U.S. Strikes Terrorist Hideout in Fallujah
The United States struck a terrorist safe house in Fallujah thought to be connected to Zarqawi. The bounty on the head of Zarqawi has now been raised to $25 million.
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"You and I Have the Courage To Say to Our Enemies, 'There is a Price We Will Not Pay'. There is a Point Beyond Which They Must Not Advance!" --R. Reagan
The United States struck a terrorist safe house in Fallujah thought to be connected to Zarqawi. The bounty on the head of Zarqawi has now been raised to $25 million.
With the hand over complete, the U.S. military is trying to make its presence in Iraq less conspicuous. This may help the Iraqi people realize they control the country and help reduce the exposure of our soldiers to harm.
Ali at Iraq the Model describes the impromptu celebration he and his coworkers had upon hearing the news that the handover had taken place:
I was deeply moved by this great man’s words but I couldn’t prevent myself from watching the effect of his words on my friends who some of them were anti-Americans and some were skeptic, although some of them have always shared my optimism. I found that they were touched even more deeply than I was. I turned to one friend who was a committed She’at and who distrusted America all the way. He looked as if he was bewitched, and I asked him, “So, what do you think of this man? Do you still consider him an invader?” My friend smiled, still touched and said, “Absolutely not! He brought tears to my eyes. God bless him.”
Another friend approached me. This one was not religious but he was one of the conspiracy theory believers. He put his hands on my shoulders and said smiling, “I must admit that I’m beginning to believe in what you’ve been telling us for months and I’m beginning to have faith in America. I never thought that they will hand us sovereignty in time. These people have shown that they keep their promises.”
... and eleven of his deputies. The butcher is now in the hands of his victims.
This link has made it way around the blogosphere. Sadly this is typical of the level of debate from the Left in this country:
Claudia Rosett has not made any friends at the United Nations in the past year. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein she has uncovered the largest organized scam in the history of the world, The UN Oil For Food program, from which Saddam, with the help of many high ranking UN members, was able to skim anywhere from $10 Billion to $40 Billion, while starving his people and blaming the United States.
Kathleen Parker has a fantastic article in Townhall regarding the reactios to the handover of sovereignty in Iraq.
Bush overthrew a brutal dictatorship; arrested and detained Saddam Hussein, soon to be handed over to Iraqi courts; killed the tyrant's murderous sons; restored or invented infrastructure while safeguarding Iraq's oil wells; and created and installed a new provisional government in just over a year following 13 chaotic months of insurgent attacks, with little international support and daily assaults by the media and the far left, while apparently preventing new terror attacks on American soil.
But he's got to go. Why? Well, because he's a Republican.
Even as I type, a CNN Insta-poll says a majority of Americans have little faith in Iraq's future. Yet another recent poll of 2,200 Iraqi households by an Iraqi firm offers a different perspective: Half of Iraqis interviewed believe Iraq is headed in the right direction; 65 percent think Iraq will be better off a year from now; 73 percent "believe the handover of authority to the Interim government will improve the current situation."
Such optimism following decades of tyranny, war and terror may be explained several ways, including the fact that Iraqis lived the war rather than had it interpreted for them by the American media. And possibly, they've caught wind of their reborn nation's new administrative law, which establishes inter alia that the people of Iraq are sovereign and free with rights of free expression, justice, thought and conscience.
Saddam Hussein will be indicted by an Iraqi judge Thursday in his first court appearance, and he will face a myriad of charges.
At a campaign rally for Barbara Boxer in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton stated:
The line up of speakers for the Democratic Convention in July started to leak yesterday after the Republicans announced several of their speakers (including John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Schwarzenegger and Democratic Senator Zell Miller). So far the line up looks like good news for Republicans. The Democrats will open with Bill Clinton again. The strategy is for the presence of Clinton to remind voters of the prosperity of the 1990's. It is amazing that the Democrats keep returning to this man, considering his presence in campaigns in 2000 and 2002 proved to be detrimental to candidates. It will also broadcast to the country what John Kerry's campaign says everyday, that the Democrats have no plan for the future, but are instead looking backwards. But as hard as it may be to believe, Clinton will most likely be the highlight of the parade of speakers. The next night is devoted to TED KENNEDY. His speech will coincide with the 35th anniversary of his little mishap on a bridge. More recently however, Ted Kennedy disgusted most Americans by stating that the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib had simply reopened under new management - US management. Making a direct comparison between the actions of a few US soldiers to the barbaric systematic torture of the former Iraqi regime. Before that he stated that the War in Iraq was cooked up long ago in Texas for strictly political gain. He is a hard core leftist throw back from a bygone era, and the Democrats are planning to make him the centerpiece of their convention. The next night Kerry's running mate (most likely Edwards or Gephardt) will speak and then the closing night Kerry will accept the nomination. No matter who Kerry picks as running mate, his own speech will be upstaged by his running mates.
