Friday, February 15, 2008

Marines Not Welcome in Liberal Land

"This is an OUTRAGE! When did the city of Berkeley become an independent nation ? When did it legally seperate from the United States ? If terrorists were to attack Berkeley, you can bet your a** that they would be screaming for the Marines to come to their rescue. It just goes to show what kind of morons these liberals really are." J.R.

As you have probably heard by now the Berkely City Council passed a resolution condemning the recruiting actions of the US Marines Corp on January 29 of last year. The resolution further stated that the Marines were not welcome in Berkeley.

"The people of Berkeley should want the Marine Corps present near Berkeley High School, Berkeley City College, and University of California no more than they would want other violent influences downtown," read the resolution.

The resolution also encouraged citizens to disrupt Marine recruiting efforts:

"The Council of the City of Berkeley encourages all people to avoid cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station, and applaud residents and organizations such as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by non-violent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley."


In response to a letter by the city council of Berkeley, Calif., telling Marine Corps recruiters they are not welcome in the city, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said:

"Well if they said that, I am disappointed. The Marine Corps should be welcome in any place in the United States."
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(Republicans have accused Reid of rearranging the Senate schedule to prevent a vote on the Semper Fi Act, according to The Hill newspaper.)


Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he is demanding an apology from the city council stating:

"I would be satisfied with an apology but nothing short of that," said Cornyn. "Everything I have seen indicates they have felt the sting of public opinion, but they have not understood the depth of outrage at what they have done."


Earlier this week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced in the Senate the Semper Fi Act of 2008, which would reprimand the Berkley City Council and strip the city of $2 million in earmark spending allotted in the omnibus spending bill passed at the end of 2007.

Cornyn was asked if he thought it was the role of the Senate to reprimand city councils, he said:

"When it comes to spending federal tax dollars, sending them to localities like the city of Berkeley is our responsibility," he said. "As far as I am concerned, we should make sure not one red cent of tax dollars goes to support Berkeley, particularly in any way that would indicate approval of this outrage."


When asked if he thought this would be punishing citizens who had no part in the council's decision, he said:

"Well, all the folks in Berkeley elected their local representatives. I suggest they take this up with them."
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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)weighed in also:

"I think that action was reprehensible," he said. "I don't like what they did. But, there again, I am not going to try and tell the local government in Berkeley what they should or shouldn't be doing. But we obviously have opinions, and we can all voice those opinions. So if there is something that voices our opinions, sure."
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Potomac Primary: Hillary, Huckabee Losers

Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) were the big winners in the "Potomac Primary," sweeping MD, VA and Washington, D.C. and winning by enormous margins over their opponents.

Obama won MD with 60 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and McCain bested Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) 55 percent to 30 percent.

Obama got 64 percent of the VA vote to Hillary's 35 percent; McCain won by a narrower - but still respectable - nine percent margin over Huckabee (50 percent to 41 percent).

And in Washington, D.C., Obama and McCain each won by a crushing 51 points (75 percent to 24 percent for Obama, and 68 percent to 17 percent for McCain).

Preliminary exit polls show that in VA and MD, Obama got 90 percent of the black vote, but split the white vote with Hillary, and that he won nearly 6 out of 10 of the women's vote in both states. In VA Obama got 80 percent of under-30, as well as 53 percent of the 65+ vote; and for the first time, voters making less than $50,000 a year chose him over Hillary 59 percent to 40 percent.

Unless Huckabee packs it in after tonight and there's no reason he shouldn't keep going until March 4th, as he's expected to do well in TX - McCain still has to fight for the conservative vote in the WI primary on February 19th and in OH, RI, TX and VT but this trio of wins may create a bandwagon effect.

Early exit polling in VA show that Huckabee got two-thirds of white evangelicals and those who self-identify as "very conservative." While McCain edged Huckabee out amongst voters who call themselves "somewhat" conservative, he won moderates by a 2:1 margin. Unlike other contests where McCain got strong support from independents, this time he split these votes with Huckabee 38 percent to 35 percent, with 20 percent voting for Ron Paul (R-TX).

In its exit polling Fox News found that 62 percent of Republican voters in VA said they "frequently" listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and other conservative talk show hosts all of whom have been attacking McCain for not being conservative enough and these voters supported Huckabee over McCain by a 10-oint margin (48 percent to 38 percent). Limbaugh, for instance, has also been attacking Huckabee as a phony conservative (Paul is so far out of the Republican mainstream Limbaugh doesn't waste air time on him), so these voters are voting against McCain rather than for Huckabee or Paul.

