Wednesday, September 29, 2004
It ain't just for Florida voters any more.
In fact, there seems to be so much evidence of fraud across the country, Bill Hobbs has created a special category on his blog. And he's asking for bloggers nationwide to help him document incidents by emailing him at voterfraud-at-gmail.com.
From allegedly non-partisan get-out-the-vote efforts of the NAACP National Voter Fund, to the openly anti-Bush group America Coming Together (ACT), to the AFL-CIO, predominantly Democrat leaning organizations are engaged in a systematic attempt to disenfranchise every non -Democrat voter. San Francisco, New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, New York City, and (of course) Florida are merely the tip of the iceberg.
If you run across any story or have any experience with registration fraud, send Bill the information as well as noting it on your own blogs. We need to thoroughly publicize how cheating Democrats are "disenfranchising" Republican voters from one end of the country to the other.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Bad Poll Numbers for Bush
From the Great Northwest
"EXCLUSIVE: Straw-poll shocker! Fierce warrior race strongly backs Democrat. Even as John Kerry struggles to establish national-security credentials nationally, an exclusive WW straw poll shows his campaign dominating one skeptical, warlike demographic: Klingons.
"The poll, conducted when the DVD release of the Star Trek fan documentary Trekkies 2 attracted Portland's Klingon community to Tower Records on Southeast 102nd Avenue, may spell trouble for President George W. Bush.
"According to the poll of eight local Klingons, a whopping 75 percent support the Democratic nominee. Two Klingons polled--or 25 percent--said they planned to write in Satan.
"Portland Klingon speakers are increasingly influential. Last year, Multnomah County's mental-health services opened a search for a Klingon interpreter to work with speakers of the language.*
"[* No, we're not making this up.]"
Okay, that pretty much settles it for that voter poll…
Monday, September 20, 2004
Making It Easy…
…with a little encouragement. Excerpt from an email just received from the DNC:
"That's why we need your help right now. Here's how you can help: write a short letter to the editor of your local newspaper, magazine, TV anchorperson, or favorite publication.
"We make it easy for you to write your letter, with:
--Contrasts of Bush's record and John Kerry's plan on the top issues.
--Contrasts of Bush's record in the TANG and John Kerry's Vietnam heroism.
--Sample letters to the editor.
--Sample letters from official government records.
--The Bush record in your state.
--The Bush paper trail found by disgruntled TANG officers.
--A simple step-by-step tool to format your document properly.
--A simple step-by-step tool for sending your letter.
You know America can do better -- make sure your community does too. Write a letter today."
[It's a joke, son.]
Saturday, September 18, 2004
This bit of information was just sent to me via email. I haven't seen this posted elsewhere, so I'll pass it on here:
"Sources from inside the Taylor County Texas GOP are saying that the Taylor County District Attorney is considering asking his Grand Jury to look into the CBS document hoax. If the documents are proved to be forged, and were indeed sent from Abilene, Texas, then the local D.A. would have jurisdiction. Tampering with government documents as well as forgery are both felonies in Texas."
Militia of the Pen
New England Republican links to an interview with David Brooks on Newshour with Jim Lehrer which includes this quote:
"You have got all these people out there on the web, some of whom are smart, some of whom are wacky but who are the people. And they're out there; they're blogging and some of them are picking apart stories and so it became a war between the establishment media and the Internet media. And my basic view of that is they're amateurs and they're amateurs in the best sense. They're expressing their opinions, some of them know a lot, some of them know nothing but they want to express their opinions."
The much-maligned Second Amendment to our Constitution states "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
Although some local governments have succeeded in dispossessing their citizens of their Arms, they have not succeeding in dispersing the other Militia.
In 1839 Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), Victorian-era novelist, wrote "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword." (Unfortunately, nine years previously he had written "It was a dark and stormy night ;"* leading to a legacy of bad jokes and beagle mockery.)
The Militia of the Pen is growing mightier with every passing day and, as David Brooks concludes:
"One of the things they do to us is they make it impossible for us to get away with mistakes because if we make a mistake, there are ten thousand of them."
*"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." --Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830) Bulwer-Lytton's ancestral home Knebworth was also "stately Wayne manor" in Tim Burton's Batman .
Friday, September 17, 2004
For the Children?
Jonah Goldberg at NRO's The Corner reports this speculation on the "little girl" picture making the rounds.
