Archive for September 26th, 2006

Condi Rice: Clinton lying about bin Laden

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

This surprises us how? Slick Willie lies about everything.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making “flatly false” claims that the Bush administration didn’t lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks.
Rice hammered Clinton, who leveled his charges in a contentious weekend interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel, for his claims that the Bush administration “did not try” to kill Osama bin Laden in the eight months they controlled the White House before the Sept. 11 attacks.
“The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn’t do that is just flatly false – and I think the 9/11 commission understood that,” Rice said during a wide-ranging meeting with Post editors and reporters.
“What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years,” Rice added.
The secretary of state also sharply disputed Clinton’s claim that he “left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy” for the incoming Bush team during the presidential transition in 2001.
“We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda,” Rice responded during the hourlong session.
Her strong rebuttal was the Bush administration’s first response to Clinton’s headline-grabbing interview on Fox on Sunday in which he launched into an over-the-top defense of his handling of terrorism – wagging his finger in the air, leaning forward in his chair and getting red-faced, and even attacking Wallace for improper questioning.

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‘Voices of Heaven’ ordered not to sing sacred music

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Once again…let me remind everyone that it is not against any law to have religious songs sung at school.

The all-star choir visiting from Europe was called “Voices of Heaven” but members were told by a Michigan school district not to sing sacred songs while on campus, leaving the artists bewildered and district parents enraged that the German singers would return home with such an impression of the United States.
The order came recently from Supt. Charles Breiner of the Howell School District in Michigan just as the Eberbach, Germany, choir arrived for its scheduled concert at Howell High School.
In a report in the Livingston County Press, parents said Breiner’s administration had ordered the choir to leave out music deemed too religious.

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Officials told the local newspaper that the censorship was imposed to bring the program into line with a policy of Howell Public Schools that limits the amount of sacred music in any performance.
“I don’t know if I would call it ‘scaled back’ or ‘censored’ – and that word scares the heck out of me,” Donna Hoornstra, a parent of two Howell choir students said. She hosted two members of Voices of Heaven during their recent visit.
“I’m appalled, I’m embarrassed and I’m ashamed,” she said.
She said one of the choir members was distraught by the ruling.
“He felt discriminated against in our community,” she told the newspaper.
Even the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan confirmed that including religious music in a high school’s choir program is allowed.
“The courts have said that having some religious music in serious choral concerts in public schools is OK, as long as the purpose is not to promote religion,” said Michael J. Steinberg, of the ACLU.
“That evening (before the concert), we were all sitting at (the) kitchen table having dinner, and one of the two choir members who were staying with us said, ‘I’m very upset,'” Hoornstra related. “I asked him what was wrong, and he said, ‘Our director was told by your Mr. Breiner that there was to be no sacred music.’ My mouth dropped open.”
“I told him that this is not what our community believes,” she said.

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But other parents said the choir members staying with them also were disturbed.
“They were really disappointed,” Diane Schenkel told the newspaper. “A few of them said that this was the first and only school where they had been asked to do that. Some of the kids had solos in some of the songs that they couldn’t sing.”

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Now a parents group says it’s time for Breiner to resign.
“We are outraged at Mr. Breiner’s most recent antics. He has apparently moved from promoting a gay agenda to embarrassing our community internationally,” said Vicki Fyke, a spokesperson for the Livingston Organization for Values in Education committee.
“We have endured two years of controversy with Mr. Breiner as the common denominator to each incident and feel the community would be better served if Mr. Breiner would simply resign,” she said yesterday.
Fyke also noted that Breiner had ruled that the Scouting programs that meet in district buildings would not be allowed to send information home with students at the beginning of a school year, as they have in the past and as other groups were allowed to do.
The parents’ group also noted that in the past Breiner had formally recognized the hanging of a “gay pride” flag in the school, but banned the national motto, “In God We Trust,” from school walls.

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Fyke said the decisions by Breiner, finishing with the censorship of the concert, are part of an “in-your-face hostility” to community values.
“We are also embarrassed for Ms. Falls, the Three Fires choir director, who planned this diverse event,” Fyke said. “Mr. Breiner continues to throw his staff under the bus.
“This latest action is an embarrassment to our entire community and to those that have worked so hard in the name of diversity. If having a youth choir come from Germany to perform isn’t diversity, then I don’t know what diversity means.”
Steinberg said much of traditional choral music is religious in nature, and alternatives are limited.

