Thursday, December 20, 2007
Additionally Rassmussen is also reporting that in there current polling, Huckabee's favorability is down 14% in the last week and his Very Favorable has dropped 13%.
The LEADER in the Favorablity ratings is Senator Thompson with 77% Favorability.
Friday is World Orgasm Day for World Peace according to FoxNews....
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
She told me what was needed and asked if the warranty on the laptop would cover “sand.” “Sand?” I asked. It turned out that she wanted to get a laptop for her son, a full Corporal in the United States Marine Corp. Her son will shortly be starting his second tour in Iraq—this time as mobile security. The young man has a wife and infant.
I talked to a couple of people at the office and we jointly decided that we felt that we would like to contribute something to offset the cost of the laptop… after all, this laptop is for a Marine, so he can keep in touch with his mom and dad, and his wife and baby.
So we sent out some emails around the company (we have about 115 people here). I immediately got an email from a fellow employee that works closely with this lady that said, “you tell me how much we raise, and I will pay the balance.” The other person that helped me organize this and I were moved to tears!!!!
The story gets better-- within a couple of days of discussing the idea, the employees of our company SECRETLY raised not only the $1475 for the laptop (we made sure this Marine is getting a GREAT laptop from Dell—AND our Dell Rep gave us a GREAT deal once he found out the cause), but also an additional $225 that we have used to buy 4150 Military Phone Card Minutes! That is $1700 raised in 48 hours all to help a Combat Marine and his family at Christmas. All money was from individual employees—not from corporate sponsorship.
Well the laptop arrived and has been loaded with software (office, anti-virus etc) and music (several GIG’s of music files). Some of us are also creating “Support our Troops” videos that we will load onto the laptop for this Corporal to share with the rest of his Platoon.
We surprised the Corporal's Mom with the laptop today during our company luncheon (there were lots of tears).
This was NOT “charity” for an employee—This was the “rank and file” employees of our company wanting to support a young man who is dedicating his life to serving our country.
This is something that we hope becomes contagious. We are from a small company who has one employee with a child in combat and we felt he should get a gift from Santa this Christmas.
Wouldn’t it be great if EVERY company who has employees with a Spouse, a Son or a Daughter in Combat decided that they should do something for their Service Man or Woman this year, or through-out the year? Our small group of employees did it, without Corporate Sponsorship.
Why can’t everyone?
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It is time for you all to wake up and smell the coffee. There is only ONE conservative REPUBLICAN running for the nomination of the the GOP for President. That ONE conservative is Senator Fred Dalton Thompson.
The biggest issue that I have is with this Huckabee thing that the press seems to be all excited about. Are the Republicans in Iowa, and New Hampshire and Florida asleep?
Huckabee is soft on crime. Huckabee has pardoned or paroled more felons than all three of his predecessors combined.
Huckabee has LIED about having a theology degree. In the CNN-YouTube debate he stated "The only person here with a theology degree, there are parts of it I don't fully understand, but I am not supposed to, because the bible is the revelation of an infinite god.." BUT in a letter to the National Review, Joe Carter, director of research for Huckabee says "Governor Huckabee doesn’t have a theology degree. He only spent a year in seminary."
Huckabee is soft on illegal immigration. According to FactCheck.org: the bill Huckabee pushed for in his 2005 State of the State address did not apply only to "those children who had been in our schools their entire school life." It required only three years in an Arkansas high school to be eligible. And students did not have to be "applying for citizenship," but rather they had to sign an affidavit stating their intent to do so in the future..
Huckabee is a TAX RAISER. He keeps saying, "I lowered taxes," yet the truth of the matter is that he presided over 21 Tax increases in Arkansas and presided over a NET TAX INCREASE.
This should be MORE THAN ENOUGH for the PARTY OF RONALD REAGAN to send Mike Huckabee packing back to Arkansas.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Rest assured, I am working on some articles that I hope to have posted soon, including an article on the question that has been bugging me for the last few weeks-- "What Is Wrong With the Republicans In Iowa?"
