Archive for June, 2006
USA Today continues its Jihad against our capability to combat terrorism, and informs terrorists which telecom companies are not cooperating the NSA in building the database. Their sources for this disclosure apparently comes from congress and the Intelligence committees.
Hat Tip to Hot Air
Others Blogging: Michelle Malkin
From the Jerusalem Post
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak demanded from his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad to deport the Syrian-based Hamas leadership unless it agrees to release kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Palestinian sources said on Friday.
The demand was made in the context of a compromise that Egypt was attempting to draft between the Israel and Hamas, whose Damascus leader, Khaled Mashaal was demanding that thousands of Palestinian detainees, held in Israeli prisons, be released. Mubarak warned Mashaal that his position was leading the Palestinians to disaster, Israel Radio reported.
The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to convene on Friday night (Israel time) to discuss the recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the ongoing IDF incursion into the Gaza Strip and the massive arrests of 64 senior Hamas officials on Thursday.
Considering the UN’s Blatant bias against Israel in the past their involvement here, like most places is irrelevent.
The IDF activity in the Gaza Strip was continuing on Friday, as Navy and ground artillery were shelling targets in both the northern and southern parts of the Strip.
The shelling of the southern regions were done out of increased concern that the Palestinians were preparing to transport kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit to a new location. The army assessed that he was being held in southern Gaza.
The targets in the north were Kassam rocket launch sites. Since Thursday night, Palestinians have fired seven rockets into Israel in the direction of Sderot.
Hamas terrorists holding 19-year-old IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit hostage conditionally agreed to release their captive after talks with Egyptian officials, according to a report in Egypt’s daily al-Ahram newspaper.
However, the terms set by the group were rejected by Israel. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek told the al-Ahram interviewer he warned the terrorist kidnappers to change their “extreme positions” in order to bring the crisis to a close.
As cold as it might sound, Israel did the right thing in rejecting the offer. Had Israel accepted the “offer” it would have given the green light for Hamas to conduct other kidnappings and attempt to negotiate other terms.
Others blogging: Red Hot Cuppa Politics
Here is part of what the resolution said.
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) supports efforts to identify, track, and pursue suspected foreign terrorists and their financial supporters by tracking terrorist money flows and uncovering terrorist networks here and abroad, including through the use of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program;
(2) finds that the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program has been conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, that appropriate safeguards and reviews have been instituted to protect individual civil liberties, and that Congress has been appropriately informed and consulted for the duration of the Program and will continue its oversight of the Program;
(3) condemns the unauthorized disclosure of classified information by those persons responsible and expresses concern that the disclosure may endanger the lives of American citizens, including members of the Armed Forces, as well as individuals and organizations that support United States efforts; and
(4) expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt, and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs such as the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program.
183 members of the House of representatives Voted against it…
Maybe they need a resolution against Jihad Representation….
Hot Air has more
The House voted Thursday to end a quarter-century offshore drilling ban and allow energy companies to tap natural gas and oil beneath waters from New England to Alaska.
Opponents of the federal ban argued that the nation needed to move closer to energy independence and insisted the gas and oil could be taken without threatening the environment and coastal beaches. They said a state choosing to keep the moratorium could do so.
The measure was approved 232-187.
But the bill’s prospects in the Senate were uncertain. Florida’s two senators have vowed to filibuster any legislation that would allow drilling within 125 miles of Florida’s coast. Other senators from several coastal states also have strongly opposed ending the drilling restrictions.
Full Story here
If the Senate doesnot see the benefits in expanding domestic oil production now they likely never will…
Hot Air has more
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, a rebuke to the administration and its aggressive anti-terror policies. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the opinion, which said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and Geneva conventions.
Full Story here
Fox reported that the court ruled against the Administration on every point. I am not sure exactly what this means, except that those detained will be afforded more rights. Bottom line is the rights detainees have are far more than those the detainees afforded their victims.
Updated 10:55 PM
There will likely be 3 effects of the Supreme Court Decision:
- Congress will have to establish an authority to put the detainees on trial, and will have to establish what rights are granted the detainees. This will put Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry in the akward position of arguing for an Al-Qaeda Bill of Rights… Politically it won’t play out well for them. Of Course they will Blame Bush…
- Our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq will probably not be in the mood to take prisoners much any more. The Supreme Court doesn’t feel we have the authority to put prisoners on trial… might as well leave their terrorist asses on the Battlefield… in Body Bags.