Donna Brazile, Mr. Gore's campaign manager in 2000, said Mr. Gore should be given a prominent role at the convention precisely because of the fiery oratorical style he had honed in the last couple of years.
"He has not only found his voice,'' Ms. Brazile said, "but he has really gone after the Bush administration in ways I don't think the Kerry campaign can go after Bush administration. They should give Al Gore a key position, a prime time speech, and let him roll."
Michael Feldman, a former aide to Mr. Gore and now a Democratic strategist, said the former vice president's presence at the convention could prove crucial in inspiring Democrats to go to the polls in November.
"Look, he's the embodiment and a reminder of what's at stake in this election, that every vote counts," Mr. Feldman said.
Three officials said Mr. Kerry had a high level of comfort with Mr. Gore. Campaign and party officials said the fact that Mr. Gore would be featured significantly at all was a break from past conventions, which have not normally given much attention to losing candidates of the past. And a senior adviser to Mr. Kerry said the convention planners would show Mr. Gore due respect as the former vice president and the winner of the popular vote in 2000, adding emphatically, "He will speak and he will not get dissed."
Talk radio comes to Iraq:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi voices filled the airwaves of the nation's first independent talk radio station Monday, applauding a surprise move by the U.S.-led coalition to return sovereignty to Iraq (news - web sites) two days early.
The callers clogged Radio Dijla's telephone lines to congratulate interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, urging him to be strong, while warning insurgents against continued violence.
A new CBS/New York Times Poll was released today. The headlines are predictably trying to make it sound as though the poll spells doom for the President. It is not until you get into the details of the poll that you realize it is actually bad news for John Kerry.
As has been the case throughout the campaign, Bush's backers are best described by their fervor for the President, while Kerry's supporters are driven more by their dislike of the opposition than by Kerry himself. 56% of Bush's supporters say they strongly favor Bush, while 32% back him with reservations. Kerry, meanwhile, inspires the strong support of less than one-third of his voters, while 37% are with the Democrat mainly because they dislike George W. Bush.
U.S. Companies are set to post 25% higher profits for the April to June quarter compared to the same quarter last year:
Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> are expected to post a 20.2 percent increase in second-quarter profit over last year's second quarter, according to forecasts by Wall Street analysts, as compiled by Reuters Estimates.
But if overall estimates include the strong "surprise factor" of companies likely to beat Wall Street estimates, based on past performance, profit will show "at least 25 percent" growth, according to Ashwani Kaul, an analyst at Reuters Estimates
Alaa at The Mesopotamian expresses his feelings regarding the transfer of sovereignty:
One man of the people is asked by an MBC (An Arab network) reporter what he thinks about the new government. He answers very simply in that spontaneous genuine manner of simple folk: arent these men better than the riffraff who used to govern us? Truer words have never been said.
This day, this modest ceremony, no elaborate celebrations, no fanfare; yet surely this is a Mother of Days for Iraq, and history will remember this day.
Hail our true friends, the Great People of the United States of America; The Freedom giving Republic, the nation of Liberators. Never has the world known such a nation, willing to spill the blood of her children and spend the treasure of her land even for the sake of the freedom and well being of erstwhile enemies. The tree of friendship is going to grow and grow and bear fruit as sure as day follows night. And the people deep down at the bottom of their hearts, they appreciate. Make no mistake about that. The people have voted today, the pulse of the street is clear, without any hesitation I would give 90% of all Iraqis are hopeful and supportive of the new government, and this is a tacit indirect yes to the U.S. which has been the prime mover of all these events. This is what the foolish fail to understand. Why is this a different situation from that for example of a Vietnam? The answer is very simple: Because, the U.S. has achieved something very popular around here; which is the removal of the Saddam regime. Those who are really against the U.S. from amongst the Iraqis have been and remain a small minority; all other forms of resentment are simply disappointment and disgruntlement resulting from the discomfiture of the present situation and will simply disappear with progress and gradual improvement.
