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Thursday, September 30, 2004
I was hopeful for a Presidential knockout punch tonight and I am disappointed. I think is was a draw. Sen. Kerry (D - France) played his very weak hand to the best outcome he could hope for, The President failed to beat the Senator with the giant stick that the Senator provided for him. I just about yelled myself out when, at 2 different times, The President failed to add "our enemies" to the list of people to whom you must be direct. At no point did he challenge him to spell out the "magic fairy dust" the Senator would use to make France love us.

The Llamas have a point here that I didn't get until reading it there.
Yet, within months, FDR decided to pursue a "Europe First" strategy which involved our putting the core of the United States Army into North Africa and then into Europe, on the other side of the planet from the perpetrators of the Pearl Harbor attack in Japan.

Why did he do this? Partly in response to the belief that Nazi Germany was developing a nuclear weapon.

UPDATE: What was the over/under on the mention of "Global Warming"? I can't believe it was 2, man I wish I had some of that action. Oh well, I am sure I would have lost it all on the over for mentions of Vietnam. I counted 5, I would have bet double digits.

UPDATE II: After seeing Allah's huge roundup of blog reactions, I thought I would clarify my position a bit. A draw does work to Kerry's favor because my expected Bush win would have ended the campaign Nixon 1972 style. Since the campaign continues, the draw favors Kerry. I saw no way in which Kerry could actually win this one, the cards he dealt himself were too weak.
Religion of Pieces
Via Allah: MEMRI translated "man in the street" interviews
Interviewer: "Would you refuse to shake hands with a Jew?"

Respondent 4:

"Of course, so I wouldn't have to consider amputating my hand afterwards."

There you go... just nasty... Anyone still on the fence after seeing this should be ashamed...
Email from a friend
Father-Daughter Talk

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat and was for distribution of all wealth.

She felt deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, which she expressed openly. One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. Based on the lectures that she had participated in and the occasional chat with a professor she felt that for years her father had obviously harbored an evil, even selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He stopped her and asked her point blank, how she was doing in school. She answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain. That she studied all the time, never had time to go out and party like other people she knew.

She didn't even have time for a boyfriend and didn't really have many college friends because of spending all her time studying. That she was taking a more difficult curriculum.

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your good friend Mary doing?"

She replied, "Mary is barely getting by." She continued, "She barely has a 2.0 GPA," adding, "and all she takes are easy classes and she never studies." "But Mary is so very popular on campus, college for her is a blast, she goes to all the parties all the time and very often doesn't even show up for classes because she is too hung over."

Her father then asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your 4.0 GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0." He continued, "That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daughter visibly shocked by her father's suggestion angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair! I worked really hard for mine, I did without and Mary has done little or nothing, she played while I worked real hard!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Christians and Human rights
Via The Volokh Conspiracy: comes a report (PDF) called "Human Rights Advocacy in the Mainline Protestant Churches (2000-2003) a critical analysis". From the Executive Summary:
Mainline Protestant denominations pride themselves on being defenders of human rights worldwide. However, anecdotal
evidence suggested to us that their criticisms were narrowly focused on a few nations, while many other serious instances of human rights violations went ignored. We set out to test this impression against a quantitative measure of the mainline churches’ attention to human rights issues in various countries. On which nations did their focus fall most heavily? And how did the geographical distribution of church criticisms of human rights abuses compare to the distribution of the most serious human rights problems, as estimated by a respected human rights group?

This has been a pet peeve of mine. I am glad someone else noticed and gathered some real data on the subject. What are the results? Again from the Executive Summary:
Overall, criticisms of Israel amounted to 37 percent of the 197 human rights criticisms offered by the churches during those years, only slightly higher than the 32 percent of criticisms leveled at the United States. The remaining 37 percent of criticisms were shared by twenty other nations. For every one criticism of any other foreign nation, one criticism was made of the United States and one of Israel. Nearly all churches demonstrated this focus on the United States and Israel in their legislative actions, their statements, their news sources, or all three.

As a result, nearly three out of four human rights criticisms were made of nations designated as free (mostly the United States and Israel) by the Freedom House assessments. Those rated not free totaled 19 percent of criticisms, while partly free nations totalled only 8 percent of criticisms. Of the fifteen worst human rights offenders in the world, only five were criticized by the churches during the four year period studied.

Regions like the Middle East (apart from Israel) and Central Asia (former Soviet republics) were the most notable areas ignored by the churches in their human rights advocacy. Partly free nations, where church influence might be most effective in widening the limited civic space already open to indigenous Christians and other citizens, received the least

The study concludes:
The mainline churches are not adequately addressing the wide range of human rights abuses taking place in the world. Denominations are focusing on the United States and Israel as the primary perpetrators of human rights violations.
(bold added)

Nice to have some validation for views I have held since before I left the Presbyterian Church USA.
Danny Boy
"Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling..."

A Rather amusing linkfest:

Protein Wisdom
The Politburo Diktat
Ace of Spades Ace again

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
An open letter to Armed Liberal (WoC)
Dear Armed Liberal,

RE: Your recent, thoughtful post.

I would respectfully suggest that President Bush has earned your vote. I say this because of the many thoughtful posts you have made to Winds of Change that are in agreement with the President's positions. You are part of a well respected team of bloggers that have shown (IMHO) great wisdom and correct positions on the Global War on Terror. The President has the leadership, plans and agenda for winning the war that you and your group have so eloquently defended and advocated. You have chosen your words and associates very well at WoC, now is not the time to assocate yourself with this kind of supporter when you can be in the company of someone that can honestly take this pledge.

In response to your post, Ollie says:
George Bush and his party have made it clear that they don't want voices on my side of the aisle to even utter a word, much less be involved in our national dialogue. He governs as if he is only the president of the red states, with the blue states existing as inconvenient bumps in the road. He smears the reputation of his office with his conduct, denigrating the value of his fellow American simply due to his political affiliation. That's what I would expect of a political operative, or a partisan hack -- but it is unpresidential on behalf of the highest office in the land and not worthy of any sort of respect.

Dean pledges (in the event of a Kerry victory):
I will refuse to call him traitor, loser, liar, incompetent. He will be my President, my Commander In Chief, the Chief Executive of a great nation, elected by the will of a majority of the electors in these 50 great united States. So even if he does things I disagree with in conducting foreign policy, I will say, "I respectfully disagree with the President's directions, but I will do my best to express my dissent respectfully and hope that I am mistaken and that he has made the proper decisions after all."

That's my pledge. How many of you will take a similar one?

It sounds to me like you agree with the reasonable Dean Esmay and are at odds with the reprehensible Oliver Willis. Dean supports The President, Ollie supports Sen. Kerry. I am personally pleased that I do not share the same side of the fence as Ollie in Politics or even something as trivial as NFL football.

