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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Australia's Prime Minister John Howard was voted out of office and the U.S. media blame — who else? — President Bush and the war in Iraq


“States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted...” —Alexander Hamilton


“The big news over the weekend was that a guy named Kevin Rudd won the election to be the Prime Minister of Australia. Rudd is the leader of the Labor Party and beat the incumbent John Howard whose Conservative Party had been in power for nearly 12 years. This was, of course, reported around the world as a defeat for... George Bush. EVERYTHING is reported around the world as a defeat for... George Bush.” —Rich Galen

“The pessimists and defeatists who declared the surge doomed and said we were digging ourselves into a deeper hole have been proven wrong. The story of Iraq now is that terrorists have been killed, captured or driven out of territory retaken and cleansed by American and Iraqi forces—a coalition that has stabilized much of the country.” —Donald Lambro Break “Leaders of the Democratic Party are unwilling to celebrate because they have invested all their political capital in the notion that America isn’t winning, can’t win and must not win. If voters were to embrace victory and not defeat, they would likely reject the Democratic presidential nominee, if only for demonstrating poor judgment.” —Cal Thomas

“No one contends that the other Amendments that preserve rights of ‘the people’ —the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth—do not preserve individuals’ rights. The same must be true of the Second.” —Jed Babbin

“If a CEO of a fortune 500 company were to retire, would anyone seriously consider his wife to be an adequate replacement simply because she was married to him when he ran the company?” —John Hawkins

“If you don’t like going to the DMV, imagine if the only place you could go to resolve a health care problem is some government agency.” —Rush Limbaugh


“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” —Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” —Aldous Huxley

“A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American. And the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes.” —Woodrow Wilson

“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” —Alexis de Tocqueville

“Politics ain’t worrying this country one-tenth as much as trying to find a parking spot.” —Will Rogers


“This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. In March, the Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit declared unconstitutional the District’s near-total ban on handgun possession. That 2-1 ruling, written by Judge Laurence Silberman, found that when the Second Amendment spoke of the ‘right of the people,’ it meant the right of ‘individuals,’ and not some ‘collective right’ held only by state governments or the National Guard. That stirring conclusion was enough to prompt the D. C. government to declare Judge Silberman outside ‘the mainstream of American jurisprudence’ in its petition to the Supreme Court. We’ve certainly come to an interesting legal place if asserting principles that appear nowhere in the Constitution is considered normal, but it’s beyond the pale to interpret the words that are in the Constitution to mean what they say... The phrase ‘the right of the people’ or some variation of it appears repeatedly in the Bill of Rights, and nowhere does it actually mean ‘the right of the government.’ When the Bill of Rights was written and adopted, the rights that mattered politically were of one sort—an individual’s, or a minority’s, right to be free from interference from the state. Today, rights are most often thought of as an entitlement to receive something from the state, as opposed to a freedom from interference by the state. The Second Amendment is, in our view, clearly a right of the latter sort.” —The Wall Street Journal


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“Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions.” —George Washington


A lesson in obfuscation: “’The group’s purpose was to make it appear Al Qaeda in Iraq was responsible for the attack,’ Admiral Smith said, using the military’s name for Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. ‘The special groups’ aim was to demonstrate to Baghdadis the need for militia groups to continue providing for their security’.” —The New York Times **“’Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia,’ of course, is the Times’s name for what everyone else calls al Qaeda in Iraq.” —James Taranto

It depends on the meaning of “values”: “On foreign policy, [Hillary] is a little more hawkish than the rest of the Democratic Party, and certainly more than the primary base is. It seems that on social issues, by which I mean kind of welfare and economic issues, she’s fairly liberal. But she’s a moral conservative. Which is to say that she also gets behind, you know, things like values issues.” —Time’s Amy Sullivan

Not exactly a sycophant: “And the part of the Clinton administration that worked best—the economy, stupid—was run by Robert Rubin. Hillary did not show good judgment in her areas of influence—the legal fiefdom, health care and running oppo-campaigns against Bill’s galpals.” —New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd

Definitely a sycophant: “If it’s not you, how disappointed will you be?” —CBS’s Katie Couric (aka the Clinton’s personal, gushing Useful Idiot) and her “in-depth” interview with Mrs. Bill Clinton—Hillary responded, “Well, it will be me.”

