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The problem seems to me to be the definition of "free speech". Liberals define it as anything they want to say or do that opposes America. I say "speech" ends where "action" begins. Once you pick up a gun for the enemy, throw a rock at a cop during a "peace" march, send money to a terrorist organisation, or travel to Baghdad to block an American JDAM with your ass, you have crossed the line from free speech to costly action.
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- We Need You Arrogant Warmongering Americans...Again - 07/09/03
- Much Ado About Nothing, Again - 07/13/03
- Double Standard: Blindly Blame Bush - 07/18/03
- Was WWII Also Unjustified? - 07/20/03
- Clinton Backing Bush? Don't Bet On It! - 07/24/03
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- The Clinton Legacy: In Answer to Mr. Stensrud - 07/30/03
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- Saddam and 9/11: Connect the Dots - 09/08/03
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Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Some Predictions for 2004

It's the time of year for predictions. There are plenty I could make that I'd consider less prognostication than pragmatism: Bush wins in November, the Dow hits 12,000 by Easter (though I feel there will also be a slump after that as the bears move in for the summer), jobs rebound, and another successful terrorist attack takes place on US soil (probably soon before the election). Syria desperately staves off disaster by following in Libya's footsteps, giving up WMDs and terrorism support, the situation in Iraq improves drastically and dramatically, and Iraqis participate in free elections in the summer. Those are almost certain to come true, barring some disaster -- like Iran's nuclear "power" program being allowed to come to fruition, and the biggest supporter of terrorism suddenly acquiring nuclear weapons.  There's one prediction, however, that I'm particularly interested in... the breakup of the Democratic Party due to the 2004 election.

There's three possible scenarios involved, and it's not yet possible to predict which will take place. The groundwork is already being laid, the process exposed by Howard Dean's comments about the DLC. When complaining about the other contenders for the Democratic nomination criticising him, Dean said, "even the Democratic Leadership Council, which is sort of the Republican part of the Democratic Party... the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, we're going to need them too, we really are."  This reflects the thinking of his followers, and will reflect back in their actions this year.

Howard Dean is the darling of the radical left-wing of the Democratic Party. They've dragged the party as a whole so far to the left of center as to make a general election unwinnable.  The Classic Democrats, those who still have sense and care about America's future (and there are a few still around) are so appalled by this as to vote against their party line.  Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) and Senator John Breaux (D-LA) are among the most conservative Democrats, considered "traitors to the party" for supporting the defense of America and other sensible policies. As one ranting Liberal wrote in April, "helpers to these traitors to democracy who will join the ranks of Stalin, Hitler and Saddam include centrist Democrats like Zell Miller and John Breaux. And we should also identify the voting districts that send the evil ones and their assistants, and we should boycott their products and services."

Well, at least he had the grace to identify Saddam Hussein as a bad man.

The first possibility is that Howard Dean becomes the Democratic candidate for President.  If this happens, the angry rhetoric from the Left will get more vitriolic and vociferous as we draw closer to November. If you think Howard Dean's "Bush knew about 9/11 in advance and did nothing" conspiracy theory sounds wacko, just wait!  Not only the "swing voters" but many Democrats will vote for Bush (or not vote at all) rather than support that kind of ranting, raving lunacy.  Bush will be re-elected, of course. The more centrist Democrats will blame the Liberal Democrats (or, as Howard Dean calls them, "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party") for the loss, and they'll form their own fringe party.  The Classic Democratic party will take years to recover.

The second scenario is that Dick Gephardt (D-MO) will actually do quite well in the 2004 Democratic primaries, especially Iowa (19 Jan), New Hampshire (27 Jan) and Michigan (7 Feb).  That will give Terry McAuliffe, head of (that is, Bill Clinton's mouthpiece in) the Democratic National Committee, the grounds he needs to declare Gephardt the official Democratic Presidential Candidate.  After all, Gephardt's an affable, long-time politician who's done his time in the trenches. His biggest gaffe so far has been to state off-handedly, "When I'm President, we'll do executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day," but most people missed that one (or so McAuliffe and Gephardt hope).  Howard Dean's Liberals will, over the course of the summer, grow more bitter and angry at their own party, until they declare Howard Dean the "real" Democratic candidate.  With the Democratic vote badly split, President Bush will easily win. Again, the Classic Democratic party will take years to recover.