I know we have whack-jobs on the right as well, but at least the right wing whackos are labeled as such and do not represent the leadership of the Republican Party (of which I am not a member).

My own story, in case you are wondering about the upstart blogger that is giving unsolicited advice, is that of a lifelong independent. I voted Republican for President only 1 time (1984). I have worked for Democrats, Libertarians and Republican campaigns. I will be voting Republican this year and I am working for the Bush Campaign in my local area. The President has earned my vote and I believe he has made a very strong case for reelection.

Thank you for your time and kind attention,

Qur'an Pundit
Markos "Screw Them" Zuniga/Guardian
Kos writes, Jeff Harrell Fisks

Great job, Markos. Keep up the good work. Because every time you pen an obsequious, arrogant, superior little missive like this one, conservatives from all over America e-mail the link to all their undecided friends. Every time you spew this kind of transparently misleading filth over another overseas editorial page, you singlehandedly convince hundreds, or maybe even thousands of American voters to put their pebble into the other guy's amphora come November 2.

Keep it up, Markos. Keep "getting out the message." Please.

Thanks Jeff, for slogging through the nasty, smelly trash of the article to bring us the fisk!

(Hat Tip: Allah)
Polls inaccurate?
Here is a source of predictions that we all can get behind...
Foreign Leaders
Allah has a roundup of the "foreign leaders" that support Sen. Kerry (D - France) in this year's election. Hint: its the usual suspects.
Eight Hostages Are Released in Iraq
Good news for Iraq. Some of the many hostages have been released.
Yahoo! News - Eight Hostages Are Released in Iraq

The reason the 2 Itialian women were there:
The two women — both 29-year-olds working on school and water projects for the aid agency "Un Ponte Per ..." ("A Bridge To...")

I doubt that these two went to Iraq to have a close encounter with jihadis, they went to help build projects that will bring clean water to the people.

Is there any doubt that the terrorists in Iraq are the real enemy of the Iraqi people?

UPDATE: It seems that there is bad news attached to this story. LGF reports that Italy broke down and paid a cool Million to the jihadis. I hope that the lives of those who are killed and kidnapped using that money are less valuable than these two women...
INDC Journal: Freepers Protest CBS
Sorry for the lack of posting, real life intrudes...

INDC Bill has a new kind of protest to cover. He usually covers the moonbat left, today he trains his skills on the whack-job right.

The difference is amazing and eye-opening.

Very nice job Bill!
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Its a Dean-a-Lanche!

Welcome readers of Dean's World! Please have a look around and feel free to send me feedback. I hope you all will return early and often!

Thanks Dean!
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Good News From Afghanistan
The Belgravia Dispatch (via Instapundit) brings us this good news from Afghanistan. The referenced article, astonishingly, is in the New York Times.
While two out of three Afghans cited security as their most pressing concern in a poll taken this summer by the International Republican Institute, four out of five respondents also said things are better than they were two years ago.

More at the Dispatch and the Times.

I feel that given 2-3 years more of our current work in Iraq, we will be seeing this kind of progress there as well. Afghanistan, believe it or not, has some advantages over Iraq in the process of growing a democracy. Only 1 unfriendly neighbor (Iran), a population that has more trust of the US, no oil real interests and NATO involvement. Yep, it sure would be nice if NATO would get involved in Iraq and I am sure Sen. Kerry (D - France) would wave his magic wand and sprinkle fairy dust on our "allies" and they would rush right in, or maybe not...
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Captain's Quarters Gem
Whiskey at Captian Ed's brings us this gem:
Forgeries . . . urban legends . . . as if the candidate himself weren't scary enough!

The context is the Kerry Campaign's dishonest trial balloon on Bush bringing back the draft. Go read the whole thing!

Also read this one! If true, it is good news for President Bush.
Oh, How Kryptonite...
Charles has updated this post with more Ollie Fun...

On looking at the post that CJ references, a few classic OW themes come out. First, he openly incites his readers to spam (now 2 different) email addresses. Not cool, way out of bounds even for Ollie. He is getting into "Kathryn Kramer" land here, and that is a place nobody wants to go (shiver).

Next he whines about being called a name (Smirky) then proceeds to call:
Charles a "Hate Monger" and "Psycho Chucky"
Hugh Hewitt "hack-esque"

Then he goes way off the rails in classic Ollie Style:
Professional hate-monger Charles Johnson is calling me names again. How cute. I suppose he had to remove his hood to get the words out.
In the comments:
If the hood fits, Charles wears it. And I value my comparitively less verbose commenters, even wingnuts like yourself and Dugger, over the firebreathing racists that inhabit Charles Johnson's world.
And the kicker:
FYI: I have no problem with people disagreeing with me, but I won't tolerate disgusting personal attacks or spreading hate sites. Comments and accounts that violate that will be removed. Go elsewhere for that.

Go elsewhere? Why? There's plenty of that on your site, just on this post...

In Ollie's world, anyone who disagrees with him is a racist. Since Charles disagrees with him so very much, he must be a klansman.

I would parody this, but he does such a fine job of self-parody. Keep shoveling the Kryptonite!
Fisking anyone?
Looks like left-wing moron Danny Schechter walked williningly into the blog buzzsaw...

I wanted to fisk, but others are sooooooo much better than I am... I will leave it to them.

Protein Wisdom
Ace of Spades HQ
Little Green Footballs

Here are some more of Mr. Schechter's works:
MoveOn Ad Article
After the Reagan "Gush Fest"
AIDS (it's the CIA's fault)
Hail to the Thief - Excerpts

Nice choice for commenting on Liberal Media Bias...
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Welcome Charles
Charles Johnson of LGF has joined in the fun.

Welcome to the club!

Smirky, indeed...
CBS-DNC connection?
I am making a point to not blog about the beheading yesterday (and most likely today) until I get a better handle on my emotions.

So, I am here to point you, gentle reader, to a post on The Kerry Spot on National Review Online that lays out the connection between CBS and the DNC. If proven, this effectively ends the Kerry campaign.

The pointer comes from Spoons who adds this piece of comedy gold to the discussion.
Monday, September 20, 2004
So, it begins anew
Here comes another flareup of the "LGF is evil" blogwars. This time from the wonderfully deranged dKos "screw them" site. No real reason to go over there, the same tired old arguments that have been debunked before. This time the poster didn't even bother to cherry pick some comments from LGF, maybe they are getting smarter... Nah, just lazier and lamer...

Screw Them (tm dKos)
Godless bastards. We need to send them to hell ASAP!