This week’s “Non Compos Mentis” Award: “My nominee was a woman—a victim of abuse. A strong, resilient woman who is a constant topic of discussion these days: Mother Earth.” —NBC’s Brian Williams on his nomination for Time’s “Person of the Year”

Newspulper Headlines: Shouldn’t They Have Warned Before Shooting?: “Iraq Warns Foreign Security Firms After Shooting” —Reuters

Nice to Know They Died Someplace Pretty: “Pakistan Says Killed 30 Militants in Scenic Valley” —Reuters

Can’t Mrs. Clinton’s People Write the Questions?: “CBS Strike Could Put Debate in Disarray” —The Politico

If an Expert Bites a Dog, That’s News: “Dog-Bite Expert to Blame, Pathologist Says” —Globe and Mail (Toronto)

That’s Why They’re Not Republicans: “Demos Appoint King to Lead Them” —Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

News You Can Use: “Study: Blondes Make Men Act Dumber” — (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)


Heaven help us: “There seems to be a pattern here. It takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush.” —Hillary Clinton

On qualifications: “[T]here is one job we can’t afford on-the-job training for—that’s the job of our next president. Every day spent learning the ropes is another day of rising costs, mounting deficits and growing anxiety for our families.” —Hillary Clinton jabbing Barack Obama Break “My understanding was that she wasn’t Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, so I don’t know exactly what experiences she’s claiming.” —Barack Obama jabbing back Break “There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in her and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle, if there were issues. On the other hand, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a U.S. senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done. I think the fact of the matter is that Sen. Clinton is claiming basically the entire eight years of the Clinton presidency as her own, except for the stuff that didn’t work out, in which case she has nothing to do with it.” —Barack Obama

That’s the spirit!: “We can’t win militarily.” —Rep. Fightin’ John Murtha (D-PA) Break “The best way to achieve a political solution in Iraq is to withdraw our forces.” —Demo presidential candidate Bill Richardson

What a life: “I’ve been fortunate in my life to grow up in an extraordinary family and to have a front row seat at many key events in our nation’s history. I hope my reflections can contribute to a deeper understanding of many events in the history of this great country and to a more in-depth picture of an American family.” —Ted Kennedy upon being given a multimillion-dollar deal to write his memoirs


This week’s “Sociocrat Sycophant” Award: “Hillary Clinton... is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time. Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy. After eight long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.” —singer Barbra Streisand Break Then again...: “I think it’s going to come down to: Do you really want Bill Clinton back in the White House?” —Donna Brazile, who ran Algore’s 2000 presidential campaign**The prospect of another Clinton presidency reminds us of Streisand’s old song, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”

Non sequitur: “This thing [the war] has been going on for so long, the [Bush] administration is reusing excuses. But hey, at least the administration can now claim it’s no longer hostile to recycling, right?” —Arianna Huffington on the war in Iraq

Gore more powerful than God? “Well, they need to be praying to people who will fix global warming and take care of the environment because that’s more realistic.” —“The View’s” Joy Behar, aghast that the governor of Georgia was leading a group prayer to God on the Capitol Mall for rain to fall on Georgia

From a warped mind: “[I]f the Bush administration didn’t think [waterboarding] was torture, they ought to do some personal investigation. Someone in the Bush family should actually be waterboarded so they could report on it to George... I suggested Jenna be waterboarded and then she could talk about whether or not she thought it was torture.” —author Stephen King

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“Words are always bad for liberals. Words allow people to understand what liberals are saying.” —Ann Coulter

“Brainy women don’t frighten voters; control freaks do.” —Howard Fineman

“If you’re looking for someone to get tough with Elizabeth Edwards or RINO senators or White House travel-office flunkies, Hillary’s your gal. But tough on America’s enemies? Thatcher-tough? Not a chance.” —Mark Steyn

“The problem with the process is obvious: It is getting harder for candidates not beloved by the national media and party establishments to compete. The solution, alas, is rather elusive. One thing is clear: If in 2012, the major parties choose 80 percent of their convention delegates on a single day the media breathlessly describes as ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Tuesday,’ we will be headed in the wrong direction.” —W. James Antle III

“The plain truth is that if guys like [Leonardo] DiCaprio, [George] Clooney and Robert Redford, were women, they’d be called bimbos.” —Burt Prelutsky

Hillary Clinton sang old hymns at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines on Christ the King Sunday. They took up two collections to get her to stop singing. Whenever Hillary sings she sounds like a cat on its way to the tennis racket factory.” —Argus Hamilton

Veritas vos Liberabit—Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot’s editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families—especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense of American liberty.)

Monday, November 26, 2007


November 26, 2007

Suspected al-Qaeda Terrorists Face Trial in Nigeria
Voice of America
The five men were arrested in northern Nigeria earlier this month. Three of them were said to have traveled to a terrorist camp in Algeria to receive training with intent to cause insurrection in Nigeria. Nigerian prosecutors said the suspects, all in their 30s, had planned to attack government facilities in three of Nigeria's largest cities. They allegedly planned to use the assault rifles and explosions found in their possession to this end. Western diplomats have cautioned that Nigeria, which has a large Muslim population, could become a breeding ground for international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda. The US Embassy warned in September that Nigeria was at risk of "a terrorist attack." Muslim leaders in Nigeria have rebuffed reports that terrorist groups may be gaining a foothold in the predominantly Muslim north. But Shehu Sani, a researcher who had done extensive studies into religion-inspired violence in northern Nigeria, says there is sufficient evidence to warrant concerns about clandestine groups in northern Nigeria. "There have been conflicting arguments on whether there are terrorist cells present in Nigeria, specifically the northern part or not," said Sani. "But it is a fact that there are groups and individuals with links to organizations outside this country, who get their training, funding and affiliation without the knowledge of the authorities."
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Serial Bombs Kill at Least Six at Three Indian Courts

