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June 22, 2008

I’m Melting! Plus News

Filed under: Bloggers, citizen journalists, homo-, jihad/ists, News, USA — Rosemary Welch @ 2:34 am

My God, it’s hot out here. I’m going to share some links with you, as I do not have the energy to write about each of these articles or I already have. (SCOTUS.)

The Wall Street Journal has a good artile on how screwed-up the court decision is that gives jihadis the right to pursue a writ of habeas corpus. It is written by Andrew McBride.

I have a radio talk show host who works with his friend (and mine), Kevin. They work on Sunday nights from 7-10 pm EST at WRKO in Boston. Gregg has written a response to Johnathan Rauch’s assertion that homosexual marriage is a ‘good‘ thing. Here it is:

Johnathan Rauch begins his article, “Why Gay Marriage is Good For America,” (Opinion Page June 21, 2008) declaring: “By order of its state Supreme Court, California began legally marrying same-sex couples this week.”

He is 100% incorrect. The fact of the matter is that “gay marriage” is not legal in California because the initiative marriage statute ratified by we, the sovereign people of California in 2000 (Prop 22), enshrined into statutory law that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California,” has not been changed. It remains the “law of the land.”

The California Supreme Court merely issued a declaratory opinion that limiting marriage to one man and one woman was “discriminatory” and “unconstitutional.” The court however, issued no valid or enforceable court order, as Mr. Rauch incorrectly asserts. Under the California Constitution, only the people can revoke or amend an initiative statute. None of the other three branches can revoke or amend one in any way unless the initiative measure itself so provides. Prop 22 contains no such provision as Judge Baxter clearly affirmed in his dissent.

The marriage certificates which have been illegally altered and issued in California with Governor Schwarzenegger’s authorization remain as null and void as those illegally altered and issued by former Governor Romney in Massachusetts when he, like Governor Schwarzenegger, speciously claimed that the “court legalized same sex marriage” and that he was merely “enforcing the law.”

Whether or not “gay marriage” is “good” for America is worthy of further debate.

As to whether it is “legal” in California, Massachusetts, or anywhere else in America is not.

Gregg Jackson

Los Angeles, CA

Gregg Jackson is the author of “Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue by Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z” and talk radio show host on WRKO in Boston.

Right on, Gregg! He also is a columnist over at Here is a letter he wrote to the LA Times. He is such a great writer! (Same topic.)

Here is some news from ACT! For America.

An ACT! for America volunteer encounters a Wahhabi Muslim at the ISA protest.
I got into it with a Muslim man today at the [Islamic Saudi Academy] protest when he was waiting for the light to change. He kept yelling that we were a bunch of idiots, that we should protest at the Jewish school and that we should be ashamed that we were doing this in front of kids. I told him he should be ashamed that the academy teaches his kids to hate Americans. He kept ranting and raving so I asked him if it was not true that the Koran teaches that Jews and Christians are Apes and Pigs, and he said, facetiously that, yes, that the Koran teaches that Jews and Christians are apes and pigs. I told him that he knew it did. Then he asked me if I’d read the Koran. I told him I have. I haven’t read every inch of it yet but I am working my way through it. I have studied the verses in different discussions and articles for the past 4 1/2 years. I also called him on his taqqiya, that being a form of lying or only telling half truths to further the spread of Islam.

Professor Paul Eidelberg versus Daniel Pipes on the ‘no name war” against ‘Islamism’.
Muslims do not speak of moderate Christians or of moderate Jews no more than we ever spoke of moderate Nazis. Intellectually liberated Muslims like Nonie Darwish and Wafa Sultan are strategically irrelevant. Indeed, the more we appease the enemy by refraining from calling him by his true name, the more so-called moderate Muslims will manifest their violent Mohammedan heritage. Even secular Muslims supported Saddam Hussein. Unlike Americans and Europeans, Muslim leaders name their enemies. They call Christians the Sunday people, and Jews the Saturday people. Ahmadinejad of Iran calls for a world without the United States and Israel, meaning a world without Christianity and Judaism. The same murderous hatred is preached in innumerable mosques in the United States financed by Saudi Arabia.

Canadian Muslim Muhammed Parvez charged with first-degree murder in ‘Honor Killing’ of daughter.
Last December we posted on the ‘honor killing’ through strangulation of a rebellious daughter, Aqsa Parvez, who refused to wear a hijab, by her Muslim father, Muhammed Parvez, in Toronto. It was horrific then and the memory of it is still chilling. There is no comfort for murder of a child as beautiful as Miss Parvez was. In this post from the Magic Statistics blog, we learn that the charges against Muhammed Parvez have been appropriately upgraded to first degree murder. However, the brother of the victim, his sister, Aqsa, Waqas Parvez, 26, has been charged only with obstructing police for allegedly misleading investigators. It had been alleged that he assisted in the premediated murder.

GITMO was one giant al Qaeda Cell.
Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby , until recently the commanding officer at Guantanamo, acknowledged that senior militant leaders gained influence and control in his prison. “We have that full range of (Taliban and al Qaida) leadership here, why would they not continue to be functional as an organization?” he said in a telephone interview. “I must make the assumption that there’s a fully functional al Qaida cell here at Guantanamo.”

Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) Asks Terrorist Screening of Gazan Fulbrights.
In a response to questions from Mr. Kirk, the State Department responded that it does not have formal ties with the Islamic University of Gaza, or IUG. “The U.S. Consulate does not deal with the IUG as an institution because of its links to Hamas. However, we continue to accept applications from individual students and professors. These applications go through the same vetting process as all other USG funded grantees,” the State Department wrote in response. Mr. Kirk however said he was dumbfounded as to why the Fulbright applicants from the Islamic University of Gaza were not fully screened. “Since the appropriations committee on behalf of the U.S. taxpayer paid for the TSC system, can’t we run these names? The answer from State is, we don’t do that,” Mr. Kirk said in an interview. The Islamic University of Gaza is intertwined with Hamas. In his letter, Mr. Kirk quotes Jameela El Shanty, a professor at the school who told the Baltimore Sun in 2006: “Hamas built this institution. The university presents the philosophy of Hamas. If you want to know what Hamas is, you can know it from the university.”

