ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Another Rovian Conspiracy: Osama's Dead

He's ceased to be:

French newspaper says Saudis believe bin Laden dead
Sep 23 6:38 AM US/Eastern

A French newspaper published what it said was a report by the country's intelligence services that said Saudi Arabia believes Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan this month.

France's foreign intelligence service, the DGSE, refused to confirm the substance of the report, and no immediate official reaction was forthcoming from Saudi officials Saturday.

But European and Pakistani officials tracking bin Laden's whereabouts told AFP, on condition of anonymity, that the report could not be seen as reliable.

Often rumoured to be dead in the past -- only to appear later in audio or video recordings -- the leader of the Al-Qaeda terror network was believed to have taken refuge on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Previous reported rumours have said that he suffered from a kidney disorder and was in poor health.

The French regional newspaper l'Est Republicain published what it said was a DGSE report dated September 21.

"According to a usually reliable source, the Saudi security services are now convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead," the DGSE report quoted by the newspaper said.
[...]
The only thing I have to say is a criticism to The Architect and my Grueppenfuehrer:

WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO GIVE HIM THE DEADLY INJECTION UNTIL LATE OCTOBER!!! WHAT DID OUR OPERATIVES IN PAKISTAN NOT UNDERSTAND?!?!

Ace of Spades puts the pieces together of this Rovian Conspiracy... and Tom Maguire at Just One Minute thinks it might be legit, but urges caution given the number of similar reports over the years.

I'm confused... yes, according to the Rovian plot, OBL was supposed to be offed this fall, but this is about a month early! Perhaps this is some counter-plot by the Dems to get OBL news out of the press before November? (Nah... they're not that bright...)

*** UPDATE ***
Karl - To prove my point, even the DUers are on to us....
sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sat Sep-23-06 09:05 AM
Original message

US cannot confirm bin Laden death report -official Updated at 9:05 AM

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N23243000.htm

US cannot confirm bin Laden death report -official

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. government is unable to confirm a French newspaper report that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to have died last month in Pakistan, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Saturday.

"We cannot confirm the account," said the official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. "It's quite possible (that) there was some talk of this, but in terms of being able to confirm this, that I can't do."

The French regional daily L'Est Republicain reported that, according to a French secret service report, Saudi Arabia was convinced that bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan in late August. The French government has said it could not confirm the report and would investigate the intelligence leak.

The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment and was looking into the reports.


NOLADEM (337 posts)
Sat Sep-23-06 09:07 AM
Response to Original message

1. Ask us again in October


babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sep-23-06 09:09 AM
Response to Original message

2. Amazing that all news OBL surfaces right before an election. nt


DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sat Sep-23-06 09:09 AM
Response to Original message

3. But the hunt is on for his corpse.

That corpse .. very valuable to KKKarl Rove. Imagine the possibilities.
Man, these guys are quick on the draw. It's amazing that Rove and his minions have been so successful over the past 6 years.

*** Update 2 ***
GatewayPundit is also covering and links to this story which states that Pakistan was unaware of his demise and has not been notified:
Pakistani officials doubt Osama death report

Pakistan has received no information from any foreign government that would corroborate a French newspaper report on Saturday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan, a senior government official said.

"No government has shared any such information with us so far, which is the normal thing to do under such circumstances," the official, who has close knowledge of intelligence matters, said on condition of anonymity.

A senior official in Pakistan's Interior Ministry also said: "We have no information about Osama's death."

And was this actually Osama's funeral?

Stop the ACLU
has a good roundup, as well as a recent photo of Osama.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Friday, September 22, 2006

Kos - Out Of Touch With His Moonbat Base

H/T KJL at The Corner. Sorry for the length of this post in advance...

It seems that Kos was approached by the media to discuss the recent speech by Hugo Chavez. I seriously doubt that such a call occurred... I mean, sure the Kossacks call Bush Hitler every other comment and perhaps try and link him to some Satanic cult every 5th post and all, but the MSM is smart enough to realize that these Moonbats wouldn't say that on TV, right?

Idiot press
by kos
Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:13:00 AM PDT

I just got a call from an MSNBC booker. She wanted to know if I wanted to go on the air to talk about Hugo Chavez. Apparently, he went off on some rant at the UN.

I said, "Why would I? Who cares about Hugo Chavez?"

The booker said, "well, it's all over talk radio and the blogs." Talk radio, of course, being Rush Limbaugh and company. The blogs, of course, being the wingnutosphere, happily promoting the latest Horrible Dictator Who Says Mean Things About Bush (unlike the ones in the Middle East, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan who are our "allies").

I said, "Well, this is a stupid topic. It means nothing. I am focused on things that actually matter to us."

"Is there another liberal blogger who is writing about it?"

"No. We're all focused on important things." [such as defeating that neocon jewish Senator from Connecticut!]

She was incredulous -- "Really?"

"Really. Do you actually think this is important?" I asked, suddenly incredulous myself.

"I don't have time to talk about this," she sniffed.

I'm on the road, so perhaps I had missed some outpouring of pro-Chavez blogging on the left. But a look at my RSS reader doesn't show much of anything, and I've got about 80 blogs on it. The feeds don't always update regularly, so perhaps something was missed.

Now, I also think that Kos himself probably doesn't agree with Chavez that Bush is El Diablo. A maniacal evil bastard who stole two elections and is seeking to establish himself as Emperor of the world, sure... Kos agrees with that. But the "Devil thing" is over the top for Markos.