Channel NewsAsia
A series of near-simultaneous blasts outside courts in three north Indian cities left at least six people dead and many more wounded on Friday, police said. Four lawyers died at Faizabad, in Uttar Pradesh, and two more people in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, state police chief Vikram Singh told AFP. "This a terrorist attack on the advocates of our state," said Inspector General of Police Brij Lal. "Three blasts took place in Varanasi, two in Lucknow and two more in Faizabad," said Uttar Pradesh home ministry secretary J. N. Chamber. About 20 people were also hurt in a "shed" used by lawyers at Faizabad and 10 more wounded in Varanasi, police said. A lawyer told NDTV news channel no one had been hurt in Lucknow. The blasts came a week after the Uttar Pradesh bar council unanimously decided not to defend Islamist militants facing charges in the state. NDTV showed footage of at least two lifeless bodies being dragged off in Varanasi and said they were dead. Several bleeding people were also shown amid wreckage strewn over the ground. In March 2006, Varanasi was hit by a triple bomb attack in which 23 people died and 68 were wounded. Faizabad is a twin town of Ayodhya, a hotbed of Hindu-Muslim rivalry where Hindus tore down a 16th-century mosque in 1992 sparking nationwide riots that left 2,000 died. India's junior home minister said the blasts seemed to be acts of terror.
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Radical Islamist Cleric Faces Extradition to US

The Australian
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who faces charges related to a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 during which an Australian tourist was killed, could be extradited to the US. A British court ruled last night that Hamza, who has one eye and a hook for a righthand, could be extradited to face terrorism charges including trying to set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon. Egyptian-born Hamza, 49, serving a seven-year jail term in Britain for inciting his followers to murder non-believers, is wanted by US authorities on 11 charges. Hamza, who applauded the attacks on New York and Washington of September 11, 2001, faces charges that he was involved in plotting the taking of 16 Western hostages in Yemen in 1998. Four of the hostages, Australian tourist Andrew Thirsk and three Britons, were killed when the terrorists used the hostages as human shields during a gunfight that broke out after Yemeni forces launched a rescue attempt. The US indictment accuses Hamza of attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, from 1999 to early 2000, and supporting al-Qa'ida and the Taliban. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of up to 100 years in prison.
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Middle East:
Red Cross Gives War Lessons in Gaza

BBC News
Thirty hooded gunmen sit at desks around a flip chart, pen and paper in hand, listening to a lecture on the laws of war by the international Red Cross. All the Palestinian armed factions have signed up to the course, though they are being taught in individual groups. The head of Gaza operations for the Red Cross, Anthony Dalziel, said the course was part of his organization's worldwide effort to teach international humanitarian law to all parties in armed conflict. "We've taught regular armies and militia groups all over," he said. "Congo, ex-Yugoslavia, Darfur, Colombia."...But will these men change their behavior outside the classroom? I asked Abu Hotheifa, one of the gunmen on the course. "There are things we learned here that surprised us. Things we weren't aware of but as to whether our actions will change on the ground, that is up to our leaders. They decide. Not us." Civilians are often the victims in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in Palestinian in-fighting. Gunmen use busy streets, even private homes, as battlegrounds. Armed Palestinian groups fire rockets at Israeli towns like Sderot, just over the Gaza border, almost every day. Sometimes using public areas, like schools, as launch sites. Abu Khaled is a local factional leader in Gaza. He told me his fighters were told to take the Red Cross course to show the world they are not as many see them. "People think we are terrorists," he said. "But actually the Islamic law we follow is far stricter than international law in its rules of how to protect civilians and prisoners in war.
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North America:
CAIR Seeks Removal of 'Co-Conspirator' Label

