Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Liberals outraged that Al Qaeda Propaganda not shown on news.

As usual, the Liberal Moonbats out to destroy America, which are called Patriotic Liberals in the Media, are outraged again. It seems that a video created by Al Qaeda, and shown on Jihad is cool websites, is used by a CBS news reporter as part of a report that is described as "too important to ignore".

The Left wing is outraged that CBS news hasn't shown this propaganda video on the news, with Ms. Logan stating it is obtained by CBS. No mention is made of the enemy who killed our allies, and who is killing our troops. Mary Mapes may have been terminated, but her style of reporting lives on at CBS.

Hot Air, Michele Malkin, Talisman Gate, and others have the information for you.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Why History is important to a potential Juror

One of the many reasons History is important is for Juror's to be aware of how the Jury trial came to be. Many misinformed individuals actually believe it was something that was dreamed up by the Founding Fathers of this nation. For this the Founding Fathers can take no credit, because the idea comes from long ago, as far back as ancient Athens of Aristotle.

England formalized the Jury system which is the foundation of the system we use today. The Jury wasn't created to find the defendant Guilty as charged, but instead to find the truth, and rule upon that truth, and most importantly take the power of conviction from the hands of the King of England.

The King, or the Crown, (Government) would charge the defendant, try the defendant, and imprison the defendant, if convicted, but the Crown could not convict the Defendant.

The Jury had to convict the defendant. The jury was the only body which could legally find the accused guilty. However, that was not the only job the Jury assumed as they considered the matters which were before them. The first question considered was "Is this an unjust law?" Once that question was answered, then they would ask themselves "Was this law applied unjustly?" The jury had the right to find the defendant not guilty because the law was unjust, or unjustly applied. I won't pretend I have any clue as to how often that may have been done. Frankly, it was probably not done very often.

The reason I point out that History is important, is because I think many Juries today would find the defendant not guilty if they understood that they hold the power, not the Judge. They can declare that a law is unjust, or unjustly applied.

I mention this subject because I have just read an article where an honor student, star athlete (which is of the least importance) and future college student is serving 10 years in prison for consensual sex.

I would like to believe that the jury, had they known the history of the Jury trial, and the power that they alone hold, the power to convict or not, would have declared this kid not guilty, as the law is obviously unjust. It is at the very least, unjustly applied in this case.

I would suggest you read the article, and form your own opinion. However we all have heard asinine stories where the obviously justified defendant was found guilty despite the later expressed wished of the jurors. "Gee we wish we could have found him not guilty". Ladies and Gentlemen, no one but you is able to find him Guilty, or not guilty, no matter what instructions the Judge gives you. You are free to choose as you feel right in doing. You are voting your conscience, and no one can command you to find one way or the other.

I wish that prospective Jurors were forced to watch a short documentary on how the Jury trials came to be, and what power the Jury actually has over the outcome of the trial.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Why I don't acknowledge Hyphanated Americans

One of my pet peeves, that is to say, things that have always annoyed me, and things that will always annoy me, is the use of a hyphen to describe an individual. There are numerous examples, Irish-American, Russo-Japanese, African-American, Native-American, and I could go on for hours just listing the ways the hyphen is used in documents and conversation to describe an individual.

To explain my views I should point a couple things out here. When I was growing up, friends of my Parents would come by for a cook out, or just to visit. We would visit them at times too. These people were of all colors, and all races. Looking back, I can't remember a difference in how my Father or Mother introduced me to the visitors. I was introduced, and expected to call them, Mr. or Mrs, or Miss Jones, or Smith, or whatever name you care to choose. I was taught, and am still in the habit of addressing people as Sir, or Ma'am.

We could debate for hours on this topic, so I will tell you what I see as I read it, or hear it in common conversation. The Hyphenated American is not a "real American" but a quasi-American.

Where do I get this opinion from? Well, let's look at the uses in history shall we? The Constitution listed the job of Vice President just like that. It didn't have a hyphen, however as early as the 12th Amendment, we see the usage of the hyphen in the job title, Vice-President. The use of the hyphen drops again in 1965 with the 25th Amendment. The job is listed as Vice President again, no hyphen.

