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Malaysian minister defends caning of prisoners as gruesome video appears on internet – Caution very graphic –

Thus Speaks The Tolerant Left

Thus Speaks The Tolerant Left

Ed Lasky
There will be seven Democratic Presidential candidates at a Leadership Forum today sponsored by YearlyKos. I wonder how many of them are aware of the vile, anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish invective that regularly appears on the organizer’s personal website?

Powerful Political Blog Attracts Israel Hate Posts – Robert Goldberg (Washington Times) Eyal Rosenberg resigned as a diarist for the powerful political blog DailyKos on May 9 after “all the Israel Hate spewing out of one too many diaries around here.”

As he wrote in his last post: “Reading these past months on dkos has led me to believe that people here, under the ‘progressive’ banner, support views that end up in one place: Me dead.

” Recently, a DailyKos diarist suggested “gassing Joe Lieberman like a dog.”

Rosenberg notes that the anti-Semitic attacks are not “isolated.” In his brief time as a diarist (several months), he counted 5,000 Israel or Jewish references in the DailyKos. That’s about 23 posts on Jews or Israel a day, most negative.

This past spring, one of the site’s diarists posted an image that morps the face of Israel’s minister of strategic affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, with that of Adolf Hitler’s shown holding a skull painted with a Star of David, under the caption “Zionism was and remains a racist ideology.”.

There are thousands of posts blaming Israel for all the terror and conflict in the Middle East.

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14 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens

     14 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens… Hope these 14 reasons are
 forwarded over and over again until they are read by the majority of
 Americans. Then they will have something to yell at their U.S.
 Congress members about.

 1. $11  Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each

 2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such
 as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

 3.  $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

 4. $12  Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school
 education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of

 5.  $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the
 American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

 6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

 7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens .

 8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare &
 Social Services by the American taxpayers.

 9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by
 the illegal aliens.

 10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two
 and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their
 children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United
 States .

 11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens
 crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from
 Terrorist Countries.  Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine
 and marijuana, crossed into the U. S.  From the Southern border Homeland
 Security Report.

 12.  The National Policy Institute, “estimated that the total cost of
 deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of
 between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.”

 13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to
 their countries of origin .

 14. “The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes
 Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ”  .

 So using the LOWEST estimates, the annual cost OF ILLEGAL ALIENS is
 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! So if deporting them costs between  206 and
 230 BILLION DOLLARS, Hell get rid of em’, We’ll be ahead after the 1st
 Please pass this on. Americans need to wake up!

Double Tap—Marine Perspective

Double Tap—Marine Perspective

A Marine response to a simple question. Regarding the news blurb about the
Marine who put two rounds (“double tap”) in a wounded insurgent’s head in
Fallujah, here’s a response from a Marine:

“It’s a safety issue, pure and simple. After assaulting through a
target, we put a security round in everybody’s head. Sorry al-Reuters,
there’s no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up “prisoners” and
offering them a hot cup o’ Joe, falafel, and a blanket. There’s no time to
dick around on the target. You clear the space, dump the chumps, and move
Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative. Hey
Libs, worried about the defense budget? Well, it would be waste, fraud,
and abuse for a Corpsman to expend one man-minute or a battle dressing on a
terrorist. It’s much cheaper to just spend the $.02 on a 5.56mm FMJ. By
the way, in our view, terrorists who chop off civilian’s heads are not
prisoners, they are carcasses. Chopping off a civilian’s head is another
reason why these idiots are known as “unlawful combatants.” It seems that
most of the world’s journalists have forgotten that fact.
Let me be very clear about this issue. I have looked around the web,
and many people get this concept, but there are some stragglers.
Here is your typical Marine sitrep (situation report): You just took
fire from unlawful combatants (no uniform – breaking every Geneva
Convention rule there is) shooting from a religious building attempting to
use the sanctuary status of their position as protection. But you’re in
Fallujah now, and the Marine Corps has decided that they’re not playing
that game this time. That was Najaf. So you set the mosque on fire and
you hose down the terrorists with small arms, launch some AT-4s (Rockets),
some 40MM grenades into the building and things quiet down. So you run
over there, and find some tangos (bad guys) wounded and pretending to be
dead. You are aware that suicide martyrdom is like really popular with
these idiots, and they think taking some Marines with them would be really
cool. So you can either risk your life and your fire team’s lives by
having them cover you while you bend down and search a guy that you think
is pretending to be dead for some reason. Most of the time these are the
guys with the grenade or a vest made of explosives. Also, you don’t know
who or what is in the next room. You’re already speaking English to the
rest of your fire team or squad which lets the terrorist know you are there
and you are his enemy. You are speaking loud because your hearing is poor
from shooting people for several days. So you know that there are many
other rooms to enter, and that if anyone is still alive in those rooms,
they know that Americans are in the mosque. Meanwhile (3 seconds later),
you still have this terrorist (that was just shooting at you from a mosque)
playing possum. What do you do? You double tap his head, and you go to
the next room, that’s what!
What about the Geneva Convention and all that ‘Law of Land Warfare’
stuff? What about it? Without even addressing the issues at hand, your
first thought should be, “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by
6.” Bear in mind that this tactic of double tapping a fallen terrorist is
a perpetual mindset that is reinforced by experience on a minute by minute
basis. Secondly, you are fighting an unlawful combatant in a Sanctuary,
which is a double No-No on his part. Third, tactically you are in no
position to take “prisoners” because there are more rooms to search and
clear, and the behavior of said terrorist indicates that he is up to no
good. No good in Fallujah is a very large place and the low end of no good
and the high end of no good are fundamentally the same … Marines end up
getting hurt or die. So there is no compelling reason for you to do
anything but double tap this idiot and get on with the mission.
If you are a veteran, then everything I have just written is self
evident. If you are not a veteran, at least try to put yourself in the
situation. Remember, in Fallujah there is no yesterday, there is no
tomorrow, there is only now, Right NOW. Have you ever lived in NOW for a
week? It is really, really not easy. If you have never lived in NOW for
longer than it takes to finish the big roller coaster at Six Flags, then
shut your hole about putting Marines in jail for “War Crimes.”

