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    Iran: Referral Means End of Diplomacy

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:05 pm

    Oh no! Iran’s done it now! They’ve been referred to the U.N. security council. Right off the bat, the U.N. will do what it does best. . . . . .

    . . . .They also decided the Security Council should wait until March to take up Iran’s nuclear file after a formal report on Tehran’s activities from the U.N. agency, which meets Thursday in Vienna. . . .

    Refer, wait, debate, wait, rinse, repeat.

    Upon hearing the terrifying news, Iran announced that diplomacy would end and they would no longer cooperate. I must have missed it. When did Iran ever cooperate? Muslim logic and reasoning is truly mystifying.

    Iran struck back Tuesday at the Big Five’s decision to refer the country’s nuclear file to the Security Council, saying the move has no legal justification and would be the end of diplomacy.

    At a London meeting that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday, envoys of the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia agreed to recommend that the International Atomic Energy Agency report Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

    . . . . . .

    “Reporting Iran’s dossier to the U.N. Security Council will be unconstructive and the end of diplomacy,” said Iran’s leading nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani. State television quoted him as sayiny Iran still believes the issue can be resolved peacefully.

    Iran’s “Baghdad Bob” chimed in:

    “The biggest problem for the West is that they can’t find any (legal) justification to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council,” ISNA quoted him as saying. . . . .

    “Europeans should pay more attention. Iran has called for dialogue and is moving in the direction of reaching an agreement through peaceful means,” Larijani said.

    All of this is for not anyway. Iran likely already has Nukes. Regime Change Iran has more, as does the Jerusalem Post.

    Hamas asks Israel for help

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:28 pm

    Hamas, too death obsessed and filled with hatred to even speak to a Jew, went through Egypt to ask Israel for help. Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!! They’re asking Israel for permission to have Hamas’ top terrorist, responsible for scores of suicide bombings and the slaughter of many Jews, move to Gaza and set up shop. This is the same murdering, terrorist leader Israel once tried to assassinate.

    In what may be the first attempt by Hamas to negotiate indirectly with the Jewish state since it won last week’s Palestinian elections, the terror group has asked Egypt to petition Israel and European countries to allow its overall leader Khaled Meshaal to enter Gaza, a top Hamas official told WorldNetDaily.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hamas is presenting Meshaal – responsible for directing dozens of suicide bombings and shooting attacks – as a “moderating influence” on the terror group who is capable of restraining “hardline elements.”

    Meshaal currently operates from Syria, where he runs the organization and grants interviews to the media. He was named the most senior figure in the terror group after the assassination in March 2004 of Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, as well as the elimination of Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz Rantisi a month later. Israel attempted to assassinate Meshaal in 1997.

    . . . . . . . . .

    Top Hamas officials say they consider the return of Meshaal crucial for their preparations to assume power, saying they want him to enter Gaza within the next three weeks.

    I’m sure they DO see Meshaal’s return as crucial. They need someone to head up the “resistance” jihad now that the Palestinians have expressed their support for terrorism by voting Hamas into power.

    An Israeli spokesman told WND that although the Egyptians will brief Livni on their relationship with Hamas, she will not accept any direct messages from the terror group or use Egypt to pass convey messages.

    Israel is on record as opposing the entrance of Meshaal into Gaza, threatening in the past to close the Rafah crossing should he attempt to enter. However, Israel’s leading Yediot newspaper recently quoted an Israeli official who said Meshaal might be allowed to cross if Hamas agrees to recognize Israel and to extend a long-term cease fire.

    Israeli security officials say Meshaal eventually wants to travel from Gaza into the West Bank.

    If his return to Gaza hinges on Hamas suddenly becoming a civilized organization that doesn’t place murder of Jews at the top of their to-do list, he might as well get comfortable in his bomb making shop in Syria. I wonder how long it will take Hamas to realize that no one is going to do favors for a bunch of terrorists. The Palestinians made their bed, now they can lie in it.

    Appeals Court Rules “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban” Unconstitutional

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:25 pm

    Once again an unelected judge has overruled our elected, representative government to allow healthy babies to be born and immediately killed simply because the mother doesn’t want to be bothered with children. I’m not saying this is the only reason for an abortion, but it is the most common reason. With our medically advanced society today, the life of the mother NEVER has to be an issue. Any honest doctor will tell you this. Senator Frist, a U.S. Senator and M.D., has explained this fact many times, and Democrats have ignored it.

    We live in a sick world when you can actually find a doctor who doesn’t have a problem with birthing your baby only to puncture his/her skull and suction out his/her brain. That’s reality, and that’s the kind of person these women are trusting their health to. This is also why so many women suffer with depression for years after they have abortions.

    A federal appeals court declared the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying the measure is vague and lacks an exception for cases in which a
    woman’s health is at stake.

    The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal appeals court in the country to hold the law to be unconstitutional.

    President Bush signed the abortion ban in 2003, but it was not enforced because of legal challenges in several states.

    The ban covers a procedure generally performed in the second trimester [the word generally is inserted to make people feel better, but in many cases it is much later -ed.] , in which a fetus is partially removed from the womb and the skull punctured.

    Federal judges in New York and Nebraska also have ruled the ban unconstitutional. The Nebraska ruling was upheld in July by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:23 pm

    President Bush’s State of the Union Address was excellent, and as usual, the Democrats looked stupid as they smirked, rolled their eyes, and cheered when President Bush announced that Congress had done nothing to fix social security. All the Dems know how to do is obstruct and whine, and they’re proud of it. Read the full transcript of the SOTU here (hat tip: LGF).


    Half of Americans give Bush thumbs-up

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:00 pm

    President Bush’s approval rating is now at 50%. I believe this increase in his poll numbers is a result of 2 things. One, he’s started acting like the Republicans have a majority and he’s no longer caving in to the Democrats on every issue. And, two, the Democrats have made complete fools of themselves with the Alito confirmation hearings and their leaks of classified information that put American lives in danger. Wackos like Cindy Sheehan and Senator Murtha have also helped the Right. Let’s hope the Democrats keep it up. If they do, Bush’s approval ratings will likely surpass last year’s high of 54%, and the November elections will be another victory for those of us who live in reality.

    For the first time this year, President Bush has broken the 50 percent mark in public opinion, with half of those polled now approving of the way he is performing his role as chief executive.

    According to Rasmussen Reports, which conducted the survey, 49 percent of American adults disapprove of his performance.

    Broken down by party, Bush earned the approval of 82 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of those not affiliated with either major political party.

    According to Rasmussen, the president’s highest rating of 2005 was 54 percent on Feb. 4, while his lowest rating was 40 percent on Oct. 28. A survey released Jan. 12 of this year showed Bush’s lowest rating for 2006 at 43 percent.

    The national telephone survey of 1,500 adults was conducted Jan. 27-29. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

    No. 2 terrorist: Next attack on U.S. soil

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:38 pm

    As I said in a previous post, there seems to be mounting evidence that Al Qaeda is working up to another attack on the U.S. homeland. Ayman al-Zawahiri announced in a video released today that the next terrorist attack will be on U.S. soil. Of course, they say that in every video they release, but there does seem to be a familiar pattern emerging. I hope I’m wrong, and I hope our guys are listening in on the terrorists, and ignoring the Democrat’s rant about our freedom to be sitting ducks – a right the NSA is trying to take away from us.

    Al-Qaida’s No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, says on a new video played by Al-Jazeera satellite television today that the next terror attack will be on U.S. soil.

    Al-Zawahiri confirms he survived the U.S. air strike targeting him in Pakistan earlier this month and calls President Bush “the butcher of Washington and a failure” with reference to the attack.

    “The war will be transferred to Bush’s soil,” al-Zawahiri warns.

    Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor by training, says of Bush: “You are not only a liar, but also a failed crusader and a traitor.” – a similar message to that of his last video, also broadcast by Al-Jazeera, which predicted Bush’s defeat and “the victory of Islam” in Iraq.

    He appears in his turban and pointing an admonishing finger.

    “I cannot die if God does not want this,” says al-Zawahiri. “My life does not depend on you, but is in God’s hands. Do you know where I am now? I am amongst Muslims, who are protecting me.”

    The second part of the message is addressed directly to the American people. Al-Zawahiri reminds them that their president did not accept Osama bin Laden’s offer in his video message transmitted by al-Jazeera Jan. 19 – a truce in exchange for America’s withdrawal from Iraq.

    Osama’s “truce” offer means he realizes he’s losing and he thinks the left in the U.S. is more powerful than it is.

    Chavez Backs Sheehan Plan for Bush Protest

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:32 pm

    Karl Rove himself couldn’t write a better script. Mama Moonbat meets with anti-American strongman, Hugo Chavez to agree on Bush’s qualifications for the world’s worst terrorist, and plan her political campaign against Dianne Feinstein. Hugo also announced his support for another campout at the Bush ranch, and even expressed a desire to camp out with her. I suppose he will fill the position of foot masseuse for Mama Moonbat. Sheehan thanked Chavez for “supporting life and peace” and said she was impressed by his sincerity. She must be referring to his sincere support of Fidel Castro, or maybe his sincere efforts to throw all of his political opponents in jail. How many sharks does this lady get to jump before someone kicks her off the world stage? On second thought, keep her there. It’s good for the Republican party.

    Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who just announced that she is weighing a run for Senate, plans to protest again outside
    President Bush’s Texas ranch, Venezuela’s president said Sunday with Sheehan by his side.

    Hugo Chavez, his arm around Sheehan’s shoulders, told a group of activists that Sheehan had told him that during Holy Week, in April, “she is going to put up her tent again in front of Mr. Danger’s ranch.”

    “She invited me to put up a tent. Maybe I’ll put up my tent also,” Chavez said, to applause from an audience invited to his weekly broadcast on the final day of the World Social Forum, an annual gathering of anti-war and anti-globalization activists.

    Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son, Casey, was killed in
    Iraq in 2004, thanked Chavez for “supporting life and peace” and she was impressed by his sincerity.

