But here's as good a point as any:
Are We Lumberjacks gores Gore as good as anyone I've seen.. Just the banner itself is a hoot!
Remember, Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha, to use the words of Forrest Gump, were like "peas and carrots." After all, Jihad Jack was Nancy's pick to be second in command. Pelosi has been with Murtha all the way in his efforts to sabotage our war effort and in doing so destroy the Bush legacy. But then Murtha's big fat mouth (yes, perhaps even bigger than his "big fat backside") engaged, spilling the beans as to what was the real motivation behind his 'slow-bleed' plan:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meanwhile, said she doesn't support tying war funding to strict training and readiness targets for U.S. troops.
The comments distanced her from Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who has said he wants to use Congress' spending power to force a change in policy in Iraq, by setting strict conditions on war funding.
Pelosi said she supports holding the administration to training and readiness targets, but added: "I don't see them as conditions to our funding. Let me be very clear: Congress will fund our troops."
Asked whether the standards should be tied to a $100 billion supplemental war spending measure — as Murtha has proposed — Pelosi demurred, saying it was up to the panel that drafts funding bills.
Chairman Murtha will describe his strategy for not only limiting the deployment of troops to Iraq but undermining other aspects of the president’s foreign and national security policy. Chairman Murtha discusses these steps in a videotaped conversation with former Congressman Tom Andrews (D-ME), the National Director of the Win Without War coalition, sponsor of MoveCongress.org.(Heh--Chairman Murtha-- did anyone else get the double entendre?)
Join us here tomorrow for this exclusive interview.
WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing that began with glowing tributes to a St. Louis businessman and his qualifications to become ambassador to Belgium turned bitterly divisive Tuesday after he was criticized for supporting a controversial conservative group (GASP!!--ed)Does anyone else beside me take note of the absolute nerve and gall of this elitist dolt?? Kerry calling someone out on the "politics of personal destruction" smacks of so much hypocrisy, given that he has been hellbent on engaging in not only the politics of personal destruction in his rhetoric against President Bush (on foreign soil, no less) but also in engaging in the politics of "national destruction" with his (and his fellow travellers') endless attempts to sabotage our war effort.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., grilled nominee Sam Fox about why he donated $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 presidential race. The group of Vietnam veterans made unsubstantiated allegations against Kerry — then the Democratic presidential nominee — and charged that Kerry did not deserve the medals he won in the Vietnam War.
"Might I ask you what your opinion is with respect to the state of American politics as regards the politics of personal destruction?" Kerry asked near the end of the hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"Xcel Energy is also requesting a new rate adjustment for residential customers called a "revenue decoupling mechanism." If approved, "decoupling" will keep Xcel Energy's earnings stable. Xcel Energy believes its sales revenue is decreasing because of lower natural gas use per residential customer. Xcel Energy believes the decrease is due to changes in the cost of natural gas, the use of energy efficient appliances, improvements in new housing construction, and increases in the number of multi-unit housing arrangements. If it's "decoupling" proposal is approved, Xcel Energy will adjust its rates up or down each year to make up for any shortfall or excess in sales revenue that is not due to the weather."(latter emphases mine)Okay--let me get this straight. For years now, Xcel energy has been harping on its customers to buy more energy efficient appliances, better insulate our homes, turn down thermostats, all in the name of not only saving energy, but of saving money. So we buy their line. We buy more efficient appliances. We insulate our homes and buy expensive energy-efficient windows. We do a helluva job conserving energy to the point where their natural gas sales are down, and their revenue is decreased. So they're going to reward their customers for helping them, by inflating the rates that they charge for using less gas?
More on the "astroturf" origins of "Appeal for Redress" here.Blogs--doing the work the MSM refuses to do.
Mr. Murtha's cynicism is matched by an alarming ignorance about conditions in Iraq. He continues to insist that Iraq "would be more stable with us out of there," in spite of the consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies that early withdrawal would produce "massive civilian casualties." He says he wants to force the administration to "bulldoze" the Abu Ghraib prison, even though it was emptied of prisoners and turned over to the Iraqi government last year. He wants to "get our troops out of the Green Zone" because "they are living in Saddam Hussein's palace"; could he be unaware that the zone's primary occupants are the Iraqi government and the U.S. Embassy?Murtha may have had an honorable career in the military, but in much the same way that Mario Andretti may have driven an Indy car 30 years ago doesn't make him qualified to do so today, the fact that Murtha was in the military years ago doesn't necessarily translate to expertise in today's conflicts; nor is it, unfortunately, a guarantee of his patriotism. As Mark pointed out, and as the header of this blog has indicated since its inception, Benedict Arnold was a decorated soldier before he committed treason.