Was the picture a set-up? Is this guy just a too-aggressive Republican who makes a habit of showing up at heavily Democrat rallies? Or is this left-of-center blogger trying to find any gotcha' to discredit the blogosphere?
UPDATE: Looks like the left is indeed looking for a gotcha' or, as Michelle Malkin says, The Left is Desperate for a Hoax.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Hugh Hewitt argues Congress should call hearings about the CBS forgery scandal. Others aren't sure, but I agree deceptions of this magnitude need to be exposed quickly and ruthlessly.
"Second, Ramesh Ponnuru argues at The Corner that hearings are a terrible idea because hearings converst the CBS meltdown into a "Republicans vs. CBS" controversy and that hearings will cause other old media to rally 'round CBS.
"But even if it did, the consequence of generalized as opposed to specific stonewalling would be generalized as opposed to specific contempt. Even if the media's reputation was the most important issue here, this wouldn't be a reason not to proceed and would in fact be an incentive to proceed.
"But it isn't about Rather's or CBS's or all of old media's reputation. Someone tried to manipulate a presidential election! If that isn't a matter of Congressional oversight, nothing is, and even if the GOP blows it --and Chris Cox is not the sort of congressman to participate in botched inquiries-- that fear does not release Congress from its duty.
There is strong secondary evidence the forged papers came from someone in the DNC, perhaps even the Kerry campaign, although that doesn't seem as easy to connect.
What is most surprising, however, is why CBS and the DNC has allowed this to drag on for an entire week. That speaks volumes of Rather's arrogance not to mention the total cluelessness of the Democrat Party. The solution is obvious.
Once it became apparent the forgeries were exposed, the DNC needed to find a young, expendable, low-level operative in the organization and induce he/she to fall on the sword. By Saturday at the latest that person should have been all over the airwaves, stammering, near tears, "confessing" he/she knew the information was accurate but Bush "operatives" had removed the originals to keep it from damaging Bush's reelection. Between embarrassed blushes, he/she should have been stoutly proclaiming their belief in the "public's right to know," no matter the cost, so, yes, they had typed up "new" memos to replace the documents "stolen" from Bush's TANG files.
Democrats are dumb as dirt. No wonder they're always getting snookered by the Chinese and North Koreans.
UPDATE: Well, obviously CBS can't trot out Bill Burkett since his credibility and motive is highly suspect, to say the least. But considering this story the "well-meaning-but-misguided-young-DNC-intern" excuse just might have worked.
"With a broad consensus that the documents are probably forgeries, the big question then is: Where did they come from? At least one of the documents bears a faxed header indicating it was faxed from a Kinko's copy shop in Abilene, Tex., to CBS News. CBS has declined to reveal the source of the hotly disputed documents since airing them in a "60 Minutes" broadcast Sept. 8.
"The only Kinko's in Abilene, says the Post report, is 21 miles from the Baird, Tex., home of Bill Burkett, a retired officer in the Texas National Guard who has been identified by other news organizations as a possible source for the documents.
"Burkett has accused Bush aides of attempting to have some of the president's National Guard record destroyed to avoid political embarrassment. Earlier this year, Burkett told news organizations he had overheard a phone conversation in 1997 during which top Bush aides – namely, Chief of Staff Joe M. Allbaugh and spokespersons Karen Hughes and Dan Bartlett – tried to get the head of the Texas National Guard to sanitize Bush's files. A few days later, Burkett claims, he witnessed the dumping of dozens of pages from Bush's military file in a trash can at the Guard's Camp Mabry headquarters.
"Burkett told numerous news organizations earlier this year of alleged corruption and malfeasance in the management of the Texas National Guard, although most of his charges have never been substantiated.
"Burkett, who has suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for depression after leaving the Texas National Guard, has given different accounts of exactly which Bush records he allegedly saw disposed of in that Camp Mabry trash can. While sometimes describing them as "payroll-type documents" and performance assessments, on another occasion he has said he saw "a two-page counseling statement" signed by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, the officer who supposedly signed the damaging "60 Minutes" Bush memos."
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Dan Rather Back Where He Started
Earlier today a reader sent this note to NRO's The Corner.
"Jonah: I worked with Dan Rather at KHOU TV in Houston at the time he got his big break by wading hip deep in water at the weather bureau in Galveston, TX during Hurricane Carla. Believe me, Jonah, and everyone who knew him would agree, he was a "sad buffoon" even then.