The third possibility, as likely as the others, is that Gephardt is pronounced the official candidate, but the Democrats manage to hold the party together until after the election. This will result in a much closer race, but a much more violent split after their defeat.  The Democrats might never fully recover from this scenario... at least not until 2008 when they rally behind Hillary Clinton.  And the only thing that would stop her from running would be a defeat in her re-election bid for New York Senator in 2006.

Who's the one person that could beat her with his hands tied behind his back? Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, it's time to rise to the occasion again!  But I'm getting ahead of myself... one election at a time.


Posted at Wednesday, December 31, 2003 by CavalierX
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Monday, December 29, 2003
Mad Cows, Mad Democrats

I was going to write a satire about the recent discovery of a cow with "mad cow disease" (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, to be exact) in which leading Democrats blame President Bush for it.  Unfortunately, they (Kerry, Dean, Gephardt, Clark and Edwards) really did attack him over it, beating me to the punch line!  What a world.

Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean says the Bush administration missed an opportunity to soften the impact of the country's first mad cow scare and that the American beef industry should receive federal aid to weather the crisis.
The former governor, whose state has a large dairy cow population, said the Bush administration failed to aggressively set up a tracking system that would allow the government to quickly track the origins of the sick cow, quarantine other animals it came in contact with and assure the marketplace the rest of the meat supply is safe.
"What we need in this country is instant traceability," he said.

WHAT CRISIS?  That's what I'd like to know.  A single cow with this disease has been discovered.  "Look, the system is working! It must be a crisis! Throw money at it!"  If a hundred sick animals had been found in different areas, I might agree that perhaps it wasn't detected as quickly as it should have been.  But one single cow? And one that was imported from Canada, at that? 

Dean's comment that the beef industry must immediately recieve government money (that is, yours and mine) to "weather the crisis" is nothing more than another pathetic attempt to pander to an interest group in order to recieve their endorsement.  Is there anyone who actually thinks Dean is genuinely concerned about beef farmers and wants to help them?  No, I meant anyone not in a mental institution, or the Democratic party.  Let's get something straight: if some countries ban beef imports from the US, the role of the Federal government is NOT to make up for the lost income with other peoples' money. It's to put diplomatic pressure on those nations to halt the ban.  That's how it's supposed to work.

As for Dean's "instant traceability", we can't get the Democrats to agree on that for immigrant humans, much less cattle! Which is more important to keep track of, al-Qaeda terrorists planning to blow up buildings full of innocent people or a single sick cow?  Maybe we ought to declare terrorism a disease. Then people like Howard Dean, John Kerry (who called for "a national system to make diseased livestock easier to track and contain"), and Wesley Clark (who said the Bush administration needs to "take proactive steps to improve tracking and testing that should have been taken months ago") will finally get on board with the war against terrorism.

The deal with mad cow disease is that the virus resides in the nervous system of an infected animal -- brain and spine.  These parts, in many other countries, are commonly ground up (you've heard of bone meal?) and used in feed for other cattle, spreading the disease.  However, we don't do that in the US; it's illegal.  Cow brains are eaten as a delicacy in some parts of the world. Most people don't do that here, either.  Spread of disease checked, "crisis" averted. 

Time for a thick juicy steak with President Bush.


Posted at Monday, December 29, 2003 by CavalierX
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Saturday, December 27, 2003
Howard Dean: Suddenly Spiritual

Howard Dean seems to be trying a new tactic to win the "hearts and minds" of Americans.  Having completely failed so far in his quest to convince Southerners that he's the right person to represent them, he's decided to pose as a deeply religious man to appeal to churchgoers as his campaign makes its upcoming Southern stops.