Muslim Grievance Theater: Hijab Women Dissed @ Obama Rally Are Muslim Terror Front-Group Activists, Top Islamic Proselytizer.
Now, I’ve come to learn that one of the hijab-encrusted, rejected whiners, Hebba Aref, was an official of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), in charge of proselytizing. And Aref was not just any officer of the U-M Dearborn Muslim group. She was in charge of Dawa, or proselytizing, from 2000 to 2003 at the school. Yup, she was the chief “Conversion to Islam” officer at one of the most pan-Islamist college campuses in the country. And Shimaa Abdelfadeel, the other woman allegedly excluded by the Obama campaign, was chair of SAFE, a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor group that hosted the 2002 Divestment Conference against Israel at which “Annihilate the Jews!” was chanted and Islamic Jihad founder Sami Al-Arian was keynote speaker.

“ACLU Challenges Government’s Stigmatizing Of Mainstream Muslim Groups In Holy Land Case”: Really!
“ISNA’s goal is to promote the participation of American Muslims in this country’s civil and political life, and in interfaith dialogue,” said Ingrid Mattson, President of ISNA. “Our efforts have been severely undermined by a government-imposed stigma and the inflammatory misrepresentation of ISNA in the public sphere. Until now, we’ve had no way to clear our names and we’re asking the court to set the record straight.” We trust that the Federal District Court Judge assigned to this new trial of the Holy land Foundation won’t be taken in by these specious arguments. After all there is evidence that the ISNA, CAIR, the ICNA and others were involved in funelling over $12 million in charitable donations to the terrorist group Hamas.

Fighting Jihad on Wall Street.
Christopher Holton of the Center for Security Policy has this compact primer on the threat of shari’a finance. It in he catalogues for us the radical Islamic clerics involved as consultants to a number of top drawer ‘socially responsible’ shari’a compliant funds, how it has invaded the U.S. capital markets, the ease of channeling zakat or Islamic charity funds to terrorist groups, the practical pitfalls of trying to invest terror free.

Tahdiyah is no Hudna: Israeli – Hamas “Ceasefire Backfire?”
There is no cease fire or hudna in Arabic between Isarel and Hamas in Gaza. There is tahdiyah, a calming. The difference is a tahdiyah implies no recognition of Israel by Jihadist Hamas. Regardless, this is Israel’s ‘darkest week,’ as Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick termed it. An Egyptian brokered deal that will permit Hamas to restock, rearm and get deliveries of more arms and trained cadres from Iran. A victory for Iran is the opinion of historian Michael Oren in the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile PM Olmert is desperately trying to posture Israel as desiring peace talks with Lebanon with the promise of giving back the disputed Shebaa Farms-the gateway to the Golan, and insinuating that it might even give back the Golan to Syria in some half baked deal. There’s a Knesset vote requiring a mandatory referendum and a super majority vote to get that fantasy. Some cynics in Israel and the world press believe this is a smokescreen to cover up Olmert’s corruption investigation and set the stage for a Knesset vote on possible new elections next week. Meanwhile, Israel released news of extensive maneuvers in the eastern Mediterranean involving IAF special squadrons and helicopter rescue craft simulating a raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran thunders back that it will retaliate. Calming? Hardly. Sounds menacingly like the prelude to a summer war, especially with nothing to be gained for Israel’s security given a deep skepticism of its people.

“US intel: Hizbullah attack imminent”: more Genocidal threats to American and Canadian Jews.
“They want to kill as many people as they can, they want it to be a big splash,” former CIA intelligence officer Bob Baer, who claimed he met Hizbullah leaders in Beirut last month, was quoted by ABC News as saying. “They cannot have an operation fail and I don’t think they will. They’re the A-team of terrorism.”

According to officials quoted by the report, up to 20 suspected Hizbullah members have been under surveillance and their activities were being coordinated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. “Hizbullah would not carry out an attack in the west, or wherever this attack is going to occur, without approval from Teheran,” Baer was quoted as saying.

That is it for ACT! For America. Please continue to read them. It is a very good site. You can find more news there than you can in the whole NY Times!

Here is an email from American Congress for Truth:

“Report: Troubling texts at Va. Islamic school”- Violence against unbelievers, us.

Comment by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth blog editor.

Yesterday the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a report covering the translations of 17 textbooks used by the Saudi Embassy – backed Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), a private school using County facilities in McLean, Virginia. Last month the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors extended the lease of the ISA. Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and a Commissioner of the USCIRF, pressed for the translation of these ISA texts. We’re appreciative that she did and have posted on this controversy frequently. As revealed in the USCIRF report, the contents are appalling. The USCIRF had recommended to the State Department that this Saudi-backed institution be closed. State turned a deaf ear, and the Washington Post in an editorial took the USCIRF to task for not being ‘tolerant’. Tolerant???

Note what the USCIRF translations found in the texts used at the ISA in McLean, Virginia:

The commission said it obtained 17 of the academy’s textbooks through a variety of channels, including from members of Congress. The texts did appear to contain numerous revisions, including pages that were removed or passages that were whited out, but numerous troubling passages remained, according to the panel:

The authors of a 12th-grade text on Quranic interpretation state that apostates (those who convert from Islam), adulterers and people who murder Muslims can be permissibly killed.

The authors of a 12th-grade text on monotheism write that “(m)ajor polytheism makes blood and wealth permissible,” meaning that a Muslim can take with impunity the life and property of someone believed guilty of polytheism. According to the panel, the strict Saudi interpretation of polytheism includes Shiite and Sufi Muslims as well as Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists.

A social studies text offers the view that Jews were responsible for the split between Sunni and Shiite Muslims: “The cause of the discord: The Jews conspired against Islam and its people. A sly, wicked person who sinfully and deceitfully professed Islam infiltrated (the Muslims).”

