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Saturday, March 13, 2004


‘‘This is the new menace of our time. We will not defeat it by hoping it will leave us alone or by hiding away. We must be prepared for them to strike whenever and however they can.’’

-Tony Blair, March 13, 2004.


There's a video of Al Qaeda claiming responsibility for the Madrid bombings.

Aznar was the one who stood up to fight the terrorists, against the wishes of many of his people. What say you now, Spaniards? Will you try to appease the terrorists or will you fight them?

"We declare our responsibility for what happened in Madrid exactly 21/2 years after the attacks on New York and Washington," said the man, according to a government translation of the tape, which was recorded in Arabic. "It is a response to your collaboration with the criminals Bush and his allies."

I'm so proud of my President that these murderers would see him as their chief enemy.


Wolves eat sheep. Crying "Peace!" at a wolf will not stop him.


Over on the blog I call Crystal Hamster Addiction (erroneously called by its owner "Placeholder"), there's a link to a fun and entertaining radio clip. Actually, there's a couple of great clips. One is of President Reagan saying we've outlawed the Soviet Union and the bombing will begin in five minutes. The one I want to mention, though, is of a radio debate from before the war between a peace activist and an Iraqi guy who called in to administer to her a comprehensive verbal beating.

Knowing how Sam of Hammorabi appreciates good audio-visual material, I sent him a link to it. Sam reminds me a whole lot of the Iraqi guy in the clip.

You'll find the audio links on the left-hand side of CHA's page.


In my pursuit of Laura Bush pics, today I went and had a look at the website for the GHW Bush Presidential Museum. They have a section for gifts to the President from Heads of State. While some of the gifts are exquisite, quite a few are pure crap. Let's have a look at those, shall we?

From Chamorro of Nicaragua:

Oil on rock. Gee, thanks.

From Mulroney of Canada

A freaking bronze dancing bear. Looks like someone swung by a gift shop at the last minute.
We have the same bears as you, Canada. They're nothing special.

From Bildt of Sweden

The world's ugliest lop-sided crystal bowl with dead leaves in it. We're touched.

From Queen Elizabeth

A porcelain lattice bowl. I know she re-gifted this, I just know it. She got this from Upper Volta and re-wrapped it.
No way does this represent the riches of England.

From Mitterand:

Bronze, or tin. It's hard to tell.
It looks like some kid banged it out in shop class. It should say DHIMMITE, SADDAMITE, SURRENDERTE.

Some other countries send solid gold stuff and ancient artifacts. Those types of things always serve a gift-giver in good stead.


If you see three guys wearing ski masks when it's not cold, you might want to call the cops.
Wouldn't you think they were up to no good?

Police have interviewed two witnesses in Alcala de Henares, including a doorman who said he saw three young men carrying knapsacks toward the station in that town, the official said.

The doorman saw the men get out of the van and "walk toward the train carrying backpacks and he was struck by the fact that they were wearing ski masks when the weather was not suited for that kind of clothing," the official said.


Kerry silent on ad saying he's soft on terror

But Kerry's ad ignored the Bush campaign's main charge that Kerry is weak on fighting terrorists.

In one ad, Bush suggests that electing Kerry would "turn back to the dangerous illusion that terrorists are not plotting and outlaw regimes are no threat."

Kerry seldom speaks out on the campaign trail about the importance of fighting terrorism, and polls shows it's an issue on which Bush appears to have an advantage.

"We are determined to make this campaign about real issues facing Americans, like making health care affordable, improving education and getting our economy back on track," Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill said in a statement that focuses on certain domestic issues, where Democrats have an edge.

It's a real issue to me, lady. It is to a lot of other people, as well.

Friday, March 12, 2004


You can tell he thinks she's a peach. He's right.


Susan Lindauer's out on $500,000 bail, released into the custody of her dad after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. I'm sure her dad is so thrilled with the way she turned out.
It looks like they're going to go for an insanity defense.


Pedophiliac priest has snot kicked out of him in prison

According to the source, Ryan was beaten by another inmate with a stick while in the shower. The priest has been in protective custody since arriving at the jail last week, and was therefore escorted to the shower by a correction officer.

But when Ryan asked the officer for a towel, he was left by himself for a moment, the source said.

As soon as the officer walked away, another inmate outside his cell talking on the telephone grabbed a broom or some other kind of long stick and jabbed Ryan repeatedly in the stomach, breaking his rib and puncturing a lung.