Have you ever heard anything more deeply cynical?  This is the man who left his church because he had a dispute with them over a bike path, of all the insignificant things.  Suddenly, he's the religious candidate? Watch out, Reverend Al!

After alienating the entire voting population of the South when he chastised them for basing their votes on "race, guns, God and gays," Dean still apparently thinks he has a chance to get a single Southern vote by pretending to be a religious man himself.  "Keep your religion out of the vote -- but vote for me because I'm religious," seems to be Dean's message. More than any of his others so far, this latest lie shows Dean's deeply-rooted elitism, his belief that people are just ignorant sheep to be led around by the nose.  Stupid rednecks, what do they know about running the country?

Polls report that President Bush enjoys an even higher percentage of support from regular churchgoers (by 38%) than from the population in general. Is that because they see him as a genuine person of faith? Because they see him as someone with a moral compass? Because they see him as someone who tries to do what's right (though not always what's Right -- many Conservatives are deeply disgruntled by his Medicare package, for instance)? 

Not if you're someone like Howard Dean.  To elitists like him, people who spend their lives striking a pose, there's no such thing as a genuine person who actually believes in what he or she says.  Every speech is a sham, every position, a posture.  It would never occur to them that Bush actually does what he thinks best for the country instead of what's best for his poll results.  For instance, the elite media gleefully reported that President Bush's surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops in Baghdad didn't significantly raise his approval ratings (although they actually DID rise immediately afterwards; I guess it just wasn't "significant").  Frankly, I don't think Bush gave a damn.  Rather than understand why he appeals to so many people, the elitists just think they can emulate him and "steal" his votes.  To them, people are too stupid to tell the difference.

So get ready for the newly-religious Howard Dean, Man of Faith, coming soon to a stump near you.


Posted at Saturday, December 27, 2003 by CavalierX
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Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Democrats and Liberals and Terrorists, Oh My!

It amazes and frightens me how much Liberals have in common with the terrorists we're fighting.  I'm not saying they're in league with them or anything like that (most of them), I'm merely observing that they share a great many aims (for different reasons, to be sure).  Take the following similarities, for instance...

  • Terrorists hate the PATRIOT Act because it curtails their freedom to move in and out of the USA at will, gives terrorism investigations the same powers as drug or organised crime investigations have had for years, and makes their activities against the USA harder to commit.

  • Liberals also hate the PATRIOT Act. They rail against it at every opportunity, usually without an understanding of its provisions or effects, only a vague charge that it "destroys civil liberties".  I've been waiting since it was first written for a single instance of an actual civil liberty that has been impacted by the Act.  Even the infamous "library clause" -- which allows an investigation in progress to examine what books a suspect has checked out of a library -- is already in use for drug investigations.

  • Terrorists would love it if law-abiding Americans were unable to own and carry weapons. They might actually use them when an act of terrorism is in progress, making the terrorists' lives harder and putting them in danger!

  • Liberals also favor rigid gun control. They don't believe any private citizen could have a legitimate excuse for owning a working weapon. They seem to forget that we don't NEED an excuse or reason; it's our right to do so according to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.  If citizens have no guns, how are we supposed to ensure that the government doesn't really take our rights away (as in the mythical depredations of the PATRIOT Act)?

  • Terrorists, being religious extremists, hate Judeo-Christian religions and want to see them destroyed.  They hate any sort of religious display or paraphernalia (Christian and Jewish, that is).  They see their struggle as Islam against Christianity, although they've twisted the basic tenets of modern Islam to make it seem that way.