Yahoo! News - Video on Web Site Shows Beheading

We need to get this guy and any that would stand with them (looking at you France). The "militant" on the video clearly tells us why:
Addressing President Bush, he said: "Now, you have people who love death just like you love life. Killing for the sake of God is their best wish, getting to your soldiers and allies are their happiest moments, and cutting the heads of the criminal infidels is implementing the orders of our lord."

You can't reason with these assholes, you simply kill them and move on.

Die Godless bitches!
Davids Medienkritik: Saddam's WMD
A GREAT post, wow what a GREAT post!

Go read this RIGHT NOW
Davids Medienkritik: Saddam's WMD: Fake but Accurate?

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...
Swift Boat PCF-94
Via a commenter on Peoria Pundit: Swift Boat PCF-94
CBSNews Admits the Rather Obvious
CBS comes around.

Ace breaks the story down for us: Ace of Spades HQ: BREAKING: CBSNews Admits the Rather Obvious-- Docs Are Forgeries

Of course, Allah is all over this. Make sure to read the updates!

Spoons says:"Not Good Enough". I agree.

An alert LGF reader snaps a photo with an anti-Bush sticker in the window. No bias here...

I will note here that CBS couldn't help throwing one more jab at President Bush, buried at the end is this nugget:
Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered the Pentagon to find and make public by next week any unreleased files about Mr. Bush's Vietnam-era Air National Guard service to resolve a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Associated Press.

The White House and Defense Department have on several occasions claimed that they had released all the documents only to make additional records available later on.

Sunday, September 19, 2004
Ollie introduces me to a new friend
As I have publicly stated, I believe that the terrorist win if Sen. Kerry (D - France) is elected POTUS. This is not an unusualy position and it seems to be gaining strength as time passes without the Kerry campaign giving any reason to doubt it.

It seems Ollie got wind of this breaking news and wants to report it. He then lists the "costs" of the effort in order to prove that President Bush (R - Freedom Loving States everywhere) has bungled the war effort. Of course, he fails to mention that there are benefits as well. Such as:

24+ Million Freed in Iraq
28+ Million Freed in Afghanistan
75% of Osama's buddies captured or killed
No attacks on American Soil for over 3 years
A real chance to change the dynamic of the Middle East... Priceless

I have to thank Ollie, his rampant "Kryptonite" has provided me hours of fun and enjoyment and has led me to a number of interesting blogs. This post caused me to see miniluv. This blog tracked to this Ollie post and makes a very good argument for my position.
Was it really that hard, Oliver? You may believe that Kerry will worse for the terrorists because he will sprinkle magic fairy dust on Iraq and solve everything, but I believe that Bush will be worse for the terrorists, and I think the terrorists agree.

Religion of Hostages
Two Americans and a Briton have been taken hostage in Iraq. We will soon see jihadi video of the killing of these unfortunate souls. Such are the ways of the Religion of Peacetm.
Kidnappings and spectacular bombings have become the signature weapons of insurgents waging a 17-month campaign against U.S. and Iraqi forces, a campaign that has persisted since the interim government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi took power in June
One more time for an oldie, but a goodie:
Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so happens) by mistake, (Compensation is due): If one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased's family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (Is enough). If he belonged to a people with whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance, compensation should be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For those who find this beyond their means, (is prescribed) a fast for two months running: by way of repentance to Allah: for Allah hath all knowledge and all wisdom.[Qur'an 4:92]
Gotta say it again...Read your Qur'an assholes!

Just to show how stupid these "militants" are, they are demanding the release of all women from two jails in Iraq, the problem is that there are no women in those jails.
The group led by key Jordanian terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it would kill the men in 48 hours unless the United States and Britain release Iraqi women detained at Abu Ghraib and Umm Qasr prisons.

Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said coalition forces do not hold any women at Abu Ghraib or at Camp Bucca, a U.S. detention facility near Umm Qasr.

Joe Gandelman has more at Dean's World, including the President's comments.
Clearly, the terrorists want to increase the bloodshed to postpone or derail elections in those countries, and also to make it more difficult for Bush. And saying the latter, by the way, is absolutely NOT on my part suggesting that a vote against Bush is a vote for the terrorists.

Joe doesn't want to suggest that a vote for Sen. Kerry (D - France) is a vote for terror, but I do. Further, I will say it straight out. A vote for Kerry is a vote to allow these morons to continue killing us. There, I've said it... I guess I can no longer be a "source" for "fake, but true" documents because of my "shadowy connections" to the Bush campaign.

Sen. Kerry will take us back to September 10th thinking, which is just fine with Osama and al Zarqawi.
Talk like a pirate (you scurvy dawg)

In the spirit of Talk Like a Pirate day, here is the keyboard for pirates. 

Posted by Hello
Friday, September 17, 2004
Allah Rocks
Allah Rocks the "Bush AWOL/Fortunate Son" attack to the ground. Starting with the ABC News story including Air National Guard Col. Walter Staudt who debunks the "truth" contained in the fake memos.
Staudt said he decided to come forward because he saw erroneous reports on television. CBS News first reported on the memos, which have come under scrutiny by document experts who question whether they are authentic. Killian, the purported author of the documents, died in 1984.

Staudt insisted Bush did not use connections to avoid being sent to Vietnam.

"He didn't use political influence to get into the Air National Guard," Staudt said, adding, "I don't know how they would know that, because I was the one who did it and I was the one who was there and I didn't talk to any of them."

At least the DNC/MoveOn spent all that money on ads that push a completely debunked story... My heart bleeds...

It totally sucks to be Dan Rather... It still beats being Oliver Willis, but still sucks hard.
Kerry Supporter assaults a 3 year old
A thug (that no party should want any part of) tore a Bush supporter's sign up after ripping it from the hands of a 3-year-old. The first place I saw the story was on LGF, but I later saw it on Drudge. The union shirt-wearing thug is caught in the act on film.

Going to a Kerry rally with a Bush sign isn't really all that smart, bringing your 3-year-old is downright dumb. That being said, there still is no reason for this kind of behavior. The union has apologized, which is nice, but doesn't really help the little girl. Political rallies should be safe places to go and voice your opinions, even if they differ from the candidate. Or lefty friends say that they are inclusive and hate AG Ashcroft because he stifles descent, but show a little descent near one of their rallies and all hell breaks loose.

Now, guess who has made a comment on his blog? Here is a hint, the post links to a shoddy piece on Media Matters.

Your favorite and mine... Ollie "squeeze butter" Willis...

Does OW condemn the action? Is there a shred of decency in 'ol squeeze butter? Of course not you silly! He actually has some real brass balls, almost the size of Dan Rather. Get this, he actually opines that this action was OK because ... it happened numerous times before. OK, so the guy is a party crasher with really bad taste in parties, so that makes assault on a 3 year old girl justified? Just let that sink in a while...

My God...

Update: This makes Leftwatch think about Two Americas.

