BigT’s Roundup - (9-27-07)
Everything that is happening in the land written here; from my blog at ConservativeINC.
I reported yesterday in my evening Roundup that Virginia was getting a new immigration board member who believes that everyone should live under Sharia and that anyone converting out of Islam (apostasy) should be put to death. Well, no longer. He’s going to resign his post.
Just thought you would want to know if someone who agreed with Osama
was no longer going to be in charge of making immigration decisions.
Good work from the guys at Little Green Footballs for breaking this
After last night’s announcement by the top three democrat presidential contenders that we won’t be getting out of Iraq by 2013
I didn’t think Hillary would go any further to the right. I was wrong.
She voted for a Kyl-Lieberman bill that would allow the United States
military to attack Iran in Iraq and it also labeled the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard (Iran’s army) as a terrorist organization. Senator
Clinton must think that she has the far-left in the bag because this is not being well received by her money supply in the left-wing blogosphere.
“What we think we know is that with North Korean help,
both financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were
putting together, and perhaps over some period of years, a nuclear
facility, and the Israelis took it out. I strongly support that… there
was evidence of a North Korea freighter coming in with supplies. There
was intelligence and other kinds of verification.”
This sounds an awful lot like what she was saying about Saddam
before the war in Iraq started. Maybe she is positioning herself to use
Bush as the fall guy again: “He lied to me.” Maybe she really does see
a threat emanating from the Middle East. It’s probably the former;
whatever power needs power gets.
In The University Madhouse,
a column by classicists Victor Davis Hanson, ticks off all the
instances recently when colleges have or tried to prevent people from
speaking or working at a university. For example, UC Davis rescinded an
invitation for Larry Summers, ex-Dean of Harvard, to speak at its
campus. Nary a peep about this instance of the destruction of free
speech at the academy. But when a homicidal dictator wants to propagandize, come on in brother!
Here’s a story from the Washington Post via Jihad Watch
that tells us who supported the terrorists in their failed plot in
Germany. It seems that they got the detonators from Syria and their
order from somewhere in Palestine. What did Germany ever do to either
of these countries? I’m sure if you look hard enough you will find
something but the lesson that we need to learn from this incident is
that Jihadis don’t need a real grievance to attack us all they need is
the knowledge that we are the hated infidels.
Maybe we could rely on a friend in the Middle East to help us bring
these terrorists to justice. Maybe we should ask Saudi Arabia to lend
us a hand. Ha! Bad idea my friends. They have not given us one ounce of
justice since 9-11. Maybe they’re helping us on the intelligence side
of the war but they aren’t doing anything else according to this
editorial by Investor’s Business Daily:
According to the Treasury Department’s top anti-terror
official, the kingdom has not prosecuted a single person named by the
U.S. or the United Nations as a terror financier. Asked by ABC News how
many Saudis have been charged with funding terror since 9/11, Treasury
Undersecretary Stuart Levey said, “There have not been any.” Not one?
“No,” he asserted.
In a rare public rebuke of our alleged war ally, Levey pointed out
that the Saudi government has failed to go after even men like Yasin
al-Qadi, a wealthy Saudi businessman whom both the U.S. and U.N.
blacklisted as an al-Qaida financier one month after the 9/11 attacks.
Al-Qadi remains free, still a prominent figure in the kingdom. “And
he remains designated to the United Nations for his material support to
al-Qaida,” Levey fumed. “When the evidence is clear that these
individuals have funded terrorist organizations and knowingly done so,
then that should be prosecuted and treated as real terrorism.”
We don’t need to bring our army into all of these countries but we
need to put as much pressure against them as possible. Using resources
in media, in the business world, in government, and any other channel
we can think of we should be attacking these countries using are vast
reservoir of soft power. I thought that this was one of the job
descriptions of the CIA; oh, wait, they can’t find their way to work
most of the time, what was I thinking?
One of the reasons that American black victimhood chafes me so much
is that their lives are better than most other’s in the world. Could
they be better, sure, everyone’s can. Do they have to endure
discrimination, sure, but lots of people do. But the true underpinning
of my chafing, it so hurts sometimes, is that it is largely predicated
on historical slavery while there are still many n slavery.
Over 800,000 people are trafficked across borders every
year. Half are minors and 80 percent female. Millions more are victims
of labor and sexual slavery within national borders. Over 12 million
people worldwide are caught in forced labor.
In some parts of the world, parents sell their children into
servitude for a few dollars. In Africa boys work in fisheries,
quarries, cocoa and rice plantations and markets. Girls work as
domestic servants, bakers, in factories and as prostitutes.
Mark Kwadwo is 6 years old and weighs about 30 pounds. He is awoken
from his damp dirt floor hut at 5:00 a.m. to help paddle a canoe out
into Lake Volta. For hours, as others pull in the fishing net, Mark
Deprived of schooling and basic necessities, young Mark has been
sold into indentured servitude to Kwadwo Takyi for $20 a year. Takyi
frequently beats Mark and the other conscripts in his labor camp.
I believe that focusing on historical slavery and perpetuating black
victimhood because of this historical blight on history is at least
partially responsible for the poor state of the black culture.
