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    12/30/2005

    Justice Dep’t Investigates Leak; ACLU Cries Foul

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 8:45 pm

    The Justice Department has confirmed that it has opened an investigation into who leaked classified information (the NSA wiretapping practice) to the press. Even though most Americans support this practice, recognizing that this secret practice is probably legal and has certainly saved lives, Democrats and the mainstream media still think they’ve found a scandal. Now the ACLU is criticizing the Justice Department for opening this investigation – in other words, for doing their job.

    The following statement can be attributed to ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:

    “President Bush broke the law and lied to the American people when he unilaterally authorized secret wiretaps of U.S. citizens. But rather than focus on this constitutional crisis, Attorney General Gonzales is cracking down on critics of his friend and boss. Our nation is strengthened, not weakened, by those whistleblowers who are courageous enough to speak out on violations of the law.”

    “To avoid further charges of cronyism, Attorney General Gonzales should call off the investigation. Better yet, Mr. Gonzales ought to fulfill his own oath of office and appoint a special counsel to determine whether federal laws were violated.”

    The ACLU is certain that this practice is illegal, even though most constitutional attorneys believe it is legal. Judges and lawyers have ruled that this practice, used by the Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations as well as the present administration, is legal. In fact, notorious CIA spy Aldrich Ames was caught in part because of a WARRANTLESS search of his house during the Clinton administration. Where was the ACLU then? Why weren’t they angry when their golden boy was using warrantless searches to search the homes of U.S. citizens – a practice that goes far beyond the current situation of authorizing the NSA to intercept international communications of people with ties to terrorists?

    Leaking sensitive classified material is not “courageous” as the ACLU claims – it is a crime. When I was in the Air Force, I held a top secret security clearance. Like all others with such a clearance, I signed paperwork acknowledging that I could face criminal prosecution for divulging classified material. Whoever leaked the information regarding NSA surveillance to the “paper of record” had to have had a top secret clearance, and also would have signed a similar acknowledgement. In leaking this information, he or she committed a criminal act. Now the ACLU is criticizing the Justice Department for investigating this?! As if we needed one, this is another reminder as to which side the ACLU is on.

    Seattle clergy rally for ‘gay rights’

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 8:06 pm

    Jen and I live in the sunrise shadow of Mount Rainier, not far from Seattle. This area is a bastion of political and religious liberalism, and is one of the most unchurched regions in the nation according to surveys. Recently a group of liberal Seattle clergy gathered to support legislation that would prohibit discrimination against homosexuals. I believe gays should have the rights of other citizens, but I don’t think that right should trump the constitional rights of free expression of religion and freedom of association. If “sexual orientation” is added to Washington State’s anti-discrimination laws, that would mean that churches may be forced to hire homosexual organists. Christian landlords would be forced to rent to gay couples. And Contender Ministries, should we ever hire extra help, may be forced to hire a homosexual. This flies against our religious freedoms and freedom of association. These thirty clergy at this rally received some quite favorable coverage from the local media.

    About 30 people of various faiths gathered at the entrance of Lake Washington High School to support long-stymied legislation that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The group also met “to counter the very loud voices by a very few fundamentalist religious leaders” who oppose the bill, which was narrowly defeated in the 2005 Legislature and is expected to be reintroduced in the upcoming session, said Robert Jacobs, Northwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

    Jacobs later said he was referring to Hutcherson — whose Antioch Bible Church meets at the high school — and Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Mercer Island. He is president of Toward Tradition, a national coalition of Jews and Christians.

    “They speak so often … as if they represent the word of God,” Jacobs said. But the Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy and laypeople at the news conference showed a different religious perspective, he said.

    The Rev. Monica Corsaro, ecumenical campus minister at the University of Washington, said it was erroneous to use scripture critical of homosexuality as the basis for withholding support for gay rights.

    We can’t be literalists when it comes to interpreting scripture,” said Corsaro, who also is co-chairwoman of the Religious Coalition for Equality. “It’s not the perfect word of God. It’s heretical to superimpose 21st-century context and values on first-century context and values.” [emphasis mine]

    The last paragraph here speaks volumes, doesn’t it? It’s encumbant upon all Christians to exert pressure on our federal, state, and local elected representatives to protect our rights. People in some countries, including Canada, have been prosecuted simply for reciting or publishing Bible verses that condemn homosexuality. If we give ground on “discrimination” issues like this, then declaring parts of the Bible to be “hate speech” won’t be far behind.

    Read the rest of the article.

    Prayer and Religious Speech Increasingly Regulated by Judges

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:47 pm

    I wonder how many Americans know that our government forbids chaplains and Christians in the military from praying in Jesus name as our scriptures tell us we should? Of those who ARE aware that our government is dictating how Americans are allowed to pray and practice their religion, too many of them have probably been convinced through politically correct indoctrination that it’s constitutional for judges, politicians, and activist groups to claim such far reaching power and authority. They’ll never question why Muslims are not forbidden from praying to Allah, and Wiccans would never be told they can’t use the word goddess.

    It’s only a matter of time before regulated speech won’t just apply to prayers, but will progress to include chapel sermons. Chaplains will have to insert “the name that shall not be mentioned” for “Jesus” when reading from the Bible during Sunday services. If they can exercise this kind of power over our military personnel, they can regulate civilian religious speech too. In fact, they already are.

    Lieutenant Gordon James Klingenschmitt has a new three-year contract as a U-S Navy chaplain, but is continuing the water-only fast he started a week ago Tuesday.
    Klingenschmitt says he’s been ordered not to pray publicly in the name of Jesus while he’s in uniform — and won’t eat again until he can.

    He’s urging President Bush to sign an executive order that would let all military chaplains pray according to their beliefs rather than being restricted to generic prayers.

    Klingenschmitt is a chaplain at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

    This kind of censorship is happening with increasing regularity in our society.


    Judge reaffirms: No ‘Jesus’ prayers

    An Indiana federal judge yesterday reaffirmed his decision to forbid prayers to be offered that use Jesus’ name in the state House of Representatives.

    U.S. District Judge David Hamilton rejected a request by Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma to review the original Nov. 30 ruling. Bosma claimed the directive was too vague to enforce. Ruling on a suit brought by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Hamilton said that “using Christ’s name or title” or referring to a “savior” amounted to a state endorsement of religion.

    Opponents of the judge’s action plan to appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

    The Indianapolis star reported Hamilton issued a warning yesterday:

    “If the speaker or those offering prayers seek to evade the injunction through indirect but well understood expressions of specifically Christian beliefs, the audience, the public and the court will be able to see what is happening. In that unlikely event, the court will be able to take appropriate measures to enforce” the injunction.

    Our founders probably never imagined that a judge would one day be threatening legal action against Christians in America, and instructing them on how they are allowed to pray in public and who they are allowed to pray to.

    12/28/2005

    Majority of Americans Support NSA Domestic Surveillance

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:13 pm

    The Democrats picked the losing side once again. A large majority of Americans feel our intelligence agencies should be spying on terrorists who are calling and e-mailing Osama-and-friends from the United States. They recognize the threat even if Democrats don’t, and they don’t want our intelligence secrets leaked to the media. I hope voters will remember which party cared more about gaining power than protecting Americans from terrorist attacks.

    Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.

    Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.

    Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.

    Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.

    If the Democrats have any political sense left, this story will go the way of the fake Bush National Guard memos, and the media’s “growing controversy” will become one big disappointment for the MSM.

    A few Democrats get it:


    Centrist Democrats hit anti-Bush tactics

    Some centrist Democrats say attacks by their party leaders on the Bush administration’s eavesdropping on suspected terrorist conversations will further weaken the party’s credibility on national security.
    That concern arises from recent moves by liberal Democrats to block the extension of parts of the USA Patriot Act in the Senate and denunciations of President Bush amid concerns that these initiatives could violate the civil liberties of innocent Americans.
    “I think when you suggest that civil liberties are just as much at risk today as the country is from terrorism, you’ve gone too far if you leave that impression. I don’t believe that’s true,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a national-security analyst at the Brookings Institution who advises Democrats on defense issues.
    “I get nervous when I see the Democrats playing this [civil liberties] issue out too far. They had better be careful about the politics of it,” said Mr. O’Hanlon, who says the Patriot Act is “good legislation.” . . . .

    Democrats Accuse Homeland Security of Failing to Protect Us

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:11 am

    The Democrats are out doing themselves lately. Their message has become so muddled, contradictory, and whiney, I have to believe the Republicans will make further gains in the ’06 elections. It’s as if Karl Rove is running the Democrat’s party and formulating their strategy for them. After leaking classified information that likely dried up valuable Al Qaeda sources and damaged our nation’s security, the Democrats have the nerve to come out with a report that accuses Bush of not protecting America. The report presents no facts about the current threat we’re facing or what dangers and plots our intelligence sources are uncovering, and bases its conclusion that Homeland Security is failing on a report formulated immediately after 9/11. In the Democrats world, threats never change, terrorists never adapt, and decisions are made solely based on politics and campaign strategies.

