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Sunday, October 31, 2004

British Muslim says troops are fair target


The British Sunday Times reports "ONE of Britain’s most prominent Islamic leaders has declared that British troops are a legitimate target for Iraqi militants."

Like most main stream media, The Times prefers "militants" to the more accurate terrorists.

Dr Ahmad al-Rawi, an Iraqi-born British passport-holder who has lived in this country for three decades, is one of 93 Islamic international scholars who signed a “bayyan” (declaration) in August supporting uprisings against the “filth of occupation” by both Iraqis and Palestinians. The signatories included five Hamas leaders.

Looks like Hamza the Hook should get a new cellmate.
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Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Democrats blame Bush for "igniting" Bin Laden's base

Here is my response to this nonsense on a left wing Kerry site.

Osama Bin Laden is still alive and Bush has ignited Osama's base to grow new Al Qaeda terrorist cells and they are now present in 60 countries including the USA.

Posted by: Scarlet, PbD at October 30, 2004 11:00 AM
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I wonder what ignited OBL's base when he tried to blow up the WTC the first time when Clinton was president?

What ignited OBL's base when he blew up our two embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania -- August 7, 1998 when Clinton was President?

What ignited OBL's base to train all those terrorists in Afghanistan when Clinton was President?

What ignited OBL's base to plan Operation Bojinka in 1995, while Clinton was president, a plan to blow up 11 airliners?

What ignited OBL's base to bomb a U.S. military facility in Riyadh in November 1995, while Clinton was president?

What ignited OBL's base to do all of this?

On January 3, 2000, al-Qaida also planned attacks against US and Israeli tourists visiting Jordan for millennial celebrations, however the Jordanian authorities thwarted the planned attacks and put 28 suspects on trial.

Al-Qaida also attempted the bombing of the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California during the millennium holiday, although the bomber Ahmed Ressam was caught at the US-Canadian border with bombs in the trunk of his car.

Also, al-Qaida planned to attack USS The Sullivans, but that effort failed due to too much weight being put on the small boat meant to bomb the ship.

What ignited OBL's base when he blew up the USS Cole in Oct. 2000?

What ignited OBL's base to do all of this when Clinton was President and before Bush was elected?


I got no reply - there is none.
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American invasion of Iraq caused 100,000 "extra" deaths - or not

Captains Quarters has a must read on this nonsense.

Here is the important take on how the survey was done.

The report's authors derive this figure by estimating how many Iraqis died in a 14-month period before the U.S. invasion, conducting surveys on how many died in a similar period after the invasion began (more on those surveys later), and subtracting the difference. That difference—the number of "extra" deaths in the post-invasion period—signifies the war's toll. That number is 98,000. But read the passage that cites the calculation more fully:

We estimate there were 98,000 extra deaths (95% CI 8000-194 000) during the post-war period.

Readers who are accustomed to perusing statistical documents know what the set of numbers in the parentheses means. For the other 99.9 percent of you, I'll spell it out in plain English—which, disturbingly, the study never does. It means that the authors are 95 percent confident that the war-caused deaths totaled some number between 8,000 and 194,000. (The number cited in plain language—98,000—is roughly at the halfway point in this absurdly vast range.)

This isn't an estimate. It's a dart board.


It's amazing what comes out of the wood work in an election year.
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Watch "Stolen Honor" online for free!

Here is the video the Democrats are so desperate to ban.

Watch the video and see what John Kerry is so afraid of.
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Walter Cronkite, of CBS fame, blames Bin Laden tape on the Republicans

The main stream media campaign to elect John Kerry continues courtesy of CNN

Here is an excerpt of Larry King talking to Walter Cronkite of CBS fame; think forged documents and election tampering.

KING: The warning.

CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.


Let me get this straight. The US has Bin Laden and instead of trotting him out in handcuffs on Monday, the day before the election, the US forces Bin Laden to make a video threatening the US.

Desperate people say and do desperate things.
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Thursday, October 28, 2004

John Kerry's history of enemy manipulation

Recently we learned that John Kerry was either being manipulated by Hanoi during Vietnam or possibly collaborating with them while still a US Naval officer.

Could the same thing be happening in Iraq?

BAGHDAD, Iraq — An armed group claimed in a video Thursday to have obtained a large amount of explosives missing from a munitions depot facility in Iraq (search) and threatened to use them against foreign troops.

A group calling itself Al-Islam's Army Brigades (search), Al-Karar Brigade, said it had coordinated with officers and soldiers of "the American intelligence" to obtain a "huge amount of the explosives that were in the al-Qaqaa (search) facility."


Every time Kerry speaks he gives aid and comfort to the enemy and tries to demoralize our troops.

Kerry called Iraq the wrong war at the wrong time. Imagine how our troops felt after hearing that. You know how the enemy felt.

Kerry said how do you ask someone to be the last one to die for a mistake. Imagine how grieving parents of a fallen US troop felt after hearing that. You know how the enemy felt.

Kerry has called the coalition a coalition of the coerced and the bribed. Imagine how our allies felt after hearing that. You know how the enemy felt.

Kerry and Edwards did not attend the joint session of Congress held for the Iraqi PM. After the speech Kerry questioned the Iraqi PM's credibility. Imagine how the Iraqi people felt after hearing that. You know how the enemy felt.