    “He said, ‘Why don’t I run for president?’” she said. “I just laughed.”

    Sheehan, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., said Saturday that she is strongly considering challenging Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein because the lawmaker will not support calls to immediately bring the troops home.

    Super Bowl Sunday terror chatter high

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:21 pm

    Well, this is scary! Al Qaeda tapes, chatter, and patterns of behavior point to a Super Bowl Sunday attack on the U.S. We’ve had these kind of warnings before, and they ended up being wrong, but that doesn’t mean they will always be wrong, and letting our guard down is the worst thing we could do. Fortunately, our government understands this (thank God for a Republican majority and a president that gets it). Security for the Super Bowl will be the largest security operation in U.S. history. I just hope security is as high elsewhere, and our intelligence gathering capabilities were not too severely hampered by the New York Times leak and the Democrat’s leaking and temper tantrums about surveillance techniques. If we are hit because of damage done to our ability to eavesdrop on terrorists, the Democratic party is finished. That’s little consolation, however, if thousands of Americans suffer for their ignorance.

    There is a high likelihood of a major terrorist attack next Sunday, say international terror analysts and intelligence sources.

    The warning is made on the basis of several factors, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin:

    * There is increased “chatter” in the terrorist world about a major new attack in the West – a sign often leading to an impending strike;

    * The date Feb. 5 has been specifically referenced in some of this chatter;

    * The date is significant to Osama bin Laden;

    * Much of the western world will be watching television that day;

    * The release of al-Qaida videotapes seems to provide clues about the dates of future attacks and, in this scenario, Feb. 5 becomes the most likely near-term terror strike date.

    Terror attacks seem to follow the release of al-Qaida videos by about 30 days. Some intelligence analysts are noting the significance of the release of videos recently by both Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    Zawahiri released his last video Jan. 6, making Feb. 5 the most likely target date, according to past attacks. Some analysts suggest the release of communiqués by both al-Zawahiri and bin Laden might be the precursor to a mega-attack – something even rivaling Sept. 11 in scope and devastation.

    But there does seem to be an unmistakable pattern involved in the release of videos and al-Qaida attacks.

    Zawahiri, bin Laden’s right-hand man, who narrowly escaped death in the Pakistani missile attack weeks ago, seems to release videos in pairs. After the release of the second video, within 30 days a major event occurs.

    For instance:

    # release dates of Sept. 9 and Nov. 9, 2004, were the first set of videos, followed by the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, bombings Dec. 6.

    # release dates of Feb. 20 and June 26, 2005, were followed by the July 7, 2005, London bombings.

    # release dates of Aug. 4 and Sept. 1, 2005, were followed by the Bali bombings Oct. 1, 2005.

    The next set started Oct. 23, 2005, and on Jan. 6, the second video followed.

    That, suggests some analysts, makes Feb. 5 a likely target date. Interestingly, it is also a significant date to bin Laden. Feb. 5, 1989, was the day the last Soviet troops withdrew from Kabul, Afghanistan, signaling their defeat at the hand of the mujahedeen. Kabul was the capital of Osama’s adopted country and was a major win for him and Islam. Significantly, perhaps, in bin Laden’s audio release he referenced the U.S. withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It also happens to be Super Bowl Sunday, when the eyes of the entire world will be watching America.

    Authorities in Detroit, where the Super Bowl will be played, are certainly taking the threat of terrorism seriously. According to the FBI and Detroit police, the game will be the focal point of one of the largest security operations in U.S. history, guarding against any threats to Super Bowl XL and aided by more than 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

    Including private security guards, there will be about 10,000 security personnel on duty, more than for any other one-day event in U.S. history. Radiation detectors will be stationed near the stadium. SWAT teams, bomb removal and other specialized law enforcement officials will be on hand.

    Despite the recent taped messages, authorities say there are “no credible threats against the Super Bowl.”


    NORAD practises plan to protect Super Bowl from air attack

    Mexican immigration official arrested

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:43 am

    Fox News is reporting today that 4 Iraqis were arrested trying to cross the Mexico border into the U.S. This comes after an alert was issued for an Iraqi thought to be bringing explosives into the U.S. And, this is all on top of reports of drug tunnels being found under the border, corrupt government officials aiding illegal immigrants, and an increase in violence between uniformed Mexican’s and our border patrol along the border. The border situation is out of control, and terrorism is obviously being imported to the homeland via Mexico. We’re going to pay for our government’s indifference to this situation in a very big way, I’m afraid. Unless we can get the message across to Congress and the President that we are tired of this obviously dangerous situation being ignored. Our security is at risk. If you’ve ever been one to write your representatives in Washington, now is the time! The media is reporting it, but the American public is not getting the message. If they were, there would be a much louder cry for action. We’ve had an impact on Supreme Court nominations, an anti-Christian sit-com on NBC, and censorship and religious discrimination during the Christmas holiday. We should be at least as concerned about this.

    The U.S. Border Patrol arrested a Mexican immigration official who was allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into the United States, the Mexican government said Sunday.

    Immigration agent Francisco Javier Gutierrez was arrested at a checkpoint near Alamogordo, N.M., about 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the Mexican Interior Department said in a news release.

    Gutierrez had been fired on corruption allegations last year but returned to his job after winning a court case in which he claimed he had been unfairly dismissed, according to the National Immigration Institute.

    The Mexican government promised to cooperate with U.S. authorities in the case. A spokesman for the Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, declined to comment Sunday.

    Gutierrez’s arrest comes just days after the Mexican and U.S. governments exchanged terse diplomatic notes about security on the border.

    Last Monday, men dressed in Mexican military-style uniforms unloaded what appeared to be bundles of marijuana before setting fire to an SUV in the Rio Grande as Texas law enforcement officers watched from the other side of the river.

    Mexican officials have said the men were not Mexican soldiers. Texas authorities have said they want to investigate the incident further.

    U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza sent a note to the Mexican government two days later urging it to clamp down on drug-related violence and corruption on the border region. Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez responded by calling Garza’s comments out of line and sending his own diplomatic note asking the ambassador to stop making public comments about security and immigration issues.

    Garza then sent a second note Friday, reiterating a request “that the Government of Mexico undertake additional measures to prevent cross-border violence and to provide our government with any investigative results they may have related to the violence.”

    Also last week, a tunnel was discovered running about 2,400 feet from a warehouse near the airport in Tijuana to a warehouse in San Diego. More than 2 tons of marijuana had been found inside. It was unclear how long the tunnel had been in operation.

    More on the border problem:

    Mexican Arrested in Border Tunnel Case

    Authorities Find ‘Massive’ Border Tunnel Full of Pot

    Right Wing and Right Minded comments

    The Hutch Report calls for action


    Hamas Suggests Using Militants in Army

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:05 am

    The International Community continues to repeat over and over to themselves, “Hamas will become more moderate”, “Hamas will become more moderate”, while Hamas responds by reiterating its commitment to the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of all the Jews, in accordance with Muhammad’s playbook. Hamas has also announced that they will form a Palestinian army (made up of terrorists, of course) to go with their new state. I wonder how long it will take for the media and world governments to admit you can’t force an entire population of Jihadists to be civilized human beings. Only when they realize they’ve been giving billions of dollars to the same enemy we’re fighting in the war on terror, will they finally give up on the tools they’ve used for decades to continue Hitler’s work.

    The leader of Hamas suggested Saturday that the Islamic group could create a Palestinian army that would include its militant wing — responsible for scores of deadly attacks on Israelis — in the aftermath of its crushing victory in parliamentary elections.

    Israeli officials condemned the plan, demanding that Hamas renounce violence. Palestinian security officers, including loyalists from the defeated
    Fatah Party, said they would never submit to Hamas control.

    “Hamas has no power to meddle with the security forces,” said Jibril Rajoub, a Palestinian strongman.

    The Hamas chief, Khaled Mashaal, reiterated that Hamas would not recongize
    Israel and indicated attacks on Israeli civilians would continue as long as Israel continued to target Palestinian civilians. “As long as we are under occupation then resistance is our right,” he said.

    Angry police stormed the parliament building in Gaza and armed militants marched into Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ compound in Ramallah to demonstrate their rejection of Hamas’ authority. Their defiance raised fears of a spike in violence between Palestinian factions.

    At least the Palistinians (a.k.a. Egyptian-Jordanian-Arabs used as tools to steal Israel’s land) are fighting each other now and might not have time to kill as many Israelis.


    EU Approves Ban on ‘Homophobia’; Christians Remain Silent

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:13 pm

    This WILL be coming to the United States next. The E.U. has outlawed “homophopbia”. Homophobia is defined as “an irrational fear and aversion of homosexuality and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people based on prejudice, similar to racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism.” In other words, any views that do not accept homosexuality in all its forms as normal and morally acceptable. Our Supreme Court justices have said repeatedly that foreign laws should play a part in U.S. Supreme Court decisions, so you can bet they will be citing this resolution in decisions some time in the future. Sadly, proponents of this resolution in Britain referred to the mostly silent Christians in Europe as the “lunatic fringe”. We are seeing more of this kind of rhetoric from the left in the U.S., and it’s having the same affect. More and more, Christian denominations in the U.S. are remaining silent in the face of similar legislation. Either they remain silent, or as in the case of the Presbyterian church, the Methodists, and several others, they’ve taken up the cause of the secular left. Jesus did say the end would not come before the great apostasy.

    The European Union has unanimously approved a resolution banning “homophobia.” A Christian attorney in Mississippi explains why that should concern the citizens of the United States.

    The resolution, called “Homophobia in Europe,” defines homophobia as “an irrational fear and aversion of homosexuality and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people based on prejudice, similar to racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism.” It calls for action against member states that do not implement programs directed at fair treatment of homosexuals in employment and occupation. It also seeks to “ensure that same-sex partners enjoy the same respect, dignity and protection as the rest of society.”

