Thursday, October 30, 2003
Could this spell doom for the Dems in 2004?
The analysis of this should be interesting...
And from the cesspool that is the Middle East, we get:
So, what have Arab countries contributed to humankind lately? Besides compact suicide bomber belts, that is...
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
It's hard for me to wrap my brain around what people in Southern California are going through right now. These fires are so powerful, making us mere humans so helpless. What would I do if my home was threatened? Beyond packing up memories (pictures and such) and some clothes, probably not much.
A house is so much more than a structure-- it's the family base, where we all eat dinner together, bid farewell in the morning and hello in the evening. It's our shelter. We feel safe in our homes. These people's lives are changed forever. The next few years are going to be the most difficult they've ever experienced, most likely. Just rebuilding the structure will cost them so much in frustration and energy. They will miss the next few holidays at home. They surely have lost family heirlooms, beautiful pictures of the kids at the beach this past summer, letters from loved ones and friends.
At least the majority still have their lives and their health, thanks to the brave emergency workers who pounded on doors to move people out. They have each other, and hopefully the helping hand of extended family and their friends. Most of these people will have to rebuild their lives again from scratch.
It's not the material things that make this so tragic, it's the sentimental and the loss of the family nest and the safety zone.
Monday, October 27, 2003
Michael Moore, representative of the common man, purveyor of truth
Rocky Mountain News: Opinion
That is precisely how I felt after sitting through the hatefest that was BFC-- he used the tragedy of Columbine to make alotta bucks. I felt filthy for paying to see it. Who is the immoral, greedy capitalist?? Depends on who you ask.
Check out the great weekend protest coverage at Belligerent Bunny Blog (Washington D.C.) and commiewatch (San Francisco). One look at these people, and I have to wonder who would associate with this movement, and WHY? Great pictures and excellent commentary.
The visit is more than worth the entertainment.
[Link via Insignificant Thoughts]
Friday, October 24, 2003
I love Israel, and support that country with everything I have. But this is just ridiculous:
I really hope they don't go through with this. The settlements are a bad idea, not because they are a valid excuse for terrorist murderers (they're not), but because by building them Israel is not taking the high road. They aren't necessary, and they just give folks like the EU loons another stupid reason to "condemn" Israel (while they blissfully excuse terrorist attack after terrorist attack against Israel's citizens.)
If Israel wants to seriously move forward, they need to abandon the settlements. The settlements do nothing to fight the terrorists that are wreaking havoc on the country. Fight the terrorists with the IDF, not more construction.
It's time for a population transfer: dismantle the settlements, bring all the settlers back into Israel proper (though I still argue that the disputed territories do, in fact, belong to Israel, but that's another rant), move all the Palestinians out, finish the wall, lock the door and throw away the key. Give them their freakin' country, then take it back when the misguided leadership and their bankrollers up north screw up again (you know it will happen.)
Bad, bad move....
What's the dealio?
Yesterday I was totally annoyed. Not once did I hear on the news or anywhere about the anniversary of the Beirut bombing. No where.
In fact, what I did see was the President dropping flowers at Pearl Harbor, then the White House likening that day to the war against terrorists.
White House officials drew parallels between Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 with al-Qaida's attack against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The campaign against terrorism was the main theme of Bush's Asian trip, and he reminded the world not to let down its guard.
I found that rather appalling. If I were a family member of one of the victims, I'd have written a letter of disgust to the President (I probably will anyway). Japan attacked under their flag, from a home base, during a major war. Not the same. Beirut had much more to do with 9/11 than Pearl Harbor ever will. Besides sheer size, PH is totally different. I found it a little tacky and very sad to totally disregard a major anniversary that, in my mind, is very relevant to the current climate around the world.
This should have been acknowledged. I feel bad for the families. The media should have acknowledged it, and the President certainly should have said something. Was he just too busy fundraising? Why has everybody forgotten???
