September 2006


29 Sep 2006 12:09 pm

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Captain has a new favorite place. It’s in a tray basket I left on the kitchen table. He immediately jumped into it. He thinks it’s for him.

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But Sabby wants his turn in the basket.

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That really annoys Captain.

To see many more cats, check out the Modulator’s Friday Ark, #106.

28 Sep 2006 10:39 am

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My brother is coming home today for leave before he too departs for Iraq.

When we were kids we used to play “war” in our back pasture with our neighborhood gang. Somehow my brother was always the Captain. Always the leader.

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My brothers playing extras in the movie, Tuskegee Airmen.

My brother is married, the father of two daughters, and grandfather of one little girl. He’s a great brother, son, husband, father and grandfather.

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My brother teaching a fourth grade class about Jefferson Nickels and the United States Mint.

My brother enlisted in the National Guard at the age of 18. Later, after he graduated from college he went active duty and is now a Sergeant Major.

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He’s very close to our youngest brother who is eight years younger than him. He also joined the National Guard and they both deployed to the Gulf War in 1991.

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The annual host of our family Christmas Eve, my brother will leave us on our own this year.

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He loves traveling, baseball, football, military history, coin collecting and being with his family. I’m so glad he is coming home before he leaves.

27 Sep 2006 07:21 am

It’s above my pay grade to analyze how Bill Clinton’s eruption on Fox News with Chris Wallace will effect Hillary Clinton and the Democrats but there are many who are opining about it this morning.

Scroll down Lucianne to see the smorgasbord of opinions.

Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News thinks Bill’s a threat to Hillary’s 2008 hopes.

Hil, it’s time to muzzle Bill

Lefty hearts are fluttering over Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging, fist-face tantrum on Fox television. Party boss Howard Dean, a noted rage-aholic, sees Clinton’s fury as a model for “what Democrats need to do in this election.”
Dean’s approval is one way to know you’re in trouble with moderate voters. Another way is to calculate who wins and loses with Clinton’s outburst. My scorecard says Fox wins with top ratings and Bubba wins ’cause he loves getting headlines.

Hillary loses. Big time. So big, in fact, that I think she ought to finally kick the bum out.

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This Boston Herald editorial writes that with his history rewrite Clinton may be trying to fire up the Dems.

For Bill Clinton, the best defense is always a good offense.

That’s the Clinton the nation saw Sunday, pointing his finger and reprimanding Fox News’ Chris Wallace for the crime of aggressively questioning the former president about his role in fighting terrorism and his failure to go after Osama bin Laden.

“They [the Bush administration] had eight months to try [and] they did not try. I got closer to killing him than anybody’s gotten since,” he said.

Perhaps someone should have reminded Clinton that “close” only counts in horseshoes. But that aside, a day later Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attempted to set the record straight.

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The New York Post chose a dubious title for this article because the only real war Hillary will ever deploy to is the Battle of the black pant suit sale.

HILL JOINS BILL IN TERROR WAR

FIRES 9/11 BROADSIDE AT RICE

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday fired a direct shot at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for not taking Osama bin Laden seriously enough before 9/11.
Clinton jumped into the escalating and bitter blame game after Rice charged in yesterday’s Post that Bill Clinton was making “flatly false” claims that the Bush administration didn’t do enough to stop the terror attacks.

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I think Rep. Peter King, R. New York has it right…..

Meanwhile, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill joined in the battle.

“I think he’s [Clinton] trying to rewrite history to say he was doing more than he was,” Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told The Post.

“If his plan was so good, why didn’t he go ahead and implement it,” King said.

But Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) charged: “Condoleezza is the perfect sycophant. For her to appear as anything less wouldn’t come off. If she wants to believe the administration was on its game from January [2001] to 9/11, then you better go back and read the 9/11 report.”

The nasty partisan fight comes as Democrats scramble to convince voters they’re tough on terror six weeks before the crucial elections for control of Congress.

While Clinton defended her husband’s aggressive retorts as smart political strategy, King said the finger-wagging anger only brings up bad memories.

“I think it’s clearly not helping the Democrats. It’s bringing everything back to the contortions of the Clinton administration,” he said.

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Hot Air has the video of Hillary standing by her man. (although in reality, he’s a thousand miles away)

Dick Morris says the Clintons are ready to fight dirty with the press. I know he knows a lot but he is rarely ever right in his predictions. But the Clintons are his specialty.

Really. I am just sick of the Clintons. They are old, stale, duplicitous, corrupt and grasping.

26 Sep 2006 11:11 am

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President Bush welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House Tuesday ahead of a three-way meeting with Pakistan’s President, Pervez Musharraf, whom Karzai says must do more to close extremist schools that teach terror.

Bush said Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants are trying to shut down Karzai’s government because they see a threat from democratic institutions. Bush said Afghan forces are working with soldiers from dozens of nations under the NATO banner to make sure that the Taliban can’t regroup.

I am watching with delight as President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan instructs clueless, Associated Press reporter, Jennifer Loven in history at the White House joint press conference. Karzai is a magnificent leader.