    Steve Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, says although the resolution is not law, it could eventually affect the United States.

    “Our Supreme Court seems enamored with citing to foreign sources of law,” Crampton observes. And if that mindset continues, he fears that “what happens in the European Union today is going to become the law and policy of America tomorrow.”

    For that reason, the attorney advises that family advocates in the U.S. “absolutely … should be concerned about this — and we should be rising up right now before it’s too late,” he adds.

    Crampton asserts that the EU resolution is just further proof that society is continuing its slide toward moral depravity. “When you consider that [approval of the measure came] by a vote of almost four-to-one — and it was basically a restatement of the radical homosexual agenda — there is great cause for concern for those of us who adhere to the traditional, biblical teachings that homosexual conduct is sinful,” he says.

    The “Homophobia in Europe” resolution was passed by a vote of 468-149; there were 41 abstentions. Christians and conservatives did not protest the resolution, prompting one former member of Britain’s Parliament and a homosexual rights advocate to say that the “lunatic fringe” — Christians and conservatives — have learned that “it does not pay anymore to shout against gays and lesbians in the Parliament itself.”


    Hamas, al-Qaida linked in phony passport ring

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:51 pm

    The day after Hamas was elected to lead the Palestinians, the media reports that a phony passport ring was uncovered linking Hamas with Al Qaeda. This is just one of many links between Hamas and Al Qaeda, but it emphasizes how hard the “International Community” will have to work to ignore Hamas’ terror ties as they work to reestablish the “partner for peace” needed to divide up Israel and create another terrorist state in the Middle East.

    Colombia announced the arrest of 19 yesterday in passport-forging ring linked to Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and al-Qaida that sent an undetermined number of foreign nationals to the United States and Europe, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday.

    “Some of the suspects are wanted for extradition by the United States for collaborating with terrorist groups Hamas and al-Qaida,” said Deputy Attorney General Alberto Otalora.

    Three members of Colombia’s Administrative Security Department, the state intelligence agency, and an employee of Colombia’s National Registry, which provides official identification documents, were arrested as part of the ring.

    “This network since 2002 has been dedicated to falsifying documents in order to permit foreign citizens to travel as Colombians through Europe and the United States,” said a statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office.

    The statement added that citizens of Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt sent information to the ring in Colombia, which used that information to create false Colombian passports.

    “The foreigners were turned into Colombian citizens without ever coming to Colombia,” the statement said.

    The investigation has been under way since 2002.

    Hamas this week won a majority of seats in elections for the Palestinian Authority’s legislature.

    Read More:

    Bruised Orange

    Sister Toldjah

    So what should be done about Iran?

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:12 am

    Here’s an excellent article by Kevin McCullough on the lame response to the Iran threat, and France’s sudden burst of courage that led Chirac to threaten Nuclear war against Iran. If the French are scared to the point of wanting to actually fight, this is getting serious!

    Everybody has the terror jitters right now.

    Some of my listeners (who are many times decidedly against the War on Terror) confessed in e-mails this week that they are worried about Iran. Defense specialists across the globe are drawing mapped-out plans on cable news networks as to how we could get jets into the region and take out their nuclear facilities. And even the French are threatening maximum retaliation if this or any other nation-state levels a terror assault against them. (And if the French are ready to fight, you know it has to be bad.)

    So what should be done about Iran?

    Their elected leader is so certifiably insane that even his own countrymen have tried to carry out assassinations against him. In their most recent attempt, they killed his bodyguard and his driver but alas he escaped without injury. And don’t read too much into that anyway. The Iranians who want him dead don’t necessarily disagree with him, they just want him to stop running off at the mouth putting out in the open what many of them believe anyway. It will not help their cause for him to be calling for the extermination of the Israeli state publicly.

    Right now the Bush plan is to go to the United Nations’ Security Council and call for sanctions.


    This plan has been carried out with such stealth that last week Iran was able to pull out vast amounts of its European holdings, so as to be prepared in the event that they need resources during their sanctions.

    Of course, the main reason Bush needs to go to the United Nations is to appease the pansies in this nation on the political left, who believe more in talk than in actions.

    After all it wasn’t our sanctions against Iraq that got Libya to turn over their weapons programs. It was watching Saddam Hussein be captured in a spider hole – or perhaps Qusay and Uday tasting justice – either way, Libya decided they wanted none of that and coughed up their entire WMD program.

    So who cares if we put Iran under sanctions?

    They want nuclear weapons. They want to wipe Israel and America off the map. They hate the fact that Iraq is becoming a stable democracy in front of their population’s TV sets. They hate the fact that the students in Iran, for the most part, desire to see a true form of freedom and democracy come to their nation. It doesn’t seem to me that in light of such hatred for all that America stands for, that a few sanctions are going to be any big deal to them.

    So what should be done about Iran?

    No doubt the pansy-left in America will argue that talks should drag on and on. Whether Russia comes through on its suggestion to enrich Iran’s uranium or not, the left in our nation will argue that we should wait a little longer.

    But how long do we wait?

    Read it all. . . .


    Carter calls for funding Palestinians

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:16 pm

    Jimmy Carter is doing Hamas’ PR again and he’s revealed to the media the liberals’ new strategy for funding Palestinian terrorism. Since many governments have laws against giving money to terrorist organizations, Jimmy suggests these governments might bypass these inconvenient laws by sending money to the Hamas led government via the U.N. Naturally, the U.N. will have no such problem with funding terrorism.

    Since, Israel has made concession after concession, and Gaza and parts of the West Bank can no longer be called occupied lands, the new cry for money will be justified by whining about the poor, desperate Palestinians, living in poverty and running out of money to run their new, elected government. They ran out of money because they spent it all on arms, bombs, and reward money for the family of suicide bombers, but, that’s never stopped the left from seeing terrorists as the true victims.

    I do believe NRO’s analysis may be correct. A Hamas win may be the worst thing that could have happened to the terrorists who’s only goal is the destruction of Israel. The P.A. can no longer claim that they can’t reign in the militants because they don’t have enough guns or the P.A. security forces are under-funded. The government IS the “militants”, and they can no longer hide behind anonymity and the P.A.’s cover story. (hat tip: LGF)

    Carter, who led an 85-member international observer team from around the world organized by the ‘National Democratic Institute’ in partnership with ‘The Carter Center,’ urged the international community to directly or indirectly fund the new Palestinian Government even though it will be led by an internationally-declared foreign terror organization.

    “The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming,” Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference.

    He added that if international law barred donor countries from directly funding a Hamas-led government than the US and the EU should bypass the Palestinian Authority and provide the “much-needed” money to the Palestinians via non-governmental channels such as UN agencies.

    “Regardless of the government, I would hope that potential donors find alternative means to be generous to the Palestinian people [even] if the donor decides to bypass the Palestinian government completely,” Carter said, stressing that his main concern was to avert the “suffering” of the Palestinian people, which he said could lead to a new cycle of violence.

    Bush says ready to use veto if Congress overspends

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:32 pm

    Bush may finally be getting the message from his base. Congress certainly isn’t, so I hope he does veto the budget. We all know Congress WILL overspend, and all of the polls show Republicans are tired of a lack of will and complete lack of an agenda on cutting spending by the majority we elected to Congress. It’s time to start acting like the majority and go back to the days when Republicans based their campaigns on a “contract with America“.

    President George W. Bush, who has never vetoed legislation, said on Thursday he was ready to do so this year if the U.S. Congress approves too much government spending.

    “I’m fully prepared to use the veto if they overspend,” Bush told a news conference.

    Speaking as it was announced that the U.S. budget deficit would hit $337 billion this year, Bush also said he would welcome legislation to discourage the use of “earmarks,” or targeted spending that lawmakers often use for pet projects in their districts. Such measures are often added in secret to spending bills.

    Bush touted a five-year bill to cut spending on social welfare and other programs by $39.7 billion. The measure was approved by the U.S. Senate but still needs final passage in the House of Representatives.

    Approval by the House of that bill would show a resolve for fiscal discipline, Bush said.

    Students ban Christians in row over gays

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:00 pm

    We can no longer refer to our fellow human beings as either “men” or “women”. It’s insensitive and leaves people out. The “its” have succeeded in getting an evangelical student organization banned in the U.K. These Christian students at Birmingham University, who’s group has been meeting on campus for 76 years, refused to change their constitution to include specific mention of gays, lesbians, and transgender people. They also refused to allow other religions to join their group. Not that! How dare a Christian organization expect only Christians to join their organization. I’m sure Muslim groups on campus welcome Jews, Christians, and many other religions to join their Islamic organizations. Not.

    It’s getting just as bad on campuses in the U.S. Keep looking up.

    A UNIVERSITY Christian Union has been suspended and had its bank account frozen after refusing to open its membership to people of all religions.

    The Christian Union, an evangelical student organisation, has instructed lawyers and is threatening court proceedings against the Birmingham Guild of Students.

    The Birmingham Christian Union has more than 100 members who attend meetings regularly and has been functioning at the university for 76 years.

    Members claim the actions have been taken against them after they refused on religious grounds to make “politically correct” changes to their charitable constitution, including explicitly mentioning people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.

    The Christian Union was advised that the use of the words “men” and “women” in the constitution were causing concern because they could be seen as excluding transsexual and transgendered people.

    Difficulties arose after the organisation Christians in Sport, whose supporters include Jonathan Edwards, the Olympic gold medallist, attempted to book a room in the name of the Christian Union. After checking the union’s constitution, the Guild of Students objected to a number of clauses.

    Andy Weatherley, Christian Union staff worker in Birmingham, said: “The guild insists the Christian Union constitution must be amended to include mandatory clauses, insisting on more control by the guild and open membership to those who would not call themselves Christians.”

