November 27, 2002

Hasta La Bye Bye

I'm heading out bright and early tomorrow to spend the holiday at Disneyland with friends. Will be back online Tuesday. Long weekend!! So unless others of the Gaggle decide to post, all will be quiet here.

If I don't get to post again today, everyone have a great holiday! (And throw in a few prayers that it's a safe one for us all.)

I'll leave you with this link to VDH's column from today. Good stuff!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:47 PM | Comments (4)

November 26, 2002

Why We're The Good Guys

Via The Corner, a story and pics of our troops building a teacher training college in Afghanistan.

Posted by Ithildin at 2:24 PM | Comments (2)

"Oh, Canada! It's Big. It's Cold. Is It A Threat?"

From the Edmonton Journal: Klein adviser calls Bush 'idiot'

And according to Canada.com, the woman who started it all has resigned.

BREAKING NEWS: PM's aide quits over 'moron' comment The prime minister's aide has stepped down over her comment that U.S. President George W. Bush is a 'moron.'

On a related note, there is an article about Jonah Goldberg's stint on Crossfire last night and "Moron Mess". (the subject header is a quote from the article I got a kick out of)

Posted by Ithildin at 9:32 AM | Comments (5)

These Victims Are People, Too

Rod Dreher on hate crimes, hypocrisy, and the murder of Mary Stachowicz

Posted by Ithildin at 7:50 AM

November 25, 2002

A Good Cause

If you head over to "A Small Victory" and look over on the sidebar, there's a link to donate to the IDF pizza and donut fund. Right now, it's over $800 and the goal is to reach $1000 by Hanukkah.

It was one of the first things I blogged about way back when I started my first blog, and it's great to see a concerted, centralized effort to send these guys and gals a little holiday cheer.

Thanks, Michele!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:12 PM

Xmas Shopping

I think this would make a great Xmas pressie for Rachel: A shirt with "Making Al Gore Regret Inventing The Internet" on it (or a nice coffee mug). Ya think??

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A Picture Being Worth A 1000 Words!

Lookee what good ol' Jacques Chirac was doing during the NATO summit!

(link via The Corner)

Posted by Ithildin at 10:50 AM

November 24, 2002

Things Better Left Unsaid--

Proof of what I've known for a long time--that ML needs to learn how to keep her mouth shut. *g*

Posted by at 12:44 PM

Steyn

Another great column by Mark Steyn

Meanwhile, the whining twerp on that I Can't Believe It's Not Osama audio cassette has expanded the Islamists' list of grievances to include not only the Mongol sack of Baghdad in 1258 -- I forget where Canada stood on that: it was OK as long as the Mongols were part of a multilateral pillage force? -- but also the West's support for East Timor's independence. East Timor! The left's pet cause of the late Nineties! And yet it turns out to be just another "root cause" like Yankee imperialism and Zionist occupation. Will it cause any of the West's self-loathers to question their support for the Islamists?
Posted by Ithildin at 11:53 AM

November 23, 2002

Don't Tread On Me?

I had this email exchange on a list I run, and I thought it would make a good blog post. It's only a few snippets from a very long article, so you may want to go read the entire thing.


At 10:04 PM 11/22/2002 -0800, you wrote:
An interesting article from the Washington Post, but
couldn't one argue that starting a war with Iraq doesn't
violate our traditional standards, but is rather just an
extension of the war on terrorism we're already pursuing,
given Iraq's support of, and close ties still, to Al Quaida?

Or that it's an extension of the Persian Gulf War because Iraq has consistently violated the treaty that halted hostilities.

Whether it's real or an image we have of ourselves, it's one I don't think we can afford anymore. I tend to think it's more of an image myself. Not that there aren't parts that are true to our nature.


A Duel With Tradition
American Popular Culture Upholds the Notion That We Never
Draw First


By Ken Ringle
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Our Revolutionary forebears stitched our character into the
Rattlesnake Flag that said, "Don't Tread on Me." Teddy
Roosevelt said Americans should "speak softly and carry a
big stick." What does this say about preemptive strikes?


I'm not sure the "big stick" is a good example of his argument. I can see it as an argument for preemptive action. We're a quiet people, but we have a big stick if we're attacked or are threatened with attack.

Granted, Saddam Hussein has violated the treaty that ended the Gulf War. But Germany in the 1930s violated the treaty that ended World War I, and we didn't invade Germany then.


But the world was different then, we were different then. We weren't a "Super Power" , we were very isolationist, and even to get supplies and weapons to Britain required FDR to come up with convoluted plans like "Lend Lease", not to mention that we could not comprehend the evil that Hitler's Germany would be. How could anyone? Now we look at Iraq, and the War on Terror through the prism of everything that's happened over the last century. We know now what the consequences could be if we don't act.


Granted, Iraq has continued to threaten its neighbors. But
so has North Korea since the Korean War, and we still
haven't found that to be cause for war.


Because China is in that equation. The same way we didn't start a war to liberate Eastern Europe. You have to pick your battles. We can't save the entire world.