President Karzai asked Loven if she had forgotten about the people who jumped from the World Trade Center towers on September 11th. “Who did that?” He asked. I am paraphrazing but he seemed to be very perplexed as to why the reporter seemed to think that we should do nothing in response. “Should we wait for them to come back and kill us again?” President Karzai asked.

26 Sep 2006 07:28 am

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Condi tells Clinton how it really was.

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.

Preceding eight years, I might add.

Hat tip: Lucianne

Powerline has more.

25 Sep 2006 04:48 pm

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American Pop Culture began in the 1920s when American women started wearing red lipstick, smoking became popular and one of the favorite pastimes was Flagpole Sitting. Throughout the last century we went from one crazy fad to the next. Pet rocks, bell-bottoms, streaking, Cabbage Patch Kids, and funny slogans like, “Where’s the beef” enjoyed popularity for a time.

Americans also experiment with religion. New Age was all the rage for a while, then the news was dominated by strange happenings like “crop circles” but now, it seems some Americans (and Europeans) are yearning for something a little more strict and structured.

Believe it or not, some Americans suffer from BDS so badly that they are willing to give up our American freedoms and government in order to live in an Islamic state. Some in Great Britain are even calling for a Caliphate.

A Caliphate is not a fad we can play with and then cast off when we tire of it. It’s not a pet rock or a Muppet or even an Apple Computer. It’s a deadly serious threat to all of Western Civilization and not something any sensible person would ever want to live under or in.

Especially those of us who love Project Runway.

Michelle Malkin has much more.

Welcome Lorie Byrd at Wizbang readers!

25 Sep 2006 07:41 am

Interesting. Another try by the Democrats and the media to hurt the Bush administration’s efforts in the War on Terror. The New York Times and The Washington Post yesterday published similar articles using leaked portions of The National Intelligence Estimate which purportedly concludes that the War in Iraq has caused the Islamic insurgency in the world. The headline reads Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight

The war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded.

A 30-page National Intelligence Estimate completed in April cites the “centrality” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the insurgency that has followed, as the leading inspiration for new Islamic extremist networks and cells that are united by little more than an anti-Western agenda. It concludes that, rather than contributing to eventual victory in the global counterterrorism struggle, the situation in Iraq has worsened the U.S. position, according to officials familiar with the classified document.

Retired Generals Batiste and Eaton along with a Col. testified at a Democrat hearing that Def. Sec. Donald Rumsfeld bungled the war.

I suppose the leak, the testimony and Bill Clinton’s interview on Fox News were supposed to be a triple hit against President Bush and the Republicans in this political season. It didn’t quite work out that way for Clinton.

Retired military officers today bluntly accused Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of bungling the war in Iraq, saying U.S. troops were sent to fight without the best equipment and that critical facts were hidden from the public.

“I believe that Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the administration did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq,” retired Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste said in remarks prepared for a hearing by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

A second witness, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, assessed Rumsfeld as “incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically ….”

“Mr. Rumsfeld and his immediate team must be replaced or we will see two more years of extraordinarily bad decision-making,” he added in testimony prepared for the hearing, held six weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections in which the war is a central issue.

I’ve written about John Batiste before as he was my husband’s roommate at West Point. My husband served in the Army with Paul Eaton for several years. John Batiste told my husband when they were at West Point that he wanted to be a four star general. He was very ambitious and wanted to beat his father’s rank. My husband, however, only wanted to graduate from West Point.

Batiste writes: My name is John Batiste. I left the military on principle on November 1, 2005, after more than 31 years of service. I walked away from promotion and a promising future serving our country. I hung up my uniform because I came to the gut-wrenching realization that I could do more good for my soldiers and their families out of uniform.

Batiste was offered a third star serving in a position which every Army officer knows is a “retirement slot.”

In addition, Batiste claims to be a Republican. I have no idea whether that is true or not but his behavior since his retirement from the military explains why he didn’t rise any higher in the general ranks.

I consider both Batiste and Eaton’s behavior unforgiveable in a time of war. By appearing at a hearing run by Democrats they are both declaring that they are not supportive of the Bush administrations running of the war.

24 Sep 2006 05:25 pm

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This is Beau, my sister’s cat, enjoying being outside.

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This is Arrow and his friend, Mr. Jones. (Mr. Jones is the collie)

My sister woke up the other day and opened up her kitchen cabinet to get a coffee cup and there sat Beau.

Later on when she walked into her sons’ bedroom she discovered Arrow in the lower bunk, sleeping. Somehow both Beau and Arrow had managed to be where neither were supposed to be.

24 Sep 2006 03:57 pm

Former president Bill Clinton is irked after a question by Chris Wallace on why he hadn’t “put bin Laden and al-Qaeda out of business.” “At least I tried,” Clinton went on to say. “That’s the difference [between] me and some.”

Photo Credit: By Michael Simon — Fox News Sunday

Now I understand why Chris Wallace pointedly criticized the ABC Mini-series, The Path to 911 on Fox and Friends one morning before the mini-series aired. Wallace knew his anti-ABC comments would get the attention of the Clinton people.