    At a recent guild meeting Matthew Crouch, of the Christian Union, appealed against derecognition. He said: “All guild members can attend our meeting but only members can vote,” but Stuart Mathers, a guild vice-president, said that all student groups have to follow guild council policy. Birmingham University Christian Union is affiliated to the University and Colleges’ Christian Fellowship. Pod Bhogal, its communications director, said: “We support the Birmingham Christian Union. We would not dream of telling a Muslim group or a political society how to elect their leaders or who could or could not become a member. The same applies to a Christian Union.”

    This would never be required of a Muslim group. If it were, Muslim students everywhere would immediately riot, kill people, and destroy everything in sight. But, Christians are the real threat. Ugh.

    Iraq’s WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:11 pm

    The evidence proving WMD was transfered to Syria before the Iraq war continues to mount, but the Bush administration apparently feels it’s a better political decision to admit we had bad intelligence before the war than to admit that weapons of mass destruction are now in the hands of terrorists, despite his efforts to stop their transfer. I would think the Democrats and those who demanded endless debate sessions at the U.N. would stand to lose the most by this revelation, but Democrats are the masters of revisionist history and recreating reality. An early admission of intelligence failures probably does end the Democrat’s wailing and gnashing of teeth sooner. I just hope our government is worrying about these WMD behind the scenes. It certainly makes the NSA spy program look even more important to our security.

    The discovery of the weapons in Syria could alter the American political debate on the Iraq war. And even the accusations that they are there could step up international pressure on the government in Damascus. That government, led by Bashar Assad, is already facing a U.N. investigation over its alleged role in the assassination of a former prime minister of Lebanon. The Bush administration has criticized Syria for its support of terrorism and its failure to cooperate with the U.N. investigation.

    The State Department recently granted visas for self-proclaimed opponents of Mr. Assad to attend a “Syrian National Council” meeting in Washington scheduled for this weekend, even though the attendees include communists, Baathists, and members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group to the exclusion of other, more mainstream groups.

    Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops.

    “I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots,” Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.

    The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including “yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel.” The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.

    The flights – 56 in total, Mr. Sada said – attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002. . . . . .


    Iran threatens to put Israel into ‘eternal coma’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:32 pm

    Iran is up to its old tricks again. Today, Iran’s foreign minister (Iran’s version of Baghdad Bob) threatened to put Israel in an “eternal coma” if it did anything “evil” in response to Iran’s nuclear program. I can see it now. As American MOABs rain down on Iran, shortly after they launch their attack on the Zionist entity, Iran’s foreign minister will call a press conference and tell the world that the Jews and Americans are in a coma and the Iranian military has destroyed the infidel armies. Those Muslims are wild story tellers, for sure and for certain.

    The U.S. might want to hurry up about eliminating the Iran threat, though. Similar to Hussein’s policy of moving nuke equipment after receiving tip offs from U.N. inspectors just prior to inspections, Iran is digging tunnels and burying their nuclear program in an effort to protect it from U.S. bombs. The longer we debate the situation in the U.N. and the world media, the more likely Iran will be to either launch an attack, or move their toys to Syria for later use by terrorists. I’m sure there’s room right next to Saddam’s stockpile. Our bunker busters may still be able to take out Iran’s weapons, but that won’t be much consolation if Israel has already had a few cities taken out, and an EMP attack has been launched on U.S. cities by the time we get there.

    Were Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into “an eternal coma” like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.

    Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has said his country would not accept Iran’s acquiring nuclear weapons under any circumstances. He stopped short of threatening a military strike against Iran – as Israel destroyed an unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 – but he said Israel was preparing for the possible failure of diplomatic negotiations with Iran.

    A newscaster on Iranian state television read out a response from Iran’s minister of defense, Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, on Wednesday.

    “Zionists should know that if they do anything evil against Iran, the response of Iran’s armed forces will be so firm that it will send them into eternal coma, like Sharon,” Najjar said.

    Hamas: We’re ready to rule Palestinians

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:39 pm

    The Palestinians voted and it looks like Hamas and Fatah will be forming a coalition government. The U.S. and Europe made the appropriate statements condemning Hamas and vowing not to work with or support terrorists (the U.S. sends billions of dollars to the P.A. every year), and then promptly contradicted themselves. No matter how firm either government sounds in their denouncements of Hamas as a terrorist group, they will continue to send money, cover for the P.A.’s terrorism with media propaganda, and demand more concessions from Israel in order to give the Palestinians their own terrorist supporting state. Fatah has been funding terrorism and training suicide bombers and killers for years, but they aren’t on any country’s list of terrorist groups. The only way the West can continue carving up the Holy Lands and giving it away to the “Arabs no one else wants” is to prop some of the terrorists up as a legitimate government. As a part of the Palestinian government, Hamas won’t have to worry about the terrorist label anymore. They can carry out their official charter’s stated goal of “assaulting and killing Jews”, and it will be conveniently ignored, or only discussed as something that happens OUTSIDE of the Palestinian halls of government.

    Hamas, responsible for over 100 suicide bombings and scores of shooting and rocket attacks, is ready to join the Palestinian government and lead its people to “victory and independence,” the terror group’s Gaza chief Mahmoud al-Zahar told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview.

    With exit polls predicting the ruling Fatah Party will win today’s elections by a slim margin, some Hamas leaders accused Fatah of tampering with ballots and blasted the United States for allegedly providing financial support to the opposition.

    “We are very proud of our showing so far, which indicates the Palestinian people want to put an end to corruption and the domination of Fatah, which after all these years has not been a good leader for the Palestinians,” said al-Zahar, speaking to WND just moments after initial polls showed Hamas looks set to garner 53 seats and Fatah 58 seats in the 132-member Palestinian Parliament.

    . . . . . . . . .

    If tomorrow’s final ballot count certifies a slim win for Fatah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would quickly need to decide whether to invite Hamas to join his government or leave the terror group in the opposition. Abbas needs to maintain a 67-seat coalition. Multiple experts have said Abbas could form a ruling coalition with several leftist and communist party’s instead of Hamas.

    But al-Zahar told WND he is confident his terror group will form the next Palestinian government.

    . . . . . . . . .

    President Bush today stated the U.S. will not deal with Hamas unless the terror group disarms and renounces its call to destroy Israel, but he did not say whether America will cut off financial aid to the PA if Hamas joins the government.

    . . . . . . . . .

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and European Union leaders will meet Monday to debate a response if Hamas joins the Palestinian government, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

    The European Union is on record against allowing terror groups to join to PA, but there have been signs it and the U.S. may still deal with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.

    Of course they will. Terrorists in the Palestinian government never stopped us from dealing with them before.


    The exit polls that showed Fatah with a majority were about us trustworthy as exit polls in U.S. elections. Hamas won a HUGE victory in the elections. The Palestinians have officially elected terrorists, or “activists” as Reuters puts it, to govern their new state. The media and the U.S. state department have a lot to do to rework Hamas’s image and turn them into a “partner for peace”.

    Hamas goes to urns refusing to disarm

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:59 am

    Well it looks like Jimmy Carter was wrong. After his announcement that a Hamas victory in upcoming elections would surely lead to their willingness to disarm and form a real democracy, Hamas has vowed not to disarm. Not only will they keep their guns, rockets, mortars, and suicide bombs, but they won’t negotiate with the Zionist entity. Poor Jimmy. He should have asked his buddies in Hamas to at least wait a day or two to make their announcement.

    Hamas, the radical Islamist faction behind a majority of attacks on
    Israel, vowed not to disarm or negotiate with the Jewish state if it enters the Palestinian parliament after the election.

    Unbowed by international pressure to lay down arms if his party achieves the electoral success many predict, chief candidate Ismail Haniya said there was no contradiction between guns and democracy as he voted in a Gaza refugee camp.

    “The Americans and the Europeans say to Hamas: either you have weapons or you enter the legislative council. We say (we will have) weapons and the legislative council, there is no contradiction between the two,” he said Wednesday.

    “This is an historic day for the Palestinian people. They are expressing their strong desire and determination to continue the resistance, their desire for change and reform … and establishing a multi-party political system.”

    But, Carter said that a Hamas victory would “demonstrate a commitment of most Palestinians to democracy”, not resistance. This Hamas leader must just be confused.


    Walk For Life S.F. Photo Report

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 5:10 pm

    Undercover protest photographer “Zombie” has a three-page photo report on the Walk For Life West Coast demonstration in San Francisco, along with the counter-protest. The report is a revealing look at the behavior of Christians as opposed to the behavior of the pro-abortion crowd. Anyone who is pro-choice should ask himself if they really want to be counted among the “pro-choice” people pictured in this report. Check it out. (Warning: photos of some signs with profane/obscene language. This is the world in which we live).


    White House to push Pentagon on prayer

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:16 pm

    President Bush is getting involved in the Pentagon’s decision to regulate how chaplains in the military are allowed to pray. It’s hard to believe we would even be dealing with this issue in America, but I’m glad our President is willing to stand up for our freedom of religion and speech. My only problem with Bush’s response is how long it took and the fact that he wouldn’t issue an executive order, probably because it would cause the moonbats to shriek and whine about Bush’s “theocracy”. I’m actually surprised this didn’t become a bigger issue in the media, since a Muslim chaplain was reportedly told he couldn’t pray in the name of Allah. Everyone in this country should be able to pray how they choose and to whom they choose without fear of punishment.

    A reminder for Liberals:

    The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    The White House will pressure the Pentagon into being more explicit in saying that military chaplains can pray in the name of Jesus Christ, an evangelical Christian chaplains’ group says.

    The administration struck a deal on Thursday with Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, said the Rev. Billy Baugham of the Greenville, S.C.-based International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers.

    Since October, Mr. Jones has arranged for letters from 74 members of Congress demanding an executive order to end reported religious discrimination against evangelical Christian chaplains.

    Claude Allen, White House domestic policy adviser, promised the congressman that President Bush will take up the issue personally with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said Mr. Baugham, who was involved in the discussion.

    “He asked Jones if he’d be satisfied with less than an executive order, and Jones said ‘yes,’ ” he said.

