Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Iran’s judiciary has sealed off the offices of a popular news Web site critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies after journalists continued to update it despite official filtering, the Web site said.
Rights groups and diplomats say there is a broad crackdown on dissenting voices in the Islamic state, which is under growing Western pressure over its disputed nuclear programme. The authorities deny such moves, saying they allow free speech.
- 9/11 was an inside job;
- the Holocaust never happened and "we" (meaning the loons that run Iran) are "friends with the Jewish people";
- Iran is a free country.
Oh yeah, and he invited his audience to visit Iran.
Naturally, if you believe Disco Mad Jad on all this, you'll certainly believe his assurances that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.
If you bought all that, surely you'll have no problem taking Mad Jad's invite seriously and visiting Free Iran. While there, (if you aren't taken hostage or thrown in prison or disappeared), try standing on the streets of Tehran and screaming at the top of your lungs "Down with the Islamic Republic !" Hopefully the wonderful people at Columbia University who set up this propaganda stunt will take the invite, and being educated, they can shout it in Farsi. This would solve all kinds of problems for everybody.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
that General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, deserves the full support of the Senate and strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.
Clinton (D-NY) (yes, the would-be Commander-in-Chief)
Kerry (D-MA) (oh, surprise, surprise)
These people should be remembered.
Senator Barak Obama was not present to vote; nor Maria Cantwell (D-WA); and neither was Joe Biden (D-DE), although as Beldar, at Beldar Blog points out, Senator Biden did condemn the Move-On ad.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Today is the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Sharpsburg, known in the north as Antietam, the bloodiest day of battle on the North American continent. No American armies ever assembled contended for such high stakes as their brothers who fought and died this day near the Maryland town of Sharpsburg, hard by Antietam Creek, on this day, so many years ago.Headquarters, Alexandria & Leesburg RoadNear DranesvilleSeptember 3, 1862Mr. President:The present seems to be the most propitious time since the commencement of the war for the Confederate Army to enter Maryland. The two grand armies of the United States that have been operating in Virginia, though now united, are much weakened and demoralized. Their new levies of which I understand sixty thousand men have already been posted in Washington, are not yet organized, and will take some time to prepare for the field…The army is not properly equipped for an invasion of an enemy’s territory. It lacks much of the material of war, is feeble in transportation, the animals being much reduced, and the men are poorly provided with clothes and in thousands of instances are destitute of shoes. Still, we cannot afford to be idle, and though weaker than our opponents in men and in military equipments, must endeavor to harass, if we cannot destroy them. I am aware the movement is attended with much risk……If the Quartermaster Department can furnish any shoes, it would be the greatest relief.We have entered upon September, and the nights are becoming cool. . .R.E. LeeGenlGeneral Robert E. Lee to President Jefferson Davis, 8 Septeber 1862 (from Dowdey, Manarin, The Wartime Papers of Robert E. Lee, Da Capo 1961, p. 294).
Headquarters, Near Fredricktown, MarylandSeptember 8, 1862Mr. President:The present posture of affairs, in my opinion, places it in the power of the Government of the Confederate States to propose with propriety to that of the United States the recognition of our independence…R.E. LeeGenl Comdg.
Lee to Davis, (Papers, at p. 301).
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
. . .When the devil’s riddle is masteredAnd the galley-bench creaks with a Pope,We shall see Buonaparte the bastardKick heels with his throat in a rope.. . .
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, in late July, US aircraft carriers Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and their strike groups of accompanying cruisers and destroyers completed Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2, “Operation Bold Step”-- together with British carrier HMS Illustrious and her strike group. Interestingly, the British carrier, for the entire exercise, embarked two US Marine Air Groups. Illustrious was also grouped with US Navy destroyers and frigates.
The Bay of Bengal exercises (Malabar 07-02) are very interesting. This is probably the largest concentration of naval power in this region since Admiral Nagumo, of Pearl Harbor fame, raided the area with his Japanese carrier force in early 1942. At least 26 vessels are involved in Malabar, including US carriers Nimitz (CVN 68) and Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and their escorting strike groups; plus submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721); along with Indian carrier Viraat and her escorts, plus the aforementioned contingents from Japan, Singapore and Australia. This is a formidable assemblage of naval power: thousands of sailors, with larger support casts assisting ashore and aloft.
I wonder if something is brewing ? No end of things to speculate about. Supposedly the Indian Ocean exercises are a giant anti-piracy/anti-terrorism drill, but that seems a bit dubious: swatting flies with sledgehammers.
Interesting times. Hopefully not too much more interesting.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Whether or not it was worth it in 2003 (and I still believe it was), it's certainly worth the fight now. By our enemies' choice, Iraq became the central battleground between civilization and terror, between good and evil - despite the left's denial that the latter exists.