Mohammed at Iraq the Model has two great posts regarding the sudden transfer of sovereignty in Iraq. Here is an excerpt:
The ruling by the Supreme Court today stated that the United States Government has the right to hold an American citizen but the detainee has a right to argue the merits of his detention in court. The media have attempted to spin this story a couple of different ways. One of the more amazing headlines regarding this story is from Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) ruled on Monday that an American captured overseas in President Bush (news - web sites)'s war on terrorism cannot be held indefinitely in a U.S. military jail without a chance to contest the detention.
Bob Dole has written a fantastic article that looks at U.S. progress in Iraq through a lens of reason and sanity:
Meanwhile, in only 15 months in Iraq, the coalition has facilitated the production of more than 150 newspapers, the operation of an effective police force, the reopening of schools with propaganda-free textbooks, the rebuilding of more than 400 villages razed by Hussein, the re-creation and appreciation of a national currency, and the return from Iran and Turkey of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees.
Legions of dedicated American and other soldiers, public servants, businessmen, and nongovernmental workers in Iraq have struggled to complete these tasks and will continue to fulfill their mission in the face of unimaginably difficult obstacles. Terrorists are trying to drive them out by capturing and gruesomely murdering innocent civilians. At the same time, a group of U.S. troops has damaged their collective credibility by beating and ritually humiliating Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. Here at home, critics carp and, intentionally or not, too often suggest that Americans are serving and dying in Iraq in vain. Some suggest that if we had it to do over again, we would not and should not.
Some Democrats even claim that the coalition's failure to discover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq invalidates their earlier explicit support for our intervention. In fact, their own statements at the time show that they supported the war not only because it would eradicate the weapons threat but also because it would end human rights abuses and regime-sponsored terrorism, as well as create conditions for democracy. This isn't just "selective amnesia" in an election year. It's irresponsible hindsight.
Backbiters and back-stabbers are as entitled as anyone to ask questions, but they, like the rest of us, must remain realistic and credible. Today Iraq is poised for increased prosperity and a better political future. Many, if not most, of its people are imbued with hope. Thousands of brave Americans, with the support of most of us here, are slowly but surely turning that hope into reality.
From Fox News:
Consumers the lifeblood of the economy boosted their spending in May by the largest amount in more than two years, an encouraging sign for the recovery's strength.
The Commerce Department (search) reported Monday that consumer spending rose by a sizable 1 percent, a considerable pickup from the 0.2 percent increase registered in April. The increase in May was the largest since October 2001, when spending rebounded with gusto after being depressed by the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Americans' incomes, meanwhile, went up by a strong 0.6 percent in May for the second straight month. The growth in incomes in the last two months was especially heartening because that powers spending in the future. The income and spending figures are not adjusted for price changes.
The guys at Powerline have posted this story. According to the Financial Times, Iraq did try to buy yellowcake from Niger, and the intelligence for that has existed for years and was corroborated by multiple source. The guys at Powerline think that this story is irrelevant because the administration already apologized for including it in the State of the Union address. However, a pattern has emerged in regards to evidence pertaining to the Iraq War. Many of the claims that were made and initially discounted, (ties to Al-Queda & WMD) are slowly being proven true, and although this information will do little or nothing to justify the war for the throngs of Bush haters, it is just another piece of the puzzle that will shore up the credibility of the Bush administration and the U.S. intelligence services in open minded individuals. The impact will be small, but it will have an impact nonetheless.
President Bush secured Nato's agreement to train Iraqi Security forces. A good news for Iraq and the United States, however NATO still has much to do to prove that the alliance that has held for many years is relevant as it was. William Safire
Today's Good News! An historic day. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, asked that the transfer of power take place two days early to "demonstrate to insurgents and the Iraqi people that the government was capable and ready to assume control of the country".
Michael Moore's latest propaganda film hit the theatre's this weekend and has pulled in an estimated $21 million. The Drudge Report has comments by both Harvey Weinstein and Michael Moore acting astonished that a film that has gotten media attention on the scale of The Passion of the Christ has made money in it's opening weekend. As posted earlier on A Time For Choosing, Terry McCauliffe, the chairman of the Democratic National committee stated that he believed the film after screening it. Other prominent Democrats, like Tom Daschle attended the same screening.
As the June 30th hand over of sovereignty in Iraq approaches "experts" are coming out of the wood work to judge the post war operations. An obvious example of this is an article in the LA Times by Francis Fukuyama, a professor at John Hopkins University. Towards the end of the article, Professor Fukuyama makes an obligatory statement that has become a common theme of those who opposed the war in the beginning and are now looking to continue to cast doubt on its outcome:
It's not clear whether we will be able to recover from these mistakes in Iraq. But it is clear that we can do a lot better the next time we need to reconstruct a country.
