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America’s Victory ’08: 11/20/2006

Posted by Rosemary Welch on November 20, 2006

Today is the first day that America’s Victory ’08 will be available for your readership. This is a collection of serious conservatives who refuse to support candidates who lie and/or do not fulfill the conservative agenda at least 80% of the time.

For the most part these candidates were elected due to these people who worked very diligently to ‘get out the vote,’ stuff envelopes, place phone calls, call radio talk shows, and all of this was done without pay. These people are believers in their principles, and they do what they believe is the right thing to do.

What is that old saying, “Put your money where your mouth is”? They did. The elected officials did not listen to them in order to garner new votes. Okay. These elected officials spent money at a greater pace than Democrats! The party of limited government, strong national defense, constitutionalist judges and balanced budgets apparently has lost it’s way.

Is it somewhere out in the wilderness? Only they can speak for themselves. Their actions are speaking very well for them to be judged as out of touch with their base. These up and coming conservatives are not about to wait around for failure. They are planning to take back the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House in 2008.

Would you care to join? Do you want ensure the integrity of this country? Please visit this new site.

It is going to be rather interesting for the next two years. I may not be able to write all the news you will need, but they have several contributors from whom you may choose to read. Please leave nice comments and if you find you cannot say something nice, at least be polite. Thank you.

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What Happened at Hamdania?

Posted by thebosun on November 20, 2006

War is living hell. Make no bones about it. News accounts the actions of Sergeant Lawrence G. Hutchins’ patrol and several of the plea bargained trials of the Pendleton Eight have painted confusing pictures. Moral support of the Pendleton Eight has dwindled as the military members began to plead guilty. To me, It is as if war is on trial itself.

Here is the information as I understand it. On May 24, 2006, Major. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, Commanding General, Multi-National Force – West (MNF-W), requested that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conduct an investigation into an April 26, 2006 incident in which seven Marines and one Navy corpsman allegedly killed an Iraqi civilian in the area of Hamdaniya, west of Baghdad.

Local Iraqis brought the incident to the attention of Marine leadership at a regularly scheduled meeting on May 1, 2006, that a US military patrol selected an Iraqi man, Hashim Ibrahim Awad, shoved him in a hole, then shot him multiple times. The patrol allegedly placed an AK-47 and a shovel in the hole so they could claim he was in the progress of digging a hole for an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). A preliminary investigation conducted by MNF-W found sufficient information existed to recommend a criminal investigation into the incident.

Additional information was later released that the patrol had originally planned to abduct a local terror suspect and kill him, but, because they could not locate the suspect they picked Awad at random to unleash their fury on.

In past wars this unfortunate incident would have been part of war. However, in the politically correct world we live, the lowest man gets pinned by the empty suits and armchair philosophers. The media, liberals, and leftists would like to relate our current conflict in Iraq with the Vietnam conflict. Peace and antiwar activists like John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and other aging activists from the 1960s have jumped on the bandwagon with Islamists, radicalized Muslims, the al Qaeda network, and others to cry about “President Bush’s War.” It is like the Kerrys and Fondas are trying to relive the 1960s. Unfortunately, the anti-war left used Abu Ghraib as a rally cry last year. Perhaps, the anti-war left is getting mileage or self satisfaction out of Hamdania.

To date, four of the Pendleton Eight have accepted plea bargains. The other four have not been offered plea bargains.

At this point, I am still not sure exactly what happened, why eight of America’s finest decided to murder an innocent Iraqi civilian, or what caused Awad’s demise.

Hutchins’ patrol may have conspired to kill someone, or, perhaps the patrol did not. There may have been mitigating circumstances as to the how’s and why’s this event happened.

In going over the available information on Hamdania, one has to wonder, were there mitigating circumstances. Were the Pendleton Eight hooligans and murderers? Had they joined the Marine Corps and Navy as gangbangers and thugs? Was the behavior learned? What really happened that fateful day in April 2006? Was the behavior caused by some other forces? So far, the plea bargains have not delved into the facts beyond the surface and the media is not looking very far into it.