  • Liberals, many of them anti-religious extremists, also hate Judeo-Christian religions and want to see them banished from the public view. They use the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion, to attack any Christian exercising that right.  They also vehemently hate religious displays, including attacking a public-school teacher's aide who wore a small gold cross around her neck.  Liberals are working to ban Christmas and all Judeo-Christian religious holidays, even forcing people to say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas", because someone might be "offended" by another person's offering them good wishes or even mentioning the name of the holiday in a song.

  • Terrorists are inflamed by our wealth in the West. Instead of asking themselves "what have they done right?", they decided that we should die for having more than they do.  As a symbolic strike at our wealthy economic system, they attacked the World Trade Center.

  • Liberals also hate the fact that the West is wealthy. The capitalist system combined with the work ethic bequeathed us by our more religious predecessors has brought America as a whole to a level of prosperity unmatched in the world, and this drives the Liberals mad.  They want to raise taxes, regulate and restrict corporations into the ground, and generally create an unfriendly environment overall for business and capitalism, where everyone works for and depends upon the government.

  • Terrorists hate the US military.  Osama bin Laden declared his jihad against us because we had troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, in "occupation of the land of the holy places" (Mecca and Medina). Our military drove al-Qaeda from its stronghold in Afghanistan, and is engaged in striking them down around the world.

  • Liberals have hated the US military since the sixties. To them, our modern, intelligent, educated, trained, all-volunteer military are the same violent conscript scum portrayed in Oliver Stones's anti-war, anti-military flick Platoon, just itching to stomp on any non-American for any reason. Or none.

  • Terrorists hate President Bush because he's actually doing something about global terrorism.  They hate the fact that he's working to spread democracy to the Middle East, and remove the threat of WMDs from the arsenals of the terrorists.  They hate the fact that he's working to undermine support for terrorism, even going so far as to apply sanctions against countries that support it. They hate the fact that he took the fight to Iraq, a known supporter of terrorism, including al-Qaeda.

  • Liberals hate President Bush, too.  They're mobilising their efforts to get someone -- anyone -- else into the White House in 2004.  Liberal organisations such as MoveOn.org attack the president daily, with the willing cooperation of the "news" media. Billionaires like George Soros pledge obscene amounts of money ($15 million so far) to the fight to elect a different President. They, too, hate the fact that he took the War on Terrorism to Iraq, refusing to believe that Saddam supported and trained al-Qaeda operatives at Salman Pak, possibly even those who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on 9/11. The Liberals hate President Bush more than they do al-Qaeda.

How do you think the terrorists feel about that?


Posted at Wednesday, December 24, 2003 by CavalierX
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Saturday, December 20, 2003
The Dominoes Begin to Fall

For all the negative rantings from President Bush's detractors, the War on Terror has resulted in yet another positive development for the entire world.  Colonel Moammar Ghaddafi, President of Libya, has announced that he is giving up his clandestine nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs.  He announced that he will allow international weapons inspectors to verify all of this, unconditionally.  Furthermore, he renounced his country's long-time support of terrorism, and called upon other Arab nations to do the same.  He's been negotiating all of this with President Bush and PM Blair for the last nine months, in secret. (Yes! "Unilateral" action; no French, no UN! Won't Kofi be furious?)

What a pragmatist.  Ghaddafi is the first Middle East dictator to clearly see that all those things will not be tolerated by the rest of the world any longer, and that pretty words and promises will no longer suffice to appease the West.  Supporting terrorism and concealing illegal weapons are no longer a guarantee of power in the world. They are a guarantee of one's own destruction.

It turns out that Ghaddafi approached President Bush and Prime Minister Blair as our troops were entering Iraq.  After the last time he was on the wrong end of US weaponry, it seems, he learned how to read the writing on the wall.  Five days after seeing Saddam Hussein getting his head checked for lice on international television, Ghaddafi decided he just doesn't want that free medical exam the US Army would offer.  Smart man.

Let's hope other supporters of terrorism turn out to be as smart, or at least as pragmatic.

Note: I wrote about this at greater length in a new article for Useless Knowledge, an online magazine. It's called Libya: The First Domino Falls.


