Some things just shouldn't need to be said. This is one, but VDH has said it flawlessly.
"These are still perilous times. But if anyone on September 12, 2001, had predicted that 22 months later there would still be no repeat of 9/11; that bin Laden would be either quiet, dead, or in hiding; that al Qaeda would be dispersed, the Taliban gone, and the likes of a Mr. Karzai in Kabul; that Saddam Hussein would be out of power, his sons dead, and an Iraqi national council emerging in his place; that troops would be leaving Saudi Arabia, Arafat ostracized, and Sharon seeking negotiations; that new Middle East agreements under discussion — and all at a cost of fewer than 300 American lives — then he would surely have been written off as a madman."
What say you, Democratic candidates?
:: Peter 7/25/2003 02:38:00 PM [+] ::
"Please take a few moments to express support for the nomination of Dr. Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will consider his nomination on Wednesday, July 23, so it is important that we act TODAY.
Action Alert - Support Daniel Pipes Nomination
On Wednesday, July 23, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will consider the nomination of Dr. Daniel Pipes to serve on the Board of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).
Dr. Pipes is one of this country's top scholars of Islam and the Arab world. He is a Fellow of the Jewish Policy Center and an insightful and eloquent analyst of current events and trends in the Arab world.
The USIP was created by Congress to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The President appoints the members of its Board of Directors, who must be confirmed by the Senate.
There is a strong campaign underway in opposition to this nomination, most notably on the part of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization which Dr. Pipes and Steve Emerson have linked to the support of radical Islamic organizations.
President Bush has expressed his confidence in Dr. Pipes by nominating him to serve on the USIP board. The RJC fully supports this nomination and we ask you to take a few moments to let the Senators on the committee know of our support.
A phone call or faxed letter are the best ways to register your opinion. (E-mails are welcomed only from constituents; postal mail gets delayed due to the anthrax attacks.)
Below is a list of the members of the committee. Please write and urge them to support Dr. Pipes' nomination as soon as possible. It is very important that there be a large show of support for Dr. Pipes, given the efforts of his opponents.
Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chairman Ph: 202-224-3324 Fax: 202-224-4952
Bill Frist (R-TN) Ph: 202-224-3344 Fax: 202-228-1264
Mike Enzi (R-WY) Ph: 202-224-3424 Fax: 202-228-0359
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Ph: 202-224-4944 Fax: 202- 228-3398
Christopher Bond (R-MO) Ph: 202-224-5721 Fax: 202- 224-8149
Mike DeWine (R-OH) Ph: 202-224-2315 Fax: 202-224- 6519
Pat Roberts (R-KS) Ph: 202-224-4774 Fax: 202-224- 3514
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Ph: 202-224-4124 Fax: 202-224- 3149
John Ensign (R-NV) Ph: 202-224-6244 Fax: 202-228- 2193
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Ph: 202-224-5972 Fax: 202-224- 1189
John Warner (R-VA) Ph: 202-224-2023 Fax: 202-224- 6295
Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Ph: 202-224-4543 Fax: 202- 224-2417
Christopher Dodd (D-CT) Ph: 202-224-2823 Fax: 202- 224-1083
Tom Harkin (D-IA) Ph: 202-224-3254 Fax: 202-224- 9369
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Ph: 202-224-4654 Fax: 202- 224-8858
Patty Murray (D-WA) Ph: 202-224-2621 Fax: 202-224- 0238
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) Ph: 202-224-5521 Fax: 202-224- 2852
Jack Reed (D-RI) Ph: 202-224-4642 Fax: 202-224-4680
John Edwards (D-NC) Ph: 202-224-3154 Fax: 202-228- 1374
Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Ph: 202-224-4451 Fax: 202-228- 0282
James Jeffords (I-VT) Ph: 202-224-5141 Fax: 202-228- 0776"
Wonderful post over at MrsPseudopsalms about the problems facing France today. Muslim anti-integration? Anti-Semitism? American comsumers boycotting French goods? The fact that their 'shitty little country' (to borrow a phrase) is the butt of so many jokes?
No, of course not, they're French, after all.
What have the towering intellects of France been worrying about? Go read and find out.
:: Peter 7/21/2003 12:21:00 PM [+] ::
I sit here sputtering in shock. This is unbeleivable. This is surreal. This is fucking ridiculous.
Here's a sample (warning: do not drink before reading, choking hazard):
"I would like to take this time to list my own reasons for thanking and blessing Israel, our lone ally in the Middle East, for everything she has done for us, since I am quite sure most Americans are unaware of just what kind of friend she has been to us...For blackmailing President Clinton through one of your intelligence agents, Monica Lewinsky, in order to prevent a coherent peace program from being pushed forward between yourself and the Palestinian people that you have brutalized and murdered for the last 50 years, we bless thee...For your role in the September 11 attacks in this country, and for blackmailing and bribing the US government into deporting back to Israel the 100 or more intelligence agents that were arrested after the attacks, we bless thee.
For supressing the information from the American people of your involvement in the September 11 attacks and sending us in the wrong direction in search of answers, we bless thee.
For using one of your agents in the US Army Weapons Lab, Lt Colonel Philip Zack to steal anthrax and distribute it into our mail system, terrorizing US citizens and killing several in order to blame the Arabs, we bless thee...For using your agents in the US Government, namely, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, and the rest into initiating this war in the Middle East so that you could bring to heel all the enemies you have made during the last 50 years, we bless thee...And finally, for using your influence in our media and academia to flood our minds with pornography and lies, as well as inculcating in us a hatred for our history, religion, and culture, for dividing our nation between races and sexes, and for releasing into our society all of your plagues and filth that have left us a rotted out corpse of a once great nation, oh Israel, our friend, we bless thee."
"Idi Amin, the former Ugandan president, is in a “vegetative state” after falling into a coma on Saturday night, a day after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, sources at the hospital told Arab News yesterday.
“He is expected to die any moment,” a hospital official said."