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No. 8 Ohio St. 31, No. 21 Iowa 6

Posted by zaphriel on September 24, 2005

(AP) Ohio State tailback Antonio Pittman (25) runs against Iowa defense Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at the…
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A.J. Hawk and the Ohio State defense stuffed Iowa’s running game, and kept Hawkeyes quarterback Drew Tate on the run all day.

Troy Smith threw two touchdown passes to Anthony Gonzalez and ran for two scores to support a dominant defensive performance by the eighth-ranked Buckeyes in a 31-6 victory over No. 21 Iowa on Saturday.

“The key was when they started out trying to run the ball and we were able to stop them,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said. “Once that happened, that gave us some flexibility to turn those guys loose.

“We put our ears back. We’ve got some guys who can go.”

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A Letter of Apology

Posted by zaphriel on September 24, 2005

The following is a letter written by Lieutenant General Chuck Pitman, US Marine Corps, Retired. It is aimed squarely at Militant and Vocal Muslims that are demanding we apolgise for being American, being in Arabia, and just generally being. Given that scope I whole-heartedly agree.

“For good and ill”, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day massacre..

I humbly offer my opinion here:
I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.).

I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after
9/11. I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs
I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth. I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques, and government-controlled media.

I am sorry that Yassar Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and high-jacked the Palestinian “cause.” I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians.

I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems.

I am sorry that our own left wing, our media, and our own brainwashed masses do not understand any of this (from the misleading vocal elements of our society, like radical professors, CNN and the NY TIMES).

I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the “food for oil” money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered. I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death.

I am sorry that those same bombers are brainwashed thinking they will receive 72 virgins in “paradise.”

I am sorry that the homicide bombers think pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly and other noncombatant civilians are legitimate targets.

I am sorry that our troops die to free more Arabs from the gang rape rooms and the filling of mass graves of dissidents of their own making. I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group. I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state. I am sorry we don’t drop a few dozen Daisy cutters on Fallujah. I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient “Holy Site.” I am sorry they didn’t apologize for driving two jets into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – one of our Holy Sites. I am sorry they didn’t apologize for flight 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, the murders and beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, etc….etc! I am sorry Michael Moore is an American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa.

America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do.
We hang out our dirty laundry for the entire world to see. We move on.
That’s one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don’t hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology.

Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like – so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners. Sure , it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause, but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we’re supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated?

Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujahans

If you want an apology from this American, you’re going to have a long wait!
You have a better chance of finding those seventy-two virgins.
Chuck Pitman Lieutenant General US Marine Corps (Retired)
Semper Fi

But we are the Evil Occupiers, right.

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Blogs For McCain’s Opponents

Posted by Mark on September 24, 2005

If you scroll down this site, you’ll come across a list of blogs that have signed up for a worthy cause, being against John McCain’s bid for the Presidency, and and his continued obstruction of many Conservative initiatives in the Senate.
Here, from Daisy Cutter’s site, the resolution:

In launching this campaign to purge the Moderate Party’s leader from Republican politics and the public square, I do hereby declare and find the following to be true:

That John McCain has been a constant source of grief for Republicans;

That John McCain has heaped far more praise upon Democrats than he has Republicans;

That John McCain in fact never has a harsh word for Democrats, and he is chums with Sen. Ted Kennedy, for crying out loud;

That John McCain meanwhile has serially violated Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment”: Do not criticize thy fellow Republicans;

That John McCain has routinely attacked the Republican base, who financed and put McCain and his moderate friends in office;

That John McCain gave cover to Sen. John “sure I’ll sign my Form 180, I’ll get right on that, honest” Kerry during the presidential election cycle;

That John McCain did not immediately rebuff Kerry when he made repeated VP overtures to McCain;

That John McCain did not publicly say to Sen. Kerry, “Get away from me, you hideous and odious man.”;

That John McCain has caused the late, great Ronald Reagan much grief from the other side of the grave by McCain’s repeated invocations of the Reagan legacy when McCain’s political career resembles nothing of what Pres. Reagan fought for;

That John McCain always has an excuse not to cut taxes;

That John McCain has been in the Senate for many years, and has only McCain-Feingold to show for it;

That McCain-Feingold was a horrible piece of legislation that gave Democrats and their allies a 2-1 funding advantage in the 2004 elections;

That John McCain called those who questioned the constitutionality of McCain-Feingold “radical rightwingers”;

That John McCain has now emboldened the FEC to breathe down bloggers’ necks;

That John McCain has rejected my compromise to have the FEC shut down/regulate only liberal blogs;

That the most dangerous place in Washington to be is the space between John McCain’s face and a television camera;

