Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sergeant Ronbo Going On Patrol



I would like to take this opportunity to inform the readers of THE FREEDOM FIGHTER’S JOURNAL that Sergeant Ronbo will no longer be posting. The main reason for this is because I’m leaving Orlando shortly after New Years and will be unable to post further due to being on the road and so forth. Furthermore, I’ve reached a condition known in the Trade as “Blogger Burnout” which seems to hit many bloggers after a few years on the keyboard. The third reason is lack of compensation for the many hours spent in preparation, writing and posting my articles.

I originally started to blog on June 10, 2005 when I posted a newspaper article by the late Billy Cox in order to correct the record on a legal matter. I didn’t intend to post further, but the thing about blogging is that it’s like having just one potato chip – you just can’t have ONE, so before you know it you’re hooked. As addictions go blogging is one of the better if you post for a good cause and I would say that the liberation of the human race is about the best cause one can promote.

This is the end of THE FREEDOM FIGHTER’S JOURNAL. It is well said, "all good things must end some day." At some point in time the United States of America will end, as will all nations, people, animals and the planet itself. The universe has an expiration date as well. Only Almighty God and his angels are eternal. The good news is that life goes until the end times, and the blogsphere will go on until this venue ceases to be popular, or Big Brother pulls the plug. To my readers who look for a good blog I would point them in the direction of Aurora who publishes THE MIDNIGHT SUN in Sydney, Australia. I consider the American-Australian connection important for many reasons, the most important in my humble opinion being the fact that of all the countries in the world only Australia has committed her armed forces in every major conflict fought by the United States for nearly 100 years.

I think of all the 3,000 plus articles I've posted on THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL, the best were The Falling Man of 9/11 and Remember 9/11: Freedom Isn't Free and Sergeant Eddie Jeffers Speaks From The Grave.

What we see in these three articles is a reflection of our era. It is a Dark Age of world war that reminds every man and woman in this country to do their duty. Sergeant Eddie Jeffers was one such man who died at a young age fighting in Iraq. The video and song "Freedom Isn't Free" reminds us that freedom is purchased at the highest price of all, and we must all be prepared to offer up our lives in the defense of liberty at a moment's notice. "The Falling Man of 9/11" reminds us of all of the victims of that infamous day when peaceful America was dastardly and cowardly stabbed in the back by nationals from countries we thought were allies.

It is said by our Islamic opponents that our Western Civilization is too morally weak to stop the assault by Jihadists determined to destroy the West by turning themselves into homicide bombs. They say that Americans fear death and will do anything to avoid fighting to the last ditch. I say that the example of Eddie Jeffers and The Falling Man prove that Americans will do what needs to be done to stop the advance of tyranny. If that involves military service in far off lands in difficult conditions, Americans will do that. If it involves jumping off buildings to cheat the Jihadists of a willing victim, Americans will do that as well.

I would like express my warm regards for the readers and contributors to this blog and wish them a Happy New Year!


Ronbo's Favorite Articles:

RONBO ON IDEALISTS

RONBO ON BERLIN

RONBO ON BARBOURISM

RONBO ON EVIL IMPERIAL AMERICAN STORMTROOPERS IN IRAQ

RONBO ON MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER COLONEL LEWIS MILLETT

RONBO ON THE U.S. ARMY SECURITY AGENCY

RONBO ON THE MISSION THAT NEVER HAPPENED

RONBO ON THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

The Lesbo Hillary Clinton Is A Genius!


Former President Clinton says his wife is a "world-class genius" when it comes to improving the lives of others.

Clinton stuck mostly to familiar themes in two hour-long appearances Thursday, describing at length what he views as the nation's biggest challenges. Nearly 15 minutes into his first speech, he added almost as an afterthought that "everything I'm saying here is my wife's position, not just mine."

It was his third trip to New Hampshire in little more than a month, and the visit came the day before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was to return to the Granite State for two days of campaigning.

Calling the ability to help others the most important quality in a president, Clinton first compared the successes of his administration in creating jobs and other areas to the failures of the Bush administration before finally turning the focus to his wife, a New York senator.

"The reason she ought to be president, over and above her vision and her plans is that she has proven in every position she has ever had in life, whether it was in elected office or not, that she is a world-class genius in making positive changes in other people's lives," he said.

Change vs. experience has been a theme of the Democratic presidential race, and Clinton said the two are not mutually exclusive.

Again, he defended himself before praising Hillary Clinton, calling it an oversimplification to say that in 1992, he was the change candidate to George H.W. Bush's experience.

"When I came here, I was 46, but I was the senior governor in America," Bill Clinton said. "I had worked hard on the very economic issues I said I'd try work on as president for years and years and years."

Clinton lauded his wife for her early work for the Children's Defense Fund, her efforts to improve education in Arkansas when he was the state's governor and her work in the U.S. Senate, repeatedly and forcefully calling her "an agent of change."

"She's got the right vision, big plans and a proven ability to change lives for the better. Experience and change are only opposed in values if you're so experienced you don't have any energy left and you can't cut it, or if your experience is in fighting change," he said. "But if you know how to do things, and you prove it over a long time that you can make change in other people's lives, I think that is a pretty strong recommendation."

SOURCE

I Love America. I Want To Kill Americans!


Many of the insurgents building bombs and carrying out attacks in Iraq are hate-filled teenagers. Diya Muhammad Hussein, 16, is one of them. He spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about his desire to kill the American occupiers -- and his dreams of emigrating to the United States.

It was on a Wednesday a few weeks ago when Diya Muhammad Hussein went out to kill Americans. It was shortly after one o'clock in the morning and the curfew had just begun in the western Iraq town of Rawah. Diya crept out of his brother's house and walked to the tree where he had hidden the explosive device three days before.

He carried the hand-made mine to a gravel road nearby and buried it. Then he put the batteries for the remote-controlled detonator into a charger he had attached to a car battery, hid and waited.

The Rest Of The Story

Algore Betrays The Country On Global Warming


The scientists — many of whom are current or former members of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Mr. Gore for publicizing a climate crisis — cast doubt on the "scientific consensus" that man-made global warming imperils the planet.

"I find the Doomsday picture Al Gore is painting — a six-meter sea level rise, 15 times the IPCC number — entirely without merit," said Dutch atmospheric scientist Hendrik Tennekes, one of the researchers quoted in the report by Republican staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The Complete Article At WASHINGTON TIMES

U.S. Senate Report On The Global Warming Scam

DAY BY DAY TODAY

ULTIMATUM: HAMAS TERRORISTS SET TO KILL 1700 MUSLIM FAITHFUL

Gulf of AqabaClose to 2000 Mecca pilgrims are being threatened with death by Hamas terrorists in the Gulf of Aqaba as Egypt insists that the terrorists follow proper immigration procedure.

The Hamas thugs were returning from Mecca with large amounts of money received from Islamists as a donation to their cause. As they prepared to enter Egypt with the money, Egyptian authorities insisted that they must pass through the Egyptian/Israeli checkpoints before entry.

The Hamas terrorists refused knowing that the Israelis would arrest them and confiscate the money. Some of the terrorists are high on Israel's wanted list and would be recognized. In order to force Egypt to waive the official procedure, the terrorists have taken two ferries hostage and are threatening the lives of 1700 passengers.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

WESTERN AID: CREATING PALESTINIAN BEGGARS AND KILLERS

HandSocialism doesn't work and neither do its condescending contributions. The vast sums of money sent to Africa from the west over the last few decades have been in vain as the plight of Africans is still no better and possibly worse. And it's the same situation with Palestine. Western aid has not only increased their homicide levels but actually reduced their prosperity. Yes, Palestinians are being made POORER and more violent because of the do-gooders of the west. Here are some startling statistics on how western aid has actually hurt the Palestinians:

DAY BY DAY TODAY


The Pakistan Civil War


Pakistan has always been a problem which presented the US with many unappealing alternatives: support Pervez Musharraf, an allegedly "friendly" dictator who played a double game, posing as a secular "modernizer" while appeasing Islamists; take our chances with civilian politicians, who have often proved to be either ineffective leaders or Islamist sympathizers; or contemplate military action against a nation six or seven times more populous than Iraq and armed with nuclear weapons.

In this context, there was one option that was far and away more appealing than all of the others: supporting Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan and her likely election as Pakistan's next prime minister. Bhutto had a record as a secular liberal, and she had promised to work with the US as a more effective ally in rooting out the Islamists who are trying to take over Pakistan.

This is why Benazir Bhutto's assassination today, in what seems to be a combination sniper and suicide bomb attack, is a tragedy for the US.

It is also a monumental tragedy for Pakistan.

Pakistan is one of the front lines of the Muslim civil war, an internal battle for control between two substantial minorities: hard-core Islamic fanatics versus a relatively liberal, secular, semi-Westernized, educated middle class. This is a conflict that already had blood flowing in the streets—which now includes the blood of Benazir Bhutto, the best political hope for Pakistan's liberals.

Pakistan still has a chance to recover. Its liberals, realizing that they have to act to end the Islamists' rule by murder, may rally behind a new leader and be galvanized to elect a parliamentary majority. But it is unclear at this point who that new leader may be, and the most likely beneficiary of Bhutto's death is rival opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, a "moderate" Islamist who is accused of taking bribes from Osama bin Laden back in the 1990s in exchange for turning a blind eye to al Qaeda activities in Pakistan.

Pakistan stands on the edge of a precipice. Every time a society has allowed the Islamists to take control, that society has experienced the fate of the Islamists' hero, the suicide bomber. It has been systematically destroyed—culturally, politically, economically—in an act of national suicide, in order to be transformed into an instrument of international murder.

"Bhutto Assassinated in Attack on Rally," Salman Masood and Graham Bowley, New York Times, December 27 The Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated near the capital, Islamabad, on Thursday. Witnesses said Ms. Bhutto, who was appearing at a political campaign rally, was fired upon at close range by a gunman, and then struck by shrapnel from a blast that the government said was caused by a suicide bomber….

The exact circumstances surrounding the assassination were still unclear. Senior officials in Ms. Bhutto's party said she was leaving after addressing the rally and stood up through the sunroof of her car to wave at the crowd when she was hit in the head by a sniper in a nearby building….

Other witnesses described a single assassin opening fire on Ms. Bhutto and her entourage, hitting her at least once in the neck and once in the chest, before blowing himself up. Dr. Abbas Hayat, a professor of pathology at Rawalpindi General Hospital where Ms. Bhutto was taken, said that doctors tried to revive her for 35 minutes but that she had shrapnel wounds and head injuries and was in heart failure. He said he could not confirm whether she had bullet injuries.

Angry supporters rioted in her home city, the southern port of Karachi, The Associated Press reported, shooting at police officers, setting tires and cars on fire and burning a gas station….

Ms. Bhutto's death is the latest upset in Pakistan's treacherous political situation, and leaves her party leaderless in the short term and likely to be unable to effectively compete in hotly contested parliamentary elections that are two weeks away, according to Hasan Askari Rizvi, a leading Pakistani political and military analyst….

At the hospital where Ms. Bhutto was taken, a large number of police began to cordon off the area as angry party workers smashed windows. Many protesters shouted "Musharraf Dog."…

Ms. Bhutto's assassination immediately raised questions about whether the January parliamentary elections will now go ahead or be postponed. Nawaz Sharif, the country's other main opposition leader, said his party would boycott the elections if they went ahead, according Pakistani television….

The assassination is likely to bring renewed attention to Pakistan's security agencies. Ms. Bhutto had long accused the country's main military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, of working against her and her party because they opposed her liberal, secular agenda.

Five Minutes To Midnight


As Americans were disengaging from the news to celebrate our Christmas holiday, the rest of the world took advantage of this opportunity to fall apart. The Turks bombed Kurdistan, increasing the likelihood of a (still improbable) wider conflict in the area of Iraq that has been most stable for the longest time.

More disturbing, the Russians took advantage of the pro-Iranian slant of the US government's recent National Intelligence Estimate and began delivering enriched uranium to Iran. The worsening of the Iranian nuclear threat is covered by Investor's Business Daily below.

Meanwhile, military blogger Bill Roggio covers a new military intelligence report on the Iranian role in Iraq. Diplomatist State Department types have recently been boasting that Iran has been jaw-jaw-ed into reducing its support for Iraqi insurgents. The new report concludes that Iranian support has dropped, not because the Iranian stopped trying, but because our troops have been very effective at killing or capturing Iran's agents

"Iran Ups the Ante," Investor's Business Daily, December 24 Iran has made two major announcements in the past two days. First, it says it's just three months away from starting up its Bushehr nuclear facility, thanks to Russia's timely Christmas gift of a supply of nuclear fuel. Second, it says it wants to open up 19 more nuclear power plants, which would require enormous amounts of refined uranium to run and give Iran a plausible reason for enriching its own uranium….

Western fecklessness has only emboldened Iran and enablers such as Russia. Moscow began shipping nuclear fuel to Iran just this month, convinced Bush's tough stance has been undercut by the NIE report. Iran thinks so, too.

Last month, Iran tested its new "Ashura" missile with an estimated range of 1,250 miles. That, according to American Enterprise Institute scholar Charlie Szrom, could give Tehran the ability to "reach US bases in the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe, including such US allies as Romania, Georgia, or Ukraine."

Even the most conservative intelligence estimates say Iran will be able to build nuclear bombs by 2015. It already has 3,000 centrifuges whirring away at its Natanz facility enriching nuclear fuel, with plans for thousands more. The world ignores this at its peril.

"You'll Do Something, Mr. Rearden"


Congress also took advantage of the week before Christmas to pass a sweeping anti-energy energy bill which essentially mandates that we all be driving Prius-style "hybrid cars" and lighting our homes with fluorescent light bulbs by 2020. It is a rare piece of federal legislation that can kill both the incandescent light bulb and the sports car in one stroke. See the details in the article linked to below.

The administration supported this legislation partly to stave off even more restrictive limits on energy use proposed by a cabal of 17 states who were seeking to pass suicidal global warming regulations of their own. By imposing their own special environmental regulations on roughly one-half of America's population, these states were attempting to usurp the role of the federal government and effectively impose those regulations on all of us.

But the most important fact about this bill is that it elicited so little resistance, not only from the Bush administration (which has had no real stomach for opposing the global warming hysteria), but also from Republicans in Congress and from commentators from the right.

And there is worse to come. Having established, with so little resistance, the premise that the phantom fear of global warming can be used as a basis for anti-industrial legislation, Congress will move to impose ever tighter limits on American prosperity. A report in the Christian Science Monitor lists what we can expect in 2008, including:

Climate cap-and-trade: Because energy use and emissions go hand in hand, the new energy law accelerates debate over regulating carbon-dioxide emissions across the US economy. Key legislation, such as the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, would require a cap-and-trade system to cut CO2 emissions 15 percent below current levels by 2020. The bill already has significant support and, despite White House opposition, debate over the measure is expected as soon as January.

"Cap-and-trade" is a euphemism for a system of good old-fashioned rationing. In the next year, the United States Congress will seriously consider a scheme of national energy rationing for the most productive economy in the world.

What makes them think they can get away with this? What are they counting on? A federal judge who approved Vermont's attempt to impose its own local global-warming controls put it clearly:

History suggests that the ingenuity of the industry, once put in gear, responds admirably to most technological challenges. In light of the public statements of industry representatives, (the) history of compliance with previous technological challenges, and the state of the record, the court remains unconvinced automakers cannot meet the challenges of Vermont and California's GHG [greenhouse gas] regulations.

Readers of Ayn Rand's prescient novel Atlas Shrugged will recognize this attitude expressed in a different form: "You'll do something, Mr. Rearden."

"Bush Signs Bill to Increase Fuel Efficiency," Richard Simon and Johanna Neuman, Los Angeles Times, December 20 President Bush on Wednesday signed an energy bill designed to cut US dependence on overseas oil by imposing the biggest increase in fuel-efficiency standards in 32 years and mandating a fivefold increase in the use of home-grown biofuels….

Flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other congressional leaders, Bush thanked them for their "wisdom" in requiring the new standards. He also called on Congress to double the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, open a portion of the Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration and help expand the use of nuclear power….

The legislation calls for a 40% increase in fuel efficiency for new cars and light trucks by 2020, for a fleetwide average of 35 miles per gallon. It also requires a fivefold increase—to 36 billion gallons—in the amount of alternative homegrown fuels, such as ethanol, that must be added to the nation's gasoline supply by 2022….

The House approved the measure, 314 to 100; the Senate approved it last week, 86 to 8….
By 2020, light bulbs will have to be at least three times more efficient than they are now.

The High Price of Free Medical Care


I had predicted that the big domestic issues in 2008—and particularly in the 2008 presidential election—would be socialized medicine and global warming. I thought that socialized medicine would be the bigger issue, while global warming would be less immediate. It's now looking like it may be the other way around.

While the global warming juggernaut gets moving in earnest in Washington, the state-level push for a government takeover of the medical industry has gotten bogged down. Because states cannot print money and thus cannot engage in unlimited deficit spending, they cannot evade the question that has produced the most squabbling: who should be looted to pay for "free" health care.

These state-level plans are crucial tests of the ability to gain support for socialized medicine schemes on a national level, and their failure provides hope that a national-level takeover can also be thwarted.

"States' Widening of Health Care Hits Roadblocks," Kevin Sack, New York Times, December 25 Though the governors of three big states—California, Illinois and Pennsylvania—proposed sweeping plans to restructure health care this year, none will finish 2007 with bills passed and signed….

The Schwarzenegger-Núñez plan, which passed the Democratic-controlled Assembly last week, expands on the universal coverage law that Massachusetts passed in 2006. That state now requires insurance companies to offer coverage regardless of an applicant's health status and mandates that most residents have insurance by Dec. 31, or face a tax penalty of $219….

The downside, and one noted by states with widening budget gaps, is that the program is expected to exceed its first-year budget by at least $150 million. And state officials are struggling to prevent double-digit premium increases next year….

Illinois' Democratic governor, Rod R. Blagojevich, got nowhere with his proposals to pay for universal access to insurance by taxing gross business receipts and assessing employers who do not offer coverage to their employees….

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Edward G. Rendell, also a Democrat, failed to persuade his politically divided legislature to cover the state's 900,000 uninsured through an employer assessment. Like the California leaders, Mr. Rendell has now proposed increasing cigarette taxes, as well as raiding the surplus in a state fund designed to help doctors pay for malpractice insurance….

"It remains incredibly difficult for states by themselves to get all the uninsured covered," said Robert Blendon, a Harvard professor of health policy and political analysis. "There just is not a consensus on who should pay."

General Petraeus: MAN OF THE YEAR


The idiots at Time selected Vladimir Putin as their "Person of the Year," demonstrating a complete inability to gauge the scale, size, and significance of world events—and a desperate need to evade the story of the real Man of the Year: General David Petraeus, the architect of the strategy that reversed America's fortunes in Iraq.

Michael Barone does a good job of explaining why Putin was an "odd choice" and names what's really going on: "It's hard to avoid the conclusion that Time didn't name Petraeus as the person of the year because its editors didn't want to spotlight and honor American success."

Meanwhile, it was left to blustering populist Bill O'Reilly to name the reasons why Petraeus deserves to be honored as the man who affected the world most significantly in the last year. Most notable—and the part that really seems to appeal to O'Reilly, whose only notable virtue is his cantankerousness—is the extent to which Petraeus swiftly and completely overturned the conventional wisdom, achieving success where so many confidently predicted failure.

"'The Factor's' Person of the Year," Bill O'Reilly, FoxNews.com, December 18 "The Factor's" Person of the Year must meet some very strict requirements. The person must have done something extraordinary, must be a world player, and must have changed history in some way. That is our yardstick.

And so, "The Factor" person of the year is General David Petraeus, who has turned a disastrous military situation in Iraq into a possible victory in less than a year. You will remember how the general got worked over by some Congress people, how many folks said publicly the so-called "surge" in Iraq would not work.

Well, they were wrong. Violence is now at the lowest levels since the conflict began in 2003. Obviously, a stunning turnaround in less than a year….

A fair amount of people can oppose the war in Iraq yet want to see their country succeed in that place. There's no question that a stable Iraq is good for the world because it provides a bulwark against Islamic terrorism and Iranian expansion.

Mike Huckabee's Unfair Tax


Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's surge in the polls is due in part to support provided to him by fanatical advocates of the so-called "FairTax." (See, for example, an analysis in today's Washington Post.)

Many things disqualify Huckabee to be president. There is the fact that, in the very first Republican debate, he was one of only three candidates who raised their hands to say that they did not believe in evolution—an indication of his willingness to elevate religion over science. Then there is the fact that he thinks international affairs can be described by analogies to high-school popularity contests.

But arguably the worst idea peddled by Huckabee is the "FairTax." Commentators have been toying with many plays on Huckabee's name (describing his personal charm as "Huck-appeal," for example), but the only one that really ought to stick is: "Huckster." He is selling us, as a way to lift the burden of the IRS, a fraudulent, dangerous political diversion.

The whole style of the argument for the "FairTax" begins with its name, which is an obvious attempt to force us to accept a positive evaluation of the proposal the moment we begin talking about it. It amounts to the following argument: Why should we think the FairTax is a fair tax? Because that's what they named it! This is a proposal that begins by insulting our intelligence, treating us like a bunch of rubes who can be manipulated by the crudest political ploy.

So let's just call this proposal by an actual, objective, descriptive name: it's a national sales tax.

Commentators on the right have already done a good job of dissecting the many fraudulent claims about this tax. Bruce Bartlett, for example, describes the legerdemain used by FairTax advocates to sell us a 30 percent national sales tax as if it were a 23 percent tax. In fact, the best estimates for the actual sales tax rate required to replace current federal revenues—which is what Huckabee claims the tax will do—is about 57%.

And the problems go on and on. The national sales tax would replace a system that places a disproportionate burden on the rich with a new system that places a disproportionate burden on the poor, who spend a higher percentage of their income than the wealthy do. And as one reader pointed out to me, the national sales tax would wallop retirees. "People like me who have spent a lifetime paying income tax and saving, now face a new large tax on spending—a double tax."
Even worse is the proposed solution to these problems: to relieve the burden of the poor, the FairTax would have the government send everyone in the nation a monthly welfare-style check to help us meet our basic needs. Huckabee wants to put the whole nation on the dole.

And what about the biggest benefit claimed for the FairTax—that it would eliminate the IRS? But this only means that state or federal governments would have to create a whole new tax enforcement bureaucracy to further harass and persecute retailers. And what about all of the sales carried out by individuals, on eBay or at flea markets—sales that would now be considered illegal black market transactions? If you hate the IRS, boy are you going to hate the new tax police tasked with enforcing a national sales tax.

And speaking of the black market, when I first heard the national sales tax idea in the early 1990s, I found that a number of economists had done studies on collection rates for sales taxes. The results were pretty consistent: it is possible to collect sales taxes up to a rate of about 12 or 13 percent. Above that, retail transactions quickly move into a burgeoning black market. The incentive to avoid taxes is too high, and the ease of doing so is too great.

These (and other objections) are all valid. But I think the worst effect of a national sales tax is the simple fact that it is radically new and would require a vast restructuring of the economy over the period of at least a decade—and all for nothing.

