Sarah Palin's image already appears on the newer nickels.

calendar   Thursday - November 08, 2007

Want some fries with that big slice of crow?

While I’m not as hot for Ann Coulter as the Skipper was, I do read her books and her columns. Her latest post is up here. It hardly reads like Ann at all. It’s nice to see that she can actually turn off the viper mode when necessary. And today it was necessary; Ann’s written a book review.

A large part of her earlier book Treason was about McCarthyism ... that Joe was right and that he was smeared by the elitists and the press. I agree. I’ve spoken to several older folks who were politically aware in those days and they also agreed. The common folks loved Joe, and they knew damn well that the government was full of commies. Naturally Ann caught a triple ration of crap for this viewpoint. And then documents started to leak out of Russia. And, aside from some inept, rabidly leftist Clooney flick, we stopped hearing about McCarthy at all. Well, today is carrying M. Stanton Evan’s 672 page opus Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies. In it, with superb scholarly precision, he lays it all out on the table. Ann was right. Joe was right. And the Democrats have run a smear campaign for over 50 years; a campaign so effective that the name McCarthy is still synonomous with an unjust witchhunt, even though the truth has been leaking out for a decade now. Even the book’s publishing company can’t fully admit to the truth.

So here’s a salute to Joe McCarthy, American Hero. Guess Dad was right all along.

A bit from Ann:

When I wrote a ferocious defense of Sen. Joe McCarthy in Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism , liberals chose not to argue with me. Instead they posted a scrolling series of reasons not to read my book, such as that I wear short skirts, date boys, and that “Treason” was not a scholarly tome.

After printing rabidly venomous accounts of McCarthy for half a century based on zero research, liberals would only accept research presenting an alternative view of McCarthy that included, as the Los Angeles Times put it, at least the “pretense of scholarly throat-clearing and objectivity.”

This week, they got it. The great M. Stanton Evans has finally released Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies . Based on a lifetime’s work, including nearly a decade of thoroughgoing research, stores of original documents and never-before-seen government files, this 672-page book ends the argument on Joe McCarthy. Look for it hidden behind stacks of Bill Clinton’s latest self-serving book at a bookstore near you.

Evans’ book is such a tour de force that liberals are already preparing a “yesterday’s news” defense—as if they had long ago admitted the truth about McCarthy. Yes, and they fought shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan to bring down the Evil Empire. Thus, Publishers Weekly preposterously claims that “the history Evans relates is already largely known, if not fully accepted.” Somebody better tell George Clooney.

The McCarthy period is the Rosetta stone of all liberal lies. It is the textbook on how they rewrite history—the sound chamber of liberal denunciations, their phony victimhood as they demean and oppress their enemies, their false imputation of dishonesty to their opponents, their legalization of every policy dispute, their ability to engage in lock-step shouting campaigns, and the black motives concealed by their endless cacophony.

The true story of Joe McCarthy, told in meticulous, irrefutable detail in “Blacklisted by History,” is that from 1938 to 1946, the Democratic Party acquiesced in a monstrous conspiracy being run through the State Department, the military establishment, and even the White House to advance the Soviet cause within the U.S. government.

A bit from the book review at Amazon :

Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.

But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.

Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.

Blacklisted by History shows, for instance, that the FBI knew as early as 1942 that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb project, had been identified by Communist leaders as a party member; that high-level U.S. officials were warned that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy almost a decade before the Hiss case became a public scandal; that a cabal of White House, Justice Department, and State Department officials lied about and covered up the Amerasia spy case; and that the State Department had been heavily penetrated by Communists and Soviet agents before McCarthy came on the scene.

Evans also shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era (“I have here in my hand . . .”), the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, the matter of leading McCarthy suspect Owen Lattimore, the Annie Lee Moss case, the Army-McCarthy hearings, and much more.

In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians.

And a bit from the weak-kneed Publisher’s Review, trying to pretend that none of this is news and that the cogniscenti all realized this, simply ages ago:

On the first point, save for some new details, Evans, a contributing editor to Human Events, treads worn ground. Most scholars, having also used Soviet archives, concede his position and argue now only over secondary matters, like the guilt of Alger Hiss.

