Texas Rainmaker
Know Thy Enemy…
September 29th, 2006 3:24 pm

Can you tell them apart?

1. “What the United States tastes today is a very small thing compared to what we have tasted for tens of years. Our nation has been tasting this humiliation and contempt for more than 80 years.”

2. “Here in the United States, we were founded as a nation that practiced slavery, and slaves quite frequently were killed even though they were innocent. This country once looked the other way when a significant number of native Americans were dispossessed and killed to get their land or their mineral rights or because they were thought of as less than fully human. And we are still paying a price today,”

3. “They champion falsehood, support the butcher against the victim, the oppressor against the innocent child.”

4. “There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud?”

5. “Our men and women in uniform are still paying with their lives for this misguided war in Iraq. No president who misleads the country on the need for war deserves to be re-elected.”

6. “Bush alleged that his troops have spread freedom in the world, that Iraq had achieved democracy thanks to his coalition forces, that his government has crushed more than two-thirds of al Qaeda and that…Afghanistan is secure,. The leader of the most powerful country on earth is not embarrassed to say these deceptions and lies. It’s gotten to the stage that he can ridicule his listeners to this degree.”

7. “There are many theories about it. The most interesting theory that I’ve heard so far, which is nothing more than a theory, I can’t think it can’t be proved, is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis. Now, who knows what the real situation is, but the trouble is that by suppressing that kind of information, you lead to those kinds of theories, whether they have any truth to them or not, and then eventually they get repeated as fact. So I think the president is taking a great risk by suppressing the clear, the key information that needs to go to the Kean commission.”

8. “The president was the one who dragged our troops to Iraq, which apparently has been a factor in the death of 200 Spaniards over the weekend,”

9. “What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States.”

10. “Can’t you be honest at least once in your life and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq under the pretext of the presence of nuclear weapons there and under the pretext of al Qaeda’s connections with Saddam Hussein, following which evidence proved that you intentionally lied and misled?”

11. “Iraq can not be won militarily.”

12. “Why don’t you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people’s sons in order increase your profits?”

13. “We won’t allow you to take anymore money out of social programs to finance Halliburton to rebuild the Gulf States: there is no money. Our bank account is empty. George, this is our rainy day and you have failed us miserably. Stop pouring money into the pockets of the war profiteers and into building permanent bases in Iraq.”

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The idiots are coming out of the woodwork today. Maybe they’re inspired by the video released by al-Qaida.

Oliver Stone:

“Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with.”

Tell that to the people who work in the World Trade Center. Oh wait, you can’t…

Jimmy Carter:

The former president told a crowd of about 300 on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno today that the nation is more sharply divided that it has ever been as a result of Bush’s policies.

Well, let’s see, there are many who support the President and those who oppose him. Seems to me those who oppose his every step are the dividers. And it’s priceless that the most miserable failure of a President in history has any comment on making America an “international disgrace”.

Hillary Clinton (video):

“I am just totally focused on this November’s election, and I hope you are, too. I am fixated on taking back the House and the Senate because everything we care about is at stake.”

Like raising taxes, ending our fight against terrorists, launching a payback impeachment, etc, etc, etc.

…and the money quote from the Queen of the Obstructionist Party:

“If we take back one, hopefully both houses of Congress, we will be in a position to prevent the Republicans and the administration from furthering their agenda.”

That’s their primary goal. They have no agenda other than to oppose Republicans. Period.

Al Gore:

Cigarette smoking is a “significant contributor to global warming!”

In DNC land, every night is a full moon.

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Clinton’s Actions Increasing Terrorism
September 28th, 2006 9:56 am

Sound ridiculous?

Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq called for the kidnapping of Westerners to swap for a Muslim cleric jailed in the United States, according to an Internet audio tape issued on Thursday.

He’s referring to the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdul Rahman who is serving time in a Colorado prison for seditious conspiracy in planning to set off five bombs in 10 minutes, blowing up the United Nations, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington Bridge and a federal building housing the FBI.

Since we’re being led to believe that the actions pursued by the Bush administration - namely that we’re fighting terrorists in Iraq - has led to an increase in terrorism, simply because terrorists are using Iraq as this month’s excuse-du-jour, we can make the same logical leap that the conviction and imprisonment of Rahman, which is providing the pretext for this new terror threat, is itself fueling an increase in terrorism because of the latest threat. Allah points to this entry in Wikipedia - supporting this idea:

Rahman’s imprisonment “has become a rallying point for Islamic militants around the world, including Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.”

Some will claim blaming Clinton is ridiculous… but those would be the same people that fail to acknowledge that terrorists need no rationale for their actions - and yet blame Bush for increasing terrorism by going on the offensive militarily. Whether we nuke Mecca or sit back and take no action anywhere, the islamofascists still want us all dead because we do not subscribe to their warped religion. We could pull every soldier out of every foreign land, donate billions of dollars to polish the marble floors of every islamic mosque, move every Israeli citizen to new apartments in Idaho and go on about life in an American vaccuum… and the islamofascists would still want to murder everyone of us because we’re infidels.

