A Soldiers Point Of View On Blackwater

I found this through Gateway Pundit.

An Infantry NCO about to go back to Iraq for his 3rd tour, (I reenlisted, so save your boo-hoos for someone who cares) wrote a long comment on a post on the blog, The Monkey Tennis Centre. (don’t ask…I have no idea).

Here’s a part of it:

Newsflash: diplomatic convoys in Iraq are huge targets for the enemy, and Iraqi civilians are notoriously bad eyewitnesses of anything. During my last tour, local shopkeepers were being openly gunned down on the street by the Mahdi Army, aka JAM (guys dressed just like ordinary Iraqi “civilians”) while we were literally a block away drinking chai with the local police captains trying to establish good rapport.

Within minutes we would haul to the scene on foot and ask who shot the man and people would point at us and say “you did.” (Meaning U.S. soldiers.) We were the only ones in the area, so we knew this to be untrue, but the rumors (actually well-timed enemy propaganda) had already spread so fast that even this man’s relatives were already convinced that we had shot him down. He had only been killed for this very reason: to blame on us and thus discredit all the hard work we had already put in around that section of Baghdad.

He may not have been there, but he offers some perspective that is sorely missing from the MSM.

More at The Monkey Tennis Centre.

Media Matters In Hyper-Overdrive…

And it’s only going to get worse as the election season approaches.

In just the past week, Media Matters has been able to dredge up three phony controversies about two very popular conservative political talk show hosts; two for Rush Limbaugh, and one for O’Reilly.

Part one:

Before Move Ons General Betrayus, There Was Limbaugh’s Senator Betrayus

On September 21, Media Matters graced the world with their “Before Move Ons General Betrayus, There Was Limbaugh’s Senator Betrayus”, post. What they, and apparently every left leaning blog in existence see as a huge, huge example of hypocrisy, and double standard is the fact that Rush is quoted as saying that Move On’s General Betrayus ad is ‘contemptible’ and ‘Indecent’, yet called Senator Hagel, Senator Betrayus, back in January.

This is what the left considers a big ‘Gotcha’ moment.

Nevermind that Rush was repeating what a caller said. Understand the context in which it was repeated. Senator Hagel had just been the only Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee to vote with the Democratic party to condemn the President’s troop surge.

It was a bit of political hyperbole, aimed at the man they considered a traitor to the Republican Party, not to the nation as a whole. Shit, I’m sure that that wasn’t even the first time Hagel has been accused of betraying the Republican Party. He does it all the time. Other Rinos get accused of it, too:

In 2004, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (RINO-PA) was justifiably fighting for his political life. After years of betraying the principles of the Republican Party, which had kept him in power for decades, Specter was being challenged in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary by a conservative congressman named Pat Toomey.

The left does it, too:

The U.S. Senate Betrays Us (on the overwhelming passage of the Cornyn Amendment condemning the Move On ad). Heh, baby.

Political hyperbole, (*guilty!*) is certainly not the most dignified way to hold public discourse, but it is a far, far cry from questioning the integrity of a highly decorated and revered General on the eve of his address to congress on a very important matter: Has the troop surge been successful?

The troop surge that Senator Hagel condemned back in January, was reportedly having positive effects. The Peace at any cost crowd couldn’t let that stand.

The move on ad (that was bought at a discount rate in a newspaper that claims to be unbiased), was meant to influence opinion against the man, including the opinion of the very people who were to listen to his testimony. And it was suggesting that the General was a dishonest political hack betraying the country, at a time of war.

Rush was right, it was contemptible, and indecent.

And there’s no double standard here.

Just a lot of unhinged lefties, hyperventilating because the Repubs got the better of them, and once again, they looked like the pond scum they are.

UPDATE:

You gotta like this, Mark Levin is calling Media Matters a criminal enterprise because of it’s violation of the tax code. Watch the video at Hot Air.

Part 2:

O’Reilly surprised “there was no difference” between Harlem restaurant and other New York restaurants

Brian Maloney of Radio Equalizer covered this one, here.

Part 3:

Limbaugh: Service Members Who Support US Withdrawal are “Phony Soldiers”

Michelle Malkin’s got it covered, here.