Exit polls in MD found Republicans split down the middle over whether McCain is a "true conservative," but those who cited terrorism as the most important issue facing the U.S. country picked McCain by 34 points over Huckabee (64 percent to 27 percent), and those who voted their pocketbooks gave McCain a 20 percent margin over his rival.

According to CNN, Obama now has a slim lead over Hillary in the delegate count (1,215 to 1,190) and McCain has roughly four times as many delegates as Huckabee (812 to 217).

Iraqi troops rescue child

Iraqi commandos rescue an 11-year-old Iraqi boy Jan. 29 near Baghdad.

Three days earlier, the youth had been taken for ransom by al-Qaeda agents. The kidnappers had demanded $100,000, then $80,000, from the boy's parents to secure his release. The kidnappers had threatened to behead the youth if they weren't paid. The boy's father, a mechanic, couldn't afford to pay the kidnappers.

The al-Qaeda kidnapping cell is linked to 26 previous abductions.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The "Surge" A Year Later - Overwhelming Success

A year ago in Baghdad: Shiite militiamen and Sunni insurgents owned entire neighborhoods and key areas beyond. Iraq's government was adrift, and U.S. commanders weighed the real possibility of being trapped in a full-scale civil war.

"The surge" was launched Feb. 14, 2007, with the 82nd Airborne as the vanguard of an American troop buildup that would climb to 30,000 extra U.S. soldiers.

A year later Iraq looks very different.

The "surge" in Baghdad and surrounding areas was seen as a last ditch effort to salvage the American mission in Iraq.

The U.S. led forces have successfully tamped down violence, and the Pentagon has forged critical pacts with Sunni fighters against al-Qaida in Iraq.

After a sharp initial spike in military and civilian casualties, the numbers make a strong case that the surge generally accomplished its main goal.

Before February 2007 was out, 1,801 Iraqis and 81 U.S. soldiers would die. By contrast, January 2008 saw figures of 609 and 39, respectively.

Anbar province, which stretches to the Saudi Arabian, Jordanian and Syrian borders west of Baghdad, fell virtually silent. It had been the heart of the Sunni insurgency and a bastion for al-Qaida in Iraq.

Sunni tribal leaders who had been fighting the Americans, began in late 2006 to turn on al-Qaida, fed up with the terrorist organization's brutality and austere brand of Islam.

U.S. forces exploited the shift sponsoring similar movements in Baghdad and regions to the north and south. An estimated 80,000 members of the so-called Awakening Councils or Concerned Local Citizens are now fighting with and not against U.S. and Iraqi forces.

The first half of the surge year saw enough casualties to make 2007 the deadliest for American troops, with 126 killed in May alone, along with 2,155 Iraqis. In all, at least 831 Americans have died in 12 months of the surge.

The sharply lower figures for the second half of 2007 have only returned the pace of U.S. losses to what they were in late 2003 and early 2004. The Iraqi death toll is back down to where it was at the close of 2005.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Al Qaeda on its Way Out in Iraq

Al-Qaeda is finally admitting what the Main Stream Media and the Democrats cannot and won't: al-Qaeda is on its way out in Iraq and victory is getting closer by the day. In their own words:

Al-Qaeda in Iraq faces an "extraordinary crisis". Last year's mass defection of ordinary Sunnis from al-Qaeda to the US military "created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight". The terrorist group's security structure suffered "total collapse".


These are the words not of al-Qaeda's enemies but of one of its own leaders in Anbar province once the group's stronghold. They were set down last summer in a 39 page letter seized during a US raid on an al-Qaeda base near Samarra in November.

The US military released extracts from that letter yesterday along with a second seized in another November raid that is almost as startling.

That second document is a bitter 16 page testament written last October by a local al-Qaeda leader near Balad, north of Baghdad.
"I am Abu-Tariq, emir of the al-Layin and al-Mashahdah sector,"
the author begins. He goes on to describe how his force of 600 shrank to fewer than 20.
"We were mistreated, cheated and betrayed by some of our brothers," he says. "Those people were nothing but hypocrites, liars and traitors and were waiting for the right moment to switch sides with whoever pays them most."


Hat Tip To: The Strata-Sphere

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You have to absolutely love this video "it says it all" !

J.R.