Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Texas Senator Cornyn Excluded From White House

Michelle Malkin
reports that a high level meeting was held at the White House with key legislators to hammer out an immigration bill. Notably not present was Senator Cornyn of my state of Texas and Senator Kyl of Arizona. They are both Bush supporters, however both are tough on illegal immigration. What a sham! Not including Senators from borders states when discussing border issues!!??

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

What's something about the Iranian people we should all know?

From National Review Online:

" It sounds basic, but Iranians aren't Arabs. While Arabic is a Semitic language like Hebrew, Persian is Indo-European. There are so many Persian cognates: The Persian word for forest is jungle and the word for sugar cube is qand (like candy). Mother is madar, father is padar, and brother, baradar. It is important to know and understand Iranian culture. Iranian poetry is rich, and Iranian cuisine the best in the world. Still, while appreciating Iranian culture is important to derive a more nuanced policy, it is also important to not lose perspective: It is true that 80 percent of Iranians don't support their government and are pro-Western. But it's equally important to remember that how friendly and independent Iranians are doesn't matter; it's the guys with the guns who make the decision and who have for a quarter century isolated Iran."

I pulled this from NRO, which has a fine Q&A interview with an academic expert on Iran. Full article can be found HERE.

Prince Harry says "Let Me Fight, or I Quit"

Prince Harry, who is a second lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, has said he will hand in his uniform if he's not sent to Iraq with his men and allowed to fight, reports the The Mail on Sunday. Here's a young man, third in line to the throne in Britian, who has every creature comfort, demanding to go to the front with his men. Now THAT'S BALLS! He put it very earthily and well before by saying:

"There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country," he has said here.

We've seen this great attitude here in the states as well from our own young men and women, who seem to understand what it means TO PROTECT YOUR COUNTRY more that our elected officials seem to.

So to Harry I say BRAVO!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Euston Manifesto

There are not many things liberal that I seem to agree with, but some libs in the UK have put together something pretty interesting, namely The Euston Manifesto . There are many liberal signatories to this manifesto, a word that is a dead give away for the left, who robustly calls for liberal minded people to seperate themselves from leftists. As my blog is dedicated to helping out those Jeremiahs crying out in a sea of leftism, why not help liberals who fit that definition?

There are three portions that really resonate with me:

Second paragraph-"No apology for tyranny."
We decline to make excuses for, to indulgently "understand", reactionary regimes and movements for which democracy is a hated enemy — regimes that oppress their own peoples and movements that aspire to do so. We draw a firm line between ourselves and those left-liberal voices today quick to offer an apologetic explanation for such political forces."

Sixth paragraph-"Opposing anti-Americanism. "
We reject without qualification the anti-Americanism now infecting so much left-liberal (and some conservative) thinking. This is not a case of seeing the US as a model society. We are aware of its problems and failings. But these are shared in some degree with all of the developed world. The United States of America is a great country and nation. It is the home of a strong democracy with a noble tradition behind it and lasting constitutional and social achievements to its name. Its peoples have produced a vibrant culture that is the pleasure, the source-book and the envy of millions. That US foreign policy has often opposed progressive movements and governments and supported regressive and authoritarian ones does not justify generalized prejudice against either the country or its people."

I'm thrilled that someone on the left and in the United Kindom finally said that! Bravo!

And lastly- "We repudiate the way of thinking according to which the events of September 11, 2001 were America's deserved comeuppance, or "understandable" in the light of legitimate grievances resulting from US foreign policy. What was done on that day was an act of mass murder, motivated by odious fundamentalist beliefs and redeemed by nothing whatsoever. No evasive formula can hide that."

With all that being said, I think that these are liberals I could do business with, to paraphrase Thatcher.

As I said, I don't agree with all of it, but I think it charts an interesting course for all of us who are(small d) democrats and who oppose leftists.