Literally, they’re saying “nothing to see here people, move along”.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/08/2007 at 10:48 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 07, 2007

And now for something completely different….

Fox - Pat Robertson Endorses Rudy Giuliani for President

Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson on Wednesday endorsed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has struggled to bridge with conservatives some of his socially moderate policy positions on abortion and gay rights.

The endorsement is a coup for the Giuliani campaign, especially after opponent Mitt Romney recently racked up two major endorsements from social conservatives.

Robertson on Wednesday said Giuliani is the best candidate to handle the War on Terror. He said Giuliani understands the need for a conservative judiciary, and that he is a “true fiscal conservative” who is tough on crime.

“The overriding issue before the American people, is the defense of our population against the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists,” Robertson told the National Press Club audience. “Our world faces deadly peril...and we need a leader with a bold vision who is not afraid to tackle the challenges ahead.”

Robertson said Giuliani is “a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans ... It is my hope and prayer that he will lead the Republican Party to victory in November of 2008.”

I’ve been trying to wrap my brains around this announcement all day and I gotta tell you folks, I’m failing. Miserably.
Um, isn’t Rudy pro-abortion AND pro-gay rights?
aaaaand isn’t Pat one of the biggest Bible-thumpers to walk God’s green earth at this moment?
(nothing against Bible-thumpers, of course. Just illustrating a point here)
So.....what gives?


Posted by Severa   United States  on 11/07/2007 at 08:03 PM   
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Glug, Glug

Sorry for not posting anything recently folks.  I’m very tied up, and probably will be for the next week, on a sooper-sekrit project.

I have about 6 stories in the hopper that I haven’t been able to get to, and hundreds more to go through on the news reader.  Hopefully some of the other BMEWS posters can coax out a post or two in the meantime.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/07/2007 at 04:54 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - November 06, 2007

Basra Two Zero: An SAS veteran views the Iraq war from the soldiers’ point of view

SAS veteran Andy McNab went to Iraq to see the war from the soldiers’ point of view. What he found will amaze you...their kit is brilliant, they say this is a golden age for the infantry and they know they’re being used as political ammunition – but they just don’t give a damn…

Gordon Brown says our troops are coming home. A thousand will be back from Iraq by Christmas and the rest, it is reckoned, by the end of 2008.

In theory this sounds promising. Indeed, listening to all this talk, you would think our soldiers were lounging round the pool in Basra knocking back a couple of beers before boarding the plane.

Well, not exactly. I was in Iraq two weeks ago with my old regiment. Within three hours of arriving, I came under mortar attack, a common event for our troops. If our work out there is done, the Prime Minister clearly hasn’t told the insurgents.

caution if I have to folks .... some bad language but what would you expect under fire.


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calendar   Monday - November 05, 2007

An Old Friend

Maureen was driving to her job at the vet’s office on that late February morning.  The van in front of her weaved suddenly and she saw a golden mass hurled toward the grass.  She knew right away what it was and stopped to pick up the barely 4-week old puppy.  Being a puppy and having a light snow on the ground, she basically bounced and rolled with little harm done.  Maureen took the little fluff to the office and had the doc work her up.  She got her shots and a good check up and was right as rain the next day.

Maureen also knew we were looking for a puppy, so she called to see if we were interested.  That’s how we came to be the proud owners of a golden/shepard/who-knows-what mix.  The kids named her Amber.

She loved the snow, but hated riding in cars. (I never really understood this until recently, as I thought about how she came into the world).  She loved our kids and anyone who came to visit.  She took to hearding the sheep around the pasture, but I think it was more for fun than an instinct for hearding.

When my mother-in-law came to live with us toward the end of her life, she brought along her rescued lab mix, Lucky.  The two of them were instant sisters and spent every waking (and sleeping) moment together.  They both loved our cats and didn’t bother with any of the other animals except the chickens, but who could blame them really?

