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:: Friday, April 04, 2003 ::

hmmm....



I wonder what the question was that craigslist.org deleted...

But here's a reply to it which they've left up:

"re: Question about Jessica Lynch
Reply to: see below
Date: 2003-04-02, 11:36PM
You're wondering if its possible? If the American soldiers on bases all over the world and past wars are capable, its extremely possible she was spared to provide the troops some side action. But these days, everythng is possible! In fact, this "feel good" story is almost too good to be true. Not only will the US government work the PR angle in their own favor, but it wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to be only partially authentic.
Whatever the truth may be, I'm happy to hear she's going to be okay...minus the post-traumatic mental problems and deteriorating phyical conditions she'll experience from the chemical shots throughout the rest of her life."



:: Peter 4/04/2003 04:59:00 PM [+] ::
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Daniel Pipes



Daniel Pipes must be doing something right:

"> > From: CAIR
> > Date: 2003/04/03 Thu PM 03:26:31 EST
> > To: cair-net@cair.biglist.com
> > Subject: CAIR-NET: Bush Asked to Rescind Nomination of 'Islamophobe'
> >
> > In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
> >
> > CAIR ACTION ALERT #376
> >
> > PRESIDENT BUSH ASKED TO RESCIND NOMINATION OF 'ISLAMOPHOBE'
> > Nominee says 10 to 15 percent of Muslims are 'potential killers'
> >
> > (WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/3/2003) - CAIR is urging President Bush to rescind his
> > nomination of an "Islamophobe," who claims 10 to 15 percent of Muslims are
> > "potential killers," to the board of a government institution formed to
> > promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts.
> >
> > President Bush yesterday nominated pro-Israel commentator Daniel Pipes, who
> > many American Muslims regard as the nation's leading Islamophobe, to join
> > the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution
> > created by Congress. The institute's board of directors is appointed by the
> > president and confirmed by the Senate. (Pipes made the claim about Muslims
> > being potential killers in the October 8, 2001, issue of the Philadelphia
> > Daily News.)
> >
> > SEE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/04/20030402-10.html,
> > http://www.usip.org/
> >
> > "Pipes' nomination sends entirely the wrong message as America seeks to
> > convince Muslims worldwide that the war on terrorism and the war against
> > Iraq are not attacks on Islam. His bigoted views are incompatible with the
> > mission of the United States Institute of Peace. We respectfully urge
> > President Bush to rescind this ill-considered and poorly-timed nomination,"
> > said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. He called on the Senate to reject
> > Pipes' nomination if it is not rescinded by the president.
> >
> > Awad added that Pipes also lacks the credentials required for service on
> > the institute's board. All board members are required by law to "have
> > appropriate practical or academic experience in peace and conflict
> > resolution." "Pipes' anti-Muslim polemics have had the opposite impact of
> > that sought by the institute. His views promote unending conflict, not
> > peace," said Awad.
> >
> > Muslims say Pipes has a long history of advocating the political
> > disenfranchisement and marginalization of America's Islamic community. In
> > an October 21, 2001, speech before the convention of the American Jewish
> > Congress, Pipes stated: "I worry very much from the Jewish point of view
> > that the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and
> > enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American
> > Jews."
> >
> > He has decried any positive portrayal of Islamic history and beliefs in
> > public schools and termed the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a
> > Prophet" an "outrage."
> >
> > In the Jerusalem Post, Pipes called for increased surveillance of ordinary
> > American Muslims. He wrote: "There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that
> > Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military, and the
> > diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism, as do
> > Muslim chaplains in prisons and the armed forces. Muslim visitors and
> > immigrants must undergo additional background checks. Mosques require a
> > scrutiny beyond that applied to churches, synagogues and temples. Muslim
> > schools require increased oversight to ascertain what is being taught to
> > children…" (1/22/03)
> >
> > Last year, Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch,
> > a web site that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions
> > thought to be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and
> > Muslims. The web site also sought information from students about their
> > teachers' political opinions. Pipes has been quoted as saying: "The
> > Palestinians are a miserable people...and they deserve to be." (Washington
> > Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2001) His personal web site is
> > maintained by an Israeli settler. He also claims Muslims have no real
> > religious attachments to the city of Jerusalem.
> >
> > A central theme of Pipes' commentary is that American Muslims are a threat
> > because they have the goal of "transforming [the United States] into a
> > Moslem country." (Jewish World Review, 11/16/2000) In fact, he even claimed
> > to have a special mental "filter" with which he can detect those who want
> > to "create a Muslim state in America." (Salon.com, 11/9/2001) He has also
> > compared American Muslim voter registration drives to those of the
> > Communist Party USA.
> >
> > Pipes goes so far as to recommend "vigilant application of social and
> > political pressure to ensure that Islam is not accorded special status of
> > any kind in this country." (Commentary, November 2001) The "special status"
> > Pipes refers to includes ordinary religious accommodations for Muslims in
> > the workplace and "inclusion of Muslims in affirmative-action plans."
> >
> > SEE: "Who is Daniel Pipes?"
> > http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html
> >
> > IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)
> >
> > Contact President Bush to respectfully request that he rescind Daniel
> > Pipes' nomination to the board of the United States Institute of Peace.
> >
> > White House Phone Numbers:
> >
> > COMMENTS: 202-456-1111
> > SWITCHBOARD: 202-456-1414
> > FAX: 202-456-2461
> >
> > White House E-Mail Addresses:
> >
> > President George W. Bush: president@whitehouse.gov
> > Vice President Richard Cheney: vice.president@whitehouse.gov
> > COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
> >
> > Mailing Address:
> >
> > President George W. Bush
> > The White House
> > 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
> > Washington, DC 20500
> >
> > - PLEASE ANNOUNCE, POST AND DISTRIBUTE -
> >
> > --- CLIP AND MAIL/FAX/E-MAIL ---
> >
> > YES, I would like to support CAIR's important work by donating
> > $___________. Enclosed is my check, payable to CAIR.
> >
> > Name:
> > Address:
> > City:
> > State:
> > Zip:
> >
> > TEL:
> > FAX:
> > E-MAIL:
> >
> > Payment: ___Check ___VISA ___MasterCard ___Discover ___Money Order
> > Credit Card Number:
> > Exp. Date:
> > Name as on Card:
> > Signature: ________________________________________________
> >
> > SEND TO: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003
> > FAX: 202-488-0833 E-MAIL: membership@cair-net.org
> >
> > -----
> >
> > To SUBSCRIBE to or UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, go to:
> > http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/
> >
> > To reach the list moderator, send a message to: cair@cair-net.org
> >
> > -----
> >
> > CAIR
> > Council on American-Islamic Relations
> > 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
> > Washington, D.C. 20003
> > Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
> > Fax: 202-488-0833
> > E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
> > URL: http://www.cair-net.org

