Friday, June 30, 2006

Israel to Hamas: Free Soldier or PM Dies

The plot thickens in Gaza as Israel decides to play hardball and the Palistinians, as do all bullies, cry foul when the tables are turned.

Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies
Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov
July 01, 2006


ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.

The unprecedented warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter as Israel debated a deal offered by Hamas to free Corporal Gilad Shalit.

It came as Israeli military officials readied a second invasion force for a huge offensive into Gaza.

Hamas's Gaza-based political leaders, including Mr Haniyeh, had already gone into hiding.

But last night's direct threat to kill Mr Haniyeh, a democratically elected head of state, sharply raised the stakes.

Read the rest of the story at THE AUSTRALIAN -- NEWS




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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Vernon Robinson: America's Twilight Zone

This is a great political ad, most are merely annoying, the best are just plain stupid, but this one says what I'm thinking, so it is great.

Vernon Robinson, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is running for Congress as a Republican. He says he is "a bold and articulate spokesman for limited government, traditional Judeo-Christian values, free market principles, colorblind laws, a strong military, and secure borders." ..."My race has been targeted as one of the battleground contests that will decide whether the Democrats win a majority of House seats this November."

Only Democrats, the Bg Tent inclusive party, would consiously and conscienciously use a man's race as a negative attribute. Vernon Robinson, Republican from N. Carolina, is Black, an African-American, Afro-American, and all those other Democratically inspired euphomisms meant to bring people together that in reality only serve to push us farther apart. Vernon Robinson is an AMERICAN, born and raised.


ANNOUNCER: (Twilight Zone theme song) If you're a conservative Republican, watching the news these days can make you feel as though you are in...The Twilight Zone. Americans are under attack from Islamic extremists in every corner of the world. Homosexuals are mocking holy matrimony, and the lesbians and feminists are attacking everything sacred. Liberal judges have completely rewritten the Constitution. You can burn the American flag and kill a million babies a year, but you can't post the Ten Commandments or say "God" in public.

CHILDREN: One nation, under -- Shhh!

ANNOUNCER: Seven out of every ten black children are born out of wedlock, and Jackson and Sharpton claim the answer is racial quotas -- and the aliens are here, but they didn't come in a spaceship. They came across our unguarded Mexican border by the millions.

VERNON ROBINSON: I'm Vernon Robinson. If you send me to Congress, I'll send that back to the Twilight Zone. I approve of this message, and of traditional American values. (Leave It to Beaver theme song).


Watch the ad here



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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

U.N. Education Power Grab: Part II

A few days back, I posted about homeschoolers in Belgium who were in trouble with the authorities for actually taking advantage of their rights under the Belgium Constitution to homeschool their child. The authorities claim the parents are denying their child the rights guaranteed by the UN Charter on Children's Rights. The Charter effectively abrogates the parental authority and gives all rights to the state. Note that, even though the authorities are acting under warrant of the UN Charter of Children's Rights, it is, in fact, the State that benefits, not the child.

In today’s Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen Bob Van de Voorde, the spokesman of Frank Vandenbroucke, the minister of Education, says:

“One of the conditions [for homeschooling] is that the homeschoolers must sign a document in which they promise to rear their children along the lines of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights. These parents have not done this. This is why the ministry has started an inquiry.”

The parents Mr Van de Voorde is referring to in the paper are my husband (TBJ editor Paul Belien) and myself. The “inquiry” is a threat to prosecute us.

Homeschooling is a constitutional right in Belgium. We have homeschooled four of our five children through high school. Only the youngest is still being homeschooled because the others are already at university. And yet, as if they have nothing better to do, the Belgian police and judiciary are conducting an “inquiry” into our homeschooling to see whether we “rear our children along the lines of the
United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights.” Read the rest here.