When the officer returned the inmate had already left. No one has been arrested in the incident, although sheriff officials were investigating yesterday, the source said.

Sounds like the guy was waiting for a chance.

My brother was a water plant operator at a prison. His crew were prisoners. They'd offer him names of guys they wanted him to have come work at the plant. All the names were those of child molesters they wanted an opportunity to put a hurt on. Those madcap cons.

My brother has lots of funny stories about them. He kept a lid to a mayonnaise jar in his office. He'd bring in hamburger meat sometimes and cook burgers for them. But he had to measure the meat with the lid, because if all the burgers weren't exactly the same, they'd fight. He tried every day to help them think like normal human beings, but you can only do so much with the emotionally retarded.


Vandals destroy church's stained-glass pictures of Jesus.

Vandals tossed bricks at a downtown Glendale church, destroying four stained-glass windows depicting the life of Jesus, officials said Friday.

The vandals seemed to have set their sights on the images of Jesus, said Jim O'Neal, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, 7102 N. 58th Drive.

"It's like they have thrown the bricks at the Lord," O'Neal said. "It's such a shame. I don't know why somebody would be filled with such hate."

No word on if it's related to recent waves of anti-Christian bigotry in the media.


The scar from a caesarian would mar her beauty.


Old Harpies never die, they just fade away.

Last year we were inundated with stories on Martha Burk and her protest against the Augusta National Golf Club. The New York Times was obsessed with it. Despite all the publicity, club chairman Hootie Johnson refused to cave, and in the end, the American public just rolled their eyes at Burk's protests.

The Political Junkie fills us in on what's happening with Augusta this year.


The Willie Horton ad seems to be back in the news lately, growing more mythical as the years pass. As I mentioned earlier, campaign commercials from 1952-up are available for viewing over at the Living Room Candidate. You may wish to start there at their homepage in order to set your viewing format/connection speed.

Lights, camera, Horton.


From the Asia Times:

Progressive minds in the European Union already worry whether this tragic 3-11 might turn Spain - not yet a police state - into an Iberian mirror of a neo-conservative-driven America shorter on civil liberties and longer on social paranoia. This was never an effect ETA intended. But it may well suit the international jihad.

From Alaa of the Mesopotamian:


They're going to keep on sleeping while better men than they fight to protect them. They are non-participants in the fight for their own survival.


Bumperstickers on Susan Lindauer's car.
This is begging to be Farked.

Thursday, March 11, 2004


Meanwhile, over at the Democratic Underground:

Here's what I think:
That Aznar, being a close buddy of chimp, has learnt a few lessons from the chimp's handlers. How to manipulate the vote in a democratic system by using fear.
Just like 911, even before investigators have had time to get to the scene, govt officials were blaming ETA, conveniently trotting out a series of "dots" that connected the ETA to the crime- for instance some ETA operative caught a few weeks ago in France with explosives. This despite a well-known fact that ETA always warns before conducting a bombing run.
The timing of the explosions, just before the spanish general elections, is also suspect. Does anyone know who will gain electorally after the bomb blasts? I wouldn't be surprised if it's Aznar and party.

And ETA can't be so dumb not to realize such an attack will actually further marginalize and alienate the group and its cause.
This may be another example of a new situation developing globally after 911- where ruling elites engineer attacks on their own people, blame a shadowy network, use fear to intimidate voters, and get re-elected with massive mandates.
We're really moving speedily towards an Orwellian world.
Or am I a kook who's had too many joints?

And someone responds with:

It is all a little unsettling, isn't it? I wonder if something like what happened today will happen here just before our election? It goes right down with Paul Wellstone getting killed before the 2002 election. This is not being paranoid or wearing tin foil, you must wonder if this all took place to help Aznar win the election in Spain?

Someone want to tell them that Aznar's not running for election?


"I think we still over-estimate the danger of terror."

-Hans Blix, March 7, 2004.


I don't have much hope that there's going to be a happy ending for this explorer.

My father saw North Pole explorer Matthew Henson at the Chicago World's Fair in 1934.
On the way back to Florida, Dad and them stopped to visit relatives in Georgia, and the afternoon paper's headline was that Dillinger had been killed. Exciting trip.


Ali of Iraq the Model is convinced the attack on Spain was the work of Islamicists and not Basques. He also knows a thing a two about how NOT to deal with terrorists:

The nature of the attacks leaves no doubt that whoever carried them wanted to cause as much as possible causalities among civilians, which seems to be a trade mark for AL QUEDA.

