Archive for December, 2006

Saddam Hussein is Dead.

Posted: 30 Dec 2006 in Politics
Report: Saddam is dead

***1:53am Eastern update…witness Mowaffak al Rubaie describes to FNC the execution scene…”meticulously adhered to Islamic practice and ritual…no foreigners, no coalition”…body carried to ambulance/helicopter…negotiating with family on burial location…he shouted “Long live jihad!”…I have to admit he looked frightened…”he was shivering, he looked broken, frightened”…***

***11:30pm Eastern update…CNN and Arab media reporting that pictures/video expected soon…Iraqi state TV reporting it will air images…11:46pm Eastern…CNN correspondent says a witness reports there was “fear in Hussein’s face” as he headed to execution…Celebration…more execution witness details…refused to wear a hood…had a Koran…shouted “Allahu Akbar!”…FNC reports that a witness says Saddam struggled when taken from his cell…***


10:09pm Eastern. Fox News reporting that al Arabiya has announced that Saddam has been executed.

Allah Pundit: “Al-Hurra is reporting it too. I’m monitoring Al Jazeera in the expectation that they’ll have the video before American media does.”


U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday.

Still and video cameras were in the chamber at the time of the execution. How long before it’s on YouTube?

Celebrations are on in Sadr City, according to Arab media and Fox News.

Sic Semper Tyrannis.


Bryan Preston sums up the tyrant’s bloody resume. Mark Coffey draws on Thomas Jefferson.

Lots of readers are peeved by CNN’s memorial tribute to Saddam. Reader Roger writes, “Did Gerald Ford get this much respect on CNN’s home page?”


Reader Jake e-mails: “A very telling CNN screenshot on your post about Saddam’s death…I noticed the page of “Family Photos” and had to browse them earlier…family snapshots of Saddam’s. Where are the pictures of the tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of Saddam’s victims and their families?!? [Update] As of 11:20pm EST, the “Family Photos” post is now removed from the page.”

The New York Times, to its credit, does better:


Brian Maloney
notes hand-wringing over at HuffPo.

The execution occurred outside the Green Zone, according to FNC. Two of Hussein’s co-defendants have also been put to death.

Lots of talking-head heat over the fairness and integrity of the Iraqi war tribunal. The Case Western Reserve University Law School has a blog and website with tons of key original docs related to the trial. Go here and judge for yourselves.

CNN reports Husssein’s hometown of Tikrit is in lockdown. Curfews elsewhere in Iraq will end sooner than anticipated.

President Bush issues written statement…standby. Here it is via LATimes:

Today, Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial — the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime.

Fair trials were unimaginable under Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical rule. It is a testament to the Iraqi people’s resolve to move forward after decades of oppression that, despite his terrible crimes against his own people, Saddam Hussein received a fair trial. This would not have been possible without the Iraqi people’s determination to create a society governed by the rule of law.

Saddam Hussein’s execution comes at the end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and be an ally in the War on Terror.

We are reminded today of how far the Iraqi people have come since the end of Saddam Hussein’s rule – and that the progress they have made would not have been possible without the continued service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.

Many difficult choices and further sacrifices lie ahead. Yet the safety and security of the American people require that we not relent in ensuring that Iraq’s young democracy continues to progress.

11:45pm Eastern. CNN Iraqi correspondent reporting first details about the execution. A witness says there was “fear in Saddam’s face.” Dancing and celebration around his body after execution.

Iraqi-Americans celebrate.

Happy Kwanzaa? WTF?!

Posted: 27 Dec 2006 in Politics
Kwanzaa is a bullshit, made up holiday that claims to come from Africa.
What a crock of shit.

Here’s Ann Coulter’s take on it…

Kwanzaa: Holiday From the FBI

by Ann Coulter
Posted Dec 27, 2006

President Bush’s Kwanzaa message this year skipped the patently absurd
claim of years past that: “African-Americans and people around the
world reflect on African heritage during Kwanzaa.” Instead, he simply
said: “I send greetings to those observing Kwanzaa.”

African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ
than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an
FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks.

is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI
pawn, Ron Karenga, aka Dr. Maulana Karenga. Karenga was a founder of
United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers and a
dupe of the FBI.

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Gerald Ford, RIP

Posted: 27 Dec 2006 in Politics
RIP Gerald Ford.

Statement from Betty Ford: “My family joins me in sharing the difficult
news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather,
has passed away…”

President Ford was 93. Here’s his official White House bio. Here’s the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum page.