But one thing that this little diatribe points out is that Kos is apparently out of touch with many of his readers and the Moonbat Left in general. I mean, he doesn't have to go to his RSS feed thingy to see what other bloggers are saying. He could simply search within his self-created Moonbat-o-sphere at DailyKos and find that few of his reades/supporters found Chavez's remarks to be questionable. Criticisms were rare; support for the remarks were more common.

Even if you start to read the comments to this entry by Kos, you find that many responding to Kos' post are talking about the fact that it's not news because everyone knows that Bush is the devil.

As documented by us here, on the day of the Chavez speech, DUers were applauding his remarks and hitting an AOL poll to show their support for El Presidente Hugo. Here's the link:
AOL Poll on: Pres. Hugo Chavez comment at UN

What do you think of Chavez's comments?
Off the wall 51%
On target 25%
A little of both 24%
Total Votes: 636


tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 12:58 PM
Response to Original message

1. LOL! No choice that allows you to disagree with Chavez.

You can be off-the-wall, and still be 100% correct.


me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 01:02 PM
Response to Original message

2. On target!

What do you think of Chavez's comments?
Off the wall 51%
On target 24%
A little of both 24%

Total Votes: 1,629


Texas Explorer Donating Member (934 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 01:05 PM
Response to Original message

4. Done. More love required DUers! kick!


katty Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 01:06 PM
Response to Original message

5. bullseye! Chavez is turning the evildoer devil thing around on bush


chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 11:01 PM
Response to Reply #5

22. That's exactly what he's doing to our own Asses of Evil

Satirizing and making a mockery of their deception, hypocricy and megalomania. Saying what we know a great deal of the world already thinks:

This podium of a world bully reeks.

I confess to laughing out loud when I first heard these reports
while listening from another room. The Bush Regime sold out their cred in the international world community a LONG time ago.


hashibabba Donating Member (170 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 01:23 PM
Response to Reply #6

8. Done. Love it ! eom


keepCAblue (219 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 01:22 PM
Response to Original message

7. On Target! Sad that only 24% agree with Chavez. eom


REDSTATELIBERAL Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 01:36 PM
Response to Original message

12. I thought "On Target"

Was very accurate! Perfect!


8_year_nightmare Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:59 PM
Response to Original message

15. Done - & recommended. Please watch the short clip of Chavez's comments. :)


Usrename (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 04:15 PM
Response to Original message

19. Viva Chavez!

"and it smells of sulfer still today"

:kick:


4_TN_TITANS Donating Member (618 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 04:51 PM
Response to Original message

20. Realistically....

the comment is 'off the wall' - [Bush] is too dumb to be the devil. I think it's hilarious that 25% agree that he IS the devil.


I bet 50% would agree that he's a 'tool' of the devil.... }


chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 10:46 PM
Response to Original message

21. Phew! Up from 636 to almost 56,500 votes since you posted this! Updated at 3:33 PM

Off the wall 57%
On target 23%
A little of both 20%
Total Votes: 56,460

Nah... it's not news when a portion of your populace thinks that their President is Satan...

Not satisfied? How about this discussion thread from DU?
Jcrowley (326 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:18 PM
Original message

Hugo Chavez Address to the United Nations

Rise Up Against the Empire

By HUGO CHAVEZ

Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it.
[...]

http://www.counterpunch.org/chavez09202006.html


malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:21 PM
Response to Original message

1. Thanks

It has not been posted to the UN website yet....


Freedom_from_Chains Donating Member (1000+ posts) J
Wed Sep-20-06 02:28 PM
Response to Original message

2. He must have said something that was truthful as Rush

Limbaugh is spending his whole program trying to demonize him.


CrazyForKucinich (348 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:31 PM
Response to Original message

3. Awesome speech. Just awesome.


QuestionAll... (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:35 PM
Response to Reply #3

6. truly ripping...
"And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here." "And it smells of sulfur still today.

[...]

==
dang I wish some American politician had the guts to do this.


pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:31 PM
Response to Reply #6

18. Wow! thanks for posting - recommended


QuestionAll... (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:51 PM
Response to Reply #18

21. new name for the furorer? Sulphuric Asshat? nt


savemefromdumbya Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:34 PM
Response to Original message

4. El diablo - absolutely


malaise (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:34 PM
Response to Original message

5. And you wonder why Bolton refused to respond

Not one of them can respond to this speech in a rational manner point by point becuase Chavez is correct re naked raw imperialists calling others terrorists.

Sp.


me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:44 PM
Response to Original message

10. A large portion of those in attendence liked what they heard

Viva Chavez! :applause:


katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 02:52 PM
Response to Original message

11. Viva Chavez! Viva Chomsky!


KoKo01 Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:03 PM
Response to Original message

13. Did C-Span cover this? Amazing!

Our little Emperor is spreading Freedom and Democracy throughout the World....but not exactly how he predicted. :wow:


RufusEarl Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:10 PM
Response to Original message

15. I'm a Hugo fan, and i'm a fan of the truth.

and i'll be picking up a copy of 'Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States. I'm also a fan of Noam Chomsky.


mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:22 PM
Response to Original message

16. He reads Chomsky and Orwell...

and blogs...yes indeed he does.

Betcha a gazillion dollars that blivet did not know what the word "hegemony" meant until someone looked it up for him.....anyone?

What a scolding!


johnfunk (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 04:47 PM
Response to Reply #16

27. The FReepers freak as President Chavez launches HUGO'S BOOK CLUB!

If Bush hates the guy, you know he must be doing something right.

And was it just me, or has Venezuela's outspoken prez launched his own book club, with apologies to Oprah? (Great flippin' Dobbs, I love Photoshop...)


deaniac21 (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:50 PM
Response to Original message

20. We should move the United Nations to Venezuela today!!


Annces Donating Member (264 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 03:56 PM
Response to Original message

22. I am glad Chavez called him the devil

Call a spade a spade.