Future investigations may prove this and may prove otherwise, but if it appears to be what I think it is, it should tell everyone and especially those who claim that the world is a safe place and there is no need for going into war against terrorism, that they are wrong and that whether America came to Iraq or not, these people would never stop there madness until the world yield to their demands.

Some people may say, that by admitting that the fact Spain is one of the major coalition forces made her an object for such attacks, should prove that the decision to go to war was a big mistake. There is nothing far from truth than this assumption, as 9/11 took place before America went to war and similar, but smaller, attacks took place all over Europe prior to war. Should the governments you elected take permission from the terrorists before committing a necessary action fearing that it may piss them off? The people who claim that the war in Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism, strangely are the same who say that the war in Iraq had enraged terrorists. Now I wonder why were the terrorists enraged by toppeling Saddam and liberating Iraq if it wasn't directed at them as well!!?

The war is not only necessary, but also inevitable. No one should believe that if these terrorists were left alone, they would be peaceful and drop there arms and become our friends. It’s not only naïve, but also seriously dangerous to put such trust in such corrupted evil minds such as those of AL QUEDA and other terrorist groups.

Finally I’d like to add that ETA may have a role in this, but certainly it’s not the major one. It seems that only extremist Muslims are capable of such meaningless horrible crimes, it’s their territory and their specialization and I would really be surprised if the future investigations proved otherwise.


How Susan Lindauer was caught

The indictment alleges that Lindauer met with a representative of the Iraqi Intelligence Service in New York on September 19, 2001, just eight days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


We were using paper flags because the stores were sold out of cloth ones. I had a bow made of red, white, and blue ribbons pinned to my shirt. I thought it was BEAUTIFUL, too.

It was.


We have a winner.

Spying for ideology:

"I'm an anti-war activist and I'm innocent," Lindauer told WBAL-TV as she was led to a car outside the Baltimore FBI office. "I did more to stop terrorism in this country than anybody else. I have done good things for this country. I worked to get weapons inspectors back to Iraq when everyone else said it was impossible. I'm very proud and I'll stand by my achievements."

The Cracker didn't sleep through spy school.
BTW, people mainly spy for monetary gain.


More on Lindauer

A former journalist and one-time press secretary for four members of Congress was arrested Thursday on charges she served as a paid agent for the Iraqi intelligence service before and after the U.S. invasion.

Susan Lindauer, 41, was arrested in her hometown of Takoma Park, Md., and was to appear in court later in the day in Baltimore, authorities in New York said.

She was accused of conspiring to act as a spy for the Iraqi Intelligence Service and engaging in prohibited financial transactions involving the government of Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein. Prosecutors say she accepted $10,000 for he work.

"I'm an anti-war activist and I'm innocent," Lindauer told WBAL-TV as she was led to a car outside the Baltimore FBI office. "I did more to stop terrorism in this country than anybody else. I have done good things for this country. I worked to get weapons inspectors back to Iraq when everyone else said it was impossible. I'm very proud and I'll stand by my achievements."

Lindauer worked at Fortune, U.S. News & World Report and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before beginning her career as a political publicist.

She worked for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. in 1993 and then Rep. Ron Wyden , D-Ore., in 1994 before joining the office of former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (search) as press secretary in 1996. From March to May 2002, she worked for Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

"Her position was eliminated in the downsizing following the 1994 elections," said Josh Kardon, chief of staff for now-Sen. Wyden. "She worked for us a short period of time."

Braun's current spokesperson, Loretta Kane, said the former senator does not remember Lindauer.

According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Lindauer made multiple visits from October 1999 through March 2002 to the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan. The indictment makes no mention of her congressional staff work.

There, she met with several members of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, the foreign intelligence arm of the government of Iraq that allegedly has played a role in terrorist operations, including an attempted assassination of former President George H.W. Bush, the indictment alleged.

The government said she accepted payments from the Iraqis for her services and expenses amounting to a total of $10,000, including $5,000 she received during a trip to Baghdad in February and March 2002.

Her acceptance of the money and her willingness to bring it home from Iraq violated a law prohibiting transactions with a government that sponsors international terrorism, the government said. The indictment did not specify a motive.

The charges against Lindauer were included in an expanded indictment in the case against Raed Rokan Al-Anbuge, 28, and Wisam Noman Al-Anbuke, the sons of Iraq's former liaison with United Nations weapons inspectors.

The brothers were charged last year with acting as Iraqi government agents and conspiring to do so, prosecutors said. The indictment said Lindauer conspired with the brothers.