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11,723
September 28th, 2006 8:17 am

It’s the economy, stupid. But don’t expect MSM or their liberal brethren to promote the same hype they did back in 1999.

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Hillary’s Inconvenient Truth
September 27th, 2006 8:31 pm

Hillary Clinton, determined not to let other Democrats overshadow her bid for the Presidency, took a shot at the Bush administration while simultaneously trying to defend her own husband’s ineptitude.

“I think my husband did a great job in demonstrating that Democrats are not going to take these attacks,” Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. “I’m certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled ‘Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States’ he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team.”

“Certain”? Is Hillary actually suggesting that her husband’s administration did not know that bin Laden wanted to attack the U.S.? Afterall, it was his administration that issued an indictment claiming:

In February 1998, USAMA BIN LADEN issued a joint declaration in the name of Gamaa’t, Al Jihad, the Jihad movement in Bangladesh and the “Jamaat ul Ulema e Pakistan” under the banner of the “International Islamic Front for Jihad on the Jews and Crusaders,” which stated that Muslims should kill Americans — including civilians — anywhere in the world where they can be found.

I suppose that wouldn’t include… um… the United States?

And just in case that wasn’t clear enough, bin Laden added, a few months later:

The American government is leading the country towards hell. … We say to the Americans as people and to American mothers, if they cherish their lives and if they cherish their sons, they must elect an American patriotic government that caters to their interests not the interests of the Jews. If the present injustice continues with the wave of national consciousness, it will inevitably move the battle to American soil

Sorry, Hillary, but the only way your husband would’ve taken bin Laden seriously is if he’d been a piece of ass.

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See a pattern?

Clinton wags his finger at Chris Wallace as he blames the news network for his own failings.

Clinton wags his finger at Peter Jennings as he blames the news network for his own failings.

Clinton wags his finger at the American public as he lies about his actions.

Clinton wags his finger at a Grand Jury as he lies about his actions.

And I always just thought you could tell he was lying by the fact his lips were moving.

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Got an email from some folks at the Leadership Institute, a group that “helps conservative students start newspapers and organizations on college campuses,” that said the University of Illinois - Chicago kicked a student recruiter off campus - for being conservative.

According to the email:

On Thursday, September 14, four armed campus police officers confronted the conservative recruiter, Matthew Hebb, as he was leaving the campus. Hebb had spent the morning recruiting students for new campus groups.

Officer Bobby Smith told Hebb that he could not distribute literature on campus as the school was not public property. Smith told Hebb to leave campus immediately and get permission from the administrative office before returning.

Hebb went to the administrative office and was told that the university could limit free speech to two designated “free speech zones” in the student center. When he asked why other students were allowed to pass out literature without university approval the administrators could not give him an answer.

“It is very unusual for a police officer to just come up to someone and ask him to leave,” said Jeffrey Melton, chairman of the Freedom Alliance, a student group started last year with the help of The Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program.

There was “something abnormal about that situation,” Melton said. “Normally police would only be called if someone was being disruptive.”

The police said they were responding to four anonymous phone calls but could not disclose what the callers claimed. Officers Smith and Martin Ruiz responded and questioned Hebb. Two other officers were called as backup.

Hebb noticed several other students handing out information on topics from global warming to Communism. Those students told Hebb that they had not been questioned by police and were free to distribute fliers without administrative approval on campus grounds.

“I see people on campus distributing literature all the time,” said Chris Kelle, president of the UIC College Republicans. “If the school’s policy is to not let non-students on campus to distribute information then it must hold true to everybody.”

Campus Police Sergeant Dana Bubek said she was “concerned” about the severity of the response and assured Hebb that she would discuss the incident with the officers.

“This should make even the most liberal-minded student troubled that their First Amendment rights are trampled on their own campus,” said Hebb.

“That morning while recruiting conservative students, Matt quietly endured threats, profanity, and accusations of being ‘racist’ from UIC students. And he’s the one the police target?” said Steve Stockman, director of the Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program.

Here are the fliers Hebb was handing out.

Flier #1 - Front | Flier #1 - Back

Flier #2 - Front | Flier #2 - Inside | Flier #2 - Back

Update: Here’s UIC’s posted policy on on-Campus “demonstrations” - though I wouldn’t necessarily consider the handing out of flyers a “demonstration”…(hat tip: Nita Rene):

I. General Policy

The University of Illinois at Chicago, in its role as an academic institution, is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The existence of the free exchange of ideas and the expression of dissent within the University community are indications of intellectual vitality and social awareness.

