing on the subject, not because I believed Israel had done something downright evil, but because I thought that there was an outside chance that they had chosen to use uranium-tipped bunker-busting munitions.

I figured I'd let the truth come out and then write about it.

Wise choice. The UN says it found no evidence of uranium-based munitions in Lebanon.

And yet, the world's media ran with the story, as I said, implying that some vague form of uranium-based weapon had been used. This, of course, left open the possibilty that Israel may have used a nuclear device. Major newspaper, such as the London Independent, did not refrain from publishing such crap about Israel.

Take that into consideration when you read the post directly below this post.

Pro-Terror Muslim
Judge Elected
In Dearborn, MI

Debbie Schlussel has the story:

Open Hezbollah supporter and extremist Muslim, David Turfe, was unfortunately elected a Michigan District Court Judge in Dearborn Heights 20th District. (Dearborn Heights is home to North America's second largest mosque, headed by the former spiritual leader of Ayatollah Khomeini's Iranian Navy, Imam Mohammed Elahi--a domestic agent of Iran & Hezbollah.)

Remember the Hezbollah rally I attended at the Bint Jebail Cultural Center a/k/a the Hezbollah Social Club, at the height of the war between Hezbollah and Israel--where speakers made a plethora of anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian speeches? Turfe was there campaigning, and openly supporting and cheering all of those statements. Not surprisingly, the Pro-Hezbollah/pro-HAMAS Arab American PAC, which denies Israel's right to exist, endorsed Turfe. (AAPAC's then-Secretary Lola Elzein sent me and my family death, torture, and rape threats, coupled with Holocaust denial.)

And his close relative, Mohammed Turfe (I'm told that's his brother), was one of the speakers uttering those statements. From my July 26, 2006 column, "Hezbollah U.S.A, Part III: My Date at Dearbornistan's Hezbollah Social Club":

Haj Mohammed Turfe (AP incorrectly called him Mohammed "Torfah"), Founding Chairman of the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, gleefully and repeatedly spoke of how "only a few thousand Jews will survive Armageddon." This mantra, repeated often throughout the event, got raucous, deafening applause and cheers.

The 20th District of Michigan is now apparently Hezbollah-occupied territory.

Sow The Wind ...

... reap the whirlwind.

The Republicans were so pleased with themselves impeaching President Clinton for lying about a private sexual matter. Well, Nancy Pelosi is gonna screw the Repubs now, but it ain't gonna be in the mouth:

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, Pelosi said a Democratic-controlled House would launch investigations of the administration on energy policy and other matters. She said impeachment would not be a goal of the investigations, but she added: "You never know where it leads to."

Unfortunately, we the people have created our government such that, now, contesting elections and impeaching Presidents is the norm.

This is self-flogging, and it is pathetic.

In order for a Democracy to work, we have to have faith in each other, even when we disagree.

Hamas Says Truce Is Over

Something went terribly wrong in Gaza yesterday. Israeli tank shells hit an apartment building, killing 18 people. Hamas has responded by declaring their "truce" to be over:

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip - Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal says that a truce with Israel is finished and is appealing to all Palestinian factions to resume attacks. Israeli tank shells ripped through a residential neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, killing at least 18 members of an extended family, including eight children, and wounding dozens of others, Palestinian health officials said.

"There must be a roaring reaction so that we avenge all those vicitms," Mashaal said.

The military wing of the Palestinians' ruling group called on Muslims around the world to attack U.S. targets, a call disavowed by the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed regret over the deaths and, along with Defense Minister Amir Peretz, offered "urgent humanitarian aid" to the Palestinian Authority and immediate medical treatment to the wounded.

Israel halted artillery attacks in Gaza while it investigated the incident, but said it would press forward with operations meant to halt Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli communities.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh suspended talks on forming a more moderate government with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and both men declared a three-day mourning period. Abbas said the negotiations must continue.

Russia and the European Union condemned the attack.

The tank shells landed around a compound of four apartment buildings in Beit Hanoun, the northern border town that has been the latest focus of the Israeli offensive. Gaping holes were torn into the structures, owned by four brothers from the al-Athamna family who lived alongside each other. Blood pooled in front of the houses.

A military spokeswoman said artillery rounds had been fired at Palestinian rocket-launching sites, but far from the apartment compound.

Lord knows what is going on here. This Associated Press story makes it sound as if the IDF claims they fired at rocket-launching sites, but mysteriously missed by a mile.

