Archive for June 1st, 2007

Olmert ‘Seriously Exploring’ Handing Territory to Syria

Friday, June 1st, 2007

This is crazy!! How much damage is this man going to be allowed to do to Israel before he is voted out??

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is “very seriously” exploring the possibility of resuming talks with Syria aimed at giving up the Golan Heights, the Israeli media reported yesterday, quoting top diplomatic sources.

The Golan Heights is strategic mountainous territory looking down on Israeli and Syrian population centers twice used by Damascus to launch ground invasions into the Jewish state.

According to Israel’s Haaretz daily, Olmert tapped third parties to approach Syria to feel out whether Damascus is seriously interested in negotiations.

Syria, which signed a military alliance with Iran, openly hosts Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders. The U.S. accuses Syria of fueling and aiding the insurgency in Iraq. Israel says Syria has been allowing large quantities of weapons to be transported from its borders to the Lebanese-based Hezbollah militia, which last summer engaged in a war with the Jewish state. Syria has been widely blamed for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The Haaretz report follows a WND exclusive story last week revealing the embattled Olmert – faced with devastatingly low poll numbers and calls from the public and senior officials to resign – directed staffers at Israel’s Foreign Ministry to prepare for the possibility of talks with Syria.

Some analysts here have speculated in the Israeli media Olmert’s ratings could rise if he reached out to his leftist base and conducted negotiations with the Palestinians or Syria.

According to top diplomatic sources speaking to WND, Israeli intelligence agencies have been asked by Olmert’s office to submit reports on the status of Syria’s military and the likelihood of a Syrian military attack against the Jewish state.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has held talks with senior ministry staffers to outline Israel’s interests during any negotiations with Syria, said the sources.

Foreign Ministry analysts were instructed to put together detailed reports on whether Syrian President Bashar Assad is serious about recent calls for peace with Israel, the sources said.

Assad also recently made a series of statements his military is ready for war with the Jewish state.

Last month, Israeli security officials told reporters Syria, aided by Iran, is preparing for a summer war with Israel, including acquisition of advanced weaponry, placement of missiles near the Jewish state’s border, and training and movements of strategic troop battalions.

The information followed media interviews in which top Assad deputies warned if Israel doesn’t vacate the Golan Heights, Damascus will resort to “resistance.”

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters Tuesday the U.S. has given the green light for Israel negotiate with Syria, but she stipulated the prime minister must not agree to any negotiations, even indirectly, regarding a change in the U.S. position toward Syria. The U.S. largely has attempted to isolate Damascus.

The reports of possible talks with Syria come after a government-appointed committee earlier this month released a report slamming Olmert’s decision-making process during last summer’s war against the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. The report prompted mass demonstrations and widespread calls for Olmert to step down, including from the prime minister’s own deputy, Livni.

WND reported in the weeks prior to the report’s release Olmert, anticipating a major backlash, held meetings with leading leftist figures here pledging to carry out Israeli withdrawals in exchange for their continued support. The sources said Olmert told the leftist leaders he is willing to negotiate with Syria and reach a final status agreement with the Palestinians, including an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem and is within rocket range of Tel Aviv.

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Pali Terrorist Continue to Teach Death to Children

Friday, June 1st, 2007

The pali terrorist haven’t learned that teaching death of all things Americans and Israeli leads to more violence and destruction against themselves than it does to the so-called enemies. If you really want to be sickened, watch this video clip from Memri TV of a kindergarten graduation ceremony.

Boys: Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. Who is your role model? The Prophet. Who is your role model? The Prophet. What is your path? Jihad. What is your path? Jihad. What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah. What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah.

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Republican Revolt Over Immigration

Friday, June 1st, 2007

In a move that is no surprise to me, the Republican rank and file (people like you and me) are expressing our displeasure (to use one of the nicer words) over the latest immigration boondoggle. They seem to be showing their displeasure with their wallets.

Just two days after President Bush slammed critics of his immigration policy, the Republican National Committee has reportedly fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, as donors are said to be furious over the president’s stance to give legal status to millions of illegal aliens.

“Every donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue,” a fired phone-bank employee told the Washington Times.

Republican outrage over President Bush’s immigration policy has led to some to create satirical currency such as this

Ousted staff members told the paper Anne Hathaway, the committee’s chief of staff, summoned the solicitors and told them they were out of work, effective immediately.

They claim the reasons they were given were an estimated 40 percent plunge in small-donor contributions, as well as aging phone-bank equipment the RNC said would cost too much to modernize.

The committee, however, is denying any drop-off in the influx of cash.

“Any assertion that overall donations have gone down is patently false,” RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told the Times via e-mail. “We continue to out-raise our Democrat counterpart by a substantive amount (nearly double).”

Schmitt said terminating the phone solicitation staff “was not an easy decision. The first and primary motivating factor was the state of the phone-bank technology, which was outdated and difficult to maintain. The RNC was advised that we would soon need an entire new system to remain viable.”

She also indicated “the changing ways in which people choose to contribute” meant the RNC’s in-house phone bank “was simply no longer cost effective, although unfortunate.”