Sixty years later, Alexis de Tocqueville in "Democracy in
America" declared that the United States showed that
"democratic nations are naturally desirous of peace" and
"weaker than other armies at the outset of a campaign and
more formidable in protracted warfare."

In other words, Americans don't shoot first.


No, in other words, our desire for peace can justify preemptive action. We don't want to fight, but we can be pushed into a corner where it becomes necessary to preserve our peace and way of life by doing things we don't necessarily want to. Our enemies continually underestimate us. Japan and the attack on Pearl Harbour being a prime example. I think what's going to happen in the next few years will be a defining moment for our country as Pearl Harbour was in the last century.


But he said the rest of our history as a people is marked by
the notable reluctance of our leaders to fire the first
shot.


But did we fire the first shot? The Kobar Towers bombing, the USS Cole, the first WTC bombing, and 9/11. One could say we're way past the first shot -- you can only turn the other cheek so many times. I think our enemy has made clear that they'll keep coming unless we stop them.


The bad guy had no such code. He always drew first, and in
addition frequently had sneaky confederates sniping from
rooftops or balconies in an effort to shoot the hero in the
back. They were always vanquished by the hero, who played by
the rules.

See above [g]

Posted by Ithildin at 1:44 PM

November 21, 2002

Even More Embarrassing

It's becoming more and more embarrassing to have Canadian roots. My poor mum is mortified every time I tell her about one of these stories. And we thought the Trudeau years sucked! I remember when I lived in Canada, the joke was that the Canadian Navy consisted of two rowboats and one was out for repair. And it sure hasn't gotten any better! My grandfather used to so proud of the work he did in Northern B.C. during WWII, building the first runways for the airfield, building roads for the Allied troops and helping with the fortifications should Japan attack from the North. If he were still alive, he'd be ashamed.

Posted by Ithildin at 1:50 PM | Comments (2)

November 20, 2002

I'm Going To Be "Shrill"

This may not be very coherent, but I'm going to try and construct a post. Had lots of dental work done today that included four shots of novocaine and a variety of pharmaceuticals, so who knows if I can even type!

The latest Daschle meltdown, I have to comment on it. (BTW, doesn't Daschle always sound like he's trying to talk someone off a roof before they jump?) He said:

Daschle told reporters that the "very shrill edge" taken on by many radio and television talks show hosts has turned politics into entertainment and can spark an emotional response in people.

"What happens when (radio talk show host) Rush Limbaugh attacks those of us in public life is that people aren't satisfied just to listen," the South Dakota Democrat explained. "They want to act because they get emotionally invested. And so, you know, the threats to those of us in public life go up dramatically, on our families and on us, in a way that's very disconcerting."

Give me a break! I listen to Rush every morning, and I have yet to buy a plane ticket so I can go assault Daschle's family, or Daschle himself for that matter. It's so typically Dem to demean and belittle those who don't agree with them. I listen to Rush, and Sean Hannity, and I read NRO, and lots of Conservative blogs, so therefore, I must be a hateful whackbrain who wants to go commit violent acts against those who disagree with me! I'm sure all my Dem friends (I actually have a bunch of them) will be surprised to hear that I harbour violent thoughts against them. There go my holiday invites!

Guess what guys? We vote against you because we look at the issues and come to the conclusion, all on our own, that you're WRONG! If it's some sop to your ego to believe that we're mindless automatons that are too stupid to think for ourselves, then go ahead. But that doesn't diminish us, it diminishes you. It only proves that we made the right decision in opposing you. If talk radio is why you think you failed, then let me give you a clue; you didn't lose because of talk radio, you lost because the best you can come up with isn't ideas, it's blaming everyone but yourselves for your failure. The blame game, you excel at it, and it's your downfall.

"If entertainment becomes so much a part of politics and if that entertainment drives an emotional movement in this country among some people who don't know the difference between entertainment and politics, and who are then so energized to go out and hurt somebody, that troubles me about where politics in America is going," Daschle said.

I guess it isn't shrill when Gore says Republicans are going to poison the water and kill children. I guess it isn't shrill when the DNC runs an ad showing the President pushing a little old lady in a wheel chair off a cliff? Or how about the ads that tried to blame Bush for that poor man who was killed being dragged behind a pickup truck. Then there was that little thing about "the Taliban wing of the Republican party". No, none of that is shrill or hateful when you day it, is it?

Maybe it's time for you to take a break someplace nice and quiet where you can rest, because the stress of your job has obviously gotten to you.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:09 PM | Comments (2)

November 19, 2002

Chick Issues And The Election

Mark Steyn pounces on the Left and their idea of "women's issues".

If I could be a 1/4 as wittily snarky, I'd be a happy camper!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:13 PM

Slack And Slacking

I know there hasn't been anything new for a few days, but RL being what it is, I haven't had time! One of the reasons I made this a group blog is that I didn't think I could keep up a rate of posting that would keep things fresh. I was right :) But, the rest of the group hasn't been posting for a variety of reasons, and I am trying to pick up the slack -- honest.