In granting Chris Wallace of the Fox News Channel an interview, Clinton thought he was going to get the typical swooning, velvet gloved treatment he always gets from the Matt Lauers and Meredith Vieras of the antique media world.

That’s not the treatment Clinton received from Chris Wallace. Wallace actually asked hard and probing questions. Bubba even accused the mild mannered Mr. Wallace of smirking at him but Wallace kept his cool. Clinton couldn’t. He errupted angrily, his eyes bulging and his face turning red while he pointed that bony finger of old at Wallace.

So now the world has seen the famous, nasty, Clinton temper. Clinton was unable to keep under wraps what he didn’t want the world to know…. During his eight years in office Clinton was not interested in protecting our country against the attacks of Osama bin Laden. It was just too risky.

What can Clinton do to Chris Wallace and the Fox News Channel now?

Former president Bill Clinton angrily defended his administration’s counterterrorism record during a Fox News interview to be aired today, while accusing “President Bush’s neocons” and other Republicans of ignoring Osama bin Laden until the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Clinton had planned to discuss his climate change initiative during his appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” but he turned combative after host Chris Wallace asked why he hadn’t “put bin Laden and al-Qaeda out of business.” Clinton shot back that “all the conservative Republicans” who now criticize him for inattention to bin Laden used to criticize him for over-attention to bin Laden.

The transcript is already up at NewsBusters. It’s quite a read.

Hot Air has lots more……..

24 Sep 2006 10:09 am

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Spc. James Justice, from the 84th Engineer Combat Battalion, operates a bulldozer on a construction project near Balad, Iraq. The unit, which works seven days a week, switched its operations from day to night to avoid the brutal desert heat. This photo appeared on www.army.mil.

Why isn’t this letter on the front page of the New York Times and the Washington Post? I found it posted at Lucianne.com. All Americans need to read it.

This is a letter to the American people from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani who traveled to New York this week for the opening of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In this letter to the people of the United States, Talabani describes Iraq’s security situation, challenges and progress, and his country’s special relationship with the U.S.

I am going to be emailing this letter to my son and brother so they can see that they and their fellow troops are appreciated by the people of Iraq.

Courtesy of Multi-National Force - Iraq

“Dear Americans,

As I am visiting the United States for the second time representing free and democratic Iraq, I felt it my duty to give you an update on what has been achieved in Iraq over the past year and on the challenges that lie ahead.

The first thing I would like to convey is the gratitude of all Iraqis, who are fighting for a democratic government and a civil society, to the Americans. Without your commitment, our struggle against despotism could not have made the progress that we have achieved. No expression of thanks could be enough for those who lost loved ones in Iraq. We feel your pain, we honor your sacrifice and we will never forget you. To those of you who have family and friends in Iraq today, we say: Your sons and daughters are helping us through a historic transition. We will always remember the enormous sacrifice that America is making for Iraq.

Thanks to the United States, we are transforming Iraq from a country that was ruled by fear, repression and dictatorship into a country that is ruled by democracy and has the values of equality, tolerance, human rights and the rule of law at its heart.

April 9, 2003, the day of liberation, heralded a new era in the history of Iraq and the region. That day triggered a sequence of events that laid the foundation of a modern Iraq that is at peace with itself and the world. All segments of Iraqi society have benefited from liberation.

Under Saddam Hussein, the majority of the Sunni Arabs of Iraq were marginalized; Saddam and his gang were ruling in the name of this community. But in reality, the Sunni Arabs never had the chance to choose their representatives democratically and have a say about their future. Today, they have 58 deputies in Parliament, a vice president, a deputy prime minister and a speaker of Parliament; all were elected by the people of Iraq.

The Shia majority of Iraq was for decades oppressed and discriminated against. They did not even have the right to practice their religious ceremonies. Now, they are equal citizens and hold key posts in government and parliament through their democratically elected representatives.

Kurds were second-class citizens. They suffered from genocide and chemical bombardment; now they are equal members of Iraqi society and active participants in the running of their country, Iraq. The same applies to the Turkomens, Assyrians and other groups of Iraqi society.

Iraq finally has an elected and representative government, a huge contrast to the authority of a vicious tyrant. In other words, Iraq is no longer the property of a gang that ruled by fear and repression. Every Iraqi today feels they have a stake in the new Iraq.

With the regime of Saddam gone, the countries of the Middle East no longer worry about the threat of new adventures by Saddam and his army across Iraq’s international borders.

Every time that I visit the United States, I am convinced anew of the virtues and health of the American idea of government, and of the generosity of its people.

I was here around the same time last year. Here is what has happened between then and now, although I must say that I do not think that our situation can be understood simply by following the latest news. A much broader view of Iraq must be taken. For this, I will start with the economy.

Be sure to read it all. There is much more. It’s really worth the read as President Talabani provides a progress report on what is happening in Iraq now. He understands what we (and they) are fighting for and calls America Iraq’s “sibling” in the world. Interesting term and evidence that Talabani understands that not only American men are working hard for the success of the Iraq venture but American women are too.

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