More generally, the panel found that the academy textbooks hold the view that the Muslim world was strong when united under a single caliph, the Arabic language and the Sunni creed, and that Muslims have grown weak because of foreign influence and internal divisions.

The books say it’s OK for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts.

This Wahhabi doctrine is being poured with unrelenting hate into the minds of youngsters attending the ISA. Let us not forget that a Valedictorian in the Class of 1999 of the ISA was convicted for plotting the assassination of President Bush.

Citizens of Fairfax County should be outraged by what the County Board of supervisors is perpetrating. All of us should be enraged that our government permits this doctrinal hatred of us to go on unabated not only at the ISA but at hundreds of Saudi financed Madrassas here in the US.

AP, June 11, 2008

McLEAN, Va. – Textbooks at a private Islamic school in northern Virginia teach students that it is permissible for Muslims to kill adulterers and converts from Islam, according to a federal investigation released Wednesday.

Other passages in the school’s textbooks state that “the Jews conspired against Islam and its people” and that Muslims are permitted to take the lives and property of those deemed “polytheists.”

The passages were found in selected textbooks used during the 2007-08 school year by the Islamic Saudi Academy, which teaches 900 students in grades K-12 at two campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax and receives much of its funding from the Saudi government.

The academy has come under scrutiny from critics who allege that it fosters an intolerant brand of Islam similar to that taught in the conservative Saudi kingdom. In the review, the panel recommended that the school make all of its textbooks available to the State Department so changes can be made before the next school year. (Continue Reading This Article)

There is a petition available for you to sign to get these freaks out of our schools and out of our country if we only speak up loudly and often enough. This crosses the freedom of religion and freedom of speech rights given to those people here. When you teach your young that it is okay to kill mine and me, we’ve definitely got a problem, the heck with the law! Here is the petition. PLEASE sign it if you have not already.

There is a new site by the name of www.Fight They must be just starting out, because they are asking for some input. They have some ideas that I have a tendency to agree with, but I have not been to the site. I’m too busy! lol. Please them a check out, and let me know what you think. Thanks.

Whew! I think that is for now…Have a great day!

Posts I’ve trackposted to:

Adam’s Blog: 2008 Choice: Caesar v. Janus.

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June 14, 2008

He e-mailed me!

Filed under: Bloggers, joy, milblogs — Rosemary Welch @ 12:28 am

I am so happy (even though this is a sad day due to Tim Russert’s sudden passing), because yesterday my Soldier e-mailed me. He is doing well, and he will be posting again soon. Here is his site: Bill and Bob’s Excellent Afghan Adventure. Until he writes his next post, you may be interested in this one: Where Is Osama? (Very good!) Please visit him and give him some of that great encouragement I know you have. 😉 Thank you, and have a great weekend.

Posts I’ve trackposted to:

Conservative Cat: Confused Americans for Truth – Phone Call from Deluded Democrats.

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May 18, 2008

What I did on my day off

Filed under: Bloggers, book, milblogs, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 10:33 pm

Today felt good in one sense, not so good in another. We’re still having that global-warming heat wave (they used to call it Summer), but I still got a lot of reading under my belt. Here is list of really great reads:

Right Truth: PATIENT EVIL – An R.J. Godlewski / Right Truth Blog Exclusive – Chapter Five. This is an excellent book! Wow. What a wonderful writer that Mr. Godlewski is. I recommend this book, chapter by chapter.

Then there was Jonn’s article, IVAW takes the Road Show to Congress. That’s right, the illiterate Iraqi Vets Against the War were in Congress in front of the socialist party to give their report. I read Jonn’s, but there is also Thus Spake Ortner who liveblogged from the comfort of his home and to cover the rest. You may be able find something over at Gathering of Eagles, Free Republic, or many of the milblogs.

Another very interesting post I’ve been reading, which I believe would open many eyes, is Political Islam. This is definitely an eye-opener. Were you aware that OBL is a moderate Muslim? Hmm. Read this article then!

I received an e-mail from American Free Congress with an article I could not find because I could not get into get into Front Page Magazine, but I was able to find someone who had the interview over at Doctor Bulldog and Robin. The title of the article is “Kafir Dream.” These two articles will open our eyes wider than they already are, if you can believe that. I can now!

There were a few more articles I read such as how Sen. Kennedy is doing (put your politics aside, and send out your prayers), and a few more I don’t even remember. I read Blackfive’s feed, and I read Readjustment And Trivia by Bill and Bob’s Excellent Afghan Adventure. My friend has been back in the states for a little more than a month. If you wish to know how the media is effecting our Soldiers, read this. Grab a kleenex first, though. Maybe I’m just too close to this one, but I feel so helpless. God bless your family and you, M.

Well, that’s it for now. If I read your site and forgot to mention you, it wasn’t out of meanness. This is the first time in a LONG time that I took the time off to just read. I must say, I rather enjoyed it! 😉

Hat tip: Blackfive for the articles about IVAW (plus they have their own article).

Posts I’ve trackposted to at Linkfest and other sites:
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1. Right Voices: A Simple Conservative Message.
By Victor Davis Hanson: A Simple Conservative Message. There is a lot of anguish among Republicans as they look at the dismal polls and the even more depressing performance of their candidates in various preliminary House races. New books and prophets…
2. Right Truth: It’s their own damn fault.
Jimmy Buffet’s song Margaritaville ends with the realization “And I know it’s my own damn fault.” Unfortunately many Republicans can’t reach this same conclusion. Victor Davis Hanson here sees the situation as it truly is — not Bush’s fault —
3. Woman Honor Thyself: FDNY: Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance.
The pouring rain, which began promptly at 10 minutes to 2; exactly 10 minutes before the opening ceremonies were due to begin— did nothing to dampen the spirits of family, loved ones, NYPD, FDNY or me…

May 8, 2008

Welcome to my new look

Filed under: Bloggers, rant, tech — Rosemary Welch @ 1:55 pm

You may be wondering why I changed my style as I had a very nice one before, or so I thought! I asked my brother for his opinion on something I had been working on and lo and behold, my template looked awful! Where there were supposed to be spaces, there were none. Not even now am I able to bring back to their natural size some of my posts.