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Big Pharaoh

I found a good blog in English out of Eqypt called The Big Pharaoh . I was attracted there by a post about the author going to Alexandria to be in a protest against the sectarian violence that occurred Good Friday between Muslims and Christians. The post has lots of good pictures and reminded me somewhat of the Rally for Free Speech in London a few weeks ago, in that ordinary citizens were standing up to be counted.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

President's Popularity Tracks Gas Price

Here's an interesting graph from an economist's blog called Heavy Lifting. It's a bit hard to read from this picture, (click on it to bring it up) but the red line is President Bush's popularity rating, and the blue line is the inverse of the price of gasoline. Price goes down, popularity goes up. I know Americans tend to vote the pocketbook, but I didn't realize it moved like clockwork. The professor's going to do the same thing with deaths in Iraq as well. Interesting.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Global Warming + Texas = One Hot Tamale!

It's getting ridiculous. By the middle of April, we here in north Texas have already broken 7 heat records. Both yesterday and today, the temp hit 101 F, with a rolling blackout throughout Dallas. On Easter, all the sweaty children were running around with their chocolate bunnies melting! I know you have to be tough to live here but damned.

Iranian Regime Tracks Bloggers

As many of you have noticed, Jeremiah's Helper has expanded its view into Iran. Talk about Jeremiahs crying out in the wilderness! Now THERE are bloggers who really are worried about government agents coming after them in the night, as opposed to our cry-baby leftists here in the US who rant on about a theocracy.

The Guardian in the UK has an article that states:

"While the outcome of the recent arrests in connection with SMS messaging is not clear yet, what is certain is that SMS jokes have already put some people into serious trouble," wrote the website Rooz Online.
The clampdown is in line with the authorities' uncompromising stance on the internet and bloggers. Wary of modern communications as a means of spreading political dissent, Iran is second only to China in the number of websites it filters - using technology made in America.
Large numbers of the nation's estimated 70,000 to 100,000 bloggers have faced harassment or imprisonment. The regime has acknowledged monitoring text message traffic. It first admitted it had access to text traffic last December when a military plane carrying more than 100 journalists crashed shortly after take-off at Tehran airport.
The communications minister said text messages were kept by the government for six months and that messages sent by those on board in the moments before the crash could be used to investigate its causes.
The first arrests over text messaging were made in the run-up to last year's presidential election when several anti-regime student leaders were detained for urging a boycott of the poll after the regime had declared voting to be an Islamic duty. "I was arrested for one evening and they made it clear they knew every SMS I had sent and received," said Muhammad Hashemi, leader of the Tahkim Vahdat student movement."

Now that's scary stuff! Full article is here.

So, once again, great job to Yasser at Under Underground, which is how far down you have to go to stay under the regime's radar to stay out of trouble.

Also, I'll take this opportunity to highly recommend the book Reading Lolita In Tehran.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

UNDER UNDERGROUND: When Mr. President fooled me!

UNDER UNDERGROUND: When Mr. President fooled me! This is a link to a good post by our friend Yasser in Iran. He tells about how the announcement was made in Iran about their enrichment of urainium. A good on the ground report from that part of the world.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Steyn On Immigration

Mark Steyn writes another fine column for the Chicago Sun-Times. The thrust of it is, I think, that the INS is so screwed up now, that there is no way it could possibly handle 10 million new illegals all at once. This paragraph is as beautifully written as it is sickenly true:

"Here's another place where family values stops: The rubble of the World Trade Center. Deena Gilbey is a British subject whose late husband worked on the 84th floor: On the morning of Sept. 11, instead of fleeing, he returned to the building to help evacuate his co-workers. A few days later, Mrs. Gilbey receives a letter from the INS noting that as she's now widowed her immigration status has changed and she's obliged to leave the country along with her two children (both U.S. citizens). Think about that: Having legally admitted to the country the terrorists who killed her husband, the U.S. government's first act on having facilitated his murder is to add insult to grievous injury by serving his widow with a deportation order. Why should illegal Mexicans be the unique beneficiaries of a sentimental blather about "family values" to which U.S. immigration is otherwise notoriously antipathetic?"

