Hillary Votes Against Resolution Supporting Petraeus

She stood with Harry Reid, (big surprise, there) and 23 other Democrats in doing so.

Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote to condemn the MoveOn.org ad:

“Hillary Clinton had a choice. She could stand with our troop commander in Iraq, or she could stand with the libelous left wing of her party. She chose the latter. The idea that she would be a credible commander-in-chief of our armed forces requires the willing suspension of disbelief.”

Naturally, she’s playing to the nutroots, but in doing so, is displaying her famous tin ear.

Right now, apparently, General Petraeus is the most popular man in Washington.

At least Biden and Obama had the sense to not be present for the vote.

Thank You Harry Reid

In a new video, released today, AQ deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri said the United States was being defeated in Afghanistan, Iraq and other fronts. He made a special acknowledgement to those who agree with him:

” Your words of encouragement have gone above and beyond the aid and comfort we were hoping for, even from liberal Democrats”, said al-Zawhahri.

Okay, I was paraphrasing loosely, there. His actual words were:

“The Crusaders themselves have testified to their defeat in Afghanistan at the hands of the lions of the Taliban,” he said. “The Crusaders have testified to their own defeat in Iraq at the hands of the mujahideen, who have taken the battle of Islam to the heart of the Islam world.”

 I would have to take issue with the term, “crusader“, because that connotes that the persons in question are fighters, which clearly they are not, at least not in the sense in which he’s speaking.

But yeah, good one Harry Reid, and the rest of you Defeat-o-crats.

Ed Morrissey from Captains Quarters says al Qaeda is getting desperate:

Once again, AQ has attempted to wrest victory from defeat while recruiting an increasingly skeptical ummah. Polling indicates that Osama bin Laden’s star continues to fall in Muslim nations, and Zawahiri’s efforts have not assisted in keeping momentum on the side of the jihadis. Their Iraqi affiliate has gotten chased out of most of western Iraq, and the Ramadi and Baqubah caliphates have already fallen. The Taliban find themselves on the outside of Afghanistan looking in, instead of the other way around.

If these are victories, one has to wonder how defeat looks in Zawahiri’s world.

HAH!

Even better:

This guy says that the new video tape is an indication that al-Qaeda is giving up in Iraq:

Well, it may be today marks the day that goes down in history a ‘VAQI’ day (Victory over Al-Qaeda in Iraq).  The newly released tape by al-Zawahri makes it clear that the U.S. is ‘defeated’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, then spends a great deal of time going after Pakistan.  Note the past tense; it is important.  (Bin Laden audio?? Yeah, right.  My guess is he’s been dead for at least 2 years and neither side wants to say so.  Too good of a ‘boogey man’)  This would suggest- in a ‘Baghdad Bob’ kind of way- that AQ will not be committing any additional resources to those two theaters; they are lost causes to them.  Why would they come to that conclusion at this juncture?  Because they realize that their second front in this war- the one in Washington D.C.- can’t hand them the victory they haven’t earned on the battlefield.

 

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Peter King Said What???

You know, there are only a small handful of politicians who are willing to be this un-PC:

New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are “too many mosques in this country” in a recent interview with Politico.
“There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam,” King said. “We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them.”

When asked to clarify, King,  the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, didn’t backtrack:

“I think there has been a lack of full cooperation from too many people in the Muslim community.”

He also said in an earlier interview with Sean Hannity, that 85% of the mosques in this country are controlled by ‘Extremist leadership’, which prompted strong condemnations from the ususal suspects—’religious organizations’ (I wonder which ones), and the DNC.

This kind of candor is refreshing.
 

The Deuce You Say!

You probably haven’t heard about this, because according to Gateway Pundit, the media didn’t cover it, but yesterday, on the White House lawn, Bush declared that, (according to General Petraeus) “we are succeeding in Iraq”, and “we will succeed”.

The President was speaking before groups of military support organizations on the south lawn, where the families chanted USA! USA!, and gave him a standing O. (Video at Gateway Pundit).

There were mothers in that group, Sally Field. Proud mothers who support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their deployed sons and daughters.

Imagine that.

The Terrorist Threat To Our Schools.

This is something I’ve been reading about for some time on the terror related websites. I’ve avoided blogging about it because it’s such an uncomfortable subject. It’s actually a parent’s worst nightmare. But once again, as I peruse the blogs, I’m hit with it again:

Homeland Security National Terror Alert has a very good post today, that follows the time-line of events, starting with the 2001 seizure in Afghanistan of AQ videos depicting a mock siege of schools, to the actual Breslen siege, to the more current stories of missing school buses, extremist school bus drivers, a terrorist dry run, the possibility of terrorists poisoning school food, the computer disc found in Iraq containing pictures and floor plans of US schools, etc. etc. etc., that have led to the current high level of concern.

And here’s a story that just broke, today:

Investigators in Marion County, Fla., are searching for the author of nine postcards sent to different schools on the same day, with the words ‘Jihad-Boom” and cartoons drawn by hand, of a building being blown up with people inside.

Brad Thor, from the Analytic Red Cell unit of the Dept. of  Homeland Security, said in Glen Beck’s,  The Perfect Day:

Bin Laden has said that, “what we did in Russia, we will visit 100 times worse in America”. He’s even gotten a religious edict allowing him to kill up to two million American children and what they are looking for is a school where the girls are old enough to rape and the boys are too small to fight back.

Take the time to watch Glen Beck’s The Perfect Day, part one, part two, part three, and part four. It’s chilling stuff, but we have to be aware. These backwards bastards don’t need ‘suitcase nukes’ to massacre Americans. And they want to focus on our children.

According to terrorists, The Perfect Day is the day that Americans are killed on an unprecedented scale. It’s the day that no one, not even our children sitting in their classrooms at school, are safe. It’s the day that seemingly isolated incidents all converge into the greatest threat this country has ever experienced or imagined. It’s the day that the Islamist jihad against the West begins in earnest. It’s “The Perfect Day” – but it’s only perfect if you’re a terrorist.

The Perfect Day for me?

We’ve bombed and killed enough of these @#$%&*! mofos that the ones that are left are too humiliated and dispirited to continue their jihad against the ‘Kuffar’.

UPDATE:

 I’m with Patricia Heaton.

And Michelle Malkin, who says Sally Field does not speak for her.

Amen sister.

And for all those peace-loving mothers, like Sally Field, out there:

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
John Stuart Mill

Put that in your little peace pipe, and smoke it.

Finally! A Candidate The Peacenicks Can Love

Let’s face it. None of the Democratic candidates are perfect as far as most anti-war leftists are concerned.

Hillary voted for the resolution to allow President Bush to take military action in Iraq.

John Edwards also voted for the resolution.

Same with Biden.

Barack Obama wasn’t in the Senate in ’02 for the Resolution vote, and has been consistent in his ‘bring the troops home’ rhetoric, but he has been surprisingly hawkish in reference to Pakistan, and Iran, which must give some Code Pinkers pause.

The rest either don’t have the name recognition, or the charisma necessary to win the hearts and minds of the far left.

Behold: This guy is saying all the right things!!!

Ahmadinejad Promises to Supply Terrorists With Nukes

Memri has posted a special report by Y. Mansharof and A. Savyon entitled, An Escalation In The Positions Of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, taken from several recent speeches in which he outlined Iran’s nuclear policy and his vision of the relationship between Iran and the West.

In his speeches, Ahmadinejad repeats much of the now familiar delusions about the “hidden Imam”:

In his speech at the annual conference on the doctrine of Mahdism, held in Tehran on August 25-26, Ahmadinejad stated that Western dominance has come to an end, and called upon the nations of the world to rebel “against the oppressive imperialist powers” in preparation for the coming of the Hidden Imam:

“Today’s imperialist forceIn his August 28, 2007 press conference, the Iranian president said: “[The Zionists] have no religion, for religion means having faith in others and maintaining friendly [relations] with [other] nations. But everywhere they exist there is war. They are responsible for a lot of the injustice in the world. The Zionists are a minority which numbers no more than a few tens of thousands, but they have formed clandestine organizations, because they do not want peace and friendship to prevail among the nations… They thrive on war and hatred. If peace [ever] prevails in the world, the people of the world will eradicate Zionism. If the [European] s give humanity nothing by forcing wars [upon it], plundering its resources, violating [human] rights, issuing threats, trampling human dignity and [spreading] corruption, vice and insecurity… The oppressors and tyrants are responsible for all the difficulties and problems currently faced by the nations, and the only way to establish justice is through popular uprising and determined resistance in the face of these oppressors… “

He sounds like your average lefty, here, but then veers off into even more crazy:

Most concern”[The day] of these aggressors… who are oppressing and controlling the nations, is now coming to an end. Those who [seek to] distract the people with a materialistic philosophy of one kind or another, and who pursue materialism, have brought humanity nothing but despair and deception… The time of the righteous rulers will come, and the most righteous [of rulers, [i.e., the Hidden Imam], will form a government and thereby instate the monotheism of Abraham [throughout the world]. That day is not far away…”

He also delves into the familiar rabid anti-semitism:

In his August 28, 2007 press conference, the Iranian presidentsaid: “[The Zionists] have no religion, for religion means having faith in others and maintaining friendly [relations] with [other] nations. But everywhere they exist there is war. They are responsible for a lot of the injustice in the world. The Zionists are a minority which numbers no more than a few tens of thousands, but they have formed clandestine organizations, because they do not want peace and friendship to prevail among the nations… They thrive on war and hatred. If peace [ever] prevails in the world, the people of the world will eradicate Zionism. If the [European] nations could act [freely], they would have thrown them out of Europe.”(22)

Here’s the most concerning part:

On several occasions, Ahmadinejad stressed that Iran would continue developing its nuclear program regardless of the sanctions. He noted that the sanctions were having no impact on progress in “the irreversible path of the nuclearization of the Iranian nation”(3) and denied Western reports of a slowdown in Iran’s nuclear enrichment. Ahmadinejad further promised to place Iran’s nuclear technology “at the service of those who are determined to confront the bullying powers and aggressors [i.e., the Western countries, headed by the U.S.]...”(4) In a recent conference of Revolutionary Guards commanders, he also stated that “some violent powers [i.e., the West, headed by the U.S.] are now officially declaring that they want to cooperate with the Iranian nation, and that they acknowledge Iran’s [status] as a regional power. However, they must know that Iran is a global power.”(5) (emphasis mine).

In other words, he has vowed to supply terrorists with nukes.

It’s good that we now have an ally in France, but I’m thinking that when it comes to Iran, the time for tough talk, and sanctions may be quickly coming to an end.

UPDATE: 

Iran is threatening to fire long-range missiles on US targets in the Middle East.

War may be is inevitable.

Bmac’s Dog Needs Your Help

Bmac’s pooch, Kramer, has cancer of the lymph nodes.

He was first diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago, and Mr. and Mrs. Bmac opted for the chemo treatments for $3,000. That bought Kramer an amazing 30 more months. But now, the cancer has come out of remission and he needs chemotherapy, again.

Mr. and Mrs. Bmac are tapped out at the moment. He’s running a new business, and although it’s not in the red, it’s not making the big bucks, yet either.

Be patient, bmac, we went through the same thing with my husband’s business, when it was first launched, and we had four kids and one on the way at the time. We had to live off savings for awhile, and sell some property. The business ended up being successful, and continues to grow.

Anyhoo, if anyone would like to help out The bmacs, he’s set up a page on Fundable.org for donations. The goal is $2,500. So far $650 has been secured. The deadline is 10/09.

Please help the bmac’s buy some more time with their beloved pet.

UPDATE (9/20):

The amount secured has jumped to $940.

Please consider donating a few bucks, if you haven’t already.

UPDATE (9/26):

The amount secured is now $1510.

$990 to go.

Latest Minneapolis Tourist Attraction

Since Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, you might guess that it’s latest hot spot is water related.

Well, you’d be right…..sort of.

Apparently tourists have been flocking to the Minneapolis Airport bathroom stall made famous by the toe tapping Senator, Larry Craig.

“It’s become a tourist attraction,” said Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “People are taking pictures.”

The ‘Information Specialist’ was only 15 minutes into her shift and had been asked directions to the infamous bathroom stall, four times.

The Royal Zino Shoeshine shop owner’s grandson, Royal Zino, said it has been hectic.“People have been going inside, taking pictures of the stall, taking pictures outside the bathroom door — man, it’s been crazy,” he said.