I'm hoping to do something on the Crusades, if I can get the time after work. The subject came up in the comments of my personal blog, and it was suggested to me that it would make a good topic for this blog. I'll see what I can come up with!

Thanks for your patience!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:13 AM

November 16, 2002

Applying The Clue Bat

This article is up on the MSNBC site. I've only included a few bits of it here. If you go to read the whole thing, take your Pepto.

Over the past 14 months, Americans have struggled to figure out how to live with the reality of past terrororism and the possibility of future attacks. It’s sad to say that after all this time, the best the Bush administration, most of our elected officials, and too many average citizens have come up with to exorcise our own terror is to wreak it on someone else. Welcome to the tyranny of the terrorized.

And it's all downhill from there. You know those postings from Dem websites we've all been seeing? The ones that they're expecting to be rounded up and put in camps? This whole article reads like one of those posts, except this is supposed to be from the professional mainstream, because, look, it's on MSNBC!

Yes, Jill, that's what we want to do, "pass on terror". What the frell does that mean anyway? Is there a terror bank somewhere where we can do a wire transfer to say, Iraq?

No one rushes to point out that back in the day when there was a Soviet Union, our current-day foe, Osama bin Laden, was a friend of the U.S. government. He’s just the latest in a long line of former allies whom our government armed and supported, and then abandoned, when they were no longer needed.

Jill, do you read the newspaper? Watch the news? Doesn't seem like it. Funny, because I've heard it mentioned innumerable times. And you know what? It doesn't matter! There is no USSR anymore and just because, at one time, Osama may have been part of our overall chessboard in the Cold War doesn't mean we have to let him murder as many of us as he can. What fantasy world do you live in?

Try as I might, I just can’t see how invading Iraq will eliminate the threat of terrorism from abroad and how executing a teen-ager will wipe out terrorism at home.

It's the vision thing.

These days, as often as not, I feel embarrassed to be an American. Embarrassed that as we hurtle toward a war that makes no sense to anyone but oil barons and fat cats and will likely result in thousands upon thousands of lost lives, American and Iraqi, we still call ourselves the leader of the free world.

You're embarrassed? How do you think the rest of us feel? You are an embarrassment to me. I'm embarrassed that someone like you, who has a forum with a major press outlet, uses that forum to malign and repudiate her own country. How our enemies must love you. I can only try to give you the benefit of the doubt that you aren't malicious, only misguided.

But more than ashamed, I’m saddened to realize that the dream of a democratic America doesn't stand a chance against the tyranny of the terrorized.

The only tyranny we're under is people like you in the left-wing press and leftist academia, attempting to use your positions to manipulate and twist the truth. I, for one, am not buying what you have to sell.

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November 15, 2002

Jog To The Memory

I heard about this on FOX News yesterday, and had meant to blog on it, but forgot. However, it turns out John Weidner at Random Jottings didn't forget and did post about it. So just go read what he said. Much better than anything I could have come up with anyway!

Posted by Ithildin at 3:50 PM | Comments (3)

It's A Contest!

By the by, GIParty has been having a blogging contest this week -- runs through Sunday -- and yours truly is one of the judges (yes, they were desperate). Other than judging, one of my duties is to think of topics to be blogged. So far, I haven't come up with anything, and considering the contest only has a few days left, I should get cracking! Any ideas out there?

Posted by Ithildin at 7:15 AM | Comments (5)

And Now Something From My Beloved Congressman

(did that header have enough sarcasm in it?)

Apparently, Nancy Pelosi's daughter tried to bring a camera into the caucus that elected her mother minority leader. She wasn't allowed to, so good old Sam Farr took the camera in for her.

....she gave it to avocational photographer Sam Farr, a member from California and staunch Pelosi partisan who videotaped portions of the secret proceedings. "She didn't slip the camera to me; I demanded that she give it to me because I like to record history," Farr told us. "My style as a photographer is photojournalism -- so my focus was people .... I think Alexandra and I will have to decide what we do with the video, depending."

Farr added: "Whatever grumbling there was came from the staffers. I didn't hear anything from members....We're the party of transparency." But another witness, who asked for anonymity, told us: "Some members were grumbling that it was inappropriate and disrespectful to have a camera in a closed caucus meeting. One member said, 'This is not George Bush's press plane.' " Our efforts to reach Alexandra Pelosi were unsuccessful.

Yes, I know it's meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but I've never seen Sam mentioned in a big time newspaper before. And he just generally makes me nuts, so I thought I'd share.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:06 AM | Comments (4)

November 14, 2002

"You want to know what I really think of the Europeans?"

(Link via "The Edge of England's Sword")

Walker's World: American view of Europe

"You want to know what I really think of the Europeans?" asked the senior State Department official. "I think they have been wrong on just about every major international issue for the past 20 years."

"They told us they could fix the Bosnian mess all on their own. Wrong."

"They told us the Russians would never accept NATO enlargement. Wrong."

"They told us that the Russians would never accept National Missile Defense. Wrong."

"They told us that if we withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 the whole structure of international arms control agreements would come crashing down. Wrong."

"They told us that the Kyoto Protocol was a good and worthwhile treaty, more than just cosmetics. Wrong."