Thursday, October 23, 2003
"The First Duty is to Remember"
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
They Came in Peace
Twenty years ago tomorrow, 241 American troops, including 220 United States Marines, were brutally murdered in America's first major confrontation with Arab/Islamist terrorism in Beirut, Lebanon. Almost simultaneously, and only two miles away, 58 French paratroopers were murdered by another suicide attack on their barracks. They had come in peace. More than 1,000 Marines, as part of a multi-national peacekeeping force, were deployed to Lebanon to evacuate Palestinian fighters from Lebanon, and later in response to the Lebanese slaughter of Christian Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
Six months prior to the Marine barracks bombing, the US Embassy in Beirut was bombed, killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. For reasons unknown, the US deployment headquarters at the Beirut International Airport did not undertake stringent security measures following the bombing of the Embassy, even as the security situation worsened on a daily basis. In addition, the deployed Marines had specific orders to NOT return hostile fire-- President Reagan insisted that the mission was peace, and engaging in the battle would fundamentally change the mission. Over time, the sniper and rocket attacks on the Marines worsened, while they did little to nothing to defend themselves. They essentially became "sitting ducks," and hundreds of people paid the price for those rules of engagement when the Marines barracks was destroyed.
In February, 1984, our troops were pulled out of Beirut, and all efforts-- any progress made-- went to waste. Lebanon has since been occupied by Syria, and Israel and Lebanon carry on as bitter adversaries. This was one of the first impressions of America for the Islamist terrorists, the first sight of our fierce military hightailing out of a situation as soon as it turned ugly. Did this embolden burgeoning terrorists around the world? You betcha. Throw some violence, death and destruction at Americans, and the outrage of the citizenry becomes too much for our government to handle. The justification of the mission becomes too difficult. Terrorism works.
Have we learned anything from the hundreds of American deaths in Lebanon? We didn't learn for years. Time and time again we have been attacked, yet our responses have never amounted to much. Ten years ago this month our troops faced a situation similar to Beirut: they went to Somalia in peace, and retreated in the face of horrific attacks. That incident also emboldened the likes of Osama bin Laden. We were, in his eyes, a paper tiger.
When we consider this war on terrorism, we need to look back to October 23, 1982. Those Marines were our first troops to make the ultimate sacrifice in this war. It did not start on September 11, 2001... it's been going on for decades. We've just never been "locked and loaded" in a way that allowed us to respond appropriately to the threat facing us. Arab and Islamic anti-American sentiment did not start when we stormed Afghanistan or invaded Iraq, it's been brewing since long before.
Our enemy understands nothing but power and force. They do not respect us because of the mistakes we've made in the past when dealing with them. It's high time our country proves that those men did not die in vain. As we look through the course of history, we must not forget the first sacrifices made in the early battles of this war. Our President says he hasn't forgotten the 241 American servicemen. For their sake and the sake of all others who have given for this cause, let's hope we see this through.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Not only do they want peace....
... but they do their best to teach the children about peace.
So don't even try to tell me they don't want peace!
Al Guardian loves Israel
Al Guardian has a terrific article today about the families of the ISM tools who were severely injured or killed by the IDF several months ago. What I find amazing is how these people eat up the Palestinian propaganda, and believe so strongly that their kids did absolutely nothing wrong. One look into the organization with which they were associated, and it becomes quite obvious that they were not, in fact, merely "peace activists."
What I find amazing is their total ignorance of the big picture. Their kids put themselves in a war zone and paid the ultimate price. That's war-- war is a bitch. The media seem to eat these stories up like a lion that hasn't eaten in three weeks. I often wonder: where are the stories of the families of the truly innocent foreigners who have been killed at the hands of the Palestinian animals inside of Israel? Or how about the innocent Israelis who have been murdered or maimed by the terrorists that these ISM tools were so bent on protecting? We never hear about them from the mainstream media outside of Israel. I wonder why...
But now we know that these families are outraged. Are they outraged that the PA does nothing to stop the terrorism that forces Israel to do what she does? No. Are they outraged that there will never be an inquiry or "criminal prosecution" after a terrorist strapped with nail-packed explosives snuffs out an entire family taking a break from the beach? Nope. They probably aren't even the least bit outraged that three Americans were murdered in cold blood as they entered the deepest, darkest pit of hatred and violence to offer the opportunity for an education to those poor, poor Palestinians that their saintly kids adored so much (in contrast to what their kids were doing, these three Americans were truly doing something to help.)