As a favorite Bible passage of mine points out, "By their fruits shall ye know them." The fruits of Mr. Murtha's labors are more than indicative of gross incompetence, senility, outright treachery, or a combination thereof. At any rate, he has proven himself grossly incompetent and/or even downright dangerous given the position of importance that he holds.
So Romney's going to be held accountable for the actions of his great- and great-great grandfathers? What do they think he's going to do, make a royal decree that will make polygamy legal again?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate's great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.
Polygamy was not just a historical footnote, but a prominent element in the family tree of the former Massachusetts governor now seeking to become the first Mormon president.
"This body belongs to me now...It's cold but it won't decompose so fast..."Err... Judge Seidlin.. you'd know better than I, but aren't there criminal penalties for that?
That baby is on a cold, cold, storage room. It's not decaying so fast. I can go over there now and look at it..an' I can go back there in a month and still look at it.
Murtha may be a true friend of labor; but with regard to American soldiers and Marines, well-- with a friend like Murtha, who needs enemies?POSTED: 1:36 pm EST February 23, 2007UPDATED: 1:43 pm EST February 23, 2007JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Johnstown's Central Labor Council and the AFL-CIO honored veteran 12th District Rep. John Murtha.Murtha was honored as a "true friend of labor."He was cited as one of the co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier for workers to unionize by giving companies less control over the union election process.The meeting was one of four held across Pennsylvania thanking members of Congress who are co-sponsors of the act....
Mr. Murtha has a different idea. He would stop the surge by crudely hamstringing the ability of military commanders to deploy troops. In an interview carried Thursday by the Web site MoveCongress.org, Mr. Murtha said he would attach language to a war funding bill that would prohibit the redeployment of units that have been at home for less than a year, stop the extension of tours beyond 12 months, and prohibit units from shipping out if they do not train with all of their equipment. His aim, he made clear, is not to improve readiness but to "stop the surge." So why not straightforwardly strip the money out of the appropriations bill -- an action Congress is clearly empowered to take -- rather than try to micromanage the Army in a way that may be unconstitutional? Because, Mr. Murtha said, it will deflect accusations that he is trying to do what he is trying to do. "What we are saying will be very hard to find fault with," he said.If the Washington Post (no conservative rag by any stretch of the imagination) has the balls to call Murtha for what he is, would it not also be incumbent on Murtha's hometown newspaper to present this side of Murtha to those who saw fit to send him to Washington for another term?
Mr. Murtha's cynicism is matched by an alarming ignorance about conditions in Iraq. He continues to insist that Iraq "would be more stable with us out of there," in spite of the consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies that early withdrawal would produce "massive civilian casualties." He says he wants to force the administration to "bulldoze" the Abu Ghraib prison, even though it was emptied of prisoners and turned over to the Iraqi government last year. He wants to "get our troops out of the Green Zone" because "they are living in Saddam Hussein's palace"; could he be unaware that the zone's primary occupants are the Iraqi government and the U.S. Embassy?
I erroneously attributed the original story to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.
In reality, it was a story from WJAC-TV in Johnstown.I apologize for the error.
Democrats seek to limit Iraq missionThree thousand troops that will die and vain, and countless thousands of others who want to finish their job, but won't because of a bunch of lilly-livered pansy-ass congressmen who "support the troops" while at the same time try to figure out endless new ways to cut them off at the knees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even before they cast symbolic votes against the Iraq war, newly empowered congressional Democrats are clamoring for a chance to limit and eventually end U.S. involvement (READ: SURRENDER) in a conflict that has killed more than 3,000 troops.
'Will I vote for a nonbinding resolution? Yes, but it's insufficient,' says first-term Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania, author of one of more than a dozen competing proposals that would impose a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.They're actually having a contest on who will be able to declare surrender first!
Sestak spoke in an interview just off the House floor, which will serve as a nationally televised stage this week for a marathon debate over Bush's war policy.A nationally televised stage for them to bloviate and to score political points on the corpses of dead soldiers, and on the backs of those who remain in mortal danger, fighting to prevail over the enemy.
Actually, I'm not talking about Lisa Workman, nor of Harold Stanislawski. They are in touch. No, dear readers, I'm talking about the likes of Jim Oberstar:
“Most people, when they go to the pump cringe when they see the price of gas has gone up,” Lisa Workman, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce said. “I think people do care (about the price of gas) and they’re very sensitive to it. Whatever the price is, they have to pay it — you need gas to get to work. If you’re spending more on gas, it affects where you spend your money in other places. It’s going to cost more to get the groceries to the store, it really does touch everything.”
“It takes away disposable income for other parts of commerce,” Economic Improvement Commission Harold Stanislawski said. “That’s most troubling for those families who can least afford it. There’s only so much money to go around.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minnesota, warned lawmakers Tuesday that Minnesota risks losing $4.3 billion federal highway dollars if it doesn’t come up with matching funds; highway and bridge projects eligible for federal funding require at least a 20 percent state match. He urged state legislators to boost the gas tax, a move not made in Minnesota since 1988.Oh.. and did I mention Dan Skougen:
“I think Oberstar is right on the money,” Dist. 10 Sen. Dan Skogen, DFL-Hewitt, said. “There’s more than $4 billion dollars on the table that will go to other states’ road projects if we don’t come up with matching funds. I think the climate is right.”According to Hewitt, Minnesota's best and brightest, it would appear that the climate is right. After all,
“If we send the governor a clean request at 5 to 7 cents, I think he will support that,” Skogen said. “Prices at the pump have gone up in the last two weeks and no one seems to notice.”WRONG, moonbat breath. Taxpayers do and will notice, asswipe.
So fear not, terrorists. Rest easy in the fact that you have friends like the UPI, along with so many other democrats and willing media dhimmis, to lend you a helping hand.
Insurgents have winning options: warning
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. opponents in Iraq have credible options to defeat the new surge strategy, an expert said Wednesday.
Sunni insurgents and their allies could "stretch U.S. and ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) forces to their limit to cover all of the greater Baghdad area," Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burtke in strategy, wrote in an analysis published Wednesday.
This could push U.S. troops and their allies "to cover more and more area, and either to drain other areas of U.S. and Iraqi forces or force the U.S. (forces) and ISF be too thin on the ground to cover the entire city. They (could then) strike where U.S. and Iraqi forces are weakest. The United States can win in seven out of 10 districts in Baghdad and still lose," Cordesman wrote.
Alternately, "The insurgents and/or militias (could) appear to stand down or disperse, but carry out high-profile attacks that avoid military and security targets and focus on aid efforts, key civilians, and religious shrines and figures," Cordesman wrote.
Not mentioned in the article, of course, is the fact that this latest Murtha plan is nothing but a not-so-thinly veiled mantlepiece of Murtha's "slow bleed" plan, that will stifle funding for troops in the field, and thus choke off the effectiveness of Bush's plan for reinforcements to quell sectarian violence in Baghdad.
Senator Chuck Hagel says he will consider supporting a proposal by a House Democrat intended to make certain that American troops are properly trained and equipped before being deployed to iraq.
Hagel commented Sunday during his latest appearance on Meet the Press.
Host Tim Russert asked the Nebraska Republican:
‘Senator Hagel, will you support Congressman Murtha’s approach that says no one can spend more than a year in Iraq, and they’re not going there without the proper training and equipment, which in effect—in Murtha’s words—would stop the surge?”
Ultimately, Hagel indicated he might support Murtha’s idea.
Hagel: “Well, first, I think Congressman Murtha makes some very valid points. Many of the points that he makes in what I assume, as you note, he is going to propose, were the result of questions that some of us asked four years ago. For example, the tempo of troops. How can you continue to have that kind of rotation schedule? Not many people listen. Now, when the House passes whatever they’re going to pass, it will come over to the Senate, as you note; we’ll take a look at it, and we’ll have that debate. That debate will be forced on us. We need to have that debate.”
“This debate, partly, is not about supporting the troops there. Now, of course we’re going to support the troops. There isn’t anybody in the House or Senate that would vote otherwise. What this debate is about right now is a continuation and an escalation of American military involvement in Iraq, putting young men and women in the middle of a sectarian, an intra-sectarian civil war. That’s what this debate is really about. So, yes, I’m going to look very carefully at Congressman Murtha’s points. And again, when you...”
Russert: And you may be open to them?
Hagel: “And I’d be open to it.
That sound bite from John Murtha suggests that it’s time a few things be said about him. Even the “Washington Post” noted he didn’t seem particularly well informed about what’s going on over there, to say the least. Look, this man has tremendous cachet among House Democrats, but he is not — this guy is long past the day when he had anything but the foggiest awareness of what the heck is going on in the world.And...
And that sound bite is naivete writ large, and the man is an absolute fountain of such talk, and the fact that he has ascended to the position he has in the eyes of the Democrats in the House and perhaps Democrats around the country tells you a lot about how much they know or care about what’s really going on over there.Amen, Britt.
Justin Sharratt - My SonNever forget. Always remember.
by Darryl Sharratt
I am the father of L/Cpl Justin Sharratt. On August16th, 2003 the dreams of a little boy became reality. My son Justin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school graduation. Since the age of six, Justin dreamed of a military career. The combat boots, camouflage fatigues and helmet he wore as a child would soon become his uniform of the day as a United States Marine. To serve and protect the United States of America from all enemies both domestic and foreign; a duty he did not take lightly.
Justin’s first combat tour of duty was the city of Fallujah, Iraq. It was here, in the heat of the Iraqi desert, a boy became a man. Sharratt, Stone, Mitchell, Stevens and Wolf soon became ‘brothers by different mothers.’ In a battle known as “Hell House” they fought toe to toe with Iraqi insurgents bent on the destruction of U. S. Marines. They formed a bond forged in the furnace of combat; a bond that will last a lifetime. Semper Fidelis.
Upon his return from Iraq Justin joined us while on leave. He was transformed into the man all fathers dream and hope they will be. While on leave, Justin broke his ankle and was put on medical leave. It was at this time I realized what it meant to him to be an infantry rifleman, a grunt. He stared me in the eyes and said “Dad, all I want to do is get my ankle healed. I have to return to Iraq with 3-1 Kilo Company. The guys are counting on me to cover their six and I will never let them down.” Discussion ended—my son the warrior.
The city of Haditha, Iraq was the destination of 3-1 Kilo Company on Justin’s second deployment. Known to be a hot bed of Iraqi insurgency, the Marines of 3-1 Kilo Company could only envision what to expect. Seasoned from their tour in Fallujah, most of the Marines were on their second Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment, many their third. They were experienced combat veterans, drilled on the Rules of Engagement yet sensitive to their alien environment and the Iraqi populace.
On November 19, 2005, a convoy of four Marine humvees was ambushed on a city street in Haditha. A massive IED explosion ripped the fourth humvee in the column apart. One Marine was killed and two were seriously wounded. 3rd platoon, 3-1 Kilo Company, my son’s unit, was now in a firefight for their lives. There was no time for rage or revenge. Justin needed to apply his Marine Corps training and experience to preserve the lives of his fellow Marines. All the Marines in 3rd platoon responded in like manner- to preserve the lives of fellow Marines. Reinforcements were called in and an ambulance was needed to attend the wounded. Marines were positioned to defend their precarious position and a comm link was established to FOB Sparta. All done in the best of Marine Corps tradition and training while taking enemy fire.
In the aftermath of this engagement, 24 Iraqis were killed. A U.S. Congressman has called these Marines murderers. Time magazine has enlisted the propaganda of foreign journalists to sell its political agenda. Iraqi civilians have been schooled in making false statements. An Iraqi girl missed a day of school because she was afraid the bomb blast would injure her. Interesting reading, but I truly believe the American people can see through this barrage of media conjecture. I ask you not to prejudge my son, not to prejudge these Marines. They have served this country with honor, truth and diligence. I say unto you. the Few, the Proud, the Marines………..
War is a tragic thing. The enemy we are fighting has had centuries to prepare. They wear no uniforms, fight by no Rules of Engagement or follow the Geneva Convention. Using civilians as human shields is a common practice and their hatred for non-Islamic cultures is endemic.
The United States government has taken 12 months and spent millions of dollars and countless man-hours investigating the Haditha engagement. On December 21st, 2006, four NCOs and four officers were charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. My son, LCpl Justin Sharratt faces three counts of unpremeditated murder. This is not the forum to discuss these charges but my son stands strong in the fact he followed the Rules of Engagement, protected his fellow Marines and did nothing wrong. All of these men are innocent of these charges. In the aftermath of 9-11, these men have risen to honorably serve their country. Some have given a lifetime of dedicated service, others were just beginning. They have demonstrated to the world there is “No better friend, No worse enemy” than a U.S. Marine.
For now, the handshakes will be tighter, the hugs will be longer and the tears sliding down my face are not a sign of weakness- they affirm a father’s love for his Marine son.
Darryl Sharratt Canonsburg, Pa.
You see, this way they can bleed our troops and have the conditions under which they fight deteriorate gradually, with no one being the wiser.
Top House Democrats, working in concert with anti-war groups, have decided against using congressional power to force a quick end to U.S. involvement in Iraq, and instead will pursue a slow-bleed strategy designed to gradually limit the administration’s options.
Led by Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and supported by several well-funded anti-war groups, the coalition’s goal is to limit or sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops available for the Iraq conflict, rather than to openly cut off funding for the war itself.
Franken's announcement came on the final day of his radio show on Air America. The former "Saturday Night Live" performer's celebrity instantly makes him a heavyweight contender and brings national attention to the Minnesota race....A heavyweight contender???
Murtha to Howard (much as a wife beater to a neighbor who has called him on it): "Hey--I'm doing a good job of betraying my own country and selling out its soldiers, thank you! I don't need no stinkin' Aussie to wreck my buzz!"
US veteran joins chorus of outrage at Howard Michael Gawenda Herald Correspondent in Washington February 14, 2007
THE leading critic of the Iraq war in the US House of Representatives has demanded that John Howard stay out of US domestic politics.
He defended the presidential contender Barack Obama's suggestion that if Mr Howard was keen on the war, he should send more Australian troops to Iraq.
John Murtha, a decorated Marine veteran who is close to military commanders (I still want to see the list of military commanders that Murtha is "close to"--ed), and who galvanised leading Democrats into demanding a phased withdrawal from Iraq, said he appreciated that Australia had been a good ally, but that it was US soldiers whose lives were being sacrificed in Iraq and US taxpayers who were paying for the war.
1.6 Section 1. [145A.18] UNIVERSAL NEWBORN VISITING PROGRAM.So Rejoice, Komrades! From womb to tomb, the nannystate has you p3wned!!
1.7 Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of health shall establish a
1.8program to provide newborn visiting services to parents of newborns either at the hospital
1.9or as soon after the birth as possible. Newborn visiting services must be performed by
1.10existing service providers, whenever possible.
1.11 Subd. 2. Program components. (a) The universal newborn visiting program must
1.12provide culturally competent services and information by trained staff who reflect the
1.13demographics of the community, whenever possible.
1.14(b) The visits must include information in the following areas:
1.15(1) early childhood services;
1.16(2) local child care resource and referral network;
1.17(3) early Head Start and Head Start programs;
1.18(4) early childhood screening;
1.19(5) early childhood family education;
1.20(6) child care financial aid programs;
1.21(7) family literacy resources;
1.22(8) child abuse prevention;
1.23(9) infant care, child growth, and child development;
1.24(10) the WIC program;
2.1(11) immunization schedules and pediatric preventive care, including information on
2.3(12) public health nursing services; and
2.4(13) health care programs and other public assistance programs for which the
2.5family may be eligible.
2.6(c) The program must provide any referrals, as needed, to community partners
2.7and to additional resources available within the community, including early education
2.8programs, health care services, support services, and other social services. The program
2.9must also offer follow-up visits.
2.10(d) The program must provide parents the opportunity to opt out of participating
2.11in the program.
2.12 Subd. 3. Coordination. (a) The universal newborn visiting program must
2.13coordinate with hospitals, and must not impede or obstruct the provision of medical care.
2.14(b) Service providers must coordinate with community partners, including school
2.15districts, local public health departments, early childhood family education programs,
2.16health plans, and nonprofit agencies, to minimize duplication and to build on existing
2.18 Subd. 4. Evaluation and accountability. The commissioner shall evaluate the
2.19effectiveness of the newborn visiting program and report to the legislature biennially
2.20beginning January 15, 2010. The evaluation must take into consideration the following:
2.21(1) parent satisfaction; and
2.22(2) number of referrals made.
2.23 Subd. 5. Training. The commissioner shall establish education and training
2.24requirements for newborn visiting staff. These requirements must include:
2.25(1) a bachelor's degree in nursing, early childhood development, or related field;
2.26(2) experience in home visiting; and
2.27(3) experience in working with families from diverse cultural communities.
2.28 Subd. 6. Distribution. The commissioner shall distribute funds to community
2.29health boards based on the average number of births in the past five years in each
2.30community health board jurisdiction multiplied by the cost of providing newborn visiting
2.31services. Community health boards shall provide the services directly or contract with
2.32new or existing home visiting service providers to provide these services.
Visit there early and often, because Mr. Gross intends to go down the list of all the players involved in organizing this event, and exposing their true anti-American, anti-Semite agendae.
Another of the sponsors of the March 17th anti-Israel, anti-America and anti-war protest is Waleed Bader, the founder of the Arab-Muslim Federation of New York. Bader spoke at the al Awda convention in New York City in 2004. Here’s some interesting information contained in a “final communique” from the event:MESSAGE TO POLITICAL PRISONERS
Al-Awda, noting the plight of our comrades in Zionist and imperialist jails, and believing that their struggle for freedom and honorable treatment is part and parcel of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and return, expresses solidarity with all Palestinian and Arab prisoners awaiting trial or presently on trial, and those serving terms of imprisonment.
The people they call their “comrades in Zionist and imperialist jails” are people that we’d consider terrorists. I’ll give them this much: they’re good at spinning things. Here’s more information from that communique:
Al-Awda 2003 Convention opposes the US sponsored Road Map, which aims at suppressing the human and national rights of the Palestinian people. The Convention expresses support for the struggle of the Palestinian people, currently spearheaded by the Intifada, to achieve national resistance goals including, but not limited to, ending Zionist colonization, implementing the right of return, and achieving self-determination. Al-Awda Convention does not recognize any self-proclaimed Palestinian leadership, elected or appointed, in compromising any Palestinian national rights, especially the right of return.
Here’s what President Bush said in a speech describing the Road Map:
The Palestinian state must be a reformed and peaceful and democratic state that abandons forever the use of terror. The government of Israel, as the terror threat is removed and security improves, must take concrete steps to support the emergence of a viable and credible Palestinian state, and to work as quickly as possible toward a final status agreement. As progress is made toward peace, settlement activity in the occupied territories must end. And the Arab states must oppose terrorism, support the emergence of a peaceful and democratic Palestine, and state clearly that they will live in peace with Israel.
I’m betting that al-Awda, and therefore Bader, objects to the demandment of a Palestinian state being “a reformed and peaceful and democratic state that abandons forever the use of terror.” I’m also fairly certain that they’d object to the section that demands that “the Arab states must oppose terrorism, support the emergence of a peaceful and democratic Palestine, and state clearly that they will live in peace with Israel” because that would be asking them to stop being who they really are. They can no more enact true reforms or stop terrorist attacks or live in peace with Israel than a leopard can change its spots. Al Awda, by saying that it rejects the Road Map, essentially admits that they will continue being terrorists. They’re also saying that they’ll fight with everything that they’ve got to keep the Middle East a terrorist region.(Read the whole thing)
Sorry--if he defects from Australia, we got first dibs!
"If I was running al-Qa'ida in Iraq I would put a circle around March 2008 and pray as many times as possible for a victory, not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats," Mr Howard said on Sunday, referring to Senator Obama's plan to pull US troops out of Iraq by March next year.
He was critisised by his 5 time losers, the Labor opposition for 'interfering' with internal potitics of the US! Bloody cheek of those lefty morons, as Howard so eloquently puts it.
"If I hear a policy being advocated that is contrary to Australia's security interests I will criticise it,"
"I don't apologise for criticising Senator Obama's observation because I thought what he said was wrong," he said, accusing the Labor leader of "double standards".
"Apparently it is in order for any number of people in the Labor Party to regularly attack George Bush, to regularly attack the American administration,"
"That is OK, but dare anybody criticise somebody who might agree with them on Iraq and then somehow or other I am interfering in the domestic politics of the United States."
God, I love Howard! He is the sort of guy I would like to have as leader of the government of my country! He has balls and is not affraid to say what he means!
A model wears an outfit by Fashion East designer Louise Golden during her catwalk show at London Fashion Week in London, Monday Feb. 12, 2007. The designers are showing their Autumn/ Winter 2007/8 collections. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The off-camera Sheehan had much to say before the event as well, especially about her trademark distaste for President Bush.Heh. Truth is, Sheehan's level of intellect couldn't allow her to understand a Dr. Suess book.
In an interview, she said his recent State of the Union address was less than poignant.
"I thought blah blah blah. He gives the same speech every time he talks," Sheehan said. "He doesn't understand what he's saying, so that makes him even more dangerous."
Her position coincides with some who talk in Washington about impeaching the president. In a perfect universe, Sheehan said Bush would be anything but president.I rest my case.
"For 2008, in an ideal world, would be somebody who's for peace. (Someone) who has never been a supporter or a collaborator of this war," she said. "Someone that I like, like Dennis Kucinich or Al Gore or someone way off the beaten track, like Barbara Lee - a congresswoman from California - would be good candidates for me."
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not request a larger plane for personal use to travel cross-country without stopping, Bill Livingood, the House sergeant at arms, said Thursday. Livingood said the request was his, and he made it for security reasons. "The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable," Livingood, who has been at his post for 11 years, said in a written statement. "I regret that an issue that is exclusively considered and decided in a security context has evolved into a political issue," the statement said. Pelosi is striking back against accusations she asked for a plane larger and more expensive than the one used by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a claim published last week in The Washington Times.(Watch Pelosi call the GOP charges "a myth" Video) The Times article, headlined "Pelosi's Power Trip -- Non-stop Nancy Seeks Flight of Fancy," led the Republican National Committee to send out a research briefing and blast Pelosi on the House floor. The article said Pelosi asked the Pentagon for "routine access" to a military plane "not only for herself and her staff, but also for relatives and for other members of the California delegation," quoting sources "familiar with the discussions." "I have never asked for a larger plane," Pelosi said. "This is a myth that they are talking about on the floor." (emphasis added)Well, I beg to differ, Queen Nancy:
Hastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-sized jet. Pelosi and her aides say that because her congressional district is in Northern California, a much farther trip than Hastert's to Illinois, her security would require a larger plane that can fly coast to coast without refueling. "It's not a question of size, it's a question of distance," Pelosi said Wednesday. "We want an aircraft that can reach California."Well, seeing as how a GulfStream 3 (the plane that Denny Hastert used) has a cruising distance of 4,033 miles, the three thousand mile trip between D.C. and San Fran would be more than achievable nonstop. And if Pelosi didn't request it, why did she sick Brave, Brave Sir Murtha to threaten the Pentagon so as to procure said extravagance? Needless to say, that dog don't hunt.
The airplane scandal for US House Speaker is ramping up. One of her main allies, Congressman John Murtha is stepping up and in his own words is telling the Pentagon what to do. According to a report from the San Francisco chronicle, Murtha, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee, said he has spoken to Pentagon officials about the need to provide Pelosi with a bigger plane that can fly passengers coast to coast in comfort.Yep... Murtha has spoken to the Pentagon like some friggen Don Corelione:
But he denied pressuring the Pentagon. "I don't need to pressure them. I just tell them what they need to do,'' Murtha said.Did you get that audacity from someone who is supposedly elected to be a public servant?
Murtha then seemed to threaten the Pentagon again - or at least told them what to do. Murtha said he is convinced the Pentagon has been leaking information about the possibility that Pelosi would use large military planes to make her look bad. But he said, "They're making a mistake when they leak it because she decides on allocations for them,'' referring to the Pentagon budget.WTF? Have King Murtha and Queen Pelosi been watching too many Sopranos episodes?
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