- This is by far the most troubleing effect of the supreme court ruling.. With the Supreme Court stating that we must provide the detainees with Prisoner of War Status, even though they wear no uniform nor do they belong to the armed forces of any nation state, With the USSC giving them POW status elevates the status of Al-Qaeda Terrorists to that of any soldier of any nation.
Cross Posted From PorkBusters
There is much in which I disagree with Senator McCain on, and he will not get my support in any presidential run he makes; but what he says in this post is absolutely correct. One of my greatest disappointment in President Bush and the Republican leadership in both the House and Senate is the seemingly uncontrolled and irresponsible spending.
In the State of the Union address, President Bush made a renewed call for the line Item Veto. While I thoroughly like the Idea of a line item veto, it was ruled as unconstitutional in 1998 by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision. So for a Line Item Veto to actually become law a constitutional amendment would be necessary. In the partisan climate of today I absolutely see no possibility of two thirds of both the House and Senate passing the necessary legislation. On the bright side all but 7 states allow a Line Item Veto for their governors so state ratification would likely not be a problem. Another alternative would be for the House and Senate to adopt rules prohibiting or at least severely restricting the practice of amending legislation adding unbudgeted spending. While this option would not have the force or permanency that a Constitutional Amendment or even a federal law would have, it would require only a simple majority vote in both houses to implement.
Previous post here,
Last week I had the honor of speaking to a group of my fellow Republicans at the presidential library of one of my heroes — President Ronald Reagan.
When I was first elected to Congress, I was one of many newly elected members who claimed with pride to be disciples of Ronald Reagan. I am as proud of that distinction today as I was then, and as admiring of the legacy of Pres. Reagan as I was once inspired by him to enlist as a foot soldier in his revolution to reform the practices and policies of our government.
Among the core values we Republicans share with Pres. Reagan is a passion for free market principles such as lower taxes and opposition to unnecessary government regulation; and, very importantly, belief that the government that governs best governs least. I don’t think any Reagan Republican would disagree that fiscal restraint and small government are bedrock principles of conservatives.
So why has my party, the party of small government, lately adopted the practices of our opponents who believe the bigger the government the better? I’m afraid it’s because at times we value our incumbency more than our principles. We came to office to reduce the size of government. Lately, we have increased the size of government in order to stay in office. The editors of National Review have argued — and I agree with them — that unless Republicans curb government spending by reforming the budget process, we may lose our majorities in the House and Senate. I will go one step further and say that if Republicans do not reform our budget process, we will deserve to lose our majorities.
In this post I would like to address earmarking; an abuse I know is not lost on a cohort calling itself “Porkbusters.”
There is nothing inherently wrong with lobbying or with government officials meeting with lobbyists to consider their concerns as we make policies that affect the interests they represent. Where corruption can easily occur and where profligate spending is presently out of control is when a lobbyist, knowing the rules of the game, receives special treatment for his or her client, irrespective of the public interest, simply by enjoying a relationship with a member of Congress who can, by this process we call earmarking, provide their clients a benefit that is seldom scrutinized by Congress as a whole.
Let me use last year’s highway bill to illustrate how the practice of earmarking has grown and become such a tempting target for abuse. In 1987, President Reagan vetoed a highway bill because it was ten billion dollars over his budget, and contained over a hundred earmarks. He remarked at the time of his veto that he hadn’t seen that much pork since he had “handed out blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair.” The highway bill we passed last year, and which the President signed into law, was twelve billion dollars over his request, and contained 6,731 earmarks, which included the now infamous “bridge to nowhere.” That’s quite an explosion in the growth of earmarks, which you have the privilege of paying for with your gas taxes. And it represents 6,371 separate opportunities for a lobbyist to ask a single member of Congress for a favor that the rest of Congress won’t vote on and most members won’t even notice.
The total number of earmarks in spending bills has grown from 4,126 in 1994, the last year of Democratic control, to 14,404 in 2004. That’s a 240 percent increase in ten years time. In dollars, the cost borne by taxpayers for earmarks has nearly doubled. That’s not a record Ronald Reagan would have been proud of. And it’s not a record Reagan Republicans should be proud of today. We need to stop this . . . now, and remember, as Ronald Reagan always remembered, that we were sent to Washington because of the principles we pledged to defend, not because our constituents thought we needed a change of address.
I have never blogged before. But I understand readers can leave comments on each post and that these comments can be rather, ahem, blunt. So I am happy to entertain any questions, comments, or insults you might have for me at this time.
