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calendar   Monday - July 31, 2006

We was Duped!

Uncle Ted opened his piehole to complain that Judge Roberts and Alito “misled” the poor Senators when they were going through their confirmation hearings.  Here’s a guy who has served on the Judiciary Committee for over 40 years and he is complaining about being duped by a couple of guys who were in grade school when he started.

Sheesh.

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I have had the honor of serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee for 43 years, during which I’ve participated in confirmation hearings for all the justices who now sit on the Supreme Court. Over that time, my colleagues and I have asked probing questions and listened attentively to substantive responses. Because we were able to learn a great deal about the nominees from those hearings, the Senate has rarely voted along party lines. I voted, for example, for three of President Ronald Reagan’s five Supreme Court nominees.

Translation: I’m old, I’m great, I’m fair.  Bow to me

But the careful, bipartisan process of years past—like so many checks and balances rooted in our Constitution—has been badly broken by the current Bush administration. The result has been the confirmation of two justices, John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr., whose voting record on the court reflects not the neutral, modest judicial philosophy they promised the Judiciary Committee, but an activist’s embrace of the administration’s political and ideological agenda.

Translation: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

The confirmation process became broken because the Bush administration learned the wrong lesson from the failed Bork nomination and decided it could still nominate extremists as long as their views were hidden. To that end, it insisted that the Senate confine its inquiry largely to its nominees’ personal qualities.

Oy.  I can’t read any more.  Go read it for yourself.  I ask our humble readers from MA: Why do you keep this guy in office?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2006 at 12:53 PM   
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Children

Unfortunately, there are children on both sides of this conflict. As Golda Meir once said, “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us”. By using their own children as human shields, Hizbollah and their allies demonstrate unequivocally that their hatred knows no bounds and is all consuming. By their actions they are murdering children on both sides. Allah must really hate little children.

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
-- Matthew 19:14

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July 31, 2006

An Israeli girl is comforted by a paramedic after her father was wounded by a rocket in the northern Israeli city of Safed on Friday. The Israeli army has ordered residents of northern towns to remain in bomb shelters. (AFP)

On Sunday, a total of 140 rockets - the highest number in a single day since the beginning of hostilities on July 12 - rained down on northern cities, including Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona, and Acre. Eight people were wounded, one moderately and seven lightly. Some 29 people suffered from shock. (JERUSALEM POST)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/31/2006 at 01:52 PM   
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Asymmetric Warfare

Today’s topic for discussion is “asymmetric warfare”. Here is a simple definition from Wikipedia ....

Asymmetric Warfare is a term that describes a military situation in which two belligerents of unequal strength interact and take advantage of their respective strengths and weaknesses. This interaction often involves strategies and tactics outside the bounds of conventional warfare. If the inferior power is in an aggressive position and/or turns to tactics prohibited by the laws of war (jus in bello), its success depends on the superior power’s refraining from like tactics. For example, the Law of land warfare prohibits the use of a flag of truce or clearly-marked medical vehicles as cover for an attack or ambush, but an asymmetric combatant using this prohibited tactic depends on the superior power’s obedience to the corresponding law. Similarly, laws of warfare prohibit combatants from using civilian settlements, populations or facilities as military bases, but when an inferior power uses this tactic, it depends on the premise that the superior power will respect the law that they are violating, and will not attack that civilian target, or if they do the propaganda advantage will outweigh the material loss.

-- Wikipedia

That is the description of how it works. Here is a picture of asymmetric warfare in action ...

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Gary Varvel - The Indianapolis Star-News


Now, let’s look at how that compares to the current conflict in southern Lebanon. Yesterday Israel hit a house in Lebanon where Hezbollah fighters were hiding. Also inside the house were several dozen civilians. As you can see below, the media tells us about 37 children being killed ... several times in the report but only briefly mentions the 150 rockets that hit Israel. Asymmetric warfare is about propaganda and world opinion, not about actual combat. It is basically a way of forcing one side to play by the rules while the other side practices unrestricted mayhem.

Israel Moves to Suspend Air Attacks for 2 Days
After Strike in Lebanese Village Kills 57 Civilians

As Leaders in Region Condemn Operation, Rice Says Cease-Fire Could Come Soon

BEIRUT, Lebanon (WASHINGTON POST) - Monday, July 31, 2006

Israeli warplanes hunting Hezbollah rocket launchers in southern Lebanon on Sunday killed at least 57 civilians, most of them children, huddled inside a three-story building in a small village. In response, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared set to abandon diplomacy in the region and said she would return to Washington on Monday. But after an intense day of negotiations in Jerusalem, Israel agreed to suspend air attacks on southern Lebanon for 48 hours.

[Rice told reporters early Monday morning that she would soon seek a U.N. resolution that would bring a cease-fire. “This morning as I head back to Washington, I take with me an emerging consensus on what is necessary for both an urgent cease-fire and a lasting settlement,” Rice said. “I am convinced we can achieve both this week."]