    Because HLS has not allocated its resources in exactly the way a report created shortly after 9/11 suggested it should, they’ve determined we’re all in grave danger and Bush isn’t protecting us. Their problem is an extreme aversion to facts and an inability to use logic. We’re not playing a video game here. We can’t formulate a strategy based on the game’s rules and assume those rules aren’t going to change in the middle. Our intelligence agencies are likely intercepting Al Qaeda plans, learning of new threats daily, and observing an evolving enemy who, unlike the Democrats, has the ability to evaluate our moves and adjust accordingly. While Democrats might THINK it serves their interests politically to use the initial goals of the Homeland Security Department as a benchmark for gauging success, the American people are smarter than that. Even many Democrats (outside of Washington) would have a problem with our government allocating resources based on old information rather than using gathered intelligence to place resources where the threat is greatest. The Democrats underestimate the American people’s will to live and desire to keep their families safe. The only area where Democrats may see some agreement from the voters is on the failure of the Bush administration to secure the border. This does not, however, mean Homeland Security has failed miserably, as the Democrats are claiming.

    See if you don’t notice a serious problem with this claim:

    The report concludes that . . . . there are still delays in the department’s sharing terror alerts and other intelligence with state and local officials, the review said.

    Suddenly, they’re concerned with the ability of agencies and local officials to share information. If this is so, why did they try to kill the Patriot Act??!!!! The “Gorelick Wall” was determined to have prevented this kind of information sharing prior to 9/11. If the Democrats get their way in 6 months when the Patriot Act is again brought up for a vo…. filibuster, the Gorelick wall will be re-erected, and intelligence sharing will end.

    Responding, Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knock said the department is prioritizing resources and programs based on “today’s greatest threats.”

    “Rather than looking backward at yesterday’s threats, we are building upon what we have already accomplished to meet evolving threats,” Knocke said.

    According to the Democrats, since the department began operating in March 2003, it has failed to:

    — Compile a single, comprehensive list prioritizing protections for the nation’s most critical and potentially vulnerable buildings, transportation systems and other infrastructure.

    The Democrats think the American people are concerned about lists. There isn’t a clue-bat big enough to knock sense into these people. Al Qaeda doesn’t work off of a list prepared by the Bush administration. Sure, HLS could make a list for the Democrats and by next week the list would be wrong. Terrorists aren’t stupid. If we announce to Al Qaeda that we are going increase security to a certain set of targets, they’re going to change their targets. A five year old could understand this. When mom hides the cookies on a higher shelf to keep them from getting eaten, little Johny doesn’t give up and stop trying get something sweet. He shifts his focus to something equally yummy on a shelf he can reach. What is it with Democrats and their obsession with announcing our plans to the enemy?

    The report continues with a punchlist of tasks Homeland Security has not yet completed. In other words, the Democrats provided a list (they do love lists) to the enemy of all of our weaknesses and the security holes we are not finished filling. Good job guys! The terrorists thank you, and are adjusting their plans accordingly.

    12/27/2005

    2/3 of Palestinians want al-Qaida to hit West

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:08 pm

    The Palestinians support Al Qaeda’s goals of destroying America, destroying Israel, and spreading terrorism through Europe and the rest of the world, yet we give these same people billions of dollars in aid each year. Our government pressures Israel to give away more land, provide them weapons, and treat them like partners for peace instead of terrorist murderers. When Gaza is transformed into a safe haven for our worst enemies, and their terrorist attacks are no longer limited to Israel, maybe we’ll figure out that terrorists who kill Jews are just as evil and dangerous as terrorists who kill Americans.

    A new poll finds 65 percent of Palestinians “support al-Qaida actions in the USA and Europe.”

    According to Palestinian Media Watch, the survey was published by the Palestinian Authority this week.

    PMW believes there is such a high percentage of Palestinians that support al-Qaida terrorism partly because of the prevalence of PA broadcasts that call for the killing of “infidels,” or non-Muslims.

    Stated the deliverer of a televised sermon last month: “”Destroy the infidels and the polytheists! Your [i.e. Allah's] enemies are the enemies of the religion. … Count them and kill them to the last one, and don’t leave even one.”

    Noted Palestinian Media Watch: “This prayer – clear incitement to the genocide of ‘infidels,’ a term that includes the Christian West – is common from PA religious leaders. Prayers to annihilate all infidels have been included in Friday prayers on PA TV at least six times in recent months.”

    Two of the sermons were delivered by Yusuf Jum’a Salamah, PA minister of the Waqf and religion, the most important religious office in the PA, the media watchdog group reported. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was present on at least one of the sermons.

    Palestinian leaders calling for the destruction of “infidels” have clearly stated that group includes the United States and the United Kingdom. . . . . . . . .

    Canada new destination of choice for pedophiles?

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:59 pm

    The moral decline of Canada has shifted into hyper drive. Reading from Romans 1 over the airwaves is illegal in Canada, and criticizing Islam can get you a hefty fine and several hours of forced indoctrination by an Imam, but group sex with children is legal.

    The Canadian Supreme Court ruling that redefined obscenity for that nation and legalized group-sex clubs, combined with Canada’s unusually low age of consent – 14 – will result in an influx of pedophiles to America’s neighbor to the north, contends a former consultant to the U.S. Justice Department.

    In its Dec. 20 decision, Canada’s Supreme Court legalized a type of business activity previously restricted by Canadian law, overturning two previous Quebec Court of Appeal decisions that had ruled group-sex clubs qualified as “bawdy houses” violating Quebec’s community decency standards and were therefore illegal.

    Why bother having decency laws if pedophilia clubs aren’t considered indecent enough to violate them? This is one of the reasons I find it so distressing that our Supreme Court justices have expressed a belief that international law should be incorporated into the decision making process when ruling on cases in the United States.

    Report implicating Clinton: Will it be hidden for good?

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:44 pm

    Will the Clinton scandals ever end? This is the kind of corruption, intimidation, and criminal activity we have to look forward to if Hildabeast is ever elected President.

    Though it has had scant attention from the mainstream media, a bipartisan effort to squelch an independent counsel’s final report on Clinton-era abuse of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department has gotten the attention of Web activists and commentators, causing a growing call for the release of the document that is said to including damning evidence against the 42nd president and his administration.

    Over 10 years ago, independent counsel David Barrett was charged with investigating former Clinton Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros in relation to his lying to the FBI about tax fraud he committed trying to cover up payments to a mistress. Though Cisneros pleaded guilty in 1999, Barrett, in the course of his probe, found evidence of wrongdoing within the IRS and Justice Department in relation to the Cisneros fraud.

    Reportedly, Clinton team members tried to interfere with Barrett’s investigation, which has cost $21 million, including conducting surveillance of his office.

    An IRS whistleblower told Barrett, a Republican, of a cover-up surrounding the Cisneros matter.

    Writes columnist Robert Novak: “The informant said a regional IRS official had formulated a new rule enabling him to transfer an investigation of Cisneros to Washington to be buried by the Justice Department. Barrett’s investigators found Lee Radek, head of Justice’s public integrity office, determined to protect President Bill Clinton.” . . . . .

    I love how Democrats will demand that classified information on NSA intelligence gathering be released, even though it would put Americans in danger, but they’ll cover up investigations that expose the Clinton’s for the criminals they are. A less immoral and evil political party might see the Clintons as a political liability. To a liberal, however, the ability to break laws and get away with it is seen as an asset.

    12/24/2005

    Nuclear Monitoring of Muslims Done Without Search Warrants

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:59 pm

    Well, why don’t we just have the New York Times reveal ALL of our intelligence secrets, and totally neutralize our ability to monitor the terrorists among us. If there WERE any nukes or other weapons in mosques, homes, or businesses in Washington D.C., they’ve certainly been moved now. Any hope of detecting them with sensors before they’re used is probably no longer an option. Someone in the Bush administration better wake up and start prosecuting the leakers, or thousands are going to die. The New York Times should be renamed the “Al Qaeda Times”.

    In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts.

    The Constitution gives the President wide powers to conduct this surveillance on foreign powers who are waging war on us here or abroad. Terrorists are specifically named as a foreign power. Can’t someone jam the propaganda machine long enough to point this out to the NYT?

    12/22/2005

    Kofi Annan Lashes Out at the Press, Riles Iraq in Year-End Appearance

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:20 pm

    Kofi Annan is having a hard time keeping it together as more scandals and bad press plague the U.N. He lashed out at reporters yesterday for daring to question his mishandling of the Oil for Food program, among other scandals. The best part of the article is one Iraqi official’s response to Kofi’s claim that he wished he could have prevented the Iraq war.

    It also has been a year that Mr. Annan’s top aides spent attempting to repair Turtle Bay’s relations with Washington in the aftermath of his remark that the Iraq war was illegal. Despite that, and at the same time that harrowing tales of Baathist atrocities were being heard at Saddam Hussein’s trial in Baghdad, Mr. Annan yesterday said the greatest misgiving he had in his tenure as secretary-general was that he wished the United Nations had “done everything that we could have done to avoid the war in Iraq” and its effects on Turtle Bay.