:: Peter 4/04/2003 01:55:00 PM [+] ::
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:: Thursday, April 03, 2003 ::

Young women too



Martin Savidge of CNN asks "Where do they get young men like this?"

Well, from here:

"(Jessica) Lynch joined the Army after graduating in 2001. Her brother enlisted the same day, and their 18-year-old sister, Brandi, will report for duty in August."

Godspeed.


:: Peter 4/03/2003 03:57:00 PM [+] ::
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ECotD



And here I thought Geraldo was Gimli...


:: Peter 4/03/2003 08:47:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 ::

Andy



Because everyone should either have a child this adorable, or read about one and because everyone should either have a wife who writes like this or read mine.

Oh, hell, so I'm proud...sue me.

And she's right, Andy is obsessed with Zoo Tycoon. It's adorable.
:: Peter 4/02/2003 05:09:00 PM [+] ::
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:: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 ::

Speechless



I realize, like everyone else, that colleges and universities across this great land of ours are absolutely infested with extreme anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-war vitriol. I know this, I see proof of it every day.

But this, this is truly beyond belief. This beggars the imagination. This is surreal in its dislocation from reality. It's almost as though I'm reading an alternate-history book. But it's real. It's real and it's so far beyond disgusting that I am, quite literally, speechless.

The city of Olympia, Washington, home of Rachel Corrie's alma mater Evergreen State University, has released the following proclamation:

- P R O C L A M A T I O N -

WHEREAS, Rachel Corrie, a Capitol High School graduate, Evergreen State College student, and social justice activist, in just 23 short years left for other Olympians a challenge to be a passionate participant in democracy and stand up to any adversity with courage and conviction; and

WHEREAS, America is a country founded by those with an unswerving conviction for the ideals of freedom and those who gave their lives in the face of overwhelming odds; and

WHEREAS, Rachel Corrie courageously journeyed to a land of dangers and conflict where she gave her life in the cause of peace; and

WHEREAS, Rachel Corrie's legacy will not be forgotten and will serve as a symbol of strength in times when honor, courage, and conviction are needed most; and

Whereas, the Olympia City Council joins Rachel Corrie's family and friends in mourning this community's sad loss.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Olympia City Council recognizes Tuesday, March 18, as

"A DAY OF SOLEMN REMEMBRANCE FOR MS. RACHEL CORRIE IN MEMORY AND HONOR OF HER SACRIFICE"

FURTHERMORE, the Olympia City Council calls on the governments of the United States and Israel to conduct a full investigation into the facts surrounding her death, and urges the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to work peacefully to resolve their differences as the best possible memorial to Rachel Corrie and the many thousands before her who died in this 50-year conflict.

