Archive for November, 2004

Signs of a broken insurgency.

November 25, 2004

On the day Fallujah is proven to be the major weapons depot–not to mention slaughterhouse–for the insurgency, several Sunni Clerics want to postpone the elections. Good try boys, but we’ve seen this tactic before.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Leading Sunni Muslim politicians Thursday urged postponement of the Jan. 30 national elections, and a senior official said the government had agreed to meet outside the country with Saddam Hussein supporters to try to convince them to abandon the insurgency. Elsewhere, U.S. troops said they had uncovered the largest weapons cache to date in Fallujah, where Iraqi officials said more than 2,000 people died in the weeklong U.S.-led offensive aimed at curbing the insurgency so that elections could be held nationwide. Sunni politician Adnan Pachachi, a former foreign minister and a member of the Iraqi National Council, said delaying the ballot by three months or more would enable political leaders to convince Sunni clerics and others to abandon their boycott call. Nevertheless, the government is pressing ahead with plans for the balloting, the first since the April 2003 collapse of Saddam’s regime. Iraq’s electoral commission extended until next Thursday the deadline for registering political parties in the insurgent-riddled provinces of Salaheddin, Anbar and Mosul to give local politicians time to meet the registration requirement. The weapons cache, described by the U.S. military as the largest uncovered so far in Fallujah, was discovered Wednesday in the Saad Bin Abi Waqas Mosque, where fugitive rebel leader Abdullah al-Janabi often preached. Troops discovered small arms, artillery shells, heavy machine guns, and anti-tank mines inside the mosque, the U.S. military said. U.S. forces also uncovered what may have been a mobile bomb-making factory as well as mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, launchers, and parts of surface-to-air weapons systems elsewhere in the mosque compound, the military added. At a press conference in Baghdad, National Security Adviser Qassem Dawoud said troops found the suspected mobile lab in the southwestern district of Fallujah, where pockets of insurgents are still holding out following the Nov. 8 U.S.-Iraqi assault. “We also found in the laboratory manuals and instructions spelling out procedures for making explosives,” he said. “They also spoke about making anthrax.” With resistance in Fallujah nearly ended, some 5,000 U.S., British and Iraqi forces have turned their sights on insurgent strongholds just south of Baghdad. U.S. officials said 81 suspected rebels were rounded up early Thursday in raids around Youssifiyeh.

Update(11/27): Sunni insurgents of the Al Zarqawi Network have begun to express anger at the prospect of defeat by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.


Praise God!

November 25, 2004

Here’s George Washington’s original Thanksgiving Day proclamation:

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Geo: Washington

What kind of nation is this that dedicates a day of service to “that great and glorious Being”? It’s My country. America.

I hope you and yours have a happy thanksgiving.

(Hat tip: Michael King)

The Darker Side of the Democrats

November 23, 2004

In an earlier post entitled Is it OK to express your hatred of Blacks…. I was writing about some observations about the Democratic Party’s expressions of racial unity. Now, I have some more evidence to prove my assertion that the liberal elites are condescending bigots.First, there was the political cartooning of Ted Rall and Jeff Danziger suggesting that Condi Rice was some kind of grotesque mammie. Now, John Sylvester has had to apologize(half hearted as it is)for calling Dr.Rice, Aunt Jemima on his radio program.And what do you think the response has been from the media wing of the Democratic Party…Well, Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes whined about having to denounce every Liberal who make a racist comment. That a boy, Alan. Show us what you are made of.However, Mychal Massie has weighed in on the Dem’s dark secret in his latest essay–Negroes vs. Black Conservatives. Here are some of his more pithy points:

