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calendar   Friday - December 29, 2006

End Of The Line

“One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged”

-- Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

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Mike Thompson - The Detroit Free Press

Saddam Bids Family Farewell, Hanging Date Unclear
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thu Dec 28, 7:02 PM ET

Saddam Hussein bade two half brothers farewell on Thursday in a rare prison meeting as he awaits execution, a lawyer said, but U.S. and Iraqi officials gave conflicting accounts of whether he would hang within days. A senior Bush administration official said the ousted president could go to the gallows as soon as Saturday.

But Iraqi officials backed away from suggestions they would definitely hang him within a month and a cabinet minister told Reuters a week-long religious holiday would stall any execution.

“He was in very high spirits and clearly readying himself,” Badie Aref, a defense lawyer, told Reuters after the 69-year-old former leader met half-brothers Watban and Sabawi, who are also both held at the U.S. army’s Camp Cropper near Baghdad airport.

“He told them he was happy he would meet his death at the hands of his enemies and be a martyr, not just languish in jail. He ... gave them letters to his family in anticipation.”

The novelty of the U.S.-sponsored process by which Saddam and his third half-brother Barzan, along with another senior member of the Baath party, were condemned on November 5 has left considerable room for wrangling over the timing of any execution among rival factions and between Washington and Baghdad.

Battling to stave off all-out sectarian civil war, Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had said he wanted Saddam hanged this year for the killings, torture and other crimes against the Shi’ite population of the town of Dujail.

But some of Saddam’s fellow Sunnis have warned this could reinforce their community’s alienation and many ethnic Kurds want Saddam first convicted of genocide against them.

Iraq’s Saddam-era penal code bars executions on religious holidays. Eid al-Adha, coinciding with the haj pilgrimage to Mecca, runs from Friday until work resumes on January 7.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/29/2006 at 06:08 AM   
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Red Ken Loves Fidel

If you thought Dhimmi Carter was the lowest form of commie-loving, canine feces on the planet then you’ve obviously never heard of “Red Ken” Livingston, the Lord High Mayor Of London. Red Ken keeps getting re-elected thanks to his pandering to the homosexuals and Muslims in London, two groups that if they ever met would not get along.

The Brits try their best to keep Red Ken out of the spotlight, just as we Yanks try to keep Dhimmi Carter from opening his mouth. It never works because both of these jerkoffs just keep on keepin’ on. Red Ken may have trumped Carter with his latest idea though. He plans on throwing a big bash in Trafalgar Square to celebrate .... “fifty years of Fidel Castro”. Yep, you read that right.

Read Red Ken’s remarks below (and enjoy the recent picture of him with Yugo Chavez). Our Brit friends will probably be cringing in terror and hiding out today. Be nice to them, please. After all, they haven’t rubbed Dhimmi Carter in on us. It’s just not sporting, old boy.

Ken Plans Trafalgar Square Street Party To Celebrate 50 Years Of Castro
(DAILY MAIL - UK) - 28 December 2006 13:05pm

imageimageKen Livingstone is planning a “massive festival” across London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution.

The event, to be staged in 2009, will involve street parties, sports venues and some of London’s leading museums as well as the closure of Trafalgar Square.

Although the Mayor’s office refused to provide budget estimates, it could cost up to £2 million. The festival was agreed on the Mayor’s controversial trip to Cuba last month.

But Mr Livingstone’s lavishing of public money to honour one of the last dictatorships in Latin America was condemned today.

“Forking out to celebrate a totalitarian regime is a choice that most Londoners will find bizarre,” said Angie Bray, leader of the Conservative group on the London Assembly.

“The Mayor associates himself with some of the most odious people around and it’s Londoners who are being asked to pay out. Sooner or later, there will be a reckoning.”

Speaking at a recent public meeting at Central Hall, Westminster, Mr Livingstone said: “We’ve got the backing of the Cuban government for a massive festival to celebrate 50 years of justice in Cuba.”

Mr Livingstone said: “The Cuban revolution of 1959 was an extraordinary event not just for Cuba but for the region as a whole and I have never concealed my support for this fact.