Posted at Saturday, December 20, 2003 by CavalierX
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Friday, December 19, 2003
We ARE Being Misled... By the Media

The "mainstream", by which I mean "mainly Liberal", press has been bending over backwards to be especially kind to the groups of people blowing things up in Iraq lately.  I'm surprised their spines haven't snapped by now... but it might be more accurate to wonder whether they have any at all. 

That there are groups in Iraq deliberately causing the deaths of innocent men, women and children (when they can't get Americans or other Coalition troops) is undeniable. The media seems to look forward to reporting the daily body count of innocent civilians and troops killed.  Whenever a soldier dies, their barely-hidden satisfaction is almost palpable. The total number of military deaths is invariably calculated using the words "...since President Bush declared major combat operations over in May".  Is there anyone so blind as to be unable to see the point they're trying to make of this?  Unless you just dropped in from the Twilight Zone, it should be obvious that the media is conducting a propoganda campaign of its own.  Why are we condoning the media's use of the deaths of our soldiers to score political points against our President? 

At the same time, all American media outlets, as if by common agreement, are refusing to name these groups of people for what they truly are, going out of their way to lend these groups legitimacy in American minds.  The killers of innocent Iraqis are not insurgents. They are not rebels.  They are not freedom fighters, anti-Coalition forces, the "opposition", former regime supporters, or simply criminals. 

They are TERRORISTS.

Anyone who targets non-military personnel in an attempt to cause fear and sow mistrust, as well as make a political statement or gain attention for a cause, is a terrorist.  Haven't you wondered why whenever an explosion occurs anywhere but Iraq, even in nearby Turkey, the American media immediately begins discussing terrorism... but when discussing events inside Iraq, that word is hardly ever uttered?

The latest terrorist attack in Iraq was upon the headquarters of the Shi'a, the religious group savagely oppressed by Saddam Hussein.  As reported by ABC News, for instance, the word terrorist never appears except in a single direct quote... even though the attack is almost identical to other terrorist attacks around the world.  "An explosion destroyed a Baghdad office of Iraq's largest Shi'ite party on Friday in an attack the movement blamed on Saddam Hussein supporters." the story reports.

Mohsin al-Hakim, a Shi'a party official, actually said "The men of the regime and terrorist elements are behind the attack."  Even so, the news agency reported that, "The Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq which works with U.S. occupiers, blamed Saddam loyalists, as it did after Wednesday's assassination of one of its leaders."  Why is the word "terrorists" missing?

Isn't it fascinating how they manage to discount the terrorist elements at the same time as they work in the reference to the US as "occupiers"? It's as if most Iraqis don't favor the coalition and condemn the attacks on them as terrorist acts, as the latest poll by Baghdad's Cultural Association shows they do. 

Ahh, that's journalism at its finest.  In a single well-turned journalism-school sentence, ABC News manages to bash the US, denigrate the SCIR for working with us, and delete the actual word "terrorism" from a direct quote to push its view of who murdered Iraqi civilians.  Allow me to edit that single sentence. Make it "The Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq which works with U.S. rebuilding efforts, blamed Saddam loyalists and terrorists, as it did after Wednesday's assassination of one of its leaders."  Is that less truthful, or far more so?

Any objective observer, even the Twilight Zone visitor, would be forced to wonder why "news" agencies openly favor the terrorists over the Coalition. 

I wonder that myself. So should you.


Posted at Friday, December 19, 2003 by CavalierX
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
The Liberal Spin on Saddam Begins

The frantic spinning and denial of the magnitude of Saddam's capture by the Left is, in fact, dizzying.  For months, I have been predicting a massive split in the Democratic party as the Classic Democrats -- people like Joe Lieberman and Zell Miller -- finally throw off the yoke of the Leftist Democrats -- people like Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton. It looked as though this would happen after their defeat in the 2004 election, but the shocking statements by prominent Democrats may help to accelerate the process.