Kerry says if he is elected President he will build a 'true coalition'.

How does Kerry propose to build a 'true coalition' to join in, what Kerry calls, a "wrong war" that is a "mistake" and is currently being fought by a coalition of "the bribed and coerced" in a country being led by a man who Kerry questions his credibility?
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Bush responds to John Kerry's unfounded Iraq charges

Via NRO

From the President's speech in Lancaster, PA:

“After repeatedly calling Iraq the ‘wrong war,’ and a ‘diversion,’ Senator Kerry this week seemed shocked to learn that Iraq was a dangerous place, full of dangerous weapons. The Senator used to know that, even though he seems to have forgotten it over the course of the campaign, but after all that’s why we’re there. Iraq was a dangerous place run by a dangerous tyrant who had a lot of weapons. We have seized or destroyed more than 400,000 tons of munitions, including explosives, and more than — thousands of different sites, and we’re continuing to round up more weapons everyday.

“I want to remind the American people, if Senator Kerry had his way, we would still be taking our 'global test.' Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would control all those weapons and explosives and could have shared them with our terrorist enemies.

“Now the Senator is making wild charges about missing explosives when his top foreign policy adviser admits, quote, 'we do not know the facts.' Think about that. The Senator's denigrating the action of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts. Unfortunately, that's part of a pattern of saying almost anything to get elected — like when Senator Kerry charged that our military failed to get Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, even though our top military commander, General Tommy Franks, said the Senator's understanding of events does not square with reality, and our intelligence reports placed bin Laden in any of several different countries at the time. Our military is now investigating a number of possible scenarios including that the explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived at the site. This investigation is important and it's ongoing — and a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your Commander in Chief.

"When it comes to your security, when it comes to the security of our families, my opponent takes a very different approach. He says that September the 11th did not change him much at all. And his policies make that clear. He says the War on Terror is primarily a law enforcement and intelligence-gathering operation. Well, September 11th changed me. I remember the day I was in the — at Ground Zero, September the 14th, 2001. It's a day I will never forget; there were workers in hard hats there yelling at me at the top of their lungs, 'whatever it takes.' I remember a man grabbed me by the arm, he looked me square in the eye, and he said, 'Do not let me down.' Ever since that day, I wake up every morning trying to figure out how to better protect America. I will never relent in defending America, whatever it takes."
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Iraq explosives blow up John Kerry and the New York Times

The demolition of John Kerry via NYTrogate (read nitro gate) continues.

Possible Russian involvement. Remember that Russian convoy out of Iraq as reported by CNN on April 6, 2003?

Speaking of convoys, remember our satellites caught an Iraqi convoy going into Syria on March 17th, 2003.

John Kerry's advisers admit they don't know what happened and yet Kerry blames US troops.

John Kerry's UN friends called for the destruction of these explosives in 1995 - when Clinton was president.

The US 3rd Infantry Division was first to the munitions site on Apr 3 2003 and didn't see the explosvies.

ABC News is reporting that there wasn't 377 tons of explosives at the facility but just 3 tons.

But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over 3 tons of RDX was stored at the facility — a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.

The IAEA documents could mean that 138 tons of explosives were removed from the facility long before the start of the United States launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in March 2003.


And this:

The IAEA documents from January 2003 found no discrepancy in the amount of the more dangerous HMX explosives thought to be stored at Al-Qaqaa, but they do raise another disturbing possibility.

The documents show IAEA inspectors looked at nine bunkers containing more than 194 tons of HMX at the facility. Although these bunkers were still under IAEA seal, the inspectors said the seals may be potentially ineffective because they had ventilation slats on the sides. These slats could be easily removed to remove the materials inside the bunkers without breaking the seals, the inspectors noted.


In a blatant attempt at election tampering, CBS, in conjunction with The NYT planned to run the NYTrogate story on the eve of the US elections but The NYT went with the story early. Why?

The Washington Post has the answer.

On Sunday night, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller told Jeff Fager, executive producer of CBS's "60 Minutes," that the story they had been jointly pursuing on missing Iraqi ammunition was starting to leak on the Internet.

"You know what? We're going to have to run it Monday," Keller said.


Answer, the bloggers made me do it!

Now the New York Times rollback begins but fails miserably. The headline wants you to believe that the US ignored Iraqi pleas to guard the site but the story contains this admission from the Times.

The accounts do not directly address the question of when 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives vanished from the site sometime after early March, the last time international inspectors checked the seals on the bunkers where the material was stored. It is possible that Iraqi forces removed some explosives before the invasion.

That's right, caught red handed committing election tampering, The NYT finally admits they don't know when the explosives went missing and relutantly concede "It is possibleIraqi forces removed some explosives before the invasion".

And John Kerry swallowed the story, hook, line and sinker and started blaming our troops.

Just another reason John Kerry is not fit to be commander and chief.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

CBS explosive "charge" blows up CBS and John Kerry

Yesterday I posted about CBS's planned election eve attack on President Bush using a bogus missing explosives story.

When CBS ran their bogus story on president Bush's National Guard service using forged documents, CBS knew the story to be false. Now comes proof that CBS knew the bogus explosives story was false as well.

On April, 4 2004, CBS ran this story about the 3rd Infantry Division's search of the Latifiyah Explosives and Ammunition Plant al Qa Qaa.

..."The site is enormous and U.S. troops are still investigating it for potential weapons of mass destruction, the official said. "

Since Kerry has no message to put out he has decided to use the daily news headlines as a basis on which to campaign on and CBS and the New York Times are willing to oblige, however false the story is.

The grasping at daily headlines to run your campaign is more proof that Kerry is in deep deep trouble.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

John Kerry caught on video lying about missing Iraqi explosives

John Kerry claims the administration simply says the explosives were already missing without offering a "shred of evidence". Unfortunately for Kerry and fortunately for us, NBC aired a report and showed video proving the explosives were missing when US troops arrived at the facility.

The Daily Recycler has the video.

Kerry's desperation is a sign of just how much trouble his campaign is in.
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Why the Guardian hates Bush

I recently posted about a Guardian article calling for the assassination of US President Bush. The Guardian says it was just using irony.

Blogger Florida Cracker has some possible explanation for the Guardian's dislike of Bush.

If you haven't been reading The Kerry Fairy, you should check her out. Today I learned there that the Editor of the UK Guardian, paper of record for calling for assassination of Presidents when election results disappoint, is Albert Scardino, a former NYT reporter from Savannah, by Gawd, Georgia. He was also the former press editor for David Denkins and the media consultant for Mr. Clinton's 1992 campaign.

Looking around, I see that his brother John, with whom he writes articles for the Guardian, is a failed Congressional candidate. His brother Tom is also a failed Congressional candidate.

No wonder he thinks the will of the people sucks. We stupidly refuse to elect Scardinos.


And let's not forget the failed Guardian letter writing campaign to the voters of Ohio, urging them to vote for Kerry.
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CBS planned to wreck the Bush campaign on election eve

According to the Drudge Report CBS planned to air the bogus missing Iraqi explosives story on the eve of the US Presidential elections.

60 MINS PLANNED BUSH MISSING EXPLOSIVES STORY FOR ELECTION EVE

News of missing explosives in Iraq -- first reported in April 2003 -- was being resurrected for a 60 MINUTES election eve broadcast designed to knock the Bush administration into a crises mode.

Jeff Fager, executive producer of the Sunday edition of 60 MINUTES, said in a statement that "our plan was to run the story on October 31, but it became clear that it wouldn't hold..."

Elizabeth Jensen at the LOS ANGELES TIMES details on Tuesday how CBS NEWS and 60 MINUTES lost the story [which repackaged previously reported information on a large cache of explosives missing in Iraq, first published and broadcast in 2003].


NBC blew the lid off the story by reporting that their imbedded reporter was with US troops when they first entered the Iraqi bunkers and found them empty.

Rathergate has an online form you can use to email all CBS affilitates with one email. Please email them and complain about this attempt at election tampering.
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Hanoi Approved of Role Played By Anti-War Vet John Kerry

The New York Sun is hot today in more ways than one.

First up they have John Kerry caught in plagiarism scandal.

Now they have some Hanoi memos to haunt John Kerry.

Here is a snippet:

The CDEC cover sheet of the "Directive" indicates it was "acquired" on May 12, 1971. The cover sheet itself is dated June 30, 1971, and is entitled "VC Efforts to Back Antiwar Demonstrations in the United States." It shows a detailed knowledge of such VVAW activities as the Dewey Canyon demonstration on the Mall in Washington in April 1971, mentioning the "return of their medals." And the Saigon American military intelligence cover sheet dates the information in that document as being assembled in Vietnam only a week after the Washington VVAW demonstration had taken place.

This may turn into a huge scandal for Kerry.

As Blogs of War quotes WorldNetDaily

The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry’s antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.

You think that is bad news for Kerry, keep reading Blogs of War.

This is from and email to them.

I just got off the phone with a worker at the Vietnam archive. She informed me of the following. There were two people from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth at the Texas Tech University archive within the last two to three weeks specifically looking for documents pertaining to John Kerry’s anti-war movmement Vietnam Veterans Against the War. She told me there has been a bit of a buzz around there as of late after these two individuals claimed they found something huge.

Let's hope it is huge and hope they get it out soon.

UPDATE: Wizbang has a huge post on this with lots of information from the Swift Boat crew.
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John Kerry caught in plagiarism scandal

The New York Sun is reporting "Researcher Alleges Potential Plagiarism in 11 Passages of Kerry's Writings".

An academic researcher has found 11 passages in Senator Kerry's published writings that appear to have been taken from other works without attribution, though experts disagree about whether the copying should be considered plagiarism.

Six of the passages come from Mr. Kerry's 1997 book, "The New War: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's National Security." All bear some similarity to news accounts that preceded publication of the book.


Someone tell Biden.
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Iraq explosives were missing before US troops arrived

The New York Times reported yesterday that nearly 400 tons of high explosvies was missing in Iraq.

An explosive issue for the campaign, this "revelation" was sized upon by John Kerry as proof of further imcompetence by President Bush.

Drudge is reporting that NBC News has proof that the explosives were missing before US troops arrived.

