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AUTHOR: Ray DATE: 1/31/2005 07:42:00 PM ----- BODY: Oh my gosh. If I lived a 1000 years I would never ever want to see something like this happen. Then again, they could go public, all the short selling pros take this puppy down to penny stock status and we all get a great laugh. Or could they be bought by any major media outlet? Al-Reuters Al-AP come to mind and their editiorial staffs would fit right into together. That's a horrible thought. Ssssshhh.

Or maybe just maybe we're that diabolical that we have secretly taken over Al-Jazeera and have massed the masses in the middle east to keep tunning in, salivatating for more and more doom and gloom, then BAM, the switch gets turned in world domination central and Al-Jazeera starts a pro-western stance. Nah, that's way to dreamy.

Al-Jazeera getting kicked out of Iraq was probably one of the major highlights of 2004 and could have played a major role in making the Iraq elections successful.

Why my distaste you ask. Check out this story from Baghdad Dweller outing an Al-Jazeera idiot with some very inflammatory remarks and some proof on where the idiot came from. Go check it out you'll be impressed with her kung-fu it pretty good.
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You can find the photo collage here.

HT: Michelle Malkin
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Iraq the Model Mohammed and Omar "V" for victory!! Posted by Hello -------- (0) comments
Mohammed at Iraq the Model has a great post about todays historic vote:

I walked forward to my station, cast my vote and then headed to the box, where I wanted to stand as long as I could, then I moved to mark my finger with ink, I dipped it deep as if I was poking the eyes of all the world's tyrants. I put the paper in the box and with it, there were tears that I couldn't hold; I was trembling with joy and I felt like I wanted to hug the box but the supervisor smiled at me and said "brother, would you please move ahead, the people are waiting for their turn"
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"We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world." GWB 2005
-------- (0) comments Belmont Club this morning which has a very detailed analysis of a very flagrant media biased report by way of Obisidan Order and a full collection of pictures and events of a car bomb going off near a school and Al-Reuters coverage and spin on what went on. A good sequence of pictures capturing the press at their best is also provided.

Why do they(foreign press and some national) continue to see what they only want to see? The battle for Iraq does not stop at it's borders or even in the Middle east at large. This is a global battle of information and reporting, the challenges are many and the task not easy but we must continue to point at the relevant and admonish those who continue to try and shape something out of nothing or fabricate a slice of "truth" at the cost of the whole "truth".

This goes along with my previous post of how very slanted media coverage in Iraq is and of what is chosen to be covered and over looked to what they actually say in their reports.

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This is an article from the Slate, which in my mind could easily be called the state(if you get this one let me know)...

"A report predicts that American global dominance could end in 15 years."By Fred Kaplan

"Who will be the first politician brave enough to declare publicly that the United States is a declining power and that America's leaders must urgently discuss what to do about it? This prognosis of decline comes not (or not only) from leftist scribes rooting for imperialism's downfall, but from the National Intelligence Council—the "center of strategic thinking" inside the U.S. intelligence community."

Note, the very same agency that is getting "reorganized". Now I haven't gone to see the report but I have seen the modest coverage also on some other blogs and MSM but the basic jist is covered in the artice by Kaplan. Will we still have "global" dominance in 15 years? Does that matter?

What matters more right now is the EU and the US coming to terms of our common enemies and kissing/making up with our trans-atlantic brothers and sisters.

What fuels this and what has taken the US off our kilter in the world view, Iraq of course. Not that is going bad or good it's just that we have decided to set our own course and will not let gathering threats emerge, no it is this global battle in the press and local media in each respective country which has been riddled with so many anti-American reporters, editors and publishers but Why?

Why is this? My interpertation and comes down to something basic, security and protection. Everyone wants to feel secure basic and simple. Oh, the security card. Yes. It seems that most in the world want to put their heads in the sand and want to make 9/11 go away as if it never happened. Everybody wants to go back to 9/10 and live happily ever after. They do not want to see the images of war on their TV's everynight and the damage and human loss.

Nobody can blame them. We all wish it never happened but it did and we must live with it and our actions and our response. The world acted as one after 9/11 and the "civilized" world came to our side to stand with people of peace. Yes, we are people of peace irregardless of our movies, video games and bad apples like there are everywhere.

The opposition to the war in Iraq mostly came from the EU and our trans-atlantic brothers and sisters. Why? They did not want leave their comfort and security which was somewhat restored after the war in Afghanistan which was carried out as probably one of the most affective campaigns in modern military warfare.

Leaving your "comfort zone" and security for sacrafice is hard on all of us, as we do not like it any more than you do, but who will take a stand? Will it be just up to the US as always to protect liberty and freedom? We may have too. Pres. Bush was right to say "We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

My question and challenge to you is this: Will you stand for your freedom and liberty?

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Yep yep. Posted by Hello

Woo hoo Posted by Hello

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Here is a short memo to the insurgent terrorists in Iraq from the Iraqi people and the good people of the coalition of the willing.

* Dont show show up for work on Sunday Jan 30th.
* Proceed to you nearest coalition camp unarmed and turn yourself in by sundown Saturday Jan 29th.
* If you are a foreign fighter/terrorist in Iraq run for your life to the border or you risk getting caught and there may be no mercy shown your way.
* Clearly mark all ammo dumps with and orange flag and report them to local police.

Failure to comply with the above memo will result in the immediate ability to draw air into your lungs and for you heart to beat. -------- (0) comments Saeed al-Sahaf (Baghdad Bob). today has done a commentary on this with provided front page covers from a few papers showing their lack of reporting and bias or better yet their lack of will to provide hope for the Iraq people that the American public is concerned, involved and supportive of this historic day.

With one working day left and it being Friday I dont expect a major splash of coverage tomorrow but the blogsphere will continue to point out where to go and find more information to follow the elections like the following blogs:

Friends of Democracy
Iraqi Election Newswire
Iraqi Bloggers Central
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Michael Novak: "In much the same way, the press seems to be taking for granted a downward spiral in Iraq, and even longing for it. Many reporters in Iraq, especially but not only from the Associated Press, report the news that cheers our enemy, and leave out the stories that give comfort to our own troops. That is a constant complaint of military bloggers and military in the field sending e-mails to friends." -------- (0) comments
So lets take this another step. Why don't they just take their statements, fingerprints and pictures and send them on their way and ask them to "promise" to not leave their country. They might as well be doing this because that's what it sounds like.

Updated: The 4 British GITMO guest were released after one day of questioning. That's just about 2hrs ago. Well the clock is ticking now until we hear one of their names again possibly.
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Added these links for redundancy in case any of the popular blogs go down this weekend.

Friends of Democracy
Iraqi Election Newswire
Iraqi Bloggers Central
Iraq the Model
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I guess Ted is trying to drum support for this months Turner Classic Movies channel theme which is? you guessed right. Hollywood Takes on the Nazis. Un(#@$)@#$)believable.

Well I guess they just dont get it yet Ted. You tried all that you could, with all their might, with every trick in the book, with every false accusation, and could not, I repeat could not, bring down the president of the United States during a time of war. They used their own resources, they used our enemies information against us, they made up information and banged on the drum non stop for months and months on end to no avail.

If this was his futile and pathetic attempt to speak in *spit* Moore *spit* speak, to gain market share back he has lost grasp of recent history and still has not realized the fact that the throne has been over thrown. Your freedom of speech sir, is precious and not free and you have said things now that you can not take back, recant etc. ever.

UPDATE: Link to Broadcasting Cable with more information.
-------- (0) comments opposition has to say and here is where you'll find them. I'm not out for using names/titles/tags to place on "them" but yellow comes to mind. Now the use of the word oppostion is just a nice word to say foe, maybe? Lets take a look at the word oppostion from a web dictionary for brevity. Lets take a look at the below variations and the one that comes to mind to me is definition number one and three that were used tonight and will discuss that more below but just take a quick scan through.

op·po·si·tion (p-zshn) KEY


1. The act of opposing or resisting.
2. The condition of being in conflict; antagonism: "The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself" (Virginia Woolf).
2. Placement opposite to or in contrast with another.
3. Something that serves as an obstacle.
4. often Opposition A political party or an organized group opposed to the group, party, or government in power.
5. Astronomy
1. The position of two celestial bodies when their longitude differs by 180°, especially a configuration in which Earth lies on a straight line between the sun and a superior planet or the moon.
2. The position of the superior planet or the moon in this configuration.
6. Logic The relation existing between two propositions having an identical subject and predicate but differing in quantity, quality, or both.
7. Linguistics Contrast in a language between two phonemes or other linguistically important elements.

Now if you go and read the article you may see a web advertisement on the middle page entitled that rotate much like all popular websites and blogs etc. This one that popped up for me and really had me laughing as they obviously can't drive or read a map to understand that you can not connect Washington State and Minnesota or Michigan to Pennsylvania for that matter.

What concerns me more is that this lady on the article had the nerve to use the word opposition on the program Scarborough Country (transcript not available as of this post) tonight which would align with defintion number four above but if you look at their website it's calling for outright secession. Now is it a more play on words? If you are going to say something come out and say it don't play with words and try and full you audience with innuendo. Don't be afraid. What are you afraid of? Just come out and say it for what it is.