A CNN commentator says President Ford will be buried at the Ford
library and museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan after funeral/memorial
services in California, D.C., and lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Here’s President Bush’s statement.

Paul Mirengoff:
“My favorite Ford moment came in his 1975 state of the union address
when he declared, “the state of the union is not good.” Do you think
we’ll ever hear another president make a statement like that when his
party has controlled the White House for an extended period?”

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Gerald Ford, RIP

Posted: 27 Dec 2006 in Politics
RIP Gerald Ford.

Statement from Betty Ford: “My family joins me in sharing the difficult
news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather,
has passed away…”

President Ford was 93. Here’s his official White House bio. Here’s the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum page.

A CNN commentator says President Ford will be buried at the Ford
library and museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan after funeral/memorial
services in California, D.C., and lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Here’s President Bush’s statement.

Paul Mirengoff:
“My favorite Ford moment came in his 1975 state of the union address
when he declared, “the state of the union is not good.” Do you think
we’ll ever hear another president make a statement like that when his
party has controlled the White House for an extended period?”

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Responding to Rangel–IX

Posted: 26 Dec 2006 in Politics


Best of the Web Today – December 26, 2006


    Today’s Video on James Taranto talks to Ed Crane about the outpouring of reader responses to Charles Rangel’s disparaging comments about the military.

    Responding to Rangel–IX
    We were left with so many unpublished letters about the U.S. military that we thought we’d take the opportunity of the holiday-shortened Christmas week to publish some more of them. We begin with one from Robert Eleazer, who tells us about a bit of recent history of which we’d been unaware:

    I spent 25 years in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1999 (not counting 4 years of ROTC from 1970-74). Although my family could not afford to send me to college without financial aid, and although I did not get a military scholarship, I joined because I wanted to serve my country–and the urgency to do so seemed greater to me at a time when the military was unpopular in some circles.

    We need to recall that we would know about the attitudes of some leaders towards the quality of people who serve in the military even if the Vietnam War had never occurred, and if we did not have Kerrys and Rangles to remind us.

    Robert Strange McNamara’s attitude toward the U.S. military was well illustrated by an experiment he imposed on the armed services in the 1960s. Project 100,000 was a plan to place 100,000 retarded people and other mental cases in the military. Presumably, McNamara thought that these people had mental abilities compatible with military service.

    Some of the senior officers I served under had the misfortune of having to deal with McNamara’s experiment. A decade later they still shook their heads in dismay.

    This sounded too crazy to be true, but sure enough, we found a February op-ed piece by Kelly Greenhill of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government that describes the program:

    Four decades ago, during the Vietnam War, Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara created Project 100,000, a program intended to help the approximately 300,000 men who annually failed the Armed Forces Qualification Test for reasons of aptitude. The idea behind Mr. McNamara’s scheme was that the military would annually absorb 100,000 of the country’s “subterranean poor”–people who would otherwise be rejected.

    Using a variety of “educational and medical techniques,” the Pentagon would “salvage” these Category IV recruits first for military careers and later for more productive roles in society. Project 100,000 recruits–known as New Standards Men–would then return to civilian life with new skills and aptitudes that would allow them to “reverse the downward spiral of human decay.”

    Mr. McNamara further concluded that the best way to demonstrate that the induction of New Standards Men would prove beneficial was to keep their status hidden from their commanders. In other words, Project 100,000 was a blind experiment run on the military amid the escalation of hostilities in Southeast Asia.

    Some 150,000 NSM were inducted by 1968. The experiment proved not just foolish but deadly:

    A Project 100,000 recruit who entered the Marine Corps in 1968 was two and a half times more likely to die in combat than his higher-aptitude compatriots. After all, they tended to be the ones in the line of fire.

    But Project 100,000 recruits fared poorly outside combat as well. . . . Research conducted in the late 1980’s revealed that across the services Project 100,000 recruits were reassigned at rates up to 11 times greater than their peers. Likewise, 9 percent to 22 percent of these men required remedial training, as compared to only one to three percent of their higher-category counterparts in the Army, Air Force and Navy.

    So the false Rangel-Kerry description of the current volunteer military as a provider of dead-end jobs to losers was, at least in part, an accurate description of the draft-era military–and by design. It’s particularly perverse that Rangel calls for instituting the draft (albeit he votes against it) as a way of “solving” this problem, which in fact has not existed for 35 years.

    Steve Draper explains why he enlisted:

    Every one of these stories reminds me of my own.