A couple on their way to Guatemala made the pilgrimage:

“We had to just stop and check out the bathroom,” Sally said. “In fact, it’s Jon’s second time — he was here last week already.”

That’s right, people are making return visits.

Found via: Crime Scene KC

Anbar Iraqis Defiant As They Bury Council Leader

Abdul Sattar Abu Risha and two of his bodyguards were killed in a bomb attack on Thursday near his home in Ramadi.

The people of Anbar are not taking the killing of Abu Risha, the leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, sitting down:

“All the tribes agreed to fight al Qaeda until the last child in Anbar,” his brother, Ahmed Abu Risha, told Reuters.

“The killing of Sheikh Abu Risha will give us more energy … to continue confronting al Qaeda members and to dispose of them,” said Sheikh Rashid Majid, a leader of the al-Bufahad tribe in Ramadi.

Many ordinary Iraqis agreed. “All of Anbar owes this man, he offered security and stability,” said 45-year-old Mohammed Hussain Ali from Ramadi.

“Revenge should be made quickly,” mourners chanted as the coffins of Abu Risha and two bodyguards, draped in Iraqi flags, were carried to the cemetery. “We will chase the killers.”

The reaction will be violent against al Qaeda, who want to kill all of our tribal leaders, the police and army,” said Mohmmed al-Fahdawi, a police lieutenant-colonel in Ramadi.“We have decided not to be merciful toward anyone who sympathizes with al Qaeda because it is either us or them.”

“The reaction will be fierce,” said Assad Khaldon, a 40-year-old teacher from Falluja.

The man who inspires this passionate loyalty was clearly a hero, if ever there was one. His father and a brother were both shot dead in the past couple of years. Another two of his brothers were kidnapped and their whereabouts remain unknown. In the face of such horror, instead reeling in despair, he chose to fight:

Abu Risha set up the Anbar Salvation Council last year as local Sunni tribal leaders became tired of the indiscriminate killings by al Qaeda and their harsh interpretation of Islam.

Once the heart of Iraq’s Sunni Arab insurgency and the most dangerous region of Iraq for U.S. troops and Iraqis, it is now relatively safe after he helped persuade young men to start joining local police forces to secure their own neighbourhoods.

Another brother, Ahmed Abu Risha was named as the council’s new head.

UPDATE: Sept 17th:

The Long War Journal reports that U.S. Forces have captured one of the baddies responsible for killing the sheikh.

Hillary! Having Trouble Raising Funds Legitimately?

It looks like she is in the Kansas City area, anyway.

Hillary Clinton has canceled and rescheduled her Kansas City fundraiser four different times, in the past six months:

May 5.

July 26.

Aug. 20.

Sept. 16.

And now, Oct. 5.

The Kansas City blog, Prime Buzz wonders if it’s something we said.

A commenter at Prime Buzz, (a Democrat) surmises:

My guess on why Senator Clinton is having trouble scheduling her fundraiser is that they cannot sell enough high dollar tickets to make her revenue quota.

There is NO excitement among local activists and financial backers for the junior senator from New York. Too many people fear that Hillary will do what is best for the Clinton “brand” and leave the country and the Democratic Party to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

He goes on to say that if she ends up looking inevitable, the money will start poring in.

That rings true, to me.

Twit’s Jesus Remark Cut From Emmy Show

I’m sure she doesn’t care. She already got all the attention she craved, by really “sticking it” to the Christianists.

In case you missed it, comic, Kathy Griffin made some remarks, designed to offend Christians during her acceptance speech for her Emmy.

She said:

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus,” an exultant Griffin said, holding up her statuette. “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”

What a brave, brave soul, to be making such controversial, anti-Christian utterances in front of a Hollywood audience. And how original, too. I’ve never heard of an unbeliever, or even a believer, saying ‘Jesus had nothing to do with it’, before.

Asked about her speech backstage a short time later, an unrepentant Griffin added, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”

Good for you, Kathy, I’m sure your show—whatever it’s called, and I’m not even gonna take the time to look it up, will even experience a boost in ratings. It’s on Bravo, after all.

And naturally, she’s ‘unrepentant’, she’s an atheist, for crying out loud.