Update II: Sign Replaced.
Intel Assessment
McQ of QandO has a great post showing a different view of the Intel Assessment about Iraq that our friends in the MSM are so very fond.

He then quotes heavily from this post at Captian's Quarters.

Both posts are well worth your time.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Screwball Polls
Just got done watching "Screwball" with Chris Matthews. I know I should just turn off MSNBC after Scarborough Country, but I was soooooo comfy on the sofa...

Anyway, our buddy Chris was talking up two polls that show the race within the margin of error. I thought a bit of Googling was in order because I suspected he might be cherrypicking...Guess what? I was right.

NRO's Kerry Spot mentions one of the Screwball polls and discusses some "irrgularities". They also mention the Gallup Poll that shows Bush up by 14 points.

Chris' own network (MSNBC) has this to say about the race. Hint: It is not pretty for Sen Kerry (D - France).

Is anyone in the MSM paying attention to what they are putting out?

Update: The Rasmussen Poll shows a small lead for Bush with an upward trend.

Update II: Jeff ask Sen Byrd (D - Bizzaro World) about the polls.
MoveOn Ad
(Via Drudge and Instapundit)

If you were on Sen. Kerry's (D - France) side for this election, why in God's name would you even think about doing something like this ad.

I fail to see how this helps the Senator from France at all...
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
OW Goodness
I really tried to stop, I mean REALLY TRIED, but I am drawn to the "Kryptonite"...

Yesterday, Ollie posts back to back two of the stupidest thoughts I have ever seen.

First up is Ollie denegrading two black Republicans. One that is a true whack job (Alan Keyes) the other is a fine human being (J.C. Watts). I can see Ollie not wanting to claim Alan Keys as a part of his "community", but J.C. Watts is a credit to any group that includes him. I would be proud to call him a friend if I could and I am happy to be on the same side on politics.

I guess you leave the "black community behind" when you register as a Republican. If true, it is that community's loss.

The other is a true puzzler. It seems that Ollie is miffed at CNN for having the people that covered RaTHerGate from the beginning and not Ollie himself. He has yet to make any reasonable comment on the story and yet he is wondering why they didn't invite him instead of Glenn Renyolds. This somehow proves that CNN is (giggle) biased toward the Right.

UPDATE: INDC is much harder on kool-aid than I was, good for you Bill!
Odds and Ends
Jeff Goldstein offers this amazingly detailed description of the firing of Dan Rather.

I am marking this date for my TIVO collection.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Religion of Civilian Murders
Smash has a good post on the attacks by Islamist nutjobs on the Iraqi Police Forces today.

There is more here. If you wade through the leftist bias, you find a story of incredible hate and sadness. Too bad the AP still refers to these assholes as "Guerrillas". Why not "terrorists" or the even more accurate "murderers"?

A small amount of truth sneaks through the minders at the AP:
The mounting attacks aim to wreck the centerpiece of the U.S. plan for defeating the militants: building a strong Iraqi security force able to bring some calm before elections slated for January. Doing so is also a key prerequisite for any withdrawal of American troops.

These attacks said to be a way to drive the US out of Iraq, but they only keep the US troops there because of the security issues raised for the new government. If the "Guerrillas'" only problem is the US presence, then they should be doing everything they can to insure that the elections go on without incident.

This verse is appearently not part of the "Guerrilla" training:
Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so happens) by mistake, (Compensation is due): If one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased's family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (Is enough). If he belonged to a people with whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance, compensation should be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For those who find this beyond their means, (is prescribed) a fast for two months running: by way of repentance to Allah: for Allah hath all knowledge and all wisdom.[Qur'an 4:92]

Read your Qur'an assholes.

Over 150 people died in the last few days, the vast majority of them people that were going about the business of living, shopping, looking for work, providing for their children and trying to make their country a better place to live. That was their crime... that was their sin... for that they paid with their lives...
Monday, September 13, 2004
Zell Speaks
Zell Miller defends himself from the Democrat attack machine, which turned on one of its own.
So, my critics can call me a psychopath and fire spitballs at me and froth at the mouth when an ex-president sends me a nasty letter. That's the freedom of speech they all enjoy, courtesy of the American soldier.
So, they can call me names and ridicule my angry demeanor all day long. But facts are facts. And the fact is, John Kerry has a long record of proposals to weaken our national security in a time of war. And I would never put my family's safety in those hands.

Preach on, Brother Zell!
The Shape of Days: Press release
Pass this Press Release around, far and wide!

The Shape of Days: Press release

Good luck guys!
Time for Compare and Contrast
Let's compare what TQP's favorite punching bag has to say about Iraq: The Mess In Iraq | Oliver Willis with what the MSM is ignoring to make a point.

Go ahead, read both... I'll wait... (Jeopardy Theme) ... Back? OK...

Ollie would make us think that Iraq is a place where nothing good happens, where the people hate the US and where US Servicemembers commit unspeakable horrors against the people of Iraq. He masks his distain for the military with the cloak of caring for the servicemembers there. Make no mistake he linked to the MSNBC/newsweek article to confirm its point, namely to try and use the 1007 deaths as an argument for the election of John Kerry.

Here at TQP, I honor our fallen and thank the rest of the military for their service. Not because I have a political agenda (I do), but because I really do feel gratitude toward them for making me, my family and the world safer.
Boycott CBS?
Michelle Malkin responds to a email posing the question: SHOULD THE FEC GET INVOLVED IN FORGERYGATE?

The question is effectively disposed my Michelle (why bother). The interesting part is the concept of Boycotting CBS' major advertisers. I really like this idea. It is the brainchild of Boycott CBS, which you may remember from the CBS smear "movie" on the Reagan family.

Boycotting CBS makes no real sense, I mean does anyone even watch CBS anymore? Is there anything other than NFL Football on CBS worth watching? I am being completely serious, I never see CBS programming, it isn't even an option for my very limited TV viewing time.

Hitting on the sponsors makes a great deal of sense, it is an effort that will yield results (as it did in the past) and it has the added benefit of turning one of the tactics of the left on one of their own.

UPDATE: Comical Ali Rather speaks!
Saturday, September 11, 2004
It is September 11th again.

I will never forget the events of this day in 2001 and I hope that all Americans will keep the memory alive for generations. The tears still flow as easily and freely, the rage still burns as hotly and the deaths still stab at my heart as deeply as if the attacks were today.

The slideshow that is now on all pages of this blog speaks for me.

Never Forget.
Friday, September 10, 2004
TQP's favorite hack is at it again...

This time on the meme that the content 60 minutes memos was what mattered, not that they are very poor forgeries. In OllieLand, the memos are real. I will not debate the forged documents because it is soooooo yesterday... Let's just answer the question (no matter how schtoopid).