I saw many people smirking and holding back their laughter when Bush was giving his speech. People really dislike him.


Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 04:03 PM
Response to Original message

23. Chavez Nailed It! He Called Out The Devil On It's Own Turf

I have Never Read Such an Accurate and Eloquent Speech. full of positive workable solutions for our planet

That's Why Smirk and Snarl Have to Take Him Out

He's a direct threat to them and their elite bosses

He shines the light of truth on their very dark pretense exposing their lies and violence and greed.

I am struck by two thoughts

(1) I fear for his safety the way I wish I had been old enough
to fear for the safety of the Kennedy brothers and MLK

(2) I, more than anything in the world, want to find a way
to move to Venezuela and be a part of what he is creating


druidity33 (725 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 05:29 PM
Response to Original message

28. Hugo is DA MAN! K&R! n/t


Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 06:13 PM
Response to Original message

30. I hope that folks are bookmarking to read later

and that's why it's sinking off the page

It REALLY IS THAT GOOD FOLKS

If you are too prejudiced to read it you're really missing out

It's a fucking masterpiece


Jcrowley (326 posts)
Wed Sep-20-06 08:41 PM
Response to Reply #30

31. Probably

folks are just getting in and having heard all about this from the MSM noise machine will want to read it for themselves.

I heard three different analysis on NPR today all with their not so unique spin on what was said and the reasons Chavez said what he said. Of course they're bullshit was all targeted on how over the top chavez was and what a grandstander Chavez was and how this was very undiplomatic and so on ad nauseam.

It was a great case study in how to manufacture opinion and showed once again how NPR is far more dangerous in it's manipulations than the obvious distortions of Faux and It's ilk.
Yes, that evil National Public Radio... and that wonderful utopia that Chavez is creating down in Venezuela!

These people are absolutely insane!!! and they're the driving force behind modern day Democratic Party politics....

So, sure... no blogger anywhere supports Hugo's comments. Markos - pull your head out of your keister.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wal-Mart Hurts Consumers , Workers, and Mom & Pop

This is just the latest story on how Wal-Mart is hurting consumers...

Wal-Mart to Sell Generic Drugs for $4
Sep 21, 10:38 AM (ET)

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Wal-Mart announced today that it will start a test program in Florida, where it will sell generic prescription drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply. The test will start tomorrow in 65 Tampa Bay-area stores and is to expand to the whole state by January.

In a statement, CEO Lee Scott says the world's largest retailer intends to "take the program to as many states as possible next year."

On average, generic drugs tend to cost between $10 and $30 for a month-long supply.

The world's biggest retailer said that it will test the program in Florida that will make 291 generic drugs available, which are used to treat a variety of condition from allergies to high-blood pressure. It will also be available to the uninsured.

The program will be launched on Friday at 65 Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Market and Sams' Club pharmacies in the Tampa Bay area in Florida and will be expanded to the entire state in January.

The company said it plans to take the program to as many states as possible next year.

"Each day in our pharmacies we see customers struggle with the cost of prescription drugs," said Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott, Jr., in a statement. "By cutting the cost of many generics to $4, we are helping to ensure that our customers and associates get the medicines they need at a price they can afford."
[...]
You would think that the poor, the middle-class, and the elderly would know what's best for them.

It's unbelievable that Wal-Mart is trying to put all the Mom & Pop drug stores out of business. I mean, pretty soon everyone will be working at Wal-Mart, right? And not to mention how this unfairly puts pressure on Wal-Marts supply chain for generic drugs. Those poor pharmaceutical companies that are caught up in Wal-Marts crazy desire for low prices will probably have to move operations over to China or something.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Counting Your Chickens

Before they hatch...

It looks like the Dems will be extremely ticked when they don't win the House in November. I mean, they're jockeying for position and the election is still over a month away!

Courting votes for next year
By Josephine Hearn

The two Democrats vying to become House majority leader next year are courting Democratic candidates likely to win in November, hoping to reach out early to those who may one day have a say in their promotion.

Rival Reps. Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Jack Murtha (Pa.) have been discreetly raising the issue with candidates, even as they campaign to ensure that Democrats will win control of the House, without which their contest for the majority leader post cannot take place.

“It’s being done on both sides,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a Murtha supporter, referring to the efforts to reach out to candidates. “It would be remiss not to do it.”

In a Democratic House, freshman would number not fewer than 27 — at least 15 from previously Republican districts, plus as many as 12 replacing Democrats who are retiring or running for higher office. That bloc of new members, who lack the entrenched loyalties of incumbents, is enticing to both campaigns.

Hoyer, the minority whip, has long been active with candidates, traveling around the country on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to recruit promising challengers, raise money, hold press events and mentor new recruits through the ups and downs of the campaign season.

Hoyer has visited candidates in 31 districts this cycle, an aide said, and directly contributed over $600,000 to candidates.

Murtha has traveled as well, hitting districts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, but he lacks the breadth and depth of relationships Hoyer enjoys, said members and aides on both sides.

“It’s a slight advantage, yes,” Pascrell conceded. “Because [Hoyer] has been involved in so many other elections, no one can argue Steny’s status with candidates, [but] Jack is very well regarded for his work on the committees. In the last five years, Jack has emerged as an individual people will pay attention to because Iraq and 9/11 is the subject at hand.”

Among current Democratic lawmakers, Murtha is undoubtedly a giant, but to candidates, he is known largely for his outspoken stance on Iraq, said Democratic sources.