I would like to offer mitigating circumstances that our media has completely ignored or refused to explore, Combat and Operational Stress

“Combat / Operational Stress Reaction” (COSR) is an issue that will likely affect every Marine unit. Left not addressed, the effects of combat and operational stress can lead to long-term psychological injuries. Although not as visible as physical trauma, psychological injuries have been a significant portion of total casualties in any conflict. In the American military, combat stress reactions were noted as early as the Civil War. After the First World War, large numbers of combatants suffering from “shell shock” sought medical attention. Combat stress reactions were observed in more than 20% of US troops in World War II, and in the Korean War, 10% of medical evacuations were attributable to combat stress. Some estimate that as many as 30% of Vietnam veterans suffer from the long-term effects of untreated COSR. Approximately 15% of long term casualties after the Gulf War were psychological in nature. Effectively addressing the psychological effects of such stress both before and after it occurs can greatly improve a unit’s readiness status.

The linked information from the Navy Corpsman, HM3 Melson J. Bacos’ Attorney, Link to Attorney Sullivan’s Website, offers a glimpse at mitigating circumstances that have fallen on the deaf ears of the news media and public during the emotionally charged witch hunts, errr …. “Trials” of the Pendleton Eight. Perhaps the leadership was not tuned into their troops emotional health in the field and did not take every precaution to debrief them after combat action and stressful patrols. Perhaps the leadership contributed to this unfortunate incident. Pay particular attention to the video Interviews of HM3 Melson J. Bacos that were provided by his attorney.

God bless those whom we send in harms way to protect the freedoms that we take for granted. God bless the Pendleton eight, too.

For the latest courts-martial information of the Pendleton Eight trials, please visit: United States Marine Corps Iraqi Investigations.

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National Terror Alert Response Center Summary 11/20/2006

Posted by thebosun on November 20, 2006

 

This Week’s Headline Summary Courtesy of
National Terror Alert Response Center

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Devices – Radiation Detected N.M. Fairgrounds
November 18th, 2006

About 500 people were evacuated from the New Mexico State Fairgrounds Expo as a precaution Saturday evening after low levels of radiation were detected, police said.

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Rep. Rangel Will Seek to Reinstate Draft
November 19th, 2006

Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.

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Al-Qaeda Sends Fighters Back To UK As Sleepers
November 19th, 2006

British Muslims fighting against coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are being sent back to Britain as al-Qaeda `sleepers` agents, a media report said on Sunday.

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Feds Say Lodi Terror Probe Continues
November 18th, 2006

Eighteen months after FBI agents swarmed Lodi’s Muslim community and arrested a father and son on terrorism-related charges, investigators said they are still examining several individuals named by the pair.

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Netanyahu Warns of Iran Threat
November 18th, 2006

Benjamin Netanyahu warns of the Iranian threat on the Glenn Beck show.

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Bin Laden Likely In Our Region
November 18th, 2006

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday said Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden “is currently likely to be present in the South Asian-Afghan region.” “I do not know where he is. If he has not run away, he is in the region,” Karzai said on whether he knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.

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Assignment Leads To Teacher’s Resignation
November 18th, 2006

Some students started uncovering strange words in the process.

“There were words like ‘kill,’ then I saw it said ‘destroy America,’” Eric Herrera said.

As they read on, students found the puzzle contained a paragraph that contained the following phrases:

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RAND Says US Should Greatly Expand Efforts
November 16th, 2006

To defeat the global jihadist movement, the United States should move beyond the boundaries of conventional counter-terrorism and seek to undermine support for Islamic terrorism within Muslim nations, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today.The report says this type of campaign enabled the United States to help nurture opposition to Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, culminating in the overthrow of ruling regimes and the collapse of the Soviet system.

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Omar Nasiri – al Qaeda Operative Tells Story
November 16th, 2006

Sitting in a hotel suite here, a cigarette and late-morning beer in hand, Omar Nasiri does not look the part of a radical Islamic terrorist. But then, appearances may mean little to a man whose name is not really Omar Nasiri and whose life is cloaked in layers of deception.