"Dan was never thought to be the sharpest knife in the drawer as an anchor, but when he got trapped by rising water that Summer of 61 and was spotted by Walter Cronkite, a career that probably never should have happened, did.
"He has acted like a loon on many occasions, but the hilarious high point for me was his appearance in Afghanistan wearing a turban and a burnoose and a bunch of towels. I fell out of my chair. Old Dan, from Sam Houston State, undercover in Afghanistan! Got to admit, I'm his age, only he looks a lot older.
The only difference? Now he's in water up to his neck.
And I can still blame Walter Cronkite.
Islam's Convenient Loopholes
For years I have been attempting to explain to people that Islam allows its adherents to deliberately enter into contracts for personal gain with the express intention of breaking those agreements whenever they wished. Mohammad used that ploy to conquer the tribe holding the city of Mecca, lulling them into a false sense of security with a treaty of peace--then attacking and destroying them when his own military strength had been restored. Muqtada as-Sadar is following this unique Islamic pattern in Iraq.
Most people greet this information with understandable skepticism since in most belief systems one's word is one's bond. The Wandering Mind, however, has uncovered a particular heinous form of that same practice.
Apparently, Muslim men are permitted to marry non-Muslim women, use them for as long as they need, then divorce them--without incurring any spiritual penality. While we Americans do not worry unduly about divorce or infidelity, Islamic law is quite strict--except when furthering Muslim purposes, of course. [Emphasis in the original.]
"Yes, the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and the Issuing of Fatawã, over which I preside, has issued a fatwa permitting a marriage entered into with the intent of divorce as long as this intention remains concealed between the groom and his Lord.
"If he married in a foreign country with the undisclosed intent of divorcing his wife upon the completion of his studies or employment, he is not liable according to the majority of scholars. "
Until every non-Muslim nation realizes this mindset is perfectly ordinary and acceptable to the Islamic world, we will contiually be sucked in to an endless cycle of war/peace/war, etc.
Monday, September 13, 2004
The Silenced Majority
Not just the Silent Majority.
If this sort of thing is widespread--as many people think it is--the Dems could be in for a huge shock in November. [Emphasis in the original.]
"But there may be a genuine political climate of fear in some parts of the United States - including my corner of Los Angeles:
"Many Republicans are afraid to put Bush-Cheney bumper stickers on their cars or signs on their lawns because they are afraid of physical retaliation from angry liberals.
"It is not just that one sees few Bush-Cheney bumper stickers and lawn signs - even in areas in which one knows his support is high. I do not have such a bumper sticker or lawn sign. In fact, most Bush supporters I have asked, even those who are fairly passionate on the topic, just don't think the risk of a key-scratch or broken home or car window, or much worse, is worth whatever benefit one receives from a partisan bumper sticker or lawn sign. There are just too many personal stories of cars and homes defaced and damaged ."
Ignorant people do everyone a great disservice by attempting to suppress the "opposition." Not only do their tactics actually encourage more people to move to the other side, they stifle debate (which could present their side in a favorable light) and create an aura of complacency among their own followers, dangerous in any sort of competition.
I imagine we'll be hearing sentiments akin to those expressed after the election of 1980--shocked Democrats wandering the land in a daze, wondering how Reagan got elected since nobody they knew voted for him.
Found via Instapundit.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Michael Ledeen at NRO Online draws the obvious Watergate/Rathergate flap:
"It calls to mind the highest achievement of modern journalism, which as we all know was Watergate. If you read the self-encomium by Woodward and Bernstein--"All the President's Men"--you will discover, after the confessions of tampering with a grand jury and illegally obtaining telephone records, the story of a very bad day for our heroes and for their editor Ben Bradlee. WoodBern had run a front page story that day, and by noon they had been ravaged by Nixon's Press Secretary, Ron Nessen, who denied it all and called them liars and frauds. They checked with the Delphic Oracle, then plying his trade under the pseudonym "Deep Throat." He confirmed Nessen's claims. The story was wrong. The Post had lied. So WoodBern went to Bradlee, who wrestled with his conscience and quickly won: "F**k it," he said, "let's go stand by our boys," and he wrote an editorial reasserting the Post's confidence in the story."
How can Dan Rather continue to get in front of the cameras with the expectation the public will be watching for any other reason than to laugh?