    Mr. Jones’ office, which confirmed that the conversation had taken place, says chaplains should be able to pray to whomever “their faith tradition” demands, including named gods, saints or prophets.

    Although no branch of the U.S. military explicitly forbids sectarian prayer, some say overtly evangelical Christian chaplains are whisked out of official ceremonies if they insist on praying in Jesus’ name.

    This statement by a Lt. Col. is an example of the direction our country is headed:

    Lt. Col. Wright, he said, expressed sympathy for chaplains wanting to pray in the name of Jesus, but urged his listeners to not insist on it, “or we are going to lose our ability to pray at all. If anyone does this without my knowledge, I will crunch you.”

    If the constitution meant anything anymore, no one would suggest an American could actually lose their right to pray.

    Carter: Elections can change Hamas

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:34 pm

    I think Jimmah Carter has finally lost it. He believes that Hamas (yes, the Islamic terrorist organization) will become a non-violent group if they are elected to office during Palestinian elections. Even more mind boggling, he believes that a Hamas victory at the polls would “demonstrate a commitment of most Palestinians to democracy.”

    Meanwhile, back here in reality, Hamas had a different view of things:

    Israel has rejected talks with Hamas and said it will not pursue negotiations with the PA until it abides by the U.S.-sponsored road map which calls for the disarming of terror groups, including Hamas, followed by Israeli withdrawals.

    But Al-Zahar blasted the road map and general American involvement in Palestinian affairs, and rejected the possibility of his group disarming.

    It looks like Hamas doesn’t quite agree with you on that instant transformation idea, Jimmah.



    Former American President Jimmy Carter says Palestinian elections can help transform Hamas into a non-violent group, and adds that third-party mediation is needed in the region.

    “History has proven that Israelis and Palestinians, even when they are ready to negotiate directly, will need a credible third party to help guide through the process,” Carter said.

    “Here the role of the United States, and in particular the full support of the president of the United States, must not be underestimated,” he added.


    “The road map will never satisfy the Palestinian demands. The road map demanded the dismantlement of the process of [Palestinian] resistance, and to take away arms so that Israel can return to Gaza. … People are not trusting the American attitude now because it already said by 2005 there would be a Palestinian state. Now this is postponed. So nobody to my mind is interested now in the American or Israeli side to speak about the solution for the Palestinian people.”


    Carter also said he plans to talk with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, whom he believes is a “person of integrity” and expressed his hope that the elections will be peaceful.


    “I think Abbas will cooperate with Hamas … a coalition with Hamas will be formed. Abbas understands very well no one else can reform and reconstruct Gaza and the West Bank,” said al-Zahar, explaining Hamas’ goals are “not too far from the agenda of Abbas.”

    Hamas, classified by the State Department and the European Union as a terrorist organization, is responsible for thousands of deadly shooting attacks, more than 60 suicide bombings and has fired over 300 rockets and mortars into Israeli towns.

    The official Hamas charter also calls for the destruction of Israel by “assaulting and killing,” and rejects all peace talks with the Jewish state.

    Mama Moonbat’s Rant Reveals Short Memory

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 7:28 pm

    With upchuck bag in hand, I recently read Cindy Sheehan’s latest rant. Feel free to read the whole anti-patriotism rant if you think you can stomach it. There are more examples of paranoid schizophrenia in there than I care to dwell on, but one statement in particular deserves a response:

    After the tragedy of 9/11 we were on our way to becoming a fledgling Matriotic society until our leaders jumped on the bandwagon of inappropriate and misguided vengeance to send our young people to die and kill in two countries that were no threat to the USA or to our way of life.

    Obviously the two countries to which she referred were Afghanistan and Iraq. However, her characterization of these countries as posing “no threat to the USA or to our way of life” makes one wonder if Ms. Sheehan doesn’t have a memory deficit. After all, it was the Taliban regime of Iraq that harbored Osama Bin Ladin and the Al Qaeda network that was responsible for the attacks on our country on 9/11!! The Taliban regime of Afghanistan was tacitly responsible for the hijacking of four domestic U.S. flights and the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent lives in the U.S.! Moreover, documentary evidence reveals that Iraq was routinely deceiving U.N. weapons inspectors, was working to reconstitute their weapons of mass destruction, and even permitted Al Qaeda terrorists to train in Iraq in the years leading up to 9/11! These countries were more than a looming threat – they were a realized threat to the United States. Ms. Sheehan seems to have forgotten that in her mental haze.

    Here are some other quotes from her rant that I’ll let speak for themselves:

    Before I dive into the concept of Matriotism, let’s explore the word “patriotism.” Dictionary.com defines it as: love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it. When we all know that patriotism in the US means: exploiting others’ love for country by sending them and their children off to sacrifice for my bank balance!

    The idea of patriotism has virtually wiped out entire generations of our precious young people and has allowed our nation’s leaders to commit mass murder on an unprecedented scale. The vile sputum of “if you aren’t with us, then you are against us” is basically the epitome of patriotism gone wild.

    This sort of patriotism begins when we enter kindergarten and learn the nationalist “Pledge of Allegiance.” It transcends all sense when we are taught the “Star Spangled Banner,” a hymn to war. In our history classes the genocide of the Native American peoples is glossed over as we learn about the spread of American Imperialism over our continent, though it wasn’t named until the 1840′s, when the doctrine of Manifest Destiny was expounded to justify the USA’s conquest of and “civilizing” of Mexican territories and Native American populations.

    A true Matriot would never drop an atomic bomb or bombs filled with white phosphorous, carpet bomb cities and villages, or control drones from thousands of miles away to kill innocent men, women and children.

    Patriots cowardly hide behind the flag and eagerly send young people to die to fill their own pocketbooks.

    I know one thing from the bottom of my heart. My son, Casey, who was an Eagle Scout and a true American patriot, was not served well by his idea of patriotism. I will never forgive myself for not trying to counteract more the false patriotism he was raised on, with a true sense of Matriotism.

    Unfortunately, there are thousands of Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one to war. Some support the war on terror and some do not. Regardless of their political beliefs, they all deserve our prayers and respect for their losses. However, Cindy Sheehan is no longer defined by the loss of her brave son. Cindy has shaped herself into a deranged spokesperson for the unhinged, ultra-liberal, America-hating “peace” activists. She has earned the title, “Mama Moonbat”. If her idea of “matriotism” were to replace the patriotism she derides, there’s a good chance that Ms. Sheehan will one day be wearing a burqa and only be allowed to speak if spoken to.

    UPDATE: One last quote deserves a response:

    I also know that the women of the world who don’t have a voice, such as the mothers of Iraq who are struggling just to survive in their needlessly destroyed country,…

    Our military is very good about targeting what needs to be destroyed, and keeping collateral damage to an absolute minimum. Iraq was not “destroyed”. In fact, it is being rebuilt from the damage caused by Saddam, the terrorists, and to a necessary extent, by the coalition – in many ways better than ever.

    U.N. Teams Up with Islamic Countries to bring World Peace

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:53 pm

    The United Nations is forming an “Alliance of Civilizations” with mostly Islamic nations to work on world peace and religious and cultural harmony. Noticeably absent from the alliance is Israel, and the United States has less representation than most Islamic countries. Only the United Nations would turn to Islam for a solution to violence and religious intolerance.

    The alliance is set up with the same vague mission statement and shady connections that have been seen in every other U.N. program (Oil for Food, Procurement scandal, peacekeeping scandals). Annan has created a chain of command for his new alliance that consists of some of the same people involved in previous scandals, and why not, there are no consequences for criminal activity at the U.N. In fact Annan’s right-hand man in the alliance was responsible for shredding mountains of documents that were requested by Volker when the Oil for Food investigation began. Also among the “eminent persons” whom Annan named to the Alliance is the former President of Iran, Mohamed Khatami, and representatives from Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, and Pakistan.

    The press release for the new alliance reads in part:

    The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the launch of an initiative for an “Alliance of Civilizations”. The initiative is intended to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community — both at the institutional and civil society levels — to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which potentially threaten world peace. The Alliance will aim to address emerging threats emanating from hostile perceptions that foment violence, and to bring about cooperation among various efforts to heal such divisions.

    Events of recent years have heightened the sense of a widening gap and lack of mutual understanding between Islamic and Western societies — an environment that has been exploited and exacerbated by extremists in all societies. The Alliance of Civilizations is intended as a coalition against such forces, as a movement to advance mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions, and as a reaffirmation of humankind’s increasing interdependence in all areas — from the environment to health, from economic and social development to peace and security. . . . .

    So, all the terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, and decapitations “emanate from hostile perceptions that foment violence”. All along I thought it was the Muslim belief that every good Muslim must wage Jihad and kill non-believers. All we really needed all along was several billion dollars, expensive conferences, and a coalition of Islamic countries joining together with the anti-Semitic, anti-American United Nations. Throw in a few bribes and Swiss bank accounts, and the problem’s solved.

    Be sure to read the whole Fox News report on this.

    U.N. Procurement Scandal: A ‘Culture of Impunity’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:34 pm

    The internal audit of the United Nations Procurement Division is beginning to leak out to the media, despite the U.N.’s best efforts to keep it secret, and it doesn’t look good for Kofi & Co. The Oil for Food program was just the tip of the iceberg, it seems, and the corruption runs deep and involves shocking amounts of money. Fox News, being the only news organization who will cover U.N. scandals, is reporting that the multi-billion dollar U.N. procurement department and the U.N.’s peacekeeping missions are just as corrupt as the Oil for Food program, and the media may not be able to bury it this time. Words like “systematic abuse,” “pattern of corruption,” and “culture of impunity” are being used to describe the U.N. system. According to Fox News one third of all U.N. contracts were found to be tainted and involved some form of corruption or irregularities. Keep in mind this is the internal report. That means the U.N. investigated itself and top U.N. officials and managers were allowed the opportunity to rebut, rewrite, and clean up the final report. You can bet the worst of the abuses were weeded out and covered up.