Jon (my uniform) Soltz spews his spittle, here, misrepresenting the facts in a post entitled, So I’m A “Phony Soldier”, Rush?

Oh no Jon, there’s nothing phony about a guy who claims to be non-partisan, and conservative, writing for the Huffington Post, and being a speaker at Yearly Kos.

In a Washington Post puff piece, from earlier this year, Soltz claimed to be conservative. Here’s what he had to say last Feb:

Soltz said the group is pro-military and not a front for the Democrats. “I’m a conservative,” said Soltz, who volunteered on Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

More at The Radio Equalizer, and Newsbusters.

UPDATE:

Rush Limbaugh apologizes to the troops on his show…

(for Media Matters)


RUSH: I want to apologize to all of the members of the United States Military, both in uniform and out, active duty and retired, for Media Matters for America. They will not apologize to you, and they will not apologize to me. I want to apologize to you on behalf of them. As all of you military personnel know, I, since of beginning of time and since the beginning of this program, certainly 19 years ago, have been one of the most ardent, loyal, in-awe supporters of any and all who wear the uniform — including those who disagree with the mission.

You can read the entire transcript at Rush’s site.

Not An Onion Parody:

A group of Boulder High School Commies who started a club called, Student Worker, is protesting the Pledge of Allegiance because of its “oppressive nature”. The President of the club is a little busybody named Emma Martens:

Martens said her group is concerned that the traditional pledge read daily at the start of second period classes takes away from school time. She also said the phrase, “one nation, under God,” violates the separation of church and state.

“Boulder High has a highly diverse population, not all of whom believe in God, or One God,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Camera.

“We didn’t think it was fair for the whole school to have to listen to it,” Martens said between classes today. “It’s disrespectful and in complete violation of the separation of church and state. It’s almost religious oppression.” (emphasis mine).

Before I address these inanities, here’s the alternative Pledge that she wrote:

“I pledge of allegiance to the flag and my constitutional rights with which it comes. And to the diversity, in which our nation stands, one nation, part of one planet, with liberty, freedom, choice and justice for all.”

GLAR! Note that she had to throw ‘diversity’ and ‘choice’ in there.

Now, in a perfect world, her high school Civics class teacher would give her the following assignment:

Find in the US Constitution, where the phrase, “separation of church and state” appears.

When she comes back empty handed, ask her to explain how the words,

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

translates to her constitutional rights being trampled on because she had to hear the word, God, at school?

Then he would ask her to do a research paper on real religious oppression as seen in most Islamic countries.

But this isn’t a perfect world, and her Civics teacher is probably the Marxist that filled her head with all this Commie BS to begin with.

Watch the video at Slapstick Politics.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Islamic Rage Boy ‘Unfazed’ By Attention

I love it. In the latest Rage Boy interview, found at Hot Air, the perpetual protester is described as a ‘former militant’. Wow. I’d hate to see what they consider ‘militant’ in India.

The boy spends four months out of the year in jail. My favorite part of the video comes at the end when they show him being carted off, kicking and screaming into what looks like some sort of paddywagon.

So while he sits in jail, Western entrepreneurs are collecting $$$ for mugs and tee-shirts with his likeness on them. That is very cool. But not according to CAIR’s Ibrihim Hooper, who compared the pictures to the anti-semitic imagery of the 1930′s Nazi Germany, in a Guardian interview back in July:

“The cartoon is part of an overall growth of anti-Muslim rhetoric in this country. Someone is trying to link Islam with violence and anger and profiting from it.” (emphasis mine).

Whatever would give someone that idea?!

Bra Bandit Steals Bras Right Off Racks…

from the Victoria’s Secret Store at the Flagstaff Mall.

According to police, about $15,000 worth of underwear from Victoria’s Secret was taken Saturday without tipping off employees.

Those responsible were able to haul about 350 bras out the main entrance during business hours.

How do you walk out the door with 350 bras, without anybody noticing, or without the anti-theft tags triggering the alarm? Pretty tricksy.

I think they need to set a booby-trap, to catch the culprit.

Found via: Crime Scene KC 

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Finally! Peace In Our Time

It’s Kumbaya time, people!

The Princes of Peace, Iran’s Mahmoud (Wipe Israel of the Map) Ahmadinejad, and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe have met at the UN in New York, this week and formed a “Coalition of Peace”.