“I am sure Mr. Murtha is a fine person, but Congressman Hoyer came out to my district, held a fundraiser for me. He met with the press. He’s been a mentor for questions, a coach, essentially a father figure,” said a Democratic candidate in a competitive race who asked to remain anonymous.

The candidate went on to suggest that Murtha’s position on Iraq made him too polarizing for the district.

“I have an incredible respect for [Murtha’s] service background, but in regard to the war, I’m trying to give my own presentation.”
No word from Murtha about all of these people questioning his patriotism. (I assume that if you don't support Murtha on everything, you're questioning his patriotism... At least, that's what I've come to understand...)
Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), a Murtha ally, downplayed the influence of campaign work on leadership races.

“Does that personal contact matter? Yes. Does it translate into votes? No. Candidates are thinking about their own races right now, not this race.”

Capuano was confident of Murtha’s standing even before the new members were counted, predicting that Murtha would win by a “measurable degree.”

Capuano estimated that there were still 30 to 35 uncommitted members in the race, 20 of whom had “vehemently opposed” the idea of starting the contest before the election.

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) took issue with Capuano’s assessment.

“I thought that this campaign had been suspended,” he retorted. “It seems there is a lot of over-confident talk being thrown around while we should be concentrating on the November elections.”

But Dingell’s doubts about conducting a race now didn’t prevent him from throwing his support behind Hoyer.

“A majority of our caucus understands that Steny is the majority leader we need to help lead us when we take back the House,” he said.

If Murtha is to win, as Capuano contends, he must do so against a tide of newly elected members who have been helped by Hoyer. Many Democratic candidates running in swing districts are centrists, and centrists have traditionally sided with Hoyer.

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), a Blue Dog who did not vote for Hoyer in the race for whip several years ago, said he was backing Hoyer now. He lauded the whip’s work with candidates.

“The phone calls he’s made, the trips around the country, the people he knows and the people who know him will all help his chances of being the next majority leader,” Ross said. “... How many Democratic candidates has he not met? The answer is very few.

“I have not one bad word to say about Jack Murtha, but I’ve seen Steny continue to work, working hard every year and I think he’s earned the right.”

Still, Murtha has a formidable track record on leadership races. He largely engineered Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) ascent to minority leader and Rep. John Larson’s (D-Conn.) victory in the race for caucus vice-chairman.

Asked whether Hoyer enjoyed an advantage among candidates, Murtha said only, “We’ll see.”

Murtha has been picking and choosing his opportunities across the country, at times taking a gamble in safe Democratic seats by endorsing a candidate before the primary. He backed Mike Erlandson, a Democratic candidate in Minnesota, before he lost to Keith Ellison in the primary. In New York, he had better luck, holding a town hall event for candidate Yvette Clarke shortly before she won her primary.

“It was extraordinary,” said Clarke, who was doing a victory tour around Capitol Hill yesterday. “We were gaining momentum at that time and [the visit] just threw the campaign into overdrive. That was significant. It wasn’t just an endorsement for endorsement’s sake.”

Hoyer, the minority whip, called her after the primary to offer his congratulations, but she knew little about him.

“I looked on the Internet afterwards and: Lo and behold!”

Clarke said she had no preference yet in the majority race, but she was scheduled yesterday to meet with Murtha.
And isn't it instructive that a new candidate for the House of Representatives doesn't know who Steny Hoyer is? Does that just show how ignorant she is or what?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Our Ivory Towers Love President Tom

I've resorted to using Glenn Beck's "President Tom" when referring to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, simply because it's too hard to spell correctly in a consistent manner.

And you all know who I'm talking about, right?

Anyway, it seems that the Ivory Tower that is Columbia University is really interested in having a dialog with the most prominent Holocaust denier in the world. From the Columbia Spectator:

Iranian President Invited to Speak at CU
Bollinger Was Unaware of Proposed Friday Speech
By Amanda Erickson and Leora Falk

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to speak at Columbia this Friday, University officials confirmed Wednesday night.

Ahmadinejad, who has been criticized for promoting Islamic fundamentalist rule in Iran, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Note to Amanda and Leora... he isn't "promoting Islamic fundamentalist rule in Iran"... HE IS Islamic Fundamentalist rule in Iran.
University President Lee Bollinger, who learned of the invitation on Wednesday, said in a statement, "I happen to find many of President Ahmadinejad's stated beliefs to be repugnant, a view that I'm sure is widely shared within our university community."

David Stone, executive vice president of communications, said in an e-mail that he understands the invitation came from Lisa Anderson, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, "as many such invitations to foreign leaders and government officials to speak at the university often do."

Bollinger said he is not sure whether the University will be able to arrange for the visit in such a short period of time.

The Iranian leader has been sharply criticized for some of his statements. At the Council of Foreign Relations on Wednesday, he said he thought "we should allow more impartial studies to be done on" the validity of the Holocaust.

Bollinger said he believes students and faculty will use the opportunity to engage the controversial leader in debate.

"I have no doubt that Columbia students and faculty would use an open exchange to challenge him sharply and are fully capable of reaching their own conclusions,"
he said.

Yes, because the issue of the validity of the Holocaust is something that needs to be debated and discussed - and students need to come to their own conclusions on the matter, no? I mean, sure President Tom is a nutjob. But hey, we have to respect his right to express his anti-Semitic and violent opinions, right?

If only they afforded this type of courtesy to conservative commentators like David Horowitz and Ann Coulter, who are routinely shunned from university campuses around the country.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hugo Chavez & the Anti-American Left

Now, I know that many on the Left like Chavez because he's a Marxist & all... but when your hero is shown in the photo below, don't you question your support for him?