SIGNED IN THE CITY OF OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, THIS 18TH DAY OF MARCH, 2003.

OLYMPIA CITY COUNCIL

But wait...it actually gets worse. It appears, and let me tell you, you just can't make up crap like this, but it appears that there is now a movement underway to...oh hell, let me use a supporter's words:

"...make real the wish of Saint Rachel of Rafah, and make Rafah your sister city."

Yes, you read that right. Olympia, Washington, USA will become, in the name of 'Saint Rachel,' sister cities with Rafah.

Here's an article by Rachel Corrie, a press release from March 3, 2003:

"As this speech was delivered, a British national burned a large British flag, and a US national burned a large US flag. Both activists then burned numerous images of US president George W. Bush. The woman who deliverd the speech burned a picture of the houses of Parliament in London. As the speech concluded they began to chant, with the crowd immediately surrounding them, "Hurriyah la Falasteen" –Freedom for Palestine—repeatedly.
Other groups burned a giant papier-maché model of an F-16 bomber, an effigy of Ariel Sharon, as well as giant Israeli, US, and British flags."


Read the whole thing, get that St. Rachel feeling.

Patron Saint of Speed Bumps


:: Peter 4/01/2003 07:29:00 PM [+] ::
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ECotD2




:: Peter 4/01/2003 10:48:00 AM [+] ::
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ECotD



Godspeed...


:: Peter 4/01/2003 10:30:00 AM [+] ::
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In These Times | Michael Moore Stars at Academy Awards

Yes, that's the real headline of this article. Michael Moore 'Stars'. So, is it any surprise to read this:

"Reporter: Why did you do what you did?
Moore: I’m an American."


Yes, Michael, you are an American. And because of that you are free to spout whatever nonsense your tiny little brain can imagine. Know why?

Because braver men than you sacrificed their lives for that right.

Brave men and women died for you.

God bless them.
:: Peter 4/01/2003 10:16:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Monday, March 31, 2003 ::

Mrs. PseudoPsalms



Well, shameless plug here...my wife has a new post up. Go visit please.

In case you missed the link: go here.

Most men give flowers....I give links.
:: Peter 3/31/2003 07:39:00 PM [+] ::
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More on Moore



Why doesn't this surprise me?

"On March 16th, a young American, Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed when she was run over by an Israeli military bulldozer. Rachel was trying to stop the bulldozer from demolishing the home of a Palestinian doctor in the Gaza Strip. You can find out more about Rachel and the life she led at the International Solidarity Movement. To voice your protest to the Israeli government for this senseless murder, go here. Or, to write your member of Congress here in the US, go here.

Our thoughts are with Rachel's friends and family, and we honor a woman who was senselessly killed, simply for protecting the house of a Palestinian doctor."

A reminder, for those unaware of Rachel Corrie:


This is an AP picture, the caption reads: "Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., a member of the 'International Solidarity Movement,' burns a mock U.S. flag during a rally in the southern Gaza Strip..."

Of course Michael Moore would honor her.

UPDATE: For those wishing to send letters in protest of those who sponsored Rachel Corrie

For those wishing to send letters in protest of Michael Moore

:: Peter 3/31/2003 03:16:00 PM [+] ::
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'History'



So many people have linked to Bill Whittle and his excellent essays that I briefly considered not linking to him as well. However, if there is even one person who clicks on the link and finds out about his Eject! Eject! Eject! website than it will have been worth it. His essays are all worth reading, feel free to start with his most recent and then return to his site at your leisure to finish the rest.

Everything he's posted has made me think "I wish I had written that."
:: Peter 3/31/2003 01:44:00 PM [+] ::
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ECotD




:: Peter 3/31/2003 10:04:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Sunday, March 30, 2003 ::

Just Ducky



Sometimes there really are no words:


Joshua Kyle Salomon, March 15, 2003
:: Peter 3/30/2003 05:03:00 PM [+] ::
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