And the Guardian eats up this sob story. They offer no context, and they repeat the usual unproven lines as fact. In fact, the language this reporter uses is downright disgusting:
The British and American families emphasise that their cases are no worse than the suffering of hundreds of Palestinians whose children have been killed by the army during the three-year intifada.
Now, let's review one more time: Rachel Corrie and the ISM are there to teach peace:
My, my... what's coming out of that mouth of yours, young Saint Rachel??
And her parents wholeheartedly condemn terrorism, and would never think to look longingly at the Inventor of International Terrorism:
These kids can almost be excused for being young and idealistic... but their parents? No excuse whatsoever.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
NO NO NO!
The irreplaceable Dr. Jal has decided to call it quits. That's one less mensch in the blogosphere. Pardon me while I go beat up a terrorist...
Talking from the grave
The more he "talks", the more I believe that he is pushing up daisies in Tora Bora.
If he was alive, he'd be in front of the camera. I hope he's having fun with his 72 raisins...
Friday, October 17, 2003
The silence is deafening...
Three murdered Americans, killed by a bunch of terrorists, and all we hear on the news is that Koby Bryant's accuser slept with a couple of men. No outrage. No calls for an "immediate investigation". No loud condemnations. No harsh criticisms of the PA. Sure, the usual folks have expressed their outrage, but the ones who will jump on any and every chance to swipe at Israel (how cruel of them to build that nasty apartheid fence!!!) somehow just cannot find it in them to raise as much as an eyebrow at the murder of their fellow countrymen.
I'm waiting, but I'm not holding my breath...
They really, really want peace
Masked Islamic Jihad militants carry their weapons during the funeral of Palestinian Walid Abdul al-Wahid, 21, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip (AFP/Said Khatib)
Thursday, October 16, 2003
... are now telling me that I MUST get an iPod.
What's my excuse now?!
Citizen Smash responds
Citizen Smash (f.k.a. LT-Smash) has addressed the doomsayers and critics of our war in Iraq. Not that anything he says could possibly let the sun shine in on their cold, dark worlds. Note that one such doomsayer leaves a comment, and brushes all progress aside as "statistics." I suppose that the thousands of Iraqis murdered and dumped in mass graves are just a "statistic" to him. One man's statistic is another man's visit with his doctor, or electricity to make dinner, or schoolhouse to send his kids.
As far as WMDs go, I, for one, have always felt that desire and means are justification enough for what we did. Saddam had both. (He also funded the Palestinian assault on Israeli civilians-- how can anybody complain about that source being eliminated?) As soon as the world turned away, we certainly would have had that imminent threat the peaceniks keep screeching about. Problem is, I didn't want to wait for the imminent threat, and I would NEVER give the benefit of the doubt to a tyrant like Saddam. He had to go. Period.
Of course there is the "Bush lied" meme among the peaceniks and pacifists-- I still await the inarguable proof. Perception of a lie does not equal a lie. I don't feel lied to. I didn't take my government's words at face value-- I read up on the issue and drew my own conclusions. It's nobody's fault but your own if you went along with what you were spoon-fed without checking facts or reading up on history.
We should all be thankful that Saddam made that strategic mistake in 1990: invading Kuwait just months before acquiring nukes. Heaven knows how different the world would be today had he waited. And history will be the judge of our actions to boot Saddam. Hopefully people will start to learn to practice a little patience.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
They want peace
A masked Palestinian militant carries a homemade mine as he walks toward an area where Israeli troops are positioned in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip (news - web sites), Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003. Dozens of armored Israel Defense Forces vehicles reentered the camp early Tuesday in the latest operation to uncover arms-smuggling tunnels according to the army. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra).