Today the Russians announced that should the US decide to deploy systems that will be used to take out missiles from Iran, Syria or other Middle Eastern rouge nations, they will target them with Nukes.
Additionally, the Russians began shipping enriched uranium to Iran today.
And to think, I thought we won the Cold War. I guess it's time for Cold War II.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Kansas City Star: "TOPEKA: Attorney General Paul Morrison will resign next month, he announced this afternoon.
Standing outside his office, Morrison said the scandal that began Sunday led many to stop believing in him. He said he was resigning, effective Jan. 31, to preserve the public confidence in the office of attorney general."
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Unfortunately, Mr. Algore left out some "Inconvenient Truths" from NASA in his speech today. The NASA Earth Observatory released new data and images showing RECORD ICE GROWTH in the Arctic circle.
The disappointing part of the NASA article and pictures is that NASA put a political spin on their images. If you look at the picture to the right, you will see two images of the Arctic. The first shows more ice than the second. I glanced at this image and at first thought that this image showed the ice caps receding. After all, there is more ice in the first picture than there is in the second picture.
HOWEVER, this is not the case. The top picture is the CURRENT conditions while the bottom picture is of the conditions from several months ago. In other words, NASA posted the pictures in the exact opposite order of what people would expect. Usually we see the "before" picture first, then the after picture- not the other way around.
The Good News is that the ICE PACK has grown even more since the NASA images.
Images from the Arctic Climate Research website of the University of Illinois shows the Arctic Ice Pack has virtually returned to normal. (left picture)
Maybe this means that the NASA report from 2001 about the causes of Arctic Ice Melt is correct. The report, dated October 1, 2001 and posted on the Goddard Space Flight Center web site as a "Top Story," stated "largely natural "ups and downs" in a weather system centered near Iceland have contributed to regional variations and an overall decrease in Arctic sea ice cover..."
The report states that a "semi-permanent" low pressure system over Iceland causes much of the variation from year to year of Arctic Sea Ice.
*ManBearPig- originally from South Park Episode 145. In South Park, Al Gore runs around warning people about ManBearPig. ManBearPig is a spoof of Mass Balance Potential (MBP). MBP is a term used in "Global Warming" research when describing glacier melting.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...
Monday, December 10, 2007
The British are reporting that three thousand British troops including the British Army's 52 Brigade, the Royal Marines 40th Commando, 2nd Battalion (the Yorkshire Regiment) and 1st Battalion (the Scots Guards), light tanks from the Household Cavalry plus members of the Afghan army attacked from the south of Musa Qala. This attack was a diversionary strike while a division of the 82nd Airborne attacked from the north.
The Taliban are believed to have over 2000 fighters in the town along with Anti-Aircraft guns in the hills around the town. The Taliban have been in the town since February of 2007 and have been preparing for this attack by placing mine fields around the area and creating various other defenses that surround the town.
There are claims that a 12 year-old boy was hung by the Taliban for informing British troops of the location of IED's. The Taliban accused the boy of being a spy for the British.
The Afghan government is reporting the capture of Mullah Rahim Akhund, the Taliban governor for Helmand and Mullah Mateen Akhund, the district governor for Musa Qala. Both were reported to have been captured while fleeing the area.
CENTCOM reports that the battle began on December 7 and will continue for several days.
Reuters is reporting US airstrikes targeting Taliban forces in the Helmand province, which is where the town of Musa Qala is located.
Musa Qala is in an area with mountains to the north and is in the middle of a large poppy growing region. Musa Qala has become the center of drug trafficking in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over the city.
BBC is reporting that heavy rain fell on the battle field overnight and that there has been little movement in the front-lines. The Afghan army is to lead the final assault, but that assault has yet to begin.