Was a young President Bush AWOL?

No, here is why...

President Bush got an honorable discharge. Military records were enough when the target was Sen. Kerry (D - France), but in OllieLand Military records are only reliable if the service member is a Democrat.

Tonight on Hannity and Colmes, Bill Bennett mentioned a piece by Byron York of "The Hill". I decided to have a look and found the entire story debunked. Problem is that it relies on the military records of a Republican, which in OllieLand are always suspect. The key to the whole thing is the following (you need to read the whole thing).
At the time, guardsmen were required to accumulate a minimum of 50 points to meet their yearly obligation.

Mr. York then shows that the young President Bush earned 253, 340, 137, 112, 56, and 56 points over 6 years. Seeing that the requirement was 50 points, the service was completed. In fact, he earned 5 years of points in the first year and almost 7 years of points in his second year. That alone should have been enough to say that there was no issues, but it relies on those unreliable military records (of a Republican).

More from the article:
During his service, Bush received high marks as a pilot.

A 1970 evaluation said Bush "clearly stands out as a top notch fighter interceptor pilot" and was "a natural leader whom his contemporaries look to for leadership."

A 1971 evaluation called Bush "an exceptionally fine young officer and pilot" who "continually flies intercept missions with the unit to increase his proficiency even further." And a 1972 evaluation called Bush "an exceptional fighter interceptor pilot and officer."

Back to Bill Bennett on Hannity and Colmes. Bill challenged Robert Reich to name just one high ranking Republican that has personally made disparaging and unsubstantiated comments about Sen. Kerry (D - France), of course he could not. The closest he could come up with was Sen. Miller (a Democrat) who attacked his record. Bill could have kept going for hours naming (among others) Sen. Kennedy, Al Gore, Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Harkin, the list goes on.

Before Ollie can say "Swift Boat Liars", let me say that there is some very basic differences between the "Bush AWOL" charge and the Swifties. The Swifties (no matter what Ollie says) are not part of the Bush campaign, in fact many are Democrats. The traffickers in the "Bush AWOL" story are mostly Democrat flacks (see list above) and the old media (as if there is a difference).

For the record, I think the Swifties medals attack was questionable, on par with "Bush AWOL". However, "Christmas in Cambodia" is a real story because Sen. Kerry told the lie on the floor of the Senate. The Swiftie charges on Sen. Kerry's conduct after returning home are also valid.

The biggest reason the Swiftie attacks are different than the "Bush AWOL" attacks are 3 little words... "Bring it on".

UPDATE: LGF Watch Watch posts the same article. Great minds...
Why I must Read (conclusion)
(Cross posted on LGF Watch Watch)

I left off at the horrific murders of Meriav Hatuel, along with her mother and sisters and Nick Berg's horrible beheading video. I could not read for weeks after these events and blogged more about Nick Berg, his moronic "father", Michael "Americans are dumb" Moore and the beheadings that followed than the Qur'an. I restarted reading, but found it very hard to get anywhere. To this day, it is a chore to pick up the Qur'an and read for the required period of time to get anything out of it; the Qur'an translation I have is a very hard read even in the best of circumstances. The beheading theme continues to this day.

Since the restart, I have seen many recurring themes in the Qur'an. I have commented a number of times how the text repeats itself over and over again on the same points. Here are just some of the "Qur'an hit parade" themes:

It seems the Allah never destroys anyone or anything (even though he could without effort if he wanted). When the righteous are destroyed, Allah has favored them with paradise; when the unbelievers are destroyed it is a lesson from Allah to be a believer.

The Qur'an refers to "Clear Signs" ad nausem. Rarely are they defined except in the most general terms. Often works of man are included as "Clear Signs" as are the workings of nature. One could argue that these are indeed signs of a higher being, another could argue that it is nature in a universe without a God. In any case, the "Clear" part of "Clear Signs" always eludes me. At least Christianity has tales of miracles and events that would be hard pressed to be explained as "nature" or "works of man".

Allah also seems to be a big fan of "ridicule" and "humiliation". He really hates it when someone ridicules the "Clear Signs" or his messengers. Hell is often described as a place of "humiliating torture".

The Qur'an relates many stories of leaders that lead their people away from "The Path". They always fail and the people that followed them are consigned to "humiliating torture" and usually cry out to have the leaders cast down with them. Yet, the people are urged to respect and blindly follow the prophet or risk the same fate.

Early Conclusions on the Qur'an

(This should cause a number of regular LGFWW commenters' heads to explode)

My main conclusion is that Islam is a more a cult of personality than a religion. The same could be said for Christianity, but that is another topic for another time (HINT). The evidence points to the prophet being a man that needed to use religion to control his people and to build an empire.

The Future

The long-term plan is to continue with the small amount of the Qur'an left to read and then move into more of Islamic history and culture. It goes without saying that the central focus will be terrorism.

In the short term, I will be preoccupied with election blogging.


Now that the LGFWW readers are caught up, I will make an announcement. The hosts of LGF Watch Watch have graciously invited me to continue my weekly posts. I am happy to take them up on this offer. I will be posting on Islam, Islamic history and culture every Friday (the day that Imams give their sermons in the mosques, appropriate? I think so.)

So look for my posts every Friday, I hope to bring some interesting topics forward as well and start the occasional fracas.

Ace of Spades HQ: Top Ten Other Signs Dan Rather's "Documents" Are Forged
Need a morning chuckle? Ace delivers!

Ace of Spades HQ: Top Ten Other Signs Dan Rather's "Documents" Are Forged
Thursday, September 09, 2004
CBS Caught in a trap II
Having trouble keeping up because LGF and Powerline are overrun with traffic? A wonderful roundup can be found at The Ace of Spades HQ.

I have two theories on this:

1. It was someone that wanted to show the bias in the media with no connection to any campaign. They did it in spectacular fasion.

--OR-- (Black Helicopter alert)

2. Karl Rove paid someone to do it with the instructions to get found out, if not caught. (I don't think the Bush Campaign is smart enough for this...)

This will discredit the old media, not only on this "issue", but for the whole election and beyond. Even if the Black Helicopters are hovering over The Qur'an Project bunker right now, the damage to the old media is done. They ran with it and Karl will look like a genius (again).

Someone just did the President (and the whole country) a very big favor.

UPDATE: QandO makes a fun and ironic comment on a CBS web graphic. The chuckle is worth a look.
Left Hand, meet Right Hand
There must be some nuanced explanation for this, but I fail to see it. Why, for the love of God, would the UK be helping "Chechen rebel leaders" evade Russian justice? These are the bastards that killed hundreds, mostly children.