Jack Kelly, national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, and whose articles are often featured on A Time For Choosing, has written another excellent article that highlights the bias in the reporting on Iraq, and tells the story of a true American hero in Iraq. There is too much to excerpt, read the entire article.
Governor Schwarzenegger is slotted to speak during prime time at the GOP convention. John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Democratic Senator Zell Miller and other will also speak.
The LA Times has a story today that might help explain why Teresa Heinz Kerry is refusing to release all of her tax records. Earlier estimates placed the Kerry's wealth at $500 million dollars. But revised estimates make that look like chump change. It is estimated that the value of their holdings is between $900,000,000 and $3.2 billion dollars, that is billion with a capital B. The estimate is based on public records. If Kerry were to win the election, he would be the wealthiest President to ever serve, far wealthier than even the Kennedys:
Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons. The entire world knows this. The mullahs of Iran are attempting to make the world believe that their nuclear program is for civilian use only. Great Britain, France and Germany submitted a resolution to the United Nations that criticized Iran for not cooperating with the IAEA. Today members of the President's cabinet expressed their concern over the situation.
North Korea's state run news agency is demanding that the United States "make a bold decision":
Pyongyang, June 25 (KCNA) -- The United States should drop its unreasonable hostile policy toward the DPRK and withdraw its forces from south Korea at an early date, responding to the just demand of the international community, if it does not want to repeat the miserable defeat it suffered in the 1950s, says Minju Joson in a singed commentary Friday. Recalling that the U.S. 54 years ago hurled one-third of its army, one-fifth of its Air Force and the bulk of its Pacific Fleet into the Korean war and ran the whole gamut of inhuman brutalities such as atrocious massacre and use of germ and chemical weapons against the Korean People, wantonly violating the international law and conventions only to drink a bitter cup of defeat, the commentary goes on:
More than half a century has passed since the gunfire ceased and the Armistice Agreement was signed in Korea. But a durable peace has not been settled on the Korean peninsula and dark clouds of war keep the people in the grip of constant unrest and fear.
The Korean peninsula is left without any legal mechanism to avert the outbreak of another war owing to the hostile policy toward the DPRK and moves to provoke a new war on the part of the U.S. imperialists who systematically scrapped most of the provisions of the Armistice Agreement.
Still more grave is that the U.S. makes no bones about provoking a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula and is pushing ahead with it in a planned manner to seize supremacy over the Asia-Pacific region.
The Bush administration in the first days of its office listed the DPRK as part of the "axis of evil" and designated it as a target of preemptive nuclear attack and has displayed feverish activities to speed up its preparations.
It is entirely thanks to the great Songun politics of the Workers' Party of Korea that peace is preserved on the Korean peninsula under such crucial situation.
It is high time the U.S. made a responsible bold decision.
Senator Joe Lieberman is one of only a few voices left in the Democratic party that is publicly putting the interests of the United States ahead of the interests of his party. It is becoming more and more difficult to understand how a person that understands this:
What we are fighting for in Iraq and around the world is freedom. What we are fighting against is an Islamic terrorist totalitarian movement that represents as dire a threat to individual liberty as the fascist and communist totalitarian threats we faced and defeated in the last century.
Yesterday the Pittsburgh tribune Review ran an interview with Yossef Bodansky. Mr. Bodansky is a former consultant for both the Defense and State departments and the current director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He was interviewed ahead of the release of his new book, "The Secret History of the Iraq War". In the interview he states the United States and other countries became aware that Saddam Hussein had begun training Al-Queda operatives in the fall of 2002:
Q: In your book you said you felt the U.S. should have gone to war with Iraq and Syria and Iran in 2002, specifically because of Iraq supplying "operational weapons of mass destruction to bin Laden's terrorists." Can you elaborate on that?
A: The Iraqis started to train bin Laden's people with weapons of mass destruction in the fall of 2002, specifically Unit 999 of Iraqi military intelligence, who were doing it in Salman Pak (a military base near Baghdad).
We learned about this first because Israel arrested three Palestinians who were also in Salman Pak and they talked about the training that bin Laden's people were provided with. Then subsequently the Turks captured somebody from that group ... and the French and other Europeans captured some of the trainees. So there's a full circle.
