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Archive for January, 2006

Objective Journalism, CNN Style

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

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Required Reading: Debra Burlingame

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

One of the most powerful editorials I’ve ever read, from a 9/11 family member. Here’s the final paragraphs:

We now have the ability to put remote control cameras on the surface of Mars.Why should we allow enemies to annihilate us simply because we lack the clarity or resolve to strike a reasonable balance between a healthy skepticism of government power and the need to take proactive measures to protect ourselves from such threats? The mantra of civil-liberties hard-liners is to “question authority”–even when it is coming to our rescue–then blame that same authority when, hamstrung by civil liberties laws, it fails to save us. The old laws that would prevent FBI agents from stopping the next al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were built on the bedrock of a 35-year history of dark, defeating mistrust. More Americans should not die because the peace-at-any-cost fringe and antigovernment paranoids still fighting the ghost of Nixon hate George Bush more than they fear al Qaeda. Ask the American people what they want. They will say that they want the commander in chief to use all reasonable means to catch the people who are trying to rain terror on our cities. Those who cite the soaring principle of individual liberty do not appear to appreciate that our enemies are not seeking to destroy individuals, but whole populations.

Three weeks before 9/11, an FBI agent with the bin Laden case squad in New York learned that al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were in this country. He pleaded with the national security gatekeepers in Washington to launch a nationwide manhunt and was summarily told to stand down. When the FISA Court of Review tore down the wall in 2002, it included in its ruling the agent’s Aug. 29, 2001, email to FBI headquarters: “Whatever has happened to this–someday someone will die–and wall or not–the public will not understand why we were not more effective and throwing every resource we had at certain problems. Let’s hope the National Security Law Unit will stand behind their decisions then, especially since the biggest threat to us now, [bin Laden], is getting the most ‘protection.'”

The public has listened to years of stinging revelations detailing how the government tied its own hands in stopping the devastating attacks of September 11. It is an irresponsible violation of the public trust for members of Congress to weaken the Patriot Act or jeopardize the NSA terrorist surveillance program because of the same illusory theories that cost us so dearly before, or worse, for rank partisan advantage. If they do, and our country sustains yet another catastrophic attack that these antiterrorism tools could have prevented, the phrase “connect the dots” will resonate again–but this time it will refer to the trail of innocent American blood which leads directly to the Senate floor.

A powerful peice, from a steady voice in the midst of all the hysteria.

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Dennis Prager on Hamas, the Palestinians, and the Left

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

Prager speaks clearly to the election of terrorists by Palestinians:

So the Palestinian vote reveals the falsity of the worldwide Left’s view of the Palestinians as committed to peace. It likewise reveals the falsity of the Left’s belief that Palestinian terror is supported by a small minority of the Palestinian population.
That is one reason why the Bush doctrine — we need to spread democracy everywhere possible, including, or even especially, in the Arab world — is so valid. You cannot deal with any problem in life — from the most personal to the most macro — by engaging in wishful thinking and denying reality. Thanks to this election, the mask has been removed. When given the opportunity to express themselves, most Arabs and many Muslims elsewhere support terror and seek the annihilation of Israel. That is why the Hamas victory is such a defeat for the world’s Left — university professors, news media, socialist parties, the European Union, the United Nations, “peace” activists, editorial writers, and all other apologists for the Palestinians.

An excellent piece, sure to make my friends on the Left cringe. Think about what he says before you comment. Let the emotion pass, and think. Then comment if you’d like.

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A Great Video

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

This is the one I meant to put up yesterday…

This is one that reflects how I, and many in the service, feel…

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Alito Confirmed !

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

Alito Confirmed as Nation’s 110th Supreme Court Justice

The Senate voted 58-42 on Tuesday to confirm Samuel Alito to the nation’s highest court, putting to bed the most partisan Supreme Court nomination battle in recent memory.

Only four Democrats joined 54 Republicans in support of Alito. Of the court’s present justices, only Clarence Thomas received a slimmer margin of victory, 52-48, but even then received the votes of 11 Democrats who broke party ranks.

Alito replaces the court’s first woman justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate conservative and key swing vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, church-state separation and affirmative action. O’Connor has also in recent opinions demonstrated skepticism of President Bush’s executive power claims in prosecuting the War on Terror. Alito is widely expected to be friendlier to presidential power arguments.