    I am your now stereotypical top-of-class full-ride law school graduate veteran. I secured all sorts of jobs that seem to indicate intelligence, working in various sorts of litigation with a major defense firm. Now, I am in senior management and am an equity participant in a multinational construction firm. But 20 years ago, I was a private in the United States Army.

    A graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course, I met many bright people in the Army. I met people who were extremely intelligent. I met people with vast stores of wisdom. I met them in higher concentrations than in any other setting I have ever experienced. I met them on equal ground, wearing the same uniform, obeying the same oath. And now those people are spread across all dimensions. My comrades who stayed in, those who left, my grandfather who is now dead but who once shared admiration for my military accomplishments and I for his, my father who gave me his silver jump wings to wear when I graduated jump school more than two decades after he did–we all share an experience that, to a person, is deeply felt and sincere. And this experience does not have one damn thing to do with “opportunity” when opportunity is defined as money.

    I think the representative must have misspoken. He must have meant that those who forgo “opportunity” to serve should be treasured assets who should be carefully and reluctantly deployed. This would have supported his argument on Iraq. And even if we disagree on the practice, we would agree on the premise.

    But generally, there is the notion that the military is nothing but underclass idiots. Sure, they can deploy thousands of miles away and coordinate military assaults that are so precise and so technically driven that relatively small concentrations of our troops can defeat an entire nation’s organized army in days. But still, they are manipulated idiots, according to the popular theory. This is wrong. Even if you disagree with the president’s decision to attack Iraq, or more wisely the implementation of our plan after military victory over the Iraqi army, this does not mean the troops doing the work are idiots. Most of them are not; many of them are quite smart; almost all of them are decent folk who understand that the concepts of freedom and justice must be secured on the ground if they are to be real.

    For me the service of my father, my grandfather, even General Washington called me to serve too. I wanted to earn the right to be in the same class of people as these men. Money could come later, when the important things were done. I have never, ever regretted that choice.

    Robert Drake didn’t join by choice, but he found military life anything but a dead end:

    I was drafted in June 1967, as a high school dropout. I went to Vietnam as an infantryman, in November 1967. I was a high school dropout because I had no parental direction or discipline. I got both in the service.

    After being wounded in Vietnam and spending six months on the burn ward at Brooke Army Medical in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, I was transferred to Fort Hood, Texas. I got my high school diploma while at Fort Hood and re-enlisted to get into Air Defense Artillery. I did not go to school for this military occupational specialty; I had to learn about Nike Hercules and self-propelled Hawk missiles while on the job. I spent the next seven years learning my job while stationed at Highlands Army Air Defense Site in New Jersey and at Grafenwohr, Germany.

    I spent the next 25 or so years working for the Postal Service and raising a family, I’m a blue collar kinda guy, but I’m no dummy. Upon my retirement from the Postal Service after 9/11, I was too old to go back in the service and help out with the terrorist problem so I did the next best thing I could. I secured a job with the state of Pennsylvania and became a police officer–that’s right, a first responder in homeland security–and I graduated 16th in my State Police Academy class. I’m no rocket scientist, but I’ll serve this country till my dying day if need be.

    Laura Townsend captures one reason the Rangel and Kerry comments are so infuriating:

    I was outraged by the Rangel crowd’s depiction of our military as unintelligent for many reasons, and many of them obvious. Some of the brightest folks I have met have served in our armed services, and I think I’d recognize intelligence when I’m in confronted by it–I got into college at age 12 myself.

    But I’m also mad about the issue from two other perspectives. One, the ability of liberals to be so inherently hypocritical and get away with it, which relates to reason No. 2: I was raised that involvement in polite society meant you shouldn’t judge hardworking folks for their intellectual acumen. It should be enough that they are contributing. If Republicans were demeaning the intelligence of Hispanics working the counter at McDonald’s, we’d have no end of the outcry about insensitivity and stereotyping.

    For my money, whatever your IQ, if you choose a job in which you may have to dodge bullets and sidestep land mines and bombs on behalf of other people, you deserve respect. Rangel and Kerry and those who insinuate that individuals without other choices join the military had better watch out. I’ve always heard that those who can’t lawyer, lead or otherwise cut it, run for office.

    Jeremy Leese overcame his own mother’s resistance to his desire to serve:

    I’d like to have 20 minutes with Rep. Rangel so I could explain to him how wrong he is. I’d like to tell him how my mother begged me not to enlist in the Army. How she insisted I was too smart and that we had money to pay for any college I wanted to attend. But I enlisted anyway, and my heart was broken when she wept when she realized I could not be deterred from joining.