    The comment did not sit well with Iraqi officials. “If the United States and its allies had not removed Saddam Hussein, he would still be torturing us” rather than standing accused on trial, Iraq’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi, said when told by The New York Sun of Mr. Annan’s words.

    Citing a report last year by a high-level panel that Mr. Annan appointed to review “threats, challenges, and change,” Mr. al-Istrabadi also disputed the assertion that the Iraq war had reflected badly at the world body. “Referral to the Security Council with no action is worse than no referral at all,” he quoted from the high panel report, adding that Saddam had violated actionable council resolutions for 13 years before the Bush administration moved to enforce those resolutions.

    Equally amusing was this line of questioning.

    When asked by The New York Sun about the perception among U.N. staffers that there is double standard in firing two high officials while refusing to even address other, more serious, accusations against other officials, Mr. Annan said parts of the question were “libelous.” Speaking specifically about one man, former chief of staff Iqbal Riza, who has shredded reams of documents related to oil for food, Mr. Annan denied that his situation was comparable to that of President Nixon’s last days in office.

    It gets worse, so read it all. Poor Kofi. He just can’t understand why the media isn’t sticking to the program. Don’t they know they aren’t supposed to question the U.N.?

    Palestinians boot Jews, now beg them for help

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:47 pm

    In between firing rockets at Israel and blowing up markets, the new Palestinian occupants of Gaza are asking their worst enemy to help them grow produce in the greenhouses they just kicked the Jews out of. A lifetime of terrorism and killing Jews just doesn’t prepare you for growing bug-free vegetables in high-tech Israeli greenhouses. In my opinion, former Jewish residents and scientists would be nuts to accept jobs from the United States Agency for International Development, who is now asking ex-Gazans to help the Palestinian farmers. Any money the Palestinians might eventually earn from produce exports will only be used to buy more rockets, equip more suicide bombers, and pay off the families of the martyrs.

    The Palestinians who took over the Jewish greenhouses in the Gaza Strip when Israel withdrew its communities from the area now are asking expelled farmers for advice after reportedly failing to reproduce the region’s famous insect-free vegetables, WND has learned.

    Prior to Israel’s August withdrawal, the residents of Gaza’s Gush Katif slate of Jewish communities ran greenhouses known for producing high-quality insect-free vegetables. The Gush Katif gardens featured some of the most technologically advanced agricultural equipment and accounted for more than $100 million per year in exports to Europe. The greenhouses also supplied Israel with 75 percent of its own produce.

    The hothouses were passed to the Palestinians in September in a $14 million deal brokered by former World Bank President James Wolfenson and several wealthy Jewish Americans.

    Earlier this month, the Palestinians now running the greenhouses reportedly told the Israeli-Palestinian Economic Cooperation Fund they failed in their efforts to grow bug-free produce.

    Now the Palestinian owners have asked the United States Agency for International Development, which has been involved in reconstruction efforts in Gaza, to hire former Jewish Gaza greenhouse owners as consultants for their declining vegetable businesses.

    ********

    Anita Tucker, an expelled Gaza resident and one of the pioneer farmers of Gush Katif, told WND, “I am not at all surprised the Palestinians are failing. When they worked in our greenhouses they needed to be monitored closely. Many didn’t understand certain things, like not using different kinds of chemicals. Plus when we were in Gaza, our efforts were blessed by God.”

    Bush Approval Ratings Still Rising

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:13 pm

    The Democrat’s “whine and leak” strategy IS working. . . .in our favor.

    Forty-eight percent (48%) of American adults approve of the way George W. Bush is performing his role as President. That’s up four points since the President’s speech on Sunday night.

    Investor confidence has also jumped in recent days to the highest level in more than nine months. Consumer confidence is has reached the highest level in five months.

    These results are based upon nightly telephone surveys and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. Today is the first day on which all interviews were completed after the President’s speech.

    The President’s speech had a measurable impact concerning the War on Terror. Fifty percent (50%) of Americans now say the U.S. and its allies are winning. That’s up from 44% immediately before the speech and the highest level of optimism measured in 2005.

    ACLU Provides Aid and Comfort to the Enemy . . . Again

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:07 pm

    As if the New York Times leak of classified information wasn’t bad enough, the ACLU has filed a “Freedom of Information Act” request for all information, policies, procedures, and methods involved in the NSA’s surveillance of AL QAEDA TERRORISTS. The ACLU, of course, claims Bush was “spying on Americans”, and conveniently avoids mentioning the real targets in the electronic surveillance. Terrorists in caves all over the Middle East are so elated to be learning our intelligence methods, they’re celebrating Christmas and don’t even care that it’s an infidel, Christian holiday.

    The American Civil Liberties Union today submitted records requests under the Freedom of Information Act to the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency for information about the NSA’s program of warrantless spying on Americans, which was authorized by President Bush.

    The requests submitted today seek all records about “the policies, procedures and/or practices of the National Security Agency for gathering information through warrantless electronic surveillance and/or warrantless physical searches in the United States …” Information received by the organization will be made public on its Web site.

    I wonder if they’ll be requesting information on Clinton and Carter’s use of this same constitutional executive power? While the NSA is “spying on Americans” (aka Al Qaeda terrorists bent on killing us) they should monitor the ACLU website for a steep increase in traffic from the Middle East and caves in Afghanistan. Thank God these traitors weren’t the leftist tool during World War II that they are today.

    If you still think this “scandal” has any staying power or poses a problem for Bush, read this analysis from Powerline. Democrats picked the wrong “scandal”.

    12/21/2005

    Palestinian Gunmen Kidnap Two Teachers

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:38 am

    It looks like kidnappings are on the rise in Gaza. Hopefully, a rise in beheadings won’t follow, but it would be truly un-Islamic if it didn’t. I do have to question the Palestinians’ intelligence level on this one. They’re getting everything they want from the Israelis, and the rest of the world is pressuring Israel to give them more. Why would they want to ruin that by kidnapping foreigners, especially in Gaza, where the world is looking for results? Even less logical, their ransom demand isn’t even being made to a foreign country. They’re demanding that the PA include them in the security forces. Even if the Palestinians did consider kidnapping school teachers to be a terrorist act (which they won’t since they don’t even consider suicide bombings to be terrorism), do these “gunmen” really think kidnapping civilians makes them qualified for a job in security? “Hey, make us part of the security forces, so we can kidnap more foreigners”. It may be, however, that I’m just not thinking like a Palestinian, and am not considering the depths of their evil. Hamas did win the elections, after all.

    Palestinian gunmen abducted two foreign teachers from an American school as they were driving north of Gaza City on Wednesday, witnesses said.

    The foreigners were identified only as a Belgian and a Dutch. Their car was stopped by unidentified armed men who forced them into their vehicle and drove them to an unknown destination.

    The school administration confirmed that two faculty members were missing and sent its students home.

    About 100 students are enrolled in the elite private school, north of Gaza City.

    The kidnappings took place a day after a group of gunmen threatened to abduct foreigners if their demands to be folded into the Palestinian security services were not met. These armed men denied involvement in Wednesday’s kidnapping.

    Militant groups have kidnapped foreigners in increasingly chaotic Gaza recently, usually as bargaining chips to get relatives released from Palestinian prisons, secure jobs from the
    Palestinian Authority or settle personal scores. The kidnappings have all been brief, and the hostages have all been released unhamred.

    The American school should have known that only Muslims are allowed to live or work in Palestinian territories. Everyone else must leave their homes and lives behind, and get out. But, don’t you dare call them intolerant, racist, or bigoted.

    U.S. Army Digs Up Weapons Cache in Iraq

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:56 am

    The French and Russians (who obviously opposed the war for a reason) are responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis. While liberals are making up whoppers about all the innocent Iraqis U.S. troops have killed, and John Kerry is accusing our troops of terrorizing women and children, they might want to take a break and notice who provided Sadam Hussein with all of the bombs currently being used by terrorists in Iraq. It’s kind of hard to disarm a dictator through diplomacy when your “allies” are shipping weapons into the dictator’s country like there is no tomorrow.

    U.S. soldiers in the northern Iraqi desert dug up more than 1,000 aging rockets and missiles wrapped in plastic, some of which were buried as recently as two weeks ago, Army officials said Tuesday.

    Commanders in the 101st Airborne Division said an Iraqi tipped them off to the buried weapons, perhaps an indication that residents in this largely Sunni Arab region about 150 miles north of Baghdad are beginning to warm up to coalition forces (But how can that be? Murtha said. . . .-ed.).

    “The tide is turning,” said 2nd Lt. Patrick Vardaro, 23, of Norwood, Mass., a platoon leader in the division’s 187th Infantry Regiment. “It’s better to work with Americans than against us.”

    “This is the mother load, right here,” Sgt. Jeremy Galusha, 25, of Dallas, Ore., said, leaning on a shovel after finding more than 20 Soviet missiles.

    The weapons are of primary concern for soldiers in
    Iraq, where bombs made with loose ordinance by insurgents are the preferred method to target coalition forces.

    “In our eyes, every one of these rockets represents one less” bomb, Vardaro said.