The Long War Journal is reporting that the Taliban have conducted ambushes and attacks against Afghan and international forces in Nawzad, Girshk, and the Kajaki Dam regions
Thus far, it is believed that there is ONE NATO Casualty while there are TWELVE TALIBAN that have been capped. There may also be one civilian casualty in this city of 20,000.
The front has now moved to within 1 kilometer of Musa Qala. The British are saying that the Taliban has suffered "big casualties" in the battle and that a "large number" of Taliban were fleeing. The Afghans are saying the defense has "crashed." However, the British are also saying
that this offensive may take several more days.
At 10:00 GMT NATO Troops entered Musa Qala. At this time the Taliban are in full retreat.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Today however, I read that the attacks from the ChiComs have been aimed at Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and other such labs around the US.
It should be noted that these attacks are listed as sophisticated. It also should be noted that ALL Internet traffic in and out of the PRC is controlled by the Commie Government. I personally have been told that American Citizens that are in the PRC are not able to get to sites like BlogSpot, etc. and that all traffic is monitored. Therefore it is easy to assume that these attacks are government sponsored or controlled.
In 1997 I was on the shoulder of I-35 at the Kansas City Airport trying to fix my car that had broken down. I had been under the hood of the car and dropped a bolt. I moved out from the hood just a split second before the car was totaled by a drunk, Illegal Alien who was backing up the shoulder of the Interstate. After hitting me, he left the scene. Thank God for a Good Samaritan who saw the whole thing, checked on me first (I had minor injuries) and then followed the illegals as they drove around the Kansas City Airport on blown tires.
The two Illegals were apprehended, and charged with DUI and Leaving the Scene. I found later that they served 30 days in jail and were sent back to Mexico. Of course, I was never compensated for the damages.
It is nice to hear that finally this issue is being given attention.
"ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a schoolbus near an air force base in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing himself and wounding about nine people, including several children, the military said. 'A terrorist targeted a schoolchildren's bus.
The driver and the guard who were sitting in the front have been seriously injured,' said military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad. 'Because of the timely reaction of the driver, the children were saved. Only about six or seven children were injured,' he added. 'It was outside the Kamra air base. It was specially targeting the schoolchildren's bus.'"
Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The German government stated that the report confirmed that pressure on Iran was working and that the pressure should be maintained.
Britain's foreign secretary David Miliband agreed Wednesday that Tehran was still refusing to bow to UN resolutions to halt uranium enrichment, which can be used to make bombs.
"That defiance remains the case," Miliband told reporters after talks in London with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, adding Britain and China were committed to non-proliferation.
"We will continue to work very closely together, secure in the knowledge that we are pursuing the shared goal of a more stable and peaceful world," he said.
Germany also said Iran's nuclear program remained a cause for concern. "The findings confirm what the German government has always said -- that diplomatic negotiations are promising," chief government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said.
"But you also know the reality that two UN Security Council resolutions have not been followed and that Iran has not yet stopped its uranium enrichment program."
The ChiCom press is stating this for the "comfort" of troops.
The ChiComs made a point of announcing that this could be set up in less than 5 minutes. After a week in the field, why is it necessary to have a shower vehicle that can be rapidly deployed? Is this truly just for hygiene?
In my opinion, probably not. Water showers are also used for decontamination from biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. The only military purpose to have a vehicle that can be so rapidly deployed is for this purpose.
I do not believe it to be unreasonable to believe that the ChiComs were sending a message that they are prepared for engagements that may involve these horrific weapons.
Iran is continuing to enrich Uranium. This is against UN Resolutions and the only logical use for this is for weaponization.
Iran announced the development of the Ashura Missile. This missile is alleged to have a 1,200 mile range and is supposed to be a step up from the Shihab-III missile. The 1,200 mile range will allow this missile to hit anywhere in Israel, a state that Iran has sworn to wipe off the face of the earth. Additionally this missile can hit a variety of US bases in the region. The purpose of this missile can in no way be construed to be defensive with the indicated range.