"They told us that the European Union's new common security and defense policy would improve the military abilities of the NATO allies in Europe. Wrong."

"These were also the people who were wrong about Ronald Reagan and the Evil Empire, the same 'friends' who helped vote us off the United Nations Human Rights Commission. These are the people who whine about our Farm Bill when they are the world's prime protectionists. They are not just repeatedly wrong; they are also a bunch of hypocrites. So why should we pay attention to a single thing they say?"

The official, a career diplomat who speaks fluent French and likes to vacation in Italy, sat back and took an appreciative sip from his glass of good red wine from Bordeaux.

"One more thing," he added. "Whenever I use the word Europeans, I don't mean the Brits."


Things are sure changing, but I don't think the Europeans realize just how much. Will they ever? Americans are generally an optimisitc sort of folk. We like to look for the best in everyone, we try to look for the good side. But even we have limits. Eventually, we're going to stop turning the other cheek, stop giving Europe the benefit of the doubt. I think that time if not here, is fast approaching.

Posted by Ithildin at 7:29 AM

November 13, 2002

In Our Backyard

Accused snipers may be followers (link from Instapundit)

Federal authorities are investigating whether accused snipers John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo had ties to a growing sect of militant American Muslims committed to waging holy war against the United States

I've been waiting for this for awhile. I remember an article from early this year that talked about these communes and their possible connection to terrorism. This is in our backyard! What we're doing overseas is not the only thing that needs to be done to fight terror on our shores. I'm not suggesting running roughshod over our civil rights, but we need to take off the blinders and become more vigilant in our own communities. The authorities can't be everywhere, so we need to be prepared to try and help out if we can. This needs to be Neighborhood Watch on a whole other level.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:47 PM

Steyn On Remembrance Day

It's by Mark Steyn about Remembrance Day. Nothing else I need to say.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:26 PM

Spacey Is Spacey

Kevin Spacey expounds on the situation in Iraq. And in amongst his many comments, this gem stands out:

With Saddam waiting to see if the U.S. will blink, said Spacey, "I hope that wisdom will prevail, that we'll find a a way to diplomatically solve what is no bigger a crisis than the missiles of October [i.e., the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis].

Yeah, because we all know the Cuban Missile Crisis was no big deal, right? What's a little nuclear war between friends after all? Boggles the mind! And Spacey is supposed to be one of the more intelligent of the Hollywood crowd. Guess that's not saying much, is it?

Celebrities really need consider keeping their mouths shut unless they're reading their lines, because they seem to have rampant foot-in-mouth disease.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:09 AM

November 12, 2002

Who Knew?

I heard this mentioned on the radio early this morning, but thought I must have heard wrong. But here it is, in black and white. Go Figure. This is our INS implementing a program that might offend ethnic groups? Really? Maybe getting troops to protect our borders isn't as unattainable an idea as I thought!

A federal program to randomly check cars in a search for terrorists and illegal immigrants was being brought to Michigan, home of the largest concentration of Arabs in America.

Starting Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the random checkpoints will ask passengers their citizenship and will have leeway to ask a host of follow-up questions.

"It's all about homeland security. Bottom line, we are here to be vigilant about the safety and security of the American people,'' INS spokesman Greg Palmore said before a news conference Tuesday.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:22 PM

You've Come A Long Way, Baby

I was watching Bill O'Reilly last night and one of his guests was Andrea Thompson. She was there to discuss going from actress to journalist, and what she was doing now on court TV. During the interview, she mentioned that one of the things she was doing now for Court TV was bringing up women's issues. So Bill asked her if she considered herself a feminist. Surprisingly -- to me at least -- her reply was no, and she wanted to tell people it happened 30 years ago so get over it. Not a reply I expected from a former actress and current member of the media, but one I agreed with.

Any other women out there who are sick to death of man bashing? Am I the only one who likes working with men and doesn't think every guy I meet is a potential abuser? The guys I work with are good people, good husbands and fathers. My brother is a decent guy who works hard and treats women with respect. Yeah, sure, there are some rotten guys out there, but there are some pretty rotten women out there too (and I've worked with a few of them). I've even been discriminated against on occasion because I'm female -- and it wasn't always by a man. I'm just saying can we stop painting an entire sex with the same old brush?

And then we have the alleged organizations that are supposed to be all about women's rights. Groups like NOW. What a laugh! NOW, and their ilk, have become nothing more than being about power and money -- their power and money, not ours. Can you imagine if George Bush had been the one accused of rape and not Bill Clinton? There would have been calls to have him publicly mutilated! But of course, groups like NOW are part of the left wing establishment. Justice for women is only if the offender is not a Democrat and the victim is a card carrying bra burning feminist! Just ask Clarence Thomas.

We've come a long way, baby. Maybe we've come far enough to take responsibility for ourselves and not blame every ill of society on men.

update: InstaPundit reports on the anti-male climate on campus

Posted by Ithildin at 11:11 AM

November 11, 2002

A Link Worth Clicking

Came across this in my travels today: Tuesday's Election was a Mandate for Warbloggers

Really interesting take on the election and blogging. Lots there to think about.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:46 PM

Something To Fisk

Bill Moyers decides to tell us what he thinks the "Evil GOP" is planning.

