Friday, January 14, 2005

Harry the Nazi
Doesn't Need to Visit Auschwitz.
Just Visit London or the Library.

Nazi Planes Bombing London

Sharon Cuts Ties With Abbas
Over Terrorist Attacks

(Yahoo! News)

"'Israel informed international leaders today that there will be no meetings with Abbas until he makes a real effort to stop the terror,' Sharon spokesman Assaf Shariv said."
Prince Harry the Nazi
(BBC News)

"Prince Harry at a friend's fancy dress party
wearing a Nazi Uniform"
American Report: So, "Prince" Harry of England finds it humorous, stylish, ironic, daring to wear a Nazi uniform to a "fancy dress" party. The British press, while pasting his picture and the headlines "Harry the Nazi" on the front page, still seem willing to accept the act as boyish mistake that is merely offensive to Britain's Jewish community.
Excuse me for not knowing World War II history very well. But, just how many British civilians and soldiers died in WW II, protecting "King and Country?" I seem to remember that the Nazis were bombing London from the air. Hitler, the Nazis, and Germany were determined to destroy England and the British Empire, despite the best efforts of British Nazi sympathizers and appeasers. If not for Churchill, the British fighting forces and, most of all, the United States, everyone in Britain might be wearing Nazi uniforms every day. Now, that might not be such a bad thing for the British "Royals." After all, they would be re-united with their German cousins. But, it would be a very bad thing for the rest of the British and the world.
Today, the Anglosphere of the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, along with our coalition of the willing nations, are engaged in what may be World War IV, against a Fascist and virulently anti-Semitic enemy across the globe. It would be nice if "Prince" Harry knew his history, current events, and most of all, his place.
Update: Read Isaac Schrodinger's blog for more personal insight into dangers of the ignorance of Fascism.

The Man Who Would Be President -
Kerry Kowtows to Despots and Islamists

(Little Green Footballs)

Ramallah January 9, 2005 (Yahoo! News)

" says Kerry “admitted the US committed terrible mistakes,” in a meeting with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar University.... The Grand Imam of Al Azhar is on record supporting suicide bombing as a legitimate form of “resistance” against “occupiers.” "

Charles Krauthammer: Rather Biased

Dan Rather with Gun (Rather Biased)
"First comes the crime: Dan Rather's late hit on President Bush's Air National Guard service, featuring what were almost immediately revealed to be forged documents.

Then comes the coverup: 12 days of CBS stonewalling, with Dan Rather using his evening news platform to (a) call his critics 'partisan political operatives,' (b) claim falsely that the documents were authenticated by experts, and (c) claim that he had 'solid sources,' which turned out to be a rabid anti-Bush partisan with a history of, shall we say, prolific storytelling.

Now comes the twist: The independent investigation -- clueless, uncomprehending and in its own innocent way disgraceful -- pretends that this fiasco was in no way politically motivated. "

The Texas Republican President
and his New York Democratic Friend
(The New York Times)

Roland W. Betts, a New York Democrat, and President Bush have been close friends for more than 40 years, since they were freshman at Yale.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Norman Podhoretz:
The War Against World War IV

(Commentary Magazine)

"Will George W. Bush spend the next few years backing down from the ambitious strategy he outlined in the Bush Doctrine for fighting and winning World War IV?

To be sure, Bush himself still calls it the "war on terrorism," and has shied away from giving the name World War IV to the great conflict into which we were plunged by 9/11. (World War III, in this accounting, was the cold war.) Yet he has never hesitated to compare the fight against radical Islamism, and the forces nurturing and arming it, with those earlier struggles against Nazism and Communism. Nor has he flinched from suggesting that achieving victory as the Bush Doctrine defines it may take as long as it took to win World War III (which lasted more than four decades—from the promulgation of the Truman Doctrine in 1947 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989). "

National Security Hacked on T-Mobile

"A twenty-something hacker owned most of T-Mobile's internal customer records last year, giving him access to such inconsequential information as Secret Service documents and Social Security numbers. But 'worst of all' — are reports that the hacker was able to get "grainy, candid shots" of Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton, presumably stolen from the servers that host the Sidekick data." Ad in NY Times
Against Alberto Gonzales


" is airing TV commercials and running NY Times ads against Alberto Gonzales' nomination as Attorney General."
Victor Davis Hanson: Islamicists hate us for who we are, not what we do
(Jewish World Review)

"Muslim fascists understood that the course of American-led world history — democracy and globalized capitalism — was leaving them behind. Thus they strike the United States before they are made irrelevant."

Peter Beinart: Golden
(The New Republic)

Gov. Schwarzenegger "unveiled a proposal that could do more to improve U.S. politics than any government reform in a long, long time."

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

MSN tests new blog, search features

"MSN on Tuesday evening is expected to quietly begin testing new features for searching and syndicating blogs, in a nod to the online publishing format.... In a recent interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said even he was pondering penning his own blog."
Standing with Ukraine
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"This week, as most Ukrainians celebrate the Christmas holidays according to the Julian calendar, a traditional carol, 'Nova Radist Stala' ('New Joy Has Come'), will take on additional meaning. Its lyrics speak to the country's long struggle for liberty: 'God grant our motherland, Ukraine, freedom, happiness and good fortune.' "
Howard Fineman: The 'Media Party' Is Over

A political party is dying before our eyes—and I don't mean the Democrats. I'm talking about the "mainstream media," which is being destroyed by the opposition (or worse, the casual disdain) of George Bush's Republican Party; by competition from other news outlets (led by the internet and Fox's canny Roger Ailes); and by its own fraying journalistic standards. At the height of its power, the AMMP (the American Mainstream Media Party) helped validate the civil rights movement, end a war and oust a power-mad president. But all that is ancient history.
William Safire: Character Is Destiny
(The New York Times)

William Safire, you will be deeply missed: "It is that growing strength of national character - more than our individual genius or political leadership or military power - that ensures the future success of America and brightens the light of liberty's torch. "

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Sharon Congratulates Abbas in Phone Call
(Yahoo! News)

"Sharon congratulated Abbas 'on his personal achievement and his victory in the elections and wished him luck,' said a statement from Sharon's office, adding, 'They agreed they would continue talking in the near future.' "
Apple debuts new, low-priced iPod

iPod Shuffle
"'iPod Shuffle is smaller and lighter than a pack of gum and costs less than $100,' Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. 'With most flash-memory music players, users must use tiny displays and complicated controls to find their music. With iPod Shuffle, you just relax and it serves up new combinations of your music every time you listen.' "

Daniel Pipes: Abbas More Tactical and Dangerous than Arafat
(Jewish World Review)

"By insisting on a 'right of return,' Abbas signals that he, like Yasir Arafat and most Palestinians, intends to undo the events of 1948; that he rejects the very legitimacy of a Jewish state and will strive for its disappearance. But he differs from Arafat in being able to imagine more than one way of achieving this goal.

No matter what the circumstances, Arafat persisted from 1965 to 2004 to rely on terrorism. He never took seriously his many agreements with Israel, seeing these rather as a means to enhance his ability to murder Israelis. Arafat's diplomacy culminated in September 2000 with the unleashing of his terror war against Israel; then, no matter how evident its failure, it went on until his death in November 2004.

In contrast, Abbas publicly recognized in September 2002 that terror had come to harm Palestinians more than Israel. Intended to prompt demoralization and flight from Israel, this tactic in fact brought together a hitherto fractured body politic, while nearly destroying the Palestinian Authority and prostrating its population. Abbas correctly concluded that 'it was a mistake to use arms during the Intifada and to carry out attacks inside Israel.'

Abbas shows tactical flexibility. Unlike Arafat, who could never let go of the terrorist tool that had brought him wealth, power, and glory, Abbas sees the situation more cogently. If stopping the violence against Israel best serves his goal of eliminating the sovereign Jewish state, that is his program."
Natan Sharansky on Abbas

"Though many of Abu Mazen's recent statements are not encouraging--from pledging to follow in Yasser Arafat's path to assuring Palestinian terrorists that he will protect them from Israeli reprisals to demanding a so-called right of return to pre-1967 Israel--George W. Bush's understanding that the key to peace lies in building a free society for the Palestinians is a source of optimism. If Mr. Bush makes it clear that the U.S. will support him only if he dedicates himself to expanding freedom within Palestinian society rather than on feeding resentments, then the chances that Abu Mazen will become a genuine partner will improve immeasurably."
More from Michael Chertoff
(Michelle Malkin)

"There are a host of terrorism-related legal questions that require thought: What should our structure be for incapacitating terror suspects at home? The administration has invoked precedents that allow the president to deal with terrorists within our borders as military combatants. Yet are we comfortable using traditional battlefield rules when we apprehend someone in New York? Or should we explore a third way in dealing with detention of terrorists, such as the English or French models: Should we set up specialized courts to deal with terrorist detentions?

What military actions can we take legally within our own borders? When al Qaeda is conspiring globally, does it make sense to divide legal authority between the FBI and CIA based on whether enemy acts occur at home or abroad? Basic policy questions like this cannot be simply left to the judiciary."
Michael Chertoff: Law, Loyalty, and Terror
Our legal response to the post-9/11 world

(Weekly Standard, December 1, 2003 issue)

"In this dynamic and dangerous moment--shrouded in the proverbial fog of war--the government approach to domestic security was based on three goals: (1) enhancing our intelligence capability to predict what might happen next; (2) preventing those who could be identified as an active threat from carrying out their deadly missions; and (3) disrupting the networks and institutions from which terrorists might draw sustenance and support.

At the same time, and of equal importance, the leaders of our domestic security effort understood a principle that the attorney general himself repeatedly articulated: We must think outside the box, but not outside the Constitution. Put another way, everyone involved in formulating the response to the challenge of September 11 was acutely aware that this effort would be subject to the verdict of history, in the same way that we have rendered that verdict on the actions of our forefathers when they stepped forward to defend the country during times of peril.

I cannot, of course, render the historical judgment on the actions of the generation with which I served. I do, however, think that those who would write even a rough first draft cannot fairly do so without comparing the steps taken in our own time with our nation's past actions in facing domestic threats. "
Michael Chertoff:
The International Criminal Court is even worse than its critics have said

(Weekly Standard, April 12 / 19, 2004 issue)

"ICC partisans have dramatically understated the potential power and reach of this new court. More remarkably, American critics may have understated the risks posed by this new permanent tribunal. Because now we have it on very good authority that the ICC need not be--and is not--confined to investigating and punishing the Pol Pots and Idi Amins and other major war criminals of the modern world. Rather, the ICC's own prosecuting authority has expressed a vision of its mission that would target even ordinary private American citizens, such as businessmen and bankers."
French Hostages in Iraq
(Weekly Standard)

"During their very first interrogation, Malbrunot remembered, he and Chesnot 'immediately played the 'French journalist card,' while insisting on the fact that France is against the war.' Then, 'we told them that we'd understood them to be a 'resistance' from the moment there was an 'illegal occupation' of Iraq. Or, put another way, 'we gave them pledges to demonstrate that we weren't pro-American.' It was only privately, 'to myself,' that Malbrunot found himself fondly daydreaming about the United States Marines: 'If only an American patrol would come through, take out this lovely bunch, and set us free.'"
Democrats Plan To Block Bush
(Yahoo! News)

"Bush has opened the year with calls for bipartisanship, telling newly elected members of Congress last week that he hoped to work across party lines to solve the country's problems. Democrats, however, appear to have little interest in building bridges to the White House, saying they do not believe Bush is genuinely interested in cooperation or compromise with the opposition. "
Inmate Says Graner Laughed During Abuse
(Yahoo! News)