While the ex-employees acknowledged their equipment was aging, they also said the steep drop in donations “probably” hastened the end of the in-house operation.

“Last year, my solicitations totaled $164,000, and this year the way they were running for the first four months, they would total $100,000 by the end of 2007,” another fired phone-bank employee who asked not to be identified told the paper.

Previous GOP donors have given RNC solicitors a lashing about the president’s proposed immigration measure.

“We have not heard anyone in our donor calls who supported the president on immigration,” said a fired phone solicitor, who described himself as a Republican activist.

“We write these comments up from each call, and give them to a supervisor who passes them on to the finance director or the national chairman,” he said. “But when I talked with the White House, the people there told me they got nothing but positive comments on the president’s immigration stand.”

As WND reported, opponents of the controversial immigration deal forged by the White House and a bipartisan group of senators in private meetings “don’t want to do what’s right for America,” according to President Bush in a speech Tuesday.

“The fundamental question is, will elected officials have the courage necessary to put a comprehensive immigration plan in place,” Bush told students and instructors at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga.

The president argued the proposal, which offers a path to citizenship for the more than 12 million illegal immigrants, will make “it more likely we can enforce our border – and at the same time uphold the great immigrant tradition of the United States of America.”

The plan, which was quickly sent to the Senate floor without public hearings, has been dismissed as “amnesty” by opponents. But Bush emphasized the bill requires a number of security and enforcement measures be carried out before those features can be implemented.

They include barriers on the Mexican border, hiring more Border Patrol agents and an identification system for employees.

The bill would allow illegal immigrants to come forward and obtain a “Z visa” that puts them on a track for permanent residency within eight to 13 years. Fees and a fine of $5,000 are required and heads of household first must return to their home countries.

The illegals, however, would be able to obtain a probationary card right away to live and work in the U.S.

The plan also would create a guest worker program, allowing foreigners to come to the U.S. on a temporary basis with no guarantee of eventually gaining citizenship.

Bush acknowledged many Americans “are skeptical about immigration reform, primarily because they don’t think the government can fix the problems.”

“And my answer to the skeptics is: Give us a chance to fix the problems in a comprehensive way that enforces our border and treats people with decency and respect,” the president said. “Give us a chance to fix this problem. Don’t try to kill this bill before it gets moving.”

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“The World’s Only Supercower” by Jack Kinsella

Friday, June 1st, 2007

By now, you have probably heard all about the new Pew Research poll of American Muslim attitudes, and if you haven’t, you will. Prepare yourself to be amazed — on two counts.

In the first, there is the results of the poll. Several things to note at the outset; the targets of the survey were American Muslims. They weren’t immigrants. They were American citizens — most of them American-born.
They weren’t all Americans of Arab descent. Many of them were African American Muslims or Muslim converts. That said, let’s go to the results.

When asked if suicide bombings in defense of Islam could be justified, one in four American Muslims under the age of thirty said “yes”.

One in four!

Let’s do a little comparison analysis. According to some, one American in ten is gay. But that figure is widely disputed by almost everybody except gay rights activists as being wildly exaggerated.

Most surveys, polls, and other guesstimations suggest the real percentage is somewhere around four percent, give or take a bit. But let’s stay with ten percent, just to keep gay rights activists from picketing my RV.

One in ten Americans is a lot. It is such a lot of folks that they can’t be ignored or marginalized. There are laws passed by Congress that give being gay the status of a protected minority, with special provisions attached that make discriminating against them a federal hate crime.

A church cannot refuse to hire a gay person on the grounds that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin. A landlord cannot refuse to rent to a gay person on the grounds that they don’t want gay people living near their children.

A school cannot refuse to hire a gay teacher on the grounds they may corrupt the morals of the students.

And gays are, at most, ten percent of the US population, and most probably, really less than half of that figure.

Indeed, if one reverses the numbers, it means that at least 90% of Americans are NOT gay. But it can be a crime, under certain circumstances, to say that being gay is not ‘normal’ — despite the definition of ‘normal’ being: “not deviating very much from the average.”

According to the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook estimates, just under one in ten Americans identify themselves as atheists.

That number is significant enough to have had God unceremoniously booted from public schools. It is a significant enough minority to have had the Ten Commandments removed from public view.

Michael Newdow, citing his rights as an American under the Constitution, has argued before the Supreme Court that the words “In God We Trust” printed on US currency is hurtful enough to a significant enough minority of Americans that the words should be stricken from US currency — and he got a hearing by the nation’s highest court.

Evidently, ten percent is a significant enough minority to warrant America’s undivided attention.

But two and one-half times that number is a ‘tiny’ minority, not even worthy of consideration.

Or something.

Now, let’s turn back to the results of the Pew Research Poll on American Muslims. As already noted, one out of every four American Muslims under the age of thirty think suicide bombings in defense of Islam are justified, at least rarely.

The figure is actually 26% — a shade more than one in four. Taking the Muslim population as a whole, rather than just those under thirty, 22% could not say it was unjustified under any circumstances.

Is that a lot?

It would be a lot if we were talking about homosexuals. It would be a lot if we were talking about atheists. Here’s the second amazing fact I promised you. When we are talking about Muslims, well, not so much.