    The report has received the typical U.N. response. When their corruption is exposed, they inconvenience a few people and try to make it look like punishment. In this case, eight MIDLEVEL U.N. officials were suspended WITH PAY. Nothing will actually be done to change the U.N. system, or prevent future criminal activity. Even U.N. auditors admit that the corruption is so entrenched and widespread, recurrence of these “questionable activities” is probable. Questionable activities is UN-speak for embezzlement, bribes, theft, and abuse.

    Nothing will change at the U.N., unless the U.S. threatens to stop funding them. Already, they are refusing to release the names of those who were suspended, and the veil of secrecy over the inner workings of the United Nations continues.

    The suspension of eight mostly mid-level officials, however, hardly seems adequate to the problem, based on the OIOS report. OIOS auditors charge that mismanagement and corruption were the order of the day in the U.N.’s procurement process, just as they were in the Oil-for-Food scandal, and that virtually every area of the U.N. that touched on peacekeeping procurement was affected.

    The OIOS investigators also declare flatly that there has been little or no attempt by the United Nations to look into internal accusations of mismanagement and fraud, nor any attempt to hold individuals accountable for their actions. “The control environment needs immediate attention,” the report says.

    This is the same response we saw from the U.N. after the Oil for Food scandal broke. No one is ever punished, with the exception of a few lower level scapegoats, and nothing changes. The only thing that could completely clean up the U.N. would be to send it the way of the League of Nations.

    Beyond the alarm over procurement, the investigators’ questioned the effectiveness of the U.N.’s legal affairs department, and looked skeptically at a top-level U.N. committee known as the Headquarters Committee on Contracts (HCC), which supposedly examined and gave final approval to all contracts worth $200,000 or more. The HCC performed its functions inadequately and was often misinformed and manipulated by peacekeeping and procurement staffers who appeared before it, the report says.

    As one result of the oversight weaknesses, the report states, “the U.N. peacekeeping operations were depending on a few main vendors of questionable integrity, which made the missions vulnerable to over-charge.”

    It goes on and on and on. Once again, Fox News is the only one digging deep and reporting this scandal. Just what they’ve reported in this one article is shocking. Read all of it and try to keep track of the billions of dollars that have been wasted. Half way through the article, you’ll give up. It makes me sick that the U.S. (that means our tax dollars) is funding these globalist crooks’ lavish lifestyles, pretend peacekeeping mission, and phony humanitarian aid programs.

    In another section of the report, however, OIOS auditors recommend that the U.N. investigate possible collusion among U.N. officials to award Skylink an $85.9 million fuel contract for peacekeeping in Sudan. According to the report, one of the officials who was directly responsible for overseeing implementation of the Skylink contract abruptly resigned in December, 2005-about the time the OIOS investigation entered its final stages. No reason was given for the departure.

    Another area of suspicion for the auditors is direct transactions between the peacekeeping department and national governments, known as “letters of assist.” The investigators mention Toh specifically in a procurement case dating back to 2000, at a time when he was chief of the procurement division. The case involved rental by the U.N. of a Russian-made, heavy-duty MI-26 helicopter from the government of Peru for use by U.N. peacekeepers in East Timor. The cost: nearly $10.5 million, with the money to be paid into a Swiss bank account.

    There was no request from East Timor peacekeepers for such a helicopter, the OIOS investigators conclude, and they say there is evidence the United Nations was overcharged as much as $8.8 million on the deal. There is also evidence of bid-rigging in the case, the auditors conclude.

    And on, and on. . . . . . . Now I see why the Democrats love the U.N. so much.

    More on the Procurement Scandal:

    U.N. Procurement Scandal: The Case of the Official Who Never Was

    U.N. Suspends Officials in Procurement Probe


    Democrats now support Unilateral and pre-emptive action

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:11 pm

    Remember before the Iraq war (and during), the Democrats complained that a pre-emptive strike on Iraq would set a dangerous precedent? Remember how they criticized Bush for taking unilateral action against Sadam? They called Bush the “go it alone” cowboy. They said we didn’t have the kind of coalition needed to go to war, and we looked like bullies on the world stage. Well, now the Democrats have changed their mind. (hat tip: Captain’s Quarters)

    Hillary Clinton complained in a speech at Princeton earlier this week that Bush has put us in a dangerous situation by “downplaying threats” and “outsourcing negotiations”. Quoted in the Daily Princtonian, she said, “I don’t believe you face threats like Iran or North Korea by outsourcing it to others and standing on the sidelines.” But, what about the coalition we MUST have before we can protect ourselves from gathering threats? We’ve been hearing for years that Bush didn’t work with our allies before he went into Iraq. How can it be that Bush is now wrong because he’s working with France, Germany, Russia, China, and the rest of the E.U. to deal with the Iran problem? It’s a mystery. Suddenly, acting unilaterally won’t cause the U.S. to look like isolationists, and what was called “forming a coalition” during the run-up to the Iraq war, is now called “outsourcing”, and its a bad thing. My head is spinning.

    Hillary’s New Take on Defense:

    “I believe that we lost critical time in dealing with Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and to outsource the negotiations,” Ms. Clinton said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Daily Princetonian. “I don’t believe you face threats like Iran or North Korea by outsourcing it to others and standing on the sidelines.”
    Since 2002 Britain, France and Germany have led talks meant to assure that Tehran’s nuclear program would not give it the capacity to build weapons. The three countries last week declared that Iran’s decision to resume nuclear research had brought the talks to an end, and, with the United States in support, asked that the matter be sent to the United Nations Security Council for possible action.

    If you weren’t confused enough, the New York Times follows up Hildabeast’s speech with a justification for pre-emptive war. We haven’t even gone to the U.N. yet – a waste of time they demanded before going into Iraq – and the NYT is implementing the Democrat’s new strategy of convincing the American public that Democrats really aren’t incompetent when it comes to defending the U.S. from nukes, terrorists, and Islam. They’re no longer against pre-emptive action, and a complete failure to keep North Korea from getting nuclear weapons (thanks Bill) means you can’t outsource negotiations and hope Iran will play by the rules. In other words, the Dems are pretending they’re Republicans.

    From the New York Times Article:

    If diplomacy fails, does America have a military option? And what if it doesn’t?

    “It’s a kind of nonsense statement to say there is no military solution to this,” said W. Patrick Lang, the former head of Middle East intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency. “It may not be a desirable solution, but there is a military solution.”

    Mr. Lang was piercing to the heart of a conundrum the Bush administration recognizes: Iran could become a case study for pre-emptive military action against a gathering threat, under a policy Mr. Bush promulgated in 2002. But even if taking out Iran’s facilities delay the day the country goes nuclear, it would alienate allies and probably make firm enemies out of many Iranians who have come to dislike their theocratic government. And Iran simply has too many ways of striking back, in the oil markets, in the Persian Gulf, through Hezbollah.

    “Could we do it?” one administration official who was deeply involved in planning the Iraq invasion said recently. “Sure. Could we manage the aftermath? I doubt it.”

    Similar fears, he said, gave President Bill Clinton pause about launching a strike on North Korea in 1994. Later that year he reached an accord for a freeze on the North’s nuclear production facilities. But in 2003 everything unfroze, and now the North, by C.I.A. estimates, has enough fuel for at least half a dozen bombs.

    The Iranians took careful notes then, and here in Washington today the Korean experience underlies diplomacy-versus-force arguments that rarely take place on the record.

    Iran warns against UN referral, threatens war between Islam and West

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:59 pm

    Iran’s psycho leader is threatening to continue making nukes if Iran is taken before the U.N. Security Council (as if they wouldn’t continue making nukes anyway).

    Iran’s top nuclear official on Sunday warned Tehran would resume efforts to enrich uranium on an industrial scale if its case was reported to the UN Security Council, further raising the stakes in the crisis over its nuclear programme.

    Tehran earlier this month moved to resume nuclear research, including some small-scale enrichment. But Ali Larijani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, which handles the nuclear issue, said in an interview with the Financial Times that a referral to the United Nations would force Tehran to broaden significantly the scale of such work.

    “If the case goes to the Security Council, we’re obliged . . . to lift all voluntary measures,” he said, specifying that this included industrial-scale uranium enrichment.

    Voluntary measures? The only voluntary measure Iran has made is to break the U.N. seals and continue enriching uranium.

    Does this nutjob really expect us to believe he only wants a nuclear program for peaceful means when he continues to rant about the final war beteen Islam and the West, and openly admits the intifada will continue until Israel is removed from the map?

    President Ahmadinejad said Friday Palestine is the center of the final stages of the battle between Islam and arrogance, saying the Palestinian Intifada is progressing.

    The plots hatched by enemies against Palestine should not be overlooked even for a moment, Ahmadinejad noted in a meeting with leaders of the Palestinian resistance movements in Damascus, Syria.

    Ahmadinejad arrived in Damascus on Thursday upon the official invitation of his Syrian counterpart — President Bashar al-Assad.

    He spoke of the importance of the Palestinian cause and stressed the cause will not come be materialized if occupiers continue to occupy even a tiny part of Palestine’s territories.

    He stressed that unity, coordination and sympathy among resistance groups for the Palestinian cause is the only guarantee for Palestine’s liberation.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the Palestinian cause of statehood and liberation of Islamic territories from occupiers, he added.

    Elsewhere, he noted that one of the reasons westerners were lined up against Iran’s undeniable right to gain peaceful nuclear technology was because of Iran’s uncompromising support for Palestine.

    The visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Syria is considered another gesture of political support to Damascus and the Islamic resistance, said Hamas political leader Khaled Mishaal.

    Carter: Hamas may be terrorists, but at least they’re not corrupt!

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 11:08 am

    Former President Jimmy “Dhimmi” Carter frequently makes us wonder if he hasn’t had too much of his brother’s “Billy Beer“. He recently praised Hamas’ participation in next week’s Pali elections by saying that they might be terrorists, but at least they’re not corrupt. This man is the king of moral relativism and drawing inappropriate moral equivalencies. He made this statement Friday, which marked the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s inaugeration in 1981. I thank God that Carter was not re-elected. Care to imagine how different this country and the world would be if not for Reagan’s victory?