In an interview Monday with a Seattle radio station, [Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash)] said the U.S. military could have found the former Iraqi dictator "a long time ago if they wanted."
Asked if he thought the weekend capture was timed to help Bush, McDermott chuckled and said, "Yeah. Oh, yeah."
McDermott went on to say, "There's too much by happenstance for it to be just a coincidental thing."
When interviewer Dave Ross asked again if he meant to imply the Bush administration timed the capture for political reasons, McDermott said: "I don't know that it was definitely planned on this weekend, but I know they've been in contact with people all along who knew basically where he was. It was just a matter of time till they'd find him.
"It's funny," McDermott added, "when they're having all this trouble, suddenly they have to roll out something."

Howard Dean, darling of the Left, has decided to completely ignore all the evidence -- some old, some recently uncovered -- which points to Saddam's long-running support for terrorists and terrorist networks, including al-Qaeda.  He, and those like him, want to pretend that the capture of Saddam -- which they have been attacking President Bush for not accomplishing from the outset of the war in Iraq -- now means nothing.

"The capture of Saddam is a good thing which I hope very much will help keep our soldiers safer. But the capture of Saddam has not made America safer."

What might be funny, if war itself weren't so tragic, is that most Democrats were calling for the removal of Saddam all these years to ensure the security of America... right up until it looked as if something might finally be done about it.  Remember, Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, which stated in part, "It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime". (It passed both houses of Congress easily, by 360-38 vote in the House, and unanimously in the Senate.)  As late as the beginning of 2003, most Democrats were hollering about the threat of Saddam's WMDs... until it seemed President Bush was about to heed their warnings.  Their policy is clear... whatever GWB does is wrong, no matter what, even if he does what they demand.

Even if it's good for the United States, or the world.  Maybe especially if.  If you wonder what I mean by that, read some of the posts at the Liberal website Democratic Underground regarding the capture of Saddam (under the topic How Do You Feel About the News of Saddam's Capture?) and what it means to them.  Some of the best quotes have been collected at Right Wing News.  Here's a few of my favorites. Are these twisted rants in any way different from the hate-Bush drivel coming out of the candidates the democrats want to put in office?

But I think in cold, crass political terms. I think it's good for Bush so I think it's bad for me. So I'm not happy, and I don't care if it's politically incorrect to say so.
- Magic Rat

By what authority do we invade and occupy another country and arrest its citizens?
- leftofthedial

but it still doesn't justify the war. Thats how I feel. They can gloat all they want. Our soldiers will continue to die over there. This war is hardly over.
The whole future of a nation hangs in the balance and we just removed the one man all Iraqi's feared.
- braden

I'm tired of the Bush sideshows, and I don't like what America has become. This is a very temporary coup for Bush, but once they keep showing the weary and pathetic-looking Saddam complicently being taken into custody, I think it's going to backfire. They should have cleaned him up, gave him some PCP, waited until it kicked in good and hard, and then arrested him. But hell, I'm not going to tell Rove how to do his job.
- liberalmuse

The capture of Saddam is all fine and good, but does how does this help someone facing a bleak Christmas because they lost their job? How does this help someone with an illness who just lost their insurance coverage? How does this help someone who's underemployed, working several jobs and struggling to pay the mortgage? It just don't make me any money.
- bushwentawol


That last is the "best" one. "It just doesn't make me any money."  And the Liberals call Conservatives cold-hearted, greedy and grasping.  When did Conservatives and Liberals switch brains? 

Or maybe it's just the hearts.


Posted at Tuesday, December 16, 2003 by CavalierX
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Sunday, December 14, 2003
Good News The Media Can't Ignore

Earlier this week I almost despaired as the "news" media almost completely ignored nearly 20,000 Iraqis marching in the streets of Baghdad to protest, as Baghdad blogger Zeyad put it, "against Arab media, against the interference of neighbouring countries, against dictatorships, against Wahhabism, against oppression, and of course against the Ba'ath and Saddam". 