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Hamas and Fatah call off unity talks

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Well, the slimy pali terrorist are getting ready to fight the other slimy pali terrorist. Step back and watch the feathers fly.

JERUSALEM – Rivals Hamas and Fatah called off top-level talks Monday on forming a Palestinian unity government that might ease crippling international sanctions, the latest indication of difficulties in bridging their ideological differences.
With the Palestinians stuck, another channel for Mideast progress appeared to open when Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had a secret meeting with a senior official from Saudi Arabia. Both sides predictably denied the reports, as they have no official relations.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of Fatah, postponed his planned trip to the Gaza Strip for talks with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, and both sides said no new date has been set.
Since a Hamas government took office last March, a cutoff of Western aid has brought the Palestinian Authority to its knees, leaving most public sector workers without pay for months and shutting down vital projects.
Israel and the West insisted that Hamas must recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous peace accords, but the Islamic militant group has refused to comply.
Hamas trounced Abbas’ Fatah in January parliamentary elections, a reflection of voter dissatisfaction with decades of inefficiency, corruption and high-handed rule rather than an endorsement of the Hamas ideology rejecting the existence of Israel.
Thrust into power for the first time, Hamas has refused to bend its main goal — an Islamic Middle East without a Jewish state. During the past decade, dozens of Hamas suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis.

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GOP Leaders Call for Border Security First, Then Other Aspects of Problem

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Make sense to me. Except I think a “real” fence is needed, not this “virtual” thing they keep going on about.

WASHINGTON, DC (AgapePress) – In Washington, DC, House Republican leaders say a series of public hearings across the country have given them a clear message on what needs to be done to secure the country’s borders.
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri says the hearings led to the conclusion that a “comprehensive” bill on immigration is not necessary to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. The term “comprehensive immigration bill” is code for an amnesty-based, “guest worker” program — which the GOP leader maintains will not happen if his party maintains control of the House in the upcoming mid-term elections.
According to Blunt, great strides are already being made toward fixing the problem of illegal immigration. “We spent over twenty-million new dollars for fencing, for Border Patrol agents, [and] for detention facilities,” he explains. And Blunt says the U.S. no longer has a “catch and let go” policy, but rather a “catch and send back” policy. He says a new House bill will allocate even more money to further secure the border.
He says the legislation would designate “another twenty-two billion new dollars for the virtual fencing of the border, for the kinds of things that need to be done that secure the border.” Such legislation, he contends, would mean “we don’t have to have a comprehensive bill to get to the important first step, which is to stop the problem from getting bigger.”

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“Who Makes the Terrorists Hate Us?” by David Limbaugh

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

What other nation in history has obsessively investigated itself during time of war? When are we going to quit beating ourselves up and move down the road?
Just a few weeks ago, we were treated to Phase 2 of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report analyzing our failures of prewar intelligence for the millionth time. The Committee — with a nominal majority of Republicans and a working majority of antiwar members — reported that the administration had been wrong in alleging a relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
As Republican Chairman Pat Roberts made clear, the working majority cherry picked the evidence to conclude there was no relationship when the weight of the evidence indicated there was — going back 10 years, no less. Condoleezza Rice confirmed that there were always dissenting opinions, but that the prevailing view among our intelligence agencies was that there was indeed a relationship.
The committee demonstrated its absurdity elsewhere, too, when it concluded, preposterously, that Saddam didn’t consider the United States an enemy because he said so during his debriefing. The committee chose to believe that obvious lie from a lying, murderous tyrant over his consistently contradictory statements and behavior over the previous decade.

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Democrats have been telling us nonstop that President Bush’s policies — his alleged unilateralism in general, and his attack on Iraq specifically — have caused an otherwise loving enemy to hate and wage war against us. If that’s true — which it isn’t — how much more true is it that the feelings of the Muslim world (and the European left) toward the United States have deteriorated as a direct result of the Democrats’ constant lies about President Bush?
If they truly believe our policies have intensified the hatred of Islamic extremists toward the United States, then why don’t they quit telling the world — when they know better — that President Bush lied about Iraqi WMD and about Saddam’s relationship with Al Qaeda? Why don’t they quit falsely charging that it is the covert policy of this administration to torture enemy combatant detainees at Gitmo? Why don’t they quit saying that President Bush attacked Iraq for its oil?
Easy. They either don’t believe negative world opinion of the United States spawns terrorism as they claim, or they don’t care whether it does or not — at least they don’t care as much about that as they do regaining political power.

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