Bill Donahue of The Catholic League took exception to her comments, having this to say:

“In an interview with Houston’s gay magazine, OutSmart, Griffin described herself as a ‘complete militant atheist.’ Unfortunately, her kind of vulgar in-your-face brand of hate speech found a receptive audience on Saturday: The Hollywood Reporter says her foul remark ‘drew laughs.’ (emphasis mine).

Eh, there’s a lot of that going on these days. It’s getting boring, frankly.

Donahue went on to say:

“It is sure bet that if Griffin had said, ‘Suck it, Muhammad,’ there would have been a very different reaction from the crowd and from the media who covered this event. To say nothing of the Muslim reaction.”

That’s for sure. But then, somehow I doubt her militant, atheistic bravery could actually carry her that far.

But I am glad the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences cut the remarks from the show, even though I suspect it had less to do with common decency than fear of scaring off sponsors.

Griffin’s reaction to the imbroglio, according to a statement issued by her publicist: “Am I the only Catholic left with a sense of humor?”

That was supposed to be funny? Really?……Really???

Allahpundit says:

Aren’t you supposed to turn the other cheek at precisely the moment when it’s hardest to do so? Otherwise, what’s the great moral value in it?

Hey, Nice Deb has no problem turning the other cheek. Just don’t ask me to be amused or impressed by these idiotic, atheistic displays.

Yowza! Led Zep To Reunite For November concert

After the group split in 1980, there have only been a handful of reunion gigs, the last one 12 years ago at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bonham’s son Jason is expected to wield the drum sticks for the band known to many fans simply as Zep.

Rounding out Led Zeppelin, rated the best ever hard-rock band by U.S. channel VH1, would be its classic founding trio of singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.

The music website, NME is reporting that the show will take place in November 26 at the 12 Arena in London.

The show is being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the UK, US and Turkey.

Also performing will be Pete Townshend, Foreigner, Paolo Nutini, plus Bill Wyman And The Rhythm Kings.

*Sigh*, once upon a time, Nice Deb had quite the little crush on Jimmy Page.

Brussels Islamization Protest Updates

The 9/11 protest against the Islamization of Europe, that I blogged about here, didn’t go so well for the protesters. Gates of Vienna and Gateway Pundit covered the story, yesterday. There are loads of pictures on both sites.

The police showed up in full riot gear, with their truncheons, and police dogs, and busily set about the protesters that dared to show up at the banned event. In all, there were about 154 people arrested, including “far right” party, Vlaams Belang’s President Frank Vanhecke.

Remember, a group of Truthers were able to demonstrate in the same area, just two days before this.

There’s another demonstration planned for Marseille, at a time and date TBA. The European commenters at The Gates of Vienna don’t think that’s a great idea, as Marseille is virtually a Muslim nation, already. As one guy said, “marseilles? Holy crap, like conservative swede said, you might as well do an anti-islamization demo in medina”.

Anyway, I’m glad these folks aren’t quitting.

UPDATE:

From a man who was there:

In short then, we were no more than 1500 at the most, spread over two locations and the police were effective in stopping many from getting to Luxembourg Square by filtering the Metro and bus stations and blocking streets. However, those of us that got through made our point, spoke to the press and cost Freddy Thielemans a packet. The police presence alone was an indication of just how afraid I believe some of the Euro-politicians are and encourages me to continue.

That’s more people than originally reported.

Also:

While at the demonstration he was shown a newspaper clipping from 2/06, documenting  another demonstration  that was allowed in Brussels.

The main text demands “Death to the Jewish dogs” and “Death to the Christian dogs”.

Compared to that, how can anyone call me an extremist for merely wanting to preserve Roman Law in Europe? Is it because I am not religiously motivated? In that case, we secular atheists had better stick together, or they’ll be after us next. .

Light Blogging

I’ll be spending a little less time at the computer for the next few days. My four year old had his tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday, and he’s convalescing now at home. The poor little guy has a croupy cough, a fever, and is having a hard time swallowing his Hydrocodone.

I’ll also be gone this weekend as I’m heading out west for the Nice Deb/Patty Ann-paloosa. The morons in Boston aren’t the only ones who are gonna be whooping it up/drinking Value-Rite, and killing hobos.

I’ll drink Patty Ann under the table, and take pictures, I promise.

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