Sunday, 29 April 2007

Sunday Round Up from Huffington Post.. Slam Dunk tonite 7pm

barry sinrod
 
Slam Dunk a comin at 7pm EDT on CBS. Mr. Tenet will speak and his medal will be rescinded.  No more impeachment talk. I would rather see GWB and Cheney and Rove doing the perp walk. They must be held accountable and criminally charged. Impeachment will let them off the hook. We need to see them "naked" take away all the war profiteering money.




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THE DEMOCRATIC ALLY IN IRAQ

Ken Berwitz

Some things speak for themselves:-

BAGHDAD - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr launched a strong attack Saturday on President George W. Bush, calling him the "greatest evil" for refusing to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

Al-Sadr's statement was read during a parliament session by his cousin, Liqaa al-Yassin, after the U.S. Congress ordered U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq by Oct. 1. Bush pledged to veto the measure and neither the House nor the Senate passed the measure with enough votes to override him.

"Here are the Democrats calling you to withdraw or even set a timetable and you are not responding," al-Sadr's statement said. "It is not only them who are calling for this but also Republicans, to whom you belong."

"If you are ignoring your friends and partners, then it is no wonder that you ignore the international and Iraqi points of view. You will not benefit from this stubbornness," he added.

Al-Sadr led two armed uprisings against U.S. forces in 2004, and his Mahdi militia is believed responsible for much of the sectarian killing that pushed this country into civil conflict.

The U.S. military says he has fled to Iran, although his followers insist he is hiding in Iraq. -

What can you say when a radical USA hating cleric who has been responsible for military actions against our troops, has the EXACT SAME POSITION as the Democratic party on Iraq?  The only thing he got wrong is that Republicans agree with Democrats (virtually every Republican in both houses voted against the timetable).

This is what happens when an organization like moveon.org, funded by the virulent USA hater George Soros, is in control of a major political party. 

You have to ask yourself if this is the direction you want for our country.  The answer may well define our future.

Think hard.  Very hard.


A TASTE OF THE FUTURE: PART 11

Ken Berwitz

Here, from our friends at islamqa.com, is how to go to the bathroom.  I kid you not.-

Muslim bathroom etiquette
  Question No 2532
  Question:
Have I heard correctly that your rules of modesty require men to crouch or squat to urinate?? I am wondering if it would be more polite not to use the urinal in a men's room if someone who I believe is Moslem is nearby at the wash basin. I know that for women the modesty laws are a lot stricter than for most Western women, and I respect Islamic women very much for that. I also don't want to offend Moslems if there is some way I may be acting in an immodest way, unknowingly, around them. Thank you in advance for your answer and may the blessings of health and peace attend you.

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

First of all, we must thank you for you concern about the feelings of Muslims and your efforts to find out what may offend them so that you may avoid it. We are happy to provide you with a detailed answer to your question and more, in the hope that it may open the way to great good for you.

Among the signs of the greatness of the blessed Islamic shareeah is the fact that there is no good thing, major or minor, that it has not commanded us to do or pointed the way to it, and there is no bad thing, major or minor, that it has not warned us against or forbidden. It is perfect and complete in all aspects, a fact which has often greatly astonished non-Muslims and earned their admiration. (At the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)), one of the mushrikeen (polytheists) said to (the Prophets Companion) Salmaan al-Farsi (may Allaah be pleased with him): Your Prophet has taught you everything, even how to defecate! Salmaan said: Yes, he forbade us to face the qiblah when urinating or defecating (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, no. 16; he said it is a saheeh hasan hadeeth; also reported in Saheeh Muslim and elsewhere). Islamic shareeah includes a number of rules and manners to be followed when answering the call of nature, including the following:

 

  1. Not to face the qiblah (direction of prayer, i.e. the Kabah which was built in Makkah by Ibrahim, upon whom be peace, as commanded by Allaah) when urinating or defecating. This is out of respect for the Qiblah and for the symbols and rituals of Allaah. The Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When any one of you sits down to answer the call of nature, he should not face the qiblah or turn his back towards it. (Reported by Muslim, 389).

  2. He should not touch his penis with his right hand when urinating, because the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When any one of you urinates, he should not hold his penis in his right hand or clean it with his right hand; and (when drinking), he should not breathe into the vessel. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 150).

  3. He should not remove najaasah (impurity) with his right hand; the left hand should be used for this purpose, because of the hadeeth quoted above, and because the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When any one of you wipes himself, he should not use his right hand. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 5199). The Prophets wife Hafsah (may Allaah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to use his right hand for eating, drinking, making wudoo, getting dressed, and giving and taking things, and he used to use his left hand for other things. (Reported by Imaam Ahmad; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 4912). Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When any one of you cleans himself, he should not use his right hand, he should use his left hand. (Reported by Ibn Maajah, 308; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 322).

  4. The Sunnah is to answer the call of nature sitting, making oneself close to the ground, because this is more concealing, and makes it less likely that spray from one's urine will come back on ones body or clothes, making them dirty. If a person can be sure of avoiding this, then it is permissible to urinate standing up.
  5. A person should be concealed from the sight of others when answering the call of nature. The Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to prefer to go behind a rise in the ground or a garden of date palms. (Reported by Muslim, 517). If a person is out in an open space and cannot find anything to conceal him when he needs to answer the call of nature, he should move far away from the other people around him, because al-Mugheerah ibn Shubah said: I was with the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on a journey, when he felt the need to answer the call of nature, so he went far away. (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 20; he said it is a saheeh hasan hadeeth). Abd-Allaah ibn Abi Quraad said: I went out with the Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to an open space, and when he needed to answer the call of nature, he moved away. (Reported by al-Nisaai, 16; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 4651)

  6. A person should not uncover his awrah (private parts) until after he has squatted close to the ground, because this is more concealing, as Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported: When the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wanted to answer the call of nature, he would not lift his garment until he had squatted close to the ground. (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 14; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 4652). If a person is in a (modern) toilet, he should not lift his garment until he has closed the door and is out of sight of other people. With regard to this point and the one before, it is worth noting that the habit of many people in the West and elsewhere, of urinating in a standing position in front of other people in public toilets (using urinals) is something which goes against good manners, modesty and decency, and is repulsive to anyone who possesses sound common sense and wisdom. How can anybody uncover in front of other people the awrah (private parts) which Allaah has placed between his legs to conceal it and commanded him to cover it? The idea that it should be covered is well established among all wise and decent people of all races. It is wrong in principle to build restrooms of this shameful type, where the users can see one another, thus making them worse than some kinds of animals whose habit is to conceal themselves from one another when urinating or defecating.

  7. It is also good manners according to Shareeah to recite certain adhkaar (supplications) when entering or leaving the toilet, which are quite appropriate to the situation and place. Our Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us that when entering the toilet, we should say: Allaahumma innee aoodhi bika min al-khubthi wal-khabaaith (O Allah, I seek refuge with You from male and female devils). When leaving the toilet, he should say: Ghufraanak (I seek Your forgiveness).

  8. He should be careful to remove all impurity after answering the call of nature, because the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned against being careless in cleaning oneself after urinating: Most of the punishment of the grave will be because of urine. (Reported by Ibn Maajah, 342; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 1202). Ibn Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) reported that the Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) passed by two graves, and said: They are being punished, but they are not being punished for any major sin. One of them used not to protect himself (i.e. keep himself clean from) his urine, and the other used to walk about spreading malicious gossip. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 5592).

  9. Any impurity should be washed or wiped three times or an odd number of times greater than three, according to whatever is needed to cleanse it, because Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to wash his posterior three times. Ibn Umar said: We did this too and found it to be healing and cleansing. (Reported by Ibn Maajah, 350; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 4993). Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When anyone of you cleans himself (with stones or similar material) let him use an odd number. (Reported by Imaam Ahmad; classed as hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami, 375).

  10. He should not use bones or dung to clean himself or wipe away the impurity, rather, he should use tissue, stones, and the like. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that he used to carry a vessel for the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to do wudoo and clean himself after answering the call of nature. Whilst he was following him, he (the Prophet) asked, Who is that? He said: I am Abu Hurayrah. He said: Get me some stones I can use to clean myself, but do not bring me any bones or dung. So I brought him some stones, carrying them in the hem of my garment, and placed them by his side, then I went away. When he had finished, I came back and asked him, What is wrong with bones and dung? He said: They are the food of the jinn. (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3571).

  11. A person should not urinate into stagnant water, because Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade anyone to urinate into stagnant water (reported by Muslim, 423), and because this makes the water impure and harms those who use it.

  12. A person should not urinate by the roadside or in places where people seek shade, because this is offensive to them. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Fear the two things that bring curses. They asked, What are the two things that bring curses, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: When a person relieves himself in the road where people walk or in the place where they seek shade. (Reported by Abu Dawud, 23; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 110).

  13. One should not greet a person who is answering the call of nature, or return a greeting whilst one is answering the call of nature, out of respect to Allaah by not mentioning His name in a dirty place. [Translators note: the Islamic greeting is al-salaam alaykum (peace be upon you); one of the names of Allaah is al-Salaam (the Peace)]. Jaabir ibn Abd-Allaah reported that a man passed by the Prophet  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) whilst he was urinating, and greeted him. The Messenger of Allaah  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him: If you see me in this state, do not greet me, because if you do, I will not respond. (Reported by Ibn Maajah, 346; see also Saheeh al-Jaami, 575). The majority of scholars say that it is makrooh (disliked) to speak in the restroom unnecessarily.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again:  This is what will replace western civilization if we allow it to.  And it will be the way YOU live.

If we fight against radical islam we may win and we may lose.  If we do not, we will most assuredly lose because, either way, they will continue fighting.  And if they win, our culture and our civilization is over, to be replaced by what?  Having a culture so completely dominated by religion that there are a dozen rules for how to crap and pee? 

If there are people who want to live that way, let them go and be well.  I would never tell them not to.  But I don't want to to be forced to live that way as well.  Do you?

We play political games with this war at our own peril.


TURKEY FIGHTS TO STEM THE TIDE

Ken Berwitz

I picked up this piece of good news from, of all places, Al-Jazeera:-

Secularists demonstrate in Turkey
 More than one million secular Turks have protested in Istanbul against the government amid a tense standoff between the Islamic-led government and the army over presidential elections.
 
The crowd, carrying Turkish flags, filled Istanbul's Caglayan Square, on Sunday, in a demonstration organised by about 600 non-governmental organisations.
Police at the scene said that the number of demonstrators, from Turkey and abroad, was well over one million.
 
"Turkey is secular and will remain secular," protesters shouted, demanding the resignation of the government headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister.

Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillps met many women at the rally who said they feared that their way of life, what they call a modern way of life, was under threat by the possible spread of "political Islam".

 

The rally came a day after Erdogan's government rejected a warning from the military over the country's disputed presidential election, calling its interference unacceptable 

Although its human rights record is appalling, Turkey is the longest-running democracy in the Muslim world:  Almost 90 years.  And it is clear that a great many Turks are not about to allow reversion to a non-democratic islamic religious state without a fight.

They know what it can entail and want no part of it.  And they are willing to do something to prevent it from happening.  How I wish some people in this country would understand the threat half as well.

 


THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 11: APRIL 29, 1943

Ken Berwitz

I am so tired of having media intentionally lead with the worst story about Iraq and then report nothing afterwards, so that readers/viewers think it is the ONLY news.

And I am so tired of daily setbacks being treated as devastating defeats, which should require that we bug out and leave Iraq to the al qaeda insurgents.

World War II was our great victory, remember?  No one ever talks about what the cost was in lives and money, we just won.  No politician on either side of the aisle ever has a bad word to say about World War II.

Taking these three factors into account, I have decided to put up what happened in World War II, on the same day as today, so that we can compare.  I picked 1943, the middle of the war.  Here is a synopsis of what happened in World War II on April 29, 1943:  

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In North Africa... British forces capture Sidi Abdallah.

In Berlin... Hitler meets with the prime minister of Vichy France, Pierre Laval.

In Occupied Poland... A German sponsored 11 member "International Medical Commission" dissects 8 Polish corpses, found at Katyn, and reports that Soviet forces committed the massacre in the spring of 1940, using German small arms.

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What would today's media lead with?  The Soviet massacre of course.  Just as they lead with car bombs today.  The allied success at Sidi Abdallah?  Lucky to even be mentioned. 

In other words, "if it bleeds, it leads", as an excuse to put up only the bad news.  Impeach FDR!!!

To be continued..........


RAW HYPOCRISY

Ken Berwitz

For almost 6 years we have heard the mega-moonbats of the lunatic left telling us that George Bush was responsible for 9/11.  These attacks have ranged from the simplistic (he was president that the time so it must have been his fault) to the insane (he orchestrated the attacks so he would have a reason to indulge his bloodlust and invade Iraq).  When you talk about the moveon.org crew, nothing is too looney.

And for all that time, the CIA was attacked as knowing 9/11 was coming, being entirely incompetent --- or, possibly, that they were conspirators with Bush to orchestrate the 9/11 attack.

The CIA Director during that time, and for years before AND after, was George Tenet.  And Tenet was also the guy who was quoted as saying it was a "slam dunk" that saddam had WMD's. 

So they must absolutely, positively, hate George Tenet's guts, and wish him the same cruel and gooey fate they wish Bush, right?

Well, that USED to be right.  But now it is wrong.  Now, George Tenet is a hero to these same people. 

How can that be?  What can Tenet have done to go from being an incompetent who either allowed the 9/11 attack or participated in it, and who justified the invasion of Iraq, to a shining light on a hill?

The answer is simple (and I do mean simple).  Since leaving the CIA, Tenet has written a book that defends himself by attacking George Bush.  Now, years and years after the fact, we are suddenly being told that Tenet's "slam dunk" comment was out of context, should never have been used as any basis for anything, and was a horrible misuse of ...... er, what he said.

Get it?  The CIA Director who they blamed in part for 9/11 AND Iraq has become a good guy.  Why?  For attacking President Bush.

Earlier I said this was the mega-moonbat lunatic left.  Somehow that seems inadequate.


ROBERT ROSENTHAL. R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

It took 89 years but, after giving him a rich, full life, God did what the nazis couldn't.  Robert Rosenthal is dead. 

This article says it all.  The bold print is mine:

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WWII hero Robert Rosenthal dies at 89

By RICHARD PYLE, Associated Press Writer 36 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Robert Rosenthal, a World War II bomber pilot who twice survived being shot down in raids over Europe and later served on the U.S. legal team that prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, has died at age 89.

Rosenthal, who lived in Harrison, N.Y., died April 20 of multiple myeloma, according to a son, Steven Rosenthal, of Newton, Mass.

With 16 decorations including the Distingushed Service Cross, the nation's second-highest award for heroism, Rosenthal was a quintessential example of the young Army pilots, some barely out of their teens, who defied seemingly hopeless odds to carry out daylight strategic bombing raids against Germany's industrial war machine from 1942 to 1945.

Despite being able to absorb punishment, the B-17 Flying Fortresses, carrying 10 crew members, took staggering losses over Germany, especially when flying raids beyond the range of their England-based fighter escort.

Rosenthal's 52 missions included one, on Oct. 10, 1943, in which his aircraft was the only one of 13 to return from a raid on Munster, the rest having been downed by anti-aircraft fire and waves of Luftwaffe fighters. Rosenthal's B-17 reached England with two of its four engines gone, severe wing damage and two wounded crew members.

His bomber was dubbed "Rosie's Riveter," a play on both his name and the sobriquet given to women working in U.S. defense factories. He also flew other B-17s, including "Royal Flush," when "Rosie's Riveter" was being repaired, Steven Rosenthal said in a telephone interview.

Rosenthal's plane was disabled by flak over France in September 1944 and he suffered a broken arm and other injuries in a forced landing, but was helped to safety by French resistance fighters. Five months later, he was shot down again during a raid over Berlin, and got home with the aid of Russian troops, via Poland, Russia,       Iran, Egypt, Greece and Italy.

Born in Brooklyn on June 11, 1917, Rosenthal was football and baseball team captain at Brooklyn College, a summa cum laude graduate of Brooklyn Law School and was working at a Manhttan law firm when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He enlisted the next day and insisted on being trained for combat.

"I couldn't wait to get over there," he told Donald Miller, author of the 2006 book, "Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany."

He was assigned to the 100th Bomb Group, based at Thorpe Abbott air base near Norwich, East Anglia. The unit would become known as the "Bloody Hundredth," and the base today has a museum, maintained by local residents and dedicated to the deeds of the WWII airmen, Steve Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal shrugged off reports that he had relatives in German concentration camps as "a lot of hooey." "A human being has to look out for other human beings or there's no civilization," he told author Miller.

After Germany surrendered, Rosenthal was training to fly B-29 Super Fortresses over Japan when the war ended in August 1945. He returned home to a law practice but soon returned to Germany as part of the American legal team chosen for the Nuremberg war crimes trials.

Aboard the ship bound for Germany he met Phillis Heller, another attorney whom he married in Nuremberg. During the trials he interviewed ex-Luftwaffe commander Herman Goering, the highest-ranking Nazi defendant, who would evade the hangman by committing suicide, and former general Wilhelm Keitel.

"Seeing these strutting conquerers after they were sentenced ... was the closure I needed," he said. "Justice had overtaken evil."

Rosenthal is survived by his wife, son Steven and a second son, Daniel, of Weston, Conn.; a daughter, Peggy Rosenthal, of Manhattan; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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In a time where people value the likes of anna nicole smith, sanjaya whatever-his-name-is and al sharpton, I pause to celebrate a great giant of a man who actually did something for this world.  Thank you sir, and rest in peace.


OUR TARGETS FOR THE SENATE 2008

barry sinrod
 
We are looking forward to taking full and complete control of the Senate in 2008.  There will be 33 seats up for grabs. 21 of those seats are currently held by Republicans.  I believe that we have a great opportunity to
pick up at least 12 to 15 seats among those Republicans who have stuck with BUSH and a few who have put foot in mouth disease.  Mr. Domenici from New Mexico....calling the US Attorney will certainly help us. Thank you Pete.  Democrats can look forward to a major majority in the neighborhood of a super majority of 67.  I believe we are looking at between 62 and 69.   This of course will change from week to week. We still have hope for some of those in jeopardy to side with Democrats in the fight over war funding and ending the war.  And we do like Ms. Collins, Mr. Hagel and Mr. Smith among the dark side.
 
Here are my early predictions
  LOSERS TO DEMOCRATS
Alaska.         Stevens               
Alabama       Sessions
Georgia         Chambliss
Idaho            Craig
Kansas        Roberts
Oklahoma     Inhofe
Kentucky      McConnell
 New Mexico  Domenici
Mississippi   Cochran
 Wyoming      Enzi
 Colorado        OPEN SEAT
Texas            Coryn
  New Hampshire   Sununu
    SHOULD HOLD ON TO THE SEAT
 
Tennessee    Alexander
South Carolina   Graham
Virginia         Warner
Maine           Collins
North Carolina  Dole
Oregon          Smith
 Oklahoma     Hagel
 




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How the pundits got Iraq so wrong....From the YOUNG TURKS

comments by barry sinrod    
 
They didn't get it wrong. They simply made up what they needed to justify it. Now comes Mr. Tenet and soon Mr. Powell. They twisted the facts, outed Ms. Plame and have made a fortune in war profiteering. I no longer want to see impeachment. I want to see some action taken that will expose and jail GWB and Cheney as the first ones to go to prison for their illegal actions. Rove the genius should be taken to the mat and hopefully they will not kill Monica Goodling before she testifies because if she does and tells the truth then they will finally be caught red handed without a way to twist out of it and blame someone else. And where oh where are the 5 million emails. 




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Ken Berwitz Barry hates Bush, hates Cheney, hates Rove hates Republicans hates hates hates. They should be impeached, tried convicted, removed from office, hung and drawn and quartered. Yawn. When do we see something - anything that is positive, uplifting or, god forbid, some alternative idea instead of a one note screaming attack? Is that what you want to govern the country? I hope not. (04/29/07)


JOE WILSON AMERICAN HERO......

Barry Sinrod
 
It won't take till morning when the Republicans will announce that George Tenet is a liar and that his medal is being taken back.  After his interview on 60 minutes tonight, it further confirms that the war was completely the fault of Cheney, Rove and Bush.  No evidence whatsoever to justify this war in Iraq.
 
Mr. Tenet was thrown to the wolves once he uttered "slam dunk".  The administration took it out of context and Cheney has used it over and over again on Meet the Press and for the past four years.
 
It was a lie!  The administration must be prosecuted and sent to prison.
 
Thank you Joe Wilson.  Only people in the room were Tenet, Andy Card, Cheney and Bush and the leak had to come from one of them to the idiot columnist Novak.  Plain and simple. Treasonous to leak the name of ANY CIA agent.
 
 




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