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November 13, 2006

REP JOHN CONYERS AND THE MUSLIM CAUCUS

From Investor’s Business Daily
Forwarded by garyj@aol.com

The likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he's ”just fighting bigotry” in leading a Democrat Jihad to deny law enforcement key terror-fighting tools. But he is in the pocket of Islamists.

Rep. John Conyers, son of a leftist Detroit union activist, represents the largest Arab population in the country. His district includes Dearborn, Mich., nicknamed “Dearbornistan” by locals fed up with cultural encroachment and terror fears from a steady influx of MidEast immigrants.

Conyers, who runs an Arabic version of his official Web site, does the bidding of these new constituents and the militant Islamist activists who feed off them. They want to kill the Patriot Act and prevent the FBI from profiling Muslim suspects in terror investigations. They also want to end the use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Arab terrorists in deportation proceedings.

And the 77-year-old Conyers has vowed to deliver those changes for them. “The policies of the Bush administration have sent a wave of fear through our immigrant communities and targeted our Arab and Muslim neighbors,” he growls.

He'll soon be in a position to act on his promises. And he has the full backing of the expected Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants to criminalize FBI and Customs Service profiling of Muslim terror suspects.

“Since Sept. 11, many Muslim Americans have been subjected to searches at airports and other locations, based upon their religion and national origin,” she said. “We must make it illegal.” Pelosi has also promised Muslims he'll “correct the Patriot Act,” one of the most valuable tools the FBI has in ferreting out Jihadist cells lurking in Muslim communities.

Conyers, a lawyer by trade, last decade pushed through a bill to help stop what he called “DWB,” driving while black. He dubs post-9/11 profiling “flying while Muslim.” He is one of the top recipients of donations from the Arab-American Leadership PAC. And not surprisingly, he has a long history of pandering to Arab and Muslim voters.

During the first Gulf War, for instance, Conyers fought FBI outreach efforts in the Arab and Muslim community in Detroit that were designed to gather intelligence on potential cells and protect the home front. Conyers and other Detroit-area Democrats at the time, David Bonior and John Dingell, threatened to hold hearings unless the FBI stopped counterterrorism interviews.

The FBI met with them privately to explain the national security benefits of outreach, but could not allay their concerns. In the end, the FBI backed off. Today, Hamas, Hezbollah and the al-Qaida-tied Muslim Brotherhood are all active in the area.

Expect Conyers and Pelosi to kick open the doors of Congress to Islamists from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other militant groups. They will have unfettered access, even though many of their leaders have been tied to terrorism (some CAIR officials have landed in the big house).

In 2003, Conyers hosted the first dinner on the Hill that celebrated the end of Ramadan for such Muslim leaders. It's now a tradition. Incoming Democrat freshman Keith Ellison, a Louis Farrakhan disciple and first Muslim member of Congress, will no doubt expand the invitation list.

Conyers has also sponsored one of the Islamists' favorite bills in Congress. HR 635, which has 40 co-signers, would create a select committee to investigate President Bush for allegedly manipulating prewar intelligence and torturing al-Qaida detainees. The goal of his bill is to build grounds for impeachment.

Conyers led the defense of Bill Clinton in last decade's impeachment hearings and is clearly out for blood.

So are many of the constituents he serves.




DOUBLE SELF ROAST

Forwarded by NanDogTC

No matter what you think of our President, you have to admit he has a great sense of humor.

See for yourself by clicking here. [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1921276117304287501&q=genre:comedy ]


November 12, 2006

USMC UNVEILS NATIONAL MUSEUM

Scheduled to open 13 November 2006, the National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines — past, present and future.

Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, the museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to its 100,000 square foot structure.

World-class interactive exhibits, using the most innovative technology, surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

The building features a 210-foot tilted mast and glass atrium houses a massive Leatherneck Gallery containing suspended aircraft and various other large artifacts.

Era galleries surround the Leatherneck Gallery and take visitors through the 231-year history of the Marines, including pivotal battles and other vital contributions to the preservation of America's freedom.

The finest museum technology and multimedia effects in our exhibitions recreate pivotal moments in history, i.e., the landing on Iwo Jima on D-Day in 1945 and the 1968 Khe Sanh siege during the Vietnam War.

Visitors can experience the intensity of boot camp…or test their rifle skills with a M-16 at the Marine Corps practice range, engulfing themselves in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Thousands of artifacts, including the flag raised over Iwo Jima, pay witness to the Marine Corps' contribution to our Nation's security.

The Museum's facilities also include a restaurant, gift shop, a planned large-screen state-of-the-art theater, class-rooms, and office spaces. Eventually totaling some 230,000 square feet, the building will blend with the landscape, using environmentally friendly design and construction.

To visit the official site, click here [http://www.usmcmuseum.org/ ].




TO ALL AMERICAN MUSLIMS

YOU WORRY ME
By American Airlines Captain John Maniscalco
Forwarded by Col. Joe Burdick USAF (Ret)

“I've been trying to say this since 9-11 but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

“On September 11, nineteen Arab-Muslims hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children’s mothers.

“The Palestinians Celebrated, The Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that have destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell them the difference between you and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

“How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim-Americans and the Arab/Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of our constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children? The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with all of its religions, with all of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

“I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know whether or not you love America . Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation…that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your “Jihads”? Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America ? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

“Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy. I am only interested in action.

“What will you do for America – our great country – at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

“I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the American flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting “Allah Bless America ” I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole. The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities. You know them. You know who they are.

Hand them over to us now!

“But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection against reprisals.

“The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that have appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing “leaders” like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat. If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true when your “leaders” are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance.

“It matters little how good Islam should be if large numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

“Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we have befriended Israel, the only friendly and civilized society in the Muslim/Arab area, that thinks and acts like most Americans.

“And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you even here? Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and stay there! We will never give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, or your twisted, violent, intolerant religion.

“We will never allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab/ Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know.

“I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand!

“Until then, you worry me.”


November 06, 2006

(VAUGHN) KERRY’S COLORS

By Russ Vaughn

I never thought there’d ever be
A thing I could dread more,
Than the horror I might live to see:
A President Al Gore.

But when Kerry got the Dem’s pick,
Vying for our veteran votes,
Like other vets I re-upped quick
For a tour on Swiftees’ boats.

We handed him his haughty head
In November 2004,
Made him pay for all the lies he’d said
About us in our war.

We knew this colorful fellow;
He wasn’t red white and blue;
He was Hanoi red and yellow,
Or any shade would get him through.

Again he’s shown his colors true,
Neither olive green nor camo;
No, more a patrician, elitist blue,
To give him academic ammo.

Angry now he stands defying,
On millions of glowing tubes,
Telling us our eyes are lying:
He didn’t call our troops all boobs.




(GLOBAL) VIET CONG DIDN'T FOLLOW US HOME. AL-QAEDA WILL!

By Dan Gordon. Forwarded by Charlie Spicka 10-2-06

These are excerpts from the longer article linked after the last paragraph::

“It is frightening to see the ghosts of the Vietnam War protest movement haunting the current war in Iraq. “Bring the troops home”… “End the war”… “Stop the carnage”… “Throw the Republican bastards out.” I embraced it the first time around. To do so this time, however, I believe is suicide.

“Unlike the Viet Cong, Islamo Fascist terrorists they killed close to three thousand of us on 9/11. They tried to do the same in the first World Trade Center bombing, same characters, same building. The only problem was the placement of the bomb. They have announced their intent to do it again, only worse. And they are not alone. It is not only Al-Qaeda but the Iranian Islamic revolution and the terrorist organizations they now back.

“And please don’t kid yourself that this is a result of Iraq or Afghanistan or George Bush. The first act of the Iranian revolution was to kidnap an entire embassy full of American hostages. The current President of Iran was one of the hostage takers in his halcyon student days. That was his coming out party, and now he’s the one who not only envisions a world without Zionism but a world without America as well.

“It doesn’t matter how we got there. It doesn’t matter how you think you were lied to. It doesn’t matter if you think there was a connection between Sadam and Al-Qaeda. The only thing that matters now is that both Al-Qaeda and Iran and the terrorist groups they back and inspire believe that Iraq is their decisive battle. They have chosen it as the place where they will defeat America, and unlike the Viet Cong, they will not stay out. They will follow us home.

“Bush opponents like to quote the National Intelligence Assessment which stated that America has been made less safe because its involvement in Iraq has become a recruiting aid for terrorists. That is of course true. But those same people ignore the flip side of that equation, which the National Intelligence Assessment made equally clear. If the Al Qaeda and Iranian backed terrorists win in Iraq they will be further encouraged in their war against us. If they are defeated, then the defeat will go heavy with them; and we will indeed be the beneficiaries.

“To put it in its simplest terms, we can quit the battle field but the battle field will not quit us.

“Whether we like it or not, it is a war with quotation marks around it. Al-Qaeda declared its war against America years before 9/11. 9/11 was simply their Pearl Harbor. To suggest, as some have, that America and its actions in Iraq are the only thing that stands between us and peace with the Islamo terrorists would be like saying that after Pearl Harbor the reason we were at war with Japan was because we engaged the Japanese at Wake Island. The truth is much more uncomfortable. We are at war with Islamist terrorists because they want to kill us. That is not hyperbole, nor is it metaphor. They have announced it as clearly and as plainly as humanly possible. Al-Qaeda has declared we have the following choice: convert to Islam or die.

“Well, the intelligentsia amongst us would have us believe that is just a Karl Rove ploy meant to frighten voters into voting Republican. There also lurks behind the knowing condescension the assumption that no matter what Al-Qaeda or the Ayatollahs might want in their demented fantasies, they can never really accomplish it. Maybe a few thousand die here or there, but the rest of us will still sip our lattes and shine it on. They can’t, after all, cripple America.

“Actually, that’s not the case. Just as the Spanish Civil War was a preview of what European Fascism had in store for the world, so too was the recent Israel/Hezb’allah war a preview of what Islamo Fascism has in store.

“Consider this, right now as you read this, northern Mexico is by and large ruled not by its own government nor its police, nor even it’s military. It is ruled by drug cartels who cut off the heads of policemen and stick them up in American tourists resorts like Rosarita Beach. Like those drug cartels, Hezb’allah makes a good deal of its money, which it uses to finance its terrorists activities, in the drug trade - primarily out of the Beka Valley. Hezb’allah today has hundreds if not thousands of its terrorist operatives already in place in South America. It would be a small matter indeed for Hezb’allah units to collude with the drug cartels now ruling northern Mexico. Then with little more than the rockets already in Iran’s arsenal, with even a modest nuclear warhead (the kind which most estimates believe will be within Iran’s capabilities to produce in no more than a few years) those same Hezb’allah cells could take out the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. While a similar unit, operating from southern Canada could just as easily take out the Port of New York and New Jersey.

“Those two acts by themselves would plunge the United States into a depression which would last decades. Such a scenario is not only possible, it is highly probable; especially if the U.S. is defeated in Iraq and the Islamist terrorists believe they are on a roll. And make no mistake about whom it is they want to kill. If you are a Christian, they want to kill you. If you are a Jew they want to kill you. If you are a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Taoist, or a Jain, or a Muslim of a slightly different creed, they want to kill you. If you a gay marriage, gay adoption, gay rights, or gay pride, they want to kill you. If you watch movies and like rock n’ roll, if you read Playboy, or Cosmo, if you wear mini-skirts, or “allow” your daughter, wife or girlfriend to do so, they want to kill you. When they say convert to Islam or die, they mean convert to Islam or they will kill you.

“I know you don’t like that. I know you don’t want to believe that. I know you would like to believe only a cross eyed, red necked, right wing, apocalyptic, bozo hick like George Bush would believe such a thing, but that won’t let you off the hook. However much you don’t want to believe it, however much you would like it to go away, however loudly you whistle in the dark and comfort yourself with the sweet thought of Nancy Pelosi hanging her drapes over Denny Hastert’s fat, dead, humiliated body, it is still true.

“If we quit Iraq they will follow us home. If they are defeated in Iraq, it does not mean the end of them. It does mean, however, that the wind will be knocked out of them. It means they will have suffered a set back that will take them almost as long to overcome as it took us to get over Vietnam. But you say that we’ve already lost in Iraq. If you don’t believe it just watch CNN.

“Well here is the odd truth, which for some reason, absolutely no one seems to realize. Precisely because Iraq is such a mess, the terrorists now believe it is all but inevitable that they will win. They can smell victory. They can taste it. They are ramping up the equivalent of their aircraft carrier landings under the banner “Jihad Accomplished.”

“But for some insane reason, the previous paradigm is reversed. In every other conflict of this type one always hears the sentence “All the Viet Cong have to do, or Hezb’allah has to do, or all the Resistance has to do in order to win is simply survive.” Thus by having outlasted the lumbering oaf, the West will be defeated. Well, guess what? In Iraq of 2006, precisely because they so smell victory, for the first time since World War II, all America has to do in order to win, is not lose.

“Let me say it again, in Iraq, all America has to do in order to win is not lose.

“All America has to do in order to defeat Al-Qaeda and the Iranian backed terrorists is not lose to them. And all we have to do in order to not lose to them is not to leave before the Iraqis can bring the violence to a manageable level. They don’t have to end the violence. They just have to be able to bring it to a manageable level, a level in which they can maintain an elected government and manage their affairs with a minimum of help or indeed presence of U.S. forces. All we have to do to win is not leave until then.

“Why do I believe that this is so? Because it is precisely what the terrorists are telling us. This is their Tet Offensive. This is their attempt to influence our elections. If they can help elect a Congress that will cut off funds for the war, then just as was the case in Vietnam, that is precisely what will happen. And when it happens we will leave. In defeat.

“All we have to do to not lose, is not leave until the Iraqis can manage the violence. Not defeat it… not eliminate it… just manage it.

“If we stay till then, it is the Islamo terrorists who will be gasping for breath. It will be Midway instead of Pearl Harbor.”

Read the full story here. [http://americanthinker.com/articles.php?%20article_id=6000 ]


November 05, 2006

DESPITE DO-NOTHINGNESS, DEMS WIN

The following was written before the November elections:

From Investor's Business Daily
Forwarded by BGen Bob Clements USAF (Ret)

Thomas Sowell, the distinguished Stanford scholar, wrote on this page a week ago that there's a difference between the major parties: “The Republicans are disappointing and the Democrats are dangerous.” We'd like to take this opportunity to elaborate on his second point.

We and our allies are in a serious global war against fanatical, determined Islamic terrorists who have declared war on America and the free world. Their stated objective is to kill all the Americans they can, eliminate Israel, control and enslave women, and in time overpower and rule with an iron fist nations from Spain to the Far East. They intensely hate our freedom and successful way of life.

While Democrats in Congress always assert they “support our troops,” their political policies and actions have continually undermined our nation's fight to win the war on terror and defend America. Here is their national security record:

  • On missile defense of America - Democrats voted against it.
  • On the Patriot Act - Democrats voted against it.
  • On tapping foreign terrorists' phone calls to the U.S. - Democrats voted against it.
  • On tracing terrorists' money flow between foreign banks - Democrats voted against it.
  • On building a border wall to control illegal immigration and stop dope dealers, terrorists and criminals, Democrats voted against it.
  • On interrogating captured terrorists - 194 Democrats just voted against it.
  • On telling the world (and our enemy) about a timetable for withdrawing from and deserting Iraq - this is the Democrats' retreat and defeat plan.

Think that's bad? Here's the Democrats' national defense record for the last 40 years:

  • Democrat President Johnson misjudges the Gulf of Tonkin incident, pursues the Vietnam War until a liberal CBS TV announcer thinks we're losing and says we should quit. So we quit and lose. The victorious communists then kill 2 million innocent civilians.
  • Democrat President Jimmy Carter during the Cold War withdraws U.S. support for our longtime military ally, the Shah of Iran. Carter doesn't like his human rights treatment of Soviet spies in prison. The shah is overthrown, and Ayatollah Khomeini returns, seizes power and creates an Islamic nation. Opponents are killed, the idea of suicide bombers is introduced to the PLO, and Iran's oil wealth is used to spawn and support Hezbollah, a terrorist militia that killed 241 Marines in a Beirut bombing and that lately attacked Israel. Iranian radicals storm our embassy, taking 52 American hostages for 444 days. Carter fails in an amateurish attempt to rescue them. Eight military personnel and eight aircraft are lost in a desert foul-up.
  • Democrat Carter, self-assured and well-meaning but dangerously naive, was responsible for bringing into power an Iranian Islamic regime that's now creating nuclear weapons to wipe out Israel and blackmail the U.S. and Europe. Iran has further provided weapons and support to Shiite militia and death squads in Iraq and could provide nukes to al-Qaeda, with which it has a working relationship.
  • After the Soviets meet the inexperienced Carter, they invade Afghanistan. Then the communists capture Ethiopia, South Yemen, Angola, Cambodia, Mozambique, Grenada and Nicaragua. The Afghanistan invasion attracts young Osama bin Laden, who raises money and recruits other Muslims to fight the anti-Soviet jihad.
    After the Soviets leave, this band becomes al-Qaeda.
  • So Carter's glaring weakness in dealing with the communists and Iran leads directly to both the current terrorist nuclear threat of Iran and the birth of al-Qaida, a group of mass murderers that would never have been possible if the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev had not been emboldened to invade Afghanistan after seeing an inept, appeasing American president, Carter.
  • Carter's ongoing, worldwide damage to America's future national defense does not end there. In 1994, civilian Carter goes to North Korea and negotiates an agreement that President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright buy into. The North Koreans use our money and help to secretly spend the next six years in researching and building nukes. Deceived again by a worthless piece of paper, Carter becomes America's Neville Chamberlain.

These Democrat policies and actions were not only incompetent and ineffective in defending the U.S. They also proved to be highly dangerous, creating the greatest threats to America's future security - a radical Islamic Iran and a North Korea with nukes, either one of which could hand weapons off to al-Qaida killers. And Carter is still out there giving us advice.

Ronald Reagan inherited from Democrat mismanagement a rapidly expanding communist enemy, 12% inflation (highest in 34 years), 21% interest rates (highest since Abe Lincoln was president), a depleted military and a serious energy crisis. Reagan's motto was “peace through strength,” not peace through retreat, weakness and accommodation.

He kicked communists out of Grenada and defeated them in Nicaragua, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. He supported those fighting against communist regimes. He attacked Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, who much later surrendered his nuclear weapons program after America's military captured the tyrant Saddam Hussein hiding in a hole in the ground.

For eight years congressional Democrats ridiculed and fought all of Reagan's defense and economic policies. They said he was dumb, stupid, too old and a warmonger who was going to start WWIII with the Soviet Union. Democrats were proved wrong on nearly every vital Reagan policy. His tax cuts set off a huge seven-year economic and technological boom, just as George Bush's broad tax cuts have done, creating millions of new jobs.

In the end, the Reagan-Bush administration defeated the 70-year-old Soviet Union, and communism disintegrated on the ash heap of history under Republican Reagan's relentless pressure and determination to build a missile defense system to make the Soviet nuclear arsenal obsolete.

The present terrorist threat to our security did not begin on 9/11, but in the early 1990s, after Democrat Clinton was elected in November 1992. In February 1993, terrorists bombed New York's World Trade Center. In October 1993, two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in Somalia. Eighteen Americans were killed and 73 wounded. In response, Clinton withdrew our forces.

In January 1995, Philippines police uncovered a plot to blow up 12 American airliners over the ocean. In June 1996, Khobar Towers, which housed U.S. Air Force personnel in Saudi Arabia, was blown up, killing 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi and wounding 372 others.

In February 1998, bin Laden declared “war on America,” saying the murder of any American anywhere on the earth was the “individual duty” of every Muslim. In August 1998, Qaeda blew up U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 200 and injuring 5,000. In October 2000, 17 U.S. sailors were killed when Qaeda attacked the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden.

According to Michael Scheuer, a 22-year CIA veteran and head of the agency's bin Laden unit, the 9/11 Commission report confirms that the Clinton administration had at least 10 chances to get the Qaeda leader, but Sandy Berger, Richard Clarke or Clinton simply could not make the decision to act. The CIA knew where bin Laden was and the military had plans, but they were almost always called off at the last minute.

So when presented with 10 specific opportunities, Clinton's Democrat administration never took any action that was effective or produced any positive result. From Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s to the policies and actions they push today, Democrats haven't been just weak and ineffective in defending against America's enemies.

This year, two other forces are feverishly working to undermine this election and our war on terror. One force is made up of elite national media based mainly on the East Coast. On several occasions they have given our enemy vital defense secrets. They also disgracefully report and relentlessly repeat only bad news. Such dishonest journalism confuses and deliberately misleads the American public. The TV networks have lost 50% of their audience and still refuse to change their one-sided news coverage.

The other force is represented by terrorists who are desperately attacking as many people as possible in Iraq in the weeks leading up to our election. They believe they can intimidate us like they intimidated Spanish voters in the wake of the Madrid bombings and affect our congressional election in a way that will result in our quick withdrawal from Iraq. But quitters never win.

As difficult and complex as the war has been, America has a very strong economy - with over 95% of our population employed and 70% owning homes - plus freedom, opportunity and a standard of living that other countries can only envy.

We've also been protected against further terrorist attacks by a strong, competent and determined president.




(IRAQ) FAREWELL MARINE

Forwarded by Susan Pearce-Rewoldt

A beautiful tribute written in 2004 by a proud mother of a Marine, Sandra Lee Gilcher, to honor her son and his 30 fellow Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Produced in 2006 by Julie Sharp - also a proud mother of a Marine.

Turn up your sound click here [http://www.pcsuccess.us/yrg/farewellmarine_final.swf ], and appreciate!




(WAR) BEN’S LETTER TO THE TROOPS

By Ben Stein, former Hollywood reporter. Forwarded by p38bob

Dear Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, National Guard, Reservists, in Iraq, in the Middle East theater, in Afghanistan, in the area near Afghanistan, in any base anywhere in the world, and your families:

Let me tell you about why you guys own about 90 percent of the cojones in the whole world right now, and should be damned happy with yourselves and damned proud of who you are.

It was a dazzlingly hot day here in Rancho Mirage today. I did small errands like going to the bank to pay my mortgage, finding a new bed at a price I can afford, practicing driving with my new 5 wood, paying bills for about two hours. I spoke for a long time to a woman who is going through a nasty child custody fight. I got e-mails from a woman who was fired today from her job for not paying attention. I read about multi-billion-dollar mergers in Europe, Asia, and the Mid-East. I noticed how overweight I am, for the millionth time.

In other words, I did a lot of nothing. Like every other American who is not in the armed forces family, I basically just rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic in my trivial, self-important, meaningless way. Above all, I talked to a friend of more than 43 years who told me he thought his life had no meaning because all he did was count his money.

And, friends in the armed forces, this is the story of all of America today. We are doing nothing but treading water while you guys carry on the life or death struggle against worldwide militant Islamic terrorism. Our lives are about nothing: paying bills, going to humdrum jobs, waiting until we can go to sleep and then doing it all again. Our most vivid issues are trivia compared with what you do every day, every minute, every second.

Oprah Winfrey talks a lot about “meaning” in life. For her, “meaning” is dieting and then having her photo on the cover of her magazine every single month (surely a new world record for egomania ). This is not “meaning.”

Meaning is doing for others… Meaning is risking your life for others… Meaning is putting your bodies and families' peace of mind on the line to defeat some of the most evil, sick killers the world has ever known.. Meaning is leaving the comfort of home to fight to make sure that there still will be a home for your family and for your nation and for free men and women everywhere.

Look, soldiers and Marines and sailors and airmen and Coast Guardsmen – there are eight billion people in this world. The whole fate of this world turns on what you people, 1.4 million, more or less, do every day. The fate of mankind depends on what about 2/100 of one percent of the people in this world do every day — and you are those people. And joining you is every policeman, fireman, and EMT in the country, also holding back the tide of chaos.

Do you know how important you are? Do you know how indispensable you are? Do you know how humbly grateful any of us who has a head on his shoulders is to you? Do you know that if you never do another thing in your lives, you will always still be heroes? That we could live without Hollywood or Wall Street or the NFL, but we cannot live for a week without you?

We are on our knees to you and we bless and pray for you every moment. And Oprah Winfrey, if she were a size two, would not have one millionth of your importance, and all of the Wall Street billionaires will never mean what the least of you do, and if Barry Bonds hits hundreds of home runs it would not mean as much as you going on one patrol or driving one truck to the Baghdad airport.

You are everything to us, as we go through our little days, and you are in the prayers of the nation and of every decent man and woman on the planet. That's who you are and what you mean. I hope you know that.

Love,

Ben Stein




WHY I VOTE

By James H. Reza

I'm sure some of you remember what occurred just a couple of years ago, when smiling Iraqis who voted for the first time in their lives, held up an inked thumb signifying that they had cast their vote to elect new Iraqi leaders to govern their country.

To many Americans who take voting for granted, and sadly, don't even bother to vote, the smiling faces of those Iraqis in the news probably didn't move them one bit.

I'm one of those individuals who only if I were in my deathbed, (which, thank God hasn't happen yet) I would probably then abstain from voting. Even if an election were held to vote for a dogcatcher, I would go to my polling place to cast my vote. As an American, I owe it by going to vote to those who have paid with their lives to give me that right to choose our elected representatives.

I still have vivid memories of blacks being hosed by firemen, beaten with clubs by policemen, and their churches being bombed for wanting to have equal access to a voting booth. Many blacks, as well as white Americans who sided with their plight, were killed here in the United States no more than 50 years ago. Many young blacks, and white folks as well, can't believe that that actually happened here in our country.

For whatever reason, the good and the bad side of this nation's history is not taught anymore in our schools. Thus, many Americans are ignorant of what transpired in our country not to long ago. However, for individuals like myself, those troubling times are still deeply embedded in my mind.

I still remember when and for whom I cast my first vote in 1960. I also remember that I had to pay to vote in my state of Texas. It was then called a Poll Tax. White co-workers would joke with me and tell me, “Well James, now that you paid your Poll Tax, you are a bonafide Mexican American, instead of a plain old Mexican.”

A few months ago, I wrote an article for a Hispanic website titled “Asleep at the Wheel.” I wrote it in disgust of illegal immigrants protesting while carrying Mexican flags on our streets, a bill sponsored by the Senate, which was going to allow illegal immigrants to work in our country, and later be granted amnesty. However, the Congress proposed a tougher bill that would seal our borders before the Senate's bill version would even be considered.

The Congress' bill infuriated Hispanics, which prompted thousands, if not millions, (Hispanics: legal or otherwise) to parade on our country's streets demanding to adopt the Senate's version of the proposed immigration bill. What I found almost laughable was that politicians, and egged on by the media, were running scared that there would be a backlash by Hispanics at the voting booths if their demands to not grant amnesty to illegals were not met.

Here are some interesting statistics I found in my local library for politicians and American voters of all stripes to ponder:

  • There are an estimated 39 million Hispanics in our country, or, 13% of the overall U. S. population.
  • In the Presidential Election of 2004 only 6.1% of registered Hispanic voters took to the polls.
  • In the Presidential Election of 2000, only 5% of the estimated Hispanic voters went to let their voices be heard at the polls.

Now tell me my fellow Americans, with those dismal voting patterns, who were the politicians really afraid of? If you are thinking that it was special interest groups you're getting warm.

However, it is my firm belief that our politicians in Washington were more afraid of the repercussions by businesses who hire and depend on illegal immigrants for their cheap labor, and who also fund their political campaigns with their money, than from Hispanic voters.

In my article, “Asleep at the Wheel,” I pleaded with American voters of both major parties, particularly white Americans (who by in large vote in greater numbers), that in this upcoming November election cycle we would let our voices be heard at the ballot box where it really counts, instead of wasting our time parading on our country's streets if illegal immigration was not controlled.

Folks, having written many articles for magazines and newspapers for many years, I was literally stunned by the response I received from my article on the Internet from Americans from almost every state. I even received some from the Ukraine and one from Iceland.

For about 3 months, I got on average, about 10 to 15 telephones calls per day to congratulate me, and from folks who wanted me to give them permission to have the article printed on their local newspaper. Many callers also informed me that they were going to send my piece to their elected city, state, and representatives in Washington.

Shortly thereafter, the letters started to pour in. Almost all were supportive of my stance on illegal immigration; however, my encouragement to Americans to vote was where I received much praise. Indeed, there were some letters and calls who called me everything but a zebra. Thankfully, they were few in number.

Some of the most interested letters and calls I received were from politicians. Some asked for permission to use my article on their mailers to send to their constituents in their respective cities and states where they were running for office.

As the weeks went by, I soon noticed that the stack of mail grew to about 2-1/2 feet high. Proudly I must confess, some personal letters were from our most visible and distinguished politicians: President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Senator Bill Frisk, Senator Barbara Boxer, to name but just a few.

Though I did not send my article to these noteworthy politicians, I assume that the folks who read my article on the internet must have done so. Which in essence got the attention of the politicians aforementioned, to incite them to write me about their stance on illegal immigration.

Finally my fellow Americans, though money is the driving force in Washington, politicians are extremely aware that without votes from us, all the money in the world won't help them get elected.

VOTE!

That's our American Way and our obligation to those who died to give us that freedom!

James H. Reza



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