In the minds of elite, white, liberal, socialist Democrats, there is an unambiguous dichotomy between Negroes and black conservatives. A glaring example of this truth is the racist bastardization of America’s newest secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. And the support for this racism from corporate America to Bob Beckel to rank and file Democrats in leadership.Democrat campaign manager, long-time operative and extreme white, liberal, socialist Bob Beckel invoked a “Saturday Night Live” rendition of Scripture references while debating Ann Coulter regarding the hate-filled racist cartoons of Rice. But he didn’t invoke disdain ?for the cartoons that is. His disdain was directed at Coulter for daring to argue in support of Rice.This is not recrudence for elitist liberals and the Democrat Party ?it is the continuation of that which they have stood for since their inception in 1840, when they wrote that efforts by abolitionists to interfere with questions of slavery … endangered the stability and permanency of the Union. In 1852, the Democrat Party wrote they would oppose all efforts to oppose slavery.From 1876 until 1960, Democrats successfully blocked all progress in civil rights. Prior to that, from 1860 to 1876, Republicans were singularly responsible for all black civil-rights accomplishments despite fierce opposition by Democrats.Much is made of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision striking down state segregated education. What is never mentioned is that the Supreme Court ruling was a reinstating of what Republicans had done nearly 75 years earlier in their 1875 civil-rights bill, which was overturned by Democrats in 1880.It was the Republican Party that was formed in 1854 expressly to combat slavery and secure civil rights for blacks. The Democrats were responsible for the Dred Scott decision declaring blacks were not persons ?but property ?and as such had no rights.Contrary to popular myth and revisionist history, the Civil War was fought precisely because of slavery, and Klansman Byrd was an outspoken sympathizer for the Dred Scott Doctrine.Independent thought, belief in meritocracy, self-initiative and self-determination are not words elite liberals are willing to accept from their black subjects. The question isn’t why would blacks be conservatives ?the question is why would they ever be Democrats?

If you were wondering, why these revelations are manifesting now? Look no further than to the recent devastating loss of the White House by the Democrats. The Dems have been upset and thrown out of power for the foreseeable future. And it’s hard to hide your darker sides when you are distraught and emotionally predisposed. (Hat tip:) Mychal Massie

He’s not faking now!

November 23, 2004

While visiting Boots on the ground, I found a petition in support of the Marine who shot a insurgent feigning dead.

If you would like to support our troops in general, and this brave young man in particular, you might like to sign the petition too.

When is a Mosque, not a Mosque?

November 20, 2004

We’ve been playing in the theatre of the absurd for too long. It’s about time that one of our field commanders has finally thrown down the gauntlet and proclaimed: If an insurgency is based inside a Mosque, that building is no longer a place of worship and will be stormed like any other base of military operation.

If any Muslim wants to save these sacred houses, they might like to suggest to their fellow Muslims to not use their halls of worship as guerilla bases, or bombs will be a-dropping!

More: U.S., Iraqi Forces Raid Baghdad Mosque

Update: Associated Press asks “Why are we raiding Mosques in Iraq?” Answer: Cause that’s where the guns are!

Is it OK to express your hatred of Blacks….

November 17, 2004

if they are Republicans? The Democrats seems to think so–remember what I told you, the Democrats are the party of racial hatred..

I’ll give you the proof to my thesis in the coming days. For now, the rent must get paid!

Update I: J. Matt Barber chimes from his perch at the Canada Free Press, on my observation that the Democratic party is the party of Racism and devaluation of black participation in the American Dream. His latest foray in the morass which is the Democratic party’s sanction of racial attacks on Condi Rice is found in The Democratic party: Modern day slave master.

Barber writes:

Still, on the larger front in the battle between Republicans and Democrats for the hearts, minds, souls and votes of black Americans, it’s quite simple. The Democratic Party’s survival is dependent upon blacks being dependent upon the Democratic Party. Confusing? Not really. One of the Party’s chief tenets, and that which is most central to its survival, is the perpetual maintenance of Black America’s dependence on Big (Democrat controlled) Government — it’s the Party’s notion that another promised entitlement yields another black vote. For the Democratic Party to live another day, save another tree, kill another baby…the backward fiction that a successful black-man is not really a black-man at all, must live on. Once that is gone and the secret gets out — Checkmate! — Game-over.

Annan’s hyprocrisy.