It would take years of uncertainty for the government even to set up a new tax system, to overhaul that system repeatedly as it discovers new flaws, loopholes, and unanticipated consequences. And because it is impossible to predict with any accuracy the revenue produced by a totally new and untested tax system, Congress would have to spend a decade re-adjusting the national sales tax rate in an attempt to raise a sufficient amount of revenue.

And that's just the government. It would take at least as long for individuals and businesses to figure out how the new tax system works and to restructure their operations so they are still capable of operating under the new system. The only virtue of our current tax system is that it has been around so long that everyone has managed to adapt to it and find a way to survive and grow despite the drain of federal taxes. All of us—businesses and individuals—would have to start that process over again completely from scratch.

Of course, every significant reform requires the individuals and businesses to readjust their expectations—but this only means that we had better make sure that such a change accomplishes an important reduction in the burden of government. Yet FairTax advocates insist that their scheme is designed to bring in exactly as much revenue as the existing system.

In short, changing the whole tax system from the bottom up is a proposal for decades of economic chaos—and for what, if it's not going to significantly reduce the size of government?

This is the real fraud behind the FairTax. For all of the boasting talk about eliminating the IRS, the FairTax is not actually an attempt to reduce the burden of government on our lives. It's just an attempt to shift that burden into a different form. It's an attempt to make us think that our problem is the wrong kind of taxes, when our problem is too much taxes.

And here we reach the purpose of the FairTax fraud. It allows Huckabee to pose as an anti-tax crusader—and to commandeer the energy of an existing grass-roots anti-tax organization—while still allowing him to accept and even expand the whole bloated edifice of the middle class welfare state.

And that brings me to the one criticism of the FairTax that I don't agree with: that it is quixotic and politically impractical. According to this criticism, the FairTax is a dead letter because Congress is never going to vote to repeal the 16th amendment and eliminate the IRS.

But there are many political goals that may seem quixotic. This only means that they will take decades, even a lifetime of patient work to promote. But if you're going to spend decades tilting at windmills, it had better be to achieve something important. In my view, there is only one big crusade, on the issue of taxes and spending, that qualifies: the privatization of Social Security.

Social Security and the other "middle class welfare" program, Medicare, are the largest drivers of runaway federal spending and thus of the ever-increasing taxes required to support that spending. I can remember when the idea of privatizing Social Security seemed utterly impossible. Social Security was "the third rail of American politics": touch it and you die. And yet every few years, decade after decade, privatization has gotten closer and closer to being seriously considered. A few years ago, President Bush promoted in Congress a first incremental step to privatization. The death of that proposal indicates that privatization is still a long way away—but it's closer than the FairTax, and much more worthwhile.

But to get there we have to have a clear idea of the real tax and spending problem we face: too much taxes, supporting too much spending, providing too many unearned benefits—particularly the vast array of subsidies for America's prosperous middle class. We have to realize that the problem is too much government, and the solution is to reduce the size of government.

In short, we need ideological and moral clarity—rather than the hucksterism Mike Huckabee and his FairTax fanatics are offering.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Gates of Vienna: Benazir Bhutto’s Death Will Stabilize Pakistan#readfurther#readfurther

Gates of Vienna: Benazir Bhutto’s Death Will Stabilize Pakistan#readfurther#readfurther

ROUND UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS


Pakistan's first choice to lead the Bhutto investigation? (Claude Rains photo courtesy of imdb.com)

As Pakistan descends further into chaos, the Musharraf government says it knows who killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Unfortunately, the regime's actions since the assassination have undercut those claims.

Barely 24 hours after her death, there have been stunning revelations about how Bhutto died, and what wasn't done in the aftermath of Thursday's assassination. Both will only fuel suspicion about government complicity in the attack, which claimed the lives of the former prime minister and 20 others.

In one of the nation's first official statements on the assassination, Pakistan's Interior Minister, Hamid Nawaz, said Mrs. Bhutto died from head injuries, not bullet wounds as was originally reported. At least seven doctors at Rawalpindi General Hospital--where Bhutto was taken for treatment--reported that there were no bullet wounds on her body. Initial reports suggested that Mrs. Bhutto was shot in her neck and chest by an unknown gunman, who then blew himself up.

But, according to Mr. Nawaz, X-rays of the former prime minister did not reveal any bullets in her head, leading doctors to conclude that she was killed by shrapnel from the bomb:

“The report says she had head injuries – an irregular patch – and the X-ray doesn’t show any bullet in the head. So it was probably the shrapnel or any other thing has struck her in her said. That damaged her brain, causing it to ooze and her death. The report categorically says there’s no wound other than that,” Nawaz told a Pakistani news channel.

But that finding is not conclusive--at least by western standards--because no autopsy was performed (emphasis mine).

The doctors have submitted a report to the Pakistan government in which they say that no post-mortem was performed on Bhutto’s body and they had not received any instructions to perform one.

[snip]

An autopsy was not carried out at the hospital "because the district administration and police had not requested the hospital authorities (for this)", the report said.

Admittedly, we're not experts in Pakistani post-mortem procedures. But, under the circumstances--the assassination of a former prime minister seeking a return to power--you'd think that an autopsy request would be automatic.

On the other hand, if any combination of (a) Pakistan's current leadership; (b) the nation's military or (c) it's primary intelligence organization (the ISI) had a hand in the assassination, then failing to order an autopsy would be a convenient mechanism for cooling the forensic trail. Under Islamic tradition, bodies of the deceased are not embalmed and burial usually occurs on the day of death, so decomposition begins quickly, and potential clues may be lost. Readers will note that no one in Islamabad is pressing for an exhumation of the body, either. In the meantime, the failure to conduct an autopsy can can be blamed on the "confusion" that followed the event, or some minor police functionary--take your pick.

In the aftermath of yesterday's tragedy, there was a widespread belief (some would say hope) that the Bhutto assassination was the work of Islamic terrorists. After all, President Musharraf has survived three attempts on his life since 2001; radicals had threatened to kill Mrs. Bhutto since her return to Pakistan in October, and the bombing of her campaign rally had all the trappings of an Al Qaida/Taliban operation.

But, more recent events suggest otherwise. A friend of the late prime minister received an e-mail from her last October (which he also forwarded to Wolf Blitzer of CNN). In the message, Bhutto complained about Musharraf's refusal to provide requested security measures, and said if she died, the Pakistani president would bear part of the blame. Bhutto's long-time U.S. friend (and lobbyist) Mark Siegel claims that Musharraf refused her request for Scotland Yard and the FBI to investigate the "suspicious" 18 October bombing of a rally in Karachi, marking her return from exile. More than 100 people died in that attack.

Two months later, Pakistan's failure to autopsy Mrs. Bhutto's body suggests a government that is disinterested in pursuing possible leads, fearful (or knowing) where they might lead. In an interview on yesterday's Sean Hannity radio program, Middle East analyst (and Pakistani native) Monsoor Ijaz--hardly a Bhutto ally--pressed the Musharraf regime to request outside assistance in the investigation. Without independent confirmation from the FBI and Scotland Yard, he warned, Musharraf could not present a credible case that Bhutto was killed by terrorists.

So far, Islamabad has made no request for assistance, concentrating (instead) on learning the identity of the bomber, and launching an investigation into the lack of an autopsy. Call us cynics, but we're betting that the bomber will be quickly linked to terrorists, and some Rawalpindi cop will be blamed for failing to order a post-mortem. It's a convenient touch that Captain Renault from Casablanca would appreciate.

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Sure enough, Interior Minister Nawaz has already announced that "we have evidence that Al-Qaida and the Taliban" were behind the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto. That may be true, but the government's handling of the case (so far) makes that narrative more difficult to accept. And thousands of Pakistanis appear equally unconvinced.

A Tip of The Steel Helmet to George Smiley At IN FROM THE COLD

Pro-American Movies Sell Best Overseas


They can try and spin The Golden Compass totals all they want but a worldwide gross of $135 million still doesn’t even begin to cover production costs. This will have to gross in the $400 million range before lies about breaking-even begin to sound credible.