They ask for article feedback. I think I could tell them a thing or two....

(I'd like to know if my tax funded PBS website is going to have some equal time happening here)

Posted by Ithildin at 12:22 PM

Flowers Of The Forest

A lot of my piper friends will be playing this tune today. Here are a few sites on Remembrabce traditions with a Scots flavour.

The Lone Piper and Flowers of the Forest

Flowers of the Forest

Scottish Poetry Museum

Posted by Ithildin at 12:15 PM

The Eleventh Hour Of The Eleventh Day Of The Eleventh Month

I spent part of my childhood in Canada, and come from a Canadian/British family. So while today is Veterans Day, it is also Remembrance Day to me. I still wear my poppy, like I did in Canada, to remember those who died to keep us free. Our liberty is not without price and today especially, we need to remember that.

If you know a veteran, or someone currently serving, tell them you appreciate the sacrifices that they made for us. And pray that come next Remembrance Day, there will be no more souls added to the rolls.


In Flanders Fields
John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:49 AM

November 9, 2002

Military Tribunal For Moussaoui?

Apparently, Moussaoui may now be tried by a military tribunal, instead of in civilian court.

Am I the only one who thinks that's what they should have done from the very beginning?

Posted by Ithildin at 4:49 PM

A Hollywood Type Who Probably Isn't A Member Of Bab's Fan Club!

Nothing like a little direct action!

Maverick director Larry Clark beat up the distributor for his movie "Ken Park" after the jerk declared that America deserved to get attacked on 9/11.

Clark, who helmed "Kids" and "Bully," delivered a brutal beat-down to Hamish McAlpine after the screwy Scotsman started spewing anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments during dinner at London's posh Charlotte Street Hotel Thursday night.

An enraged Clark, 59, punched McAlpine several times in the face - breaking his nose - choked him, then overturned the dinner table on the bloodied big mouth.

A sentiment I can get right behind:

"I was wrong," Clark said. "I shouldn't have punched him. I shouldn't have lost it. But at the same time, I wouldn't have been able to look myself in the mirror the next morning if I hadn't done anything. I'm not gonna let this [bleeping] idiot talk about supporting terrorism and the killing of innocent people. I am an American!"

And then this bit about the London police:

Clark said the police who arrested him were sympathetic. "The cops were very nice and they seemed to feel like they would have done the same thing," he told us. "They let me go with a ticket."

You can read the rest of the article here

Posted by Ithildin at 3:25 PM | Comments (2)

November 8, 2002

CA Pharm Law...

According to state of California law, it is legal for anyone in a doctor's office to call in a new prescription to a pharmacy.

And, I mean anyone. There's a clerk at the pharmacy I work at that, at age sixteen, worked in a doctor's office where she called in prescriptions.

However, it is against state law for anyone but a pharamacist to recieve the prescription.

Personally, I see something fundamentally wrong with that.

Posted by Ninjababe at 7:20 PM

Exactly That!

The many faces of GWB

Posted by Ithildin at 6:25 PM

Just Desserts

So the terrorist scumball the CIA blew up really was an American. Like I said yesterday, "good riddance!"

A Yemeni-American killed in a CIA airstrike in Yemen has links to alleged members of the Al Qaeda cell in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., that was raided by U.S. authorities in September, a U.S. government official said Friday.
Posted by Ithildin at 5:51 PM

Yeah, I do--

I do say--thank you to Ithy for fixing the damn thing so I could use it. *g* I can now go back to my usual bitching, ranting and raving that I know you've all missed so dreadfully. *EG*

Kel, thrilled with the Republican victories the other day

Posted by at 5:33 PM | Comments (1)

Pelosi Set To Be House Democratic Leader

Now the rest of the country gets a taste of what us Californians have to put up with! Misery loves company and all that.

Posted by Ithildin at 4:22 PM

The Bankruptcy Of The Anti-Americanists.

Yet again, I'm telling you to go read Victor Davis Hanson's latest.

.... what one has to conclude from the present venom is that anti-Americanism is neither logical nor empirical. Indeed, it is a fundamentalist secular religion, not a reasoned stance, one entirely inconsistent and unpredictable in its choice of friends and foes — except for one constant: Whatever America does, it hates.

As always, a great read. Go! Go!

Posted by Ithildin at 1:25 PM

Tales Of Evil

I was listening to Rush today, and his guest host played some clips from the current Frontline airing on PBS. Tales from an Iraqi refugee, a woman, a teacher, about the terror that the people of Iraq live under. Here are some snippets from the synopsis on the website. It's not the same as hearing the voices, of course, but I hope it serves as a reminder of the evil of Saddam.