    I would like to try to explain to him that the proudest day of my life was they day I learned I was going to be given the opportunity to serve my country in the first Gulf War with the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    I would like to let him know that after I left the Army and graduated with a B.S. in computer science, my only thought was receiving a commission as an officer in our military so I could continue to serve.

    And I would like to try to explain to him why I cried soon after learning that a medical condition discovered at my physical meant I had lost the slot in officer candidate school I had been selected for. I want to try to explain to him why that was the worst day of my life, even though it meant I would be taking a job in the private sector that paid twice the money I would have made as second lieutenant.

    I want to believe I could make him understand how wrong he is about this. Being allowed to serve with some of the finest Americans I have ever known was the greatest honor that I could ever receive.

    Master Sgt. Jacqueline Davis is no dummy:

    For what’s it’s worth, I have a tested IQ of 136, which, the Internet tells me, makes me in the top 2.5% of the U.S. population. My degrees, courtesy of the GI Bill, are in history and anthropology. I am a Florida cracker, grew up below the poverty line, and am the first person in my family to graduate from college.

    I joined the Army in July 1971. I joined the Army Reserve in 1974, two days after I got out of the regular Army. I “retired” from the Reserve in May 2004–32 years and 10 months altogether. (Reservists don’t get retirement until age 60.)

    I joined the Army because I was tired of school (summer honors classes, scholarship to Florida State), because I didn’t have any real job skills and I knew I would eventually want to finish my degree. The Army trained me to type, which has guaranteed me a job my whole life, gave me responsibilities and experience beyond what a normal 19-year-old female would get in 1971, and provided me with the GI Bill.

    I joined the Reserve because it was a worthy thing to do and I enjoyed being around military folk.

    I stayed in the Reserve during the crisis in Iran. I had two small children by then, and really had to search my soul to discover what I would do if activated. I decided that the Army had lived up to its promises to me, and it might be time for me to live up to my promise to it. And I didn’t see too many other people looking to support our government.

    I didn’t get called up, and I still stayed in. I realized we also serve who stand and wait–I’d be there when and if the Army wanted me.

    I came close to being called up during Desert Storm.

    I did get called up for what was supposed to be the last rotation into Bosnia.

    I did get called up for the fifth rotation into Afghanistan. I was a grandmother celebrating her 52nd birthday at Bagram Air Base. (I got a roll of toilet paper as a gift. It was a very thoughtful gift from some Vietnam vets.)

    I joined because I wanted to take advantage of what the Army had to offer. I stayed because the most important I have done in my life is to be part of that thin line that stands between the unique, amazing dream that is America and those who would destroy it.

    Rangel and Kerry’s attitudes are shared by some young people, as evidenced by this story from the Daily Collegian, student newspaper of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst:

    A University of Massachusetts anti-war activist wants to restart the draft and throw military recruiters off campus.

    “I think it’s inherently immoral for [the ROTC] to be recruiting on campus, given that they’re basically recruiting people for the occupations overseas,” declared Jeffrey Napolitano, Graduate Student Senate president and member of the UMass Anti-War Coalition. . . .

    “Universities should not support military aggression on their campus,” Napolitano said. “I think it’s fundamentally in opposition to the role and purpose of a university.” . . .

    “If there is going to be a military, then there needs to be a draft,” he said. “It’s a democratic way of ensuring that the military is representative of the people,” and a potential brake to adventurous politicians seeking to stoke conflict without citizen review.

    So he doesn’t want his peers to have the option of joining the military through ROTC, but he does want to force others to join. This email from Lt. Col. David Dawson serves as a nice rejoinder:

    For the past 20 years I have been telling people the following: “I attended a New England prep school (Loomis Chaffee) and an Ivy League College (Cornell). Since I joined the Marine Corps, I have associated with a better class of person.”

    No doubt. More to come; in the meantime, you can catch up by reading the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth installments in this series.

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Saw this coming too. Fucking democrats and the RINOs are gonna fuck this country over in two years.

You fucking idiots that voted for this deserve to foot the bill, I think my taxes should be exempt from supporting any immigration fiasco that arrises from this shit.

December 26, 2006

Bipartisan Effort to Draft Immigration Bill

Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress,
Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on
measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more
direct path to citizenship than would a bill that the Senate passed in
the spring.

The lawmakers are considering abandoning a requirement in the Senate
bill that would compel several million illegal immigrants to leave the
United States before becoming eligible to apply for citizenship.

The lawmakers are also considering denying financing for 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, a law championed by Republicans that passed with significant Democratic support.