Apparently not... and this demonstrates that the Left in America is more closely aligned with our enemies than with America itself. When your enemy features your book in an anti-American speech at the UN, don't you think you should perhaps rethink your positions?


From Hugo's speech to the UN, prominently featured on leftist site CounterPunch.org:

[...]

Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, and this is one of his most recent books, 'Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States.'" [Holds up book, waves it in front of General Assembly.] "It's an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening in the world throughout the 20th century, and what's happening now, and the greatest threat looming over our planet.

The hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads. I had considered reading from this book, but, for the sake of time," [flips through the pages, which are numerous] "I will just leave it as a recommendation.

It reads easily, it is a very good book, I'm sure Madame [President] you are familiar with it. It appears in English, in Russian, in Arabic, in German. I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States, because their threat is right in their own house.

The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house.

"And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here." [crosses himself] "And it smells of sulfur still today.

Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world.
[...]

No, they agree with Chavez that Bush is Satan... and that America is a force of evil in the world. (Interesting to note that the UN also thought those were excellent points.) They constantly ask each other whether Bush will leave office willingly in 2008 or whether an armed uprising will be required. And hope and pray for impeachment or assassination. However, you never see similar calls for brutal tyrants and dictators like Chavez, Kim Jong Il, or Ahmenainadflajad of Iran. Nor are they particularly troubled by Hugo's apparent reluctance to step down once his term is scheduled to end. They think he's a force for good...

Read Chavez's speech in full... and keep in mind that the Lefty Moonbats in this country think this guy is right on target.

I have discussed the Left's love for Hugo in previous posts here... from encouraging consumers to buy gasoline from Venezuelan owned Citgo to

For more Hugo lovin' Lefties, check out this tag and this post at DailyKos:
Live: Venezuela's Chavez Tearing Bush A Big New One at U.N.
by TheManWithNoPoint
Wed Sep 20, 2006 at 08:29:59 AM PDT

Anyone watching T.V. right now should tune to CNN or any other media whore station...was passing through the dial and saw Chavez on CNN...he's speaking live at the U.N. and absolutely eviscerating Bush and his foreign policy.

Example: While railing against "collateral damage," he said, "Crossfire happens in westerns when you shoot from the hip..."

OH!!! That's gonna leave a mark...

Tune in while he's still going folks...and he's probably going to pull a Castro...looooong and fiery...

He's on fire, people...

Neocon heads are exploding everywhere...

Comments below of course...

No, ManWithNoPoint... it's not neocon's heads that are exploding. It's American heads that are exploding over your apparently love for a man who actively supports Iran's nuclear ambitions.

MichelleMalkin also covering

Also see The Anchoress and Stop the ACLU.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Immigration, The Base, & November

In an effort to secure the remaining 14% of the GOP base and woo some independents, the GOP controlled Senate is going to move on securing the borders:

Senate set to consider fence bill

By Charles Hurt
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
September 19, 2006

The Senate, which has been the major obstacle to strict border-security legislation this year, will take up a bill this week that calls for constructing 700 more miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It's time to secure the border with Mexico," Majority Leader Bill Frist said last night before filing the parliamentary motions to force the House-passed bill onto the Senate floor in a final effort to get a major immigration bill on the president's desk before the elections.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Minority Leader Harry Reid, said the move "smacks of desperation" and was a "clear repudiation of President Bush's call for comprehensive legislation."

The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was easily approved by the House last week, contains none of the "comprehensive" measures that President Bush, Democrats and some Senate Republicans have demanded. Those include provisions to grant citizenship rights to about 10 million illegal aliens living in the country and a guest-worker program that would usher hundreds of thousands more foreign laborers into the U.S.

"Mr. Frist was for comprehensive reform before he was against it," Mr. Manley said.

On the Senate floor last night, Mr. Frist said he still supports comprehensive immigration reform legislation. But, he said, because no consensus can now be reached on other issues, Congress should move ahead with border security. It's not "enforcement only," he said, but "enforcement first."

"Border security is the essential first step of any effort to enact immigration reform," Mr. Frist said. "Only when we have convinced the American people of our commitment to securing our borders will we be able to reach a consensus on comprehensive immigration reform."

No, I'm pro-immigration like the President and recommend that we improve our naturalization services. I'm in favor of a guest worker program, but would also like to see an improved naturalization service (ie, it'd be better if people were coming here to be citizens, rather than just workers).

However, I agree that the first step to take before tackling these other, more complex issues is to protect the borders of our country.

It's good to see the Democrats crying foul over the move, trying to create a split between the President and the Senate. Unfortunately for them, this just puts them in an unfavorable position with their base (who see agreeing with the President as a treasonous act) and an unfavorable with the majority of Americans (who opppose open borders).

It's almost as if some strategist is orchestrating all of these events... gas prices, national security coming to the forefront, border security. It's like some nefarious republican is managing the election from afar... say from his White House office

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

The Long Slide Towards Defeat

Man... it must be so disappointing to be a Democrat. I mean, every two years you get the press talking about how great you're going to do in the next election cycle, with breathless speculation about who will be the next Speaker of the House, etc...

and then, as the election nears, you realize that it was all just a bunch of hopeful b.s.:

Poll finds rebound in Bush approval
By Jill Lawrence and Susan Page, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Amid falling gas prices and a two-week drive to highlight his administration's efforts to fight terrorism, President Bush's approval rating has risen to 44% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. That's his highest rating in a year.