There's a lot of talking, living bodies who confirmed each other's stories, so that provided a casus belli, to my mind. ... Saddam Hussein had crossed the unthinkable threshold -- the one of handing over operational weapons to somebody like bin Laden -- and this is a development the civilized world could not tolerate.
Q: What happened to the weapons?
A: The ones terrorists were given? We don't know. Saddam's weapons? Some were stored in Iraq in bunkers that we don't know where they are, along with a large portion of Saddam's own arsenal. We cannot find tanks and artillery and artillery shells and rocket launchers and rockets and a whole host of other items that we know existed. ... In the case of tanks and others, more than a division of Iraq's Republican Guards moved to Syria during the final phases of the war, just as Baghdad was falling.
Between this and that, we are still missing a lot of weapons. There are weapons of mass destruction buried in Iraq, and there are weapons that have been transferred to Syria. The book describes in great detail the units and facilities in Syria that are holding these weapons today. ...
President Bush has secured European Union support to help support the new government in Iraq. Only hours after the announcement from the European Union, Nato announced initial agreement to help train Iraq's armed forces. President Bush will secure the NATO support when he travels to Turkey for the NATO summit.
Unmanned, unarmed aerial drones will patrol a 350 mile stretch of Arizona border in an attempt to control illegal border crossings from Mexico. This is good news and a good first step to shoring up the countries borders.
Several months ago the 527 group Moveon.org posted an internet ad on their website that showed an image of President Bush morphing into Adolf Hitler. The ad stayed on the website until the outpouring of disgust forced them to remove it. Moveon.org stated that the posting of the ad on the internet was due to an oversight, and that it should not have been made public. Later, a second ad appeared that again invoked images of Hitler and Bush, again on the moveon.org website. After the two ads made appearances on their website, the group stated that they disavowed them and their message. Since that time the Democratic Party has gone deeper and deeper into the fever swamps of conspiracy and shameful rhetoric. In his last speech Al Gore spoke of "Brownshirts" and in a speech in May referred to "Gulags", a not so veiled comparison of the administration to the Hitler regime. Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee stated that he believed the Michael Moore movie Fahrenheit 9/11 after watching the film. John Kerry, Senator Pat Leahy and Terry McAuliffe have repeatedly implied and stated that we went to war for Halliburton, and that Vice President Cheney is profiting from re-building contracts in Iraq, insinuating that the President and Vice President took the nation to war not because Saddam Hussein was a threat, but to make a profit. George Soros, billionaire donor to the Democratic Party made a direct comparison between President Bush and the Nazis when he said:
"When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans. It conjures up memories of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit ('The enemy is listening')."
"The Patriot Act is the first step. 'Mein Kampf' - 'Mein Kampf' was written long before Hitler came to power."
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The Bush-Cheney campaign must pull this ad off of its website. The use of Adolf Hitler by any campaign, politician or party is simply wrong.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Adolf Hitler's image has surfaced again in the White House race. President Bush's campaign is featuring online video of the Nazi dictator, taken down months ago from a liberal group's Web site and disavowed, in a spot that intersperses clips of speeches by Democrats John Kerry, Al Gore and Howard Dean.
Many of you emailed to tell me that links for many posts were broken. There was a code problem that has now been fixed. Thank you for the alert.
Senator Zell Miller will speak at the GOP convention.
There have been many conflicting stories released in the media regarding the six party talks in North Korea. The stories range from North Korea threatening to test a nuclear weapon, to North Korea offering to freeze their nuclear program. The North Korea Daily has multiple statements on the meeting. The official news agency of North Korea has released this cryptic and (bizarre) statement:
Foreign Ministry Spokesman on U.S. "Arms Reduction"
Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Thursday as regards the U.S. recent decision to scale down the U.S. forces in south Korea: The U.S. made public its plan to cut down part of its troops stationed in south Korea but is massively shipping latest weapons and war means into south Korea under the "arms buildup plan" that calls for spending 11 billion dollars.
U.S. Heavyweights are now claiming that this measure will have no impact on the U.S. capability to cope with the emergency on the Korean peninsula, saying that means capability is more important than the numerical strength.
As a matter of fact, the U.S. plans to transfer and deploy modern war means it had tested in the Afghan and Iraqi wars in and around south Korea in the near future in the wake of its deployment of latest type PAC missiles and reconnaissance planes in south Korea for an actual war.
This clearly proves that the "arms reduction measure" does not mean any switchover in the U.S. Korea policy but is aimed at retaining a "qualitative edge" to stifle the DPRK by force.
