A call for Britian to wake up to the threat of extremist Islam and anti-western hatred within its borders.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Whadda'ya know! History really DOES repeat itself. James Baker does his bit for "Peace in our Time".
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Author and History professor Arthur Herman has an insightful commentary in Thursday's Opinion Journal Online.
Mr. Herman elaborates on the stunning similarities in methods used to prevail against insurgencies spanning a period of over 50 years. In the stuggle to create a free and democratic Iraq today and the French struggle to keep Algeria from falling into the hands of the murderous FLN during the 1950's and early 60's the strategy used to defeat terrorists remains the same.
Out of the shadows of the struggles for Algeria and Iraq Mr. Herman recalls the foreign policy failures of the "Peace Democrats" of 1974 who callously turned victory in Vietnam into defeat once they had taken control of the Congress during the mid-term elections of that year. Despite the U.S. Armed Forces victory over the Viet Cong and and its halting of aggression on South Vietnam by the North, Democrats sounded the familiar refrain of "let them find their own solutions to their problems." This had been the siren song of anti-war agitators, communists, leftists and their familiars whenever a western power found itself in conflict with tyranny. We hear that song today from the mouths of those who hate and disdain this country.
With Nixon's Presidency destroyed by Watergate the Democratic controlled Congress cut funding for South Vietnam's self-defense and coldly stood by as a faithful American ally was swallowed up by the resurgent North Vietnamese Army's invasion of the South in 1975.
Mr. Herman points out the methods that have worked in fighting, stopping and uprooting insurgencies in the past but notes that today as in Algeria and Vietnam the key to winning these wars is on the Homefront.
We dare not lose.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Joseph Farah of the WorldNetDaily does a take-down of Sean Penn's unhinged anti-Bush rant during a recent townhall meeting in Oakland California. Recalling how Hollywood history repeats itself, Farah points out how some people in Hollywood vigorously protested any action against by the U.S. government against Adolf Hitler and his "New Germany" of the 1930's.
Farah alludes to the left’s opposition to giving aid to Great Britian. During this time President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the Lend-Lease program which was approved by Congress on March 11, 1941 to aid Great Britian in its fight against Hitler and Nazism. Lend-Lease was a controversial program oppossed by leftists and conservatives given the isolationist mind-set of the time. After its passage, the program was later extended to China in April and the Soviet Union in September of 1941. By then Germany's Wehrmarcht was capturing Kiev and Hitler who once was a cause celebre among some of the Hollywood elite with his signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was now a mortal enemy.
The left’s honeymoon and love affair with Hitler was over for good once he attacked the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941. All pro-Hitler and anti-intervention in Europe agitation abruptly stopped in the U.S.A. and the Nazis became an enemy to be defeated. Once the hero of the left, Hitler was cast as a villian by Hollywood leftists, communists and communist supporters after his attack on the Soviet motherland.
Farah points out that up to this time, one of the outspoken leftist actors opposed to any U.S. action against Hitler was Leo Penn, the late father of actor Sean Penn.
Is Bolshevism alive and well in Hollywood?
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
If the legal gig doesn't work out, Patrick Fitzgerald might consider a second career as a pitcher in the Major Leagues or public relations hack. The spin he's able to put on a fastball when briefing the news media will make for a great line item on his next resume.
Sweetness and Light points out the Very Misleading Statements of Patrick Fitzgerald when addressing members of the press corps about the Libby case. Mr. Fitzgerald makes frequent reference to Valerie Plame's "classified" employment at the CIA. While anyone from the Janitor to the Director has a "classified" status at the agency, the Special Prosecutor fails to mention that there are several levels of security "classifications".
From his statements the casual observer would be left with the impression that Valerie Plame had been a covert operative of the CIA which in fact she was not. Had that been the case, Richard Armitage the man who revealed her employment as an analyst with the agency would be the one facing jail time.
When confronted by a reporter that Richard Armitage came forward as the leaker and that this fact was known to him from the begining of his investigation the Special Prosecutor spins a story line fit for Charlotte's Web.