Well, they're unable to ignore the good news coming out of Iraq today.  Saddam Hussein, the monster, the brutal dictator, the terrorist supporter that American and other soldiers have died to depose, has at last been captured alive.  He was found cowering in a hole, with a pistol he didn't even bother to fire. 

What does this mean for Iraq?

It means, for one thing, that Iraqis can finally begin to work towards a future for themselves without having to look back over their shoulders in fear. It means they can believe that the United States keeps its word.  It means they can begin to place trust in their burgeoning freedom and democracy, secure in the knowledge that the old regime has finally passed away.  This man, this monster, was a constant presence in their lives,  a shadow looming over every waking moment for decades. Now his regime is truly over.

According to al-Jazeera, there are those who hoped we would never capture Saddam. 

"Of course it's bad news. To us, Saddam was a symbol of defiance to the US plans in the region. And we support any person who stands in the face of the American dominance," said Azzam Hnaidi, an Islamist member of Jordan's parliament.

For my part, I'd rather see what some actual Iraqis are saying today.

Before this, I prayed the traditional prayers of thanksgiving. That I, and the Iraqi people should see this day! This, surely, is the mother of all days for us. The heroes of our valiant Pesh Mergas, and the heroes of the U.S. Fourth division have done it.
Alaa

This is the day of all Iraqi martyrs who were slaughtered just to please his sick lust for blood.
Rest in peace my brothers. The paradise is yours and the disgrace and hell is for all the tyrants on earth.
Thank you American, British, Spanish, Italian, Australian, Ukrainian, Japanese and all the coalition people and all the good people on earth.
God bless the 1st brigade.
God bless the 4th infantry division.
God bless Iraq.
God bless America.
God bless the coalition people and soldiers.
God bless all the freedom loving people on earth.
I wish I could hug you all.

Omar

I donít know what to say.. I am confused.. no ... I am very happy.. I am very happy.. .. I am very happy.. .. I am very happy.. .. I am very happy.. .. I am very happy.. .. I am very happy..
This is the end of tyranny.. congratulations .. a great day.. for Iraqi and all the good people.. share us our great day.. I canít express my feelings.. thanks to the coalition forces and all the honest people who helped in that great operation....thank you thank you thousand times..
AYS

To the Iraqis, I say that is only the beginning for you and for Iraq's future.  MABROOK!


Posted at Sunday, December 14, 2003 by CavalierX
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Friday, December 12, 2003
You Don't NEED That First Amendment Anyway

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech."
http://www.law.emory.edu/FEDERAL/usconst/amend.html#art-1

When those words were written in 1789, the Founding Fathers weren't thinking about protecting child pornographers, taking money from citizens by threat of force to give to "performance artists", banning Christmas displays by New York City schools, or pretty much anything said or written in defense of NAMBLA (thanks, ACLU).  Those words were written primarily to protect what they lost under English rule, what they fought and won a war to take back: the freedom of political speech.  The freedom to criticise, discuss, praise or damn the government as they saw fit, without fear of arrest. They enshrined it in the very first amendment to the Constitution, to make certain that their descendants would not have this precious freedom curtailed.  However, in a stunning slap in the face to our once-cherished freedom of speech, that's exactly what Congress did.  And this week, the Supreme Court of the United States, supposedly devoted to ensuring that no law passed would violate the Constitution, let it happen when they upheld the McCain-Feingold law.