Stunning!! You would do yourself well by reading this article.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Alan, Are You There???

Alan, I haven't heard from you in a good week. Hope that everything is going OK or you're on vacation or something.

Half a Million Take to Dallas Streets!!!

On this picture perfect spring day, Dallas saw the largest protest march in Texas history. Police estimated the crowd at between 350 to 500 thousand people. Some excellent pictures are here. With marches like these, I see no political will in Washington to take any stringent measures to protect our borders. The immigrants, legal and illegal, have a political jugernaut rolling that seems like it would be hard to turn back, given the fact that they are supported by President Bush, big business, the churches, the democrats, and the list could go on and on. The Catholic Church, of which I'm a member, has yet again taken a political side, the other being against the war, to which I am opposed. In fact, the march started at our Cathedral, and the Bishop joined in. I feel a bit abandoned by both my government and my church.

Now, in reality, I never expected nor wanted our government to roust out 11 million people in this country and frog-march them to the border. I would be happy if Washington would just from this day forward, enforce border security. The 11 million here would then need to be dealt with in a reasonable way, but in such a way as to not reward their lawbreaking! Is that too much to ask? Protect the country and not reward lawbreakers? I guess it is.

ADD ON: Ol' Chas himself thought of going to the march with my camera to get a few pics for the blog. After reading this, I'm glad I stayed home and visited Mom!

Friday, April 07, 2006

...And a Rapist is Just An Undocumented Boyfriend

Things just seem to be getting worse on the immigration front. Anytime the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate say they're close to a deal, you know you've just been sold out! Only the House Republicans are holding fast, no thanks to the leadership. This Sunday in Dallas, supporters of the "No Illegal Alien Left Behind Act" will be on the streets once again. They have learned their lesson about bad press however, and the call has gone out that only American flags will be shown in this march. No more of that reconquista stuff amigos, we are all goooood Americans. I don't doubt that most want to be, and just want to raise their families in the greatest country on God's green earth. I do however blame our feckless government for not enforcing our laws at the border, and producing a situation where the threat of mob rule by illegals usurpts common sense and our democratic process.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

England Not Civil???

I ran acrossed this interesting post on Drudge by Joan Collins on her native England. She laments:

"Recently, I have concluded that London is no longer the 'seat of civilised society' that the world once considered it to be, and is certainly not the safe city I grew up in.

A particular incident demonstrated the lack of respect and manners that is but a small example of the horrible, encroaching decay of the country that I love dearly.

My husband Percy and I were at a ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel -- a black-tie event attended by the socalled 'elite' of the city.

As Percy held the door open to let me through, a 6ft tall, middle-aged, horse-faced male pushed past me, trod on the hem of my dress and rushed outside to climb into the taxi that the doorman had waiting for us.

This was a person who should, or at least looked like he should, have known better. The cause of his behaviour? The awful pervasive disregard that we have for civility today."

This is less than 100 years after the Titanic sinking, where 80 % of the men died, whereas 74% of the women lived, because men took seriously "women and children first." I hope I'm the type of man that would dress up and be prepared to go down like a gentleman, and not a modern one one who pushes past a lady to get into a taxi!

Communists Call for May Day Boycott

The people who tried to paralyze the United States with anti-war marches are now going for the whole enchillada on May 1st, May Day. The Washingtom Times reports that A.N.S.W.E.R., a Communist front here in the States, wants to sock it to the Evil West once again by calling for a boycott of shopping, working, ect. Here is a quote from the article, and please notice the strange fellow travellers :

"The Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) coalition, which organized the Los Angeles march to win "full rights for undocumented workers," is confident its new "national action" will prove successful.
ANSWER's steering committee includes the Free Palestine Alliance, the Partnership for Civil Justice, the Nicaragua Network, the Korea Truth Commission, the Muslim Student Association, the Mexico Solidarity Network and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. It denounces as racism attempts to criminalize illegal aliens."