Mr. Fitzgerald answers the reporter's question with the following statement as recorded on C-Span here. (Sweetness and Light supplies the transcript of Mr. Fitzgerald's remarks.)
I would say this. It’s not the verdict that justifies the investigation. It’s the facts. And if people would step back and look at what happened here. When the investigation began in the fall of 2003, and then we got appointed to the special counsel at the end of December 2003.
What is now clear is what we knew at that time. By that point in time we knew Mr. Libby had told a story. That what he had told reporters had come not from other government officials, but from reporter Tim Russert.
It’s also now public that by that point in time the FBI had learned that in fact Tim Russert did not tell Mr. Libby that information. In fact, Tim Russert didn’t know it. Tim Russert could not have told him.
The series of events pitched by Mr. Fitzgerald's verbal sliders and fastballs before the Press in no way lines up with reality. What did happen was back in October of 2003 Richard Armitage confessed to the Department of Justice that he was the source of reporter Bob Novak's column in the Washington Post "Mission to Niger" which began this whole three year fiasco. Eleven days later on October 14th of 2003 the FBI interviewed Lewis "Scooter" Libby about what he knew of the Valerie Plame affair which was probably about as much as anyone with an up-to-date subscription to the Washington Post knew at the time. Tim Russert's name did not come up during the Libby interviews until November 14th and 24th of 2003. This tact used by Libby to deflect attention away from himself would be used by Fitzgerald to hang Libby on his legal petard. Fitzgerald had not been brought in to investigate this matter as Special Prosecutor until the end of December of that year. By then the identity of the culprit had been known for two months by investigators!
By the time Fitzgerald arrived on the scene the matter of who leaked Valerie Plame's identity had been settled on October 3rd 2003 with Richard Armitage's confession to the Department of Justice. Case closed! Brilliant investigative work Mr. Special Prosecutor!
Upon his assignment, Patrick Fitzgerald's mandate was to find out who leaked Mrs. Wilson's identity, why was it done, and did it violate the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the Espionage Act, or some other law. That's all the Special Prosecutor was asked to do. But even with the knowledge of who the source of Bob Novak's column was Mr. Fitzgerald went far beyond his mandate and began skulking around Washington searching for "leakers", giving press conferences, threatening reporters with jail time and looking important.
After three years and millions of dollars spent and hundreds if not thousands of man-hours of legal work expended, Fitzgerald found no conspiracy, no cover-up, no push-back from the neo-cons, no obfuscation from the Bush White House and no proverbial smoking gun. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Naaada. All he found was a "process crime" of someone who's stories to Federal Agents did not line up with those of others in this whole convoluted mess of an investigation.
And so Mr. Fitzgerald bravely and confidently sallied forth and decided to go after the one thing he can find in a saga where no crime had been committed and no party had been wronged. Mr. Fitzgerald went after a "process crime" committed by an administrative employee who was afraid he'd lose his job. That's the real crime that has been committed in the tale of this sorry, sordid affair.
Bravo Mr. Fitzgerald.
Give yourself a much deserved pat on the back.
Now we can all sleep better at night knowing that you're on the job protecting us from "process criminals" like "Scooter" Libby.
Clarice Feldman issues a call for justice in wake of this pathetic affair.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The verdict in the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is an outrage and a aggregious miscarraige of Justice. This has been a show trial from the start, driven by an overly ambitious special prosecutor eager to make a name for himself and bask in the adulation of the fickle liberal media.
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in this case whose zeal was reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Spanish Inquistion was able to get a D.C. Jury to convict the former Chief-of-Staff for the Vice-President on four of the five charges leveled against him.
A Jury of his peers found Libby guilty on two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice. The former Chief-of-Staff was found not guilty on a single count of lying to the FBI.
Lying to Police or Federal investigators is a serious matter on that there is no doubt. We are rightfully expected to cooperate fully with law enforcement whenever we are asked about matters pertaining to an investigation. In the matter of the Libby trail, the technical aspects of one person's recollection of events to investigators are far overshadowed by the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Mr. Fitzgerald's obsessive pursuit of Lewis Libby, a public servant of whom nothing was known prior to the dragnet that ensued from the Valerie Plame kerfuffle.
Amidst all the millions of dollars spent, all the depositions filed and all the shoe leather worn down to the nubs to find who "outed" Valerie Plame a not-so-conspicous analyst at the CIA, the answer came down to Richard Armitage, right hand man to former Secretary of State Collin Powell.
Have you ever heard of an indictment leveled against Richard Armitage? No. Because none was ever filed! No one was ever supoened in that case because a case was never submitted!
For three year federal investigation and interviews and money spent on chasing the wind the only thing that this special prosecutor could come up with was an indictment of an administrative employee of the Vice-President on charges that he lied because he was afraid he'd lose his job! The President had said that anyone who leaked Plame's identity would be fired. Libby was afraid that because he had been discussing classified information that he would lose his job and so by attibuting talk about Plame to reporters Libby hoped to deflect attention away from himself. At no time was Libby ever accussed of "outing" Valerie Plame.
In her characteristic fashion, Ann Coulter takes aim at the sport of shooting Elephants in a barrel, which is just what this "special investigation" is all about.
The gist of the article is, Lewis Libby has now been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lies that had absolutely no legal consequence.
(Valerie Plame) was not a covert agent. If it had been a crime, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald could have wrapped up his investigation with an indictment of the State Department's Richard Armitage on the first day of his investigation since it was Armitage who revealed her name and Fitzgerald knew it.
With no crime to investigate, Fitzgerald pursued a pointless investigation into nothing, getting a lot of White House officials to make statements under oath and hoping some of their recollections would end up conflicting with other witness recollections, so he could charge some Republican with "perjury" and enjoy the fawning media attention.
This makes it official: It's illegal to be Republican.
Coulter goes on to compare and contrast how Democrats are treated by an overtly partisan legal system and media proxies where prominent Democrats who commit crimes go free and are ignored while prominent Republicans get prosecuted and are the focus of media "hit pieces".
Since Teddy Kennedy walked away from a dead girl with only a wrist slap (which was knocked down to a mild talking-to, plus time served: zero), Democrats have apparently become a protected class in America, immune from criminal prosecution no matter what they do.
As a result, Democrats have run wild, accepting bribes, destroying classified information, lying under oath, molesting interns, driving under the influence, obstructing justice and engaging in sex with underage girls, among other things.
Meanwhile, conservatives of any importance constantly have to spend millions of dollars defending themselves from utterly frivolous criminal prosecutions. Everything is illegal, but only Republicans get prosecuted.
It's time for the President and Republicans and moral Democrats to stand up and push back against the pogrom being waged against them by the leftist, amoral Democrats and their media lackeys.
Those who don't fall in lockstep with Liberalism, Israel-bashing, Christian-baiting and anti-Americanism are singled out in any manner and for any reason by leftists given even a modicum of power and influence in today's world. It's time to wake up, stand up, and speak up.
Relevant articles on the Libby trial are posted on The Daily News Journal, The Washington Post, Captain's Quarters Blog, and The Drudge Report.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Channel4.com posts an article about a documentary debunking the Global warming myth. The film by Martin Durkin agues that because of the hysteria over man-made Global warming other more explanations for climate change are not even being considered.
From the article:
The film brings together the arguments of leading scientists who disagree with the prevailing consensus that a 'greenhouse effect' of carbon dioxide released by human activity is the cause of rising global temperatures.
Instead the documentary highlights recent research that the effect of the sun's radiation on the atmosphere may be a better explanation for the regular swings of climate from ice ages to warm interglacial periods and back again.
The film argues that the earth's climate is always changing, and that rapid warmings and coolings took place long before the burning of fossil fuels. It argues that the present single-minded focus on reducing carbon emissions not only may have little impact on climate change, it may also have the unintended consequence of stifling development in the third world, prolonging endemic poverty and disease.
The film hears from scientists who dispute the link between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures.
Methinks the cat is out of the Global warming myth bag and won't go back in.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the cause for Earth’s warming is due to the level of irradiance coming from the Sun and not from carbon emissions generated by humans. The scientist notes that Mars is also going through an interval of warming as is the Earth.
The scientist says that both Mars and Earth have had periods of ice ages throughout their histories. Abdussamotov states, "Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance,". (Emphasis mine.)
The article posted on National Geographic goes on to state, By studying fluctuations in the warmth of the sun, Abdussamatov believes he can see a pattern that fits with the ups and downs in climate we see on Earth and Mars.
The scientist’s observations are in stark contrast to the view sported by the most recent IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] stating that Global Warming is very likely caused by Human activities.
A stumbling block for proponents of man-made Global warming is Abdussamatov's dismissal of a greenhouse effect. The article explains that, atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide help keep heat trapped near the planet's surface. (Abdussamatov) claims that carbon dioxide has only a small influence on Earth's climate and virtually no influence on Mars.
The article goes on to note that the Astronomer remains contrarian to the popular view of Global warming,....suggesting that the sun holds something quite different in store. "The solar irradiance began to drop in the 1990s, and a minimum will be reached by approximately 2040," Abdussamatov said. "It will cause a steep cooling of the climate on Earth in 15 to 20 years."
Friday, March 02, 2007
Sweetness and Light reports on an article that appeared in today's Opinion Journal from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page.
In his editorial piece James Taranto relays how the former Veep buys his carbon offsets through
Generation Investment Management, a firm that reportedly Al Gore helped found and of which he is the chairman. When it comes to energy use Al Gore is his own best customer.
The most cogent part of the article is contained below when Taranto notes, "In other words, he (Gore) "buys" his "carbon offsets" from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself. To be blunt, Gore doesn't buy "carbon offsets" through Generation Investment Management--he buys stocks. . . ."
Meanwhile, Gore runs around the country and the world trumpeting "climate crisis" and blaming man's use of carbon-based energy--burning thousands of gallons of jet fuel as he goes.
The Opinion Journal piece goes on to mention a speech the former Vice-President gave on Tuesday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mr. Gore told a crowd of about fifty people attending the U.S. Media Ethics Summit II that the most provocative slide from his global warming presentation displays contrasting results of two long-term studies. The Tennessean writes, a 10-year University of California study found that essentially zero percent of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles disagreed that global warming exists, whereas, another study found that 53 percent of mainstream newspaper articles disagreed the global warming premise.
He noted that recently the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fourth unanimous report calling on world leaders to take action on global warming.
"I believe that is one of the principal reasons why political leaders around the world have not yet taken action," Gore said. "There are many reasons, but one of the principal reasons in my view is more than half of the mainstream media have rejected the scientific consensus implicitly — and I say 'rejected,' perhaps it's the wrong word. They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead have chosen … balance as bias."
Mr. Gore chastised editors and reporters who are skeptical of global warming by noting, "I don't think that any of the editors or reporters responsible for one of these stories saying, 'It may be real, it may not be real,' is unethical. But I think they made the wrong choice, and I think the consequences are severe. "I think if it is important to look at the pressures that made it more likely than not that mainstream journalists in the United States would convey a wholly inaccurate conclusion about the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced."
In Mr. Gore's estimation the only viable option for editors and journalists skeptical of global warming is to get on board with those who believe in an anthropogenic warming of the planet.
In the Rocketeer's estimation, the more likely cause of the urgency and hysteria surrounding "global warming" is the desire to promote and cash in on investments that are deemed to be "green" by forward-thinking investors. The promotion of these products and services is designed to create a business climate favorable to "eco-friendly" companies billed as helping us "save the planet". In addition if certain politicos were to have their way, such entities would appear as government-mandated environmental enterprises earmarked in fat Congressional appropriations bills.
I can almost hear the pork barrels rolling in like thunder.