"Kiley begins his mission to Iraq in Amman, Jordan, 500 miles from Iraq and home to thousands of Iraqi exiles. But he quickly discovers that Saddam's spies and assassins have a long reach –– Iraqi dissidents have been kidnapped and killed in Jordan –– and opponents of the Baghdad regime are afraid to speak. But finally, in a safe house, Kiley meets a former Iraqi schoolteacher from Basra, who tells him she fled the country after being forced to watch the public execution of 15 women. Another exile confides that these executions are carried out by Fedayeen Saddam ("Saddam's Redeemers"), a private army run by Saddam's eldest son, Uday, who is perhaps as feared and hated as his father inside Iraq."


"Yet another exile, Hassan Jummaa, who once worked for Uday, describes how he was arbitrarily arrested, tortured and slashed with a razor. His wife, Rasha, provides more information about the reported beheadings, saying she witnessed men in the black uniforms of Uday's Fedayeen decapitate a young mother in a public square. The day after the couple spoke with Kiley, Jordanian police raid their home and they are evicted."


"Continuing his investigation of the beheadings, Kiley finally finds a witness who confirms one of the reports he heard in Jordan –– of a woman being beheaded in front of a popular juice bar on the busiest nighttime shopping street in Baghdad. "A public execution here is like executing someone in Times Square," says Kiley. "It's the perfect terror tactic. The regime can deny it to the outside world, but everyone in Baghdad knows it happened.""


Where is NOW? Where is Barbara Streisand and Susan Sarandon? How can these women look at themselves in the mirror? Peace marches? More like aid and comfort to monsters who drip with the blood of their innocent victims.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:28 AM

Bush Boogies

The President does his own victory dance of glee and destruction [g]

Posted by Ithildin at 11:04 AM

November 7, 2002

Admin Type Stuff: Change in Defaults

I changed the default posting to "Publish" from "Draft". This means when you hit "Save" it will post directly instead of having to change your post to "Publish" manually.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Posted by Ithildin at 6:57 PM

Crackers!

I followed a link on today's "Best of the Web" to the Democratic Underground. These people are crackers!! If these people represent the Dem's base, no wonder they lost!

And while I was there, I just had to poke around some on my own. Yipes! I was going to post some snippets, but where to start? To heck with it, I'm getting dizzy from the fumes the place is giving off!

Posted by Ithildin at 6:22 PM

And Another One! (Laugh, That Is)

From today's WSJ "Best of the Web"

A squirrel is spreading terror in a Cheshire town where it keeps attacking people," Reuters reports. "The rogue squirrel's latest attack was on toddler Kelsi Morley who was bitten on the forehead. 'It was awful because she (Kelsi) was spinning around and we couldn't get it off,' her mother told the [Times of London]. 'From the amount of blood there was, I thought it had taken Kelsi's eye out.' "

Excuse us, Reuters, the squirrel is spreading terror? Isn't that an awfully "emotive" word? The headline even says "Squirrel Terrorizes Town," and the piece quotes one local resident who says: "I'll never trust squirrels again." Doesn't Reuters realize that Sciuridae is a family of peace, and that one man's terrorist is another's nut gatherer?

Posted by Ithildin at 6:04 PM

A Couple Of Laughs

Two amusing tidbits from Daily Pundit.

Number One: apparently, we're getting ready to round up Democrats and put them in camps. Really!

Number Two: Saddam is unimpressed with Bush's mandate.

Posted by Ithildin at 5:45 PM

Soul?

Frost vs. Pelosi in Fight for Democratic Party's Soul

Say what? I thought they'd sold their soul years ago!

Posted by Ithildin at 5:33 PM

And So It Begins....

UN falls into line behind Bush's war ultimatum

Posted by Ithildin at 5:28 PM

Short In Stature, Tough As Nails

Via Redwood Dragon, this article about a young woman in the Marine Corp.

This is why we're going to win the current clash of civilizations. Because of women like Virginia Potzgo.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:37 PM

What Was I Saying About Standing For Something?

Ramesh Ponnuru has this to say about the Dems playing politics with the security of our country.

So Iraq is a serious threat to Americans that war is necessary to prevent, but Democrats should have tried to stop it in order to pick up a few votes? Or do they just not have any particular position on war-and-peace? The post-election commentary by Democrats seems to me to make for a more savage indictment of them than anything they did pre-election.
Posted by Ithildin at 3:17 PM

One Guess

The U.S. wants prints of Muslim visitors from five Middle Eastern countries linked to terrorism. Guess which country isn't on the list? (I know it'll be really hard to figure out.) The one country not on the list, from which the majority of the 9/11 terrorists came from, our good buddies, Saudi Arabia! Gee, go figure.

And from the same article, big surprise, Muslim groups are decrying the fingerprinting program. You know what? If they don't like it, they don't have to come visit. It isn't a right to come to this country, we don't have to let you in if we don't want to. And if we do let you in, you damn well better expect to play by our rules! I don't care if you're offended, I don't care of your feelings are hurt, hell, I don't even care that you decide not to come here. Tough bunnies, fellas!

My country, my rules. Deal!

Posted by Ithildin at 11:53 AM

Charisma?

Tina Brown says, "Democrats need an injection of charisma."