"A Syrian inmate at Abu Ghraib said Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr. was the Baghdad prison's primary torturer who laughed while physically abusing him and threatened to kill him more than once. Amin al-Sheikh, testifying via videotaped deposition shown in court Tuesday, said Graner also made him eat pork and drink alcohol, in violation of his Muslim faith, and that he listened through his cell wall while Graner and other Americans forced a Yemeni prisoner eat from a toilet."
Michael Chertoff for Homeland Security
(Yahoo! News)

"Chertoff headed the Justice Department's criminal division from 2001 to 2003, where he played a central role in the nation's legal response to the Sept. 11 attacks, before the president named him to appeals court position in New Jersey."

Monday, January 10, 2005

Bill Gates - Not a Communist

Bill Gates said, "'There are fewer communists in the world today than there were. There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don't think that those incentives should exist.' "
Patriarch of Terror

"Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has praised jihad, justified suicide bombing, and led marches at the behest of the late Yasser Arafat."
The Thornburgh Report
(Power Line)

"It criticizes 60 Minutes harshly, and is a treasure trove of factual information."
Koppel, Hamas, and Tea
(The Nudnik File)

Ted Koppel is Laughing

Friday night, Ted was interviewing Khaled Mashaal, the “political leader” of Hamas.... In his “Closing Thoughts” segment, Ted Koppel said:

“Years ago in Nairobi Kenya, I remember Jomo Kenyatta pulling up his trouser leg to show visiting secretary of state Henry Kissinger the scars he still bore from leg irons he was forced to wear in prison. The British had jailed him as a terrorist. Kenyatta would go on to become the first president of an independent Kenya and the British went home. Similarly, in British occupied Palestine, Menachem Begin, and his Irgun fighters were considered terrorists. Begin of course went on to become prime minister of Israel. After 26 years in prison, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa. Yasser Arafat, certainly a terrorist earlier in his career, received a state funeral in Cairo just a few weeks ago. He died, of course, president of the PA.

Do all terrorist leaders go on to become revered statesmen? Certainly not. Just don’t be surprised if one of these days Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal shows up at the White House for tea. Such things have happened before.”

Syria and Iran in Iraq
(National Review Online)

"While there are certainly plenty of Saddam loyalists among the terrorists fighting against us, they are receiving support from Damascus and Tehran."
David Frum's Diary: Scowcroft and Kerry
(National Review Online)

"During the 2004 election, Brent Scowcroft - the former National Security Adviser to the elder President Bush - played a curious and often mysterious role. By reputation, Scowcroft is an intimate of the Bush family's, yet throughout campaign season he dropped hints that he much preferred John Kerry's approach to that of his friend's son."
David Frum's Diary: Raising Eyebrows
(National Review Online)

"I don't know whether the rumor of Paul Wolfowitz's departure from the Pentagon is valid, but this story does have the ring of at least a partial truth. Combined with the news that Condoleezza Rice passed over John Bolton in favor of Robert Zoellick for her deputy at the State Department, the foreign policy appointments of the Bush second term should raise a lot of eyebrows among administration supporters."
CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story
(CBS News)

"CBS News failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece. The panel also said CBS News had compounded that failure with a “rigid and blind” defense of the 60 Minutes Wednesday report."
The Future Of The New York Times
(Business Week)

"There are those who contend that the paper has been permanently diminished, along with the rest of what now is dismissively known in some circles as 'MSM,' mainstream media."
The Silent Muslim Majority

"Their silence is empowering not only the terrorists and brutal dictatorships, but all of the cultural, political and social pathologies behind them. "
Tower of Babble

"I was struck by a sense that the world was becoming far more anarchical than anyone had anticipated at the end of the 1991 Gulf War.... From my vantage point, the UN seemed to be directly connected to this global deterioration."