The attack on the small Lebanese village of Qana was the bloodiest single incident in 19 days of warfare between Israel and Hezbollah. Among the dead were 37 children and a large number of women, according to the Lebanese health minister. Hezbollah, the radical Shiite Muslim movement, vowed revenge, and more than 150 rockets slammed into northern Israel, wounding at least five people. It was the highest number of rockets fired at Israel since the conflict began.

The announcement of a pause in airstrikes was made after midnight by State Department spokesman J. Adam Ereli to reporters traveling with Rice. It fell short of the full cease-fire many world leaders had sought. The suspension will not apply to other parts of Lebanon, nor diminish ground operations underway along the Israeli-Lebanese border. [Israel launched airstrikes in eastern Lebanon overnight, but the raids occurred before the 2 a.m. start of a 48-hour suspension of aerial bombardments in the south, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Monday. Earlier, Lebanese security sources said that at least two Israel airstrikes hit roads near the Lebanese border with Syria after the suspension went into effect, the Reuters news agency reported.]

The two-day pause, which will include a 24-hour window for relief organizations to deliver supplies and allow residents to leave southern Lebanon, could be jeopardized if Hezbollah continues firing rockets or Israel detects an imminent launch, a U.S. official said.

“This is an issue that we have been working for some time and calling for for some time,” Ereli said. “We expect that Israel will implement these decisions so as to significantly speed and improve the flow of humanitarian aid.”

After news of the attack broke Sunday morning, angry Lebanese leaders said they told Rice—who had arrived in Jerusalem a day earlier to negotiate a settlement—not to visit Beirut as planned. Rice said she had canceled the trip in light of the day’s events.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his cabinet he was “deeply sorry” for the civilian deaths. But Olmert said, “Israel is not rushing into a cease-fire before we reach a situation in which we can say that we have achieved the main goals that we set for ourselves.” According to a senior Israeli official in attendance, Olmert added, “We won’t stop this campaign despite this morning’s tragic events. We will continue despite it not being popular.”

- More on the story at the WAPO...

And that’s how it works. The leaders of these terrorist groups are well versed in asymmetric warfare and are playing to a full house of liberal media and hand-wringing bleeding hearts on the world stage. Israel has already lost the first round of this battle by simply defending itself. How else can self defense be “not popular”?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/31/2006 at 11:33 AM   
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An Inspirational Moment

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/31/2006 at 04:09 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 30, 2006

Light My Fire

There must be fifty ways to leave your lover. C’mon baby, light my fire. Hunka-hunka burning love. Fire! (Hendrix) Fire on the mountain. Fire down below.

Help me out here, people. Which song goes with this lunatic story?

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - July 30, 2006, 8:11 AM EDT

A man was charged early Saturday with an attack on his girlfriend that left her with second- and third-degree burns on her upper body. Anthony Willoughby, 40, of Hyattsville, was taken into custody at the home of a friend, less than two miles away from his home after he contacted police to arrange his surrender.

Willoughby was charged with attempted murder, assault and malicious burning in connection with injuries suffered by his 39-year-old girlfriend.

Prince George’s County police said the couple was at Willoughby’s home early Saturday when they apparently had an argument. Police said that around 2 a.m., the dispute escalated and the woman was burned.

“Once she was doused with the gasoline and set on fire, she ran from that location to her home,” less than a half mile away, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman. Police and emergency medical technicians responded to a 911 call placed from the woman’s home. She was taken to Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia for treatment of her injuries.

Police first went to Willoughby’s home before they were notified of his whereabouts. “We were called to the friend’s house,” Copeland said. The woman has not been identified because she is an alleged crime victim. Willoughby was being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/30/2006 at 05:47 PM   
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Just Do It!

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This will work, I tell ya! We have to convince them we’re frikkin’ nuts! Then they’ll shut up!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/30/2006 at 04:06 PM   
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Celebrate

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/30/2006 at 01:16 PM   
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Barking Moonbat Of The Week

He never stops, does he? The man is a complete idiot and a jerk. He has no business being president of anything more complicated than a small padded cell in a quiet rest home. Yet the Mad Mullahs put him in charge. He wants nukes. He is funnelling missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon for them to use to kill Israelis - and then denies he’s doing it in spite of the evidence. He defies the UN - but then again, everyone does that. Now he wants to eliminate all Western words from the Persian language? I have given up on guessing what lunacy this jerk is going to pull off next.

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‘Elastic Loaves’ in Foreign Word Ban

TEHRAN, Iran (FOX NEWS) - Saturday, July 29, 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as “pizzas” which will now be known as “elastic loaves,” state media reported Saturday.

The presidential decree, issued earlier this week, orders all governmental agencies, newspapers and publications to use words deemed more appropriate by the official language watchdog, the Farhangestan Zaban e Farsi, or Persian Academy, the Irna official news agency reported.

The academy has introduced more than 2,000 words as alternatives for some of the foreign words that have become commonly used in Iran, mostly from Western languages. The government is less sensitive about Arabic words, because the Koran is written in Arabic.