Does anyone else find it interesting that National Treasure 2 is huge overseas? How many times have we heard from Hollywood apologists that American-centric films aren’t being produced because they don’t do well in foreign markets? Obviously, that’s nothing more than spin because you can’t get anymore American than National Treasure. Hell, the first one did $175 million overseas.

The only American-centric films being humiliated overseas are the anti-American-centric films. Treasure proves that an exciting story well-told can make money all over the world. Even a patriotic story well-told.

The reason we keep hearing American-centric films don’t do well in foreign coffers is because Hollywood is insane. They spread this lie to excuse their not making them as some kind of “business decision” when in fact it’s an anti-business, political decision.

The films doing well overseas are the films that do well here. Had the money spent on those seven HateAmerica films been used for a single well-made film which appealed to the American people investors would’ve cleaned up both here and overseas. So, let’s agree to lay down the lie about American-centric films and how they do overseas. Obviously people Not-From-America are ready to enjoy a film set in and around America if it’s a good one.

The Complete Article At LIBERTAS

CHURCHES RE-OPEN IN IRAQ


BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of Iraqi Christians made their way to church through checkpoints and streets lined with blast walls, many drawing hope from a lull in violence to celebrate Christmas Mass in numbers unthinkable a year ago.

Death is never far in Iraq—two separate suicide bombings north of Baghdad killed at least 35 people and wounded scores more. But the number of attacks has fallen dramatically in the past few months—the U.S. military says by 60 percent since June.

"We did not celebrate last year, but this year we have security and we feel better," said Rasha Ghaban, one of many women at the small Church of the Holy Family in Karradah, a mainly Shiite district in downtown Baghdad where many Christians live. "We hope our future will be better, God willing."

Families streamed into the church's courtyard, wrapped in heavy winter jackets to protect them from the early morning chill. Young children with neatly combed hair held their parents' hands, and women stopped by the front door to pick through a basket of small lacy headscarves, placing them over their hair before walking in.

The pews were almost full—women toward the back and on the right side of the church, the men on the left—and still more people streamed in. Outside, police armed with automatic rifles manned a checkpoint at the corner of the narrow street, searching every passing car for possible bombs.

Christians have often been the target of attacks by Islamic extremists in Iraq, forcing tens of thousands to flee. Many of those who stayed were isolated in neighborhoods protected by barricades and checkpoints. Less than 3 percent of Iraq's 26 million people are Christians—the majority Chaldean-Assyrians and Armenians, with small numbers of Roman Catholics.

A coordinated bombing campaign in 2004 targeted churches in the Iraqi capital, and anti-Christian violence also flared last September after Pope Benedict XVI made comments perceived to be against Islam.

But this year, with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha coming just before Christmas, Iraq has been living through some of the most peaceful moments since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, leader of the ancient Chaldean Catholic Church and Iraq's first cardinal, celebrated Mass before about 2,000 people in the Mar Eliya Church the eastern New Baghdad neighborhood of the capital.

"Iraq is a bouquet of flowers of different colors, each color represents a religion or ethnicity but all of them have the same scent," the 80-year-old Delly told the congregation.

Muslim clerics—both Sunni and Shiite—also attended the service in a sign of unity.

"May Iraq be safe every year, and may our Christian brothers be safe every year," Shiite cleric Hadi al-Jazail told AP Television News outside the church. "We came to celebrate with them and to reassure them."

William Jalal, a 39-year old father of three attending Mass at Mar Eliya, said this Christmas was clearly different.

"We didn't celebrate like this in the past two years as we were holding limited celebrations for relatives in an atmosphere filled with fear," said Jalal, a cook in one of Baghdad's social clubs. "Now we feel better as we see all these security forces in the streets to protect us."

Bombers still attack city markets, police or army patrols and stores, and the dead bodies of tortured kidnap victims turn up almost daily along river banks or dumped on the streets.

Venturing out in large numbers late at night in Baghdad is still unthinkable, so the capital's Christians celebrated midnight Mass in the middle of the afternoon on Christmas Eve.

Delly, speaking to The Associated Press at his guarded compound in western Baghdad on Christmas Eve, said fear still pervaded everyday life, despite the fall in violence.

"Everyone is still afraid to go out," he said. "Even small animals are afraid of the danger."

In northern Iraq's much safer Kurdish autonomous region, worshipers headed to the town of Ain Kawa, near Irbil. Some 1,600 Arab Christian families from Baghdad and nearby regions have settled there, said the local mayor, Fahmi Sulafa.

"Here, I feel my soul is at rest," said Matti Gordese, a 40-year-old father of four originally from Baghdad. "I can practise my religion without feeling that suddenly, a bomb will explode and kill you in God's house."

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD STILL BOO-HOOING OVER TERRORIST, HICKS

David HicksAustralian terrorist, David Hicks is due to be released tomorrow. This is a man who was raised in a free country which he left to traipse around four terrorist camps to join himself to the bloody, anti-west activities of such organizations as LET and Al Qa'eda.

He never truly repented of his activities, but described Osama bin Laden as 'lovely' to his parents. Hicks was devoted to the cause of the slaughter of the 'enemies of Islam'. He was captured and rightfully imprisoned by coalition troops and then taken to Guantanamo where he was held in a humane detention (unlike the third world torture chambers his Jihadist buddies torment people in).

BENAZIR BHUTTO IS NOW A MARTYR

Nothing in her life Became her like the leaving it.

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been murdered. Despite her faults, the fact that she was trying to bring some democracy to Pakistan makes her a martyr infinitely more so than the animals that killed her and at least 20 others in the attack.

Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility, naturally.

“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. (source thanks to Ace)

You can learn more about Benazir Bhutto from this obituary which covers the basics of her life and politics.

The murder of Benazir Bhutto is tragic on so many levels. The most immediate is the loss her family, friends and supporters must endure. My prayers for them and for those who also lost loved ones in this brutal attack.

Some have rushed to blame President Musharraf, because she was the opposition leader which gives him some motive. He also ties to the military and he's been playing extremists and moderates against each other for some time now. He needs the extremists to stay in power, yet we all know the danger of extreme Islamists gaining actual power in that country due to Pakistan having nuclear weapons.

There are no good choices here. Perhaps Musharraf will finally allow sustained military action by the U.S. and coalition countries in the lawless tribal regions that have been a haven for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Doing so however, will require he institute martial law again and possibly delay the elections, which may push some of the moderate opposition into alliances with the extremists.

The tragedy that should now concern everyone is that nuclear weapons just moved a step closer to falling into the hands of Islamic extremists. The path ahead to preventing that is uncertain and undoubtedly bloody. For those inclined to, much prayer is needed for world leaders and those on the front lines, that they will have the wisdom and courage to avoid the worst possible outcome.


A Tip of The Steel Helmet To:

Democommies Push For Bush And Cheney Impeachment


This is insane! Well what can you expect from a bunch of raving Leftard Moonbats who blame Bush and Cheney for everything that goes wrong in the world and in their own worthless subhuman lives? It will be interesting to see how this farce plays out in an election year, the Democommies have a majority in the House and could in theory impeach Bush and Cheney. They wouldn't be removed from office because that would require two-thirds vote in the Senate and the Democommies only have 51 seats.

Michelle Malkin:

I’ve been telling you that the impeachment mob is gearing up for big things in 2008. Rep. Robert Wexler is on the prowl–raising funds online, posting videos, and putting heat on the Democrat leadership to act on Dennis Kucinich’s impeachment resolution. There’s the impeachment play that’ll be unveiled after New Year’s. Santa Rosa City Council members passed an impeachment resolution earlier this month. And now, from Washington state, (hat tip - Orbusmax), we’ve got another push for a legislative impeachment resolution–along with assorted BDS festivities:

More excellent coverage at Michelle Malkin's website

Thursday, December 27, 2007

FREEDOM FIGHTER BHUTTO ASSASSINATED IN PAKISTAN


Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet princess;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

The bad news this morning is the assassination of a woman of courage in Pakistan, The Freedom Fighter Benazir Bhutto, whose "great crime" was a burning desire to bring liberty and justice to her country. As I type these lines I'm watching Fox News coverage in Pakistan and the mobs are running wild looking for revenge. I am reminded of that scene in Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR when the Roman mob runs amok against Caesar's assassins who flee Rome.