Iran has announced that it has developed a sonar evading submarine, the "Ghadir." It is unlikely in my opinion that a diesel-electric boat could evade US sonar, but, again, this is not a purely defensive weapon. This weapon is, in my opinion designed for the sole purpose of stopping shipping in the Persian Gulf and to punch holes in the sides of merchant vessels.
None of these developments can be construed as "peaceful." Each of these developments continue to point to the fact that Iran is a Clear and Present Danger, if not to the security of the United States, then definitely to our strongest alley in the Middle East, Israel.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sudan frees Briton in teddy row - CNN.com:
KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) -- A British teacher in Sudan jailed over the naming of a teddy bear has been released from police custody, the British Embassy in Khartoum said, several hours after Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir pardoned her.
An undated amateur photo shows Gillian Gibbons, who was jailed for allowing children to name a teddy bear 'Mohammed'. Gillian Gibbons, freed after Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir granted her a presidential pardon earlier Monday, apologized for any distress her actions may have caused.
'I have great respect for the Islamic religion and would not knowingly offend anyone and I am sorry if I caused any distress,' Gibbons said, in a statement read out by Sayeeda Warsi, one of two Muslim lawmakers who traveled out to Sudan to secure her release.
Gibbons, 54, wassentenced to 15 days in jail last Thursday for having allowed her students at a private school to name a teddy bear 'Mohammed.'
Without a pardon, she would have remained in jail another six days.
She is expected to leave Sudan on flight to England soon after the courts ruled she should be deported after completing her sentence, the spokesman said.
Gibbons also praised the 'kindness and generosity' of the Sudanese and said she would be sad to leave her job at the Unity High School and said she would miss her students 'terribly'. "
Sunday, December 2, 2007
For a man with that much ambition though, the question becomes, what is next? Will Chavez now suspend the Constitution and declare dictatorial rule? These questions are sure to be answered in the next few weeks, to be sure.
What I see every day in Iraq: locals turning against the insurgents:
"There hasn't been a single firefight in this city for months. The Marines at Camp Fallujah haven't been shot at with a rocket or mortar since April. Not one Marine from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment has even been wounded since they rotated into the city two months ago. The only shots the Marines have fired have been practice rounds on the range.
There's a gigantic perception lag in America these days. The Iraq of the popular imagination and the Iraq of the real world are not the same country. It wouldn't be quite right to say Fallujah is safe. You do not want to come here on holiday. But I'm a lot safer here as an American than any terrorist or insurgent would be. The Marines and Iraqi police find caches of weapons every day, thanks to tips called in by locals. No insurgent can plant an IED without getting turned in by war-weary civilians. Recently, an Al Qaeda cell from outside of town showed up and tried to distribute propaganda DVDs. They too were turned over to the police.
There are only 250 Marines in Fallujah, a city of about 350,000, right now. Last year, there were 3,000 Marines. Because the city is pacified, troops that were here can join the additional surge forces that are clearing and holding more volatile areas."
Everywhere I go in Fallujah, I am mobbed by smiling children who want me to take their picture. It wasn't always this way. "I didn't see a single kid out here in 2005," one Marine told me. "If a kid popped out of the house, his parents yanked him right back inside." Women walk the streets by themselves now, as well, which I'm also told was unheard of not long ago.
Tomorrow morning, to MP’s from Great Britain will meet with the President of Sudan to discuss a pardon for Gillian Gibbons (the "Teddy Bear Teacher"), This meeting is scheduled for 10:30 AM in Sudan (07:30 GMT). However, the Council of Islamic Scholars warned the Sudanese government that freeing Gibbons would "wound the sensibilities of Muslims in Sudan."
Freeing Gibbons would wound sensibilities. This type of statement is outrageous. Not that I am saying that the Sudanese would not riot over her release. What I am is disgusted and OUTRAGED with is that we are to be concerned with the Sensibilities of Islamic Extremists.