Aslan Maskhadov is a thug of the highest order. CNN:
He is wanted by Moscow to face charges ranging from murder and torture to grievous bodily harm allegedly committed in Chechnya between 1995 and 2000. The Russian authorities have also accused him of involvement in the 2002 Moscow theater siege.
"Granting asylum to people involved in terrorism -- and Russia has documented evidence of this -- not only causes us regret but also effectively undermines the unity of the anti-terrorist coalition," Lavrov was quoted as saying in Thursday's edition of the newspaper Vremya Novostei.

Shamil Basayev is on the U.N. Security Council official terrorist list last year after Washington classified him as a threat to the United States.

There is no excuse for the UK to be holding back these thugs.

The US is not entirely out of the woods on this issue. Ilyas Akhmadov has been granted US aslyum in June 2004. On the surface this guy is not as bad as the other two, but the US should cooperate with Russia on this and send him home.

Instapundit reminds us that "This is what we're dealing with, for those who have forgotten." These jihadis should be sent to Allah, by way of Russian Justice. If not on the merits of the case, then in order to bring Russia (and the Russian people) into our alliance in the Global War on Terror.

(Cross Posted on LGF Watch Watch)
A help
Dean makes a plea to help Chief Wiggles in a worthy cause.

My regular reader understands the pull children have on me, how can I resist?

I will help and I hope you will join me.
Jeff, please don't stop
OK, to steal a phrase from ACE how could a post with the title "Swift Boat vets 4, the unholy alliance of Kitty Kelley and Oliver Willis, 0" NOT be linked to on this blog???

Money Joke:
And let’s face it: were Oliver Willis a Stouffer’s french bread pizza flavor, he’d be Double Cheese and Holy Christ! I Really Have Become a Parody of Myself, Haven’t I?

I had to wipe tears from my eyes!

CBS caught in a trap...
The ever-dependable LGF has the goods on the documents used to create a CBS hit piece.

LGF Commenter "Atlas Wannabe" says in the previous LGF post:
CBS will be exposed as having run with a story based on obviously faked memos. Their incontinence will be exposed - a bunch of yahoos who were supposed to be working but were instead surfing the web were able to determine the documents were faked. A bunch of yahoos who were working but should have been surfing the web weren't. Confidence in MSM drops a bit further...

Count me among the yahoos that were surfing the web instead of working...

Now, who do you think was a yahoo that should be surfing the web and doing something else when paid to follow up on this stuff (and bury it)?

You only get one guess and if you are wrong, you get "squeeze butter" duty for a month!

UPDATE: Ace has comments.

UPDATE II: INDC does the legwork that CBS should have done before airing.

UPDATE III: Power Line is all over this.
Smite at their necks
Now along comes a verse most violent and pointed directly at the events in Iraq the past months.

"Therefore, when you meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length, when you have thouroghly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (you are commanded): but if it had been Allah's Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the way of Allah, - He will never let their deeds be lost."[Qur'an 47:4]

Some will read other things into this verse, but all I see is the Islamic justification of beheading infidels. Not only the beheading, but the enslavement of those that the jihadis did not get to before the battle was over.

Behead the Unbelievers, enslave the survivors, and collect ransom on their heads. This is a test of your worthiness to enter paradise. Go into this battle unafraid for Allah will honor your deeds.

With this in the most revered text of the religion, how could anyone ever describe this as the "Religion of Peace"?
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Thanks to everyone's a pundit The Qur'an Project is now compatible with many more RSS/XML syndication programs. The tool is called FeedBurner and is very easy to set up on the blog end and should allow many more people to see me bitchslapping Ollie and Sen. Kerry (D- France).

See the bottom of the page for buttons to syndicate TQP.

Everything you need to know about "Bush AWOL"
Everything you need to know about the phony AWOL meme that Ollie and his minders are pitching in their panic to deflect the Vietnam/Swiftie story away from their guy.

George Bush joined the Guard for a SIX-year term. If you are drafted, you only have to serve TWO years. Bush probably did not need to pull strings to get into a jet fighter unit. Jets required a greater time commitment than normal Guard postings. Pilots from the unit that he joined were being sent to Vietnam. All the publications that have researched this have concluded that there is NO evidence that he used any influence to get into the Guard. The liberal publications will say that there is no evidence, but it is still suspicious. That is a good journalistic standard?


In conclusion, there is no evidence Bush got special treatment to join the Guard. He did NOT miss any meetings, he was not assigned to the Alabama Guard.

Go read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Ollie is a complete moron.

UPDATE II: Jeff Goldstein has the last word on Ollie.

Russia Roundup
Captain Ed has a wonderful post on the Islamist terror attacks in Russia. Allah has more and doesn't seem to like President Putin very much (I think it was something he said...)

I have not written to much about this. My loyal reader will recall that these kinds of things really hit home with me because of my 2 year-old daughter. There are times when it is best for my health to just look away and try to set aside some time to focus in on the news and digest it.

It always comes back to "could this happen here?". The frighting this is that it could. In fact, I believe it is much more likely that it will happen here if Sen. Kerry (D - France) were elected President of the United States.

There, I've said it... a vote for John Kerry is a vote for terrorist activity against our children.

More when I get the strength...
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Hugh Hewitt Today
Today's Hugh Hewitt essay is well worth your time.
Memo to Fallujah terrorists: If Kerry wins, all you have to do is endure at most four years, then you can have another Afghanistan. If Bush wins, you will die in Fallujah or give up your war.

Go read the whole thing.
Imagine receiving 100% of your paycheck!
Imagine receiving 100% of your paycheck!

Neal Boortz takes Sen. Kerry (D - France) to the woodshed over class warfare and delivers a first class sales pitch for the Fair Tax.
Acting as if he actually knew what was he was talking about (he didn’t), Kerry announced that the Fair Tax would amount to the largest increase in the tax burden on poor and middle income Americans in our history.

John Kerry was wrong. He was either speaking out of ignorance, or he was deliberately lying about the Fair Tax proposal in order to gain a political advantage. A politician lying in order to gain political advantage --- imagine that.

I have to say that even when I was a center-left kinda guy, I always saw the advantages of a retail sales tax over the income tax system. The Fair Tax is very close to the system I have always favored and even championed at various sites in the blogsphere.

This is a progressive tax. The current proposal is not as progressive as I would like. I would increase the rebates, which take more low income people off the tax roles and shift the burden higher, but that is just a quibble.

Two exceptional reasons to support this idea (Mr. Boortz didn't hit on):

1. It taxes the "black market". Drug Dealers, thieves and other criminals buy their expensive cars, bling-bling and other items at retail, thus paying the tax.

2. The IRS would cease to exist as we know it. No more would we file our returns with the fear of screwing up and ending up in jail. The Government would no longer have any reason to know how much you make or have a claim to some of the fruits of your hard work.

I have not heard any argument against this idea that didn't involve false claims that play on class warfare.