    Vardaro would not comment on whether there were signs the caches had been used recently to make bombs. But service records accompanying the missiles dated to 1984, suggesting they were buried by the Iraqi military under
    Saddam Hussein.

    Still, the plastic around some of the rockets — of Soviet, German and French origins — appeared to be fresh and had not deteriorated as it had on some of the older munitions.

    A U.S. Air Force explosive ordinance team planned to begin destroying them as early as Wednesday morning.

    12/20/2005

    ROP Now Has Nerve Gas

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:19 pm

    The ROP in Chechnya displayed their cowardice again yesterday by hitting another school and sending dozens of children to the hospital with nerve gas poisoning. That’s right, nerve gas. The Religion of Peace has chemical weapons now. One has to wonder where they got it. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that it came from Syria by way of Iraq, or perhaps directly from Iraq (they’re still finding weapons caches there). Wherever they got it, it’s a reminder that WMD in the hands of Islamists will be used on innocent civilians. THIS is why our government needs the ability to track, spy on, and monitor terrorist networks outside and inside the United States. It won’t just be a bridge or a building next time, it’ll be an entire town.

    AT LEAST 45 people, most of them children, have been hospitalised in the Russian region of Chechnya with an illness that doctors say might be nerve-gas poisoning.

    Pupils, teachers and workers began reporting breathing trouble and headaches on Friday at a school in the town of Starogladovskaya, emergency workers said.

    As of yesterday, 38 children and seven teachers had been hospitalised, said Oleg Ugnivenko, a spokesman for emergency situations ministry. Preliminary investigation points to an unspecified kind of nerve gas, said emergency workers and Chechen government officials.

    The Pink Flamingo Bar and Grill has an interesting take on WMD in Iraq. What if Bush finds it less embarrassing to admit there was no WMD in Iraq than to admit the weapons we went after were moved right under our noses and given to the terrorists whose hands we were trying to keep them out of. It answers the question “why does the Bush administration ignore any and all evidence that this move occurred”, but it poses another question. Why didn’t he just blame the Democrat’s opposition to the war and point to their demand that we waste time at the U.N.?. A possible answer to that might be that he would still be held responsible for not catching it in time to alert Congress. In other words, another intelligence failure. The Democrats are already saying they were misled, so all they’d have to do is say they were never told the weapons were being moved. It would likely hurt the war effort, though.

    This theory could also explain why people like “Ms Anthrax” are being released. I tend to think Bush would be honest, even if it meant admitting he failed to keep WMD out of terrorist hands. There could be reasons for keeping that information classified, though.

    Clinton and Carter Didn’t Need Warrants

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:01 pm

    The Drudge Report sums up the hypocrisy involved in the Democrats hysterics over eavesdropping on terrorists. It’s amazing how opinions change depending on who is in power.

    CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SECRET SEARCH ON AMERICANS — WITHOUT COURT ORDER

    CARTER EXECUTIVE ORDER: ‘ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE’ WITHOUT COURT ORDER

    Bill Clinton Signed Executive Order that allowed Attorney General to do searches without court approval

    Clinton, February 9, 1995: “The Attorney General is authorized to approve physical searches, without a court order”

    WASH POST, July 15, 1994: Extend not only to searches of the homes of U.S. citizens but also — in the delicate words of a Justice Department official — to “places where you wouldn’t find or would be unlikely to find information involving a U.S. citizen… would allow the government to use classified electronic surveillance techniques, such as infrared sensors to observe people inside their homes, without a court order.”

    Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick, the Clinton administration believes the president “has inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence purposes.”

    Secret searches and wiretaps of Aldrich Ames’s office and home in June and October 1993, both without a federal warrant.

    Jimmy Carter Signed Executive Order on May 23, 1979: “Attorney General is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information without a court order.”

    Syria agrees to hide Iran nukes

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:25 pm

    Syria really seems to like storing weapons for other countries. Interesting. Remember the truck convoys traveling from Iraq to Syria just prior to the start of the Iraq war? Does anyone, now, not believe that Syria made the same deal with Saddam Hussein? Okay, anyone besides the loose lipped liberals who wouldn’t know a terrorist if he blew up in their face.

    The London-based Jane’s Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.

    I wonder why Syria isn’t concerned that it will suffer the same fate as Iraq for posessing weapons of mass destruction. Could it be that our enemies (Syria, Iran, name your Islamic country) are watching the American media and they realize that the Democrats are working hard to restore the “Gorelick Wall”, tie the Presidents hands behind his back, and reinstate pre-9/11 intelligence gathering laws? They are also likely encouraged by the anti-war nuts we elected to Congress who call our President a war Criminal and criticize his “illegal war”. Naturally, they feel they have nothing to feer. Unless we get rid of the traitors and leakers in the 06 Congressional elections, they probably don’t.

    Iran also pledged to grant haven to any Syrian intelligence officer indicted by the UN or Lebanon. Five Syrian officers have been questioned by the UN regarding the Hariri assassination, Middle East Newsline reported.

    “The sensitive chapter in the accord includes Syria’s commitment to allow Iran to safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil should Iran need such help in a time of crisis,” Jane’s said.

    It worked once.

    Large Amount of Plastic Explosives Missing in New Mexico

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:48 pm

    I certainly hope the NSA is still listening in on the terrorists among us. I don’t care if it infringes on the terrorists’ civil liberties, it also infringes on their ability to blow us up.

    Authorities are asking for the public’s help after 150 pounds of commercial plastic explosives turned up missing from a private storage site, along with 2,500 blasting caps and 20,000 feet of explosive detonation cord.

    “In the hands of the wrong person, this material can be very, very destructive,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White said Monday during a news conference.

    Wayne Dixie, resident agent in charge of the Albuquerque office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the missing material could level a building “if it was in the hands of the right people and they knew how to use it.”

    Unfortunately, Al Qaeda knows how to use it. They learned how from books in our libraries, but don’t you dare track their reading habits!

    Mexico Upset by Enforcement of Immigration Laws

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:42 pm

    Vicente Fox came out swinging today with an angry response to legislation that would seal off the southern border with a wall and cut down illegal immigration (I said “cut down”, not “stop”) What I found most interesting about this article covering the reaction was the following comment by an angry Mexican, who has illegally crossed into the United States to work.

    He said many Mexicans felt betrayed by the anti-immigrant sentiment.

    “We learned to believe in the United States. We have a binational life,” he said of Zacatecas, a state that has been sending migrants north for more than a century. “It isn’t just a feeling of rejection. It’s against what we see as part of our life, our culture, our territory.”

    Our territory? I’m convinced we will end up with our own “Palestinian problem”. Mark my words. We’ll soon hear Mexico blame the U.S. for their poverty because we stole “their territory” in an illegal war. They can always use the “right of return” argument, or invent a whole new race of people who once lived in the southern U.S. and are now in refugee camps in Mexico. History has been rewritten before.

    It’s also interesting that our politicians have no problem building a wall on our border, but condemn Israel for doing the same. We aren’t even the ones being hit daily with suicide bombings and rockets (yet).

    Jose Luis Soberanes, head of the government’s National Human Rights Commission, suggested Mexico go further.

    “I would expect more energetic reactions from our authorities,” Soberanes told local media. “It’s preferable to have a more demanding government, more confrontation with the United States.”

    Mexicans are outraged by the proposed measures, especially the extension of the border wall, which many liken to the Berlin Wall. Some are urging their government to fight it fiercely.

    “Our president should oppose that wall and make them stop it, at all costs,” said Martin Vazquez, 26, at the Mexico City airport as he returned from his job as a hotel worker in Las Vegas. “More than just insulting, it’s terrible.”

    Yeah, that’s terrible to expect people to respect our laws. I wonder what he could mean by “at all costs”?

    There will be another attack, thanks to Democrats

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:13 pm

    Dick Morris writes in the New York Post today about the damage done by Democrats in Congress and their allies in the media. By ending the Patriot Act and revealing classified information about our intelligence gathering methods, they’ve guaranteed another attack. If you need proof, look to history. It was the eaves dropping, decried by Democrats, that stopped an attack on the Brooklyn Bridge.

    Equally irresponsible is the criticism Democrats are leveling at President Bush for his use of National Security Agency wiretaps to catch terrorists. Before Clinton and Schumer criticize this policy, they’d do well to reflect on the fact that the Brooklyn Bridge might well be rubble, with thousands dead, if Bush did not use these wiretaps.

    In 2002, the feds (presumably the NSA) picked up random cellphone chatter using the words “Brooklyn Bridge” (which apparently didn’t translate well into Arabic). They notified the New York Police Department, which flooded the bridge with cops. Then the feds overheard a phone call in which a man said things were “too hot” on the bridge to pull off an operation. Later, an interrogation of a terrorist allowed by the Patriot Act led cops to the doorstep of this would-be bridge bomber. (His plans would definitely have brought down the bridge, NYPD sources told me.)

    Why didn’t Bush get a warrant? On who? For what? The NSA wasn’t looking for a man who might blow up the bridge. It had no idea what it was looking for. It just intercepted random phone calls from people in the United States to those outside — and so heard the allusions to the bridge that tipped them off.