We are to be worried about the Sensibilities of those who have killed 453 people and injured 529 in 57 Jihad attacks during the week of November 17-23.
We are to be worried about the Sensibilities of those who would prosecute at 16 year old boy, because HE was the VICTIM of Gang Rape.
We are to be worried about the Sensibilities of those who beat and imprison a Female Rape Victim, because she got into the wrong car.
We are to be worried about the Sensibilities of those who call for the Death of Gillian Gibbons because her students wanted to name a teddy bear Mohammed.
To those on the LEFT who keep saying that if WE had been concerned about their Sensibilities they would not hate us or that they would not be attacking us, may I remind you of a report to Congress by two US Ambassadors in response to inquiries on why we were being attacked:
That it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every [Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise
Of course that quote is from then Ambassador John Adams and then Ambassador Thomas Jefferson in 1786.
This has been happening for HUNDREDS of years. US Troops in Saudi Arabia is NOT the cause of Islamic Extremism. Establishment of Israel is NOT the cause of Islamic Extremism. US Culture is NOT the cause of Islamic Extremism. If none of these things had occurred, there would still be Islamic Extremism. Just like there was 200 years ago.
Perhaps it is time for a new strategy to Stop Islamic Extremism. Maybe it is time to realize that Islamic Extremist will never change. Perhaps it is time to realize that Islamic Extremism poses a Clear and Present Danger to the peoples of the free world, and it is time to unleash the FULL might and FURY of the Greatest Military Power on earth. Perhaps it is time for the American People to wake up, and realize that this War MUST be won.
Perhaps it is Time for Great Britain and the United States to tell Sudan, "Free Gillian Gibbons NOW, or we shall respond militarily with the fury of God’s own Thunder."
Free Gillian Gibbons and to Hell with the Sensibilities of these Islamic Extremists.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Less than twenty-four hours after protesters demonstrated and called for her death, Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher imprisoned in Sudan for naming a teddy bear Mohamed, expressed concern that her situation would cause people to resent Muslims. In a phone call from prison to her son in the UK, Gibbons said, "I don’t want any resentment towards Muslim people."
Gibbons had to be moved from the prison general population to a secure location due to the protests, the violence, and the threats to her life. But despite these things, she and her son discussed whether her situation was going to cause people to be angry and show resentment to Muslim people.
This is a perfect example of the extremes of difference between the British and American views of freedom and radical Islam. We are tolerant people who forgive. Radical Islam is steadfast in its complete and total intolerance of any thought, idea, or action, imagined or real, intended or accidental that is perceived in the slightest manner to go against their thought processes. While our response is to forgive, their response is to behead or crucify. While we try to defend Islamic Nations, such as Kuwait, their response is to declare war or jihad upon us.
Unfortunately, this radical Islamic system of beliefs, and the Terrorism that is associated with it, is not new. The only thing new is the CURRENT excuse for their barbarism.
For those that do not know history, the first war fought by the United States (after gaining Independence) was against Islamic Terrorists who preyed on Christian and Non-Islamic shipping. In 1786 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja to ask why Americans were being killed and enslaved without any provocation. The response was:
That it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur'an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.In 1801 Yusuf Karamanli declared war against the United States after President Jefferson refused to pay tribute demanded by Karamanli. Congress did not declare war in this instance, but provided President Jefferson with authorization to take military action (this is starting to sound very familiar). The Navy and Marines then went "to the shores of Tripoli" to subdue the pirates.
The second war against these Islamic terrorist was fought in 1815. The terrorist believed the United States was distracted by the War of 1812 and again began killing, enslaving, and terrorizing Americans and American shipping. Again, Congress did not declare war but did authorize military action.
I guess this proves that History tends to repeat itself.