Among other changes, a “chat” will become a “short talk” and a “cabin” will be renamed a “small room,” according to official Web site of the academy.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/30/2006 at 10:38 AM   
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Bringing The Hatred To America

Now they’re killing Jews in America. Are you still not convinced these people are insane? Here we have a Pakistani Muslim living in America who suddenly decides he needs to go kill some Jews because his people in the Middle East were being “pushed around” by Jews.

Riddle me this: when was the last time a Jew walked into an Arab town and blew himself up in order to kill Muslims? When was the last time a Jew went on a rampage in America and killed Muslims? When was the last time a Jew hijacked an airplane and flew it into a large building in America? In case you’re not keeping track of current events, let me tell you the answer to all three questions is ... never.

Sooner or later somebody is going to have to teach these madmen a hard lesson. The Muslims here in America quickly deny any connection when hideous events like this occur. But someone has to be feeding the hatred in lunatics like Naveed Haq.

He could have had a good life here in America and lived in much better conditions than his “people” back in Pakistan. Instead he chose to bring the hatred of his homeland and of Muslims overseas to America ... and because we are complete idiots he will get a fair trial and probably spend the rest of his life in a comfortable jail cell at taxpayer’s expense - instead of being strung up by the neck until dead and then buried in a pig sty.

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SEATTLE (AP) - July 30, 2006, 3:35 AM EDT

The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity’s foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl’s head, the police chief said Saturday.

Once inside, police say, Naveed Afzal Haq opened fire with two semiautomatic pistols. One woman, Pam Waechter, 58, of Seattle was killed at the scene. Five more women were wounded.

Haq, 30, was ordered held on $50 million bail Saturday pending formal charges of murder and attempted murder. Haq, a Muslim, told authorities he was angered by the war in Iraq and U.S. military cooperation with Israel.

“He pointedly blamed the Jewish people for all of these problems,” Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said at a news conference Saturday.

According to a statement of probable cause, Haq told a 911 dispatcher: “These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East.”

Muhammad Ullah, a close family friend and a senior member of a mosque founded in part by Haq’s father, described Haq as a quiet loner with few friends.

In a statement, the Islamic Center of the Tri-Cities offered condolences to the shooting victims and said “we disassociate this act from our Islamic teachings and beliefs.”

Seattle police said Haq picked up the two handguns and spare ammunition just days earlier, and appeared to have targeted the federation after a cursory Internet search for Jewish organizations.

He also was stopped shortly before the shootings in Seattle for a minor traffic infraction, and was cited and released, Kerlikowske said. Haq had a valid driver’s license and his actions did not raise any suspicion, the chief said.

- More on the story at Newsday ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/30/2006 at 09:53 AM   
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Sunday Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/30/2006 at 09:20 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 29, 2006

Weekend Editorial

Steve Darnell takes a close look at what is going on inside Palestine. It’s about ignorance, children and hatred ... which is never a good combination.

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by Steve Darnell
July 29, 2006

I was watching Fox News correspondent Dana Lewis reporting live from the Gaza Strip today.  As Lewis reported, young Palestinian children gleefully played in the streets behind him, while only a few blocks away, Hamas militants fought a running gun battle with Israeli troops.

Lewis reported that 50 Israeli tanks had rolled into northern Gaza early on Wednesday and that Israeli aircraft and artillery had fired on Palestinian militants, killing 14 persons, including a young girl.

Fox News online reports that “Eight of the 14 persons killed were suspected militants, including five from Hamas and three from Islamic Jihad.” Unfortunately this means that six of those killed were Palestinian civilians.

“This is a horrible situation, and we urge the international community to notice the continuing Israeli escalation in Gaza immediately,” Palestinian lawmaker Saeb Erekat said. “I’m afraid these numbers are going to multiply if we continue to be the forgotten zone in this region.”

As Lewis reported live, ambulances sped past in the background, on their way to the gun battle to retrieve the wounded.  Or to rush armed militants to action, which is a typical Hamas and Hezbollah ploy.  All the while, Palestinian families calmly sat on their front porches watching the excitement unfold and watching their children run toward the gunfire.

It is unfortunate that six Palestinian civilians were killed and scores wounded in the Israeli attack.  It is also unfortunate that, as Mr. Erekat correctly predicts, “these numbers are going to multiply.” Past history shows that this will be the case.  But who is at fault here?  The Israelis or the Palestinians?  Hamas or the Israel Defense Forces?

Before the international press and those sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, like Saeb Erekat, condemn Israel for the civilian deaths, a few important questions need to be asked.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/29/2006 at 03:02 PM   
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Caption Contest

OK, I give up. What’s this conversation about?

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/29/2006 at 02:54 PM   
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Cool Photo Of The Week

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“Mt. Fuji”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/29/2006 at 09:53 AM   
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Saturday Silliness

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/29/2006 at 09:40 AM   
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