Archive for February 19th, 2007

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Two for the Price of One

February 19, 2007

I had originally thought that President Hillary would be the best revenge on the Minority who appointed Dumbya, but come to find out, President Hillary and Senator Bill would be even better.   I Heart NY.

Some mull idea of Sen. Bill Clinton

WASHINGTON – If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidency, some top Democrats would like to see her husband, former President Bill Clinton, appointed to serve out Hillary’s unexpired Senate term.

“As a senator, he’d be a knockout,” said Harold Ickes, who was once a top White House aide to Bill Clinton and now gives behind-the-scenes advice to Hillary. “He knows issues, he loves public policy and he’s a good politician.”

Some Democrats and political analysts say Bill Clinton would thrive in the world’s greatest deliberative body, much like Lyndon Johnson did before he became president.

“President Clinton would excel in the Senate,” said Paul Begala, who helped Bill Clinton get elected and served in the White House as a top aide.

“Why not?” Begala added. “He excelled as attorney general and governor of Arkansas, he excelled as president and he’s been a model of the modern Senate spouse.”

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, agreed.

“Clinton is a natural for the Senate,” Sabato said. “He loves to talk and schmooze. He could be a great vote-organizer. Majority Leader Clinton?”

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One Hand Washes the Other…

February 19, 2007

… and Gosh Darn it, we have done SO much for the Terrorists! 

Accused Terrorist Is Big GOP Donor

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) won’t say what it plans to do with thousands of dollars in campaign donations it received from an accused terror financier.   Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari gave $15,250 to the NRCC since 2002, according to FEC records published on the Web site opensecrets.org. 

On Friday, Alishtari pled not guilty to funding terrorism and other crimes, including financial fraud.

The NRCC is the main political group dedicated to helping the Republican party win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reached Monday morning for comment, an NRCC spokeswoman declined to discuss the matter on the record.

The indictment against Alishtari unsealed in Manhattan federal court Friday charges him with providing material support to terrorists by transferring $152,000 between banks to allegedly be used to purchase night-vision goggles and other equipment needed for a terrorist training camp.

Alishtari, aka Michael Mixon, was paid for his efforts to collect and transfer the funds, which included $25,000 sent from a bank in New York to a bank in Montreal, Canada, the indictment alleges.

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Where Right Wing Bloggers And Al-Qaeda Converge (part 2)

February 19, 2007

I just want to get this one out of my system, just to build on the previous post a bit.  Maybe this is just a reflex I’m having to all the ridiculous arguments made out there on conservablogs pointing that very finger in the direction of the left.  So, here’s another example (I originally posted a couple months back) of where some right wing bloggers may very well be al-Qaeda’s buddies.

Take popular conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel on Barack Obama:

So, even if he identifies strongly as a Christian, and even if he despised the behavior of his father (as Obama said on Oprah); is a man who Muslims think is a Muslim, who feels some sort of psychological need to prove himself to his absent Muslim father, and who is now moving in the direction of his father’s heritage, a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?

I’d like to be fair, since there were at least a few right-leaning blogs that took her to task for that post, except the issue wasn’t really about the part I bolded.  Ya know, the “war of our lives against Islam” part.  After all, if we were really at war with Islam, it’d make that collaborative relationship we have with the Iraqi soldiers a bit different, wouldn’t it?  I’m guessing the troops would find that change an unwelcome new development, to say the least.

Now, say what you want about Bush (I know I have), but at least he’s smart enough to recognize that declaring war on a billion people wouldn’t be in our best interest right now. At least he’s said so publicly:

“My country desires peace,” Bush told world leaders in the cavernous main hall at the U.N. “Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam.”

Is this true though?  Do we have any hard evidence that the terrorists are trying to send that message?  Uh oh, we do.  Where does that put Debbie?

G’itmo?

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Also, I wasn’t the only one who noticed:

Update: Another great example of this is comes from the bloggers at tmq2. They ask ‘the Muslim question’, while the blogs header is adorned with rows of troops. Why the 2 you ask? Because their first attempt on the blogger service got flagged as hate (go figure). Nevertheless, they apparently think they’re saving America .

Update:  Another brave warrior: Babbazee’s Outraged Spleen of Zion

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Supporting the troops

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U.S. Soldiers kissing the enemy? 

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Where Right Wing Bloggers And Al-Qaeda Converge

February 19, 2007

It was a busy week in the blogosphere with everything that’s happening with regards to the Middle East, and I thought I’d post something about my travels.  While the Iraq debate rages in Washington, a lot of the buzz on the blogs is focused on the rising tension between the US and Iran.  The most memorable comment I read this week was on a LGF post about the alleged Iranian sniper rifles in Iraq:

#26 TMF 2/13/2007 11:39AM PST

If Bush leaves office without taking military action against Iran, I will be very, very disappointed

I say this one was memorable because I was taken aback by how familiar the sentiment sounded. Perhaps it was the word disappointed, specificallyI just remember there was someone else who really wanted a war between Iran and the U.S.: Al-Qaeda:

The question remains, how to draw the Americans into fighting a war against Iran? It is not known whether American is serious in its animosity towards Iran, because of the big support Iran is offering to America in its war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Hence, it is necessary first to exaggerate the Iranian danger and to convince America and the west in general, of the real danger coming from Iran, and this would be done by the following:

So, some of the few people on the planet who are actually enthusiastic about a major U.S./Iran conflict are right wing bloggers and al-Qaeda.  It gets a little spookier, however, if you go a little farther down the Zarqawi doc to see the kinds of deceptive tactics the terrorists had brainstormed. Ideas and methods for provoking the conflict ranged from “planting” fingerprints to “disseminating bogus messages” to kidnapping.  The theme was fairly simple:  Do whatever is necessary to provoke a war, and frame Iran for the provocation.. 

I suppose a good question would be:  Who wants it more?  Irregardless, I’m sure al-Qaeda would be happy to know that they have a receptive audience eager to amplify the drumbeat back here in the States.