The Scriptorium

1/20/2006

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.

Border Patrol warned: Brace for violence

Filed under: — Steve @ 7:51 am

The immigration problem on our sourthern boarder is just getting completely out of control. It’s for the National Guard (with loaded guns this time) to patrol the wall we are going to build along the whole length of the boarder. They will be comfortable as they sit in the guard towers (with heavy machine guns) and monitor this nice new wall (thick cement topped with razor wire). Pipe dream, you ask? I sure hope not in light of this kind of news.

Federal officials say Border Patrol and other federal agents working chronic drug-smuggling routes along the U.S. boundary with Mexico could be targets for retaliation by well-armed cartels from south of the Rio Grande, after a new enforcement push has dramatically curbed the importation of contraband.
“I do think we have to be prepared for the fact that as we press hard on these criminal organizations, some of them will want to fight back,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told reporters earlier this week.
Admitting there had already been an “uptick in violence” against federal officers in recent months because of increased anti-smuggling operations, Chertoff said agents were not only targeting drug rings but also human smugglers as well. Despite the threats of retaliation, however, Chertoff insisted: “We want to make it very clear that … will not cause us to back off” the current enforcement push.
As the Mexican drug and smuggling wars become increasingly violent, they are more frequently spilling across the border into the United States. Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in the violence, especially near cities like Laredo, Texas and its Mexican sister city, Nuevo Laredo, right across the border.
Chertoff warned the situation was especially volatile for civilians.
“When civilians go down to the border, they are taking a huge chance with their own lives,” he said.
The DHS chief also would not elaborate on reports some of the cartels could be preparing contract-style hits against federal agents, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. But rumors that Mexican-based drug cartels have offered rewards for the killing of American federal agents have surfaced in the past.
A week ago the Associated Press reported that a confidential memo from federal officials warned Border Patrol agents they could be the targets of assassins hired by the smugglers of illegal aliens.
And, as WorldNetDaily reported in 2000, Border Patrol officials said the Juarez cartel – one of the largest and most deadly – at one time placed a bounty of $200,000 on U.S. federal agents.
Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is increasing at a time when lawmakers, under mounting pressure from constituents, are redoubling efforts to make the regions safer. The drug- and human-smuggling traffic, combined with a number of reported incursions by Mexican federal police and military units, have left many in Washington nervous about security, especially in light of ongoing terror threats.
The problems along the border represent “a clear and present danger to the security of the United States,” Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said.
His Texas colleague, Rep. John Culberson, also a Republican, said a recent fact-finding trip to the border “brought home to all of us that the war on terror is right in our back yard.”
“You don’t have to go to Baghdad” to find terrorist activity, he said, noting that he had intelligence from U.S. agencies indicating there were narco-terrorist training camps near the Mexican city of Matamoros.

Read the rest here.

Islamic Jihad Claims Suicide Bombing at Tel Aviv Bus Station

Filed under: — Steve @ 5:22 am

I’m still in wonderment what the government of Israel thought was going to happen when they gave back all that territory. They appear to be getting ready to make the same mistake again.

TEL AVIV, Israel — A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tel Aviv fast-food stand Thursday, wounding 20 people in an apparent attempt to destabilize the region just a week before the Palestinian parliamentary elections.
The militant Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility in a telephone call to The Associated Press. The group has been responsible for all six suicide bombings in Israel in the past year, and is the only faction boycotting the Jan. 25 vote.

Read the rest here.

Will Israel solve our problem?

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:01 am

I remember when the Israelis destroyed the nuclear reactor in Saddam’s Iraq. I remember how the world outcry was that they had no right to attack Iraq. Their justification was not the least bit in line with the truth. “Saddam would never try to build nuclear weapons, let alone use them, even if he did have them” was the world’s mantra, but we know Saddam too well, we all know better. Deep down though, I think the world was happy to see the nukes gone from Iraq. They didn’t even have to get their hands dirty to take care of this problem. They could actually have a “win/win” scenario; no nukes in Iraq and being able to bash Israel, again, on their proactive defense.
Now it seems that the world is once again waiting for Israel to fix the world’s problem of a nuclear Iran. Mona Charen posting at Townhall.com makes the following observations:

It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. “Well,” worriers are reassured, “Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?”
Very well. In 1981, Israeli planes streaked across the desert at low altitude and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, a facility built by the French and partially manned by Italians. The world’s response was volcanic. “An unprovoked attack” and a “grave breach of international law” declared the British Foreign Office. The French called it “unacceptable” and pointed out that Iraq had signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Then U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim (not yet unmasked as a former Nazi) called the Israeli raid a “clear contravention of international law.” The Soviet Union denounced the “barbarous attack.” And the U.S. State Department spokesman called the air raid ”a very serious development and a source of utmost concern.” Israel was condemned by the U.N. Security Council with the U.S. voting aye. (Though at a press conference, President Reagan could not resist defending Israel’s actions, pointing out, for example, that Iraq had maintained a state of war with Israel since 1948.) The New York Times called the Israeli attack “an act of inexcusable and short-sighted aggression . . . Israel risks becoming its own worst enemy.”
Israel’s explanation — that it was acting defensively because it believed Iraq was attempting to obtain nuclear weapons — was rejected by nearly everyone.
Yet today, many seem to hope that the world’s favorite scapegoat will again take matters in hand and destroy a looming threat. Perhaps they plan to denounce Israel again and sleep soundly thereafter.

Read the rest of here article here.

France ‘would use nuclear arms’

Filed under: — Steve @ 4:19 am

Wow, so the French are willing to pop off a few nukes if they get attacked, but seem to want to stand in the way of countries taking care of problems before the nuclear option becomes the only option. Do the French even live on the same planet with the rest of us?

French President Jacques Chirac has said France would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state which launched a terrorist attack against it.
Speaking at a nuclear submarine base in north-western France, Mr Chirac said a French response “could be conventional. It could also be of another nature.”
He said France’s nuclear forces had been configured for such an event.
France has had an independent nuclear deterrent since 1960, after an arms programme ordered by Charles de Gaulle.

‘Odious attacks’
The BBC’s Alistair Sandford in Paris says this is the first time that Mr Chirac has so clearly linked the threat of a nuclear response to a terrorist attack.
On a visit to L’Ile-Longue base in Brittany, Mr Chirac said leaders of states who would “use terrorist means against us, just like anyone who would envisage using, in one way or another, arms of mass destruction, must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and adapted response from us”.

Read the rest of the article here.

Pray for Jennifer

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:13 am

Jennifer is a bit under the weather and asked me to help with the post over here on The Scriptorium.
Please join me in praying for Jennifer’s quick recovery and return to blogging.
We miss you Jennifer!!