On Thursday evening when I came home from work, Amber was there in the grass to meet me, but didn’t get up from where she lay.  She seemed a little weak and looked like she’d lost some weight.  By Friday morning, she couldn’t get up from the porch chair she was laying in, so I picked her up and put her in the car for a vet visit.  Dr. Parker did not like what he saw.  After some blood tests, he said her kidneys were failing.  He wanted to try some anti-biotics and fluids for 24 hours to see if she would respond.

On Saturday afternoon, I held her in my arms as we said goodbye.  Dr. Parker slid the needle gently into her leg and she drited off to sleep.

It’s been a hard weekend.

Goodbye old girl.  I’m really going to miss you.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/05/2007 at 12:17 PM   
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Big Brother - “Our work here is done”

via Alphecca

“Essay winners tackle right to bear arms”

full story here

Do I even need to write this post? The article is about a college scholarship essay. The subject was the Second Ammendment.  It took place on Nantucket Island, just a few miles away from the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. The rest is utterly predictable.

Samantha Pillion and Stephanie Norris, first- and second-place winners in the annual Macomber Essay contest, found themselves writing about the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms – at an interesting time in our country’s history, given the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings where 32 people were killed by a fellow student.

“The Second Amendment was never designed to say to a student that you can walk into a gun store in Virginia and buy a Glock,” said former Nantucket District Court Judge W. James O’Neill, who was on-island last week to award the Nantucket High School seniors checks in the amount of $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Oh brother. Here we go again.

“I challenge you children to have the courage to act on the wisdom shown in your essays,” added O’Neill during the presentation. “Semi-automatic handguns were never intended in the spirit of the amendment. We cannot tolerate the amount of violence generated by handguns.”

Anybody got any Dramamine? I think I’m getting seasick.

“I did not realize that so many of our Constitutional amendments are still being debated emotionally,” said [essay contest winner] Pillion, who will be attending Wellesley College this September. “There is a lot of emotional volatility that has to do with gun control laws and rights.”

“For the most part, many Nantucketers are very liberal and have the same opinion,” she added. “I learned through my Internet research, that across America there are starkly different opinions. It was wild.”

How about that? She had to go online and do research to even realize that some people were in favor of the Second Ammendment. Sounds to me like the nanny-staters have done a superb job on that little island. Complete and total brainwashing.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/05/2007 at 09:54 AM   
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calendar   Friday - November 02, 2007

Another Reason to Hate Hillary… As if you needed one.

Okay, is it just me?  Or did Mrs. Bubba just directly contradict herself, followed by trying to take both sides of the issue, followed by trying to blame the debate mediator for asking a valid question?

You may say that changing her mind is a woman’s prerogative.  That would be great, but as I’ve mentioned before, she is really a alien lizard from the show “V” wearing a human skin.  Just watch her body language in the video and tell me I’m not right.  But aside the fact that she is just here trying to get humans aboard her mother-ship to use as food, it may be a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, but I would like my President to be willing to take a stand on an issue, and when challenged about something they said, defend it--not fold like a house of cards in a breeze.

Phobos also writes for Too Much Liberty


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Eminent Domain Dude


San Francisco Uses Eminent Domain to Build Pot Farm

They wouldn’t sell at any price.  Now it doesn’t matter.  After four generations of Davidsons owning Orchards by the Bay, one of the few farms within San Francisco city limits stands to be seized under eminent domain… because San Francisco needs a steady supply of marijuana.

Eminent domain detractors say this is one of the most outrageous examples of the abuse of this long-standing law, which allows government to seize private property for public use or in recent years, if they deem it ‘for the public good’.  The fact that government officials plan to grow 400 acres of pot where walnut trees once stood is simply adding insult to injury.

“Don’t think for a moment that this is for public use,” says Grant Dennis, director of The Private Property Front, a Los Angeles based coalition of attorneys who work pro-bono in fighting eminent domain abuse.  “This is about someone pushing their pro-marijuana agenda, and using the livelihoods of innocent citizens to accomplish it.”

Not true, says San Francisco city councilman Ted Brenner.  Brenner claims that the Davidsons were offered fair market value for Orchards by the Bay, but refused to sell. 

“They were stubborn, so they get what they get, which is half that,” he says.