AVON PARK, Fla. — Avon Park, a Highlands County city, is poised to crack down on undocumented immigrants.
It is proposing fines for businesses and landlords that accommodate them and making English the city’s official language. The city council is expected to vote July 10 to approve the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance. The measure got initial approval Monday.Mayor Tom Mackline says this is something the majority of the community would support. Avon Park has about 88-hundred residents.
He says establishing English as the official language of the city would apply to all official city business, not to private businesses or conversations on the street.
Critics say such a law amounts to discrimination and question whether it can be enforced.
Avon Park is about 85 miles southeast of Tampa.
Avon Park Fl joins other communities nationwide that are at various stages of passing local laws to deal with illegal immigrants, those who illegally hire them, and those that provide housing to them. States like Georgia, and Colorado are also seeking to pass laws to address the problem.
Other CAII Posts today include Unocoperative Blogger with Illegal Aliens Taking Jobs Fighting Fires, Take Back Georgia provided a Must See Video, InMuscatine asks When is an Illegal Alien not an Illegal alien, DeMediaCratic Nation proves to us that there are some Senators working to secure the border
**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.
From the Jerusalem Post
Defense Minister Amir Peretz revealed on Thursday that a “surprising diplomatic breakthrough” was possible in the attempts to release kidnapped Cpl. Gilad Shalit, but did not elaborate on the development.
“We are in one of the most crucial stages of establishing the rules of conduct between us and the Palestinian terror organizations,” he asserted.
Still, he approved the continuation of IDF operations in Gaza that have been taking place since Tuesday night. He urged the forces to be aware of the Palestinian population’s distress.
Other news from Gaza;
Palestinian Authority Arabs attempted to blast their way into Egypt on Thursday by detonating a land mine at the fence in an effort to escape the conflict in Gaza.
PA police sealed off the opening by forming a human barrier. Egyptian soldiers lined up on their side of the border to prevent PA Arabs from escaping into Egypt by climbing a border wall less than 100 meters away from the scene of the blast.
Israel Defense Forces troops launched the major arrest operation overnight, detaining 64 of the ruling party’s cabinet ministers and parliamentarians in the West Bank, as well as another 23 military activists.
Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight major industrialized nations on Thursday called on Israel and the Palestinians to do everything possible to calm the ongoing crisis in Gaza, as Israeli forces pressed their military campaign to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen.
Of Course you had to expect this;
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today said Israel’s targeting of the Palestinian civilian infrastructure is a “war crime” that should be condemned by the Bush administration.
Following a Palestinian attack on a military post, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at the Gaza Strip’s only power station, cutting electricity to most of Gaza. Israel also targeted three Gaza Strip bridges. Palestinian officials say the cut in power will impact water supplies and health services.
The statement released by CAIR mentions nothing of Kidnappings by Hamas & Fatah, nor does it say anything about the terrorists firing missiles into civillian populations in Israel. These are the real war crimes.
Blogs of War is providing thorough and excellent Coverage of What is happening in Gaza
Occidentally has a Map of Gaza
GAZA (Reuters) – A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Thursday.
The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.
The group had recently claimed to possess about 20 biological warheads for the makeshift rockets commonly fired from Gaza at Israeli towns. This was the first time the group had claimed firing such a rocket.
“The al-Aqsa Brigades have fired one rocket with a chemical warhead” at southern Israel, Abu Qusai, a spokesman for the group, said in Gaza.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army had not detected that any such rocket was fired, nor was there any report of such a weapon hitting Israel.
I have no Idea if the report is infact true, but if Palestinian Terrorists have launched a Chemical warhead at Israel, My guess is all hell is about to break loose. My guess is those planes buzzing Syrian President Assad’s house today was to send a very clear message. No one in Palestine has the capability to produce Chemical warheads, If they got them they got them from likely either Syria or Iran. Today’s Airial demonstration for Assad could very well have been a message that Israel knows where those weapons came from.
Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats on Wednesday for failing to “acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people,” and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans. “Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters,” the Illinois Democrat said in remarks to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.Full Story here
Captains Quarters has more here
Obama is one of the better speakers, and one of the most charismatic leaders of the Democratic Party today. Rather than focus his efforts on courting Evangelicals he and the Democrats in general would likely do far better if they focused on constructive solutions to the problems the nation is faces today. If the Democrats insist on campaigning on an anti-Bush platform without offering any solutions of their own they will continue to be seen as nothing more than the obstructionist party.