For hundreds of years, Islamic Extremism has flourished. The idea of executing a person for a perceived insult is nothing new. Attacking, killing and enslaving people because of they are not Muslim, is nothing new. The idea that we could somehow appease these extremists or that the cause of their actions is because we sent female troops to Saudi Arabia is beyond ridiculous. They hate us because we exist, they hate us because we exercise freedom; they hate us because we do not believe exactly what the are ordering and demanding us to believe.
Mrs. Gibbons' concern that her situation would would cast a bad light on all Muslims is honorable. It shows that she is a forgiving "Christian" woman, who is willing to forgive even though SHE was clearly wronged and her life has been threatened with death. This is in stark contrast to the Islamic Extremist response of strapping on a bomb, filling a car with TNT, or hijacking a plane full of people, and causing as much carnage, chaos, death and destruction as they can, for the smallest PERCEIVED slights.
There is hope for Gibbons and a possible pardon.
Yesterday, Gibbons was visited by two British Lawmakers who are both Muslims. Lord Ahmed and Baroness Warsi, flew to Sudan on their own dime (or shilling, as the case may be) to work on securing Gibbons release. The UK is putting pressure on Sudan to grant a pardon. Over the last five years, the UK has provided $671 million (326 million GBP) in aid to Sudan.
Gibbons did say that she is being treated well by her guards, and that her jailers are going out of their way to make sure she is being treated well.
It is nice that she is being treated well, but it was Extremism, Intollerance and Barbarism that has put her in jail in the first place and outside the walls of the jail thousands are still calling for her death.
More from The Carden Chronicles:
New Video: Introduction to "Religion of Peace"
For years to come, the players will be asked the outcome of this game. Millions of fans around the world will watch this game. All other activity will stop or be delayed. The play by play will be broadcast to every spot on the globe, by video, by audio, by text; some by clear transmission and in other cases by broadcast so secure, no other nation on earth can break the code. The game will be followed at homes, in tents, trucks, on ships, in the air, in mountain and desert camps, and under the oceans.
This game will be played until the very last second. If one side is down by more than a touchdown with less than a minute to play, the stands will NOT start to empty. Anyone who has followed this game through the years knows that lead of this game can change at any moment, and has, in the past, been decided with mere seconds remaining. The players will give their all and never give up hope, despite what the scoreboard reads.
Yet professional Football careers will likely not be in the future of any player. Unlike other games played today, their will be no thoughts of next years NFL draft or about an NFL signing bonus. This game is being played by young men who are playing only for their teams and not for personal glory. This game is likely the only game today where the game is being played only for love of the game.
When this game ends, there will be tears, of joy and sadness, but there will be no ill will toward the other side. Immediately, both teams will gather, side by side, and sing their Alma Matter's and become brothers once again.
This game is about more than just Football. THIS game is about Duty; about Honor; about Country.
No, the biggest game of today is not Missouri-Oklahoma. The biggest game today is the 108th Army-Navy Game.
Other games played today may receive more hype, and they will receive more coverage by print, by bloggers, and by the media in general, but no other game will be played with more emotion. No other game will be played with more spirit. No other game will be played with more honor.
Soldiers and Sailors around the globe will stop for this game. Televisions and radios on bases, on ships and in the Pentagon will be tuned to this game. Soldiers hidden in valley's and mountains running secret missions will radio to ask the score. For the time this game is played they will be rivals, but when this game ends, again they will be brothers in arms.
Next year, at this time, the seniors that play this game today will be serving our country, for every player today is a Soldier, Sailor or Marine.
In the years to come, each of these players will serve our country with honor and distinction, and some may be called upon to give The Last Full Measure of Devotion. But for them, and for us, no matter what the future holds, and no matter what success and sacrifices...
...there will always be this game.
Others talking about the Game and other links:
blueollie (has some great pictures from the game)
Right On the Left Coast
DennisMansfield.com - A great post
Final Score: Navy 38 Army 3
SPIRIT SPOTS!!! GO NAVY!!! (But I will post an Army Spot in the spirit of brotherhood...)