Here in the U.S., homeschooling is gaining in popularity amongst parents dissatisfied with the quality of our public schools. The curricula are inadequate and the school environment is often dangerous. However, the U.N. Charter is beginning to take hold here as well. In California, middle schoolers have one week devoted to the study of Islam in which students take Muslim names, learn pray to the Allah while facing Mecca, and the girls are encouraged to wear veils or full burqas. Recently, an attempt to put the History of Homosexuality into the high school curricula was made; Gov. Schwartzenegger nixxed the attempt, for now. Multiculturalism is tearing my state, my nation, and my planet apart all in the interests of the "children."

For those of you who are interested in homeschooloing, check out Carnival of Homeschooling. The website provides many sources for do-it-yourself schooling. You'll also find that it's not so "yourself". Many other parents offer their expertise as the homeschooling community grows.


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Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Democrat Party War Plan - RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY!


Recently, I recieved an e-mail from Congressman John Murtha. Of course, this same e-mail went to 20 million other Americans, but who cares? It was such a personal missive. It was entitled:

Cut the "Traitor" Talk

Dear [Indigo Red] my edit,

To all the Republicans who sit in their air-conditioned offices and talk of the courage it takes for them to keep young kids in harm's way - I say enough. Karl Rove talking about "cutting and running" while he sits on his big, fat backside-saying "stay the course." I say enough! That's not a plan! We've got to have a new direction, and it's clear we need more Democrats in Congress to get that done.
[The new plan is, "RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY!" and the new direction is any direction that's not towards the enemy.]

No matter how obvious the mistakes in Iraq become, or how many Americans get fed up, Republicans in Congress and the White House will label you a traitor to your country if you stand up and question them. [It isn't the questions about mistakes, or challenges about the conduct of the war, Congressman. It's the constant drumbeat of defeatism, national security capabilities leaks, the open Congressional hearings about means and methods to stop the bad guys under the guise of protecting civil liberties. Congressman, without these methods we will not have any civil liberties under Sharia or Taliban. Your actions are, if not treasonous, at the very least, seditious.]

I'm not naïve enough to think it won't be an issue in the election year but accusing people of being unpatriotic cheats good Americans out of any chance for a real resolution to the mess in Iraq. And while this issue of war is neither a Democratic nor a Republican one, the need for new leadership in the House is clearly an issue. [But, it is a political issue as well as a patriotism issue and the Democrat party has made it so. I do agree that new leadership in the House is clearly needed. A more patriotic leadership of LOYAL OPPOSITION would benefit the nation more than a change of window dressing on the titanic Democrat Party.]

While the Republicans have been busy name calling, the situation in Iraq has only gotten worse. The insurgency has grown exponentially. IED attacks, where our troops are sitting ducks for an enemy they can't even see, have increased steadily. And the patience of the American people for this flawed policy is running out. [The majority of Americans still support the war and do not want to run away. The insurgency has continued, but absolutely has not increased "exponentially". Of course, the situation would be helped if the Iraqi government would stop saying it's okay to kill American and Coalition Forces. And it hasn't been the Republicans name calling. "One-word reactions to most issues are the liberal norm... Here is a list of terms liberals apply to virtually every idea or action with which they differ: Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Imperialist, Bigoted, Intolerant. And here is the list of one-word descriptions of what liberals are for: Peace, Fairness, Tolerance, The poor, The disenfranchised, The environment. These two lists serve contemporary liberals in at least three ways. First, they attack the motives of non-liberals and thereby morally dismiss the non-liberal person. Second, these words make it easy to be a liberal—essentially all one needs to do is to memorize this brief list and apply the right term to any idea or policy... Third, they make the liberal feel good about himself—by opposing conservative ideas and policies, he is automatically opposing racism, bigotry, imperialism, etc. Examples could fill a book." —Dennis Prager]

We need to put an end to these outrageous attacks on people who disagree with Bush and his Rubber Stamp Republican Congress's "sit and watch" plan for Iraq. My colleagues in the House Democratic leadership are so committed to winning a Democratic majority that they have offered to match all contributions that come in from before midnight on June 30th. [If you and the Democrat leadership were so committed to WINNING the war, the war might have been over by now. Even Democrats believe in a united stand and that "a house divided against itself cannot stand." If any party has unnecssary blood on it's hands it is the party of Democrats who want to beat Republicans far more than they want to beat terrorists and terrorism.]