The vast majority of Democrats, one Republican and the Senate’s lone Independent all protested Alito’s nomination for those very reasons. But a last-ditch effort to filibuster the nomination failed on Monday, when the Senate voted 72-25 to end debate and allow a simple majority vote. (source)

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Objective Journalism, CNN Style

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

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Required Reading: Debra Burlingame

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

One of the most powerful editorials I’ve ever read, from a 9/11 family member. Here’s the final paragraphs:

We now have the ability to put remote control cameras on the surface of Mars.Why should we allow enemies to annihilate us simply because we lack the clarity or resolve to strike a reasonable balance between a healthy skepticism of government power and the need to take proactive measures to protect ourselves from such threats? The mantra of civil-liberties hard-liners is to “question authority”–even when it is coming to our rescue–then blame that same authority when, hamstrung by civil liberties laws, it fails to save us. The old laws that would prevent FBI agents from stopping the next al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were built on the bedrock of a 35-year history of dark, defeating mistrust. More Americans should not die because the peace-at-any-cost fringe and antigovernment paranoids still fighting the ghost of Nixon hate George Bush more than they fear al Qaeda. Ask the American people what they want. They will say that they want the commander in chief to use all reasonable means to catch the people who are trying to rain terror on our cities. Those who cite the soaring principle of individual liberty do not appear to appreciate that our enemies are not seeking to destroy individuals, but whole populations.

Three weeks before 9/11, an FBI agent with the bin Laden case squad in New York learned that al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were in this country. He pleaded with the national security gatekeepers in Washington to launch a nationwide manhunt and was summarily told to stand down. When the FISA Court of Review tore down the wall in 2002, it included in its ruling the agent’s Aug. 29, 2001, email to FBI headquarters: “Whatever has happened to this–someday someone will die–and wall or not–the public will not understand why we were not more effective and throwing every resource we had at certain problems. Let’s hope the National Security Law Unit will stand behind their decisions then, especially since the biggest threat to us now, [bin Laden], is getting the most ‘protection.'”

The public has listened to years of stinging revelations detailing how the government tied its own hands in stopping the devastating attacks of September 11. It is an irresponsible violation of the public trust for members of Congress to weaken the Patriot Act or jeopardize the NSA terrorist surveillance program because of the same illusory theories that cost us so dearly before, or worse, for rank partisan advantage. If they do, and our country sustains yet another catastrophic attack that these antiterrorism tools could have prevented, the phrase “connect the dots” will resonate again–but this time it will refer to the trail of innocent American blood which leads directly to the Senate floor.

A powerful peice, from a steady voice in the midst of all the hysteria.

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Dennis Prager on Hamas, the Palestinians, and the Left

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2006

Prager speaks clearly to the election of terrorists by Palestinians:

So the Palestinian vote reveals the falsity of the worldwide Left’s view of the Palestinians as committed to peace. It likewise reveals the falsity of the Left’s belief that Palestinian terror is supported by a small minority of the Palestinian population.
That is one reason why the Bush doctrine — we need to spread democracy everywhere possible, including, or even especially, in the Arab world — is so valid. You cannot deal with any problem in life — from the most personal to the most macro — by engaging in wishful thinking and denying reality. Thanks to this election, the mask has been removed. When given the opportunity to express themselves, most Arabs and many Muslims elsewhere support terror and seek the annihilation of Israel. That is why the Hamas victory is such a defeat for the world’s Left — university professors, news media, socialist parties, the European Union, the United Nations, “peace” activists, editorial writers, and all other apologists for the Palestinians.

An excellent piece, sure to make my friends on the Left cringe. Think about what he says before you comment. Let the emotion pass, and think. Then comment if you’d like.

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A Great Video

Posted by zaphriel on January 31, 2006

This is the one I meant to put up yesterday…

This is one that reflects how I, and many in the service, feel…

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Alito Confirmed !

Posted by zaphriel on January 31, 2006

Alito Confirmed as Nation’s 110th Supreme Court Justice

The Senate voted 58-42 on Tuesday to confirm Samuel Alito to the nation’s highest court, putting to bed the most partisan Supreme Court nomination battle in recent memory.

Only four Democrats joined 54 Republicans in support of Alito. Of the court’s present justices, only Clarence Thomas received a slimmer margin of victory, 52-48, but even then received the votes of 11 Democrats who broke party ranks.

Alito replaces the court’s first woman justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate conservative and key swing vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, church-state separation and affirmative action. O’Connor has also in recent opinions demonstrated skepticism of President Bush’s executive power claims in prosecuting the War on Terror. Alito is widely expected to be friendlier to presidential power arguments.

The vast majority of Democrats, one Republican and the Senate’s lone Independent all protested Alito’s nomination for those very reasons. But a last-ditch effort to filibuster the nomination failed on Monday, when the Senate voted 72-25 to end debate and allow a simple majority vote. (source)

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