What rule of English governs the use of a hyphen? From what I read, and remember from school long ago, the Hyphen is a modifier, or used to reduce confusion. Re-Cover being used to describe covering the sofa in material again. Recover being used to gain possession of an object again. Do we reduce confusion by saying someone is an Irish-American? No, not really. To be an American, it is generally accepted that the individual is a Citizen, or Resident. If a Citizen, then the presence of the Irish is confusing. If a Resident, then the individual is an Irishman (woman) in America, not an Irish-American. Once citizenship is acheived, assuming it is, then the individual becomes an American, no qualifier, no limits except one.

Wiki says that Hyphenated Americans are used to demonstrate people who are straddling two cultures, or are communicating cultural links, and expressing loyalty to each. I say that is a bunch of baloney.

The hyphen as a modifier, now this is a disturbing possibility. The Dictionary defines Modify in relation to grammar as follows.

Grammar. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usually with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; be a modifier. In a good man, good modifies man.

So when I see someone forced into the Hyphenated American category, I don't see the person voluntarily demonstrating their allegiance, and awareness, of their cultural heritage. If you state I am a Norwegian-American (which is literally grabbed out of thin air) I would fail the most basic test. First, I don't know anything about Norway. Second, I am unaware of any Norwegian culture which I have adopted, am proud of, or would defend. Equally if you labeled me with Asian-American, I don't know any Asian culture I may have adopted. I like Chinese and Japanese food, however am aware it is Americanized food.

That leaves the obvious and undesirable claim that I am a Modified American. Subordinate but not true, or whole, or complete. I don't see Modified Americans, I see all Americans as literal equals. The only Constitutional qualifier for any job in this nation is for President, and Vice President. For those jobs only, you must be a Natural Born American. For all other jobs, you can be a Naturalized Citizen. In other words, you can be born elsewhere, and come here, become a citizen, and still become a Senator or Congressman. You can be a Judge, or anything else. I won't debate that topic now, suffice to say we welcome every citizen with the same opportunities.

I said I detested the idea of Modified Americans. What the Politically Correct are saying when they force us to categorize someone into a class of hyphenated Americans is you aren't a real, true, or complete American. Like the term Assistant Manager. There is no doubt to his authority, he isn't the big boss, they aren't the Manager, they are the assistant. Manager is modified to indicate less authority, less power, less responsibility. In this case, American is modified to mean less American.

Now, it may not be your intention to do that, but that is what you are telling me when I read the term on an application. It was explained during a class on Diversity that these labels indicate who the person is, and we can learn what it means to some extent. I answered Pfui. Mathematics teaches us to find the common denominator, not a means of separating the numbers, but a means of combining them. So instead of combining all these people into one big number, we insist on breaking them down, with these labels, and pointing out a lot of differences that don't amount to a pile of used grain behind the cow. I told the instructor I didn't see any of those types here, I only saw Americans, and the rest didn't matter one little bit.

I gained enough time at work to choose my shift, and my manager. I picked the team I wanted to work on. That Manager is generally considered by everyone to be one of the very best the company has. That manager is black. Did I pick him because he is black? No, I could care less if he is White, Black, Brown, Yellow, Blue, or bright Pink. I picked him because he was the very best we had. The color didn't matter, the quality did.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous "I have a dream speech" said it better than I ever could.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Do we achieve that dream by making all people hyphenated? Do we achieve that goal of a color blind society by constantly harping on the way we are different, or by pointing out the common denominator? We are all Americans, that is all I ever see in an individual.

Individuals can achieve greatness in this nation, regardless of the race, and regardless of their ancestors origins. Immigrants and Children of Immigrants (legal) become successful, and could be an inspiration to the rest of us, on what hard work, faith, and family can achieve. Instead we continue to stigmatize these people by making these citizens hyphenated, or modified Americans.

Stop forcing people into that stigmatized category you Liberals. Let them decide if they are going to be Italian-American or whatever background they choose. Let them choose if they are they going to subordinate the American of their own free will. Let them be Americans, just Americans, and that will be good enough for a vast majority of us.


I haven't been watching 24

As some people understand, I work a great deal, and don't bother to watch television much, if at all. Shows like Battlestar Galactica, the West Wing, and 24 which have a consistent and moving time line are ones I watch later via Netflix. I am about halfway done with the third season of 24. For the record that is important.

A friend at work, who records and watches the shows as soon as possible, asked if I thought it was possible that something like 24 was going on. Incredibly effective Secret Agents who save the day in a single handed manner like that. I answered a definitive no.

You see, I was in the Army once, what feels like a long time ago. Rambo isn't what the troops desire to be. They learn quickly enough that team work is the answer, a tightly knit unit which has trained and worked together for many months or years.