But tonight, NBCNEWS reported: The 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives were already missing back in April 10, 2003 -- when U.S. troops arrived at the installation south of Baghdad!

An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq.

According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived.

"The U.S. Army was at the site one day after the liberation and the weapons were already gone," a top Republican blasted from Washington late Monday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors last saw the explosives in January 2003 when they took an inventory and placed fresh seals on the bunkers.


Drudge did a count of how many times this "story" was mentioned by the major networks.

**ABCNEWS Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 4 Times
**CBSNEWS Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 7 Times
**MSNBC Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 37 Times
**CNN Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 50 Times


Lets see how many times they mention the NBC news "revelations".

The administration's response to the news?

A senior Bush official e-mailed DRUDGE late Monday: "Let me get this straight, are Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards now saying we did not go into Iraq soon enough? We should have invaded and liberated Iraq sooner?"

Even though all of main stream media is against President Bush, NBC just couldn't resist a "scoop".

UPDATE: NRO has a quote from NBC confirming the explosives were missing when US troops got there.
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Monday, October 25, 2004

America Under Attack ... by British Media

Fox News Scott Norvell has a good round up of anti-American shows running on British TV. Couple that with all the anti-American press in the UK and you can see why the British have such a distored view of America.

As usual the BBC leads the charge.
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An Iraqi learns about democracy

From Blogs of War

Watch the video if you haven’t already.

In July, I came to the United States to learn about democracy to help my country and my community. I had not heard about democracy in Kirkuk, but heard a little about it in Kurdistan. So to learn more I have met with Senators, Mayors, and Congress and had lessons in democracy. It is very new to me, but I really like it. I think it is very important because every citizen has the same level of rights. The person in the street has the same rights as the President. And, the government is for the people and the people are all the same. I want to build that in my home. I want it to work in Iraq and I want to teach the people about what I have learned here in the United States about democracy and a free society.

I have met with many Americans since arriving and they have all been so nice and friendly. They make me feel very welcome. Some have said that they feel guilty for what has happened in Iraq, but I say there is no reason for guilt, we have more safety now and are much happier. I think we share the same feelings of excitement and nervousness about the future but I know it will be much better.

For 35 years Saddam pushed us down. He forced me to leave my home and my community to find safety. But now, we have been given freedom for the first time. It is all new and feels like a dream. We have a new government who I think is good and who promises to do great things. We can live and work and learn and hope.

So I want to thank Americans for the gift of democracy and freedom that you have given us.-

Surood Ahmad

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Karzai wins Afghan presidential poll, aides and chief rival say

From AFP

Hamid Karzai has won outright victory in Afghanistan's first presidential election according to preliminary results, the interim leader's supporters and chief rival said.

Karzai, the urbane 46-year-old Pashtun tribal chief who has led Afghanistan with strong US backing for nearly three years, had the "secure majority of 50 percent plus one", presidential aide Khaleeq Ahmad told AFP.

"We are very delighted that we have a secure majority now. And we will wait to celebrate until 100 percent of the vote has been counted," Ahmad said. "We will celebrate when the results are officially announced and not before that."

As soon as Karzai's tally passed four million ballots, of an estimated eight million cast, at around 4:00pm (1130 GMT), Karzai's campaign spokesman Hamid Elmi told AFP: "We have a simple majority. This is exactly what we want."

Karzai's chief rival, Yunus Qanooni, was swift to acknowledge Karzai's majority, 15 days after the landmark ballot drew millions across the rugged land to vote for the first time in their lives.


Great news and good luck to a democratic Afghanistan!
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Good News Iraq

Chrenkoff's round up of good news from Iraq is up.

Read what the main stream media will not tell you.
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John Kerry is planning civil war after he loses

Kerry is already claiming he has won the presidency so than any announcement to the contrary will be used as an excuse to launch a civil war.

From the AP

Unlike the former vice president, who lost a recount fight and the 2000 election, Kerry will be quick to declare victory on election night and begin defending it. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he's secured the presidency.

Today, from Drudge we lear that John Edwards wife promises there will be no riots - if the Democrats win. Drudge has an audio link as well.

Supporter: Kerry's going to take PA.

Liz Edwards: I know that.

Supporter: I'm just worried there's going to be riots afterwards.

Liz Edwards: Uh.....well...not if we win.


Meaning there will be when they lose.

The Washington Post reports this:

Columbia's Todd Gitlin: "I would not be surprised to see outbursts of political violence the likes of which we haven't seen since the Weather Underground of the 1970s."
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John Kerry is God

Or Jesus or Moses, take your pick.

First John Edwards says Kerry can make the lame walk again.

This is John Edwards on Monday at a rally in Newton, Iowa: "If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

And now The Rev. John F. White claims Kerry can part the seas.

"For the last four years we've been living in the wilderness," he shouted from the pulpit, Mr. Kerry seated by his side. "There is one who can divide the Red Sea for us and we can cross over on dry ground.

These people have no shame.
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The New York Times campaigns for John Kerry

In this article in the New York Times, BOB HERBERT asks “How does a president win re-election when all the news the voters are seeing is bad?”

Here is a copy of my email answer to him.

Ref your article “For Bush, Bad News Is Bad News”.