The Robert Mugabe who has led Zimbabwe from impressive success to “the most dramatic peacetime collapse of any country since Weimar Germany”.The Robert Mugabe who is quoted as saying:

“This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources,”If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold.” [1]

That Robert Mugabe.

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The leaders of Iran and Zimbabwe are looking to form a self-styled “coalition for peace”.

The government in Harare confirmed President Robert Mugabe and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the formation of such a coalition on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

“The United States and its allies are so bloodthirsty they don’t want to see peace anywhere in the world,” deputy information minister Bright Matonga told AFP.

Don’t worry, Matonga, next year there’s a very good chance there will be a peace-loving dove like you in the White House. Our bloodthirsty, war-mongering days will be over. Peace, love, and understanding through dialogue, will rule the day.

And if that doesn’t work, an army of sprites on unicorns will protect us, right Rosetta?

…Wait there’s more:

“The leaders also discussed the need to come up with a coalition for peace in response to the aggression of global bullies,” Chidyausiku added.

Mugabe has forged new alliances with countries in Asia as well as buttressed ties with traditional US foes such as Cuba and Iran.

It would be uncouth to say the ‘Axis of Evil’ is expanding.

We should look at this as a positive development. This will give our next president a wonderful opportunity to use those diplomacy skilz the Democrats are always talking about.

Crescent Of Betrayal Blogburst

Anyone who wants to be a part of this….(I’m looking at YOU bmac) can get the email address needed to sign up at Cao’s Blog, or StopThe ACLU.

If you need a reminder, I’m talking about this monstrosity.

The Terrorist Threat To Our Schools Action Plan

Last week I posted on the disturbing topic of terrorists targeting schools in a Beslan styled attack. It is something they are determined to do. It is something they have planned to do. It is something they have promised to do.

This week The National Terrorist Alert Response Center has posted part two of their coverage of the threat; a preparedness guide. I’m linking to it because I think it’s important to be prepared in case the unthinkable happens.

I have five kids in public school, one in pre-school. I am not by nature a paranoid person, but the possibility of terrorists attacking a school is very real to me. It could happen very easily, as most schools are very soft targets, what more, Islamic extremists have reportedly signed up to be school bus drivers, or are simply buying school buses.

If you have forgotten the horror of Beslan, let this be a reminder to you. A longer, but very moving YouTube video here.

Fox News Worse Than al Qaeda

Wow. Just……wow.

If I were to tell you that a certain cable news personality recently made that statement in a Playboy interview…would you be able to guess who it is?

I’ll give you 3 hints….he’s not known for his prowess in bed, he is disturbingly obsessed with Bill O’Reilly, and trails his more popular cable news rivals in the ratings by a significant margin.

Unhinged is right.

John Kerry Flips The Bird At Vietnam Vets

There was a Gathering Of Eagles Event last Sunday morning, and 50-60 Eagles were gathered outside The NBC Washington Studio, where Code Pink was supposed to be. They never showed up, but it just so happened that Senators John McCain and John Kerry were taping a session of Meet The Press at the same location.

 Each came in separate cars and upon completion of the session, Senator McCain left first. Pro-troop advocates explained that Senator McCain’s “graciousness was beyond words.” His car stopped at the end of the driveway. He looked up and when he saw the Vets, he got out of the car and shook the hands of the Vets, the blue star Moms and the patriots.

It was an emotional moment as Vets and Senator McCain looked eye-to-eye, shaking hands and sincerely thanking each other.

Next came Lurch’s car. Some of the vets turned their backs as the car passed by, but most booed.

One guy was wielding a bullhorn…

Vet, George Samek who had wanted to let Kerry know that he is a traitor for more than 30 years, happened to be holding a bullhorn. He let Kerry know that “he is no brother of mine.”

As Kerry’s vehicle turned left at an accelerated pace, and faced about 15 people on the opposite side of the street, where most of the vets were standing– Kerry flipped them the bird from inside the safety of his speeding car!

George Samek says in his post at the Gathering of Eagles site:

  It was my great honor to say these words, in his face, after rolling them around in my head since the Vietnam War, I pissed off a Senator who’s rise to public office was paid for by his never ending lies and slander of Vietnam Vets, the look in the sad looking excuse for a Vietnam Vet face  helped heal my heart & to all you Vietnam Vets I said these words in your name and in the name of the 58,483 names on the Vietnam Wall.