“This project is absolutely needed to keep San Francisco on the cutting edge of societal evolution.” Brenner says, “Marijuana will be legalized, if for no other reason than the treatment of chronic pain and the after-effects of chemotherapy.  Private property is the last refuge for the aristocracy in this country, and aristocrats will not stand in the way of the people’s progress in San Francisco.”

Brenner explains that medical marijuana outlets in San Francisco are being targeted by U.S. Drug Enforcement agents, supplies ‘stolen’, and that a reliable source of the drug is needed in order to keep their controversial program going.

Asked if 400 acres of marijuana might be overkill for limited medical use, he said, “I’m sure the rest will find a home.”

Private Property Front has already filed for an injunction in San Francisco Federal Court to delay the seizure of the property until the legality of its future use can be determined.  That may not stop the city council.

“Regardless of whatever legal remedies the Davidsons or their allies might think they have,” Councilman Brenner smiled, “we’re going to start clearing trees on Monday… as a fire hazard.  I have the distinct feeling that by the time this issue is decided, it will already have been decided.”

Dennis assures us that his group will follow this case to the Supreme Court if necessary.  The Davidsons are afraid that even if they do win their fight in court, with city bulldozers already waiting in their orchards, what they’ll win is 400 acres of bare dirt and holes where their life used to be.

The unabashed arrogance of these people is beyond belief.


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Public Service Announcement

Just received this through the Emergency Email System and wanted to pass it along.

Breaking Health: E. coli warning Prompts Massive Frozen Pizza Recall

414,000 Cases Affected
Health Risk: High

Public health officials are urging consumers to throw away any Totino’s or Jeno’s brand frozen pizzas that contain pepperoni in the wake of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections.

“We took action on that basis as a precaution, because of the possibility that a link might exist,” said General Mills spokesman Tom Forsythe.

The company is asking people to throw away any pizza that they may have purchased that is being recalled.

The manufacturer, General Mills, has recalled all frozen pepperoni pizzas produced at their Wellston, Ohio, plant. More than 120 million of these pizzas have been distributed since the beginning of July.

Public health investigators in Tennessee and elsewhere have linked a growing number of people infected with E. coli O157:H7 to pizzas produced at the Ohio plant. The investigation is ongoing, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies are working with General Mills to identify the source of the problem.

To date, at least 21 lab-confirmed cases have been identified in 10 states—Tennessee, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota. At least 10 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

“If you have any of these pizzas in your freezer, we recommend you throw them out,” said William E. Keene, Ph.D., M.P.H., senior communicable disease epidemiologist at the Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division. “No cases have been reported in Oregon or other Western states, but this is a national recall. We don’t want anyone to risk serious illness.”

The specific products covered by the recall are as follows:

*Totino’s Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Pepperoni, 10.2 oz.
*Totino’s Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Classic Pepperoni, 10.2 oz.
*Totino’s Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Pepperoni Trio, 10.2 oz.
*Totino’s Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Three Meat Sausage, Canadian Style Bacon & Pepperoni, 10.5 oz.
*Totino’s Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Combination Sausage & Pepperoni, 10.7 oz.
*Totino’s Original Crisp Crust Party Pizza, Supreme Sausage & Pepperoni with Green Peppers & Onions, 10.9 oz.
*Jeno’s Crisp ‘n Tasty Pizza, Pepperoni, 6.8 oz.
*Jeno’s Crisp ‘n Tasty Pizza, Combination Sausage and Pepperoni, 7.0 oz.
*Jeno’s Crisp ‘n Tasty Pizza, Supreme Sausage and Pepperoni With Green Peppers and Onion, 7.2 oz.

Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O157:H7 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.