As far as I'm concerned, the Palestinians have just dragged the U.S. into their battle with Israel. Whoever did this has made a grave mistake. I hope and I pray that the outrage in the United States over this will smash the ridiculous outrage over Saint Rachel "the Pancake" Corrie. Those who defend Palestinian tactics and their "cause" have no defense for this. None. Not only did they target and kill three Americans, but:
Several hours after the bombing, U.S. investigators arrived at the scene and photographed the mangled van. About a dozen Palestinian youths threw stones at the investigators as about 200 Palestinians looked on.
The Palestinians want peace?! Why would they target American diplomats who were there at the request of the Palestians? Then they follow it up with throwing rocks (something they're very good at) at the team of investigators in a sign of support for the murder of three innocent people, in the name of their Religion of Peace.
The Palestinians have hit the bottom, and now they are digging. If this doesn't get our diplomats and President to stop with the diplomatic double-speak, I don't know what will. They've cast the first stone, so to speak. We better do something about this-- they have to pay.
Monday, October 13, 2003
How to win a war
I came across a fellow rightie this weekend, and the subject of war came up. I believe in peace through strength and killing the bad guys. That doesn't make me a war monger, it's just a matter of believing that there is such a thing as good and evil-- those are not relative terms. Evil must be confronted and taken out.
Pretty much every year we go out and watch the Blue Angels. They are amazing pilots and those are amazing machines. They are war machines. They destroy property and can kill the bad guys. That's easy to forget while watching the blue and gold fighter jets scream overhead. Many people around the world have also seen them overhead, only they are blunt green/gray and fully armed. Those people are filled with fear, while I was filled with energy and excitement.
Two worlds. I'm thankful I live in America.
But that rightie I was talking to repeated a quote that I'd never heard before. On how to fight the bad guys:
Nuke 'em 'til they glow. Then shoot 'em in the dark.
Wish we could do that to Saddam.
Sunday, October 12, 2003
While I can't take credit for the picture below (hover over to see who took it), my hubby took this one on the SF bay this weekend. Nice shot, eh?
Friday, October 10, 2003
In an editorial in the Los Angeles Times today, an alleged professor of history somehow ignores history and the radical Islamic condition and spouts off that the world must be "multicultural" to be acceptable-- only "multicultural" to him means drop your culture and background and let's all just become World Citizens of Utopia.
The problem with Israel, in short, is not, as is sometimes suggested, that it is a European enclave in the Arab world but rather that it arrived too late. It has imported a characteristically late-19th-century separatist project into a world that has moved on, a world of individual rights, open frontiers and international law. The very idea of a "Jewish state" — a state in which Jews and the Jewish religion have exclusive privileges from which non-Jewish citizens are forever excluded — is rooted in another time and place. Israel, in short, is an anachronism.
He's right about one thing: Israel did arrive too late. Six million exterminated Jews too late. He has ignored the conditions in the world historically and today, where Jews never had a safe home until Israel was born. My family got the boot twice from their homeland: in 1492 from Spain, and in 1956 from Morocco. Thanks to Israel, and now the United States, we have a place to live in relative peace. But in his mind, if we'd all just dump our identities and lay down, everything would be just hunky dory. Which it would-- for the radical Islamists.
Diaspora Jews are implicitly identified with Israeli policies. The increased incidence of attacks on Jews in Europe and elsewhere is primarily attributable to misdirected efforts, often by young Muslims, to get back at Israel.
As a "Diaspora Jew", I am proud to be implicitly identified with Israeli policies, especially if they involve crushing the likes of Syria. The "increased incidence of attacks" around the world are not attributable to some revenge factor against Israel. It's just the opposite: the hatred and violence against Israel is attributable to the Muslim population's total intolerance of Jews. But the fact remains that the attacks will not end even if Israel is pushed into the sea. Remember, Hitler didn't just want to kill Jews....
It amazes me that people with warped views such as his are considered qualified to teach a "higher" education. As usual, everything wrong with the Middle East is wrong because of Israel. Israel is the intolerant one, Israel is the country that needs to dump its identity to "fit in" to the New World Order. I wonder if it ever occurred to him that Israel had to exist to save a large population from certain extermination? I suppose it never occurred to him that many of the people who emigrated to Israel did so to get a taste of freedom from persecution. And it certainly never occurred to him that Muslims in Israel have more rights, more freedoms, than they would have in one of their own "brotherly" Muslim states.