“How does a president win re-election when all the news the voters are seeing is bad?”

Good question. A better question is why does main stream media only report the bad news?

Take Iraq for instance. A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.

Ask yourself this question, with all the money being spent by the Democrats, with most of main stream media acting as a mouthpiece for the Democratic party and all the bad news as you claim, why is Bush leading in all the polls? Could it be that, thanks a lot to the blogs, we see through all the bull you guys keep putting out?

Things have changed, times have changed and like the dinosaur your days are numbered unless you change as well.

I could frisk you entire article but I have better things to do and so do you, like learning how to be an honest journalist and not a spokesperson for the Democratic Party.

His email address is here: Bob Herbert
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Sunday, October 24, 2004

John Kerry's treasonous meeting with the Viet Cong

The New York Times and The Washington Post would have you believe that John Kerry's secret meeting with the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War while still a naval officer, was not secret after all. In fact, these papers say Kerry told the Senate about his meetings in his 1971 testimony to the Senate.

One problem, one big problem for these papers. John Kerry, while a US Naval officer, did secretly meet with the Viet Cong in 1970. One full year before his testimony to the Senate.

From The Weekly Standard

From the November 1 / November 8, 2004 issue: John Kerry's real record as an antiwar activist.
by Joshua Muravchik
11/01/2004, Volume 010, Issue 08

JOHN KERRY SAYS HE IS "PROUD" of his activities in opposition to the Vietnam War. Why, then, have he and his spokesmen consistently misrepresented them? Indeed the Kerry camp has been so effective in obscuring this history that both the New York Times and the Washington Post were forced to run corrections on the subject recently because their reporters relied on misinformation that the Kerry camp had succeeded in putting into wide circulation.

When the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth unveiled the fourth in their series of television ads--this one accusing Kerry of having "secretly met with the enemy" in Paris--both papers went into full debunking mode. The Post ran 600 words under the headline: "Ad Says Kerry 'Secretly' Met With Enemy; But He Told Congress of It." The story explained that the Swifties were "referring to a meeting Kerry had in early 1971 with leaders of the communist delegation that was negotiating with U.S. representatives at the Paris peace talks. The meeting, however, was not a secret. Kerry . . . mentioned it in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April of that year."

The next morning the Post ran a correction. The previous day's story, it noted, "incorrectly said that John F. Kerry met with a Vietnamese communist delegation in Paris in 1971. The meeting was in 1970." The correction did not acknowledge, however, that this apparently minor error invalidated the entire point of the Post's impeachment of the Swifties' ad. Kerry's visit to Paris took place in or around May 1970, eleven months before his Foreign Relations Committee testimony. In other words, his meeting with the Communists (while he was still a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy) appears to have been kept secret for nearly a year.


As they say, read the whole article.

Is there a statute of limitations on treason?
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Guardian newspaper calls for the assassination of Bush

Charlie Brooker in yesterdays Guardian called for the assassination of US President George Bush.

On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?

I guess Brooker means that the 50% or more of the US population that support Bush are not "civilised".

It's one thing to write tabloid trash but it is quite another thing to call for the assassination of a sitting US President one week before elections.

There is a link on the left under UK Media Complaints if you care to write and complain, I am.

UPDATE: Scott Burgess has Brooker's email address. Here it is:

charlie.brooker@zeppotron.com

Please email him and call for a retraction and an apology.
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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Iraq Election 'On Track'

With 75% of the vote counted in the Afghan presidential elections, the AP is reporting that in Iraq "Preparations for the crucial January election are "on track" and the absence of international observers due to the country's tenuous security should not detract from the vote's credibility, the top U.N. electoral expert here said. "

Success breeds success.

Notice how silent main stream media is on these two successes.
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Mid-East 'drifting towards chaos'

And away from what? No. Really.

Read this BBC article and tell me what, exactly, the Mid-East is drifting away from. And does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict represent the entire Middle East?

A senior UN official has warned that no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be found without international involvement.

In a briefing to the Security Council, Kieran Prendergast spoke of "a palpable sense of drift and foreboding... towards chaos".


Here, according to Prendergast, is the stable situation the Mid-East is drifting away from.

Since the start of the latest intifada, or uprising, in September 2000, some 3,839 Palestinians and 979 Israelis had been killed, said Mr Prendergast, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

And an estimated 36,000 Palestinians and 6,297 Israelis had been wounded.


In case you were wondering, Kieran Prendergast is The United Nations Undersecretary General for Political Affairs.
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French 'rebel' dies in Iraq raid

Really? This should be interesting.

The BBC article opens thusly:

A French citizen has been identified among insurgents killed by US forces in Iraq, a French newspaper reports.

From headline to the first paragraph this terrorist has gone from "French rebel" to French citizen". So now, according to the BBC, US forces are killing innocent French civilians. Notice how the BBC cleverly state he was "identified among insurgents". Maybe he was passing through and stopped for tourist directions.

Finally, in the fourth paragraph we learn the truth.

Tunisian-born Redouane, who belonged to an Islamic group in France, is thought to have travelled to Iraq from his home in Paris via Syria earlier this year.

Really now, shouldn't the headline read "Tunisian Terrorist Terminated in Iraq"?