“There is no reason why Cuba should be singled out for controversy except for people coming at international issues from a very Right-wing perspective.” The Mayor pointed to Cuba’s “excellent healthcare”, high literacy rate and “Cuban sporting prowess” as reasons to celebrate.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/29/2006 at 06:00 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 28, 2006

White Christmas, Part II

HELLO, DENVER! Remember that three feet of snow you just finished shoveling out from under? There’s more on the way. Much more. If the snow keeps piling up, we’re going to change your name to “Mile-And-A-Half High City”. Bwah-hah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha ....

Seriously, all of us here in the Midwest want to thank you fine folks out there in the shadow of the Rockies for draining all of that glowball warming white stuff out of the clouds before it gets to us. It’s currently 58 degrees and clear skies here in St. Looey. I’d like it to remain that way. Keep up the good work, Denver!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/28/2006 at 09:42 PM   
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A Man For All Seasons

AP and AOL (the worst of both worlds) just conducted their own little year-end poll to see who people thought was the bad guy of the year and who was the good guy. It turns out the bad guy winner and the good guy winner had something in common. Here is how they conducted the poll and the results ...

The Associated Press-AOL News poll on who people think were the villains and heroes of the last year was conducted Dec. 19-21 and is based on telephone interviews with 1,004 adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The poll was conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm.

1. If you were asked to name a famous person to be the biggest villain of the year, whom would you choose?

* George W. Bush, 25 percent
* Osama bin Laden, 8 percent
* Saddam Hussein, 6 percent
* President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, 5 percent
* Kim Jong Il, North Korean leader, 2 percent
* Donald Rumsfeld, 2 percent
* John Kerry, 1 percent
* Rosie O’Donnell, 1 percent
* Dick Cheney, 1 percent
* Hillary Clinton, 1 percent

2. If you were asked to name a famous person to be the biggest hero of the year, whom would you choose?

* George W. Bush, 13 percent
* Soldiers/troops in Iraq, 6 percent
* Oprah Winfrey, 3 percent
* Barack Obama, 3 percent
* Jesus Christ, 3 percent
* Bono, 2 percent
* Angelina Jolie, 1 percent
* Al Gore, 1 percent
* Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1 percent
* Colin Powell, 1 percent

Devil?
Or Saint?
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/28/2006 at 07:25 PM   
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Through The Looking Glass

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“Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Santa, played by Ken Rice, a civilian contractor with AAI Corp., and his six reindeer, Soldiers from Company E, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, prepare for launch on an unmanned aerial vehicle launcher at Camp Taji, Iraq Dec. 18.

-- U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Winston Churchill


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/28/2006 at 06:23 PM   
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Motivational Poster Of The Day

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/28/2006 at 11:14 AM   
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Operation Crushed Nuts: Day 3

Memo to Ethiopia: don’t stop now. Don’t go into Mogadishu either. Stand back and flatten the city from the air and with artillery. Leave no stone standing. Then burn the rubble. Then salt the ground. Shoot anything that is still moving. Then have a beer on us. Thanks.

The “brave” IslamoNazis have dropped their guns and are trying to hide. These ratbags are brave when they are beating up women for not praying five times a day but when faced with determined soldiers with real guns they pee their pants and run and hide under those same women’s skirts.

These mental retards are no different from the murderous bastards who flew planes into the WTC, killing 3,000 innocent civilians or the cowardly perverts who blew up the trains in Spain and the tube in London. This whole IslamoNazi movement is an abomination and there is only one solution - KILL ‘EM ALL AND LET ALLAH SORT ‘EM OUT! SCORCHED EARTH AND TOTAL ANNIHILATION! JUST DO IT!

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Islamists Seem to Give Up Grip on Somali City
NAIROBI, Kenya (NY TIMES) — December 28, 2006

imageimageThe Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away.

In the past few days, Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control.

Even so, the Islamists, who have been regarded as a regional menace by Ethiopia and the United States, had repeatedly vowed to fight to the death for their religion and their land, making their disappearance that much more unexpected.