That is why I decided to try as many tricks as I could. I am now thinking about going back to wordpress. Why? I have had the *(&_*(&_* pleasure of learning three languages (at least) without so much as an instructor. I’ve had it. If I have to learn this language to bring my site back to its natural beauty, I might as well learn a language I’ve been wanting to learn. Not one that I’m stuck with.

Then again, I do like the fact that it doesn’t take foreeeeeeeeever to write a post and pull up my site whenever I wish. Blogger allows me this benefit. This is also the place who gave me my start in blogging. I do feel a little devotion to them. However, they’ve gone over to the other side! That’s right. They sold out to google! Google is one of those companies that censores Chinese bloggers. I want nothing to do with them. They have no devotion to me.

Would someone PLEASE help me decide? Are you willing to teach me WordPress? Oh, I already own a site with the same name, Rosemary’s and Rosemary’s I also have one at TownHall and vox. They both take too long, although I do like vox. They have something to do with MSN though. I need help!

Well, this is my rant for the morning. I hope everyone has a very fine day. 😉

Posts that I have trackbacked to:

The World According To Carl: Final Farewell To The S.S. Hurricane Camille.
Right Voices: Democrats think taxing oil companies will fix this problem?
123beta: Inhale The Web.
third world county: OS Play Time.
The Yankee Sailor: Building a Case for War in Iran – Part 2.

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May 7, 2008

Okay, it finally happened

Filed under: Bloggers, honor, milblogs, misc, promises — Rosemary Welch @ 1:23 pm

I’ve been blogging since July 5, 2004, and I promised in 2005 that I would post everyday. Even if it was only to say hi, even when I was sick, I managed to keep that promise…until yesterday. Why was I not blogging, you ask? ARE YOU NUTS? I was blogging my butt off! I had to re-do many of the blogs wrote MONDAY! As I was doing this late into Tuesday morning (there’s a story in there, too), my computer froze up, I was thrown offline a number of times, and I was still typing my heart out in the hopes that I may…just MAY…be able to post something. But Nooooo.

What was it that happened Monday that had me in such a tizzy? I was supposed to have my post for Tuesday’s blog over at Eagles Up (named the Talon) ready to be posted in the afternoon the day before it is due. Well. All these things sure didn’t help! Then I had to rewrite much of it.

By the time I was ready to turn it in (it’s still Monday morning), I can’t login. Huh? I tried every password I’ve ever used, every ID I’ve ever used, and I used every combination. Nothing! Panic had already sunk in.

I sent away for a lost password, but I never received an email. That’s probably because I am NOT the editor! These guys are so wonderful. They helped me out, and they even forgave me! I am on warning, though. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN! (I’m exaggerating.) There’s a reason why I should not allow this to happen again. I am supposed to be responsible!

And that brings me back to the start of this post. I am responsible to have a post (or two or three…) up there for you to read. That is my promise to you and to myself. Did I tell you why I made that promise? No? Okay. I was playing too many games when I first started, and I felt that I was neglecting my friends. Also, I did not want to become addicted to those stupid games. It was great discipline. It only took me three and a half years to break my 2005 New Years Eve Resolution. (Now that it happened, I can tell what and why it was.)

My new pledge. I am going to keep the old one. I promise to write everyday EXCEPT in cases of extreme emergency (hospitalization, no computer, etc.). It is very stressful, but in a sick way I like it. Ouch! 😉

Posts I’ve trackposted to:

Leaning Straight Up: School Stupidity of the Year (Decade?) Award goes to Land ‘O Lakes Florida: Teacher fired for “Wizardry” for making a toothpick disappear.
Planck’s Constant: When should children leave home?
Right Voices: Updated:Obama Promised The Teamsters That He Would End The Oversight And Allow The Mafia Back In…Change the Teamsters can believe in, part 2.
Tel-Chai Nation: Philly policeman murdered by thieves in Muslim niqab garb.
Faultline USA: Black Theology & Black Power.
third world county: When memory fails….
Woman Honor Thyself: Myanmar receiving Aid from the U.S. and IsraeL.
Kodera’s Korner: Erie Bloggers Kurse Kodera.
Thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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May 3, 2008

Talon: The Eagles Up blog

Filed under: Activists, Bloggers, milblogs, ota, otb, Talon — Rosemary Welch @ 11:35 am

We opened last Monday, and we did very well. This is just a little reminder to keep up the great work, keep visiting us (because we really do appreciate it), and spread the word about our opening.

As a reminder, here is a list of our contributors at the Talon:

Mon. – Rurik. (Head honcho!)
Tue. – Rosemary and Concrete Bob.
Wed. – Wednesday Hero and John Lilyea.
Thu. – Cao and Dave Jeffers.
Fri. – Ron Winter.

These are all fabulous writers in their own right, except for that Rosemary character. I don’t know about her. She sometimes flies off the handle when she hears someone is messing with our troops. She gets so mad, I’ve never seen a person get that so blindly angry. I sure wouldn’t want to be the target of her anger! No telling with crazy people, ya know?! (lol)

Please don’t forget to read our front page also, Eagles Up! This is where you will find information about activities planned, news that isn’t covered, and a host of other issues. You may also become an activist in this war at the homefront. Remember, to win this war it will take the whole country’s will. Let us always be part of the solution. Thank you again. Have a great day.

This is an open trackback post. Feel free to put your best, funniest, or misc. work here. Share it with others, and they will share their work with you (if you like). Not familiar with trackbacks? First, choose the article you want to promote. Copy my permalink (URL) to your post. Then send a trackback to me. Don’t have one? You can use Wizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger. Otherwise, leave a comment for me with the permalink for your post, the name of your blog, and a small excerpt, and I will add it to the list.