Further on in the story the BBC continue siding with the terrorist.

US warplanes have continued to bomb targets in the city, as part of a campaign against the network of wanted militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - blamed for a wave of violence in the so-called Sunni triangle and elsewhere.

"Militant", they just can't say terrorist, can they?

And what's up with this "blamed" statement? Zarqawi frequently takes credit for his terrorist attacks.

Ah, the good old BBC, furthering the Jihadist cause.
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Whose side is the BBC on?

First they accuse the US of killing an innocent French citizen who turns out to be a Tunisian Terrorist.

Next the BBC, referring to terrorists at Guantanamo, runs this headline: Ex-US detainees 'resume fighting'. The BBC prefers detainees over terrorist seemingly because the BBC are clueless as to their motives.

What the precise motivations were of those detainees who have returned to fighting is not clear.

Earth to BBC, it is called Jihad.

Then we get this stunning revelation from the Beeb, Mid-East 'drifting towards chaos'

Here, I guess, is the stable Mid-East the Beeb feels the Mid-East is drifting away from.

Since the start of the latest intifada, or uprising, in September 2000, some 3,839 Palestinians and 979 Israelis had been killed, said Mr Prendergast, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

And an estimated 36,000 Palestinians and 6,297 Israelis had been wounded.


The BBC isn't done yet.

Since the BBC feels the Israeli-Palestinian conflict represent the entire Middle East, a nuclear capable Iran is ok.

But Iran has been quite categorical about saying it will not stop its uranium enrichment, only suspend it, and only under certain conditions.

This view is strongly endorsed by many ordinary Iranians, irrespective of their allegiance to the regime.


Really? How many? Can of hard to tell in a totalitarian regime, isn't it?

Here the BBC quote a 22 year old student:

She makes little distinction between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, but says the outside world can be sure that Iran will never use atomic weapons first.

Well, gee I feel better already and seemingly the BBC does as well.

"I want to tell outsiders not to think that young people today are different from young people in the early days of the revolution just because some Western culture has been penetrating into the country," she says.

How does she explain all the student unrest and protests then?

Our hapless BBC reporter blunders onward.

Mehdi Mahmood, a 24-year-old member of the basiji or Islamic volunteer forces attached to the mosques, says: "Imagine you're in a classroom and a teacher walks in and distributes books to everybody but you. How would you feel? You feel isolated - you feel discriminated against."

Books equals nuclear weapons? Riiiiight.

Are you getting the feeling that the BBC are, well, ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS? No? Read this.

From reformers to hardliners, supporters or opponents of the Islamic system, there are few voices against Iran seeking nuclear technology. There are no Greenpeace-style activists in Iran questioning the country's rapid drive towards nuclear fuel.

No shit Sherlock!!! Anyone who disagrees dies or goes to jail.

Reporters without boarders reports on the crackdown on Journalist in Iran.

The five journalists are accused of contributing to reformist news websites. In the past few months, the regime has also tightened Net filtering, blocking access to several dozen online publications and political weblogs.

In a country where television, radio and newspapers are heavily censored, the Internet is, despite censorship, the only source of independent news and information.


I'd like to direct the BBC's attention and yours, to at least one Iranian blogger. There are many more but here is a good one to get you started.

I live in the UK and have to pay the BBC tax to fund this nonsense. I truly feel sorry for anyone who relies on the BBC for news. You are getting a corrupt and distorted view of the world.

I'll ask again, whose side is the BBC on? I think the answer is all too clear.
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Ex-US detainees 'resume fighting'

Blares this BBC article.

An accurate headline would be "Terrorist resume terrorism".

I like this line:

What the precise motivations were of those detainees who have returned to fighting is not clear.

News flash for the clueless BBC - It's called Jihad.
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British hostage begs Blair to call off Iraq redeployment

Or does she???

From AFP which should tell you something to start with.

DOHA (AFP) - Kidnapped British aid worker Margaret Hassan begged Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites) to save her life by scrapping the planned redeployment of British troops and pulling them out of Iraq (news - web sites).

How does AFP know this?

"Ask Mr Blair to pull the (British) forces out of Iraq and not to bring them to Baghdad," she said, addressing the British people in other comments which were only audible through an Arabic voiceover.

So the headline is misleading at best. Ms. Hassan is not heard asking Mr. Blair to pull British forces out of Iraq, an Arabic voice is heard asking Mr. Blair.

Remember this anytime you read anything from AFP.

Via LGF

UPDATE: Right on cue The BBC get it wrong as well.
Help the Swift Boat Vets for Truth air their ads in Pennsylvania

From the Swift Boat Vets

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To give, simply click on the link below:

We can also receive checks through the postal service at: Swift Boat Veterans for TruthC/O Weymouth Symmes, TreasurerP.O. Box 26184Alexandria, VA 22313

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Thank you again for your support of the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth.

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John Kerry and Stolen Honor

Watch and download "Stolen Honor" for free here.

As you watch, remember, John Kerry was a US Naval Officer at the time of his testimony and secret negotiations with the Viet Cong.

These are war crimes for which John Kerry has never been held accountable - until now.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

There is no such thing as a "back door" draft

Kerry and the Democrats keep complaining that by extending military terms of enlistments that this amounts to a "back door" draft. This is completely false. Everyone who joins the military knows exactly what they are signing up for.