Now that there is no change in the U.S. policy to stifle the DPRK by force, the latter is left with no option but to strengthen the measures to cope with the U.S. "qualitative edge."
The world public is taking note of the fact that the measure was taken according to the U.S. unilateral decision with neither prior discussion nor notification to the UN.
The U.S. has claimed for the past more than 50 years that the U.S. forces in south Korea are the "UN forces." The recent measure unilaterally taken by the U.S. in utter disregard of the UN is little short of admitting themselves that the U.S. forces are occupation forces, not the "UN forces."
Now that practical measures are taken by the military authorities between the north and the south to remove the root cause of mistrust and confrontation, the U.S. is left with no justification to keep its forces in south Korea any longer. If the U.S. truly hopes peace and detente on the Korean peninsula, it should completely withdraw its troops from south Korea, far from deceiving the world public opinion with talk about so-called "arms reduction."
Victor Davis hanson provides a summary of the first three years of the War on Terror. Read it and pass it on.
Fantastic news actually. A film festival aimed at countering the ridiculous assertions of Michael Moore is in the works. Support this however you can.
If anyone out there still believes that the Bush Administration made up a link between Al-Queda and Iraq as an excuse to go to war so that Dick Cheney could profit from re-building contracts, they need to explain how this fits into their grand conspiracy theory. After they explain that, they need to explain this.
In an interview with Fox News Charles Duelfer, current head of the ISG disclosed findings from Iraq regarding WMD:
In an exclusive interview with FOX News’ Brit Hume, Charles Duelfer — whose ISG is leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction — said terrorists in Iraq are “trying to tap into the Iraqi WMD intellectual capital.”
“When we have investigated certain labs and contacted certain former experts in the WMD program, we have found that they are being recruited by anti-coalition groups,” Duelfer told FOX News. “They are being paid by anti-coalition groups. We’re seeing interest in developing chemical munitions.”
The same process seems to be happening in Afghanistan, he said.
He also told Fox News that about 10 or 12 sarin and mustard gas shells have been found in various locations in Iraq.
Does the average American realize how dangerous this is?. The chairman of the Democratic national Committee, as reported by Byron York in National Review:
McAuliffe and a number of other prominent Democrats attended a screening of Moore's new documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, at the Uptown Theatre in Washington Wednesday night. McAuliffe called the film "very powerful, much more powerful than I thought it would be." When asked by National Review Online if he believed moor's account of the war in Afghanistan, McAuliffe said, " I believe it after seeing that." The DNC chairman added that he had not heard of the idea before seeing the movie, but said he would "check it out myself and look at it, but there are a lot of interesting facts that he [Moore] brought out today that none of us knew about."
A short time later, McAuliffe was asked by CNN, "Do you think the movie was essentially fair and factually based?" "I do," McAuliffe said. "I think anyone who goes to see this movie will come out en masse and vote for John Kerry. Clearly the movie makes it clear that George Bush is not fit to be president of this country."
With the opening of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 tomorrow, John Hawkins at Right Wing News has compiled a list of Michael moore quotes from his interviews, speeches and books. Here are a few of the highlights:
"There is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie. This is the biggest lie we've been told." -- Michael Moore, October 2003
"The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win."
"(Americans) are possibly the dumbest people on the planet ... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pr*cks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.”
"DO YOU FEEL like you live in a nation of idiots? I used to console myself about the state of stupidity in this country by repeating this to myself: Even if there are two hundred million stone-cold idiots in this country, that leaves at least eighty million who will get what I'm saying..." -- P. 85 of "Stupid White Men"
"You know in my town the small businesses that everyone wanted to protect? They were the people that supported all the right-wing groups. They were the Republicans in the town, they were in the Kiwanas, the Chamber of Commerce - people that kept the town all white. The small hardware salesman, the small clothing store salespersons, Jesse the Barber who signed his name three different times on three different petitions to recall me from the school board. F*ck all these small businesses - f*ck 'em all! Bring in the chains. The small businesspeople are the rednecks that run the town and suppress the people. F*ck 'em all. That's how I feel."
"I think (Bin Laden is under the protective watch of) the United States, I think our government knows where he is and I don't think we're going to be capturing him or killing him any time soon." -- Michael Moore in an interview with Bob Costas
A quick look back at the weapons John Kerry voted against:
Al Gore gave another speech today, and he seemed to creep closer to the edge of insanity. In his past few speeches Al Gore has screamed most of the speech. Today he took a different tact. Instead of screaming he used voice and tone very reminiscent of the Norman Bates character from Psycho. This is not the first time Mr. Gore has publicly changed personalities. In the presidential debates of 2000 a different Al Gore appeared every time. There was the tough guy, the soft talker and the normal stiff as a board Al Gore.