Fortified checkpoints across the city — in front of the radio station, at the airport, at the main roads leading into Mogadishu and outside police stations — were abruptly abandoned Wednesday night, residents said.

Many of the teenage troops who made up the backbone of the Islamist army had blended back into the civilian population, walking around without guns or their trademark green skullcaps.

The sudden reversal left it unclear whether a war that had threatened to consume the Horn of Africa had quickly ended, or the Islamists had merely gone underground, preparing to wage a guerrilla insurgency, as some leaders had threatened. “The whole city is just waiting,” said Sheik Ahmed Shiro, a Koranic teacher in Mogadishu.

At 10 p.m. on Wednesday, several Islamist leaders emerged to hold a news conference at their headquarters in Mogadishu. They did not explicitly concede defeat to the transitional government, but seemed to be preparing their forces for such an eventuality. “We need our soldiers to return to their positions for the sake of the people,” said Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, one of the leaders. “Even if your positions are transferred to the government, you must stay where you are and make sure Mogadishu is as safe as it was before.”

As he spoke, Mogadishu was rapidly descending back into the clan-based anarchy that had been its hallmark for most of the past 15 years, before the Islamists came to power and pacified the city.

Witnesses said bands of armed thugs swept through the markets, smashing and stealing at will. Gunfire rattled from neighborhood to neighborhood as the disparate clan-based militias that had joined forces to form the Islamist movement began to fragment and turn on one another.

With the war going badly for them, clan elders had been rapidly losing faith in the Islamist leaders, residents said. The quick defeat the Islamists suffered earlier on Wednesday at Jowhar, the last major town on the road to Mogadishu, seemed to be the final straw.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/28/2006 at 10:45 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 27, 2006

Democratic Underground Vulture Fest

What is it with the Democrats and their Liberal base over at Democratic Underground? I thought the venom and general vomitus coming from this crowd when Ronald Reagan died was the ultimate in bad taste and vile language. I was wrong. The DU’ers are flapping their vulture wings over Gerry Ford’s body before he’s even buried. I have never in my life encountered any dementia like shows up over there. I am disgusted with the whole crowd of mental midgets. They make the IslamoNazis seem relatively sane compared to them. Here is a small taste of the meanderings of mental midgets ....

Stop trying to tell me Gerald Ford was a good, decent man.

Gerald R. Ford, the greatest enabler in American history, is being lionized tonight.

I read post after post parroting all the right-wing talking points about him.

Come on, you know them by heart; decent man, accidental president, ended our long national nightmare, lovable stumble bum.

I’m calling bullshit.

Ford is the guy who pardoned the evil bastard Nixon (he also pardoned Tokyo Rose, for you Freeper lurkers.) Richard Fucking Milhous Nixon, for Christ’s sake. The drunken, power-mad narcissist who claimed to have “a secret plan to end the Viet Nam War” and subsequently sent thousands of Americans to needless death and trauma.

Does this sound familiar? How would you feel if George W. Bush were similarly pardoned by say, Chuck Hagel? It could happen.

It’s hard to see DUer’s here praise Oatmeal Man as ‘the last decent Republican President’, ‘an impeccable, honorable man’, ‘a simple and good man’.

And on and on.

Don’t insult me and the other guys my age who were faced with being drafted into the military debacle of our generation by telling us that the guy who pardoned this criminal president, who escalated the war beyond all sense of proportion, “ended our long national nightmare”.

Hell, this nightmare continues today, far worse than my 1974 self could ever imagine.

May I set the record straight?

First, Ford’s pardon of Nixon did not ‘heal the nation’. It halted any investigation of the crimes of Richard Nixon. Further, it established a precedent that was continued by George H. W. Bush, who pardoned the likes of Caspar Weinberger and described him as “true American patriot” and said clemency was granted both to spare him torment and cost of lengthy legal proceedings. Must be nice.

Second, Ford advanced the bloodthirsty careers of no less than Henry Kissinger, Richard Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld. These guys belong in a war crimes tribunal. Their boss was a good Republican? My ass.