There are three trackbacks which I recommend: If you would like to join the Open Trackback Alliance visit The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns. If you would like to host a trackback party, or join another blogger’s party, go to Linkfest Haven Deluxe for more information. If you would like to join the Open TrackBack Provider Blogroll visit The Blue State Conservatives for more information.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at ‘The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns‘ OTA:

The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: OTA Weekend and Petition.

Other members of OTA:

Su. walls of the city.
Su. Grandinite.
Su. Onemanbandwidth.
Su. Stageleft.
Su. InMuscatine.

W. Stop The ACLU.

F. Stix Blog.
F. The World According To Carl.
F. Perri Nelson (M, W, F).
F. 123beta (F, Wknd).

D. The Dumb Ox.
D. Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker.
D. Conservative Cat.

S. LyfLines.
S. Church and State.

Wknd. Maggie’s Notebook.
Wknd. Stuck On Stupid,.
Wknd. Blue Star Chronicles.
Wknd. The Uncooperative Blogger.

Posts I’ve trackposted to at Linkfest, OTA, and other sites:

W. Right Truth: OPERATION CORDUROY CAPACITOR: Taking the planet back from the radical Islamists.
Beagle Scout: The Nebraska State Senator who filed a lawsuit against God. A good read.
The Yankee Sailor: Weekend Open Post.
F. third world county (W, F): On Liberty.
A NEWT ONE: War News: About That War For Oil Lie.
F. Woman Honor Thyself: The I.D.F. Kills Shalit Kidnapper?
F. Pirate’s Cove (M, F): Pirate Weekend Linkfest Sticky Post 5/2=5/4.
F. Pirate’s Cove: 8 Stages Alert: This Time Blaming Hillary, Though.
Shadowscope: Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst.
Potbelly Stove: Evidence of Recession?
Wolf Pangloss: Hillary’s Good Luck Charm Finishes Second, Dies.
123beta: Last Day On The Job.
Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Cyclone Nargis rips through Myanmar.
Right Truth: Oprah moved from Rev. Wright to … the dark side ….
Adam’s Blog: Interview with Congressional Candidate Greg Nemitz.

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THE BASIS FOR A STRONG NATION By R.J. Godlewski © May 3, 2008, All Rights Reserved 10. FOREIGN RELATIONS (THANK GOD I’M NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT) There’s an old saying that God created families so that people would learn to…
2. Su. The Amboy Times: 58% Think Obama Denouced Wright to save face.
Hat tip, Hot Air. Most people aren’t buying it. The plausibility of knowing Rev Wright for twenty years, attending his church, and even featuring some of his sermons in his book, but not knowing Wright’s beliefs, is not selling. A Rasmussen…
3. Th. Diary of the Mad Pigeon: How to Identify Phishing: “IRS” Case Study.
Thank god I have experience with computers. You see, I got this in my email this afternoon: And no, my spam trap didn’t catch it! Sure looks legit, doesn’t it? Says it’s from, has an official looking banner… But…
W. third world county (W, F): On Liberty.
Cutting off (or shouting down) debate on an issue to avoid having to deal with facts is the mark of a weak argument, which says a lot about most fake liberals’ arguments…

April 28, 2008

New Eagles UP! blog: Talon

Filed under: Bloggers, milblogs, Military, Military Families, News, otb, support — Rosemary Welch @ 3:28 am

Tomorrow (Monday, April 28, 2008) is the scheduled day for the opening of a blog for Eagles UP! I have been asked if I would like to participate, and I jumped at the opportunity to support our troops and write news that is seldom heard or read.

The name of this site is the Talon. It is a very nice looking site! Mike did a fine job creating it. There are a few contributors already, and they are:

Monday – Rurik.
Tuesday – Rosemary and Concrete Bob.
Wednesday – Wednesday Hero and John Lilyea.
Thursday – Cao and Dave Jeffers.
Friday – Ron Winter.

I am deeply honored to be writing with such a fine group of men and women. For example, David Jeffers is the father of Eddie Jeffers, author of the following:


Hope Rides Alone.
USA Sgt. Eddie Jeffers, USA (Iraq)

February 1, 2007

I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the city burn to the ground. I smell the familiar smells, I walk through the familiar rubble, and I look at the frightened faces that watch me pass down the streets of their neighborhoods. My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device that has been given to me from my government for the purpose of taking the lives of others.

I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry. Young American boys look to me to direct them in a manner that will someday allow them to see their families again…and yet, I too, am just a boy….my age not but a few years more than that of the ones I lead. I am stressed, I am scared, and I am paranoid…because death is everywhere. It waits for me, it calls to me from around street corners and windows, and it is always there.

There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into thoughts and actions that are not my own…but that are necessary for survival. I’ve made compromises with my humanity. And I am not alone in this. Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same streets… who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not.

And to think, I volunteered for this…

And I am ignorant to the rest of the world…or so I thought.

But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that doesn’t fit your average man. And then, I will be alone. And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to Hitler.

I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about. It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far from home. I use the word boys and girls, because that’s what they are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old. The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.

People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are. They don’t realize its effects on this war. In this war, there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires. Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy’s brutality because it’s against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy. The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward’s war against us. It is effective though, as many men and women have died since the start of this war. And the memory of their service to America is tainted by the inconsiderate remarks on our nation’s news outlets. And every day, the enemy changes…only now, the enemy is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society… and they are becoming our enemy.

Democrats and peace activists like to toss the word “quagmire” around and compare this war to Vietnam. In a way they are right, this war is becoming like Vietnam. Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and military. America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at war. Like it or not, we are here, some of us for our second, or third times; some even for their fourth and so on. Americans are so concerned now with politics, that it is interfering with our war.

Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the internet…and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even jailed…for doing their job.

It is absolutely sickening to me to think our country has come to this. Why are we so obsessed with the bad news? Why will people stop at nothing to be against this war, no matter how much evidence of the good we’ve done is thrown in their face? When is the last time CNN or MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and hospitals in Iraq? Or the leaders of terror cells being detained or killed? It’s all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of President Bush. They will ignore the good news, because it just might show people that Bush was right.