With a Democratic majority, we would have an honest debate about the war. The American people's concerns and opposition would be recognized. [If "honest debate" is a short discussion followed by a rubberstamp vote of the rest of Congress without any dissent because everyone agrees with ever so obvious logic of the Democrat party, then by all means necessary, get your majority. But if one means an honest depate in which all sides are heard, a vote is taken, and one side wins, well then, that has already happened and your side lost, Congressman. Get over it already!]

Last week, during the House floor debate, I hoped the Republicans would have realized that the majority of the American people do not support this war. I hoped that they would have recognized that the American people need more from their government than a Republican Congress that asks no questions and demands no answers. But that didn't happen, and it's clear we need a Democratic majority to chart a new course.
[The country has already spoken, Congressman. George Bush was re-elected as President and More Republicans were elected than Democrats. That people in this nation disagree with current policy is fully recognized. You must now realize that your ideas lost and are not gaining any more purchase today as they did two years ago.]

When I offered a concrete plan to get our troops out of harm's way, where they have become the target, I didn't expect every member of Congress or every candidate to agree with my specific proposal in this debate. But I did expect them to acknowledge that there is more to be done than sitting and watching. [It may have seemed concrete to you, but to the majority it seemed as 1 Minute Oatmeal cooked four minutes. Mr. Murtha, you may have been a brave Marine at one time, but now you are just a cowardly old fool without any future. My future and the futures of many millions of Americans too young to vote or not yet born are too important to be left in the hands of a dottering old fool. Go lie down, take a nap, and try to stay out of the way.]

The single most important thing you can do right now as a supporter of the DCCC is make a contribution. [When I see 'DCCC', I think of the old Soviet Union CCCP. Is anyone else reminded of that? It does fit. Oh, and save your money, put in the bank, or into stocks and bonds, or in your mattress, just don't waste it on the Democrats. Besides, if they win, they'll be taking it in taxes soon enough.]

Thank you for all your help, it's so important.

Sincerely,

Jack Murtha
Member of Congress, Pennsylvania's 12th District

P.S. I hope you will join me in my fight. Our candidates have to be able to fight back against the Rove Machine's traitor talk in order to start getting Congress to move towards finding real solutions. We need a Democratic majority to change the direction in Iraq.
[The Rove Machine rails against traitors because you are talking treason. Your words and actions are giving aid and comfort to the enemy and they have, in fact, said so.]



Bernie at Planck's Constant has a very good piece today on John Murtha and the Miami Wahabi Wannabes. Check it out.


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Sen Norm Coleman: America's 10 Good Deeds in Iraq

So often I hear, "My vote doesn't count. No one in Washington listens. I'm just one one person, what can one person do?" This is nonsense and andrea/summer pj/s proves it at Razor Sharp Claws. Andy wrote to Senator Norm Coleman about Operation Iraqi Freedom and received a rather lengthy letter in return.

The 10 most salient points of the Senator's letter were winnowed for us by Bandit 36.


1. On January 30, 2005, millions of Iraqis participated in their first free election, defying the threats of insurgents who sought to deny them their opportunity for democracy.

2. A constitutional referendum was held on October 15, 2005, with high voter turnout reported in Sunni majority provinces.

3. On December 15, 2005, Iraqi voters went to the polls to elect a Council of Representatives.

4. Currently, over 223,000 Iraqi security forces have been trained and equipped, with 34 Iraqi Army battalions assuming primary control of their own areas of responsibility.

5. According to a poll conducted in December, over 70 percent of Iraqis surveyed oppose the immediate withdrawal of American troops.

6. USAID is providing support to the Ministry of Trade to deliver more than 480,000 tons of food each month.

7. Over 2,800 schools have been renovated and over 47,500 secondary school teachers have been trained.

8. Health care funding has increased 30-fold since Iraq was freed from Saddam Hussein.

9
. USAID has immunized 98 percent of children under 5 years old against measles, mumps, and rubella and 97 percent of children under 5 against polio.

10. Over 1,200 primary health clinics and 240 Iraqi hospitals are in operation.


The letter from the good Senator:

Dear [Andy in summer pj's] my edit:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me concerning Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I am inspired by our soldiers' efforts to advance the cause of freedom. We must stay committed to defeating the insurgents to bring peace and democracy to the Iraqi people.

The process of consolidating a new national government will take time and patience. However, important milestones have been reached. On January 30, 2005, millions of Iraqis participated in their first free election, defying the threats of insurgents who sought to deny them their opportunity for democracy. A constitution was drafted and a constitutional referendum was held on October 15, 2005, with high voter turnout reported in Sunni majority provinces. On December 15, 2005, Iraqi voters went to the polls to elect a Council of Representatives. Over 6,200 polling centers were opened, staffed by 170,000 polling workers with 120,000 election observers on hand.

The result of the December election, the third time Iraqis have gone to the polls to elect their government, is promising and has given Iraqis more hope for the future. The largest Shiite religious party has won the majority of seats, as expected; however, it did not win enough to rule without coalition partners. Additionally, the Sunni religious factions have gained more seats than they had in the outgoing assembly. As these results indicate, the majority of Iraqis want their voices to be heard - they want democracy. With that in mind, it is essential that the United States continue to support them as the political momentum in their country grows.
I traveled to Iraq last year where I visited with American and Iraqi officials about Iraq 's political transition, the corruption of the U.N. Oil for Food program, U.S. service member needs, and progress in training Iraqi troops. Currently, over 223,000 Iraqi security forces have been trained and equipped, with 34 Iraqi Army battalions assuming primary control of their own areas of responsibility. Iraqis see progress in their own country and believe Coalition forces should stay to complete their mission. According to a poll conducted in December, over 70 percent of Iraqis surveyed oppose the immediate withdrawal of American troops. They understand that American troops are training their military to help ensure their security. The training of the Iraqi Army, National Guard and police forces to assume a greater role in maintaining the security of Iraq will hasten the day American troops can come home.

Day by day, Iraqi forces are making progress in toppling the insurgency. Three top level associates of Al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab Al- Zarqawi have been captured by Iraqi forces. Abu Azzam , a top Zarqawi lieutenant, was also killed by Coalition forces. Azzam had directed and controlled all terrorist activities and operations in Baghdad . Additionally, Iraqi citizens have provided valuable tips to Coalition forces. One tip resulted in the capture of a dozen 500 pound bombs and the discovery of an IED factory and over 4,000 pounds of explosives.

Under the President's leadership, the United States has contributed substantially to Iraq 's reconstruction. Iraqi reconstruction funds are managed by the Iraq Project and Contracting Office and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Many projects have already improved the quality of life for the Iraqi people. Food and electricity are being distributed throughout the country. USAID is providing support to the Ministry of Trade to deliver more than 480,000 tons of food each month. Over 2,800 schools have been renovated and over 47,500 secondary school teachers have been trained. Health care funding has increased 30-fold since Iraq was freed from Saddam Hussein. USAID has immunized 98 percent of children under 5 years old against measles, mumps, and rubella and 97 percent of children under 5 against polio. Over 1,200 primary health clinics and 240 Iraqi hospitals are in operation.

I am proud to support America's troops and I look forward to their return home when their mission is complete. America and every nation that stands for freedom and democracy will be forever in their debt.

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me. I value your advice. If I may be of further assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me again.

Sincerely,
Norm Coleman
United States Senate



Thank you, Andy, for writing your Senator and sharing the response. The FACTS Sen. Coleman presents are left out of the news of Iraq as if America's good deeds don't exist. These points must be made time and time again. The 10 presented are a good start for any news organization and certainly any blogger.

Please, prople, memorize as many of the 10 points as you can and sprinkle them into conversations at work, at home, at the supermarket, anywhere you can. The word must get out.


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