Additionally, focusing on historical wrongs that have largely been
righted obscures the enduring institution of slavery all over the
world. Everyone should be focused on ending this evil.
Another evil in this world that had to be rid of was Saddam Hussein.
He’s gone but his ghost lives on in liberal impeachment hopes. The latest pipe dream comes to us from a leaked transcript of a conversation between Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Aznar where some liberals have claimed it proves Bush didn’t care about WMDs and just wanted to get his cowboy on. The relevant translation comes from Barce Pundit but if you want the whole transcript click on the link from the previous sentence. (emphasis his)
Saddam won’t change and will keep playing games. The moment of getting rid of him has arrived. That’s it. As for me, from now on I’ll try to use the softest rhetoric I can, while we look for the resolution to be approved.
If some country vetoes [the resolution] we’ll go in. Saddam is not
disarming. We must catch him right now. We have shown an incredible
amount of patience until now. We have two weeks. In two weeks our
military will be ready. I think we’ll achieve a second resolution.
In the Security Council we have three African countries [Cameroon,
Angola, Guinea], the Chileans, the Mexicans. I’ll talk with all of
them, also with Putin, naturally. We’ll be in Baghdad at the end of
March. There’s a 15% chance that by then Saddam is dead or has flown. But these possibilities won’t exist until we have shown our resolution. The Egyptians are talking with Saddam Hussein. It seems he has hinted he’d be willing to leave if he’s allowed to take 1 billion dollars and all the information on WMDs.
Ghadaffi told Berlusconi that Saddam wants to leave. Mubarak tells us
that in these circumstances there are big chances that he’ll get killed.
We would like to act with the mandate of the UN. If we act
militarily, we’ll do with great precision and focalizing our targets to
the biggest degree possible. We’ll decimate the loyal troops
and the regular army will quickly know what it’s all about. … We are
developing a very strong aid package. We can win without destruction.
We are working already in the post-Saddam Iraq, and I think there’s a
basis for a better future. Iraq has a good bureaucracy and a relatively
strong civil society. It could be organized as a federation. Meanwhile
we’re doing all we can to fulfill the political needs of our friends
Yet if the dominant narrative is correct–that Iraq posed
no WMD threat–then why did Saddam stake his life on concealing
information about the program? After all, he had to think that if he
did not leave Iraq, there was every chance that he would be killed
during or after the invasion. Why would it have been so important to
hide evidence that merely confirmed the lack of any threat?
The only logical reason for making this a condition of his agreement
to exile was that he believed the program was more advanced than it
really was, or that he intended to augment it. In either case, it
further bolsters the case that Saddam remained a threat to the region
(at least), and that it was wise to depose him.
Saddam’s behavior before the invasion was what one should expect out
of a tyrant who has always gotten his way. He had used WMDs before, had
some when we invaded Iraq, and was on the path to more. Hussein just
didn’t think we would actually go through with deposing his regime.
The problem with SCHIP is that it is attempting, by providing
government health care to kids who are not poor, to promote the
socialist philosophy that everything should be provided by the
government. Liberals don’t really care about kids they just want to
instill a sense of dependency in these kids and their parents. There is
no reason why children who do not belong to poor families should get
health care. And if you feel so strongly about helping provide for
every child’s health care bills I think you should do the right thing
and start up a private fund to pay for their health care bills. The
government acts unconstitutionally when it acts as a charity.
Rush Limbaugh is a hero of mine. And it use to pain me when someone on the left would try to shoot him down for their purposeful misunderstanding of what he said.
Recently, Rush has been calling Senator Obama Senator Ubama. The reason
for the change? The main stream media has taken to calling Osama Usama probably due to the similarity between the names.
The brave people of Myanmar, let’s call it Burma for now on, are still fighting on. Kerry Howley, a blogger for Reason, had this to say about what is going on:
But while the world may be watching, I doubt most
Burmese are. The country’s communications infrastructure is incredibly
limited. Seven people out of 1,000 own televisions, and they’re not
getting BBC. They’re watching MRTV-3: all government propaganda, all
the time. It’s difficult to get a license for a satellite or an
internet connection. Cell phones cost thousands of dollars; even most
expats don’t carry them.
In yet another reason why the feckless UN should be disbanded Russia
and China have signaled they will strike down any UN Resolution against
the ruling junta in Burma. It’s a tragedy that good men and women have
to die there but it is a sin that some countries won’t even acknowledge
And, on a lighter note, BigT’s Linkapalooza:
al Qaeda’s Alamo.
19,000 dead insurgents equals 1,368,000 virgins. Won’t find that in SoCal.
Bill Clinton praises… Wal Mart. I reported on this about a month ago.
The Patriot Act is necessary, what the commies did was not.
China is not really all that restrictive according to Yahoo!
China really is all that restrictive according to Yahoo!
Liberals do care about human rights… for chimps.
Poor kids in Africa don’t need computers, they need free markets. But here is the skinny on this pathetic processor.
Another instance of Mexicans doing jobs Americans won’t do.
The best reason why trade relations should be normalized with Cuber.
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