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Man Arrested With Laptop, Cash, Nuclear Info
November 16th, 2006

A man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport carrying nearly $80,000 in cash and a laptop computer containing information about nuclear materials and cyanide will be held in custody at least until Monday, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled Wednesday.

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Glenn Becks Exposed The Extremist Agenda
November 16th, 2006

If you missed Glenn Beck’s “Exposed: The Extremist Agenda”, on CNN, you will no doubt hear about it tomorrow. Shocking, hard-hitting and no punches pulled. It’s a message you not only need to hear, but listen to.

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FBI Raises Terror Alarm Over Flying School
November 15th, 2006

U.S. authorities have raised an alarm over a plan by a German citizen linked to the Sept. 11 terror attacks to build a flying school in a remote South Pacific island nation, a news report said Wednesday.

Wolfgang Bohringer has been linked to Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker in the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. The German arrived by yacht in Kiribati a year ago with plans to build a flying school, but has since left the far-flung archipelago, Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio reported.

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Iran Wants pro-Iranian as Bin Laden Successor
November 15th, 2006

Iran is pushing for a pro-Iranian activist within al-Qaeda to take over from Osama Bin Laden, a media report claimed on Tuesday.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to persuade the al-Qaeda leadership to choose Saif al-Adel as its official number three, after Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, The Daily Telegraph said today quoting western intelligence officials.

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Food Chain A Terror Target
November 15th, 2006

One concern raised by the United States is the risk of militants poisoning or contaminating the food supply chain, the report warned.

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al-Qaeda Leaders Losing Sway Over Militants
November 15th, 2006

As radical Islam spreads globally through online forums and chat rooms, a group of obscure Arab religious thinkers may come to exert more influence over the jihadist movement than Osama bin Laden and other well-known leaders of Al Qaeda, a research group at the United States Military Academy has concluded.

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Ahmadinejad Preparing Another Holocaust
November 14th, 2006

Drawing a direct analogy between Iran and Nazi Germany, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu asserted Monday that the Iranian nuclear program posed a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire western world. There was “still time,” however, to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, he said.

“It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” Netanyahu told delegates to the annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly, repeating the line several times, like a chorus, during his address. “Believe him and stop him,” the opposition leader said of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “This is what we must do. Everything else pales before this.”

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Photo Shows Iran Leader As U.S. Hostage Taker
November 14th, 2006

The Russian publication Kommersant has published a newly located photograph of a U.S. hostage-taker in Iran circa 1979 bearing a striking resemblance to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian leader has steadfastly denied he was involved in the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the holding of 52 Americans for 444 days despite assertions to the contrary of some of those hostages and former Iranian President Abholhassan Bani-Sadr, who says he was a ringleader and the liaison with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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Iran Training al-Qaeda Terrorists to Attack Our GIs
November 14th, 2006

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are training hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters to carry out attacks against coalition forces throughout the Middle East.

The Iranian government has been providing a safe haven for fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terror group since they were forced to flee Afghanistan in late 2001.

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Al-Qaeda Planning For Nuclear Attack
November 14th, 2006

Al Qaeda is determined to acquire the technology to carry out a nuclear attack on the West, a senior Foreign Office official warned yesterday.

She said that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network was trawling the world for the materials and know-how to mount an attack using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

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L.A. Man Suspected Of Terrorist Threats
November 13th, 2006

A man was arrested for investigation of mailing threatening letters laced with white powder to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, David Letterman and other high-profile figures, the FBI announced Sunday.

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Is Israel Preparing To Strike Iran?
November 13th, 2006

The buzz here in the last few days is that Israel is seriously considering a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities and ballistic missile sites. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets today with President Bush. Iran is Topic A, and Olmert is publicly warning Iran to watch out. “I don’t believe that Iran will accept [a diplomatic] compromise unless they have good reason to fear the consequences of not reaching a compromise,” Olmert said over the weekend. “In other words, Iran must start to fear.”

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Courtesy of my brother

Posted by Rosemary Welch on November 20, 2006

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
~Mother Teresa

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