The next scene may be civil war in Pakistan.

SOURCE

On December 27th, 2007 at 9:19 am, sfcmac said:

This is terrible. She worked hard to reform a country full of misogynist, Islamofascist miscreants. Pakistan has formented terrorist scumbags and extremists for years. She knew her life was in constant danger, but returned to her home and courageously stood up to subhuman filth. For her efforts to bring democracy to Pakistan, she was rewarded with murder.

To be sure, the Musharraf regime will blame the United States for brokering an agreement to let her back into Pakistan, and the moonbats on the Left will blame President Bush because everything is his fault, from their lousy childhoods to their miserable worthless adult lives.

Expect a lot of rioting and more bombs. It won’t stop until all the muslim extremist pigs are dead, which means it won’t be any time soon.

TSUNAMI AID SPENT ON LEFTIST INDOCTRINATION

Tsunami victimsYou might be forgiven for thinking Amnesty International, Save the Children and Oxfam as generally benevolent organizations which exist for the betterment of those 'less fortunate than ourselves', but what really drives these organizations? Could it be that they care more about driving home their foul, insidious agendas than about the people themselves? Here are a few home truths about the money Australians donated to tsunami relief efforts.
"THREE years after Australians donated $400 million to rebuild Asian lives devastated by the 2004 tsunami, aid groups are under attack for spending much of the money on social and political engineering."

The Muslim Enemy Has Problems of His Own


I keep reminding my readers of this fact, because it is a crucially important context for today's events. It is easy to become discouraged as we watch our leaders dither over Iraq, and as we watch the press and the political opposition try to conjure up a new wave of Vietnam-era American self-loathing. But it is important to remember that the enemy has problems of his own--problems much worse than anything we face. Indeed, the Islamic world's desire to lash out at the West stems from the fact that it regards us as a mortal danger that will destroy Islam.

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristoff's recently published some fascinating cultural travelogues from Iran, a country he found to be dominated by pro-American young people who chafe at the regime's theocratic restrictions. These are well-written and observant pieces, despite being written by a New York Times columnist, and they indicate that Iran's theocracy will not long be able to maintain its grip on power.

Another piece that recently came across my desk highlights this issue.

A May 6 update from the Middle East Media Research Institute(www.MEMRI.org)describes how "reality TV" has come to Bahrain.

"The Saudi station MBC began to broadcast an Arab version of the popular 'Big Brother' reality-TV program that has previously aired in 24 Western countries. In the Arab version, dozens of cameras record the actions of 12 participants from various Arab countries who share an apartment."

This is the typical "reality TV" approach, which is to put a group of young people together and film whatever "drama" (usually of a petty nature) arises from their interaction.

Here is the reaction the show has received:

"Conservative circles organized mass demonstrations demanding that the broadcasts be immediately halted because of their damage to Islamic values. In contrast, liberal circles and Bahraini businessmen supported the broadcasts because of their contribution to Bahrain's economy."

Let's put aside the pragmatic defense of the putative Bahraini liberals. Let's look at what one of the "conservatives"--i.e., the Islamists--had to say:

"Recently, Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and a leading authority in Sunni Islam, discussed reality-TV programs, saying: 'The aim of these programs is to mislead the [Muslim] nation and to keep it from its own reality, so that it will live [in the reality of] these lesser things. Anyone to whom the nation is important must rise up against these deviant trends. There is no doubt that [our] youth are human riches, and represent the future of the nation. We must not abandon these riches or waste them with these imported television programs that do not reflect the character of the nation, do not represent its true image, and are a real invasion.' "

He is right. This is the real American invasion of the Islamic world--an invasion spearheaded, not by Bradleys and B-1s, but by "Baywatch" and "Big Brother."

Continuing from the MEMRI dispatch, here is what the Islamists are afraid of:

"[T]he program's detractors insisted that it was against Islamic values. They pointed at the mingling of the sexes, the unveiled faces of the female participants, and the inappropriate behavior of some male participants--such as one boy who kissed a girl on the cheek."

And the threat to Islam is even worse:

"The mingling [of the sexes] in Bahrain is not limited to the 'Big Brother' program. It is everywhere, in the private schools and in the universities...."

Why are the Muslims so concerned--and especially so obsessed with the positive portrayal of sexuality?

The Islamists are afraid of anything that causes their young people to pursue the enjoyment of life in this world. That is the meaning of the sheikh's complaint that "Big Brother" will cause young Muslims to "live in the reality of these lesser things"--the "lesser things" being the joys of this world.

That message--which America radiates unconsciously, without deliberate intent or plan--is the most powerful weapon we have against the Islamic world. We don't know it, but the Islamists do--and in fact, they think that it _is_ a deliberate American strategy.

Bahraini columnist Faziyya Rashid puts it this way:

"It is completely obvious, and no secret...that the American intention is to take over the Middle East.... The plans to begin the occupation [of the Middle East]--whether directly via military occupation, as happened in Iraq,or indirectly via the occupation of the hearts and minds of the people--will come about in the framework of the American cultural, media, and political program aimed at changing [the face of] the Middle East, on the pretext of democratization and liberation. This will be done in the framework of a cold war [aimed at] infiltrating the minds [of the Arabs], and particularly the minds of the young adults who, according to recent statistics, make up 70% of the Arab homeland...."

The American goal: "to instill ideological, emotional, and spiritual change--that is, to infiltrate to within the individual and conquer his mind."

I see no evidence that there is a deliberate American effort to achieve this kind of cultural "invasion"--but there should be. As I wrote in the December 2005:

"We already broadcast to the oppressed peoples of the Middle East the Western message of liberty, prosperity, and happiness, in forms as low-brow as 'Baywatch' and as sophisticated as the Declaration of Independence. This is the 'imperialism' that terrifies Islamic fundamentalists--who should be terrified, because they grasp that their values cannot win in open competition."

"But we dare not leave the Americanization of the world to the haphazard forces of 'Baywatch' and the other, less benevolent products of popular culture. We must begin a campaign of education designed to export Western values to the barbarous East--a campaign that must be spearheaded by our intellectuals, not denounced by them. This war must be fought with televisions, radios, books, and movies--and by our political and intellectual leaders' intransigent defense of Western Civilization and its ideals of liberty and secularism."

A New Dark Age Is Dawning


THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Roman Catholics have overtaken Anglicans as the country's dominant religious group. More people attend Mass every Sunday than worship with the Church of England, figures seen by The Sunday Telegraph show.

This means that the established Church has lost its place as the nation's most popular Christian denomination after more than four centuries of unrivalled influence following the Reformation.

Last night, leading figures gave warning that the Church of England could become a minority faith and that the findings should act as a wake-up call. Britain has become a 'Catholic country' >>> By Jonathan Wynne-Jones

A New Dark Age Is Dawning

How Muslims Take Care of Their Women

Eye On The World: Allah make me a Muslim


Channel 4 in the UK ran a number of programs which tried to get Joe Public to pray to Mecca five times a day. Watcher ran a post. Here are a few video clips;

Eye On The World: Allah make me a Muslim#links#links

GalliaWatch: Inexorable Suicide


An analysis from former Ambassador Christian Lambert, writing at Les 4 Vérités, predicts a terrible fate for Europe. He titles his essay, "The Inexorable Suicide of Europe."

The Brussels administration admits officially that each year some 550,000 immigrants from Africa, the Middle East and China, plus South America, enter the European Union. In reality the figure is twice that, in other words, more than a million.