America has lost its will to fight. It has lost its will to defend what is right and just in the world. The crazy thing of it all is that the American people have not even been asked to sacrifice a single thing. It’s not like World War II, where people rationed food and turned in cars to be made into metal for tanks. The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything. Unless you are in the military or the family member of a servicemember, its life as usual…the war doesn’t affect you.

But it affects us. And when it is over and the troops come home and they try to piece together what’s left of them after their service…where will the detractors be then? Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to soldiers and help them sort out the last couple years of their lives, most of which have been spent dodging death and wading through the deaths of their friends? They will be where they always are, somewhere far away, where the horrors of the world can’t touch them. Somewhere where they can complain about things they will never experience in their lifetime; things that the young men and women of America have willingly taken upon their shoulders.

We are the hope of the Iraqi people. They want what everyone else wants in life: safety, security, somewhere to call home. They want a country that is safe to raise their children in. Not a place where their children will be abducted, raped and murdered if they do not comply with the terrorists demands. They want to live on, rebuild and prosper. And America has given them the opportunity, but only if we stay true to the cause and see it to its end. But the country must unite in this endeavor…we cannot place the burden on our military alone. We must all stand up and fight, whether in uniform or not. And supporting us is more than sticking yellow ribbon stickers on your cars. It’s supporting our President, our troops and our cause.

Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers. Right now, hope rides alone. But it can change, it must change. Because there is only failure and darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people, if it doesn’t.

Let’s stop all the political nonsense, let’s stop all the bickering, let’s stop all the bad news and let’s stand and fight!Isn’t that what America is about anyway?

Sergeant Eddie Jeffers is a US Army Infantryman serving in Ramadi, Iraq.

From The New Media

Hat tip: Gazing at the Flag.

I’m not even going to pretend I can top that, so I will stick with what I do best. This is going to be a wonderful way for us to show our support and share the news and the truth with those who seek it. We must remember, we are fighting a war on many fronts. One of those fronts is right here at home. Rurik has tackled one aspect of that in his post for Monday, “The Edinboro Abuses.” He has done a wonderful job expressing what many of us are feeling. Good job, Rurik. 😉

I’m not sure, but they may still be seeking contributors. Please visit the site, and have a wonderful day! BTW, if you come across a Marine, a Soldier, a Sailor, or someone else in the service of our wonderful country, please remember to shake their hand and thank them for all the sacrifices the made to keep us free. Yes, remember…

The following is ‘borrowed’ from Maggie’s Notebook. She does it so well! 😉

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“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Az).
Ronald Reagan was a Goldwater speechwriter in the 1964 campaign.

Hat tip: Quote from Ronald Reagan came from The Blue State Conservatives.

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Salt and Light: Talon Blog.
The Yankee Sailor: Tuesday Open Post.
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2. Woman Honor Thyself: FAT-wa on Barbie?
Perhaps a preventive strike against a declared genocidal Iran, might actually be a bit of a blow to world terrorism and just might significantly reduce our problems with the terrorist state of Syria, the Hezbullies and Ham-ASS.
Ya think? …
3. Planck’s Constant: Barbie Conquers Iran.
…without coercion, people will always choose to be like Americans. If Muslims were free to abandon their faith without fear of being whipped, tortured, burned and killed, and were exposed to American culture, in short order, Islam would cease to exist…
4. A NEWT ONE: War News: Muqtada al-Sadr and al-Qaeda?
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April 27, 2008

Creating legal, profitable economy leads to Afghan success

Filed under: Bloggers, CentCom, drugs, econ, nato, SW Asia — Rosemary Welch @ 5:53 am

Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2008) – A commitment to long-term success and improving cooperation with the Afghan government are the keys to success in Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman there said Thursday. “We can see a new way of doing things or development on doing things,” NATO spokesman Mark Laity said in a conference call from Kabul, Afghanistan, with online journalists and “bloggers.” During the call, Laity referred to the NATO summit held in Bucharest, Romania, on April 3. During the summit declaration, the United Nations-mandated International Security Assistance Force mission, currently comprising 40 nations, was made NATO’s top priority.

Laity explained that he hopes NATO’s summit declaration will have an impact in Afghanistan. “There was a lot more unity there than in the run up to it, and I think you saw a willingness by NATO nations to bury their differences and actually try and get on with something better than they had in the past,” he said. “At the same time, you saw the United Nations come out with a strengthened mandate and new special representative [Ambassador Kai Eide] to the United Nations’ secretary general, who is being told to take more of a leadership role, cooperate more with ISAF, and finally we saw a commitment to the long term.” Laity said he is pleased to see the reinvigorated strategy.

“To win in Afghanistan, we’re not going to win by fighting, we’re not going to win by development, we’re not going to win by having government — we’re going to win if all three are working together,” he said. That has been the problem up to this point — working together hasn’t always gone well, which can be problematic, he said. Despite some difficulties in getting all areas to cooperate, he said, the NATO force in Afghanistan has had an impact on the Taliban insurgency, which he stated is currently contained. “It’s not resurgence, as some people say, but it still is a potent threat,” he said. “They can still do a lot of damage and keep the pot boiling, but to defeat them, it’s not just enough to do it in the field; we got [have to] have better development, more jobs, better government — everything working together. That’s the challenge for us now.”

Another challenge facing ISAF is convincing farmers to cultivate crops other than poppies. The best way that NATO can help in reducing the menace of narcotics is by improving security. “The essential problem is not just eradicating poppy; it’s what the people who are growing poppy should do,” he said. “What we need to do is create the alternative economy, which being legal is also profitable, and to do that, we need better security. “If we can make an area secure, people can build roads; they can grow alternate crops and get them to market,” he said.

Despite reducing the areas where poppies are grown, ISAF has seen an increase [in] poppy farms in concentrated areas. Laity said four percent of the agricultural land in Afghanistan is being used to grow poppies, and the Taliban and narcotics warlords continue to reap the benefits of this crop. “There is a close and, we think, increasing linkage,” he said. “So whether you are growing poppy just because you want to make money or whether you’re a Taliban, you want one thing, and that’s insecurity.” He added that the Taliban are increasingly being funded by the proceeds of poppy, often through allowing its transit through areas they are fighting over. “In effect, poppy is helping to fund the insurgency,” he said.