That John McCain is in love with the MSM and vice-versa;

That John McCain has said negative things about Rush Limbaugh, and these things have been said in public;

That John McCain has consistently and publicly challenged our military leaders in the field on their decisions in Iraq;

That John McCain has to be wooed, consulted, cajoled and stroked for every single thing that happens in Washington, because dangit … he should have been the president, not Pres. Bush;

That John McCain is loyal to no Republicans and that he and his gang of moderates happily threw Sen. Frist overboard;

That John McCain sells out any one who stands in the way of his poltical ambitions;

That John McCain and his gang of moderates in the name of “comity” actually sold out the Republican base so that their pet projects and donors — namely, big business — could get taken care of;

That John McCain still says out loud that the problem in Washington is “money in politics”; and

That John McCain and his ilk are the real problem in Washington.

It is therefore resolved that I will start “Blogs for McCain’s Opponent”, and that all who join will be linked here and will provide a reciprocal link at their site.

Let me conclude by saying that I have made the statement before, and I will make it again. I respect Sen. McCain for his service to the nation. But, as Hugh Hewitt said, McCain is “a great American, a lousy senator, and a terrible Republican.”

So resolved. Or should I say … I am so resolved.

And rather you like McCain or not, this one should give you pause:
That John McCain has now emboldened the FEC to breathe down bloggers’ necks
He still is, even though he’s denying publicly.

He would make a terrible President, in my opinion. And, so I’m a proud member of Blogs for McCain’s Opponent.

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Israel and the Pullout: Three Choices

Posted by Mark on September 24, 2005

As most know, Israel has pulled out of Gaza and portions of the West Bank. There is currently an increase in violence, as Hamas has used the vacant land to start rocket attacks, and Israel has responded.

Why in the world would Israel pull out of the occupied territories, leaving it to terrorist groups, and the masses of Palestinians?!?!? An answer comes from a trip a member of my Saturday morning Bible study took to Israel. Scott met with members of the Israeli cabinet, Israeli Supreme Court Justices, and his meeting included an hour and a half lunch with Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is his email from September 12th, 2005:

As most of you know I am currently in Israel, having arrived in mid-morning, and having already had six hours of meetings with several members of the Israeli government and the Canadian embassy. Largely discussions so far have focused on background context for understanding the current regional political climate.
An insight I found interesting came in response to my question about the benefits Israel perceived from exiting Gaza. Following the meeting in which the canned response was echoed, an individual pulled me aside and explained it this way:
“You must choose two, and only two of the following three alternatives. Any two are possible in combination, but any two eliminate the third:
– Israel retains its geographic borders (including the ‘occupied territories’;
– Israel remains a democracy; and
– Israel remains a Jewish state.
Which two do you choose?”
From my American perspective I posited remaining a democracy was the first priority.
He responded, “The majority in Israel firmly believe remaining a Jewish state is the first priority, and which of the other two items we choose is open to discussion.”
The demographics of the population are such that by retaining Gaza and the “West Bank”, over a relatively short period, the voting majority would shift from the Jewish population to the Arabs. Abandoning Gaza assurred a continuing Jewish voting majority.
This is an insight I had not garnered from the U.S. press.

Three choices. Israel has, for now at least, chosen to remain a Jewish state, and a democracy. To maintain control of the occupied territories, Israel could no longer function as a democracy. To be a democracy, and maintain control of the territories, Israel could not remain a Jewish state.

Scott just returned from his trip, and is still processing his time there. I hope to have more insights from him over the coming weeks. My thanks to him for providing this email.
Cross posted at Gun-Totin’ Liberal

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Blogs For McCain’s Opponents

Posted by Mark on September 24, 2005

If you scroll down this site, you’ll come across a list of blogs that have signed up for a worthy cause, being against John McCain’s bid for the Presidency, and and his continued obstruction of many Conservative initiatives in the Senate.
Here, from Daisy Cutter’s site, the resolution:

In launching this campaign to purge the Moderate Party’s leader from Republican politics and the public square, I do hereby declare and find the following to be true:

That John McCain has been a constant source of grief for Republicans;

That John McCain has heaped far more praise upon Democrats than he has Republicans;

That John McCain in fact never has a harsh word for Democrats, and he is chums with Sen. Ted Kennedy, for crying out loud;

That John McCain meanwhile has serially violated Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment”: Do not criticize thy fellow Republicans;

That John McCain has routinely attacked the Republican base, who financed and put McCain and his moderate friends in office;

That John McCain gave cover to Sen. John “sure I’ll sign my Form 180, I’ll get right on that, honest” Kerry during the presidential election cycle;