Now there are Bush Country maps out there that show the county by county wins in the election but were past that now. Right? Or we are supposed to be and should be meeting in the middle I thought or was led to believe.

This is yet the continued drum beat that is being recorded and documented and acknowledged for all to see.
-------- (0) comments Support your local sheriff!!! If this story doesn't get me I dont know what does. What are these people thinking? If they feel that way why they don't send some donations to our enemies while they are at it. Blackive has a link to the story and the yahoo photos of this. Also, if you got the time drop this guy and email to show your support, I did. -------- (0) comments sources. Plus I have another H G Wells classic, Tales of Space of Time (which is the source for the movie Time Machine)1899 US first edition in maroon boards which is apparently one of the harder copies to find with the errata slip on page 109. I'll have to make some digital pictures to post and show them off. There pretty "good" samples according to the Ray frugality guide. I'll have to get around and make a full digital catalogue of all my books, shouldn't take to long only have about 50 or 75 works worth all that work. -------- (0) comments America's Most Wanted but you guessed it already, Iraq's Most Wanted? Now that would be the TOP show in the market locally without a doubt. Anybody writing this down? Or maybe were already doing this and it hasn't been reported yet. -------- (0) comments read or watch or do. Have done some light reading today at all my popular spots. Much conversation about the blogging conference and Sisyphean Musings has very well laid out essay, and I mean essay, about the currents rumblings of the blogspere and the conference and "the purpose" there of.

What I have been trying to do this with this blog is to try and find my "voice" and "publish" my voice for like minded and the not so like minded people. Why have I started blogging? I have failed to answer this at the beginning, so let me put it as plainly as I can for clarity and position:

Since 9/11 and the GWoT(clarification pending) and the war in Afghanistan and now Iraq I have felt a need to do what I can to support our country and our men and women in harms way. We were told this would be not easy, short and would have it's up and downs and the fronts would be many, including the blogsphere.

What bothers me most is the argument for or against the war in Iraq, whether there were WMD's etc. While we have all come to the realization that Saddam's deception was good and had all Western Intelligence agency's fooled into believing he had them at all. Or is it that we have not found them or they were taken out of the country is of importance but this was NOT the ONLY reason for removing Saddam from power and you only need to go look at history and all the past UN resolution violations and Sadam's proven links to support terrorist in the form of paying suicide bombers in Israel.

The steady rythmatic drum beat of failure, doom, anarchy by some in my country does not support or help the men and women on the ground or the Iraq people trying to quell the violence from the barbaric animals that have gathered. While Pres Bush, said "Bring them on" he was right and now says the choice of words could have been better, I don't think so.

This drum beat continues and the orchestration that is coming from all levels opposed to the war is what has me concerned. What they fail to see is that what they DO, SPEAK, PUBLISH, SHOW ON VIDEO gives more support to our enemies than what they receive in the Middle East from their own people and press. The terrorist are playing off our own news media and using that information against us(Art of War). Here is a thought provoking question: What would Iraq look like right now if all those opposed, albeit still having a small few opposed, were supporting our men and women and the people of Iraq 100%. Would that not send a single loud thundering voice to the terrorist and the Bathist, Syrians and Iranians supporters that we will not back down? Would this not speed up or lessen the human toll on all sides for a speedy conclusion to the war? Would this let not let our men and women no matter what they do, within the rules of war, that we support them and will not provide comfort and moral support to our enemies?

This is what bothers me above all.

What I have been trying to do of late when posting is to go out on the wild wild west of the web and find stories and reports that interest me and right about them in my own style, if there is one, and before going to read what other popular blogs right about for that day or choose to right about or notice. It's interesting to see that still most of the blogs use the major outlets ala Reuters, AP, YAHOO, CNN etc etc as a starting point for a topic of the day which will keep us limited on what to write about or dissect or attack. Now there are other blogs out there that do a great job and go out of there way to find the obscure, under reported, foreign news that provides us with very good topics on which to write and share with the blogsphere and goes un-reported. -------- (1) comments slanted material.

Hattip to LGF where I found this this morning. -------- (0) comments hates them for.

Text Messaging Lets Iraqis Tip Authorities to Attacks From a Safe Distance

By Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press Writer
Published: Jan 21, 2005

ISKANDARIYAH, Iraq (AP) - The tip came in fast, telegraph-terse, and discreet. Maj. Mohammed Salman Abass Ali al-Zobaidi of the Iraqi National Guard scrolled down to read it: "Black four-door Excalibur. Behind cinema."

From cell phone screen to local authorities: Acting on the recent text message tip to the Iraqi National Guard commander, police in a nearby town tracked down a black car behind the theater, and arrested the driver for suspected links to insurgent attacks.

In the volatile Shiite-Sunni towns south of Baghdad known as the "triangle of death," Iraqi civilians increasingly are letting their thumbs do the talking, via Arabic text messages sent from the safety of their homes, Iraqi security forces and U.S. Marines say.

At a time when U.S. and Iraqi security forces are desperate for information on attacks - preferably in advance - mobile phone text messages allow civilians to pass on information from a discreet distance, their identities shielded from security forces and their neighbors.

Although a cell phone displays the caller's number, phone records are so chaotic in Iraq that chances are slim anyone could track down a tipster. And text messages can be sent to the most trusted officer, a far safer avenue than calling a police station that might be riddled with informants.

"Many, many people tell us about the terrorists with this," al-Zobaidi said, tapping his black cell phone and thumbing down to show more messages.

"All the time, I hear his phone - beep beep beep beep, beep beep beep beep," said Sgt. Eddie Risner of Ocala, Fla., part of a Marine contingent working with guardsmen to try to block attacks and put a credible Iraqi security force on the street.

Iskandariyah, a mixed Shiite-Sunni city of about 100,000 that controls major transport links between Baghdad and southern Iraq, became notorious last year for its frequent bombings. Marines recorded as many as 200 car bombs and other attacks in a month, including a single bomb last spring that killed dozens of Iraqi recruits.

U.S. and Iraqi officials insist they are getting more tips from Iraqis about insurgent activity since the Americans transferred sovereignty to an interim government last June. Interior Minister Falah Hassan al-Naqib said recently that calls to an insurgency hot line have produced a number of arrests, although officials refuse to give figures.

In Iskandariyah, Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit say they've halved the daily attack rate - in large part through constant patrols devoted to hunts for bombs, weapons caches and possible insurgents.

On this day, Marines found three bombs the hard way - by running across them on patrols, and by having at least one blow up as they drove by. There were no injuries.

The fourth bomb of the day was the biggest: a vehicle packed with 10 to 15 100mm mortar rounds.

Marines found that the easy way - a teenager tipped off Iraqi police, who called the Marines. The Americans blew up the bomb remotely, creating a blast that stopped pedestrians and sent flocks of startled birds into the air.

Marines befriended the teenager later at a police station. It's the tips and the cooperation with local security forces that Marines want to encourage, they said.

But few Iraqi civilians want to risk being seen as informants.

That's where text messaging comes in.

"That way, they're not seen leaving their homes," said Marine Sgt. Justin Walsh, of Cleveland.

Al-Zobaidi, the Iraqi National Guard local commander, put up fliers when he took the position, succeeding a brother who had been assassinated in the same post.

The fliers had al-Zobaidi's cell number, and encouraged residents to get in touch if they knew of impending attacks.

The message is still getting out. In Iskandariyah on Friday, Marines urged a group of men on a street corner to come forward with information. One looked reluctant, and drew his hand across his throat to show why he wouldn't be providing his name.

"Do you have the chief of police's cell number?" he asked.

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Influence of Web Pundits Raise Questions About Ethical Standards

By Anick Jesdanun The Associated Press
Published: Jan 21, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - When Jerome Armstrong began consulting for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, he thought the ethical thing to do was to suspend the Web journal where he opined on politics.

But to suggest others do the same with their journals, otherwise known as blogs? No way.

"If I'm getting paid by a client, I don't blog about it. That's my personal set of standards," Armstrong said. "I'm not going to hold anybody else to my personal standards. I'm not going to make that universal."

The growing influence of blogs such as his is raising questions about whether they are becoming a new form of journalism and in need of more formal ethical guidelines or codes of conduct.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 27 percent of adults who go online in the United States read blogs. And blogs have greater impact because their readers tend to be policy makers and other influencers of public opinion, media experts say.

Just wow! Wow! How could this happen? How did they get here? Imagine all those dark places in the world where now, just maybe some light can shine in?

So far, many bloggers resist any notion of ethical standards, saying individuals ought to decide what's right for them. After all, they say, blog topics range from trying to sway your presidential vote to simply talking about the day's lunch.

Blogging is more like a conversation, and "you can't develop a code of ethics for conversations," said David Weinberger, a prominent blogger and research fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "A conversation with your best friend would become stilted and alienating."

Agreed. A free form conversation with some bounds that most bloggers will and should enforce if the coversation gets out of line of what expected "norms" are.

Others, however, have pushed written guidelines.

Jonathan Dube, managing producer at and publisher of, modified the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics and urged fellow bloggers to adopt it. The principles: Be honest and fair. Minimize harm. Be accountable.

Longtime blogger Rebecca Blood circulated guidelines that call for disclosing any conflicts of interest, publicly correcting any misinformation and linking to any source materials referenced in postings.