Image found at The Comedian via Instapundit.
The Continuing Fallout from Vietnam
The blood trail is on the ground and the hounds are closing in. Such is the legacy of Vietnam, Watergate, Walter Cronkite--and the CBS dynasty.
CBS has been the broadcast outlet of record for the Democrat Party for so long, they have forgotten they are publically licensed entity. And until he "stepped down" from the post, Walter Cronkite was the kingmaker--the "most trusted man in America."
One of the very first posts I made on this blog was "I Blame Walter Cronkite." (I won't link to it here since many of the links in the post are no longer valid.) Back then I reminded readers that during the late 60s TV viewers had only three options for nightly news. Cronkite was No. 1, perhaps because of the stellar reporting he had done during WWII when he went ashore at Normandy with the so-called "Writing 69th." His accomplishments at that time were remarkable. He originally supported the Vietnam War, perhaps because it was started by Democrat JFK and accelerated by Democrat LBJ. But when the Tet offensive began in January of 1968 Cronkite allegedly "discovered" the government had been lying to the public when spokesmen claimed our troops had the Vietcong on the ropes.
Now we know that was the truth. Yet because it appeared the North Vietnamese were more powerful than expected (they were throwing their last soldier at the American troops during TET), Cronkite cried foul without investigating the full story. At that point Cronkite flip-flopped and began using his powerful media voice against the war. As Albert Auster writes in his fawning profile of Cronkite at the Museum of Broadcast Communications website: "Many observers, including presidential aide Bill Moyers speculated that this was a major factor contributing to President Lyndon B. Johnson's decision to offer to negotiate with the enemy and not to run for President in l968."
Cronkite fancied himself a kingmaker--a position historically more powerful than the king--and took upon himself the concept of the divine right of kings.
"Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704)…in his theory of the Divine Right of Kings,…argued that certain kings ruled because they were chosen by God to do so and that these kings were accountable to no person except God. […] Not only did God bestow power on certain monarchs,…but the bestowal of this power legitimated autocracy (rule by one person). The king ruled by virtue of God's authority; therefore he should be obeyed in all things. No group, whether they be nobles, or a parliament, or the people in the street, have a right to participate in this rule; to question or oppose the monarch was to rebel against God's purpose."
This superiority of knowledge and opinion marked all of Cronkite's subsequent reporting as evidenced by Auster's profile.
"By the same token, Cronkite never stinted on coverage of the Watergate Scandal and subsequent hearings. In l972, following on the heels of the Washington Post's "Watergate" revelations the CBS Evening News presented a 22 minute, two-part overview of "Watergate" generally credited with keeping the issue alive and making it intelligible to most Americans."
"On an international level. Cronkite could also influence foreign diplomacy, as evidenced in a l977 interview with Eygptian President Anwar El-Sadat, in which he asked Sadat if he would go to Jerusalem to confer with the Israelis. A day after Sadat agreed to such a visit an the invitation came from Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. It was a step that would eventually pave the way for the Camp David accords and an Israeli-Eygptian Peace treaty."
Ironically, Auster ends his piece with this stunning phrase:
"Cronkite's legacy of separating reporting from advocacy has become the norm in television news."
Cronkite's legacy was the arrogant Divine Right of the Kingmaker, quickly adopted by the next generation of CBS anchors and reporters.
And just like the sycophants of corrupt monarchies before them, the CBS shadow rulers now find themselves clinging to the sides of the tumbrel listening to the swish/thunk of the blade as they approach the guillotine.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
The Teacher Chose Death
Note: I've been trying to post this for two days. Blogger was out of commission.
Yanis Kanidis A story of a hero among cowards.
In an act of unlimited devotion and dedication, to the bitter end, an elderly teacher insisted on remaining with his students. He protected them, bandaged their wounds, and with his death, saved their lives.
Found via Baldilocks by way of AllahPundit
Monday, September 06, 2004
A phrase originally invoked by Richard Nixon in a November 3, 1969 speech (and later turned by Rev. Jerry Falwell into the "Moral Majority"), Nixon used it as a way of dismissing the protestors to the Vietnam War as a "noisy minority."
"Let historians not record that when America was the most powerful nation in the world we passed on the other side of the road and allowed the last hopes for peace and freedom of millions of people to be suffocated by the forces of totalitarianism. And so tonight -- to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans -- I ask for your support."
Yet, in spite of the disrepute the expression has fallen in to, it appears to have some current application in today's political environment.
NRO's The Corner has posted two letters revealing some underreported activity.
First this one from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania:
"And I found I was astonished. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area is a renowned Democratic stronghold, run by a political machine that's been in place for decades. Where did all these Republicans come from? How did they fill every one of the 18,000 seats they could? Why would 18,000 people (and more if they could have) come out in the pre-dawn darkness to hear a speech? Why did students from the University of Scranton arrive at the airport at 12:30 this morning to greet the President and First Lady and show their support? Why did even more crowds see him off at the airport this morning - unable to get to the stadium but needing to cheer him on?
"Why did the total number of protestors at the stadium, in this Democratic town, number 3 whole people? Even the newspapers seem incredulous.
"And then it occurred to me. There's a base of support that's farther and wider then realized. That people are quietly supporting Bush, keeping to themselves because they're unwilling to find themselves a part of the vitriolic smear and attack debates launched by those who hate him. That they walk away from political argument because you can't talk to someone who rants, but their silence doesn't mean agreement."
Next is this email from an NYU student in reponse to the first:
"I have experienced several similar occurrances over the past year, and am continually amazed at the level of quiet support for Bush."
"Volunteering at the convention, I spoke with numerous police officers, one of whom spelled it out for me very succinctly.
"I'm 16 hours deep in a 20 hour shift, and I spent the first half of it being harassed, cursed at, and attacked by protesters over on Eighth Ave. One of them bit me on my hand, so I got sent back here to wat ch over the delegates for the second half of my shift. Since I showed up, I've gotten nothing but smiles, thank yous, and salutes from these delegates. One of my friends just offered to relieve me, but I told him I didn't mind staying around for a while longer. I voted for Gore last time, and Clinton before him, but I'm voting for Bush this time, without a doubt."
"Hearing that made up for all of the vitriol I've had to deal with being a Conservative at NYU."
These two notes, undoubtedly representative of many more left unwritten, bode ill for the Kerry campaign. And if, as rumor has it, John Kerry decides to go negative with a slash and burn campaign against Bush, those tactics could harm more than help.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Protest Warrior on the Front Lines
Yelling At The Windshield blogger CMCornell posts this report from his brother, a member of the Protest Warriors who joined the NYC convention protests.
"Maybe that was the real meaning of the comment a Protest Warrior made to me as we first sallied forth to confront the leftist mob the day before: "There's 250,000 of them and 150 of us. Looks even to me."
"The camaraderie among our little army was remarkable. Men and women had come from California, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, from all over the country. One was Canadian and another was Australian, which I suppose means we qualified as an International Coalition of the Willing. Several were Russian-Americans who represent a subgroup within PW.com called Communists for Kerry.
"All of us were starved for conservative conversation with kindred spirits, and no one was disappointed. Most of us were urban dwellers who live surrounded by liberals, often feeling like aliens stranded on a foreign planet. Being together was like coming home."
A terrific read.
Color Me Confused
Okay, maybe I'm reading this wrong but, didn't Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder and Rush Limbaugh both get fired for saying things like this? So why is Jason Whitlock still a regular contributor to ESPN?
The Taproot of Democracy
In US News, Mort Zuckerman makes his argument for what needs to be done in the wake of the atrocities carried out in Russia. [Found via Instapundit.]
"What can we do? Obviously, we must eliminate terrorists wherever we find them, but we must also provide an example of moral leadership and devote resources to transforming education in the Muslim world, replacing the odious madrasahs that are the breeding grounds for hate. These so-called religious schools are often financed by Saudi Arabia, which has halfway awakened to the fatal disease it has incubated, but Shiite Iran remains the greatest threat. It is radically ideological, seeks nuclear weapons, and sponsors Syrian terrorism as well as most of the terrorism in Iraq. If that weren't enough, it also sponsors and arms most of the face cards in terrorism's unholy deck--Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah. Iran, truly, is the problem of the future. So we must promote political democracy whenever we can in the region. Remember what Abu Musab Zarqawi, the ruthless terrorist leader in Iraq, wrote in his memo to al Qaeda? "Democracy is coming. There will be no excuse thereafter for terrorism in Iraq."
Zarqawi makes no mentioned of it, but he knows--and fears--why democracy will destroy his way of life. The taproot of democracy is Christanity.
That concept is also behind so much of the fear that grips the current incarnation of the Democrat Party special interest groups as well, since Christanity, respect for life, and personal responsibility for one's actions go hand and hand.
Derek of Weapon of Mass Distraction points out this columnist from the Asia Times who seems to know our roots better than our current crop of political hacks.
"The secularists who dominate American foreign policy seem to think that they can export the shell of the American system, namely its constitutional forms, without its religious kernel."
As Derek rightly concludes
"If Spengler is right, than the rapid spread of evangelical Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa may have more to do with the spread of freedom to the Middle East than any nation-building our Department of Defense might take on. It also doesn't bode well for the prospects of successful democracies in Afghanistan or Iraq, unless there is a mass conversion to Christianity in those nations, which seems unlikely."
Now This is a Bounce
On Friday, Jeremy at Pacetown posted this amazing poll result:
AOL Straw Poll shows Bush winning 535-3 in Electoral Votes.
From their computers to God's ear…
A Daily Read
His old friend might be a magazine editor, but somehow I think I'd rather be reading Solomonia's Blog than that magazine. Read this. Then Bookmark his site, start at the top, and work your way through.
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Chechens and A Short History of Muslim Nazis
Some news stories are so unbelievably abominable it takes time to absorb the impact. Such are the stories out of Beslan, Russia.
"Valery Andreyev, the top Federal Security Service official in the region, said 20 militants were killed, including 10 Arabs. The Arab presence among the attackers would support President Vladimir Putin's contention that al-Qaida terrorists were involved in the Chechen conflict, where Muslim fighters have been fighting Russian forces in a brutal a war of independence for most of the past decade."
News that Arab men were part of the terrorists seems to be a change from the opinions reached in this Christian Science Monitor article about Chechens fighting in Afghanistan.
"But most experts who study the tiny, traditionally Muslim republic of Chechnya say they doubt its legendary warriors have joined Osama bin Laden's terrorist network in large enough numbers to become its "biggest single component," as some reports have claimed. For one thing, they say, most Chechens are not religious. "Islam did not strike deep roots among the Chechens, and has played only a slight role in their rebellions against Russian rule in the past," says Alexander Iskanderyan, head of the independent Center for Caucasus Studies in Moscow. "Religion is not the key to understanding Chechens; their painful past is."
"Many experts agree that a history of bloody defeat, mass repression and bitter exile, combined with a martial culture in which boys become full-fledged soldiers at age 12, may have led significant numbers of young Chechen men to join Al Qaeda, seeking revenge not just against Russia, but the entire non-Muslim world. "The Chechens cannot forget or forgive the mass suffering they have endured, and which they continue to bear," says Svetlana Omarova, an expert with the Confederation of Repressed Peoples of the former USSR, a human rights organization. "This is not to offer excuses, but one must understand how profoundly offended this nation is. These are men who are used to fighting for a lost cause."
The Chechen "lost cause" began centuries ago with the Russian Tsars. (Additional information from the Christian Science Monitor.)
"General Mikhail Yermolov, who led Russian forces in a ruthless 30-year campaign to crush Chechnya in the 19th century, called them "congenital rebels." Novelist Mikhail Lermontov, who took part in that struggle, was more admiring of the Chechens, writing in 1832: "Their god is freedom; their law is war." Yermolov conquered Chechnya by burning its forests to deny cover to the guerrillas, and by killing dozens of Chechen captives for every Russian soldier he lost. [from CSM]
"Russian imperialism in the Caucasus lasted several centuries and met its most determined and well-organized resistance on the territory of Chechnya and the bordering regions of Dagestan. There, for a quarter of a century, Shamil's Islamic proto-state fought the Russian army until 1864."
When the Bolsheviks began their deadly march, Chechens allegedly fought on both sides, only uniting against the Red Army after the Tsarist army had been defeated. That revolt was finally defeated in late 1921.
"The Congress of the Mountain People that convened in the trans-Caucasus in January 1921 (chaired by Stalin, the People's Commissar of Nationalities at the time) declared the formation of the Mountainous Soviet Republic of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (RSFSR). Over the ensuing three years, Chechnya, Ingushetia, and a number of other autonomous oblasts of the Northern Caucasus became independent.
But the "peace" only lasted until the Soviets had consolidated their power over greater Russia.
"A brief period of relative tranquillity was cut short by the mass political repression of the collectivization campaign during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This sparked a new wave of anti-Soviet uprisings in Chechnya that continued for the next ten years, gradually taking on the character of guerrilla warfare."
During WWII the Chechens looked for new allies. They created a rebel government that "…issued an "Appeal to the Chechen-Ingush People," to "wait for the Germans as [welcome] guests." The government declared that the Germans would be greeted with hospitality if they acknowledged the independence of the Chechen republic."
The Muslim communities of the Caucasus joined forces with the Nazis.
In fact, the dark, dirty secret is that many Islamists fought with the Nazis. Bosnian Muslims, Albanians in Kosovo and Macedonia, other Muslims in Bosnia-Hercegovina, and Chechen Muslims all formed Nazi-Muslim SS Divisions.
Nazis found sympathetic allies among the Muslims of that era, and their primary ally was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. In 1937 he met with Adolf Eichmann and became a Nazi agent. In 1941 he went to Baghdad to help in a failed pro-Nazi coup against the British. (One of the other coup plotters was Saddam Hussein's future father-in-law and Yasser Arafat is believed to be al-Husseini's nephew.) He then met with Hitler himself and gained a promise the Nazis would "free" the Caucasus and the Arab world from British rule once they had established their dominance in Europe. Not coincidentaly, shortly after the Hitler/al-Husseini meeting, the infamous "Final Solution" was implemented.
It's doubtful Hitler would have kept his word to the Mufti. Hitler was not a Christian although he attempted to pass himself off as one. He believed he was an Aryan, a mythical people from Atlantis who were both great artists and great warriors. Himmler was the architect of the "religion" fashioned from that myth, and claimed Christians had actually stolen the holy teachings and relics from the Aryans to pass them off as their own. A victorious Hitler would never allow a religion such as Islam free reign in his idyllic "Aryan" world. (Ironically "Aryan" is actually an Iranian word that means "noble.")
Al-Husseini either ignored the possibility or thought he could sway Hitler when the time came. He went about encouraging fellow Muslims to ally themselves with the Third Reich, personally bringing the Bosnian Muslims into the newly established Nazi-Muslim SS which slaughtered both Jewish and Christian Serbians during the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia.
The Mufti escaped ahead of the Allied forces sweeping through Germany, as did many other mid-level Nazis SS. We know many found asylum in South America, but just as many found refuge in the Islamic Middle East, including Syria and Egypt, and busied themselves teaching and training endless ranks of Islamic terrorists. The Nazi "final-solution" philosophy, the plotting, the tactics, the killing of innocents continues unabated to this day.
So every time I read the 'Bush equals Hitler' meme, I realize how dirt-stupid the liberal left really is, including Hugh Pearson of Newsday .
"As I watched Tuesday night's network coverage of the unrelenting political propaganda hour known as the Republican National Convention, the first thought that came to mind was of old newsreels of those self-congratulatory Nazi rallies held in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler."
On second thought, they're not dirt-stupid--they're bloody -stupid.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
All You Need to Remember
I've been waiting to post this. As everyone cheers and jeers (depending upon one's preference) the various political speeches and candidates, one fact alone should stand out. It's a very silent fact, which is how it should be. Silent, calm, uneventful, and the single overwhelming reason Bush should be--needs to be--relected.
June-July-August. A week-long state funeral. Two weeks of national political conventions. More than a fortnight of the Olympics. Not one terrorist attack.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
I wasn't going to post anything about the RNC this week since everyone else was covering it so much better than I could. However, this item was just too good to pass up.
World Magazine Blog reports on a group called the Brooklyn Orgastic Politics Collective who has serious plans for Thursday. The Village Voice has the story. (Scroll down.)
"Our Cloudbusters will be drawing in fresh Orgone Energy from the air over the Atlantic, creating a suction over midtown. As we increase the orgonomic potential in the sky, we will, in effect, vacuum away the fascist energy generated in Madison Square Garden, allowing the life-affirmative Orgone to prevail over its deadly counterpart. If our theories prove correct, it may thus be possible to induce significant behavioral changes in the Republican conventioneers."
The diagram is most edifying.
I can't imagine Homeland Security will let those "devices" be positioned on the rooftops, even if it is only in Brooklyn. Look for more screams of "oppression" coming to a protest near you.
And people were ragging about the Bush twins' comments on Sex in the City …