Semper Fi

Red Alert, There are differences in cultures.

Red  Alert,  There are differences in cultures.


The Engish are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” Londoners have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to a “Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was during the great fire of 1666. Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Surrender” and “Collaborate.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability. It’s not only the English and French that are on a heightened level of alert. Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.” The Germans also increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.” Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday,as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels. The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

The Agony of Debate


The Agony of Debate

<br</brby Thomas Lindaman 


If you ever want to see some of the best political reporting on Election 2008, there are a number of places to go. If you don’t, go to the Washington Post. Seeing some of the subjects they cover as real news from the campaign trail makes my twice-monthly screeds look like Paradise Lost.


But I do have to give them credit on one story they ran on July 23rd. The story in question dealt with how the Democrats running for President are having to endure, get this, debate fatigue. Although the first official debate among the Democrat candidates was set for July 23rd, they’ve been having debates and discussions in front of just about any group who would have them. No word yet on if they’re going to swing by my place while they’re in Iowa to debate whether Dennis Kucinich is Gollum from The Lord of the Rings or a genetic cross between Ross Perot and Casey Kasem.


One major problem that the Washington Post story mentioned was how individual special interest groups are hosting candidate debates, but the big-name candidates feel they can’t skip them after second and third tier candidates accept. After all, they can’t risk offending the North Petaluma Anti-War Lesbian Same Sex Marriage Coalition and Bridge Club, right? Of course, this is a problem Democrats have brought on themselves by having so many special interest groups to pander to for votes. Since the 1990s if not a little before, the Democratic Party has gone from being a real political party to being a laundry list of special interest groups all jockeying for position in the political equivalent of Lord of the Flies. But unlike in the book, nobody’s quite sure who has the conch shell right now, but everyone in the race thinks George W. Bush is the monster.


This brings us to another point that is overlooked in the story. Democrats were announcing they were thinking about running for President in 2008…before the Congressional elections of 2006 were even held. That exercise in jumping the gun created the longer campaign season that the candidates and their staffs are complaining about now. I have zero sympathy for the nozzlehead who announced in 2006 that they wanted to run for President in 2008 and now complains about the long hours and numerous debates that go into running for President. Seriously, if you guys didn’t factor this into your decision when you made it, I don’t want you running my local 7-11, let alone the United States.


A representative from John Edwards’s campaign also lamented the short amount of time for candidates to give answers to questions. Eric Schultz said, “Senator Edwards feels strongly that voters deserve more substantive debates between the candidates….You cannot explain how you will end the war in Iraq or solve the climate crisis in 60 seconds.” You know, reading anyone talk about substance while representing John Edwards always makes me giggle. I can’t explain it. But it’s not like the candidates themselves are trying to figure out more substantive answers to questions in first place. I can summarize the core of the Democrat debates so far in the following vignette.


Moderator: The biggest issue right now is international terrorism. Senator Edwards, what do you think we should do?


Edwards: George W. Bush sucks!


Other Candidates: Yeah! George W. Bush sucks!


Moderator: How do you propose to get our troops out of Iraq? Senator Clinton, let’s start with you.


Clinton: [yelling in a loud monotone] BY DOING THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT GEORGE W. BUSH HAS DONE!


Other Candidates: Yeah! By doing the opposite of what George W. Bush has done!


Repeat that for another 59 minutes or so, throw in Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer to add credibility to the event, and you have yourself a Democrat Presidential debate.


The Post article mentions that a big risk to the major candidates by having so many debates is that they have more opportunities to screw up. Please. The only way these “debates” could be any more tightly scripted would be if writers for professional wrestling wrote them. Then again, it would be interesting to see “Macho Man” Mike Gravel go up against “The Rock” Barack Obama…provided, of course, Gravel can smell what Barack is cookin’.


And here’s the funny thing about all of this. Most people don’t pay attention to political campaigns until around Labor Day of the election year because, well, they have lives. In other words, the Democrats are knocking themselves out to attract the votes of the true believers, who most likely will vote for the eventual nominee. And these folks question George W. Bush’s intelligence?


Thomas Lindaman is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. and The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. He is also Publisher of