Fact is, Israel is closer in values, form of government and lifestyle to the United States-- in many cases more so than our European pals. Israel is more multicultural than all of her neighbors combined. Does he not understand that basic truth? Try to take a Bible into Israel, then try to enter Saudi Arabia with said Bible if you want a quick demonstration of which country is the tolerant one.
In today's "clash of cultures" between open, pluralist democracies and belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno-states, Israel actually risks falling into the wrong camp.
This guy needs to lay off the crack. If he bothered to step foot into Israel, the truth would likely be too much for him to take. In essence, he places the only true democracy in that region in the same category as Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saud, Yemen, etc. That's what makes this editorial so utterly incomprehensible.
I'm sick and tired of people who say we must be tolerant of other cultures and ethnicities, and dump our own in the process. Who is the intolerant one in that equation? I suppose that for some, a Brave New World is preferable to a tiny country with a Jewish identity.
It's always a great thing when our bad-ass military shows up in this socialist city...
Thursday, October 09, 2003
PETA has "fired off" a letter to Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher at the hospital where Horn is still recovering from life-threatening injuries he received during their show in Vegas on Friday.
October 6, 2003
One small sentence to express supposed sympathy to a man who is hanging on to life at the very moment they wrote this. The rest is like a parent loudly admonishing a child in the middle of a crowded grocery store. And just like they did back in February, when a donkey was used by Palestinian murderers to carry explosives to kill more Jews in Israel, they show zero concern for human life, because the life of a donkey or tiger is worth much more than any human life in their radical, warped view. They never stop to think that perhaps there are some things that are of more concern to people other than an animal, such as surviving to see tomorrow.
This isn't to say I don't like animals or don't think they should be treated humanely. This kind of gross agenda push is disgusting and insensitive while this man clings to life. It's PETA that makes me want to go throw a steak on the BBQ. PETA, Michael Moore, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage-- all doing more harm than good for their causes.
Perhaps Siegfreid and Roy should take up a suggestion I heard on the radio yesterday: don't feed the tigers for a couple of weeks, then deliver them to PETA's headquarters (preferably to Ingrid Newkirk) so they can ensure that they are put in an appropriate environment.
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
It's over... it's starting
The DNC folks are screeching about the election day "problems" that voters are facing today. While the media report relatively few glitches today, the CA DNC Chairman, Art Torres, is busy ranting about the voters' inability to find their polling places. Pardon me for pointing out: I received my voter guide several weeks ago. Californians have known of their polling place for weeks. Can't find it? Maybe you need to wonder why your party attracts folks who are too clueless to find the polling place in their neighborhood. That's not to mention the sudden inappropriateness of a voting ballot that has been in use for decades in California-- a ballot that was perfectly valid less than a year ago when Gray Davis won the election by just a few percentage points.
I'm relieved that Davis is out. He brought this upon himself with his gross mismanagement and abhorrent behavior over the past five years: he bungled the energy crisis, he screwed up the budget, he pandered to special interests (basically selling his services to the highest bidder), he played dirty politics. His dirty politics last year knocked out the Republican candidate that would have easily beaten him during the regular election. He should have known that his political days would be numbered when he barely beat the inferior candidate in November. Can't beat Bill Simon? Good luck beating Arnold.
Today I feel optimistic. We need change here, the status quo simply is not working. I'm also optimistic that a new Conservative voice has risen and has a bright future: Tom McClintock. He ran an impressive campaign with a relatively small budget and no mud slinging. He stuck to the issues and commanded respect. Can't wait to see him in a higher office soon.
Davis' concession speech was nice (I don't necessarily trust the sincerity of anything the guy says). Cruz Bustamante's "concession" speech, wrapped up in a hip-hip-hooray for No on 54, was pathetic. Hopefully his political career has ended today. He is a scary person, spending most of his speech expressing unending gratitude towards the Indian tribes that took the tax money they didn't have to pay to the state and put it in his campaign coffers. Illegally. At least Gray Davis had the tact to spend most of his time thanking his closest supporters, such as his wife and family. Cruz is slimey, and would have been exponentially worse than Davis. Thank goodness he didn't win, and thank goodness his true colors came out during this campaign. Hopefully Californians won't forget.
And Arnold's victory speech was funny: the new Republican governor was far outnumbered by Democrats on the stage. Kennedys, no less. This should be interesting.
So glad this is over. It's time to move on.
It's going to take some time to get over my A's losing the series last night. What a heartbreaker! They should have won it on Saturday night-- they gave the game and the series away.
Last night, Billy Beane (A's GM) actually said that the Red Sox are the better team. I have to strongly disagree. The A's have superior pitching, and everybody knows that great pitching beats great hitting every time.
Fact is, the A's had to finish the season and go through the post season without their star pitcher, Mark Mulder. Boston's best hitters were effectively shut down for the entire series. The A's two star hitters were also mostly shut down, but I chalk that up to a mental breakdown on their part, as opposed to great pitching.
The bottom line: they should have ended it on Saturday night. They made a bunch of defensive errors that allowed a Red Sox run, and they made running errors that cost them 2 additional runs and would have ended the game.
The Red Sox are not the better team. The A's won the series, then gave it to Boston. Simple as that.
Last night a news anchor called it a 72-hour nightmare. That's exactly what it felt like.
The count down to Spring Training begins!
Saturday, October 04, 2003
Today was a bad day for baseball. The Giants are out. Oh well. They didn't really show up. Yesterday's game was lost on mistakes, and Florida just outplayed them. C'est la vie!
But the A's... ugh. What an awful game tonight. Too many defensive errors, and two running screw-ups that cost them two runs and would have given them the game. They handed the game to Boston, and they're lucky they weren't slammed. That just goes to show that the A's pitching rocks, and Boston's hitters didn't bother to show up.
Tomorrow is another day...
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
Ground Hog Day
Another Palestinian animal has murdered innocent Israelis. It doesn't matter, it was just a bunch of Jews. They were committing the crime of living their lives, eating an afternoon meal, taking a break from the beach. How dare they.
So now we must not let the road map to genocide crash and burn. No, we must keep negotiating. We'll condemn this attack. We should urge the two sides to come together to work out their differences. We musn't terminate the Arafat problem. We have to urge Israel to stop building the "Apartheid Fence." This is just going to give Israel an "excuse" to strike back, threatening the road map (remember, suicidal murderers don't doom the road map, Israeli response does.) We won't complain about the insensitivity of the Arab freedom fighter picking the Jewish High Holy Days to attack the filthy Jews. We all must try harder to understand why they want to kill beach-going Jews...
Then we can sit in a circle, hold hands and sing Kumbaya. And for heaven's sake, please protect the innocent Palestinians from those Israeli animals!
The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said he appealed to international mediators to ensure that Israel does not retaliate. "We don't want Israel to add fuel to the fire," he said.
Thursday, October 02, 2003
It seems like my A's have been playing nonstop baseball over the past 24 hours... but it's all good. Can you say two and oh?
We ended up going to the game last night when somebody couldn't make it. Twelve innings and four and half hours later, they came through and beat the BoSox. Let's just say that I would not have been a happy camper had they lost at midnight. But hey, imagine how those Boston fans felt at 3:00 a.m.! (Not that I'm gloating!)
So now they go to Boston with two wins, needing just one more for the series. While that's awesome news, I remember their two-nothing lead on the Yanks two years ago, so I'm not doing cartwheels yet... but I'm warming up! It's so nice to have this little baseball distraction right now. The regular news and issues are just too much to take lately...
May the Curse of the Bambino live!
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!!
PS: Two FA-18 fighter jets did a fly-over just before the game last night. WOWZA! That would have been enough for me. What an awesome sight-- we could almost touch them (we were on the upper deck, over home plate), their afterburners shook my bones. The Blue Angels are here in one week for fleet week. Can't wait!