Jack Bauer the main Character of the show in real life would be serving six hundred life sentences after his first "bad day" season. On the off chance that he hadn't yet been convicted, or bankrupted by legal fee's trying to defend his actions that first year, he would be locked up forever after the second season. In real life, he would be charged with the Murder of his wife because the person who killed her was a woman he had an affair with. That is the way our Legal system works. The Prosecuters tend to go after the cops, instead of the crooks. In real life, if the officer arresting a shot suspect bumps the wound accidentally while securing the suspect, there are lawsuits, and criminal charges against the cop for violating the suspects civil rights. The ACLU would have an army of Lawyers and observers following Bauer around every day. He couldn't spit on the sidewalk without protests breaking out on College Campus' across the nation.
Do you doubt me? Explain the outrage of the left on Club Gitmo, the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility for terrorists, and undocumented combatants. These are people we captured on the battlefield, with weapons, who were killing our troops, or trying to, and we are accused of torture because we yell at the prisoner trying to get him to talk. We may even play loud music to annoy and wear down his patience. Granted, ten minutes of Brittney Spears and I would be willing to admit to taking the Lindbergh Baby. I am not sure that qualifies as torture though.

The point is simple however. We destroy our hero's. Those who go above and beyond the call of duty, determined to save lives of innocents, who are willing to get information from a kidnapper to find a stolen child. We punish those who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the day from the evil that comes for us all.

We see it all the time. We see it just about every day. The Liberals wouldn't rest until Jack Bauer and all his descendants were destroyed. The Terrorists aren't as relentless in attacking America as the Liberals are, the Terrorists don't have that kind of energy.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Dead Soldier in Al Jazeera viedo, alive and well.

The Drudge Report is linking to an ABC News Blotter story about a propaganda video put out by Terrorists in Iraq, claiming that the video is of a Soldier they had killed. It was family wishes that the troop recorded, and the terrorists and Al Jazeera claimed that the video had been captured when they killed the soldier.

One problem, the troop is actually alive, he returned stateside in May, and spent the Holiday season with his family. The voice over on the Video claiming to be the Soldier in question decries the "war crimes" he and his fellow soldiers committed.

So we can trust Al Jazeera to continue being the face of the Terrorists right?

A producer at al Jazeera said it would change its description of the video after learning from ABC News that the soldier was not dead.

OK, we aren't going to pull the video, or do a story on how we (Al Jazeera network) were duped into showing anti-American propaganda. We aren't going to do a story interviewing the soldier in question to see if he made the anti-war statements purported. We aren't going to bring into question the honor or truthfulness of the terrorists, we are going to change the description.

Laura Mansfield, an Arabic language analyst and publisher of a newsletter "Strategic Translations" that tracks jihadi websites, said this is a new trick in the jihadists' propaganda campaign.
"This is part of a very shrewd campaign to reach a U.S. audience, soldiers and voters," she said. "It is in English and forgives most soldiers and Americans, calling on them to help end the war."
Also on the tape is a description, supposedly from Tucker, of how soldiers buy their way out of dangerous night patrols and gun turret duty with cash and drugs.
"The marijuana-rolled cigarettes are the rare currency capable of buying or changing anything. The drugs goes all around here," says the voice.
And it ends with a final denunciation of U.S. leaders and policy.
"What we are doing here is so disgraceful; our acts are shameful," says the voice. He then signs off, "Specialist Lee Kimball Tucker."

Apparently the nuts at Al Jazeera and the Terrorist's have been watching Apocalypse Now one too many times.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Call for action to President Bush.

I am calling on President Bush, and hope you will join with me, to pardon former Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignatio Ramos. As you may be aware, these men were tried and convicted for returning fire on a fleeing drug smuggling illegal alien. They testified that they saw a shiney object in the hand of the fleeing drug smuggling illegal alien. The Alien in question was given full immunity in return for his testimony against the police.We the people of the United States gave immunity to a drug smuggleing illegal alien to prosecute two border patrol agents? Are we next going to give immunity to terrorists to prosecute the soldiers who are going after them?

Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean spotted a suspicious van on U.S. soil near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The van was being driven by an illegal alien -- Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila -- who was smuggling 743 pounds of marijuana into the United States. When the illegal alien and drug smuggler saw Agents Ramos and Compean, he ran for the border. The agents heard gun shots while pursuing Davila on foot.
According to media reports, Davila at one point turned toward the pursuing agents and pointed what appeared to be a gun. The border agents fired their weapons at the fleeing illegal alien drug smuggler. Davila was hit in his buttocks -- although Compean and Ramos apparently did not know it at the time -- and Davila didn't even slow down. He jumped into a waiting van and sped off in the night.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Is it an Insurgency when Foreigners are fighting?

In a press release this week, the CENTCOM informed America and the Press, well Americans who go to the source of CENTCOM to get the truth, instead of the We are Losing in Iraq chant from the Hate America First Folks, and Press who had nothing better to do, that 48 "Insurgents" were tried and convicted last month by the Iraqi Courts.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 48 security detainees from December 8 to 28, for various crimes including murder, kidnapping, illegal possession of special category weapons, violation of the terrorist laws, failure to renew resident identification, possessing and using a fake ID, use or attempted use of explosives, and illegal border crossing.

If you bother to read the article, and Liberals won't, because they are afraid that truth might shake up their worship of the Propaganda tree, then you notice something, I know I did.

There are a bunch of folks mentioned in the story that aren't Iraqi. They are Saudi, Sudanese, and many other Nationalities.

The trial court found a Syrian man and a Saudi Arabian man guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. The defendants were captured June 19 in a targeted raid on Al-Qaeda members. The defendants were found guarding a house containing a hostage and both admitted that they were responsible for guarding the hostage. On Dec. 26 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced the men to death.

The trial court found a Sudanese man guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. Iraqi Army Soldiers apprehended the defendant July 7, during a random bus stop. The defendant is a media leader for Al-Qaeda and produced videos and flyers for the organization. The defendant confessed to being a member of Al-Qaeda multiple times to both Iraqi and Multi-National Forces. On Dec. 12 the trial panel considered all the evidence and sentenced him to death.

I wonder, are they Insurgents, if they are Foreigners? What I mean is we are told by the Liberal Elite that it's the Iraqi's who are rising up against us, and to be sure most of the convicted mentioned in the Press Release are Iraqi, but there are a goodly number of other nationalities too.

Insurgent by the way is defined as follows by

1. a person who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority, esp. a person who engages in armed resistance to a government or to the execution of its laws; rebel.
2. a member of a section of a political party that revolts against the methods or policies of the party.

I don't think that the Foreigners are technically Insurgents, it at least has a flavor of an internal power struggle in a nation. Terrorist is a better word to describe the people in Iraq.

a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities

I wonder why the Libs aren't using a more accurate word. Simple, they are trying to frame the discussion as one of our losing, to make their fondest wish come true, American Defeat.

Think about why you haven't been informed of this information in your local paper. Wonder out loud about it to friends, because the only answer that would fit is that the News didn't think the existence of captured, and convicted terrorists in Iraq was newsworthy. However, the deaths of Americans is a big news story, in fact the only story we hear from the Nutroot pandering Media.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Illegal Immigrantion Update

While Vanity Fair was publishing a puff piece on John McCain which addressed many topics, including Immigration, there was a bunch of things happening on the border.

From the article in Vanity Fair:

He began this mid-October day in Sioux City, appearing at a fund-raising Siouxland Breakfast for Representative Steve King, an immigration hard-liner. Recently he had called McCain an "amnesty mercenary" for daring to work with Senator Ted Kennedy on a compromise bill that would provide an eventual path to citizenship for the millions of immigrant workers already in the United States illegally. A day earlier, in Milwaukee, in front of an audience of more sympathetic businessmen, McCain had been asked how debate over the immigration bill was playing politically. "In the short term, it probably galvanizes our base," he said. "In the long term, if you alienate the Hispanics, you'll pay a heavy price." Then he added, unable to help himself, "By the way, I think the fence is least effective. But I'll build the goddamned fence if they want it."
"I'm willing to negotiate anything," McCain tells the breakfast crowd in Sioux City, explaining that there is no way the millions of illegal aliens now here can be sent back to their countries of origin. But he acknowledges that anything seen as amnesty for illegals is "totally unacceptable, particularly to our Republican base." Later, McCain tells me that Congressman King "really knows this issue," but he sounds as if he is trying to persuade himself as much as me.

Yes Senator, we wouldn't want to alienate the Hispanics who are here illegally.