On Jan. 8, 2003, prosecutors said, Lindauer tried to influence U.S. foreign policy by delivering to the home of a U.S. government official a letter in which she conveyed her access to and contacts with members of Saddam's regime. The official was not identified in the indictment.

The United States invaded Iraq in March of last year, and the government fell the following month.

The indictment said she met on two occasions in Baltimore in June and July with an undercover FBI agent who posed as a Libyan intelligence representative who was seeking to support resistance groups in postwar Iraq. It said she discussed the need for plans and foreign resources to support these groups.

According to the indictment, she continued to correspond with the undercover agent until last month and followed the agent's instructions to leave packages on two occasions in August in "dead drop" operations.

Lindauer, who was not immediately assigned a defense lawyer, faces up to 10 years in prison on the most serious charge and five years on the lesser charge if she is convicted, prosecutors said.

More than a half dozen FBI agents could be seen searching Lindauer's residence in Takoma Park, a city known for its liberal views. Her neighbors recalled her as friendly.

Joao Luiz Vieire de Castro, 39, described Lindauer as "a regular American who walks her dog in the mornings and the afternoon."

"It's a big surprise. Who would think that it's (espionage) in your neighborhood?" said Dean Paris, 45, who sometimes greeted Lindauer on the street, which is less than a mile from the District of Columbia line. Paris said he never saw anything suspicious.

But Malvina Lacey, who lives next door to Lindauer, added, "She lives in a fantasy world."


Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombings.

(Via Lucianne).


I don't think the Basques need motivational tapes of the Koran in Arabic.

Spain says suspect van had Arabic tapes

Spain's interior minister said a suspect van had been found on Thursday near Madrid, scene of bombings that killed 190 people, containing seven detonators and a tape in Arabic language.

Interior Minister Angel Acebes said the tape had recordings of verses from the Koran.

Spain has so far attributed Thursday's attack to Basque separatists, but Acebes' remarks appeared to raise the possibility of a link to Islamist militants.

Acebes said authorities were not ruling out any line of investigation in its probe of the bomb blasts on four packed commuter trains that also injured 1,247 people.

"The conclusion of this morning that pointed to the terrorist organisation (ETA) right now is still the main line of investigation. ... (But) I have given the security forces instructions not to rule out anything," Acebes told a news conference.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks, the worst to hit Europe since the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270.


American woman spied for Saddam.

An American citizen was arrested Thursday on charges she acted as an Iraqi spy before and after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, accepting $10,000 for her work, prosecutors said Thursday.

Susan Lindauer, 41, was arrested in her hometown of Takoma Park, Md., and was to appear in court later in the day in Baltimore, authorities in New York said.

She was accused of conspiring to act as a spy for the Iraqi Intelligence Service and with engaging in prohibited financial transactions involving the government of Iraq under dictator Saddam Hussein.

According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Lindauer made multiple visits from October 1999 through March 2002 to the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan.

There, she met with several members of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, the foreign intelligence arm of the government of Iraq that allegedly has played a role in terrorist operations, including an attempted assassination of former President George H.W. Bush, the indictment alleged.

The government said she accepted payments from the Iraqis for her services and expenses amounting to a total of $10,000, including $5,000 she received during a trip to Baghdad in February and March 2002, where she met with Iraqi intelligence officers.

Her acceptance of the money and her willingness to bring it home from Iraq violated a law prohibiting transactions with a government that sponsors international terrorism, the government said. The indictment did not specify a motive.

Motives for spying are monetary gain, ideology, thrill-seeking, and blackmail. I have a hunch hers will be ideology.

Update: She was Democratic Congresswoman Carol Mosely Braun's press aide. Braun's having sudden amnesia about this woman.

Free Republic has the kool-aid.

The Smoking Gun has her arrest papers.

Why's she called "Symbol Susan"?


Wintersoldier.com has a video of a 1971 TV interview wherein John Kerry confesses to atrocities and war crimes. He really should turn himself in to the Hague.

Here's the transcript:

Crosby Noyes: Mr. Kerry, you said at one time or another that you think that our policies in Vietnam are tantamount to genocide and that the responsibility lies at all chains of command over there. Do you consider that you personally as a Naval officer committed atrocities in Vietnam or crimes punishable by law in this country?

John Kerry: There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed, in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 Caliber machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare. all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this is ordered as a matter of written, well established policy by the government of the United States from the top down. And I believe that the men who designed these, the men who designed the free fire zones, the men who ordered us, the men who signed off the air raid strike areas, I think these men, by the letter of the law, the same letter of the law that tried Lieutenant Calley, are war criminals.

(Via Free Republic)

Wednesday, March 10, 2004


In the Herald there's an opinion piece about Martha Stewart being picked on because she's a woman. Well, it says she did the crime and has to do the time, but still the whole article is about she was picked on because she was a woman. I can't see the point of the article once the trifling little piece of information that she broke the law is put on the table.

I like Ann Coulter's explanation better:

"Martha Stewart was prosecuted because she believed liberal secular gods like herself are allowed to lie to federal investigators - which, coincidentally, was also the position of her favorite political figure, Bill Clinton."


Welly, well. Look who got a write-up in Weblog Review: our own Rebel Yell. Stoney, since I don't have a Mrs. Cracker to design me a pretty webpage, enjoy your write-up while I'm living in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!


On Wednesdays I get mesmerized by my latest Duane Allman pic. I'll just look and look at it. I bet y'all do too.


Meet Haiti's new Prime Minister, Gerard Latortue. He sounds like a good guy. Let's see if he can resist the one thing that gets Haitian leaders every time: greed.
He's been living a nice middle-class life here in South Florida for the past twenty years. Hopefully it will help him resist the little devil who will soon be whispering in his ear that "it's good to be the king".


It's true. People did indeed eat soup pre-Hitler. The ones that get on my nerves I can call "pre-Hitlerian soup-eaters". Go, Ann!

William Safire, The New York Times' in-house "conservative" -- who endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992, like so many conservatives -- was sure Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" would incite anti-Semitic violence. Thus far, the pogroms have failed to materialize.

With all the subtlety of a Mack truck, Safire called Gibson's movie a version of "the medieval 'passion play,' preserved in pre-Hitler Germany at Oberammergau, a source of the hatred of all Jews as 'Christ killers.'" (Certainly every Aryan Nation skinhead murderer I've ever met was also a devoted theater buff and "passion play" aficionado.)

The "passion play" has been put on in Germany since at least 1633. I guess 1633 would be "pre-Hitler." In addition, Moses walked the Earth "pre-Hitler." The wheel was invented "pre-Hitler." People ate soup "pre-Hitler." Referring to the passion play as "pre-Hitler" is a slightly fancier version of every adolescent's favorite argument: You're like Hitler!

Despite repeated suggestions from liberals -- including the in-house "conservative" and Clinton-supporter at the Times -- Hitler is not what happens when you gin up Christians. Like Timothy McVeigh, the Columbine killers and the editorial board of The New York Times, Hitler detested Christians.


Tech Central Station has an intriguing article on what makes the international community move against one dictator, while it lets another remain in place.

Ultimately, foreign military action in Haiti was deemed acceptable not because the international community will not tolerate the existence of a dictator, but because the international community will not tolerate the existence of an ineffective dictator. In terms of opening the door to foreign intervention, Aristide's mistake was a failure to keep the people of Haiti frightened into maintaining civil order. He did not go far enough in rigging elections and using street gangs to intimidate opponents. Had he been more brutally totalitarian, had he done a better job of killing the leaders of any potential rebellion while simultaneously glad-handing the diplomatic circuit, he could -- like a Fidel Castro or a Robert Mugabe -- still be in power today.


The best part of Wednesdays is the chance to post a Duane Allman pic.
Wail on, Skydog!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004


Evidently, the US Ambassador to Haiti told Aristide he was taking him to Dairy Queen for a butterscotch sundae, and instead took him to the airport. Bertie says he's going to sue, but the French say he signed a letter of resignation. Our State Department told him to stop living in the past. Upon hearing that, Aristide threw himself down on the floor, pounded his little fists, and cried.


It takes a big man to ice an old man in a wheelchair. I'm sure Abu Abbas's mom was so proud.
Although they would have preferred a trial, I'm glad Leon Klinghoffer's daughters can take some comfort in Abbas's not dying a free man.


Dissident Frogman


Once there was a President who wanted to fix Saddam's wagon. The Russians and the French said no way, bad idea. The UN didn't like it either. A senator said that the Russians and French were spineless. The senator said we didn't need the UN to sign off on what we did, and that we reserved the right to act in our own best interests. The senator praised the President for being a bold leader.

These words were captured on tape and the Ace of Spades has all the kool-aid.


The NY Post has a good editorial on Teresa Heinz funding the "outraged" 9-11 families of "Peaceful Tomorrows".

To hear some folks tell it, families of the 9/11 victims have risen en masse to denounce President Bush for using brief images from Ground Zero in his campaign commercials.

We have no doubt that the use of the images is appropriate - given that the president's leadership in the wake of 9/11, and his conduct of the War on Terror, are under drumbeat assault by John Kerry and the Democrats.

But now it turns out that this whole furor is driven by a tiny group that's motivated by a far-left agenda and a festering hatred of the president - and has some quite dubious financial ties.

Leading the rhetorical charge has been an outfit called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows - which, the group admits, has only a few dozen members and represents relatives of no more than 1 percent of the 9/11 victims.

More to the point, the group was formed specifically to oppose the entire War on Terror: Not just the campaign against Saddam Hussein, but also the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Indeed, the group's leaders traveled to Afghanistan, drawing a detestable moral equivalence between the 9/11 attacks and U.S. bombing of the Taliban and opposing "violent responses to terrorism."

Then, before the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a Peaceful Tomorrows delegation went to Baghdad to "demonstrate solidarity" with Iraqis - a move that Saddam's deputy, Tariq Aziz, termed at the time "a very important international development."

They also demanded that Congress set up a $20 million fund to compensate Afghan "victims" of the U.S. military.

And back in January 2003, the group said had it had gotten a "verbal commitment" to the fund proposal from the junior senator from Massachusetts - John F. Kerry.

Little surprise there - because Peaceful Tomorrows' parent group, the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, has received millions from foundations controlled by Kerry's heiress wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry.


In Kerry's world, all the bad guys stay in power.

Kerry would risk U.S. lives in Haiti, but not in Iraq

So now - based on what he said in criticizing President Bush - we know that Sen. John Kerry would put the lives of American troops at risk in a civil war to save a tyrannical, corrupt, incompetent regime in Haiti.

Where exactly is Kerry coming from? Is this the same presidential candidate who refused to vote for funds supporting the U.S. presence in Iraq and who to this day does not seem entirely clear on the importance of the war there to U.S. security? Is this the same man who made a virtual career in his younger days of denouncing U.S. intervention in Vietnam?

The claim, of course, is that the United States would have served the purposes of Latin American democracy if we had sent in our troops as part of an international force to keep Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in power. How so? Aristide was no friend of democracy. A sham election does not confer legitimacy on a regime, and the crushing of liberties should not be a cause for which Americans face rebel bullets.

Monday, March 08, 2004


Sam of Hammorabi has some plans for the Middle East, with his "United States of Iraq" showing the way:

This form of the new geopolitical system could then be adopted and applied to the whole of the Middle East. This will serve every one especially the minorities and even the majorities who are controlled by the minorities for decades in this region without any changes. The world has changed and the Middle East should also change its shape, not by a make-up but by giving birth to a new system with more democracy, freedom, and human rights. Some may give birth with normal deliveries but others need Caesarean Sections. The first born who will guide all has been born by CS in Iraq.

Yep, the birth of democracy in Iraq was definitely a C-section.


"Twoooo dollars."


Go read this beautiful post by Mohamed of Iraq the Model. Congratulations, y'all!

We are witnessing the true birth of democracy in a country that witnessed what maybe the worst example of injustice and dictatorship. Yes, it’s temporary and primitive, and it’s hard to imagine that it could’ve been better, but it’s just the 1st step. Wait and see by yourselves how this country will be a model for the others who seek salvation. Our land was the place of the 1st written law, thousands of years ago, and hopefully it will be a nonstop source for it.

Our temporary constitution may satisfy some Iraqis and some parts of it may upset others, and most Iraqis are concerned with the hope that this constitution will not remain as an ink on a paper, and that it will be a start for a broader and a more mature vision, but this is exactly what we need: different opinions. There will be no turning back to the visions of a single man, no more 100% of votes.

Wherever you are, sewage rat, and wherever (your Sabah) is, you don’t make law anymore. From now on it’s (WE) who will make laws.

For decades, the Iraqi citizen memorized his duties, what he should do and most important what he should not do. It’s time to recognize our rights, hear, see, talk, object and express our thoughts. It’s time we participate. We are the sons of Hamorabi.


The text of the Iraqi Constitution and for the Iraqi Bill of Rights.