Implicit in these freedoms is the right to demonstrate in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner. The University expects that those who enjoy these freedoms must also accept responsibility for order and discipline. The regulation of time, place, and manner for all campus demonstrations is a legitimate and necessary obligation of the University. The content neutral rules set forth in this Policy are intended to protect the rights of those involved in the demonstration, others in the University community, and the institution from unreasonable disruption

The use of the University forum does not imply acceptance or endorsement by the University of the views expressed.

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From the Houston Chronicle:

After [HPD Officer Rodney] Johnson stopped Quintero for speeding near Hobby Airport on Thursday, Quintero was handcuffed and placed in the back of the patrol car. Police said Quintero was able to get his cuffed hands in front of himself, draw a concealed pistol and shoot Johnson four times in the head.

Some history on Quintero:

Brown said that Quintero had a criminal history from 1995 to 1999, convicted for DWI, failure to stop and give information and indecency with a child. His driver’s license was suspended and he was deported to Mexico by immigration officials in 1999, Brown said.

Another catch and release success.

The Mexican government is monitoring the case.

Representatives from the Mexican Consulate also attended the hearing. The Mexican government, through its consulate office in Houston, continues to monitor Quintero’s case and has offered him legal help.

It would be nice if they’d take this much interest in these criminals before they come here to commit their crimes.

Update: blogHouston points out how the Houston Chronicle describes the illegal-immigrant cop killer as polite and calm. Did you expect any less?

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Bill Clinton Justifies Iraq War
September 25th, 2006 4:16 pm

Bill Clinton spent a lot of time in the interview with Chris Wallace touting Richard Clarke as the terrorism guru. If we’re to take Richard Clarke at his word, then we should probably also believe him when he made the Iraq/al-Qaida connection, in defense of Bill Clinton’s bombing of the pharamceutical plant in Khartoum:

Clarke did provide new information in defense of Clinton’s decision to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, Sudan, in retaliation for bin Laden’s role in the Aug. 7 embassy bombings.

While U.S. intelligence officials disclosed shortly after the missile attack that they had obtained a soil sample from the El Shifa site that contained a precursor of VX nerve gas, Clarke said that the U.S. government is “sure” that Iraqi nerve gas experts actually produced a powdered VX-like substance at the plant that, when mixed with bleach and water, would have become fully active VX nerve gas.

Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at El Shifa or what happened to it. But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to El Shifa’s current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts and the National Islamic Front in Sudan.

Given the evidence presented to the White House before the airstrike, Clarke said, the president “would have been derelict in his duties if he didn’t blow up the facility.”

If we’re to believe everything Richard Clarke says with respect to terrorism, then we must believe that a link existed in 1999 between Iraq and al-Qaida.

Is Bill Clinton ready to make that assertion and provide a significant justification to the war in Iraq?

What do you think?

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Another 9/11 Tribute to Terrorists
September 24th, 2006 8:06 am

First it was the red crescent memorial to Flight 93 that seemed to honor the terrorists rather than the victims and heroes.

Now there’s a new crescent-shaped 9/11 memorial in Arizona that commerates anti-U.S. sentiment. The story was first broken by blogger EspressoPundit.

The memorial is an elevated flat ring with phrases cut through the metal. Throughout the day, the sun shines through the ring and phrases become visible on the side walk.

Phrases like this anti-war gem:

…or this “what did they know and when did they know it” reference:

…or this… exactly what the hell does this have to do with honoring victims of 9/11?

…or this history lesson:

FloppingAces points out something interesting about the third date in the inscription. He also has information on the designers of the “memorial” as well as a suggested curriculum designed by the Democrat Governor’s memorial commission for students visiting the site. Note the insinuations that we should blame ourselves for the attacks for not being tolerant enough of our enemies…

Ask students to think about how they would answer these questions: What does the word “tolerance” mean? What do you do and how do you react when a person is different from you? Share that today they will be learning more about tolerance and diversity.
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Describe how key political, social, environmental, and economic events of the late 20th century and early 21st century (e.g., Watergate, OPEC/oil crisis, Central American wars/Iran-Contra, End of Cold War, first Gulf War, September 11) affected, and continue to affect, the United States.
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Ask students what a world-wide memorial to victims of terrorism might look like. Have students design/draw their idea of a memorial. Have them write a paragraph or two explaining how their design shows a world affected by terrorism in the 21st century.
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Inform students that today they will look at any effects 9-11 has had on our civil liberties. Enactment: Discussion: Ask students: What has our government done to prevent a terrorist attack from happening again? (i.e., enacted the Patriot Act, increased security at airports and other locations, monitored some overseas phone conversations, etc.) What are some of the negative and positive aspects of these changes? Do students feel the changes are helping to prevent terrorism? What else do students feel the government could or should do to prevent a similar event from happening?

If you’d like to contact the Governor and her adviser and let them know how much you appreciate this “memorial”:

The full mailing address is:
The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4331
Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883
Fax (602) 542-1381

Or you can contact her advisor Mike Haener at mhaener@az.gov.

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