Alas that there were no cameras fast enough to capture the moment.


Life Imitates Art

Like a scene straight out of the famous HG Wells novel, The Time Machine, a man and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint in Central Park, just seconds after he proposed:

Jacunski got on one knee and popped the question to his girlfriend of six months, Mami Nagase, in a romantic spot at a gazebo in Central Park on Saturday night. She had just agreed to marry him when, they said, a gunman jumped from the bushes and yelled, “Give me your money and get on the ground!”

Here’s where it diverts from the story: Jacunski was able to slip the engagement ring off his girlfriend’s finger and hide it in his pocket, without the assailant noticing.

In the book/movie, the fight over the ring led to the doomed girlfriend getting shot. (Or was it stabbed)?

So the robber got away with some cash, and the couple had to spend the rest of the evening looking at mugshots instead of having a romantic dinner at a French restaurant.

It could have been much worse….she could have been shot dead, and he could have spent the next five years feverishly working on a time machine so he could go back in time and undo what happened, only to wind up 800,000 years in the future fighting Morelocks.

That was a close call for them.

H/T: Crime Scene KC


Cool Fact About Jack Bauer…

He was busted early this morning for drunk driving.

From the Perez Hilton Website:

The actor was in a celebratory mood, attending the Fox fall premiere party Monday night at LA club Area. A few hours later, he allegedly blew more than twice the legal limit when cops pulled him over on suspicion of DUI at 1:35 A.M.

Kiefer Sutherland was released from the Hollywood Police station at 5:42 this morning on $25,000 bail.

Eddiebear suggested that he was drinking heavily because of the prospect of having to work with Janine Garafolo.

Sounds about right.

UPDATE: 

Mugshot here. 

KC Wolf Doles Out The PAIN

When an over excited fan ran onto the field during the fourth quarter of the Chiefs game on Sunday, KC Wolf (now known as Airwolf), sprung into action:

The Chiefs ended up beating the Vikings, 13-10.

H/T: Crime Scene KC

Al Qaeda In Iraq Lost

Michael J. Totten recently interviewed 3rd Infantry Division Lieutenant Colonel Mike Silverman in Ramadi, Iraq, a well liked, and respected officer from Georgia. He answered questions about the progress being made, the most encouraging thing he’s seen, as well as the worst things he’s seen. And more….read the article.

The money quote for me?

“What’s the most important thing Americans need to know about Iraq that they don’t currently know?” I said.

“That we’re fighting Al Qaeda,” he said without hesitation. “[Abu Musab al] Zarqawi invented Al Qaeda in Iraq. The top leadership outside Iraq squawked and thought it was a bad idea. Then he blew up the Samarra mosque, triggered a civil war, and got the whole world’s attention. Then the Al Qaeda leadership outside dumped huge amounts of money and people and arms into Anbar Province. They poured everything they had into this place. The battle against Americans in Anbar became their most important fight in the world. And they lost.” (emphasis mine).

This, after Ayman al-Zawahri announced in the latest AQ video that they beat us in Iraq, and Afghanistan, (sending the signal that they would no longer be committing resources to those two theaters).

It’s looking more and more like al Qaeda is finished in Iraq, and maybe Afghanistan, too.

UPDATE: 

More evidence of success in Afghanistan here and here.

A Cat Hater And His Pit Bulls

This 21 year old Georgia goon is being charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for feeding captured neighborhood cats and kittens to his pit bulls.

He was already in jail on drug, firearm, and probation violation charges when these new charges came down, Gwinnett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

Authorities found the bodies of two kittens near Hilmo’s residence. Bourbonnais said they also found a gruesome image on Hilmo’s cell phone: a picture of one of his pit bulls and one of the mauled, dead kittens, and beneath picture a caption that says “Good Dog.”

“It’s pretty disturbing,” Bourbonnais said.

It is suspected that he may have been feeding kittens and cats to his dogs to prepare them for dog fighting, but no dogfighting charges have been leveled against Hilmo, yet.

Multiple sources for this one. Thanks to Crime Scene Kansas City for the mug shot.

 

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