The poll also showed likely voters evenly divided between Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, 48%-48%. Among registered voters, Democrats had a 51%-42% advantage.

The registered voters number doesn't mean anything... for the most accurate prediction, you have to use likely voters because a higher percentage of them will actually turn out. So, the 2 to 1 advantage that the Dems supposedly enjoyed in the spring has evaporated... (assuming it was there to begin with.)
The results come seven weeks before closely contested elections for control of Congress. Republicans have struggled to overcome problems, including Bush's low ratings, continuing violence in Iraq and the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina.

They also come as terrorism is making headlines: an alleged plot to blow up planes headed from Britain to the USA, the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and weeks of focus by Bush and other top Republicans on terrorism and whether Democrats can protect the country.

The new findings reflect "a consistent, persistent, tenacious effort to make ... the Republican Party's ability to deal with terrorism the No. 1 issue in the campaign," said political scientist Richard Eichenberg of Tufts University, who has studied presidential job ratings during wartime. He called it "a carbon copy" of the successful 2004 playbook.

Bush's approval rating has edged up largely on the strength of Republicans coming back to the fold — 86% with him now compared with 70% in May.

This is the key metric. As we saw in 2004, the GOP's aim is to get its base to turn out. In the Spring, the base wasn't too pleased with Bush... Oh, and there were family vacations to plan, baseball games to go to, etc... so no one really thought that much about politics.

But, as the Dems get more and more vocal about their opposition to the War On Terror and the front in Iraq, those that lean in the GOPs direction rightly recognize the importance of this election... The last thing that we want is for the Dems to take the reigns of Congress and cut funding to our troops in the field - something that they've done in the past (a policy which was actively promoted by one John Kerry during the war.)
Scott Reed, a Republican strategist who ran Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign, said GOP fortunes have turned since Labor Day: "This has been the best two weeks Republicans have had since Bush was re-elected."

Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin said Bush's approval goes up and down with each poll, and the even division of likely voters has been constant for a month. "There's no momentum here," he said. "The story is Republicans at a standstill."

The new poll found likely voters more prone to vote for candidates who support Bush on terrorism, 45%-28%, and evenly divided on those who support and oppose Bush on Iraq. More than a quarter said Iraq is their top concern this fall. For the first time since December 2005, a majority of people did not say the war there was a mistake; the split was 49%-49%.

The last two items are crucial. The American people agree with Bush when he talks about needing tools (ie terrorist communication and financial surveillance) to stop the next attack.

Poor Nancy... will the Dems kick her aside in December like they did to Tom Daschle? Or will they simply chalk about a 4th election to voter fraud, infamous Diebold machines, and insist that to be successful in 2008, they'll need to be more "progressive" than they were in 2006?

It will interesting - and humorous - to watch.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Monday, September 18, 2006

"Non-Aligned" Countries Back Iranian Nukes

From the Washington Times:

Anti-U.S. allies back Iran nukes
September 17, 2006

HAVANA -- Developing countries yesterday wrapped up a multinational summit with North Korea charging that U.S. threats drove it to acquire deterrent atomic weapons and Iran winning solid support for its nuclear ambitions.

Iran, Venezuela and Cuba joined North Korea in leading efforts to forge an anti-U.S. alliance. Summit leaders, in a statement on Iran, "reaffirmed the basic and inalienable right of all states to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes."

They warned that any attack or threat against any nuclear facility used for peaceful purposes was a violation of international law.

North Korea took the opportunity to assail the United States for unilateral actions against individual countries and called for a revitalization of the 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

"The United States is attempting to deprive other countries of even their legitimate right to peaceful nuclear activities," said North Korea's second-ranking leader, Kim Yong-nam.

Mr. Kim blamed Washington for "threatening Korea using all sorts of maneuvers, accusing it of being part of an 'Axis of Evil.'"

He added: "Korea has nuclear arms as a deterrent to firmly guarantee the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the region."

The leaders' statement on Iran, released as the meeting ended, was an updated version of a document adopted in May at a NAM ministerial meeting in Malaysia.

They stressed that the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency found that all nuclear material declared by Iran had been accounted for.
[...]
(Except for the enriched, weapons-grade uranium which the IAEA found... Iran still hasn't explained how that was produced.)You know... it's almost as if there's an Axis of Evil in the world....

... or something like that.

(BTW, what's with journalists these days writing single-sentence paragraphs. It's like they don't have a basic grasp of English.)

And for all of those Lefty Moonbats who have cheered on Hugo Chavez the past few years (and we know who you are!), here's your hero with his new best buddy (who also happens to be a genocidal maniac who thinks he's the 12th Imam):



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

W - How about following Howard's lead?

Saw this interesting post over at Jim Hoft's Gateway Pundit. I think that statements such as these should be the first indication that a government is taking the global War On Terror seriously. (However, I am concerned by the fact that there is a "multicultural spokesman" for the Howard government...)

Australian Imams met in Sydney this past weekend and were informed on Friday that they may be made to pledge allegiance to Australia:
Australian Muslim religious leaders could be made to give a pledge of allegiance to Australia, as part of a proposal for a national board of imams.

The chairman of the Prime Minister's Muslim Community Reference Group, Ameer Ali, says imams in Australia have been neglected.

Dr Ali says this weekend's conference is a milestone for the religious community as for the first time it gives Muslim clerics a collective voice.

He says the proposed national board of imams will see a set of guidelines introduced, including a pledge of allegiance to Australia.
At the conference of imams, the Howard Government's multicultural spokesman, Andrew Robb, told the audience of 100 imams not think of themselves as victims:
Mr Robb also called on them to shun a victim mentality that branded any criticism as discrimination.