The principal of the school in Sarasota, Florida where President Bush was visiting when the events of September 11th attacks unfolded, has come out to publicly defend the Presidents action at the school that day against the ridiculous assertions made by Michael Moore:
Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" criticizes President Bush for listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after learning the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
But Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, says Bush handled himself properly.
"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," Tose'-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"
"The president bit his lip and clenched his jaw," she said. "I didn't know what happened, whether it was something with his wife or children or something with the nation. I remember praying that God would watch over our school and protect our children."
She said the video doesn't convey all that was going on in the classroom, but Bush's presence had a calming effect and "helped us get through a very difficult day."
Tose'-Rigell said she plans to publish her account of the morning of Sept. 11 from pages she wrote in her journal following the attack. The principal said she didn't vote for Bush. "But that day I would have voted for him."
Iraq now has 20 functioning universities, along with scores of technical schools and colleges. The curriculum is no longer set by the central government, but by the school itself.
John Kerry has tried to say that he is not a pessimist, he is an optimist because he knows America can do better. Well actually, in at least one measure the economy has never done better. New home sales surged to a record high for the month of May with a jump of 14.8%, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.369 million units. This is despite gradually rising interest rates.
John Kerry's attitude gets more miserable every day. He left Washington in a tizzy, because the rest of the Senate did not rearrange it’s schedule around him. He flew to Washington to make a rare appearance in the Senate to vote on veteran’s benefits, but left before the vote to resume campaigning. In typical Kerry fashion, he blamed the rest of the Senate for his failure to vote:
''These people are so petty, so sad, so political, all they could do was spend the whole day finding a way not to let John Kerry vote," the presumptive Democratic nominee told the annual convention of the Service Employees International Union
''I was part of that effort in the 1990s that had the courage to do what Ronald Reagan, for all his rhetoric -- and God rest his soul, we loved him for his strength in many things -- but I don't recall vetoes of major appropriations bills. I recall a lot of talk about deficits; I don't recall balancing the budget. I recall deficits getting larger."
North Korea Accuses James Baker of "mean malarkey":
U.S. Diplomat's Mean Malarkey under Fire
Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- U.S. Ambassador to Japan Baker at a recent meeting in Tokyo talked rubbish about the "nuclear ambition" of the DPRK. He asserted that the time has come for north Korea to show reaction, etc. Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in a signed commentary dismisses this as a mean malarkey that can be made only by a man bereft of an elementary qualification and ability as a diplomat.
Referring to the fact that the U.S. has persistently urged the DPRK, a victim, to scrap its nuclear program first, the commentary goes on:
The U.S. has escalated its moves to stifle the DPRK as evidenced by its increased diplomatic and military pressure and economic sanctions and blockade behind the deceptive scene of "dialogue". This eloquently proves that the "negotiated peaceful solution to the nuclear issue" much touted by the U.S. is nothing but a trick to fool the DPRK and gain time and that the U.S. seeks only a sinister aim to totally disarm the DPRK and swallow it up with ease.
As far as patience and the issue of reaction are concerned, it is the DPRK that wants to hear from the U.S. about those things. Given the present situation, it is high time that the U.S. showed a positive response.
No positive results can be expected from the third round of the six-party talks if the U.S. again raises its old brigandish demand at the talks that will start today.
Even if the U.S. wastes time, insisting on its assertion that the DPRK must scrap its nuclear program first, it will do the DPRK nothing bad. That will only offer it more time to increase its physical deterrent force.
Explicitly speaking, the DPRK will steadily strengthen its retaliatory measures unless the U.S. immediately stops demanding the DPRK accept CVID.
That is not bad for the DPRK.
Lileks has a few comments on Rex Reed's bile filled review of Faraheit 9/11.
Terrorists launched coordinated attacks in Thursday, detonating several car bombs and attacking several Iraqi Police stations. 70 people were killed in the attacks and threee US soldiers were killed in fighting.
An excellent article about Iranian bloggers, sure to be an endangered species...
In a new television ad entitled Country, airing in several swing states, John Kerry declares health insurance a "right". This is not surprising given his plan for socializing health care in this country. Here are the highlights of KerryCare:
Saving workers up to $1,000 with premium relief. John Kerry’s plan will provide relief for employers who do the right thing by offering their employees quality health care coverage with choices. His plan will help make health care more affordable for all employers and employees by helping out with certain high cost health cases – providing approximately 10 percent in annual savings.