Gee, Tina, how about ideas, actually standing for something, or even showing some respect for the law? Yeah, charisima is the answer to all your party's problems. Even your fave guy, Bill Clinton, and all his vaunted charisma couldn't save your bacon this time.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:26 AM | Comments (2)

Good Riddance

SAN'A, Yemen — An American was believed to be among the six militants who died in the CIA missile strike that killed Al Qaeda's top man in Yemen, a security source said Thursday.

You take up arms against your country, you're pond scum and I have no sympathy whatsoever for you.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:07 AM

South Dakota

I was discussing all the voter fraud discovered in SD before election day with Nin last night. You combine fraud with an election that is being decided by several hundred votes, and we want to know what's going to be done about it.

Here's Byron York's take on the subject.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:40 AM

November 6, 2002

Barbarians

From Instapundit: The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris

Maybe if they spent some of the time they take trying to tell us what to do, they could solve some of their own problems

Posted by Ithildin at 1:24 PM

Gloat!

Pardon me while I gloat here for a moment....

[does the Ninjababe dance of glee and destruction]

Last night made me so happy, I can't tell you. I knew my life had to have at least one bright spot this week!

The one disappointment is my own state of California, but being a California Republican, you get used to disappointment. But what happened in the rest of the country? Yeeehaaaaa!

It's like a Master Card ad.... taking control of the House and Senate? Priceless!!

I would love to be a bug on the wall to see nasty old Terry have a melt down. Not to mention all those idiotic celebrities we've had to listen to the last while.

Yay!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:05 AM | Comments (3)

November 5, 2002

Happy Anniversary!

The Daily Briefing is one year old today. May there be many more anniversaries to come!

Posted by Ithildin at 12:07 PM | Comments (3)

Canada has earned America's Suspicion

A Canadian take on relations between our two countries and the concession made by the United States in regards to fingerprinting Middle Eastern born Canadian residents at the border.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:25 AM

Battle Map

Check out Fox News for a an easy to understand state by state break down of what''s up for grabs.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:14 AM

4 Nations Thought To Possess Smallpox

And guess what? One of them may be France!

Part of the article also deals with us being on the brink of embarking on a mass vacination program. Weighing the risks for and against, would you get vaccinated?

Something to think about.

Posted by Ithildin at 11:10 AM

The Usual Suspects

Reading already this morning, from the usual suspects in FL, about complaints and allegations of voter fraud. They claim that when voting for McBride, the machines are assigning the vote to Bush instead. Call me cynical and paranoid, but isn't it a little suspicious that this is happening in districts where the election boards are run by the Dems? I wouldn't put it past them to purposely pull a stunt like this to try and make political hay in the courts and the press when Bush wins.

Yeah, I'm cynical and paranoid.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:42 AM

How Disappointing

How can the man who made "Schindler's List" go to Cuba, let alone meet Castro? How can he support a dictatorship where who knows how many languish in Cuban prisons for crimes of conscience? I know, it was stupid of me, but I expected better of Speilberg.

Posted by Ithildin at 10:02 AM

For The "Warm, Fuzzy Religion Of Peace" File

A Kinder, Gentler Taleban?

Overall, the past few years have seen the slow erosion of many of the powers of the mutawa - which has been described as a "kinder, gentler Taleban" - along with the gradual liberalisation of Saudi culture.

No longer are women beaten with sticks for allowing their faces to show.

Makes you just want to go see a 'chick flick', doesn't it?

Posted by Ithildin at 9:14 AM

Best Wishes

It's the First Couple's 25th wedding aniversay today. Let's make it a good one by taking the House and the Senate today!

Go VOTE! It's fun, it's easy, it's all the rage!

Posted by Ithildin at 8:44 AM

Check It Out!

The lovely and very Right Wing Rachel became the newest member of the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy".

Way to go, Rachel! She got a very nifty membership card, complete with picture. Rumour has it she also got a blender as a lovely welcoming gift. (no, not really. I just made that up.)

Posted by Ithildin at 8:32 AM

And They Talk About Us!

Aren't the euros always accusing us as Americans of only caring about the almighty dollar? What frelling hypocrtites!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:20 AM

November 4, 2002

An End To The Pain

There are a lot of annoying campaign adverts out there, but the most annoying is the one Rusty Areias is running. (Even more than Sam Farr's seemingly immortal Robert Redford ad.) The guy is a Dem and running yet again for State Senate. And yet again, he's running the same really, really, really teeth grindingly irritating radio ad.

It goes something like this. Old guy (he sounds like an old guy) is talking about his farm being in financial trouble, and how Rusty tried to help. But it was all for naught, as the bank put it into bankruptcy. "No mercy," says old guy as his voice starts to break. Now he's really starting to cry as he tells us, "Rusty told me, that in all the times he'd been alive, he'd never cried so much since his mother died." Then he tells us why we should vote for Rusty, "Sometimes you need help, and if you vote for Rusty, I'm sure he'll help you too." The only way Rusty can help me is to stop running the damn ad!! Not to be heartless or anything, but I don't care about the farm or what Rusty apparently failed to do, I just want it to stop. Please!