We will briefly take it country by country.

Italy wins the prize right now. For this to become known, a young Italian girl had to be raped and murdered by a Gypsy. Then Rome was forced to reveal that Italy, a country even more poorly governed than France, which is saying a lot, now has 3.7 million immigrants (the official figure), that 700,000 new arrivals were recorded in 2006, and that 560,000 Gypsies have settled there. More than 100,000 of them arrived in the ten-month period after January 1, 2007.

More than 50% of the crime in Italy is due to these "Rumanians". In addition, every year some 60,000 immigrants from Tunisia and Libya (where even Colonel Qadhafi admits that his country is invaded by Sub-Saharians waiting to get into Europe and certain to succeed in their goal) arrive in Italy via the island of Lampedusa. In general, it is easy to enter Europe through Italy where the administration is "lax"...

In Greece, it's worse and Cyprus is one of the great doors of entry into Europe.

In France, nothing has changed. It can be assumed that 350,000 new arrivals enter our country each year, 70% of them from Africa. The number of visas granted has not lessened. It is still more than 2 million - 2,038,000 in 2006 - which proves that the fight against massive immigration is, like all the rest, purely verbal.

While I'm on the topic, I should note in passing that the town of Aulnay-sous-Bois, in Seine-Saint-Denis, has just experienced 4 days and nights of street fighting between gangs of "Afro-Maghrebins" and the police, according to the press itself. At Villiers-le-Bel, Val d'Oise, it is even more serious. The police, attacked with rifles, proved to be impotent. In order to quell these riots military units specializing in street fighting are now necessary, especially since stockpiles of war weapons from the Balkans are being stashed in the suburbs.

In Germany there are 4 million Turks, and new arrivals every day. One German told me that Islamist Turks feel more at ease practicing their religious activities in Germany than in Muslim Turkey.

In Great Britain, 50 powerful Muslim associations control millions of faithful followers, mostly Pakistanis. In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, beneath the smile of her gracious very Christian Majesty, there are now koranic schools where children can learn to become kamikazes and blow up automobiles.

In the Netherlands where there are many North African, Caribbean and Indonesian Muslims serious trouble is on the increase. The press writes that the situation is becoming "à la française", in other words: pillaged shops, torched cars, violent confrontations with the police.

Scandinavia is not to be left out where, in order to be in tune with the times, Norway discovered and recruited, as a government minister, a black woman from Martinique.

I might add that there is no common European policy on immigration. Spain and Italy amnestied millions of illegals - a tremendous message for others - without even informing their neighbors.

On the other hand, in the countries of Eastern Europe, there are no immigrants. Why? Because these countries were subjected to communism and are therefore underdeveloped, with no welfare state or free hand-outs, housing, health care or schools.

Some say that one must not exaggerate. The great invasions from the 4th to 7th centuries eventually worked themselves out, didn't they? Great ignorance. We have to realize that these invasions had only a limited effect on the population of nascent France. As a matter of fact, in general, gangs of invaders and vandals, totaling only a few thousand individuals did not settle down in France, except for the Franks to the East. Furthermore, these barbarians quite rapidly converted to Christianity, more precisely to arianism.

It is true that at the time the merovingian monarchy did not distribute to these barbarians welfare of all kinds, declaring: "You are a great opportunity for France. Come, all of you, and join us with your large and beautiful families." No. Back then, people still had common sense.

And now, what will happen? In the short term, immigration will continue to flood in. Problems which have never been this serious will continue to spread and worsen. In the very long term, Europe, which created the most beautiful civilization that humanity has ever produced, will disappear.

The photo is of the beautiful Palatine Chapel in Aachen, considered to be the architectual pinnacle of Carolingian Renaissance. When the barbarians converted to Christianity they helped create the Europe that is now being dismantled. The Franks also routed the Muslims who are now getting their revenge, without much of a fight, while mosques are rising everywhere on the European landscape to replace magnificent structures like this one. The cliché "what goes around comes around" seems to apply to our current situation. We must count on the unexpected now.

The suicide of Europe is not unavoidable - there are many solutions. The fact that there are no leaders willing to do what must be done is the problem. Another strange fact is that so many people seem to "sense" that this is inevitable, as if they have an insight, or an intuition, that Europe's time has come. These are the people besotted by what they see on television and dumbed down by an inferior education. They turn a commentary such as this article into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

GalliaWatch: Inexorable Suicide

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

ISRAEL BOUND

Tied handsI don't think we even begin to realize the significance of the loss of Israel as a state in the midst of the Middle East. But that is exactly where things would be headed barring a miracle. (Historically, Israel has not been short on miracles, but that's another post).

Israel, like most western countries has suffered the Marxist creep which has crippled it basically. Now you have what is referred to as a 'lawyerized' society where every move Israel makes is scrutinized and agonized over on the basis of whether it will be deemed 'lawful' in the eyes of the wider world. Israel could have defeated her enemies a hundred times over. As a matter of fact, I believe Israel would have just about no problems if her hands weren't tied by the Marxism of the world outside and those inside.

The Jackass Party of Racism (Also called "Democrat")


The Democrat party is built on a foundation of the most vile demagoguery. For a party that screams racism at every turn, they have enough skeletons to fill Ohlsdorf. Once again proving that the left is wrong on every issue. The Opinion Journal as it all here;

Blacks "are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both of body and mind."

--Thomas Jefferson, 1787
Co-founder of the Democratic Party (along with Andrew Jackson)
President, 1801-09

"I hold that the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding states between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good--a positive good."

--Sen. John C. Calhoun (D., S.C.), 1837
Vice President, 1825-32
His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.

"If blacks were given the right to vote, that would "place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored Negro in the country upon an equality with the poor white man."

--Rep. Andrew Johnson, (D., Tenn.), 1844
President, 1865-69

"Resolved, That the Democratic Party will resist all attempts at renewing, in Congress or out of it, the agitation of the slavery question, under whatever shape or color the attempt may be made."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1852

Blacks are "a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race."

--Chief Justice Roger Taney, Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1856
Appointed Attorney General by Andrew Jackson in 1831
Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Andrew Jackson in 1833
Appointed to the Supreme Court by Andrew Jackson in 1836

"Resolved, That claiming fellowship with, and desiring the co-operation of all who regard the preservation of the Union under the Constitution as the paramount issue--and repudiating all sectional parties and platforms concerning domestic slavery, which seek to embroil the States and incite to treason and armed resistance to law in the Territories; and whose avowed purposes, if consummated, must end in civil war and disunion, the American Democracy recognize and adopt the principles contained in the organic laws establishing the Territories of Kansas and Nebraska as embodying the only sound and safe solution of the 'slavery question' upon which the great national idea of the people of this whole country can repose in its determined conservatism of the Union--NON-INTERFERENCE BY CONGRESS WITH SLAVERY IN STATE AND TERRITORY, OR IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" (emphasis in original).

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1856

"I hold that a Negro is not and never ought to be a citizen of the United States. I hold that this government was made on the white basis; made by the white men, for the benefit of white men and their posterity forever, and should be administered by white men and none others."

--Sen. Stephen A. Douglas (D., Ill.), 1858
Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, 1860

"Resolved, That the enactments of the State Legislatures to defeat the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law, are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1860

"The Almighty has fixed the distinction of the races; the Almighty has made the black man inferior, and, sir, by no legislation, by no military power, can you wipe out this distinction."

--Rep. Fernando Wood (D., N.Y.), 1865
Mayor of New York City, 1855-58, 1860-62

"My fellow citizens, I have said that the contest before us was one for the restoration of our government; it is also one for the restoration of our race. It is to prevent the people of our race from being exiled from their homes--exiled from the government which they formed and created for themselves and for their children, and to prevent them from being driven out of the country or trodden under foot by an inferior and barbarous race."