Third, Ford gave the green light to Indonesia’s illegal invasion of East Timor, resulting in up to 200,000 DEAD PEOPLE.

Fourth, the Project for a New American Century, and the resulting fall and decline of America’s standing in the 21st century would never have happened without Ford’s unholy deal with his evil fucking boss (see #2.)

I could go on, but the attention span of the Ford supporters here likely won’t cover the thirty-plus years of hell and repetition of history that have resulted in PNAC, because in case you haven’t noticed, ALL THESE PNAC’ers are the SAME FUCKING GUYS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED AND PERMANENTLY DISCREDITED had Mr. Nice Guy Gerry not PARDONED Richard Milhous Nixon for all his crimes, which today remain uninvestigated.

The ‘liberal media’ will go all-out in the coming days rewriting history to make Gerald Ford out as the second coming of Jesus. As far as I’m concerned, Gerald Ford is the first coming of the ridiculous notion that America could dominate the world at gunpoint.

Fuck that.

Sick. Completely sick. The bad part is they themselves will lionize Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton when they finally pass away. I predict the DU’ers will try to make them out to be saints and if anyone disagrees, they will fight back with lies and flame wars. Typical.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/27/2006 at 10:38 PM   
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Obituary

My memories of Gerald Ford center around two key events: (1) his pardon of Richard Nixon and (2) the evacuation of Saigon and the official end of the Vietnam War. Both of which were key turning points in our nation’s history.

Pardoning Nixon effectively brought to a halt the witch hunt being carried on by the Democrats in Congress and the media, both of whom had an enduring hatred of Nixon and would have torn the country apart if they had been allowed to continue.

It was also on his watch that the country watched the last helicopter leave Saigon with refugees as the country fell to communist invaders thanks to the Democratic controlled Congress cutting off all aid funds to the South Vietnamese government.

I was in the Air Force at the time and I recall it as a bleak time for the military and for the country as a whole. Gerald Ford was a good man with all the right intentions. It was not his fault that he had the Congress against him, the military morale at rock bottom and the Arabs cutting off the oil supply.

He did the best he could with the mess he was given and his efforts probably saved us all from a lot of grief. If he had only defeated Carter for re-election in 1976, the world would probably be a much better place. We’re still paying the price for that.

Our prayers and sympathies go out to his wife Betty and his family. Rest in peace, Mr. President.

imageimageGerald R. Ford (1913-2006)

When Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office on August 9, 1974, he declared, “I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances.... This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts.”

It was indeed an unprecedented time. He had been the first Vice President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign.

Ford was confronted with almost insuperable tasks. There were the challenges of mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy, solving chronic energy shortages, and trying to ensure world peace.

As President, Ford tried to calm earlier controversies by granting former President Nixon a full pardon. His nominee for Vice President, former Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, was the second person to fill that office by appointment. Gradually, Ford selected a cabinet of his own.

Ford established his policies during his first year in office, despite opposition from a heavily Democratic Congress. His first goal was to curb inflation. Then, when recession became the Nation’s most serious domestic problem, he shifted to measures aimed at stimulating the economy. But, still fearing inflation, Ford vetoed a number of non-military appropriations bills that would have further increased the already heavy budgetary deficit.

Ford obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a football star. He went on to obtain a law degree from Yale University before serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Returning from the war a confirmed “internationalist”, Republican Ford defeated the incumbent in the party primary and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1948, representing the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

He was elected House Minority Leader in 1963 and served in the House until 1973. When Spiro Agnew resigned, Ford was appointed Vice President of the United States at the height of the Watergate scandal, which eventually led to Richard Nixon’s resignation. On November 12, 2006, Ford officially became the longest-lived President, surpassing Ronald Reagan. He had the second-longest post-presidency after Herbert Hoover.

Gerald Ford died at the age of 93 on December 26, 2006 of a severely impacted bowel obstruction at his home in California. At 11:49 p.m. EST, it was reported that Ford’s wife, Betty, has confirmed his death.

“My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age,” Mrs. Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage. “His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.”

“Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford. President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On August 9, 1974, after a long career in the House of Representatives and service as Vice President, he assumed the Presidency in an hour of national turmoil and division. With his quiet integrity, common sense, and kind instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the Presidency. The American people will always admire Gerald Ford’s devotion to duty, his personal character, and the honorable conduct of his administration. We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th President will always have a special place in our Nation’s memory. On behalf of all Americans, Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to Betty Ford and all of President Ford’s family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the hours and days ahead.”—President Bush

Arrangements for the state funeral at the capitol are in progress ...

Officials Prep for Ford to Lie in State
WASHINGTON (AP) - December 27, 2006, 12:40 PM EST

Officials were preparing tentative plans for President Gerald Ford’s body to lie in state this weekend and expected a funeral service after New Year’s at National Cathedral capping days of mourning in the capital.

U.S. Capitol Police officers said they were told to prepare for Ford’s body to come to the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday, and congressional officials who have been briefed on plans said a public viewing would begin after an arrival ceremony. The cathedral service was expected Tuesday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the Ford family had not yet signed off on that schedule. The hallmarks of a presidential state funeral began falling into place a day after the 38th president died at his Rancho Mirage Calif., home, at age 93.

The public was expected to get a first chance to pay respects at a church near Ford’s California home, then at the U.S. Capitol and finally in Grand Rapids, Mich., home of his presidential museum and his anticipated place of interment. But funeral plans were not complete.

A senior Republican leadership official said all events related to Ford’s funeral in Washington would be finished by Jan. 4, opening day of the 110th Congress, meaning no delay was anticipated in the hand-over of congressional control to Democrats. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because funeral plans were not complete.

Planners are guided by the wishes of the family and any instructions from the president himself on how elaborate the events will be, how much of it takes place in Washington and more. Ford’s collegial character and unassuming style in the White House are expected to be reflected in his presidential funeral arrangements.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/27/2006 at 09:02 PM   
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The Last Farewell

While reading the farewell letter from Saddam Hussein, I was reminded of the words of Samuel Johnson when he told Boswell “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

It seems Saddam has suddenly discovered religion and is ready to meet Allah. I have a news flash for the Butcher Of Baghdad .... it is not Allah who is waiting to greet you - it is Iblis (also known as al-Shaitaan) who has prepared a place for you. As the old Arabic saying goes, “Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill.”

Adios, mother-f**ker!

imageimage“I call on you not to hate because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking. I also call on you not to hate the people of the other countries that attacked us.

But that court and its chief judge did not give us the chance to say a word, and issued its verdict without explanation and read out the sentence - dictated by the invaders - without presenting the evidence.

You should know that among the aggressors, there are people who support your struggle against the invaders, and some of them volunteered for the legal defense of prisoners, including Saddam Hussein. Others revealed the scandals of the aggressors and condemned them. Some of these people wept profusely when they said goodbye to me.

Dear faithful people, I say goodbye to you, but I will be with the merciful God who helps those who take refuge in him and who will never disappoint any honest believer.”


-- Saddam Hussein’s Farewell Letter


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/27/2006 at 08:27 PM   
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/27/2006 at 05:04 PM   
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Somalia Update

The IslamoNazis are backpedaling as fast as they can and are beating a retreat back to Mogadishu. Some are melting into the jungle and are planning on waging a guerrilla war - provided the Ethiopian army doesn’t wipe them out first, like the vermin they are.

The US has pretty much given Ethiopia the diplomatic green light to go ahead and wipe out the Islamonazis but other than that is staying out of it. The United Nations is doing what they do best - absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopians are marching on Mogadishu. The civilian population of the former capitol have all packed up and left town, leaving the IslamoNazis to face the Ethiopians alone. For my money, I’d recommend Ethiopia just flatten Mogadishu to a pile of rubble with artillery and air bombardments. Sometimes you just have to burn the house down to get rid of all the cockroaches. To be continued ....

The Islamist forces once in control of much of Somalia are crumbling faster than anyone expected and beat a hasty retreat back to their stronghold in Mogadishu, Somalia’s battle-scarred capital, on Tuesday.