Write your Congressperson and Senators today and request their stance on HR25!

(Hat Tip to everyone's a pundit)
Ace of Spades HQ: New Blogroll Addition
I would like to thank Ace of Spades HQ for adding The Qur'an Project to the blogroll.

So Ace... When does all the crazy blog money start rolling in?

Just askin'

Monday, September 06, 2004
Stinks like France
If this turns out to be true, it will do more damage to the Kerry Campaign than 100 Swiftie claims proven true. The Senator from France must be holding his breath right now...

I will hold my fire until proven true. It is hard to believe the even the French lack the moral compass to see how wrong it is to keep Saddam in power just because he is making boatloads of money for you. Sounds like something that the MoveON/ANSWER types would be all to eager to accuse President Bush of doing.

I refuse to lower myself to their level.
How does this go again?
Let's see... It seems Ollie really liked the Instalanche so he decided to try again to get the attention from a father figure.

This time, he shows just how easily his liberal thought process is derailed. The title of the post refers to a divine being and tells someone to "Shut Up". So much for the unappealing Christians and freedom of speech. He goes on to defend a story about Bush 41 that has been shown to be made up, in the very post he is whining about. Then he points to A Yglesias rant about Glenn misunderstanding his nuanced view regarding concessions for the Chechen Islamist Terrorist nutjobs.

1. Glenn is right on this.
2. Matthew Yglesias is wrong, no matter how much he explains his nuanced view.
3. Ace is right about Ollie.

The left is unhinged and should be ignored.

Update: Jeff Goldstein joins the Ollie-bashing fun.
Fisking of Ollie
It seems that Ollie is not just The Qur'an Project's favorite liberal hack, but he is also The Pink Flamingo's as well. I feel somewhat left out, but on the other hand there is more than enough Ollie to go around.

Read and enjoy, you might even feel sorry for Ollie after awhile. I don't, but you might be...

(Via: Ace)
Dirty Pool
Professor Bainbridge has a good start to the list of the left's "dirty pool" so far this election cycle.

Maybe the left will grant my plea and sink their own guy with nasty tricks from Susan Estrich.

On the other hand, these ads need never see the light of day.
Letter to the New York Times
N.E. Republican posts a very detailed letter to the New York Times Ombudsman regarding the lack of coverage on the "Christmas in Cambodia" story.

The letter writer lays out the case for media bias very well, but not nearly as well as the response from the Times staff.

Go read and be annoyed...

(Via Instapundit)
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Why I am a fan
I am a big fan of Ace of Spades, I admit it. Mostly because I find his humor to my liking, but every once in a while he get serious and this is when I turn from a fan to a fanatic. This is one of those times.

I wish I could say how shocked and stunned I am.

But I'm not.

This happens every month. Every month.

They haven't considered the inevitable end result of their actions. They cannot win with terrorism. They can only cause us to become animals ourselves, but in becoming animals, we become far deadlier than they could ever be.

They really ought to stop and ponder that.

Go and read, read his other stuff too because you can never laugh enough...
A horrible choice
Jihad Watch brings us a story from the LA Times that tears out my heart and displays, yet again, why the War on Terror needs to be prosecuted to the best of our abilities.
Zalina Dzandarova cradles her son Alan as he sleeps with his small face buried against her stomach. He is the child Dzandarova was able to save. The child she chose to save, really.

It is the other one, little Alana, her 6-year-old daughter, whose image torments her: Alana clutching her hand, Alana crying and calling after her. Alana's sobs disappearing into the distance as Dzandarova walked out of Middle School No. 1 here Thursday, clutching 2-year-old Alan in her arms.

I can't imagine the pain in this mothers heart. A choice like that is the nightmare of all parents. Having it forced on her by terrorists adds to the horror.
One of the Chechens said: 'If you don't go now, you don't go at all. You stay here with your children … and we will shoot all of you.'

All in the name of Allah, Most Merciful...
Friday, September 03, 2004
Please! O Please!
Please Please PLEASE let Susan Estrich get a high ranking spot with the Kerry Campaign. If there is one thing that will insure a Bush victory is for the Kerry people to start listening to her suggestions.
What if Bush were to fall off the wagon? Then what? Has America really faced the fact that we have an alcoholic as our president?

Read the rest, she is putting everything nasty that she can think of out there.

More of this from the Left, Please. With sugar on it.

UPDATE: Thank you.
Quality Enemies
Via LGF comes this very interesting Jerusalem Post article.
The excitement is palpable. You can almost feel it in the air. The dictators of the Arab world just can't wait for George W. Bush to lose the US presidential election in November.

I have always believed you could judge a man by the quality of his enemies. President Bush has managed to collect some of the best quality enemies ever assembled. More from the article:
"Arafat is waiting for November in the hope that George Bush will lose the election to John Kerry," Israel's military intelligence chief Maj.Gen. Aharon Ze'evi Farkash told a cabinet meeting just over a month ago.

Following Arafat's lead, the official Palestinian media has made no effort to hide where its sympathies lie. On July 27, the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, for example, ran a political cartoon depicting an American soldier bleeding to death in Iraq, his final words being, "Don't Vote Bush."

And then, of course, there is Iran. The mullahs, whom Bush famously labeled part of the "Axis of Evil" in his January 2002 State of the Union Address, are also panting at the prospect of a Republican defeat.

Yep, Arafat, Syria and Iran (not to mention North Korea). THIS is a man that has made the right enemies. The fact that the "axis of evil" is actively rooting for John Kerry tells me that he is Unfit for Command.
Moonbat smack
McQ at QandO has news from the world of the moonbat. Not just any moonbat, but a real live member of the House of Representatives.
But hey, its just another example of how far left the left has gone. Its a little disconcerting (and disappointing) though to see an elected Democrat representative right in the middle of it and spouting the same sort of hate.

You really need to read the whole thing.
How far we have come
LGF Watch Watch tells a story of true racism in the world.

These people have it hard. The majority truly hates them and is not likely to change this attitude. Racism in the US has never been this bad in my lifetime and yet we have people that cry racism at every possible instance of criticism.

This sort of behavior cheapens the value placed on the word "racist" and dilutes its power to change people for the better.
No news damaging to Bush? Make it up!
Swimming through the Spin has all the info on the Biased AP report claiming to have heard "boos" from a Wisconsin crowd when President Bush wished President Clinton well regarding his heart problems. (The Qur'an Project echos these well wishes).

Again, our favorite asshat has not retracted or updated his post based on the original (retracted) story.

(Hat Tips to Ace and Glenn)
Ace defends Sen. Kerry
Ace is defending Sen. Kerry.