    Former President Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas’s participation in next week’s Palestinian parliamentary elections, saying that while the group may be terrorists, at least they’re not corrupt.

    Interviewed Friday, Carter said that although Hamas were “so-called terrorists,” so far “there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials.”

    In quotes reported by the Jerusalem Post, Carter did concede that “there is an element within Hamas who deny Israel’s right to exist.”

    Citing his own negotiations with Palestinian Liberation Organization chief Yassir Arafat, however, Carter said sometimes you have to learn to work with terrorists. At the time of Carter’s Camp David Accords, the PLO was still outlawed as a terrorist organization.

    The former president also invoked the example of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s membership in the Irgun, which Carter reminded “was also characterized as a terrorist organization.”

    Acting PM Olmert: War Against Unauthorized Jewish Communities

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:02 am

    I think Israeli Acting Prime Minister Olmert is severely confused. While Islamic Jihad is launching suicide attacks on Tel Aviv, Hamas is launching rockets into Jewish communities, and terrorist groups are planning more attacks in meetings in Egypt, Olmert is declaring war against unauthorized Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Someone needs to let Olmert know that he’s declaring war on the wrong people.

    Israel’s acting prime minister, MK Ehud Olmert, has declared war – against unauthorized Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

    Olmert, at a meeting Wednesday afternoon with security officials, ordered the IDF to draw up clear plans to prevent the creation of new outposts and to destroy existing ones.

    Nearly every community in Judea and Samaria engaged in building projects that were unauthorized at some stage, and many of them began in an unauthorized fashion. Israel’s ambiguous policies with regard to the future of Judea and Samaria have been blamed for this trend, as various government coalition members and heads of government ministries worked for and against Jewish resettlement of Judea, Samaria and Gaza following the Six Day War.

    Olmert told the officials that until now the government has not acted with the necessary strength against the phenomenon “of illegal Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.” Olmert said that the time has come to use overwhelming strength against the communities. He instructed the Defense Minister to compile plans for uprooting outposts and declared that nine homes in the significantly developed outpost of Amona near Ofra would be destroyed in the coming days.

    Olmert angrily called for the immediate expulsion of Jews from the Shalhevet marketplace area in Hevron.

    Olmert’s “overwhelming strength” should be directed at the murderers trying to kill his own people. I do believe Olmert is going to be even worse than Sharon.

    Rafiah Crossing: Safe Passage for Terrorists

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:43 am

    Palestinian terrorists are bragging to the media about how easy it is now to move in and out of Gaza through the new Palestinian controlled border with Egypt. As members of Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups travel to terrorist meetings in Syria and Egypt, all Israel can do is watch via closed circuit television (thanks to the U.S. for this brilliant idea). The media provides the appropriate spin, however, by explaining that the terrorist meetings across the border are really for the purposes of discussing which terrorists will run in the upcoming elections. Oh, and they did discuss “military issues”. This is an example of Islamic Jihad style military issues.

    Israeli supervision over the Rafiah crossing between Gaza and Egypt has proven ineffective in preventing the free passage of terrorists into and out of Gaza.

    Senior members of the Islamic Jihad terror organization, including terrorists wanted by the IDF, recently left the Gaza district to make the Moslem Haj to Mecca. The terrorists used that freedom of movement to hold meetings with senior Islamic Jihad officials from Syria and Lebanon.

    The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for last Thursday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Thirty civilians were wounded in that attack.

    Among the terrorists who traveled freely out of Gaza were Mohammed Al-Hindi, Sheikh Abdulla Shami, Mohammed Alharzain, Hisham Salem, and Omar Shalho. There figures, all of whom returned freely to Gaza, make up some of the foremost terrorists fighting Israel today.

    Under the terms of an agreement brokered by the United States, Israel was supposed to be able to moniter the operations of the Rafiah crossing via closed circuit television.

    The terrorists leaders felt secure enough in their new found freedom to tell the Arab newspaper Albian on January 22, how easily they passed from Gaza to Saudi Arabia and back.

    While meeting with their Lebanese and Syrian counterparts in Saudi Arabia, the Gaza terrorists were able to settle a number of policy disputes regarding political and military issues.

    One of those issues was whether the Islamic Jihad should participate in the elections for the PA parliament scheduled for January 25. Originally, the terror group was opposed to participation in the elections. Since the group’s leaders returned from Saudi Arabia, however, they decided to allow members to vote according to their consciences, and even run for office.

    Report: Gov’t Failed to Adequately Defend Towns on Gaza Border

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:56 am

    One of the excuses for kicking Jews out of their homes in Gaza was that it cost too much to protect them, and the IDF spent too much time trying to keep settlers safe. So, in this way, I guess the Gaza pullout worked. Now that the Palestinians border new Israeli communities, the government has stopped trying to protect them, and the IDF is freed up to do what they’re really supposed to be doing – protecting Israelis. . . . .wait. . .?

    I’m just wondering, as long as they don’t care about Jews in border towns being killed by Palestinian terrorists, why didn’t they just abandon the settlers in Gaza and leave a buffer zone that might have kept Pali rockets out of major population centers. Perhaps the plan is to keep moving the Palis closer, and then use their attacks as an excuse to give more land away. Who’s side is the Israeli government on?

    The State Comptroller’s report, issued today, details the government’s failure to adequately defend Jewish communities near the Gaza border in the wake of the disengagement.

    State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has published the first in a series of reports criticizing the way the government carried out the disengagement from Gaza last August.

    The first report, issued Sunday, details the government’s failure to adequately defend Jewish communities near the Gaza border in the wake of the disengagement.

    Since the removal of IDF forces and Jewish communities from Gaza, communities bordering Gaza, including the cities of Sderot and the outskirts of Ashkelon, have become subject to an almost daily barrage of Kassam missiles fired from inside the Gaza district. Most of the missiles have yet to cause casualties and significant damage.

    The State Comptroller, charged by Israeli law with critiquing the execution of government policy and programs, accused the government of dragging its feet in regard to defending the Negev against Kassam rockets.


    The report concluded: “Despite the fact that 17 months have passed since the government’s decision regarding the disengagement, and even though the IDF has completed the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, work on defending the communities most threatened has not been completed. Moreover, the execution of a number (of projects) has not even begun.”


    Hollywood — Pushing Their Agenda and Mocking Christians

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:04 pm

    According to Unholywood, the more immoral the movie, the more deserving it is of an award. If the movie involves a homosexual, a transsexual, a bisexual, or anything else that’s not heterosexual, it’s worthy of multiple Golden Globe awards. Throw in some pot smoking, a few adulterous affairs, and a hefty dose of anti-Americanism and it’s the best movie year in history. Of course, you have to ignore those pesky family values movies, or anything with obscure, Christian allegory, even though they raked in more money and were seen by more people (How that must annoy the Hollyweird elites). Even after every talk-show host, media outlet, and movie review praised “Humpback Mountain” as the best movie since Star Wars, they still couldn’t outperform the completely-devoid-of-homosexuals “Chronicles of Narnia”. Darn Fundies! They ruin everything.

    If anyone bothered to watch the Golden Globe Awards on television the other night, they may have been as shocked as I was at the winners. With the exception of a Johnny Cash movie, Walk the Line, and a Sunday evening medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, the award winners were all based upon projects and characters with anything but family values.

    The pro-homosexual cowboy film, Brokeback Mountain, was the clear winner with honors for best drama, best director, best song and best screenplay. Not to be outdone, Felicity Huffman, of ABC’s Desperate Housewives fame, won best actress for her portrayal of a transsexual in a film adeptly named Transamerica. Other poor examples of what Hollywood is peddling as entertainment include: Weeds, HBO’s series about a stay-at-home mother who sells marijuana in her upscale California neighborhood; and George Clooney’s (no surprise here) anti-American film, Syriana. After watching the awards show for a few minutes on Monday evening, it became evident that Hollywood executives were using this national exposure as a means of promoting their liberal, anti-American, pro-homosexual agenda.

    Adding insult to injury is NBC’s new Friday series, The Book of Daniel. This outrageous new show features none other than Jesus and creates opportunities for the audience to laugh at him or with him — neither of which I was comfortable with, much less entertained by. Starring Aidan Quinn as Daniel Webster, a Vicodin-addicted Episcopalian priest who struggles with his family and his church, this drama makes use of the dysfunctional family and takes it to a new low with comments by Jesus. His wife is an alcoholic. His son is gay. His daughter sells marijuana. And his Bishop is having an affair with his father!

    I support my friends at the American Family Association (AFA) and their call for a boycott, and applaud them in their efforts to contact advertisers and tell them how this show repulses Christians all over the country. Strangely, the Episcopal Church supports the show, with one diocese even posting a web blog.

    Isn’t it time for Christians to say enough is enough? Gone are shows with values and movies with messages. They have been replaced with desperate housewives and gay cowboys, pill-popping priests and dope-selling mothers. Join me in supporting AFA to challenge Hollywood for better programming so we don’t have to witness another Golden Globe awards like this year.

    S.C. Justice Souter’s Neighbors to Vote On Taking His Home

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 8:57 pm

    One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most unpopular decisions was Kelo v. City of New London. The court ruled that New London, Connecticut could take people’s homes through “eminent domain” in order to build a hotel, convention center, office space, and condominiums. The public purpose served is an increase in property tax revenue. Freedom loving people across the country were livid at the court for this ruling. One of these people started a campaign against Justice David Souter, one of the justices who voted in the majority on Kelo. Because a developer managed to get enough petition signatures, the people of Souter’s hometown will vote in March on a proposal to sieze Souter’s home to make way for a new hotel to be fittingly named the Lost Liberty Hotel.