All I can say is take your best shot!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Let's Roll has become Let's Roll Over

I always enjoy reading Mark Steyn. He has a way of really cutting through all the BS that we hear from media and the government. His latest piece in the Chicago Sun-Times once again reminds us that our officials in both Washington and London seemed determined to dish out the "Islam is a religion of peace" bit. From Jack Straw, to Rice, Bush, and Blair,Islam is just a little Easter lamb that woundn't hurt a fly.

"At a basic level the foreign secretary's rhetoric does not match reality. Government leaders are essentially telling their citizens: Who ya gonna believe -- my platitudinous speechwriters or your lyin' eyes?

To win a war, you don't spin a war. Millions of ordinary citizens are not going to stick with a "long war" (as the administration now calls it) if they feel they're being dissembled to about its nature. One reason we regard Churchill as a great man is that his speeches about the nature of the enemy don't require unspinning or detriangulating.

If I had to propose a model for Western rhetoric, it would be the Australians. In the days after Sept. 11, the French got all the attention for that Le Monde headline -- "Nous sommes tous Americains" -- "We are all Americans," though they didn't mean it, even then. But John Howard, the Aussie prime minister, put it better and kept his word: "This is no time to be an 80 percent ally."

How can we fight a war if we can't even say who the enemy is? The Aussies can and so can Steyn.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Jill Carroll's Statement

As we all know Jill Carroll of the Christian Science Monitor has been released by Iraqi thugs. In her Statement Upon Release, she wants us to know that she was forced to say many anti-American things on camera and that she thanks the military for helping her. I like this part:

"Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not. The people who kidnapped me and murdered Alan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Alan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends--and all those around the world, who have prayed so fervently for my release--through a horrific experience. I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this."

None of that "Peacekeeper" claptrap about US illegal wars ect. I recommend giving her statement a look

Mexia Movement

Here's an interesting website of a fring Mexican group that encapsulates all the worst fears of Southwest America. It talks about the Southwest as "Occupied Anahuac" and kick the Anglos out, and "YOU are the illegal aliens in OUR country" ect. What's disconcerting is that all the pictures on the photo gallery are sources of pride for them! You'll see what I mean! And PLEASE scroll down about 3/4ths of the way and look at the Mexican and American flag on a flagpole. But beware, if you bleed red, white and blue, it'll piss ya off. Here we go to the WEBSITE.

H/T to Instapundit.

Iranian Bloggers Harrassed by their Government

A post by a blog at the Weekly Standard shows how Iranian bloggers have come under some threat by their Islamic government. This post reminds us of the freedoms we enjoy in the West, cries about the rise of theocracy in the US notwithstanding. This of course reminded me of our Iranian blogger friend Yasser at Under Underground. Evidentally, his blog's name was well chosen.

The article states:

"Dozens of Iranian bloggers have faced harassment by the government, been arrested for voicing opposing views, and fled the country in fear of prosecution over the past two years.
In the conservative Islamic Republic, where the government has vast control over newspapers and the airwaves, weblogs are one of the last bastions of free expression, where people can speak openly about everything from sex to the nuclear controversy. But increasingly, they are coming under threat of censorship....

To bolster its campaign, the Iranian government has one of the most extensive and sophisticated operations to censor and filter internet content of any country in the world -- second only to China...."

So Yasser, you have my respect. You show us in the West what real blogging is all about.
Add On:

No sooner than I commend the guy, he writes this:

"The fact that United States is the biggest threat to humanity now, is something we all brush under the carpet."

This doesn't sound like his previous posts. Maybe he got invited down to the Ba Da Bing Mosque to make sure he was "thinking straight." We wouldn't want any accidents to happen. Or maybe he just thinks us Americans are asses.