Hamas' truce has never really been a truce. Israeli has lived under a constant barrage of Qassam rocket attacks. (That's the reason Israel's tanks were in Gaza in the first place.) Still, the fact that they are declaring the truce over could mean that we are in for some very bad weather.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Excerpts From
Media Watch
To US Senate

LA Times Publishes
Terrorist Propaganda Touting
Female Suicide Bomber

This post was lifted in total from my blogfather, Charles Johnson, at Little Green Footballs. I just don't have anything to add or subtract from this:

The Los Angeles Times is absolutely despicable this morning, in a piece shilling for the female Islamic Jihad suicide bomber who killed herself yesterday trying to murder Israelis. It’s no coincidence that pieces like this, adopting the language of terrorists to describe their heinous acts, always seem to be written by Arab journalists; this one is credited to Richard Boudreaux and Rushdi abu Alouf: Female suicide bomber in Gaza attacks Israeli troops.

GAZA CITY — An 18-year-old Palestinian woman strode defiantly toward an Israeli army checkpoint and blew herself up Monday, slightly wounding a soldier in the latest act of resistance among women to the occupation of the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.

American media relies on terrorist propagandists for their news reports from the Middle East, and unsurprisingly, they churn out terrorist propaganda, debasing the English language and whitewashing evil deeds. It’s shameful, and it’s a huge problem.

Monday, November 06, 2006


Often, us older people (I'm in my forties) will lament the idea that there is no good music these days. I never buy that idea. It's just an expression of frustration. When you get older, you don't have as much time to dig up the good stuff. You see and hear the crap that is on the video shows, and on the radio, and you become convinced that everything sucks.

A thing to note is, Led Zeppelin was NEVER on TV. David Bowie was rarely on TV. The Stones were on TV maybe twice. And, the radio pretty much played crap back in the seventies, just as the radio pretty much plays crap now.

Here's a modern band that kicks ass; Wolfmother.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Here's another modern band that kicks ass; Jet.

Blue Orchid

Here's yet another band that totally kicks ass; The White Stripes.

Is A Thing
Not Seen:
The Left
Its Excuses

Just in case they lose tomorrow, the Left is at the ready with a good excuse (from the San Francisco Chronicl interview with Nancy Pelosi):

Pelosi cautioned that the number of Democratic House victories could be higher or lower and said her greatest concern is over the integrity of the count -- from the reliability of electronic voting machines to her worries that Republicans will try to manipulate the outcome.

"That is the only variable in this," Pelosi said. "Will we have an honest count?''

Michael Graham points out that this mindset has caught fire across the United States:

"Either WE Win Or YOU Cheated"
That's liberal Robert Kuttner's claim in today's
Boston Globe-Democrat, offered without irony (Democrats are, after all, the "vote early and often" party).

"[U]nless there are levels of theft and fraud that would truly mean the end of American democracy, a Democratic House seems as close to a sure thing as we ever get in American politics three days before an election... November 2006 will be remembered either as the time American democracy was stolen again, maybe forever, or began a brighter day. "

Last week, Democrats were complaining that black voters weren't going to turn out because they're assuming the elections are rigged, anyway. Now the dopes at the NYTimes-Boston Bureau tell them they're probably right. Brilliant.

I am trying to figure out what is more breath-taking--Kuttner's arrogance ("Of course we've already won this election! We shouldn't even allow the actual voting, that can only screw things up.") or his unfounded insults against his political opponents ("the only way the GOP--who've won 7 of the last 10 presidential elections--can win is by cheating!")

The integrity of an electoral system is always open to question; endless questions. However, somehow we got through over 220 years of Democracy by trusting in the Democratic process. What happens when we lose that trust?

Gates of Vienna discusses the new direction it appears American Democracy is taking:

Blame it on Diebold
Do you all remember the aftermath of the 2000 election? Five years ago, after the Great Hanging Chad Crisis in Florida, Diebold and the magic of technology were going to save the American electoral system. Well, that was then, and this is now.

It seems there’s a bipartisan effort being mobilized to demonize the Diebold company and its electronic voting machines. The conspiracy-mongers are more numerous and more wild-eyed on the Democrat side, but both parties are definitely contributing to the mania.My good friend Wally Ballou emailed me this morning:

Have you noticed that the left is busy preparing its excuse/legal strategy in case they don’t win big Tuesday? The new villain is the Diebold voting machine company, which is “known” to be dominated by “religious right-wing wackos”, and which already electronically stole the vote in Ohio and Florida in 2004.

Look for this news to bubble up on November 6, regardless of the outcome, but especially if they don’t take the House.

