Friday, September 22, 2006

Three Cheers for Charlie Rangel!!

It's not often that I praise the Democrats, but must give praise where praise is due. Charlie Rangel, Democratic Representative from New York, has ripped into Hugo Chavez after said dictator's speech at the UN. Chavez called President Bush "the devil." I'll let Rangel take it from here.

WASHINGTON - I want to express my extreme displeasure with statements by the President of Venezuela attacking U.S. President George Bush in such a personal and disparaging way during his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.

It should be clear to all heads of government that criticism of Bush Administration policies, either domestic or foreign, does not entitle them to attack the President personally.

George Bush is the President of the United States and represents the entire country. Any demeaning public attack against him is viewed by Republicans and Democrats, and all Americans, as an attack on all of us."

Well said Congressman!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Light a Candle For His Holiness the Pope

I've got to admit that this business with Pope Benedict is more viscerally upsetting to me that the usual antics of the followers of the Religion of Peace and Love. Here they aren't threatening an author or a newspaper or a politician. This time it's the head of my Roman Catholic Church, a white haired old theologian who sits on the Throne of St Peter, the Vicar of Christ himself. I have read different places about calls for his execution, burning his effegy, and somewhere how he "worships a monkey on a cross." It's getting very hard to turn the other cheek. Lord, instead of turning the other cheek, when do we get to kick some ass like you did with the money changers in the temple?

One can only hope and pray that Pope Benedict does to Islamism what his predecessor Pope John Paul the Great of Blessed Memory did to Communism!

Terrorist Hiding Out in Texas?

Bar the door Katie, we've had reports of a highly sought after Saudi (them again?) terrorist who was spotted in the Austin area. The FBI is circulating his picture and description, as well as offering $5 million, so he's no small fish. The blog Ace of Spades had a great post. The long and short of it is that a Pakistani journalist with ties to Al Queda has said in an interviewthat the terrorist has been given a mission by OBL to detonate a dirty bomm in the US. From the interview:

"Mir also said that bin Laden has assigned a man named Adnan Al-Shukri Juma to carry out a new attack within the US which is intended to be larger than the 11 September, 2001 attacks. According to Mir, Adnan Jumaa has smuggled explosives and nuclear materials into the US through the Mexican border over the last two years and is hiding somewhere in America where the FBI has not been able to locate him."

Now back to the Texas connection. A post on the above mentioned thread at "Ace of Spades."

Ok, I have a dilemma.
I am pretty sure this guy came to [a] property in [] Texas looking to rent a house.

I was just checking my records and it had to have been i[earlier] this year. [redacted]

He had a Mexican Consular ID, no valid TX info. He would not allow me to make a copy of the ID card. I wrote notes on the visitor card when he came in because he refused to fill it out.

I will be looking at my records from earlier this year to see if I can find the info. He measured the distance between the homes - had a "friend" go into the home and yell, to see if it could be heard from outside.
I remember this incident so well, due to the fact that it was one of the strangest things I have ever seen. He did not have a hispanic accent, and certainly did not appear hispanic. [Other parties] were in the office when he came in. I showed the photo of this guy to [another party present] a few minutes ago and her reaction was "Holy Shit []! That is the guy". The photo that took me so by surprise is the one with the goatee & mustache, which I saw on a different site. Looked just like that guy!

Will let y'all know if anything comes of this!

[some identifying information redacted for safety.]

Now all this could be baloney, but what better place than Texas to hide out. We're next to a very porous border and blending in with brown skin wouldn't take too much effort. Lastly, escaping back into Mexico would be easier than the crossing into the US. Texas, no better place to hide, but no worse place to be caught!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Kevin Joseph Frawley

As a part of the project 2996, today I honor and remember the life of Kevin Joseph Frawley. Kevin was a special man, not because he died on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center. No, none of should be remembered by the day or the way that we die, but by the way that we have lived our lives.

I'll let his sister, Frances A. Conklin, tell us about Kevin.

"Kevin Joseph Frawley, 34, was born a triplet, the fifth of six children. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1989 with a degree in Finance and began work at Euro Brokers in May 1994. He married Tierney on August 11, 2001 and is survived by his wife, mother, three sisters and brother.

Kevin tried, often in vain, to hide away the simple yet uncommon acts that made him great. Despite his efforts, goodness is impossible to conceal. If Kevin got word that your glass picnic table cracked at the most inopportune time, surely he would arrive at the party with a replacement tied to his Jeep. Or if Kevin found out his girlfriend’s cousin never received roses, surely he’d show up the next day with her first dozen. As always, a smile was the payment sought and received. All the “Kevin” stories follow the same theme. In life and in death, the selfless giver has been exposed.

But Kevin gave more than picnic tables and roses. He had his bag of tricks and he knew when to pull them out. He would leave you with words such as "Take care brush your hair" or in the case of a balding friend, "Take care brush your teeth." He was nothing if not quick-witted. A 6’2 man wearing a diaper to ring in the New Year -- both 1989 and 1999. On his wedding day, Kevin greeted his wife on the altar wearing fake teeth. Then there was the day to day - two stepping across the street or commenting, "I can’t wait until tomorrow" when asked why he would reply, "Because I get better looking every day." And this was every morning. You could count on him.

Kevin had a special every day prayer card. One line reads, "Let me be joy, be hope! Let my life sing." Find comfort knowing Kevin’s life did sing. He only held onto good memories of people and understood the nature of being human. He had a knack for recalling, "Each kindly thing, Forgetting what might sting."

If I had to think of one word to describe Kevin, it would be safe. Safe in every sense: physically, emotionally, mentally. There is nothing you couldn’t tell him, nothing you couldn’t ask of him. Everyone was family and everyone was friend. Our gentle giant, my quiet bear. With our hearts we make a liar of Father Higgins for in that place a man who is so much more than good lives on."

Kevin soulds like he was a gentle giant, always ready to lend a hand. In those final minutes or hours, I'm sure he was trying to help others. I'm sure of it.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Attacks on Jews in Britian at High Level

The Times of London reports in this piece that attacks against Jews in the UK are running near an all time high. What is more disturbing is that an all-parliamentary inquiry will state that anti-semitism in Britain is endemic, from the street to the university campus.

From the article:

"The July incidents “were more dispersed than usual”, Mr Gardner said. “It is usually a small number responsible for a large number of attacks, but these were very widespread across the country and included graffiti attacks on synagogues in Edinburgh and Glasgow.”

The attackers, when visible, are from across society, he said. “When it’s verbal abuse, it’s just ordinary people in the street, from middle-class women to working-class men. All colours and backgrounds. We hardly ever see incidents involving the classic neo-Nazi skinhead. Muslims are over-represented.”

That last sentence may be an understatement. Muslims are over-represented? By how much, one wonders?

Again, from the article:

"There have been several attacks in Golders Green and Hampstead Garden Suburb in North London, where there is a large Jewish population. La Maison du Café in Golders Green Road was targeted two weeks ago by two young men who threw chairs at the restaurant, punched workers and threatened to kill the owner, Ruth Cohen, with a knife.

Ms Cohen, 34, said: “They asked if it was a Jewish restaurant. They said they were going to kill me and called me a ‘dirty Jew’, a ‘stinking Jew’. One of them had a knife. A colleague came out. They started punching him and throwing chairs.”

This is all very disturbing, and I applaud parliament for bringing this to light. Our UK cousins have quite a problem on their hands.

What was that that line from Depeche Mode. "Never again is what you swore the time before?"

Add on. David Vance has kindly linked this to A Tangled Web, which is most appreciated!