This has been running on every station I listen to, over and over and over, for frikkin forever! But tomorrow, it'll stop! Hallelujah!

Posted by Ithildin at 4:42 PM

November 3, 2002

Bit & Pieces

Rachel and Gary got me to get Site Meter, so I could have the fun of seeing what searches got people here too. Cracks me up how many porn searches send people to this site. My favorites so far: "Older Gal Sex", and "Two Gals, One Guy Sex". They wish!

A totally unsolicited plug here. The "Glorious Ninjababe, Ruler of the Cosmos, and Destroyer of Planets", usually referred to by me as "Nin", and one of the Gaggle, has a personal blog. If you haven't checked it out, you should. Full of bloggy goodness and goofiness!

Thanks for all the comments on the new look! I appreciate the feedback.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:34 PM | Comments (3)

November 1, 2002

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Vote early!

Vote often!

No... really... Our area has early voting. You can use the voting booth for a few weeks before Election Day.

So, I voted. Yay!

Ith is corrupting me to the Republican side of force. Bah.

And, I found out afterwards that I used the same sort of voting booth that caused all the controversy during the primaries...

As Ith said, they're so simple even a moron could use them!

You hit the screen over the name you want to vote for, hit the arrow key for the next screen.

Then, at the end, you get a review. After you're done, a big yellow button shows up in the middle saying 'CAST VOTE'.

How frickin' hard can that be?!?!

Posted by Ninjababe at 9:07 PM

Recommended Click

I found this over on Samizdata.

It's about what happened to the authour, Harry Stein, (his book has been on my Amazon wish list for a while, but I have yet to read it) at a lecture he gave. It really does have all the makings of a "witchhunt".

Posted by Ithildin at 4:41 PM

How 1930's Of Them

Berliners protest move to put 'Jewish' back into street name

'nuff said...

Posted by Ithildin at 3:21 PM

Nice Guys Finish Last?

Maybe it's just been one of those weeks, but why does it seem that the Dems can play dirty over and over and keep getting away with it? It just seems so disheartening. Do we have to stoop their level of dirty dealings to get an even playing field? And if we do, do we end up becoming just like them? Can the good guys finish first in our country these days?

I wonder sometimes.

Posted by Ithildin at 3:11 PM

Al Asks, I Reply

Al Gore gave a little talk, and I thought I'd share my feelings with him. I can do that touch feely thing as well as the next gal!

"How many of you remember where you were and what you were doing when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a stop to the counting of the votes two years ago?" Gore asked the crowd. "If you were going to use one or two or three words to describe that feeling that you had, what words would you use?"

Gee, Al, I'm so glad you asked! Three words? Ecstatic, stoked, maybe even giddy!

And then he generously offers the following:
"I want you to use that feeling as a source of energy and drive and commitment and if anybody tells you in this next week that one vote doesn't make a difference, send them to me, I want to talk to them," Gore said.

Why thank you, Al! I will! I'm going to embrace that feeling of euphoria I felt when I knew you weren't going to be the next President, and use it work really hard to help the President in making sure you never will be!

Gee, Al, I'm so glad we had this little chat! Aren't you?

Posted by Ithildin at 12:16 PM | Comments (2)

Stomp Time

Hamas threatens U.S.

U.S. intelligence agencies are on the lookout for terrorists from the Palestinian group Hamas to carry out attacks in the United States. The group has been blamed for numerous deadly bombings in Israel.

Raise your hand if this comes as any sort of surprsie to you. Didn't think so.

An intelligence report sent to Bush administration officials recently said the group, also known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, is expanding outside Israel and targeting the United States, according to intelligence officials.

What is it going to take for us to get with the program? There are evil scumbabgs out there, people, who want us dead! When are we going to stop the PC crap and go get these Islamofacist creeps before they kill more of us? To hell with Europe, to hell with Canada, let's do what we need to do for us!

The group has not carried out attacks outside Israel but does fund raising abroad, including in Europe and the United States. It is backed financially by Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

See above.

Posted by Ithildin at 9:49 AM

But Will They Get It Right This Time?

Reno, Meek sue to keep GOP poll watchers away

Alleging that the Republican Party is resorting to dirty tricks to intimidate voters, Janet Reno and U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek filed suit Thursday to prevent a Republican political-action committee from stationing more than 450 poll watchers at heavily Democratic precincts in Miami-Dade County polls on Election Day.

Hasn't she ever heard that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?

Guess not.

I heard on FOX News earlier this week that some organization that normally monitors Third World elections, will be monitoring the polling places in Florida's troubled precincts. Heck, at this rate, there's going to be more monitors than voters!!

Posted by Ithildin at 7:18 AM | Comments (2)

You Reap What You sow

Ventura rules out appointing Democrat to Senate

"I felt very used and abused at that thing,'' Ventura said Thursday, referring to Tuesday night's memorial service for Wellstone. Ventura felt it became overly political and mean-spirited. "I'll return the favor now. Always remember, we SEALs, we don't get mad — we get even.''

Posted by Ithildin at 7:11 AM