"We live in a world of terrorism where evil acts are being regularly perpetrated in the name of your faith," Mr Robb said at the Sydney conference.

"And because it is your faith that is being invoked as justification for these evil acts, it is your problem.

"You can't wish it away, or ignore it, just because it has been caused by others.

"Instead, speak up and condemn terrorism, defend your role in the way of life that we all share here in Australia."
Wow... They're not playing around in the Land of Oz.

My question is when will Bush be asking the Imams in the US to publicly pledge allegiance to the US? Or to have one speech which comes close to the clarity of Robb's statement...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wizbang Inspired Bumper Sticker

I created a bumpersticker about the Pope/Islam kerfluffle. Please note that this was inspired by Jay Tea over at Wizbang. His words, my design.

Here you go... hot off the presses... Being sold to the public with zero profit.



Here's a link to the CafePress shop where you can buy this bumper sticker for just $2.99.

*** DISCLAIMER - Placement of this bumper sticker on your vehicle could result in firebombing or other damage. Another Rovian Conspiracy is not responsible for any damage that could result from parodying Islamist actions ***

See Michelle Malkin for latest violent reaction of the Islamists...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Sunday, September 17, 2006

American Hiroshima

Ok, this had me slightly freaked out when I first saw it at Ace's place, but Wizbang, Gateway Pundit, and My Vast Rightwing Conspiracy, and StopTheACLU have now got me completely out of sorts. Here are the details as provided by Lorie Byrd at Wizbang:

Update On Story Of Al Qaeda Plans For Nuclear Attack

Last week Kim posted the story of al Qaeda plans for a nuclear attack on U.S. soil during Ramadan with a reference to OBL's nuclear bomb guy, Adnan al-Shukrijumah. Read Kim's post here, then check out the updates from Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit on what is being referred to as an "American Hiroshima."

Al Qaeda is warning Muslims to leave America.

Urgent news from Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan:

* Final preparations have been made for the American Hiroshima, a major attack on the U. S.

* Muslims living in the United States should leave the country without further warning.

* The attack will be commandeered by Adnan el Shukrijumah (“Jaffer Tayyer” or “Jafer the Pilot”), a naturalized American citizen, who was raised in Brooklyn and educated in southern Florida.

* The al Qaeda operatives who will launch this attack are awaiting final orders. They remain in place in cities throughout the country. Many are masquerading as Christians and have adopted Christian names.

Muslims should leave America. We cannot stop our attack just because of the American Muslims; they must realize that American forces are killing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq; we have the right to respond back, in the same manner, in the enemy’s homeland. The American Muslims are like a human shield for our enemy; they must leave New York and Washington.

Here are the specs on the nutjob who's allegedly trying to fry us all. Spread this around.

Date of Birth Used: August 4, 1975
Hair: Black
Place of Birth: Saudi Arabia
Eyes: Black
Height: 5′3″ to 5′6″
Sex: Male
Weight: 132 pounds
Complexion: Dark, Mediterranean
Build: Average
Remarks: El Shukrijumah occasionally wears a beard. He has a pronounced nose and is asthmatic. El Shukrijumah speaks English and carries a Guyanese passport, but may attempt to enter the United States with a Saudi, Canadian, or Trinidadian passport.




If anyone wants $5 million, turn this little jihadi in...

Early reports hinted that the attacks would occur sometime during Ramadan... And, just so happens that my butt might be in midtown Manhattan quite often during the month of October.
Al-Qaida's spectacular
'Ramadan Offensive'
Bin Laden plans for terrorist strikes
against U.S., Europe next month
Posted: September 8, 2005
9:02 p.m. Eastern

By Joseph Farah
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON – Raising new concerns about the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists, al-Qaida is planning spectacular attacks next month against the U.S., Russia and Europe in what it is calling the "Great Ramadan Offensive."

The offensive, designed to overshadow the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon, was first referenced in a May 30 letter written by al-Qaida's Iraq commander Abu Musab Zarqawi to Osama bin Laden. It is the subject of a report written by terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, the former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, to government officials. Bodansky's report was first exposed in a story by CNSNews.com reporter Sherrie Gossett.

Ramadan, the holiest period in the Muslim calendar, begins Oct. 4 this year and lasts a month.

Zarqawi characterizes the attacks as a "fateful confrontation" with the U.S. and Israel.

Airports in Italy and the Netherlands are referenced as specific potential targets, and Italy is already on high alert for possible terrorist attacks.

A Zarqawi operative named Abu Abdul Rahman al-Jazaeri is considered a key figure in the planned Italy attacks. He is believed to be in the country, but eluding authorities.

Details of the operation came from intercepted communications between top al-Qaida leaders about two weeks ago.
Hmmm, it's almost as if there's some religious connection to the attacks or something. I mean, to wage a genocidal attack during a holy season would seem reprehensible to me, but hey... I've got a rational soul.

And I sure hope that the Al-Qaeda communications that discussed this attack were intercepted with a proper FISA warrant. Otherwise, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and CAIR might want to impeach the President.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Your Sunday Afternoon Steyn

Regular readers of this blog already know that I'm a big fan of the prolific Mark Steyn. If you don't read him on a regular basis, be sure to check SteynOnline a couple of times a week to see what he's up to. I could post most of his columns here, but try to limit it to those that have a particular impact on me when I read them.

