Sunday, 08 July 2007
The unretirement of Cindy Sheehan is picking up steam. Now she wants to
unseat Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo.
Waiting for a punchline? Sorry, there isn't any because this is not a
joke. Well, let me amend that: it's not intended to be a
Here, let me show you:.
Sheehan Considering Run Vs. House Speaker
(AP) CRAWFORD, Texas Six weeks after
announcing her departure from the peace movement, Cindy Sheehan said Sunday that
she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she introduces
articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.
Sheehan said she will run against
the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek by
July 23 to impeach Bush. Thats when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in
Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting next week
from the group's war protest site near Bushs Crawford ranch. "
"Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by
the Democratic leadership, Sheehan told The Associated Press. "We hired them to
bring an end to the war. Im not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn't be
too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money."
announced in May that she was leaving the anti-war movement and selling her
5-acre Crawford lot. She said that she felt her efforts had been in vain and
that she had endured smear tactics and hatred from the left, as well as the
As you can see (as if you didn't already know) Cindy Sheehan is an unhinged
LAMB - a charter member of the Lunatic-left And Mega-moonbat Brigade.
But now she's as teed off at the left as she is at the right - maybe even
And, oddly enough, she's finally making a little bit of sense.
All this time, she has hated President Bush, Republicans, conservatives
right wingers, etc. That, I am certain, remains true, as it should
for someone with Ms. Sheehan's views.
But what Sheehan has finally figured out, however belatedly, is that the left is no more on
her side than the right. They have exploited Sheehan to attack the right, but
they're not about to hold hands
with her and, politically, jump over a cliff. They know she's a
LAMB and that LAMB's are not salable to the national electorate. So they dumped her
like yesterday's racing form.
And now Sheehan is going to seek revenge on the ones who exploited her and then dispatched her.
The ones who made more of a fool of her than she made of
Yep, that makes sense.
2008 is shaping up as quite a show. If Democratic politics has devolved into a three ring circus (as I think it
has), keep your eye on the Sheehan act. It might just wind up in the
TROOP SURGE FAILURE UPDATE
Here is the latest news regarding our troop surge --- the one that Democratic
leadership was nice enough to declare a failure before it was ever
Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists;
Find, Destroy Weapons CachesAmerican Forces Press Service
| WASHINGTON, July 8, 2007 -Iraqi
security forces and coalition troops have killed four terrorists, detained
21 suspected terrorists and uncovered bomb-making materials and weapons
caches during the past three days, military officials reported.
During two coordinated raids on
Baghdad's west side today, coalition forces targeted a senior al Qaeda in
Iraq operative believed to facilitate the movement of foreign terrorists
for suicide-bombing operations by providing fake documents, officials
said. The ground forces detained seven suspected terrorists during the
Meanwhile, in southwestern Baghdad, coalition forces
targeted a terrorist cell leader allegedly involved in car bomb attacks
against the Iraqi army, Iraqi police and coalition forces. Coalition
forces detained three individuals for their suspected ties to the cell
leader, according to officials.
"Eradicating the bomb network in
Baghdad is a high priority for us," said Maj. Marc Young, a Multinational
Force Iraq spokesman. "The people of Iraq deserve a future free of
murderous bombings and attacks."
In eastern Baghdad yesterday, 12
Iraqi army troops and 11 local residents were wounded when a suicide car
bomb detonated at a checkpoint, officials said. Two Iraqi army vehicles
also were destroyed in the blast.
Soldiers from Company B, 1st
Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, cordoned off the area. The
wounded were transported to a medical facility for treatment. The suicide
bomber was the only fatality on the attack, officials said.
other operations yesterday, coalition forces targeted an al Qaeda in Iraq
leader suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign terrorists near
Khan Bani Saad.
When coalition forces approached the targeted
building, they encountered an armed man in a military-style assault vest
who drew his weapon on the ground forces, officials said. Responding in
self-defense, coalition forces engaged the armed man, killing him.