    In criminal investigations, one can target a suspect and get a warrant to investigate him. But this deductive approach is a limited instrument in fighting terror. An inductive approach, in which one gathers a mass of evidence and looks for patterns, is far more useful.

    But, if the Democrats are to be heeded, it will no longer be possible.

    Bye-bye, bridge.

    Catch them, but do not watch them!..

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:05 am

    The Counter Terrorism Blog sums up the dangers we now face thanks to the medias ignorance of the Islamic threat to this nation. Read it all.

    . . . .But America’s political debate is happening on a different planet: it’s about L.A. Law, finding scandals, and who can get a story out; regardless of reflecting on what we’ll need to do to win the War on Terror. The new “story” was given a title before it is investigated: it is spying on Americans rather than being about gathering information on terrorists. So if the terrorists happen to be U.S. citizens (a citizenship Jihadists can obtain swiftly) their status of terrorist is overridden by their legal status. But the critics stated that it is not about the War on Terror, but about civil liberties. A president must use the FISA Act’s process: ask a special court for authorization to wiretap a suspected terrorist.

    The question is clear: Are we or are we not at war with the terrorists? Osama bin Laden declared that war in 1998. The bipartisan 9/11 Commission wondered why the previous administration refused to do so and the incumbent held off until October 2001. The jihadists are present within the U.S., including those who carry U.S. passports. So are other terror jihadists in Spain, Britain, Holland, or France. By pure rationale, the U.S. government has the duty to use all means (approved by war conventions) to resist the penetration and infiltration of the United States. Doing otherwise is unlawful, unconstitutional, and more importantly to the detriment of the security, and therefore the liberty of the American people. But regardless of any general legal argument, attorney John Yoo provides us with a technical legal provision. He writes:

    Therefore, if al-Qaeda forces organize and carry out missions to attack civilian or military targets within the United States, government surveillance of terrorists would not be law enforcement so much as military operations. In such circumstances, when the government is not pursuing an ordinary criminal law enforcement objective, the Fourth Amendment requires no search warrant. . . . .

    12/19/2005

    Dem’s threaten filibuster of defense bill with ANWR rider

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 9:34 pm

    A defense funding bill may go down in flames thanks to a Democrat filibuster. Most Democrats are hesitant to vote against this bill, lest they be seen as not supportive of the troops (shocker!). This bill contains a pay increase for the troops. At odds is a rider on this bill to authorize drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). While I have my own reservations about attaching unrelated riders to popular bills, I want to turn to the issue of the ANWR drilling.

    Ten billion barrels of oil await in the ground under ANWR. While this would not eliminate our reliance on foreign sources of oil, it is widely regarded to be a strong step in that direction, as well as a step that would lower oil prices in the U.S. a small (but significant) amount. Yet Democrats and some Republicans are opposed to drilling in ANWR. Why? Washington Senator Maria Cantwell said, “If this language is allowed to stand, one of our nation’s most pristine wildlife areas will be lost.” Pristine? I don’t know if Cantwell really believes this lie, or if she’s just bought into the lie, but it’s time to set the record straight about ANWR.

    • ANWR occupies 19 million acres. The pictures of the “pristine” mountain peaks and forests are in the 17.5 million acres that would be off-limits to drilling. The proposed drilling would be restricted to a small portion of the remaining 1.5 million acres along the barren, flat, featureless coastal plain. How small? The current proposal limits drilling and related activities to 2000 acres. That’s 2000 acres of barren land in a refuge of 19 million acres! The pictures shown by Democrats and environmental groups are of the area that won’t be touched and, in some cases, they show pictures of areas not even located in ANWR!!
    • Alaska already has 141 million acres of PROTECTED land. This is roughly equivalent to the area of California and New York combined!
    • While Democrats and environmentalists say that caribou will die (apparently of confusion) if drilling takes place, the evidence runs contrary to that. For instance, when drilling commenced in nearby Prudhoe Bay in 1977, there were only 3,000 caribou in that area. Now, roughly 23,000 caribou roam that area. They have not only survived the drilling, they have thrived!
    • Wildlife refuges are not wilderness areas or national parks, and have frequently been subject to mining, drilling, and other activities. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska has had drilling on site for quite some time. In fact, the statute that authorized the formation of ANWR contemplated future oil drilling, subject to congressional approval.
    • Polls regularly show that at least 75% of Alaskans approve of drilling at ANWR. It’s their state, not Cantwell’s!

    If we’re going to have a discussion about ANWR, let’s make sure we have our facts straight.

    “This is nothing more than a sweetheart deal for Alaska and the oil companies,” Cantwell said. “That’s why I am prepared to use every procedural option available to me as a senator to prevent this language from moving forward.”

    ANWR is in Alaska. Cantwell represents the State of Washington. Anyone else think she should butt out? If the Democrats succeed in filibustering this bill, they’ll not only derail an important defense spending bill that would benefit our troops, but they’ll also kill some common sense, careful drilling that would help this country at minimal cost.

    Bush Approval Rating Now 47%

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:28 pm

    I find this news to be one of the most amusing things I’ve seen in a long time. Shortly after the Democrats launch an attack on Bush for allowing intelligence gathering surveillance on terrorists in the U.S., his approval ratings rise again. I hope the Democrats don’t ever recover from their raging case of BDS long enough to realize that their strategy of leaking intelligence, and accusing Bush of everything from lying to committing war crimes isn’t working.

    The recent elections in Iraq and an improved economic outlook at home have shifted public support in the president’s direction, lifting him from career lows in his job performance and personal ratings alike.

    Overall, 47 percent of Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll now approve of George W. Bush’s work in office; 52 percent disapprove. While hardly robust, that is up from a career low 39-60 percent in early November to its best in nearly six months.

    The president’s recent speechmaking on Iraq may have helped him. But public opinion tends to move on the basis of facts on the ground rather than political pronouncements, and the most striking change in this poll is linked to last week’s successful elections in Iraq.

    I disagree with the ABC analysis of this poll. The President’s speech making had everything to do with his rising poll numbers. Before Bush started defending himself and telling the American people what’s really going on in Iraq and in the war on terror, people were only hearing the biased spin from the MSM. As an example of this spin, those who’ve listened only to the MSM haven’t heard that Bush has thwarted terrorist attacks against the American people by eavesdropping on international communication between terrorists in the U.S. and Al Qaeda overseas. Instead, they’ve heard that the President is taking away our civil liberties, breaking the law, and spying on all of us. Now that the President is correcting this kind of lying from the media, liberals will no longer be able to drag down his poll numbers with propaganda and scare tactics.

    By the way, ABC spinsters, Bush’s poll ratings are far, far better than Bill Clintons were at this time in his presidency.

    12/18/2005

    Palestinians celebrating Sharon’s hospitalization

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:27 pm

    Sharon’s “Partners for Peace” are celebrating his hospitalization, claiming responsibility for the stress that caused his minor stroke, and praying to Allah for his death. What a people. The highlight of their day is taking credit for illness, death, and destruction. Typical of Palestinian parenting skills, they are handing out candy to their children so they can learn to celebrate suffering like good little Muslims.

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are celebrating reports Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke tonight, with the leader of Hamas – a trained physician – offering WND his own prognosis and one terror leader claiming his group is responsible for causing the Israeli leader the stress that brought about his health condition.

    Dr. Mahmud al-Zahar, Hamas chief in Gaza, was not aware of Sharon’s hospitalization until being contacted by WND. After hearing the latest information, al-Zahar, who graduated from medical school in Cairo and is trained in general surgery, said, “As a doctor I can tell you if Sharon suffered a stroke, no matter how severe, there at least will be some sort of temporary paralysis or symptoms that will impair his ability to rule.”

    Al-Zahar said if Sharon dies “it will be a good thing for all the crimes he committees against the Palestinian people and all of humanity.”

    In Gaza City, there were reports of celebratory gunfire after the news of Sharon’s hospitalization was announced.

    One terror leader told WND he is praying for Sharon’s demise.

    “Thanks to God for answering our prayers,” said Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists responsible for firing hundreds of Qassam rockets and mortars at Jewish towns.

    “Our rockets were meant to hit Sharon, but instead they caused him enough stress that now he is having a stroke over them. … I am handing out candy and praying for his death.”

    PM Ariel Sharon Transported to Trauma Unit For Neurological Incident

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:50 am

    Uh-oh.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to hospital in Jerusalem on Sunday evening, Channel 2 television news reported.

    According to the report, Sharon was taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, after complaining of feeling unwell.

    Channel 2 said that Sharon went to the hospital a little before 8 P.M., and was taken straight to the trauma room.


    Arutz Sheva
    reports that he was taken to the hospital for a “neurological event”.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been brought to the Trauma Unit of Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.

    Initial reports indicate the prime minister was hospitalized due to a “minor incident” having to do with the brain.

    Another Arutz Sheva report says Sharon blacked out.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has regained consciousness after blacking out in his office while meeting with Vice-Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

    He was transported in a stretcher to a vehicle, where he was transported to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital’s Trauma Unit.

    Sharon received an MRI and several other tests as doctors try to determine the cause of the “minor neurological incident” he apparently suffered.