As I said, many things were going on. First a recap of my Immigration posts. Now, a report on the Military of Mexico which appears to be freelancing for the Drug Cartels, and crossing the border. I wonder if they feel alienated Senator McCain?

U.S. Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officials operating along the southwestern border have come under attack from the Mexican side in recent months, with automatic gunfire frequently erupting, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)

On the day I was reading and rolling my eyes at Senator McCain's ideals this story was posted, showing how our Guardsmen were driven back by heavily armed men at the Border. The reason they had to give ground by the way, they were ordered not to fire on people attacking them, I don't know why, it's not stated in the story. One can assume we wouldn't want a politically charged shooting where a criminal was shot and killed in the commission of a crime.

A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona's border with Mexico.According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state's West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat. The Border Patrol will not say whether shots were fired. However, no Guardsmen were injured in the incident.The Border Patrol says the incident occurred somewhere along the 120 mile section of the border between Nogales and Lukeville. The area is known as a drug corridor. Last year, 124-thousand pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated in this area. The Border patrol says the attackers quickly retreated back into Mexico.

So our military was attacked, on OUR soil, by foreign nationals, and we retreated. Well I can certainly see how we would want to refrain from upsetting people who would charge our border in such a blatant manner.

I would write more, but I am going to the Hardware store to buy some bricks to send to congress.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

3000 is too many, according to the Liberals.

A milestone we have been waiting for, some with baited breath, some with dread. The Liberals already had their stories written, waiting for the moment when they could unleash the thought provoking we have lost pieces on the public.

War can make poets. The British World War I soldier Wilfred Owen had lived as a minor disciple of literary giants until he was thrust into the abattoir of Europe's cataclysmic war to discover the brutal theme of his art. "Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War," he wrote. "My subject is War, and the pity of War." The war invested meaning into his words, giving them a dark significance that still evokes heartbreak.
But can war provide similar meaning to a number? What can now be derived from reaching the grim milestone of 3,000 American dead in Iraq?

Yes, when the news of this milestone broke, he was ready, with an obscure poet reference from World War I. Just happened to be on his desk right? Look man, I was born at night, just not last night.

The Iraq war is too expensive right? With the new milestone of 3000 dead, Michael Moore hopes you will do something about it. What does he hope you will do? Jump on his demented bandwagon towed by lies and declare the war lost.

Michael, since I know you are looking for a good movie plot to work on, how about the death statistics in this nation?

1 in 248 citizens died in 2006 from abortions. How did I get that? Easy, with 298,444,215 people in America, I divided that number with the number of Abortions in the nation. I used 1.2 Million Abortions, which is probably low.

An estimated 4,380 Americans were murdered by Illegal Aliens in 2005. Far more than we have lost in Iraq since 2003 when the invasion started.

An estimated 21,900 Americans have died in Automobile accidents with Illegal Immigrants.

What is Illegal Immigration costing us? Click here for the current numbers on the immigration counter.

There are some 42,000 automobile accident fatalities this last year.

AIDS is set to become the third leading killer, and we still won't treat it like a contagious disease.

It's a shame that the Liberals don't care about those groups. All much larger, and with a much larger impact from action. It's a crying shame that the Liberals are determined to keep innocent Americans at home in real danger from the Illegal Immigrants who continue to victimize all of us every day. It's a tragic situation that AIDS continues to spread in the population, because AIDS isn't treated like the Deadly Contagious Disease it is.

I would bemoan the loss of life to Abortions, but frankly, I hope that the Liberals continue to get abortions, and don't have children. As the Liberal Population continues to decline, in another generation, perhaps two, we will have a massive majority of Conservatives, and that will mean the death of Liberalism.

It's a shame that the Liberals don't demand a Darfur type of massive action to save the Iraqi's lives, but that would be too much to expect.

UPDATE: I made an error this morning, before I went to bed, I accidentally deleted a paragraph. I am going to re-create it below because it was supposed to be there anyway.

I for one wish that no service members were killed or wounded. However the requirement to place people in harms way is one which this nation has done more than once in our history. When we place troops in harms way, we have a moral obligation to make sure we support those troops, and the mission with our fullest ability. That means we confidently announce to the enemy that we will not surrender, we will destroy them. The war isn't over until there is one of three conditions. The enemy surrenders, the enemy is eliminated. the enemy's ability to make war is eliminated. With an all volunteer military, we owe it to those who join to support them and give them the freedom necessary to be victorious.

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