Consumers can contact Totino’s / Jeno’s for product replacement by clipping the UPC (bar code) symbol from each pizza box and sending their UPC’s, along with their name and address to:

Totino’s / Jeno’s
P.O. Box 200 - Pizza
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0200

The product itself should be thrown away.  Consumers with additional questions about the relall should contact the company at (800) 949-9055

About E. Coli
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

When one of my daughters was four, she contracted E. Coli 157 poisoning and contracted what is called H.U.S. (for Hemolytic-uremic syndrome) Her kidneys just about shut down and she required a number of blood transfusions.  It was a scary time and something we don’t mess with.  If we are at a resturaunt and a hamburger comes back pink, it gets sent back with a stern warning and explanation of why burgers need to be fully cooked, especially with kids.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/02/2007 at 09:20 AM   
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Fred on Driver’s Licenses for Illegals

From the FredFile

While Hillary Clinton was speaking out both sides of her mouth at last night’s debate over the issue of drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, what went unsaid is that this is a recipe for increased voter fraud. Under the federal “Motor Voter” law (the National Voter Registration Act of 1993), states must provide applicants for drivers licenses with the opportunity to register to vote.

Giving legal drivers licenses to illegal immigrants is wrong and would provide them the opportunity to register to vote in our country. People who are not citizens of the United States should not be encouraged by pandering politicians to further break our laws and risk the health of our political system.

UPDATE: Fred spoke to reporters in San Jose today:

As far as I’m concerned, I think giving drivers licenses to illegals is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. I think we have to quit inducing people to come and stay if they’re illegal. I think it’s a disservice to the millions of people who stood in long lines around the world at American embassies to come here and play by the rules and become American citizens and become productive and great parts of our society. But when you’re making it easier, when you’re providing sanctuary cities and telling your local officials that they can’t even cooperate with federal authorities, and then saying its a federal responsibility, I think that’s an irresponsible way to go,

Drivers licenses are the nearest thing to an ID card that we’ve got in this country. Your need your drivers license for everything. Why aren’t they being apprehended and sent home if they come in and announce that they’re illegal? We’ve either got to be serious enforcing our laws or not. I don’t think we can afford to be selective in that regard.

So right.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/02/2007 at 08:31 AM   
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Re-Education Camp Dumped


Victory at University of Delaware
University Dumps Thought Reform Program
November 1, 2007

Late Thursday, University of Delaware President Patrick Harker released on the school’s website a Message to the University of Delaware Community terminating the university’s ideological reeducation program, which FIRE condemned as an exercise in thought reform. He stated, “I have directed that the program be stopped immediately. No further activities under the current framework will be conducted.” Harker also called for a “full and broad-based review” of the program’s practices and purposes. While concerns remain about the University of Delaware’s commitment to free expression, FIRE commends President Harker for his decision to immediately terminate the Orwellian residence life education program. FIRE will have more on this development tomorrow. President Harker’s message is reproduced in full below.
A Message to the University of Delaware Community

Nov. 1, 2007

The University of Delaware strives for an environment in which all people feel welcome to learn, and which supports intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population. The University is committed to the education of students as citizens, scholars and professionals and their preparation to contribute creatively and with integrity to a global society. The purpose of the residence life educational program is to support these commitments.

While I believe that recent press accounts misrepresent the purpose of the residential life program at the University of Delaware, there are questions about its practices that must be addressed and there are reasons for concern that the actual purpose is not being fulfilled. It is not feasible to evaluate these issues without a full and broad-based review.

Upon the recommendation of Vice President for Student Life Michael Gilbert and Director of Residence Life Kathleen Kerr, I have directed that the program be stopped immediately. No further activities under the current framework will be conducted.

Vice President Gilbert will work with the University Faculty Senate and others to determine the proper means by which residence life programs may support the intellectual, cultural and ethical development of our students.

Patrick Harker

More coverage at:
Gateway Pundit
Michelle Malkin


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/02/2007 at 08:27 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 01, 2007

Real Heroes, Real Soldiers, and a real reporter

h/t to powerline

Jeff Emmanuel from, embedded in Iraq, shows what real combat reporting ought to be. Al Qaeda in Iraq is on the ropes because we have troops like these guys from Charlie Company. It’s a 20 minute read you do not want to miss.

In Jeff’s own words,

In my opinion, this is the type of heroic story that has been missing from the mainstream media’s coverage of the War on Terror—and it is precisely the type of story that the American people need to hear. Being the one who had the opportunity to write about it and to bring it to the public’s attention—something which was only possible because I, like the very small number of my colleagues who do this, was willing to go to a place (and take a risk) that others will not—was an amazing and humbling experience.