Here (in pdf) is the contract all military people sign when they join.

Here is the pertinent section of the contract.

d. As a member of the Ready Reserve I may be required to perform active duty or active duty for training without my consent (other than as provided in item 8 of this document) as follows:

(1) in time of national emergency declared by the President of the United States, I may be ordered to active duty (other than for training) for not more than 24 consecutive months.


When military members enlistments are extended it is called "stop loss". That is a military term that doesn't register with the voters. So, the Democrats call it a "back door" draft since the word draft is a scare word.

Funny, the Democrats didn't seem to mind when Clinton did it in Kosovo.

In addition to trying to scare people with the so called "back door" draft Kerry is trying to scare people with bringing back the draft. Here are the reasons that the draft is not needed and why it will not come back.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Is this payback for the UN oil-for-food scandal?

Recently we discovered Mass grave reveals remains of Iraqi women and children. But the excuvation of this and some other 40 such sites is being hampered because European experts are failing to join in. Seemingly because the evidence may be used against Saddam and he faces the death penalty, which is opposed by the Europeans.

The horrific secrets of a mass grave in northern Iraq emerged yesterday as American officials accused Europeans of failing to help in the search to uncover Saddam Hussein's atrocities.

Hundreds of bodies, including those of pregnant women, children clutching toys and men bound and blindfolded were exhumed at a site in Hatra, near Mosul. The dead are said to be Kurds shot by Iraqi forces in the late 1980s, during a campaign that included the chemical attack on the town of Halabja.


And now The Belmont Club has this bomb shell (pun intended):

From Blackfive comes a link to how Canadian troops in Afghanistan realized an ammo dump that had supposedly been cleared by European troops --wasn't.

Troops from the Princess Patricia Regiment discovered a large pile of explosives ten minutes away from their camp. It contained:

... 82 buried bunkers, each 20-metres long, housed thousands of Soviet FROG missiles (one step down from Scud missiles), and every variety of rocket and mortar shells. ... Some of the FROG missiles were still in their original cases. Some heaped in the open. Some stacked to the roof in the unlocked, open bunkers. Much of the ordnance had warheads removed to collect the explosive for homemade bombs -- or for blasting at a nearby quarry. "Unbelievable!" was Maj. Brian Hynes' reaction when he saw them. "We (troops of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)) have been here some two years, and no one knew this was at our back door. Unbelievable."

I like this part near the end:

Somehow I think someone missed the point. There is probably some perfectly plausible reason why a Swedish UN functionary, a French major and a German Colonel -- one civilian, two officers, three nationalities, none of who would be in the same chain of command -- should show up at precisely the moment a Canadian officer discovers a large number of surface to surface missiles lying around unguarded, but it escapes me.

Be sure to read the whole article.

So, tell me again why it is so difficult to understand why weapons of mass destruction have not been found yet? Maybe they have been found somewhere by someone.
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The New York Times and PAUL KRUGMAN spread the draft lie for Kerry

writing an oped in The NYT today, Krugman once again spreads a lie.

Speaking of Bush, Krugman says "Now he insists that he won't revive the draft. But the facts suggest that he will."

Actually, the facts suggest he won't.

First, Clinton cut the size of the all volunteer military. Many people were forced out early as a result. Since all branches of the military are meeting recruiting goals, it seems likely an increase in the size of the military would be filled with volunteers. There would be no need for a draft.

Second, Bush and the Department of Defense both say they do not desire a draft.

Third, the only bills in Congress for the draft were Democrat bills. Bush called their bluff and they were defeated. Even the Democrat Rangel, who sponsored one of the bills, voted against his own bill.

Fourth, Bush just can't wave a wand and bring back the draft. Congress will have to vote on it and as the recent vote shows, such a bill has no chance of passing.

Fifth, the idea that our military is overstreached forgets about the major realignment of troops expected around the world. Especially in Europe. A large scale back of troops in Germany and South Korea will free up thousands of troops.
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Bush comforts 911 victim

One of the most moving ads of the US Presidential campaign.

Ashley's Story
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Monday, October 18, 2004

CBS, Dan Rather and those forged documents

Just got this response from a CBS affiliate to my email complaint. Better late than never I guess.

Dear Viewer,

Thanks for your recent letter about the controversy surrounding CBS News, and their reporting on President Bush’s National Guard service.

It is a difficult situation for us at here at Local 8 News. We have been a CBS affiliate for more than 50 years, and we are proud of that affiliation. But, while we are affiliated with CBS, we are not owned by them. They provide us with programming, everything from CSI to The CBS Evening News. We provide them with local news video when they need it. We do not have any say in CBS News policy or story selection, nor do they have any say in our local news decisions.

Our President & General Manager has called our contacts at CBS to express our concern about the handling of the story. In addition, Local 8 News has reported both the charges that the documents Mr. Rather used are forged, and CBS News’ response to the charges.


"But, while we are affiliated with CBS, we are not owned by them. They provide us with programming, everything from CSI to The CBS Evening News."