Try Googling “diebold” and see what comes up. Better yet, “diebold republican” or “diebold conspiracy”HBO got their licks in with a breathless documentary called “Hacking Democracy”.

It’s all part of the movement to permanently subordinate election results to the review and decision of the courts. How’s that for democracy?

And it all started because of the dimples and hanging chads in 2000. Congress decided to federalize all electoral procedures and mandate electronic voting. Seemed like a good idea at the time (to them). Now all the dems who voted for it are calling it a plot (hey, just like the war).- - - - - - - - - -

I took Wally’s advice and did some Googling, and, boy, is he right! You can Google just on “diebold”, and then scroll and click for the rest of your life, browsing through all the moonbat sites.Just to pick one example, you can visit Rolling Stone and read Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s article, “Will The Next Election Be Hacked?”.

Want to guess what his answer is?

Go read the rest at Gates of Vienna.

Here's a quote from the philosopher, Friedrich Niezsche:

"Where has Democracy gone?" he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed it - you and I. We are the murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Democracy is dead. And we have killed it.

Of course, I changed a few words, but the idea is the same. Nietzsche declared God dead back in the 1880's and pondered what would be the implications for society. When a people loses faith in its institutions, the institutions become delegitimized, and the bottom falls out from what had previously been a functioning system. If society loses faith in religion, then people stop going to church and believing in the things taught in churches. If society loses faith in the stock market, people pull their money out of the market and it collapses. If society stops believing in the electoral process, then Democracy will collapse.

Our institutions stand because of our collective faith in them.

I leave you with a couple quotes from the Bible:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12).

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3)

As For Me,
I'll Stand
With Those
Who Are Stupider
Than John Kerry

John Kerry's statement of last week reveals a worldview. The great Reliapundit, the Astute Blogger himself, shows us exactly what this worldview means in practical reality:

Kerry's derogatory comment about the brave and enormously talented people who serve in our military was really just the tip of the iceberg. Leftists like Kerry really believe that they are smarter than the rest of us. Here's a short list:

* Leftists believe that folks who believe in God are stupid.

* Leftists believe that folks who support the Second Amendment and their innate right to self-defense are stupid.

* Leftists believe that folks who think that global warming is not man-made, but natural and historically periodic are stupid.

* Leftists believe that folks who believe that the West is threatened more by jihadism than by Bush are stupid.

* Leftists believe that people who think they know better how to spend their own money than bureaucrats and technocrats in Washington DC are stupid.

* Leftists believe that people who live in rural areas are stupid.

* Leftists believe that people who like American culture more than "European" culture are stupid.

* Leftists believe that people who prefer watching Fox and don't swear by the NYTIMES are stupid.

Well... I KNOW people in the military: they are GREAT.

And I know that if blacks were armed after the US Civil War that none would've been lynched.

And, I know that Earth has warmed and cooled many times - during eras which had NO man-made "greenhouse" gases, and that so-called greenhouses gases have risen steadily since 1850 but that global temps have NOT, (which is dispositive of a man-made cause for the current trend).

Go read the rest. It's a classic.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Top Twenty
Guitar Solos
Of All Time?

I love stuff like this, if only because it's a good jumping off point for lots of fun arguments:

Top 20 Guitar Solos of All Time
Compiled by listeners of the British radio station Planet Rock. From correspondents in LondonAugust 28, 2006 01:33pm

Top 20 1 Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
2 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
3 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird
4 Van Halen - Eruption
5 Guns N' Roses - November Rain
6 Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
7 Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
8 Jethro Tull - Aqualung
9 The Eagles - Hotel California
10 Deep Purple - Child In Time
11 Queen - Brighton Rock
12 Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
13 Deep Purple - Highway Star
14 Wishbone Ash - Throw Down The Sword
15 Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
16 Cream - Crossroads
17 Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
18 Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You
19 Ten Years After - I'm Going Home (Woodstock)
20 Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile

David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler are my favorite Rock n' Roll guitarists, but it's just not right to not give best solo of all time to the mighty Jimmy Page. The Stairway to Heaven solo is amazing, and so is his work on Since I've Been Loving You. And now that I think about it, what about Achilles Last Stand, or Dazed and Confused?

The dude rocked.


Some great Rock n' Roll guitarists who aren't mentioned on this list include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rick Derringer, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, Marc Ford (Black Crowes), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Steven Stills, Paul Bogan, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Jerry Garcia, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Carlos Alomar, etc. etc. etc.

You Mean To Tell Me
This Guy Didn't Make The Top 20?