Really, you heard right, Ace of Spaces is defending Schnappmaster McDrunkerton Sen. Kerry.
Why I must read
(Crossposted on LGF Watch Watch)

Have any of you ever tried to find some unbiased information about Islam? I did and found that there is none. Everyone commenting on Islam, the Middle East or Muslim culture has an agenda or (usually fringe) point of view. I looked hard in February and March of 2004 for real information after watching a news program where a parade of talking heads went on and on about "Religion of Peace" and that al Qeada did not represent "real" Islamic beliefs or ideals. It struck me as very disingenuous of a news organization to have person after person paraded out in front of me to convince me I had no reason to think that Islam itself was a threat to my family. This thought rolled around my head for a few days and I realized that I needed to do something to resolve the feelings of being a target of media propaganda in favor of Islam.

I decided it was time to go to the source and read the Qur'an myself. I am not an expert on religion; I am not even personally religious. I am a typical Midwestern American, somewhat self absorbed and not very knowledgeable about other cultures. The events of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq forced me to think outside my "box". I needed to know what my country was facing and was I personally could expect if we were to fail. My motivation was to find out for myself if these pundits were right or wrong, if my country was acting in the cause of good or evil.

If you go all the way back and read my archives, you will find this earnest man trying to find some simple answers. He tried to be fair and posted a number of verses that showed the good and the bad, the peaceful and the violent. During this time I went to my first protest march. In Peoria, IL a group of Rachael Corrie supporters were marching on the world headquarters of Caterpillar. I honestly went down there to meet some of the pro-Israel people on LGF and to take some pictures. When I got down there, I found myself repulsed by the protesters and welcomed by the Israel supporters. The level of hate in the protesters was in direct contrast to the calm and reasoned responses of the leaders of the pro-Israel group. I had never been called such nasty names before in my life, I have never been prouder to have such enemies. This experience undoubtedly led to some bias in the blog

I was doing pretty well in the cause of being objective and fair, then something happened. Meirav and Nick Berg. This led to one of my best posts. I took a few weeks off from reading, then decided to press on to complete what I started.

Now, the election looms and Qur'an Project has temporarily descended into warblogging. Once the election is over I will return to the original topic, finish the Qur'an reading and move into more study of Muslim culture (because I find it fascinating). Your comments and suggestions are welcome and will have an impact on the direction of my guest blogging.

With the kind permission of our hosts, I will recount some of the highlights of my journey over the next few weeks. After the recap, I will begin a weekly series of observations on the Qur'an, Muslim culture, and Islamic nutcases.
Schtooopid Crap
Do you remember the "big news story" before 9/11?

The title of this post is a good clue...

Give up?

It was Gary Condit and the missing Chandra Levy. It was all over the news. You could not pick up a newspaper, magazine or turn on the TV without being bombarded with 24 hour coverage.

Then the planes hit the towers

This story was rightfully send to the back pages where it belonged in the first place. Our national obsession with the schtoooooopid had finally come to an end and the all it took was a major terror attack on our soil.

Does this remind you of anything current? It reminds me of the current media obsession with Lacy/Scott Perterson and Kobe Bryant. The fact that I know these names is annoying to me. I really believed that it would take more than 3 years for the media (and the people) to revert back to schtooopid celebrity trials and other useless crap.

Meanwhile, try finding decent reporting (from the old media) on events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, general updates on the WoT, etc.

Try finding anything not superficial on the conventions or US news...

The day of the BLOG is here and the nation is better for it.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Ollie, Ollie, Ollie
The Qur'an Project's favorite liberal hack is off the hook!

Zell Miller, Ex-marine, Veteran, Democrat... Just the kind of guy that Ollie should like, BUT, NO he's evil/angry because he supports President Bush.

Apparently, if you have a bone to pick with media hypocrisy regarding Sen. Miller, you are a the last person who should be screaming effing prejudice.

If you want to talk frankly about race relations in the US according to Ollie you should just SHUT UP. Any charge of prejudice against anyone, no matter how valid, is off limits because Ollie is not rich (I bet John Kerry would raise his taxes), his mother worked hard and found racism [gasp!] 20 years ago. (It is not clear if this racism was in the US or in Jamaica)

In Ollie's world, if you are white you're "angry", if your black you're "statesmanlike". At least according to cherry picked quotes and pictures. Do you really want to go down that road?

This exchange is a really good example of what happens when you mix someone with a racial chip on his shoulder with huge amounts of Soros money.

Is this the kind of person that you want to get your news from? Look very closely, because this is the journalist of tomorrow if we continue to listen to the Media Matters/MoveOn asshats.

BTW Ollie: Your fixation on Pundette is getting almost as tiresome as Glenn's fixation on Wonkette...
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Important (not) sports results for the RNC
And now, the sports news with our (on) crack sports reporter Jeff Goldstein...
protein wisdom's Republic National Convention coverage

Now, that's funny!
Meirav was two redux
The Russian terror attack on a school painfully reminds me of the murder of the Hatuel family and this haunting post by Meryl Yourish.

Here is one of the news articles with the details
After riddling the car with gunfire on a road leading to Israel, the two terrorists then ran up to the vehicle and coldbloodedly pumped bullets into each of their victims' heads to make sure they had finished the job, Israeli police said.

One of the gunmen also shot the swollen belly of the eight-months-pregnant mom at point-blank range.

The jihad establishment never denounced this attack on "legitimate targets", in fact they called the murderers "heroic martyrs".

All while Thousands mourned.

(Thanks again to Meryl Yourish)

This also ties into the protests at the RNC in New York. How can these kaffiyeh wearing, "Free Free Palastine" chanting protesters live with themselves? I could not sleep at night just reading the accounts of the Hatuel family murders, how do these useful idiots sleep while reveling in deaths of others?

UPDATE: I cannot forget this event, I refuse to let it go. Here's why

I have a daughter that was born within a few months of Meriav, so it really hits me where I live. My wife had a severe car accident (shortly after the murders) with our daughter in her car seat. The drive to the hospital after that phone call was filled with he same feelings that reading the story brought up. It kills me even today to think about it.

This is why I MUST continue with my efforts to educate the world about the evil that is Islamic extremism. If one 2 year old makes it to adulthood because of something I have written or said in a comment or in person, all of this emotional pain will have been worth it.

UPDATE II: Everyone came through the accident fine. Car crash technology is worderful! Thanks for the concern.
The value of children
From this news story we find the value the Islamist nutjobs place on Dar al-Harb children.
"for every destroyed fighter, they will kill 50 children and for every injured fighter — 20 (children)"

I assumed that it would have been more, but they might run out of children...

UPDATE: Spoons has a really good question...

UPDATE II: The latest news on this topic can be found at Logic and Sanity.
Perry on Politics
The poster that should end the Kerry campaign.
Perry on Politics

(Via Instapundit)

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