Which means you can drop CBS evening news, right?
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Democrats protest free speech

I just received this email from these bozos, www.StolenAirTime.com, asking me to post a protest against Sinclair Broadcasting for planning on showing “Stolen Honor”, a movie exposing Kerry's smear against his fellow comrades while still a US Naval officer.

Well Mara in simple terms, hell no!

Better than that here is a direct link to "Stolen Honor" where you can watch clips of the video and buy it online.

Mara, why is it ok for MTV to show the Rock the Vote anti-Bush program? Why is it ok for Robert Redford to show his anti-Bush stuff on his channels?

Here is a question for you Mara, why won't Kerry release all of his records? What is John Kerry hiding? What medication or therapy is Kerry on or been on?
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Fake draft documents and media complaints

I recently emailed Viacom (owners of MTV) to complain about fake draft documents on the MTV "Rock the Vote" site. These fake draft documents carried the forged signature of Donald Rumesfeld. Scroll down the post to see the signature.

Here is a copy of my email complaint.

I am very disappointed that Viacom and MTV are involved in the continuing military draft scare. It is incredible that after the CBS forged documents scandal we now have forged draft documents appearing on Rock the Vote’s website.

Bush has said there will be no draft, period. The military says they don’t need or want the draft back.

The only people talking up the draft are the Democrats. In fact the only bills that were in congress for bringing back the draft were Democrats bills. Bush called their bluff and brought them up for a vote. They were killed by a huge majority. Even Rangel, who sponsored one of the Draft bills, voted against his own bill.

I hope you take some action to stop your involvement with this shameful scam. There are lots of dirty tricks in politics but using our military service members for political purposes, especially during a time of war, is a great disservice to our men and women in harms way.


Now the Rock the Vote site has changed the forged signatures to a Democrat - Charlie Rangel! The original sponsor of the draft bill who voted against his own bill!

Still, it would be better to take down the fake documents. So, complain to Viacom already! Here is their contact list. I emailed them all.

MTV East Coast
1515 BROADWAY, 28TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10036

Carole Robinson
Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks
Phone: 212-258-8760
Fax: 212-846-1794
Carole.robinson@mtvstaff.com

Jeanine Smartt Vice President of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks/The Digital Suite
Phone: 212-846-7437
Fax: 212-258-6603
Jeanine.smartt@mtvstaff.com

MTV West Coast
2600 COLORADO BLVD., 4THFLOOR
SANTA MONICA, CA 90404

M. Janet Hill Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks
Phone: 310-752-8311
Fax: 310-752-8076

Vanessa Reyes-Smith Senior Director of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks Phone: 310-752-8081 Fax: 310-752-8076 Vanessa.reyes@mtvstaff.com

Ariana Urbont Senior Director of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks Phone: 310-752-8079 Fax: 310-752-8076 Ariana.urbont@mtvstaff.com

Lisa Chader Director of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks
Phone: 310/752-8799
Fax: 310/752-8076
Lisa.chader@mtvstaff.com

Alison Mochizuki Director of Corporate Communications, MTV Networks
Phone: 310-752-8044
Fax: 310-752-8076
Alison.mochizuki@mtvstaff.com

Thanks to INDC
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Good news from Afghanistan

From The Wall Street Journal

'The People Win'
A roundup of the past month's good news from Afghanistan.

BY ARTHUR CHRENKOFF
Monday, October 18, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT

On Oct. 9, for the fifth time in my life, I went into a polling station and cast a vote in Australian federal election. The same day, several hours later and on the other side of the globe, millions of people were exercising their democratic right to vote for the first time in their lives.


Chrenkoff, doing what he does best, reporting what main stream media ignores.
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Police Call on Kerry to Stop Misrepresenting Their Support

John Kerry caught lying - again!

From Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today Chuck Canterbury, the President of the nation's largest police labor organization, called on John Kerry to stop making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community. Both on the campaign trail and in Wednesday night's debate in Tempe, AZ, Senator Kerry has alluded that he has the support of the majority of these brave men and women.

"As the elected leader of the largest organization representing America's Federal, State and local law enforcement officers, I believe it's important to point out yet again that we do not support his [Kerry] candidacy for President," Canterbury said. "And to be perfectly frank, the groups which do support him actually share the same membership rolls and, taken together, probably comprise less than one-quarter of our nation's police officers."

Canterbury further noted that unlike the organizations which Senator Kerry touts, F.O.P. members as a whole decided that the Fraternal Order of Police would endorse the reelection of President George W. Bush. They based their decision, he said, on the record of the Bush Administration in supporting America's first responders-including helping to secure passage earlier this year of H.R. 218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, the organization's top legislative priority. Bush also successfully fought to greatly enhance the benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.


Kerry and Edwards will say anything to get elected.
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Blog Changes

I've made some changes to the blog.

I've deleted Chris Muir's Day by Day cartoon until he returns or I find a new one.

I've added a "Media Complaints" group on the left side bar. This should make it easier if you see a post that you would like to complain to the media responsible. I highly recommend it. I have been successful in getting retractions and stories pulled. If more of us complain the media will have to start reporting more honestly.
I will add more as I get them. If you have any email links to media complaints departments, please add a comment.

I will be adding and deleting some from the blog roll as well. I have already deleted Andrew Sullivan as I feel he has gone over the edge.
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