Allowing Americans to buy into the same health plan available to members of Congress. John Kerry’s plan will allow Americans to access the same range of affordable health care plans that members of Congress get today. This plan will give Americans more choices for high-quality affordable health care – providing better coverage at lower prices than is generally available for people who do not have access to high-quality employer-sponsored insurance today.
Providing tax credits to make health insurance more affordable. John Kerry’s plan will provide tax credits to make health insurance more affordable for people and small businesses buying into the new Congressional Health Plan. These tax credits total $177 billion over ten years – more than twice as generous as the health care tax credits proposed by Bush. Kerry’s tax credits include:
A 25 percent tax credit for people ages 55 to 64 whose salaries fall below 300 percent of poverty.
A 75 percent tax credit for people between jobs and below 300 percent of poverty.
A tax credit of up to 50 percent for small businesses that cover low and moderate-income workers.
A tax credit for workers not eligible for other provisions of the Kerry plan, which would limit premiums to less than 6 percent of income for workers below poverty and then phase out to 12 percent of income for workers at 300 percent of poverty.
Expanding state-based programs to insure all children and millions of adults. The Kerry plan will pick up the full cost of more than 20 million children enrolled in Medicaid. In exchange, states would have to expand eligibility for children’s coverage to 300 percent of poverty, as well as expand coverage for families up to 200 percent of poverty and for adults up to 100 percent of poverty.
Cutting waste and costs. In addition, John Kerry’s plan will improve the health care system by making prescription drugs more affordable through reimportation and other measures; cutting administrative costs and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse; enhancing disease management efforts; and making malpractice insurance more affordable. All of these measures will improve health outcomes while reducing health care costs.
Groups vital to the Kerry campaigns efforts in swing states such as Missouri have hired convicted felons to conduct door to door voter registration drives. Some of the felons are convicted sex offenders, some were picked up in half way houses:
America Coming Together, contending that convicted criminals deserve a second chance in society, employs felons as voter canvassers in major metropolitan areas in Missouri, Florida, Ohio and perhaps in other states among the 17 it is targeting in its drive. Some lived in halfway houses, and at least four returned to prison.
ACT canvassers ask residents which issues are important to them and, if they are not registered, sign them up as voters. They gather telephone numbers and other personal information, such as driver's license numbers or partial Social Security numbers, depending on what a state requires for voter registration.
Although it works against the re-election of President Bush, ACT is an independent group not affiliated with Kerry's campaign - federal law forbids such coordination. Yet ACT is stocked with veteran Democratic political operatives, many with past ties to Kerry and his advisers.
Allison Dobson, a spokeswoman with the Kerry campaign, said there is no coordination with ACT, and of the policy: "We're unaware of it and have nothing to do with it."
The current Iraqi Prime Minister says the threats are expected and vowed to hunt down Zarqawi...
Rex Reed has reviewed Michael Moore's film Faranheit 9/11 for the New York Observer and the review has to be read to be believed.
Disgusting. The fact that Democrats are willing to acknowledge this conspiracy filled movie is a statement on the current state of the party.
The USA Today has had enough of the distortions and gloominess John Kerry is preaching regarding the economy. As he continues his gloom and doom tour, he consistently ignores the fantastic news about the economy in an effort to try to convince voters they are miserable. One would expect that a person who has based his entire presidential campaign on bad mouthing the current administrations economic policies would be touting fantastic new ideas. Not true, as the USA today points out:
As June 30th approaches, Zarqawi and associates are growing more and more desperate. Zarqawi has not threatened to assassinate the new Prime Minister of Iraq. The Prime Minister of Iraq represents the hope of freedom for thee Iraqi people and that is what terrorists and terror regimes fear. If the only goal of the terrorists was to defeat the United States and drive us Arabic soil, why would they want to assassinate the Prime Minister of Iraq? They realize that the seed of freedom in Iraq is their true enemy, the major obstacle between them and their goal of enforcing Islamic law across the entire Middle East and eventually the world. This seed could not and would not have been planted without the War in Iraq. Thank God we have an administration determined to do what is right despite the international condemnation they received, and despite the relentless attacks from the “opposition party” in the United States. We should be thankful as well for the brave Iraqi’s that have stood up to lead their country towards freedom in the face of threats such as that issued by Zarqawi.