That John McCain did not immediately rebuff Kerry when he made repeated VP overtures to McCain;

That John McCain did not publicly say to Sen. Kerry, “Get away from me, you hideous and odious man.”;

That John McCain has caused the late, great Ronald Reagan much grief from the other side of the grave by McCain’s repeated invocations of the Reagan legacy when McCain’s political career resembles nothing of what Pres. Reagan fought for;

That John McCain always has an excuse not to cut taxes;

That John McCain has been in the Senate for many years, and has only McCain-Feingold to show for it;

That McCain-Feingold was a horrible piece of legislation that gave Democrats and their allies a 2-1 funding advantage in the 2004 elections;

That John McCain called those who questioned the constitutionality of McCain-Feingold “radical rightwingers”;

That John McCain has now emboldened the FEC to breathe down bloggers’ necks;

That John McCain has rejected my compromise to have the FEC shut down/regulate only liberal blogs;

That the most dangerous place in Washington to be is the space between John McCain’s face and a television camera;

That John McCain is in love with the MSM and vice-versa;

That John McCain has said negative things about Rush Limbaugh, and these things have been said in public;

That John McCain has consistently and publicly challenged our military leaders in the field on their decisions in Iraq;

That John McCain has to be wooed, consulted, cajoled and stroked for every single thing that happens in Washington, because dangit … he should have been the president, not Pres. Bush;

That John McCain is loyal to no Republicans and that he and his gang of moderates happily threw Sen. Frist overboard;

That John McCain sells out any one who stands in the way of his poltical ambitions;

That John McCain and his gang of moderates in the name of “comity” actually sold out the Republican base so that their pet projects and donors — namely, big business — could get taken care of;

That John McCain still says out loud that the problem in Washington is “money in politics”; and

That John McCain and his ilk are the real problem in Washington.

It is therefore resolved that I will start “Blogs for McCain’s Opponent”, and that all who join will be linked here and will provide a reciprocal link at their site.

Let me conclude by saying that I have made the statement before, and I will make it again. I respect Sen. McCain for his service to the nation. But, as Hugh Hewitt said, McCain is “a great American, a lousy senator, and a terrible Republican.”

So resolved. Or should I say … I am so resolved.

And rather you like McCain or not, this one should give you pause:
That John McCain has now emboldened the FEC to breathe down bloggers’ necks
He still is, even though he’s denying publicly.

He would make a terrible President, in my opinion. And, so I’m a proud member of Blogs for McCain’s Opponent.

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Israel and the Pullout: Three Choices

Posted by Mark on September 24, 2005

As most know, Israel has pulled out of Gaza and portions of the West Bank. There is currently an increase in violence, as Hamas has used the vacant land to start rocket attacks, and Israel has responded.

Why in the world would Israel pull out of the occupied territories, leaving it to terrorist groups, and the masses of Palestinians?!?!? An answer comes from a trip a member of my Saturday morning Bible study took to Israel. Scott met with members of the Israeli cabinet, Israeli Supreme Court Justices, and his meeting included an hour and a half lunch with Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is his email from September 12th, 2005:

As most of you know I am currently in Israel, having arrived in mid-morning, and having already had six hours of meetings with several members of the Israeli government and the Canadian embassy. Largely discussions so far have focused on background context for understanding the current regional political climate.
An insight I found interesting came in response to my question about the benefits Israel perceived from exiting Gaza. Following the meeting in which the canned response was echoed, an individual pulled me aside and explained it this way:
“You must choose two, and only two of the following three alternatives. Any two are possible in combination, but any two eliminate the third:
– Israel retains its geographic borders (including the ‘occupied territories’;
– Israel remains a democracy; and
– Israel remains a Jewish state.
Which two do you choose?”
From my American perspective I posited remaining a democracy was the first priority.
He responded, “The majority in Israel firmly believe remaining a Jewish state is the first priority, and which of the other two items we choose is open to discussion.”
The demographics of the population are such that by retaining Gaza and the “West Bank”, over a relatively short period, the voting majority would shift from the Jewish population to the Arabs. Abandoning Gaza assurred a continuing Jewish voting majority.
This is an insight I had not garnered from the U.S. press.

Three choices. Israel has, for now at least, chosen to remain a Jewish state, and a democracy. To maintain control of the occupied territories, Israel could no longer function as a democracy. To be a democracy, and maintain control of the territories, Israel could not remain a Jewish state.

Scott just returned from his trip, and is still processing his time there. I hope to have more insights from him over the coming weeks. My thanks to him for providing this email.
Cross posted at Gun-Totin’ Liberal

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