    Jerusalem Post
    reports Sharon suffered a light stroke, and his life is not in danger.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in southern Jerusalem at 7:50 p.m. Sunday evening.

    The prime minister, who will be 78 in February, apparently suffered a light stroke and was taken directly to the trauma room in the hospital. The senior medical staff of the hospital was called in to treat him.

    Channel 1 reported that the prime minister was on the way to Tel Aviv on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway when he felt unwell. Sharon reported this to his son Omri over the phone, and Omri ordered his security detail to take him directly to the hospital.

    According to Channel 1, and contrary to earlier reports from several sources, the prime minister did not lose consciousness at any point, and even walked on his own into the trauma room. Other reports claimed the prime minister lost consciousness on the ride to the hospital, and Sharon was taken into the trauma room on a stretcher.

    Sources close to the prime minister told the media that the prime minister’s life was not in danger, but doctors treating Sharon were limited in their reports by Shin Bet regulations.

    Army Radio reported for the first time following the report on the stroke that at least one paramedic is permanently attached to the prime minister’s retinue, and that the paramedic accompanied him to the hospital.

    From Ha’aretz

    Channel 2 television said that Sharon was in a confused state, and that he had been taken for a neurological scan. According to Channel 2, Sharon was hospitalized a little before 8 P.M., and was taken straight to the trauma room.

    Finance Minister Ehud Olmert, who is also deputy prime minister, will take over as premier until Sharon recovers.

    12/17/2005

    President Bush responds to NYT leak of classified information

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 12:16 pm

    We previously posted on the New York Times’ illegal release of classified information concerning the President’s authorization for the National Security Agency to monitor international communications using some U.S. phone numbers and email addresses linked to terrorist organizations. The NYT and other MSM outlets are playing this as a major scandal. They make it sound as if we’re all being spied on, when in fact, the NSA is only monitoring phone numbers and email addresses that basically came from terrorist rolodexes. This is not illegal, but rather a change of the standard procedures that kept the NSA from monitoring communications originating in the U.S. It’s established that some terrorists have been thwarted because of this post 9/11 procedure (see this and other important facts in Michelle Malkin’s post). Today, during his weekly radio address, President Bush clearly explained this move. He did a good job of pointing out the limits of this intelligence gathering, the fact that congress has been briefed many times on this, that legal review is a regular part of this, AND the fact that the leak of this information to and through the media is an ILLEGAL leak of classified information! I hope those responsible for the leak, as well as the New York Times staffers are held criminally responsible for endangering our nation! Here’s the text of the President’s radio address:

    THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.

    As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life. On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom and way of life came under attack by brutal enemies who killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. We’re fighting these enemies across the world. Yet in this first war of the 21st century, one of the most critical battlefronts is the home front. And since September the 11th, we’ve been on the offensive against the terrorists plotting within our borders.

    One of the first actions we took to protect America after our nation was attacked was to ask Congress to pass the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act tore down the legal and bureaucratic wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence authorities from sharing vital information about terrorist threats. And the Patriot Act allowed federal investigators to pursue terrorists with tools they already used against other criminals. Congress passed this law with a large, bipartisan majority, including a vote of 98-1 in the United States Senate.

    Since then, America’s law enforcement personnel have used this critical law to prosecute terrorist operatives and supporters, and to break up terrorist cells in New York, Oregon, Virginia, California, Texas and Ohio. The Patriot Act has accomplished exactly what it was designed to do: it has protected American liberty and saved American lives.

    Yet key provisions of this law are set to expire in two weeks. The terrorist threat to our country will not expire in two weeks. The terrorists want to attack America again, and inflict even greater damage than they did on September the 11th. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that law enforcement and intelligence officials have the tools they need to protect the American people.

    The House of Representatives passed reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Yet a minority of senators filibustered to block the renewal of the Patriot Act when it came up for a vote yesterday. That decision is irresponsible, and it endangers the lives of our citizens. The senators who are filibustering must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.

    To fight the war on terror, I am using authority vested in me by Congress, including the Joint Authorization for Use of Military Force, which passed overwhelmingly in the first week after September the 11th. I’m also using constitutional authority vested in me as Commander-in-Chief.

    In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.

    This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.

    As the 9/11 Commission pointed out, it was clear that terrorists inside the United States were communicating with terrorists abroad before the September the 11th attacks, and the commission criticized our nation’s inability to uncover links between terrorists here at home and terrorists abroad. Two of the terrorist hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, communicated while they were in the United States to other members of al Qaeda who were overseas. But we didn’t know they were here, until it was too late.

    The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th helped address that problem in a way that is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities. The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time. And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.

    The activities I authorized are reviewed approximately every 45 days. Each review is based on a fresh intelligence assessment of terrorist threats to the continuity of our government and the threat of catastrophic damage to our homeland. During each assessment, previous activities under the authorization are reviewed. The review includes approval by our nation’s top legal officials, including the Attorney General and the Counsel to the President. I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.

    The NSA’s activities under this authorization are thoroughly reviewed by the Justice Department and NSA’s top legal officials, including NSA’s general counsel and inspector general. Leaders in Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times on this authorization and the activities conducted under it. Intelligence officials involved in this activity also receive extensive training to ensure they perform their duties consistent with the letter and intent of the authorization.

    This authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists. It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power under our laws and Constitution to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I’m the President of the United States.

    Thank you.

    12/16/2005

    Hamas Celebrates Landslide Election Win

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:31 pm

    It looks like Hamas will be in complete control in Gaza and the West Bank. Sharon not only handed them the land for a new terrorist base, he provided a political victory for Hamas that will lead to many attacks and Israeli deaths in the future. Hamas will likely fair just as well in parliamentary elections and the Palestinian’s terrorist government will be complete. So much for Abbas’ claim that he can reign in the terrorist element, now that the Palestinians have elected them to office.

    Hamas supporters on Friday celebrated a landslide election victory in major
    West Bank towns, the strongest sign yet of the Islamic militant group’s growing political appeal ahead of Jan. 25 parliamentary elections.

    Israel responded with concern, saying a Palestinian government dominated by Hamas — which calls for Israel’s destruction and has killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks — would not be a partner for peace.

    They probably should have tought about that whole “partner for peace” thing before they let Hamas set up camp in Gaza and the West Bank.

    The results stunned officials from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’
    Fatah Party, whose internal disarray developed into a split this week when a group of young-guard leaders broke away.

    Thousands of Hamas supporters joined victory marches after Friday prayers. In Jenin, where Hamas won a majority of local council seats, marchers chanted, “To Jerusalem we march, martyrs by the millions!” and held up copies of the Quran.

    “We didn’t think for a moment that Hamas would win so many votes,” said Issam Abu Baker, Fatah’s chief in the Nablus region. “The earth shook under our feet, and this will have an effect on the parliament.”

    New York Times Counters Good News in Iraq With Another “Scandal”

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:08 pm

    Everyone has probably heard by now about the New York Slime’s new accusation against the Bush Administration. The NYT reports that Bush allowed the NSA to spy on people! Oh no! We’re being stripped of our civil liberties for sure! What the NYT article tries to hide is that the NSA was spying on TERRORISTS and monitored international communications only, and because of this surveillance lives in the U.S. were saved, as well as a few bridges in New York and trains in Washington D.C. This program was not a “secret” as the New York Times claimed either. Congress new about it. They also knew that terrorist plots against the homeland had to be dealt with quickly following 9/11, before another attack could be launched. Terrorism isn’t the real threat to liberals, though. The threat they work against is success in the war on terror, because Democrats can’t regain power unless we lose the war.

    Everything that needs to be said about this pack of lies and half truths from the New York Times can be found at Michelle Malkin’s blog. She’s done an excellent job of rounding up the real facts and pointing out the plethora of errors in the Times article and subsequent rants from Democrats. Read it all.

    Rep. Murtha is causing casualties

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:27 am

    This is a must read. This letter from a former Army staff sergeant who faught in Iraq is exactly what the Democrats have needed to hear for a very long time. Take this Senator Murtha!


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    12/15/2005

    ‘Silent Night’ gets reprieve

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:39 pm

    I’m a little hesitant to say this because the anti-Christmas brigades have launched even more attacks on Christians this Christmas season, but we might just be seeing the awakening of a sleeping giant. Christians are actually making phone calls, sending e-mails, and letting people know that we’re tired of being told to sit down and shut up every time our religious holidays roll around. As a result, that wonderful secularized version of Silent Night has been scrapped and the traditional version will now be allowed. It will still be sung at a “winter celebration”, but at least the audience won’t be subjected to “Cold in the Night”.

    A Wisconsin school that had secularized the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” has now agreed to change the words back to the original after receiving countless phone calls and e-mails about the issue.

    Liberty Counsel, the law firm working on behalf of parents upset about the secularization of the carol, says it was both public pressure and two letters attorneys sent to the school that prompted the change.

    According to a statement from the organization, Debra Messer, administrator of the Dodgeville School District confirmed that “‘Silent Night’ will be sung. ‘Cold in the Night’ will not be sung.”