Details of the bill, which would be introduced early next year, are
being drafted. The lawmakers, who hope for bipartisan support, will
almost certainly face pressure to compromise on the issues from some
Republicans and conservative Democrats.

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And the Muslims get a Foothold

Posted: 26 Dec 2006 in Politics
If you didn’t see this coming, you’re a moron…

1st Muslim congressman thrills crowd in Dearborn

December 26, 2006


Speaking in Dearborn late Sunday night, the first Muslim elected to
Congress told a cheering crowd of Muslims they should remain steadfast
in their faith and push for justice.

“You can’t back down. You
can’t chicken out. You can’t be afraid. You got to have faith in Allah,
and you’ve got to stand up and be a real Muslim,” Detroit native Keith
Ellison said to loud applause.

Many in the crowd replied “Allahu akbar” — God is great.

a Minnesota Democrat elected to the U.S. House in November, has been
the center of a national debate in recent weeks over Islam and its role
in politics. Ellison has said he would take his oath of office on the
Quran, the Muslim holy book, igniting a storm of criticism from some

I am starting to stock up on ammunition and weapons.
I see the writing on the wall. I will certainly stand up and defend America from the jihadist assholes that have sprung up in this country.
I didn’t defend America for 20 years of my life to watch it turn into this.

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Interview with Captain Coulson

Posted: 26 Dec 2006 in Politics
Very good.
Thanks for your service Captain. God Speed to you and your Soldiers.

An Interview with Captain Coulson

CPT Coulson is the commanding officer of Alpha Company, Task Force 321 Engineers (Task Force Pathfinder)

FALLUJAH, IRAQ: One of the best sources of
news on the situation in Iraq is from the officers and enlisted serving
in the theater who maintain military blogs. While at Camp Fallujah, I
met up with one such Milblogger. Captain Eric Coulson is the commanding
officer of Alpha Company, Task Force 321 Engineers (Task Force
Pathfinder), and the author of Badgers Forward,
one of the finest Milblogs out there. Captain Coulson’s battalion
replaced the 54th Engineers, a unit I embedded with last year to go on an IED hunt in Ramadi.

At his blog, Captain Coulson provides insight on the the fight
against the insurgency in Anbar province and the hunt for roadside
bombs [IEDs], as well as a look at the the daily life of a soldier
serving in Iraq. Road Work, Night Moves and So what does an IED look like? are essential reading for understanding the fight in Anbar province. A Cold Wind Blows and Battle Update Brief
provide insight into camp life and the challenges of command. Captain
Coulson also has a blogger in the ranks. The Teflon Don runs Acute Politics, another fine military blog that should be on your reading list.

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By Jason Straziuso


December 24, 2006

/> The Washington Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. air strike near the Pakistan border killed
the Taliban’s southern military commander, an associate of Osama bin
Laden and heir to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, U.S. and Afghan
officials said yesterday.

Akhtar Mohammed Osmani’s vehicle was hit by a U.S. air strike
Tuesday as he traveled in a deserted area in the southern province of
Helmand, the spokesman said. Two of his associates also were killed.

U.S. and Afghan officials said the strike was a major victory.

Rashid, a leading author on the Taliban, said Osmani’s
death could disrupt planning for a Taliban offensive early next year,
designed to extend the recent surge of violence across Afghanistan.

Osmani played an instrumental role in some of the Taliban’s
most notorious excesses — including the demolition of the ancient
Buddha statues in Bamiyan and the trial of Christian aid workers in
2001, Mr. Rashid said.

He also was one of three top associates of Mullah Omar, and
among the first supporters of bin Laden within the militant Islamic
militia’s top ranks, Mr. Rashid said.

A Taliban spokesman denied that Osmani was dead, but a
provincial police chief and Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry confirmed
the killing. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary called it “a
big achievement.”

A U.S. spokesman said the death was confirmed through multiple sources.

Merry Christmas Osama.

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From Fox News

Saturday, December 23, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan A top Taliban military commander described as a close associate of Usama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar
was killed in an airstrike this week close to the border with Pakistan,
the U.S. military said Saturday. A Taliban spokesman denied the claim.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani was killed Tuesday by a U.S. airstrike while traveling by vehicle in a deserted area in the southern province of Helmand, the U.S. military said. Two associates also were killed, it said.

There was no immediate confirmation from Afghan officials or visual proof
offered to support the claim. A U.S. spokesman said “various sources”
were used to confirm Osmani’s identity.

Keep up the good work fellas!

Don’t forget the troops are still doing their duty on Christmas.

Thank you to all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines.

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