Washington Times
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is seeking help from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. to pressure the Justice Department to change the group's status as a co-conspirator in a terrorism case. CAIR officials recently met with Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat, and then wrote a letter asking him to lobby the new attorney general on behalf of the group, and to hold hearings. CAIR is among several hundred Muslim groups listed as unindicted co-conspirators in a recent federal terrorism trial in Dallas into activities by the Holy Land Foundation Inc., a group linked to funding the Palestinian Hamas terrorist group. The trial recently ended in a mistrial and prosecutors have said they plan to re-try the case. Despite its uncertain outcome, the trial has produced a large amount of information and evidence identifying U.S. and foreign groups sympathetic to or direct supporters of international Islamist terrorists. A 1991 internal memorandum from the radical Muslim Brotherhood identified 29 front groups, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), that are part of a covert program by the Brotherhood in the United States to subvert American society. CAIR officials have requested that Mr. Conyers ask the Justice Department to explain why it publicly identified the 306 co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial. "Those on the list suffer negatively as a result of the label 'unindicted co-conspirator' as it impresses upon the typical member of the American public that those listed are involved in criminal activity," the group said in a letter to Mr. Conyers. "In reality, those so named have neither been charged with a crime nor offered any recourse for challenging the allegation." The group said the conspirator designation is being used by counterterrorism advocates to block government funds from being used to conduct outreach programs to Muslim groups. Pending fiscal 2008 legislation would block the Justice Department from using any funds for participation in conferences sponsored by a group or person identified by the government as a criminal unindicted co-conspirator.
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South America:
Colombia Cancels Chavez's Hostage Mediation

International Herald Tribune
Mediation by President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela with Colombia's largest rebel group was canceled late Wednesday night by President Álvaro Uribe, thwarting hopes for the release of dozens of hostages, including three American military contractors held since 2003. The move raises international tension surrounding the captives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France urged Uribe to reconsider; among the FARC's 45 or so political hostages is Ingrid Betancourt, a former presidential candidate here who holds Colombian and French citizenship. But Uribe, who had welcomed Chávez's mediating role last August, said Thursday that he had no intention of changing his mind, basing his surprising decision on what he viewed as a breach of protocol by Chávez with General Mario Montoya, the top commander of Colombia's army. Chávez, with the help of a Colombian lawmaker assisting him in the talks, had telephoned Montoya on Wednesday to request information on the hostages, despite a request from Uribe to refrain from direct contact with high-ranking military officials, the government here said in a statement. "Chávez is not known for respecting protocol and Uribe's strength is not flexibility," said Michael Shifter, vice president for policy at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington research group that specializes in Latin America...The United States sends Colombia about $600 million a year to combat drug smuggling, the FARC and a smaller rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN, making Colombia the largest recipient of American aid in the Americas. The FARC was demanding the release of about 500 imprisoned guerrillas in order to release its captives.
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South Pacific:
3 Dead in Bomb Blast at Philippine Congress
Channel NewsAsia
The death toll from a powerful bomb blast in the Philippine House of Representatives has risen to three after an employee injured in the explosion died of her wounds, officials said Wednesday. The aide to a congressman died in hospital, becoming the third fatality of the blast. Congressman Wahab Akbar and a driver were also killed. Nine other people were injured in the blast, which hit the south lobby of the sprawling complex in the capital Manila late Tuesday, shortly after most congressmen had left for the evening. Troops were immediately placed on high alert and security forces threw up checkpoints around Manila as President Gloria Arroyo ordered a national police probe into the blast...Lawmaker Wahab Akbar was killed along with the driver for congresswoman Luz Ilagan who suffered minor injuries. Local television footage showed doctors frantically trying to revive Akbar as he was wheeled into surgery...Manila police chief Geary Barias said initial investigations showed the bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked near Akbar's car, prompting media to speculate the congressman may have been the target of the attack. Akbar, 47, had spoken in the past of his links with the founder of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, Abubakar Abdurajak Janjalani. He had twice served as governor of Basilan, the southern Philippine island used by the extremist Abu Sayyaf as a base to launch kidnapping and bombing raids, including some of the deadliest in the nation's history.
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Al Taqiyya: The Islamist Terrorist's Weapon of Deception
Frank Salvato/Basics Project
Western civilization’s delinquent knowledge of the Islamic faith leaves us naïve to many of its tenets. Many among us would be hard pressed to explain the differences between the Sunni and the Shi’ite, let alone the reasons why they have remained in conflict for almost the entire existence of the Islamic faith. This delinquency in understanding Islamic culture and doctrine makes those they consider non-believers – or kafirs – vulnerable both individually and collectively. This is especially true when we examine the Islamic concept of taqiyya.

Taqiyya is defined literally as:

“Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury."

In essence, taqiyya can be generally defined as the legitimization of deception in times of danger.
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Pakistan Loses Swat to Local Taliban
Christine Fair/Jamestown Foundation
In recent weeks large swathes of Pakistan’s idyllic mountainous region of Swat—a mere 90 miles from Islamabad—have fallen to militants purportedly led by Maulana Fazlullah, whose Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shari’at-e-Mohammad (Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Laws, or TNSM) shaheen (fighters) may number as many as 4,500. Swat’s residents are fleeing to safer ground as the security forces, largely comprised of the poorly trained and under-equipped Frontier Corps, are no match for Fazlullah and his following of belligerents. With Swat and other areas increasingly in the hands of militants, Pakistanis must rise to the challenge of combating an ideology that is fast encroaching into more settled areas.
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