"It seems pretty clear to me that having some kind of standard contributes to an individual blogger's own credibility," she said.

Yet Blood knows of fewer than 10 bloggers who have adopted her guidelines by linking to the document.

Well imagine that. Not to be to sarcastic but we dont want to fall inline.

How bloggers handle matters of ethics and disclosure vary greatly.

While Armstrong suspended his blog, a partner in his political consulting firm, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, kept his going and instead posted a disclosure about the payment. The Dean campaign had paid the pair $3,000 a month for technical consulting services.

Others saw no need to disclose at all. In South Dakota, blogger Jon Lauck said many people knew he was a paid consultant to John Thune's Senate campaign, but Lauck didn't believe he had to post any "flashing banner" on his site.

He said that unlike mainstream news organization, blogs like his never claim to be objective, and anyone reading a few posts would quickly know he was pro-Thune - with or without disclosure.

Beyond politics, marketers have turned to blogs as well.

A company called Marqui is paying about 20 bloggers $800 a month to write about the company and its products for managing marketing campaigns. Marqui says negative reviews are OK, and bloggers are permitted to disclose the payments.

Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Inc. took a similar tactic when it launched a new flavored milk drink called Raging Cow.

Many news organizations have formal guidelines separating editorial and business operations, and journalism schools and professional societies try to teach good practices.

Bloggers, though, tend to shudder at being called journalists, even as lines between the two blur.

I am not a journalist or care to be but make no mistake I do not want to "blur" the two. Lets just say our democracy and the freedom of the internet will allow there to be checks and balances.

When Apple Computer Inc. got court orders allowing it to subpoena bloggers for the identities of people who had leaked company secrets, two of the bloggers responded by claiming they were entitled to protect confidential sources the way traditional journalists do.

And in Cambridge, Mass., Friday and Saturday, a conference called "Blogging, Journalism and Credibility" explored the evolution of blogging and journalism and the influences of one on the other.

Many bloggers believe standards of practices are inevitable, even if they aren't something formalized in writing.

Who are the "many" in the above statement?

Zephyr Teachout, who was Dean's director of online organizing, likens it to crafting a constitution - not necessarily written as a formal code of conduct, but as a set of accepted norms.

"Do you do it through a code of ethics? Do you do it by just talking to a lot of people about it? I don't know," she said.

Teachout has been thinking about such issues for about a year, she said, and is "constantly changing my mind."

"Now, to some degree, bloggers are going through the same stages that professional journalism went through at the beginning of the 20th century," said Jay Rosen, a blogger and professor of journalism at New York University. That was when newspapers started becoming independent and severed ties with political parties.

In some sense, bloggers already have informally adopted norms that go beyond what traditional journalists do, Rosen said. For instance, bloggers who don't link to source materials aren't taken seriously, while traditional news organizations have no such policies.

Dan Gillmor, a former newspaper columnist now studying citizen-driven journalism through blogging, said bloggers who want an audience will voluntarily adopt principles of fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and transparency.

"No one's bound by these rules," Gillmor said, "but I think some norms will emerge for people who want to be taken seriously."

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My thoughts on the speech, in a word: wow, no WOW! This will hopefully go down as one of the best inaugration speechs in modern times. Pres Bush hit all the right points, maybe a little of VDH was hidden in there, who knows. He laid out the course quite clearly and placed those on notice and gave comfort to the down trodden quite eloquently I thought. Having not heard the speech live or a re-broadcast as of yet I look forward to it.

Update: Hattip to Rantburg for me finding this quickly.
-------- (0) comments Vice President Cheney, Mr. Chief Justice, President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, fellow citizens:

On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, and recall the deep commitments that unite our country. I am grateful for the honor of this hour, mindful of the consequential times in which we live, and determined to fulfill the oath that I have sworn and you have witnessed.

At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical - and then there came a day of fire.

We have seen our vulnerability - and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny - prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder - violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders, and raise a mortal threat. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

America's vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation's security, and the calling of our time.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.

The great objective of ending tyranny is the concentrated work of generations. The difficulty of the task is no excuse for avoiding it. America's influence is not unlimited, but fortunately for the oppressed, America's influence is considerable, and we will use it confidently in freedom's cause.

My most solemn duty is to protect this nation and its people against further attacks and emerging threats. Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm.

We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation: The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.

We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people. America's belief in human dignity will guide our policies, yet rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by free dissent and the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty.

Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty - though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it.

Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.

The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it."

The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.

And all the allies of the United States can know: we honor your friendship, we rely on your counsel, and we depend on your help. Division among free nations is a primary goal of freedom's enemies. The concerted effort of free nations to promote democracy is a prelude to our enemies' defeat.

Today, I also speak anew to my fellow citizens:

From all of you, I have asked patience in the hard task of securing America, which you have granted in good measure. Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well - a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.

A few Americans have accepted the hardest duties in this cause - in the quiet work of intelligence and diplomacy … the idealistic work of helping raise up free governments … the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our enemies. Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives - and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice.

All Americans have witnessed this idealism, and some for the first time. I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes. You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself - and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character.

America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home - the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty.

In America's ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence. This is the broader definition of liberty that motivated the Homestead Act, the Social Security Act, and the G.I. Bill of Rights. And now we will extend this vision by reforming great institutions to serve the needs of our time. To give every American a stake in the promise and future of our country, we will bring the highest standards to our schools, and build an ownership society. We will widen the ownership of homes and businesses, retirement savings and health insurance - preparing our people for the challenges of life in a free society. By making every citizen an agent of his or her own destiny, we will give our fellow Americans greater freedom from want and fear, and make our society more prosperous and just and equal.

In America's ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character - on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before - ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

In America's ideal of freedom, the exercise of rights is ennobled by service, and mercy, and a heart for the weak. Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another. Our nation relies on men and women who look after a neighbor and surround the lost with love. Americans, at our best, value the life we see in one another, and must always remember that even the unwanted have worth. And our country must abandon all the habits of racism, because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time.

From the perspective of a single day, including this day of dedication, the issues and questions before our country are many. From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom? And did our character bring credit to that cause?

These questions that judge us also unite us, because Americans of every party and background, Americans by choice and by birth, are bound to one another in the cause of freedom. We have known divisions, which must be healed to move forward in great purposes - and I will strive in good faith to heal them. Yet those divisions do not define America. We felt the unity and fellowship of our nation when freedom came under attack, and our response came like a single hand over a single heart. And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free.

We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills. We have confidence because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul. When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner "Freedom Now" - they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.

When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, "It rang as if it meant something." In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.

May God bless you, and may He watch over the United States of America.

-------- (0) comments internet access for the election. Yet these same animals, POS animals videotape the execution and post their barbaric execution on the internet.

Listen you POS vile, in-human, should have been an abortion, died at birth, hit by a bus, piano dropped on your head, choked to death on jello, had the flesh eating diseease that started at the neck and went up, you can never never never never never never never never never never stop freedom and liberty. Do you hear me? Is this coming through on AL-JIZZ channels? You have not even seen the gloves come off as of yet. Do not misunderestimate our will and resolve to see you and your kind purged from the face of the earth. Your actions only harden our commitment and determination to see the Iraqi election through. To see a country re-born free, proud and determining their own direction by the way of a ballot box and not by sword or gun.

Your biggest mistake so far has not that you have tried to undermind and spread fear through these barbarous acts. No, it is that you have failed to understand the mind of free people, truely free people, with no fear of what lies ahead. -------- (0) comments Chrenkoff does an outstanding job with a complete roundup. Over at BelmontClub a look at the Boxer shananigans and the "ghost" remarks during the confirmation hearings is covered.

Apparently the other side of aisle next week is not going to go for a quick vote and want to debate the nomination on the Senate floor possilby through next week. Now if this isn't party politics at it's best. They should be focusing on our troops and the upcoming Iraqi elections but they seem to feel that their beliefs and ideoloical importance matters more than 22 million people getting ready to give birth to democracy.

Now I'm seeing reports of a dirty bomb report on Drudge which I cant get too but Michelle Malkin has some on this and a back up location for more information.
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At this point time in history, and history records these events for all to see, will this be remembered? Will this fall by the wayside of hearings? Once such statement by Boxer today in an attempt to re-write history herself and lie in the hearings for the next Secretary of State of the United States. Boxer says that going to war in Iraq was for "WMD, period." Now as readers point out on LGF, and which knocks some dust off our collective memories, there were numerous reasons on why the resolution passed for invading Iraq and toppling Saddam. Now, she could have mis-spoke or was it deliberate? The later challenges between Rice and Boxer over integrity were also of note and basically Rice told Boxer not to challenge my integrity.
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From report.

The satellite's loss left the Pacific Island nations of Cook Islands, Western Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Vanuatu, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga and the U.S. territory of American Samoa without communications links to other states, Telecom said. The other countries were also affected but could plug into backup systems. -------- (0) comments John you lost and nothing you can say or do can change that. To make these remarks at this point in time and referring to the upcoming Iraqi elections does not help you, your party, the Iraqi people or the American Soldier on the ground. You would do better off using your time and efforts with your new ME friends and figure out away to help than make more of a mess for the DNC to keep cleaing up. -------- (0) comments America Supports You website for more information on how to keep the home fires burning. Thanks Rocky!!!

If you want some Toby Keith jump on over here scroll down and listen
to American Soldier.

Enjoy. -------- (0) comments Chrenkoff's blog. These are always a good read and I always enjoy reading the updates to counter what else we see and read.

Also of note is a preface that Chrenkoff puts on these updates:

It has been a mission of this fortnightly column, now in its nineteenth edition, to bring to readers' attention all that "gets overlooked if not ignored" in Iraq: the advancements of the political and civil society, the rebirth of freedom, economic growth and reconstruction progress, generosity of foreigners and positive role played by the Coalition troops in rebuilding the country, and unremarked upon security successes. Contrary to some critics, the intention has never been to whitewash the situation in Iraq or to downplay the negative; the violence, bloodshed, disappointments and frustrations are all there for everyone to see and read about in the mainstream media on a daily basis. But to point out positive developments is not to deny the bad news, merely to provide a more complete picture. As voters faced with the defining foreign policy issue of the new millennium we owe it to ourselves to be fully informed about the state of affairs in Iraq. And that means both the car bombs and rebuilt hospitals.

Below is not the full picture of Iraq - merely that part of it you don't often see on the nightly news or the pages of newspapers. This does not automatically make it more - or less important in the scheme of things, merely equally important to consider.

Very well said indeed. -------- (0) comments (0) comments here. Thanks Michelle for the great of set of links for other gear.

Updated from Michelle Malkin. These are better bracelets for a better cause Hero Bracelets. -------- (0) comments events with much more details on this story which broke the same week as the CBS internal report. Timing is everything is it not?

Back to the jist of Black Blog Ops. IMHO the power of the internet and the conitinuing internet revolution, in the pure sense that anyone including me can join the debate and be heard on any subject at anytime and add value or be corrected on wrong points or false facts, greatly outweighs the bad that can seep into the forray. -------- (0) comments
TITAN!! Posted by Hello
Wow. Wonder and amazment to see these pictures. Now this is one heck of a download or upload, no download, no upload. You get the idea but them bits traveled some miles and miles and than some more to reach your desktop. So enjoy them. They cost us all some bucks to see them but are well worth the time and money and dreams of all those people involved in the project I'm sure. -------- (0) comments
"These individuals felt safe enough to come here and obviously safe enough to become Iraqi policemen," U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Matt Sasse

Does the AP report this? If you visit their AP Breaking News for today 01/14 at 8:19PM and 10:48PM they run the same story which if you dig you will discover that it would take multiple clicks to find this information and piece together their "insurgent" score card which they call A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

It took me only about 3 clicks to find, paste the above story about Iraqi's standing up for themselves and joining the fight for their country and democracy but if you look at AP it must have easily taken them about a dozen clicks and much more effort to further their agenda. -------- (0) comments
Fox TV's new season of 24 which I have watched so far, has caused this much attention from CAIR. Why do they need a PSA(Public Service Announcement)? Why? Go find the truth but it's not with CAIR. -------- (0) comments Blackfive

"What we have here is a failure to communicate". Exactly. Is it not strange to watch the MSM and how their utter disregard for "their" fellows citizens in harms way? I wish one of my grandparents were still alive to compare the coverage of the ongoing GWOT and WWII. Would there be similarities? Would the appetite for the journalistic adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," still applies in Iraq, but why only when it's American blood? Would it? How would these news outlets be treated back then?

Please go read this brave mans complete letter. Excerpt:

Just yesterday, a major news agency's website lead read: "Suicide Bomber Kills Six in Baghdad" and "Seven Marines Die in Iraq Clashes." True, yes. Comprehensive, no. Did the author of this article bother to mention that Coalition troops killed 50 or so terrorists while incurring those seven losses? Of course not. Nor was there any mention about the substantial progress these offensive operations continue to achieve in defeating the insurgents. Unfortunately, this sort of incomplete reporting has become the norm for the media, whose poor job of presenting a complete picture of what is going on in Iraq borders on being criminal.

This goes to further this point. From Paula Zahn tonight at 8PM EDT. Tonight topic:

"We look at the struggle of U.S. veterans torn between their belief in serving your country and doubts about the war in Iraq."

What are we saying here? I have not watched the show and care not too for the very slant that makes up the title. This steady drum beat of bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad,bad and more bad, bad, bad, bad. Is there not any good? Not one piece of good?

Yes there is but they will not show this or report how an Iraqi child saved American soldiers lives. -------- (0) comments Powerline by Hindrocket. The news comes by the way of Yahoo Group called Texas Democrats. Apparently there is more going on in the background and what may pan out in the near future. It looks like everyone is jockying for position on what angle they can get in on with all the recent publicity with the story and the reverberizations(sp) on the blogsphere. -------- (0) comments Shared daily, well almost.

Well let me preface this by saying, if you have been blogging a while and have done changes and saved backup copies of your blog and you still run into problems, your not alone.

Made major changes as didn't like the feel and mood of the page still need some adjustments on size of fonts etc but for the most part will do for now. I'll probably change it again later tonight or tomorrow or just because I can. -------- (1) comments lgf: Kerry Kowtows to Despots and Islamists

Hot of the press from LGF and Charles with more information on our favorite son's world win ME trip. Has Senator Kerry no moral values, common sense, or atleast some respect for his own country? How can this man possibly say the things he does? Does he not think before he talks? It's easy, hold off for a few moments form a good thought or idea and think how you want to present it and than let it rip. Sheesh.

Charles writes " I am now feeling an immense sense of relief that John Kerry is not President of the United States."

Ditto Charles. Ditto. -------- (0) comments Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons

Come in earth? earth come in? Do you have someone down there named Dan Rather? Well if you do we'd like him back now.


Haahahaha. They are just great!!! Posted by Hello

This is to funny, I wish I had 1/2 their wit and artistic ability to create such work but atleast we get to enjoy them and that's not a bad to enjoy our free speech. -------- (0) comments Search for New, Out of Print and Used Books

This site is great for those of you looking for out of print, first edition and/or rare books. It does a multiple listing search and if you have some old books in a box in the attic, cellar or garage (shame on you first off) pull them out dust them off and start plugging away and finding out their $value$ you may be pleasantly surprised.

Collecting old books can start at any time I've been lucky to find some good finds through flea markets, garage sales etc. Some of my collection includes:

H G Wells
Anne Rice
Tom Clancy
Robert Ludlum
Christine Weston
Virginia Rowans
Irving Wallace
John Fowles
Leon Uris
Rev J S Watson
Albert Meras
Anthony Hope
Zane Grey
Marion Polk Angellotti

Most are from the 20th century with some from the 19th century, with my oldest being before the Civil War. I try to be frugal when I make my selections and choose good quality copies and always on the hunt for first editions. If you have any interest in any of these authors and titles drop me a quick note if you'd just like more information. -------- (0) comments World -- Syria's Assad still plans to talk missiles in Moscow

Hmmm. Not smart at all for Assad if you ask me. Tell me Mr. Assad what do you need those missles for? Did Mr. sKerry tell you it was ok to go ahead with the purchase? Are they giving deep discounts these days? Come on now, play nice and we will too, otherwise Damascus may look like Beirut circa the 1980's. Dont be afraid of your hard-liners take a stand and stand up to them. -------- (0) comments Victor Davis Hanson on Election 2004 on National Review Online

Had to go back and find this article to reread it again. If you haven't had a chance to read this. It's a must read. VDH is probably one of the best or the best conservative writers of our time. He cleary and very eloquently speaks for many of us who struggle to find the "right" words and has the venue on which to share all of his thoughts. If only the Vulcan mind-meld really worked. -------- (0) comments Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email | The Register

Give a kid some internet access and he thinks he can change the world or steal it. Changing the world that's a good thing as long as it's for the good that is. What gets me about this is the final paragraph:

The same source also offers an explanation for the secrecy surrounding the case: the Secret Service, the source says, has offered to put the hacker to work, pleading him out to a single felony, then enlisting him to catch other computer criminals in the same manner in which he himself was caught. The source says that Jacobsen, facing the prospect of prison time, is favorably considering the offer.

Now doesn't that beat all? Why dont we let him spend his first prison term first with a nice fat pipe of internet access behind the gray bars.

HATTIP: Rantburg, check it on Blogroll. Good site with lots of tid bits from all over.
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Wow! All I can say is the world gets smaller and smaller. Since my brother-in-law is now deployed with 3rd ID I'd thought I post something about him. This will be his second deployment for OIF and were proud of him and all the men and women serving. If you take a trip over to their website you can see you are not alone and have other well wishers to talk to for support and to support our troops. Good luck guys/gals. See you all soon!!

PS Once he gets setup I'll try and get him to drop us all a line or two. -------- (0) comments WorldNetDaily: No Kid Rock at Bush concert

You know what? Who cares? I've seen this guy do a Christmas special with country singer Leanne Ryhmes and from what I saw it was pretty 'durn' good. He supports our troops and does more than most people do in that regard. The far right conservative view I can undestand is that they do not want someone who uses profanity in their lyrics to be at the inauguration and I can sympathize with them also.

No worries Kid your still doing the right thing plus this party will probably be over way to early anyway. -------- (0) comments -------- (0) comments
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