In a 298-page ruling issued by The Supreme Court, it was ruled that "corruption or the appearance of corruption" is sufficient justification to "regulate" our freedom of speech.  That means we only lose some of it, not all at once -- isn't that comforting?  By "corruption", they mean when an individual, corporation or special interest group makes a large donation to a candidate or party, and recieves preferential treatment in return.  Let me work this out.  If a candidate favors, say, the aims (pardon the pun) of the National Rifle Association, and they make a campaign contribution to him or her, and the candidate continues to favor them... that's corruption? No, but that's the appearance of corruption now, isn't it? And the appearance of corruption is all it takes to "regulate" it.  Real corruption is when, say, President Clinton pardons tax cheat Marc Rich (who traded with Iran while they held American hostages) after his wife Denise gives $1.3 million to the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign and the Democratic National Committee, $450,000 to the Clinton library, over $100,000 to Hillary's campaign and thousands of dollars in gifts to the Clintons. Corruption is when Hillary's brother Hugh is paid $400,000 to get Glenn Braswell (convicted of fraud and tax evasion) and Carlos Vignali (a convicted drug dealer) Presidential pardons, and succeeds.  Now THAT'S corruption.

The fallout effect of this ruling will be felt as the campaign season of 2004 draws to a close.  Try buying a television, radio or newspaper ad next September or October and see how far you get.  No media ad can influence the vote within 60 days of the election by attacking or promoting any candidate.  The problem with this ruling is that every talk show on ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS is going to have a steady conga line of Bush-bashers and politically-active Liberals under the guise of "news".  Newspapers and magazines are going to be jam-packed with "news" stories like "How Bush Is Destroying The Entire World And How (whoever) Can Save Us All".  Advocates for President Bush, Republicans, and Conservatives will be left further out in the media cold than a Soviet-era Siberian gulag in winter.  Sixty days of a steady stream of anti-Bush rhetoric to which the administration will be unable to publicly reply. 

Thank you, members of the Supreme Court, for ensuring us a completely one-sided media blitz in the two months leading up to the 2004 election.


Posted at Friday, December 12, 2003 by CavalierX
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Thursday, December 11, 2003
Mistake... or Message?

The talking heads and pundits are all in an uproar today, talking about what they percieve as a major gaffe in our foreign policy.  President Bush is sending former Secretary of State James Baker to convince countries owed money by Saddam to "forgive, restructure or reduce" those debts so that the new government of Iraq isn't crushed underneath them. At the same time, it was announced that only Coalition partners can bid on the Iraqi reconstruction projects specifically paid for by the US government... in other words, only those countries which risked something to liberate Iraq -- whether that was troops, materials, or being told to "shut up" by Jaques Chirac -- should benefit from American taxpayer dollars.  Neither of these things has much to do with the other, except that the same countries which we're asking to forgive Iraq's debt, we are also excluding from being the primary bidders on the American-paid portion of the reconstruction.  There are several circumstances that those attacking the Bush Administration over this don't seem to realise.

Forgiving the debts of Saddam has nothing to do with us, only with the future of Iraq.  We don't owe them any money; the debts are not ours, and they are not the Iraqis'.  They are Saddam's.

France, Germany, Russia and China should want us to forget the fact that they supplied Saddam with weapons, munitions, and equipment right up to and even (in some cases) during the war, and lent him money which he used to build arsenals and palaces while his people starved. They should be asking the world to forgive them, and the sooner the better.

By making sure that American money only goes to countries that stood by us, openly supporting us even if only in word, President Bush is sending the clear message that America rewards its allies.  Those countries who worked to keep a brutal dictator in power should get nothing.

Frankly, I don't see that the appeasers have a leg to stand on here.  Do they really think that the timing of these two announcements was some sort of accident?  While critics bemoan the timing, calling it a mistake, I think it was very precisely calculated to deliver a message. The countries that we're asking to forgive Saddam's debts still have a chance to make their money back from the reconstruction... if they play ball. They can bid on the contracts if they stop publicly slamming us at every opportunity and join the Coalition. There's still room for them to do so, if they can put their puerile America-bashing aside, and grow up.

If not, they can sit in the corner and sulk.  I'm sure the Iraqis will remember who stood by them, and who stood by Saddam.


Posted at Thursday, December 11, 2003 by CavalierX
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