    Angered by a Supreme Court ruling that gave local governments more power to seize people’s homes for economic development, a group of activists is trying to get one of the court’s justices evicted from his own home.

    The group, led by a California man, wants Justice David Souter’s home seized to build an inn called the “Lost Liberty Hotel.”

    They submitted enough petition signatures – only 25 were needed – to bring the matter before voters in March. This weekend, they’re descending on Souter’s hometown, the central New Hampshire town of Weare, population 8,500, to rally for support.
    The petition asks whether the town should take Souter’s land for development as an inn; whether to set up a trust fund to accept donations for legal expenses; and whether to set up a second trust fund to accept donations to compensate Souter for taking his land.

    The matter goes to voters on March 14.

    It remains to be seen if Souter’s neighbors will vote to take his home. If they do, it would be interesting to see how Justice Souter feels being on the receiving end of one of the most heinous SCOTUS decisions in recent history with regards to personal freedom and liberty.

    IRD Exposes Pro-Homosexual Group’s Plan to Invade White House Event

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:18 pm

    How tolerant of the homosexual lobby. It’s not enough that they have gay pride events all around the world on a regular basis. Now they feel the need to crash the traditional Easter event at the White House this year. Why would they do this? They seem to feel they are being religiously and politically oppressed by all of us Christians. All of those little kids hunting for eggs on the White House lawn are somehow oppressing the gay community. I sense a bit of hypocrisy here, though.

    “Soulforce is a lobby effort to persuade America’s churches to abandon their scriptural teachings about homosexuality,” Tooley explains. He says the group’s members frequently resort to “very radical demonstrations, acts of civil disobedience, and even arrests in order to gain attention and make their political point about demanding acceptance of homosexual behavior within Christianity.”

    Who, here, is forcing someone to change their religious beliefs? Who is demanding that churches abandon what the Bible says? I think I’m feeling oppressed. :)

    The activist group is actively reaching out to its constituency, encouraging everyone interested in the event to contact the event organizers at Family Pride. Still, Soulforce’s relentless efforts notwithstanding, Tooley seriously doubts that crashing the White House event will generate the sympathy the pro-homosexual demonstrators are hoping to gain for their agenda.

    “I don’t think their tactics have been successful at church conventions and other events where they have demonstrated,” Tooley says, “so I would doubt that this would be very politically advantageous for them.”

    Israeli Hints at Preparation to Stop Iran

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:57 pm

    While the U.N. inspectors stall, the U.S. hides out at the U.N., and the E.U. writes strongly worded letters, Israel is preparing once again to take care of the world’s problem for them. The A.P., eager to blame Israel for anything and everything, doesn’t even wait for the Israelis to take action before blaming them for “adding to growing tensions” in the Middle East (Iran’s nuke program couldn’t be the source of growing tensions). Forcing Israel to defend itself and take out Iran’s nukes is a win-win situation for the rest of the world and for the world media. They can go back to feeling safe while accusing Bush of being too paranoid about the terrorist threat, and blame Israel for stirring up hostilities in the Middle East.

    Israel’s defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program, but said international diplomacy must be the first course of action.

    “Israel will not be able to accept an Iranian nuclear capability and it must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies, and this we are preparing,” Shaul Mofaz said.

    His comments at an academic conference stopped short of overtly threatening a military strike but were likely to add to growing tensions with Iran.

    Germany’s defense minister said in an interview published Saturday that he is hopeful of a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program, but argued that “all options” should remain open.


    Iran broke U.N. seals at a uranium enrichment plant Jan. 10 and said it was resuming nuclear research after a 2 1/2-year freeze. Germany, France and Britain said two days later that talks aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear progress were at a dead end and called for Iran’s referral to the U.N. Security Council.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, will meet Feb. 2 to discuss possible referral.

    Israel’s Mofaz said sanctions and international oversight of Iran’s nuclear program stood as the “correct policy at this time.”

    Sanctions and international oversight have never worked. They will “oversee” seals being broken, a nuke program progressing, and finally a nuke being launched, all while getting rich off of a sanction program with 900 levels of bureaucracy created to hide bribes and embezzlement.

    IAEA chief holding off Iran report until March: diplomats

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:07 pm

    The U.N. is doing its part to make sure Iran has the time it needs to get a nuke built. Should we expect anything less from an organization that celebrates the Palestinian cause by displaying a map without Israel on it?

    UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei wants to give
    Iran until March to comply with international inspections, despite an emergency meeting set for February that could bring Tehran before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, diplomats told AFP.

    “He doesn’t want to move the date up all of a sudden. He wouldn’t have the information he needs sooner and also he wants to give the Iranians due process,” as he had told the Iranians they would have until March to comply, a Western diplomat said.

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) holds its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 6 but an emergency session of the IAEA’s board of governors has been called for February 2, after Iran moved to begin previously suspended work on nuclear fuel that can be used for nuclear energy but can also be bomb material.

    The head of the IAEA is preparing a “detailed” report on Iran’s compliance in answering crucial questions about its nuclear program that the nuclear watchdog has been investigating for three years.

    Iran triggered the crisis when on January 10 it removed the seals on sensitive equipment used to enrich uranium, amidst Western fears it is secretly developing nuclear weapons.

    European Union’s three main powers — Britain, France and Germany — called next month’s emergency meeting to refer Iran to the UN Security Council, which could impose sanctions to force Iranian compliance.

    The trio has asked ElBaradei to issue his full report for the February meeting but he has refused, saying this would not give Iran enough time, diplomats said.

    Enough time for what, I wonder?

    ElBaradei said Iran should be given “until March,” a second diplomat said.

    The diplomat said ElBaradei has in fact been talking tough with Iran and told them that if they did not comply “he could not go any further and the international community could not go any further” in tolerating their nuclear program.

    Well, as long as he’s talking tough, I’m sure that’ll work. NOT!

    Iran’s leader challenges Europe to take back Jews in Israel

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:36 pm

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in his latest display of insanity, suggests that if Europe would just open their borders to the Jews in Israel, this would be an effective way of getting rid of the Jewish state. I have a better idea. How about the 22 Arab nations that surround Israel and the “palestinian” territories open their borders to the refugees they created when they attacked Israel in 1967. There is a very good reason they haven’t allowed these Arab refugees into their countries. They need them right where they’re at in order to keep the “palestinian”/Israeli conflict going.

    In a new attack on the existence of Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has challenged Europe to take back the Jews who emigrated to Israel, adding that no Jews would remain in Israel if Europe were to open its doors.

    Ahmadinejad delivered the challenge after arriving in Syria for a two-day visit on Thursday. Addressing Europe, he asked: “Would you open the doors of your own countries to these (Jewish) immigrants so that they could travel to any part of Europe they chose?”

    “Would you offer the necessary guarantees that you would provide for their security when they came to your countries and not allow another anti-Semitic wave in Europe?” he added in an apparent reference to recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries and properties in European states.

    Ahmadinejad provoked an international outcries last year when he said Israel should be “wiped out” and that the Nazi Holocaust against Jews in World War II was a “myth.”

    In his comments in the Syrian capital, which Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Friday, Ahmadinejad forecast that the West would not answer the questions he had posed but would instead accuse him of “talking against global peace.”

    He said Europe should welcome Jewish people to prove its sincerity in supporting people’s freedoms.

    He added he was confident that no Jews would remain in Israel if European countries allowed them to immigrate.

    Ahmadinejad left Syria late Friday to return to Iran.


    Teddy’s Last Gasp On Alito

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:38 pm

    Kennedy just can’t let it go. After looking like a desperate moron during the confirmation hearings, he’s grasping for anything that might stop Alito from being confirmed.

    THE DRUDGE REPORT has learned Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) office is behind a last ditch effort to stop Judge Samuel A. AlitoÕs confirmation before next week’s vote using a 2004 recusal request.

    THE DRUDGE REPORT has obtained a complaint filed by H. Gerard Heimbecker of Upper Darby, PA accusing Alito of not properly listing the Heimbecker v. 555 Associates case in his Senate questionnaire.

    Kennedy legal aide James Flug is behind the efforts to push this latest attack. The veteran aide has been criticized for Sen. Kennedy’s misfires during the Alito hearing last week. Flug was reportedly behind the attacks Kennedy used against Alito related to the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP) and Vanguard recusal case.

    In the 2004 case, Heimbecker not only filed a request for Alito to recuse himself but also the entire Third Circuit as well.

    One Capital Aide aware the situation challenged Heimbecker’s credibility. “The individual who filed this complaint is clearly a serial litigant. It will be interesting to see how far the Democrats will push this and what the mainstream media will make of it.”

    If the Democrats push this one, it only helps the Republicans. Have the Dems stopped reading the polls, or has their BDS gotten so bad they can’t control it?

    Israel Blames Iran, Syria for Tel Aviv Blast

    Filed under: — Steve @ 9:39 am

    Is anyone surprised about this? I’m not. The situation with Iran is only going to get worse until it reaches “meltdown”.

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel’s defense minister accused Iran and Syria of masterminding a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv the day before that wounded 20 people and said the militant group believed responsible would be targeted in raids. A Syrian official denied involvement.
    Islamic Jihad, which is backed by Syria and Iran, claimed responsibility for bombing a fast-food restaurant Thursday. The Palestinian attacker, who witnesses said posed as a peddler selling disposable razors, walked into the restaurant and blew himself up even though most customers were sitting outside at sidewalk tables, police said.
    The explosion wrecked “The Mayor’s Shwarma,” a restaurant specializing in grilled meat sandwiches. It is located in a rundown area of downtown Tel Aviv that has been hit repeatedly by Palestinian attackers.
    After a late-night meeting with security officials, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said: “We have definitive proof that the financing of the terror attack … came directly from Iran, while the planning was carried out in Syria.”
    He said the findings would be shared with American and European officials.

    As if the E.U. or U.N. could care less if some filthy terrorist blows up inoccent Israelis.

    Read the rest from Fox News here.