Securing narcotics-prone areas is one key to successfully eradicating [of] both the Taliban and the drug lords. “Eradication is only the beginning. Security is important, but it is only the beginning. You need to give people an alternative to poppy,” he said. Laity cautioned that security still remains one of the biggest problems. Without security, the sense of synergy can’t take hold. The lack of security continues to allow the movement of illegal drugs and profits to grow from the illegal wealth, he said. “It’s a huge problem, and I don’t want to understate it,” he added.

Laity said he is encouraged by the increasing number of Afghan police and Afghan soldiers assisting with security efforts. “They understand their territory better than we do, and they can often smell the bad guy,” he said. “They can deal with these issues in a way that we can’t.”

Source: CENTCOM.

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April 19, 2008

Winter Soldier I, II: Saturday morning discussion

Filed under: anti-war/Bush, Bloggers, ota, otb, radio program, War, war crimes — Rosemary Welch @ 3:28 am

This news just in: Tomorrow morning there will be a discussion between Veterans on the radio about Winter Soldier I and II. What caused the people of America to turn against our men in uniform? Was it the American people who gave up? Was it an outside force who invaded our country who caused our will to be broken? Was our will actually broken? Listen tomorrow morning at 9am EST. Details below:

Tomorrow morning Scott Swett and I will be appearing on at 0900 hours Eastern Time to talk about the following program: – see below for internet, and traditional radio settings.

Winter Soldier I & II

Why did warriors leave “home” to serve in the Vietnam War, but came“back” when their tour was over? Why didn’t they go “home?”

Perhaps the main reason was the treatment they received from citizens who reviled our warriors, while praising the enemies of other countries. What brought about that attitude? Did the protestors and our country hear the truth about our warriors? Perhaps we can gain answers this Saturday on Veterans Radio.

Tune in this week as Gary Lillie hosts lively interviews on a very controversial subject. Did John Kerry receive funding from Jane Fonda to gather lies about our troops in Vietnam? The notarized statements he presented were entered into the Congressional Record. If they are lies, does that constitute perjury to Congress? And just what is Jimmy Carter up to these days? Is he connected with Winter Soldier II? Why is his picture posted on one of their web sites?

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I would truly like to know the unbiased truth about these anti-war groups and their funders. I would also like it to be a law that anyone who is not a citizen of the USA CANNOT protest, nor can they donate monies to those who do. That does not violate the constitution, if you stop hollaring for a moment and listen to me. THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, not Zimbabwe, Brazil, Iceland, Europe, etc. It was written for us, and it should only apply those rights to us. Otherwise, how are we supposed to protect ourselves? Do you have a better solution? Let us hear it! Don’t be stingy, share your ideas! 😉

Hat tip: Rurik from Veteran-American Voices.

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest and The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at OTA Weekend And Petition that have posts for this week:

S. The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: OTA Weekend And Petition.
F. The World According to Carl: Open Trackback Friday — April 18, 2008.
F. Pirate’s Cove (M, F): Pirate Weekend Linkfest Sticky 4/18-4/20.
Wknd. 123beta (F, Wknd): Open Trackback Weekend.
Su. The Amboy Times: Antisemitism in the Hadith and the Koran.

Posts that I’m waiting for them to post so I can trackback:

F. Stix Blog, F. Woman Honor Thyself, Wknd. Leaning Straight Up, Wknd. Stuck On Stupid, Su. Grandinite, Wknd. Blue Star Chronicles, S. LyfLines, Su. Onemanbandwidth, Su. Free Constitution, Su. Conservative Culture (Su, T), S. Church and State, Su. Stageleft, Su. walls of the city, Wknd. The Uncooperative Blogger, Wknd. The Bullwinkle Blog, S. Point Five, S. 7 Deadly Sins, S. Selective Amnesia, S. Case Notes from the Artsy Asylum, Su. InMuscatine, Su. Miceland, Su. Where are my socks?, Su. Peakah’s Provocations, Su. Otimaster (Spanish).

These sites haven’t written for months or I could not connect to them:

S. Steeljaw Scribe, Su. The Blazer Blog, Su. The Dissentators (Su, M).

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest and other sites:

Nuke Gingrich: Blogbreakus interruprtus.
McCain Blogs: Captain McCain Weekend Linkfest Sticky 4/18-4/20.
Maggie’s Notebook: Weekend Open Trackbacks and Linkfest.
Right Truth: Ohio Teacher Refuses to Remove Bible From Students’ View, and other attacks on Christianity.
Cao’s Blog: Cao’s Blog.
A NEWT ONE: War News: We Have Lost the War.
D equals S: Newt & Nancy Sittin in a Tree A-l-g-o-r-e-n.
Thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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1. Oblogatory Anecdotes: Weekend Open Trackbacks 4/18-20.
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2. A NEWT ONE: War News: McClatchey News Anti-Americanists.
These poor excuses for journalistic integrity couldn’t get a story straight if their lives depended on it. And, by the way, it does. They just don’t or won’t see the threats from the enemy. They are very similar if not identical to the chronic malco…
3. The Italian Sicko.
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6. Right Truth: Yee Haw, a politician that gets Islamic terror.
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Here’s hubby’s band performing “When Will I Be Loved”, for more video performances visit SHOW TIME THE BAND. Enjoy. We’re located in West Tennessee, so if you need a band, just let us know. There’s a link in the sidebar…

April 15, 2008

UK: 30 active terrorist plots

Filed under: Bloggers, News, otb, security, terrorists/ism — Rosemary Welch @ 11:17 pm

In response to A NEWT ONE who is wondering why there are no ‘big media’ writing about this issue, I have an e-mail from ACT! For America that discusses al-Reuters article about this same issue. Here is the article:

30 plots on UK

Jacqui Smith reveals new terror threat

By Ian Kirby

HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith last night revealed security forces are investigating THIRTY deadly terror plots which threaten mayhem across Britain. She told the News of the World: “We now face a threat level that is severe. It’s actually growing. “There are 2,000 individuals who are being monitored. There are 200 networks involved and 30 active plots.”