If you haven’t read Jeff’s work yet, you will after this. He’s just as good as Michael Yon.  Read the original rendition with pictures at his site, or read it in an easy reading font at The American Spectator.

Ambush In Sammara: The Longest Morning

Six weeks ago in the Iraqi city of Samarra, four paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division became the object of a pre-planned, coordinated effort by dozens of al Qaeda to kidnap and slaughter American soldiers only days before General Petraeus’s internationally televised testimony to the U.S. Congress on the state of the war in Iraq. Only two survived—but, fighting like heroes, they succeeded in preserving the honor of their nation.

This is their story.

You don’t need me to snag more excerpts than this to entice you to read it. Just go and do it.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/01/2007 at 11:51 AM   
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Al Qaeda Beaten in Iraq

Gateway Pundit, Say Anything and Michael Yon all agree, Al Qaeda has lost in Iraq.

From Gateway Pundit:

The following is a Haider Ajina translation of a headline and news article from Iraq’s Buratha News on October 31, 2007:

“Sunni Tribal leaders from Dhi-Qar province distance themselves from Takfiries and pledge their support to the political process and elected government”

The governor of Iraq’s Dhi-Qar province Aziz Khadum Alwan received a delegation of Sunni tribal leaders of the Dhi-Qar who are member of the Dhi-Qar tribal chamber. The delegation handed the governor a copy of a speech given by the Chair of the delegation Sheik Ahmed AbdulRazaq after Friday prayer. The speech he delivered made very clear the mission of the Tribal Chamber which guides its actions. Sheik AbdulRazaq acknowledged the danger of the Takfiri fatwas and its deviation from Islam and the importance of combating and fighting the Takfiries and their deviant ideas. He also called for the support of the government and its local administrative and security representatives.

Haider Ajina comments:

Dhi-Qar province is a mostly Muslim Shiite province with some Mandaeans (followers of John the Baptist). Sunni Tribal leaders in Dhi-Qar province are speaking out loudly against Takfiries and against those trying to disrupt the political process in Iraq. Since the Alqida Takfiries are Sunnis, the Sunnis in Dhi-Qar are speaking out to disassociate themselves from these Takfiries as well as call for fighting these Takfiries. They also denounce the Takfiri deviant ideology and calling it non Muslim. These are all positive steps towards a united Iraq against the terrorists and for a representative government. While Iraq, as any free society, will never be fully united behind any political cause (nor should they) they are however uniting against the Takfiries and intolerance and they are uniting to protect their minorities.

From Michael Yon:

“Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated,” according to Sheik Omar Jabouri, spokesman for the Iraqi Islamic Party and a member of the widespread and influential Jabouri Tribe. Speaking through an interpreter at a 31 October meeting at the Iraqi Islamic Party headquarters in downtown Baghdad, Sheik Omar said that al Qaeda had been “defeated mentally, and therefore is defeated physically,” referring to how clear it has become that the terrorist group’s tactics have backfired. Operatives who could once disappear back into the crowd after committing an increasingly atrocious attack no longer find safe haven among the Iraqis who live in the southern part of Baghdad.  They are being hunted down and killed.  Or, if they are lucky, captured by Americans.

Colonel Ricky Gibbs, the American brigade commander with responsibility for the Rashid District in south Baghdad today told me, “So goes South Baghdad goes Baghdad.” General Petraeus had told me similar things about the importance of South Baghdad. In fact, Rashid is quickly developing into what might be one of the final serious battlegrounds of the war.

From SayAnything:

The funny thing is that when violence in Iraq is escalating, the journalists always know what it is and the meaning is never disputed.  When violence is escalating, they call it “civil war” and imply that it means the war in Iraq is a failure.  Like this report from November 2006:

As the sectarian violence in Iraq escalates into what the US media is now calling a civil war, Mr Bush said he would press Mr Maliki to develop a strategy to stop the killings.

Escalating violence = civil war

Decreasing violence = confused journalists

But don’t you ever accuse these brave and courageous journalists of not being objective


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/01/2007 at 11:07 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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