This Sunday's submission by Steyn for the Chicago Sun-Times is one such article:

Coverage of 9/11 anniversary was too wimpy
September 17, 2006

BY MARK STEYN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

A lot of the 9/11 anniversary coverage struck me as distastefully tasteful. On the morning of Sept. 12, I was pumping gas just off I-91 in Vermont and picked up the Valley News. Its lead headline covered the annual roll call of the dead -- or, as the alliterative editor put it, "Litany of the Lost." That would be a grand entry for Litany of the Lame, an anthology of all-time worst headlines. Sept. 11 wasn't a shipwreck: The dead weren't "lost," they were murdered.

So I skipped that story. Underneath was something headlined "Half a Decade Gone By, A Reporter Still Cannot Comprehend Why." Well, in that case maybe you shouldn't be in the reporting business. After half a decade, it's not that hard to "comprehend": Osama bin Laden issued a declaration of war and then his agents carried out a big attack. He talked the talk, his boys walked the walk. If you need to flesh it out a bit, you could go to the library and look up a book.

But, of course, that's not what the headline means: Instead, it's "incomprehensible" in the sense that, to persons of a certain mushily "progressive" disposition, all such acts are "incomprehensible," all violence is "senseless." Unfortunately, it made perfect sense to the fellows who perpetrated it. Which is what that headline writer finds hard to "comprehend" -- or, rather, doesn't wish to comprehend. The piece itself was categorized as "Reflection" -- dread word. No self-respecting newspaper should be running "reflections" anywhere upfront of Section G Page 27, and certainly not on the front page. But it has exactly the kind of self-regarding pseudo-sophistication the American media love. The proper tone for 9/11 commemorations is to be sad about all the dead -- "the lost" -- but in a very generalized soft-focus way. Not a lot of specifics about the lost, and certainly not too many quotes from those final phone calls from the passengers to their families, like Peter Hanson's last words before Flight 175 hit the World Trade Center: "Don't worry, Dad. If it happens, it will be very fast." That might risk getting readers worked up, especially if they see the flight manifest:

"Peter Hanson, Massachusetts

"Susan Hanson, Massachusetts

"Christine Hanson, 2, Massachusetts"

No, best to stick to a limpidly fey, tastefully mopey, enervatedly passive prose style that suggests nothing very much can be done about the incomprehensible lost. This tasteful passivity is the default mode of the age: Five years ago it was striking, even in the immediate aftermath, how many radio and TV trailers for blood drives and other relief efforts could only bring themselves over the soupy music track to refer vaguely to "the tragic events," as if any formulation more robust might prove controversial.

Passivity is far slyer and more lethal than rabid Bush hatred. Say what you like about the left-wing kooks but they can still get a good hate on. Sure, they hate Bush and Cheney and Rummy and Halliburton and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh rather than Saddam and the jihadists, but at least they can still muster primal emotions. Every morning I wake up to a gazillion e-mails from fellows wishing me ill, usually beginning by calling me a "chicken hawk" followed by a generous smattering of words I can only print here peppered with asterisks, and usually ending with pledges to come round and shove various items in a particular part of my anatomy. There's so much shipping scheduled to go up there I ought to get Dubai Ports World in to run it.

The foaming leftie routine seems to be a tough sell to a general audience. I see that, a mere three weeks after I guest-hosted for Rush, the widely acclaimed and even more widely unlistened-to Air America is going belly up. Coincidence? You be the judge. But I doubt the "liberal" radio network would be kaput if anti-Bush fever were about to sweep the Democrats to power this November. I think I said a few months back that the Dems would be waking up to their usual biennial Wednesday morning after the Tuesday night before, and I'll stick with that.

But there's more to the national discourse than party politics. And, whoever wins or loses, the cult of feebly tasteful passivity rolls on regardless. As part of National Review's fifth anniversary observances, James Lileks wrote the following:

"If 9/11 had really changed us, there'd be a 150-story building on the site of the World Trade Center today. It would have a classical memorial in the plaza with allegorical figures representing Sorrow and Resolve, and a fountain watched over by stern stone eagles. Instead there's a pit, and arguments over the usual muted dolorous abstraction approved by the National Association of Grief Counselors. The Empire State Building took 18 months to build. During the Depression. We could do that again, but we don't. And we don't seem interested in asking why."

Ray Nagin, New Orleans' Mayor Culpa, is a buffoon but he nevertheless had a point when he scoffed at the ongoing hole in the ground in Lower Manhattan. And whatever fills it is never going to include those "stern stone eagles." The best we can hope for is that the Saudi-funded Islamic Outreach Center will only take up a third of the site. But in our hearts we know whatever memorial eventually stands on the spot will be rubbish -- tasteful rubbish, but rubbish all the same. Last year, I criticized the Flight 93 memorial, the "Crescent of Embrace," whose very title is a parodic masterpiece of note-perfect generically effete huggy-weepy blather. And in return I received a ton of protests pointing out that the families of the Flight 93 heroes had "approved" the design. All that demonstrates, I think, is how thoroughly constrained our society is within its own crescent of embrace: The cult of passivity has insinuated itself deep into our bones. Behind those "IMAGINE PEACE" stickers lies a terrible failure to imagine.

At what point does a society become simply too genteel to wage war? We're like those apocryphal Victorian matrons who covered up the legs of their pianos. Acts of war against America have to be draped in bathetic music and uncomprehending reflections and crescents of embrace. We fight tastefully, too. Last week one of America's unmanned drones could have killed 200 Taliban big shots but they were attending a funeral and we apparently have a policy of not killing anybody near cemeteries out of sensitivity. So even our unmanned drones are obliged to behave with sensitivity. But then, these days the very soundtrack to our society is, so to speak, an unmanned drone.

© Mark Steyn 2006

FYI - I commented on the Taliban funeral situation here.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler