Hope Rides Alone

Hope Rides Alone
 By Eddie Jeffers
 I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the
 city burn to the ground.
 I smell the familiar smells, I walk through the familiar rubble,
 and I look at the frightened faces that watch me pass down the
 streets of their neighborhood.
 My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device that has
 been given to me from my government for the purpose of taking the lives
 of others.
 I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry.
 Young American boys look to me to direct them in a manner that will
 someday allow them to see their families again… and yet, I too,
 am just a boy…. my age not but a few years more than that of the
 ones I lead. I am stressed, I am scared, and I am paranoid…
 because death is everywhere. It waits for me, it calls to me from
 around street corners and windows, and it is always there.

 There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into thoughts and
 actions that are not my own… but that are necessary for survival.
 I’ve made compromises with my humanity.
 And I am not alone in this.

 Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same
 streets…
 who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not.
 And to think, I volunteered for this…
 And I am ignorant to the rest of the world… or so I thought.
 But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and
 screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year,
 I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that
 doesn’t fit your average man. And then, I will be alone. And then,
 I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon
 stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to
 Hitler.

 I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the
 Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout
 off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about.
 It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by
 hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far
 from home.
 I use the word boys and girls, because that’s what they are.

 In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old.
 The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.
 People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to this war, but to
 the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are.
 They don’t realize its effects on this war. In this war, there are
 no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires.

 Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy’s brutality because
 it’s against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military
 Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy. The enemy slinks
 in the shadows and fights a coward’s war against us. It is effective
 though,
 as many men and women have died since the start of this war.
 And the memory of their service to America is tainted by the
 inconsiderate remarks on our nation’s news outlets.

 And every day, the enemy changes… only now, the enemy is becoming
 something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim
 extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom
 we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in
 denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war
 we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society…
 and they are becoming our enemy.

 Democrats and peace activists like to toss the word “quagmire”
 around and compare this war to Vietnam. In a way they are right,
 this war is becoming like Vietnam.
 Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and military.
 America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at
 war.
 Like it or not, we are here, some of us for our second, or third times;
 some even for their fourth and so on.
 Americans are so concerned now with politics, that it is interfering
 with our war.

 Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the internet…
 and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in
 the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes
 soldiers are even jailed… for doing their job.

 It is absolutely sickening to me to think our country has come to this.
 Why are we so obsessed with the bad news? Why will people stop at
 nothing to be against this war, no matter how much evidence of the
 good we’ve done is thrown in their face? When is the last time
 CNN or MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and hospitals in
 Iraq?
 Or the leaders of terror cells being detained or killed?
 It’s all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of Bush.
 They will ignore the good news, because it just might show people
 that Bush was right. America has lost its will to fight. It has lost
 its will to defend what is right and just in the world. The crazy
 thing of it all is that the American people have not even been asked
 to sacrifice a single thing. It’s not like World War Two, where
 people rationed food, and turned in cars to be made into metal for
 tanks.

 The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything.
 Unless you are in the military or the family member of a servicemember,
 its life as usual… the war doesn’t affect you.
 But it affects us. And when it is over, and the troops come home,
 and they try to piece together what’s left of them after their
 service… where will the detractors be then?

 Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to soldiers
 and help them sort out the last couple years of their lives, most
 of which have been spent dodging death and wading through the deaths
 of their friends? They will be where they always are, somewhere far
 away,
 where the horrors of the world can’t touch them.

 Somewhere where they can complain about things they will never
 experience in their lifetime; things that the young men and women
 of America have willingly taken upon their shoulders.
 We are the hope of the Iraqi people. They want what everyone else
 wants in life: safety, security, somewhere to call home. They want
 a country that is safe to raise their children in. Not a place where
 their children will be abducted, raped, and murdered if they do not
 comply with the terrorists demands. They want to live on, rebuild and
 prosper.

 And America has given them the opportunity, but only if we stay true
 to the cause, and see it to its end. But the country must unite in
 this endeavor… we cannot place the burden on our military alone.
 We must all stand up and fight, whether in uniform or not.
 And supporting us is more than sticking yellow ribbon stickers on your
 cars
 . It’s supporting our President, our troops and our cause.
 Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers.
 Right now, hope rides alone.

 But it can change, it must change. Because there is only failure and
 darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people, if it doesn’t.
 Let’s stop all the political nonsense, let’s stop all the bickering,
 let’s stop all the bad news, and let’s stand and fight!

 Isn’t that what America is about anyway?

Israel is here to stay

Israel is here to stay – Am Yisrael Chai.

By Ted Belman

Beit Halochem (Disabled Veterans of Israel) hosted an evening tonight in Toronto at which Efriam Eitan MK spoke. I was there.

Effie reached the level of Brigadier General in the IDF and is a member of the Israeli parliament’s Security and Foreign Affairs Committee. As a result he was in the loop with those who were investigating the failures in the recent war in Lebanon. The Washinton Times recently reported on his talk to members of Congress.

Here’s what he reported tonight.

    1. The quality and dedication of the Israeli soldiers was as good as ever.
    2. The leadership both military and political failed them. The military leaders have been replaced and the political leaders are next.
    3. The IDF knows how to deal with Hezbollah next time.

    4. If all else fails Israel will destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities and set them back for many years. The US has been so advised. Jews all over the world and Americans too must be prepared to protect themselves thereafter.
    5. Contrary to appearances, what with a left-leaning media and government, Israel will not be withdrawing from Judea and Samaria. The people have learned their lesson. Congress understands this and you can expect that the two state solution will die a slow death.
    6 Two things have contributed to this understanding; what happened in Lebanon and Gaza as a result of withdrawing and the new demographic study showing no demographic threat.

Finally he stressed that, if Israel is to survive for another two thousand years and beyond, it must reaffirm its biblical connection and be a Jewish state. Not a state like all the others. I totally agree.

I also want to mention how emotional and uplifting the evening was. Beit Halochem reminds us that a war is more than its outcome. One disabled veteran from the Lebanese war, an obstetrician doing reserve duty, told his story. He was holed up with 45 others in a house in south Lebanon to spend the night. He tells of the fear and determination prevalent among them. Suddenly they were hit by two anti tank rockets which killed a third of them and injured another third. All hell broke lose. He himself was injured. His arm was almost totally severed near the elbow. He and his arm were evacuated to a hospital where he awoke nine days later. The arm had been reconnected.

He reminded us that 141 soldiers were killed in that war along with 350 that were severely injured. They each have a story to tell. They each have siblings, wives children and parents who survived them or are there to support the injured. And behind them stands millions of their country men and millions of Jews and friends around the world. They fought for all of us and we should not forget them. Israel has 50,000 disabled vets. Beit Halochem exists to rehabilitate them psychologically and physically. Support them financially, when you can.

Effie has many stories to tell and tell them he did. He was born in Israel in the baby boom after the holocaust. His grandparents in Lithuania were killed by their neighbors simply because they were Jews. His mother was a doctor in the Soviet Army where she worked for five years throughout the war. The stories she can tell. After the war she knew that the only place for her, for a Jew, was in Eretz Yisrael. So she made her way there with a detour to Cyprus, courtesy of the British.

His father was a professor in America who happened to be in China during the war where he was imprisoned by the Japanese for two years in unimaginable conditions. He too made his way to Israel where Efie was born. Effie grew up secular in a kibbutz as did most of his generation. Everyone of his generation has a similar story to tell.

He was in the front lines on the Golan when the Yom Kippur War started. He told of the fear in seeing hundreds of tanks bearing down on his outpost and his decision to stay and fight rather than to run and save himself. He talked about the ethos existing in the heart of every IDF soldier to stand his ground in defense of home and family. There was nowhere to run to.

He was also part of the Entebbe Rescue Mission and shared his story. He was there in Amona standing side by side with Aryeh Eldad another MK and gave witness to the depths the secular left will go to to defeat religious nationalists.

And he was there in Toronto to give a message of hope. And I was there to hear it. Am Yisrael Chai.

The Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore

The Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore
By Michael Reagan
FrontPageMagazine.com | March 1, 2007

This whole thing with global warming and its leading apostle Al Gore is just more of the political left’s habit of talking the talk but never walking the walk.

Gore has proven time and again to be a complete hypocrite. He preaches the need to eliminate man-made pollution. On his website advising people to fight global warming by discovering what their so-called carbon footprint is, he says, “You may be surprised by how much CO2 you are emitting each year,” and advises that you should “calculate your personal impact and learn how you can take action to reduce or even eliminate your emissions of carbon dioxide.”

Mr. Gore, however, does not practice what he preaches. He wants you to curb your lifestyle drastically, but on the record he’s doing everything he doesn’t want you to do, and doing it extravagantly.

Consider his house in Tennessee. According to The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Nashville Electric Services records obtained by the Center show the Gores in 2006 averaged a monthly electricity bill of $1,359 for using 18,414 kilowatt-hours, and $1,461 per month for using 16,200 kilowatt-hours in 2005.

Over the past two years, the gas and electric bills for his 20-room mansion and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.

Nashville Gas Company billed the family during the same period an average of $536 a month for the main house and $544 for the pool house in 2006, and $640 for the main house and $525 for the pool house in 2005. That averages out to be $29,268 in gas and electric bills for the Gores in 2006, $31,512 in 2005.

“If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn’t care,” says Drew Johnson, the Center’s 27-year-old president. “But he tells other people how to live and he’s not following his own rules.”

Compare this with President Bush’s practices as a homeowner.

According to a story in the April 29, 2001, Chicago Tribune, “Bush loves ecology — at home,” the president’s house is a model of ecological purity.

“The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude, wrote freelance reporter Rob Sullivan. “Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this ‘eco-friendly’ dwelling use about 25 percent of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.

“A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.”

Gore talks the talk, the president walks the walk.

Gore and his leftist buddies pat themselves on the back and tell us what they think we ought to be doing, but they are not going to follow the rules they lay down for us.

Al Gore excuses his own excesses by saying he is buying “carbon credits,” to offset his massive use of electric power and jet planes.

Buying “carbon credits” allows him to pollute to his heart’s content, because he’s adopted a “carbon neutral” life whereby any emissions for which he is personally responsible are allegedly offset by buying “green credits” such as parcels of forests that eat up CO2.

He doesn’t do solar, he doesn’t use wind power, he doesn’t change his lifestyle or go bio-diesel, he doesn’t do any of the things he insists the rest of us must do to save the planet from being barbecued — he just buys carbon credits and goes on his merry way spewing pollution in all directions.

This is so outrageously asinine on its face; it alone should awaken the American people to the fact that they are being had by Mr. Gore and his fellow global warming fanatics. Instead of getting an Oscar Sunday night, he should have been laughed off the stage.

America’s Islamist Threat

America’s Islamist Threat
By Joe Kaufman
FrontPageMagazine.com | March 1, 2007

For decades, adherents of the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) have threatened the existence of their respective governments, considering them to be secular, illegitimate and traitorous.  As more and more of this brand of fundamentalist – and many times fanatic – Islam reaches our shores, will the same threat for us become reality?

State-run regimes have, time and time again, taken extreme measures against the Iquan.  These measures include imprisonment, expulsion, execution, and in the case of the Syrian Hama massacre of 1982, mass murder.  Life at home for Brothers has never been that brotherly.  For this reason, many chose to temporarily forego the quest for regional domination, in hopes of finding acceptance elsewhere.

Beginning in the 1950s, Saudi Arabia happily opened its doors to these unwanted travelers.  Unlike many Muslim nations,
Saudi Arabia was/is ruled by a fundamentalist form of Islam known as Wahhabism.  The Islamist movement of the Ikhwan, having a similar religious underpinning, allowed for mutual understanding and acceptance from the royal family.  As such, the Brotherhood was the perfect vehicle to spread the Wahhabi philosophy to other parts of the world.

 

Europe and
North America, while being the ideological opposite of Islam, were ironically the perfect match for the Brothers, as these continents offered Islamists something they did not have in their native lands – freedom of religion.  Others would embrace more radical surroundings, such as those who went off to fight the Russians alongside Osama bin Laden and his mentor
Abdullah Azzam, in
Afghanistan during the 80s.

 

Within
North America, Brotherhood organizations began to sprout.  The same year the newly formed Baathist regime of Syria outlawed the Ikhwan, leaders of the Brotherhood found a new dwelling place in the state of
Illinois.  In January of 1963, the
Muslim Students Association (MSA) was born.  Today, MSA chapters number in the hundreds.

 

Out of the MSA came the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), two large umbrella organizations for radical mosques and Islamic centers throughout the U.S. and
Canada – the latter being created to emulate Jamaat-e-Islami, the Brotherhood of Pakistan.  As well, from the MSA came the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the first ever Muslim financial trust (waqf) company, that holds the titles for the
radical mosques and North American children’s schools.  These organizations form the basis for a physical American Islamist infrastructure.

 

Other groups, like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), the American Muslim Council (AMC), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) attempt to attach themselves to politicians and law enforcement personnel.  Educational facilities, such as the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), and book companies, like Amana Publications, provide Islamist propaganda to the masses.  And charities, such as Islamic Relief (IR) and Life for Relief and Development (LIFE) actively raise money through much of the above for Islamist causes overseas.

 

The groups work in tandem with one another to make sure goals are achieved, and all are charged to protect one another from harm – even if the wrongdoing is beyond reprehensible.  Sami Al-Arian was a co-founder of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the organization’s North American leader.  He was, at least in part, responsible for the brutal murders of over 100 innocent people, including two Americans.  He now sits in a
U.S. prison, a convicted terrorist.  None of this has fazed the Islamist community, as many of the groups mentioned have called for
fasting in solidarity with Al-Arian, who has gone on a hunger strike.  As well, they have called for their Brother’s release.

 

Except for his children’s school, which was being used to funnel money to PIJ, Al-Arian’s operation in the
U.S. was shut down by the government.  Many other organizations connected to overseas terror have been shut down as well.  However, this has only been a hinderance, as Islamism in America continues to grow, strengthened by the ideologies of the Brotherhood and the never-ending petrodollars they receive from their Wahhabist enablers in the
Persian Gulf.

 

What is the Brotherhood doctrine with regard to
America?  It was spelled out in a book entitled Milestones, authored by Ikhwan leader Sayyid Qutb.  In it, he writes, “Even the Western world realizes that Western civilization is unable to present any healthy values for the guidance of mankind… It is essential for mankind to have a new leadership… Islam is the only system which possesses these values and this way of life.”  Or as
Omar Ahmad, former National Chairman of CAIR, put it, “Islam isn’t in
America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in
America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
 

Those adherents of the Muslim Brotherhood that are in
America have a religious-based political mission.  It is no different than that of Osama bin Laden or his second-in-charge, Brother Ayman al-Zawahiri.  Only the tactics have changed.  While Al-Qaeda looks to establish Islam in
America overnight, those Brothers that live here practice patience.  They know that the American public is ignorant to their desires, as they slowly bring themselves to power using our hard-earned dollars that we
feed into our gas tanks, using our own Constitution against us.  If we don’t wake up soon, their goals will be achieved.

Let Them Eat Tofu!

Let Them Eat Tofu!
By Ann Coulter
FrontPageMagazine.com | March 1, 2007

Even right-wingers who know that “global warming” is a crock do not seem to grasp what the tree-huggers are demanding. Liberals want mass starvation and human devastation.

Forget the lunacy of people claiming to tell us the precise temperature of planet Earth in 1918 based on tree rings. Or the fact that in the ’70s liberals were issuing similarly dire warnings about “global cooling.”

Simply consider what noted climatologists Al Gore and Melissa Etheridge are demanding that we do to combat their nutty conjectures about “global warming.” They want us to starve the productive sector of fossil fuel and allow the world’s factories to grind to a halt. This means an end to material growth and a cataclysmic reduction in wealth.

There are more reputable scientists defending astrology than defending “global warming,” but liberals simply announce that the debate has been resolved in their favor and demand that we shut down all production.

They think they can live in a world of only Malibu and East Hampton – with no Trentons or Detroits. It does not occur to them that someone has to manufacture the tiles and steel and glass and solar panels that go into those “eco-friendly” mansions, and someone has to truck it all to their beachfront properties, and someone else has to transport all the workers there to build it. (And then someone has to drive the fleets of trucks delivering the pachysandra and bottled water every day.)

Liberals are already comfortably ensconced in their beachfront estates, which they expect to be unaffected by their negative growth prescriptions for the rest of us.

There was more energy consumed in the manufacture, construction and maintenance of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Malibu home than is needed to light the entire city of Albuquerque, where there are surely several men who can actually act. But he has solar panels to warm his house six degrees on chilly Malibu nights.

Liberals haven’t the foggiest idea how the industrial world works. They act as if America could reduce its vast energy consumption by using fluorescent bulbs and driving hybrid cars rather than SUVs. They have no idea how light miraculously appears when they flick a switch or what allows them to go to the bathroom indoors in winter – luxuries Americans are not likely to abandon because Leo DiCaprio had solar panels trucked into his Malibu estate.

Our lives depend on fossil fuel. Steel plants, chemical plants, rubber plants, pharmaceutical plants, glass plants, paper plants – those run on energy. There are no Mother Earth nursery designs in stylish organic cotton without gas-belching factories, ships and trucks, and temperature-controlled, well-lighted stores. Windmills can’t even produce enough energy to manufacture a windmill.

Because of the industrialization of agriculture – using massive amounts of fossil fuel – only 2 percent of Americans work in farming. And yet they produce enough food to feed all 300 million Americans, with plenty left over for export. When are liberals going to break the news to their friends in Darfur that they all have to starve to death to save the planet?

“Global warming” is the left’s pagan rage against mankind. If we can’t produce industrial waste, then we can’t produce. Some of us – not the ones with mansions in Malibu and Nashville is my guess – are going to have to die. To say we need to reduce our energy consumption is like saying we need to reduce our oxygen consumption.

Liberals have always had a thing about eliminating humans. Stalin wanted to eliminate the kulaks and Ukrainians, vegetarian atheist Adolf Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to eliminate poor blacks, DDT opponent Rachel Carson wanted to eliminate Africans (introduction to her book “Silent Spring” written by … Al Gore!), and population-control guru Paul Ehrlich wants to eliminate all humans.

But global warming is the most insane, psychotic idea liberals have ever concocted to kill off “useless eaters.” If we have to live in a pure “natural” environment like the Indians, then our entire transcontinental nation can only support about 1 million human beings. Sorry, fellas – 299 million of you are going to have to go.

Proving that the “global warming” campaign is nothing but hatred of humanity, these are the exact same people who destroyed the nuclear power industry in this country 30 years ago.

If we accept for purposes of argument their claim that the only way the human race can survive is with clean energy that doesn’t emit carbon dioxide, environmentalists waited until they had safely destroyed the nuclear power industry to tell us that. This proves they never intended for us to survive.

“Global warming” is the liberals’ stalking horse for their ultimate fantasy: The whole U.S. will look like Amagansett, with no one living in it except their even-tempered maids (for “diversity”), themselves and their coterie (all, presumably, living in solar-heated mansions, except the maids who will do without electricity altogether). The entire fuel-guzzling, tacky, beer-drinking, NASCAR-watching middle class with their over-large families will simply have to die.

It seems not to have occurred to the jet set that when California is as poor as Mexico, they might have trouble finding a maid. Without trucking, packaging, manufacturing, shipping and refrigeration in their Bel-Air fantasy world, they’ll be chasing the rear end of an animal every time their stomachs growl and killing small animals for pelts to keep their genitals warm

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