By dawn, Buurhakaba, a large inland town, had fallen to the Islamists’ rivals, along with nearby Dinsoor and Bulo Burti, where just a few weeks ago the clerics in charge were threatening to behead people who did not pray five times a day.

The Islamist fighters, who had seemed invincible after taking Mogadishu from the city’s warlords in June, now seem powerless to stop the steady advance of the internationally recognized transitional government and the Ethiopian forces that are backing it.

By nightfall, the transitional government’s troops were 50 miles from Mogadishu, calling for the Islamists to surrender. The Islamist leaders refused, saying they would take their fight “everywhere,” possibly a threat to unleash guerrilla tactics and suicide bombers, which they have already used.

The fast-moving developments seemed to confirm what United Nations officials and witnesses in Somalia have been saying since the fighting erupted a week ago: that the teenage troops of the Islamists, however religiously inspired, were no match for the better-trained Ethiopian-backed force, with its tanks and fighter jets.

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Meles Zenawi, said Tuesday that his soldiers and their Somali allies had “broken the back” of the Islamists and killed more than 1,000 fighters, though United Nations officials have put the toll substantially below that.

-- NY TIMES

As the fighting continued, members of the U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting in New York to discuss the conflict and consider a joint statement put forward by Qatar.

Ambassadors from the 15 countries on the council were briefed first by Secretary General Kofi Annan’s special representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, and then began debating the text of a statement calling for the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces from Somalia.

But U.S. diplomats said they would seek changes to the draft. “We don’t want to single out Ethiopia in that way and believe they have legitimate security concerns,” a U.S diplomat said. “Our position is that we need all parties to return to dialogue.”

The diplomat, who agreed to discuss aspects of the U.S. position in exchange for anonymity, said the United States would also push for a condemnation of the Islamic Courts’ use of child soldiers in the conflict.

It was unclear whether the Security Council would be able to reach consensus on the statement before Wednesday. Meanwhile, a Somali envoy to Ethiopia said Ethiopian troops could take over Mogadishu in 24 to 48 hours.

-- WASHINGTON POST

I’ve added an Ethiopian flag to the smileys in the comments if you want to show your support. Here is a detail map of the region so you can keep track of it all.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/27/2006 at 10:52 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 26, 2006

Good Question

I only regret that I didn’t think of this first. Rabbi Spero is 100% correct in his analysis of the American Commie Lovers Union. Why have they ignored the violations of the Duke lacrosse players’ civil rights? Why are they turning a blind eye and ear to a blatant civil rights injustice? The answer is simple ... the Duke lacrosse players are white guys. Even worse, they’re probably Christians ....

Where’s the ACLU to Defend the Duke Lacrosse Players?

imageimage-- by Rabbi Aryeh Spero
(HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE) - Dec 21, 2006

If ever there was a case screaming for the assistance of the ACLU on behalf of defendants suffering denial of their civil rights and the need to go after a prosecutor abusing his power, the Duke lacrosse case is it. Yet the ACLU remains silent.

By now and for months, the prosecutor’s flouting of the most basic legal and civil rights procedures has become transparent and beyond question to all those following this case. The defendants have been accused by a plaintiff who misidentified them when given her chance during the police photo line-up. Worse, the DNA results of the semen taken from the accuser do not match those of the boys she is accusing of rape. There are contradictions in the timeline first provided by the plaintiff, and her partner at the scene presents a story at odds with what the accuser is positing. We now hear that the accuser has even gotten herself pregnant, somewhere else.

The ACLU is not moved. Instead, it is out there every day bringing lawsuits on behalf of known terrorists planning or already guilty of committing acts of terrorism against innocent U.S. civilians. Unlike the Duke case, where the deprivations to the boys involve civil rights matters firm and already settled in decades of case law, the claims by the ACLU on behalf of the jihadists are mostly spurious and flimsy.

While hardened terrorists who have announced their vile intentions against Americans, and boast of it, pull the heart strings of the ACLUniks, the ongoing plight of the accused American boys who deny guilt and are, in principle, against such crimes, does not stir the conscience of the ACLU. They don’t care that these boys are not getting a fair shake. Rules of procedure, duration, evidence, authority, and secretion apply only to non-U.S. Muslim terrorists, according to the ACLU, not white, Christian, mainstream, middle class Americans.

This case has been going on for months, with even more procedural and evidentiary aberrations and yet the “civil rights industry” remains silent as these young men are left hanging , with their reputations tarnished, their schooling interrupted and their families held in suspension while the Durham district attorney continues his crusade.

How well I remember the Central Park jogger rape and assault case here in New York City during the early 1990s when the civil rights industry and leftists, now silent, were demanding that the mob of black men accused of the vicious and cruel crime leading to a white girl being millimeters from death be spared anymore investigation so that “the boys could continue with their young lives and proceed on with their future.” This, despite the incontrovertible evidence of their guilt or accessory.

imageimageThe Durham district attorney has consistently ignored the most basic procedural rules by hiding evidence from the lawyers of the defendants that would help the case of the young athletes. Not once, but twice. Be it by secreting the evidence of the private lab results or what happened the day of the photo lineup. There are other abuses of procedural conventions. Many believe this is a political case, with the Durham district attorney’s offering the scalps of some “privileged white kids” in return for the black vote so necessary if the D.A. is to be re-elected in this heavily black precinct.

And yet, while the ACLU is bringing a law suit against our President, authorized by the Constitution during time of war to spy on and investigate enemy combatants, as well as the U.S. attorney general, working in the executive branch on behalf of the President, they are taking no action against the Durham district attorney, who is clearly overriding the limited powers granted him and abusing and exploiting his government position at the expense of regular citizens, indeed it appears, harassing these young men and their families for his own personal reasons.

To be sure, for many liberals the boys are assumed guilty anyways since liberals believe—this is one of their mantras—that young, very white men do these things to poor black girls. They are presumed guilty until proven innocent, since even if they didn’t do it this time, they wanted to do it and would have done it if given the chance and if they wouldn’t get caught. We heard the same sentiment echoed by many liberals during the Tawana Brawley case, another fabricated case against white men involving a black girl. In other words, we need to show our outrage and teach a general lesson, though at the expense of a few innocent white individuals.

For decades already, most in the left/liberal community have viewed civil rights as an imperative for minorities only and not of import when involving mainstream America. Indeed, mainstream Americans are, in their view, not entitled to these basic rights when counter-facing minorities—witness affirmative action, bussing, and choosing Islamist sensitivities over our own safety.

On the other hand, Muslim terrorists are presumed innocent since, in the mind of many liberals, it is our white racism against Arabs and Moslems that impels us to deny them their civil rights. Of course, that is not true. The truth is that the terrorists are not citizens and thus un-entitled to constitutional rights and, furthermore, have announced their desire to kill us. In both situations, it is a prejudicial mindset by liberals against mainstream America that brings them to their warped conclusions and endeavors.

As to the ACLU specifically, it has long been obvious that they do not look at civil rights as an absolute and neutral edifice to be applied across-the-board but a selective tool to be used in behalf of their agenda to topple mainstream and historic America. The last people the ACLU wishes to defend are white, middle class, young Christian men from Garden City, N.Y., an enclave of mostly Catholic Republicans. That is the very American template they have sought over the last fifty years to destroy.

The ACLU takes up the cases of those viewed as anti-establishment, those who they see as part of the struggle to topple the WASP hegemony, Americana, and American traditions and values: namely, terrorists, abortionists, Islamic “multiculturalists,” atheists and secularists, minorities with grievances against “the system,” illegal aliens, and the anti-family provocateurs. Once in a while, they will represent a traditional American as a way to declare their “neutrality.”

Anybody can file a lawsuit. The ACLU is successful, however, because our courts are presided by judges who themselves believe in the de-construction of America and are already members of it or would be providing pro bono advocacy for ACLU clients if not busy meddling from the bench.

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