As coalition forces left the area, several terrorists engaged them
with heavy machine guns. Coalition forces called in close-air support to
engage the armed men. Three terrorists were killed, and two heavy machine
guns were destroyed in the air strike, officials said.
coalition forces captured an alleged senior member of the al Qaeda in Iraq
organization, officials reported. The individual is suspected of
collecting information on Iraqi police, coalition forces and civilians for
reports to the al Qaeda in Iraq emir of the area. One other suspected
terrorist was detained.
A coalition operation in Mosul netted
seven suspected terrorists when the ground forces raided two buildings
targeting associates of known al Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders, officials
"Were continuing to chip away at the senior leadership and
low-level operatives involved in al Qaeda in Iraq," Young said. "The Iraqi
people have made it clear that terrorist groups are unwanted and unwelcome
In Mosul yesterday, Iraqi army soldiers and Mosul police
discovered an improvised explosives device factory and cache, officials
Soldiers from the 2nd Iraqi Army Division in coordination
with Iraqi police officers found some 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate
and other bomb-making materials in a complex that included a building, a
warehouse and a storage container. They also discovered a tunnel system
connecting all of the buildings, officials said.
Also near Mosul,
coalition forces soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment,
discovered a weapons cache containing homemade explosives and mortar
rounds. In addition, the soldiers found a military-grade bunker system
nearby that had been used as an insurgent safe house, officials reported.
Precision-guided munitions destroyed all three sites.
series of weapons cache finds July 4-6, Marines from Weapons Company,
Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine
Expeditionary Unit, discovered more than 17,000 kilograms of explosives
northeast of Thar Thar Dam, officials said.
-- A homemade
explosives factory and nearby weapons cache found July 6 contained more
than 6,000 kilograms of homemade explosives, 8,000 kilograms of ammonium
nitrate, and equipment to mix, manufacture and transport large quantities
of the explosives, officials said.
-- Meanwhile, three separate
weapons caches found July 5 north of Karmah contained nearly 10,000
kilograms of ammonium nitrate, approximately 30 kilograms of nitric acid,
250 kilograms of chlorine and 3,500 kilograms of fertilizer, officials
---A cache uncovered July 4 by Marines from Weapons Company
contained 4.5 kilograms of homemade explosives, 12 155 mm projectiles,
eight 120 mm mortars, 4,700 14.5 mm rounds and an assortment of other
weapons and ammunition.
The cache containing the nitric acid,
homemade explosives and chlorine was destroyed by an F/A-18 Hornet air
strike. Combat Logistics Battalion 13 Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams
destroyed all remaining caches, officials said.
residents of a village south of Baghdad led soldiers of 4th Battalion,
31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
(Light Infantry) to a series of major weapons caches July 6, officials
A local man who claimed to have knowledge of a large
cache complex approached a patrol and walked the soldiers from site to
site, pointing out each cache. He then took the patrol to two men, who he
said were responsible for collecting and hiding the weapons, officials
said. The six caches contained an assortment of weapons, rounds and
explosives, including a rocket-propelled grenade-launching kit, homemade
explosives, blasting caps, mortar shells and a 107 mm rocket.
Explosive ordnance disposal teams destroyed the explosives, and
several other items were seized for further examination, officials
Officials said the area where the caches were found is
approximately 1 kilometer from the site of the May 12 attack in which four
U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier were killed and three U.S. soldiers
were captured. One of the soldiers was later found dead in the Euphrates
River; the remaining two are officially listed as "missing-captured."
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps
Iraq news releases.)
Do you think that this - or any of the other successes I've
chronicled over the last several weeks - will cause Mr. reid or Ms. pelosi to come out and say
something like "Ok, maybe it ISN'T a failure" or "I'm glad that US and Iraqi troops
are having these successes"?
The answer lies in the fact that
they have not done so.
To these people, and to a good many of their fellow Democrats, it is more
important to play partisan politics than to acknowledge the successes of our
troops and their Iraqi counterparts.
Which side are they rooting for anyway?
DOCTORS, TERRORISM AND NATIONAL HEALTH CARE
Do you know how Britain's National Health Service (NHS) stays
Hint: If you think it is because nationalized
health care is a wonderful system and qualified British doctors are happy to
perform within it for the greater good of all patients, you've spent too much time drinking
the kickapoo joy juice. Or you've bought into the fantasy world presented
to you by michael moore in his latest fraud, "Sicko". The result would be
about the same.
NHS stays afloat by importing "doctors" - the term meaning anyone who can
make the claim of being a doctor - from anywhere it can find them. They
are young, they are inexperienced and they come from places that, to put it
charitably, do not provide them with world-class medical training.
But Britain welcomes them. Why? Because
without them there is no NHS at all. Competent, seriously trained doctors flee the
UK because the working conditions are despicable and, as an extra added attraction,
they can't earn a decent living there.
So the people of Britain wind up with the medical equivalent of what the USA winds
up with from Mexico; Underqualified people willing to do jobs
with working conditions and pay that Britons would not accept.
Did you know that something like 40% of all doctors in the UK right now are
from other countries.....and a very large contingent of those doctors are from
countries that are spawning grounds for Islamic terrorism?
If you rely on the NY Times or network news for your information, the answer
is that you don't know a thing about this.
statistic sound bizarre and ridiculous? Maybe it did a few weeks ago. But
now that we have seen a terrorist attempt guaranteed to produce hundreds of
corpses in Piccadilly Circus (the heart of London) which failed only because the detonating
mechanism didn't work, and then the attack at Glasgow airport, it isn't so bizarre and
ridiculous at all, is it?
Every one of the suspects in these two terrorist attacks
is either a doctor, or is in some way involved with Britain's medical
system. Every one.
With that, I would like to show you an exceedingly important column written
by the brilliant columnist Mark Steyn. I won't excerpt it, because there
is nothing of lesser importance there. Nor will I put any of it in bold
print, for the same reason. Here it is:.
Sunday, July 8,
The jobs Britons won't do
There are many things wrong with U.S. health
care, as there inevitably are with any health care system. The question is
whether America wants to go down the British-Canadian-Cuban route, to name three
government medical systems that Michael Moore admires in his new film "Sicko."
Cuba, of course, is a totalitarian state, and even Hollywood celebrities, though
they like to visit, wouldn't want to live there. (Incidentally, the best health
treatment available on Cuba is at Gitmo.) The United Kingdom, by contrast, is a
free society, but last week's incendiary Jeep Cherokee at Glasgow Airport has
shone a rare light on the curious character of its government health
Of the eight persons arrested as of Friday in
the terrorist plot, seven are doctors with the National Health Service (the
eighth is the wife of one, and a lab technician at the same hospital). The bombs
failed to go off because a medical syringe malfunctioned. I don't mean it
malfunctioned as a syringe (even in the crumbling NHS, the syringes usually
work) but as a triggering mechanism, to which it had been adapted, though
evidently not too efficiently.
Does government health care inevitably lead to
homicidal doctors who can't wait to leap into a flaming SUV and drive it through
the check-in counter? No. But government health care does lead to a dependence
on medical staff imported from other countries.
Some 40 percent of Britain's practicing
doctors were trained overseas and that percentage will increase, as older
native doctors retire, and younger immigrant doctors take their place. According
to the BBC, "Over two-thirds of doctors registering to practice in the UK in
2003 were from overseas the vast majority from non-European countries." Five
of the eight arrested are Arab Muslims, the other three Indian Muslims. Bilal
Abdulla, the Wahhabi driver of the incendiary Jeep and a doctor at the Royal
Alexandra Hospital near Glasgow, is one of over 2,000 Iraqi doctors working in
Many of these imported medical staff have
never practiced in their own countries. As soon as they complete their training,
they move to a Western world hungry for doctors to prop up their understaffed
health systems: Dr. Abdulla got his medical qualification in Baghdad in 2004 and
was practicing in Britain by 2006. His co-plotter, Mohammed Asha, a
neurosurgeon, graduated in Jordan in 2004 and came to England the same
When the president talks about needing
immigrants to do "the jobs Americans won't do," most of us assume he means
seasonal fruit pickers and the maid who turns down your hotel bed and leaves the
little chocolate on it. But in the United Kingdom the jobs Britons won't do has
somehow come to encompass the medical profession.
Aneurin Bevan, the socialist who created the
National Health Service after World War II, was once asked to explain how he'd
talked the country's doctors into agreeing to become state employees: "I stuffed
their mouths with gold," he crowed. Sixty years later, no amount of gold can
persuade Britons to spend their working lives in the country's dirty, decrepit
hospitals (they spend enough of their nonworking lives there, waiting to be
seen, waiting for beds, waiting for operations). According to a report in the
British Medical Journal, white males comprise 43.5 percent of the population but
now account for less than a quarter of students at UK medical schools. In other
words, being a doctor is no longer an attractive middle-class career
proposition. That's quite a monument to six decades of Michael Moore-style
socialist health care.
So today the NHS is hungry for medical
personnel from almost anywhere on the planet, so hungry that the government set
up special fast-track immigration programs: Mohammed Asha, Mohammed Haneef and
their comrades didn't even require a work permit to come and practice as doctors
in state hospitals. You don't have to be the smartest jihadist in the cave to
see that as an opportunity, any more than it required no great expertise for the
9/11 killers to figure that the quickest place to get the picture IDs with which
they boarded the planes was through Virginia's "undocumented worker" network.
Everyone else from the Venezuelan peasantry to the Russia mafia knows the
vulnerabilities of Western immigration systems, so why not the jihadists?
Maybe their mistake was trying to blow up the
airport instead of wreaking subtler havoc on the infidels. Did you see this
week's scare-of-the-week from the Chinese health system? "About 420 bottles of
fake blood protein, albumin, were found at hospitals in Hubei province but none
had been used to treat patients, said Liu Jinai, an official with the inspection
division of the provincial food and drug administration."
Well, this being China, where public lies
about public health are routine, we just have to take Liu Jinai's word that
"none had been used to treat patients." But imagine what Doctor Jihad could get
up to if he stopped trying to use the syringe as a detonator and just resumed
using it as a syringe?
But beyond that the Glasgow Jeep story
symbolizes a more basic reality. The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe, and
it's utterly dependent on imported staff such as Dr. Asha and Dr. Abdulla. In
the West, we look on mass immigration as a testament to our generosity, to our
multicultural bona fides. But it's not: A dependence on mass immigration is
always a structural weakness and should be understood as such. In the socialized
health systems of the Continent, aging, shrinking populations of native
Europeans will spend their final years being cared for by young Muslim doctors
and nurses. Indeed, in the NHS, geriatric medicine is a field overwhelmingly
dependent on immigrant staff.
And what of the other end of the medical
business? Take Japan, a country with the same collapsed birth rates as Europe
but with virtually no immigration. In my book, I note an interesting trend in
Japanese health care: The shortage of newborn children has led to a shortage of
obstetricians. For in a country with deathbed demographics, why would any
talented ambitious med-school student want to go into a field in such
precipitous decline? In Japan, birthing is a dying business.
Back at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, three
doctors were under arrest, and the bomb squad performed a controlled explosion
on a vehicle in the parking lot. Pulled from the flaming Cherokee, Dr. Kafeel
Ahmed is now being treated for 90 percent burns in his own hospital by the very
colleagues he sought to kill. But at one level he and Dr. Asha and Dr. Abdulla
don't need to blow up anything at all. The fact that the National Health Service
the "envy of the world" in every British politician's absurdly parochial
clich has to hire Wahhabist doctors with no background checks tells you
everything about where the country's heading. .
I hope you read every word of this article and I hope you read it
again. Because this is the face of national health care in Britain.
Disastrously substandard care coupled with an insanely prolific avenue for terrorism to come to
I guess that's the part of "Sicko" that wound up on the cutting room
Maybe one day the UK will come to its senses. Maybe not. I hope, for the
sake of their national security, OUR national security and just plain common sense, that it
In the past couple of weeks I have blogged several times about the
unbelievably blatant hypocrisy of the wealthy left, who tell YOU to mind your
behavior to save the planet, while THEY gluttonize more energy than you ever
dreamed of using.
Here, courtesty of Lynn Davidson at www.newsbusters.com, is
another classic example: Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone
The Eco-Hypocrisy of Another
Green Advocate; This Time Rolling Stone Owner
Lynn Davidson on July 7, 2007 - 13:41.
noted, in June Rolling Stone
published a green issue that still didn't please the enviro-left. Well,
now Radar Online exposed the magazine's founder and publisher Jann
Wenner's not-so-green lifestyle which contrast with his ecological stunts and
Radar's July 3
article and July 6
update about Wenner's
high-living, carbon-spewing lifestyle which is filled with globe-spanning
Gulfstreams, big SUVs, lending his evil Global Warming Inducing Death Plane to
high-profile friends (like John Kerry) and staffers ferrying lunches back and
forth should really tick the green crowd off. Oh, and he doesn't even recycle.
Bad environmentalist, bad!
Wenner is reportedly planning to spend his summer jetting between Europe and
his vacation home in the Rocky Mountains. How much carbon dioxide would this add
up to for, say, just one get-away trip? Let's count. Wenner flies to his
son's wedding in Greece and back to New York, then speeds off to Sun
Valley, Idaho with his family. Counting just one round trip in each direction,
the miles total to about 14,000.
Now for the fun eco-math (emphasis
Wenner's Gulfstream jet has an optimal
cruising speed of around 493 nautical miles per hour. (That figure, and the
ones that follow, are based on calculations for a Gulfstream IIB, Wenner's
longtime ride. In fact, according to sources, these days he may fly the
slightly larger Gulfstream IV; a Wenner spokesman did not reply to calls for
comment.) At that speed, the plane would produce around 80 tons of carbon
dioxide during the 20-hour round-trip voyage between New York and Athens, and
another 33.6 tons flying between New York and Sun Valley. Fun fact:
According to the Environmental Protection Agency's emissions calculator,
you'd have to drive a Hummer H3 200,000 miles to generate the same amount of
But it got worse. The update exposed more
Moreover, according to another Wenner
source, the Gulfstream isn't his only emissions-intensive vehicle. He also
recently purchased a GMC Yukon Denalian SUV whose fuel efficiency is on par
with that of the Hummerand also keeps a pair of snowmobiles at his place in
Sun Valley, Idaho. Snowmobile engines are notoriously
dirty, producing as much
pollution in a day of use as a typical car does in 100,000
And Wenner isn't much better when he's in
town, where he has a chauffeured Mercedes to shuttle him the 15 blocks or so
between his apartment and his office. Even more wasteful is his lunch routine:
a private chef prepares his meal at home, then staffers drive it down to the
office, don black-and-white uniforms, and serve it to him on his personal
china. "It's like a scene from Gosford Park," says the source. "He's the
original limousine liberal." Employees also blame the scarcity of recycling
bins in the office on Wenner's anti-clutter
Yep. This is who I'm going to listen to when
told that I should get rid of my dishwasher and ride the bus?
Yet another example of someone pushing the
global-warming and environmentalist agenda who doesn't actually follow the
"advice" given to others. This is the guy whose magazine linked 9/11 to Bush's environmental policies
in the big 40th Anniversary issue
and who put out the book, "Rolling Stone Environmental Reader."
Like Al Gore, Wenner wants you and I to change
lifestyles, but he doesn't want to stop flitting about in private jets and
killing Gaia one fun-filled vacation at a time. I guess a cross-country trip in
a Prius is too bourgeoisie for him. .
Remember, you little people out there; YOU have to make sure you have
the right light bulbs and YOU have to drive a hybrid, and YOU have to use one
square of toilet paper per bathroom visit (ok, two or three for "pesky
situations", as the lovely Sheryl Crow advises).
But THEY, the fabulously wealthy jetsetters who demand that your behavior
change for the sake of mother earth? For THEM it is private jets and SUV's
and energy gluttony that would make an entire neighborhood of normal people
blush with embarrassment.
And your job? Your job is to be a complete, unknowing, unthinking idiot
who doesn't notice that this is happening. That is what media want
you to be. That is what Al Gore wants you to be. That is what Jann
Wenner wants you to be.
Me, I prefer that you don't give them what they want. But, then again,
I'm just Ken. I don't have any corporate jets or bigger-than-Cleveland
SUV's in the driveway.
So, who are you going to listen to, anyway?