Amb. Bremer Honors "Resilience, Achievements and Promise of the Women of Iraq"

In a statement issued on March 8th, Ambassador Paul Bremer noted "For the past 30 years, the women of Iraq were subjected to some of the most cruel, degrading and inhumane treatment under the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Women have also been largely excluded from the political process in Iraq." "Today," he continued, " we commemorate International Women’s Day by honoring the resilience, the achievements and the promise of the women of Iraq. This day also reminds us how much further we need to go in the pursuit of women’s rights." He closed saying "Iraq is now headed on the right path, and women are helping lead the way."

Lead the way, ladies.


The Central African Republic wants Aristide out and now. Lots of good Aristide stories at the following link site. He's really making himself a pest and no one wants him in their country.

"Aristide must just leave"

Central Africans are unanimous in their view of Haiti's ousted leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide: he has to go. Now.

When the 50-year-old former Catholic priest arrived on Monday after fleeing from violent rebellion in his home country, Central African Republic (CAR) officially stressed he was merely in transit.

Six days later he is still around, and anger is mounting in Bangui, where locals find their impoverished, landlocked and coup-prone country has enough to worry about without also having a maligned foreign ex-president on their hands.

"Why does the government continue to take care of Aristide but complain about his behaviour? He has to go now," Antoine, a taxi driver, said.

Not winning friends

Aristide has not won himself friends here with complaints that he feels like a prisoner in Bangui and was the victim of a US-orchestrated "political kidnapping".

His stay is "beginning to cause a stir and could create disagreement that would not be useful", Adrienne, a bank employee, said.

"These disagreements are going to drag us down once again into arguments which, in turn, could wake up the sleeping demons of division," she said.

"He has got to leave as soon as possible."

A storekeeper, who declined to give her name, complained about bankrolling Aristide's stay.

Who is feeding them?

"He, his wife and brother-in-law, and bodyguards are all being housed at the presidential palace. Who is feeding them?" she asked.

The CAR government announced it would make "a very important communication on the presence of former president Aristide" on Sunday afternoon, in what could shed light on Aristide's future.

Observers have said that CAR offered temporary asylum after coming under pressure from foreign powers to take in Aristide, probably in exchange for badly needed aid and international recognition of its post-coup government.

But several CAR opposition parties have come out against Aristide's stay, saying no international aid was guaranteed, and some citizens say even the money is not worth harbouring an alleged tyrant.

Jean-Paul, a civil servant, agreed the promise of aid was not worth it.

"It's not because we might get some sort of foreign aid that we should sell our soul and bend over backwards until we make a pact with the devil," he said.

"Aristide must leave, full stop. He's a dictator, a criminal, and we can't keep him here with us. He is tarnishing the image of the Central African Republic," Jean-Paul added.

One teacher, Paterne, voiced the common sentiment: "Why are we killing ourselves to treat Aristide like a prince, when he has done his people wrong? There's nothing for him here, his presence is an insult."


Hallelujah. Iraq has a constitution
What a wonderful day.

The media hoped Paul Bremer would fail. Look who's smiling, though. "Abu Haider" did find the solution.

Sunday, March 07, 2004


The Far Side Made Real gallery. Pretty weird. Gotta love those "Flapcats".


Ace of Spades has found a good blog with a bland name and wants to rename it. Might I suggest "Crystal Hamster Addiction"?


The Living Room Candidate is an online exhibition of the American Museum of the Moving Image. It has the TV ads from presidential campaigns going back to 1952.
Lots of good stuff. Stevenson having Ike sending us back to the Great Depression set to the tune of "Old MacDonald" was a treat. JFK did a great job answering whether being a Catholic would interfere with his being President. Jimmy Carter made a lot of eye contact. Great fun.


Oh, how cute! John Kerry bought a little movie camera and filmed a re-enaction of his firefight. He loves to watch it over and over. That is so psycho sweet.

Why does Sen. John Kerry talk incessantly about Vietnam?

Obviously, it has given him a great political advantage in past campaigns, and he hopes it will do the same in his race for the White House.

But there might be another reason. Perhaps more than any other presidential candidate in recent memory, Kerry seems to be living in another time, playing a movie of Vietnam over and over in his mind.

In fact, he is often playing an actual movie of Vietnam over and over on his television.

Consider this scene from a remarkable profile of Kerry published in the Boston Globe in October 1996, when Kerry was in a tough re-election battle.

Kerry told reporter Charles Sennott the oft-repeated story of the February 1969 firefight in which Kerry attacked the Viet Cong who ambushed his Swift boat.

Kerry won the Silver Star, as well as a Purple Heart, for his efforts.

But the story wasn’t about the firefight itself. It was also Kerry’s reaction to it.

The future senator was so “focused on his future ambitions,” Sennott reported, that he bought a Super-8 movie camera, returned to the scene, and re-enacted the skirmish on film.

It was that film, transferred to videotape, that Kerry played for Sennott.

“I’ll show you where they shot from. See? That’s the hole covered up with reeds,” Kerry said as he ran the tape in slow motion.

Kerry told Sennott that his decision to re-enact the fight on film was no big deal — “just something I did, no great meaning to it.” But it’s clear that the old movie is a huge deal.

“Through hours of watching the films in the den of his newly renovated Beacon Hill mansion, it becomes apparent that these are memories and footage he returns to often,” Sennott wrote.

“Kerry jumps repeatedly from the couch to adjust the Sony large-screen TV in his home entertainment center, making sure the picture is clear, the color correct. He fast forwards, rewinds and freeze-frames the footage. His running commentary — vivid, sometimes touching, sometimes self-serving — never misses a beat.”

In John Kerry’s home entertainment center, it’s always 1969.

(Via Newmark's Door)


Good article. There's sure to be more info coming out in the future. I really want to clap my eyes Kerry's military records.

Setting Straight Kerry’s War Record

Senator Kerry recently wrote a letter to President Bush complaining, “You and your campaign have initiated a widespread attack on my service in Vietnam, my decision to speak out to end that war,” and warning, “I will not sit back and allow my patriotism to be challenged.”

In the absence of any evidence from Mr. Kerry of an attack from the Bush campaign, Mr. Kerry seems to have originated his own doctrine of “pre-emption.” How valid are his concerns?

No one denies Mr. Kerry’s four bemedaled months in “Swiftboats” or his seven-months’ service as an electrical officer on board the USS Gridley, during its cruises back and forth to California, or even his months as an admiral’s aide in Brooklyn, before he was able get out of the Navy six months early to run for office.


Kerry was a Young Democrat and a Young Republican. I'm surprised, as it's so out of character for him to flip-flop like that.


Conservatives sweep elections in Greece

Greek conservatives ended a decade of socialist rule with a resounding election victory on Sunday which handed new Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis the challenging job of overseeing this year's Olympic Games.

How conservative are these conservatives? Even though it's a good move, I still don't think it's going to be enough. The left is so extreme and violent there, they won't be able to stop themselves from peeing in everybody's cornflakes. Extremely and violently.


Sorry-excuse-for-a-son John Henry Williams has died

It's not known whether he's going to be decapitated, frozen, and have DNA samples taken for sale on E-bay, like he had done to his father, baseball legend Ted Williams. What is known, however, is that no one would give a damn because John Henry Williams, unlike his father, was a great big NOTHING.


Here's the transcript of the Fox interview with Abu Haider himself, Paul Bremer.


He can't do any grenade-rolling here. A pity.

Hasan Akbar will be getting some new digs soon. He'll have sunk to his own natural level on death row in Leavenworth. His buds-to-be include murderers Kenneth Parker, Wade L. Walker, Jesse Quintanilla, James T. Murphy, Ronald Gray, Dwight J. Loving, and William Kreutzer.


Aristide, Black Caucus, full of crap. News at 10:00.

Aristide wasn't forced out

If Jim Refinger knows one thing it's this: Ousted Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide is safe.

There was no kidnapping, as some sources reported. There was no injury. And for Refinger there was no mystery.

Refinger was there. The former Jacksonville police sniper and retired Marine was part of a private security team hired to protect Aristide's inner circle.

"We left with him (but) I won't talk about where we went," Refinger said Friday from his home in Jacksonville where he just returned. "We escorted him safely out.

"Everything was done with the full knowledge and cooperation of the president. There was no forcing the president to go anywhere. We protected our principal without a shot fired and he is safe."

(Via Five Wasps)


I'm noticing in the comment boxes on some blogs there are some people complaining about the floating links at the bottom of them. Those links are why the comment boxes come free of charge and have nothing to do with the views of the blogger. As always, you get what you pay for.


Well, thank God. Let's get the show on the road.

Iraq Constitution to Be Signed Unchanged

Shiite politicians who delayed the signing of Iraq's interim constitution said Sunday they will sign the document without any changes on Monday, despite the concerns of the country's top Shiite cleric.

The agreement was reached after talks between members of Iraq's Governing Council and the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani.

"Sistani has reservations, but it will not constitute an obstacle," said Mohammed Hussein Bahr al-Ulloum, who helped coordinate the talks. "It will be signed as it was agreed upon before the governing council members."

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