--Francis P. Blair Jr., accepting the Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1868
Democratic Senator from Missouri, 1869-72
His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.

"Instead of restoring the Union, it [the Republican Party] has, so far as in its power, dissolved it, and subjected ten states, in time of profound peace, to military despotism and Negro supremacy."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1868

"While the tendency of the white race is upward, the tendency of the colored race is downward."

--Sen. Thomas Hendricks (D., Ind.), 1869
Democratic nominee for Vice President, 1876
Vice President, 1885

"We, the delegates of the Democratic party of the United States . . . demand such modification of the treaty with the Chinese Empire, or such legislation within constitutional limitations, as shall prevent further importation or immigration of the Mongolian race."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1876

"No more Chinese immigration, except for travel, education, and foreign commerce, and that even carefully guarded."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1880

"American civilization demands that against the immigration or importation of Mongolians to these shores our gates be closed."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1884

"We favor the continuance and strict enforcement of the Chinese exclusion law, and its application to the same classes of all Asiatic races."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1900

"The repeal of the fifteenth amendment, one of the greatest blunders and therefore one of the greatest crimes in political history, is a consummation to be devoutly wished for."

--Rep. John Sharpe Williams (D., Miss.), 1903
House Minority Leader, 1903-08

"Republicanism means Negro equality, while the Democratic Party means that the white man is supreme. That is why we Southerners are all Democrats."

--Sen. Ben Tillman (D., S.C.), 1906
Chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs, 1913-19

"We are opposed to the admission of Asiatic immigrants who can not be amalgamated with our population, or whose presence among us would raise a race issue and involve us in diplomatic controversies with Oriental powers."

--Platform of the Democratic Party, 1908

"I am opposed to the practice of having colored policemen in the District [of Columbia]. It is a source of danger by constantly engendering racial friction, and is offensive to thousands of Southern white people who make their homes here."

--Sen. Hoke Smith (D., Ga.), 1912
Appointed Secretary of the Interior by Grover Cleveland in 1893

"The South is serious with regard to its attitude to the Negro in politics. The South understands this subject, and its policy is unalterable and uncompromising. We desire no concessions. We seek no sops. We grasp no shadows on this subject. We take no risks. We abhor a Northern policy of catering to the Negro in politics just as we abhor a Northern policy of social equality."

--Josephus Daniels, editor, Raleigh News & Observer, 1912
Appointed Secretary of the Navy by Woodrow Wilson in 1913
Appointed Ambassador to Mexico by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933
USS Josephus Daniels named for him by the Johnson Administration in 1965

"The Negro as a race, in all the ages of the world, has never shown sustained power of self-development. He is not endowed with the creative faculty. . . . He has never created for himself any civilization. . . . He has never had any civilization except that which has been inculcated by a superior race. And it is a lamentable fact that his civilization lasts only so long as he is in the hands of the white man who inculcates it. When left to himself he has universally gone back to the barbarism of the jungle."

--Sen. James Vardaman (D., Miss.), 1914
Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources, 1913-19

"This is a white man's country, and will always remain a white man's country.

--Rep. James F. Byrnes (D., S.C.), 1919
Appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941
Appointed Secretary of State by Harry S. Truman in 1945

"Slavery among the whites was an improvement over independence in Africa. The very progress that the blacks have made, when--and only when--brought into contact with the whites, ought to be a sufficient argument in support of white supremacy--it ought to be sufficient to convince even the blacks themselves."

--William Jennings Bryan, 1923
Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, 1896, 1900 and 1908
Appointed Secretary of State by Woodrow Wilson in 1913
His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.

"Anyone who has traveled to the Far East knows that the mingling of Asiatic blood with European or American blood produces, in nine cases out of ten, the most unfortunate results. . . . The argument works both ways. I know a great many cultivated, highly educated and delightful Japanese. They have all told me that they would feel the same repugnance and objection to have thousands of Americans settle in Japan and intermarry with the Japanese as I would feel in having large numbers of Japanese coming over here and intermarry with the American population. In this question, then, of Japanese exclusion from the United States it is necessary only to advance the true reason--the undesirability of mixing the blood of the two peoples. . . . The Japanese people and the American people are both opposed to intermarriage of the two races--there can be no quarrel there."

--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1925
President, 1933-45

"This passport which you have given me is a symbol to me of the passport which you have given me before. I do not feel that it would be out of place to state to you here on this occasion that I know that without the support of the members of this organization I would not have been called, even by my enemies, the 'Junior Senator from Alabama.' "

--Hugo Black, accepting a life membership in the Ku Klux Klan upon his election to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Alabama, 1926
Appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937

"Mr. President, the crime of lynching . . . is not of sufficient importance to justify this legislation."

--Sen. Claude Pepper (D., Fla.), 1938
Spoken while engaged in a six-hour speech against the antilynching bill

"I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. . . . The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union."

--Robert C. Byrd, 1946
Democratic Senator from West Virginia, 1959-present
Senate Majority Leader, 1977-80 and 1987-88
Senate President Pro Tempore, 1989-95, 2001-03, 2007-present
His portrait stands in the U.S. Capitol.

President Truman's civil rights program "is a farce and a sham--an effort to set up a police state in the guise of liberty. I am opposed to that program. I have voted against the so-called poll tax repeal bill. . .. I have voted against the so-called anti-lynching bill."

--Rep. Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas), 1948
U.S. Senator, 1949-61
Senate Majority Leader, 1955-61
President, 1963-69

"There is no warrant for the curious notion that Christianity favors the involuntary commingling of the races in social institutions. Although He knew both Jews and Samaritans and the relations existing between them, Christ did not advocate that courts or legislative bodies should compel them to mix socially against their will."

--Sen. Sam Ervin (D., N.C.), 1955
Chairman, Committee on Government Operations, 1971-75

"The decline and fall of the Roman empire came after years of intermarriage with other races. Spain was toppled as a world power as a result of the amalgamation of the races. . . . Certainly history shows that nations composed of a mongrel race lose their strength and become weak, lazy and indifferent."

--Herman E. Talmadge, 1955
Democratic Senator from Georgia, 1957-81
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture, 1971-81

"These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don't move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there'll be no way of stopping them, we'll lose the filibuster and there'll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It'll be Reconstruction all over again."

--Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas), 1957

"I have never seen very many white people who felt they were being imposed upon or being subjected to any second-class citizenship if they were directed to a waiting room or to any other public facility to wait or to eat with other white people. Only the Negroes, of all the races which are in this land, publicly proclaim they are being mistreated, imposed upon, and declared second-class citizens because they must go to public facilities with members of their own race."

--Sen. Richard B. Russell Jr. (D., Ga.), 1961
The Russell Senate Office Building is named for him.

"I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes."

--Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, 1961
Kennedy later authorized wiretapping the phones and bugging the hotel rooms of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I'm not going to use the federal government's authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods. . . . I have nothing against a community that's made up of people who are Polish or Czechoslovakian or French-Canadian or blacks who are trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods."

--Jimmy Carter, 1976
President, 1977-81
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2002

"The Confederate Memorial has had a special place in my life for many years. . . . There were many, many times that I found myself drawn to this deeply inspiring memorial, to contemplate the sacrifices of others, several of whom were my ancestors, whose enormous suffering and collective gallantry are to this day still misunderstood by most Americans."

--James Webb, 1990
Now a Democratic Senator from Virginia

"Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it for the Law of the Sea conferences and you'd find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.

--Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D., S.C.) 1993
Chairman, Commerce Committee, 1987-95 and 2001-03
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 1984

"I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation."

--Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), 2004
Chairman, Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2008

"You cannot go into a Dunkin' Donuts or a 7-Eleven unless you have a slight Indian accent."


"My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything [but] a Northeastern liberal state."


"I mean, you got the first mainstream African American [Barack Obama] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy."


"There's less than 1% of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4% or 5% that is, are minorities. What is it in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with."

Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., (D., Del.), 2006-07
Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, 1987-95
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2008