And she warned the menace of Islamic fanatics is mounting so fast that police will be unable to cope within a year—unless they are given new powers to lock up terror suspects for longer. At present cops can hold suspects for up to 28 days, but the Home Office wants that increased to 42 days.

We can’t wait for an attack to succeed and then rush in new powers,” said Mrs Smith. “We have got to stay ahead. Because we now understand the scale of what is being plotted, the police have to step in earlier—which means they need more time to put evidence together.


“We task the police and the security agencies with protecting us. Frankly, if they say to me it’s getting more difficult and we need more time to investigate thoroughly, it is my duty to provide them with the tools they need.

“The danger has increased over the past two years. Since the beginning of 2007, there have been 57 people convicted on terrorist plots. “Nearly half of those pleaded guilty—so this is not some figment of the imagination. It is a real risk and a real issue we need to respond to.”

In our exclusive interview Mrs Smith also revealed that in 2001, at the time of the 9/11 bombings, Britain’s anti-terror cops seized and analysed just ONE computer and no computer discs. Yet by last year their haul had risen to a staggering 400 computers and 8,000 computer discs containing BILLIONS of vital items of data.

At the same time, the records held by Scotland Yard’s anti-terror force have soared from 69,000 files four years ago to 200,000 this year.

The Home Secretary also pointed out that before the detention period for suspects was raised from its original 14 days to 28, many people argued the new law was unnecessary because the powers would never need to be used. But Mrs Smith said: “Well, we did need to. Since that time we have needed to hold 11 people for longer than 14 days—and six of them for a total of 28 days.

“The complexity of these plots is growing and the number of international investigations is greater than before. Each time a plot is uncovered, the terrorists learn and they develop. “That’s why there is a massive increase in the way they are using technology and encrypting information. So it takes time to get the evidence you need to charge somebody.”

This week the Home Secretary will step up the government’s “Prevent” campaign—its battle against Islamic extremists who preach hate and indoctrinate potential jihadi recruits. On Wednesday she will announce a new deal she struck with the Pakistani government on a visit last week. It will allow respected moderate Islamic clerics to be brought over from Pakistan to help British imams combat extremism in the Islamic communities.

Mrs Smith explained: “The vast majority of British Muslims have a Pakistani heritage. If we work with the government there we can win the arguments. “We need to do more to tackle those places where radicalisation is developing—in prisons, schools, higher education—so that people are getting the right messages about what it means to be a British Muslim.” She added: “We will also work to ensure we identify vulnerable people being groomed for terror—in the same way we protect young people from being dragged into crime and abuse.” [Source: News of the World – UK.]

Reuters interpreted to mean:

BRITISH police and security agencies are monitoring 30 terrorism plots, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said in extracts of a newspaper interview released today. “We now face a threat level that is severe. It’s not getting any less, it’s actually growing,” she said in an interview to be published tomorrow in News of the World.

“We task the police and the security agencies with protecting us … There are 22,000 individuals they are monitoring. There are 200 networks. There are 30 active plots,” she said.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour government is seeking to extend pre-charge detention of terrorism suspects to 42 days from the current 28-day limit. But Smith faces a tough task steering the controversial provisions through parliament. The opposition Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have both said they will vote against extended detention. Labour backbenchers are also threatening to rebel and vote down the clause in the Counter-Terrorism Bill.

“We can’t wait for an attack to succeed and then rush in new powers,” Smith said. “We’ve got to stay ahead. Because we now understand the scale of what is being plotted, the police have to step in earlier, which means they need more time to put evidence together.”

Britain has seen a marked increase in militant Islamist plots since it joined the US in invading Iraq in 2003.

This is why I call it al-Reuters. These people were already there for years before GWB was president!

In 2005 four British suicide bombers killed 52 people in London. Other attempts have been thwarted by police or failed when devices did not detonate. “Since the beginning of 2007, 57 people have been convicted on terrorist plots,” said Smith. “Nearly half of those pleaded guilty so this is not some figment of the imagination. It is a real risk and a real issue we need to respond to.” [Source: al-Reuters.]

So my question is this, “Why are the presidential candidates not discussing this issue?” Could it be because they have not a clue about what to do? And THAT should scare you. Not for warmongering or just to play the fear card, but because they are not discussing an issue which would you give a better sense for which to judge them. That is the simple truth. Well, I’ll give them a little lee-way. Maybe they do not know anything about it? Would you vote for someone so ignorant of the facts on the ground? Why?

Right Truth [A MUST READ] asks this question, “Are we prepared [for another attack]?” I ask this question, “Are You Prepared for another terrorist attack in an area near you? If not, for what are you waiting? These are questions only you can answer…

PS. I do not know why there is a discrepancy between the 2,000 individuals in the News of the World – UK article and the 22,000 individuals that are being watched in the Reuters articles. No, it is not my typo. They actually have 2 different numbers! Also, I showed both articles so that you may decipher for yourself which article reads more accurately (and unbiased) the news of a greater threat from Islamists. They sure as heck aren’t Catholic!

Source(s): ACT! For America, A NEWT ONE, and Right Truth.

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

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The Virtuous Republic: Bakken Oil Formation: Update.
Allie is Wired: Allie is Wired Hot Links.
Adam’s Blog: Post of the Day for April 15, 2008.
Right Truth: Negotiating North America.
Celebrity Smack: Sausage Links 98.
Wolf Pangloss: Tax Day Tuesday Open Trackbacks.
Right Voices: BET TV Founder billionaire businessman Bob Johnson said Monday that Sen. Barack Obama would not be his party’s leading candidate if he were white.
D equals S: I Heart China.
A NEWT ONE: War News AND Global Cultural Jihad? Boy Howdy!
Right Truth: Are We Prepared?
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