Most liberal news reports about the poll are quick to point out that, if 26% favor suicide bombings, what it REALLY means is that 74% of American Muslims do not.

The Washington Post headlined its story: “Survey: US Muslims Assimilated, Opposed to Extremism”.

Honest. That was the headline. The Post writer, Alan Cooperman, lead his story saying:

“The survey by the Pew Research Center found that 78 percent of U.S. Muslims said the use of suicide bombings against civilian targets to defend Islam is never justified.”

The Dallas Morning News headline read: “Poll: Most Muslim-Americans Reject Suicide Bombings.”

The Detroit News headlined its story, “Most Muslims are Moderate, But. . .”

Taking the poll results apart, what the survey found is that fully thirteen percent of all American Muslims of all ages believe that suicide bombings “can be justified, at least rarely.”

I listened to the talking heads on the various news programs, all of whom called prominent Muslims to task to explain the poll results.

One of the phrases used most often to characterize the pro-jihadists was ‘tiny minority.’ (You say tomato, I say tomahto)

That ‘tiny’ minority was more than the percentage of American gays. It was more than the percentage of American atheists. Include those Muslims under thirty and it is two and one half times as many as either of the other groups.

If ten percent of Americans can influence the legal and social conventions of an entire nation, then what significance should one attach to 26% of any demographic that support jihad?

How many potential suicide bombers does it take to be a ‘significant’ minority? If you are among the victims of just one, it is pretty significant. However, if you are a liberal who hasn’t been the victim of a suicide bomber, 26% is a ‘tiny’ minority.

(Which brings to mind the old joke that, “a liberal is just a conservative who has never been mugged,” — but I digress.)

Some other findings were equally not disturbing to the liberal mainstream. About 29 percent of those surveyed had either favorable views about al Qaeda or did not express an opinion. That is just under a third (one in three) so it is only a ‘tiny’ minority’ as well.

A third of those polled believe the invasion of Afghanistan to take out al Qaeda training camps after 9/11 was wrong. In addition, only 40 percent of all American Muslims believe Arab men carried about the 9/11 attacks. (Meaning that 60% do not.)

What is the issue here is NOT that one in four American Muslims under thirty are potential suicide bombers — although it should be. What is the real issue is the spin being put on it the American mainstream press; that spin being that the majority of Muslims oppose suicide bombings.

See? The majority of Muslims really ARE moderate. (Or maybe, the majority of Muslims don’t want to blow themselves up? Is not wanting to commit suicide the same as being peaceful moderates?)

The REAL story is reflected by the headline carried by the Wyoming News: “Some US Muslims Say Suicide Attacks OK.”

Why is it that the mainstream is trying to minimize what is a terrifying statistic? I think the best answer is because it is such a terrifying statistic, they are terrified to say it out loud.

Do you remember what happened in Europe when European newspapers dared to publish cartoons depicting Mohammed as a suicide bomber? Of course you do. Muslims rose up in anger, rioting, burning, looting and pillaging.

Do you remember seeing the cartoons themselves? Probably not. In their coverage, virtually every mainstream news organization in America either refused to show the offending cartoons, or pixelated them for fear of a Muslim backlash.

The same newspapers had no compunction about graphically depicting Christ on a cross immersed in a jar of urine — indeed, they defended Robert Maplethorpe’s 1st Amendment right to create his work of ‘art’ and proudly displayed it on their front pages.

Do you remember the ACLU’s protest when George Bush pronounced Islam a ‘religion of peace and love’ or when Bush said that Allah was God? Me neither.

What I DO remember was the ACLU’s outrage when candidate Bush admitted that the historical personage he admired most was Jesus Christ.

It is worth noting at this point (again) that the CIA World Factbook estimates that some 87% of Americans self-identify themselves as Christians — evidently an INsignificant majority.

(Up is down, black is white, and the March Hare has invited us all over for tea. “Will you have one lump? Or two?”)

The public outcry was so great that Bush shut up about Jesus Christ altogether. (I don’t recall the Name ‘Jesus’ escaping his lips in public since. Do you?)

The survey results are being minimized by a thoroughly “dhimmitized” media. The actual truth is this:

There are those among us, our neighbors, co-workers, our children’s teachers, our doctors (one US Muslim doctor was recently convicted of giving medical aid to al-Qaeda) cabdrivers, truck drivers, who would cheerfully kill themselves in order to kill you, your children and your whole family, if they felt it was in the best interests of Islam.

But the mainstream (mainly liberal) media doesn’t want to tell you that. Instead, they’d prefer you to believe that American Muslims are happier in America than they are in, say, Great Britain. (“US Muslims More Assimilated that British” says one California headline).

In February, 2002, Osama bin Laden gave an interview to al-Jazeera in which he sneered: “We experienced the Americans through our brothers who went into combat against them in Somalia, for example. We found they had no power worthy of mention. There was a huge aura over America–the United States–that terrified people even before they entered combat.”

No wonder al-Qaeda believes America is a nation of easily-defeated cowards. He read it in our newspapers.

Or, as James Taranto dubbed us in his WSJ’s ‘Best of the Web’ “The World’s Only Supercower.”

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