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June 24, 2008

Whales worth more than Sailors

Filed under: animals, court, global war, otb, Talon — Rosemary Welch @ 11:03 pm

That is the only reason I can understand the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Apparently, they believe they are more apt to run a war than the Admirals themselves, and this decision proves them so vastly wrong.

Even Justice Kennedy couldn’t swallow this one:

Under the guidance of Anthony Kennedy, the Supremes have lately taken to arrogating war powers to themselves. (See here.) But even Justice Kennedy may blanch at National Resources Defense Council v. Winter. In that case, the Ninth Circuit ruled that preparing the Navy to fight in a time of war was not an “emergency,” and that our sailors must stop training lest their sonar harm . . . whales.

Just tipping you off as to what to watch for in the next round of SCOTUS decisions. There is a possibility this will never be decided, but the Supremes have decided to at least hear it. That is a step in the right direction.

This should also give us pause to consider who we vote for when we vote. I am not endorsing anyone here, I am just suggesting that we try to find out as much as we can about their policies – especially in matters such as judges – so that we may make an informed decision.

I have just one question really. If we are in a war and need to practice and train, and this is not considered an emergency; what, pray tell, is?

Source: WSJ’s Opinion Journal.

Cross-posted @ The Talon.

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Alert: MAF Web-o-thon for the Troops!

Filed under: Love, milblogs, Military Families, otb, Talon, Troops — Rosemary Welch @ 8:59 am

This Thursday there is going to be a wonderful 8 hours web-o-thon which will be streamlined live so that we may all participate in it. Move America Forward is doing a marvelous job of gathering everyone together, and I look forward to having each of you drop in for just a while.

The Eagles UP! and their blog, Talon, are also participating in this telethon. We would like to contribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces by sending them care packages. I know I do not want them to believe we have forgotten them or that they are unloved. No, not happening under my watch!

I love what Mike is going to do, starting June 18, 2008. He has started matching each donation by 10% of his own money. Isn’t he an angel? I think this is a wonderful idea. If you would like to help to help our Servemembers, please donate at the link for MAF at Eagles UP! so that we may help the amount blow the newspapers, congresspeople, and just everyone out of the pond.

As Melanie has reminded (again), we may think we are having a bad hair day, but can you imagine insignificant that would seem if we lived in Iraq, Iran, etc? How about the heat of 125-135 degrees with full gear on? Would you care to trade places? I know I’m very grateful to them for protecting our country, our lives, and their families and themselves. This is why we should be on the front lines caring for them. Because we want to.

The LiveStream will be located at UStream.TV. This will be on Thursday, June 26, and for more information please go here. Michelle Malkin will also be there, so we will have a double treat!

Here are a few articles that have been written and/or taken notice: The Sacramento Union: Special ‘Support the Troops’ Telethon June 26, The Radio Equalizer: A UNITED FRONT, Michelle Malkin: Six more days ’til the From the Frontlines web-a-thon, Radio & Records: More Support For All-Star Troop Benefit and HotAir: Hot Air TV alert: From the Frontlines web-a-thon, June 26.

The name of the Telethon is “From The Frontlines”.

On June 26, from 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific to 12midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific, Melanie and I will be anchoring a livestreamed, 8-hour fund-raising “web-a-thon” to send the largest number of care packages to our troops overseas in U.S. history. We’ve got a star-studded line-up participating in this effort to support our military, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dr Laura Schlessinger, Ollie North, Monica Crowley, Ann Coulter, Nancy Reagan, actor Kelsey Grammer, and Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik. You’ll be able to tune it at Hot Air and on UStream, embed the broadcast on your own blogs, and even catch some of the show on your radio dial if you’re lucky to be in the listening area of a radio station partner. [Hat tip: Hot Air]

I pray I happen to have one of those radio stations which is close enough so I may be listen to it live! Wow! Have a great day.

PS. Melanie has already raised close to $250,000. We are trying to a goal of $500,000. Please help us. We want to show those *ahem* ‘people’ in Washington what it’s like to actually SUPPORT THE TROOPS. Thanks.

Cross-posted @ The Talon.

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June 23, 2008

Homosexuals will harm the Military

Filed under: civil rights/duties, court, homo-, laws, Military, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 9:25 pm

Now that homosexuals have won in the courts in California and Massachusetts, not through the legislative process which they continually fail to win, these states have claimed they must abide by the court’s orders to ‘marry’ same-sex people. Beside this being preposterous, it has the potential to do much harm to our Military.

Number one, the people – no one else – determine which powers the judicial, the legislatures, and the governors and president may encroach upon us as predetermined as necessary to run the country. They cannot just run over us whimsy-nilly anyway they desire, and the courts are about to reach the precipice. Now they are demanding we allow the minority rule (3%) over the majority? Since when when?

How does this harm the our Mililtary? If a person joins the Military as a single man or woman, then they ‘marry’ someone of the same sex but does not tell anyone (don’t ask, don’t tell), won’t the Military be obligated to pay for this person’s spouse? What if they adopt a child? Won’t we have to give them child allowances? What about divorces? Who gets custody? What if the spouse goes into the hospital? Won’t they get leave to visit?

After this goes on for a while, do you really believe that – even though they are less than 3 percent of the population – they demand equal treatment under the LAW? WHAT LAW??? See, this is where the problem arises.

In the year 2000 in California, voters sent a huge message that MARRIAGE is between one man and one woman. Period. The most liberal state, yet they know that deep down it is in the best interest for all children and society as a whole that marriage was, is, and always will be the best foundation for American society. Our LAWS demand that MARRIAGE is between one man and one woman.

This has not been changed through the legislature nor by the voters. As a matter of fact, we already have enough signatures to have this on the ballot again in November, only this time as a Constitutional Amendment.

You would think the court would consider the trauma to the people who think they are ‘married’ but come to find out WE MEANT OUR VOTES. But no, they decided to go ahead and let them do this atrocity. I call it this an atrocity because it will surely destroy some people’s hearts to find out, once again, that the rest of America may not care what you do in private, but we are not going to let you redefine marriage.

To impose this court ruling upon our Military will only change our Military to have less and less men and more homosexuals. I cannot watch a tv program that doesn’t have a homosexual in it. Do you remember what happened with the Catholic Church scandals? Is that what you want from our Military? Or would you rather say, ‘Forget political correctness, I’d rather stay alive.’? I know what side of this issue I come down on.

I believe the Military has it right. There has to be rules of conduct and regulations on certain behaviors. Otherwise, we may lose everything and the first to be persected would be the same people who are the ones fighting so hard to make it so. It is a sad state of affairs. Just ask the people in Iran.

One more tiny little thing. What about MY rights? Am I to be scorned because I believe in God? Do my rights and beliefs not matter because somehow you disagree with me? Then go for it, I will not take you to court over it. The most I will do is pray for you. Whatever happened to live and let live? God help us all.

THIS IS MY OWN OPINION, AND IT DOES NOT REFLECT ANYONE ELSE FROM THIS SITE.

Cross-posted @ The Talon.

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June 22, 2008

Learn ‘Democrat Speak’

Filed under: congress, elections, otb, pols — Rosemary Welch @ 7:30 pm

This video is right on. It is about time someone in the Capitol buildings put sound and the written word to what has happened to the Democrat Party.

I’m looking forward, also, to the Republican smack-down! Hey, I’m fair. They both SUCK, IMHO. I’m just about ready to lay down our political arms and get together with the opposition to work on a plan to throw ALL of the bums out!

It is NOT just Repukians, but Dumb-a-Rats as well who have taken this country to the point where there is no more decency, the common man can no longer run for political office, once a rich guy gets into office-they stay there ’till they die, and it was never meant to be this way. I WANT MY FREEDOM BACK!

Libs, stop trying to control me, it won’t work. Repukes, don’t insult my intelligence. Come up with a plan of your own, and stop telling me how bad the other party is. YOU’RE NO BETTER when you do that. For crying out loud, grow up and grow a pair. Cajones, that is!

THAT’S Rosemary’s rant for the day (so far, lol).

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June 21, 2008

Iraqi girl to get life-saving surgery

Filed under: CentCom, ME, medics, ota, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 12:39 am

by SFC Stacy Niles
214th Fires Brigade

FOB DELTA, Iraq (June 19, 2008) – When she was born, doctors didn’t expect her to live a week, but a 1-year-old Iraqi girl is defying the odds. She overcame the initial diagnosis, but without proper care, Noor Majeed could still die. Fortunately, surgeons in Boston have agreed to donate their services to help her, and a donor in Cambridge, Mass., donated $100,000 for the medical care of this patient. Noor’s surgery is scheduled for June 30 at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Noor was born with bladder exstrophy, which is a rare congenital disease in which the bladder protrudes outside of the abdominal wall. It occurs once in every 30,000 – 50,000 births, most often in boys. Separation of the pelvic bones also accompanies the condition, which is often associated with other birth defects. Surgery to repair bladder exstrophy is usually performed within the first 48 hours after birth.

The care required to correct bladder exstrophy is unavailable in Iraq. In addition to surgery to repair the bladder, Noor will also require orthopedic surgery on her pelvis and hips as well as reconstruction and corrective procedures, said Capt. Michael Mullaly, an operating room nurse with the 912th Forward Surgical Team. Mullaly was attached to the 948th FST as an operating room nurse when Noor began treatment in the FOB Delta medical facility.

“When Noor was born…and when I saw her condition…I wished to die,” said Zainab Najy, Noor’s mother. I felt hopeless and helpless…and because of the lack of adequate care that can treat her and because of our financial situation, we could not afford to help her. I was expecting her to die at any moment; I even told my mother that I don’t want to get attached to her, because I thought she would die soon. But as days go by, Noor resisted…and stayed alive. I was hurt all the time as I watch other children walking and playing…but Noor can’t even sit or walk. My life became filled with depression, sadness and pain,” said Najy.

“I was so sad and depressed, but now, I am happy because I feel that Noor will live and all this made possible by the American people…and the American troops and the medical staff who helped us save Noor’s life,” she added. “My feeling was desperate, for a father who sees his daughter suffering…and we could not help her. The Iraqi doctors could not help her, that’s why we came (to Army doctors),” said Neseer M. Jemeel, Noor’s father.

“I was so happy when I heard my daughter will be treated…because I had lost hope completely…but I am so happy now. I feel safe because (the Americans) are caring. They care about children, mothers; they know life is valuable, and they are true human beings.”

When Noor and her mother arrive in Boston, they will be greeted by a friendly face – Mullaly, an operating room nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worchester, Mass., plans to meet them when they land. “It can be overwhelming,” said Mullaly of traveling to a new country where you know no one and don’t speak the language. “I think a familiar face would make it easier.”

Mullaly has seen Noor on five occasions. “I’m pretty vested in this case. I’m attached to this baby,” said Mullaly. Doctors from the 948th Forward Surgical Team first saw Noor in February. Without treatment, Noor’s ailments could be catastrophic. Both conditions are rare in the U.S., and the causes for both are unknown, said Lt. Col. Paul Brisson, general and pediatric surgeon with the 948th FST.

Noor Majeed at the Forward Operating Delta medical facility where she received several life-saving procedures. She will undergo reconstructive surgery in Boston, June 30, 2008.

Source: CENTCOM.

Editors Note: This is a very precious and moving article to me. I ask all of you to join me in prayer for this child to have a successful operation and long, healthy life. God bless the children. Amen.

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June 20, 2008

GAO Faults Air Force in Award of Tanker Contract

Filed under: aircraft/drops/flights, NGAUS, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 9:02 pm


Some day the Air Force will add a new tanker aircraft to its fleet, but that day may have been pushed back again this week when a government audit found flaws with the service’s decision in February to give a $35 billion contract to Northrop Grumman and the parent company of Airbus. The Government Accountability Office upheld a protest by Boeing, which lost out on the contract, that the Air Force unfairly evaluated the merits and overall cost of the Boeing bid to replace 179 aircraft in the aging KC-135 fleet. The GAO investigation found “a number of significant errors” on the part of the Air Force that could have affected the outcome of the close competition. The Air Force has 60 days to respond to the GAO report released Wednesday.

Analysts now figure the earliest a new tanker can be added to the Air Force arsenal is 2014. The controversy became a political issue because Northrop Grumman and Airbus would have built most of the tanker overseas. The parent company of Airbus, European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), is a French company. However, Northrop Grumman did plan to build a portion of the aircraft at new facilities in Mobile, Ala. On Thursday, the company postponed groundbreaking plans for those facilities. Overall, the contract could be worth as much as $100 billion over 30 years as the Air Force tries to acquire about 400 new tankers.

In 2003, the Air Force planned to lease tankers from Boeing for $20 billion, but a scandal involving an Air Force official and a Boeing executive scuttled that plan.

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Remember when I informed you that ‘my’ Soldier was home? Then I told you that he emailed me to tell me he would have a post up soon? Well, it’s here, and it was worth waiting for! First Conop To Bagram; Meeting LTC SFowski. It is quite long and informative, but it does not cross any security barriers.

He writes so eloquently and it just brings me into the scenery, the smells, the fields, the tension, the eeriness. Maybe this is why I felt more close to this Soldier? Whichever the reason, this is a very fine post, and I highly recommend it to people who have never served. It may give you a small sense of what our brave men are doing for us. I also recommend it for our brave men and women. They will be able to relate to him, and I would very much appreciate it if you would give him some words of encouragement. Thank you, and have a nice day!

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June 19, 2008

One more time, WE ARE AT WAR

Filed under: congress, Constitution, global war, jihad/ists, otb, President, sen — Rosemary Welch @ 1:51 am

There is no dispute over whether or not we are at war in Afghanistan, but are we in a box while the enemy is allowed to roam freely including right into our courtrooms? Let’s take one more look at the ‘Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002’.

–J.Res.114–H.J.Res.114

One Hundred Seventh Congress
of the
United States of America
.

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the twenty-third day of January, two thousand and two.

Joint Resolution

To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq’s war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;

Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;

Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;

Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;

Whereas in Public Law 105-235 (August 14, 1998 NOT BUSH), Congress concluded that Iraq’s continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in `material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations’ and urged the President `to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations’;

Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq’s demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 (1990) and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (1991), repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 (1991), and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949 (1994);

Whereas in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1), Congress has authorized the President `to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolution 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677′;

Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1),’ that Iraq’s repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and `constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region,’ and that Congress, `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688′;

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to `work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge’ posed by Iraq and to `work for the necessary resolutions,’ while also making clear that `the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable‘;

Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq’s ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;

Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and

Whereas it is in the national security interests of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This joint resolution may be cited as the `Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002′.

SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS.

The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the President to–

(1) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq and encourages him in those efforts; and

(2) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) AUTHORIZATION- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to–

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

(b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION- In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that–

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to this joint resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorist and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

(c) War Powers Resolution Requirements

(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS- Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.

(a) REPORTS- The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338).

(b) SINGLE CONSOLIDATED REPORT- To the extent that the submission of any report described in subsection (a) coincides with the submission of any other report on matters relevant to this joint resolution otherwise required to be submitted to Congress pursuant to the reporting requirements of the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), all such reports may be submitted as a single consolidated report to the Congress.

(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- To the extent that the information required by section 3 of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) is included in the report required by this section, such report shall be considered as meeting the requirements of section 3 of such resolution.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.

END

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Should you ever wish to look this up on your own, just use the ‘SHORT TITLE’ in the search and click “Search Multiple, Previous Congresses.” It is the 107th Congress, and it is the third link of the five that will appear.

This is as far as I’m going. I have told you, I written about it, and I have debated until I am blue in the face. Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the color blue. Just not on me! 😉

If you have any questions, please refer them to the text of the Authorization for War. Oh, and by the way, BUSH DID NOT LIE. Read it, will ya? Good grief.

As for the rest of the world, are you aware there is a global jihad? A very active one at that. If you do not agree, why are you reading my site? It is mostly about the war! I don’t understand you people, but you are entitled to hide your heads in the sand. You would think, however, that you could show just a little kindness to the MARINES, SAILORS, SOLDIERS, NATIONAL GUARDSMEN/WOMEN, and all the other people who have sacrificed so much while you did so little to protect your rights to do what is it you do.

Did I just go off on a rant? Sorry about that. Out here in California, there is too much going on and it’s HOT! Have a nice day.

PS. If we are so hated all over the world, why are our allies electing Conservatives? Hmm. Interesting wouldn’t you say? Sha-zam!

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June 17, 2008

Smuggling nuclear weapons, blueprints

Filed under: News, Nuclear Weapons, otb, Talon, UN — Rosemary Welch @ 3:00 am

This Sunday, 15 June 2008, the Washington Post had an article concerning the sale and distribution of nuclear weapons blueprints captured by the Swiss government in the year 2006 and they subsequently destroyed these documents under the supervision of the UN’s IAEA. However, the existence of these documents were already well known to the IAEA since at least 2005. This is now being denied.

The countries pursuing the materials and ‘know how’ to build a nuclear weapon are North Korea, Iran, Lybia and Syria. If Lybia had indeed given their nuclear program to the United States in the year 2004, I would suggest this had been an on going operation, and it could be plausible that the IAEA did not know about it at first. Plausible, but not likely.

So what does this mean to the United States and other countries in the world? Iran could become a nuclear power much sooner than anyone is anticipating, and all countries are sitting around doing nothing while depending on the United States to protect them all.

Well, I have a suggestion. Since NATO is toothless in Afghanistan due to their country’s orders of not to fire unless fired upon, go home. You are in our way. You are getting our men and women killed, and I hate that. Europe should start training their men and women on how to fight a real war, because we need partners. We do not need more people to babysit. I have never heard of waiting until you take a chance with your life before you have permission to shoot at the enemy. This is bogus. Europe does not believe they are in a war.

Getting back to the nuclear weapons smuggling ring, this is what the Washington Post has to say:

An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups. [Emphasis mine.]

The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen – Marco and Urs and their father, Friedrich Tinner – included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and more than a dozen developing countries, the report states. Later it is revealed that Urs may have been helping the US intelligence, but this has neither been confirmed nor denied.

It is later discovered that the IAEA got caught in another lie, they had known about these documents since at least 2005 [Paragraph 8]. As for this anonymous diplomat, Iran had demanded he be expelled from Iran and the investigations because he was the only one asking the right questions and demanding to see sites that Iran did not want to answer any questions about their undermining everyone or reveal any SECRETS. I remember this person as I wrote about him at the time.

The documents that were seized contained over 1000 Gigabytes of data which were destroyed by our ‘friends’ the Swiss. At the same time, they do not know all of the information that was in those relevant documents. They claim to have done this to keep the jihadis from getting their hands on them, but I am a skeptic in this arena. I don’t have any proof, but I have a feeling there were some nefarious activities between the businessmen who had the documents, the Swiss government and the UN. After all, they were all doing business with Iran, and let us not forget the Oil for $$$ UN scandal.

The WaPo also shares with us that the information given to Lybia was old, so that may coincide with the age of these documents. However, there were also some very new, sophisticated blueprints and materials. There is also an acknowledgement that Israel did indeed take out Syria’s nuclear reactor. Maybe this is why Syria did not squawk like a chicken with its head cut off when the incident occurred? *heh*

Albright, a former IAEA inspector in Iraq…although an assessment late last year by U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Iran had discontinued its nuclear weapons program in 2003…His institute was the first to publicly identify the location of an alleged Syrian nuclear reactor that was destroyed by Israeli warplanes last September.

This next clip bothers the dickens out of me:

Iran also possesses medium-range ballistic missiles and is believed by U.S. government officials to be seeking the capability to build nuclear weapons in the future, although an assessment late last year by U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Iran had discontinued its nuclear weapons program in 2003. [Emphasis mine.]

What is wrong with this picture? Well, on its face you are left to believe that Iran is a logical country who only wants to keep the peace, right? WRONG! If they did stop production, it was because we had them surrounded! We had just gone into Iraq, we were already in Afghanistan, and they were shaking in their boots. We should have taken them out then while we had the advantage. No such luck with the Euro-pee-ons begging the State Department not to allow a total victory in this area due to the sweet business dealings the Euro-pee-ons had with Iran.

If this had been any dictator or communist, they never would have questioned the validity of their claims, such as the possession of long range missles. My goodness, who does NOT know this? BTW, thank you again, Israel for a job well done!

About Marco and Urs and their father, Friedrich Tinner. They had been smuggling these nuclear weapons and/or blueprints since the mid-1980’s. How is this Bush’s fault? Anyway…These were Swiss businessmen who worked with A. Q. Khan of Pakistan as noted by the USA and the IAEA. It was only after a year long intelligence effort by the UK and the USA that concluded in 2003 that they were stopped.

Hmm. Could this also have had something to do with the so-called stoppage by Iran? Makes one wonder…

A footnote: Khan is now trying to tell anyone that will listen that he was used by the Pakistani government as a scapegoat. Maybe that is why he only received house arrest? Either way, Pakistan is another problem we will most certainly continue to discuss.

Another black eye for the IAEA is that they are now denying the existence of the second weapon’s documents, although they have shared the intelligence with the USA.

Be careful as you read the article from WaPo, because they are trying to make the Pakistani government appear as though they were genuinely shocked. They were not. It is not very difficult to fool this nimrod they have at the helm of the IAEA. I could probably build a nuclear weapon right in front of him, and he would not even know it. (Not that I know how, I do not.) The article is full of some things I did not already know, many I had already knew, and some things I know that apparently they do not! lol. All in all, it is a good article.

Which leads me to this conclusion. There are probably still more copies of those blueprints out there, we need to step up the heat on Pakistan to allow us access to Khan, Pakistan needs to stop making deals with the Taliban and al Qaida, and they had better get back on the right path if they expect one single shiny penny from us.

Also, we live in a dangerous world. I wonder what it was like in WWII when airplanes were just coming into the battlefield? I know one thing. It won’t be the same if nuclear weapons become the weapon of choice. We must move decisively and promptly if we are to save the world from a major holocaust of a proportion that is unconceivable at this time. Almost as unconceivable as having two planes fly into the World Trade Center, one plane flying into the Pentagon, and being downed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Sources: CNN which led me to the Washington Post.

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June 15, 2008

Light Humor Sunday Trackposts

Filed under: fun/silly, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 11:33 pm

Now for some light humor from my brother.

A teacher instructs her fifth-grade class to ask their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end.

The next day the kids come in and share their stories. After a few students tell their stories, the rest of the class learns some of the morals you’d expect to hear, such as “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” and “treat others as you’d like them to treat you.”

Then it was little Timmy’s turn…

“My daddy told me about my uncle Dave,” says Timmy. “He was a pilot in Vietnam and had to bail out over enemy territory with nothing but a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a knife. He drank the whiskey during the drop, then landed in the middle of 20 Charlies. He shot 15, stabbed three, and killed the last two with his bare hands.”

“What is the moral of that horrible story?” yelps the mortified teacher.

“Stay away from Uncle Dave when he’s been drinking.”

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