November 16, 2004

With this latest report that Saddam Hussein skimmed over $21.3 Billion dollars from the UN’s oil-for-food program, it’s time to demand that the UN open its books on the failed program.

But don’t hold your breath–Kofi Annan’s son–Kojo was a sub-contractor for the UN program and reportedly skimmed millions for himself. Besides, transparency is not a favorite word of the UN General Secretary.

Let’s make a deal, Mr. Annan. Show us the books on the oil-for-food program, or you can take the UN to another country.

Update (11/17): Claudia Rossett weighs in on the UN Oil-for-food scandal with her Wall Street Journal editorial “Come Clean, Kofi”. Of course, you know he can’t because he is protecting his son, Kojo. Kojo was a sub-contractor with paid consultant to Cotecna Inspection SA, a Swiss-based company that received a contract for inspecting goods shipped to Iraq under the Oil-for-Food program.

Update II: The Heritage Foundation makes a clear case why Kofi didn’t want the US to depose Saddam in their latest report, Kofi Annan’s Shrinking Credibility

Update III: Robert Novak’s latest article suggests Kofi Annan and the UN are in a lot to trouble. Personally, I think he’s a thief.

Good Job, Mr. Secretary!

November 15, 2004

How about the Presidency in ’08?

Update: Condi to replace Powell.

Thank you, Veterans!

November 11, 2004

I’m still sore about the way John Kerry questioned the commander in chief of our military while our boys were in harms way. And I want his head! I believe he dishonored himself and the men who serve in our military with his constant attacks on the mission that he sanctioned.

I believe that once you place our men in the ‘valley of the shadow of death’, you shut up and give them everything they need to defeat the enemy. Any debate can be thoroughly vetted after the victory has been secured.

Or do you not remember the lost of confidence that our military experienced–not to mention the country–after the Vietnam defeat?

In case you don’t remember–or were too young–the devastation that lack of support has on our troops morale… this poem by one of our Vietnam Veterans.

Happy Veterans Day!

It Don’t Mean Nuthin’

“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
A phrase oft repeated in Vietnam, worn paper thin
By soldiers used an awful lot
When it’s gettin’ bricky hot…
Under pressure with lives on the line
Melancholy existence on a definite decline.
“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’, they say”
Turning stone-faced from fears to walk away
As though something’s stolen part of their soul
Left no way sorrow’s grief to console
Led too far astray in hell’s battles darkning gray
Forever boyhood humanity to betray…
Staggering memories stored way down deep on the pile
Hidden from the light of day…for awhile!
“But It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
He says, when things happen that mean plenty
To tough combat grunt gentry
As things in war too often do…
Boiling over in Nam’s killing zone damps and dew
Not able to face it
Not now…
Too painful to think about it
Not now…
So forget about it…
Bag it
Take this shit and shove it
Nuthin’ I do or say makes any difference anyway
So put it on the back burner till another day
Pretend it didn’t happen
Cause “It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
Means he couldn’t handle it that day
So he walked away
Fraught with a lonely stare of dismay
Repressed it…denied it
Sick of it…belied it
Pushed it down somewhere in the back of reality
Crammed down a crack of the last vestige of sanity
Lost in the context of where he was going
In order to go on doing what he was doing
Heartsick from unbearably painful sights
Took that next step away from unthinkable afterthoughts.

It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
He says, when the world seems so unfair
In a world of unimaginable danger a very soul will unbare
Ordered to walk point again
And it wasn’t even his turn
A shock
Load and lock
Go forth, yours but this violence to pursue
Go forth, as fears in the shadows ensue
Ordered to hump into the heart of the gloom
Dead weight on your shoulders of impending doom
In an alien, unknown war virtually alone
Without a love of his own.
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
Cause nobody cares if you don’t want to
Never quite ready are you
For dedicated men constantly trying to kill you
Preoccupied with your dying
In wait for you lying…
Here, there, along jungled treeline
Prone behind that entangled vine
Just off the trail in a ditch’s rocky incline
Go, dive deeply into this living nightmare impacted
By some politician back home patriotically advocated
Cause “It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
A kid begging for candy has a grenade strapped to his back…
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
When you kill your first man…
“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
Forever haunted by the last look in his eye…
“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
Receiving a “Dear John” from your girl, diamond ring inside…
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
Tormented by water, leaches, footrot up to my thigh
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
You didn’t want to live forever, did you?
Cause “It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”

No one back home can ever understand
Not even begin to comprehend
Feeling hot, sticky blood On your hand
Blood of your enemy
Paying dear for his tyranny
Or is it your own blood…maybe your buddy?
“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
You cry out in a primal scream of despair…
Welling inside voice a swear
“Where, dammit, where
In this fetid land is hope?”
Principled men, good men, find it so hard to cope…
But when in still silence comes momentary lull in the fray
Nestles a tear in the tough guy’s eye that day…
“But It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
It Don’t Mean Nuthin’
When your best buddy…
On the narrow banks of rice paddy muddy
Your brother in arms
Steps on a land-mine in this world of harms
And as they do every blasted time in this festering hole
That mine blew a hole in his soul…
He lost his leg…
Hear him screaming for his mother beg…
Bloody and torn…
Lost and forlorn…
Hear him as like a baby he cries
Hear his last gurgling cry before he dies
Hold him as he lost his life…
Who’ll tell his wife
“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
Calmly wash the blood off your hands
Now lonelier in these alien lands
Yours but to bite the bullet…and go on
Now your brother’s bloodied and gone
To a far-off soldier’s hell for Nam’s sins to atone
Leaving you to pick up the pieces…
Fighting hard to keep from going to pieces…
“An It Don’t Mean Nuthin’ you say”
As you slump to the ground to pray…
End of subject…
You say, with lowly feelings abject
“It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
Repeating a phrase growing increasingly thin.
You feel the horrors eating at you so bad
Yet, know you can’t afford feeling so sad
You’ve still got to keep your head about you
Raise beleaguered eyes to go on and do
For when being alert “is” life or death important…
You cannot relent.
Put away thoughts welling from soul depths cruddy
Wearing you down like a liquor besotted toddy
Can’t afford thinking of your buddy
With the far away eyes
There’s no time for grieving those mindless sighs
Just put him into that body bag filled with his agonies
“Cause It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
There’s no time to cure an unbelieving stare
Malevolently looking to the forests to dare
Carry him to the medevac dustoff…
You’ll go insane unless the memory you blowoff…
With every fiber of your deep down being loving him
Wishing there was something more you could do for him
Feeling guilty…
In the war’s greatest travesty…
Trying not to cry
why wasn’t it you had to die…
“God…it Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
“Say it don’t Mean Nuthin’”
And just turn and walk away
When you just can’t handle it till some other day
Some far off day…
Only another vet can understand
Only another vet can comprehend
One who’s walked the rim of the last mile
One who says he never again will smile
Spending time still searching “the park”
From dawn till dark
Bravado belying the fateful tear
Hiding deep down inside his fear
Death’s specter still hovering gruesome near
Into the valley of the shadow I shall not fear
Cause “It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
You didn’t want to be the one from the medevac
To turn your back
Face the creeping forest motley black…
Just turn and walk away
Back into the heat of deadly fray
Back where people try to kill you
You don’t plan to live forever, do you?
You know it’s now your turn to bleed
Plant in Vietnam your precious seed…
“But It Don’t Mean Nuthin’.”
Now when you hear vets say, “It Don’t Mean Nuthin’”
Just know…it means everything!

reproduced with
permission of Gary Jacobson © 2003

Democrats are not very charitable.

November 11, 2004

What else is new? To the man on the street, the Democratic party is perceived as the champion of the downtrodden–the little man. So would you find it odd that the red states are actually more charitable than the blue states? Once again, Michelle Malkin leads the way in exposing the Democrats for the phonies that they are, by posting this Generosity Index.

I’m not surprised one bit. Personally, I find the Democrats are all talk and no conviction.

(hat tip: Michelle Malkin)