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

Friday, February 02, 2007

Da Bears!

Sorry for the light posting. Have been traveling to blue-dom all week and returned late last night. Had a great post drafted while I was sitting at LGA waiting for my flight to arrive. Unfortunately, there appeared to be an error with the airport wi-fi and the browser just didn't send the post... and of course the text was gone when I hit the back button. It was a great post, but after composing it and having it disappear into the ether it's rather difficult to re-create... no inspiration, you know?

Perhaps I'll re-do it later today.

Just wanted to put up a quick post on the SuperBowl. I'll be rooting for Da Bears - lived there as a kid and prefer Lovie Smith over Tony Dungy, since he's a former Rams coach.

Let's revisit the SuperFans and see what they're chatting about today:


However, I have been rooting for the Colts to make it to the SuperBowl from the AFC for the past several years, so I wouldn't be ticked if they win. Frankly, I'm just happy that the Patriots didn't get back into the big game.

And from the news of the past week, with Barbaro getting euthanized, I don't think it it's going to be a good day for horses.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Talent seen in DC

Washington Examiner has a "sight-em" of Jim Talent in Washington, DC.

Jim Talent: Praying for a comeback?

Former Sen. Jim Talent’s back in town, and he was spotted grabbing dinner at Armand’s pizzeria on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, wearing a blazer Obama-style (i.e. no tie, unbuttoned white shirt). The Missouri Republican lost his seat to Claire McCaskill last fall.

But before he and his male dinner companion — whom we were unable to identify as of press time — dug down into their salad bar salads and a shared plate of wings, the two gave it up for the Lord, praying out loud with heads bowed for almost a minute.

Our source says that the bulk of their dinner conversation was sprinkled with talk of “Jesus,” “Bible” and “faith,” all of which Talent will need on his side if he wants his seat back.

All that Jesus talk, when will he learn that kind of talk is sooo 2002... It's all about the pullout (er sorry, "redeploy") now.

Jim is a stand up guy, and I know he'll be back.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Monday, January 29, 2007

200 Enemies Killed - When Will We Retreat?

More evidence that Chimpy W. McBushitler's strategery is working. (See Previous Military, and Strategic / Political results from previous week.) No doubt that successes such as this over the coming months will only be used as reasons for us to defeat ourselves in the War On Terror.

Iraqis: at Least 200 Insurgents Killed
Jan 29 12:23 PM US/Eastern

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi officials said Monday that U.S.-backed Iraqi troops had targeted a religious cult called "Soldiers of Heaven" in a weekend battle that left 200 fighters dead, including the group's leader, near the Shiite holy city of Najaf. A military commander said hundreds of gunmen planned to disguise themselves as pilgrims and kill clerics on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar.

The Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said the raid on Sunday in date-palm orchards on the city's outskirts was aimed against a group called the Jund al-Samaa, or Soldiers of Heaven, which appeared to have had links to Saddam Hussein loyalists and foreign fighters. Officials said the cult was hoping the violence it planned would force the return of the "hidden imam," a 9th-century Shiite saint who Shiites believe will come again to bring peace and justice to the world.

Both Mohammed al-Askari, the defense ministry spokesman, and an Iraqi military commander in charge of the Najaf area said 200 terrorists were killed and 60 wounded, lowering previous estimates. Maj. Gen. Othman al-Ghanemi, the commander of the 8th Division that is in charge of Najaf, said 150 had been captured, while al-Askari put that figure at 120.

President Bush said the fight was as indication that Iraqis were beginning to take control.

"My first reaction on this report from the battlefield is that the Iraqis are beginning to show me something," Bush told NPR.

The fighting began Sunday and ended Monday. U.S. officials said an American military helicopter crashed during the battle, killing two soldiers on board, but gave no further details. Al-Ghanemi said the aircraft was shot down. It was the second U.S. military helicopter to crash in eight days.

Authorities said Iraqi soldiers supported by U.S. aircraft fought all day Sunday with a large group of insurgents in the Zaraq area, about 12 miles northeast of the Shiite holy city of Najaf.

U.S. and British jets bombed and strafed the militants, the U.S. Air Force said Monday. U.S. F-16s and A-10 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on insurgent positions, the Air Force said.

Provincial Gov. Assad Sultan Abu Kilel said the insurgents had planned to attack Shiite pilgrims and senior clerics in Najaf during ceremonies marking Ashoura, the holiest day in the Shiite calendar commemorating the 7th-century death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The celebration culminates Tuesday in huge public processions in Najaf, Karbala and other Shiite cities.

Or, as Mort Kondracke posited on Saturday night, it's not unlikely that despite successes that might occur over the next few months in Iraq, the media and the Dems are unlikely to recognize it as such. Kondracke recalled that the military successes in the waning days of South Vietnam (and how they were ignored by the US) were what eventually led him to disavow liberalism.

As the following months progress, those of us with the will to win in the WOT must not let those with the will to lose the WOT overcome us.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler