Friday, 15 June 2007
THE PALESTINIAN SUMMIT
With a tip of the hat (I don't wear one, but I like the imagery anyway) to www.sweetness-light.com, here are a
set of photos from various news agencies, showing the peaceful, democracy-loving
folks from hamas today.-
June 15th, 2007
From a collection of wire
service photographs that Yahoo has aptly categorized as a "
These photos were taken in the personal office of
elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after it was taken over by Hamas in
fighting in Gaza City, early Friday, June 15, 2007.
Of course the photo caption was left over from the
previously scheduled Israeli-Palestinian summit which was to be held next week.
Prime Minister Olmert had announced that Israel was
prepared to make still more "painful concessions" to the peaceful
But alas the meeting has had to be
DO THEY REALLY HATE US?
For years, hardly a day has gone by without one media venue or another
sporting a poll that shows how hated we are around the world. If you knew
nothing but poll results, you would feel ashamed to be from the USA.
But there is a bit more to it.
Over the last two years, just about every time a major democracy has
elected a head of state, voters have chosen the single most pro-USA candidate
-Tony Blair in the UK
-Stephen Harper in Canada
-Shinzo Abe in Japan
-John Howard in Australia
-Angela Merkel in German
-Nicolas Sarkozy in France
One might ask, "If we're so hated, how did THAT happen?" And it is a
damn good question.
But wait, this is getting even better. Read this excerpt, from the Financial
Times of London:
Tony Blair, the British prime minister, could
end up swapping Downing Street for a job as the first full-time European Union
president, under a plan being actively touted by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French
Mr Sarkozy is understood to have discussed the
idea with other EU leaders ahead of next weeks European summit, Mr Blairs last
major international event as prime minister.
His support for Mr Blair taking on a big
European job is a remarkable sign of Anglo-French rapprochement since Mr Sarkozy
replaced Jacques Chirac as president last month.
Will Blair get the job? I don't know. The rest of the
article goes on to suggest there are bumps in the road that would have to
But a pro USA stalwart such as Tony Blair even
being considered for the post? Wow. If they
"hate" us any more, maybe they'll not only pick Blair, but they'll ask
Bush to replace him in '09.
Personally, I've found that there is a high correlation
between people who frequently quote political poll numbers and people who don't
know much else besides
Want to have some fun? The next time you run into one of the "I HAVE A
POLL" geniuses, mention the above names. See if they even know who you're
REID & PELOSI IN WONDERLAND
Earlier this week, senator majority leader harry reid and speaker of the
house nancy pelosi declared the troop surge in Iraq a failure. They did
so, in writing, to President Bush.
Today the final troops were put in place for this initiative. Today,
therefore is the first day of the troop surge in it's intended form.
Got that? Today is the first day that the troop surge is completely in place,
but it was declared a failure earlier this week by Mr. reid and Ms.
pelosi. They have told you that it was a failure before it was ever
implemented, and months before the September timetable established by General
First reid and pelosi declare it a failure. Then they see if it
succeeds or fails.
How imbecilic is this? How imbecilic is it to declare defeat over and
over again, sometimes even before the action being declared a failure has
Here is the relevant passage from Lewis Carroll's masterpiece, Alice's
Adventures In Wonderland. Notice the amazing similarity:-
`Let the jury consider their verdict,' the
King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
`No, no!' said the Queen. `Sentence
`Stuff and nonsense!' said Alice loudly. `The
idea of having the sentence first!'
`Hold your tongue!' said the Queen, turning
`I won't!' said Alice.
`Off with her head!'
the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.
`Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had
grown to her full size by this time.) `You're nothing but a pack of
Every time reid and pelosi open their big, stupid, politics-first mouths about
Iraq, they give hope and inspiration to the enemy.
That is why I am waiting for President Bush to grow to HIS full size and say
to reid and pelosi what Alice said to the king and queen.
When does he do it? Ever? It can't come
soon enough for me.
PALESTINIAN ARAB VS. PALESTINIAN ARAB: DAMN THE USA AND ISRAEL!
Palestinian Arabs are fighting a fierce civil
war. Yesterday it culminated in hamas, a terrorist organization which
was voted the majority party of the so-called palestinian
territories, apparently defeating fatah, Yasir Arafat's "moderate" group. Hamas now controls Gaza.....and is
clearly interested in doing the same in
Judea and Samaria (the west bank).
Fatah member Abou Abbas is
the elected president of the "palestinian territories". Since hamas has taken over Gaza and either
arrested or killed any fatah leader they could find, Abbas has dissolved
the government. This is a little like the president of Atlantis
dissolving the government as it was being engulfed by the sea.
Gaza, it should be pointed
out, has been free of all Jews since 2005. Israel forced its citizens to
abandon every Gaza settlement and removed every soldier. Israel has not prevented Gaza from using
its sea routes, it has no authority over the border crossings between Gaza and
Egypt and - with considerable security procedures, not surprisingly - allows
Gazans to travel to and from Judea and Samaria (the west bank).
This means that finally, for the first time in 40 years, the people of Gaza
have no one to fight within this territory. They can now concentrate on
peace among themselves, on building an economic infrastructure that could be the
envy of the region, etc. etc. etc.
Except for one thing: Given this chance, All we have seen so far is fighting and killing. Fighting
and killing and hatred and violence; virtually nothing else. And
since there are no Jews to kill (due to the security fence Israel
built along the Gazan border and the abandonment of all their settlements), Gazans are hating and
killing each other -- as the civil war which is raging there indisputably
A rational conclusion would be to look at these
facts and wonder what is wrong with the people of Gaza. Why are they so
completely invested in fighting and killing? Even if you argue that their
hatred and violence is due to 40 years of occupation, it would mean they
hated Israel, not each other. They were compatriots
in that hatred, brothers and sisters
together. It certainly doesn't explain the violence and killing of the
past week among themselves.
Now that I have mentioned a
rational conclusion, for purposes of
contrast I will show you how the New York Times and Washington Post
reacted. Here are excerpts from today's papers:
From the Times: -
In two days of fierce fighting, the gunmen of
Hamas have virtually taken over the Gaza Strip. This is a defeat for
Palestinians, and a defeat for Israeli and American policy as well.
It may sometimes look like theres not very
much of a choice between the gunmen of Fatah and the gunmen of Hamas. But there
is. Fatah accepts Israels existence and wants to negotiate with it over
Palestinian statehood. It also accepts the authority of past agreements signed
by the Palestinians, including agreements to stop terrorism. Hamas accepts none
of these things, and sees no contradiction between its terrorist deeds and its
demands that its governing officials be treated like those of any
Ever since Hamas won Palestinian legislative
elections last January, President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel
have done everything they could think of to isolate Hamas and far less than they
might have to help Fatahs most important remaining leader, the Palestinian
president, Mahmoud Abbas.
Seventeen months later, Hamas is that much
stronger and Fatah is that much weaker. With the pretense of joint government
now shattered, the Palestinian power struggle is certain to continue, even to
intensify. Yesterday, Mr. Abbas dismissed the prime minister, Ismail Haniya of
Hamas, and called for new elections. With Hamas victorious in Gaza, the terrain
of the contest will likely shift to the West Bank.
For Washington and Jerusalem to exert
constructive influence in this dangerous situation, they urgently need to adopt
a new and wiser approach to Palestinian politics. That means doing more to help
Mr. Abbas in the only currency that really counts, easing the lives of ordinary
That should include a total freeze on
settlement building and expansion, a prompt easing of the onerous, humiliating
and economically strangulating blockades on Palestinian movements within the
West Bank, and the swift release to Mr. Abbass office of all tax revenues
rightfully belonging to the Palestinians but still in Israeli
And from the Post: -
WASHINGTON - Five years ago this month, President Bush stood in the Rose Garden and laid out a vision for the Middle East
that included Israel and a
state called Palestine
living together in peace. "I call on the Palestinian people to elect new
leaders, leaders not compromised by terror," the president
takeover this week of the Gaza Strip
by the Hamas
militant group dedicated to the elimination of Israel demonstrates how much that
vision has failed to materialize, in part because of actions taken by the
administration. The United States championed Israel's departure from the Gaza
Strip as a first step toward
peace and then pressed both Israelis and Palestinians to schedule legislative
elections, which Hamas unexpectedly won. Now Hamas is the unchallenged power in
Struggle though I try, I am having an impossibly hard
time figuring out what the eff these two papers are talking about. Let's
take them one by one:
The Times is full of crap to say that fatah
accepts the existence of Israel. That is a misleading,
fraudulent statement. Fatah accepts that Israel exists IN SPITE of what they want,
which is a state of palestine that encompasses every square inch
of Israel and more. They accept it's existence the same way
moveon.org accepts the existence of President Bush. In other words, the
statement is meaningless, except insofar as it can manipulate some otherwise well
meaning people to believe its fraudulent implication that fatah recognizes
This, of course, is why President Bush and Prime Minister
Olmert have not come running to fatah's defense. What possible reason
WOULD they have? Fatah and hamas are indistinguishable when it comes to
wanting a violent end to Israel and every Jew either gone or dead - preferably
dead. They're supposed to SUPPORT one of these sides? Why?
What tangible evidence of any kind is there that fatah would lay down its arms
and make peace with Israel? When have they done even one thing to make
even one sane person believe this is going to happen?
Then there is the Washington Post. Please note how they
distinguish between fatah and hamas (i.e. hamas is "a militant
group dedicated to the elimination of Israel").
Fatah ISN'T militant? ISN'T dedicated to the
elimination of Israel?
And what did they leave out?
They left out that hamas is also the majority party in the palestinian Arab
government. This "militant group dedicated to the elimination of
Israel" was ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE THERE. They aren't just a bunch of
looney-tunes scaring the population in Gaza and the west bank, they are
the group palestinian Arabs proactively chose to lead
Maybe at some point in the future the Times, the Post and
a few other supposedly intelligent news venues will come to grips with a simple,
obvious fact: That the hatred, violence and bloodshed in Gaza and
the west bank exists because it is a way of life to so much of the
population (and god help those who disagree; they're dead in the street if they
say so). Maybe.
Me, I'm pessimistic that
they'll learn any time soon. For 60 years palestinian
Arabs, as a group, have demonstrated every day that they prefer hatred,
violence and killing, to peaceful coexistence and building lives for themselves
and their children. There is nothing the USA or Israel can do about
this. If the Times and the Post haven't figured it out by now,
they're probably not going to in the future either.
You cannot protect
people from themselves. That goes for populations more committed to killing than to living.
And it also goes for media outlets more committed to the hatred of President
Bush and the state of Israel than to facing reality as it
ATTENTION: DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
This Reuters article is for the Democratic candidates --
most especially the human oil slick, John Edwards -- who think there is no global terrorism, that it
is just a "bumper sticker":-
Britons jailed over al Qaeda plot to bomb
Fri Jun 15, 2007
By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) - Seven Britons linked to a
plot to blow up U.S. financial institutions, including the New York Stock
Exchange, and stage a series of attacks in Britain were jailed for a total of
136 years by a London court on Friday.
Prosecutors said the men were part of a group
headed by senior al Qaeda operative Dhiren Barot and described as one of the
most dangerous and ambitious terrorist cells ever to operate in this country.
Barot is currently serving a life jail term
after admitting last year he had planned bomb attacks in Britain and the United
Six of the men, Mohammed Naveed Bhatti, Junade
Feroze, Zia Ul Haq, Abdul Aziz Jalil, Nadeem Tarmohamed and Omar Abdur Rehman
pleaded guilty to conspiring with Barot to cause explosions between 2001 and
The seventh, Qaisar Shaffi, was found guilty
Barot, a Muslim convert, was considered by
some U.S. officials to be either al Qaedas cell leader in Europe or at least
the head of bin Ladens organization in Britain
Had their plans come to fruition, Barots
trial judge said they would have caused carnage and butchery on a colossal
and unprecedented scale -
That's a helluva bumper sticker, guys.
Here's one from me to you:
IF YOU BELIEVE THERE IS NO SUCH
THING AS GLOBAL TERRORISM,YOU ARE A COMPLETE,
MICHAEL NIFONG RESIGNS
Today michael nifong, resigned as attorney of Durham County, NC.
Good. It's about time.
I have to think that he hopes his resignation will cause the courts to take
pity and not disbar him too. If so, I fervently hope that he is
I am not a vindictive person. But if anyone deserves disbarment, and more, it is Nifong. Why? Let
me reprise some of my thoughts from a half year ago and just
a few days ago:
FROM DECEMBER 16, 2006:
The bottom line? Because of this amoral
imbecile, three kids' lives are ruined, their families have been forced to bear
an impossible legal burden and the entire Duke lacrosse program is
destroyed, which affects every other player and everyone else associated
with it. Plus, the reputation of the entire school is tarnished.
Do you think I'm being harsh? Do you think my
judgment of Nifong is over the top? Well, read the article below and then
think again. This is the latest proof of his dishonesty and malfeasance,
the new top of the pile ( though I doubt it will be on top for
I have posted just a few paragraphs. The
entire article - which is even more damning - can be found at
As you will see, Nifong knowingly withheld evidence
that effectively ended this case. Why? Because without the case
there's no Nifong as DA.
If ever a man should be removed from office and
prosecuted Nifong is that man. For decency's sake, let those proceedings
FROM DECEMBER 22,
Just when you thought the amoral imbecile Nifong
couldn't get any more disgusting, we have this:
DURHAM, N.C. -
Prosecutors dropped rape charges Friday against three Duke University lacrosse
players accused of attacking a stripper at a team party, but the three still
face kidnapping and sexual offense charges.
According to court papers filed
Friday by District Attorney Mike Nifong, the accuser told a prosecution
investigator on Thursday that she now does not know if she was penetrated
during the alleged attack.
Nifong had previously said he could rely on the woman's account
because of a lack of DNA evidence against the
When are these young man set free from
this idiot's attempt to justify their inquisition? When does he admit
there is no case here? When does he acknowledge what any 5th grader would
have no problem understanding - that if the only evidence is her sayso and her
sayso keeps changing, there ISN'T any evidence?
And when are we allowed to know the name
of the lying opportunist who accused them and when are charges going to be
filed against her for the malicious, dishonest pack of lies she has told for a
And, for god sake, when is NIFONG going
to be charged and prosecuted? Has anyone ever earned it
FROM JUNE 11,
Michael nifong is the District Attorney for
Durham, North Carolina. He is also the man who blew past ethics and
fairness to go after three Duke University lacrosse players for rape, based on
charges filed by a serial liar who changed her story time after time and
who had a history of making false charges just like these.
There was no good reason to bring this case. No
DNA from any of the players was on the accuser, at least one of them had
airtight proof (a time-stamped security camera) proving he was not even at the
place where the alleged rape took place, etc. etc. etc. But, evidently,
nifong felt that if he dropped the case Black voters in Durham would
not elect him, so he pursued it to pander and get their votes.
I believe many Black voters saw through this
sick sham, but enough didn't so that he got his election "win".
Well, now the piper is about to be paid....If ever a
man deserved to be nailed, this is the one. Michael nifong was
entrusted with upholding the law and dispensing justice fairly. He did
neither, and instead became a rogue vigilante for personal gain.
I hope he is convicted and
Well, I may be about to get my wish. Tomorrow really does