    As WorldNetDaily reported, for performance in its “winter program,” kids who attend Ridgeway Elementary School in Dodgeville, Wis., were scheduled sing the following lyrics to the tune of “Silent Night”:

    Cold in the night, no one in sight, winter winds whirl and bite, how I wish I were happy and warm, safe with my family out of the storm.

    This year’s winter program also includes decorating classrooms with Santa Claus, Kwanzaa symbols, menorahs and Labafana, a mythical witch that’s a part of traditional Christmas celebrations in Italy.

    Letters the law group sent to the school demanded a change in the winter program. Failure to do so would have resulted in legal action, Liberty Counsel said.

    Courts have ruled that public schools may include religious songs as part of a teaching or performance program. The Supreme Court once noted: “Music without sacred music, architecture minus the cathedral, or painting without the scriptural themes would be eccentric and incomplete, even from a secular view.” Religious songs along with other secular holiday songs are permissible.

    It’s too bad that Christmas decorations still won’t be allowed during the CHRISTMAS season. But, at least they got that Italian witch in the mix. It must be more acceptable for Italians to decorate for Christmas. Liberals are often completely ignorant of the religious beliefs they criticize, so they probably think Italians are actually celebrating Wicca.

    Couple wins Nativity scene battle

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:00 pm

    Here’s some good news for a change. We won at least one battle in the larger war on Christianity. A Pennsylvania town council will be able to set up a Nativity scene on public property. I guess it’s something. It’s sad, though, that celebrating Christmas has to involve lawyers and be cleared by the courts. Our courts are starting to resemble the Ministry of Vice and Virtue in Saudi Arabia. Or, perhaps, they’re modeling their religious rulings after China. All they’re missing are the “religion police”. Oh, wait. . . .they have the ACLU to handle that part.

    Accompanied by a lawyer, a couple successfully acquired permission from a Pennsylvania town council to set up a Nativity scene on public property.

    The Beaver Borough Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to allow Deborah and Michael Sturm to erect their display this Saturday.

    The Sturm’s attorney, Edward L. White of the Thomas More Law Center, had written a letter to the council in November, arguing for the display’s constitutionality.

    White noted with irony that Saturday also will be the day when local citizens protest against Beaver County for not allowing Nativity scenes outside the county courthouse, which is across the street from the park where the Sturms will set up their display.

    As WorldNetDaily reported , Beaver County officials removed a Nativity display from a public park one year ago, fearing they would run afoul of the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Who was it that gave the ACLU this power and authority that causes local officials to trample our rights just to avoid coming under attack by a few atheist bigots running a simple non-profit organization? I guess that would be our wonderful judicial system and our lazy, ineffective Congress.


    This is the display that was deemed illegal. Think about that for a second. A picture depicting the reason Christmas is celebrated by the Majority of Americans is now ILLEGAL. The only difference between us and China is that we don’t get hauled off to reeducation camps for breaking these laws. . . . .yet.

    Housing officials ‘cancel’ Christmas

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:19 pm

    I hope I never have to live in government subsidized housing when I retire. In a new attempt to silence the “forbidden religion”, officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development have decided that accepting government aid (from money these elderly people have been paying into all their lives) is cause for stripping people of their constitutional right to freedom of speech and religion. Using the monetary aid grandma receives for her housing as leverage, the government is trying to dictate to her when and where she can sing a Christmas carol, and forbid her from decorating her home for Christmas. Like the vast majority of Americans, these residents have been celebrating Christmas all their lives, and I find it sad and disgusting that the government would take that away from them. This goes way beyond the argument against government funding of religion (which isn’t in the constitution either) and says that anyone who receives government money, even if it is from a benefit the recipient paid into for years, can no longer practice or celebrate their religion, because it would constitute some distant government endorsement of religion. I wonder if the people at the Department of Housing would go into their own parents or grandparents homes and tear down their Christmas decorations and forbid them from singing Christmas songs simply because they are receiving social security benefits? What about disabled people who receive disability payments? Are they allowed to celebrate religious holidays?

    I wish people could get it through their heads that the constitution only forbids CONGRESS from passing a LAW that would interfere with our right to freedom of religion or establish a national religion like the one our founders left behind in Europe. Liberals had to turn to a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and completely misinterpret the contents of that letter in order to come up with a reason for their war on religion. That war gets more creepy every year, and will continue to do so until the majority in this country wakes up and gives them a dose of their own medicine.

    Managers in charge of two federally subsidized housing facilities have told residents in one case they cannot sing Christmas carols, and in another they can’t decorate their own entry doors with religious symbols, according to a religious-liberty law firm.

    Attorneys at Liberty Counsel say they have sent two separate letters to housing authorities subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development demanding that they reverse their positions regarding Christmas.

    In a statement, the law group says the Housing Resource Development Corporation has informed those senior citizens living in its Winter Park, Fla., subsidized housing facility that they may not sing Christmas carols, nor may they have outside religious groups or churches sing Christmas carols in the facility.

    Representing one of the residents, Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter asserting the housing authority is violating the Federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits religious discrimination. The housing authority was threatened with legal action if it did not lift the carols prohibition.

    Liberty Counsel also targeted Bethany Towers, which provides housing to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The managers reportedly have barred Christmas decorations from the lobby and the day rooms on each floor, and have prohibited decorations with religious connotations on individuals’ entry doors.

    “Throughout the year, residents decorate the exterior of their entry doors with cards and stuffed animals, but this year they have been told that they may not have religious Christmas decorations,” Liberty Counsel stated. . . . . .

    More Whites Died in Katrina Disaster than Blacks

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:41 am

    The new numbers are out and they were right! Hurricane Katrina was racist . . . . . .against whites! This news will be disappointing to professional victims and race baiters everywhere.

    Statistics released by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals suggest that fewer than half of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were black, and that whites died at the highest rate of all races in New Orleans.

    Liberals in the aftermath of the storm were quick to allege that the Bush administration delayed its response to the catastrophe because most of the victims were black.

    Damu Smith, founder of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, in September said that the federal government “ignored us, they forgot about us … because we look like we look.”

    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in October said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency wasn’t fit to help the storm’s victims because “there are not enough blacks high up in FEMA” and added that, “certainly the Red Cross is the same.”

    Rapper Kanye West used his time on NBC’s telethon for the hurricane victims to charge that, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

    But the state’s demographic information suggests that whites in New Orleans died at a higher rate than minorities. According to the 2000 census, whites make up 28 percent of the city’s population, but the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals indicates that whites constitute 36.6 percent of the storm’s fatalities in the city.

    African-Americans make up 67.25 percent of the population and 59.1 percent of the deceased. Other minorities constitute approximately 5 percent of the population and represented 4.3 percent of the storm’s fatalities.

    Overall for the state, 658 bodies have been identified. Forty-seven percent were African-American and 42 percent were Caucasian. The remaining bodies were either non-black minorities or undetermined.

    An additional 247 victims have not been identified, so their demographic information has not been released. . . . . . . . . . . .

    51 terror suspects nabbed trying to enter U.S. illegally

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:10 am

    If 51 terrorists with plans to wage Jihad on the U.S. have been caught in just the last 14 months, how many got through in that short time, and how many are already here because we were so slow to even begin dealing with the borders after 9/11? I agree with those analysts and politicians who say another attack on America is inevitable. We put out the welcome mat to our enemy, and our leaders are too dumb to pick it up and lock the doors.

    At least 51 people who crossed the border illegally have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism since such tracking began 14 months ago, according to figures released to Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Tancredo, a leading congressional advocate of immigration reform, says the figures document the national security risk the nation’s porous borders pose on the eve of Congress’ first attempt in nearly a decade to rewrite immigration law.

    Since October 2004, the Joint Terrorism Task Forces have kept track of arrested terrorist suspects who are in the U.S. illegally.

    The JTTF document released to Tancredo shows 51 people were arrested who had “entered without inspection” into the U.S. from countries such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Pakistan.

    “If this isn’t a wake-up call to our lax border security, I don’t know what is,” said Tancredo. “What scares me is not this list from federal law enforcement – after all, we’ve already caught those terrorists. What scares me is the potentially hundreds of terrorists who make their way through our porous borders each year and go undetected.”

    On a side note, I’ve noticed an increased number of news analysis shows that are covering a rise in anti-American sentiment in Mexico. It seems there are several anti-American groups in Mexico who are advocating retaking the Southern United States for Mexico. They claim their land was taken illegally during the war with Mexico, and America is responsible for driving them into poverty and kicking them out of their homes. Is this sounding familiar? Soon we’ll hear the word “refugee” used to describe people in depressed areas of Northern Mexico and poor areas in the Southern U.S. that have large Mexican, immigrant populations. I believe the terrorists are smart enough to play on these group’s anger and create the same Palestinian-style terrorist groups south of our border that are currently used against Israel. “Palestinians” are a made up people with a made up history, and would more appropriately be called Egyptians and Jordanians, but that hasn’t stopped the world from using them to wage Jihad on the Jews. Humans are a gullible breed, and rewriting history is entirely too easy to do, thanks to our liberal media and universities (read indoctrination camps). If you repeat a false history long enough, people will start to believe it. The rest of the world would love to see the U.S. labeled occupiers. I can hear them now, demanding that America give land back to the oppressed Mexican people, and end the occupation. What comes around goes around, and we may one day find ourselves in the same cycle of violence and concessions we’ve imposed on Israel for years. The more illegal immigrants and terrorists we have living inside our borders, the more possible this scenario becomes.

    12/14/2005

    Now Churches are Being Targeted in Australia

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:15 pm

    Governments around the world better wake up and realize that Islam is not a religion of peace, and everywhere it exists, there also exists mass murder, torture, and chaos.

    FOUR churches in Sydney’s southwest have been attacked in 24 hours as the city’s riots spread from race to religion.

    A community hall linked to a Uniting church was burned to the ground early yesterday, carol-singers were spat on and church buildings peppered with gunfire.

    In response, members of the Arab Christian and Arab Muslim communities have called for a curfew for all Lebanese youths over the weekend.

    The problem is far bigger than that. People who will gun down church goers and innocent people singing carols will not be stopped by simply imposing curfews. They only understand force. Their entire religion is built on war, violence, and jihad for Allah.

    Police believe the attack on the hall, in the suburb of Auburn, was intended to destroy the Uniting church next door, while nearby StThomas’s Anglican Church, which has a primarily Chinese congregation, had all its front windows smashed. Three of the attacks were on churches within minutes of each other. The night before, Molotov cocktails were used in an attack on an Anglican church in Macquarie Fields in the city’s far southwest.

    Arab Christians have suggested the attacks on churches may have been meant as a violent attempt to “shame” the city’s Lebanese Christian community into supporting Lebanese Muslims in the race-hate war, which began as a battle against young white males over use of suburban beaches.

    Or, maybe they’ve been taught from birth to slay the infidel and kill the non-believer wherever they find them (these exact words are in the Quran).

    Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen welcomed the call for a curfew. “We must remember that it is first of all in the home that we learn to respect and care for others,” he said.

    “So I trust that all parents will join these community leaders in encouraging their own young people to exhibit mature and thoughtful respect for other people at all times.”

    Yeah, that’ll work.

    Read more here, and be sure to read this article. The U.S. MIGHT be starting to get it.

    12/13/2005

    China says hacking illegal, after alleged military attacks on US computers

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:21 am

    The U.S. accused China of hacking U.S. government computer networks. Coming just after the U.N.’s conference on stealing the internet, I suspect China may be attempting to bring the U.S. around to seeing the need for internet governance.

    The Chinese government has responded to speculation that its military was trying to penetrate US computer networks, saying hacking was against Chinese law.

    ‘We have clear stipulations against hacking. No one can use the Internet to engage in illegal activities,’ foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular briefing.

    ‘The Chinese police will deal with hacking and other activities disturbing social order in accordance with law.’

    Qin was responding to a reported claim by the head of a leading US security institute that the Chinese military was most likely behind a systematic effort to penetrate US government and industry computer networks.

    Islamists call for elimination of Christians

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:12 am

    More from the religion of pieces. Islam is such a tolerant and inclusive religion.

    Militant Islamists in Pakistan have called for the elimination of Christians and the public hanging of a Christian accused of blasphemy.

    According to a news release from human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide, or CSW, about 3,000 Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at the Jamia Mosque in Sangla Hill on Dec. 2. It was at that location three weeks earlier that three churches, a school, a convent and Christian homes were attacked in Pakistan’s worst outbreak of anti-Christian violence since 2002.

    On Dec. 4, CSW reported, the National Commission for Justice and Peace organized a National Consultation meeting on “Ending Religious Intolerance.” The conference in Lahore brought together religious and civil society leaders from around the country, including representatives of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, the Christian Study Centre, the Commission for Peace and Human Development and the Centre of Legal Assistance and Settlement.

    The consultation resulted in a joint resolution, which described the Sangla Hill violence as, CSW reported, “merely one manifestation of the alarming level of religious intolerance prevailing in the country, being fuelled by hate speech and discriminatory laws.”

    The resolution accused the Pakistani authorities of having “done nothing to defuse the tension,” and of “failing to repair the situation.” It claimed the government was “not admitting the facts and is rather protecting the instigators of mob violence.” Procedural delays have meant vital evidence has been lost, which has made the judicial process “ineffective,” the resolution claimed.

    12/12/2005

    Officials Puzzled by Okla. Gas Geysers

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:38 pm

    This is just weird!

    An outbreak of geysers spewing mud and gas into the air in rural Kingfisher County is puzzling state and local officials.

    Kingfisher Fire Chief John Crawford says initial reports of the geysers came in Friday morning, and that firefighters and Oklahoma Corporation Commission officials were on the scene yesterday.

    The geysers have appeared throughout the countryside of rural Kingfisher, with stretches of up to 12 miles between spots, and some as short as a quarter of a mile.

    Crawford says the threat of the gas igniting is unlikely, but he says there is a concern the gas could begin coming up through water-well lines.

    He says sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to inform residents of the possibility of gas coming through wells and water systems.

    I know what happened. Someone in Oklahoma prayed for relief from high natural gas prices. Actually, it’s probably global warming. Everything is caused by global warming, you know.

    Court, Governor Won’t Halt Execution

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:15 pm

    The founder of the Crips gang, which is responsible for hundreds of murders, robberies, rapes, and other crimes, will not receive clemency from Governor Schwarzenegger and will die tonight for committing four brutal murders in the 70′s. Hollywood liberals, liberal politicians, and many in the media have come out in support of Tookie Williams, claiming that because he wrote children’s books discouraging gang involvement, he should be considered reformed and given life in prison instead of death. Probably the most absurd comment on Tookie’s behalf came from Alan Colmes on Fox News today. If you’ve watched Hannity & Colmes, you know that Alan is rabidly anti-Christian and one of the more “moon-batty” liberals on TV. When Christian guests appear on the show, Alan taunts them, criticizes their beliefs, and asks insulting questions. He loves the ACLU, hates Christian speakers and preachers, and thinks Christians have no right to freedom of speech or religion. In light of his views on the “separation of church and state” and his support for banning Christianity from the public square, it’s laughable that he asked a guest who supported giving Tookie the death penalty whether “thou shalt not kill” should be the country’s policy on punishing criminals (he always asks these kind of questions in a condescending voice, as if he’s caught someone being a hypocrite). When I heard Alan invoke the Bible, I screamed at the TV and Ben’s jaw dropped to the floor. Suddenly, it’s acceptable to Alan to base our law on the Bible and introduce the Ten Commandments back into our court rooms. I can’t help myself, Alan is a complete MORON.

    Getting back to the crimes of Tookie Williams, the media has done a typically poor job of reporting all of the facts. His supporters have claimed that Williams is reformed and no longer deserving of death because of his children’s books and all of the “good works” he’s done from prison. They never mention that he has refused to name other gang members who have committed murders and who continue to commit crimes while he protects them. He feels it’s unfair of them to ask him to be a snitch, even if it saves lives. Also, instead of showing remorse at his trial, Tookie threatened the jurors, and while in prison, he has been involved in numerous fights and has repeatedly threatened and assaulted guards, sending at least one to the emergency room by throwing chemicals into his eyes. Does that sound like a reformed man to you? Liberals will always stick up for murderers, whether they’re in a gang in the U.S., or a terrorist cell overseas.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row. With the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting his final appeal, Williams, 51, was set to die by injection at San Quentin Prison early Tuesday for murdering four people during two 1979 holdups.

    Williams’ case became one of the nation’s biggest death-row cause celebres in decades. It set off a nationwide debate over the possibility of redemption on death row, with Hollywood stars and capital punishment foes arguing that Williams had made amends by writing children’s books about the dangers of gangs.

    Williams stood to become the 12th person executed in California since lawmakers reinstated the death penalty in 1977.

    He was condemned in 1981 for gunning down convenience store clerk Albert Owens, 26, at a 7-Eleven in Whittier and killing Yen-I Yang, 76, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang, 63, and the couple’s daughter Yu-Chin Yang Lin, 43, at the Los Angeles motel they owned. Williams claimed he was innocent.

    Schwarzenegger also pointed out the brutality of the crimes, noting that Williams allegedly said about one of the killings, “You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him.” According to the governor’s account, Williams then made a growling noise and laughed for five to six minutes.

    In addition, the governor noted that Williams dedicated his 1998 book “Life in Prison” to a list of figures that included the black militant George Jackson _ “a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed and that he still sees violence and lawlessness as a legitimate means to address societal problems.”

    Schwarzenegger also noted that there is “little mention or atonement in his writings and his plea for clemency of the countless murders committed by the Crips following the lifestyle Williams once espoused. The senseless killing that has ruined many families, particularly in African-American communities, in the name of the Crips and gang warfare is a tragedy of our modern culture.”

    Williams and a friend founded the Crips in Los Angeles in 1971. Authorities say it is responsible for hundreds of deaths, many of them in battles with the rival Bloods for turf and control of the drug trade.